The Price Of Fighting | “Teammate VS Teammate”
By Tony D Bryant:
In the world of fighting, fighters, fans, and companies come and go. The friendships that are built over the time are usually ones that can last through stories and memories. In baseball players are traded from team to team and it revolves all around money. Football and basketball are both built the same way. But you still have athletes that stay friends with their former teammates. The difference between these teams and a fighting camp, is that the camp is not drafting and paying fighters with multi million dollar contracts.
The problem with two top tier fighters of the same camp to claim they were like brothers, and that their families were close is the weight of those comments. It brings in problems and stress that extends beyond the fighters themselves. Brothers who become bitter rivals, everything in the way gets collateral damage. Evans picked up and moved his camp. Placing his friends and family in an awkward position. Everyone has had family fights and someone always feel left out. Rashad is the one who is feeling left out, and that Jackson had chosen a side. The friendships, memories, even the inside jokes were tainted by Jones entertaining the thought of a fight with Rashad, who was just being logical and practical. However the bond of brotherhood was broken, and their paths split to eventually meet again head on.
Nick Diaz talked about his thought process after his fight with BJ Penn. How he considered him a friend, trained with him, and it was hard to get motivated and force the thoughts of fighting someone you like. Rashad seemed to be in a similar mental state until Jones entertained the idea. Those thoughts and frustrations are no longer maintained within just the gym. They are public for both families to see. This is not a family fight, and the hatred seems to be real. Blood, sweat, and tears are going into this fight. The build up, over the past year is rubbing salt in the wound. It is something that has hung over both families. Normally a fighter feels the burden of the fight for himself. However if the families were as close as they say, the burden could have spilled over from each fighter onto his family and their training partners.
Motivation for this fight is high for both fighters. Jones will be solidifying his legacy, and Rashad will be getting his back to the top. Everyone knows the toll Hulk Hogan’s career took on his family, and how Brock’s family felt about him fighting. The two fighters have been staring across at each other and waiting for the chance for over a year. April 21st there will be no glove touching, or nice words. The mind games will be over and it will be all glares and fists flying.