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Greatest trash talkers in MMA history

Nowadays, as verbal and mental warfare has been an indispensable part of MMA fighting, ever more fighters try their utmost to use boastful speeches to demoralize and humiliate their rivals to gain worldwide popularity. Let's dig deep to find out who are the Greatest trash talkers in MMA history.

In the sport of MMA, there is a number of ways that a fighter can make himself known to the public eyes while at the same time helping the sport grow in popularity.

Whether they can make themselves qualified enough to grab a chunk of triumphs, or they can just use their mouth and use insulting speeches to be hyped up by the fans.

Of course, the latter one is a lot easier than the first, being an excellent way to promote a fight leading it to be sold out better and get more people watching it.

That is the underlying reason why Conor McGregor is as big of a star as he is, being the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) draw in MMA history since people can not get enough of watching a trained killer who's also good with words.

Such great trash talkers are insanely deadly because they can get inside an opponent's head, to force them to make a mistake or lose their control and as a result knock them out or submit them in a blink of an eye.

Trash talking would work miracles because it is all about the art of imposing yourself on your opponent to destroy their confidence or bring them out of their element and question their physical or technical prowess.

It is literally the art of fighting rather than the actual fight. What is more amazing is that although trash talking is just the trading of insults, it is quite a legitimate skill in the art of professional fighting whether you like it or not.

Greatest trash talkers in MMA history

Read on to know the greatest trash talkers in MMA history. It should be suggested that a few fighters in this list, who are great trash talkers in MMA are considered to be the

best trash talkers in boxing

too, in the light of their incredible boxing skills.

Nate Diaz

Nate Diaz who has fought in the UFC since winning The Ultimate Fighter 5, is the younger brother of former Strikeforce, WEC, and IFC welterweight champion, Nick Diaz. Although his elder brother is more recognized as one of the

greatest trash talkers in MMA history

, Nate also is a great trash talker in his own turn.

While before joining the UFC, he fought in World Extreme Cagefighting, Strikeforce, and Pancrase, he is tied with Joe Lauzon for the third most UFC bonus awards, with 15 in total.

When it comes to his trash-talking skills, he is not the kind of witty trash talker, instead, he tends to deliver raw insults at his rivals.

Just for instance his epic post-fight callout to Conor McGregor following that he smashed Michael Johnson is so much memorable that it went out as the best post-fight callouts of all time, being considered as the best UFC trash talk.

Moreover, he is also superb in terms of his reaction to others' trash-talking, because on the one hand he does not let them affect him and on the other hand, he always comes back with epic counters, for example when he lashed out at Conor's McGregor's movement coach Ido Portal saying that Conor's playing 'touch-butt in the park' with him while Nate is training.

In essence, he is undoubtedly one of the most entertaining fighters in the UFC whose quotes and trash-talks are some of the finest and most amusing verbal highlights of the UFC all-time.

Frank Mir

Some people are of the opinion that Frank Mir is really good at what he does, given the fact that he was a two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, as well as being the record holder for the most finishes and the most submission victories in UFC Heavyweight history.

Not to mention that Mir has the longest uninterrupted tenure in comparison to any fighter in UFC history, as he fought for the promotion from 2001 to 2016, while he was honoured to be the first man who knocked and submitted Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira.

But on the other side of the coin, some tend to deem him not good at what he does, considering him more of an arrogant fighter and thereby might end up agreeing with us to include him in our list of

the most overrated UFC fighters of all time

due to his heavy dependence just on his grappling skills.

However, what is utterly clear is that he has expertise in trash-talking his opponents. Tangible evidence of this was when he was feuding with the terrific Brock Lesnar.

That is to say, he belittled the way Lesnar trained, mocking his background and a whole lot more, going as far as to let out that he wanted to kill Lesnar.

He even blustered how he wanted to even break Lesnar’s neck in the ring indicated that how he wanted Lesnar to be “the first person that dies due to Octagon-related injuries.” Although he later went on to apologize to him, he could smash Lesnar and made him undergo serious damages.

