Strikeforce champs, Diaz and Melendez talk training as a family not like Rashad Evans and Jon Jones

Strikeforce welterweight champion, Nick Diaz and Strikeforce lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez give their thoughts on the team mate vs. team mate debate, explaining as far as their concerned Jon Jones and Rashad Evans don’t know what it’s like to be real brothers.

Strikeforce welterweight champion, Nick Diaz:

“They’re not real training partners though. You don’t understand, they’re like 10 years apart for one and they didn’t grow up training together. That guy’s just brand new into the sport. He’s just doing whatever, they’ve got him busy making photoshoots and press conferences, and conference calls and all this.”

“That’s what they’ve got them doing and they’re not focused on what’s important to them in life. I’ve got what works, and I’ve got what’s got me there and that’s my team. That’s a disgusting thought to have to fight my brother. I don’t even appreciate being asked about that.”

Strikeforce lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez:

“It’s more than training partners. We’re a family. Someone like Nick, Nate, and Jake, they’ve all helped me become the fighter I am. How am I going to use these skills they taught me against them? We help each other get better, it’s just not right.”

“If you’re turning around offering me $10 million dollars to fight my boy, then I’m sure someone’s going to offer me $8 million to fight somebody else. I’ll definitely take a pay cut or what not. It runs deeper than money and team. It’s family and loyalty.”

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