The hardcore fans love the sport of MMA because of the fights. They love watching technical and hard-fought battles play out in what can only be described as the purest form of man-to-man physical competition on the planet.
One thing the casual and hardcore fans can appreciate together is the buildup to a fight. Nothing on earth can get more people to tune in than a heated rivalry between two fighters chalk full of trash talk and general disdain for one another.
Historically, the biggest fights put on by the UFC are usually the ones with the most pre-fight hype, of which trash talk plays a big role. Just look at Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir II, Georges St-Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck II or Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans. Those fights were sold on the rivalry between the opponents, whether it was manufactured or not.
In light of Chael Sonnen's "Anderson Silva, you absolutely suck" comment last night in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, let's have a look at the best smack talkers in each of the UFC's divisions.