LET’S FACE IT, RIVALRIES SELL IN COMBAT SPORTS. BUT WHAT ARE THE KEYS TO TALKING TRASH? HERE’S FOUR AREAS TO GET YOU STARTED.

1 INVOKE HIS MOTHER

Nothing gets another guy’s goat quite like insulting his own flesh and blood and nothing is quite as insulting as targeting his mother.

2 GET PERSONAL

Generic insults can be mildly effective at best. For impact, why not go for the jugular?

Here’s Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier caught talking off camera ahead of their highly anticipated UFC 178 showdown – which was postponed to UFC 182 on 3 January at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Jones: Hey pussy, are you still there?

Cormier: I’m here. I’m here. You are just the fakest person! I actually admire that you can be this fake and when the TV comes on you can just change. You’re like a chameleon! It’s awesome! It’s unbelievable!”

Jones: The fact that you’re a pussy hasn’t changed.

3 GET INSIDE THEIR HEADS

Unaware that the cameras were still rolling, Jones and Cormier continued to stoke the flames.

Cormier: “I wish they would let me next door so I could spit in your fucking face.”

Jones: “You know I would absolutely kill you if you ever did something like that.”

Cormier: You could never kill me.

Jones: Oh, I bet you I could.

Cormier: Then you should try, Jon. You really should try, Jon.

Jones: I will literally kill you if you spit in my face. Literally kill you.

Cormier: Let’s try that, Jon.

4 BE CREATIVE

Hats off to Chael Sonnen for this quip ahead of his match-up with Anderson Silva.

“When Anderson Silva walks into a room you could hear a rat piss on cotton.”

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