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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?

Meet Krzystof Jotko, the latest addition to the UFC 170 pound division. Whatever dark corner of Poland he comes from allows stomps and knees to the head on the ground, and Jotko takes full advantage of this in his highlight video. He looks like a welterweight PRIDE era Shogun – not that any of those illegal moves will help him much in the US. Still, at 13-0 he’s an interesting prospect to keep your eye on.

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So I dunno if you noticed the tiny update at the bottom of an earlier post, but not only has the UFC signed Lil Pettis, they’ve already got him penciled in for a fight on November 16th against UK fighter Vaughn Lee. That’s the UFC’s big GSP vs Johny Hendricks card, which was already rammed to the tits with sick fights. Why rush Pettis onto a stacked card five weeks before it’s happening? I have no idea, but I ain’t complaining. The sooner he fights, the sooner SERGIO-MANIA RUNS WILD ON YOU ALL!

And yes, I intend to finish every Sergio post this way from now til the day he retires.

Tonight’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter features Ronda Rousey’s mother, Dr. AnnMaria De Mars – a favorite of Fightlinker’s since before Ronda got MMA famous. De Mars isn’t one to stay silent in the face of bullshit drama, and she recently posted this up on her blog in defense of those who thought her daughter was coming off ‘bitchy’ on The Ultimate Fighter:

From the fraction of the entire time I observed, it appeared that Ronda was taunted quite a bit without being allowed to respond, with a deliberate intent to create  a certain image for television.  Maybe they’ll show some of that on the episode, maybe not. For those of you who say she cries too much – she’s always cried like that all of her life. Who the hell are you people  to enforce a crying quota? If she cries over sad movies, happy endings and losing her car keys, what’s it to you? I’m the opposite of that. I’ve cried three times in the last twenty years, and one of those was when Ronda’s father died. So, she can have my share of the quota and it averages out.

People are sometimes offended by Ronda because she does not fit how they think she should act. At Ronda’s age, given the same degree of provocation, I would have punched out a few people, hit someone with a chair, told everyone to fuck off and walked out. This is why our family cannot do a reality TV show. So, no, I am the LAST person to ask don’t I think she should behave differently.

Some of those same people will argue, “I don’t care what the instigation, you should never  —- ” fill in the blank. They are entitled to their opinions. I am equally entitled to my opinion that they have their heads up their asses.

And Dr AnnMaria isn’t afraid to share those opinions, which is part of why I’m interested in tonight’s episode. Not like I expect a Bravo level reality show brawl or anything – just some of her sneaky, manipulative Nietzsche-esque training tactics and that sarcastic grit old people like De Mars and Clint Eastwood exude that makes everyone in our generation feel like soft ass piles of cookie dough.

ionyThe only thing worse than the non-stop Breaking Bad fellatio going down on Facebook is the omnipresent wah wah government shutdown stuff. I’m sure you’re sick of it too, and anything else that reminds you that our elected officials are petty fuckups and not the stewards of our economic survival we kinda sorta need right now. So I apologize in advance for this story about an official from a town in Saratoga New York who is being investigated for allegedly taking bribes and kickbacks for political favor. What makes it interesting to us is that one of these unscrupulous interactions may have involved the effort to get MMA legalized in New York.

A federal criminal investigation of Halfmoon Supervisor Melinda A. Wormuth is probing whether she secretly accepted money for lobbying on behalf of mixed martial arts legislation and whether she or her family received thousands of dollars from a builder with business before the town government.

The information comes from multiple people familiar with the case. They said the FBI is focusing on Wormuth’s contact with two Republican state lawmakers — Sen. Kathleen Marchione and Assemblyman James Tedisco — related to a bill that passed the Senate but failed in the Assembly and would have legalized mixed martial arts fighting.

In early May, Wormuth, 46, wrote letters on town letterhead to both Tedisco and Marchione stating she “strongly urge(s) you to support MMA legislation.”

“Some of my constituents are fans and promoters of MMA and have to travel outside the town of Halfmoon to promote or watch the sport they love,” Wormuth wrote.

Sources close to the case said Wormuth’s peculiar and sudden support of the MMA is at the heart of the federal investigation.

Is it, Times Union? Is it really? Because two weeks ago, it seemed like the FBI’s focus on Wormuth was over all those sketchy kickbacks she was taking from developers looking to build in Halfmoon. For example…

The U.S. Attorney’s office also has used subpoenas to examine banking records relating to a transaction several years ago in which Wormuth’s husband, Larry, who owns a small used-car dealership in Halfmoon, allegedly took thousands of dollars from Bruce Tanski, a Halfmoon developer whose projects have been voted on by Wormuth, sources briefed on the investigation said.

And…

In 2011, the Times Union published a story about the Wormuths’ sale of two small homes they owned on Route 146 to Scott Earl, a wealthy stockholder in a waste-hauling company that was vying to buy the Saratoga County landfill. Shortly after the story was published, Wormuth stepped down as chairwoman of the county public works committee that was tasked with coordinating the sale of the landfill.

Wormuth denied any impropriety in the sales. An appraiser retained by the Times Union analyzed the purchases and said Earl paid nearly twice the appraised value for the homes.

The Wormuths still reside in one of the residences they sold to Earl. Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III previously said he did not believe there was anything improper involving Earl’s purchase of the properties.

This MMA thing sure could be an extra interesting wrinkle in the entire affair. The UFC, Madison Square Garden, and other interested parties have had lobbying groups pumping New York politicians harder than the gun lobby pumps Capitol Hill after a mass shooting. Everyone has been very straight up in declaring the millions of dollars being spent trying to ‘change the minds’ of politicians so they unban MMA in the state.

So was some of this money distributed through less than legit channels? What potentially innocent but probably quite shady looking transaction took place right before Wormuth started singing songs in praise of the noble UFC fighters? Will this give us a bigger glimpse into the political sausage making process that led to 64 New York assembly members declaring their support for legalizing mixed martial arts in writing? And will we have more answers by the next post so everything I write doesn’t end in question marks?

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