Jamaica Legalization: 1st Caribbean Country To Decriminalize Weed

Jamaica voted Tuesday night to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, leading the region in softening penalties for pot possession and signaling an easing of decades of tension between the government and the Caribbean island’s Rastafari community. The law could pave the way for a regulated medical cannabis industry; however, legislators stressed that the law would “not create a free-for-all in the growing, transporting, dealing or exporting of ganja,” according to the Guardian.

Advocates of marijuana decriminalization celebrated the move as a victory for the country, where marijuana’s cultural roots run deep. “[The law] eliminates an unnecessary source of friction between police and citizens, and ensures that our young people are not gratuitously shackled with criminal records,” said the country’s minister of national security Peter Bunting, according to Sky News. He said the law “begins to correct decades of criminalizing tens of thousands of Jamaicans, mostly poor young black males, for possession of a little ‘spliff,’” a term for a joint prepared with cannabis and tobacco.

Jamaica joins a growing number of countries around the world Continue reading

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TITAN FC CHAMP DESMOND GREEN READY FOR MOBILE AEROFEST

Titan FC featherweight champion Desmond “Predator” Green is not one to wait for things to come to him. He’s always moving forward, pushing himself to achieve more wherever and whenever he can.

Case in point is 2014. As usual, Green was a busy man, fighting five times, and over the course of the year, he achieved many career highs.

“I got a lot of fights in as usual and I was able to gain some recognition on a national level,” Green said of last year. “I made it to the finals of the Bellator tournament. I got signed to Titan right after that and got one of the biggest wins of my career against (Miguel) Torres.

“It was a pretty active, busy, and successful year for me.”

In his last fight this past December at TFC 32, Green captured his first major MMA championship when he defeated UFC vet Steven Siler for the promotion’s 145-pound title. Continue reading

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GLORY 20 DUBAI: JACOBY REPLACES PAT BARRY AGAINST BOUZIDI

With Pat Barry forced to pull out of his GLORY 20 DUBAI appearance due to suffering a hand injury in training, Mourad Bouzidi has a new opponent for Friday April 3.

Dustin ‘The Hayak’ Jacoby – a GLORY veteran who has also competed for Bellator and the UFC – has agreed to step in and face him on three weeks’ notice. The fight will take place on the Superfight Series portion of the card.

“We got the news about Pat’s hand and no sooner had we started looking for a replacement than Jacoby was in touch saying he was ready to step up and step in,” says Jon Franklin, GLORY CEO.

“I don’t know how he heard about Barry being out so quick but he said he was ready to step up and face Bouzidi on three weeks’ notice and that is impressive. That’s what a real fighter does and Jacoby is a real fighter.” Continue reading

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Shane Mosley Wife Gets Championship Belts in Divorce…Whoa

TMZ has obtained Sugar Shane’s divorce settlement documents and — if you’ve been divorced — we’re betting his is a lot different.

The settlement provides that ex-wife Jin “shall maintain custody and control of three championship belts for each of the respective parties’ three minor children.” Each of the kids get a belt when they turn 18.

And Jin will get half of Sugar Shane’s cut of profits from videotapes and DVDs of his big fights, including bouts with Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto and Fernando Vargas.

Since the divorce was filed in California and community property rules apply, Jin gets half of Sugar Shane’s fight purses during their marriage. But luckily for Sugar, his big fight against Manny Pacquiao was held after the couple separated, so his $3 mil is his alone.

And get this … the couple accumulated 854,410 American Express points during their marriage, and she gets half. To put that in perspective, for Jin’s 427,205 points, she can buy either an industrial generator or a 10-speed bike.

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Pat “HD” Barry is back and set to fight in Glory 20 Dubai

The two will square off in the co-headline fight of the event, which takes place Friday, April 3 at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Barry is best known for his career as a Mixed Martial Arts fighter and his run in the UFC heavyweight division and fights with the likes of Cheick Kongo and Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic, though he started his career as a kickboxer and spent some years based in Amsterdam, Netherlands learning from all-time great Ernesto Hoost.

This will be Barry’s second fight for GLORY. His debut at GLORY 16: DENVER in May 2014 ended with an unexpected first-round KO loss to fellow debutant Zack ‘Black Warrior’ Mwekassa of South Africa (Mwekassa went on to prove his quality by dropping to light-heavyweight and reaching the final of the GLORY 18 Light-Heavyweight Contender Tournament in November).

