Sara McMann vs. Ronda Rousey: The Ink

Saturday, February 22, 2014

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey fights Sara McMann tonight live on PPV at UFC 170. The day after a PPV is news heavy, and the day before is news light, providing an opportunity to focus on issues like tattoos, rather than important news like who said what mean thing about who.

Sara McMann @Sara_McMann
Love my finished tattoo from @diamondthieves1 thank you daron and John! 

Ronda Rousey has tattoos in two places, only one of which you will see Saturday night.

She also has an encircling ankle tattoo that reads in part  ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’, the motto of the Olympic games and means ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’.

Some fans get Ronda Rousey tattoed on them.

This follows a fan in South Africa who recently got Rousey tattooed on his leg.

Rousey is by no means the only fighter who has their name tattooed on the body of a fan or friend.

Kimbo alone has inspired a creek of ink. 

Kimbo and Rousey are far from alone.


Others are not content with fighters, but opt to get a tattoo for their most beloved promotion.

Travis Reddinger Bellator tattoo stomach mma

TapouT of course is the inspiration for countless tattoos.

And of course a number of fighters boast some remarkable ink.


Bas Rutten: “The one on my right hand means “Ki” that means energy, life energy. Force. The one on my other hand means “Shao” that means a long life. I put the first one on my hand, after this tattoo I never lost a fight anymore in my life. So I think, “Wait a minute This tattoo works”, so I was always really afraid to die, I think maybe a plane is going to crash or something, so lets give myself a long life, so I put this tattoo on, which means a long life.”

GSP: “The tattoo on my chest means that there are two sides to me. I can be very rude and I can be very nice. I like to be rude when I fight.”

Jake Shields wears his heart on his sleeve:

Joe Rogan: The tattoo depicts Hogan’s Spirit Molecule trip where he hallucinated and saw an Alien Thai Buddha made out of energy telling him not to give into astonishment.  If you look at the molecule in the center of the tattoo it’s the DMT (Dimethyltryptamine) molecule pictured on Wiki.

Babalu: The ink and the fighter are both truly tribal:

Gilbert Yvel's tattoos could make someone's worst of list too, but he wears the names of everyone he has knocked out, which is memorable. Not sure if the list includes the ref or not.

Chris Leben: Yes, that is a head in the samurai's hand.

Genki Sudo: “The bird on my back is my design, inspired by the ground pattern on the Nezka, Peru. The left arm's symbol is the symbol of life for one of the Native American tribes. The letters under that one are Hindu letters meaning “Everything is gonna be alright”. The right arm tattoo is a graphic of four Chinese characters meaning “Genki Nyorai” – my own creation of a Budda.”
Alessio Sakara: “SPQR I have on my body!” Sakara says, referencing the ‘Senatus Populusque Romanus’ tattoo on his forearm that marks him as solider for the Roman Empire. “I like Roman history very much, and Greek history. I read a lot of books. (My favorite period) varies a lot. I like Julius Caesar and Marcus Aurelius. Everything in Rome, every period is good for me. I like the Spartan culture too, very much … It is because my name Sakara is an old name in the Roman Empire, in the south. For this I put the nickname Legionarus, which means a soldier in the Roman Empire. I am a soldier for Rome now — I fight around the world, I fight for Rome and for Italy.”

Aleksander Emelianenko: If the purpose of his ink is to be intimidating, it is very effective.


Ivan Salaverry: Yes, that is something like human cockfighting. Still one of the coolest tattoos in the sport:

Wanderlei Silva: It's Wanderlei Silva

Enson Inoue: Samurai

Thiago Silva: A warrior joint locking a demon.

Dan Hardy: Fighters like tats and Punk Rockers like tats, and Hardy showcases the best of both.


Ben Henderson: Reportedly took 18 hours

If you know any good, bad, or ugly MMA tattoos, post below.