Jordan Parsons The First MMA Fighter To Be Diagnosed With CTE

 

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Jordan Parsons, the late Bellator fighter, is the first MMA competitor to ever be publicly diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to a report Thursday in the Boston Globe.

 

Dr. Bennet Omalu informed the Globe of Parsons’ diagnosis. Omalu is a forensic pathologist who first found CTE in a pro football player in 2003 and a pro wrestler in 2007.

 

CTE is a progressive degenerative brain disease found in those who have had severe or repeated blows to the head. Colloquially, it has been known as “punch drunk.” CTE can only be officially diagnosed through direct tissue examination post mortem.

 

Parsons died at the age of 25 on May 4 after a hit-and-run accident in Florida.

 

CTE has been at the center of lawsuits against the NFL and WWE. Omalu’s CTE diagnosis of Mike Webster, a former football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, led to the NFL settling a lawsuit with players for $1 billion. Omalu was portrayed by Will Smith in the recent Hollywood film “Concussion,” based on the book of the same name by Jeanne Marie Laskas.

 

Hockey players are also suing the NHL in a similar case. With Omalu’s diagnosis of Parsons, promotions like the UFC and Bellator could be open to lawsuits as well. The UFC was just purchased by Hollywood talent agency WME-IMG in July for more than $4 billion. Bellator is owned by media conglomerate Viacom.

 

“These findings confirm that the danger of exposure to CTE is not limited to just football, hockey, and wrestling,” Omalu told the Globe. “Mixed martial arts is also a dangerous sport, and it’s time for everyone to embrace the truth.”

 

Bellator president Scott Coker released a statement to the Globe.

 

“Jordan was a shining star in this sport and a beloved member of the Bellator family who we miss very much and we continue to honor through the ‘Jordan Parsons Memorial Scholarship Fund,'” the statement said.

 

“Bellator MMA is committed to the safety of our fighters and has been a strong supporter of the Cleveland Clinic [Professional Fighters Brain Health Study] for the last few years.”

 

Parsons’ autopsy was done by Dr. Julia K. Kofler, a neuropathologist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian. The college is associated with Omalu’s charitable foundation and he has endorsed Kofler’s findings.

 

“As a scientist, a physician, and a person of faith, I beg everybody involved with these sports to come together and identify the problems and find solutions,” Omalu said.

 

Omalu said it was “impossible” for the CTE to be caused by the accident that led to Parsons’ death, because “it is a chronic disease that develops over time.”

 

Konstantine Kyros, the Boston-area lawyer who helped players sue the NFL, told the Globe he has no plans to file a lawsuit against Bellator.

 

“Out of the tragedy of Mr. Parsons’ death, I hope the results serve to both warn and educate other athletes and their doctors about the hidden risks involved,” Kyros said.

 

Parsons was struck by an alleged drunk driver driving an SUV while walking across a road in Delray Beach, Fla., on May 1. The driver did not stop.

 

Dennis Wright, 28, was arrested six days later and is being accused of being the perpetrator. Wright, a multiple-time DUI offender, is facing several felony charges, including vehicular homicide. The case is ongoing.

 

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Conor McGregor Talks Dillon Danis And UFC 205 Jiu-Jitsu Training

 

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Conor McGregor Talks Dillon Danis And UFC 205 Jiu-Jitsu Training

 

Pan American Jiu Jitsu Champion Dillon Danis is in Ireland as a training partner to Conor McGregor ahead of the UFC champion’s bout at UFC 205.

 

Conor gave us his thoughts on Dillon’s upcoming grappling match against Jackson Sousa at Polaris 4 on October 29th, as well as his feelings on competing in jiu jitsu and the other disciplines that make up MMA.

 

We greatly appreciate the time given to us by John Kavanagh at Straight Blast Gym Ireland, Conor McGregor, and Dillon Danis.

 

Polaris 4 is a professional jiu jitsu event that takes place on October 29th in the UK, for information on live tickets, pay per view, and the preliminary card free stream, please visit http://www.polaris-pro.org

 

 

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16-Year-Old Nate Diaz Grappling Debut At Grapplers Quest 2002 Submission Tournament

 

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16-Year-Old Nate Diaz Grappling Debut At Grapplers Quest 2002 Submission Tournament

 

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Classic Amateur footage of UFC veteran Nate Diaz from Grapplers Quest Feb. 2002.

 

 


 

UFC Fighter Brian Ortega Out 9-12 Months From Not Tapping To Ryron Gracie

 

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UFC Fighter Brian Ortega Out 9-12 Months From Not Tapping To Ryron Gracie

 

UFC featherweight prospect Brian Ortega will be out for nine to 12 months after suffering a torn labrum in his right shoulder while training.

 

Ortega, ranked 10th in the UFC’s 145-pound division, confirmed the reason for recently pulling out of his Oct. 1 fight against Hacran Dias at UFC Fight Night 96 in Portland, Ore.

 

He is scheduled to undergo surgery next Thursday — a procedure he had done on his left shoulder five years ago.

 

“My heart’s telling me I can beat Hacran Dias even with one arm. And I truly believe I can,” said Ortega (11-0, 1 NC). “But at the same time, I don’t think my mind will let me forgive myself if I gave him that chance and let the whole world say that he beat me and he stopped me.

 

“I don’t want to do a decision based off of ego and pride. So now I just have to make a wise decision.”

 

Almost seven months after nearly dying in a surfing accident, Ortega has another setback.

 

In an interview Wednesday, Ortega and trainer James Luhrsen explained the circumstances, at times shaking their heads in frustration with the Aug. 25 training incident as well as what they feel was a missed opportunity.

 

“Everything was going perfect,” said Ortega, who lives in Lomita and trains at Black House MMA Gym in Gardena and the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance.

