According to a May 6 tweet from War Machine, the Bellator MMA standout claims to have started the Hello Kitty trend that has been sweeping through the mixed martial acts scene of late.
“I wore Hello Kitty shorts on my shorts in my BAMMA fight in England,” War Machine tweeted. “Oh yeah, I also wore Hello Kitty undies when I beat on Roger Huerta.”
Upon review of the video tape, it appears that War Machine speaks the truth.
War Machine did in fact sport Hello Kitty shorts during his 2010 brawl against Zach Light, which was a key tilt at the BAMMA 3 event in England.
“I got the Hello Kitty [logo on my shorts]. It’s kinda gay, but it’s for my fiancee,” War Machine stated during his post-fight interview at BAMMA 3.
War Machine was then asked if Hello Kitty was one of his sponsors.
“I wish,” War Machine replied. “I just threw it on there for my fiancee because she loves Hello Kitty. I thought she would get a kick out of it, so I don’t know.”
War Machine, who is slated to fight Blas Avena at Bellator 96, may be one of the most dangerous men on the planet, but it’s nice to see he has an adorable soft side.
War Machine’s support for Hello Kitty preceded other MMA stars who sported the brand inside the cage, or during training.
Earlier this year, Fiona Muxlow, a 35-year-old striker from Queensland, Australia, supported the Hello Kitty trend by wearing Hello Kitty sweatpants inside the Dream ring, in preparation for her Dream 18 bout against Marloes Coenen.
While Muxlow fell to Coenen in the opening frame of action, she earned serious props from Hello Kitty fans for showcasing the brand to a global audience.
“@EricHolden Hello Kitty @dreamPR pic.twitter.com/j5VHzk8mAl,” Muxlow tweeted on May 6.
Muxlow, who is coming off a knockout loss to Cris Santos, said there is an MMA shop in Phuket, Thailand, that sells Hello Kitty Muay Thai shorts, and she encourages MMA fans to scoop them up while they are still available.
“It’s located across the road from Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket,” Muxlow explained.
Hello Kitty Muay Thai shorts have become quite popular in women’s MMA, as several notable stars were recently spotted sporting them during training.
Fans of MMA and Muay Thai can purchase the Hello Kitty Muay Thai shorts at MuayThaiArt.com, for the low price of $39.99.
In 2012, Jordan Nicole “The Ninja Princess” Gaza showed off to her legion of Facebook fans and followers, a photo of herself rocking a cute pair of Hello Kitty MMA shorts during a training session.
Gaza, War Machine and Muxlow definitely helped support Hello Kitty by placing the spotlight on them, to people who may not have otherwise been aware of the Japanese brand.
Are Hello Kitty shorts good for MMA? That all depends who you ask, but it seems clear that shorts like these help showcase the softer side of the sport. In turn, perhaps some casual sports fans will give MMA a chance, when they otherwise wouldn’t have.
These fighters have serious skill and athleticism inside the cage, but there’s nothing wrong with showing off their cute side when the time calls for it.
At present time, Muxlow is working on getting down to 135 pounds to make her bantamweight debut for Invicta FC. No word yet on when Gaza returns to action. War Machine is slated to fight at Bellator 96.
Hopefully they will continue to support Hello Kitty in the days and weeks ahead.