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More on Sammy Vasquez

If you feel like being depressed, you should go check out this article on Sammy Vasquez on Sherdog. In fact, I think we probably owe it to take the time to fully acknowledge and actually feel something for someone who died fighting in MMA. I know that up until reading this article I hadn’t really allowed the story to connect.

Lots of people are going wah-wah about the type of coverage or lack of coverage regarding Vasquez’s death, but really what is there to say? From all accounts it was a complete fluke … there is no fault to be laid at the feet of either fighter, the officials, the medical staff … anyone. Shit like this happens and people want a reaction, but there’s really nothing to react to. Rules were in place. Safety procedure was followed. Someone still died.

People die doing dangerous things all the time, be it driving to their girlfriend’s place on a Sunday night or jumping out of a plane at 10,000 feet. People will always say the person driving the car died a more tragic death, because unlike the sky diver, he wasn’t doing anything inherently dangerous and life threatening. But that’s just a dumb subconscious buffer … a car is a deadly thing that kills thousands every week around the world.

So to me, the lesson people should take away from the death of Sammy Vasquez is that MMA is a fucking dangerous sport, and the people fighting can still die despite the best intentions and precautions. People like to say that MMA is safe … NO, it’s not. Most of the people involved do the most they can to make it as safe as it can be, but in the end it’s still two guys beating the shit out of eachother. The least we can do is drop the pretense (at least amongst ourselves outside earshot of mainstream media).

  • JoeRoganIsAnAss

    R.I.P. Sammy

  • maafaka

    you should keep that in mind *jinx* while fighting *jinx* mr Caplan ….

  • Kris (

    Well said Ryan. I agree with everything you said – If people didn’t know it was dangerous before they should take notice.

  • Xavier

    Yeah, that’s a very depressing article. Have to feel bad for the guy and his opponent who will likely not be the same.

    As an aside, the whole Caplin/Thomas baby drama over this thing is just unseemly and immature. They should both shut the fuck up.

  • Swedish guy

    Hear hear, FL!

  • Sam Caplan

    Ryan, I agree with you 100%. It was good to finally learn something about who Sammy Vasquez was as a person.

    Xavier, nobody is forcing you to read or listen to anything.

  • Michaelthebox

    Thanks a lot fightlinker. Now I’m sad.

    I agree about the lack of things to say about what happened, though. Luke Thomas’ article is embarrassing, just a bunch of hand waving and finger pointing, without actually listing a single thing that could be talked about.

  • Michaelthebox

    Actually, I checked the article again, and Thomas’ article does have something to talk about. Just not something that deserves so much hand-wringing and wailing.

  • Dizzle

    He died with honor.

  • Adam

    I think the best sentiment here is that: A) MMA is always going to be dangerous, and B) people do whatever they can to make it no more dangerous than it needs to be, but C) shit still happens. That is absolutely true of EVERY SINGLE SPORT that involves contact (as most do – lawn bowling aside). Some events have explanations without having reasons. Vasquez died, and the explanation is that MMA is dangerous, but there is no reason, and that’s a tough thing we just have to live with.

  • Jersey Tomato

    Rest in Peace, Sammy.

  • Da Twin

    no sport is completely safe! but really we are all sick and tired of this topic. its the same shit over and over again we get it someone died in MMA for the 1st time, how much more is everyone gonna blow this out of proportion?

  • Wu Tang

    I actually shed a tear reading that artical on sherdog. Great post Ryan! It is a dangerous sport, for those who trains in one aspect of MMA has to know that the moves and technique are geared to HURT someone. And since this is a sport that is now catching main stream, there will be critics, yet all should know that there are ongoing procedures for this sport as it evolves and it will be a safe sport on paper, but in reality, it is not. It is well known that a fighter does not go in a fight 100 percent, yet after the fight, you can rest assure that the fighter (s) will definitally come out 100 percent, both mentally or physically. It is a taxing sport that a series of moves or technique can alter one person for the rest of their lives… And in this case it has… Please give a moment of silence to the fighter who passed away in the sport that he loved.

  • MMAStation

    The part that gets me is that he was a father. I dont know how many of you have kids, but I do. I have a little 2 year old daughter and the thought of me not being there for everything she would go through in her life or her being fatherless is the worst thing I can imagine.

  • marshal

    Let’s hope that Dana doesn’t take the cigarette companies approach. “It’s safe and not addictive.” THEN MMA IS SOOO FUCKED!!! (in the US)

  • The Psycho Hurricane

    I Was At The Fight That Night at the Toyota center and watched as the medics worked on sammy for 8 very long minutes.
    I had Come To Support Mike “The Greek” Bronazulas and to visit a Friend Hugo “The Black spiderman” who fights out of Metro fight club.
    It was pretty clear that something was very wrong with sammy after them trying to stand him up and his legs going out like spaghetti.
    MMA Is a real sport with real Dangers and the fighters are all aware of the dangers that face them just like in other sports there is always the chance of tragidy striking when we least expect it.
    Sammy Leaves behind a 7 year old son and his wife Sandra.
    It apears that sammy may have had a pre existing medical condition in any event he will be missed!

  • The Psycho Hurricane

    MMAStation and your point is?
    Even if he didnt have kids he is still some one elses child hello?

  • nem0

    It’s sad whenever someone dies. Props to Sherdog and ‘Linker for focusing past what it means to the sport and writing about the real, personal loss — you know, the shit that matters.

    My thoughts are with Sammy’s family and friends.

  • Big D D

    great perspective. RIP Sammy


    Best post I’ve seen re the Sammy Vasquez situation

    Fightlinker, please shoot me an email re this, I’d really like to talk to you about it