Both sides of the George Zimmerman murder trial are attempting to use MMA to bolster their case.
The defense extensively used MMA terms like Ground n Pound to describe what some witnesses said was Trayvon Martin on top of Zimmerman, raining down blows. The prosecution took note of the fact that Zimmerman had trained in MMA.
However, on Monday the owner of the MMA gym where George Zimmerman worked out testified that Zimmerman’s fighting skills registered at between a “1” and “1.5” on a ten point scale.
Adam Pollack, owner of Kokopelli’s Gym, called Zimmerman “nonathletic” and “just physically soft.”
Pollack said that Zimmerman began working out in October 2010 in order to lose weight and get in shape. Pollack said that Zimmerman trained “two to three days at most,” attending sessions between work and school.
He said Zimmerman was “a beginner” and not competent in grappling.
Pollack said that Zimmerman was “very diligent” and “very coachable” but didn’t have the strength or skill to be successful in the sport.
Pollack said that Zimmerman was grossly obese when he began training. “That was the main focus of why he was there,” he said, adding “he was doing very well with that.”
Pollack also said that Zimmerman began boxing training but that he never progressed past shadow boxing. “He didn’t know how to really effectively punch.”
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In a bizarre twist to the case, the very next day after testifying, Pollack himself had to appear in court over a March, 2013 arrest for allegedly assaulting Tina Mangiardi, a former model who agreed to plead guilty of defrauding investors of over $2 million in a Ponzi scheme.
Fifty year-old Mangiardi admitted to defrauding investors in March, and a week later went to a meeting at Kokopelli's gym. Once inside, she alleges Pollock put on a pair of black gloves and pulled out a knife, threatening to cut off her fingers and toes as collateral.
Pollock was held without bond at the time on multiple charges, including felony battery by strangulation, kidnapping, false imprisonment, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and battery.
Pollock admitted to police that he did push Mangiardi and may have slapped her.
If convicted, Pollock’s sentence may exceed the sentence that was handed down to Tina Mangiardi, the woman who defrauded him,
And what happens to Zimmerman is anyone's guess at this point.
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