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Promising Ohio MMA Fighter Phil Masterson Found Murdered

An up-and-coming Ohio MMA prospect’s body was found in the woods near a party where he got into a fight earlier in the evening Saturday night and the man he brawled with has been charged in connection with his murder.

According to a report from the Sandusky Register, Westlake resident and 2-0 amateur fighter Phil Masterson, 25 whose brother Matt is a 9-3 pro, attended a party on South Bass Island near a cabin he was renting for the holiday long weekend on September 3 where he got into an altercation with a 27-year-old Bowling Green man by the name of Zachary Brody. After some pushing and shoving that escalated into a brief fight, the pair were separated and went their separate ways. Police allege that at some point later in the night Brody returned to the scene and beat Masterson to death and hid his body in the woods beneath a tarp, where it was later found by family members who began a search Sunday for their missing relative.

Brody is charged with murder, voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault.

Besides the obvious, one of the unfortunate elements of the story that several news outlets have already taken and run with is that both the victim and his alleged murderer have trained in MMA, which isn’t helped by the fact that the local sheriff who is leading the investigation has made a point of telling reporters that “both had at least some exposure or training in mixed martial arts, a full-contact sport that combines various forms of fighting, including wrestling, grappling and striking.” The obvious correlation that those who aren’t proponents of the sport will make is that MMA fighters are likely all idiots who go around getting in street fights, using their skill and training to hurt or kill people, which couldn’t be further from the truth in the majority of cases. Most fighters I know have never been in a fight outside of the cage and in many, if not all of their trainers and coaches explicitly forbid their students from fighting outside of competition and sparring.

Hopefully news of this incident doesn’t reach Bob Reilly’s desk or else we can expect to hear him talking about Brody and Masterson in his next anti-MMA rant in New York State Assembly during next session’s push to legalize the sport in the Empire State.

You can bet that if he does, he’ll conveniently forget to mention that Brody trained in BJJ and grappling, not MMA and that he had a history of violence dating back to a 2004 temporary protection order a fraternity member filed against him.

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RSparrow- September 9, 2011 at 2:03 am
elcompadre... lol... u asshole
BigBaldJosh- September 8, 2011 at 6:33 pm
What a fucking joke- that asshole will have a harder time finding a weapon in prison to get someone with- I go to Put In Bay alot during the summer and fighting there is super rare- it takes a special asshole to keep it going after the fact- RIP to this guy and to the cock sucker who couldn't let things go- I hope you get butt aids from the rapes your going to endure.
Get Off Me- September 8, 2011 at 12:57 pm
Was Mazzagatti officiating the fight or something?
Seriously though, I hope the guilty party is brought to justice.
What happened to the days when a fight would end, two beers were ordered and a laugh or two was had between both people?
El Guapo- September 8, 2011 at 11:31 am
If he trained strictly striking, let's say muay thai and tae-kwon-do, that would be mixed martial arts as well.
UFC isn't a synonym for MMA.
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- September 8, 2011 at 11:24 am
I know Zach Brody, he went to my high school. He was a weird kid that I could see coming back with a baseball bat or something, like a dickless asshole. I also know the Masterson brothers who are both damn good fighters and good guys....RIP Phil
elcompadres father- September 8, 2011 at 11:18 am
I want to apologize for my son, elcompadre, he's always been a piece of shit since the day he was born. It's why we tried to keep him locked away in the basement. He was an ugly little troll who escaped from his cage and started posting on message boards.

Fuck you elcompadre, I would love to meet you in person.

I live in Lakewood OHIO on the intersection of Warren and Athens road, zip code 44107. Please come visit me tonight so I can put your bitchass back in the cage in the basement.
elcompadre- September 8, 2011 at 11:09 am
Should his record be updated to 2-1 ?

Too soon?
Kid Clam Curtains- September 8, 2011 at 10:36 am
Guy got embarrassed in front of his friends...couldn't let it got...got a weapon...went back and smashed the guy's head in. Case closed.
agentsmith- September 8, 2011 at 10:30 am
Wow, Brody sure as shit doesn't look like the kind of guy who could beat Masterson to death. He looks like the kind of guy who used to get bullied for his lunch money.
agentsmith- September 8, 2011 at 10:25 am
^ MMA tends to include striking too. What are you, a Gracie?
El Guapo- September 8, 2011 at 10:16 am
"Brody trained in BJJ and grappling, not MMA"
(SCRATCHING HEAD)Huh? Isn't that... You know.
Fried Taco- September 8, 2011 at 10:06 am
MMA fighters need to learn from Nick Diaz, and run away from fights.
the silver hawaiian- September 8, 2011 at 9:59 am
As a BGSU alum..

That's all
Dante- September 8, 2011 at 9:49 am
R.I.P.
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