15 year old Gabriel Diniz paralyzed in Jiu Jitsu tournamen
15 year old Team Black House Conch division grappler Gabriel Diniz was severely injured in the semi-final round of the Espírito Santo State Jiu-Jitsu Championship Blue Belt division.
Gabriel Diniz was the victim of one of the most severe injuries in sports, that being a spinal injury. As a result of the grappling match above he injured his third and fourth vertebrae. He's undergone two surgeries since, to realign his spinal column and to remove bone fragments from around the injuries. Gazeta Online reports that he is in serious, but stable condition. Currently he has some movement in his shoulders and a small amount of sensation in his feet, but doctors are still unsure if he will ever regain movement in his limbs.
At the time of the tournament Diniz had been granted a pass to compete in the adult division, but as a result of his injuries, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation has advised the Espirito Santo State Jiu Jitsu Federation to no longer allow underage competitors to compete at the adult level. A representative for the Espirito Santo federation has stated that they plan implement strict age guidelines in the future.
For his part Diniz remains optimistic stating that he hopes to return to training soon, and someday be a world champion. He is hoping to be moved to the Hospital Sarah Kubitschek in Belo Horizonte, Brazil which is more specialized in treating severe neck injuries. We'll be sure to keep you updated as more news becomes available.
UFC featherweight Conor McGregor drew a ton of praise prior to his performance against Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night 26, having company head Dana White even go so far as to compare his hype to that surrounding former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. The 25-year old Irishman didn’t disappoint either, looking sharp en route to a decision win over the talented Holloway.
Though he suffered a knee injury in the bout, it appears it wasn’t overly serious in the scope of such afflictions and won’t keep him out of the Octagon for long. A report on UFC Tonight revealed McGregor sprained his LCL and could fight again before the end of the year. Specifically, “Notorious” wants action on December 28 at UFC 168 with Diego Brandao‘s name being thrown in the mix as a possible opponent.
The 18-8 Brandao has also addressed the possibility, verbally agreeing to the year-end effort if the UFC is able to put it together.
“I always liked challenges, and I believe a fight against McGregor would be a good challenge for me,” he said. “If he wants to fight me, I also want to fight him. Hey, McGregor, let’s make it happen. It would be perfect for UFC 168 in Vegas. I wanna do a great show,” said the TUF 14 winner to MMAFighting.
McGregor is 14-2 with finishes in all but one of his victories. Twelve of his wins have come via TKO including a 67-second pasting of Marcus Brimage in McGregor’s UFC debut.
The Boston City Council passed a resolution on Wednesday that will ban children under the age of 16 from attending MMA events without the supervision of a parent.
The ordinance originally introduced by Boston City Council president Stephen Murphy was an amended version of the resolution he tried to pass, which would have banned anyone under the age of 18 from attending the fight events.
The amended version presented in front of the Boston City Council on Wednesday changed the verbiage quite a bit after the original version had little chance of passing.
The new ordinance stated "children under the age of 16 years old be prohibited from attending live amateur and professional cage fighting events in the City of Boston unless accompanied by an adult."
In his initial resolution, Murphy stated "extensive research has associated exposure to media violence with a variety of physical and mental health problems for children and adolescents, including aggressive and violent behavior, bullying, desensitization to violence, fear and depression. Studies have found that that repeatedly exposing children to violent media is a risk factor for increases in aggression later in life."
The Boston City Council voted unanimously to pass the new law.
Boston City Council President Murphy's resolution on banning minors under 16 from #MMA events without an adult passes unanimously.
UFC president Dana White spoke out about the issues the promotion has had dealing with Murphy since announcing their return to Boston earlier this year.
White spoke out about Murphy last week while the UFC was in Boston promoting UFC Fight Night 26, which took place at the TD Garden Arena. (via USA Today)
This Murphy guy. You elect a politician to hopefully go out and bring in jobs, create revenue in your city, bring in events that bring revenue to your city. This guy comes out and he's saying all this (bleeping) stuff like '18 and under' (not allowed at the event) and all this other stuff they're doing to us. Then sure enough, this hearing, 25 of the Culinary Union members are there. And this guy busts out a video of Chael Sonnen talking about Anderson Silva in Brazil. First of all, this is the fight business. This isn't the nice business. This is the fight business.
