The staredown offers a glimpse into the minds of two fighters who are about to compete inside the cage.
It gives us a chance to assess where they are at mentally and gauge the authenticity of their rivalry, and, just occasionally, it functions as a preview of what’s to come.
This list celebrates those staredowns that had you rubbing your mitts together in anticipation.
Before you proceed and prepare to complain, go in armed with the knowledge that no fighter is featured more than once.
In compiling the list, I realised that I could put together a top 25 just with the fights of Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida.
That would get a little boring, though.
That being said, feel free to offer your own suggestions in the comments section. You can include as many Sanchez and Guida staredowns as your heart desires.
Without further delay, read on for the top five staredowns in UFC history.