Teammate vs. Teammate Debate With The Iceman
By Roberto Mattos:
Should teammates fight? For some, this question can be a difficult one to answer. Training with someone day in and day out, they become more than just your team. They become your family. Even though you may want to d’arce choke your brother sometimes, stepping into the octagon against him may seem excessive. Unless, of course, you’re the Iceman.
In a recent interview on the MMA Hour, Liddell shared his opinion on the whole Jones v. Evans/ teammate v. teammate debate.
“If (a teammate) can beat me, they can beat me. It is what it is. They deserve to fight me then. I’m not going to hold back some guy that’s in my camp if he wants to fight me. That’s not my thing. It’s just a personal choice and a personal opinion, but I think eventually, hey you guys are going at it, then go out and have two beers together afterwards. Go out there and prove who’s best that day, and go out and be friends again.”
Sounds easy enough, and really- isn’t that what we’re fighting for? If someone in your camp wins the belt in your division, you should be happy for him but at the same time he is now your target. If you’re not fighting to be the best, then why are you fighting? Should a fighter wait until his teammate loses and then hope they get to challenge the new champ?
When you’ve built up a stable as elite as Greg Jackson has, it seems a bit naive to not think somewhere down the line teammates aren’t going to face off. While I can see how it can a bit awkward from the coach’s standpoint, from the fighters position it’s a no brainer –punch your friend in the face, winner buys drinks after. What kind of man would beat someone up and then make them buy him a drink? That’s just mean.
So what say you, MMA aficionados? Would you fight a teammate? Would you do it only if there was a title or contender spot up for grabs?