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Shattered One Sunday, Near Death (Matt Grice story)
(sherdog.com)
A sprawling, hard blue Oklahoma sky served as a nice tableau for a Sunday outing. It was one of those days when the billowy white clouds seemed to radiate calm. They did for Caroline Grice. About the only obstacle she had was wading through the labyrinth of her daughters’ toys and the nagging questions that kept bounding inside her head: “Where is he? What’s taking him so long?” She hid her mounting agitation from the girls. She knew by now the fine line to walk, especially when her husband, Matt Grice, was in training mode for a fight. How cagey he could get as the date neared. Anxiety grew. It was taking too long. This delay from the gym was a little unusual. Grice knew he had to be back at a certain time, so the family could visit his mother and enjoy the afternoon. Caroline even remembers expressing to the kids, “Damn, your dad is taking a long time. What is he doing?” That is when the call came from his father. Out spilled five words no one wants to hear: “Matt was in an accident.” The words that followed -- “and he’s in pretty bad shape” -- were even more concerning. Phrases like that freeze you. They throw you into a surreal, spinning world where a different reality is happening, a reality that is hard to grasp; and just like that, a perfect Sunday is shattered, and the world Grice, Caroline and their daughters had would never be the same. On Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, Grice and some friends were sitting in a white Jeep Wrangler at a red light when they were plowed from behind by a driver going 65 miles per hour. The accident was near-fatal, reducing Grice, a man who thought of himself as invincible, to a man who was suddenly dependent on others to shuffle his feet and cut his food. “Matt had two jobs; he would train for his fights, and he was a police officer in Oklahoma City, so he was a busy man and he had to go back to work that Sunday night,” Caroline said, “but before he did, we wanted to spend some time together with his family. I remember going into the girls’ bedroom, pacing back and forth, and I honestly used to leave Matt alone when he was training for a fight. Then I get this call telling me what happened. We live in a small town, and the calls started trickling in; and then you start to hear more details, like the car was completely smashed and they had to rip the Jeep apart to get Matt out before it blew up. I know what you're thinking, but it's actually well-written for a Sherdog article since Santoliquito wrote it.
Submitted May 26, 2015 5:21PM by Kpro - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
'El Guapo' enshrined: Bas Rutten slated for 2015 UFC Hall of Fame induction
(mmajunkie.com)
“The Handsome One” (perhaps better known as “El Guapo”) will be enshrined at the 2015 UFC Hall of Fame inductions. UFC President Dana White surprised Bas Rutten, a former UFC heavyweight champion, during Friday’s edition of “Inside MMA” on AXS TV. Rutten is a cohost of the weekly news program. UFC officials recently revamped its company hall of fame and now enshrines members in one of four categories: modern era, pioneer era, contributors and fights.
Submitted May 23, 2015 9:30AM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
UFC and Dish Network settle on new distribution Deal.
(mmaweekly.com)
The UFC’s most recent pay-per-view event, UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi was unavailable on DISH Network due to a contractual dispute, the two companies have come to an agreement just 24 hours prior to what could be one of the MMA juggernaut’s biggest events of the year.
Submitted May 22, 2015 8:04PM by VitoCapone - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
Dana White: fighters who complain about the Reebok deal are "short sighted" and "don't get it"
(mmafighting.com)
After 'pi**ing' [as Joe Rogan put it] all over heavyweight Brendan Schaub last week, UFC president Dana White isn't the man to cry to over the Reebok uniform deal. "The fighters aren't thrilled about it," White told Power 106 Los Angeles Wednesday. "I don't know, man. These guys don't get it. These guys are short-sighted sometimes. It's good for the industry. It's good for everybody. You want to have a deal like this.
Submitted May 21, 2015 12:32PM by GDPofMPG - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
Nevada commission votes: Three-year punishment for steroid users, win turns to loss
(mmajunkie.com)
Steroids: Three years and 50-70 percent of purse for first offense Four years and 75-100 percent of purse for second offense Lifetime ban and 100 percent of purse for third offence Stimulants: Two years and 35-45 percent of purse for first offense Three years and 50-60 percent of purse for second offense Lifetime ban and 100 percent of purse for third offence Diuretics: Two years and 30-40 percent of purse for first offense Three years and 40-50 percent of purse for second offense Lifetime ban and 100 percent of purse for third offence Sedatives, muscle relaxants, sleep aids, anxiolytics, opiates and cannabis/marijuana 18 months and 30-40 percent of purse for first offense Two years and 40-50 percent of purse for second offense Three years and 60-75 percent of purse for third offense Lifetime ban and 100 percent of purse for four offense
Submitted May 15, 2015 3:30PM by Budgellism - 16 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Carla Esparza: 'I know for a fact' Jessica Aguilar has used PEDs
(mmafighting.com)
Former UFC women's strawweight champion Carla Esparza isn't exactly sure when she'll return to the Octagon after losing her title at UFC 185 to Joanna Jedrzejczyk. But there are a few names more intriguing than others, not least of which is WSOF women's strawweight champion Jessica Aguilar.
Submitted May 12, 2015 11:31AM by FastKnockout - 16 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
UFC champ Weidman receives black belt in jiu-jitsu
(mmafighting.com)
Chris Weidman has reached the highest level in jiu-jitsu just 17 days before his third UFC middleweight title defense.
