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White: People who can’t respect Punk’s performance are f—king idiots

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UFC president Dana White responds to criticisms towards CM Punk’s UFC 225 performance.

UFC president Dana White was heavily critical of Mike Jackson’s performance at UFC 225. The outspoken company executive put “The Truth” on blast right after the event for “goofing around” and not trying to finish the fight.

White, however, has been all praises for opposing fighter CM Punk. In a recent guesting on the MMA Roasted podcast, he defended the former WWE superstar from all detractors, the most notable one being UFC analyst Joe Rogan.

“A lot of people talk sh-t about CM, well, get in there. Come on over,” White said (transcript via MMANYTT). “Have a fight and fight one of these guys.”

“It’s easy to sit in your living room and talk sh-t. This guy was a huge star in WWE and he came over here and put it all on the line twice, man, in front of the whole world.

“If people can’t respect that, then they’re a f—king idiot.”

According to White, critics do not have the right to throw shade at someone like Punk and his dedication for the sport.

“You can’t tell somebody ‘don’t do the thing that you want to do the most,’” White said. “CM Punk wanted to be a UFC fighter and he wanted to come here. He wanted it so bad that he dropped everything and focused on nothing but mixed martial arts.”

“If you talk to his team, next time you talk to Duke Roufus or Anthony Pettis, or any of those guys and talk about how this guy was driving back and forth from Chicago (to Milwaukee), how he would drive for hours and then train forever, you know. They all ended up respecting him.”

But when asked if he was willing to give Punk a third shot in the UFC, White immediately shut it down.

“No. I don’t think he really wants a third chance.”

The 39-year-old Punk lost via unanimous decision at UFC 225, as he now drops to a professional record of 0-2.

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TheUnchosenOne
7 days ago
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Well Dana are you also offering ME 500 grand to do it? Because then I would
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Morning Report: Andrea Lee says husband might get Nazi tattoos covered if artist can ‘make it not look trashier than it already is’

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Arguably the biggest story in MMA this past weekend was the revelation that UFC flyweight Andrea Lee’s husband and coach, Donny Aaron, has Nazi tattoos on both of his arms. Backlash quickly arose from the MMA community and Aaron took to social media to respond, apologizing for his tattoos but saying he would not have them removed or covered up. The anger of the MMA community over the past few days may have changed that though.

Speaking with the Slip ‘n Dip podcast on Monday, Lee addressed the controversy surrounding her husband having tattoos implicitly espousing genocide and white supremacy, calling them “embarrassing” and saying that she too wanted him to cover up the tattoos but that she “can’t make him do it.”

“I took a picture with my husband and he has some embarrassing tattoos” Lee said of the situation. “He has a swastika on his arm. He’s normally careful about posting pictures but he posted our lake pictures on Twitter and people zoomed in on his tattoos and saw the swastika and they started commenting and posting hateful stuff. He saw it immediately and he was upset and I saw it and everybody was turning on me because he’s my husband and I’m standing next to him so obviously I must be a racist and a Nazi.

“When I met Donny, I asked him about the tattoos because I was curious as well and he told me his story and he was talking about how he changed. I even asked him why wouldn’t you cover them up? I felt the same way. Maybe you should cover them up but he says that it looks terrible already and it would just make it worse. I don’t know. I can’t make him do it. I can’t make him throw something on there.

“I swear to y’all that neither one of us are racist. He just had a bad past obviously. He got it on his arm. He didn’t mean to put all that out for everyone to see and he certainly doesn’t want to ruin my career.”

Though she initially responded (in a since deleted tweet) that people taking issue with Aaron’s Nazi tattoos were “sensitive ass mofos,” yesterday Lee issued an apology for her response. Now, with another day to mull it over, Lee says she and her husband are discussing options for doing something about the tattoos.

“Actually, him and I just had the talk earlier” Lee said. “We were discussing it, trying to find someone who could cover it up and maybe make it look good, make it not look trashier than it already is. We’re gonna talk about it and see what happens.”

As for her career, “KGB” seems no worse for wear. The UFC has yet to issue any kind of comment on the matter, and Lee says she has be in contact with the UFC PR team and smoothed the whole situation over.

“The UFC, we’ve talked to them to get everything smoothed over as well so I’m not gonna get cut, guys,” Lee said. “I don’t see why they should cut me over someone else’s - I was like 12 when he got those tattoos. I didn’t even know who he was then and when I came into the picture he was a completely changed person he just has it on his body still there.”


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Personally, I would be extremely interested to know what Lee and Aaron thinks could possibly look trashier than a swastika and SS bolts.

Take it easy and see y’all tomorrow.


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TheUnchosenOne
17 days ago
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LITERALLY ANYTHING WOULD BE BETTER THAN NAZI TATTOOS HE GOT IN JAIL JFC
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Former MMA columnist found guilty of federal drug charges

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A former MMA medical consultant/columnist may receive a life sentence for possessing and distributing opioids.

A former MMA media member has been found guilty of five drug charges by a jury in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Johnny Benjamin, most notably of MMAJunkie, was also found not guilty on weapons charges according to TCPalm.

