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Brett Rogers Has Awesome Mug Shot After Assault Arrest

We’ve featured some classic mug shots at LBS over the years. Former MLB player Derek Bell had a legendary one several years ago. Former Calgary Flames forward Brett Sutter looked like a pedophile in his. And running back Laurence Maroney went Busta Rhymes with his hair in his. But does anything top Brett Rogers and his mohawk from his mug shot? I think not.

Laughing over Rogers’ mug shot does not mean we find his alleged actions to be funny. Quite the opposite, in fact. As we learned from Bloody Elbow, Rogers was jailed and charged with “assault in the third degree, domestic assault by strangulation and pattern of stalking conduct — all felonies –in Dakota County. He was also charged with endangerment of a child, a gross misdameanor.”

Here are the details of what allegedly transpired. “His wife blacked out from being choked, suffered a golf ball sized wound on her face among smaller wounds. The couples daughter had tried to intervene after she saw Rogers strike her mother.”

Rogers reportedly admitted to getting in a fight with his wife after drinking, and he says he was returning force. Bro, even if you were returning force, YOU’RE A PROFESSIONAL MMA FIGHTER. You don’t fight anyone unless paid to in the ring or unless you’re defending someone’s life. Somehow I doubt punching your wife and choking her was necessary. See Brett, this is the sort of thing you should have done to Josh Barnett, not your wife.

Thanks to My Fox Twin Cities for the pictures

Nate Marquardt’s Failed Medicals Centered Around Elevated Testosterone Levels

Nate Marquardt was replaced for his scheduled UFC on Versus 4 fight Sunday because of a failed medical exam. UFC President Dana White was upset with results and said Marquardt was out of the UFC. Marquardt kept quiet on the issue until Tuesday when he explained the nature of the failed tests on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani.

Marquardt said he failed his medicals because of elevated testosterone levels that were the result of hormone replacement therapy. Marquardt says he underwent testing last August after feeling sluggish during training and that tests came back saying he had low testosterone. His doctor recommended he go on hormone replacement therapy to correct the issue.

Marquardt said he worked with the UFC to handle the issue and figure out a plan that would allow him to receive hormone replacement. He says he was treated through the end of the year. Marquardt explained that when he fought Dan Miller he applied for therapeutic exemption in New Jersey and was approved. They asked him to go off treatment for eight weeks, take three blood tests, and then have an endocrinologist see if he needed more treatment. The blood tests came in and the endocrinologist wrote a letter saying he had low testosterone, recommending he go back on treatment.

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Rampage Jackson Tries to Punk Ariel Helwani Again (Video)

Rampage Jackson sat ringside for the UFC on Versus 4 Sunday night and provided some analysis on TV afterwards. After breaking down the win by his training buddy Cheick Kongo, Rampage was asked about his rumored upcoming fight with Jon Jones. That’s when he rekindled his issues with reporter Ariel Helwani. Check out the video:

Rampage is frequently a character full of personality during interviews and he often crosses the line. He got into it with Helwani during a pre-UFC 130 interview after being upset with the way a previous radio interview went between them. The guy may be entertaining because of his spontaneous and wacky personality, but he needs to cool it with Helwani.

The Most Disgusting Toe Injury You Will Ever See (from Miguel Torres’ MMA Gym)

On Friday we passed along the story of Xtreme Couture trainer Neil Melanson who had his toe amputated instead of missing a year of training. Melanson had his toe removed by choice. What happened at Miguel Torres’ gym in Indiana was by accident. First, we present you the censored version of the photo because we warn you, it is the most disgusting toe injury you will ever see.

Now, if you can stomach it (this picture can make you vomit), we present the uncensored photo via Miguel Torres’ twitter account:

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James Toney and Ken Shamrock Nearly Fight at Press Conference (Video)

James Toney and Ken Shamrock had to be separated at a meet and greet Saturday evening at the IFC Gym in Van Nuys, California. The two were at the gym to meet fans and pose for photos in anticipation of their upcoming fight. The rules for the fight were explained: there will be eight 3-minute rounds and a 30-second time limit on the ground. The new regulation, intended to even the fight between the storied boxer and MMA fighter, was termed a “shot clock” by the promoters.

Shamrock promised to stand up and fight Toney, unlike Randy Couture who took Toney to the ground and submitted him. He said he would get in Toney’s face and stand up to him like a boxer, allowing the fight to be competitive.

Toney’s manager admitted that taking the fight against Couture using full UFC rules was a mistake, and they said the move was intended to embarrass boxing. We saw it as an opportunity Toney wanted to promote himself on a big stage. This time around it should be a more even fight where Shamrock will be subjected to Toney’s boxing skills more than Couture was.

Dana White Says Nate Marquardt is Out of UFC After Failing Physical

The UFC 4 on Versus card Sunday night took a major blow when Nate Marquardt failed his physical, taking him out of the main event. As if that wasn’t a bad enough break for Marquardt, Dana White released a video announcing that Marquardt had been dropped by the UFC.

“I’m sure you heard that Nate Marquardt is out,” White said in a video clip. “It’s true. He failed his medicals. Not only is he out of this fight, out of the main event on Versus, he will no longer be with the UFC.”

Charlie Brenneman will replace Marquardt and fight Rick Story. Additionally, the heavyweight fight between Pat Barry and Cheick Kongo has been promoted to the main event.

Nate’s team released a statement after he failed the physical, saying “Nate is really disappointed. He really was looking forward to making his welterweight debut, and he plans to be back in there as soon as possible.”

Marquardt was moving down in weight from middleweight to welterweight for the fight, so it’s possible the cut had something to do with his issues. Unfortunately getting kicked out of the UFC will make it tough to live his wish of shutting up Michael Bisping.

Neil Melanson Had His Toe Amputated Instead of Sitting Out a Year

Neil Melanson is the head jiu-jitsu trainer at Xtreme Couture gym in Las Vegas, specializing in catch wrestling, guard, leg locks and triangle chokes. He’s trained some of the best fighters in the world, including Randy Couture, Gray Maynard, and Vitor Belfort. As you could imagine, things get pretty physical during training.

Two summers ago Melanson had one of his toes snapped out of place during training. It’s the same toe that he broke during his first ever competition, so it had been problematic for quite some time. When the toe made it too painful for him to walk, he sought medical attention.

A doctor told Melanson they could try to put a screw in the crooked toe to straighten it out, but that would have meant a year out of the gym. Melanson wasn’t down with that, so he opted to have the toe chopped off instead. To him, it’s no real loss.

“It’s really not a big deal to me,” Melanson told Brett Okamoto. “It’s just a toe. I guess when you love the sport and you’re committed to it, you don’t let little things like toes get in the way.”

After learning this story, it’s no surprise to hear that Melanson is a former U.S. Military and Federal Air Marshal. He also is no stranger to being without all his parts — he lost sight in one of his eyes due to Behcets disease.

We’ve seen some pretty nasty injuries suffered during fights, including guys getting nasty golf ball eyes and fighters having their ears torn off. I guess sacrificing body parts is just part of the MMA culture.

Here’s another picture of the foot without the bandage, this one from Melanson’s website where he says he’s getting the stitches out soon (warning, it’s somewhat graphic):

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