Elvis Mutapcic Says He Won't Fight His Teammates
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 09.09.2013
Even if a title shot was offered...
Elvis Mutapcic recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Jesse Taylor at WSOF 5 and more. Check out the highlights:
On whether he would fight a teammate: "Teammates, to me, we're like brothers. We help each other get better and push each other. To me, that's the same as fighting my brother, which I wouldn't do. I might go up or down a weight class or try to wait it out. It's hard to say, but I really can't see myself fighting one of my teammates. I guess I'd be a No. 1 contender for a while."
On people who are willing to fight teammates: "We work so hard to be a world champion one day. When you're so close to that goal, maybe they're not as close to their training partners as I am. Or maybe they just want to be a world champion more (than keep a friendship), which I don't understand ... But people are different."
On Taylor: "He's been around a long time. He was on 'The Ultimate Fighter' that I tried to get on. But he's got so much experience and has beaten so many good guys. And he's a good wrestler, and that's always a challenge. You've got to constantly adjust your game to somebody of that level. So to me, it's a challenge and there's nothing better out there than a good challenge to keep it going."
On wanting to work his way up the rankings: "To me, if I'm not going up in competition every time I fight, I lose motivation. If I don't have respect for the guy I'm fighting, it's hard to motivate yourself. I've just got to keep stepping up in competition. So far, that's worked good for me and I'll just keep doing the same thing."