MMA is not a team sport. It’s two men, or two women, facing off once the bell rings. But, as they say, “iron sharpens iron,” and good fighters need good sparring partners to bring out their best.
So, not surprisingly, there are several dominant camps which have developed and/or attracted a substantial number of the sport’s top fighters.
It seems wherever you look in the North American MMA scene, you’ll find an American Top Team logo on one fighters trunks. You’ll also likely find either Greg Jackson or Mike Winkeljohn lurking in another’s corner, and you’ll see someone representing the Blackzilians, or Black House.
One fighter from the Jackson-Winkeljohn camp, Andrei Arlovski, will soon face a longtime teammate and friend, Travis Browne, at UFC 187 in May.
He’s not shy about his frustration with it.
“I don’t like this fight. I don’t want to fight him, but it is what it is,” Arlovski told Submission Radio this week. “If I want to move forward and I just have to fight Travis Browne, and absolutely, he’s my friend. We were team mates for a long time; and deep inside I don’t like this fight.”
Arlovski even stayed at Browne’s home prior to his September 2014 bout against Antonio Silva. But the former UFC Heavyweight Champion recognizes that it’s a business — and he will have to perform against Browne, who left the Jackson-Winkeljohn camp later that year.
“It’s business, you know,” Arovski said. “It’s nothing personal.”
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