Salmon a target of unfair criticism?

by Dann Stupp | source: springfieldnewssun

We’ve seen scandals rip apart even the biggest professional sports, so perhaps it should come as no surprise that a recent column from Ohio mixed-martial-arts fighter Sean Salmon has sparked so much controversy.

What’s troubling, though, is that fans have confused giving up in a fight to throwing one.

First, though, some background. Salmon, a four-year pro fighter, is a longtime contributor to (a Web site I run) and writes a column about the struggle mid-level fighters face while trying to make a living in the sport.

In his latest piece, Salmon detailed the situation. The former Ohio State University wrestler had been hired as a guest wrestling coach for the Wolfslair fight team in England. When he briefly left the team in early August to take a fight with the Ohio-based NAAFS organization, they essentially told him to come back healthy and able to train their fighters — or don’t bother coming back at all.

That stress, coupled with a recently strained marriage and personal life, eventually led Salmon (16-8) to give up when he couldn’t finish opponent Allan Weickert (6-6) in the first round.

“In the second round, he went for an arm-bar, I defended it (only to prove to myself that he couldn’t get it), and then I put my arm back in to give him the win so that I could return to England, healthy,” wrote Salmon, who detailed a trodden mental state heading into the fight. “Just so you all know, that is the most embarrassing thing that I have ever admitted out loud.”

Salmon quit, plain and simple. Self-preservation and financial well-being trumped his competitive drive. But he didn’t “throw a fight” as so many have alleged.

At any MMA event, especially amateur and small regional shows, you’ll see at least a fighter or two who simply breaks mentally. He’ll stop fighting off a submission attempt, will quit fighting and cover up, or will simply tap-out. Like Salmon, they just don’t have the heart to continue that night.

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Jerry Spiegel site profile image  

9/9/09 11:14 AM by Jerry Spiegel

im just mad that he dident quit when i fought him. instead he beat me up for 15 minutes. but ive talked to sean enough times to know hes not a shady person. i believe whatever he says

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9/9/09 11:00 AM by Grakman

 You make good points in the thread, but this isn't one of them. You have been on the board for one year longer than the other guy and you're making a point about join dates? What does that have to do with anything anyway?

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9/9/09 10:32 AM by thePostman

great post

RickStorm DaddyDirtied Me site profile image  

9/8/09 10:23 AM by RickStorm DaddyDirtied Me

 Yes, I slandered you.  And voted you down.  

jjj2121 site profile image  

9/8/09 10:19 AM by jjj2121

See what you just did was slander, nothing I have said was untrue.

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9/8/09 10:15 AM by RickStorm DaddyDirtied Me

And you are judging without the information or experience to do so, using an internet forum to slander a real fighter while you sit behind a keyboard checking out the NAMBLA website.  

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9/8/09 10:11 AM by jjj2121

OK so you are trolling, thanks for making that clear.

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9/8/09 10:08 AM by RickStorm DaddyDirtied Me

GSP could have escaped, he was physically capable of doing so.  He had the self-awareness to realize he was in danger, in this case his Flight or Fight response told him to quit. Quitting is also known as giving up intentionally, or "giving up on purpose" as you so eloquently put it.  

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9/8/09 10:06 AM by jjj2121

I'm the troll here? GSP tapped due to strikes because he was dropped 2-3 times in 30 seconds, and then was mounted getting pounded. You HONESTLY think Salmon giving a guy his arm when BY HIS OWN ADMISSION he could have escaped so he can go back to England to get paid to train is the same thing?

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9/8/09 10:05 AM by RickStorm DaddyDirtied Me

 Furthermore, there's a word for "losing on purpose"... I think they call it "Quitting" or "To Quit". "Quit"- v.   3. to give up or resign; let go; relinquish