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Run For Adam’s Camp

I hate running. I’ve always hated running. You can ask my conditioning coach Eric Telly about how much I complained every time he fired up the treadmill. I threatened to dismantle that thing on an almost daily basis.

That’s why me running a marathon is a big deal. That’s right – on October 18th, I will be running 26.2 miles consecutively. Why? I don’t know. Because I’m an idiot. Because I said I could. Because I’d like to raise some money for my favorite charity, I guess.

Adam’s Camp was founded almost thirty years ago by close family friends of ours, the Horneys. Yes, that is their real name. Adam Horney was born with cerebral palsy, and was told at five years of age that he would be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. After only five days of intensive therapy, Adam took his first step with the aid of a walker. Today, Adam is 34 years old, and lives and works on his own.

Adam Horney Keeps it Real.

Adam’s Camp is a summer camp for children and young adults with mild to moderate developmental disabilities ranging from Down syndrome and cerebral palsy to autism. Campers ride horses, climb walls, canoe, raft, and more alongside trained therapists, professionals, and volunteers. It’s a wonderful program, and many campers have been attending camp every summer for twenty years or more.

So, in closing… I’m going to go run for four and a half hours or so, while you guys run up your tab. Even if it’s just five bucks, hook it up for a great cause.

Here’s a link to the GoFundMe where you can donate.

Watch Sean Madden Wreck Shop at Lion Fight

Our very own Sean Madden will be putting his skills on the line once again for America’s most prestigious Muay Thai promotion, Lion Fight. The Lion Fight 23 card is a stacked one, featuring fan favorites Kevin Ross and Tiffany Van Soest fighting against experienced Thais, and living legend Malaipet against Liam Harrison in the main event.

Coach Madden will be the very last fight on the non-televised portion of the card. Unfortunately, Lion Fight doesn’t hook up an official stream to watch the prelims. The good news for us is that Steve Eisman is out there alongside Estrogen Fight Team members Alex Barse and Liz “Lizard” Gerrity. Thankfully Liz has agreed to use technology to our advantage, and stream Sean’s fight from her phone. Here are instructions on how to check it out.

1. Download and install the Periscope app

Periscope is a live streaming app that works alongside Twitter. Follow this link to download the app for your iPhone, or this link to download it for an Android phone. No luck for you Windows Phone users out there.

2. Follow Lizard on the app

Once you’ve installed the app and created an account, you will be brought to the dashboard screen. From there, you need to click on the ‘people’ icon. On my phone, it was in the upper-right corner, as shown. On iOS devices, it may be in the lower right corner. Either way, the icon is still the same.

From there, you need to follow Liz. Tap the magnifying glass to search for Liz, then type in her account name, which is “liz_legendary”, and click Liz G to follow.

3. Watch the mayhem.

From there, just click on the broadcast icon to see everything Liz posts. She already posted an earlier video of Sean warming up, and she should be live about 10 minutes before the fight or so.

Just be warned of two things — you will be watching a cell phone video from the 9th row of the live fights. Don’t expect an HD-quality UFC broadcast. Also, don’t be surprised if you hear Liz and Alex screaming copious profanities during the fight. You kind of get like that when one of your homeboys/girls is fighting. If you’re offended by strong language, mute your phone.

The preliminary card starts at around 5:00pm PST, so 6:00pm Mountain Time. Sean is the fifth fight on the card, so the earliest he would fight would be probably 7:00pm Mountain Time. I would start checking in on Lizard’s account just before that to be sure not to miss it.

Immediately after Sean’s fight, the televised portion of the card starts on AXS TV if you want to continue to watch. And you might check out Liz’s account later that night, as she might stream some post-fight weirdness. Last time we fought on a Lion Fight card, Sean ended up trading shirts with a drunk Malaipet at like, 3AM. I was in the Las Vegas emergency room with a broken face on July 4th, which also would have made for an interesting stream.

I’m ok! I’m ok! I promise…

Well, my Lion Fight debut certainly didn’t go as planned.

The weight cut to 142lbs went surprisingly well, I rehydrated well, and felt on top of my game going into the fight. I haven’t seen the tape yet, but I felt like the first round was going pretty well — I was getting a good read on his offense, and I thought I was just beginning to open up some good opportunities on his defense. Then, about halfway through the first round, my opponent, Gaston Bolanos, hit me with probably the most well-timed and placed strike I’ve ever been hit with; a spinning elbow that landed directly on my eyeball. I suppose it was all downhill from there. The lights went out in that eye right away, and I could feel that he opened up a pretty good cut on my eyebrow. I remember thinking that I would kind of take the rest of the round off, regain my vision in between rounds, and get back on track.
I walked back to the corner on the bell, and argued with Professor Duane Ludwig and the ringside Dr. as they waived the fight off. Looking back, it was certainly the right call.

After spending about 7 hours in the most poorly run facility (the University Medical Center E.R. in Las Vegas) I’ve ever been in, I had 11 stitches and a rough idea of the rest of my injuries.

Got that Rich Franklin nose going on...

I got back to Colorado on Sunday, and was able to get a quick appointment with one of the most prestigious otolaryngologists in the US a couple of days later. Dr. Mario Imola performed several procedures on my uncle when he was diagnosed with jaw cancer years back. He became a good family friend, and fixed my nose 9 or so years ago the first time I got hit with a left hook and found it on the other side of my face. He did me a solid and got me into surgery last night (Friday, the 11th).

Dr. Imola re-broke my nose, and straightened out the 2 fractures I received in the fight. Don’t worry, ladies, I will be handsome once again. On the more fun end, he informed me that I had two fractures in the floor of my orbital bone, one of which was 40mm long. Seems like pretty important information, huh? I wonder why the Dr’s in Las Vegas felt the need to leave that out. My eye was, for lack of a better term, sinking into my face. On top of that, the bone was pinching one of my ocular muscles, causing double vision (which was making me feel like a drunk for the entire week leading up to surgery). He made an incision just under my eye and inserted a mesh plate to hold my eye in place.

This is a selfie record for me.

About 20 hours, a whole bunch of narcotic painkillers, and some terrible hospital food later, I’m back home and as good as one of those refurbished pieces of furniture you buy at scratch & dent stores. Shout out to the facilities and staff at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado — that place is heaven on earth compared to the UMC in Vegas (thanks Dr. Imola, Cassie, Jessica, Maggie, and Jenna for making my stay so comfortable). Once again, