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Canadian Fighters Beaten, Tasered After MMA Event

(Former IFL fighter Claude Patrick: awake and relatively unscathed.)

It seems that the fighting didn’t stop with the final bell at Ottawa’s Freedom Fight this past weekend, as word of a taser-filled assault is spreading across the internet. The boys at Fightlinker (who attended the show, and whose whereabouts the time of the attack are currently unaccounted for) first mentioned the story yesterday.

Details about exactly who was tasered and beaten, by whom, and why, have all been sketchy. But Sherdog caught up with Canadian welterweight Claude Patrick, who was a victim of the assault. Unfortunately, because he was tasered into unconsciousness and then put into a medically-induced coma for twenty-four hours at the hospital, he doesn’t really know what happened either:

“All I know is that I walked into my friend Pete Rodley’s room to say goodnight and thanks for the show, and next thing I woke up in the hospital,” Patrick told Monday. “I’m assuming I got tased from behind. They said I got hit with a stun gun or a taser and that’s all she wrote.”


“Dude, I was hoping you were calling me to tell me what happened,” Patrick joked. “They kept me in an induced coma for 24 hours and I just got up today. Actually, I thought today was Sunday.”

Well, at least he’s in good spirits. Patrick escaped with a chipped tooth and a cut lip, but thankfully no serious injuries. The Ottawa Sun reported that ten men stormed into the hotel room after the show and began tasering people and beating them with bottles, all as part of an apparent robbery attempt. But Metro Ottawa quotes a police officer who seems confident that robbery wasn’t the motive:

“That is not the cause,” said Vaillancourt. “Something happened the night before.”

Sounds like we’ve got a real MMA mystery on our hands. At least no one was more seriously injured or killed during all this.

Update: Sherdog says a report is attributing the attack to “a dispute over payment for sound and lighting services provided at the show.” Just, wow. Also, as reader “Nick” pointed out, ring announcer Chancey Voulgaris said another man was stabbed in the eye with a broken bottle, though his status has not yet been confirmed. If all this is true, the AV club types in Canada are some serious dudes.

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Timothy- July 29, 2008 at 9:54 pm
Actually I thought the comparison between MMA and cars made logic sense!
Mathieu- July 29, 2008 at 1:09 am
Well actually, this incident has happen in my city in a hotel at 15 min of my home and actually the event took place in Gatineau. The city now want to stop to show MMA event because of this. But I don't think MMA is the reason of this. It is just a couple of morons beating up guys whos in the MMA business. I don't know the exact reason, but the last news says that the morons had beef with the event administrator. In other ways, will they banned cars because poeple are racing.

Anyway, sorry my english sucks so i can't explain my ideas pretty well.
VAGINAPLATA- July 28, 2008 at 11:52 pm
Out cold 24hrs and can't remember anything, sounds like you got something put in your drink(roofies?). That sore ass was not from medical tests. I would suggest an ice pack and an aids test. I'm just sayin
Mgillis- July 28, 2008 at 8:26 pm
Good Lord! Stabbed in the Eye!!!
slapjaw ackrite- July 28, 2008 at 5:31 pm
look nick - even if we taterheads bitch amongst ourselves like a buncha assholes sometimes, sometimes we might just stick together and stand up for reverend ben. preach on, brother ben.

(did i just sound really stupid cause someones jewish? second thought, no. cause im a fuckwit.)
Nick- July 28, 2008 at 4:57 pm
NealTaflinger, you had no reason to come at me, my comment had nothing to do with you. That being said, your response was so stupid it made no sense anyway. Crawl back under your rock, and if you decide to have a human impulse today, pray for the guy with the broken bottle in his eye socket.
Kevin Marshall- July 28, 2008 at 4:38 pm
This is why all MMA events should take place in Las Vegas. Had this been Las Vegas and not Ottawa, we'd know exactly what happened, because that's Dana White's fucking town bro. Nothing happens without him finding out about it.
Brad- July 28, 2008 at 4:06 pm
NealTaflinger, the Ottawa Sun is easily one of the most unreliable, piece of shit newspapers in the country. CBC is FAR more credible.
NealTaflinger- July 28, 2008 at 3:56 pm
Nick, seems like you're the idiot. From the Ottowa Sun - "One is in a coma, the other was hurt badly, and the promoter received minor injuries."
Nick- July 28, 2008 at 3:30 pm
Another excerpt from the same Sherdog article:
"A report by identified another assault third victim as ring announcer Chancey Voulgaris, who described the bloody melee as a “murder scene.” Voulgaris told that one of his friends was stabbed in the eye with a broken beer bottle and that all of the room’s trapped occupants were tasered multiple times each. "

How is that not a serious injury? You be the one stabbed in the eye with a broken bottle, and see if its not a serious injury. Idiot reporters.
BIG CHRIS- July 28, 2008 at 3:28 pm
I think Dana White and the Fertitta brothers couldn't put together any Canadian counter programming for this event so they decided to go against this event the old fashioned Way!! One way or another they want to get rid of all other MMA organizations in the world....
ClownBaby- July 28, 2008 at 3:24 pm
not to be an ass or anything, but unless he was anal raped i don't think SVU would be the show, more likely the original or CI but thats just my LnO luvin 2cents. as for the tazer attack....seriously who uses tazers to commit serious crimes??? silly canadians
BIG CHRIS- July 28, 2008 at 3:08 pm
Where is Matlock when you need him? I gaurantee you that they will be making a Law and Order SVU episode about this real soon....
Fedor Emelianenko instructional DVD- July 28, 2008 at 3:02 pm
This is seriously some sick crap :(