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Skydivers Dodge Near Miss


Four skydivers practicing for the Australian Masters Games have narrowly avoided crashing aboard the Cessna 182 H.

On Friday the four skydivers and their pilot, John, had taken off from East Parklands. One of the skydivers, David Boulter, 57, looked out the window to see the roof of the Queen Victoria apartments on Fullarton Road, “mere feet away.”

“I looked to the right and saw trees … We’d have been creeping over it (the canopy).

“We were in the safety zone. If we were two feet to the right it (the canopy) would shred the wings … there would have been five fatalities.”

Their Cessna had taken off from Parafield Airport, but had been forced to circle over the drop zone for an hour because of the busy airspace.

It was when they returned to the drop zone (over Victoria Park) that the trouble began.

An engine stopped, the aeroplane began gliding, losing altitude. It fell from 3500 feet to ground level in three minutes.

John, the pilot, was preparing an emergency landing on the Clipsal 500 track, but diverted to Victoria Park when he spotted a council truck on the roadway.

Mr Boulter didn’t think the plane ran out of fuel.

Fellow skydiver John Friswell, 63, said, “We heard the engine splutter … and we’re preparing to jump.

“But the pilot said, ‘No, no, stay in the plane’”.

All the skydivers praised the pilot’s efforts. Mr Boulter suffered a fractured foot, the fourth skydiver a broken pelvis, everyone else minor injuries.

They all agreed, it could have been a lot worse.

Push to Legitimise Bare-Knuckle Boxing

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Reputed ex-mobster Danny Provenzano, 51, wants to take bare-knuckle boxing mainstream. He believes it can be turned into a multi-billion-dollar industry and capture the world’s attention.

In an interview with the Daily Mail Provenzano said, “Bare-knuckle boxing requires a lot more skill than gloved boxing. You’ve got to make sure every punch counts, otherwise you’rre going to break your hand.”

He went on to argue that bare-knuckle boxing is safer than gloved boxing, “There are a lot more cuts and bruises, but less long-term damage.”

The medical fraternity appear to be divided on this.

The argument goes like this: Gloves ‘cushion’ a blow allowing for more blows to be delivered during a bout. The more blows there are, the more damage is done to a fighter’s brain.

The other side argue that the greater impact of an ‘un-cushioned’ blow inflicts more trauma on the brain and substantially increases the chance of damage to a boxer’s hand.

What both sides agree on is that the sport already exists. Without regulatory oversight the combatants are without any protection other than their own fists.

Bobby Gunn is regarded as the best bare-knucle boxer in the world. In an interview with MMA Radio he announced that two states in the US are on the verge of legalising the combat sport.

“It’s going to be ground-breaking for the sport.”

Provenzano is working closely with Gunn to legalise the sport throughout the world. To that end they wish to organise a fight with high profile MMA fighter Kimbo Slice to grasp world attention.

“He (Gunn) is the poster boy of the bare-knuckle boxing world.”

While Kimbo Slice rocketed to fame with viral Youtube videos of his accept-all-comers street fights. Gunn won the first officially sanctioned bare-knuckle boxing match in 2011.

He said to, “I’ve been fighting since I was 6 years old. I do this for my family.”

While it was an underground sport promoters were happy to allow gambling. Their fighters stood to earn up to $100,000 for a high profile fight. But in a bid to have the sport legitimised they have had to eliminate this side of their events.

“We’ve taken a hit in the pocket,” Provenzano said. “But it will be worth it once we’re mainstream.”

Kelly’s UFC 193 Opponent Switch

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In the space of a few hours yesterday Melbourne MMA fighter Daniel Kelly’s training regime changed dramatically.

Kelly was scheduled to face 84kg, 180 cm Brazilian submission expert Ricardo Abreu on November 15 at UFC 193.

But Abreu was forced to withdraw with what is believed to be an injury.

UFC matchmaker Joe Silva scoured the list of available fighters.

The man he found couldn’t be any more of a different opponent.

Florida-based Steve Montgomery is a towering 193cm tall, he fights as a welterweight at 77kg, and he’s  a south paw.

Kelly took he change in stride.

It’s a completely different match-up, but we’re seven weeks out.

“There’s plenty of time to adjust what we’re doing so it’s fine.”

Within two hours of being notified of the change Kelly had already watched most of Montgomery’s fights.

“He’s pretty well rounded and has good knees in the clinch.

“He’ a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and his striking is not bad.

“He’s from a very strong gym America Top Team.

“I’ve watched one of his fights and that’s obviously only happened in the last couple of hours. But we’ve got a fair idea already of what we’re going to do.

“I’ll just make sure I’m fit and strong and I’ll go out there and enjoy it.”

But Kelly was cautious about his new opponent.

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Dan Kelly image

“Montgomery doesn’t have the power that Abreu had and he doesn’t have the pedigree that Abreu has on the ground. He’s tall and because he throws good knees as well, I’ll have to be careful going to double legs, but I’ll find another way to make it my game. It’s a different match-up, but they’re all hard.”

Kelly has experience with southpaws. He knocked out Sam Alvey in the first round and won a unanimous decision over Patrick Walsh.