But hopefully, that was not that much crippling to lead Lesnar to have a destiny like Justin Thornton, if your curiosity has been raised, here is the

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Dominick Cruz

The former two-time UFC Bantamweight Champion who is ranked #7 in the UFC bantamweight rankings as of December 13, 2021, is one of the wittiest and funny trash talkers in the game.

That is to say, with his amazing intelligence he has a style of trash-talking all of his own, that enables him to insult his opponents very cunningly.

In the light of his cool and calm demeanour and his sharp comebacks, he could tip over a raft of fighters in press conferences before the start of the fights.

Throughout his illustrious career, The Dominator has had some epic rivalries with the giants like Urijah Faber, Cody Garbrandt and the former Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw, in which he delivered some memorable trash talks on the mic so as to get the upper hand in the mental warfare that was amusing for the fans.

With his ability to always push the right buttons, he often wins the verbal battle, just consider that he called Urijah Faber having 'T-Rex' arms and also expressed that he thought Cody Garbrandt was CM Punk because he didn't know who Cody was.

Moreover, although he has become the commentator of the UFC, he came back to fight in March 2021, announcing his plans to continue fighting while you can find more about him on the Sportmob's list of

The most underrated UFC fighters of all time


Matt Serra

Hailing from New York, the UFC Hall of Famer has all the prerequisites to be one of the greatest trash talkers in MMA history.

What is especially fascinating about him is that his trash talks are blended with a hilarious sense of humour to the point that although it might humiliate you, it would make you laugh at the same time.

In the light of this excellent trash-talking, The Terror picked up the honour to become one of the only two fighters who could beat the great Georges St-Pierre who is undoubtedly one of

The Smartest MMA Fighters of All Time


When beating the welterweight champion, GSP at UFC 69, he used some rather creative words to express himself and give his rival some simple but rather mean instructions, including telling St-Pierre to “drink your red wine, go to your hockey game, and shut up, Frenchy.”

Moreover, the welterweight legend, Matt Hughes deemed Serra’s victory over GSP a “fluke,” expressing it unkindly that fueled the fire of the famous trash-talking speeches through the 6th season of The Ultimate Fighter, where they were the opposing coaches.

He also went on to fight against Hughes at UFC 98 winning the bout via unanimous decision, as the fight is widely remembered for the trash talk that ensued, with Serra at the forefront of it all rather than the fight itself.

Michael Bisping

The first British UFC Champion, injected his wry humour into the UFC as it was quite unfamiliar for the fans.

Although following having talked trash to some of his opponents, he was smashed several times, in the light of his phenomenal fighting ability, he is widely revered as one of the biggest stars and worst UFC trash talkers

Especially when there is no denying the fact that he beat all odds, winning the middleweight title at the prime heyday of his career.

As he talks for three hours straight and still finds new stuff to talk trash about, it is no wonder to see the endless list of people who have been at the receiving end of Bisping's trash talk, while each of them has the potential to be the best UFC trash talk.

To be specific, he has had legendary verbal disputes with Lombard, Chael Sonnen, Anderson Silva, Yoel Romero, Jorge Masvidal, Vitor Belfort, and Georges St-Pierre, just to name a few.

While one of his fights against GSP is included in our list of

Best UFC Events of All Time

, it is to be said that he once indicated that Rush had been abducted and impregnated by aliens, while he also called Hector Lombard a 'midget', Anderson Silva a 'dirty cheat' and Chael Sonnen a 'jester'.

It is even more interesting to suggest that, except for Chael Sonnen, he could gain verbal superiority over all of the rivals he confronted so as to be utterly deserved to be considered as one of the

greatest trash talkers in MMA history


Due to his British accent, quick-thinking, and his excellent arguments, he even went on to be a prolific figure on the analyst desk, working as a UFC commentator.

Tito Ortiz

The illustrious career of the former Light Heavyweight Champion had not been what has made him a popular MMA fighter, instead, he owes his fame to his mindblowing trash-talking with whoever he coped with.

Being considered as one of the greatest trash-talking in MMA history, he is not only a Hall of Famer inside the cage but also a Hall of Famer with his mouth.

