Chuck Liddell is out hitting the media ahead of the teammate vs. teammate light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Rashad Evans at UFC 145.
“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.” [MMAHour]
Chuck no doubt has the right answer, but convincing fighters to punch their training partner in the face for career advancement is going to be a hard sell.
What do you think? Professional football players get traded all the time and have to face their former teammates on the field. You don’t see many of them making a big deal of the issue.