Dominic Breazeale vs. Homero (El Oso) Fonseca (1/24/2014)

On July 13, 2013, Homero (The Bear) Fonseca won the Texas Heavyweight Title Championship belt. His challenger was Ronny Hale. To date, Fonseca’s record is 14 wins, 4 KO; 9 loss, 3 KO; 3 draw. Fonseca is 5’-9”, weighs just shy of 300 pounds.

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Homer (El Oso) Fonseca (is down but not out) in 2009 after his first Texas Heavyweight unanimous title win
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First MMA fighter?- Sam McVea Spotlight

McVey versus Jack Johnson and Joe Jeannette

Sam McVea (sometimes spelled “McVey”) held the World Colored Heavyweight Championship. McVea fought:

  • Sam Langford 15 times (losing once by knockout in round 13 of 20 and once by technical knockout round 11 of 20)
  • Battling Jim Johnson 7 times
  • Harry Wills 5 times; losing once by knockout ( Wills age 25, McVea age 33) in round 6 of a 20 round bout
  • Jack Johnson (age 26) 3 times; losing once (age 19) by knockout in round 20 of 20.

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Hits to the head not just concussions may cause CTE

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Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative disease found in people who have had multiple head injuries. Symptoms may include behavioral problems, mood problems, and problems with thinking. This typically does not begin until years after the injuries. It often gets worse over time and can result in dementia. Most documented cases have occurred in athletes involved in contact sports such as American football, wrestling, boxing, ice hockey, rugby and soccer.

Published in the February 2018 journal Brain, a study looked at the postmortem brains of teenage athletes who had experienced recent head injuries. Researchers found that CTE could develop after repeated hits to the head, without the presence of concussion.

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“In recent years rugby union and American football have become desperately concerned about concussion protocols and the effects of cumulative injuries to the brain. It’s seems odd that society still accepts an activity in which such injuries are caused on purpose.”

Simon Barnes

Before Kent State and Jackson State: 1969 Greensboro uprising

The 1969 Greensboro uprising occurred on and around the campuses of James B. Dudley High School and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (A&T) in Greensboro, North Carolina, when, over the course of May 21 to May 25, gunfire was exchanged between student protesters, police and National Guard. One student bystander, Willie Grimes, was killed, although whether he was killed by police or protesters remains unknown.

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