MMAJunkie’s John Morgan and ‘Cold Coffee’ explain how MMA journalism works

From: The MMA Road Show with John Morgan Episode 38 – December 8, 2015 http://media.blubrry.com/themmaroadshow/p/themmaroadshow.com/podcasts/Morgan-Road-Show-Ep-38-Vegas.mp3 John Morgan: A little bit of a weird vibe at World Series [of Fighting] today. Ali Abdel Aziz — I’m thinking he probably wouldn’t have been there anyway. Ali Abdel Aziz is of course the manager of Rafael dos Anjos, the UFC lightweight champion fighting in Orlando ...

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Rat in a cage: the real story of Ali Abdel Aziz

In September 2001, just days after 9/11, a young Egyptian national is flagged trying to sneak into the United States via Colorado using a falsified passport. Ali Abdel Aziz, AKA Ali Ibrahim, AKA Ali A. Aziz, AKA Alaa Abdel Aziz, told investigators that he was an Olympic judoka who came to Colorado to train at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) ...

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An open letter to Canadian combat sports stakeholders

We have a problem. We need to stop looking the other way, pretending it doesn’t exist and actually fix it once and for all, instead of burying our heads in the sand and pretending it doesn’t exist. Over the past several years the poor decisions and incompetence of the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission and its woefully inept executive director Pat ...

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2011 tampered gloves debacle should have earned Pat Reid a lifetime combat sports ban

If you’ve never seen Assault in the Ring, do yourself a favor and watch it and see how reputations, careers, and lives were ruined over a pair of tampered boxing gloves.   (Video courtesy of YouTube) On the undercard of the June 16, 1983 Roberto Durán-Davey Moore WBA light middleweight championship fight card at Madison Square Gardens undefeated 14-0 welterweight Billy Collins Jr. ...

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How Pat Reid was handed the keys to the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission

Pat Reid’s contentious reign as executive director of the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission nearly ended before it began. It would have, had it not been for his friends in high places at city hall. Just prior to Reid’s May 2009 interview with the City of Edmonton-appointed hiring committee, one commission member stumbled upon various online stories about two Pat Reids from Ontario — ...

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Cody McKenzie hoping to turn luck around with Superior Challenge win over David Bielkheden May 16 in Sweden

Cody McKenzie has given up on his fight to overturn his three-month suspension illegally handed down by the Edmonton Combative Sport Commission and will sit out the remainder of his questionable time out before fighting again four days after the sanction is lifted. McKenzie (15-7)  is slated to face fellow former UFC fighter David Bielkheden (20-12) on the main card ...

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