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TUF 11 Finale Post-Fight News & Notes: Doctors Cleared Hamill To Fight With Staph (Update)

Rundown of TUF 11 Finale post-fight news and notes…

— According to the UFC, 1,708 spectators were in attendance at The Pearl for a $430,250 gate.

— Matt Hamill and Keith Jardine each earned a $25k Fight of the Night bonus for their three round war. Court McGee won Submission of the Night for choking out Kris McCray in the finals, and Chris Leben was awarded KO of the Night for knocking Aaron Simpson senseless.

— The judges were finally given monitors last night! Well, that was until Keith Kizer came along and unplugged them all. You see, Kizer isn’t entirely against the use of monitors. He may even let judges use them in the future, but for now, he’d “rather them look at a big screen” when they can’t see the action because he doesn’t want them using monitors when they can. Larry Pepe of Pro MMA Radio explains why this is retarded.

They need to have monitors. The fact that they don’t have monitors and somehow from 40 feet away you’re trying to see what somebody’s doing on the ground without a monitor is insane… Dana’s got the best seat in the house and Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg whose responsibility is to call the fight for a million people or five million people watching around the world, they have monitors! So the only guys that don’t have monitors are the guys determining the outcome of the fight!”

Chris Leben: "It winked at me"

— That mark on Matt Hamill’s back you stared at all fight? Yeah, that was staph infection. Hamill confirmed it at the post-fight press conference and claimed he didn’t know about it pre-fight (doesn’t make sense btw). You know who did? The NSAC, and their doctor still cleared him to fight.

Keith Kizer just informed me that Matt Hamill’s staph infection was inspected at weigh-ins. Doctor cleared Hamill to fight.

I’m no doctor, but it doesn’t seem to me that allowing someone to compete with an untreated staph wound (Hamill starts antibiotics today) is ensuring the health and safety of the fighters. At the very least, this doctor owes Keith Jardine an explanation. I’m sure Court McGee and Kris McCray would like one as well. They had the privilege of rolling around on the canvas Hamill possibly infected.

MMA Junkie’s Dr. Johnny Benjamin seems to agree.

In my opinion, the NSAC was victim of a poor medical decision. Furthermore, every athlete (including Hamill) and referee that entered the octagon – with or after Hamill – was unnecessarily exposed to a potentially very serious and deadly infection by the “licensed doctor” who cleared him to compete.

Can I be any clearer?

As a physician tasked with the responsibility of promoting player/fighter safety, deciding to allow a clearly infected athlete to compete is astonishing to me. As a doctor, if there is any significant question in your mind regarding an athlete’s health, you must err on the side of caution and disallow the fighter in question. The potential risks do not outweigh the potential benefit.

That was his polite way of saying the doctor failed at his/her job.

Hamill joked that he thought he was going to be “blind and deaf” after Jardine’s eye-poke.

— TUF 11 champ Court McGee explains why he lost it in the post-fight interview.

“When I broke up like that, that’s seven years all in one minute. I dedicate that fight to anyone who’s struggling tonight. …If you came from where I came from to where I am now, you’d be the same way.”

McGee was referring to his battle with a heroin addiction that nearly killed him in 2006 for those who missed all the stories on it this week.

— Below, Court McGee and Chris Leben talk to Fight Magazine about their wins.

Images via Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

Update: According to Matt Hamill’s manager, the NSAC doctor said the infected area on his back was healing and didn’t pose a threat to anybody.

I put that question to Duff Holmes, Hamill’s manager, who said Sunday that the Commission was fully aware that Hamill had staph, that Commission doctors looked at the boil on his back, and that the medical opinion of those who examined him was that fighting with the boil on his back wouldn’t pose any threat to either Hamill, opponent Keith Jardine, or anyone else.

“The doctors and the Commission were aware and repeatedly examined the red mark on Matt’s back,” Holmes told me. “They concluded that it was healing and hardened to the point that it posed no threat to Matt or anyone else inside the Octagon.”

I’m no doctor, but what would have happened if that thing opened up during the fight? It’s not like they were about to arm wrestle. Even if it didn’t pose a threat when the fight started, it could have by the time the fight was over.

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