As if suffering one of the most devastating knockouts in recent memory wasn't enough, it seems that more trouble has surfaced for Team Quest mainstay Matt Lindland. Sources are claiming that Dan Henderson and Lindland are currently disputing over the ownership of Team Quest's naming rights. Henderson is the majority owner of Team Quest while Lindland owns a percentage. Each fighter owns their own Team Quest training facility - Lindland in Oregon and Henderson in Temecula, California. The chief issue seems to be who actually owns the brand 'Team Quest.'
The brand, which seems to be devaluing with every mishap suffered by the team's varying personalities, may be on its last legs if a quick turnaround isn't made. In addition to Chael Sonnen's steroid debacle, Team Quest is suffering from what appears to be a mass exodus of its quality fighters.
Ed Herman - formerly of Team Quest - told MMA Junkie in August-
"I'd been wanting to make a move for a while," Herman said. "Things are kind of falling apart out in Oregon at (Team) Quest a little bit, and Matt Lindland's not the best person to be around all the time, so we needed to make our move."
Herman isn't the only fighter with similar feelings. Krzystoff Soszynski reportedly left Team Quest's facility in Temecula in 2010 due to a lack of larger sparring partners and rising star Jake Ellenberger has left to join Mark Munoz' Reign Training Center in Lake Forest, CA. Not exactly the direction the team wants to be headed in.
If all isn't resolved, the issues between Henderson and Lindland could land in court, something I'm sure neither of them wants to do. Let's hope cooler heads prevail. Lindland is trying to rebound from a KO loss to Robbie Lawler and Henderson is preparing for a title fight with Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Rafael Cavalcante.