10 Finest Moments Of Respect Inside The Octagon

There's respect and then there's donating 100k to your opponents charity.

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When two ruthless fighters step inside the Octagon on fight night, it's safe to assume that they only have one thought on their minds.

Win, at all costs.

Be that by cutting off their opponent's oxygen supply, snapping their bones or knocking them clean out, there's a reason this sport is classed as one of the most dangerous in the world.

Yet, Mixed Martial Arts isn't all about punishing your rival to the point of defeat.

Rooted into the majority of the styles and traditions - which many of the UFC's stars practise - is the idea of an uncompromised respect between the two fighters going to war.

Over the years this concept of respect in UFC has sometimes gone missing in favour of juvenile smack talk or social media jibes. But, there're still a few rare instances where two competitors have had no choice but to applaud/salute the warrior standing opposite them in the Octagon.

If you ever needed proof that there were some authentic human beings buried underneath all the arrogant showmanship, then here are the 10 best examples of it.

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