10 MMA fighters who dated celebrities

While all the many UFC today’s stars are treated with the same respect as many other professional athletes and celebrities, which was not always the case. For a long time, the UFC and MMA as a whole weren’t seen as anything particularly special by a large audience. As the popularity of MMA continues to grow around the world, it should come as no surprise that even celebrities have taken notice from time to time.

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Sometimes celebrities noticing some of MMA’s biggest stars can lead to surprising and sometimes tumultuous relationships. Dating someone who fights for a living is probably not the easiest thing in the world, but many professional fighters find relationships long and happy despite a life filled with violence, hardship and excitement.

ten Chuck Liddell – Willa Ford

Chuck Lidell and Willa Ford

With Chuck Liddell’s popularity at its peak, it should come as no surprise that there have been a lot of rumors that he is dating multiple celebrities. At one point, the man was practically the face of the UFC and the reason for its popularity.

Willa Ford, a designer who rose to prominence after a relationship with Nick Carter, dated Liddell for two years from 2004 to 2006. While there wasn’t much information about the relationship, he was also linked to other notorious adult actresses and even an Oscar winner.

9 Tito Ortiz – Jenna Jameson

Tito Ortiz & Jenna Jameson

MMA fans probably know all about Tito Ortiz and his celebrity relationship with adult movie star Jenna Jameson if they were a fan of preparing for his fight with Chael Sonnen. While many fans view him in a more infamous light, Ortiz was a legend in his heyday.

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This relationship was more than just an adventure as the couple have several children together. However, it is clear that their relationship is not the best. In recent years, Jameson has called for some kind of peace so that their children can have normal and happy lives.


8 Luke Rockhold – Demi Lavato

Luke Rockhold and Demi Lavato

For a long time, it seemed like pop star and actress Demi Lavato was absolutely everywhere. It seems even MMA fighters took note since at one point Luke Rockhold was romantically linked with the popular singer.

While MMA relationships tend to end in a dramatic way, their relationship seems to have ended in a fairly amicable way. They only dated for a short time, which may have played a role in that. This short relationship, however, resulted in the two getting tattooed a pair of matching tattoos at one point.

seven Henry Cavill – Gina Carano

Henry Cavill and Gina Carano

While it’s rare for MMA fighters to date someone with significant star power, Gina Carano has managed to do just that. Many MMA fans might be surprised to learn that for a while she was dating one of the most famous actors of the modern generation in Henry Cavill.

The two dated for a few months and even ended up having a dog together. By all accounts, the relationship seemed to have ended in a way that made things better for both parties as there weren’t too many issues for the dog to stay with Cavill.

6 Brendan Schaub – Whitney Cummings

Brendan Schaub & Whitney Cummings

While many fighters eat, sleep and breathe while fighting for their entire lives, others turn to other pursuits once their careers are over. Brendan Schaub is one of those fighters, as he now tends to focus on podcasting and comedy.

It can be difficult to gauge how friendly or agitated the couple are in interviews and appearances since they are no longer together and both work in comedy. Although the two of them shoot each other from time to time, it seems like a form of fun.

5 Roger Huerta – Laura Prepon

Roger Huerta & Laura Prepon

MMA fans may think Laura Prepon’s name sounds familiar, and there’s a good reason for that. The famous actress has featured in many famous shows and movies throughout her career, including Orange is the new black and This 70s show.

Details of the relationship are fairly closely watched by those involved, but the relationship only lasted for about a year. Both may seem odd to some MMA fans, but Huerta’s impressive career has likely caught the attention of many.

4 Sam Alvey – McKey Sullivan

Sam Alvey and McKey Sullivan

For a fighter as likeable as Sam Alvey, it should come as no surprise that he has managed to attract a full-fledged celebrity. While MMA fans may not have heard McKey Sullivan’s name, she had done a lot of modeling work.

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The two have a great love affair with them who meet and date for quite a while before eventually getting married. The couple have since started a family and have five children together. What else would MMA fans expect from one of the finest fighters to ever step into the Octagon?

3 Luke Sanders – Becky Lynch

Luke Sanders and Becky Lynch

While Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins seem to be the talk of the combat sports lover world, there was a time when she dated an MMA fighter. Luke Sanders and Becky Lynch dated for a significant amount of time.

The two only appeared to have gone their separate ways due to Lynch’s busy schedule in WWE and Sanders’ desire to spend more time with his daughter. While many wrestling fans would have called Sander crazy for breaking up with Lynch, many agree his reasoning was both noble and respectable.

2 War Machine – Christy Mack

War Machine and Christy Mack

The man known as the War Machine has enjoyed a roller coaster career thanks to some of his personal choices. With some of his bad choices and more adult ties, it’s no shock that he found himself in a tumultuous relationship with adult star Christy Mack.

This relationship unfortunately does not have a happy ending, as War Machine is currently serving a life sentence for the terrible abuse he inflicted on Mack. What Mack was subjected to is something no one should have to go through, so it’s likely that many MMA fans will be happy that War Machine is behind bars.

1 Travis Browne – Ronda Rousey

Travis Browne and Ronda Rousey

There might be a lot of MMA fans out there who don’t care too much about Rousey anymore, but it’s hard to argue that she isn’t a mega-celebrity. Her celebrity status led her to immerse herself in movies, games, and even WWE, but she ended up as an MMA fighter nonetheless.

Travis Browne and Ronda Rousey appear to be in the midst of a wonderful relationship as the two have since settled down and had a child. The two have been together since 2015, and it looks like they couldn’t be happier with each other.

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