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Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012

Full Contact Fighter’s “The Daily Takedown:” No Cyborg is Good for Rousey; Are Background Checks On Fighters Necessary?

The possibility of a showdown between women's champion Ronda Rousey and Cris Cyborg (pictured) suffered another blow after it was revealed that Cyborg's doctor would not sign off on her dropping down to 135 pounds.

By Joshua Molina

More drama is swirling today over Cris “Cyborg” Santos’ announcement that her doctor won’t let her come down to 135 pounds to fight Ronda Rousey because it would be unhealthy.

She’s right. Rousey needs to move up to make the fight happen. That’s what champions do. But don’t expect her to do that yet. The UFC should focus on a rematch between Rousey and Miesha Tate as its first women’s match.

Tate has lasted the longest against Rousey, and Rousey needs a few wins in the UFC to further cement her myth. The last thing the UFC wants is Cyborg to kill Rousey with a flurry of punches, and put a halt to the Rousey gravy train, faster than Kimbo Slice can say Seth Petruzelli.

Bellator fighter Dan McGuane is off this Friday’s card because Bellator just discovered that he was convicted of beating a man to death in 2005.

He and his twin brother were convicted of manslaughter in the beating death of an 18-year-old.

The bizarre twist has raised questions over whether MMA promoters should conduct more thorough background checks  on its fighters. The answer, is obviously, yes.

A violent past shouldn’t disqualify a person from fighting, but Bellator and other MMA promoters should know the background of its fighters before they promote and put them on TV.

If a promotion feels like it has all the information, then it can reasonably decide whether to use the fighter. The worst thing is for the promotion to be surprised about a fighter’s history, and read about it in the news.

If real estate people can pay for a background check for future tenants, promoters should easily do the same. They simply cannot rely on the fighter being honest up-front.

These are scrappy fighters trying to make buck, afterall.

The sensational Cung Le KO of Rich Franklin has everyone speculating who the King of San Jose should fight next. A Le vs. Anderson Silva fight wouldn’t be the worst main event ever booked (hear that Stephan Bonnar), but if that’s not realistic, seeing Le vs. Tim Kennedy would be entertaining.

Le might actually force Kennedy to fight, rather than glide around the ring in his short-shorts, like he did against Luke Rockhold and Jacare Souza.

Let’s see how the Army Sniper responds to one of Cung’s crushing kicks.

posted by JoshuaM @ 7:18 pm
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