Well Here’s the Good News

It’s not all doom and gloom in the MMA world. Some members of the MMA community have been doing some great things and announcing great personal news. It’s important to stay positive and I’m here to help you achieve that goal. We have decided to help keep that positivism flowing the best that we can. Nothing but good news for you to feast your eyes on.

UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon shared a video that has done the rounds before of him and his brother Dan having a fight at a family BBQ. Joe shared this video in honor of Father’s Day as it was his dads idea to actually have the fight. I’ll let him explain the full story.

Bobby Green fought Clay Guida this past weekend and picked up a solid victory at UFC Vegas 3 at the APEX. He shared a heartfelt message with his father in his post fight interview.

Last week it was 3 years since UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes was involved in a horrific accident when his car got hit by a train. The former welterweight champion shared his experience over that period of time and his sensational recovery. Even in tough times it’s great to see such an honest, positive outlook.

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6-16-17. My accident was 3 years ago today. In some ways it doesn't feel like that long ago, but in other ways, my old life feels like a lifetime ago. My life has changed so much in these past 3 years. Some for the better, some for the worse. According to my MRI, I should have never woke up from my coma. I should be dead or have what is referred to as locked-in syndrome. About a year after my accident, I got complacent. I wasn't noticing any big improvements. I was depressed, I felt like a burden, I felt worthless, and I would pray for God to take me. This past year has been an awakening for me. I have a new mindset and goals. I am beyond grateful for every physician, doctor, nurse, therapist, coach, first responder, family member, friend, etc. who worked with me over the past 3 years. I thank God for guiding their hands and their decisions. I am extremely thankful for all the many prayers from each and every one of you. To my friends and family who stuck it out with me during all the ups and downs, I wouldn't be here if not for you. As an athlete, I thought I knew the body well. I realized, I know nothing when it comes to the brain. I still have a long way to go and I still have days where I get extremely sad and down, but I refuse to accept "this is as good as it's going to get". If you are caring for someone with a brain injury, please be patient with them. Please don't pick arguments or be overly critical. Educate yourself about the injury before you assume we are just being difficult for no reason. If you have a brain injury, get help immediately. Stick to your therapy. Try and surround yourself with supportive people. See a counselor to help you through the tough times. Remove negative people and as much stress as possible from your life. This injury will not fix itself over time. You have to challenge yourself daily. Push your body further than what you think is possible. Finally, thank you all for the support and encouragement you have given me these past 3 years. It definitely helps. Thank you for sharing your stories with me. Please keep the prayers coming, I sure do appreciate them. #rebirth #tbi #tbiawareness #aliveday

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UFC bantamweight Petr Yan, who fights Jose Aldo at UFC 251 on Fight Island. He and his wife welcomed a baby boy into the world this week. Congratulations to him and his wife.

I’ll tell you something for nothing, the guy who dressed up here in the scarecrow outfit is a brave man. Funny old school clip of the Fox Sports day’s that Hall of Famer Michael Bisping shared. He got a right good scare. Very funny.

So I guess the message is here if you don’t fasten your seatbelt UFC welterweight Gunnar Nelson will come pee on your toilet seat. That should get the message across, well done sir!

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It only takes 2 seconds to fasten your seat belt.

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Ian O'Neill is a Kilkenny man living in Canada. You can catch him on Twitter most of the time talking all things MMA. Follow me on Twitter and on Instagram @ioneillmma.