One of the things that makes the world of Mixed Martial Arts such a fantastic place to be, is the fact that any particular grudge or beef that you have towards somebody can be settled by stepping into the octagon and letting that anger and frustration run wild.
Somebody disrespects you? Punch them in the face. Somebody says something uncalled for about your family? Kick them upside the head. Somebody just outright won't shut up? Make them tap out or pass out.
Of course, the dangled carrot of revenge isn't just great for a fighter, mind, for it can also make for a hugely interesting prospect for the watching MMA fan base.
In fact, the possibility of seeing somebody finally get some semblance of revenge on a rival has often driven ticket numbers and buy-rates for MMA companies - particularly as the UFC hit a boom period in the early 2000s that the company is arguably still riding the coat-tails of to this very day.
11. The Iceman Overcomes The Natural
In so many cases, what makes revenge so satisfactory in the
world of MMA is that a fighter can often spend years waiting for the
opportunity of revenge to rear its head. For Chuck Liddell, it took two years
before he was able to get revenge over rival Randy Couture.
Couture had schooled Liddell at UFC 43 with a TKO victory,
and The Iceman had to wait until UFC 52 for his shot at revenge. What followed
next was Liddell showing why he’s regarded as one of the greatest knockout artists
in the history of MMA, as he delivered the first clean knockout of Couture’s
career and became the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.
That UFC 52 show is seen as a pivotal moment in the history
of the UFC due to the fact that it was the first ever UFC PPV to bring in more
than 300,000 buys – and a large reason for that number was the fact that fight
fans wanted to see if Chuck Liddell could avenge his previous loss to The Natural.
Jumping forward ten months, Liddell would successful defend
the title against Couture at UFC 57 thanks to another KO victory before
eventually losing the championship to Quinton Jackson at UFC 71.