In the modern day, sports stars come in all shapes and sizes and hail from all different backgrounds. Of course, you still have the huge and physically imposing athletes, but you also have smaller and more technical athletes becoming more common. This is especially true in MMA as they now have weight classes for all sizes. Here are five MMA fighters who you would never guess are actual fighters.
1. Ian McCall
If you were to see this guy on the street in his home turf of Orange County, California, you would think the tattooed, 5’5 man with a waxed moustache was just another hipster with a rich father. And while you may be right, this hipster with a rich father can also kick your ass. McCall is a current UFC Flyweight and is perennial top contender in the division. And don’t let the size fool you, he has beaten men much bigger than himself.
2. Andre Fili
Andre Fili is a current contender in the UFC’s Featherweight division, but you would never guess this by looking at him on the street. For someone unfamiliar with the UFC and its fighters, Fili looks like nothing more than your typical 25 year old hipster from the Northwest, complete with facial piercings, tattoos and gauged ears. But for someone familiar with the UFC, they know he is an extremely talented fighter capable of destroying 99% of the population with ease.
3. Joe Lauzon
If you saw Joe Lauzon walking around the street or in an office setting, you might think he is nothing more than a computer geek. His thin build, big ears and unintimidating look do not really represent what the man really does for a living. In reality, Joe Lauzon is one of the best and most exciting Lightweights in the UFC, and someone who you would not want to mess with. Also, before becoming a fighter, Lauzon worked as a computer network administrator in Cambridge, Mass.
4. Paige VanZant
Paige VanZant has recently burst onto the scene around UFC circles as being the new “hot” face of the female 115 pound Strawweight division. VanZant burst onto the scene a few years ago and already has impressed fans around the world with her model good looks, perky attitude and her great performances in the cage. Though she looks barely older than a high school girl, she could without a doubt beat you up if she wanted to.
5. Demetrious Johnson
“Mighty Mouse” is the current UFC Flyweight Champion and is in the conversation as the best pound for pound fighter in the world. Standing at only 5’3 and with a very nice and quiet persona, Johnson is a far cry from what type of look you would expect from a cage fighting champion. In fact, those who don’t know the fight game wouldn’t even look twice at this guy. But he is probably one of the last guys on the entire planet you would ever want to mess with.