Benjamin, 53, is an orthopedic surgeon who practiced at Pro Spine Center in Vero Beach. He had been featured on MMAJunkie.com since at least 2009. In addition to contributing his own articles, Benjamin was regularly interviewed in a column called “Ask the Fight Doc”. Benjamin’s most recent article for that outlet was published on May 22nd, 2017. In his recent articles Benjamin is listed as MMAJunkie’s medical columnist and consultant”.

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had been investigating Benjamin since September 2016. This came after a woman died of an overdose due to furanylfentanyl-laced pills. After that death, the DEA used an informant, Zachary Stewart, to secretly film Benjamin conspiring to distribute the same pills that had caused the overdose.

During the trial, jurors watched the footage of Benjamin and Stewart outside of Pro Spine Center handling a bag containing 4,000 fake pills provide by the DEA. Stewart calls the drugs “blues”, which is code for counterfeit Oxycodone pills that are actually packed with fentanyl (an opioid that can be 50 times more powerful than heroin).

“It ain’t like the (expletive) we had through Kevan where the (expletive) girl croaked,” said Stewart in the video; according to TCPalm.

A day after the undercover taping, Benjamin was stopped at Melbourne-Orlando International Airport before he could board a flight to Philadelphia. He was found in possession of the counterfeit pills supplied by Stewart. He was arrested six days later.

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Weapons found at Benjamin’s home.

Police then raided a storage space belonging to Benjamin. Inside they found a fentanyl-coated scale, several pill bottles, a large box of documents, and firearms. TCPalm reports that more than 20 firearms were also seized from Benjamin’s vehicle and home.

Stewart and Kevan Slater, another DEA informant, pleaded guilty and confessed to working with Benjamin to acquire and distribute synthetic opiods throughout 2016. They claimed they did this by obtaining phony prescriptions from Benjamin. The pair would then receive drugs from various pharmacies in Vero Beach and return them to Benjamin for later distribution.

Benjamin received his five guilty verdicts (stemming from seven drug charges) on April 27th. The guilty verdicts relate to charges of conspiracy to possess and distribute furanylfentanyl, possessing acetyl fentanyl with the intent to distribute, and possessing oxycodone with the intent to distribute.

He was found not guilty of possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking. The court determined that Benjamin’s extensive weapon collection were hobby items only and not connected to his criminal activities.

Benjamin now faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison. However, he may receive a life sentence and millions of dollars in fines when he is formerly sentenced in July.

“We are very happy with the jury’s verdict of guilty,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney John McMillan, who prosecuted the case (per TCPalm). “A young woman’s life was lost due to the defendant misusing his talents as a physician, and such activity surely deserves a heavy punishment.”

Prior to being investigated for drug trafficking, Benjamin maintained a connection to combat sports and MMA media that went beyond his column on MMAJunkie. In 2009 he was profiled in an ESPN article titled ‘Meet Dr. Johnny Benjamin’. In 2013 Benjamin was also interviewed by Bloody Elbow.

In the 1990s Benjamin provided pre-fight medical services to boxers Antonio Tarver, Laila Ali, and Arturo Gatti (per ESPN). According to his signature on MMAJunkie, Benjamin was also a member of the Association of Boxing Commissions’ MMA Medical Subcommittee.

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TheUnchosenOne
43 days ago
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I'd been wandering what happened to Dr. Johnny Benjamin and welp now I have my answer
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Resurrecting the dead doesn’t lessen the impact of Avengers: Infinity War

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Permanence has nothing to do with whether a story beat is meaningful

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TheUnchosenOne
44 days ago
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The problem isn't impermanence, it's the certainty with which we know it will happen
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Today’s SEC filing suggests MoviePass’ time is running out

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Subscription service MoviePass hasn’t been having a great 2018. Constant changes to its terms of service have created a growing sense of uncertainty about what customers actually get with their MoviePass subscriptions. The company’s flagship tier was scuttled, then brought back without any real explanation. And in April, an independent auditor for MoviePass parent company Helios & Matheson Analytics raised alarm bells by expressing “substantial doubt” that the company could stay in business. Bloomberg reports that an SEC filing today largely confirms that assessment, with Helios & Matheson acknowledging it has just $15.5 million in the bank, even though it’s been blowing through more than $21 million per month on average over the past...

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TheUnchosenOne
45 days ago
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I mean, yeah, obviously MoviePass's business model isn't sustainable
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What would the MCU look like if Marvel didn’t undo Avengers: Infinity War?

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Warning: Major spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War lie ahead.

Everybody knew there would be deaths in Avengers: Infinity War. Nobody was prepared for how many. But now that the world has collectively gasped as hero after hero disappeared in Infinity War’s final moments, everybody knows they’re bound to come back, and that we shouldn’t take their deaths seriously. This is a comic book movie, and Marvel’s films operate by comic book logic that dictates no death lasts forever, except formative ones like Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben. (Plus, many of the affected characters have upcoming movies that were announced long ago.)

The only problem: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who wrote Infinity War and its still-untitled sequel, have said we s...

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TheUnchosenOne
45 days ago
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lol
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