As well as housing some of the world’s best fighters, the UFC is also home to some proficient trash-talkers.
More and more frequently, the fight is beginning before the competitors have even stepped into the ring, the ability to verbally destroy an opponent with a microphone becoming a major part of the psychological battle.
As part of the build-up to 207 in Nevada at the end of this month, headlined by the return of Ronda Rousey, the UFC have compiled a video of some of the very best best vocal sparring of 2016.
2016 was one of the best year’s of Trash Talk we’ve ever seen! HERE are our favorite moments ? ? ? pic.twitter.com/4m52NNsJi5
— UFC (@ufc) December 22, 2016
As is to be expected, Conor McGregor features heavily. The Irishman fought three times this year, including two massive bouts against Nate Diaz, and as such was a prominent figure in press conferences and other media events.
However, it wasn’t even Diaz or Eddie Alvarez that was on the end of arguably McGregor’s most withering put-down. In the build-up to UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden, Jeremy Stephens saw fit to interrupt the then-featherweight champion as he was about to answer a fan question and take a shot at him – only to be met with a cutting, “who the f**k is that guy?” which really need to be seen in all its brutal glory below:
Apart from McGregor, Michael Bisping also features quite frequently. The English middleweight also fought three times this year, including a title win against Luke Rockhold in June and subsequent defence against Dan Henderson at 204 in October, and takes no prisoners when it comes to speaking his mind.
Additionally, there are contributions from Diaz, Alvarez and Rockhold, as well as the likes of the now-retired Urijah Faber, Jon Jones, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Dominick Cruz and Khabib Nurmagomedov.