Jon Jones and Rashad Evans, and 5 Other MMA Bromances That Went Wrong
Bromance is a portmanteau of the words "brother" and "romance," and describes a close but non-sexual relationship between two heterosexual males.
Watching sports, playing sports and engaging in other social activities are all common interests of two men in a bromance.
We've all had a bromance in our lives. A relationship like Turk and J.D. had in Scrubs. But perhaps not to the same extent. We've all had a best friend we can turn to in times of need or just to hang out and laugh with.
However, MMA has also seen some bromances crumble before our very eyes.
Here are six of the bromances that just weren't meant to be.
Tito Ortiz and Dana White
Believe it or not, these two were once friends. But the feud between Tito Ortiz and Dana White is cemented as one of the greatest feuds in MMA history.
Before Dana White filled the vacant position for presidency of the UFC, he managed the career of Tito Ortiz. Dana was the man that fought the "higher-ups" to get Ortiz a bigger paycheck for each of his fights.
When Dana became the president of the UFC, he had to terminate his role as the manager of Ortiz, and things quickly blew up between the two former friends.
It is believed that Ortiz used his status and power as a public figure to try and get more money out of the UFC for his fights. Dana refused to comply, and the legendary feud was born.
The heated rivalry became a public affair, and the animosity between the two seemed to abound and worsen exponentially.
The two exchanged several derogatory taunts and jibes, and neither party refused to back down. In a notable incident, Ortiz turned up to a weigh-in with a t-shirt emblazoned with the words "Dana White is my bitch."
Dana White had harsh words for Tito Ortiz, too: “He’s one of the most dishonest human beings I’ve ever met,” White said. “I put up with him when he was a good fighter. He’s not anymore. He’s done. I’m no longer in the Tito Ortiz business.”
It didn't stop there: “This guy went on Howard Stern and said he was getting $200,000 a fight,” White said. “That was such a lie. Tito made $5.8 million in 2006. He only fought once in 2007. He made $710,000 for that fight (with Rashad Evans) and that was the third match from the top (on the card). He goes around saying we made $231 million last year. He’s a moron. This guy talks about what a businessman he is, and he was on ‘The Apprentice’ and he doesn’t know the difference between revenue and profit.”
Recently, the two seem to have made amends with each other, but it is not certain whether the peace between the two will last. The two have made amends before, but it did not last for long.
Rashad Evans and Jon Jones
Jon Jones and Rashad Evans were once close friends and training partners at Greg Jackson's camp. There was once a time when Jones would describe Evans as a big brother figure that he'd stand by at all times.
Enter the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Evans was scheduled to face "Shogun" Rua for the title at UFC 128. When Evans was forced to withdraw from the card due to an injury, the opportunity to face "Shogun" was handed to Jones.
Evans was adamant that he would never fight Jones:
When he joined the team, he joined the team on the premise that he wouldn't fight none of us because that's… with Greg Jackson, that's one of his policies. Greg brought him on the team and he said he was like, you know what? Jon's on this team, he'll be a good addition to the team. He's got a good style and he's an up and coming kid and he'll never fight you or never challenge you or nothing like that.
At a pre-fight press conference, Jones snapped and let the world know about his feelings for Evans: "I absolutely hate when people mention Rashad Evans, especially throughout this training camp… for people to even be mentioning Rashad Evans right now… I think it's ludicrous. Rashad is not in my mind, he's not in my being, he has absolutely zero to do with my heart and who I am right now."
Jones continued, "This guy has nothing to do with Shogun and from here on out, I don't think I'll answer a question about Rashad. I have a lot of people outside of Rashad who I can draw energy and power from and they'll all be with me."
Jones won the title at UFC 128, and Evans faced the possibility of fighting his friend, an idea that he did not warm to. Yet.
Evans then left his long-time trainer, Greg Jackson, to form a new camp, and the feud between Jones and Evans had begun.
The two have traded insults in interviews and on Twitter, and the verbal tirade continues to this day.
