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MMA Cut Man Issues?

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In 2013, Brad Tate, an Albuquerque Fire Department lieutenant with a decade-long career, was fired. According to AQB journal, “a city Personnel Board found he had provided substandard care, intimidated and bullied patients and their families and falsified records to show that patients who called 911 had refused care and transportation.”

In April of this year, the city settled with Tate for $300,000 in a deal that did not include the return of his job. The article covers a number of disturbing incidents.

According to the article, Tate said in a court affidavit that he was let go as cutman last November after a manager found negative news reports about his firing by the city. The “constant negative publicity” on the Internet “has poisoned his reputation,” wrote Tate’s attorney, former Albuquerque City Councilor Michael Cadigan in a lawsuit filed earlier this year.

However, Tate was back in action at UFC 206. Unfortunately, his work was problematic. At one point a corner could be heard yelling out for a “cutman.” Eventually, Tate went to work, but given that there is just one minute between rounds, less the 10-second “Seconds Out” order, less getting to the corner, less breathing, every second matters.

More disturbing however was Tate’s use of a rag to rub on a swelling eye, rather than carefully pressing with a cold metal endswell. A concerned Joe Rogan could be heard remarking correctly, “That’s not right.”

It’s not. When to use a rag and when to use an endswell is akin to knowing the brake from the gas if you are a driver.

The Ontario AC, which scrupulously follows the rules, should review footage and take appropriate further steps as necessary.


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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.