Michael Bisping’s eye situation continues to sound really really bad. Fighters Only Magazine’s John Joe O’Regan was around for the latest scary incident:
im staying at mike’s for a few days here in LA; i just got in from visiting Alliance in San Diego and saw his girlfriend, she had just got back from taking him to Pasedena hospital. He’s undergoing surgery, his eye was causing him agony apparently
Ariel Helwani later clarified that while Bisping had gone to the hospital over severe eye pain, he didn’t undergo another surgery. Hopefully this latest scare will finally convince him to get off his feet and lay around doing nothing for a couple of months until the chances his eye melts out of his head decrease.
He’s been way too stubborn for his own good every step of the way with this injury, from fighting twice with it to attempting some leftfield quick fix so he could still fight Mark Munoz in Manchester. Even after the surgery to deal with things after that first surgery didn’t work, he was still exercising and working on his cardio. We left ‘tough’ behind a long time ago and are now way into ‘dumb bastard’ territory. As boss as Bisping happens to look with an eye patch, it’d be slightly better for him if it were a temporary look.
The Gods of MMA can be cruel indeed. This past weekend was supposed to be a great one for WMMA – legendary pound for pound #1 female fighter Megumi Fujii had her big retirement fight against the next generation’s #1 strawweight Jessica Aguilar. Everything was set for an epic showdown that would not only determine the top fighter at 115 pounds but send Fujii off in a worthy fashion. Unfortunately…
During an action-packed first round, Fujii took two inadvertent eye-pokes, which prompted a lengthy delay and a doctor’s examination. She opted to fight on, but as the second round wore on and Aguilar delivered a steady stream of combinations, Fujii’s injured eye swelled shut and hindered her version.
Before the third round began, the doctor consulted with the ref, and the bout was waved off. Aguilar was awarded the dubious TKO victory.
What a way to go out. But perhaps this highlights the reasons Fujii is getting out of the sport. Pouring your heart and soul into a fight only to have it ruined by judges or in this case a freak eye poke incident. Megumi has been toiling for nearly a decade and has nothing left to prove. It just would have been nice if her final fight hadn’t gone completely off the rails like this. And they can’t even do it again because right afterwards Vale Tudo Japan held a huge 45 minute retirement ceremony.
On the glass half full side of things, we can still remember Megumi Fujii for the 28 great fights she put on rather than this last fight that got borked. It will be a long time before anyone – even Ronda Rousey – comes close to touching her legacy as the best female MMA fighter ever.
Not my opinion of the best, and probably not yours either, but some damn slick finishes none the less. It was especially nice seeing Dustin Hazelett again at #5 – MMA lost an American Aoki when he retired back in 2010. Why can’t guys like him come back? Instead we get stuck with Matt Riddle.
Check out the tweet below from featherweight fighter Ian McCall. This lil communication led the my revelation that Uncle Creepy was part of the ‘Lords of South County’, a group of teenagers that ran around beating the crap out of random people for shits and giggles. And while McCall has generally apologized for showing no compassion towards homeless drug addicts (even though he claims he once was one himself), it doesn’t make up for a lot of the terrible things he did in his past – things he goes through in detail on Joe Rogan’s podcast. You can check that out above, although be warned: you’re gonna find it very difficult to be McCall’s fan after watching it.
An important message I got via facebook about Japanese fighter Celine Haga:
I have been mailing Celine Haga all morning and what I’ve learned both sickens and frightens me. Celine went to war in a Jewels Deep event a whole back. Her opponent missed weight and Celine being the true warrior that she is said she would still fight. Doing this both gives her and the promotion a good name. Sure her opponent missed weight but Celine knew there were people who already paid good money to come and see a war and she did not disappoint.
Her opponent was given two yellow cards. Usually this means if the fight goes to a decision then Celine picks up the win regardless. Well Celine fought and broke her orbital bone in the first round which is a round she won. Then fought on through the second. The design came as a split and she lost. Then she found out later that the cards weren’t counted and while in the hospital that Deep Jewels won’t even cover her medical bill.
I’m am beyond angry. Here you have a true warrior and she put her life on the line and the promotion just gives her the finger. This is not how you treat your fighters. She not only has a loss but she now has to pay for a 1500000 yen bill. All of you Jewels fighters need to get away from Jewels and start looking for a new home.
Celine is now taking donations to try and cover the $15,000 in surgery costs. 15 grand is a lot for one WMMA fighter to pay, but when you break it down via the scale of the internet it gets quite easy. 750 people paying $20 covers it. And right now she’s already at $9,971 of $15,000. That means we only need 5029 or another 250 people to donate $20 bucks. This site alone gets that many people visiting every ten minutes.
This is a very real opportunity for the MMA community to come together and help one of its members. I’ve already gone ahead and donated (I’m Hugh Janus on the site sidebar. Hehe anus). If you’re not too tight on cash, perhaps you can too?