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An Open Letter To Bloody Elbow - Goodbye

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Dear Bloody Elbow community,

It appears as if my time on the site as come to an end. As I said in the "Goodbye Matthew Roth" post that Nate put up last night, I have decided to move on to greener pastures. As much as I appreciate the send off that Nate has given me, I'd like to make my own post. I'm narcissistic like that.

I've taken a position at another MMA site and will be starting there soon. I won't be mentioning where on this site out of respect for the staff but you will see my posts elsewhere. From my time as ThisRedEngine and the hilarious creation of the BElitist (yeah that was me) to the super epic New Jersey post, I've always considered this place home for all MMA.

The New Jersey post led to myself, MostDiabolicalHater, DeoWade, Marta_Gallo, and FakeEmcee to create the massive success that was Unintelligent Defense. I'm proud of what we did on that site and I guess Nate did as well. It was from the work at Unintelligent Defense that I was able to take over HeadKickLegend when Dave and Fraser left to create LiverKick.

The team of myself, Brent Ducharme, Neil Manich, and Tim Burke were able to continue the growth and I think we did some pretty good work. I got to tell the story of Mark "Fight Shark" Miller who came back from OPEN HEART SURGERY and the coverage we put together for the return of Badr Hari showed that we could hype a fight in an amazing way when everyone worked together. The site still exists and I think you all should check it out, the current team is doing great work.

As for BE? I enjoyed writing here. You, as a community, weren't exactly welcoming when I first posted but I feel like I was able to change your opinions by not getting faded. The site experienced record traffic in December, January, and February and I'd like to think that I played a significant part in that growth. I had the opportunity to be the first UFC credentialed member of the Bloody Elbow staff which is still one of my proudest moments in my short career in MMA.

So what's next for me? Well for the next twenty days I'm gonna enjoy South By South West and try and learn how to brew my own beer. I'm also going to get really good at Call of Duty. Like really good. I'll be hosting the Untethered Podcast with Subo and he who shall not be named. If you want to listen just follow me or subo on twitter. We will be doing our thing on Thursdays.

This is it for me though, I'm moving on. I'd like to thank Nate, Brent, and Fagan (yes, him too) for believing in me enough to let me ruin MMA on Bloody Elbow. The current team will continue to kill it and I'm positive that if anyone replaces me, they'll easily fill my shoes. If you ever want to bullshit just follow me on twitter.

Thanks again and goodbye,

Matt Roth

@mattroth512

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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