Ortiz and Shamrock marked the first real rivalry in the UFC. The former “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” seemed to know exactly what buttons to push on Shamrock to drive him crazy, eliciting a physical response on a handful of occasions. In one notable instance, Shamrock flipped a chair over at a press conference after Ortiz laughed at being threatened, and in another Shamrock had to be held back by competitors on TUF in a similar fit of frustration with his adversary’s behavior. After fighting three times the two finally squashed the matter, and though they may not be friends they certainly aren’t out seeking blood either as was the case years ago.
Most Mixed Martial Artists enter match-ups with the mindset of the fight being a professional matter rather than a means of settling a personal vendetta. However, bouts occasionally come with bad blood between the involved participants and in the blink of an eye things can turn nasty. While boxing has its fair share of ugly incidents, the UFC is not without its own blemishes when it comes to competitors taking things a step or two over the line based on genuine dislike of a peer. Even as recently as this weekend, Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen nearly threw down outside of the Octagon. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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