There isn’t anything I hate more than big fights that don’t happen because fighters are from the same camp. The best examples I can think of off the top of my head is Wanderlei vs Shogun and Paul Filho vs Anderson Silva. But there’s a lot of smaller fights being avoided for the same reason – Rashad Evans vs Keith Jardine and the Swick / Fitch / Koscheck trio who refuse to fight eachother as well.
I understand the reasons why fighters don’t wanna do this, but for fucks sake: Fighting is a job and if the fight has to be against a teammate then that’s what’s gotta happen. ESPECIALLY when it comes to a title shot. Creepy Joe Lauzon was saying he wouldn’t give up training with BJ to fight him, but it looks like BJ doesn’t mind:
We started chatting about what he thought of Joe’s upcoming fight; BJ feels that Joe has a very good chance of winning his fight against Kenny Florian for Ultimate Fight Night in Broomfield, CO. “If Joe does win, and I win the belt, there’s a good chance that we may have to fight each other.” I quickly responded, “But you guys wouldn’t do that, would you?” BJ said, “He would have to fight me if he wants to be the champion. I want him to realize his dreams; I would make him fight me.”
Of course, maybe BJ would be singing another tune if he actually thought Lauzon could beat him. I’d be amazed if a win over Kenny Florian meant Joe was going to get a title shot … even if it didn’t count on his record, he still lost to Manny Gamburyan on TUF5. I’d say if he beats Kenny and one other strong opponent, maybe then. But hey … with Penn vs Sherk coming up fast, they might need a timely opponent and whoever wins KenFlo / Jlau might just get it by default.