MARIO SPERRY, RENZO GRACIE DEFEND RELEASED UFC FIGHTER ‘TOQUINHO’ PALHARES
Last week, Brazilian Top Team coach and co-founder Murilo Bustamante told Fighters Only that Palhares had injured teammates in similar situations during training in the past. Former BTT coach Mario Sperry this week denied the statement.
“I don’t remember him hurting teammates in an intentional manner,” Sperry told Sherdog.com. “He hurt others and got hurt just like any other athlete. To tell you the truth, I remember seeing him hurt more than hurting others. I think he should have paid more attention to the reaction of his opponent and the referee. He also had several problems with athletes who tapped and continued after he released the submission hold without the referee interrupting. In my view, this can hamper your judgment on when to release the submission even more in the middle of a fight.”
But, even in defending Palhres, Sperry said he understood the position of the UFC and its, president Dana White.
“It’s a difficult position for Dana, as he has to manage the world’s largest MMA event,” said Sperry. “Making a realistic assessment with the events that happened in and after the fight, I’d fire him to show that where there’s excellence, there’s no room for mistakes. However, I would hire him back, because Toquinho is a great fighter for any event.”
Brazilian jiu-jitsu master Renzo Gracie also defended his countryman via Twitter on Monday.
“I just watch the fight and I have to reinforce it... He had no ill intent. His opponent went on the wrong direction,” Gracie wrote. “So, if there’s injury involved, it has more to do with the way his opponent try to get out than his intentions... We are in a fight business. If we will begin a witch hunt, the intensity of our sport will be gone. We are supposed to get hurt.”
Former TUF 18 contestant calls Miesha Tate 'disgusting,' threatens to 'knee her in the cooter'
think it's safe to say that veteran female mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, Tonya Evinger, had a rough couple of days as a short-lived contestant on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18.
In addition to losing her opening round elimination fight to Raquel Pennington, a submission defeat that kept her out of the famed TUF house, "Triple Threat" had to rub elbows with head coach Miesha Tate, a "disgusting bitch" who continues to "dig her own grave" everywhere she goes.
Shayna Baszler Talks Strippers, Drunks and more TUF 18
Not sure if this is the right sub forum but here you go....
1. Did you participate in any of the little princess makeovers or fashion shows that Julianna Pena was organizing?
Shayna Baszler - We were at practice when those things were happening, just Team Tate was at the house. So we didn’t even get to witness it first hand, we would come back from practice and hear all of the stories. I couldn’t believe that Raquel Pennington was doing that, she is the last person that would be putting on high heels and a dress. So yeah no, luckily I didn’t even have to make a choice of whether to participate. I think more than anything it showed you how desperate we all were in the house for any kind of entertainment.
2. Did Dennis Hallman hand out shorts from his personal collection for Team Tate fighters to wear at practice?
Shayna Baszler - [laughing] I am sure you are talking about the sparring session they showed on the episode were Cody Bollinger is wearing some very colorful volleyball looking shorts. He actually stole them from Sarah Moras, she had an entire wardrobe of crazy colored and patterned compression shorts, and he stole them and showed up at practice like that to surprise everyone. So no they didn’t come out of Dennis Hallman’s personal collection but I like your thinking.