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Today I heard someone on television say this:

In the battle between x versus y, x won.

Is this correct? In my opinion, this would sound better/be more correct:

In the battle between x and y, x won.

What should have been said?

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Technically speaking, the phrase should have been either

The battle of X versus Y

or

The battle between X and Y

I think it's more common to say "The battle of (placename)" or "the battle between x and y" instead of "the battle of x versus y", but I'll have to let someone else try to NGram that up.

However, I'm guessing that you were watching a show called "Man versus Food", and the host of the show isn't about to miss a chance to slip the name of the show in even if it makes the sentence sound a little funny.

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That was the show. I suppose you're right. –  Mahnax Oct 19 '11 at 12:23

Here's some Ngrams that show "battle between X and Y" is much more common than both "battle of X versus Y" and "battle between X versus Y", which you can't even see above the zero baseline:

England France Athens Alexander

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There's some awfully strange clustering in those graphs... –  Karl Knechtel Oct 19 '11 at 12:05

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