It's not even as if it's unprecedented even for friends to fight each other. Weren't Justin Eilers and Mike Kyle best friends when they fought each other? Wasn't Eilers a mentor to Kyle? That didn't stop them, and Eilers didn't seem to have any problem pounding Kyle into the ground. I tend to see this "friends don't fight friends" excuse only when one of them is a champion. Wand and Shogun won't fight each other, Tito didn't want to fight Chuck (Chuck didn't really care), Horn and Franklin won't fight each other. Evan Tanner and Matt Lindland were friends, and Tanner said he didn't mind fighting Lindland. Hell, even just recently, Aleks Emelianenko said he'd fight Fedor if it came down to it. No, this friends don't fight friends arguement doesn't fly with me. That's some serious shady shit going down with that.