Anderson Silva versus Chael Sonnen or Jon Jones versus Rashad Evans?
If forced to pick only one, it would be tough to choose between these two phenomenal grudge matches.
Both bouts have everything a great MMA grudge match could ever ask for––bitter rivals, drama and great stylistic match-ups.
Would people prefer to see the fight between former teammates?
The Jones and Evans story is known all too well. Evans, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, was forced out of his scheduled UFC 128 bout with UFC champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua due to a knee injury sustained during training.
Along with Evans, there was another emerging star training with MMA trainer Greg Jackson in Albuquerque, New Mexico at Jackson's MMA.
Jon "Bones" Jones had a championship aura about him since day one, and Evans could see it. He was surprised when Jackson allowed Jones to train at the gym. If this surprised Evans, he had to be shocked when UFC President Dana White offered Jones the title shot in his place against Rua.
At UFC 128, Jones made Rua, an all-time great, look like child's play.
Since Jones claimed the world title, the trash talk between him and Evans has become somewhat of a daily ritual.
What about a fight between mortal enemies?
While Jones and Evans simply don't like each other, it runs a little deeper than that for Silva and Sonnen.
The two first met in August 2010 at UFC 117. There was a plethora of trash talk coming out of nowhere from Sonnen, who many believed to be an incredibly easy fight for Silva.
Most people, including Silva, just saw Sonnen as a big mouth B-level fighter without a snowball's chance in hell of winning. On fight night, the arena cleaning crew could've been forced to work overtime to clean up all of the dropped jaws off the floor, as Sonnen dominated the proposed pound-for-pound king for four and half rounds.
Towards the end of the fifth round, Silva was able to catch Sonnen in a triangle choke and escape with the middleweight title.
Since the fight, the trash talk has been incredibly one-sided, with Sonnen bashing Silva, his family and even the entire country of Brazil.
Jones versus Evans definitely deserves to be in the dream grudge match category, but Silva versus Sonnen has taken on a life of its own. Right now, there is no bigger fight for the UFC to make.
Here are five reasons Silva versus Sonnen is a bigger grudge match than Jones versus Evans.