10 UFC Rivals Who Seriously Can’t Stand Each Other
It's easy to punch someone in the face when you seriously hate their guts.
Despite the fact that UFC fighters earn their living from beating the living p*ss out of whoever is stood in front of them in the Octagon, most combatants tend to actually share a mutual respect for one another and some are even quite close pals outside of the fighting arena.
Yet, that doesn't mean that each and every contender in the company are on the best of terms and would be happy to go for a drink together once they've finished throwing down in the cage.
In fact, throughout the company's history, some UFC fighters have despised each other so much that it was deemed a security risk to have the pair sat in the same room.
But, it's these seriously intense rivalries which make for the most compelling action inside of the world of MMA and the UFC has been home to some of the most bitter feuds in all of combat sports over the years.
We've seen press conferences demolished, bad blood spilled and deeply personal shots fired all due to a set of Mixed Martial Artists not seeing eye-to-eye.
This bunch of mortal enemies definitely don't agree on much, but they'll all admit that stepping up to fight becomes a whole lot easier when you're faced with someone you seriously cannot stand.
10. Matt Serra And Matt Hughes
Matt Serra and Matt Hughes' legendary rivalry kicked off back when the former was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter and the latter was a guest coach on the show.
Serra didn't appreciate the way that Hughes spoke to some of his fellow Mixed Martial Artists.
Over the years, the pair would continually go back and forth and even became rival coaches on TUF season 6.
Then, they finally came face-to-face in the Octagon at UFC 98 and Hughes was the fighter who came out on top, earning a unanimous decision victory in the 'Fight of the Night' winner.
It looked like that was it.
That was until they decided to reignite their feud a few years after retiring. In 2015, Hughes claimed that it would only take one call from Dana White to bring him out of retirement for the rematch. In response to this, Serra said, 'I can’t stand that guy' on the Anik and Florian podcast, before saying his response would be 'let's do it' if the fight was a realistic possibility.
White didn't end up booking the highly anticipated rematch in the end, but this beef seems like it's still far from over.