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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ultimate Fucking Crazy is Coming to Seattle

Posted by on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 4:34 PM

An Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter charged with felony assault in Iowa is scheduled to fight at an UFC event at Key Arena on December 8. If you're not familiar with the hallowed American sport known as UFC, it's basically two men in a cage, punching and kicking each other into bloody pulps.

UFC fighter Jeremy "Little Heathen" Stephens was cited as a suspect in a fight outside of Fat Tony's Sports Tap in Des Moines, IA in 2011. He allegedly helped a friend beat the living hell out of US Army veteran Shane Schreck, leaving Schreck unconscious and barely breathing.

But apparently, Stephens avoided arrest until October 5 of this year, when he was taken into custody by Minneapolis police on a warrant for the 2011 assault just hours before a scheduled UFC fight. Stephens was extradited to Iowa and held on a $100,000 bond relating to two felonies and a misdemeanor charge: Willful Injury Causing Serious Injury, Burglary in the First Degree, and Assault Causing Bodily Injury.

Now he's out of the joint and eager to "hammer fist" fellow cage-fighter Yves Edwards in Seattle next month.

Is it asking too much to suspend an employee—a grown man who gets paid to kick people in the head—while his charges for allegedly assaulting a veteran play out in court?

Apparently so. UFC president Dana White says he believes Stephens is innocent. And Stephens himself seems less than repentant, or even respectful of the circumstances surrounding the veteran's alleged beating; he's now selling "Free Little Heathen" t-shirts:

None of this is terribly surprising—the UFC has a long and storied history of being connected with blatantly homophobic and misogynistic remarks. In fact, Dana White is the same guy who called one female reporter a "dumb bitch" during a video rant. (Imagine the NFL commissioner dropping F-bombs like a disgruntled 14-year-old.)

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Hover Dog 1
I didn't quite follow the connection between a felony assault charge and the parts about UFC's history of misogyny and homophobia. Is it explained in the links, or are you just noting UFC doesn't care about its appearance as an organization in general?
Posted by Hover Dog on November 28, 2012 at 4:39 PM · Report this
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Oh really? A guy who beats the shit out of people for a living beat the shit out of someone at a bar?

stop the presses!
Posted by high and bi on November 28, 2012 at 4:44 PM · Report this
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I heard there were these lacrosse players who raped this girl and called a guy a homophobic slur. There for all lacrosse must be condemned!

Good thing there are no thugs or jerks that participate in baseball, football, basketball, bowling, or pingpong.

Posted by tkc on November 28, 2012 at 5:02 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 4
Yeah, if you're charged with assaulting a veteran you should be suspended. Why can't these UFC guys stick to punching non-veterans? That's how I do it.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn http://youtu.be/zu-akdyxpUc on November 28, 2012 at 5:05 PM · Report this
jeffinfremont 5
Boy, the bar scene around Lower Queen Anne should be an absolute hoot on December 7th.
Posted by jeffinfremont http://https://twitter.com/jeffinfremont on November 28, 2012 at 5:18 PM · Report this
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@1 -- I couldn't even get the links to tell me the victim was a veteran ... much less the sort of US Army veteran that might be the habitual prey of misogynists and homophobes.
Posted by RonK, Seattle on November 28, 2012 at 5:21 PM · Report this
leek 7
What is it with Jeremy/Jerramy Stephens/Stevenses? Dudes are violent.
Posted by leek on November 28, 2012 at 5:41 PM · Report this
laterite 8
UFC: Gay porn for guys who won't admit to an interest in gay porn.
Posted by laterite on November 28, 2012 at 5:42 PM · Report this
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I know that this quote was included in an Iowa paper at the time of his arrest: ""There's witnesses that can prove that Jeremy had not assaulted anybody,"

