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It seems like everyone is jumping on the mixed martial arts bandwagon these days, so it should come as no surprise that religious groups would eventually hitch a ride on the locomotive that was set in motion by the shot in the arm of popularity that The Ultimate Fighter show injected into the sport.

Based in Clarksville, TN, Xtreme Ministries was founded by John Renken, an evangelical pastor who is also the gym’s head trainer.  The “church” and its leaders who preach and corner its fighters under the motto, "Where Feet, Fists and Faith Collide," attempt to tie together MMA and how Christ fought for what he believed in.

Seems logical, since Jesus was known for knocking and choking out anyone who tried to smite him.

Prayer groups at the men only church, consist of fight night pay-per-view viewing parties and training and sparring sessions. Sounds like a group of men who needed an excuse to give their wives why they should be allowed to hang out with their pals at the gym.

“I swear honey, Jesus wants me to train and watch the UFC this weekend.”

What’s next, a movie that pairs Jesus with Zombies

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Fried Taco- April 21, 2010 at 12:04 pm
Resus Gracie!!!
ctownhood- April 21, 2010 at 5:44 am
It seems anything is acceptable under the guise of religion. Mix in a prayer or two, and cooking up meth would probably be OK in their book as well.
fatbellyfrank- April 20, 2010 at 9:33 pm
So is it all lay and pray?
Sho Nuff- April 20, 2010 at 8:06 pm
Of course Jesus didn't tap. His hands were nailed to a piece of wood.

He'd still be with us, though, if only Mazzagatti hadn't been calling that one.
k-onda- April 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm
Big deal, how long till elections are solved this way?
CroCops Gluteus Maximus- April 20, 2010 at 6:10 pm
This is the closest weve come to the crusades in a loooooonnngggg time

why is it necessary to conduct missionary movements, i can't beleive we live in a world where we recruit people to support a religion
AndyInflammatory- April 20, 2010 at 4:01 pm
it's not so uncommon - get on Facebook and look up FAITH MMA - they have bible study at 6pm, then BJJ or MMA at 7pm

"They compete for a crown that will not last - we compete for a crown that will last forever"

Big old thorny headbands are not permitted in any MMA show I've been to, though
Mr_Misanthropy- April 20, 2010 at 1:24 pm
Creepy video. "Its just another way to reach men.." subversive, sneaky, diabolical...par for the course.
Mr_Misanthropy- April 20, 2010 at 1:13 pm
Its not always such a great idea to have Jesus in your corner- he distracted the shit out of Paolo Filho when he was yelling those "Flop to back! Flop to back! Butt scoot! Butt scoot!" instructions at him in his broken Portuguese.
dranokills- April 20, 2010 at 1:04 pm
well shit, all those years they said bowling for jesus was the way to go, now this. Man I am sooo confused.
robthom- April 20, 2010 at 1:02 pm
The worst thing about this is definitely associating the "word" xtreme with our lord and savior.


Oh yeah, and old fucking news.
ccman- April 20, 2010 at 12:37 pm
This has a basis in old testiment Jewdiasm.

Everyone knows Micheal threw satan outta heaven with a rear naked choke. in fact the name comes from then since they were in fact naked. Stange enough the term Sodomy comes from the same incident.
ctownhood- April 20, 2010 at 12:03 pm
Satan already has a's called Team Cesar Gracie
shitbag- April 20, 2010 at 11:51 am
Fuckin Christ, Satan better get off his ass and open a gym!
NateGetsIrate- April 20, 2010 at 11:51 am
I can't wait to unlock Jesus Christ in Undisputed. Apparently he goes all Royce Gracie on his opponents, since he doesn't believe in tapping.
ReX13- April 20, 2010 at 11:51 am
Oh, and in case you hadn't been there: chuckpalahniukdotnet is actually titled "The Cult". So i thought i was being clever.

Anywho, i'd like to point out that Jesus is definitely licensed to fight in Colorado, since he has bouts against Frosty, Santa Claus, and Satan. That crazy Jesus, always fighting out of his weight class.
DazedNConfused- April 20, 2010 at 11:44 am
Odd. But pretty smart. I might be high, but that doesn't mean I don't recognize good business sense.
Horror Fighter- April 20, 2010 at 11:41 am
Hey, around the 1:40 mark...he's holding the cage and kicking illegally to the face of a downed opponent. What would Jesus think?

@ReX13: Sorry, I'm completely missing subtlety today. Yes, it's from Fight Club...
Art Gibs- April 20, 2010 at 11:40 am
Umm, can you properly format your posts? Whatsup with all the different fonts? BF would never make this mistake.
ReX13- April 20, 2010 at 11:36 am
Horror>> Yeah, i was following you on the Cthulhu Cultists. But i was trying to distract the commoners. Remember, everyone: Cthulhu saves. (It may be hungry later)

As for your avatar, isn't that from Fight Club? (So me mentioning Palahniuk wasn't totally out of left field?) Or am i smoking the wrong thing on 4/20?
Horror Fighter- April 20, 2010 at 11:29 am
In the first match, one of the fighters turned the other cheek...and got knocked the fuck out.
Horror Fighter- April 20, 2010 at 11:28 am
Drinking at home and reading CP while I should be working = a day well spent
Horror Fighter- April 20, 2010 at 11:27 am
I hope Jesus coaches on the next season of TUF. He'll insist on 12 fighters, one of whom will betray him at the finale.

The other coach will be Tito.
Horror Fighter- April 20, 2010 at 11:25 am
Who wins in a fight: White Jesus or Black Jesus?

Horror Fighter- April 20, 2010 at 11:24 am
@ReX13 Was referring to Cthulhu cultists...although I'm a big Palahniuk fan. I noticed your Cthulhu avatar in the forums; take a gander at mine next time you log in...