The 10 Commandments of MMA Trash Talking

The 10 Commandments
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 28: Chael Sonnen (R) is interviewed by Joe Rogan after his victory over Michael Bisping during the UFC on FOX event at United Center on January 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nick Laham/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Trash talking is a critical aspect of combat sports. To build hype for a fight/event and draw in revenue, athletes will often turn to trash talking their opponents. Trash talking is an art, however; there is a right and wrong way to trash talk. With that in mind, here are the 10 Commandments of MMA Trash Talking.

The 10 Commandments of MMA Trash Talking

  1. Thou Shalt Look the Part.

Wearing the right apparel can/will make a difference in your ability to trash talk. Whether you decide to wear a three-piece suit or something more extravagant, make sure that whatever you are wearing, you feel confident.

  1. Thou Shalt Keep it Brief.

Jabs are a critical aspect to many combat sports bouts, but also critical in the trash talking stage. Going on and on and on and on gets boring. Plus, long stories are like big whiffing overhands. The punchline is easy to see, and your opponent can call you out on it.

  1. Thou Shalt Act the Part.

Wearing the right apparel is critical, but your mannerisms are just as important. Being cool, calm, and collected are three aspects a great trash talker implements into their game.

  1. Thou Shalt NEVER Answer McGregor’s Questions for Him.

This commandment should be rather evident. If you are ever in a press conference with Conor McGregor, keep your mouth shut when he is being asked a question. Why? Well, Jeremy Stephens could tell you.

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  1. Thou Shalt Respect Those Who Deserve Respect.

Generally, trash talking has no bounds to its subjects; however, you need to respect those who deserve respect. Brian Stann is one of those guys. In addition, talking trash about your opponent’s parents is generally condoned as well, and is more childish than anything.

  1. Thou Shalt Taketh Lessons from Luke Rockhold.

Luke Rockhold is perhaps one of the worst trash talkers to have ever picked up a mic. Considering this, you should look at his trash talking footage to see what not to do.

  1. Thou Shalt Trash Talk Your Location, Unless it is Your Hometown.

Talking trash about the location you are at is generally a pretty safe and effective move. It will draw a negative reaction from the crowd and draw the spotlight to you.

  1. Thou Shalt Tell Your Opponent to Count to Five.

Really? Tell your opponent to count to five? Yes, Conor McGregor did it to Nate Diaz in an interview and it was hilarious.

  1. Thou Shalt NOT Forget to Talketh About Thineself.

For the most part, trash talking focusses on your opponent. However, it is important to talk about yourself as well. Once you shut down your opponent’s remark and tell them how dumb they are for saying such, mention how you got a 1595 on your SAT in high school.

And finally, the GOLDEN RULE of The 10 Commandments of MMA Trash Talking…
  1. Thou Shalt Never Piss Off a Gangster.

If you ever come across someone from West Linn, Oregon, with largest arms and the greatest charm, you better steer clear. He is a gangster, and he is the reason that Waldo is hiding. Trash talk who you may, but if you ever come across Chael P. Sonnen you may want to turn and run in the opposite direction.

 

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