Usually, MMA is a pretty serious sport. After all, you can’t fool around too much when guys are dishing out muay thai roundhouses and spinning heel kicks. But every once in a while, things don’t go as planned. And then MMA can be pretty hilarious. To show you what I’m talking about—and to brighten the day for all you MMA fans out there—here are 21 funny MMA gifs. Enjoy, but don’t try any of this at home.
It’s like a secret service guy taking a bullet for the President...after he’s already been shot.
21. Referee take-out
The dude who just lost to this spaz must feel really embarrassed now.
20. Celebration Fail, Part 1
You would think this guy would try to play it cool after this stunt—you know, try to make it look like he didn’t just do a backflip belly flop onto the mat and break a rib. But I guess the pain was overwhelming
19. Celebration Fail, Part 2
I can understand if a ref has to tackle a guy to prevent serious bodily harm to his opponent. But in this one, nothing’s even happened yet. (Is there some secret “no hopping” rule in MMA that I’m not aware of?)
18. No Hopping Allowed!
When you miss a kick by this much, you deserve to be photoshopped.
17. Photoshop + GIF = Hilarity
I guess the ref was tired of just watching guys fight. So he decided to get in on the action and make this a three-way.
16. Hey, let me try that!
This is definitely a case in which intervention is needed. But I think the ref might do more damage by jumping on top of the guy being pummeled.
15. Who needs that kind of protection?
Don’t worry, everybody, I’m totally fine. No really, I got this.
14. Thumbs up
Well I guess you never know if a guy scares easily until you try, right?
Are you saying this guy loves his Micky D’s? Yeah, that looks about right.
(Yes, I know this is photoshopped, chill out.)
12. Clutching his McD’s
Even tough MMA fighters like to let loose and boogie every once in a while. Is that the right word? Boogie?
11. MMA disco
Wait, what are we supposed to do now? Oh, right, karate chop the other guy. Thanks, ref.
10. Ref’s knows kung fu
This guy right here. No. Crap. I mean, it’s this guy. Sorry.
9. And the winner is...
In case you couldn’t tell by the excited reaction from the referee, this double knockout is f---ing sweet.
8. Ref likes double knockout
After this, let’s go get a bite.
Sounds good babe
7. Smooch, Part 1
This is pretty much what you expect to happen when a guy plants one on his opponent before the match, isn’t it?
6. Smooch, Part 2
Wow, that army guy is super pumped that these two dude finally expressed their true feelings for each other.
5. Smooch, Part 3
What? Doesn’t the ref always perform a pre-fight crotch inspection? No?
4. Crotches ready?
This guy must have been a Boy Scout. He’s obviously come prepared for everything—even bad breath.
Reminds me of a cartoon. You know the ones—there’s a big scrum, and one character grabs a hold of what he thinks is another character’s foot and chomps down on it, then immediately realizes it was in fact his own foot.