3) Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
Former longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva is widely considered to be one of the best fighters of all-time and while his skills in the Octagon are often entertaining, he typically remains relatively quiet leading up to bouts – unless he’s matched up against Chael Sonnen that is.
Silva and Sonnen faced off for the first time at UFC 117 and fought for a second time at UFC 148, and while both bouts were memorable, the trash talk between the two was iconic to say the least.
“The American Gangster”, a man known as one of the best trash talkers in MMA history, repeatedly blasted Silva like no one had before, which only brought out a different side of “The Spider”, which we had never seen before. When speaking of the best rivalries and best trash talk rivalries of all-time, Silva vs. Sonnen will also rank near the top.