Bloody Mess for May - A look at some overlooked stories from a busy month in MMA

A collection of MMA related stories from May that may have slipped under the radar.

If you think keeping up with just the MMA events held by the UFC, Bellator, WSOF, Invicta FC, One FC, and others, can prove too much to follow, try keeping up with all the mixed martial arts related news. To help those that don't want to spend their hours perusing the web, here is a roundup of the stories that most MMA media sites seemed to have missed

From Sean Krajacic of the Kenosha News, an interview with sixth-grade teacher by day and mixed martial artist by night James Bochnovic.

Udit Thakur recounts in his experience fighting for Pakistan Fight Club in an event that was billed as the first even India vs. Pakistan MMA bout. The Hindu fighter from India tells of the surprisingly warm reception he received from the mostly Muslim spectators of his country's historical rivals.

From Kiki Evans of the Seacostonline a profile of fighter Charles Rosa, whose toughest fights, as a recovering addict, are not in the cage.

From Peter Oakes in the Daily Sunday Star talks to Speedway Motorsport racing star Gino Manzares about his interest in eventually returning to his first love, fighting.

From Mark La Monica in Newsday a report on UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman putting together a fundraiser to help out Isaiah Bird and his family. Isaiah is a 6-year-old boy who was born without legs but not only loves the sport of wrestling, he also excels at it.

The British tabloid Metro offered up some click bait with a look at the most controversial league in MMA, the Lingerie Fighting Championships or LFC.  I feel dirty just recapping this.

From Doug Elfman of the Las Vegas Review Journal an interview with Randy Couture where he talks about the filming of Expendables 3, his up-coming reality show on SPIKE, his views on women's MMA, and gives a rather spirited defense of Ronda Rousey.

Some important May dates in MMA history:

On May 1. 2000 Kazushi Sakuraba defeated Royce Gracie in the quarterfinals of the Pride 2000 Grand Prix when Gracie's corner threw in the towel after 90 minutes of fighting. It was Royce's first lost in MMA. Also losing for the first time that night was Mark Kerr. The eventual winner of the historic 16-man one-night open weight tournament would be Mark Coleman.

On May 4, 2001 Carlos Newton submitted Pat Miletich at UFC 31 to win the Welterweight title. Before that event the 170 pound division had been known as the Lightweight division. At the same event Chuck Liddell knocked out Kevin Randleman in 78 seconds.

On May 7, 1999 at UFC 20, Bas Rutten defeats Kevin Randleman to win the UFC heavyweight championship.

On May 15, 1998 The Iceman Chuck Liddell makes his MMA debut at UFC 17.  Making his UFC debut at the same event is Dan Henderson, who defeats Allan Goes and Carlos Newon to become the UFC's middleweight tournament champion.

On May 16, 1996 Bas Rutten defeats Frank Shamrock to take the 3rd and deciding match in their trilogy of Pancrase fights.

On May 17, 1996, after 30 dreadfully boring minutes, Dan Severn defeats Ken Shamrock via split decision to win the UFC Superfight Championship at UFC 9.

On May 19, 2012 Gilbert Melendez earns the judges decision over Josh Thomson. He retains the Strikeforce lightweight title and takes the trilogy, often called the best in MMA history, 2-1. At the same event Daniel Cormier defeated Josh Barnett, becoming the winner of the Strikeforce World's Heavyweight Grand Prix. Cormier wasn't originally an entrant, replacing Alistair Overeem in the semi-finals.

On May 23, 2009 Lyoto Machida knocked out Rashad Evans to win the UFC Light Heavyweight title.

On May 24, 1955 Helio Gracie loses to his former student Waldemar Santana after a four-hour no-holds-barred fight.

On May 25. 1965, boxing's heavyweight champion Muhmamed Ali retains the title by knocking out former champion Sonny Liston in the first round.

On May 27, 2006 at UFC 60 Matt Hughes easily defeated a 39-year old Royce Gracie in a catchweight match that broke UFC pay-per-view records.

On May 26, 2007 Rampage Jackson knocks out Chuck Liddell to become the UFC Light Heavyweight champion.

On May 28, 1889 boxing champion James L. Sullivan and American wrestling champion William Muldoon engage in a mixed-style grapplng match that ends in a draw. Two days later Muldoon would be victorious in the rematch.

On May 30, 1997, a 33-year-old Randy Couture and a 22-year-old Tito Ortiz made their MMA debuts at UFC 13. At the same event a 20-year-old Vitor Belfort knocked out Tank Abbot in 54 seconds.

On May 31, 2008 MMA made its network television debut with EliteXC's Primetime. Kimbo Slice and James Thompson headlined the show, with Kimbo winning via a bursting cauliflower ear. Eww.

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