Before I start, I have a kind of odd confession to make.
I’ve been a boxing fan for about as long as I’ve been walking; it’s just how our house was, and I am grateful for it.
But while I followed boxing, I used to find myself deeply troubled when a fighter, such as Oscar De La Hoya, would abandon one trainer and jump to a new one.
In an odd way, it seems like some bizarre form of abandonment… but when MMA came to be, and fighters started leaving one training camp for another, I noticed I felt different.
Now, fighters spending time with many different camps during the course of their career is nearly the norm—the camps they depart from wishing them well and keeping a locker waiting and available should they return.
MMA is a demanding sport—the most demanding sport there is, really. There are no do-overs, no “well get ‘em next season,” no five seconds grace in the clinch before the ref breaks you up; no middle ground at all.
You are either all in or all out.
With those kinds of stakes, many fighters approach the “game” of MMA like one would approach the task of becoming a Rhodes Scholar—with a good pair of shoes, a love of travel and an open mind.
So, with an open mind, I have compiled a list of 10 fighters that could probably benefit from a change of scenery, because nearly all change forces some kind of evolution.
And in MMA, evolution is king of the jungle.