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Yep. He was also supposedly a victim of Missy Hyatt promising him a blowjob if he let Taz beat him in ECW. Then got told “I don’t blow jobbers” if the rumour is to be believed. Poor sod. In hindsight he should’ve just battered Taz and killed the myth years before RVD. 

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Yep. He was also supposedly a victim of Missy Hyatt promising him a blowjob if he let Taz beat him in ECW. Then got told “I don’t blow jobbers” if the rumour is to be believed. Poor sod. In hindsight he should’ve just battered Taz and killed the myth years before RVD. 

The Eliminators, Shane Douglas, Team Taz and a few others were all at ringside for the match.  Certainly looking back at it with today's eyes it's like Heyman had them at ringside should Varelans go into business for himself and while he may have got some licks in on Taz, he'd be greatly outnumbered and would probably ended up have taking a nasty beating.

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This is a big one. Leon Spinks has died.

Really sad news. I saw his brother Michael had been posting asking people to pray for him just the other day. Thought he’d be older than 67 as well.

The moment he beat Ali;

 

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sad news.

Spinks, like most of the 70's/80's heavyweights i became aware of through the Champions Forever doc. as a kid. I remember being blown away when i saw Ali lost to him. In my head Ali was an untouchable, so to see him losing to seem weird looking fella with no teeth always felt a bit strange to me. Crazy that he did it in only his 8th fight.

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ahh sad to see that.

I need to go and see if theres a proper retrospective article written about the whole Gannon/Kimbo thing. I was on the Sherdog boards during the Kimbo street fight boom and the Gannon fight was set up through the forums on Sherdog. It was crazy to follow it at the time, a lot of people thought it was a bit of a hoax and that the fight was never gonna take place. I vividly remember the reports starting to filter through that it had happened and that Gannon had won, no one could quite believe it. Then the grainy photos captured from the video started to surface and finally the video. Just a crazy experience really sitting on the outside looking in, the whole thing had an element of danger to it, proper underground dealings. Well, that's how it felt.

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The fact that Gannon went to the UFC off the back of it is just as mental. It sort of came and went and was never spoken about again, he was officially 2-0 before it but I dont think it was ever clear on how much actual of a background he had in fighting. I wonder why a Gannon/Kimbo fight never happened in MMA? would have made a lot of sense.

I know very little about Sean Gannon other than that. I aint sure if he ever did much in ways of interviews regarding the whole affair. Im fairly certain he lost his job as a police officer because of the whole thing though. Sad to see he's passed away.

RIP.

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Good stuff Ebb. I wasn’t following it closely at the time but caught bits and pieces and I remember seeing the video not long after it happened. As soon as Kimbo took off in EliteXC I expected them to do the rematch there. You’d have thought they’d be all over it but maybe that’s when Gannon had his UFC fight (my timeline is hazy) and by the time he was out of the UFC the moment had passed maybe. Actually, thinking back, it wouldn’t surprise me if the whole reason the UFC signed Gannon at all was to stop another promotion doing the Kimbo rematch. Just to spite them. 

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The Gannon fight in the UFC was almost 2 years before Kimbo had his first "official" fight with Ray Mercer. So theres a big gap in the timeline.

Just found out Gannon did a lenghthy Reddit AMA though! Im gonna get into this on the shitter later. Its 4 years old.

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https://amp.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/5i95lp/im_ufc_vet_sean_gannon_the_only_man_to_ever/

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I heard about Sean Gannon passing from my BJJ academy where he occasionally trained. I never interacted with him that much, but my instructor was a big fan of him, and Sean always seemed like a nice guy to me. I do know that he got absolutely fucked by the corrupt Boston police department for reporting a corrupt racist cop.

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