The highest level of mixed martial arts can be found by traveling a narrow path that leads to the UFC. Those who make it might sometimes seem to be bigger than life characters with an mystical aura surrounding them, as they make their walk to the Octagon. But, what we often get reminded of is that they are not only human, but their quirks, hobbies and sometimes ridiculousness is what makes them so relatable as a human being.

With that being said, let’s get down to explore what these things are in this week edition of ‘The List’.

Bendo and the Toothpick 

To quote Joe Rogan from his ‘Fight Companion Podcast’, as he saw it live, when former lightweight champion, Benson Henderson defeated Brandon Thatch. Henderson re-positioned his tongue and moved the toothpick around in his mouth for the UFC cameraman to see it, “That’s some Charles Bronson shit!”. This incident was also after Henderson already got caught once in an earlier fight doing it, and given a stern warning from the UFC brass.

That didn’t seem to bother Henderson in the least. Let’s see if he does it in Seoul, South Korea, on November 28, when he meets Jorge Masvidal in the main event.

Have a look for yourself.

Josh Barnett loves ‘Magic: The Gathering’ 

To be the UFC heavyweight champion of the world, you are often considered, because of your size, to be the ‘baddest man on the planet’. This perhaps might often be an acceptable statement, but what strengthens that point for me is if you have the cojones to openly admit that you play a card game that has for generations considered to be a game for ‘Geeks’ and ‘Nerds’.

From a personal standpoint, I know somewhere between very little to nothing about the game. However, after watching a Youtube clip with Barnett playing the game with the host of the program, ‘Spellslingers’, Day9 (yep, that’s what he is called), I have to admit, I wouldn’t mind learning to play that game. The host makes an incredible job keeping the viewer like myself interested.

Check it out here.

Machida and that Lemonade-looking drink

This has been a little known fact in the MMA community for a long time now, that Machida and his father pee in a glass every morning after they wake up, to then drink it. This (family recipe) tradition has been transferred to him from his father, and he has been quoted from ‘TATAME’ and later transcribed by, saying it’s “.. like a natural medicine”.

If you dare to watch it, here you go.

Georges St-Pierre believes in UFOs

I know, I know. He is not currently on the UFC roster, but with all the recent talk about him coming back I put him on this list anyway. Plus, this one is so great, I just couldn’t help myself.

If you are a fan of St-Pierre, and I know many are, and haven’t heard him explaining to Joe Rogan on the ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ podcast, his belief that he has been abducted by something out of this world, you are missing out. This will make your head explode. This is just one of my many favorite conversation pieces from that.

GSP: “Sometimes when I close my eyes, three hours has passed.”

Rogan: “It’s called sleep George.”

GSP: “I hope so.”

It’s a very interesting interview, with so much to talk about. I really recommend you watch it if you haven’t.

Visit their conversation here.


Cerrone and the BMF video blog. 

You used to see many fighters do their own video blogs as their personal ‘Countdown’ to hype up their own fights a while back. That has significantly dialed down now, unfortunately. Joe Lauzon still does it when he has a fight coming up, but someone who has taken it to another level is “Cowboy” Cerrone.

‘Bad Mother F—– Ranch’ is located on Cerrone’ property, where he lives with other fighters who strive to hit the premium stage in MMA. You will find him training for his upcoming title fight with Rafael dos Anjos on December 19, opening fan letters, traveling around in his humongous RV, hunting, and so much more. It’s a great inside look at the wildman that is Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.

This is a must see. 

About The Author

Christian Larusson
Staff Writer

Christian Larusson is a passionate Mixed Martial Arts fan. With experience in writing for Swedish MMA sites, he now solely writes in English through blogging, PunchDrunkSports and The MMA Corner. Got his heart broken early in his life when a friend, ‘Judas’, told him that WWE/WWF wasn’t real. Then one day, he saw MMA on a friend's computer, he was overwhelmed with emotions from what his eyes had just seen. He´s been in love ever since. Christian has been published in different Swedish papers and books, nothing to do with MMA though, so who gives a shh-.