Originally Posted by Zemelya
what kind of motivation would you have fighting your friend ?
Well, you don't have to dislike somebody to fight them. It's really about the competition, MMA is a sport not a place to settle personal differences. As an athlete at the highest level of the sport I would think you would want to test your skills against other guys at the top regardless of if they are your firend or not. MMA is not a team sport, when you step into the ring / cage you are all alone. Besides that, I find it very easy to get motivated to compete against someone I know. I don't care if it's a game of basketball, softball, video games, beer pong, wrestling, boxing, mma, whatever, I still want to win.
I think, as Terry77 pointed out, that when purses start to increase some of these fights will happen. Hendo vs Lindland or Silva vs. Shogun for example would be huge fights that I'm sure everyone would love to see, not to mention they would be huge money makers for both fighters. As the sport grows there will be more and more money to be made, and that is motivation for a lot of people.