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A while back, there was some event at the Cow Palace which may or may not have been called “The Brawl for it All”. The lineup started with all sorts of great fighters and ended up getting canceled by the CSAC because it was just a big clusterfuck by the end.

But not only was the event canceled, but all of the fighters were told they weren’t getting paid, which is interesting because I thought promoters had to submit a bond for fighter pay specifically to avoid situations like this. Of course, that may be part of why the event was canceled.

Anyways, the point of this thread is after people were told they weren’t getting paid, things got kind of hairy … you got a bunch of fighters in a room who are pissed, and things can quickly get out of hand. A drunken Don Frye tried to mediate the entire situation and was quickly punched in the face by Leland Chapman, who has something or other to do with Dog the Bounty Hunter.

I didn’t even bother to write anything about all this at the time, because I had faith that the internet would vomit up a video of the incident, and lo and behold, it has! If you’re feeling sorry for Don after watching this, don’t worry … he apparently tracked Leland down later on and got some payback.

**UPDATE** Turns out it wasn’t Leland Chapman but rather Leland Chapman’s boxing coach who got into things with Don Frye. Sorry it took me so long to issue a correction, but WordPress fucks up youtube posts pretty hardcore when you edit them so fixing this was like doing an Indiana Jones with a bag of sand trying to steal an emerald. Or I’m just lazy. You choose!

Holy shit! It’s the first show of the month, and you know what that means: MAILBAG! We were so busy pooping and puking all over eachother this weekend that we’d completely forgotten all about this. But I have faith that you Jackals will rise to the occasion and swamp us with questions, quality or not.

So have at it, post your questions in the comments section before 6PM EST and we’ll answer them on our Low Blow Radio Show!

Oh poor Mac. One day we induct him as an honorary Jackal and the next we make whore jokes about his masseuse girlfriend. Ah well, if he’s really part of the gang, he knows that’s just how we roll.

Of course, now we know why Mac was in such a pissy mood all through TUF6 … the house is hard enough for a normal person. If I was used to getting deep tissue massages as well, I’d have gone bonkers. Anyone who hasn’t had one of those before hasn’t fucking lived. It’s like getting your ass kicked, but it feels awesome.

So here’s one thing for sure … next time I’m in Los Angeles, I’m getting Mac Danzig’s girlfriend to rub me.

We all knew it was going to happen sooner or later, but that doesn’t make it suck any less:

The Harris County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed today that Sammy Vasquez, a 35-year-old mixed martial artist from Houston, Texas, died on Friday, Nov. 30. Vasquez’s death appears to be the first documented fatality resulting from a regulated MMA fight.

Vasquez (1-2) suffered a third-round knockout loss to Vince Libardi during a Renegades Extreme Fighting bout on Oct. 20 at Houston’s Toyota Center. After the fight, Vasquez was taken to Saint Joseph Medical Center’s Critical Care Unit, where he began a 47-day struggle.

The official cause of Vasquez’s death has not been released, pending a determination from the medical examiner.

I’d been following this case quietly for about two weeks now, and figured the scene had dodged a bullet when it was reported that Vasquez was upgraded from critical to serious. But now it looks like that isn’t the case.

Lots of people have speculated on what would happen when the first MMA death occurred … if the media would pick up on it or if it would just slide like most deaths in boxing do. Dispite the press this is getting on Yahoo, I don’t think this will change anything in the larger picture for MMA. The media wants a sensational story where someone dies in the ring, not a depressing reality which took a month and a half to resolve itself.

As for our opinion on this … it consistantly amazes us that there aren’t about a zillion mma deaths a year, especially considering how many fights are going on every weekend in dive venues with barely any kind of safety or sanctioning in effect. You see pictures of Ross Pointon with a huge vagina on his forehead, or Sean Salmon getting carried out of a venue on a stretcher (again), and it reminds you a bit that this is a serious sport with serious ramifications. But the death of Sammy Vasquez really forces you to realize: Any time a guy steps into a ring or cage, they’re risking their health and yeah … their lives.

RIP Sammy Vasquez and condolences to the family.

You can officially count December 2nd as the day the Nog vs Sylvia rumor wagon shifted into high gear, with MMA News reporting that some random Brazilian MMA site is reporting that someone else has reported that Tim Sylvia vs Big Nog has been signed. By the way, I’m never going to try and write Big Nog’s full name out again as it is stupid, smelly, and way to similar to his brother’s name. Someone’s mother needs to be slapped.

Anyways, this has implications way past just a fight being signed. Nog vs Sylvia for the heavyweight belt means that Randy Couture is 100% gone, do not pass go and do not collect whatever amount of money Kevin Iole says you’re making. Unless of course this fight isn’t a title fight, in which case I guess this is all a bunch of fuss for nothing, and we shouldn’t read into it at all.

Seriously, there’s just way too many mysteries going on at once. What’s up with Randy? What’s up with Quinton? What’s up with TUF7? What’s up with the lightweight belt? Back in my fair weather fan days, I’d just stop watching MMA for a year and come back refreshed and ready for another year of exciting ‘intrigue’. Right now I’m just feeling like a jaded asshole. So in lieu of a break, how about I just hoop some ecstasy before writing posts from now on? Okay? Okay!

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