In this article we take a look at some of the biggest bad boys in MMA, and what may be next for them in each of their respective careers.
The sport of MMA is filled with some of the most colorful characters imaginable. While many fighters emulate the true martial artist spirit of respect and discipline, others have forged their reputation as a bad boy who doesn’t abide by the rules. Let’s take a look at some of the top fighters who fit into this category.
Nick Diaz – Nate Diaz
We had to throw in two here. Nick and Nate Diaz are known for their no-nonsense lifestyle and real fighter attitude. In a day and age when MMA is now a mainstream sport, the Diaz brothers simply refuse to conform. “Yeah it’s a sport, but it’s a fight first,” Nate Diaz famously said after dismantling Michael Johnson back in December of 2015. Both these man are considered to be the biggest bad boys in MMA, but is it warranted?
They’re brash, and unfiltered, and will fight an opponent in the hospital. The Diaz brothers have become some of the most feared and respected fighters in the game thanks to their unwavering confidence. In reality though, these two men are true martial artists, and always show respect to their opponents.
The future for both men is up in the air at the moment. Nick’s (ridiculous) suspension for marijuana usage is over, and fans are now clamoring for him to fight current champ Tyron Woodley. Nate Diaz is coming off two wars with Conor McGregor. He’s told the media he’ll only come back for that fight, though a bout with Tony Ferguson for the interim belt may be in the works. PaddyPower has already set the betting lines for the Diaz – McGregor 3 bout, and it’s Nate who’s the slight betting underdog with odds of 7/4.
Possible next fights for Jon Jones
- Alexander Gustafsson
- Daniel Cormier
- Anthony Johnson
- Jimi Manuwa
Jon “Bones” Jones is arguably the best fighter to ever compete in the sport, and is without a doubt one of the biggest bad boys in MMA. Aside from a *cough bullshit *cough disqualification loss to Matt Hamill, Jones has never lost a fight. In reality, he’s beaten himself, as multiple run-ins with the law and a number of failed drug tests have forced him to sit on the sidelines and relinquish his belt.
The former light-heavyweight king will be eligible to return in July, and it seems likely he’ll be given an immediate title shot. It’s also likely that most online sportsbooks in the UK will list him as a betting favorite, as he’s beaten almost everyone in the top 5 of the division.
In the past, Jones was listed as the betting favorite against Gustafsson (7/50), Glover Teixeira (6/25), and Daniel Cormier (14/25). As his next fight has not yet been scheduled, PaddyPower hasn’t set the odds for the contest, but it’s likely he’ll come in as the favorite no matter who he fights.
The street-fighter turned top 10 welterweight Jorge Masvidal has all the characteristics needed to make a list of the biggest bad boys in MMA. He started training both wrestling and boxing at an early age, and began honing his fighting skills on the streets of Miami. Masvidal has actually been a professional fighter since 2003, and has more than 40 fights under his belt.
So what makes him such an MMA bad boy? Above all else, it’s his demeanor. Unlike some of the other fighters in this list, Masvidal has not had any public issues with the law, and hasn’t failed a drug test. It’s simply the way he carries himself, like a modern day Tony Montana, that separated him from the rest of the pack.
Jorge will be taking on one of the toughest tests of his career this May opposite Brazilian Jiu Jitsu wizard and top contender Damian Maia. He’s listed as a slight underdog by sites like NetBet Sportsbook with odds of 16/11, though some MMA betting experts feel he has the perfect style to negate Maia’s skills. With a win, we may see this UFC bad boy making UK gambling news by fighting for a title at the end of 2017.
Who do you feel are the biggest bad boys in MMA? Where will each of these fighters be at the end of 2017? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment below!