MMA  > General MMA  > Would you fight your friend/teammate?
March 16, 2012, 06:36 PM
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Those are my thoughts on the situation. What do you guys think?
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March 17, 2012  01:03 AM ET

Thanks.

And yeah. This isn't some drunken fight you might get into with your friend over a dumb argument. This is a calculated fight and both of you are technically trained killers and can inflict serious damage.

March 17, 2012  04:19 PM ET

I don't think you can really fight a real friend.

Whenever I think of this, I always think of a tournament that was held in Brazil, waaaay back.

8-man tournament and the Russian Red Devils had two members participating, Semenov and Suloev (both before fighting in the UFC).

They met in the finals, simply because they were far better than the average level of competition in that tournament.

Being friends and teammates, they decided to turn their fight into a 100% grappling contest, without strikes (Suloev eventually tapped Semenov).

The Brazilian organizators were not amused, but I guess that's what happens when you put two real friends/ teammates fighting each other.

March 18, 2012  01:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I don't think you can really fight a real friend.Whenever I think of this, I always think of a tournament that was held in Brazil, waaaay back.8-man tournament and the Russian Red Devils had two members participating, Semenov and Suloev (both before fighting in the UFC).They met in the finals, simply because they were far better than the average level of competition in that tournament.Being friends and teammates, they decided to turn their fight into a 100% grappling contest, without strikes (Suloev eventually tapped Semenov).The Brazilian organizators were not amused, but I guess that's what happens when you put two real friends/ teammates fighting each other.

Your talking about the tournament featured in the documentary Rites of Passage I think. That was one of the coolest grappling matches ever though. There was a bad **** judo toss from Suloev.

I think that not enough is made of these two fighters in the history books, especially Suloev. His combination of deadly kickboxing with great balanced Sambo made him one of the best fighters in the world in his day.

March 18, 2012  01:26 AM ET

But, to the subject, I think it all depends on the fighters.

For an emotion/hate driven fighter like a Diaz, they should not fight. For them to fight their best fight, they have to find some animosity in their hearts for their opponent. But this is not the case for all fighters.

But for a technique driven martial artists, you should be able to compete against a friend. For them, fighting is just an avenue to express their art. To them, a fight is nothing but testing your skills against anothers, putting up your spirit and technique against anothers. And to lose is not a shock to their ego.

So I think that yes, in competition, with money involved, I would fight a friend.

March 18, 2012  06:25 AM ET
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Your talking about the tournament featured in the documentary Rites of Passage I think. That was one of the coolest grappling matches ever though. There was a bad **** judo toss from Suloev.I think that not enough is made of these two fighters in the history books, especially Suloev. His combination of deadly kickboxing with great balanced Sambo made him one of the best fighters in the world in his day.

That's exactly it!

When I lived in Brazil, I was actually able to watch that entire tournament, on a bootleg tape (but I had already seen it on Rites of Passage).

March 18, 2012  11:33 AM ET

I think there is a distinction between "friend" and "training partner". If someone is legitimately a friend then I could see why you wouldn't want to fight him. But if it is someone you happen to train with at the same gym, but aren't exactly friends who hangout outside of training, then I don't see a problem fighting eachother.

March 18, 2012  02:08 PM ET

I could fight my friend, and we'd both leave it in the cage and have a beer afterwards.

March 18, 2012  04:16 PM ET

My boy Brad Keselowski doing his burnouts. Great race, and the dominant driver got the win.

Lead lap cars:

1. Brad Keselowski
2. Matt Kenseth
3. Martin Truex Jr
4. Clint Bowyer
5. Brian Vickers
6. Jeff Burton
7. Jamie McMurray
8. Juan Pablo Montoya
9. Jimmie Johnson
10. Paul Menard
11. Kevin Harvick
12. Ryan Newman
13. Greg Biffle
14. Tony Stewart
15. Dale Earnhardt Jr


My fantasy team did very good. Brad Keselewoski with the win. Burton and Menard with top 10's, Kevin Harvick in 11th, which is amazing seeing he was involved in the crash that took out 4 other drivers, worked his way from the back of the pack to a decent finish, and AJ Allmendinger in 17th.

March 18, 2012  04:17 PM ET

Wrong thread, my bad.

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June 8, 2012  06:33 PM ET

I know it sounds dumb but some of the scrappiest fights I've been in have been against my friends or brother. The familiarity between us forced us to constantly learn and adapt. When it's a job, and there is money involved, friendship is suspended for those 15-25 min.

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