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The Six Toughest Couples in MMA

It seems like every MMA site and their brother has put out a ranking of hottest MMA wives and girlfriends. For this list, we’re more interested in the couples who would kick the most ass together in a street-fight — or in one of those freaky-ass tag-team MMA bouts. If we’ve left out any notable MMA couples, holler at us in the comments section…


Combined MMA record: 13-6
Status: Married since 2006
Tough cred: Brandon’s career skid in the UFC has culminated in three consecutive losses (though that last one might be overturned). On the bright side, his adorable wife Kerry is currently 2-0 as a mixed martial artist following a successful kickboxing career, including a first-round shellacking of Kim Couture in her Strikeforce debut.


Combined MMA record: 23-8
Status: Just married
Tough cred: Like the Veras, the male half of this couple has had a tough go of it lately, losing four of his last five fights; Jorge will have a chance to redeem himself against Tyler Combs on the preliminary card of Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson on March 5th. Meanwhile, Frausto has established herself as one of the greatest female fighters in the world, grabbing Bellator’s 115-pound title and putting an end to Megumi Fujii‘s 22-fight win streak. (She’ll also be returning to action on March 5th, against Karina Hallinan at Bellator 35.) Hopefully that isn’t a problem for Gurgel’s ego.


Combined MMA record: 26-7
Status: Dating
Tough cred: Gina Carano may be the “face of women’s MMA,” but Miesha Tate is unquestionably the backside of women’s MMA. Riding a five-fight win streak (including an armbar submission over Zoila Frausto last year), Takedown Tate will challenge Marloes Coenen for the Strikeforce 135-pound women’s title in the co-main event of “Feijao vs. Henderson.” [Ed. note: Well, not anymore.] Caraway is a featherweight submission specialist who trains with his girlfriend at Team Alpha Male. He went 0-2 in the WEC last year, but rebounded last weekend with a first-round submission over Marlin Weikel.


Joey’s MMA record: 27-8
Holly’s boxing record: 29-1-3
Status: Dating
Tough cred: One of the top pound-for-pound female boxers in the world, Holly Holm will be making her MMA debut on March 4th against 3-1 fighter Christina Domke. Her longtime boyfriend is hard-hitting Team Jackson product “Smokin’” Joey Villasenor who has scored wins over tough opponents like Jorge Santiago, David Loiseau, Phil Baroni, and Evangelista Santos during his 12-year MMA career.


Combined MMA record: 34-4-1
Status: Dating
Tough cred:Sweet Sassy” is the former Dream middleweight champion and Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion, and current Dream light-heavyweight champ. He hasn’t exactly faced top-shelf competition since losing his Strikeforce belt to King Mo last year, but he plans to return to the promotion in the spring. His foxy Belgian girlfriend comes from a judo background, and somehow managed to defeat Marloes Coenen in her pro MMA debut in January 2009. She sports an overall record of 4-1, and occasionally does gigs as a ring girl.


Combined MMA record: 28-15
Status: Married
Tough cred: We shouldn’t have to explain. Cris Cyborg is the Mike Tyson of women’s MMA — a dominant and terrifying champion who overwhelms her opponents with raw power and aggression. Strikeforce simply can’t find 145-pound women who are on her level, which explains why she’s been on the sidelines since last June. And despite her husband’s journeyman record, Evangelista is one of the gamest motherfuckers in MMA history, a prototypical Chute Boxe brawler who’s never been afraid to stand and bang with anybody. Never boring, and always looking to knock your head off your shoulders — that’s the Cyborg way.

