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Sean Gannon to Re-Emerge From Obscurity?

(And now that anonymous bald man in the sweat pants is landing magazine covers and headlining a show on CBS. God bless America.) is passing along the rumor that EliteXC is working to get Kimbo Slice in the cage with Sean Gannon, the Boston police officer and former Golden Gloves champion who put Kimbo down for the 30-count during an unregulated basement brawl in 2004. As Slice has said, “I would literally give my left nut — but I wouldn’t tell anybody — to fight him again.” Slice’s fight with Gannon was a chaotic mess, hampered by a lack of clarity on the rules; Kimbo thought it would be bare-knuckle boxing like his previous fights, and was thrown off when Gannon began throwing knees and attempting choke-holds. Gannon’s subsequent notoriety landed him a shot in the UFC, where he got his ass kicked by Branden Lee Hinkle at UFC 55. Jesus Christ, did those guys tie their wagon to the wrong Internet fighter or what?

Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time I saw Gannon’s name today. He was actually name-checked today in a Wall Street Journal article (!) about police officers who moonlight as MMA fighters:

Some of the biggest names in this sport, whose main league is the Ultimate Fighting Championship, are police officers. Sean “the Cannon” Gannon, a Boston police officer, achieved notoriety when he defeated street fighter Kimbo Slice in a bare-knuckles, backyard brawl. “Big John” McCarthy is the most well-known referee; he just retired from his day job as defensive-tactics instructor for the Los Angeles Police Department…

Forrest Griffin, who ranks among the top six light heavyweights in the world, quit his job as an officer in Augusta, Ga., four years ago to become a professional fighter. He first became interested in fighting in 1999, when he trained at the police academy. Though Mr. Griffin, 29, misses some things about being a police officer — like high-speed chases — he says quitting was an easy decision. “It was like, do you want to play in the NBA or do you want to be a cop?” he says. “Everyone wants to make lots of money to be on TV.”

Although naming Gannon as one of “the biggest names in this sport” is laughable, the article does contain one very compelling bit of info regarding the relationship between law enforcement and MMA:

Part of the reason officers are becoming contenders is that they’re more skilled in fighting. Police departments are training their ranks in aggressive martial arts, like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, to combat crime, boost morale and cut down on the use of weapons. In Utah, most law-enforcement agencies still teach techniques based on Aikido, a defensive Japanese martial art that doesn’t address hand-to-hand combat on the ground. But last year, the West Valley City police department in Utah enlisted professional fighters to teach moves from a range of martial arts, including punches and submission holds. Since launching the new program, the department says it has cut the use of Tasers by about one-third and the use of pepper spray by half.

In other words, prepare to see less of the standard bulldog-tackle in future episodes of Cops, and more Shinya Aoki-style guard-pulls. Hey, if it saves me from getting tazed, I’m in.

(Big ups to Steve at WallStreetFighter for the WSJ link.)

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GP- September 11, 2008 at 5:02 pm
Trust me, no one cares.
mark- September 11, 2008 at 4:46 pm
Griffin was a university police officer, in augusta, not an augusta police officer. Trust me, im an atlanta police officer and thats like comparing apples and oranges
Joe, Civilian Combatives System, Trenton NJ- August 21, 2008 at 12:27 pm
Unfortunately, Officer Gannon has not fought in about 3 years.
No matter who Kimbo has been fighting, he's been in real fights and you cannot duplicate that kind of mental pressure in the gym.
Outside of Gannon landing a punch that does some immediate damage, Kimbo will win and possibly by KO.
I, like many wait for Gary Shaw to get Kimbo a tougher challenge.
Say what you will about James Thompson, he did give Kimbo some "work".
Last, give Kimbo a break!
He fights whomever the promoter puts in front of him.
I think if they put him in with a top tier MMA contender he would take the fight, even if he knew he was "stepping up" too fast.
He CAN punch, let us not forget that.
The next few opponents after Gannon will tell us of Kimbos true potential in MMA.
fightfan- May 23, 2008 at 6:19 pm
Sorry for double post.

as for James thompson. I know he does not meet all the Slice fight requirements. But he is just plain horrible. I forgot the last criteria is that Slice will fight any pussies who lose as soon as they are hit and/or has multiple losses within the opening minute of fight. Also Slice quickly accepts fights in which opponents are there to collect a check and are willing to tap before they are hit and/or as soon as there is minor contact between the 2 fighters.
fightfan- May 23, 2008 at 6:15 pm
A fight just for Kimbo.....

Criteria needed to fight Slice

1.) Must be far past their prime. minimum age is 42-46. The older the better.
2.) And even in their prime they were horrible or sub 500
3.) Has not competed in 5, closer to 10 years is better. Again the longer the better and more likely fight will be accepted
4.) Has a recognizable name
5.) Overweight and out of shape for at least 5-10 years. Again the more of a slob and out of shape the more like Kimbo's "guys" accepts fight
6.) Grey hair

I hear they are looking to see if Ali is available. No one is too old for Slice. No one is to out of shape. He would fight someone if they were 75. as long as they fought sometime early in their career.
andres- May 23, 2008 at 7:35 am
Fuck the police fuck em just fuck em

Gannon a big name in mma?!?! Bullshit

Personally I think forrest looks more like he should be a pig in planet of the apes opie is funny though
shutupandfight- May 23, 2008 at 1:31 am
uhhhhhhhhh...does the name Mirko Filipovic...ring a bell???
Boneman- May 22, 2008 at 10:54 pm
Of course he was a cop...Just like his father Andy....

Way to go Opie......!
Rumbler- May 22, 2008 at 10:31 pm
Yup, he was a cop. I once heard that he arrested a black man for drinking from a "white " water fountain.
Anonymous- May 22, 2008 at 10:24 pm
WHHHHAAAAAAATTT!!!!! forest was a cop ? ? ? i heard he was just a rent a cop at a college.......... somebody tell me wich one is true