MMA-related testimony aids Zimmerman case


History may prove that the day mixed martial arts went mainstream is when attorneys in the George Zimmerman murder trial spent a full half-hour discussing the nuances of "ground and pound."

John Good, a witness to the fight between Zimmerman and Travon Martin offered a credible account, stating that from what he could see, Martin was raining down blows on Zimmerman. He went further, describing the "darker-skinned person" as doing "ground & pound" on the person on bottom.

Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Meara pushed further.  "You described the position as MMA-style ground and pound?" said O'Meara.

"That's what it looked like, yes," replied Good.

Good also said that based on the relative position of the two, the cries appeared to be coming from Zimmerman, not Martin. Good then offered further details indicating it was Martin on top.

Later, during cross examination, prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda asked whether it was possible a police officer could have used the term "ground and pound" before Good did.

"It's possible," said Good.

Mixed martial arts also made an appearance for the other side, as the prosecution tried to portray Zimmerman as the formidable fighter.

A physician assistant, Lindzee Folgate, testified about treating George Zimmerman's injuries the day following the incident, and revealed she had treated him previously, mentioning that Zimmerman trained in mixed martial arts.

Folgate testified that Zimmerman had filled out a medical history questionaire in 2011 noting that he was exercising three times a week by doing MMA. Folgate said that he had "difficulty with falling asleep and exercising with MMA, but that has not helped." Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda asked her to repeat the statement, in an attempt to frame Zimmerman, not Martin as a skilled attacker.

However, a UGer familiar the case, FredEttishFan, noted that Zimmerman trained at a gym that offers MMA conditioning classes, which bear the same resemblance to MMA that cardio kickboxing does to Tyrone Spong. The prosecution was not familiar enough with the sport to know what while an escape from mount (where Zimmerman allegedly found himself vs Martin) is taught in the first week, or even day of real MMA training, it is not covered at all in cardio MMA classes.

Of all the ways MMA could be introduced to the mainstream, it is hard to think of one much worse than attorneys using it to help define a party as guilty in a racially-tinged murder trial, but MMA is now mainstream, for better and for worse.

Any fight fan, or for that matter anyone at all can tell you that Zimmerman looks like someone who lost a fight.

However, it cannot be forgotten that 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was unarmed, doing nothing untoward, and is dead of a gunshot wound to the chest.


tags: Trayvon Martin   George Zimmerman   


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rjbo71 site profile image  

7/2/13 10:01 PM by rjbo71

  Uh no your not... My moms place doesnt have a basment.  

HexRei site profile image  

7/2/13 10:00 PM by HexRei

Your words, they hurt me.PS. I'm in your mom's basement.

rjbo71 site profile image  

7/2/13 9:49 PM by rjbo71

  Listen dumbass, If your looking for pointers on how not to attract attention or look suspicious follow the suggestions below:                                               • Dont leave you moms basement.

HexRei site profile image  

7/2/13 9:10 PM by HexRei

Oh, so its about wearing bright colors. I guess I'll have to keep that in mind too. Or whatever.

Jaybrone site profile image  

7/2/13 9:08 PM by Jaybrone

You totally missed the point. Not that I am surprised. My point was he was a guy wearing dark clothes walking through a private area. He was a stranger in the area which is what the neighborhood watch people have told him to be on the look out for.

jacktripper site profile image  

7/2/13 8:37 PM by jacktripper

And anyone who's seen fights should know the cosmetic cuts and blood are the least dangerous things that can happen in a fight... It's the internal brain injuries you can't see that will cause problems

HexRei site profile image  

7/2/13 7:41 PM by HexRei

So, the bigger you are, the more supicious you are? That's... interesting. I'm 6'2", I guess I should get used to people assuming I'm a criminal because of my height or something.

LILBROCK site profile image  

7/2/13 5:13 PM by LILBROCK

That dumb broad speculated on how many times he'd been punched by looking at photos? Defense should have shown her this pic of Vera and asked how many times it looks like he was punched by Thiago Silva? 145

Jaybrone site profile image  

7/2/13 4:58 PM by Jaybrone

The defense should have shredded that examiner. She NEVER saw GZ in person. Looked at photos and saw no less than 5 injuries and he got hit 1 time. Since this is an MMA board let me put it this way. How many times did Anderson Silva get hit in his first fight with Chael Sonnen? How did his head/face look afterward? Did he have a hematoma? Did he have cuts or a busted nose that was running down his face?

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7/2/13 3:58 PM by Blazing Knees

Your grasp of the english language, combined with irrefutable truth, caught me by suprise.kudos