By Andrew Fisher @AndrewFisherRS on June 3, 2014
The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are set to do battle for the second straight year in the NBA Finals. However, it's not even close to the first time we've seen a championship or huge rematch between two teams or stars.
Here's a look at the greatest rematches in sports history in honor of Spurs vs Heat II:
This boxing rematch is remembered for controversy above all else. Ali ended the fight in the first round with the now famous 'anchor punch', but many at the time thought Liston threw the fight.
The most recent NBA Finals rematch ended with Michael Jordan hitting the game-winning shot over Byron Russell in one of the best endings to an era fans have ever seen.
Just like Ali vs. Liston II, Tyson vs. Holyfield II is remember for controversy above all else. Tyson bit off a piece of Holyfield's ear, which resulted in a DQ.
Two of the all-time great franchises renewed their rivalry in 2008 and then again two years later. The Celtics won the first matchup, while the Lakers got the last laugh in 2010.
The veteran Red Wings knocked off the Pens in 2008, but Sidney Crosby became the youngest Captain in NHL history to win the Cup in 2009.
The two most storied franchises in MLB history locked horns in two sets of rematches back in the day. Overall the teams split the World Series battles 2-2.
These two NFL powerhouses became the first teams to face off in a rematch of previous SB winners at SB XIII. The Cowboys lost a heartbreaker 35-31.
Bjorn Borg was tennis in late 1970s and early 1980s. He had won four straight Wimbledons coming into the 1980 final against McEnroe. Borg defeated McEnroe for his fifth straight title, but then lost the rematch a year later.
Showtime went head-to-head with the Bad Boys in the 1988 and 1989 Finals. The Showtime Lakers won their last ring in 1988, while the Bad Boys won their first of two titles in 1989.
This was a rematch five years in the making, but completely worth the wait. After many failed runs, Dirk Nowitzki finally reached the mountain top by taking out the newly formed Big Three in Miami.
Coming into the 1984 rematch, the Islanders had won four straight Cups (including one over the Oilers). The Oilers would go on to win in 1984, which led to five championships in seven years.
These two tennis legends faced off in three straight Wimbledon Finals, with Federer winning the first two and Nadal winning the last in 2008. Will they ever meet in London again?
The first time around it was a supposed to be a huge mismatch. The second time around NFL fans knew the Giants would up to the challenge of facing Brady and the Patriots. In the end, the Giants knocked off the Pats both times.
The Lakers and Celtics have faced off many times in the NBA Finals, but this back-to-back run in 1984 and 1985 has to be the best. Both teams were in their primes, with the Celtics taking the Finals in '84 and the Lakers getting revenge in '85.
Ali vs. Frazier I was so good, they had to have two more fights. Their second rematch is arguably the best fight of all time, and simply referred to as the 'Thriller in Manila'. Overall, Ali won the series 2-1.
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