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7/28/12 3:37 AM
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Zac Robinson
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FRAT: Cutman Leon Tabbs retired. Thanks for your massive contribution to the sport Leon.

I'm working on an article with Stitch for Train Hard Fight Easy and he wants it to pay tribute to Leon Tabbs. He retired a couple weeks ago, and I didn't even know. I searched the forum and couldn't find anything. But Leon was an integral part of many UFC fights and before he retired he was the only active member of the UFC since the beginning.

He's worked many historical boxing matches over the last five decades and with his retirement a piece of combat sports history goes away. I've been fortunate enough to have dinner with him a few times and hearing him talk of all he's been involved with is amazing.

Thanks for all you've done for combat sports Leon!
7/28/12 4:20 AM
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Those cutmen are pretty talented guys and invaluable to MMA. I hope Leon Tabbs has a happy retirement.
7/28/12 4:44 AM
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Did the OP just call himself a nobody?
7/28/12 4:46 AM
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Lahzerous - Did the OP just call himself a nobody?

 Yes
7/28/12 4:47 AM
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stevekt - Those cutmen are pretty talented guys and invaluable to MMA. I hope Leon Tabbs has a happy retirement.

 Stitch says Leon is working on his bucket list and he's at the Olympics right now.
7/28/12 4:52 PM
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Zac Robinson
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 TTT Leon deserves it.
7/28/12 4:54 PM
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I thought this was going to be a Scott Blevins thread
7/28/12 4:54 PM
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Zac Robinson -  TTT Leon deserves it.
Didn't realise he retired. Him and Stitch were the OGs of the octagon. Phone Post
7/28/12 4:55 PM
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Chimonos Revenge - I thought this was going to be a Scott Blevins thread

 LOL, it very well could have been.
7/28/12 4:56 PM
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Zac Robinson -  TTT Leon deserves it.
Didn't realise he retired. Him and Stitch were the OGs of the octagon. Phone Post

 Definitely, and Stitch calls Leon his mentor.
7/28/12 4:57 PM
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 Awesome! I got to meet Leon in Milwaukee. Stitch went out of his way to make sure he introduced me to him when I met him.
7/28/12 5:29 PM
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Will miss this guy, he has been around the UFC forever and has some great stories. Good guy, hope his retirement is a happy one. Phone Post
7/28/12 5:37 PM
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Ive always wondered if cutmen are medically trained...like are they RNs or LPNs or PAs? just curious.
7/28/12 5:47 PM
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SmasherSnu - Ive always wondered if cutmen are medically trained...like are they RNs or LPNs or PAs? just curious.


In general, no. You will find the occasional person who works cuts and is also an EMT or RN, but there is to my knowledge no standard training at all that goes into it. Basically, buy some gear, get some practice, register with the local athletic commission (i.e. pay the fee) and convince people to hire you and *boom* you are a cutman. Basically all of the really good cutmen I have met have learned their trade via pointers from mentors and just doing it over and over.

Also, props to Leon, and I hope he has a happy retirement.
7/28/12 5:56 PM
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stevekt - Those cutmen are pretty talented guys and invaluable to MMA. I hope Leon Tabbs has a happy retirement.
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7/28/12 6:00 PM
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stevekt - Those cutmen are pretty talented guys and invaluable to MMA. I hope Leon Tabbs has a happy retirement.
This.

I feel kind of guilty for not knowing about this. I wish him a happy retirement. Phone Post
7/28/12 6:02 PM
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man, this guy should write a book.

I want some in depth interviews or something.

7/28/12 6:03 PM
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and this guy should be in the UFC Hall Of Fame.

if there's a time to do it, its now.
7/28/12 6:08 PM
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stevekt - Those cutmen are pretty talented guys and invaluable to MMA. I hope Leon Tabbs has a happy retirement.
Yup TTT for leon Phone Post
7/28/12 6:11 PM
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Mertvaya Ruka - and this guy should be in the UFC Hall Of Fame.

if there's a time to do it, its now.

 Signed.

Thanks for your contribution Leon.
7/28/12 6:16 PM
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Mertvaya Ruka - and this guy should be in the UFC Hall Of Fame.

if there's a time to do it, its now.

 Signed.

Thanks for your contribution Leon.
Signed as well

Happy Retirement Leon! Phone Post
7/28/12 6:21 PM
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7/28/12 6:24 PM
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7/28/12 6:44 PM
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Zac Robinson
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 I know Leon would appreciate the positive comments. I absolutely agree about Leon being in the hall of fame. Stitch is trying to get him back for one more show to do a "curtain call." He wants Leon in the hall of fame as well.
7/28/12 6:56 PM
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