Honorable mentions: Spencer and Emily Fisher, Erin Toughill and Xtreme Couture grappling coach Neil Melanson


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Mir please break Brocks neck- February 24, 2011 at 4:43 pm
I wonder if Cris Cyborg has her penis in Evangelista's bumm in that photo.
mat84- February 24, 2011 at 2:21 pm
for the people that come on cp to complain that it is stupid shit there writing about why dont you fuck off and go somwheres else then why do you comeback to complain do you have noting better to do i dont think anyone cares
RwilsonR- February 24, 2011 at 9:01 am
@ Turd - it really is one of science's most incredible advances. I think we already know how to say that in Portuguese............ Toquinho
topdog- February 24, 2011 at 6:35 am
@ fatbellyfrank Sure...they're an item just watch a porn with a woman and a horse.
El Famous Burrito- February 24, 2011 at 5:29 am

Yeah, whatever happened to that caption contest with Fedor and Overeem?
NorthSouthDudesOnly- February 23, 2011 at 9:32 pm
*think of
NorthSouthDudesOnly- February 23, 2011 at 9:29 pm
"but Miesha Tate is unquestionably the backside of women’s MMA."

I'm embarrassed for you that this is the best you could of.
Endless Soldier- February 23, 2011 at 8:57 pm
I wish for her next fight, Kerry V. goes 3 or 4 pounds above the weight limit, and has to strip a la Carano.
Turd Furgeson- February 23, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Manbearverine ftw. An unbeatable combination. That should be his new nickname. I wonder how you would say that in Portuguese.
RwilsonR- February 23, 2011 at 6:57 pm
Besides, Turd, I agreed with you back on that Vera post earlier today if you go back and check.
WAR Viva! WAR Turd! WAR Palhares! WAR CP! WAR people who say WAR to piss off people who hate people who say WAR!
RwilsonR- February 23, 2011 at 6:53 pm
@ Turd - I was just kidding. I am definitely on your side with our boy Hoos.

Plus, we all know that the only true love Palhares has is for the absolute destruction of his opponents. He has no time for a spouse or significant other. He eats, breathes, lives, and loves fighting. Knee-bars fill his heart, and heel-hooks are his companion.
Turd Furgeson- February 23, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Ouch.. I thought you were on my side... Oh well, at least they're the cutest couple out of the bunch.


Jump on buddy. There's plenty of Palhares ball sack for all of us!
Arastmaus- February 23, 2011 at 6:06 pm
Hey, has anyone made any jokes about two male fighters who are friends being a romantically involved gay couple yet? Cause that would be boss.
k-onda- February 23, 2011 at 5:56 pm
You brought that pic back? Why!?
and yeah, Jenna knows a thing or two about "tag teams," so they could easily go on here.
skeletor- February 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm
What about Tito and Jenna? That chick has gotten beat up by multiple guys in one evening and always comes back for more. Plus she pushed two huge headed Ortiz offspring straight out of her vag and took it with a smile. I don't see Cyborg being able to do that, but mostly because I question the existence of her vagina.
skeletor- February 23, 2011 at 5:24 pm
I for one like the CP articles. if you want hard hitting journalism go to junkie or yahoo. I also appreciate the fac that i won't get banned for "fighter bashing" when everyone is just trying to have a good time.

P.S. Gurgel and Vera are gay
Viva Hate- February 23, 2011 at 5:07 pm
I am glad someone caught my attempted sarcasm and for that I say.......WAR PALHARES!
RwilsonR- February 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm
What about Rousimar Palhares and Murilo Bustamante?
Sorry Turd... I went there.
Turd Furgeson- February 23, 2011 at 4:30 pm

True dat homie. I also appreciate anybody willing to stick up for the Nation when everybody else is talkin crap, so props to karma for that.
jimbonics- February 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm
Sodomy? I don't get i.... ah she has a penis.
Smitty- February 23, 2011 at 4:04 pm
@ Turd
What did you expect Karma to say? CP just gave him his own article. Not sayin he didn't deserve it or, that I didn't enjoy it cause, I got nuttin but respect for anybody that'll step in the cage. Also, thanks for not mentioning you know who!
Turd Furgeson- February 23, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Don't worry Viva is making jokes. As a matter of fact, I'm pretty sure that's all he does. I don't remember the last time he made a serious post. And that folks is why I like him.
HARJO- February 23, 2011 at 3:31 pm
Neil Melanson and Erin Toughill should be on this list too.
fatbellyfrank- February 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm
What about marloes and the Reem, arent they an item?
cecils_pupils- February 23, 2011 at 3:22 pm
sorry... GRRRRRREAT! -----> see, we need an EDIT feature, plz.