SI.com's '08 mid-year MMA Razzies
We gave you the legitimate awards. Now it's time for the fun stuff. Who boosted your self-esteem with their crazy antics? Who made your rags-for-a-wardrobe look like designer duds? Welcome to SI.com's mid-year Razzies, where the worst-of-the-worst are showcased for all to enjoy ... yet again.
Face of MMA (for better or worse): Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson.
Money Man: Lorenzo Fertitta of Zuffa. Millionaire trying to make more millions steps away from billion-dollar industry into multi-million dollar industry in hopes of turning it into a multi-billion dollar industry.
Nuthin to Sumthin: Forrest Griffin. From TUF to UFC champ, "Ears" got game.
Greatest Feud: Randy Couture vs. Zuffa. Yes, the contract dispute is ongoing and seemingly never ending.
Biggest Party Pooper: The State of New York. MMA's ongoing battle for regulation across the United States crashed and burned in the Big Apple. The New York Assembly failed to push forward a bill that would legalize the sport in the state.
Biggest Whiner: Juanito Ibarra. Dude, get over yourself. And ditch the hat.
Foolish Yet Brilliant: Jesse Taylor. Perhaps the only man in the world to put on a public drunken rampage and get paid for doing so -- legally, that is. See you at UFC Fight Night 14.
Worst Dressed: Kimbo at the Country Music Awards. The fact that he was even at the event is a whole other issue.
Best dressed: Jay Hieron. Stud.
Best female fighter: Gina Carano. Bring it.
Best body: Georges St. Pierre. Words are not needed. (Currently sweating.)
Hottest Ring Girl: Rachelle Leah. Not sure if she's still an Octagon Girl but does it really matter?
Man Amongst Boys: Anderson Silva. It doesn't matter if he's only fought once so far this year: The man's a beast.
Most Likely to be on "A Shot At Love with Tila Tequila": Josh Koscheck. He's just not right. They'd make a cute couple.
Best Victory via Ass-Beating: Kimbo. (He's on a roll!) Bursting a dude's cauliflower ear is not in the rule book under means of TKO. Lying on the mat like a beached whale does not equate to a skilled ground game. And shaving your body hair into pretty shapes doesn't help your cause on any front.
Most Quotable: Tim Sylvia: "Half of this game is 90 percent mental." Aside from the obvious, Sylvia blows away the others in this category because it's a STOLEN dumb quote that's been mangled to sound dumber. If you're gonna steal a quote, don't take Yogi Berra's. And if you're dumb enough to take Yogi's, don't mess it up even more.
Worst Hair: Tito Ortiz. Just because your girlfriend has bleached-blonde hair doesn't mean you should too. And how you maim a buzz cut?
Worst Intro: Phil Baroni looking like a pimped-out Santa Claus at CBS-EliteXC's inaugural "Saturday Night Fight." Quite the prime-time debut.
Family Feud: Daddy Diaz vs. Daddy Noons. When's the rematch?
Worst Trash Talker: Tito Ortiz on Dana White. Telling someone you would have shanked him when you were younger just makes you look moronic. Strike two for Tito.
Least Likely To Form a Cohesive Thought: Nick Diaz. Case in point: I'm here to fight. I'm not trying to be a movie star. I'm not trying to wear a [expletive] suit like K.J. Noons. I'll save my money to buy some [expletive] weed. You know what I mean? I'm trying to enhance the quality of my living. That's the same reason why I will fight people, I will get high, because that's a higher quality of life. You know what I mean? I don't [expletive] do drugs and I don't do no [expletive]. You know what I mean? I'm trying to enhance the quality of my living. Whatever is going to do that. I'm not down for [expletive] chemicals. You know what I mean? I'm down for whatever is going to do it. If fighting and whatever else I do and saying [expletive] you, and being able to do that and still make money, you know, sounding ignorant.
Greatest Set of Ears: Three-way tie between Forrest Griffin, James Thompson and Randy Couture. Couture hasn't fought (officially) in almost a year and those things are still disgusting. Unfortunately for Griffin, those bad boys are natural. Sorry, buddy. Tough break.