Nowadays, how a fighter brands themselves is, arguably, more important than their actual fighting ability.
As independent contractors, every mixed martial artist who fills a corner of the cage is a self-operative CEO. A businesses marketing strategy is important, and the same is true for fighters. Fact of the matter is: the hurt business bruises the egos of the sport’s most savage brutes—and not because they were punched, kicked, or choked into the badlands before a live audience—because they can’t understand why their striking or submission skillset isn’t enough. Many fighters prefer to cage themselves off from social media and the public eye altogether, but, unfortunately, If they don’t put themselves out there, they’ll remain hidden in the shadows, wondering why their stock never rose.
In recent years, quite a few high-profile prizefighters have turned the dials of their personalities from a minimal level of annoyance to its maximum capacity, creating personas that are perceived as cartoonish. The majority of martial artists who choose to test their craft within MMA’s nearly lawless atmosphere don’t want to be mixed up with playing the role of a “character,” which is respectable. Truth be told: fans just want to feel invested in, whether it’s positively or negatively, the man or woman standing under the spotlight.
Even as an up-and-coming amateur, the sooner a fighter molds a signature to broadcast to the masses, the more recognizable they become. Any brand created, however, doesn’t have to harden like concrete. There is always some flexibility along a fighter’s already difficult journey; it’s just a matter of how the fighter shares their metamorphosis.
Using the given images as clues, try and guess the fighter’s name. The way you are supposed to read the clues is as follows: the image at the top is the fighter’s nickname; the image in the middle makes the first nickname; and the final image represents their last name.
If you think you know the fighter’s name, enter it into the comments.
Welcome to MMA Storytime’s 100 Word Flash Fiction Challenge!
Each week, writers who choose to participate will be given a prompt, 100 words, and the freedom to go wherever the prompt leads. Much like two mixed martial artists meeting in the cage: a minimal ruleset can create endless possibility and wild excitement.
Prompted words will be posted each Monday, and writers will have until Sunday evening to share their entry. Once you are done, create a pingback—following the inserted instructions (here)—or add a link to your entry in the comments section.
Write 100 words.
Use the current week’s prompt.
Create a pingback or add your link in the comments section.
As if MMA couldn’t get more exciting, a ring announcer with the right voice and energy can act as an electric shock, jolting fans, as well as the fighters, into a state of heightened readiness.
Whether it’s Bruce Buffer’s powerful pitch motoring MMA’s most globally recognized promotion, the infamous howl of Lenne Hardt, or any amplified tone all the way down to the local level, the talented announcers make a task as simple reading a name and several data points seem unfathomable.
From introducing the two warriors in their respective corners for battle to sharing the official decision with the audience, a successful announcer bookends an MMA contest into history.
For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, writers were tasked with unwrapping a song with one of the given words, in either the title or the lyrics: birthday, gift, cake, party, surprise. The walkout song of Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson, “The Party Has Just Begun” by DJ Ultrabright, is a perfect bow on the present of this challenge.
Ferguson (25-3) hasn’t suffered defeat since 2013 and currently rides a twelve-fight win-streak, so it comes as no shock that he was next in line to challenge for the UFC’s Lightweight Title. Although the pandemic circumventing the globe has been, to say the least, eye-opening, Ferguson’s attempt to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0) for the belt was cancelled four times previous to their upcoming date on April 18, 2020—UFC 249—so fans weren’t completely surprised this matchup, which has been rightfully labeled “cursed,” was cancelled again. Ferguson’s fighting style and persona is unique, in that: every time he steps into the Octagon or posts something online, it resembles the moment when you walk into a room, remove your dark sunglasses, and everyone yells, “Surprise!”
As easy as it would be to generate a list of mixed martial artists’ names and scribble a bio about each one, there is so much more to MMA than meets the eye—though, of course, without a pair of savages filling their respective corners, the sport wouldn’t exist. From inside the cage and out, MMA Storytime’s participation in the A to Z Challenge hopes to shed light on aspects of MMA that, more often than not, remain hidden in the shadows.
Listed below are the topics that will be featured, from A to Z, throughout the month of April: