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UFC 81 Medical Suspensions


(Frank Mir stopped the Lesnar hype train last Saturday.)

Six of last Saturday’s UFC 81 participants have been given medical suspensions by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, according to MMA Junkie. Most of the suspensions were relatively short, except for David Heath’s suspension. Heath lost via TKO in the first round of his fight with Tim Boetsch. He was brutalized by Boetsch with body kicks and strikes to the head when he hit the canvas.

Heath received a nasal fracture in the bout and a doctor has to clear him to fight if he wants to step into the Big O again before August 1st – which is when his suspension runs out. Boetsch had taken the fight just days before after Tomasz Drwal dropped out as Heath’s opponent due to a knee injury. Imagine if he had actually trained for David Heath. The medical suspension might instead be a death certificate for Heath.

Marvin Eastman, Kyle Bradley and Frank Mir got short suspensions because of lacerations. Tim Sylvia and Keita Nakamura were dealt medical suspensions as a precaution. Only Mir and Eastman won their fights – Mir was getting jacked by Brock Lesnar before catching the blonde beast napping and submitted him with a knee bar; Eastman won a unanimous decision over Terry Martin. Interesting that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira escaped without a suspension since Tim Sylvia left his mark on Nog’s face.

The list of suspensions:
-Tim Sylvia: Suspended until March 3rd with no contact until February 24th for precautionary reasons

-Frank Mir: Suspended until March 3rd with no contact until February 24th because of a scalp laceration

-Kyle Bradley: Suspended until March 19th with no contact until March 2nd because of a facial laceration

-David Heath: Nasal fracture must be cleared by a doctor or he is suspended until August 1st – minimum suspension is until April 3rd with no contact until March 19th

-Marvin Eastman: Suspended until March 2nd with no contact until February 24th because of an upper-eyelid laceration

-Keita Nakamura: Suspended until March 19th with no contact until March 2nd for precautionary reason

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UFC 81 Betting Odds


(Please don’t let Sylvia have a chance at another ‘sexual experience’.)

If you’re in a betting mood or – whatever the odds – you just want to bet against douches like Tim Sylvia and Brock Lesnar at this Saturday’s UFC 81: Breaking Point, here’s a peak at the current odds:

From Bookmaker:

TIM SYLVIA +160
ANTONIO RODRIGO NOGUEIRA -200

FRANK MIR +120
BROCK LESNAR -150

JEREMY HORN +215
NATE MARQUARDT -275

ALAN BELCHER +115
RICARDO ALMEIDA -145

GLEISON TIBAU +300
TYSON GRIFFIN -370

KYLE BRADLEY +450
CHRIS LYTLE -600

MARVIN EASTMAN +190
TERRY MARTIN -240

TIM BOETSCH +175
DAVID HEATH -215

ROB EMERSON +195
KEITA NAKAMURA -245

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“There’s not a world champion at my gym that hasn’t broken down in tears several times.”

Last night, ESPN’s sports magazine show E60 did a segment on Pat Miletich and his legendary gym in Bettendorf, Iowa. (Watch it here.) Miletich fighters Brad Imes, Tim Sylvia, Rory Markham and Ben Rothwell all get some screen time, but the most interesting part of the piece was the disclosure of the gym’s membership fees — $75 per month, plus 10% of a fighter’s future winnings if they continue to train with Miletich.

This is amazing to me. Miletich is able to offer arguably the best MMA training in the world for only $2.50/day because he’s so confident his students will not only become successful fighters, but also won’t desert him when the large paychecks start rolling in. Tim Sylvia just had to give Pat $20,000 from his drubbing of Brandon Vera at UFC 77, all for the privilege of being able to push around truck tires and drag weight sleds next to fresh-off-the-bus upstarts in the middle of nowhere. That’s loyalty.

For more of Miletich and his gym, check out this 60 Minutes segment from December of last year:

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