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Jimmy Smith: Just Short of Beating the Bellator MMA 138 Conspiracy Out of You

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By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA

Jimmy Smith, formerly a professional fighter and currently Bellator MMA’s commentator appeared as a special guest on Stand and Bang Radio. Not far removed from the controversy of Bellator MMA 138, headlined by Kimbo Slice (5-2-0) and Ken Shamrock (28-16-2), being a fixed-fight or not, Smith played the role of a counselor in the west-wing of the loony-bin during his time with a pair of nuts, the hosts of Stand and Bang Radio: host, Aaron Robbins, and co-host, Fred Kirby; Smith gathered up all the non-believers, conspiracy theorists, and fruitcakes traveled them through the shmorgishborg of medications: pinks, blues, and purples, individualized instruction and care, before giving up hope and locking them in a padded room-it’s safer for all that way.

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Fighting Is Like…Skydiving

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By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA

There are few things that capture my eye more than an MMA fight. I’m a self-proclaimed MMA rubbernecker; I see a cage, a ref, and fighters in action, and the world passes me by until the round ends or the referee has halted action. With my years of fanaticism, hours of screen time, and thousand and thousands of Internet clicks and searches, I agree with Sam Sheridan in his book A Fighter’s Heart (2010) when he postulated why fight fans have such a tight connection to their sport,

“You can learn so much about a person by watching him fight that you feel you know him.” (p. 130)

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If A Member of MMA Were A Crayola, They’d Be…

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By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA

Chris Weidman

Chris Weidman (13-0-0), UFC’s middleweight champion, is unique as he is dominant, but some try to argue his game outside the cage isn’t top-billing entertainment, though this shouldn’t sway judgment of his pound-for-pound toughness. The performances inside the UFC’s Octagon is where Weidman’s talking is done: smearing his and/or his opponent’s blood all over the canvas, or leaving every shade of blue bruising in splotches on each others’ bodies; all done under the white, bright lights of the UFC banner. Weidman’s heritage, drama-free living, and ability to celebrate successes blend three seemingly basic colors seamlessly into a nation’s symbol of hope: red, white, and blue.

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LOTC: Honoring WMMA’s Pioneers at IFC 13

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By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA

It took the UFC twenty years to allow women into the Octagon. Legends of the Cage (LOTC) was founded earlier this year by Brian Moore and co-founded by Gary Goodridge, and they are quick to recognize the vital role in women’s MMA (WMMA). Just as the men, WMMA participants’ reasons to fight mirror the men: competition, passion, challenge. By green-lighting WMMA, the UFC somehow legitimized these females, though LOTC noted the importance of WMMA, stretches into pockets and alcoves of the Earth that extend far beyond WMMA’s inception into the UFC.

LOTC is an organization of fighters: former fighters, retired or injured. They are all about taking care of their own. There are a lot of competitors from the past who need help, and there are a lot of people out there who want to help. LOTC’s objective is to bring everyone together.

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If A Member of MMA Were A Crayola, They’d Be…

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By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA

Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Each time we flip the bill for a pay-per-view event, an instantaneous thought brews inside us to take a shot of Goldschläger, calming our nerves, because sometimes a fight card doesn’t pan out to please our MMA patronage and pocketbook. Strawweight Joanna Jedrzejczyk (10-0-0) sets the gold standard when it comes to the expectations of a premium priced event. Currently, Jedrzejczyk is the women’s strawweight champion, and the reign’s conclusion is nowhere in sight. Jedrzejczyk’s superiority earns her gold stars to go with her gold title belt; therefore, the Crayola best representative of her is gold. Gold and Jedrzejczyk are synonymous for a number of reasons: the spelling of her name, her full name; her charisma and presence; and punching power galore.

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LOTC: “The Rhino” Spears the Mentality of A Professional MMA Fighter

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By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA

Mike “The Rhino” Bourke (10-16-1) came late to the MMA party, and now struggles to leave, though he’s not that guy. At forty-four years of age, knowing his only belts will be those that hold up his pants, “The Rhino” charges into the cage as a hobby, a passion. A true journeyman, Bourke’s attitude toward MMA is exactly the mindset a young calf requires if they desperately yearn to hold a title, instead of stumbling along amongst the herd. It was interesting to explore Bourke’s approach to the fight game when he appeared as a Legends of the Cage (LOTC) representative in the weekly LOTC segment on The Sports Cage.

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If A Member of MMA Were A Crayola, They’d Be…

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Ovince Saint Preux

Ovince Saint (St.) Preux (18-6-0), also known as OSP, is a light heavyweight who enters the UFC’s Octagon with a caution sign affixed to him, as others should proceed with care. Proudly representing his alma mater in the recognizable University of Tennessee (UT) orange, St. Preux has progressed up the rankings to find himself in the sixth-ranked slot. In ancient Confucianism, orange was the color symbolizing transformation; St. Preux’s metamorphosis in front of UFC fans has been remarkable to say the least. If painting a description of St. Preux’s performances in the UFC, the artist would find it necessary to incorporate vast overtones of orange. Orange and OSP correspond perfectly: they are unlike any others; education is spotlighted; they allow for Trick-or-Treating; and his actions speak louder than any words, so all other competitors have been fore-warned.

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