Posted by hippysmacker
Agree to diasagree then. I could never unleash on someone close to me the way I could on someone I hated or at least didn't matter a lot to me.
I totally agree and i'm also on this side of the fence. The way Dana spoke to Rashad in my opinion was one of the most Dana-you-are-a-fool moments I have seen (there are hundreds of them, though don't get me wrong). If people are comfortable fighting their friends then fair enough, let them go at it. Those who aren't or simply can't then that should be that, it is only one of the friends who is going to be prevented from taking the next step to the belt or to win the belt. Yes it might throw a spanner into the works of a division but that's not the point, whats the point in two guys fighting if they are unable to fight the fight that everybody really wants to see.
The problem with this is where to draw the line. For instance Chuck could say 'oh me and Bisping are friends i'm not fighting him' (not that he would, but obv, not the point) Hasn't Rashad only known Jardine since the show? This almost gives some guys a chance to have a wildcard if they don't fancy a fight against one another, it's not as if any MMA org is going to have any way of regulating whether people are in fact good enough friends or not.
When UFC makes the contracts they need to state the fighters who they won't fight, they can't two fights down the line say they don't want to fight whoever because quite frankly it messes things up for the UFC. However if they have not already done that then Dana has no right to say 'You will fight Jardine'