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UFC Top 10-ranked lightweight Josh Thomson recently took to Twitter to make what many would politely characterize as incendiary remarks concerning gay marriage, saying it is a potential gateway to incest and pedophilia, among other crimes. Former UFC champion, Pat Miletich, apparently chimed, supporting Thomson’s statements and sharing his conservative beliefs.

In what many will view as a desire to lighten his wallet once the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brass (er, Matt Hughes) gets done with this thanks to its new “Code of Conduct,” top Lightweight contender Josh Thomson shared some very unfortunate words to say this past Monday (June 10, 2013) through social media.

The controversial topic? No, it had nothing to do with mixed martial arts (MMA), but rather the lightning rod known as gay marriage.

He starts out:

  Josh Thomson         @THEREALPUNK

Should you be allowed to marry whoever you want? Before you answer that, should u be allowed to have more than 1 wife?

8:02 PM – 10 Jun 2013

Sigh.

There’s really not too much I’d like to editorialize about this, so I’ll just put down the facts. In the original piece over at Bloody Elbow, there are numerous links to Josh’s Facebook page, in which he continued on his diatribe:

My next question is, should siblings be allowed to marry siblings? My point is, where do you draw the line? I personally don’t care who you marry, but I also am smart enough to know that it opens a gateway to men/women trying to marry young kids, siblings marrying each other and people having multiple husbands an wives. You have to think all of these things are okay otherwise your stopping them from being happy as well which is hypocrisy. Equality doesn’t stop with gay marriage, it just starts with it.

He continued when someone brought up interracial marriage, stating that it was “nothing like this” and then, again, bringing up adults marrying children:

Blacks an whites getting married is nothing like this. So your okay with R. Kelly trying To marry lil girls? People trying to marry their brother or sister? Animals? Etc? Those people want the same exact thing, to be happy. Are you gonna tell them no?

Sigh.

Pat Miletich joined the party on Thomson’s Facebook as well — though it appears now to have been deleted it was captured by other sites, including Bleacher Report — adding a bit more wood to the bonfire of ignorance:

Josh is spot on. It may seem extreme to use some of his examples of ‘where does it end’ but I guarantee someone will want to marry their 1st cousin or even sibling. At what point does lack of civil liberty put this nation at risk? It’s already happened and will only get worse.

Sigh.

In the epic words of Gus Johnson, who used to call fights for “The Punk” on CBS when he competed under the Strikeforce banner, “Sometimes these things happen in MMA.”

Just ask Matt Mitrione and Nate Diaz, two fighters who were fined and suspended for “insensitive” social remarks that bear an unfortunate resemblance to those recently posted by Thompson.

Sigh.

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B.J. Penn refuses to call it a career. And while “The Prodigy” won’t promise a mixed martial arts (MMA) comeback, a recent FUEL TV report indicates the 34-year-old is training again and may return to the cage for another fight at 155 pounds.

Despite Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Dana White pleading for B.J. Penn to hang up the gloves for good, “The Prodigy” isn’t closing the door on active competition just yet.

In a media scrum following the UFC 160 post-fight press conference last month, White told reporters that he would like to see Penn call it quits when it comes to mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, asserting that the Hawaiian is “too tough for his own good.”

“B.J. is too tough for his own good,” White said. “B.J. might not get knocked out, but the shots that B.J. took would have knocked out a normal human being. He’s had his head bounced off the canvas like a basketball by Matt Hughes, Georges St. Pierre and Rory MacDonald just did it to him. B.J. Penn has left that Octagon looking like a fucking alien. He’s too tough for his own good. You don’t knockout B.J. Penn — he absorbs every amount of punishment you give him. It doesn’t mean he hasn’t taken any damage … he’s taken a lot of damage. And I don’t want to see him take any more.”

Those statements apparently didn’t deter the former lightweight and welterweight champion, who on Tuesday (June 4, 2013) got the word out that he isn’t done yet and a return to the Octagon at 155 pounds could be in his future.

“The door is still open for BJ Penn to return to MMA in the future,” Ariel Helwani reported on the most recent edition of “UFC Tonight” on FUEL TV. “He’s actually training right now and has to check in with his body and mind in the next few months.

“If he does come back, it will be at 155 pounds.”

Penn (16-9-2) has remained quiet since suffering a lopsided three-round beat down from Canadian sensation Rory MacDonald at UFC on FOX 5 in Dec. 2012 for what was his fourth defeat in six fights.

The 34-year-old has not registered a victory since a 21-second knockout of Matt Hughes in Nov. 2010 and has not competed in the lightweight division since coming out on the losing end of a two-fight championship series with Frankie Edgar.

No potential opponents were suggested for Penn if he does in fact decide to fight again; however, given his history and resume there is little doubt he would settle for anything less than elite opposition.

