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Dept. of Corrections: Lee Murray

So, we published a list feature on Friday (“The 10 Most Despicable People in MMA”), and reactions were, let’s just say, “mixed.” A lot of you felt that Dana White shouldn’t have been as high as #2, to which we can only reply “Fuck ‘em if they can’t take a joke.” Yes, yes, we’re aware of all the great things he’s done for our sport. But can you think of anybody else in the world of MMA who you’ve bitched about more over the last couple years? We’re particularly bitter about his contempt for the websites and blogs that work harder than any other media outlet to publicize mixed martial arts. Where do you go for MMA coverage — the sports section of your local paper? ESPN2? No, you have to read eRags like CagePotato because the mainstream media doesn’t care about this sport yet. You’d think Dana White would want to show some love to the journalists that actually understand and care about the UFC, but to him we’re part of the Untouchable class. Trust us, if he provided any sort of press privileges to bloggers whatsoever, DW would be #2 on our list of Favorite People in MMA (after Krazy Horse, obvi).

Still, there was one aspect of the list that we definitely did regret the morning after. As commenter “homegrowncone” said:

Wow. I waited all the way till number 1 for Lee Murray only for him to not even get an honourable mention. This list looses all credibility because of that.

We have to admit, that was an oversight. And we’d just like to take this belated opportunity to say that Lee Murray is a despicable scumbag.

If you’re unaware of his story, Murray is a British middleweight known more for his fights outside of nightclubs than inside cages. Famously, he knocked out Tito Ortiz in an alley after UFC 38 and stomped his head until Pat Miletich and Tony Fryklund dragged him off. He was stabbed during two separate fights in September 2005. In the first, he was stabbed twice and lost one of his nipples; a week later, at the same club, he was stabbed in the heart, reportedly lost six pints of blood, was momentarily clinically dead, but managed to survive.

Of course, none of that really makes him despicable — especially not the part about stomping on Tito Ortiz’s head. But in June 2006, Murray was arrested in Rabat, Morocco, in connection with the Securitas depot robbery — Britain’s biggest cash robbery in history, in which 53 million pounds were nicked. The charges against Murray included “committing violent crime and beating and humiliating members of the security forces.” The lack of an extradition treaty between the United Kingdom and Morocco tied up his sentencing for over a year, but he’s currently sitting in a Moroccan prison. Murray last competed in September 2004 at Cage Rage 8, where he lost a unanimous decision to Anderson Silva.

Notable quote: “I died three times. The last time I died I was dead for about four minutes. The surgeon said to my family, if he recovers there’s a good possibility that he’s going to be brain damaged…My day is already written for when I’m going to die, and that’s the way I believe. It’s not changing what I do in my life. That’s me. If I wasn’t like that I wouldn’t be the fighter I am, and I wouldn’t be who I am.”

Happy now, assholes?

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u lot are newbs- October 7, 2008 at 11:04 am
ok this is the story according to both pat militech, matt hughes and tito himself...

THEY WERE all in china white (exclusive celeb club in london) anyway comes closing time, they all headed to the main entrance which is a tiny tiny road (trust me i live nearby) which explains why hughes is calling it an alley way though its actually the main entrance to the club

anyway according to tito, his friend Bo jumped on pat (leader of the militech crew) whom lee murray trained with briefly....

Bo was only messing about however this is where the story conflicts cos according to Tito Bo jumped on pat's back whereas if u read 'Made in America' by matt hughes, hughes claims it was his back that got jumped on and choked

and according to tito tony frykland (one of the militech boys and former ufc fighter) destroyed his friend Bo, quote from tito,''i couldn;t believe what tony fryklund did to my friend Bo''.

anyway according to tito he saw lee murray laughing at the sight of his friend Bo on the floor so tito and murray squared up.. if you ask matt hughes, pat, lee murray they will all say tito threw a left right then murray countered and ko'd tito then kicked him like a football

as for tito he claims to have got jumped by 5 guys

before everyone pulls them apart... matt hughes also claims chuck liddell was knocking people out against the wall on tito's behalf.. which is classic chuck cos i just read the iceman's book and he states that in his early days he studied street fighting by standing by a wall and getting his fellow students to come at him, so yeah what hughes said is classic chuck liddell

anyway as for lee murray getting stabbed in funky buddha (my ex bro in law actually still owns the club), also its run by the same security team that runs china white which is where tito and murray had a fight...

