In the very first line of his website, Jared Platt’s personality and perspective shine through.
“Wrestling and Diabetes have made me the person that I am today… My kids AND my dog think I’m pretty awesome. So that’s really cool.”
While Jared Platt might not be a huge name in the sport of MMA, he deserves the recognition that the biggest stars receive. Within the wrestling world, he is a well respected, highly touted, athlete who achieved some of the highest accolades and championships the sport allows.
A star at the prestigious NJ wrestling high school, Blair Academy, Platt was named All American during his high school days. Platt also wrestled for Team USA where he was a Junior Nationals champion in freestyle in 2007 at 215 pounds. He took second place at the University Nationals in 2010 and took fourth in 2008. He also won a pair of gold medals in both freestyle and Greco Roman wrestling in the Pan American championships in 2007.
Platt was a member of the Penn State University Wrestling team where he became the National Open Champion at heavyweight and was training partners with former UFC and current Bellator fighter Phil Davis. Platt and Davis were on the team together the year Davis won an NCAA title and have maintained a close relationship ever since. But their martial arts partnership didn’t end there. Davis has flown Platt our to California throughout his entire MMA career and furthermore Platt has cornered Davis on several occasions. Davis is considered one of the best wrestlers in the sport, so that should tell you something about the level of wrestling prowess Platt possesses. Even entering the professional fight game himself, Platt sports a 1-0 pro MMA record.
As many know, with training comes injury, and Platt is no stranger to injury. Throughout his wrestling career, Platt has had a slew of injuries, the worst of which was to his back. After wrestling in his redshirt year at Penn State, Platt took to the mats to compete in the US Open. It was there that he damaged his back to the extent that, for the years following, he would periodically lose feeling in his legs and be in significant pain.
But it’s a most recent injury-related turn of events that has Platt battling the most important fight of his life. On September 2nd Platt went to Morristown hospital to have his old back injury repaired. A simple procedure that would have Platt back on his feet in a few days. But after the surgery, the pain didn’t go away as quickly as it should have. Doctors assumed it was Platt’s Type 1 diabetes causing the issue and he was released 5 days after the surgery.
A few days later Platt was rushed to the hospital with high fever and significant pain. It was at that time that a large malignant tumor was found on his tailbone and was in Stage IV. From there, Platt entered Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital, a leader in the cancer field.
In the matter of a few weeks Platt’s life has changed and he is once again fighting. His friends and family have set up a GoFundMe account with a $100,000 dollar goal. So far, the page has raised over $80,000 with over 700 donors. Please visit Jared Platt’s Medical Fund page for updates, a more in depth look into Jared’s career, or if you would like to donate or share his story.
UFC Announces Liverpool Event, Darren Till Main Event
Scousers are drowning in celebration this evening. Earlier today, UFC officials announced the addition of a Liverpool show to their 2018 event calendar. Liverpool’s, Echo Arena, plays host for the event, which takes place on May 27th.
Liverpool’s own, Darren Till made the announcement this afternoon with Dan Hardy at the UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov, ceremonial weigh-in. When asked by Hardy what it means to have the UFC in Liverpool, he had this to day, “Words can’t describe it. It doesn’t do it justice, words. So, it’s coming and I’m going to be the first Scousers to ever have done it. In 200 years they’re going to remember my name in combat sports in Liverpool. I’m gonna take someones chin off in Liverpool, that’s what’s happening”.
He was also quoted in an release from the promotion saying, “I can’t believe UFC is finally coming to Liverpool and I’m going to be headlining Echo Arena. My name is going to be remembered in 200 years time for being part of this historical event and I can’t even describe how much that means to me”. Till will headline the card, his opponent is yet to be announced.
In the official release, it quotes David Shaw, Senior Vice President International and Content, claiming, “The stars really aligned for the Octagon to touch down in Liverpool. We have seen such phenomenal demand from fans in the region for a live event. Pair that with having such a rising, local star in Darren Till it made absolute sense to bring our first live event to this historical combat sports city in 2018”.
UFC Liverpool lands on a date speculated for a different venue, in a different country. Reports swirled last month, specifically one from MMAFighting.com, which claimed the May 27th date belonged to the UFCs return to Dublin. A return to Dublin doesn’t seem to fall completely out of the realm of possibility. For now, it remains to be seen.
The UFC also announced two bouts, both in the Middleweight division, booked for the event. Elias Therodorou takes on Trevor Smith, and Daniel Kelly goes up against England’s Tom Breese.
Marco Reyes Flagged for Potential Anti-Doping Policy Violation
Earlier today, UFC officials announced that Lightweight, Marco Reyes was flagged for a potential UFC Anti-Doping Policy violation. The potential violation hails from a sample collected on March 8th, 2018, in an out-of-competition test.
Reyes made his way into the UFC through The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, season 2. Competing in the lightweight bracket, Reyes defeated Christhian Soto by 2nd rd. TKO of a preliminary round bout. He then went onto to face Horacio Gutiérrez, in the semifinals of the tournament. Gutiérrez defeated Reyes in the opening round by TKO.
Following his elimination from the tournament, the Mexican fighter met Cezar Arzamendia on the series finale, The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. Reyes impressively defeated Arzamendia, whom was the first overall pick for Team Gastelum, by 1st round KO.
From there, Reyes defeated Dong Hung Kim (rd. 1, KO), and Jason Novelli (Split Decision) respectively, before falling to rising contender James Vick. Most recently, the Lightweight fighter dispatched Matt Frevola in the opening round, ruining the Long Islanders promotional debut. His bout against Frevola took place at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi, on January 14th of this year.
The UFC statement on the matter reads as follows:
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Marco Reyes of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on March 8, 2018.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Reyes. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
Dillon Danis to make Pro debut against Kyle Walker at Bellator 198
Mixed Martial Arts officially adopted another incredibly talented jiu-jitsu practioner today. Bellator officials announced today the long-awaited debut of Dillon Danis, whom the promotion had signed in the year previous. After zero amateur and countless jiu-jitsu matches, Danis makes his debut at Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, against Kyle Walker.
Kyle Walker enters the match up also making his Bellator debut. Walker recently made a resurgence in 2016 after taking off, almost exactly, 3 years. Since returning to the professional scene his record is 0-3, losing each fight by stoppage (2 Sub, 1 KO).
Walker looks to snap his streak yet, his opponent could provide a major challenge. In terms of advantages for Walker, he has a massive and obvious one. His experience. Walkers opponent fights for the first time in the sport of MMA. While Danis competed in many top-level jiu-jitsu tournaments and matches, comparing the competition would stop and end upon examining the rule sets. It is quite obvious, the difference. Danis will have a bit of adversity to overcome, in that respect.
In spite of this, Danis’ team, he trains out of the highly regarded SBG Ireland. Even before his MMA training, he trained under Marcelo Garcia. He earned his black belt in April of 2015, following an incredible 2014. In that year, Danis became UAEJJF World Champion, winning gold in the 82 kg (181 lb.) Brown belt category.
The prospect of what that could look like inside the cage is exciting. He may have developed some striking techniques but, the lack of time dedicated to that training in undeniable. Experience and time is required to develop skills of any kind.
Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, takes place on Saturday, April 28th from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Bellator 198 features the third of four preliminary bouts in the promotions Heavyweight Grand Prix, Fedor Emelianenko takes on Frank Mir. It serves as the nights main event. Other bouts on the card feature; Emmanuel Sanchez against Sam Sicilia, Neiman Gracie faces Javier Torres, Rafael Lavato Jr. vs. John Salter, and more.
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