Gym scuffles and training session altercations are nothing new in the world of mixed marital arts (MMA).
Naturally, when you're training or practicing with another fighter, things tend to get heated from time to time. It's part of the territory and happens more often than one thinks. We just simply don't hear about it because the majority of the time it stays in-house.
But what if your training partner, who outweighs you by over 30 pounds gets aggravated for no reason, wants to fight you right then and there on the training mats? Do you put up your dukes and get ready to scrap, or do you just let cooler heads prevail?
That's what apparently happened in an altercation between Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight Jacob Volkmann and middleweight Hector Lombard during a wrestling session down at American Top Team (ATT) in Florida last year -- one that got a little too real.
Jacob spills the beans to Sherdog, after the jump:
"My teammate had a fight down in Florida. I went to train at ATT, which is a great gym. I have nothing against that gym. I just had a beef with Hector Lombard. It was grappling time, and he asked me to wrestle him. I was like, ‘Alright, whatever.' So I went over and we got our own little mat area like the size of a circle on a regular mat. We started wrestling. I was doing collar ties, and then all of a sudden, he karate chopped me in the side of the neck. I was like, ‘Alright.' I didn't know what the hell was going on, but he didn't like what I was doing. I didn't really take any shots because I felt that he was kind of a spaz. Then all of a sudden, he pushes me away and punches me in the face with no gloves on or nothing. I had a fight in three weeks. I was fighting Danny Castillo in three weeks. I was like, ‘Aw, Jesus.' He wanted to fight me right there and then, right in the gym. There was one of his coaches there that had to stop it."
Seeing as how Lombard failed to live up to the expectations this past weekend in his Octagon debut against Tim Boetsch at UFC 149, dropping a unanimous decision victory to "The Barbarian," Volkman feels that he would fare well in a fight against "Lightning":
"Judging from his last UFC fight, I think I could take him."
Though a bout between the two is very unlikely, it seems that Hector failed to impress "Christmas," along with the rest of the MMA community in his Octagon debut.
Jacob will look to rebound from his most recent setback at UFC 146 where he was submitted by Paul Sass in the very first round as he takes on Shane Roller at UFC 151 on Sept. 1, 2012 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This isn't the first time Lombard has been involved in a dispute with a training partner.
It was reported a few years back that the former Judo player was also involved in a scuffle with former Strikeforce Heavyweight Josh Barnett, which lead to the departure of Lombard from CSW training center in Fullerton, California.
Sounds like a bit of anger management issues, don't you think?