Fighter removed from Bellator card over murder conviction

by Kirik Jenness | source: The Underground Blog
 

Earlier today Bellator-mma-news">BloodyElbow took Bellator to task for signing a convicted murderer. Brent Brookhouse questioned the decision to sign Mass fighter Dan McGuane for a competition in RI, particularly after signing Brett Rogers and War Machine, and releasing an ad with War Machine behind prison glass talking about being "fueled by hate."

For further information of McGuane, check bandanmcguane.com, but in short, Dan and his twin brother Peter were the kids to avoid in town and capped a lifetime of bullying behavior by beating another townie to death over words. Among the chief targets of the twins were each other - police were called at least five times to their home after fights between the two escalated uncontrollably.

Brookhouse took exception to both McGuane's licensing and his signing by Bellator.

Bellator apparently saw the piece and responded by cutting McGuane.

Dan McGuane has been removed from the Bellator 81 fight card stemming from a previous incident.A replacement fight will be announced shortly

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The sweet science of boxing and now mixed martial arts have been the catalyst for turning around countless lives. From Rocky Graziano to Bernard Hopkins, fighting has turned a countless number of criminals into productive, even inspirational members of society. Even Muhammad Ali had a record, and it kept him from fighting for years during his prime.

A blanket rule saying no one with a record can fight is bad for the sport, and the universe. But neither is it a good thing to see a convicted rapist like Brandon Saling with Heil Hitler tattoos on his chest fighting a person of color in the cage, or anyone.

We human beings are each of us different, and no blanket rule is going capture the truth and be a vehicle for justice in this context. It is incumbent on the regulating Athletic Commission, in the case Rhode Island, to investigate the matter, and determine whether it is reasonable to license McGuane, or not.

Bellator was of course well within their rights to reject a convicted murderer.

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Richard Tuck site profile image  

11/15/12 1:04 PM by Richard Tuck

where is your tag team partner, marcusrenatobrownbelt?is the other troll account on freeze right now?

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11/15/12 12:29 PM by MarcusRenatoBlackBelt

What do YOU think about Bernard Hopkins? Should they have banned him for doing 5 years in prison?

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11/15/12 12:28 PM by BigSleep

Our (the public's) feelings on what he did will follow him around forever, and it should. He might have to work shitty jobs for the rest of his life. He did kill someone for no reason, not hard to ubderstand.I am all for second chances but people like this don't deserve them.

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11/15/12 12:10 PM by MMArijuana

Lol yeah, you're not trolling.

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11/15/12 11:40 AM by MarcusRenatoBlackBelt

Dana White was "Arrested a couple of times" so let's ban him from promoting.

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11/14/12 11:15 PM by BertR

being a fighter and an "insecure loser" are not mutually exclusive. Actually, i think it'd be fair to say many fighters are thin-skinned and narcissistic "man-boys" which is why they get pleasure through fighting in the first place.Anyways, good for Bellator for doing the right thing for not promoting this guy. Promoters and fans don't owe him the right to be accepted as a professional.

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11/14/12 10:30 PM by Indivia

Yes, having ideals is for women. How girly of us.

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11/14/12 7:21 PM by liukangstoupee

<blockquote>MarcusRenatoBrownBelt - <blockquote>Frank Gallagher - This is crazy, people are actually starting to change their view because of Marcus. Every application for a job has a question about criminal history. I believe in giving 2nd chances because I wouldn't be in such a good space in my life without one. But if you own a business and you find out someone on your payroll killed someone and you had no idea (regardless of circumstances), heads should be rolling. Also I don't give a fuck why they did what they did, it is apparent it wasn't self defense. You take a life for anything other than self defense whether you meant to or not you should spend the rest of your life in prison or be executed.</blockquote><br /> That is what a Forum is for. Everyone's opinion should evolve a little bit on this. A forum is a great way to exchange idea's. Life would be boring if we all thought the same exact way.<br /><br />There are so many fighters who were sent to jail and upon release, built respectable careers in Boxing and MMA. Nobody is defending the cowardly actions that the brothers did on that day. It is indefensible. That behavior is unacceptable and it is not inconceivable that they could have been awarded with even more time.<br /><br />However, I believe that these guys deserve a second chance. MMA is a good avenue to take that negative energy and put it into something positive.<br /><br />If we start banning people with felonies then we are heading down a ridiculous path. Boxing Programs were in the New York State Prisons until the late 80s and early 90s. <br /><br />Give the kids a chance... put them on a short leash. If they act inappropriately, cut them and rip apart their contracts!</blockquote><br />I think people have a problem because the man has tried to hide it from his employers. If he manned up and actually admitted that he had a manslaughter conviction on his criminal record it might have been different.<br /><br />I think he tried to conceal the fact he was a convicted felon, and that's why people have a problem with it. I think his crime is heinous, but if he properly repented, like admitting his guilt I would be fine with letting him fight. Hiding the crime was a dickless, coward move imo.

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11/14/12 7:15 PM by MarcusRenatoBrownBelt

A troll is someone who just illicits a reaction and doesn't believe what they are saying. I truly believe that what the McGuanne's did was horribly wrong. I believe that he was only 19 years old and at the age of 26, I believe he is a more mature person who made a terrible mistake.

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11/14/12 7:13 PM by MarcusRenatoBrownBelt

That is what a Forum is for. Everyone's opinion should evolve a little bit on this. A forum is a great way to exchange idea's. Life would be boring if we all thought the same exact way.There are so many fighters who were sent to jail and upon release, built respectable careers in Boxing and MMA. Nobody is defending the cowardly actions that the brothers did on that day. It is indefensible. That behavior is unacceptable and it is not inconceivable that they could have been awarded with even more time.However, I believe that these guys deserve a second chance. MMA is a good avenue to take that negative energy and put it into something positive.If we start banning people with felonies then we are heading down a ridiculous path. Boxing Programs were in the New York State Prisons until the late 80s and early 90s. Give the kids a chance... put them on a short leash. If they act inappropriately, cut them and rip apart their contracts!