It's always tough for former teammates to face each other on the playing field. In the case of Thai badminton player Maneepong Jongit and Bodin Issara, their tensions boiled over into a fist fight as they faced each other at the Canadian Open over the weekend.
According to the Los Angeles Times, both men were given warnings because of their smack talk during the match. As you can see in the video above, Issara went after Jongit, chased him down to the next court, and landed several punches before the fight was broken up. Jongit and his partner Nipitphon Puangpuapech won the match, Issara was disqualified, and the Badminton World Federation is investigating.
Issara and Jongit were teammates as juniors and moved to the senior level together. They were teammates at the London Olympics. They looked more like MMA partners in this match.
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