Being pals in Mixed Martial Arts is the equivalent of befriending a turkey. You can have a solid foundation built on trust and loyalty, but as soon as December 25th rears its head the inevitable is going to have to happen.
It's much of the same in terms of fighting. However, in this case it's only a matter of time before your friendship is going to be challenged in the name of discovering who is the better competitor - not who tastes better.
In the world of the UFC in particular, athletes tend to forge bonds with their training partners. This is down to most teams having to work together day in, day out, through the good and bad in order to get a fighter to where they need to be come fight night.
So, it'll come as little surprise that with this competitive edge being bristled daily, tight knit team mates are going to eventually come to blows - either verbally or physically - inside and outside of the octagon.
The UFC is about finding the Ultimate Fighter in every division. For two athletes to be matched together in a clash - from the same training team or circle - must only be seen as a compliment to their team's way of preparing fighters, right?