When you book a fight, you ultimately have two options on how to approach your opponent. You can go train, do your thing, be respectful, shake hands, and fight. When the fight is over, you can go get a drink or simply hug and walk away. This approach will let your skills do your talking for you, and will avoid any kind of unpleasant situation. However, it may negatively impact the popularity of your fight. Alternatively, you can insult your opponent in every way imaginable, fight out of emotion, and create yourself a new enemy.
For some fighters, this second option seems a lot more attractive. Many who choose this approach do so in order to sell their fight. After all, more buys equals to a bigger payday. Others do it to create a name for themselves in order to become famous or feared in the MMA community.
However, not all fighters create scenes and trash talk in order to generate sales: some do it because they genuinely hate each other. These hateful feelings are created in a variety of ways: feuds between training camps, personal insults or, most commonly, coaching on The Ultimate Fighter. For these fighters, the payday and the fame no longer matter: they want to fight each other out of hate, and the trash-talk naturally follows. No matter how these rivalries got started, these athletes hated each other before they fought, and still have each other years after their bout. Here are the top 15 MMA fighters who hate each other:
15 Matt Hughes and Matt Serra
14 Jon Jones and Rashad Evans
13 Kazushi Sakuraba and the Gracie family
12 Ronda Rousey and Bethe Correia
11 Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen
10 Georges St-Pierre and B.J. Penn
9 Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones
8 Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz
7 Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz
6 Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen
5 Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar
4 Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans
3 Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate
2 Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz
1 Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor
If you say that I'm just hyping up UFC 194 by ranking these guys at #1 well...you just might be right. Nevertheless, this fight can't come soon enough. For several months now these two top level fighters have been talking trash to each other and, when Aldo injured his rib ahead of their originally scheduled fight, the trash talk grew even louder. While McGreg0r keeps claiming that Also won't show up for their scheduled bout in December, Aldo is keeping calm and training as much as he can in anticipation of this fight. However, even the champion can't seem to stay away from some trash talk, saying that "I'm going to kill this mother****** and cut his head off."
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