Monday, September 18, 2017

September 8, 2014, I temporarily inhabited the hooded woods of the very same shaded, east mountain in the slanted, morning, less lunar, light with bear sign and buck antler’ rubbings high on saplings, among the defecation of the Least Weasel, when two boar ran with speckled offspring across my upward winding, oak less trail, a past deer dance on a precipitous path around the contours of the river run off within the massive deciduous mountain range. It has rained in solid, also slanted sheets for days. I am cold and wet even in camouflage raincoat remembrance.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

“Eddie Goldman is the original Mixed Martial Arts journalist, activist, and historian whose ground breaking coverage of the combat sports, combined with his political, social, and cultural criticism, has earned him the respect and love of people all around the world, and the ire of the corrupt. He is the hurdle that that one must navigate if they choose to rewrite history. His intolerance for lies is legendary. He remains an out spoken proponent of justice in sports.” John Perretti

Thursday, February 16, 2017

SECRET NARRATIVE As an inter tidal surge recedes with eight second Pacific intervals Swells oil atop kelp beds Surface tension Dinner rocks become undersea mounds, (Refractions for the eaters) Lunar held, liquid withdrawal Reappearing as pinnacles in pools Polaroid still, Purple lace flowers Float in windows, down culm sheath wings on a naked nymph’s ride along the sea A swimmer’s flight Gulls observe as the night curtain is called in “A book’s flowing into film” Potentiality’s thrill One’s knowing remembrance Physicality’s gesture, with its inherent weakness The chain’s links Still A momentary earth’s shudder Altering tides as had probably had before in lives past Time’s crevasses appear as a soul’s lure Open mouthed surface shrinking into wedged depths Sparkling possibilities and with certain motivation, pure Falling, then encapsulated, sentiments endure Sediments collect The re-approach without dilution Yearning for deserving Emotion’s lubrication Hopeful position, non intrusive A believer’s devotion with persistent evocation New structures disallowance for experiential bliss Tangential interrogation Strategic evacuation Ocean’s odors permeate the mind regurgitating thoughts to the surface Organs gasping for oxygen a breath hold of past experience The desire to breathe relates to the excessive carbon dioxides of lost loves At depth, one can ignore such impulses for a limited time Amidst Thanksgiving day parade masses Recognizing a three fingered left hand clasping Water pelts down Prior evening inflation Ropes strain skyward Cartoon giants swim amongst the nimbus Floats roll Can such rides depend on balance? Vertigo’s missed gravitational step Ballast, manipulated through semi circular canals, Nautilus kept Chambers Inside the pyramid Vacuous, labyrinthine tunnels Neurological earthworms excavate pathways and defecate thought Memory, a magnetic compass for grave robbing Journeys that can lose toes, brothers Two slabs of polished limestone remaining Bronze tools eroding Water pressure’s calming of the Autistic Cattle before slaughter methodology Bovine isolation Offering less disturbance Blood, evicerents received at the storm drains entrance Clockwise down vortex in a northern hemisphere Wet womb roundup Surgical throat slitting in red soaked, yellow, vinyl vestments. To wear the shell will not protect the mind. John Perretti 2007
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

No Holds Barred: John Perretti on A Life Of Concussions

(Photo of Adrien Broner and Khabib Allakhverdiev by Stephanie Trapp/Showtime. Photo of Lucas Matthysse and Viktor Postol by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions.)

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with lifelong martial artist, former UFC and Battlecade Extreme Fighting matchmaker, TV commentator, and our senior correspondent, John Perretti.

We spoke with him by Skype Tuesday Japan time (Monday New York time).

John Perretti's fighting career mainly focused on kickboxing, where he took "a lot of damage," and also included competition in karate and taekwondo, as well as rigorous training in grappling, judo, and wrestling, he said. This resulted in "16 verifiable concussions" and a few more "accidental" ones along the way.

After he had retired as an active fighter but still was training and coaching, at about the age of 40 he started having cognitive problems.

He illustrated what this meant for him: "For myself, that was the real beginning of not knowing where I was, even though I was probably 50-60 feet down a driveway in the Hampton Bays, and getting lost, I mean physically lost, and having to pull the car over and not know where I was for an hour or two."

As time went on, he said, having scar tissue on the brain and other brain injuries made him susceptible to other diseases. And he knows many fighters and ex-fighters with similar problems.

What upsets him to no end today is seeing parents encourage and even steer their children into training and competing in sports where inflicting head trauma resulting in brain injuries is common and often legal within the sport's rules.

"Parents have to take responsibility," he argued, when it comes to having their children participate in sports like rugby, American football, boxing, and MMA.

We discussed how many parents are attached to a "macho" culture which ignores health and safety, why he recommends only sports which are "low impact" and have a relatively low chance of head trauma, how even non-contact sports today are becoming "really physical," and much, much more.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Dear Editor,

I read with great interest Jon Wertheim's article "Ultimate Fighting: Too Brutal or the Future". Unfortunately Mr. Wertheim did not check his facts nor did he do appropriate research on the history of MMA.  As this new sport continues to take the world by storm, it is important to chronicle what really happened. As Lenin once said " A lie told often enough becomes the truth".  While Dana White and his organization have made great strides in furthering MMA, he and others in this sport owe a great deal to the likes of John Perretti.

As Eddie Goldman (No Holds Barred) so aptly puts it in his article "The Maestro":

 "John’s role in fashioning this sport, today known as mixed martial arts or just MMA, has largely been written out of the Orwellian mini-histories which have spread like a virus in this same mainstream media now explaining the current popularity of the UFC.
 
Simply put, it was John Perretti, in both Extreme Fighting, which ran from 1995 to 1997, and later in the UFC itself where he served as matchmaker until January 2001, who came up with the basic structure of modern mixed martial arts."

Before we all start believing the UFC's "history" of MMA, let's get the facts straight and give credit where credit is due.

Scott Ross
UFC Fan

Tuesday, February 11, 2014