There have been some unusual pre-fight rituals over the years, none more so than Jan Blachowicz – who headlines this weekend’s UFC 267 card.
Whilst walking his dog one day in the forest, Blachowicz came across a man who had hung himself.
Most people would have trouble sleeping that night, but not Jan…
“When you find a hanged man, you take his rope for luck”
Ok, whatever you say Jan… but after his recent success, who can dispute the good luck of the dead man’s rope?
That leads us into a rather unusual countdown… what are MMA’s Top 5 Strangest Pre-Fight Rituals?
To keep it fair, we have excluded Jan from the countdown as nobody is topping that level of weirdness.
5 – Danny Castillo
Castillo loved fight week.
Not only because he got to step inside the steel cage and punch people in the face, but he also got to enjoy the bright lights and the seedy alleyways of Las Vegas.
So much so that he even managed to convince his girlfriend that his lucky charm superstition was…. going to the strippers before every fight.
You sure it was just during fight week, Danny?
“That’s a fun superstition and a routine that I have”
But we do applaud the commitment.
Some fighters go to extraordinary lengths to maintain that competitive edge, even if it means undergoing a weight cut whilst copping a lap dance.
Needless to say, his relationship didn’t last, and neither did his winning streak.
Castillo ended his UFC career losing five of his last six bouts before retiring in 2015.
4 – Clay Guida
Most fighters try to avoid damage leading up to the fight, but not Clay Guida.
He believes that not only should you accumulate CTE inside the cage, but getting repeatedly slapped in the face by your much bigger brother, is a perfect thing to do, right before the bout.
“I know I ain’t gonna get hit as hard as my brother hits me, and that gets me so amped up and excited”
Normally I would say “whatever floats ya boat, Clay”, but it turns out that he’s comfortable floating on a boat too.
Before his UFC career, Guida used to earn a crust hunting king crabs in Alaska (remember the show ‘World’s Deadliest Catch’?
Yeah, apparently MMA is a walk in the park compared to working on the fishing vessels in the Bering Sea, his words, not mine.
If you haven’t gathered by now, Clay Guida is a strange cat.
He’s 39 years old, has fought 57 times in sanctioned bouts, approximately 111 unsanctioned pub brawls, and a few royal rumble “man overboard” exhibitions on the high seas.
Clay, on behalf of all MMA fans around the world, we love ya!
3 – Lyoto Machida
Whilst most young fighters in the early 2000’s tried to gain a competitive advantage by taking an exorbitant amount of steroids, Lyoto Machida found another way.
Mid-way through his rise to stardom, Machida started to drink his own piss – claiming that it had health benefits and was almost like a self-created detox that would help flush out his system.
For the record, ‘urine therapy’ has been around for many years, by medical experts are skeptical at best about its healing properties.
Nonetheless, it didn’t seem to harm Machida’s career – where he went onto claim the UFC light heavyweight championship in 2008.
Here’s cheers Lyoto…
2 – Matt Lindland
In 2003, Lindland accidentally knocked himself out whilst attempting a takedown against Falaniko Vitale.
Unfortunately for Linland, that wasn’t the low point of his career.
Before he retired, the Portland native revealed that his pre-fight routine consisted of not showering for a week before his fights.
The first thing that comes to mind… “Why?”
Well, apparently he used this technique as an attempt to repulse his opponents and make their lives miserable whenever they got near him in the cage.
Whilst we give him big props for creativity, the fact that he ended his career being either knocked out or choked unconscious in 4 of his last 5 bouts, suggests that his opponents found a way to overcome Linland’s stench.
He ended his career with a 22-9 record, having fought some of the biggest and the best, including Fedor Emelianenko and TRT-Vitor (Belfort).
1 – Ronda Rousey
Not only was she blessed with good looks and a sassy personality, but “Rowdy” also loved working on her endurance.
You see, the thing Rousey always liked to do in the lead up to every fight was to have copious amounts of sex.
“I mean for girls it raises your testosterone, so I try to have as much sex as possible before a fight”
No wonder her husband, former UFC heavyweight Travis Browne, was so disappointed when Ronda decided to walk away from the sport after back-to-back losses against Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes in 2016.
Fight week or not, we can only hope that Rowdy never loses her desire for those increased testosterone levels!
Now that you’ve heard from the fighters, let us know in the comments below what your pre-fight preparations will look like ahead UFC 267 this weekend!