Fights between teams, and partners
I've been reading a lot of posts on this forum coming down hard on fighters that don't want to fight against their training partners.
Some of the examples are Evans, Jones, Machida, Silva etc.
I can understand why some people may think that as professional athletes they should be forced to fight each other, however, I am curious to see how many people with this opinion actually train at an mma gym and with fighters that are their friends.
Personally I do train alongside many friends and fighters at my gym, and after years of blood, sweat and injuries, I would never step into the cage or ring against one of them.
The closeness of MMA is closer than that of many team sports due to the obstacles that you must overcome mentally and physically to pursue fighting.
This is not a game, this is not baseball or basketball,and if you are not mentally able to go into the fight 100% against ANY opponent, why should you?
So I am wondering, do YOU train, and what is your opinion?