Tuesday, August 14, 2012
An initial autopsy performed on Tyrone "Teestea" Mims, an amateur fighter who died on Saturday night after competing at a regional fight show in South Carolina, has proven inconclusive, according to the Charleston County Coroner. Toxicology tests are pending.
Mims was stepping into the cage for the first time, and was competing at an event called "Fight Night at the Point VI." He allegedly suffered minimal damage during his bout, and witness accounts had him dominating throughout the first round. But Mims began appearing exhausted in the second round, and when the 30-year-old seemed unable to improve his position, the referee stopped the bout. Mims was taken backstage; when his condition deteriorated, he was taken to Medical University Hospital, where he died.
Mims, a Georgia resident, was taking part in a reality show titled "Georgia Boy's Grits-n-Glory." The show released the following statement:
One of the fighters, who happened to be our own Tyrone "Teestea" Mims, was fatally injured tonight, possibly as a result of his fight. The promoters and the South Carolina Fight Commission consulted with the fighters and all involved and decided as a result of the death of one of their own we should call off the rest of the fights. The promoters and the Athletic Commission did everything in their power according to protocol and this accident was beyond their control. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you'll understand as we deal with the gravity of the situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with Teestea and his immediate family, which include his five children.
This is the second mixed martial arts-related death in South Carolina history. In 2010, amateur fighter Michael Kirkham died from a brain hemorrhage after suffering a knockout at an event in Aiken, S.C.
As per state regulation, amateur fighters must pass an eye exam, be screened for HIV and Hepatitis, and pass a cursory examination by a physician prior to getting in the cage. It is unknown if Mims had completed those requirements.
Artist's rendition of The Great Wave off Kanagawa
UFC on FOX 4 may have "big picture" relevance because of the light-heavyweight four-way scrum that will determine UFC champ Jon Jones' next opponent, but one shouldn't overlook some of the event's other gems — not the least of which is the match-up between Joe Lauzon and Jamie Varner. Originally slated to face Terry Etim until Etim bowed out with an injury, Lauzon is primed and ready to explode all over Varner, showering the former WEC champ with submission attempt-shrapnel and fistic debris. Cagewriter caught up with Lauzon on Thursday, a day that saw the Massachusetts native venturing away from the fighters' hotel and exploring other parts of Los Angeles.
First of all, how are you? Are you healthy?
"I'm good. There are always little injuries that add up a little bit, but I'm doing good."
You're an old timer now in terms of the fight week experience. How is it out there?
"It's not too bad. I have a bunch of guys that are here with me usually, and this week as always. We like to get out of the hotel room - I used to just sit in the hotel room a lot and that would get a little stale. So we try to keep busy. Today we went down to Venice Beach and just kind of moved around a little bit. I did some training today, nice and light, just to kind of break a sweat and keep things as normal as possible."
Did you prepare any differently knowing your opponent was going to be Jamie Varner?
"Not really. It was kind of short notice, it was only a couple of weeks. We switched from getting ready to fight Etim, who is really long and has kind of herky-jerky footwork and keeps you real far away with kicks, to Varner, who is a smoother boxer. Not so much a kickboxer, but a straight-up boxer with good wrestling. So we didn't have a ton of time to get super-detailed about stuff. I was in good shape so we just reorganized our drills, and switched it up a little bit."
Is there any pressure to perform?
"Not more than usual. I always put a lot of pressure on myself to try to have a spectacular fight and put people away. It's big show, it's on FOX, but it's really not any different than other shows besides having a little bit of extra media. It's still a fight. If it was on the undercard of a Fight Night, it'd be the exact same thing."
Any thoughts on who you'd want to fight next?
"Nope. I'm one-hundred percent Jamie Varner now, and I'm not even thinking about what's going on after."
Hypothetical: what if it was the PRIDE FC days and the Japanese offer you a wheelbarrow full of money to fight Jon Jones. Do you take the fight?
"Absolutely. If they're going to pay me to try to fight Jon Jones, I'm going to shoot a little single[-leg takedown], and if it doesn't go my way, I'm getting the hell out of there. And then I'll take that wheelbarrow full of money.
Phil Davis and Wagner Prado's night ended quickly. Less than two minutes into their bout during the preliminary card of UFC on Fox 4, Davis hit Prado with an eye poke. When the fight doctor checked on Prado's eye, which was bleeding and swollen, Prado said he was seeing double. Though Prado protested, the bout was stopped and called a no-contest.
The ending of the bout was a disappointing way for Prado's UFC bout to end. His record is now 8-0-1. For Davis, it was his first fight after losing in a title contender fight against Rashad Evans in January.
The 'new' blog over on COTW has two options to view it in the traditional or "Classic" blog view, or the slightly different "Grid" blog view. See which you prefer…
The UFC once again delivered a thrilling night of fights at the Pepsi Center for UFC 150. The night saw UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson retain his title in a razor thin decision over Frankie Edgar in a rematch whose controversy might overshadow that of the original. Donald Cerrone also came out victorious tonight in [...]
ESPN's "MMA Live" produced an extra feature following UFC 150 this past Saturday night in Denver, Colorado. Hosts Todd Grisham and Brent Okamoto take a look back at the UFC 150 main event and look forward to UFC 151 on September 1.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Man, what a show last night, huh? After a string of events that had me questioning whether I should bother paying my cable bill, UFC on FOX 4 knocks it out of the park. The UFC's resident karate man earned himself a shot at the light-heavyweight belt, Joe Lauzon did what Joe Lauzon does, and Mike Swick returned after a lengthy layoff to rack up a win via knockout. All your morning news pertains to info gleaned from the post-fight presser, so let's get right to it.
- UFC president Dana White didn't have nice things to say about Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at the post-fight press conference. Well, he didn't exactly say anything that bad, but, you know, you kind of don't want your boss talking about you like this.
- For putting on yet another exciting fight and finishing opponent Jamie Varner, UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon pocketed a cool 100 grand in bonus money last night. For all you bean counters out there, that's $50,000 for Submission of the Night and $50,000 for Fight of the Night. That's going to make for a pretty decent barbecue at Chez Lauzon in Massachusetts.
- Mike Swick took home the Knockout of the Night bonus for sending DaMarques Johnson into La-La Land. Nice comeback, no?
- Brandon Vera's got nothing to be ashamed about. He was the heavy underdog going into his fight with Shogun, and fought his heart out.
Lee Wilson surfing Indonesia in early 2012. Filmed by Carlo Coral, Ivan Tanjung, and Oq Abrar. Edited by Carlo Coral. Produced by Royal Beach Bum for www.balibelly.tv
Music is “Somebody I used to Know” by Gotye.
Photo: Stephanie Gilmore winning a wooden carved rendition of Colleen's painting
It would seem that behind back-to-back losses to Benson Henderson for the UFC Lightweight Title, Frankie Edgar’s window for an immediate title shot against UFC Featherweight Kingpin Jose Aldo has closed. Dana White, who reportedly tried to talk “The Answer” into a move to featherweight said at yesterday’s post-fight press conference that if Edgar were [...]