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The conclusion of our interview with former UFC welterweight champion, Matt Serra, where he will continue the discussion of his career plans, talk about camp members, both current and former, Patrick Cote‘s legendary house parties and about the legacy he leaves behind.

Yesterday, I posted the first half of a great interview I did with former UFC welterweight champion, Matt Serra. It covered a variety of subjects that included his health issues, longstanding feud with Matt Hughes and career plans. Today, I bring you part 2, where he will continue the discussion of his career plans, talk about camp members, both current and former, Patrick Cote’s legendary house parties and about the legacy he leaves behind. If you missed part 1, you can find it here. For now, here is what Matt had to say in the conclusion of the interview:

Continued Career Discussion

I’m the farthest thing from a hater if any of the former guys do the post UFC commentary shows. I would never knock anybody for doing them. Kenny Florian, I knew that guy from back in the day, and I’m so happy for him. The job is all about if it suits you or not. I think Chael and Kenny do an amazing job.

Listen, I’m open to ideas and stuff like that. First and foremost, I’m gonna be at my schools teaching. I know it might sound lame to you, but listen, if I had all the money in the world, I’d be doing exactly what I’m doing, and that’s a good thing. Right now, I’ve been sidelined at my house, and I miss going to the schools. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family, but I love teaching and hanging out with the guys.

My thing is that I can’t be everywhere. I’ve got my two schools going, and now I have a third in Bayside, Queens. It’s an affiliate that one of my black belts is running. The affiliation thing is pretty big, and another of my black belts has an affiliate school in Myrtle Beach. It’s good and we’re spreading the love.

Luke Cummo

Oh man, I love Luke, I’m just a little concerned. I have no idea what’s going on with the guy. We played some phone tag when I found out he was back in town. He’s a good kid. When he was on TUF, he was always a little quirky and different, but it was a cool kind of different. I don’t know what’s going on now. When I watch his stuff, it doesn’t seem like the guy I know, so it’s hard for me to comment on it. I really do care for the guy, though.

Costa Philippou

Costa’s not flying our flag anymore. He went over to Bellmore Kickboxing, just to make that clear. I love Costa. He’s a good dude. He just wanted a change. Me and him are always cool, you know, but he just wanted a change. He went a couple towns over to Bellmore Kickboxing with Keith Trimble, who is a very cool guy. It’s a pretty cool camp and Longo brings guys over there for sparring, and vice versa. It’s all good. It’s all friendly, but he’s just not going to be carrying the Serra-Longo flag anymore, for sure. I wish him nothing but the best for his career.

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Matt Serra details his decision to walk away from the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) and explains why he believes it’s so hard for the “real warriors” to quit the fight game.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Matt Serra announced his unexpected retirement from the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) last week after 14 years in the fight game.

With 17 professional fights under his belt including a short-lived 170-pound title reign, the 38 year-old decided he had enough of the hurt business on the heels of losing three of his last four bouts.

And while he would have liked to have at least one more fight inside the Octagon, Serra says he didn’t want to do it just to do it.

Furthermore, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt reveals he will miss the “high” a fighter gets after going through a tough battle or after earning a victory. It’s the absence of that feeling that Matt believes is the reason why many former fighters turn to drugs in attempts to fill the void.

He explained during his recent appearance on “The MMA Hour:”

“Let me tell you. It was always the plan to do one more at least. But, you don’t want to just do it to do it. Like, if I watch UFC and I see something, I’m like, ‘Fuck man, I miss that.’ The feeling is, like you see all of these guys, well some, not all of these guys, especially like the real warriors man, they stick around a lot of time longer than they should. It’s not even about the attention, it’s not about that. It’s that feeling of fighting in there. It’s really something man. That’s why I think fighters, you know, post-fighting they turn to drugs and they turn to this and turn to that because they are missing something. They need that high, you know what I mean? It’s such a high. Like when you win or have a battle in there, or whatever.”

His decision to walk away from the sport seemingly popped out of nowhere, revealing that he never had a timetable for his final decision, saying it was through a casual talk with a friend at Newsday that resulted in the impromptu announcement :

“I was talking to my buddy Mark and he wanted to do a story about how I was feeling and that the word was out about my health. So it started with me and him just bullshitting because I know the guy, and then it turned into kind of like my retirement piece. And it’s cool, listen, it’s all good because I meant everything I said and, you know, it’s not like I set out to do that. It wasn’t my mission that day to wake up and say, ‘You know what, today I walk away.”

Serra recently underwent rib surgery after it was discovered he was suffering form thoracic outlet syndrome — a “disorder Matt describes as “weird” — in which his collarbone and his first rib was compressing a vein restricting blood flow to his biceps and other areas of his body.

And while he will likely be remembered most for his upset win over Georges St. Pierre at UFC 69, he leaves behind a bevy of memories and entertaining fights for fans to enjoy for the years to come which includes his bitter rivalry with former 170-pound champ Matt Hughes.

