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Please, Someone Stop ‘Pele’ Before It’s Too Late

(Props: Fightlinker. If you make it past the :20 of this video, you’ll never be the same.)

Brazilian fighter Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons deserves a spot among the founding fathers of MMA. He’s been in the sport since 1993, he’s taken on everyone from Pat Miletich to Matt Hughes to Chuck Liddell, and he is as fierce a competitor as you’re likely to find. That said, someone should stop him, because he may be on the verge of doing something terrible to himself.

Many of you will recall the horrifying leg injury that “Pele” suffered in February. While attempting a leg kick against Brian Gassaway, his tibia essentially snapped in half, leaving the lower part of his leg to flop uselessly beneath him like an empty tube sock. It was the kind of injury that spectators probably needed therapy to get over.

You’d think after that, his biggest concern would be walking. But since “Pele” is obviously no normal man, his only focus is getting another shot at Gassaway. When does he think he might be ready to fight again, considering this grotesque injury happened just over two months ago? About a month from now. At least that’s what he told

“I’m training light in Jiu-Jitsu and boxing, but I’m limited due to this serious injury. I think my recovery has been coming along well, but I have to be careful. It’s still recent, only two months now, but I think in one month I’ll be able to fight again.”

“You could see I actually broke it before kicking. You can see right after the second round begins I did a front kick that didn’t connect and then when I put my foot down the peronio was already broken, then after that my tibia breaks.”

“I wanted it considered a ‘No Contest’ and them to grant me a revenge match. He (Brian Gassaway) was losing. I hope TKO re-watches the fight and does what’s right. I think if the referee had seen it he wouldn’t give my opponent the win.”

Two things: 1) where I come from, the guy who crumples to the ground with a severely broken leg at the end of a fight is always declared the loser, and 2) if you just had your lower leg snapped in half two months ago, the issue of whether the fight is ruled an ‘NC’ or a loss is not your biggest problem right now.

I respect “Pele’s” warrior spirit. I really do. But doesn’t the man have any friends who could step in here? Isn’t this the right time to stage some sort of intervention? I don’t know what kind of doctor he’s seeing, but if it’s a medical one I have to assume that “Pele” has been warned against fighting in a month. Somehow, that advice isn’t sinking in. This could end badly.


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tengu- May 10, 2008 at 4:09 pm
“I wanted it considered a ‘No Contest’ - hahaha, this reminds me on that Black Knight in the Monty Python Quest for Holy Grail :))) - let's call it a draw!
Anonymous- May 9, 2008 at 10:12 am
Pele vs. Patino I and II, best MMA-matches ever!
ufc unleashed- May 9, 2008 at 7:10 am
Rubberman.. haha... funny....
KTFO- May 9, 2008 at 6:46 am
New nickname for Pele - Rubberman.
shutupandfight- May 9, 2008 at 12:04 am
beatrix Says:

May 9th, 2008 at 11:24 am
Only one thing to do if you fight this guy…kick him in his bad leg!


actually i'd probably work around for a light tap to THE BAD LEG then back off and point at it in horror....when he looks down to access the damage go for a clinch and swing the knees.

kinda like sayin "hey...shoe's untied!"
ksgbobo- May 8, 2008 at 9:37 pm
seriously, after all these comments and only one person commenting on the bitches in the video...they were hot, and all hot big ass titties...

'Pele' needs to take a little more time off...but hey, if he wants to fight and break his leg again let him..maybe he will learn a lesson, but I doubt it...
ArmChairFighter- May 8, 2008 at 6:11 pm
Nobody said that the Brazilians were the brightest individuals. Him getting back into the cage is as smart as a skrawny, frail, withering, shaved Royce Gracie getting into the cage with a musclebound, healthy, hairy Matt Hughes.
Dr.- May 8, 2008 at 5:32 pm
The ring girls were the highlights of that vid.
beatrix- May 8, 2008 at 5:24 pm
Only one thing to do if you fight this guy...kick him in his bad leg!
BIG CHRIS- May 8, 2008 at 5:13 pm
Thanks for the spell Check Mr. Wizard....but I think you got the idea....
Old, Bald and Irish- May 8, 2008 at 5:03 pm
I think Pele meant "fighting" as in "training in the gym" fighting. I mean, come on. He probably still can't walk into the cage, let alone fight in it.

Look, I admire that "warrior spirit" thingy too. But I learned the hard way that the fastest way to NOT recover from a sports-related injury, is to immediately jump back into training.

I'm just coming back from a contusion on my thumb, a broken finger and a massive hematoma on my shin. All three injuries happened within a two week stretch. Instead of resting and healing (the SMART thing to do), I jumped back into training and re-injured all three body parts. What should have taken a couple weeks to heal has taken almost three months and I'm still in physical therapy for my finger.

This dude needs to stay away from the dojo and heal up.

And Big's "gonorrhea". I should know how to spell it because I have....


(Sound of me screaming as I pee)

...goddamn pregnant Cambodian prostitutes....!
BIG CHRIS- May 8, 2008 at 4:46 pm
This is great!!! I agree with this guy 100%, I mean who says you need to let a measley little peronio/tibia break heal properly before you get back in the cage, don't let any "Doctor" dictate your life, what do they know anyway?

This is the kind of mindset that makes a fighter become as worthless as a pregnant cambodian prostitute with goneria....
Joe Son- May 8, 2008 at 4:42 pm
I love the whole 'he's an adult' argument. Just because you can do something, that doesn't mean you should.
Douchebaggery- May 8, 2008 at 4:35 pm
he's an adult, let him do as he pleases.
Vrax- May 8, 2008 at 4:31 pm
Someone missed that whole 'difference between bravery and stupidity' concept.

I mean someone /besides/ whomever thought up "the Hex".
skidding- May 8, 2008 at 4:30 pm
I understand where Pele is coming from. For example, in the TUF show, Dan Simmler was clearly winning the fight against Riddle until his jaw broke in three places. Had he not gotten KTFO and JBITP (Jaw Broken in Three Places), I think he could have coasted to a unanimous decision win.