Originally Posted by Ramma
Yeah, okay Dana White. It isn't a team sport, but it is a camp sport. And camp members not wanting to fight each other is understandable.
You watch how quickly this sport plummets when no one wants to train in camps together because they are giving away their secrets to their teammates, aka future opponents.
I don't buy this at all. This mindset almost turns it into Scientology or Fight Club - once you join, you're in it for life; and you're not supposed to talk about it or share secrets either, cause that would be bad.
If you take basketball, for instance, with 2 good/great players that play the same position on the same team; one is the starter, the other has to be the backup, but they scrimmage each other every day for 9 months out of the year. Now the backup gets traded to another team (i.e. Chris Paul and Darin Collison; both played for the Hornets, Collison got traded to the Pacers). Does Chris Paul complain because now he has to face his former teammate who scrimmaged with him for years and knows all his moves and tendencies? No, he goes out there and tries to outplay Collison in his individual matchup, which in a team sport hopefully translates to a win for the team.
Even though Rashad/Jon Jones/Brock Lesnar/JDS etc. are the ones who do the fighting once that cage door shuts, there is still a team effort that goes into preparing that fighter to win. Coaches, trainers, sparring partners all help to build a fighter's skillset that helps that fighter win. If a fighter changes camps for whatever reason - does he complain that he can't fight a fighter from his former camp now? His former coaches know his skills and tendencies and have more than likely shared that information with his opponent, right? That opponent was likely a sparring partner - he can't fight him now, right?
No, because even though someone may know your skillsets and tendencies, he still has to be able to stop you. It may be easier for him to do so knowing these things, but it doesn't mean it will translate into a win in the cage because of this. His skills and preparartion have to be as good as or better than yours for that to happen. If not, then he will lose.
Anyway, that got a little long, but that's how I see it. I think teammates should fight; it's a cop out if they don't. IMO anyway