You ever have one of those ex-girlfriends who was just completely bat-shit crazy, somehow, someway she found new ways to top herself in the psychosis department? Like, maybe she was a former pornstar, and you had a couple kids with her, and she had you arrested on domestic violence charges that were later dropped, and she tweeted pics of syringes and accused you of being on drugs, meanwhile she appears on all the morning talk shows high as a kite, then announces that she’s getting back into porn “for the sake of her kids”? No? You don’t? Well, Tito Ortiz does.
Boy, does he ever.
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Yeah, so everyone knows fighting in a cage can be dangerous to a fighter’s well-being (see: Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson in case you’re unclear). But apparently the training that goes into being sharp in the cage can be pretty freakin’ hard on the brain as well. No, I’m not talking about cutting weight – which everyone acknowledges sucks – I’m talking about hard sparring. Here’s mainstream publication the Newark Star-Ledger, which delved deep for their foray into MMA coverage:
But hidden from the excitement of fight night is a jarring world few outsiders see. The training, preparation and sparring required before even stepping into the chain-link-enclosed cage is unlike anything in sports, even boxing
It may sound like sensationalist tripe, but it gets better.
…Punches, kicks and knees are exchanged in training sessions that can turn more violent than blood-soaked fight nights. Some fighters spar three and four days a week and accept punishment beyond all conventional limits.
Daring fighters allow training partners to punch them in the face to test their chins. Smaller fighters take beatings from larger men to measure themselves. And injuries are routinely ignored or hidden.
UFC president Dana White was in a cheerful mood following a night of thrilling finishes at UFC Fight Night 32.
Hear what White had to say in his interview with FOX Sports 1 following the card.
The UFC Fight Night 32: Henderson vs Belfort fight card was full of knockouts and submissions. The fight night started with a prelim card, where all five bouts ended before the fifteen minute time limit. In the main event, Vitor Belfort faced Dan Henderson in a rematch of their fight at PRIDE 32 in 2006. It didn’t take much time for the Brazilian to stick the American with some hard punches before a head kick spelled the end for Hendo.
Here’s how the fights went down:
The chat for Wednesday night had about two people in it. Do you guys want one set up for tonight? Or should I just get someone to post a play-by-play?