But you are probably right. Just suspend people and keep them from making money until they are proven innocent.
Posted by JonnyH on November 28, 2012 at 5:54 PM · Report this
Westlake, son! 10
Who is Stephens fighting? Root for that guy. Natural justice.
Posted by Westlake, son! on November 28, 2012 at 6:08 PM · Report this
11
Yeah, to hell with "innocent until proven guilty".
Posted by Josh Black on November 28, 2012 at 6:29 PM · Report this
12
Throw in a vat of some crazy acid or something, and we have ourselves a real supervillian for Phoenix Jones (non-UFC MMA fighter).
Posted by madcap on November 28, 2012 at 6:32 PM · Report this
13
Seems odd to hear The Stranger condemning dirty language, given their particular journalistic standards.
Posted by GermanSausage on November 28, 2012 at 6:39 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 14
So-called sophisticated Seattle has gone feral....what's next, truck and tractor pulls on Broadway?

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on November 28, 2012 at 6:40 PM · Report this
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The trucknutz density in lower queen anne will increase by at least 2 orders of magnitude that night.
Posted by john cocktosin Iv on November 28, 2012 at 7:34 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 16
@8

Gay panic isn't dead, I see.

Nobody should live in fear of appearing to be a little bit gay. There'd be a lot less bullying if teenagers could learn that. It's OK to like sports with male bodies in them. It doesn't make you gay.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn http://youtu.be/zu-akdyxpUc on November 28, 2012 at 7:37 PM · Report this
Post_Mortem 17
This may be the dumbest thing I've seen posted on Slog in years. The guy hasn't been convicted, may not be guilty, and, as presented, has nothing to do with homophobia or misogyny, but he is a professional fighter, and some of those guys aren't very nice, so he shouldn't be allowed to make a living while he awaits trial? Maybe if he were stupid and given to flights of irrationality, you might better empathize with him, Al.
Posted by Post_Mortem http://pointlessman.blogspot.com/ on November 28, 2012 at 7:57 PM · Report this
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I'll go a step further: I didn't bother to dig up the links and find out whether the guy was proven guilty or not because it doesn't matter to me. If he's still awaiting trial, then he's technically still innocent and should be allowed to make a living. If he was convicted and is now "out of the joint" because he's paid his dues to society, he still should be allowed to make a living. It's not like he's a danger to hurt others outside of the ring working as an MMA fighter, in the same way that a pedophile would working in a daycare. So what's the big deal? Are we supposed to hang a scarlet letter on the guy and punish him for life?

He may be an a-hole, but we can't throw people to the margins because some others don't them.
Posted by floater on November 28, 2012 at 9:17 PM · Report this
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this article is bad and you should feel bad.
Posted by johnnygaijin on November 28, 2012 at 9:30 PM · Report this
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@17

It's pretty substandard. But then I checked the author. I guess The Stranger gets what it pays for.
Posted by GermanSausage on November 28, 2012 at 9:30 PM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 21
I didn't realize being a veteran meant you couldn't get your ass kicked. I've known a couple vets who could use an ass kicking. Now, if he kicked his girlfriend's ass for not getting him a sammich or something, you'd have an article.

Or maybe this is ironic advertising? Hey guys! UFC is coming! And they got a guy who's just fucking crazy! And he swears! Can you believe it? It's gonna be wild!
Posted by TheMisanthrope on November 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM · Report this
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This is quite possibly the most biased and ill-informed post I have ever read on The Stranger/Slog.
Posted by Birdsy on November 28, 2012 at 10:31 PM · Report this
seandr 23
UFC fighting is more humane than boxing. The fights are shorter, there's no 10-count on knock outs, and they are just as likely to end in a (non-permanently damaging) submission hold as they are with some guy unconscious on the floor. All of this means significantly fewer blows to the head per fight.

It's also much more directly relevant to real-world self-defense. If it's a boxer vs. a wrestler, always bet on the wrestler.

