There is no other sport in the world I can think of where "friends" refuse to compete. There's is no boxer on this planet who wouldn't fight his "friend" for a belt. I hate it.
For all the focus on the violence and crudeness of MMA by the anti-MMA establishment, its shit like the above that makes the UFC look more unprofessional than anything else.
Not to mention the legalities of a betting sport having so many competitors ( if they can call themselves that ) being buddies and actually affecting match-up decisions... in a one-to-one sport!
This is not good gentlemen and ladiemen. Its not "sport". It's bullshit. If left unchecked it'll lead to friends giving half-arsed performances which will lead to betting corruption quicker than you can say "we wont knock each other out"
EDIT. Thats 5 WW's, 5 LHW's and 2 HW's that have now made "no fight" rules. All top rankers. How is that right?
So your saying you would beat the living shit out of your best friend and give him a concussion for money? I couldn't do it.