Posted On:4/11/2009 5:04pm
Couldn't find anything on this topic with the search function but pardon me if this is rehashing old subjects.
I was just thinking that our sport which is the pinnacle of unarmed martial proving grounds in all its glory has a huge cast of fallen warriors who have succumbed to the injuries and tribulations the sport entails.
As we excite ourselves thinking and speculating on the next super matchup or GP we should offer these casualties of our favourite past-time a thought of gratitude and respect for their contributions however obscure to making the sport what it is today.
A Hall of Fame for the ones who had to bow out of the ring or cage for good.
First on the list come the three men who experienced the ultimate tragedy in any full contact sport:
Alfredo Castro Herrera ( need more sources )
Second comes the men who suffered such injuries as to exclude them from further contests:
Guy Mezger ( Suffered a stroke in training )
Igor Borisov ( Got canopener'd quite badly and never fought again )
Igor Zinoviev ( Got slammed out cold and never fought again )
Bas Rutten ( Suffered chronic knee troubles )
Tra Telligham ( Was brutally KO'd and never fought again )
Third comes the men who deserves honourable mention for receiving extreme amounts of punishment but keep coming back to compete:
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira ( Fedorx2, Sapp, CC nuff said )
Enson Inoue ( Igor. One of the worst beatdowns in the sport )
Jorge Gurgel ( Having his knee ripped off by Imanari )
Sakuraba ( The victim of several of the sport's worst TKO's )
Joe Riggs ( A mass of injuries )
Rumina Sato ( Old legend who keeps on fighting the top guys )
Zane Frazier ( For getting stopped 11 times in 15 fights )
Any corrections or additions?
Posted On:4/11/2009 6:11pm
Genki Sudo retired due to injuries for one.
Posted On:4/11/2009 6:27pm
Igor Vovchanchyn retired due to cumulative injuries.
Posted On:4/11/2009 8:30pm
Maybe we should add a category for MMA fighters who fell into substance abuse too?
Kerr, Ricco, etc?
Posted On:4/11/2009 9:11pm
Style: stick,Taiji, mountainbike
I would say no to substance abuse. It is one thing to go out because your body won't allow you to stay in. It is another because you fucked around too much with drugs.
Posted On:4/11/2009 10:19pm
Style: Chinese Boxing
Brian Johnston. -Stroke.
NOTE TO SELF - MOAR GRAPPLE - GET A NORMAL HAIR CUT - REPEAT
Posted On:4/11/2009 10:50pm
Style: Novice Sub Grappler
Yuki - Blinded
Tanner - Misadventure
not MMA but... Andy Hug - Leukemia
Props to Jason Delucia for coming back to fight after the liver break, the arm break, and the incredible folding leg.
Last edited by Matt Phillips; 4/11/2009 10:56pm at .
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Posted On:4/11/2009 10:55pm
Originally Posted by Omega the Merciless
Brian Johnston. -Stroke.
Word. Did he ever recover?
Posted On:4/11/2009 11:04pm
Last time I talked to him was wec 5, over 5 years ago. I don't know if he recovered.
Posted On:4/12/2009 3:31pm
Style: Gym drifter
What ever happened to "the smashing machine"?
Originally Posted by MrBadGuy
The Dog kid's mom is parked next to me in the parking lot. He runs up and asks me a question. "Hey dude, where did you learn that stuff?"
"That was grappling. Real MMA."
"Where do I go for that?"
I was a little shocked. Sure, he changed sides quickly, but I guess even a dog can realize it has more in common with the wolf than with the shephard.
I give him the names of some BJJ schools in the area, and we go our separate ways.
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