UFC is all about fighting, and verbal combat happens inside and outside the ring. Trash talking is common among UFC fighters, with some better at it than others. However, there are many notable trash talkers in the UFC.
Here are 12 of the best trash talkers in the history of the UFC:
- Chael Sonnen
- Conor McGregor
- Tito Ortiz
- Josh Koscheck
- Micheal Bisping
- Colby Covington
- Frank Mir
- Quinton Jackson
- Matt Serra
- Rashad Evans
- Nick Diaz
- Nate Diaz
This article will go over the various infamous trash-talkers among the UFC and their most notable rivalries.
1. Chael Sonnen
Chael Sonnon is a fantastic trash talker. He’s so great that many people consider him the best in the UFC. Sonnen competed in the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions in the UFC, and during this time, he trash-talked aggressively. Although he was an aggressive trash talker, many found his talk humorous.
A notable trash-talking moment with Chael Sonnen is when he challenged Anderson Silva. Sonnen stated publicly that he was “going to retire Silva.”
2. Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor is a very well-known UFC fighter and a favorite of many. His trash talk is often off-the-charts and a big reason why he’s such a famous UFC fighter today. While competing in the lightweight division, McGregor went up against Dustin Poirier. Although he lost, he heavily trash-talked his way through it, making it a notable fight.
McGregor trash-talked up until the fight and even after, when he commented on Poirier’s wife being in his DMs.
3. Tito Ortiz
Tito Ortiz has a solid trash-talking game. He is a former light heavyweight champion and heavily trash talks with every opponent he faces. His trash-talking game is harsh, and his biggest rival, Chuck Liddell, has heard a lot of it.
One of Ortiz’s most notable trash-talking toward Liddell includes calling him Chuck “The Snowflake” Liddell.” Ortiz commonly digs at Liddell’s political affiliation, as well as calling him a “shell of a man.”
4. Josh Koscheck
Josh Koscheck is known for his persistent trash-talking, which often didn’t stop at one or two blows. He appeared in the debut season of The Ultimate Fighter. He was an excellent contender in the middleweight and welterweight divisions.
Josh Koscheck’s trash-talking is controversial, as many people enjoy it while others think it’s not very pleasant. One of Koscheck’s most notable trash talks is his match with Paul Daley. Koscheck beat Daley in all three rounds. But he talked so much trash that Daley punched him afterward out of anger.
Whether you think Koscheck’s trash talk is the best or worst, there’s no denying he gets to his opponents.
5. Micheal Bisping
Micheal Bisping was an excellent trash talker in the UFC. He’s so good that he became a UFC commentator. Bisping participated in the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions. He became the first British fighter to win a UFC championship. And, the UFC inducted him into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2019.
Michael Bisping has now moved his trash-talking to the commentary booth. However, as a fighter, his most notable trash talking was with Jorge Rivera in 2011. Both opponents trash-talked beforehand, yet Bisping’s cocky trash talk is not only amusing but aggravating to many.
6. Colby Covington
Colby Covington competes in the UFC’s welterweight division and is even considered #1 in the UFC welterweight ratings. Part of his fame in the UFC stems from his heavy trash talking.
Many describe Covington’s trash-talking as demeaning and, as he describes it, “brutally honest.”
A notable and below-the-belt trash-talking moment of Covington’s is with Robert Lawler. Covington taunted Lawler about avoiding train tracks, knowing Lawler’s good friend was in a near-fatal accident involving a train.
So, although Covington’s trash talk is harsh, he doesn’t let up, and he doesn’t apologize. In some ways, this makes him one of the best in the UFC.
7. Frank Mir
Frank Mir is a two-time heavyweight champion in the UFC, and his fighting ability backs up his trash talking.
Mir is confident and cocky, and his trash talk can come off as brutal at times. His rival Brock Lesnar has heard Mir’s trash talk plenty. Frank Mir likes to mock opponents like Lesnar by claiming they’re not intelligent, don’t understand moves, or are weak.
Mir even made death threats toward Lesnar, saying, “I want to break his neck in the ring.”
Mir beat Lesnar in their first fight, and he talked a lot of trash before their second fight.
However, he didn’t back up his trash talking during this fight and lost.
8. Quinton Jackson
Quinton Jackson, also known as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, competed in the middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight divisions. While he currently competes in the heavyweight division, he was always a big trash talker.
Jackson’s feud and long-time rivalry with Rashad Evans, another heavy trash talker, produced some of Jackson’s harsh trash talk. These two UFC fighters could go back and forth all day, especially on social media.
Jackson’s trash talk isn’t as cutthroat as his opponents’, and he claims he only trash talks for “entertainment value.” However, Evans’ bringing up Jackson’s TKO in 2005 encouraged him to bring up a brutal loss of Evans’. This made his trash talk personal.
9. Matt Serra
Matt Serra is a well-known trash talker. He’s a favorite of many because his trash talk is more comedic than demeaning. Serra competed in both the lightweight and welterweight divisions, and he knows his way around trash talking.
A notable trash-talking moment in Serra’s career is against Georges St-Pierre. St-Pierre is a Canadian, which is the butt of many trash-talking and jokes.
At Serra and St-Pierre’s rematch, Serra used this to trash talk St-Pierre. Serra commented that St-Pierre should “shut up Frenchy, “go to a hockey game,” and many other Canadian stereotypes.
While Matt Serra may trash talk a lot, many people laugh at it rather than get angry. Therefore, he’s more of a trash talker for entertainment value.
10. Rashad Evans
Rashad Evans competed in the middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight divisions. While many consider him a top fighter in the UFC, Evans is mainly known for his inappropriate trash talk.
Evans has had many instances where his trash talk has angered the public. Some of the things he says are very inappropriate. Despite this, Evans sure does know how to rile up the crowd and his opponents. Therefore, he’s considered a fantastic trash talker.
One of the most notable moments in Evans’ career was his fight with Lyoto Machida. Evans was trash-talking Machida during this fight, calling him weak, saying, “your hands are made of pillows.”
This trash-talking only spurred Machida on, resulting in a knockout.
Evans’ trash talk, while often controversial, does get under his opponents’ skin.
11. Nick Diaz
Nick Diaz currently competes in the middleweight division. However, he has competed in the lightweight and welterweight divisions as well. Nick Diaz has a strong reputation as one of the greatest fighters. However, he’s also known for his harsh trash talk.
As trash talk is an essential part of the UFC, Nick Diaz participates in it excessively. Diaz trash talks by openly mocking his opponents, such as Frank Shamrock and Georges St-Pierre.
Nick Diaz claims he uses trash talk to pressure his opponents. As fighting is known to be 90% mental, it’s an excellent fighting strategy- making him one of the best.
12. Nate Diaz
Nate Diaz, Nick Diaz’s younger brother, takes after his older brother regarding trash talk in the UFC. He competes in the welterweight division and has also competed in the lightweight division.
Like his older brother Nick Diaz, Nate isn’t scared to trash talk his opponents. While Nate is known for flipping his opponents the bird, he also lashes out with words.
His fight with McGregor included a lot of trash talk, both before and during the fight. So much so that McGregor and Diaz had a scuffle beforehand.
Diaz’s trash talk quickly angers his opponents, making him a very successful trash talker in the UFC.