In no time at all, Ol' Saint Nick is going to be negotiating his way down everyone's chimney with that big red bag. And when he stops at a fighter's home, he's going to have things like gloves, shorts and new running shoes, right? Well ... you might think so, but you'll be surprised by what's on an MMA fighter's list.
"My holiday wish is for my wife, kids and I to get some time just to ourselves." - Matt Lindland, coach of the IFL's Wolfpack
"I want an H2 Hummer (Dana, are you reading this? LOL!). A laptop computer would also be nice." - Sean Sherk, UFC lightweight champion
"I just want to be more calm and relaxed in 2007. I want more quality of life and fewer hassles. Life is too short to be arguing and looking over your shoulder. Some people don't get the whole "fighting for principles." They just care about $$. I'm about people and relationships - not $$. So I want peace and harmony. It sounds hokey, but it's so true. I have a great life and family. I want to be able to enjoy them more."
And, as long as you're asking ...
- JC Santana, MMA trainer and owner of Intocombat
"Happiness. Every year my father gave me a new football for Christmas and every year we spent tons of time tossing that ball. The ball wasn't the best gift ... the time together was." - Rich Franklin, former UFC middleweight champion
"I want some more quality time with the family. As for everything else, I am happy ... just extremely busy!" - Bas Rutten, coach of the IFL's Anacondas
"I would like an itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikini for Christmas! Happy holidays!" - Joan Farrell, ring girl
"Peace throughout the world and for everyone to focus on building up the world - not destroying it." - Anderson Silva, UFC middleweight champion
"I want people to buy the January 2007 issue of Ultimate Grappling magazine, which is available on the newsstands now!" - Joanna Aimee, ring girl of the month for the January 2007 issue
"A happy day with the family and a big bowl of chocolate fudge ice cream!" - Mike Swick, UFC middleweight fighter
"I'd love to hang out with Randy Couture and Bas Rutten for a day at their Legends Gym in L.A.! That's my No. 1 Xmas wish. Are you listening Santa?! - Laina Michelle Beard, ring girl
"What I would like for Xmas this year? I want to be spiritually attuned to the goodness in all and have enlightened expressions that will lead to interactions for the benefit and highest good of all ... and if Dana is the Santa of the MMA world ... an ergonomically-designed computer chair, please. Cookies will be left next to the computer." - Jaimee Itagaki, photographer for Ultimate Grappling mag
"I'd like the knowledge, patience and wisdom to be the best father I can to my two sons. And, of course, Santa, if you bring me a bike just like Lance's, I'll put it to good use. Like Jaimee, I'll also leave cookies ... and I'll do my best not to eat them before you arrive." - Doug Jeffrey, editor of Grappling mag
"A slingbox." - Gareb Shamus, CEO of the IFL
"A beachhouse in Maui for my wife tops my list. On a writer's salary, though, it ain't comin' this year!" - Loren Franck, freelance writer
"Because I am Jewish, I will take eight wins [for Andrei Arlovski]. The Eight Days of Hanukah ... one win for each night." - Keith Gelman, AA's agent
"A subscription to Ultimate Grappling magazine and a relaxing sports massage top my list." - Franco De Camargo, BJJ black belt
"No. 1 on my list is healing and peace to all ... all over the world." - Jamie Kunisaki, ring girl and model
"The No. 1 item on my list is to be able to have enough to give to others and bless them on this holiday because it is all about giving." - Yessenia Bustos, ring girl