Murphy's plan to stop anyone under the age of 18 failed, but he still got some kind of ordinance passed by the city although with much less impact than would have been felt by the previous order.
The UFC has not announced any current plans to return to Boston, but hinted that they would plan an event there again in the future.
The new law passed on Wednesday would cover any MMA promotion going to Boston, although clearly given the language of the bill mentioning "ultimate fighting" on numerous occasions, the resolution was aimed at only one organization—the UFC.
This last Saturday, in the main event of UFC Fight Night:Shogun vs. Sonnen on Fox Sports 1, Alistair Overeem was dealt his thirteenth career loss from the up and coming heavyweight contender, Travis Browne. It was certainly a bitter defeat considering that earlier in the first round before being knocked out 4:08 minutes later, Overeem had Browne in serious trouble.
It’s not only Overeem’s second consecutive loss in the UFC, but also the first time in over six years that Overeem has suffered back to back losses. In fact, he tasted defeat three consecutive times to Antonio “Little Nog” Rogerio Nogueira, Ricardo Arona, and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, back when he was fighting at light heavyweight, and they were also his last three fights with the now defunct PRIDE Fighting Championships.
After that he’d go 1-1 in his next two fights against Michael Knapp and Sergei Kharitonov respectively before going on his six year fourteen fight undefeated streak where the closest thing he would suffer to a loss was a No Contest for kneeing Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic twice in the groin and racking up wins against opponents such as Paul Buentello, Mark Hunt, Gary Goodridge, James Thompson, Kazuyuki Fujita, Brett Rogers, Todd Duffee, Frabricio Werdum, and Brock Lesnar; and capturing the Strikeforce and Dream Heavyweight titles as well as delving into K-1 and capturing the 2010 World Grand Prix.
After such streaks why is it that Overeem has suffered two consecutive defeats having been knocked out by Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 156 and loosing a title shot against Champion Cain Velasquez? The answer can be found if one were to watch those two matches and carefully observe Overeem’s behavior.
Both fights had Overeem not only controlling the fights but at times dominating his opponents. The problem comes when Overeem get’s too overconfident and starts to either underestimate his opponents or basically showboat, similar to Anderson Silva. Another way to put it, Overeem is cocky!
One would think that after one loss he’d learn his lesson but as Saturday night proved, he didn’t. Now Overeem has found himself going from a title contender to a man who may possibly be on the chopping block should he not loose his next fight.
The magic number for most fighters is usually three losses in a row before they find themselves looking for a new job with a few exceptions. Overeem is in a must win situation if he wants to stay in the UFC, let alone work his way back up to a title shot.
One can only hope that these last two losses have taught him a little about humility and maybe he can be a little more cautious and not underestimate his next opponent or get cocky when his opponent’s hurt, then maybe we can see the Overeem that dominated Brock Lesnar.
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Alistair Overeem: MMA, Kickboxing Legacy Stifled by Steroi
This past Saturday, Alistair Overeem suffered his second loss in a row at the feet and hands of Travis Browne on UFC on Fox Sports 1 at TD Garden in Boston.
The fight, which ended at 4:08 of the first frame, and pre-fight were hauntingly similar to his last loss against Antonio "Big Foot" Silva.
Overeem weighed in on Friday not flaunting his once pronounced superhero physique, but hunched by the weight of deflated pectorals, which hung like popped steroid balloons. He walked to the cage, less with the fierceness of an impending fight, but more with the bravado of entering a "Knockout of the Night" award ceremony.
The former K-1 kickboxing champion spent the better part of the fight dominating his opponent with punches, kicks and knees. And just when the audience was confident of the outcome, Overeem took a deep breath, dropped his hands, and got hit with a vicious knockout blow.
The opponent celebrated above him, like a float in a nightmare parade, while Overeem slumped into the canvas like a muscular bean bag chair.
And yet afterwards, little is heard about the opponent, perhaps slight murmurs of their determination and courage.
But their efforts are drowned out by the blitzkrieg of Overeem questions. Are his loses due to low testosterone, endurance or ego? Will or should the UFC cut the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion? What is Overeem's legacy?