anyway word is lee murray disrespected some guy and nobody's stupid enough to fight fist on fist with him which explains why he got stabbed up

i was also told about an old incident that involved murray beating up a bartender, someone said a bartender gave him soem attitude so lee jumped over the counter and just beat him up

he also beat up 3 guys in a sauna before.. this account was verified to me by 2 different people from both sides, one was the dad of one of the three guys who took the beating..

the other was a training partner of murray who said 3 gusy came in the sauna drunk and causing trouble so lee just beat them all up

the father of oen of the victims also said yeah his boy and 2 mates got bashed up by a cage fighter lee murray

ok this is enough info for u lee murray fans i hope
random cufk- August 14, 2008 at 6:01 am
this guy is extremely dope.
MMA Wannabe- August 14, 2008 at 4:00 am
"Anyone that can take A. Silva to a decision deserves some kind of props, right?"

Ya know what? That's a damned good point.
hooligun- August 13, 2008 at 6:50 pm
Best mma story ever!
NICK DIAZ FOR PREZ...HOMEY!!- August 6, 2008 at 4:40 pm
Sports Illustrated had an article about Lee Murray including the fight in the alley. It supposedly happened over a misunderstanding, one of Murray's buddies(in prison for the heist) playfully jumped on Miletich's back since Murray and some of his group had trained with him. Somebody with Miletich thought he was being attacked and bodys started flying. Everyone there says Caleb(TITO) got ktfo!!
Rumbler- April 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm
"Lol Brits may be tougher than yanks but last time i was in england we got in a brawl with a group of pikies and shit kicked the lot of them….happened in wockingham at the train station LOL why do brits always tear thier shirts off to fight?!!!! tell me you soft nutted bastard"

pfft..."pikies" Hmmm... Has someone seen the movie "snatch"?
bigA- April 22, 2008 at 6:25 pm
lee murray is number 1 middle wieght he all stand up nd rate him eney 1 that has met him is a lucky fucker
Turdburglar- April 14, 2008 at 7:23 pm
Fuckin West Side Stains Massive! What!
Eric- April 14, 2008 at 3:56 pm
The thing about UK guys is that they're always lanky and tough. We're used to seeing these jacked guys in America with their chiseled abs and bulging biceps that can't take a punch and don't know how to fight. And yes, I'm American. I've seen both man times before.
RugbyCanada- April 14, 2008 at 2:20 pm
Lol Brits may be tougher than yanks but last time i was in england we got in a brawl with a group of pikies and shit kicked the lot of them....happened in wockingham at the train station LOL why do brits always tear thier shirts off to fight?!!!! tell me you soft nutted bastard
PoMpEY HaRd nUt- April 14, 2008 at 9:04 am
Moo Dude, The club is in mayfair, its all little alleys round there!

But tito is still a fat headed waste of skin!
moo- April 14, 2008 at 5:30 am
fuck now thats a story haha. Nice if CP could look around and see if they can find an official article. Thats fuckin hilarious. "Chuck Liddell takes of his watch and starts knocking ppl out" lmao. Kinda wondering why all these ppl happened to be walking through an alley at the same time tho...
Turdburglar- April 14, 2008 at 12:17 am
on tito vs murray story:

i sat next to tito on a flight from OC to vegas.

my first question to him was about what happend with Murray. he said that Murray and about 5 of his friends jumped him and thats how he got knocked out.

that stroy definitely conflicts with Olie's.... and Pat Militich who later said, and i quote "Lee lit him up like a Christmas tree"

i'm going to have to go with the eye witness accounts. although i'm sure tito actually believes he got jumped, because he really wouldnt remember much after a KO. he probably just remembers seeing a shit load of people around him when he woke up.
PoMpEy hArDnUt- April 13, 2008 at 7:24 pm
Thats how we roll in the uk...........yanks are all pussies!

