UFC president Dana White’s stance on teammates fighting teammates and friends fighting friends has been made very clear over the years. White doesn’t think that these matchups are personal, but just business and that, in this business, the best fight the best regardless of interpersonal relationships.
UFC middleweight champion and the sport’s pound-for-pound king, Anderson Silva, told Globo SporTV (props to BloodyElbow for the translation) that he has a different take on these fights and believes he’s in a more qualified position to speak on the matter than White.
“(Dana saying that teammates should fight each other), It’s funny to say that, right? If that was the case, I would like to ask him if he’d like to split the UFC with Lorenzo, each would have their own show fighting for audience and sponsorship and everything else that involves their business,” said Silva. “They’re friends, partners…
“What I think is that friends shouldn’t fight. Dana doesn’t fight. He sells well the fight, he’s a good promoter, but he isn’t a fighter. I have nothing against Dana, I admire him, but he doesn’t know what this is, and he can’t say that two friends should fight. We spend more time together than with our own families. We share the pains, the frustrations, and just because he wants to sell a fight that he thinks it would be cool and that the public would like to see two companions fighting.
“He wants to match a fight with two friends? That’s impossible, it only happens with people who aren’t real friends. We have a philosophy in our team that, regardless of two being from the same weight class and the same objective of being UFC Champions, we know that this won’t happen. MMA is not a collective sport. It’s not normal for me to fight a guy that I live with everyday. It’s natural to him, because he doesn’t fight and hasn’t even got pinched once.”
Silva currently isn’t facing such issues, as he’s scheduled to face his chief rival, Chael Sonnen, this summer in his next bout.