But, yeah, I know a friend of a fiend who was a UFC fighter who would practice by kicking the shit out of guys in parking lots of various bars in rural Maine. Too bad no one shot him.
Posted by seandr on November 28, 2012 at 10:53 PM · Report this
24
Waaaa... I don't know crap about MMA but that won't keep me from slandering it in print. Derp...
Posted by jayf on November 28, 2012 at 11:33 PM · Report this
25
@everyone: Al is billed as an intern. Don't we think it's a great thing that young (or at least inexperienced) people want to learn to be journalists, and that The Stranger provides a program for guys like Al to do some writing? Yeah, this is not a perfect article, but let's keep the criticism constructive.

Al, you put a paragraph together pretty well. And you make some mistakes, but you care about things. Keep writing.
Posted by yuiop on November 28, 2012 at 11:44 PM · Report this
Post_Mortem 26
@25 as an editor for a high school newspaper, I rejected better written tripe than this.
Posted by Post_Mortem http://pointlessman.blogspot.com/ on November 29, 2012 at 12:00 AM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 27
@25 I can't tell if you're serious, or damning with faint praise, or trolling.

10/10 would read again!
Posted by TheMisanthrope on November 29, 2012 at 1:16 AM · Report this
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hover dog (1) - its a stupid thing to be misogynistic, to be homophobic OR to think its fun to watch people get beat up... see? the common thread is stupidity.
Posted by peskypoop on November 29, 2012 at 4:40 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 29
@26, if that's the case you should be in bed kid...you posted at 12 am in the morning.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on November 29, 2012 at 7:48 AM · Report this
pfffter 30
Unpaid intern should remain ... Unpaid.
Posted by pfffter on November 29, 2012 at 7:53 AM · Report this
Sir Vic 31
The man is in the Hurt Business, which is an ugly business. For more detail on that business, check out Mike Tyson's upcoming one man show.

"Boxing (fighting) don't have no old timers league, Butch"
Posted by Sir Vic on November 29, 2012 at 8:25 AM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 32
@29 He used the past tense. Click on his bio, and you'll find he is cleared for staying up to watch Conan.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on November 29, 2012 at 8:55 AM · Report this
thelyamhound 33
@8 - My wife and I enjoy gay porn AND UFC or MMA, though we're sometimes annoyed at the culture surrounding the sports (my background is in traditional martial arts, where respect and humility are de rigeur).

@28 - Different sports may disguise and codify violence to different degrees, but make no mistake--all sport is ritualized wargaming. In my experience, the average UFC fan is no more stupid than the average NFL fan (and football, it should be noted, actually exhibits higher rates of brain and spinal injury than boxing or MMA).
Posted by thelyamhound http://thebayinghound.blogspot.com on November 29, 2012 at 9:49 AM · Report this
Kinison 34
One would think citizens would be happy that the Key Arena is getting some solid bookings, seriously as fucked up as UFC is, people will pay money to see it. Its like Wrestling, only real. Why? Because people are bored of how fake wresting has become.
Posted by Kinison http://www.holgatehawks.com on November 29, 2012 at 10:24 AM · Report this
evilvolus 35
I'm a big fan of the UFC, and my brother-in-law is an MMA fighter, but you'll never catch me accidentally saying something good about Dana White. That dude is a giant toolbox.
Posted by evilvolus on November 29, 2012 at 11:27 AM · Report this
Post_Mortem 36
@28, if you can't appreciate the finer points of a sport, that's fine, but please don't assume the rest of us suffer from your limitations.

At the highest levels, MMA involves well trained fighters, often skilled practioners of martial arts which have almost no other media exposure in the US, who have been planning and preparing for each particular fight for months. Most fights worth watching will exhibit a mixture of skill, talent, and tactical thinking. For those of us with backgrounds in martial arts other than boxing, this is one of the few times we can readily see competition of this sort.
Posted by Post_Mortem http://pointlessman.blogspot.com/ on November 29, 2012 at 12:54 PM · Report this

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