 

“Training was going good. Our game planning. Everything was just right on the dot.”

 

Coming off a third-round TKO of veteran Clay Guida at UFC 199 in June at The Forum, the 25-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt was looking to improve his craft ahead of his fight against the 11th-ranked Dias.

 

It was in a spirited session with renowned Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert Ryron Gracie that Ortega, who often rolls with Ryron’s brother Rener, suffered the injury.

 

“We had this crazy battle of face shots, him on top, me on the bottom and we’re both hitting each other,” Ortega recalled. “James could tell it was getting wild, like, ‘All right, these guys are not even training.’”

 

In the fourth round, the overzealous battle continued. Gracie caught Ortega in an armbar and the former RFA champion tried to shake the larger Gracie off. When he couldn’t, Ortega described it as almost like putting his own right arm in a kimura, or a double-joint armlock.

 

“My hand got caught somewhere and then my arm came out,” Ortega said.

 

Once he got Gracie to disengage, Ortega said he clicked his arm back into the joint.

 

By then, the damage was done — and everyone knew it.

 

“Right when I was talking to the guys, it was heating up. It wasn’t the same roll I always see with Rener and Brian,” Luhrsen said. “Right when I went in there, ready to go and stop it, Brian pops up.”

 

Luhrsen spit out an expletive at the memory, then followed with, “I was so pissed off.”

 

Ortega said he rested for three days before returning to training. He was lifting weights and getting back to his routine, but the pain did not subside. Not only was his arm sore, but he couldn’t feel three of his fingers.

 

Despite not being able to throw a right hook, Ortega continued to train and spar with the intention of fighting Dias.

 

“He looked great in there. If he was fully healthy, he could take anyone in the world,” Luhrsen said.

 

A session on the mat, however, exposed Ortega’s limitations without full use of his right arm.

 

“The day after that, my arm pretty much gave out,” he said.

 

Ortega received a platelet-rich plasma injection into the shoulder, which set him back longer. Many told Ortega not to fight, but he was determined even though he couldn’t quickly raise his arm over his head.

 

When even his father told him not to fight, Ortega ultimately looked to Luhrsen, who has been by his side even before he debuted as a pro in 2010.

 

Luhrsen’s reply? Let’s see what the doctor says.

 

The answer was simple and swift.

 

“Right when I got to the doctor, the doctor was like, ‘That’s a big old no,’” Ortega said. “And James goes, ‘Well, there’s your answer.’”

 

Ortega was given two choices.

 

Stitch up the tear and be back in a few months, with the understanding the injury will likely happen again.

 

Or a full labrum repair that would put him out anywhere from nine months to a year.

 

Having already had the same surgery on his left shoulder in 2011, Ortega knew the better option.

 

Having been through it before, however, doesn’t make it easier to stomach.

 

“Training is my escape. It’s my outlet, you know? And now it’s like, now I gotta go and find out what I really am again and find a different outlet, which is gonna be hard because I have my passion,” Ortega said. “I have my outlet. I have my career. This is my world.”

 

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RIP Kirk Florian — Kenny Florian’s Missing Brother Found Dead

 

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RIP Kirk Florian — Kenny Florian’s Missing Brother Found Dead

 

Earlier today the world learned that Kenny Florian’s younger brother Kirk had gone missing. At the time of our initial report, we had hoped for the best, but here we are, just a few hours later and the worst has been revealed.

 

Little details are known at present, but Kenny Florian took to Instagram saying goodbye to his little brother.

 

Our thoughts go out to the Florian family in this tragic time.

 

Here’s Kenny’s statement and post:

 

Always loving. Always loved. Always my little brother Kiki. Kirk Andrew Florian 6/22/83-9/11/16. Thank you all for sharing his picture/information. Go tell your loved ones that you love them.

 

 

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How To Fight Wrestling With Jiu-Jitsu – Leg Lock Counter To Single Leg

 

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How To Fight Wrestling With Jiu-Jitsu – Leg Lock Counter To Single Leg

 

“Takedown defence is important for all martial arts. In this video I cover one of my favourite counters to the single leg. Instead of always using traditional wrestling counters, in this video I show you have to turn the table by getting into a leg lock position.” – Firas Zahabi

 

 

Arm Drag To Heel Hook Tutorial

 

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Arm Drag To Heel Hook Tutorial

 

Long Island MMA fighter Rob Diggle shows how to enter in to a leg lock/heel hook position from an arm drag. This video was shot during a Leg Lock seminar at Long Island MMA.

 

 

BJ Penn Guard Passing Study – Chair Sits

 

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BJ Penn Guard Passing Study – Chair Sits

 

A study on on BJ Penn’s use of Chair Sits to pass, a viable strategy for no-gi BJJ and MMA.

 

BJ Penn returns to the UFC on October 16th against Ricardo Lamas!

 

 

 

An Unbelievable New Demian Maia BJJ In MMA Highlight Video!

 

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An Unbelievable New Demian Maia BJJ In MMA Highlight Video!

 

Demian Maia is a Jiu-Jitsu legend who is using his BJJ to destroy the UFC’s welterweight division. He is arguably the greatest Jiu-Jitsu expert to enter the octagon since Royce Gracie. Check out his amazing highlight video below!

 

 

 

Why And How To Incorporate Wrestling Into Your BJJ Training – Firas Zahabi

 

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Why And How To Incorporate Wrestling Into Your BJJ Training – Firas Zahabi

 

This video is about How to incorporate Wrestling in BJJ. In my opinion BJJ and Wrestling should all be training in one room just like all the Wrestling programmes across the world. Blending both Jiu-Jitsu and Wrestling together leads to scrambles and sequences that we would others never have a chance to explore. Don’t miss out on adding this very interesting dimension to your game. – Firas Zahabi