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MMA Superstars before they were famous

Top 12 MMA superstars before they were famous
MMA Superstars before they were famous

We may recognize fighters and other personalities involved in MMA as the fearsome and charismatic figures they have become, but humble beginnings usually always precede superstardom and we have pictures to prove it! Let’s take a closer look.

12) Georges St-Pierre

It looks like we’ve finally stumbled upon the real reason why Georges shaves his head regularly despite maintaining all of his hair follicles.

Georges St-Pierre

Georges St-Pierre

Next: Tito Ortiz

11) Tito Ortiz

It appears that much like Mowgli, Tito was raised in the jungle. His untamed and wild locks seem to have carried over to his own adorable children as well.

Tito Ortiz

Tito Ortiz

Next: Dan Henderson

10) Dan Henderson

Having one of the longest and most successful careers in MMA history, it’s no stretch to suggest that Dan Henderson is a man who’s lived through many eras— even the 80’s, where he was a prom god with a mullet so flowing Joe Dirt would be envious.

Dan Henderson

Dan Henderson

Next: Conor McGregor

9) Conor McGregor

Conor always had an eye for fashion by the looks of it. Sure, the bowl-cut of his former years could use a little tweaking, but his suit of choice is both timeless and debonair.

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor

Next: Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson

8) Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson

It’s amazing that one of the most feared men in the UFC was once a dead-ringer for Steve Urkel, and it’s difficult not to fear for anyone who picked on him as a child.

Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson

Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson

Next: Miesha Tate

7) Miesha Tate

Cute as a cupcake— always!

Miesha Tate

Miesha Tate

Next: Forrest Griffin

6) Forrest Griffin

Yeah, that’s definitely the same guy.

Forrest Griffin

Forrest Griffin

Next: Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson

5) Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson

Rampage is one of the few on this list who is virtually unrecognizable from his formative years. He definitely looks more like a Quinton and less like a Rampage in this graduation photo.

Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson

Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson

Next: Alistair Overeem

4) Alistair Overeem

According to Alistair’s fans, he’s gone through many transitions throughout his illustrious career and they’ve coined different names for most of them. He currently goes by ‘Econoreem’ after slimming down from his enormous years as ‘Ubereem’. That would mean the kid seen here is definitely ‘Youngereem’.

Alistair Overeem

Alistair Overeem

Next: Brock Lesnar

3) Brock Lesnar

By the looks of these pictures, Brock was a gigantic powerhouse of a baby who later became a gigantic powerhouse of a man. While his mother has a lot to be proud of, the birthing process must have been harrowing. Ouch!

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar

Next: Dana White

2) Dana White

Things are looking up for Dana White these days. Besides being a multimillionaire and the front man of the largest MMA organization in the world, he’s had his teeth fixed and doesn’t have scabs on his face anymore. Given his outspoken antics, it’s no surprise that his child photo has a sort of endearing and whimsical Dennis the Menace quality.

“Dana! Did you sneak in the cookie jar again?”

Dana White

Dana White

Next: Nick and Nate Diaz

1) Nick and Nate Diaz

Yeah, that’s Nick and Nate alright. Still repping the 209 and still pissed off. Don’t be scared homie!

Nick and Nate Diaz

Nick and Nate Diaz

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