The best that ever existed was in hockey during the 80s, Montreal Canadians and Quebec Nordiques. That was so sick how every game between these 2 were almost riots.
And the teams really hated each other, proof in the famous Good Friday Brawl. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veX55rLYAgQ
Man that is out of control.
A few rivalries from MMA:
Sakuraba vs. The Gracie clan
The Gracies are known for starting the UFC and revolutionizing MMA as well as inventing Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Sakuraba is a japanese pro-wrestler with very unorthodox fighting and excellent grappling.
After a 90 minute fight, the longest in modern MMA (since 1993 UFC and Pancrase's inception), Royce Gracie, undefeated former UFC champ, threw in the towel after a tremedous volume of leg kicks from Sakuraba.
After Royce was defeated, his much vaunted brother Renzo challenged Sakuraba, and lost.
After Renzo and Royce, was their cousin Ryan, a much larger opponent than the previous Gracies and a good 20 pounds heavier than Saku. Who was also defeated.
Saku defeated all three Gracies in 2000.
It was 7 years later the time for the legend Royce Gracie to return and avenge the Gracie name. And he did, that is until it was revealed that he tested positive for anabolic steroids after the fight.
Finally in 2010 a battered and bruised 41 year old Sakuraba fought fresh faced 25 year old Ralek Gracie and was defeated legitimately by decision after 15 minute fight.
Another huge martial arts rivalry was Luta Livre and Brazilian jiu-jitsu (created by the aforementioned Gracie family). The rivalry culminated in many live no holds barred events, long before MMA or UFC existed, as well as many street brawls and gym fights. At the live events there would pretty much always be huge brawls from supporters in the crowd. One of the most extreme events was the aforementioned Renzo Gracie being stabbed with a knife through the cage ring while in a fight.
Which ultimately lead to a large MMA rivalry between gyms which were based more in either Luta Livre or Jiu-jitsu. The gyms were Brazilian Top Team (the Gracie Jiu-jitsu specialists) and Chute Boxe (Luta Livre/Muay Thai) this resulted in many bloody battles and war of words in and out of the ring, including many of the best fights in MMA history. Brazilian Top Team was founded by MMA pioneers Mario Sperry and Murilo Bustamante, some of the more famous fighters were the Nogueira Brothers, Ricardo Arona, Vitor Belfort, and Paulo Filho. Chute Boxe's crew held fighters such as Wanderlei Silva, Pele, the Ruas brothers and Anderson Silva.
Ultimately though the rivalry simmered down and many of the former rivals ended up training together and actually reaching even higher heights than previously. The Nogueira bros formed a team called Blackhouse which featured Anderson Silva, Mauricio Rua, and the Nog bros themselves, as well as many other brazilian MMA fighter such as Lyoto Machida.
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