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Friends and Training Partners= MMA Problem?

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I don't understand the not fighting a friend attitude.

I would fight (and have) fought with friends nearly full contact with no malice intended. It was all part of the training. We would beat the hell out of each other and then go out for food/drinks afterwards.

As for not getting mad, well for me, the first time I take a shot (no matter how light it is) I get into this zone where all I think about is search and destroy.

As for brothers fighting. Hell, I think they've probably come closer to killing each other outside of the ring many times so I don't see it an issue.

The only problem with me fighting some of my friends is that we train together a lot and know each others' strengths and weaknesses, so sometimes the fights last a long time.

Post #16   8/8/07 5:02:31PM   

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I've thought about this "conflict of interests" for a long time. I would love to see Wandy/Shogun, but that'll never happen. Would Fedor fight Aleks? There are many more examples.
I believe that shouldn't stop them from fighting. Most ppl understand that MMA is a fighting COMPETITION. It doesn't mean that you hate the person you're fighting. Maybe after the fight, the loser would hold a grudge, I don't know. But it's stopping us from seeing a lot of great fights. I can see points from both sides. However, I fight my friends all the time for practice. And I mean, we go all out- it's a real fight. However, we are more willing to tapout much quicker than we would in an official fight.

Post #17   8/9/07 10:43:54AM   
 
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