Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta have been slipping a lot of general statements into their recent interviews regarding teammates fighting. Basically, they don’t give a shit if you train at the same place – if they want you to fight someone, that’s what’s gonna happen. No names were dropped, but if you ask me it seems pretty obvious that these statements are mainly directed at the dudes from American Kickboxing Academy – Jon Fitch, Mike Swick, and Josh Koscheck. As far as what those guys think of that, here’s Jon Fitch:
Fitch said the difficulty in preparations, along with the bond that’s been built between the two, would make a bout with Swick nearly impossible.
“That team and what we’ve built has built me and made me what I am,” Fitch said. “To disrupt that, what am I left with after that fight? You have to split up what trainer trains what guy, which teammates train with which teammates. You know that’s going to leave some kind of animosity.
“There’s always going to be some kind of hurt feelings with somebody along the line. So where does that leave you after the fight? Am I going to throw away the next 10 years of my fighting career for one fight? There’s so many fights possible at 170 (pounds).”
Of course, there is one way he might be coaxed into the situation.
“If there’s $20 million on the line, how can I say to my friend, ‘I’m not going to give you the chance to make that kind of money,'” Fitch said. “That kind of money I doubt we’ll ever see, but that’s always something that would change minds because that’s a life-changing experience. That can help your gym, your team, everybody all around.”
It’s all nice and well to hear Jon Fitch say this stuff, but Mike Swick has already proven that when push comes to shove, he’s a UFC man above an AKA man. Still, I’m thinking it’s more likely that you’ll see Joe Silva try and sort a Jon Fitch / Josh Koscheck fight before one involving Swick. Why? I dunno, when I close my eyes and imagine Dana White hovering over the octagon controlling fighters like puppets while laughing maniacally, Fitch and Koscheck just fit better.