High 5 / High 10

28 Nov 2019, 00:30 IST

Anderson Silva's feud with Chael Sonnen was a classic.
Anderson Silva’s feud with Chael Sonnen was a basic.

Many individuals would recommend that the game of MMA is solely pro-wrestling with out the scripting, and whereas that’s not essentially true all the time, one factor the 2 do have in widespread is the truth that bitter rivalries produce plenty of curiosity – and often draw some huge cash, too.

During the last decade the UFC has seen loads of epic feuds between fighters, with rivalries typically spanning a number of fights and altering exhibits into must-see occasions for hardcore and informal followers alike. It’s been arduous to whittle the record down, however listed below are the 5 finest feuds within the UFC previously decade (2010-2019).

#5 Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier remain bitter rivals.
Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier stay bitter rivals.

The feud between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier began innocently sufficient; in line with most sources, of their first assembly Jones jokingly instructed Cormier – a former Olympic wrestler – that he’d have the ability to take him down in the event that they had been to combat. Cormier by no means forgot the jibe and when he determined to maneuver down from Heavyweight to Gentle-Heavyweight in 2014, a combat with Jones for his UFC Gentle-Heavyweight title appeared like a pure match to make.

The UFC put the combat collectively for September 2014’s UFC 178, and issues kicked into excessive gear as the 2 fighters bought slightly too shut in a pre-show press convention, with the consequence being a wild brawl with punches exchanged and Cormier even throwing his shoe at ‘Bones’. Later, Jones controversially bought private with Cormier throughout a convention name – after the decision had gone off the air – threatening to kill him after ‘DC’ mentioned he’d wish to spit in his face.

The combat at UFC 178 fell aside when Jones picked up an damage, however it was re-booked for UFC 182 a few months later, and ‘Bones’ largely dominated en path to a call win. Extra was but to return, although, as Jones controversially examined optimistic for cocaine in a post-fight drug take a look at after which went onto extra points following a hit-and-run incident.

‘Bones’ was stripped of his title as a consequence of his points – and Cormier gained the vacant title by defeating Anthony Johnson, earlier than persevering with the feud by telling Jones to “get his sh*t collectively”. Jones would return in 2016, however a possible rematch fell by way of when he then examined optimistic for a banned PED and located himself suspended once more.

Finally the 2 rematched in 2017 at UFC 214 – with Jones once more managing to defeat Cormier, this time by TKO, to regain the title he by no means really misplaced. Even then although, the feud didn’t finish. Cormier was gracious in defeat – however solely till Jones examined optimistic for banned substances once more, bringing his victory into huge doubt.

The feud has since gone considerably quiet; Cormier moved as much as Heavyweight in 2018 and has remained within the division since, whereas Jones has since regained the 205lbs title but once more – however a 3rd combat between the 2 stays a trump card that the UFC may look to drag out sooner or later, because the duo stay bitter enemies.

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