ByAmy Kaplan, writer at
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Best friends, dynamic duos, bosom buddies... Here are some of my favorite friendships in the martial arts community.

Jon Jones and Holly Holm

The duo train together at Jackson-Wink in New Mexico, so it's only natural they would be friends. But Jones has been one of Holm's biggest supporters, cheering her on cage side and beyond.

Tito Ortiz and Cris Cyborg

Ortiz and Cyborg are officially manager/client, but also friends. She trains at his gym Punishment Training Center and he flew to Brazil to watch her very first UFC fight. The pair are often spotted at events together, running charities and just hanging out. As two of the "baddest" people on the planet it kind of makes sense.

Nate and Nick Diaz

Ah, the Diaz brothers. They are the bad boys of MMA, causing fights, smoking weed and generally ignoring most rules. But, they do it all together. Awwww.

Urijah Faber and Cody Garbrandt

Faber and his best friend TJ Dillashaw... whoops, my bad, I meant Garbrandt, are the cutest couple in MMA. Faber brags about his buddy Garbrandt at every chance he gets, including in his post defeat fight interview. It's actually really adorable. I hope these two stay together a long time.

Luke Rockhold and Daniel Cormier

Their friendship dates back as far as the Strikeforce days. Both men cornered each other for their respective title wins, and Cormier consoled Rockhold during his recent loss. They seem genuine with each other, more than just the average training partner friendship.

Ashlee Evans Smith and Carla Esparza

Girl squad! Evans-Smith and Esparza are practically inseparable. They are often seen watching fights together, training and even going to their doctors office together. The girls are even about to host a charity seminar together this month.

Gunnar Nelson and Conor McGregor

McGregor refers to Nelson as his brother and has been incredibly vocal about his support for the budding athlete. In fact, McGregor was in Iceland with Nelson during his hideaway from the UFC 200 press conference and his momentary retirement fiasco.

Happy Fabrico Werdum and Regular Fabricio Werdum

Ok so this isn't actually two people, I know that! But his happy face has kind of become it's own person.

Sage Northcutt and his dad

So I tried to find an Instagram snap of the father-son pair together, but I couldn't find any, probably because his dad is the one taking them all. No one is a bigger fan of Northcutt than... Northcutt.

Cowboy and his grandma

Aww! This is my favorite pair of all. Cerrone's grandma is at every fight, sitting cage side and probably keeping his Budweiser cold. Cerrone even took a fine for sewing something of his grandma's into his Reebok fight shorts to keep up with a long standing tradition.

Who are your favorite pairs? Do you think we should have included Ronda Rousey and Travis Brown? How about Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta?


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