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Some creepy shit from Kevin Iole

Yesterday during our monthly mailbag radio show, someone asked us “What lame excuse will Dana White use to convince us that MMA is safer than boxing now that a MMA fighter has died?”. Well, I figure the excuse that it’s so rare that someone dies, compared to boxing where boxers literally fall into your lap and die. From Kevin Iole:

I’ve covered several deaths in boxing and had one fighter, Martin Sanchez, literally fall into my lap at ringside after he was knocked out. He died a few hours later.

That’s some creepy fucking shit. Honestly, there’s a certain amount of threshold most fans will take before turning away from a sport. I think *watching* a fighter die would sour me of this sport, but I really don’t know. I guess we’ll have to wait till it happens and I’ll see how I feel. Maybe after witnessing it on TV i’ll say “Maybe if I was there I’d feel worse about it” and then “Maybe if he’d fallen into my lap” and then “Maybe if I had known him”. And in the end I’ll be like “Okay, so what if he was my best friend? The next Ultimate Fight Night is stacked!”

All in all, it’s a pretty weird train of thought, and that train track leads to creepyville. So I think I’m just gonna stop thinking about it and look at those Randy Couture puppy pictures some more.

  • kentyman

    If you follow Queer Street far enough, you’re bound to end up in downtown Creepyville.

  • Accomando

    this one boxer killed this other boxer in the ring after the guy called him a “maricon” which is spanish for faggot, he litterally landed 27 unanswered puches on the poor guy, in front of a national t.v. audience no less in the 1960’s I believe.

    Anyway, the boxer that killed the other boxer was indeed, a “maricon” as he had been rightly called in the first place, and none of this was made up, I swear.

  • Jersey Tomato

    I think you are referring to the 1961 welterweight fight between Emile Griffith and Benny “the Kid” Paret, who Griffith knocked out in the 13th round of a championship bout. Griffth caught Paret in the corner, staggered him and them proceeded to wail on him for a minute straight while the ref just stood there doing nothing. (Picture Don Frey at his worst.) At any rate, Paret eventually crumbled, slipped into a coma and died like a week later. Live boxing, which was huge on TV back then, got pulled all around the country amid the controversy over the brutal beating delivered by Griffith. They did a documentary on this fighter a few years ago called Ring of Fire. Worth watching….

  • EdenMachine

    Well in this interview ( Dana specifically says “there are zero deaths or serious injuries in the UFC” so I guess he’ll just ride that as long as possible and saying that he can’t control how other MMA orgs run their shows or something.

  • Accomando

    Exactly Jersey, the only thing you didn’t confirm was the “maricon” comment, which was a fact as well.

    “…proceeded to wail on him for a minute straight while the ref just stood there doing nothing…”

    It’s worse than either of Salmons’ brutal KO’s.

  • wow

    So, because the guy is actually gay, that justifies calling him a the Spanish equivalent of “faggot?” Judging by the fact he literally beat his opponent to death over it, I’m guessing Paret would disagree with you.

  • operator

    At least he didn’t put a noose around his neck and dragg him behind his pickup. Hell if you call another man a fag in any language you better be aware that some dudes are gonna beat the shit out of you. I have seen it happen myself some guys are very sensetive about that.

  • Accomando

    “…So, because the guy is actually gay, that justifies calling him a the Spanish equivalent of “faggot?”…”

    No, it means the guy wasn’t a liar. Thoughts of “don’t kill the messenger” come to mind.

  • Matt (tapout name shitstain)

    I feel sorry for that Sanchez guy because the last person he saw before he died was Kevin Iole.