Some fighters, like Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, get their hats stolen while walking to the Octagon. Others, like Chael Sonnen, get zapped with electric pens while on press tours overseas.
They are the lucky ones.
Retired UFC welterweight contender Chris Lytle (via Bloody Elbow) was not as fortunate, and recalls an uncomfortable run-in with a male fan who not only tried to swap spit with "Lights Out," but also left the aspiring politician feeling like a rape victim.
"This was one of the weirdest things that's ever happened to me. It's been a few years back, and I honestly didn't know how to react. So I'm out and people are around me and getting pictures with me. This one guy kind of stumbles out in front of all the other people, pushing some of them back. It was kind of rude, but I was going to ignore it. This guy comes at me and is trying to kiss me on the mouth. I pushed him back, and got a little freaked out. He was persistent too. It got to the point where I was trying to hide in this crowd of people just to get back to my seat. It scared me because this guy was aggressively trying to kiss me [laughs]. It made me feel like a rape victim or something. I didn't like that feeling at all. I had to get away from that. It was the most disturbing thing I've ever had happen [laughs]."
This is not an isolated incident, but Lytle is lucky that all his stalker wanted was a smooch. Some fans, like the one who may have tried to stab Chris Weidman prior to UFC 162, can take things to an unfortunate extreme, something that happened to tennis star Monica Seles back in 1993.