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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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My Write Is My Fight

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By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA

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Some people drink or abuse drugs because they have demons inside them that they want to kill; I write because I have demons inside me that I want to understand.

Each sentence, phrase, or utterance exiting our mouths should be certified with value. If not, why say it?

“Part of becoming a writer is the desire to have everything mean something.” -Louise Erdrich-

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TeamMMA4Life: How MMA Is Becoming A Team Sport

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By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA

Long ago, or at least feels like a different time, I played team sports: baseball, soccer, and basketball. As a participant, it was easy to find myself knowledgeable and interested in the athletes who competed at the professional ranks, but I was never labeled a sports fanatic.

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

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Conor McGregor

“The Notorious” Conor McGregor (17-2-0) professed to the world that the Irish are not just taking part in the UFC, they are taking over; McGregor is the first in a swath of Irish, male and female, entering the Octagon, and he will be the first to get a crack at UFC gold. A stain so telling of McGregor’s status amongst MMA’s elite would be a canvas smeared in green. The spot-on shade of green will: raise an envious eyebrow; wave high with pride; sit neatly in bundled piles of particular denominations; signaling that it’s go time!

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