Bouzidi last fought at GLORY 15 ISTANBUL in April 2014, snapping a two-fight losing streak by beating Oklahoman karate stylist Randy ‘Boom Boom’ Blake on points. In his preceding outing, Bouzidi was on the losing side of one of the biggest KO’s ever seen in GLORY, inflicted by Brazil’s Saulo Cavalari. Continue reading

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Mr. Watson and the UFC. 14 years of History

There have been rumors circulating this week that Watson, who was recently given the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award at the Seventh Annual Fighters Only World MMA Awards to honor his incredible career, walked out of this past weekend’s UFC 184 event in Los Angeles, California following a disagreement with UFC executives.

Although said reports are unconfirmed it would now appear that, whatever the reason may be, Burt has chosen to step down from the role that has made him one of the MMA industry’s most respected and beloved personalities.

“Whatever I need to do with [the fighters] in the course of the week, I do that,” Watson explains in an interview Continue reading

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Bellator and Scott Coker are taking Legal recourse to stop Rampage….

Bellator MMA have today announced that they are taking legal action against Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, who recently signed with the UFC and is currently scheduled to compete at UFC 186 against Fabio Maldonado.

Bellator MMA released the following statement: “Today, Bellator MMA was compelled to go to court to stop Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson from fighting in an April 25th bout promoted by Bellator’s competitor, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Jackson, who has completed only three fights of his exclusive six-fight contract with Bellator, is barred by contract from fighting for any promoter other than Bellator. Our lawsuit for an injunction and related relief – filed in the Chancery Division of the Superior Court in Burlington County, New Jersey – will compel Jackson to honor his contractual agreement. We look forward to having one of our MMA stars fighting for Bellator again.”

Quinton last fought for Bellator at Bellator 120 against Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal in May last year. He won the fight via unanimous decision. After a dispute with the promotion he left and re-signed with the UFC in December, having previously competed for the Zuffa-owned promotion from 2007-2013.
“What you’ve gotta try to do is not get taken advantage of so much,” Jackson told MMA media last month. “The UFC, they gave me a great deal. I’m happy. My deal is pretty good and it’s not all about money, it’s about respect and stuff as well.”
There has been no official response from Jackson or his team as of yet.

Article courtesy of Fighters only mag and P. Quigley

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Really Bellator…..Slice vs Shamrock….

More than six years after it was first scheduled to happen, Kimbo Slice and Ken Shamrock will share a mixed martial arts cage.

Bellator MMA officials have confirmed that a nontitle heavyweight fight between Slice (birth name Kevin Ferguson) and Shamrock will headline a Spike TV event on June 20 inside Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

The two were booked to headline an event promoted by now-defunct organization EliteXC on Oct. 4, 2008, in Sunrise, Florida. Shamrock withdrew from the fight the day of the event, however, citing an accidental cut suffered during prefight warm-ups.

In a release, Slice said, “Ken [Shamrock], I owe you this a– whooping. No more running! No more hiding!”

Shamrock, 51, who has never officially retired but also has not fought since November 2010, confirmed he has signed a multifight deal with Bellator.

“I am back,” Shamrock stated. “It’s good to be performing again for my fans. I feel great and my health is great. Age should never be a factor if an athlete is healthy, in great shape and has the drive to continue their sport. I will quit fighting when I want to.

“Kimbo Slice and I have some unfinished business. I am a fighter. That’s who I am.” Continue reading

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THIERRY SOKOUDJOU LOOKING TO LIVE UP TO HIS POTENTIAL IN BELLATOR

If one thing has eluded former Pride FC star Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Nkamhoua throughout his career it’s been consistency. It seems like every time he’s taken one step forward, he takes a step back.

And while Sokoudjou has had trouble finding consistency, he has managed to rebound off of difficult times and prove he’s someone that cannot be counted out.

With that said, Sokoudjou is looking forward to making his Bellator debut on Friday after having lost his last two bouts, because he feels he can once again rebound and get things back on track.

“I’ve had a few tough years, but nothing worthwhile comes easy,” Sokoudjou told MMAWeekly.com. “I’ve had a bunch of up and downs, but that’s how life goes.

