Top 440 Opponent Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Opponent Quotes from famous people such as Carlos Condit, Jermaine Jenas, Joseph Benavidez, Marc Morial, Michael Chandler, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

Fitch isn't as much of a finisher as Thiago Alves, he's

Fitch isn’t as much of a finisher as Thiago Alves, he’s more about grinding his opponent into the ground – literally. With my jiu-jitsu, I could withstand that and do better than a lot of guys have done.
Carlos Condit
With Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele, there is a long list of reasons why he is an opponent I would hate to face.
Jermaine Jenas
I’m not going to bag on people and make funny jokes about my opponent. I just respect every opponent I go in against.
Joseph Benavidez
Because you basically won a close re-election, your first task is to unify the city. And it’s done not with words but with actions, by reaching out, to the supporters of your opponent as well as to reassure your own supporters.
Marc Morial
I never focus on my opponent – I focus more on myself: knowing what my strengths are, where I can take the fight, how I can win the fight, and the intensity that I’m going to bring to a fight.
Michael Chandler
The opponent never matters to me. That’s something I’ve always said.
Donald Cerrone
One of the things I get amused by is when my opponent talks about the middle class.
Scott Walker
Even when my opponent hits a very good shot, I don’t just want to get it back. I want to get it back so they have difficulty. And then I can control the point.
Caroline Wozniacki
The only thing that helps you play better is being ready to go against your next opponent.
Devin McCourty
I played against Ashley Cole all the time in training. For me, he is the best left-back in the world. He was the hardest opponent and I had him every day in training.
Freddie Ljungberg
I don’t care if it’s someone cutting down from heavyweight, or moving up from middleweight to light heavyweight. It’s just another opponent, and I have to do a great job.
Jan Blachowicz
Cerrone is a great opponent. The guy won eight fights straight.
Rafael dos Anjos
‘Oh and Oh’ is a tennis term… It’s a nice way of saying you took your opponent to pieces.
Venus Williams
The safety of my opponent was critical to me.
Bret Hart
Mark Hunt is a formidable opponent, but his style gives Brock Lesnar the best chance to win. Mark Hunt may not be the best-skilled athlete, but when he gets in the ring, you’re going to get everything he’s got.
Ken Shamrock
I give the utmost importance to each opponent; otherwise, I can’t move forward.
Yoel Romero
In a tiebreaker, you generally have a lot of adrenaline running through. It’s all about just holding your serve, trying to hold two serves at a time, trying to stay ahead in the tiebreaker, constantly put pressure on my opponent.
John Isner
I came from the soccer world, so all I knew was get the ball in that net. And when you’re working with WWE, you’re pretty much doing stunt work. You have to train and make sure you’re safe and you’re safe for your opponent, but at the same time, you have to tell a story.
Brie Bella
For sure, Jacare would be a great opponent. I have all the respect for him, but I would like a lot to have the opportunity of facing him someday.
Lyoto Machida
I never would wish technology failing on any sort of opponent or enemy.
Harper Reed
If you make a mistake, your opponent can punish, and you end up losing the game.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
If you have a strong opponent, a competition is stimulating. I am generally most open to ideas when I have had a bad result. In chess, too, players specialise. This specialty then becomes an entry barrier.
Viswanathan Anand
Everywhere I go, I will make a good payday. But we got to choose the right opponent and the right time and the right venue.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
When I get in there, I’m not really worried about scoring. I’m just worried about playing as hard defense as I can play, making my opponent work, and then I know the offensive end will open up for me. I’ve been a scorer all my life, so that’s what I try to pride myself on. It feels good.
Terry Rozier
The correct strategy in heads-up poker is based on identifying and acting upon your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses.
Daniel Negreanu
You can see that mistakes in the Bundesliga are punished harshly and that we can have problems against every opponent if we don’t play at the limit – even if it is the bottom of the table.
Joshua Kimmich
I am not the kind of person who always hopes for the easiest opponent.
Mats Hummels
The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one’s opponent.
Mahatma Gandhi
I watch the ball fiercely to see its height and speed off my opponent’s racket so I can decide how I want to hit it.
Sloane Stephens
I was taught you never, ever disrespect your opponent or your teammates or your organization or your manager and never, ever your uniform.
Ryne Sandberg
A gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics is what I’m looking for. I have to pace my training in such a way that I’m at my best in Rio, and when I’m in form, no opponent can come in my way.