For MMA fans and journalists, Overeem is MMA's version of Mark McGwire or Sammy Sosa. "The Reem," a former light heayweight prospect, seemingly overnight transformed into a heayweight, a comic book drawing, a chiseled mass of muscle.
Few speculated about the results, but Overeem promised it was due to a steady diet of weight lifting, protein and horse meat. And shockingly that answer seemed to suffice.
Dream heavyweight champion. K-1 Grand-Prix heavyweight champion. Strikeforce heavyweight champion. The community became so entranced by his accomplishments, so mystified by his wins, that we did not stop to think if we should.
We were far too busy watching his mini-documentaries, creating Overeem highlight reels, watching his countless appearances on foreign television, and proclaiming Overeem as not only one of the greatest heavyweights but fighters of all time.
And then in 2011, UFC signed Overeem.
"The Demolition Man" dismantled former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar in the first round at UFC 141. And in return, the MMA community predicted the Dutchman would eventually wear UFC gold.
But then, Overeem failed a pre-fight drug test for a potential title bout against now former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos. Overeem had a 14-1 testosterone-to-epitestotesrone (T/E), well over the allowed ratio rate of 6-to-1.
Immediately, fans and journalists, ones who only revered the man's efforts, now stood on internet platforms claiming to have "known all along" about Overeem's steroid use. The community denounced his efforts, accomplishments and championship belts, saying they were all built on a false foundation.
Overeem served a suspension, promised to never take medicine without investigating the contents, and arrived back on the scene a physical shell of his former self, a melted mountain of muscle. Reports surfaced of extreme low levels of testosterone. And after these two knockout losses, that once superhero physique seems more super than hero.
Where he once walked through the community as a feared physical specimen, he now stumbles lonely and confused, searching for a past he may never find.
And if nothing changes, Alistair Overeem will be forever be remembered as a man who was morally and physically slayed by his own baton. Or steroid needle.
UFC Requests Revocation of Boston Ban on Minors, Cites Falsehoods and Union Manipulation
The Boston City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to pass a measure to ban minors under the age of 16 from attending mixed martial arts events, including the UFC, unless accompanied by an adult.
The measure, proposed by City Council President Stephen J. Murphy, had originally sought to ban minors under the age of 18, but was revised to under 16 before passage.
On Wednesday evening, the UFC issued a statement in response to the measure’s passing in Boston.
“Zuffa, LLC, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, learned today that the Boston City Council passed a non-binding resolution regarding mixed martial arts (MMA),” read the statement.
“The non-binding resolution merely concludes that the city of Boston should follow existing state law. However, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is extremely disappointed that the non-binding resolution is filled with blatant inaccuracies and falsehoods. The UFC organization finds it shocking that Councilor Murphy would present such a misleading document for consideration to the City Council,” the statement added.
In the response, the UFC asserts that the measure’s passing was based on misconceptions about the sport and its athletes.
“UFC is proud of the recent event it put on at the TD Garden, which was televised around the world. By all measures, the event was a resounding success, generating millions of dollars in economic benefit for the community and cast the great city of Boston in a positive light,” the statement read.
“Councilor Murphy’s resolution demonstrates a complete lack of understanding about what mixed martial arts is, the amazing world class athletes that compete in the sport, and the many benefits it brings to a community,” stated the UFC. “There is clearly a reason why MMA is one of the fastest growing sports in the world.”
In the press release, the UFC claims the Boston City Counsel was manipulated by union officials in a dispute with UFC owners Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta over the union’s desire to bring the brothers’ Station Casinos employees into the union.
“Consequently, it is unfortunate that Councilor Murphy’s actions caused the Boston City Council to be manipulated by a union based in Las Vegas, Nevada. We would hope that the City Council, once it learns the truth about MMA and all of the positive aspects of the sport, would consider revoking this non-binding resolution.”
Conor McGregor Suffers Complete ACL Tear, out of Action fo
Conor McGregor Suffers Complete ACL Tear, out of Action for 9 to 10 Months
Conor McGregor did not get the news he wanted to hear on Thursday after receiving an MRI to see just how damaged his knee was after his fight at UFC Fight Night 26 last weekend.
