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TUF 9 Veteran Reportedly Hits Female Amateur Fighter in Face

We were not happy to read a report from MMA Weekly that TUF 9 vet Frankie Lester allegedly hit female fighter Cassie Crisano [Ed. Note: And former Hot Potato] while in a scuffle between her and his girlfriend, fighter Shanie Rusth Saturday night after the two women weighed in opposite one another for an amateur MMA card in Virginia. Come to think of it, we’re incensed by the possibility that a large, professional male fighter may have hit Crisano in the face, and it has nothing to do with the fact that her face is particularly pleasant to look at. That stuff just ain’t cool.

According to MMA Weekly ‘s Damon Martin, “The situation unraveled during a weigh-in between two women’s competitors, Cassie Crisano and Shanie Rusth. Lester was there supporting Rusth, who is his girlfriend.

“According to several sources, a heated exchange took place between Crisano
and Rusth at the scales, after which Rusth spit on Crisano, and seconds later a
fight broke out between the participants. In the melee, Lester allegedly struck
Crisano before the participants were broken apart by others at the weigh-in.”

So far, no video or photos of the incident have emerged, and we don’t know if any criminal charges have been filed by anyone. But a statement from the owner of the promotion, Spartan promotions, makes it sound like he saw Rusth spit and Lester hit.

“Spartan Promotions strives to bring exciting amateur fights in a manner of class, integrity and sportsmanship,” James Jones, the owner, write.

“We are in the business of promoting events to showcase the talent and spirit behind Mixed Martial Arts. We do not, in any way, condone the actions that took place tonight at the weigh-ins for Battle of the Spartans IV.

“Spitting or striking of an opponent outside the cage does not hold to our core values. We thank those that intervened to stop the situation from escalating. We will be cooperating with the authorities as they move forward in their investigation.”

Let this be a cautionary tale, guys. Go and support your girl at her things, ie. a weigh in if she’s a fighter. But if she starts some shit with another chick, maybe you should just let her finish it for herself.

- Elias Cepeda


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Fried Taco- December 3, 2012 at 8:46 am
Yeah, that bitch who hit me up on Craig's List was fatter than she said she was, so I spit on her. And then I hit it several times, turns out she wasn't that bad after all!
Mr_Misanthropy- December 3, 2012 at 5:27 am
All this talk of subtly masked sexual violence has me worked up into a lather. Ima go jump in my windowless van and go do some trollin' down by the track, see ifn I can't snag me a straggler. Toodaloo!

*Now where'd I put my hagbag, I know I had it the other day when I put them zip ties and that piano wire in there...*
angry little feet- December 3, 2012 at 3:30 am
@ccman "angry little penis" LMFAO that's great. I'll be chuckling about that all day. Thanks for that.
Mr_Misanthropy- December 3, 2012 at 5:20 am
Maybe you can be angry at little penises?
angry little feet- December 3, 2012 at 5:54 am
I imagine being angry at them would still be preferred to just pointing and laughing.
angry little feet- December 3, 2012 at 3:28 am
@rpn452 Those people are not my friends. I would have to be a complete idiot to continue to associate with someone who has gotten physical with me or any or my female friends - and I am nothing of the sort.
cman- December 2, 2012 at 9:42 pm
Angry little penis is a case study on taking rap waaaaay to serious. He once spent 2 hours at a bar trying to figure out what juice to get with his gin to remain gangsta, damn you snoop and your life's mysteries.
rpn452- December 2, 2012 at 8:48 pm
angry little feet, you must hang around with some serious scumbags to have that perception. I have a violent and destructive temper myself, but even I couldn't imagine taking it out on a woman. Do your friends physically assault bunnies and puppies too?
crappiefloper- December 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm
I'd grind out a submission via rear naked chokes on my dick.
Wait! $85 an hour AND gay porn! Fuck yes, later suckas
Mr_Misanthropy- December 2, 2012 at 4:13 pm
I'd just hold her down and dry hump her leg. But I'd stare deeply and intensely into her eyes while I did it.
crappiefloper- December 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm
I'd hit that. I'd hit that shit hard.
Mr_Misanthropy- December 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm
I won't hit a girl... but I'll shake the shit out of her!
The12ozCurls- December 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm
Up yours Kevin45!
Mr_Misanthropy- December 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm
But dude he just sincerely wants to help you make $85 an hour sitting at home in your underwear. It would totally be 100% legal and probably not have anything to do with gay porn... it's a steal.
Pen Fifteen- December 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm
And for extra LOLs, wasn't the woman missing weight by 8 fucking pounds the one who declared that "one-trick pony" Rhonda Rousey was making women's MMA "look like a joke"?
Pen Fifteen- December 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm

What's the point of writing an article if important contextual information is going to be left out? And the suggestion of "if she starts some shit with another chick" in the closing line reads pretty clearly to me like an indication of blame.
SethF- December 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm
@Pen Fifteen

And where did you read Elias judging Rusth for spitting on Crisano?
Langer-Dan- December 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm
If 2 women weight in for a fight at say 135lbs and one lady has massive knockers whilst the other is flat chested: then if that an unfair advantage for the big breasted fighter? Tits don't make you hit harder. Hit on more yes, but hit harder no...
Pen Fifteen- December 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm
Nice job getting the whole story, CP. 10 seconds of google searching shows that, per Rusth, Crissano showed up 8 pounds overweight, while Rusth had actually gained weight (while taking the fight on short notice no less) to make it into the 135 class. While this is clearly no excuse for Lester hitting her, it makes it a little more understandable as to why Rusth would spit in the chick's face.
HEY- December 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm
Those fetish ball pics of her are great.
Alan K- December 2, 2012 at 11:17 am
angry little feet- December 2, 2012 at 10:36 am
People seem so shocked when a man hits a woman. The only reason this is noteworthy here is because he is a fighter ans she is particularly pretty. It's really pretty commonplace. I would guestimate that 75% of men have no problem at all taking a swing at a woman even without any physical provocation.
The12ozCurls- December 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm
Well, I guestimate that I must be in the 25% of men who would never hit a woman - even if provoked.
The12ozCurls- December 2, 2012 at 9:14 am
Would you expect anything less from a dude who got a couple teeth knocked out during a match AND subsequently had the teeth stuck in his mouthpiece AND then continued the fight after Hendo extracted the teeth with a pair of pliers? Being insanely tough does not always translate into being a level-headed individual especially if you are dating a broad that is classy enough to spit on her opponent during weigh-ins. I bet they live in a nice trailer.