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The Biggest UFC Rivalries Of All Time

Updated July 6, 2021 709 votes 126 voters 4.3k views10 items

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Two fighters enter the octagon, but only one emerges victorious. Naturally, with any kind of competition, things can ugly inside and outside the ring, resulting in the best UFC beefs to ever grace our screens and social media feeds. You would expect professional fighters to get malicious but some of the things they said are down-right mean. Of course there's no love lost between these fighters and every fight is a rivalry of sorts, but it's these rivalries take things to the next level. 

You know you're in for a good fight when the title card has Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov on deck. And you definitely don't want to get between Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva when the kicks start flying. Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate are another legendary UFC rivalry. Now it's time to vote up your favorite UFC rivalries of all time to see which one takes the top spot.

  • 1

    Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier

    Video: YouTube

    Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier met face-to-face in 2010. After the exchange, they both had very different first impressions, which could probably be attributed to a misunderstanding. However, misunderstandings have a way of spiraling out of control in UFC, and a verbal sparring match proceeded for years. The rivalry became an all-out brawl, which resulted in Jones losing his endorsement deal with Nike. 

    A big rivalry?
  • 2

    Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

    Video: YouTube

    The McGregor/Nurmagomedov fight was years in the making. Bleacher Report offers a timeline showing how the two were on each other's radars for a long time coming. The animosity resulted in the two finally facing off in 2018 with Nurmagomedov coming out as the victor.

    A big rivalry?
  • 3

    Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz

    Video: YouTube

    It's a tale as old as time. Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz started off as friends on their journey through the sports world, but things soon took an ugly turn. They didn't fight for years, seemingly due to their admiration for each other, but late in 2002, things turned sour. Over the years, they fought three times, with Liddell winning two of them.

    A big rivalry?
  • 4

    Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz

    Video: YouTube

    Conor McGregor just can't seem to get along with anyone in the UFC. In fact, he and Nate Diaz have taken their rivalry out of the ring and onto social media with profanity-ridden rants. When the two finally shared the ring together, it was only due to Rafael dos Anjos pulling out at the last second. The bout ended in McGregor submitting. 

    A big rivalry?