The Most Savage Sh*t Talkers In Sports History
On 3rd September 2017
Dishing out a little verbal abuse was never a problem for these athletes. Welcome to The Daily Buzz, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Best Trash Talkers In Sports.
For this list, we’re looking at current and former athletes who reveled in their ability to badmouth their opponents.
#10: Ronda Rousey
Between 2011 and 2015, Ronda Rousey was the most dominant female mixed martial artist on the planet. She defended her title at the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship seven times – often defeating her opponents in less than a minute. During this time Rousey wasn’t afraid to voice her opinions on other fighters and would often berate them with strings of verbal taunts during pre-fight press conferences. Alas, her unexpected loss to Holly Holm in 2015 seems to have humbled her some, proving that the quickest way to shut someone up is to beat them at their own game.
#9: Shannon Sharpe
Throughout the ‘90s and early 2000s, Shannon Sharpe dominated the NFL. The 6 foot 2 tight end was the perfect combination of size, speed, and skill – making it a nightmare for other players to try and defend him. He won three Super Bowls during his career and set numerous positional records. Why are we telling you this? Because Sharpe’s dominance is what allowed him to be one of the most ruthless trash talkers to ever step on an NFL field. It didn’t matter if he was giving it to opposing players, fans or even his own teammates, Sharpe could chew you up and spit you out with ease.
#8: John McEnroe
Since its inception, the sport of tennis has been synonymous with the upper class; a gentlemen’s game meant to be treated with respect. However, in the late '70s, one man came along who trash talked his opponents, berated umpires and generally got under the skin of all who opposed him – and that man was John McEnroe. The kicker was that he could back it up on the court – spending 170 weeks as the top ranked tennis player in the world between 1980 and 85. For an example of McEnroe’s trash talking abilities, look no further than the time he said of his rival Ivan Lendl, “I’ve got more talent in my pinkie than Lendl has in his whole body”.
#7: Richard Sherman
What is it about Richard Sherman that makes opponents lose their minds? The Seattle Seahawks cornerback has gone toe-to-toe with some of the NFL’s best wide receivers and more often than not they end up losing their cool. While Sherman is arguably one of the best at his position, there is a case to be made that his trash talking game is so strong it is part of the reason he continues to dominate on the field. Who could forget his battle with Michael Crabtree in the 2013 NFC Championship game? Attempting to shake a man’s hand after embarrassing him with your skill is a bold move…
#6: Conor McGregor
The UFC has produced a number of impressive trash talkers over the years. All one needs to do is listen to Chael Sonnen destroy Anderson Silva over and over again to know that MMA is a sport where you need to be tough before, during and after a fight. However, Conor McGregor is in a league of his own. The Irish fighter goes well beyond the call of duty when discussing his opponents – verbally emasculating them before the fight has even begun. This gives him the psychological edge long before he steps into the octagon. His trash talking game is so strong, one can’t help but look on in admiration – even with his loss to Floyd Mayweather at the T-Mobile Arena, this does not look to lessen any.