Mary Kom
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Management must speak with one voice. When it doesn’t management itself becomes a peripheral opponent to the team’s mission.
Pat Riley
I’ve been eight weeks into a fight camp, two weeks out from a fight, having paid coaches, booked plane tickets, and invested quite a bit of money in my camp, only to not be able to fight because my opponent got hurt. Boom. I’m out that money. It sucks.
Carlos Condit
In No Limit hold’em tournaments, size your bets based on your opponent’s skill level. You can cut corners by betting wisely – save a little here and make a little extra there.
Daniel Negreanu
Rio Ferdinand is the hardest opponent I have faced – strong and quick. He didn’t kick you. He was so classy. I could do all my step-overs, but he would watch the ball and tackle so immaculately. He only got the ball.
I think Marriaga is a very good opponent for me. It’s very hard when you have to find the keys to his defense. If people don’t understand boxing, they don’t know what he’s capable to do. I understand it all.
Vasyl Lomachenko
Just before a fight, as the ring empties, you can feel it. There is danger and loneliness all around you. Soon it’s just the three of you in there: the referee, your opponent, and you. You’re in a very lonely moment then. But, strangely, that’s when I feel most comfortable. The ring becomes my office, and I go to work.
David Haye
I’d take precision any day over power; as far as being tactical you know you have to see what’s going on in there and also understand that for every punch that you or your opponent throws there’s always a counter shot or two which you have to be ready to fire or defend.
Alexis Arguello
When you ask a guy, ‘Are you gonna take a fight if your opponent doesn’t make weight?’ Is it really asking? Does he really have a choice? When you back them into a corner like that, is there really a choice to be made?
Robert Whittaker
A final is about winning. You can’t wait for the opponent to be better than you, or let them start to play their football.
Davinson Sanchez
When you have the chance to finish off your opponent, you must do it. You shouldn’t give them chances to come back.
Gerardo Martino
I remember that my mom, my dad and I would play different roles in mock debates, where one of us would be the moderator, one of us would be my dad – frequently not my dad – and then one of us would play his opponent.
Chelsea Clinton
Where the opponent is in the rankings means nothing.
Amanda Nunes
Paul Ryan is loved in our state because he’s a conservative who has advocated for conservative policies, and Donald Trump coming out saying favorable things about Mr. Ryan’s opponent doesn’t add to the number of voters in Wisconsin that’ll vote Donald Trump.
Sean Duffy
You don’t want your opponent to score. You don’t want your guy to score and once you get better at it, you get used to it, it becomes a mindset. You just try to do it every game.
Rudy Gobert
It’s true that Americans are less than thrilled with President Obama and congressional Democrats. Their approval ratings are nothing to celebrate. But electoral politics is a zero-sum game. If one side loses, then the other side wins. Success depends on being just slightly less odious than your opponent.
Kirsten Powers
If my opponent wants to think of me as a dunker, it’s just gonna shock them more when I show them another part of my game.
Zion Williamson
Our objective is always to do something that hasn’t been done before, but the opponent has a lot of say over how that works out.
Karch Kiraly
A lack of grace involves much more than critiquing an opponent. It looks a lot more like the ad hominem attacks the president launches nearly daily against all who aren’t actively worshiping him. It looks like Trump’s relentless attempts to pit Americans against one another.
Kirsten Powers
I feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess, when my opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved.
Soren Kierkegaard
Unlike my opponent, I will not let oil companies write this country’s energy plan, or endanger our coastlines, or collect another $4 billion in corporate welfare from our taxpayers.
Barack Obama
The cut made me hate the process of getting ready for a fight. I was focused on how to make weight instead of how to beat my opponent.
Dustin Poirier
It goes way, way back when we were under Sweden’s rule. We always think they are better than us. We played against them so often for so many years. Every country has one opponent they want to beat and for us, it’s Sweden.
Saku Koivu
I have a healthy respect. The fact that I get ready for each opponent shows my respect.
Claressa Shields
I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.
Phil Gingrey
I think death is the aesthetic part of chess, seeing your opponent’s army fall. Producing a sacrifice in order to mate is the aesthetic part of it. It’s a beautiful, bloodless war.
Daniel Naroditsky
As a player, I loved being tackled, whether it was in training or in a game. I took a full-blooded challenge as an invitation to do exactly the same thing to an opponent. I would wait for my opportunity and nine times out of 10, I would get him back.
Paul Scholes