10 MMA Stars I’d like to see in Movember

Posted: October 6, 2010 in Marketing, PR, Strikeforce, UFC

Wow.  This is my 100th post here at Mixed Marketing Arts.  In honor of this momentous event, I’d like to focus on Movember. For those who are not familiar, Movember is an international month-long charity in November where men grow out their mustaches to raise money and awareness for major health issues affecting men’s health. (Ladies, you can participate too – you just won’t be growing any hair on your face.  At least..I hope not.) This year, the money raised by Movember is donated directly to the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LIVESTRONG). ** A pretty good cause if you ask me.

I’ve participated in the event the last two years, and would love to see some of MMA’s stars take up the cause as well.  We’ve seen some fighters pull off facial hair recently like Anderson “The Spider” Silva, “Filthy” Tom Lawlor and of course Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva.  Why not grow it for a cause instead of for show or intimidation?  Do we really want those hockey guys to have all the fun?

Here are my top 10 choices for dream participants:

  • Jason “Mayhem” Miller – Known for his flashy entrances and killer instinct in the cage/ring (and for some of you his MTV reality show) – there are few people in MMA who can work fans up the way Mayhem can. With a barrage of social media tools at his disposal, he could certainly draw some attention to a good cause.
  • Dan Henderson – With an upcoming fight with Babalu on Showtime and recent complaints of a lack of fights with CBS broadcasting, “Hendo” could certainly use some good publicity and as a patriotic fighter would likely be more than willing to help his fellow man.
  • Forrest Griffin – Do I really need to explain? (Just look right)
  • Brock Lesnar – The “Baddest dude on the planet” could certainly grow a manly mo for the cause.  It would go well with his recent training regiment he’s putting in for his upcoming title defense with Cain Velasquez.
  • George St. Pierre – GSP is one slick operator.  He is one of the listed pound-for-pound kings and tends to be a popular one with the ladies.  Heck, how can you resist a man in a suit?  More importantly, he rarely is not clean-shaven and seeing him with some face fuzz would certainly raise eyebrows and attention for the cause.

Now, of course, the top non-fighter choices would be:

  • Dana White – UFC President Dana White is one of the smartest businessmen on the planet.  This we know.  What most may not know is that he is also a pretty generous guy and the UFC participates in a lot of charities throughout the year.  Similar to GSP, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Dana with anything more than 5 o’clock shadow.  His participation would be noticed.
  • “Big” John McCarthy – Who doesn’t listen to Big John?
  • Mike Goldberg – Ok, I’ll be honest. Despite this being a good cause, the idea of Goldie with a mustache just makes me laugh.  This would be good exposure for the cause as Goldie is a UFC announcer and is on every PPV event.  But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit his mustache would also give me an evil laugh.
  • Bas Rutten – A former heavyweight champ and MMA legend, Rutten is now the co-hose of HDnet’s Inside MMA.  With a clean-shaven face and scalp, it is time we got some face fuzz on that wise-crackin’ lip! Could “El Guapo” help raise awareness for this cause? You know he could. Godspeed and party on.
  • Arianny Celeste – UFC Octagon girl and host of The Ultimate Insider, Arianny Celeste has 67k+ followers on Twitter and an upcoming cover in Playboy Magazine.  I have a feeling if she asked people to grow a mustache or donate to the cause – a number of men would listen.

If you’re interested in participating in Movember, please visit: http://www.movember.com/

**Please note, although Movember is a client of my agency, I do not work on that account.

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