“I know I can do better. This time I made sure I’ve trained with the right people and did the right things and I’m ready.”

One thing Sokoudjou has done to make sure he doesn’t repeat the past is mix up his training routine. Continue reading

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MMA Legend Yves Edwards vs 50 shades of grey

Here’s a Valentine story for you guys. On Thursday afternoon My wife asked me if I want to go see “50 Shades of Grey” with her. My response was, “I have 0 interest in seeing that movie.” She said okay and sounded disappointed. So I texted her and told her if she really wants to see it then go ahead and get the tickets I’ll go with her. From this point on it’s all about the movie and my experience and I won’t be tagging anything “Spoiler Alert” because either you’re a woman that’s already read the books or you’re a man and you don’t give a damn.

The movie starts at about 9:15pm and about 10 minutes in I’m like, “Yup this is pretty much what I expected, my misery has begun.” The scene that leads to the male and female leads meeting each other is like a bad juiced up version of “Mad Men”. She goes to his office, big wall street type corporate office, where all the employees are tall leggy blondes dressed the sexy secretary role, and here comes Annastasia(I don’t remember her last name just I like I don’t remember Grey’s first name) who sticks out like a sore thumb in this environment. Fast forward through a ton of forced(cinematically) sexual tension, some manufactured conflict as the segue to get into some Whatshisface Grey character development.

They hang out a little one day and he decided, they’re not going to be a good fit. Of course as a woman she is devastated because her “Prince Charming” is getting away. So she goes out with her room mate and a guy friend, gets wasted and calls Grey drunk to do the typical TV show, “I’m a girl and you hurt my feelings, so I’m going to call you when I’m drunk” move while she’s in line for the bathroom at the club. Of course him being the young go getter that he is, when a young drunk damsel calls him he must rescue her from herself and the guy friend she considers family, but who now is admittedly all into her and rapey. At this point I’m thinking, okay everything that is happening in this movie is freaking ridiculous and how can women enjoy this crap. I’m doing mental gymnastics now trying to justify or at the very least comprehend how my wife could be enjoying this; maybe it’s because she read the books so what’s happening on screen has a different meaning to her than it does to me; like when I watch a superhero movie with someone that didn’t grow up on comic books. This movie is extremely bad, it’s what you get when Nickelodeon decides to venture into the world of pornography. I have paid money to sit in a movie theater and watch garbage that is simultaneously destroying my brain cells, perpetuating the Prince Charming myth, decreasing my faith in humanity and portraying women as irrational and incompetent.

I am negatively multitasking on a cosmic level.
I do not want to be in here watching this at all at this point, and I’m sitting in the back corner of the theater(small audience capacity about 30) when I have this thought that had me giggling uncontrollably for the next 3-4 minutes and intermittently for the next 15 minutes. Mind you I’m still miserable and I’m a bit disappointed in my wife because, in my head, she’s into this foolishness. Then out of no where she drops a beautiful bomb on me by leaning over and whispering to me, “FYI, I liked the books but this movie is ridiculous, we can leave whenever you want.” What!!! It’s Christmas already? Hallelujah!!!!! I put up a card asking for our check(The Alamo Drafthouse for you non-Austin folks has a full service menu and wait staff) but no servers come soon enough and we’re now both at our limit. So we stand up and walk out; and as we’re leaving I’m giggling because all the men are looking at me like, “Can I go with you bro?” and their SOs are looking at us like “Why would you be leaving?”

Anyway we get to the lobby and it’s 10:10pm I grab a server, and asked for some help. This is the conversation I had with him almost verbatim.
Me: “Excuse me, can you please help us get our check?”
Server: “What theater were you in?”
Me: “‘50 Shades of Grey’ in theater 10.”
Server: He smiled and said “That movie is pretty bad huh?”
Me: Thinking about how bad that movie was made me remember why I was laughing so hard in the theater. “Horrible is a better word. I didn’t want to go to jail for yelling ‘Fire’ in a crowded theater, but I was sitting in the back and I literally thought ‘if I take a shit in the corner we would all have to leave’”.
Moral of the story: 1. Don’t see “50 Shades of Grey”, unless you want to seriously consider taking a shit in a crowded theater.

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