MMA has exploded. And with the popularity comes more people wanting to be a fighter. With this huge influx of fighters, the question to be asked is how long can top talent stay with team full of top talent. The fitch/kos situation with AKA and the bones/rashad situation with team jackson is something that is only bound to happen more as more talented fighters get involved. Compare How AKA,Team Jackson,etc,etc... do things compared to Brock Lesnar. Brock runs his camps more like a boxer,where he brings in top coaches to teach, but his sparring partners are no one worth mentioning. Now Brock has been destroyed by many for not hooking up with a team. BUT, Brock will never have the problem of having a young stud training under him that will challenge him one day. This is very much like boxing where sparring partners are looked at very business like. Rarely do you hear of boxers refusing to fight someone they train with. I'm not saying that one way is better than the other. But they both have their advantages. If you train with the best fighters at your weight, it will make you a much better fighter,but be prepared to face the decision of whether you will fight each other or not.
What makes this such a hard decision is that by the time you need to make a decision,you are already committed to your team. No one walks into a gym ready to compete in the UFC. I'd be interested to hear the opinions of some fighters out there. Is being with a team worth having to fight your teammate at some point. Or would you rather train with lesser talent at your weight class to avoid the drama of in team fighting. ? I think this is something more and more top fighters will have to contend with in the future. What do you think maniacs?