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Yep, Sean Salmon Should Have Kept His Big Mouth Shut


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Depending on how many times you’ve been hit in the head lately, you may or may not remember the brief, but furious little dust-up about Sean Salmon’s claim that he had allowed himself to be armbarred in a fight this past June in order to avoid damage and keep his job as a Wolfslair sparring partner.  The way we saw it, Salmon admitted to quitting in the fight, not throwing it, and he was guilty of nothing more than screwed up priorities and extremely bad judgment.  The Ohio State Athletic Commission decided it was a little more serious than that, and they suspended Salmon for a year and fined him $2,500 for his transgression.

Fortunately for Salmon the suspension is retroactive to the date of the fight, so he’ll be eligible to compete again in June of 2010, but the damage to his reputation may last much longer than that.  The punishment seems extreme, particularly when you consider that Salmon really only hurt himself by both giving up on the fight and then telling the entire MMA world about it.  Had he just taken the loss as learning experience and not written a column offering up an excuse for it, this wouldn’t have been necessary. 

The trouble is, Salmon’s hearing in front of the Ohio commission was on October 14, and three days later he headed to Helsinki, where he beat former Pride fighter Yuki Sasaki via decision.  So basically he has already violated his suspension.  And Ohio is not pleased.  Said Ohio Athletic Commission executive director Bernie Profato:

"To me, it’s like showing the MMA world he has no remorse for what he’s done.  It’s like being found guilty of a bank robbery and then robbing the 7-11 down the street. It’s almost the same thing.”

 I’m not quite sure if a fight against Alan Weickert in Ohio is to a bank as a fight with Yuki Sasaki in Helsinki is to a 7-11.  Seems more like robbing a Domino’s Pizza and then stealing lumber from a construction site, but I get the point.  Salmon screwed up.  Again.  Almost immediately after being punished for his previous screw-up.  Maybe what Salmon needs is someone else to make all his decisions for him.  A life coach, if you will.  And maybe that life coach can also ghost write any future columns he decides to publish, preventing any further bone-headed admissions of guilt and cleaning up his grammar along the way. 

Basically what I’m saying is, give us a call, Sean.  We can help.  Or at very least we can screw up your life in a more hilarious fashion.  Probably the second one, but I think we can all agree that some kind of change is in order here.

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reddog- October 21, 2009 at 11:39 am
Its his logic behind it..."I needed to go be a human punching bag for money." Well, fucking go be a sparring partner then. Leave mma events to the grownups.
ArmFarmer- October 21, 2009 at 7:08 am
Cro Cop is an excellent comparison. Cro Cop flat out quit in his last fight, he didn't even give up a submission or allow himself to get tko'd.. he basically just said "fuck it I'm done". I don't see much difference, other than that Salmon tried to keep a little of his dignity by not just quitting for no reason and allowing himself to get tapped. I don't see how you can be fined for quitting in a sport where, at any point in the match, you are allowed to quit. If you want out of a fight all you have to do is tap or verbally tap or give a hand wave (cro cop/forrest) or whatever and you're out. This doesn't make any sense.
Jugger- October 21, 2009 at 6:29 am
The guy quit in a fight. He received no monetary compensation for quiting. It even blemished his record. Sheesh, is the OSAC gonna start fining Mark Kerr every time he fights? Sokoudjou? Bob Sapp? CroCop? Mike Tyson? Stephon Marbury? The LA Clippers? Those guys are all quitters. Nobody's fining them. Why not? Because they don't admit it in a blog.

This is completely asinine. The OSAC cannot ever regulate athletes who don't want to do their best.

Profato's analogy is equally ridiculous. Comparing quiting in a sports match to bank robbery? The fact that CagePotato even tried to vilify that analogy brings them down 75 points on my arbitrary points index.

Perhaps it's more a like a guy who said he was full after only finishing half his slice of pizza and then going across town and eating a whole deep-pan Chicago style. It doesn't make sense, but it's his right.
spermburger- October 21, 2009 at 12:46 am
The guy made a mistake, and was willing to admit it. Now everyone stands on their soap box and talks all the shit in the world against him. Y'know what, go fuck yourself.

The vast majority of you, including myself, have no right or authority to talk shit about Sean Salmon.
LAS- October 20, 2009 at 8:48 pm
This Profato guy sounds like the kind of self-righteous prick that you'd expect to serve as a career bureaucrat. Judging from his analogy-making skills, you'd have to wonder if the guy even has a college degree.

And I had to LOL at the posters on here castigating Salmon for "throwing" a fight while calling him a moron...you do realize that "to throw a fight" is not the same thing to give up/quit?
Hamma Fist Elbow Bam-Bam- October 20, 2009 at 7:30 pm
Agree with Jimbonics. The only thing he did differently than other fighters was to be honest. Fuck OSAC.
jimbonics- October 20, 2009 at 6:58 pm
"I’m not quite sure if a fight against Alan Weickert in Ohio is to a bank as a fight with Yuki Sasaki in Helsinki is to a 7-11."

Not bad.

And man, regardless if the man quit, he felt remorse about it and copped to it voluntarily. Also, outside of the United States, FUCK the Ohio State Athletic Commission. Fuck 'em. The fuck Helsinki care about Bumblescum, Ohio?
reddog- October 20, 2009 at 6:35 pm
Fuck him. Bitch ass quitter. Throwing a fight and admitting it is incredibly stupid, and he should not just be suspended, but also castrated, so the horrible decision genes don't get passed on. A bunch of states and countries honor each others suspensions, and who wants to hire a quitter?

So why did he do this again, to go back and be a british punching bag? An mma doormat? Tool.
Seoul Brother- October 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm
If Mr. Profato wants to voice his opinion about what a fucking cowardly little bitch Salmon is, then he's entitled to do so, and certainly Salmon fucked his reputation without anybody's help. But to say that his conduct warrants a suspension outside of the Ohio State Athletic Commission's jurisprudence is completely ass-brained. Mr. Profato should have known that.

It wouldn't be so bad if Salmon were a juiced up fuckwit like Baroni, Overeem, Sherk, and Royce Gracie. They've denied their substance abuse, they've come up with a bunch of excuses we've all heard before, and maybe we'll believe them or say that they were all jagoffs. That's an unfortunate part of MMA. But what Salmon did was grossly unsportsmanlike and unprofessional no matter what he's doing. He deserves to be punished hard, and unfortunately one of the few things a moron like Salmon will understand is "Goddamn, these Buckeyes are so pissed off, they're making me pay them $2,500!"
Kevin Marshall- October 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm
If Vegas okay'ed a license for Gilbert Yvel after years of being banned from the US while still fighting overseas, then why can't Sean fight in Helsinki? I know, different commissions, still.

I'm with you guys. Salmon's dumb, but this suspension and fine are absolutely ludicrous.
NateGetsIrate- October 20, 2009 at 3:53 pm
Yeah, i don't get it either.

How is it not alright for him to fight overseas?
Polish- October 20, 2009 at 3:13 pm
How can Ohio suspend him from fighting overseas? I thought Silva fought overseas when he was suspended recently...

So lets get this straight, I want to fine you. You go to work to make money to pay the fine and then they get mad. Even though you do said work on the other side of the world. Fucking morons. He messed up, get over it...
K.E.G.- October 20, 2009 at 3:09 pm
Hopefully they will look past this minor indiscretion in time for his big title fight coming up.

Who really cares?
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