Fighting in general and MMA specifically are seen as individual sports and, in the most obvious ways, they are. However, what exists beyond the two fighters throwing leather in the cage is in most cases anything but individual. Many champions and top fighters get to those positions by surrounding themselves with other top fighters and champions to train with and to help each other by challenging each other. This leads to one of Mixed Martial Arts’ most hotly debated issues: Should training partners fight each other, and what happens when they do?
We may soon have an answer to that question as FiveOuncesOfPain.com is reporting that Xtreme Couture training partners Evan Dunham and Tyson Griffin have verbally agreed to fight each other and that the bout agreements are expected to be signed soon.
Dunham recently spoke with FiveOuncesOfPain.com about the possibility of fighting a training partner and had this to say, It wouldn’t bother me. I would take the fight because this is our job. You fight whoever they tell you to. Gray [Maynard] is a great training partner, and so is Tyson [Griffin]. It would kind of suck because those are the guys that I would love to have get me ready for all of my fights, so I would have to find a different outlet for training partners. If that road were to ever come up, I would talk to them about it, and I’m sure that we wouldn’t have a problem with it.”
Putting your money where your mouth is certainly does not appear to be a problem for Dunham. And while we may never see teammates like Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida fight, perhaps other training partners will follow in Dunham and Griffin’s footsteps and offer fans the most exciting fights (not to mention the clearest rankings) available.
Dunham is coming off of an upset win over Efrain Escudero at UFC Fight Night 20 and is undefeated in MMA . Tyson Griffin holds a record of 14 wins and 2 losses and is a 5 time Fight of the Night Bonus winner. The two look to square off on June 12 in the UFC’s first ever trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.