National Champion Wrestler Ed Ruth to Pursue MMA After 2016 Olympics

Ed Ruth, one of the most decorated college wrestlers in U.S. history, will pursue a career in professional MMA.

The three-time national wrestling champion said he intends to make his MMA debut in early 2017 after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

“Once the Olympics are over, I want to go straight into fighting,” Ruth told Bleacher Report in an exclusive interview. “I can’t wait to just get in there and be in that atmosphere and walk out with the belt.”

The moment he sets foot in an MMA cage, Ruth would immediately become one of the two or three best wrestlers ever to compete there.
While attending Penn State University, Ruth, 24, compiled a 140-3 record, winning three NCAA titles and earning All-American honors in all four of his active seasons. Already a member of the U.S. national team, Ruth is preparing to represent America as a freestyle wrestler in the 2016 Olympic Games. As Team USA’s top-ranked wrestler at 86 kilograms (189 pounds), he is the favorite to secure that spot.

On first exposure to MMA, Ruth admits he was not a big fan. But the more he came to know it, the more he gravitated toward it. Ruth also acknowledged the career path MMA provides for top wrestlers, a path that wasn’t available a generation ago.

“I started watching it, and it’s a really cool sport,” Ruth said. “I’ve always wanted to do boxing and karate. You can win in any type of way. I just caught the bug. … It’s been something that wrestlers have needed. What do you do after the Olympics? You could coach. But there was really no professional outlook. But now we have MMA. Now we have choices.”

Though Ruth has no extensive training in any combat sport outside of wrestling, wrestling is considered a cornerstone skill of MMA and should give him a big leg up right out of the gate. So, too, will the training team he’d like to join: the vaunted Greg Jackson-Mike Winkeljohn camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Continue reading

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Bellator Gets Injunction; ‘Rampage’ Out of UFC 186 Co-Main Event

New Jersey Superior Court Judge Karen L. Suter granted Bellator MMA a temporary injunction on Tuesday, preventing Quinton Jackson from fighting in the UFC 186 co-main event against Fabio Maldonado on April 25.

Jackson broke his contract with Bellator in December, believing that he was within his rights to cancel his contract and re-sign with the UFC, accusing Bellator of breaching their agreement.

Bellator president Scott Coker vowed that the Viacom-owned fight promotion would fight in court to protect its interests. Bellator filed suit on March 4, alleging that Jackson breached his contract with the organization.

“We are pleased by the judge’s ruling and look forward to having ‘Rampage’ fight for Bellator again soon,” read a Bellator statement released following today’s ruling.

The two sides will now make their cases in court to settle their contractual dispute.

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Black farmers object to medical marijuana law……..As they should

TALLAHASSEE — Black farmers, mostly in the South, fought for more than 30 years to reach a $1.3 billion settlement with the federal government over discriminatory lending and assistance practices.

Now, Florida’s low-THC medical marijuana law passed last year has reignited old wounds for the state’s black farmers, who complain that requirements in the law have virtually barred them from participating in the new industry.

Under the law, only nurseries that have been in business for at least 30 continuous years and cultivate a minimum of 400,000 plants are eligible to apply to be one of five “dispensing organizations” selected to grow, process and dispense the non-euphoric cannabis.

But none of the state’s black farmers meet the criteria, Howard Gunn, an Ocala farmer and president of the Florida Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, told the Senate Health Policy Committee during a discussion today of a new plan to get the medical-marijuana industry up and running.

“It brings a lot of resentment up from before. We’re disappointed again. What do you say? You’re here in the state. You try to do what’s right. But to carve out a section for certain people. … Just give us a piece. That’s all we ask for,” Gunn told reporters after the meeting. “It’s just being fair. Equal justice. And we feel like it just wasn’t done.”

Part of the reason that the black farmers don’t have operations as expansive as their white and Hispanic counterparts may be blamed on discriminatory lending practices by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that led to a class-action lawsuit, known as “Pigford I,” filed in 1981. Continue reading

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Marijuana Treatment Study on PTSD for Veterans Gets Back on Track

A year after the federal government approved a study for the use of marijuana by veterans in treating post-traumatic stress disorder the work may at last get underway.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse on Wednesday informed the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies that it is ready to supply researchers with marijuana needed for the study, Brad Burge, spokesman for MAPS, told
The study will mark the first federally approved study in which the subjects will be able to ingest the marijuana by smoking it, he said. It will also be “the first whole-plant marijuana study,” meaning the marijuana will not simply be an extract of the cannabis in a manufactured delivery system, such as a pill.

NIDA’s decision had been a long time coming, according to Burge, but that delay was only one of the setbacks after the Department of Health and Human Services, the Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Agency cleared the way for the research last year. Continue reading

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Bellator MMA signs Bobby Lashley to a long term contract extension

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (March 20, 2015) – Bellator MMA announced today that superstar heavyweight Bobby Lashley (12-2) has signed a long-term contract extension with the promotion. Lashley is a perfect 2-0 under the Bellator banner, and 10 of his 12 victories have come by way of stoppage.

The 6’3 wrestling standout started training in the sport at age 12, and would go on to win several titles including three National Championships at Missouri Valley College, an NAIA National Championship, a CISM World Championship Silver Medal and a two-time Armed Forces Wrestling Championship when he served in the United States Army.

With his amazing wrestling pedigree, “The Dominator” signed a developmental contract with the WWE in 2004 and made his professional debut for the organization in 2005. Lashley would go on to fight for ECW and TNA as well, but wanted to prove himself in the world of MMA Continue reading

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Early in his career Andy ‘The Machine’ Ristie established a reputation for putting on exciting fights and having plenty of knockout power. But nothing hinted at the force he would become on joining the GLORY World Series lightweight division. Ristie transformed into a Terminator on joining the toughest pool of 155lb strikers in the world before falling short at the final hurdle in his first title shot. Next week he gets his second crack at the belt as he rematches defending champion Robin van Roosmalen. Fireworks are a certainty.

Even as GLORY debuted its lightweight division at GLORY 1 STOCKHOLM, Giorgio Petrosyan was already considered its king by default. Not only was he ranked #1 in the world at lightweight, he was also considered to be probably the #1 pound-for-pound kickboxer in the world.

That first GLORY event featured a field of sixteen lightweights fighting single matches which would leave eight winners at the end of the night. Those eight would then go forward to the final eight-man tournament at GLORY 3 ROME to battle it out in a one-night tournament to produce an ultimate victor. Continue reading

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World Wrestling Champion Rob Van Dam Supports Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016

Rob Van Dam, world famous professional wrestler, is also an advocate for the legalization of cannabis. He recently created a video that describes his opinion on this subject which can be found on Hashbar TV HERE.
“Marijuana should be legalized and taxed like beer and wine,” Van Dam said.

The 2016 California Cannabis Hemp Initiative (CCHI 2016), a grass roots organization endorsed by the California Green Party, is seeking financial donations to pay for signature gathering and to promote the initiative. Volunteers are also needed, according to CCHI 2016.
Signatures will be gathered beginning around Sept. 10 this year. The signatures of more than 600,000 registered voters will be needed to qualify for the 2016 ballot within 150 days of signature gathering. Continue reading

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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 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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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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