Jones has remained relatively quite, (compared to Evans) but Evans has attacked Jones left, right and center with insults and taunts.
These two could potentially meet in the octagon if Jones is to get past "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 135.
Yoshihiro Nakao Tests the Boundaries of Bromance... and Gets Sucker Punched
This video epitomizes bromance gone wrong.
Heath Herring was set to face Yoshihiro Nakao, but the fight was over before it had started. When the two met in the centre of the ring for the staredown and the referee's instruction, Nakao thought it would be a good idea to pucker up and place a kiss on Herring's lips.
With an "Oh no you didn't" look on his face, Herring responded with a sucker punch that left Nakao out cold.
Dan Henderson and Matt Lindland
One minute, Dan Henderson and Matt Lindland were in a bar drinking beer and talking about the sort of things best friends talk about. The next minute, Dan Henderson is suing Matt Lindland for trademark and copyright infringement.
So what does Lindland decide to do? He decides to file a countersuit for trademark and copyright infringement, unfair competition, deceptive advertising and breach of contract.
How did this happen?
Henderson claims that in 1999, he and Randy Couture started up an MMA camp, named Team Quest.
In 2001, Matt Lindland joined the duo and was given a stake in the business. Lindland started using the Team Quest name and logo for a decade without an issue, and when Henderson wanted them back and Lindland refused, a dispute broke out about the ownership of the gym.
Recently, Lindland hit back with a counterclaim to Henderson's statements. Lindland says that Henderson never had a stake in Team Quest and instead, it was Couture and Lindland's own enterprise.
The dispute goes on, and the two will settle their differences in the courtroom.
Henderson has yet to comment, but Lindland has made his opinion about Henderson clear: "I never heard anything from [Henderson] before he filed the lawsuit," he told Sherdog.com.
"I thought we were friends. He never called me and said he had a problem with me. He just filed the lawsuit. That’s not how I do things. You don’t sue your friends."
"I guess we didn’t have the same opinion when it came to our friendship," he said. "Maybe that’s the way they do things [where Henderson lives]. Dan wouldn’t call me before the lawsuit, and we haven’t talked since it got filed."
Matt Hughes and Matt Serra
Matt Hughes and Matt Serra met in a bar and became friends from the get-go. They shared a love for MMA and a desire to be the best at what they do, and so they agreed to help each other and develop each other's technique.
However, when Serra became a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter, he saw Hughes in a new light and took a disliking too him. Serra found the way that Hughes spoke about contestants to be demeaning and rude.
Serra also found the way that Hughes spoke about Georges St-Pierre to be highly disrespectful and downright disgusting, and Serra wanted to put a hurting on Hughes.
When Serra beat St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight championship, Hughes called the victory a fluke and Serra a "bad ambassador" to the sport.
Serra responded with guns blazing, calling Hughes "a dick" and a "bully" amongst various other, foul-mouthed obscenities.
The war of words persisted until the two met at UFC 98, where Hughes picked up a unanimous decision victory.
Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort
Anderson Silva was not happy when Vitor Belfort challenged him for the UFC middleweight championship.
Belfort had recently trained with Team Black House and had clearly forged a friendship with Silva and his training camp. When Belfort "betrayed" Silva and his camp, it drew their ire, and the camp subsequently turned on Belfort.
There is a lot of history between Belfort and Silva. Years ago, Vitor Belfort's sister was kidnapped and murdered, and Belfort moved to Belo Horizonte. Silva went along with him for support and comfort.
Their friendship was rock-steady, and the two had very close ties to each other.
When Belfort accepted the offer to fight Silva for the title, Silva found it to be a personal insult. Belfort looked at the fight as strictly business and tried to separate his personal feelings for Silva.
Silva even went as far as to say that the two were never friends.
Their feud came to an end at UFC 126 in spectacular fashion; a front kick to the face knockout from Anderson Silva ended the feud, and they made up after the fight.
How's This for Bromance?
I'll let you decide what to make of this picture.