The Irish fighter heard his knee pop during the second round of his fight against Max Holloway, but he pushed through the pain and ended up winning a unanimous decision on the judges' scorecards.
Initially doctors believed that McGregor just suffered a strain in his lateral collateral ligament (LCL), but an MRI done by doctors on Thursday revealed a much more severe injury.
According to Fox Sports Live via Twitter late Thursday night, McGregor was diagnosed with a complete tear of his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) as well as an MCL strain and posterior horn meniscus tear.
It might just be the hardest news for McGregor to receive after storming onto the scene this year and quickly becoming one of the most talked about UFC fighters on the roster.
The Dublin native blasted through former Ultimate Fighter competitor Marcus Brimage in just 67 seconds in his debut in April. He then picked up a dominant win over Holloway for his second fight.
McGregor was hoping to fight as early as the upcoming UFC Fight Night card in Manchester, England in October, but now he will have to go under the knife instead.
UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre suffered a complete tear in his ACL, putting him out of action for over a year. Currently, UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz is still recovering after having back-to-back surgeries on his knee to repair a damaged ACL. He has been out of action for nearly two years.
Given the timeline from his doctors, McGregor will probably have to spend the better part of the next year recovering and rehabilitating his knee following surgery that will likely be scheduled in the coming days.
Heavyweights Frank Mir and Ben Rothwell allowed to use TRT
UFC Heavyweights Frank Mir and Ben Rothwell have been granted therapeutic use exemptions for testosterone replacement therapy by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services for their UFC 164 bouts.
The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has greenlighted therapeutic use exemptions (TUE's) for two UFC Heavyweights to use testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Frank Mir and Ben Rothwell will be allowed to supplement their body's natural production of the hormonal steroid for their bouts with Josh Barnett and Brandon Vera at UFC 164.
MMA Junkie reported the story.
Mir has previously been granted a TUE for his UFC 146 title fight loss to Junior dos Santos. He last fought against Daniel Cormier at UFC on Fox 7 and openly discussed his use of TRT before that bout. Josh Barnett, Mir's UFC 164 opponent, has notoriously failed three previous drug tests for steroids, twice with the UFC and once while fighting for the short-lived Affliction promotion.
Rothwell's UFC 164 opponent Brandon Vera has previously had a loss to Thiago Silva overturned due to Silva's attempt to fake a urine sample following his UFC 125 bout with Vera.
When informed about Rothwell's TUE for TRT, Vera said, "It won't help."
Ben Askren: 'The only challenges for me are in the UFC'
Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren has fired back at CEO Bjorn Rebney, saying that he's happy he can negotiate with the UFC but understands what Bellator's true intentions might be.
A lot has been made of Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney's recent comments about his welterweight champion Ben Askren. Askren, who is a pseudo-restricted free agent, has had his 90-day exclusive negotiation window waived by the organization so he can go talk to the UFC. Rebney said that he wasn't going to make an initial offer, but he also said it wasn't out of the question that they'd match an offer from the UFC either (which is their contractual right).
Brian Hemminger at MMA Mania believes Rebney's statements were a ploy to sign him at a lower price tag, and many share that sentiment. Askren himself was asked about it by Ben Fowkles of MMA Junkie, and while he's glad to get on with things, he knows that the above situation is a real concern:
"I'm happy, more than anything, that they're [waiving] the exclusive [negotiating] period, so now I don't have to sit out 90 days before anything even starts to happen. That's definitely a positive thing."
"Honestly, I think it could be a ploy on their part to get the UFC to make a lower offer, so when they go to match it's not as hard."
He's clear that he wants to challenge himself, but getting paid works for him too if he does end up staying with Bellator:
"I'm fairly indifferent to what [Rebney] said," Askren said. "I got in MMA for one reason: to see if I could be the best in the world. Actually, he's doing me a favor if he lets me go to the UFC and test myself. I mean, I wouldn't be upset that I'm getting paid a bunch of money to beat up guys who aren't as good as me, but I would like those challenges if it's possible."
He said that he believes there's "over a 50% chance" that he ends up in the UFC, and closed the interview with a telling statement:
"I don't know that there are any challenges left in Bellator, so yeah, I think the only challenges for me are in the UFC."