Pride FC Shirt
BUY on AMZN: $6.00
Finally, I found the Pride FC Shirt! Pride FC was the first platform to launch MMA’s popularity. Founded by Nobuyuki Sakakibara and Nobuhiko Takada in 1997 Pride FC made Japan the mecca of MMA where the world’s best athletes flocked to compete. The original intention of Pride FC was to build a platform where Takada could fight the legendary Rickson Gracie. The show found its popularity and grew to be a national sensation.
One of the reasons behind it’s popularity was that it was a new promotion that broke away from the traditional platforms in Karate and Sumo. Additionally, each event was managed and produced to be like a show instead of a competition. With exciting costumes, interesting fighters, and the enthusiastic announcing voice of Lenne Hardt. Pride FC brought early MMA fans unforgettable experiences and fight heroes.
Nate Diaz and Yancy Medeiros RVCA Shirts
from @natediaz209 instagram
Nate’s shirt on AMZN: $37.00
Yancy’s shirt on AMZN: $27.00
Nate Diaz and Yancy Medeiros RVCA Shirts. Nate and Yancy are two of the most terrifying fighters in the UFC. Both train out of Cesare Gracie’s gym and belong to a team of absolute killers like Gilbert Melendez, Jake Shields, and of course Nick Diaz.
Both fighters are sponsored by RVCA and here they are rocking some of their subtle and stylish shirts. Although these shirts are easily found on Amazon, I’m not sure I can make these shirts look as cool and confident as these two.
JACO SUGA Rashad Shirt
from @sugarashadevans instagram
BUY on AMZN: $19.99
Rashad Evans coming out with the SUGA Rashad Shirt. Rashad Evans made his mark on MMA during the most tumultuous time of the UFC Light Heavyweight division. A period of time when the belt changed hands without any successful defences. Rashad Evans earned his title short with a devastating knockout win against the legend Chuck Liddell. He then won the championship from Forrest Griffin.
Javier Mendez, Daniel Cormier, and Bob Cook With AKA Affliction Shirts
from @laziethesavage instagram
BUY on AMZN: $44.00
BUY at AKA SHOP: $22.99
Two proud coaches and their current Light Heavyweight Champion and team captain Daniel Cormier rocking AKA Affliction shirts.
The American Kickboxing Academy has produced some of MMAs toughest and most accomplished fighters. Starting with an earlier generation of top fighters in Frank Shamrock, Josh Koscheck, and Jon Fitch. Coached by the phenomenal team of Javier Mendez, Bob Cook, and Dave Camarillo. Although these fighters were never champions in the UFC they put AKA on the map as one of the best MMA gyms in the US.
Around 2012, there was a huge riff between the fighters and the coaches at AKA resulting in Josh Koscheck and Dave Camarillo leaving AKA. The drama and the resulting feud only served to bring more attention and publicity to the gym. Many members of the fight world questioned AKA and whether they would be able to survive without Guerilla Jiu Jitsu founder and grappling coach Dave Camarillo.
Nick Diaz Torque Shirt: UFC 183 Walkout Shirt
from @nickdiaz209 instagram
BUY on AMZN: $13.78
The Nick Diaz Torque Shirt is Nick’s UFC 183 walkout shirt. 100% cotton, soft distressed print, vintage look and feel.
Making one of the most historic events in the UFC. UFC 183 was when Nick Diaz fought the legendary Anderson Silva. However, in my opinion, the event seemed to turn into another Anderson Silva hoax. Almost turning in to an Anderson Silva vs Demian Maia performance.