Submitted May 6, 2015 11:20AM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Roger Gracie campaigns for shot at ONE Championship vacant light heavyweight title
(mmafighting.com)
Roger Gracie wants to become the first ONE Championship 205-pound champion. The Brazilian grappler scored the first knockout of his MMA career in his ONE debut in December, stopping James McSweeney in the third round, and told MMAFighting.com that he hopes to be back in action in a five-round fight for the light heavyweight gold.
Submitted May 2, 2015 7:00PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Miscellaneous
 
Video: UFC veteran fights man with Down syndrome, loses by second-round submission
(mmamania.com)
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight veteran Nate Quarry, who burst onto the mixed martial arts (MMA) scene as part of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 1, retired in 2012 after 16 professional fights and countless battles with injuries.
Submitted Apr 20, 2015 3:36PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Matt Hughes: 'All it would take is a phone call from Dana and I would be back'
(bloodyelbow.com)
It's been two years since Matt Hughes, UFC Hall of Famer and pioneer in the welterweight division, retired from active MMA competition. Since then, the landscape of the 170-pound weight class has changed drastically, from the long reign of his successor Georges St-Pierre to the now ultra-competitive Top five, where virtually everyone could be a worthy champion. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Apr 16, 2015 2:15PM by Wez - 20 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Varner suffered more than 30 concussions in career
(mmafighting.com)
Jamie Varner said he retired from the UFC in December after doctors told him he had suffered more than 30 concussions in his career and recommended he didn't fight anymore.
Submitted Apr 6, 2015 2:01PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Scott Coker: Former PRIDE boss Nobuyuki Sakakibara planning MMA return in 2015
(mmajunkie.com)
Nobuyuki Sakakibara, the man who once headed PRIDE before the promotion sold to the UFC in 2007, is planning a comeback this year, according to Bellator MMA President Scott Coker.
Submitted Apr 2, 2015 4:55PM by FastKnockout - 22 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
MMA Lawsuit Dismissed on Technicality
(ufc.com)
Judge Kimba Wood of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled on UFC® and other Plaintiffs’ claim that New York’s mixed martial arts (MMA) law is so vaguely written that reasonable people could not understand what it prohibited. While avoiding ruling on the legality of New York’s MMA statute on technical grounds, the judge advised UFC to “consider filing new vagueness claims.” She said that the Attorney General’s “recent statements that the Ban prohibits sanctioned MMA” were made “despite [the law’s] plain language to the contrary.” The Court’s decision confirms that New York law allows sanctioned professional MMA and that the AG is wrong in prohibiting it. UFC is a responsible corporate citizen and has chosen not to act contrary to the AG’s position, even though that position is legally unsustainable. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Mar 31, 2015 8:44PM by Wez - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Varner: Too much sparring led to early retirement
(bloodyelbow.com)
Last year, former UFC fighter and WEC champion Jamie Varner called it a career at the relatively young age of 30. Now he reveals, that too much sparring over the years led to his early retirement.
Submitted Mar 24, 2015 10:11PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Coach: Rousey beats Cyborg in striking
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey’s head coach Edmond Tarverdyan explains why his pupil would beat Cris Cyborg in striking.
Submitted Mar 23, 2015 4:01PM by FastKnockout - 10 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Now a free man, former UFC fighter Reza Madadi details past ‘two years of hell’ in Swedish prison
(mmafighting.com)
On a lazy afternoon in May 2013, three masked men parked a black Audi outside of a Bottega Veneta in Stockholm, Sweden, smashed the front door with a sledgehammer, then looted the luxury handbag store before peeling off to a garage in nearby Akersberga. Three months later, then-UFC lightweight Reza Madadi received an 18-month prison sentence for his alleged role in the aggravated burglary, losing his freedom, his career, and his status as a beloved national figure overnight. Madadi was the only person imprisoned for the crime.
Submitted Mar 17, 2015 10:03AM by Wez - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Boxer Andre Berto won't rule out MMA crossover
(mmafighting.com)
Andre Berto, who headlines Premier Boxing Champions' first Spike TV event Friday, has a family full of MMA fighters. And he has considered becoming one, too.
Submitted Mar 13, 2015 4:16PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
Mike Dolce calls out Cris 'Cyborg': She's creating barrier so she can't fight Rousey
(mmajunkie.com)
Nutritional consultant Mike Dolce thinks Cristiane Justino isn’t really telling the truth when it comes to her desire to fight Ronda Rousey.
Submitted Mar 13, 2015 1:47PM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
A Sneak Peek at CES 28
(hov-mma.com)
A piece over at HOV-MMA about CES 28 tonight on AXS TV. The main event features a well-known fighter in Rick Hawn, but there are a few rising powers on the card that won't be far from UFC after this.
Submitted Mar 13, 2015 10:34AM by Svartorm - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, General MMA
 
Struggling to meet post-career medical bills, Mark Coleman thankful for GoFundMe support
(mmajunkie.com)
Mark Coleman, “The Godfather of Ground and Pound,” seeks help to pay for doctor bills, health insurance and living expenses as he prepares to undergo his second hip replacement surgery.
Submitted Mar 11, 2015 9:44PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
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