James Haskell Shirtless, Underwear, MMA Career Update. Updating this post to note that, apparently, James’ ready-to-bloom MMA career never really took off because of COVID. Damn you, COVID-19! His first MMA fight was scheduled last May 2020 at the Wembley Arena but it was postponed because of the pandemic. Then he underwent surgery for his spinal chord in September 2021 which put an end to his MMA plans.
Here’s what he says about his surgery (via BBC Sports): “I spent a year preparing for it (MMA fight) and Covid got in the way, then I had a major problem with my spine. I had to have part of a disc removed which was crushing my spinal chord. But, having had that sort of scare, I’m not sure I need to add to what I already have with my body – arthritis in my ankle and various other issues.”
He adds: “I just need to readdress what’s important in my life. And, to be honest, I find podcasting and speaking much more desirable than going into a cage and adding to my laundry list of ailments. I have an active mind. I feel 21 but sadly my body doesn’t. What I’d like to be doing is very different to what I can do. I just need to cut my cloth accordingly.”
James Haskell Gay Ally, Girlfriend, Underwear, MMA Fighter (10 November 2019). Yay! We’re so happy! Why, you ask? Because our imaginary boyfriend James Haskell and his budgy smugglers are heading to I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. For those of you not familiar with him, James is a British rugby union player who recently retired from the pitch but who’s now re-invented himself as a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter.
He signed up with Bellator as a heavyweight and, if reports are to be believed, we’d be seeing him go toe-to-toe with another fighter sometime in 2020. We gotta give props to a guy who moves from one of the manliest of sports to the even manlier (and way more violent) world of MMA fighting. We also gotta give props to him for not closing the door on his Speedo-wearing ways. Yay! If we’d ever make a blog post about MMA fighters rocking their Speedos, James would be on the top of the list.
James Haskell Gay or Straight? He is straight but you can add him to the list of celebrity LGBT allies as, early this year, he helped out in the training session of the LGBTQ rugby club Northampton Outlaws RFC. He also praised the club for being in the forefront in making rugby inclusive.
Via Rugby Pass: “The Outlaws are really putting their hands up and saying ‘we can do this’ and they’re giving people a sanctuary… I can’t imagine what it’s like to be struggling to actually be yourself, to live a life where you’re not able to be yourself and to come to a team like the Outlaws where you’re not judged, you’re accepted, it’s essential. We all have our struggles and sexuality for a lot of people is a massive struggle – having teams like this where you know you can get involved is massively important.”
James also voiced out his support to Keegan Hirst when the latter came out as the first LGBTQ rugby league athlete. Says James, “It took real strength and courage for Keegan to come out. He’s a tough guy, and the fact that his team mates, the fans and everybody has taken it so well shows that it CAN be done.”
Want more proof that James is an LGBTQ ally? Check him out as he proudly displays the rainbow flag on his chest.
James Haskell Girlfriend or Wife? He tied the knot with TV host Chloey Madeley on December 16 last year which means they’ll be celebrating their first anniversary very soon. Will Chloey visit her hubby in the jungle? Hopefully the TV executives will make it happen otherwise it will be a bummer for both of them. Here’s a photo of the lovely couple courtesy of Hello Magazine:
James Haskell Underwear: Boxers or Briefs? Seems like he favors boxer briefs and he looks good in them too. But, then again, isn’t he the kind of guy who looks fab in whatever kind of underwear he’s got on?
Does he have the best celebrity washboard abs or what?
Yes, he does also rock his briefs-cut underwear!
James Haskell Budgy Smuggler Swimwear Model (8 November 2016). We saw rugby player James Haskell rocking his Aussiebum briefs in our post on male athletes modeling underwear. We’ve also seen him looking fabulous in this year’s list of the best celebrity Speedo hunks.
So we sure are not surprised when he inked a deal Budgy Smuggler to design his own swimsuit range for the Aussie swimwear company. Here’s James modeling his very own Budgy Smuggler swimwear which he shared to his Instagram followers (follow him @jameshask).
James on his Budgy Smuggler: “I have teamed up with @budgysmuggler and done my own James Haskell Health and Fitness range. Stay tuned they are coming soon!”
So, how did he end up with this modeling/designing gig? If the Daily Mail is to be believed, our James inked the deal with Budgy Smuggler after some people teased him about wearing this really skimpy swimsuit:
The Mail has the details on the partnership and what prompted it: “James’ partnership with the Australian swimwear label was born of ridicule. At the start of the summer he was snapped wearing a pair of skimpy Budgy Smugglers featuring St George’s flag while enjoying a holiday in Ibiza. That led one national newspaper to mock the ‘shrink-wrapped snugness’ and the ‘provocative in-yer-face fabric’ of his trunks, which in turn fueled social media buzz over his body and provocative attire. All the chatter led Budgy Smugglers to get in touch with the ripped athlete.”
And the rest, they say, is history! This James Haskell Budgy Smuggler partnership is good for our James because he is now modeling his very own swimwear line. Likewise, it is good for Budgy Smuggler because they are out to crack the British market. Of course, this is also very good for us who are fans of hot men in skimpy swimsuits. Right?
James Haskell Girlfriend, Underwear, MMA Fighter. First posted 8 November 2016. Last updated: April 25, 2022 at 4:16 am.