If you’ve ever trained in an MMA gym, you know that, much like Fight Club, the first rule of rolling and sparring, is you don’t talk about rolling and sparring. Talking to people outside of your gym about how you tapped out or knocked out a sparring partner in practice is considered bad etiquette and in some cases, it could get your ass beat.
In a recent interview with ESPN’s Josh Gross, UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones touched on the taboo subject of who handled whom when he and former training partner Rashad Evans rolled and sparred at Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque.
“We fought each other in practice. A finish has been possible several times and it has always been me finishing him. I never did it out of respect that he was the elder of the school. It’s against protocol in a way. Some people would do it but I believe in tradition. He has a lot to study. I have a lot to study, but I get to study more in-depth. He gets to study and gets a headache.”
Rashad’s Mama speaking from her kitchen in Niagara Falls was quoted as saying, “Oh no he didn’t!”