Fighter removed from Bellator card over murder conviction

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Earlier today 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, 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.