“This is the third fight in a row where I’ll be preparing for a south paw,” said Kelly

“I’ll just keep working and progressing on the stuff we’ve already been doing,

Joanna Jedrzejczyk Named UFC 193 Co-Headliner


Australian UFC fans are in raptures after Dana White announced another title defence for UFC 193.

Current women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will defend her title against Canadian Valerie Letourneau.

Jedrzejczyk (10-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) was originally scheduled to fight Claudia Gadelha at UFC 195, but UFC powers have decided to open all the stops for Melbourne and asked Jedrzejczyk to share the card with Ronda Rousey.

Jedrzejczyk is one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC stable and considered one of the finest strikers in all of women’s MMA. She earned Fight of the Night bonus with her bloody title defence against Jessica Penne in June and has destroyed any and all opponents placed in front of her.

octagon-750x400Letourneau (8-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is riding a wave of success after winning her last three UFC fights. She will make a name for herself if she can upset Jedrzejczyk who is coming off her own unanimous decision victory over Maryna Moroz.

The announcement of Jedrzejczyk and Letourneau pushes Mark Hunt and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva from the co-main event status.

Despite this the November 15 crowd is expected to blow away all previous records for an MMA event in Australia. 70,000 are expected – and they’ve got good reason to go.

Journalist Tries to Eat Like a Tour de France Cyclist – Results Aren’t Pretty

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Norwegian journalist Nicolay Ramm has attempted to eat a Tour de France cyclists diet and failed – spectacularly!

The Grand Tours are arguably amongst the most physically demanding sports on the planet. The incredible amount of energy the competitors use each day must be replaced with an incredible amount of energy rich food.

Racing cyclists consume a staggering 8290 calories a day, on average – more than twice the amount recommended for an average 16 – 18 year-old male (3000 calories) and almost three times as much as an average 19 – 50 year-old man (2750 calories).

So what happens when an average guy tries to eat like a Tour de France cyclist?

It’s not pretty.

Ramm did his homework. He talked to one of the chefs on a Tour de France team.

Breakfast was:

A full bowl of oatmeal, an egg omelette, 3 ham and cheese sandwiches, a 500ml smoothie, a cup of coffee, 100 grams of pasta, a tub of yoghurt and one glass of orange juice.

By the time Ramm got to his coffee he was already doubled over and groaning.

He managed the coffee and then began on the milkshake … before nearly retching it all back up.


Now it was snack time:

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Image: Youtube

1 banana, 1 apple, a handful of nuts and 2 energy bars, a bottle of water and more coffee.


Ramm was looking green. He really had to struggle to finish off the coffee.


Now it was the ‘in-between’ food, the sort of stuff cyclists eat while competing!

2 croissants with jam and ham, 2 cans of coke, gallons of sports drink and water, 7 energy bars and 2 energy gels.


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Image: Youtube

Ramm was 4 hours and 7 minutes into his ‘culinary tour de force’ and his stomach was beginning to rebel. Out came the sick-bucket, but, to his creditm Ramm manfully fought it back down again.

“It’s okay … barely,” he groaned as another jam and salami croissant was pushed in front of him.

Then, “I can’t take it anymore!”

But with lunchtime only a few minutes away Ramm’s stomach had had enough. Back it all came and Ramm was disqualified.

After purging himself Ramm looked at the meatloaf for lunch and gave up.

His calorie intake for 5 hours and 3 minutes had been a measly 4300! What he’d eaten had been barely enough to get him through the early stages of an easy day in the Tour

Kody ‘The Power’ House Set to Debut Against NSW

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Kody ‘The Power’ House is hanging up her lingerie league gear and stepping in to play in the Queensland Women’s Rugby League team.

House played in the Australian version of the Lingerie Football League and believes the change of codes will do her good.

House makes her debut for Queensland against perennial foe New South Wales. The Queenslanders have 17 straight interstate victories, but find themselves going into this game as underdogs.

The side has been decimated by injuries, including the loss of star Ali Briggenshaw, and will field 9 debutants!

House is a qualified diesel mechanic from Central Queensland. She is a big, powerful woman who has earned her nickname and the respect that comes with it.

At 80kg of cut muscle House will line up in the centres. She says she is a direct ball runner, preferring to steamroll through tacklers rather than sidestep them.

And she is an athlete.

House began her sporting career as a star soccer player. She made the top grade in Brisbane before switching to sevens rugby union, where she played for Queensland.

FHouse then code-hopped to AFL; then moved again to American football and the Lingerie Football League.

She has the glam and she has the wham.

The game kicks-off at 1300 Smiles Stadium (home of the NRL Cowboys) at 2:45pm this Saturday.

Fans are promised lots of action, lots of hits, and plenty of skill as this fierce rivalry continues.

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The Mountain is Iceland’s Strongest Man for a Fifth Time

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The Mountain, Hafthor Bjornsson, has won Iceland’s Strongest Man competition for the fifth time in a row.

The Viking giant (206 cm tall and 190 kg) was never really challenged in a gruelling day of lifting, pushing, and throwing.

Bjornsson is the first man in history to have won this competition for a fifth consecutive year.

