Trash talking is a more elegant art than people give it credit for.
People often think of fighters who engage in trash talk as disrespectful and arrogant.
I can't necessarily disagree with that. Trash talkers are definitely not the most sportsmanlike competitors in the sport, but they have good reason for acting the way they do.
First of all, trash talk is entertaining.
As much as the UFC wants to disassociate itself with professional wrestling, it is still a business and few things hype a fight as well as two guys hurling insults back and forth at each other.
Also, a fighter who is good at talking trash is often able to get inside his opponents head and that's the most important part of it.
The ultimate goal of trash talk is to get in your opponents head and get him mad at you, so that he loses his composure during the fight and makes mistakes. Properly executed trash talk will make a fighter so mad at his opponent that all he can think about is how much he hates the guy and not enough about what he needs to do on a technical level.
Functioning chiefly around the criteria of effectively playing mind games with their opponents, these are my picks for the top ten trash talkers in the UFC today...