UFC: Ranking the 15 Greatest Trash Talkers Ever (with Video)

Midhun Nair@@MidhunNair_Correspondent IIJuly 8, 2011

UFC: Ranking the 15 Greatest Trash Talkers Ever (with Video)

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    Trash talking is an aspect of all sports and nothing gets us more hyped to see a game, fight or whatever than a bit of a verbal combat between opponents.

    The sport of MMA is no exception and the UFC in particular, has seen some of the most talented trash talkers in the world come by.

    Some of the fighters are exceptionally talented and blessed with the ability of showmanship and that is a rare and very powerful ability to have.

    However, some of the fighters seem to suffer from severe cases of verbal diarrhea with some of the stupid but sometimes funny comments they make.

    It can be argued that some of the fighters that appear on this list suffer from this, but you can not deny that they are all talented showman and very entertaining to watch and listen to.

    So, without further ado, I present to you the best trash talkers to have competed in the UFC.

Georges St. Pierre

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    Just kidding.

    But this was hilarious.

    I love how the crowd reacted and how GSP cracks a sly smirk as he hands the mic back to Joe Rogan.

15. Jorge Rivera

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    Jorge Rivera isn't known for trash talking but the viral videos he made leading up to the bout against Bisping will be remembered forever.

    Bisping stated that he would let these videos get to his head and that they were cheap tactics. 

    However, these videos clearly did get into Bisping's head and what followed was one of the most disgusting moments in MMA. 

    Rivera was responsible for delivering one of the greatest trash-talking affairs ever as a result of these videos and as a result, he deserves a place on this list.

    If you haven't seen it, this is one of the videos that Rivera used in his campaign against Bisping and I found it hilarious.

14. James Toney

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    People don't understand what Toney is saying most of the time.

    The heavyweight boxing champion has been known for trash talking for the most part of his career in boxing and his short-lived career in MMA.

    Toney has talked smack about the likes of Randy Couture and "Rampage" Jackson.

    His presence in MMA was not warmly received but his pre fight talk was entertaining while it lasted.

13. Michael Bisping

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    Michael Bisping, hailing from England, is not the most popular fighter in the USA.

    Bisping is the kind of guy that complains and moans when a fighter talks about him but then goes ahead and trash talks about other fighters himself.

    It's like he thinks he is the only person that can talk bad about another fighter and no fighter can talk bad about him and this was evident when Jorge Rivera released videos on YouTube making fun of Bisping.

    UFC fans united and rejoiced when Dan Henderson managed to knock out Bisping at UFC 100 in Bisping's most embarrassing loss to date and arguably one of the greatest knockouts ever.

12. Phil Baroni

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    To say that Phil Baroni loves himself would be a bit of an understatement.

    Baroni is under the impression that he is the greatest fighter that ever lived. However, his 14-13 record says otherwise.

    Most of what he says is unintelligible but it is definitely entertaining.

    This interview may be pretty long, but it gives you an idea of the kind of guy that Baroni is.

11. Dan Hardy

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    Currently, Dan Hardy is on a three-fight losing streak and he face the risk of being cut from the UFC if he loses his next fight.

    The young Brit has admitted that he is a fan of mind games and likes to get inside the head of his opponent.

    Some his best trash talking was aimed at the likes of Mike Swick, Josh Koscheck, Marcus Davis and Georges St-Pierre.


10. Brock Lesnar

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    Lesnar honed his mic skills working in the WWE where he was probably one of their biggest stars at the time and he worked and learnt from the biggest names in the WWE, including Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

    Lesnar shies away from the camera during the time that he is not fighting and remains very quiet, however, whenever he has a mic in his hands and a camera at him, he has produced some of the most memorable moments in MMA.

    Some of his best trash-talking has come at the hands of Frank Mir and even alcoholic beverages.

    The most obvious choice of video would have been the post-fight interview at UFC 100. However, you have probably seen that about a hundred times already, so here is one you may not have seen where Lesnar rips on Frank Mir and Steve Mazzagatti.

9. Nick Diaz

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    The infamous Nick Diaz.

    Diaz truly believes that he is not paid enough, that he is made to train too much and that he is made to work too much.

    He has been involved in a war of words against the likes of "Mayhem" Miller and has even called Ariel Helwani out.

    Diaz is arrogant outside the cage and even inside the cage. He has been known to taunt fighters during fights especially by dropping his guard and daring fighters to try and hit him and this is a prime example of bad sportsmanship.

8. Jason Miller

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    Jason Miller has made a name for himself fighting in Pride FC, Strikeforce and the UFC. Known for displaying excellent Jiu-Jitsu, he has fought and beaten some of the biggest names to compete in MMA, most recently, "The Gracie Hunter" himself, the legendary, Kazushi Sakuraba.

    Some of the best entrances ever have come from "Mayhem" and he is one of the most popular figures to have fought in Japan and in America.

    Miller's trash talking is some of the best in the businesses and his jawing has lead to one of the most controversial events in MMA history; "The Nashville Brawl."

