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    Default Haselrig Tackles New Challenge: MMA

    Thanks to Intermat for providing the link to this story, from the Johnstown (PA) Tribune-Democrat...

    Haselrig tackling new challenge

    For The Tribune-Democrat

    Carlton Haselrig has always been the athlete Western Pennsylvania wants to root for.

    The Greater Johnstown High School graduate is the ultimate ?Local boy does good? story, winning six NCAA wrestling titles at Pitt-Johnstown in the late 1980s, then improbably becoming an All-Pro football right guard for the Pittsburgh Steelers despite not playing the sport in college.

    Unfortunately, since then Haselrig has become the athlete that it is hard to root for.

    Following his Pro Bowl selection in 1992, there have been drug suspensions, numerous arrests, convictions, and prison sentences.

    The latest occurred in 2005, when he spent roughly a year at SCI Laurel Highlands following a domestic dispute with his then-estranged wife.

    Now, six months since his release, Haselrig is back together with his wife, Michelle, and is attempting to once again be the athlete the area wants to root for.

    As a mixed martial arts fighter.

    Haselrig, 42, will make his professional debut Saturday in the main event of Battle Cage Xtreme IV in Atlantic City against Shane Ott, a Reading-area native who will be 36 when the bout takes place...

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    Default Re: Haselrig Tackles New Challenge: MMA

    Lets see 42 years old, never had a MMA fight before, just six months out of jail.
    Talk about long odds and a uphill battle, but I guess you should never underestimate an athlete of his caliber.

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    I liked this bit:
    After the fight, Haselrig was asked about taking on Kevin Jordan – an Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran and winner of Battle Cage Xtreme III – to unify the BCX belts.

    “Is he here? Is he ready right now? Let’s do it,”

    Haselrig wins MMA debut

    Carlton Haselrig can add two more heavyweight titles to his collection.

    Haselrig, a six-time NCAA wrestling at Pitt-Johnstown, captured the United States Kick Boxing Association and Battle Cage Xtreme crowns early this morning, by making quick work of Shane Ott in his first professional mixed martial arts bout.

    The 42-year-old, who has battled drug and alcohol addictions as well as legal problems for years, said it was just the beginning for him.

    “This is just the first step in a long series of things that are going to happen,” the Johnstown native said moments after his seminal victory, which took place at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Battle Cage Xtreme IV. “Right now, whoever’s out there, I’m training hard, I’m getting ready. I want anybody.”

    The bout, which was the main event in the 17-fight card and did not begin until after 1 a.m., was scheduled to go three five-minute rounds.

    Ott was supposed to provide a stern test for Haselrig, who was also an All-Pro guard with the Pittsburgh Steelers. At 36, the Reading native had both age and experience on his side, as he had already fought six professional fights. But the broad-chested, tattooed Ott took a strange tactic by trying to grapple with Haselrig.

    His wrestling background was evident as Haselrig used a single leg to take down Ott and then unleashed a flurry of fists to the side of Ott’s face.

    Ott eventually was able to work his way out of the situation and seemed to gain the upper hand with an ankle hold, but Haselrig got his leg out and put his 265 pounds on Ott, who is listed at 260. Another round of punches kept the obviously dazed Ott on the mat before the match was stopped by the referee after 4 minutes and nine seconds of the first round.

    After the fight, Haselrig was asked about taking on Kevin Jordan – an Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran and winner of Battle Cage Xtreme III – to unify the BCX belts.

    “Is he here? Is he ready right now? Let’s do it,” said Haselrig, who didn’t even seem to be out of breath. “Let’s put them together, let me get that one, too. I want all of them I can get.”

    Haselrig had a vocal cheering section at the event, which he credited with helping him get his life back on track after spending time in prison.

    “Thanks to all the fans that came out here to support me,” he said. “I needed their support to give me another step of courage and confidence.”

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    Default Re: Haselrig Tackles New Challenge: MMA

    Thanks for posting the story with the results, Jacob!

    Score one for us old guys! ;-)

    Seriously, congrats to Carlton Haselrig. May he find the same brand of success in MMA as he did in amateur wrestling and the NFL.

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