The Teammate vs. Teammate Debate | UFC President Explains His Side
It’s true; Mixed Martial Arts is not a team sport. It’s an individual combat sport that pits man against man for either 15 or 25 minutes to determine who of the two is a better fighter.
There are no teams involved in the competitive aspect of the sport, however, for many fighters; they relate their training home and training partners as their team or teammates.
Some fighters say they will never fight a teammate. Some say they have no issue with it. The common phrases from both sides are. “If we fight, we will do it behind closed doors in the training room.” Or “We fight every day in the training room for free, so why not get paid for it?”
It really depends on who you ask. Carlos Condit has no problem fighting with extended family member GSP and they are getting ready to set it up as we speak. Jon Jones didn’t have any issue taking on Rashad Evans and now the two are going to fight in just a couple of months.
UFC president Dana White is always making a case for teammates to fight teammates and in a recent interview with ESPN he shared how he explained the issue to Rashad Evans before booking the fight with Jon Jones.
Check it out:
[box_light]”I told Rashad, ‘Those guys at camp are your friends; you like hanging out with them. But camp is not your family. All athletes have a very small window of opportunity to make money and achieve great things in front of millions so they’re remembered when it’s over. You’re going to put that on a shelf because of your ‘friends’ and your training camp ‘family’? When s– goes wrong, do you think they’re going to help you pay your bills? No.”[/box_light]
Some people are just loyal by nature; for example, I don’t think we will ever see Josh Koscheck fight Jon Fitch, but this sales pitch White told Rashad Evans would have probably worked for me if I was a fighter propositioned to fight a sparring partner for a UFC world title.