What will you most remember Serra by?

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B.J. Penn has not been heard from in more than six months and has not immediate plans to compete inside the Octagon. And that’s just fine by Dana White, who reiterated his belief that “The Prodigy” should make his retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA) official.

B.J. Penn has often teased mixed martial arts (MMA) retirement, most recently after a five-round beatdown at the hands of Nick Diaz at UFC 137 in Oct. 2011.

“The Prodigy,” however, returned to the Octagon more than one year later, accepting a bout with up-and-coming Welterweight sensation Rory MacDonald at UFC on FOX 5: “Henderson vs. Diaz” in Dec. 2012. Penn would go onto drop another lopsided decision to “Ares,” once again casting a questionable cloud over his combat sports fight future.

Indeed, with only one victory in his past six fights and at the ripe age of 34, Penn’s next MMA move is uncertain.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White, however, last night (Sat., May 25, 2013) reiterated his opinion during the UFC 160 media scrum (watch full video here) that he feels the proud Hawaiian should hang up the gloves once and for all.

“I want B.J. Penn to retire,” White said. “Dude, you’ve won belts in two different weight classes, you’re one of the greatest ever and you became a huge superstar. You have money, you have a beautiful family. But, it’s hard man, it’s hard to walk out of that arena that is packed with everyone screaming your name and you’re making tons of money. It’s hard to walk away from that — really hard to walk away from that.”

Penn, who certainly has nothing left to prove after an illustrious career that has spanned 11 years and 22 fights inside the Octagon, would undoubtedly be a first ballot UFC Hall of Fame inductee. He would also most likely secure a lifetime position with the company much like Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes and, most recently, inaugural The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) winner and former Light Heavyweight Champion, Forrest Griffin (more on his retirement here).

For his part, Penn is still in the midst of “taking some time to figure it out,” but perhaps he could be swayed with the recent retirement run that his claimed Hughes, Matt Serra (read more here), Stephan Bonnar (read more here) and, of course, Griffin.

In the wake of the MacDonald loss, White declared that ultimately the decision was up to Penn. But, that didn’t stop him from ratcheting up the pressure and making the case that Penn has done, and endured, more than his fair share throughout his professional career.

“B.J. is too tough for his own good,” White said. “B.J. might not get knocked out, but the shots that B.J. took would have knocked out a normal human being. He’s had his head bounced off the canvas like a basketball by Matt Hughes, Georges St. Pierre and Rory MacDonald just did it to him. B.J. Penn has left that Octagon looking like a fucking alien. He’s too tough for his own good. You don’t knockout B.J. Penn — he absorbs every amount of punishment you give him. It doesn’t mean he hasn’t taken any damage … he’s taken a lot of damage. And I don’t want to see him take any more.”

For Penn fans, dim hope is still alive that the former UFC Welterweight and Lightweight champion will compete again. But, he’s not getting any younger nor seemingly any better, and could go down as perhaps the most talented fighter in the history of the sport who got the least out of his amazing abilities.

And, at this stage of his career — after all that he has been through — there is nothing that can change that reality, which in hindsight, doesn’t seem all that unfortunate considering all that he has accomplished regardless.

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Came across these pictures in MMA forums and I thought I’d compile them all for your enjoyment!


Bas Rutten


Vitor Belfort


Brock Lesnar


Brock Lesnar


Chuck Liddell


Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic


Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic


Dana White


Mac Danzig


Mac Danzig


Nick and Nate Diaz


Nick Diaz


Don Frye


Fedor Emelianenko

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“I could hear my corner yelling ‘Throw the hook!’ so the hook was there, I threw [it], he was dazed and went down. I got him in the front headlock position and that’s an old wrestling move I used to use in college and it’s probably something Ricardo’s never seen. He’s a great grappler but that’s something he was probably unprepared for and he wasn’t thinking right from the knockdown. [I won’t be back] this year. I’m gonna hunt the fall out and come next year I’ll talk to the UFC and figure something out. I’m not done fighting in the UFC yet. I don’t want to be labeled as a guy looking for the Gracies. I’ve never asked to fight a Gracie, the UFC has always come to me with fighting the Gracies, Ricardo came to me. I don’t want that. I’ve got too much respect for them to be labeled the ‘Gracie Killer.'”

Former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes talks to AOL Fanhouse about his third straight victory over a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu disciple with last night’s (Aug. 7) submission win over Ricardo Almeida at UFC 117 in Oakland. “Big Dog” joins Matt Serra, Renzo Gracie and of course Royce Gracie on the farmboy’s Sakuraba-like fight resume but Hughes cautions that being up four-to-zip doesn’t make him a “Gracie Killer.” With his pending return in 2011, is there still a spot in the current title hunt for the man who put the 170-pound division on the map? Or will he compete sporadically in “fights that interest him” like fellow elder statesman Randy Couture?