Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time! It has been an extraordinary year of ups and down for all of those involved in the rapidly growing world of mixed martial arts, but all things must come to an end, and it’s time for FiveOuncesofPain.com to dish out our official year end awards for the crazy year that was 2009.
We’ll be diving headfirst into a series of fifteen end of the year awards, with a new award being distributed every single day through December 31 with a special two part New Years Eve year-end award extravaganza…. bonanza.
In this edition we have FiveOuncesofPain’s top five trash talkers of 2009:
1. Frank Mir: From running his mouth like Jackie Joyner Kersie leading up to his UFC 100 beatdown at the hands of Brock Lesnar, to making fun of the way Cheick Kongo spoke English, to wanting to rip Brock Lesnar’s arm off and retire him while the champion is still recovering from a nasty intestinal infection, Mir showed that he can spew hate with the best of them. It seems like he has toned it down since his recent first round submission victory over Kongo, along with an upcoming interim title bout with Shane Carwin expected for the near future, but Mir had an absolutely epic year as far as talking trash goes in 2009.
“I’ve never hated a human being as much as I hate [Brock]. It’s never driven me to the points of insanity that it has driven me to now. I want to rip Cheick Kongo’s arm off and make a statement, and it’s just because I want to scare the s*** out of Brock. I want him to know that he will never be the same human being after I get out of that cage with him. I will detrimentally affect his physical life forever and scar him on a mental level.” – Frank Mir, 2009
2. Brock Lesnar: Lesnar’s illness in the end of 2009 caused a huge drop off in the trash talk department for the UFC’s heavyweight champion, but Brock made up for it by leaps and bounds with some of the most potent trash talk the game has ever seen following his second round demolition of Frank Mir at UFC 100
“Frank Mir had a horseshoe up his ass. I told him that a year ago. I pulled that son of a bitch out and I beat him over the head with it, whooo!! ….. I’m gonna go home tonight, and I’m gonna drink a Coors Lite.. that’s a Coors Lite because Bud Lite won’t pay me nothing. I’m gonna sit down with my friends and family, and hell, I might even get on top of my wife tonight.” – Brock Lesnar, 2009
3. Dan Hardy: Hardy came out in 2009 with both his fists and mouth swinging for the fences in bouts with Marcus Davis and Mike Swick, earning himself a welterweight title shot and establishing himself as one of the sport’s most talented talkers in the business in the process.
“The thing I’ve realized about Josh Koscheck is that he’s kind of like a turd that won’t flush away. He kind of wins a fight, and you think he’s doing alright. Then he loses a fight and you think he’s done, and then he wins a fight. He’s always kind of floating around and he never really does anything.” – Dan Hardy, 2009
4. Josh Koscheck: From some of the best smack talk in a UFC Countdown show this year leading into his welterweight beatdown of Frank Trigg, Kos went on to throw his own teammate Mike Swick under the bus by claiming the title challenger had never fought anyone worth a lick to get his shot.
“U haters can suck my d***! Haha love this Twitter sh*t talking. A faker never gets up and doesn’t fight after that a eye poker……. But what the f*ck do I care!!! 140k in fight of the night and tapout of the night!! so keep hate’n.” – Josh Koscheck (Twitter), 2009
5. Dana White: The UFC President has long been one of the best talkers in the game, and 2009 was far from an exception. White pulled no punches this year while addressing topics such as Strikeforce, Fedor Emelianenko, Karo Parisyan, and so much more.
“If I wanted Dan Henderson, I could’ve signed him. For the money he wanted, he’s not worth it. He’s not a big pay-per-view star, he’s not a big attraction, and he’s not going to sell out arenas. He wants way too much and he doesn’t bring anything to the table. Here’s the reality: If I wanted him, he’d be in the UFC. It’s not like, ‘F***, Strikeforce beat me out.’ He’s been a free agent for a long time. If I wanted him, I would have signed him by now.” – Dana White, 2009