Its a horrible situation for fighter but I stick by what I said. When talking about the upper echelons of MMA competition, it doesn't pay for you to train with fighters who are similar rank and weight to you. I can completely understand that 99.9% of MMA fighters probably compete in smaller orgs all over the county/world and so avoiding each other is not so tricky. BUT, when we are talking about the UFC. When we are talking about 2 guys ranked in the top 10, with both guys only a win or two away from a shot... the situation is messy beyond repair.
If we consider all the champions and what a closed shop their training camps are. Sure, Penn ( for example ) trains with other LW's, but not the ones ranked top 5 or 10. Why would he do that?
Its a difficult argument I'm making, as it might sound like I'm belittling the quality of the MMA fighters who frequent this forum. I'm not. All of my arguments are geared towards the UFC belts and challengers. Its in that context that I make my argument... not MMA fighters in general.
If you are top ranked and have desires on a belt, then it makes no sense for you to form long term partnerships with other fighters who are in the same position as you regards rankings and weight. IF thats the situation you end up in, then I have no sympathy if the UFC refuses you a title shot. People keep bringing up money as the incentive. F*ck money. I'm talking about the UFC belts here.