Joliet, IL event being investigated following fighter paralysis

by Jared S. Hopkins | source:

The Will County State's Attorney's office is reviewing a Dec. 17 mixed martial arts event in Joliet, IL that resulted in a 20-year-old amateur becoming paralyzed, officials confirmed Wednesday.

"Obviously there was a serious injury that occurred," spokesman Charles Pelkie said. "The state's attorney wants to make certain the citizens of Will County are protected if these (MMA) events are going to be conducted."

He said the situation was "under serious review" to determine if criminal charges should be filed. Officials are reviewing all aspects of the event, including the promoters, the bar the show was held and any related boxing or MMA laws.

A minute into his fight at Mojoes, a downtown bar in Joliet, Jeff Dunbar tried a desperation move to escape the hold of his opponent. He fell forward and spiked his head into the canvas and his opponent landed on top of him.

It was Dunbar's seventh fight. Doctors said he will likely never walk again. He remains hospitalized and undergoes physical therapy daily.

Police Chief Mike Trafton confirmed the state's attorney asked them to investigate and they are doing so.

Following the state's attorney's review, the city of Joliet plans to develop an ordinance that would ensure further safeguards at MMA events, said Mayor Tom Giarrante.

A state law designed to provide better safeguards was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn last summer, but specific protections for amateur safety — including requiring promoters have insurance for fighters — won't take effect until a rulemaking process is complete. Dunbar would have been eligible for the insurance if the rules were in effect, Rep. Skip Saviano, a sponsor of the bill, has said.

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Attila site profile image  

2/23/12 2:07 PM by Attila

Maybe that's true, but obviously there's a lot of confusion about this move and it needs to be made clear to the fighters whether it's legal. I wonder even if most judges know whether it's legal. Was Pellegrino even given a foul when he did the choke escape spike in the UFC?

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2/23/12 1:44 PM by 0superdave0

Thanks bro I hope I never catch aids either pussy

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2/23/12 1:41 PM by 0superdave0

I know what he was trying to say, but why the fuck do you have to be glad it was anyone, why can't you just say it's a horrible accident and good luck on his recovery???

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2/23/12 1:21 PM by bhealthy

if you train to spike, you will spike.even if every organisation specifically and emphatically bans such techniques, people that train that move for thousands of reps will automatically do it. they are not trying to be a dick, but there are mental/physiological triggers that will initiate this move the instant thier body senses or feels the correct weight distribution and momentum. sport and fighting are different and should be promoted as different.

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2/23/12 1:16 PM by panic686

Are you slow or beign deliberately obtuse?Kostakio isn't saying he is glad it happened in the first place. He is saying if someone deserved to be injured when trying that dangerous move, than it was the soiker and not the spikee. That move put both men in serious risk.No one is happy the kid is hurt, but it wouls have seemed a lot worse for the other guy to be hurt.

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2/23/12 1:08 PM by kelby

i never like that move. we are trying to promote mma as a sport. moves like this are more for the gladiator days, or streetfighting. hope they can ban it from the sport.

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2/23/12 12:11 PM by truewrestler Comment Martial Artsc/o Jeff Dunbar Support Trust1819 S Kedzie StChicago, IL 60623

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2/23/12 12:03 PM by JeffersonDArcyChoke

I disagree. I was involved in Indy pro wrestling. A lot of guys wanted to pull shooting star presses off of lighting rigs. Promoter said NO.Because they weren't seeing a kid risk paralysis and costing everyone money to pull a bullshit spot in front of few fans. So, I disagree. The promoters need to put these ammy fighters in their place. No cowboy bullshit that could kill you or the business. Live to fight another day and fight to win the best you can but don't drive your spine into the mat to bust out. I'm sorry for this guy. He wanted to win so bad. I respect that and it's why he pulled the stunt. But why reward his willfull negligence?If I walk out in front of your car, will you be cool with paying my bills?Or would you argue it was my fault?Let me know.

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2/23/12 10:34 AM by bcolflesh an opponent to the canvas on his or her head or neck------------------That's the rule - it doesn't matter what the other person is doing, you cannot spike them. If you try a standing granby roll and get paralyzed, it's a terrible tragedy, and I have every sympathy in the world for the fighter and his family, but we have to accept that people will be severely injured and die in MMA - and it's going to happen live on TV.

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2/23/12 10:21 AM by DallasVanWinkle

****This move needs to be banned from unified rules MMA.****It's the weight of 2 people's bodies with the result being 1 persons neck carrying all of that accelerated weight. Ban this bullshit move, if you don't want to be choked out, work on your jiu jitsu. This is not jiu jitsu.