However, his ultimate goal of being crowned the World’s Strongest Man remains, as yet, unfulfilled.

After being invited through a wildcard invitation to the competition in 2011 Bjornsson finished sixth. Since then he has come in at third in 2012 and 2013 and second in 2014.

This year, in April, Bjornsson finished third behind American Brian Shaw.

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The Mountain and Oberyn:

New Games Bid for Entry into Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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Organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have released a list of 26 sports applying for inclusion in the prestigious event. Many are familiar sports that have been knocking on the Olympic door for some time, but others are little-known.

Men’s baseball and women’s softball have been on the fringes of Olympic inclusion for some time now. Both sports are highly popular in Japan and would surely recieve fanatical support.

Others, like wush or sumo, would definitely give the Tokyo Olympics a unique feel.

But still other  sport federations are keen for the legitimacy and profile only the Olympics can give.

Competitive sports like karate, squash, surfing, chess and various roller sports have thrown their hat in the ring.

“We have three criteria in deciding which sports will be chosen,” said Toshiro Muto, the chief executive officer of the Tokyo organising committee. “They must be popular with young people, they  must give momentum to Tokyou 2020, and they must meet IOC standards.”

A shortlist of candidates will be announced on June 22.

In August ther finalists will be able to make a final presentation in Tokyo. The organisers will then make their recommendations to the International Olympic Committee by September 30.

The IOC, in turn, will make a final decision by August 206 when it meets in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the Olympic Games.

Since the ‘Olympic Agenda 2020’  (approved in December) host cities may propose  one or more additional sports for their Games.

Both the IOC and Tokyo officials are keen to include sports appealing to younger people.

Among the sports applying for inclusion are: Air Sports, American Football, Baseball/ Softball, Bowls, Bowling, Bridge. Chess, Dancesports, Floorball, Flying Disc, Karate, Korfball, Netball, Orienteering, Polo, Racquetball, Roller Sports, Sport Climbing, Squash, Sumo, Surfing, Tug of War, Underwater Hockey, Waterski and Wakeboarding, Wushu.

Trash Talking Prior to UFC 190 Gets Personal


The MMA world is shocked by the trash talking coming from Brazilian Beth Correia.

Correia (9-0-0) faces off against undefeated UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (11-0-0) in the upcoming UFC 190.

Correia had plenty of ammunition, using facts from Rousey’s autobiography against her.

“I want to knock her out,” said Correia to Brazilian MMA site Combate, “to show to everyone that she is a lie. “She wants to stand up with me? Let’s see. I want to humiliate her and show the world she has no MMA. She is focused on movies, books …

“Under pressure she is proving weak. When her Mum put pressure on her, she ran away from home. When she lost, it was because of drugs. That’s not a superhero. She is not mentally healthy; she needs to take care of herself. She is winning, so everybody is around her cheering her up. But when she realises she is not everything that she believes @RondaRousey Never knew what happened to ur dad. I’m humble enough to ask u for forgiveness. Family is a godly bless to me. See u in #UFC190.

2:10AM – 29 May 2015she is, I don’t know what might happen. I hope she does not kill herself later on (laughs).”

Correia’s suicide gaffe was a low-blow. Rousey’s father killed himself when Rousey was only young. His death rocked his wife and young daughter.

Rousey laid into Correia on twitter: @bethecorreia: suicide is no joke or selling point. My father will be with me the day I hand you the comeuppance you deserve.

3:57 PM – 28 May 2015

Correia realised her mistake and twittered back: @RondaRousey: Never knew what happened to your Dad. I’m humble enough to ask you for forgiveness. Family is a godly bless to me. see you in #UFC190.

2:10 AM – 29 May 2015.


Someone should have told Bethe Correia Ronda Rousey thrives on animosity before a fight. UFC 190 is going to explode!


McGregor Eyeing a Showdown with Pettis for Lightweight Belt


It’s three months before MMA superstar Conor McGregor fights Jose Aldo for the featherweight title, but already he has his sights set on Anthony Pettis’ lightweight belt.

Conor McGregor doesn’t lack confidence. And why would he. After demolishing the highly respected Dennis Siver in UFC 183 McGregor ran into the crowd to taunt the incumbent champ, Aldo. No one has claimed to hear what words were spoken between the two, but you can be sure both men are taking the other seriously.

For McGregor, then, to already be looking past Aldo is either the height of confidence or utter madness.

“I think is would be a great fight,” said McGregor about fighting Pettis for his lightweight title. “Definitely 155 (pound division) is in my future. Anthony is phenomenal on the feet. He’s got good jiu-jitsu. I feel it would be a great fight. It’s a fight I have my eyes on.

“As I grow, 155 will be more comfortable to get to. It (cutting weight) will be less stress on the body.”

McGregr believes his training with UFC welterweights Cathal Pendred and Gunnar Nelson will help him if he decides to move up weight divisions.

“I have no problem going right up to welterweight to be honest. We’ll see. I am young. I am 26 years-old. We’ll see what opportunities present themselves.”

McGregor and Aldo have a showdown for the featherweight title at UFC 189 on the 11th of July.