The line between sport and entertainment is often blurred. Not only by the promotional angles and the setting of the fight itself, but also by the personalities of the fighters. Some athletes rise to stardom entirely based upon their athletic ability and all out dominance in the cage. Others utilize their ability to speak to elevate themselves to a place they would not be if it weren’t for their prowess on the microphone.

There really isn’t a better time than now to explore this topic. At this very moment, Conor McGregor is scheduled to fight one of the greatest champions of all time, Jose Aldo. Conor has done well in the Octagon, but his two best wins are over Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway. Great fighters, but he entirely bypassed Ricardo Lamas, Chad Mendes, and Frankie Edgar. There was no shortage of fighters to test McGregor, but instead, in his last outing he competed against Denis Siver. McGregor may be the guy to beat Aldo, but more than anything, he is the guy that will sell the most tickets, partially due to his ability in the cage, but largely due to his ability to promote the fight.

The same can be said for Bethe Correia. She has performed well in the UFC, but hasn’t faced any true top opposition. She is ranked seventh in the division and there aren’t too many analysts predicting that Correia will even make it out of the first round. She got the fight in much the same was as McGregor. She isn’t as captivating on the microphone, but she saw a story line and promoted it. She has beat some of Ronda’s friends/training partners. Members of the “Four Horse Women.” A group that Ronda is the captain of and has roots in pro wrestling. Correia and Ronda are talking it up, but it’s all words.

As you can see, the words of the fighters have just as much of an impact as their fists, sometimes. There are plenty of quotes around that have found their way into comedic animations, memes, and promotional highlight reels. This week, Jeremy and Michael will break down their Top 5 favorite quotes in the history of mixed martial arts. Be sure to comment below and share your opinion on this week’s edition of The List!

 Klump’s List 

5. “Don’t be scared homie.” – Nick Diaz
Some could argue this should be #1, but arguments aside, this is just an epic quote.

4. “There’s two things I really like to do and that’s whoop ass and look good.  I’m doing one of them right now and on Saturday night, I’m doing the other.” – Conor McGregor
How can you not have a quote from one of the greatest trash talkers the UFC has ever seen?

3. “He‘s never been in there with a gangster before. He’s been in there with a bunch of little boys that are scared of him.” –Chael Sonnen
Oh, Chael. This was Sonnen referring to Jon Jones in their upcoming fight. As we all know, Jones won by TKO in the first round.

2.“I love martial arts. I’m obsessed with it. Martial arts is my baby. It’s not my moneymaker. It’s my all. It’s my world. It’s my enthusiasm.” – Jon “Bones” Jones
This is just an awesome quote from an awesome fighter. There is nothing more to be said other than Jon Jones is the GOAT.

1. “I think that last one was just to shut him up a little bit.” –Dan Henderson
This was Henderson referring to his flying strike to a knocked out Michael Bisping. Many thought it was not right, but this is a quote I will always remember.

Davis’ List

5. “You better not boo me!” – Al Iaquinta
Both before and after that quote Iaquinta was dropping F-bombs left and right. Screaming at the booing fans following his somewhat controversial split decision. His nick name is ‘raging’, and now we know why. He flew off the handle, and it will define him moving forward.

4. “We’re not just here to take part — we’re here to take over.” – Conor McGregor
McGregor has done some great things in the cage, but his natural ability to speak has aided his assent quite a lot.

3. “So, we’re throwing spinning (expletive) now?” -Nick Diaz
It’s hard to pick out one Nick Diaz quote, but this pretty much sums it up. He will always march to the beat of his own drum and give fans and the media plenty to talk about.

2. “How taste my pee-pee” – Andrei Arlovski
For sure this quote is the best thing to come out of the Andrei Arlovski and Tim Sylvia beef. One can only hope that this quote doesn’t get buried in the archives and lives on in the future.

1. “You tell Anderson Silva I’m coming over and I’m kicking down his back door and patting his little lady on the ass and I’m telling her to make me a steak, medium-rare just how I like it.” -Chael Sonnen
Sonnen is a word-smith. The amount of one liners he has produced has made him who he is today. His second fight with Anderson Silva was huge, and this quote had a lot to do with it. Sonnen pushed the envelope a little to far and Silva ended up having the last laugh.

 

 

 

About The Author

Michael Davis
Director, Business Development/Senior Staff Writer

Michael Davis is a seasoned professional in the world of finance. In recent years, he has worked for Fortune 500 companies and consulted at one of the largest hedge funds in the world. After working closely with a mixed martial arts management company, he realized he could apply his skills to the sport he loved. The culmination of his professional experience and passion for MMA have led him to his role as Senior Staff Writer and Director of Business Development at The MMA Corner.