    Miller is now set to star as a coach on "The Ultimate Fighter" alongside Bisping and it is a season I really don't want to miss.


    If Jorge Rivera managed to get under the skin of Bisping with a few tame videos, I can not wait to see how he reacts at the hands of a professional trash talker.

7. Frank Mir

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    I have a feeling that Mir doesn't like Lesnar very much.

    Mir has a reputation for being arrogant. Some would argue that Mir just speaks the truth and it just comes across as arrogant. 

    Nevertheless, Mir has had an awesome rivalry against Lesnar and both fighters were trash talking at their best over the course of this feud.

    Mir is normally composed and displays great sportsmanship, but there was something about Lesnar that Mir didn't like.

    In fact, Mir went as far as to say that he wants Lesnar to be the first person to die from octagon related injuries as reported by mmafighting.com

    Skip to 4:50 of the video to hear this.

6. Ken Shamrock

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    The "World's Most Dangerous Man" is one of the most important and iconic figures in the sport of MMA and he has fought some of the biggest names including Royce Gracie, Bas Rutten and Tito Ortiz.

    He is now set to fight James Toney in September.

    Shamrock will always be remembered for his feud with Tito Ortiz and although Ortiz got the better of Shamrock every time they met in the Octagon, it is the pre-fight and post-fight trash talk that made this one of the greatest rivalries in sports.

    Shamrock would combust at the sight of Tito Ortiz and explode into anger whenever these two came face to face.

    My favorite line from Shamrock was this: "I'm gonna knock your hair black."

    Only he could come up with gems like that.

    The video contains that very quote and many more memorable moments.

5. Josh Kosheck

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    Koscheck has the uncanny ability to turn whole cities against him and that is exactly what he did in his war of words with Georges St-Pierre (GSP).

    Koscheck insulted the entire city of Montreal when he stated that he would beat their hometown hero GSP. He took it one step further when he said that the Penguins would beat the Canadiens. 

    Not a good idea. In fact, he was probably the most hated person in Montreal at the time and one of the most hated figures in all of sports.

    His actions on the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter" really showed the world what Koscheck was like.

    You may hate him, but you can't deny that he is a pretty darn good trash talker.

4. Matt Serra

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    The former welterweight champion is only one of two men to have ever beaten Georges St-Pierre.

    The fighter, hailing from New York, was involved in one of the greatest feuds in MMA history with Matt Hughes.

    Serra became a fan favorite when he was competing on "The Ultimate Fighter" because of his sense of humor and the fact that he was a great fighter.

    He shocked the world when he beat Georges St-Pierre for the title and his fan base grew as well as the respect from fans and fellow fighters.

    Serra and Hughes actually started off as friends but when Hughes called Serra's win a fluke, one of the greatest rivalries in MMA was born and consequently, some of the best trash talking in history.

3. Tito Ortiz

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    Tito Ortiz is a legend and an icon of the sport.

    He has recently rebounded from a lengthy losing streak with a convincing victory over the young Ryan Bader.

    Tito has been involved in rivalries against some of the biggest names in the sport including Chuck Liddell, Ken Shamrock and Forrest Griffin.

    His rivalry with Ken Shamrock will go down as one of the greatest in sports history.

    The funny thing is, Ortiz didn't even have to do even reply to Shamrock's taunts with words, but laughter and Shamrock would still explode into a rage or fury.

2. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson

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    The man known as "Rampage" is one of the most recognizable and iconic figures in the sport of MMA.

    "Rampage" has been blessed with the gift of showmanship and as a result, he has had the opportunity to expand into film and has had relatively great success there too.

    He is known for his knockout power and for delivering some very entertaining fights but it is his trash talking that has catapulted him into the limelight and made him such a popular fighter with the fans.

    Chuck Liddell and most notably, Rashad Evans have all been victims of "Rampage's" legendary trash talk and their retorts were nowhere near the level of hilarity of "Rampage's" words.

    Rashad Evans and "Rampage" were coaches on "The Ultimate Fighter" where tempers flared and as a result, we saw some of the best trash-talking in all of sports history.

    "Rampage" got the better of Rashad nine times out of ten and this video highlights one of those moments that Rashad was left silenced.

1. Chael Sonnen

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    Surprised? No, of course you aren't. Everyone knows that Sonnen is probably the pound for pound, best trash talker in sports right now.

    Sonnen has a tongue like a double edged sword and he has targeted the likes of Lesnar, Nogueira, Machida, Wanderlei Silva and Anderson Silva with offensive but sometimes funny remarks.

    His most offensive remarks can be found on Twitter, where Sonnen has ridiculed all of the fighters I have mentioned previously including the great nation of Brazil.

    Sonnen is a great entertainer and showman, however, he is undoubtedly the greatest villain the UFC has seen.

    I highly recommend that you watch this whole video. It is funny and entertaining, but offensive to the parties involved.

    However, we see a showman doing what he does best and that is the ability of entertaining an audience.