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Liddell says teammates should fight, have a beer after

It is no surprise to hear that the former knockout artist and UFC legend, Chuck Liddell is for teammates fighting each other. During Liddell’s career he came to a point where he had to fight good friend and training partner, Tito Ortiz. The two signed on, become heated enemies and fought. Liddell proved to be the better man, twice and later on went on to be somewhat of friends again. With the upcoming bout between former team mates Rashad Evans and Jon Jones, history seems to be repeating itself.

“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.”

For some fight camps, the teammate match-ups are still a nightmare situation. Greg Jackson had been adamant in the past that it is not doable. Splitting the camp down the middle is just not that simple. Training times, specialized coaches, gameplans. The logistics can be a problem. The usual answer as we’ve seen Evans and St-Pierre do recently. Find a new camp.

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11 COMMENTS
  • Dee Moe says:

    that’s cuz he never fought a real friend…

  • It sucks, but you’re not in there to kill the other person. You’re competing. It hurts, and will feel awkward to hit a friend… But hell, we all do backyard brawls or rough sparring [or even fights to squash a small ‘beef’] – but then yeah, shake hands and have a beer. It’s a sport; maybe the more violent of sports, but it’s a sport. What if the Mets and Yankees were ‘friends’. =P

  • 7MrG7 says:

    Liddell is right. This is a business. Window of opportunity is very small at this level of competition. Evans’ situation is different. He wasn’t kicked out of the team, he left on his own. Now he’s talking a bunch of crap. I think he knows he can’t beat Jones, that’s why he’s causing all this crap about how they weren’t suppose to fight each other. He should just shut up, fight, collect his money, then move on!

  • I don’t think so…teammates should nit fight!

  • OMG-A fight is a fight! Regardless if you’re friends or not!! Leave it outside the cage. It’s a sport!! Just like any other sport. Sheeeesh!

  • couturian says:

    Two relevent issues here that the UFC hype machine would prefer their market base “overlook” :
    1) No MMA promoter “forces” a fighter to step in against another fighter. Sure, a promoter can ask, encourage, reward, or even nag…but no one is/was forcing Evans to fight Jones, or vice versa. That being established, Evans should dry those tears and lockdown all that public whining.
    2) Evans issue, if there even is one, would seem to any intelligent MMA observer to be with former trainer Greg Jackson, and not with former training partner Jones. I’d prefer Evans to deal with Jackson’s “betrayal”, whether it be real or imaginary, with less sniveling and more savvy.
    Sue Jackson, shred him daily in the MMA media, p!ss on the front lawn of Jacksons house…or even all of the above. Just hit pause on the Suga-whinging because its getting real old, real fast.
    Finally, both of these 205ers could learn a thing or 2 from Liddell about both being a champion and being the UFC’s poster child…

  • THANK YOU CHUCK!!! Damn. I joked with my best friend saying that if we ended up in MMA, we’d be in the same weightclass, and our fight would either go to the cards or be over in the first round. It’s just business, man. Get it over with and go back to being friends.

  • exactly I with chuck, ur consider #3 or 2 well guess what I want the belt to so what happens if one of my friends gets it. Now I cant fight him, fuck that if anything I want to fight him more cause its him hes the best fighter an my friend so its all good no love lost

  • joe weinerballs says:

    i have weinergass

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