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Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter — busy covering tonight’s UFC mixed martial arts fight between Jon Jones and Rampage Jackson for Yahoo Sports — has been vocal in ridiculing the controversy over an exhibition involving two 8-year-olds grappling inside a cage at an MMA show in the United Kingdom. The kids merely wrestled; there was no striking. But even Tom “Kong” Watson, the British fighter who called the controversy “a joke” admitted: “It was naïve and myopic of the promoters to stage the bout between the kids during an event featuring adult MMA fighters, and furthermore in a venue licensed to serve alcohol.” (See http://sport.uk.msn.com/blog/the-fighter-blogpost.aspx?post=8428ab7a-552d-4ca6-8878-df6710f2140b&_nwpt=1.)

Doesn’t sound very funny to me.

Meanwhile, to my knowledge, Meltzer has written nothing about the death Wednesday night of a 24-year-old former University of Tulsa football player, George Clinkscale, at an unsanctioned amateur boxing “fight night” inside a Tulsa church.

The Tulsa World‘s second-day story about the incident is at http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20110924_11_A1_Afgtrw935783.

Irv Muchnick

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