Love, Domestic Violence and the Mixed Martial Arts

I’m a fan of love.

I still gush when I see love between a man and a woman. It’s a beautiful thing. I never thought I’d see it in a gym but it happens. The owners of Level Up Gym are newlyweds. My friend at DCBMMA has been with his wife for twelve years and going strong. I just saw a man surprise his girl with a proposal last Saturday in the ring at Level Up after a sparring event there. I just heard today that Ronda Rowsey just got engaged. The dark side of this story is that I found out that there are high cases of domestic violence that I hope doesn’t happen for any of my friends.

Warriorcast is hosting a charity event to bring awareness to domestic violence. I didn’t realize all that I found out researching about domestic violence. I am not a fan of people that hurt each other at home.

Three years ago love was not connected with the MMA world like I just described. There were one too many reports of mixed martial artists involved in domestic assaults like UFC and Bellator veteran War Machine aka known as Jon Koppenhaver, who is now in jail after assaulting his long-time partner Christy Mack. There was also UFC veteran Josh Grispi charged with a case domestic violence. Thiago Silva got cut from the UFC after an armed stand-off with Florida police in yet another domestic violence case. Will Chope lost his UFC contract when it was revealed his military discharge came due to domestic violence allegations. And there was Jeremy Stephens who was acquitted in his Iowa assault case.

Light heavyweight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson was arrested and convicted of domestic abuse and other charges in 2009, and sentenced to serve 3 years probation. In 2014, he was temporarily suspended by the UFC when he was accused of domestic violence once again, however those accusations were deemed false.

Abel Trujillo pleaded guilty to Domestic Abuse Assault Causing Bodily Injury against the mother of his children on two separate occasions. In 2007, he pleaded guilty on charges of Obstruction of an Emergency Communication.

UFC Heavyweight contender Travis Browne was accused of domestic violence by his ex Jenna Renee Webb, when she posted photos showing injuries on Instagram and said that they were caused by Browne. Ronda Rousey and UFC fighter boyfriend Travis Browne just became engaged. According to TMZ:

The proposal went down in New Zealand under a waterfall, and the couple, who have been dating since 2015, are taking the next step. No date has been set. Photos revealed a pretty fancy-looking ring. Rousey said the wedding might be “soon.”

According to a 2014 report the amount of MMA fighters that have been arrested for domestic violence is more than double the national average, and more than triple that of the NFL.

The national average shows that 360 out of every 100,000 men will be arrested for domestic violence. When you look at MMA fighters, it’s 750 out of 100,000. The NFL has the lowest rates of domestic violence, with 210 arrests for every 100,000 players. The most accurate of these numbers if the national average because the sample size of men is much greater than 100,000 whereas the sample size for MMA fighters and NFL players is much smaller than 100,000 so they’re forced to extrapolate.

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,  does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; ]bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails; from 1 Corinthians 13, …Holy Bible

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Rev. Kenn Blanchard is a professional speaker, writer, podcaster, and digital influencer. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook He is the force behind, founder of Blanchard.Media and the