Never one to hold back, Hardy is open to talking trash on any and all fighters. He has taken on GSP, Matt Hughes and Carlos Condit, among others. He has quit his trash talk after a four-fight losing streak, but he has some memorable quotes from his former past trash talking life. Anybody can say something regrettable in the heat of the moment, but Evans may have taken it a little too far when he was taking on former Penn State wrestler Phil Davis. Evans threatened to put, “My hands on you worse than that dude on those kids at Penn State.” That may have been the weirdest, but who can forget his face offs with Quinton Jackson on the set of TUF, in the cage, or before their fight. Words flew on all off those occasions. Mir and Lesnar have met in the Octagon twice with each securing a win. Mir won by submission in the first and Lesnar won by TKO in the second round. There was never a rubber match, no matter how badly Mir wanted it. There are quite a few quotes from Mir about Lesnar, but only one got him nearly fired from his WEC commentating job. “I want to fight Lesnar. I hate who he is as a person. I want to break his neck in the ring. I want him to be the first person that dies due to Octagon-related injuries. That’s what’s going through my mind.” Koscheck is perhaps one of the only MMA fighters who can get booed by entire crowds on multiple occasions. Part of this is from the persona he puts on, but also from the things he says. Even the gym that helped build him into the fighter he is today is not off limits, because he said, “I hope AKA burns to the ground.” At the end of the day, Koscheck does not care what anyone thinks of him. “Being loved or hated, ya know what? It’s about making money for me. So if I’ve got to be the bad guy to make money, then I’ll be the bad guy to make money. It’s never bugged me, from day one. I know who I am as a person. I know the people around me know me. I’m not here to make friends – I’m here to make money. I have enough friends. The people around me care about me and love me, and it’s the same relationship back. I’m not trying to make friends here. I’m here to make money. It’s a business.” Not very many fighters have a nickname as fitting as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, because whether it is in his car on a freeway or with his mouth, he does go on a rampage. Some things he says are funny even if he says them by mistake, but here are a few of his funnier trash talking quotes. Plus, he does not limit his trash talk only to words – just ask Chuck Liddell. Anyone that threatens someone by saying “I’m gonna beat you into a living death” clearly knows how to trash talk. In fact, it was Shamrock’s mouth that got him into his last couple of UFC fights, because he was in a 1-6 tailspin but still fought in the Octagon. His anger always tended to get the best of him, because who can forget his kicking of the chair in a press conference. Too bad he never fulfilled the promise to Ortiz of “I’m gonna knock your hair black.” The second Brit to make our countdown — get it? “Count-down.” Bisping has had notable wars of words with everyone from Jorge Rivera to Jason Miller. Like Koscheck before him, Bisping rides his fame from fans and fighters despising him. He recently said that fighters calling him out is a compliment, and most fighters only do it because they know fans will be behind them when taking on Bisping. “Don’t be scared, homie” is just one of Diaz’s iconic lines. The elder Diaz has had a slew of thought-provoking and thought-stopping quips. Diaz is so brash he does not leave his trash talking skills to fights, because he has even taken MMA journalists to task – like Ariel Helwani when he said, “I feel that you instigate fights quite a bit… I mean that’s your job, but where I come from, people like that get slapped.” One of the originals when it comes to trash talk. The T-shirts, the outspokenness, the rivalries, and feuds with Dana White are all part of the UFC’s history as much as Ortiz’s history. He may be gone from actual fighting now, but his gift for gab remains as Cyborg’s manager. On Rashad Evans: “He says it felt like three gorillas were on him when I was on top of him. Well, I’m healthy. I’m stronger. Now it’s going to feel like 10 gorillas are on you, buddy.” Chael sometimes seems like an odd hybrid of a stand-up comic, motivational speaker and politician. Sonnen’s trash-talking gems are too numerous to showcase, but they are all amazing. In fact, if you watch the video above, there is enough to fill up 15 minutes and more. All of his trash talk is not just disrespecting opponents, because look at his view of facing Brian Stann. “People often talk to me about Brian (Stann) and they say, ‘How are you going to get in Brian’s head? What are you gonna do to get in Brian’s head?’ Do you not understand that this man went into enemy territory at 122-degree temperature, he put on 80 pounds of gear and literally fought a tank. What am I gonna do to get in his head? Nothing. Do you think he’s gonna be scared of me? He wouldn’t be scared of five of me.” By: David “Doc” Schroyer
MMA, almost more than any other sport, is about entertainment as much as it is about competition. That is why comparisons are drawn between MMA and the WWE, because a lot of fans want to see the bravado and trash talk from men competing one on one against each other – whether it is real or fake. That is also why we are counting down the top ten trash talkers in all of MMA.
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