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The Top Ten Best Tapout Shirts

Updated on September 17, 2011

The Best MMA Apparel

Tapout is a clothing and apparel company dedicated to making the best MMA and grappling shirts and gear on the planet.

Charles "Mask " Lewis and Dan "Punkass" Caldwell founded the company in 1997 in San Bernardino, California. They started with humble beginnings selling their shirts out of the trunk of their car at local submission grappling tournaments. With the rise in popularity of the UFC and Mixed Martial Arts the fledgling clothing line has flourished into a retail powerhouse. Tapout is now sold in every mall in America.

We have put together a list of what we consider to be their best shirts. Please follow along with us as we count down the Top Ten Best Tapout Shirts. Enjoy!

Tapout Men's Darkside T-Shirt
Tapout Men's Darkside T-Shirt

Their motto is:

American, arrogant, and in your face.

This shirt is bold and eye catching. The white shirt with the black design stands out great.

Very indicative of the current MMA design world with a large, sprawling image that covers the complete upper torso.

Tapout Men's Sideswipe T-Shirt
Tapout Men's Sideswipe T-Shirt

The picture on this really does not do the shirt justice. Amazon doesn't display a side view on the shirt which means you can't see the large logo across the abdomen of the tee.

A modern, edgy look with an unusual placement for the arrangement. There is also the shoulder patch with the eagle emblem. All brought to you on a bright red shirt that is sure to stand out. That's what this brand of clothing is all about.

Tapout Boys Anarchy Thermal T-Shirt
Tapout Boys Anarchy Thermal T-Shirt

Here we have one for the cold weather people.

A thermal tee so you can look the part and still stay comfortably warm. The bold emblem across the chest with a distressed flowing tribal pattern on the front.

It also has the logotype on the back. Great piece.


A Tribute to Charles "Mask" Lewis

Charles "Mask" Lewis was the founder of the Tapout clothing line. He died tragically in a car crash on March 11th of 2009. The martial arts community lost a true pioneer that day and he will be forever missed. Here he describes his vision for the company and what he was trying to accomplish.

Tapout Men's Branded T-Shirt
Tapout Men's Branded T-Shirt

Sometimes with MMA apparel it feels like your two choices are a black shirt with a white design or a white shirt with a black design. This top brings a nice change of pace with an army green color.

The logo is put on with a spray-paint effect with white on the front. It is applied in the same way on the back shoulder in black.

Click through to see both sides.

Tapout  Men's Locos Aztlan T-Shirt
Tapout Men's Locos Aztlan T-Shirt

Muy Locos!

The colors of Mexico come alive here with this Men's Locos Aztlan Tee. The classic emblem infused with the colors from south of the border.

The back has the same image at the nape of the neck. Click through to see. Also available in white.

Show your Brown Pride in this great piece.

Shield Logo Tapout Girl Mma Tee T-shirt
Shield Logo Tapout Girl Mma Tee T-shirt

One more for the ladies before we're done. This has the classic Tapout emblem with the sharp featured eagle and the stripes and stars.

This time though it's put on a cute fitted top for the submission loving girl in your life. Women love MMA too.

Also available on a black top with white imagery.

Tapout Men's Short Sleeve T-Shirt
Tapout Men's Short Sleeve T-Shirt

We're almost to #1!

This shirt was knocking on the door. A dynamite design with the emblem emblazoned across the front with a distressed effect behind it.

This is the best design for light apparel that we have found. There is also the iconic brand stamp on the back of the tee.

Click through to get a closer look.

Tapout Men's Shields T-Shirt
Tapout Men's Shields T-Shirt

There is is -- The #1 Best Tapout Shirt.

Expression of combat known worldwide.

The bald eagle perched on the top with the American flag insignia shield in the background. All with the enduring famed logo sitting proudly in the middle.

This is a perfect shirt that you can be proud to wear anytime and anywhere. Well deserving of the #1 spot on our list.


We hope you enjoyed counting down with us and that you liked what you saw. Tapout is the leader in MMA and submission grappling attire. You will not find better made apparel or more original designs. Please feel free to drop us a line and tell us what you think. New stuff is coming out from them all the time. If something catches your eye send it our way so that we can see if it deserves to make the list.

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      VoodooRULEs 6 years ago

      Thank you for adding the piece about Mask! He was a true visionary who worked hard to promote the sport and he was someone who always supported the athletes who were just getting started. Well done! Really well done... Thank you

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Nice shirts. I like the mean ladies tapout shirt :)