Halloween is upon us once again, and the 2022 edition of the Holiday is the first time, for many, where a “true” Halloween can take place. One free of social distancing and stay at home orders necessitated by the years-long coronavirus pandemic.
That in and of itself is reason to celebrate. And of course, in MMA land, there’s bound to be some interesting costumes, given the sport attracts more than its share of colorful characters. 2022 is no exception on that front. So let’s get right to it — here are some of the best Halloween costumes from MMA fighters in 2022!
UFC flyweight Casey O’Neill went to a video game classic — or action movie classic, if you prefer. It’s Lara Croft, and she pulls off the Angelina Jolie look pretty darn well if you ask us.
If you guessed tomb raider – you are correct pic.twitter.com/rZ2GexTI08
— Casey Oneill (@kingcaseymma) October 30, 2022
PFL vet Taylor Guardado went the Teen Titans route, dressing up as Raven. A less common pick, so points for originality on that front.
— Taylor Guardado (@taylorgordito) October 30, 2022
Some things, you just can’t unsee…
— Mike “Beast Boy” Davis (@MikeDavisMMA) October 25, 2022
Pearl Gonzalez, meanwhile, recreated Salma Hayek’s distinctive look from 90s Robert Rodriguez classic From Dusk Till Dawn. With a full video preview.
One of my all time favorite movies From Dusk Till Dawn..
What an honor to embody the Queen @salmahayek. 🔥
— PEARL GONZALEZ (@PearlGonzalez) October 30, 2022
The UFC itself chose to celebrate by promoting their five “freakiest” fights in MMA history (at least from their own video archives anyway). Not surprisingly, four of the five fights they single out come from Japan’s PRIDE.
Celebrate Halloween with 5 of the 𝙛𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙠𝙞𝙚𝙨𝙩 fights in MMA history 🎃
— UFC (@ufc) October 31, 2022
Former UFC fighter and current Invicta FC roster member Kay Hansen turned heads again this year.
— Kay Hansen (@KayHansenMMA) October 28, 2022
Paige VanZant/Austin Vanderford
Paige VanZant and hubby Austin Vanderford went with a couples theme this year. Although usually, the cuffs go on the prisoner.
Fans Dress Up As Mike Beltran
Before you say “But Mike Beltran’s a ref, not a fighter,” well, he did box back in the day, including in the Marine Corps., and trains in BJJ as well. So, close enough, and it’s pretty cool to see fans dressing up as one of MMA’s most prominent referees.
Thank you 🙏 for the love and it’s flattering to see these Halloween costumes. Maaaaaaan, even the “Stache” is on point. Amazing couples and of course Marcel @marcelsphoto (Professional MMA Judge) my Dominican Republic 🇩🇴 hermano from New York City. pic.twitter.com/RkXLZQ2wmG
— Mike Beltran (@RefMikeBeltran) October 31, 2022
Not sure if she’ll be in the new Super Mario Bros. movie, but Miesha Tate offers an interesting take on Luigi. Hey, no reason there can’t be some Super Mario sisters.
The biggest name in the sport looks ready to take flight.
Max went with an anime theme this year.
Former Bellator fighter turned WWE star Valerie Loureda broke out the Lola Bunny outfit this year. For those who were unhappy that the Space Jam sequel toned down Lola, well, here you go.
Lola 😉 pic.twitter.com/qsczawiQ4j
— Valerie Loureda (@valerielouredaa) October 31, 2022
Disclaimer: Cageside Press shall not be held responsible should this turn out to be out-of-stock or not be a real costume in the first place.
If you’re a last minute shopper like myself . Lucky you , stop by Walmart or Party City to pick up your Blonde Brunson 👱🏾♂️ costume . Y’all know I got ya. Happy Halloween 🎃 pic.twitter.com/xWm4R7zGgr
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) October 31, 2022
This makes it nearly impossible not to sing the Spider-Man theme song in your head.
Yes, we already shared Brunson’s take on this meme, but “Throat to Cuddle” is just too good.
Wonderboy summons Beetlebas? Ruttenjuice? Beetlerutten?
Former Invicta FC champ and UFC title challenger Megan Anderson is slaying it.
— Megan Anderson (@MeganAnderson) November 1, 2022
UFC welterweight Phil Rowe getting into the spirit. As for his inspiration, well, his nickname is “The Fresh Prince.”
— Philip Rowe (@phillyfreshmma) October 31, 2022