By Zach Arnold | July 28, 2007
By Zach Arnold
I got a couple of e-mails about this posting over at the Something Awful forums. Once you read it, you’ll quickly take notice of what is being claimed.
Here’s an update on the fighter’s medical condition.
Here is what the poster wrote:
After years of being an MMA nerd, I finally saw my first live event tonight. It was Warriors of the Cage II in Oklahoma City and we had ring side seats. It was pretty fun (if sub-mediocre) until the very last fight.
It was some scrub with no record named Larry Shorman against a guy from Team Quest named Jeremiah Constant. The scrub was giving up over 50 lbs and had a clear disadvantage in terms of training and experience.
In less than half a minute, the Team Quest guy put shorman on his back and started ground and pound. That’s when everyone noticed that Shorman’s legs and arms had gone completely rigid. The fight was called, and after another few seconds the kid went totally limp and then started convulsing.
I felt sick. I can’t imagine what the fighters were going through. After about 20 minutes, they get the guy on a stretcher and haul him out. He’s probably paralyzed now.
Once people finally started filing out, my friends and I tracked down one of the inspectors from the Oklahoma Boxing Commission to hear his explanation as to why such a fight was allowed to take place. The guy was a huge asshole, and got extremely defensive. He said it was the Shorman’s own fault for volunteering for the fight, and that the regulators had no obligation to keep that from happening.
I’m going to do my homework and make sure whatever regulators were responsible for this travesty have to face up to their negligence. If this sport is going to get banned, it’s because of shithead regulators who don’t understand that their #1 top priority is the safety of the fighters. With regulatory incompetence like this, the first dead fighter in the sport isn’t a possibility, it’s an inevitability.
Who knows, I may have found my calling tonight. Anyone could do a better job at the Oklahoma Boxing Commission, so that person might as well be me. If anyone has any advice on getting into sports regulation, I’d love to know.
Quick research online shows that there was in fact an event called Warriors of the Cage II that happened on Saturday night at the OKC Farmers Market at 311 S. Klein in Oklahoma City (building phone number is 405-232-6506). Here is the MySpace account for the promotion. Sure enough, on the promoter’s MySpace account, it lists a main event of BodogFight’s Jeremiah Constant vs. Larry Shorman of Dragon’s Lair from Oklahoma City. Constant has a 4-2 record in MMA and is also a professional boxer. Here is another MySpace account that posted the WOTC card for Saturday night.
The matchmaker for the event is listed as Chris Holland. I could not find any public information on him.
If the allegations by the poster are true, then the Oklahoma Boxing Commission owes the public an answer to the charges being made against them. Here is the web page for the OBC. Contact information:
Location: 1000 NE 10th St., Rm. 1213, Oklahoma City, OK 73117 – 1299
Phone: 405/271-9444 Ext.. 57992 FAX: 405/271-1695
THE NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING FOR THE OKLAHOMA BOXING COMMISSION TO THE PUBLIC IS ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1ST AT 1:30 PM. AGENDA INFORMATION HERE.
Look at who is listed as Chairman of the OBC – Danny Hodge. I have a feeling that this is the legendary Danny Hodge, who has such a good reputation in both amateur and professional wrestling.
After finishing the text up above, I received a letter from Justin Watson (the person who wrote the message at Something Awful forums). Here is his statement to me:
I’m preparing a statement to be read at the OPBC’s next public meeting coming up on Wednesday. It’s pretty clear that the promoter and matchmaker were grossly negligent, but ultimately it is the Commission’s error for ignoring their own clearly defined rules in the approval of this bout.
I was hoping you guys at FightOpinion might be interested in pursuing this story. Oklahoma may not be the center of the MMA universe, but I don’t want my home state to become famous for the wrong reasons. If you are interested, I’ll keep you updated on things but I’m no journalist. I’m just a fan who wants to make sure his favorite sport is as clean as possible.
If you have any advice on the matter, or have anything you think should be included in my statement, don’t hesitate to let me know.
Here’s a link to the OPBC’s rules, parts of which were clearly ignored tonight:
On July 10th, Fox Sports Net aired a Best Damn Toughman Event from Oklahoma.
Update: As I was doing a blog search on Technorati for more information on Larry Shorman, I found this item.
ATTN: FIGHTERS AND PROMOTERS! PROMOTER RIP OFF!
ATTN: FIGHTERS AND PROMOTERS!
Beware of a guy called FLASH!
~EDIE “FLASH” NEWMAN~
RIPPED OFF ALOT OFF PEOPLE LAST SAT. NIGHT IN OKC.
He’s from Utah.
This event was called~ WARRIORS OF THE CAGE~
THIS WAS AT THE FARMERS MARKET.
His associate is BURT MCANALLY~IM WARNING OUT OF RESPECT!
RESPECTS~ KHUEN KHRU ADAMS
This was a reply posted by someone named Adams Muay Thai on a MySpace account called Cage Babes on June 21st. On that same date, the same poster made the same reply on a MySpace account called Masters of the Cage, in which the poster also left their contact information (email@example.com, 918-488-0707).
The poster claims that he had issues with two individuals – Eddie “Flash” Newman and Burt McAnally. A quick search on Google produces this 2002 article from The Oklahoma City Journal Record, which states that Burt McAnally is a Oklahoma City real estate investor and boxing promoter who bought the Farmer’s Public Market building. That was the same building used to host Saturday night’s Warriors of the Cage II event. Another search of Oklahoma City Journal Record articles reveals that McAnally and business partner Buck Smith are co-owners of TKOForMe Boxing at 819 W. Britton Road in OKC. Eddie “Flash” Newman is also easy to find on a Google search. He’s listed as a trainer (alongside Marvin Eastman) of a couple of individuals, plus his name shows up in a July 2003 Cincinnati Post article. The article claims that Newman is from St. George, Utah and promoted a boxing event in which boxer Bradley Rone collapsed and died.