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Matt Hughes

Octagon Buzz is going to start off this Thursday with some legal news involving UFC fighter Matt Hughes; it has been learned from Mike Sloan at that a battery and assault lawsuit that was filed against Hughes in Clark County (NV) District Court was dismissed by the plaintiff, Jed Leist, on June 16 after both parties settled the case out of court.  Specifically, the case, which cited “intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment and negligence” from Hughes, was filed on March 28, 2007 and scheduled to go before a jury trial on June 30.

According to court documents, on or about October 13, 2006, Hughes and/or other unnamed defendants grabbed and placed Leist in a hold “as to cause injury and damage”.  Hughes’ actions were “unwanted, not consented or authorized” by the plaintiff  and inflicted “over his protests”.  Leist was seeking $10,000 per charge plus attorney’s fees and additional damages due to “severe humiliation, mental anguish and emotional distress”; the suit also claims that Leist was both partially and permanently disabled from the alleged assault.  Several attempts to reach Hughes, Leist and their legal representation was unsuccessful.  In other MMA news:

  • The Ultimate Fighter 6 winner Mac Danzig will return to the octagon on September 17 as UFC plans to hold a UFC Fight Night; Danzig is tentatively scheduled to face Clay Guida on the card, which is set to take place in Omaha, NE.  Also rumored to be on the card is a lightweight bout featuring Gray Maynard and Matt Wiman.
  • According to Thomas & Mack Center president Daren Libonati, the June 20 “Free for All” event was considered a big success; all of the 18,000+ tickets were distributed and while only about half of the Center was filled, Libonati is contemplating a second free fight card.  He stressed that talks about a second free fight night are in their infancy with a date and fight lineup yert to be decided.
  • IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson will be on the shelf for an extended period of time due to a broken left thumb; no word is out as to how long Nelson will be out of action as of yet.  But it will not mean a thing if the IFL goes out of business – which seems highly likely in light of their current financial situation.
  • UFC lightweight fighter Troy Mandaloniz has told that the bulging disk that he is currently suffering from is feeling better and he is starting to do some light training; no answer as to when he will step into the octagon again, but he is hopeful for a fall 2008 return.




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