Is Fedor a victim of his loyalty?

nullDespite suffering back-to-back losses, it is clear that Fedor Emelianenko is still one of the most polarizing figures in all of MMA.

He was as dominant as any fighter in his time, he is soft spoken, and he has incredible fashion sense (see picture to your right)

The man who went undefeated for a 10-year span has now had to accept two-straight losses and the idea that the sport has evolved to a level he can’t currently reach.

In an interesting thought, Strikeforce light heavyweight, Gegard Mousasi, expressed his thoughts on what may have led to Fedor’s down fall in this interview with MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani.

The thoughts on Fedor begin around the 5:40 mark as Mousasi talks about Fedor being a loyal guy his loyalty to his training partners have kept him from developing into a better fighter. Now, Fedor has been switching things up and training in different areas of the world.

There has always been the idea amongst MMA camps that you never want to be the best fighter at your camp. The reason is is that there will be no fighters there to push you to a higher level.

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With Jones vs. Evans set, will other MMA teammates face off?

nullAs impressive a win as Jon “Bones” Jones had at UFC 128 over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to win the UFC Light Heavyweight title, the victory became somewhat overshadowed by the drama between Jones and former teammate Rashad Evans.

Evans was originally scheduled to fight Rua for the title but a knee injury six weeks before the fight forced the UFC to find a replacement—Jones. As the fight drew closer the speculation as to whether Jones and Evans would even fight each other if Jones won the title started to pick up. Things were said by both parties and ultimately, the end result is that Evans is now leaving Team Jackson to pursue a title fight with Jones leaving plenty of people with a bad taste in their mouths. Team Jackson is run by renowned trainer, Greg Jackson.

The fight will no doubt be a big draw for the UFC as there will certainly be plenty of mud slinging going on in the weeks leading up to the bout. This will be one of the first, in what I think the UFC hopes will be many, fights featuring guys who either have or currently train together.

Here are a few other intriguing fights that could possibly shape up one day or another between training partners:

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