So far you might have taken the hint why he has earned the nickname of the Huntington Beach Bad Boy. During his MMA career, he coped with some of the giants of the sport as the likes of Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Ken Shamrock and Vitor Belfort.

It was his fight with Liddell and Ken Shamrock that made Ortiz a household name since he eventually became the biggest pay-per-view draw of 2006 for his fights with Liddell, Forrest Griffin, and Ken Shamrock.

One of the most notorious insults he threw at Shamrock was his screaming into a microphone about how he’s Rick James and that Shamrock is his bi**h – that was utterly unpleasant for Shamrock.

Quinton Jackson

Although the former UFC light heavyweight champion's trash-talking speeches have made him a lovely star for the fans, he still is considered to be among

The most intimidating MMA fighters ever

too and perhaps that is why he has earned the nickname of Rampage.

This has given him the courage to spit fire with anybody in the light heavyweight division, having some legendary encounters with some of the light heavyweight legends, as the likes of Chuck Liddell and Rashad Evans.

Most amazingly when his opponents intended to retaliate, just like Evans, he would actually turn the fight into an all-time trash talk snippets.

As one of the

greatest trash talkers in MMA history

, he threw mean but super funny insults at his rivals, just for instance consider his terrific description of Wanderlei Silva before their fight: “he was going to take his belt, pull his pants down and spank him for being so ugly.”

Chael Sonnen

As one of the best MMA fighters never to have won a UFC Championship, he is undoubtedly one of the greatest trash talkers in MMA history.

With his witty and funny style, he does not need to use swear words to smash his opponents, as he can lash out carefully thought out insults at his rivals, to the point that it requires you to take a step back and ponder a lot to truly figure out what he has meant.

Yet he would by no means mince his words and will not hesitate to indicate any words to destroy his rivals' mental peace preceding the fight and irritate them.

He would trash talk about his opponents' career, family, country, and anything that crosses his mind to enrage them and entertain the fans so as to cement his place among the worst UFC trash talkers.

He is so witty and eloquent that he can actually create poems and rhymes on spot to talk trash. Thereby, if Chael Sonnen would have a press conference, there is not a shadow of a doubt that it would be a true joy to behold for the fans regardless of the fact that who would be up against him.

A number of MMA giants have been the receiving end of his insults, from Anderson and Wanderlei Silva, Lyoto Machida, to Rampage Jackson, they have been all the victims of his insulting speeches.

We have elaborated on each of these giants on Sportmob's series of MMA Articles, just for instance you can find a lot more about Lyoto Machida on the

Most influential fighters in MMA history


Nick Diaz

Nick Diaz who is included in our list of

Top UFC fighters to never win a title

, is considered to be among the best trash talkers in boxing.

To be specific in his trash talks he was never afraid to use creative insulting speeches while using swords word a lot so as to make his fights all the more amusing for the fans.

His callout of GSP for a title fight and his quote of "Don't be scared, Homie" has gained much popularity while it does not make any difference for him to be on the mic or in the octagon, with his mindblowing energy and attitude, he can keep the fans on the edge of their seats.

Just like his younger brother Nate, he is never ashamed to insult his opponents, journalists, and promoters, having trash-talked with the likes of Frank Shamrock, "Mayhem" Miller and Georges St.Pierre, just to name a few, and his being among the

worst UFC trash talkers

is the main reason why he is a fan favourite.

Conor McGregor

Any list of the greatest trash talkers in MMA history would be incomplete without the presence of Conor McGregor since he has transcended the game to new heights with his performance in the octagon and his Straight Left-Hand trademark move which is one of the

Top 10 signatures moves in the UFC


But undoubtedly it is not just for the sake of superb performance that he is the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) draw in MMA history, who has headlined five out of the six highest-selling UFC pay-per-view events.

As one of the best trash talkers in boxing, he owes gaining such popularity to his verbal warfare and epic promotion of fights, when he intelligently trash talks game and delivers cerebral insults so as to ultimately find a way to get into his opponent's head.

With a strategically executed trash talk game which is widely dubbed as

Best UFC trash talk

, he researches his rivals to find out their flip side, making a huge amount of hype in each of his fights.


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