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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-03-2011, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
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25 greatest MMA trash talking

Nothing builds up a fight more than a little heated discourse between the combatants.

And there have been some notorious ones over the years.

There have been many times where the trash-talk was more entertaining than the fight turned out to be.

Sometimes it gets personal and continues long after the fight.

Whatever the case, trash-talking is a part of the game. And, if you don't have thick skin, then you will fall victim.

Here are 25 of the best verbal rivalries in MMA.

After Frank Mir gave him his first loss in MMA, Brock Lesnar knew he had unfinished business with him.

The first fight was a controversial one with very questionable reffing benefiting the winner. When Lesnar worked his way up to stopping Randy Couture for the heavyweight title and Mir knocked out Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for the interim title, both fighters were boiling over to meet each other in the cage again.

Both fighters traded heated words for months leading up to the bout. It was clear—this was personal.

After Lesnar knocked Mir out in the rematch at UFC 100, he taunted the fallen champ to his face and on the microphone. Lesnar later apologized to the UFC for his outbursts, but never to Mir.

Since his early fights in the UFC against Guy Mezger and Jerry Bohlander, Tito Ortiz and The Lion's Den never got along.

Mostly, it started when Tito Ortiz defeated Mezger in a rematch and sported a t-shirt that read "Gay Mezger is my bitch" while still in the ring.

Lion's Den leader Ken Shamrock did not take kindly to this disrespect, and the rest is history.

For years, both Ortiz and Shamrock criticized each other in interviews or basically any chance they got. But it wasn't until three years after the Mezger fight that the two would meet in the cage for the first time.

The trash talk was heated leading up to the bout, but after Ortiz beat Shamrock down for three rounds, the two squashed the rivalry in the ring.

Of course, that didn't last long.

A few years later, The UFC announced that Shamrock and Ortiz would take roles as opposing coaches on the third season of The Ultimate Fighter.

The two were in each other's faces for the entire season with some of the most personal and critical trash talk ever heard in sports.

Ortiz would stop Shamrock two more times following the conclusion of the show.

Both fighters still openly insult each other every chance they get.

The feud between Don Frye and Ken Shamrock started when Frye resorted to constant insults in an effort to goad Shamrock into taking a fight with him.

Frye later stated that he had wanted to fight Shamrock since he saw him beat Dan Severn at UFC 6.

The insults became very personal when Frye accused Shamrock of leaving his wife for a younger girl in her teens, and also stated that Shamrock's father and brother would be in his corner, not Ken's.

Shamrock became enraged and the two had to be separated numerous times before meeting in the ring. When they finally did meet, it was in the main event of the appropriately named PRIDE event "Bad Blood."

In a very competitive fight that saw both fighters take damage, Frye won the close-decision victory.

It is said that both fighters were never the same after this fight. Shamrock would decline greatly soon after, and Frye later claimed that his ankles were so messed up from Shamrock's ankle-lock attempts that he became hooked on pain-killers.

The fighters shook hands after the fight and are friends to this day.

Dana White was Tito Ortiz's manager before he took on his role as UFC president. But, the relationship became strained when Ortiz was champion and wanted more money for a fight with Chuck Liddell.

White could not play favorites as the head of an organization, though some do think he favored Liddell.

Ortiz refused to fight Liddell in an attempt to up his price, so White began publicly criticizing Ortiz for being afraid of Liddell.

Throughout the rest of the decade, Ortiz and White would have a constant public discourse criticizing each other, with Ortiz leaving the promotion multiple times.

Following Ortiz's loss to Lyoto Machida in 2008, White cut him from the UFC roster and claimed to be "out of the Tito Ortiz business."

A year later, however, White said that he and Ortiz resolved their differences and Ortiz was signed to a new contract with the UFC. They both claim to have a decent relationship today.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-03-2011, 09:28 AM
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thanks... lolz.

It was Hardys wind-up of Marcus Davis and the gay photoshop thing, that made me a fan. Man... Davis was so vexed... unsurprisingly.
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in my view 15 of the best acts of shit talking

1. Sonnen(on Anderson Silva)
2. Lesnar(on Mir)
3. Tito( On Ken and Chuck)
4. Rampage and Rashad on each other
5. Hardy(on Davis)
6. Daley(on Koscheck)
7. Koscheck(on GSP and Diego)
8. Serra(on Hughes)
9. Leben(on Akiyama and Silva)
10.Browning(on Efrain and Delgado)
11.Rivera(on Bisping)
12. Wanderlei(on Chuck)
13. Mir(on Kongo and cro Cop)
14. McCorkle(on Struve)
15. Liddell(on Tito)
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Thanks for this dude. I didn't realize how bad the feud between Shamrock and Frye was, nor did I know it was such a good fight.

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