I lost both my nipples in a knife fight with my nan, thats how ard we are!
Old, Bald and Irish- April 13, 2008 at 6:09 pm
Thanks "Olie"!

That story brought a tear to my eye....

....a tear of JOY!

Maybe this explains why Tito's head is so huge. Its' swollen from Murray's boot-stomps!

.....what an awesome visual....Tito face-first on the ground in some grimy alley...sweet!
tim sylvia's pussy- April 13, 2008 at 5:58 pm
Tito got OWNED!
Olie- April 13, 2008 at 5:54 pm
Fuck! I have been to the club where Murray was stabbed - Funky Buddha near Mayfair, London. Was an awesome night and I was in the paper for apparently getting hold of Charlotte Church. Anyway, here's a snippet from Wiki if anyone is interested:

The entire alley erupted into a huge brawl. I was just standing there, and there were bodies flying all over the place. I was confused how it all happened, because it happened so fast. I was standing there with my mouth open like ‘what the hell is going on?’ I looked over and Chuck Liddell was with his back against the wall, knocking people out that were trying to go after him. Then I looked over and there’s Tito directly past me, taking his coat off, going after Lee Murray, and Lee Murray’s backing up the alley taking his jacket off. Both their jackets come off, and Tito throws a left hook at Lee Murray and misses, and right as he missed, Lee Murray counters with, like, a five-punch combo, landed right on the chin, and knocked Tito out. OUT. Tito fell face-first down to the ground, and then Lee Murray stomped him on the face a couple of times with his boots. Then Tony Fryklund and I grabbed Lee and pushed Lee and said ‘Get out of here!’ And Lee said ‘I’m sorry, I’ll see you later,’ and took off. And Tony Fryklund helped Tito to his feet.
Kim Couture is a cunt- April 13, 2008 at 5:34 pm
The story is in Matt Hughes book, best part is Chuck's quote " I took off my watch and started knocking people out" LOL.

Pat Militech also had a first hand account saying Tito was "out cold" and "snoring".

LOL, Murray was fuckin rad.
mmacoach- April 13, 2008 at 4:29 pm
For all of you that aren't familiar with the story. Tito saw "Lightning" Lee Murray after that, at the UFC where Murray whooped Rivera's ass. Tito called Murray out and Murray said he'd fight him. Murray is a true 85er, but would have gone up to fight Tito. Good thing for Tito that "Lightning" got arrested soon after. Murray would have "Liddeled" him.
tim sylvia's pussy- April 13, 2008 at 4:18 pm
If anyone could find the story on Murray stomping out Tito post it, thats great I want to hear more about this.
RealDrew- April 13, 2008 at 2:06 pm
Remember to support your local blogger. I feel I'm doing my part. I'm on the mma blogosphere everyday while I should be working.
jj- April 13, 2008 at 11:51 am
well that explains a lot about Tito
Lil'Doomsday- April 13, 2008 at 10:57 am
Dudes! Lee Murray is the shit! I mean come on. Bank heists, knife fights, and...AND...he knocked Tito Ortiz the FUCK OUT outside a bar or some shit. I don't condone the stomping on the head, but still...I don't know. Always liked the dude for some reason. Anyone that can take A. Silva to a decision deserves some kind of props, right?
moo- April 13, 2008 at 4:25 am
so what happened with the tito and the alley incident. is there any story out there one it or just that he got stomped?
Kim Couture is a cunt- April 13, 2008 at 3:32 am
Met Lee Murray at an Oasis album release party in 2002. He was quite possibly the coolest dude I have ever had the pleasure to have a beer with. He was so suprised I knew who he was and I quote " your from the better country across that fuckin pond mate" (Canada) Anyways, I had many beers with him not to mention tokes, snoots and many shots. Ended up running into him again at the after party, it was the next night and we were all still awake goin hard. Coolest fighter I have ever met aside from Wandy.

He is a fuck up, a major one at that, but what a fuckin good guy. Too bad he is a myth now. We will NEVER see him again, unless we see UFC 120: Morroccan Madness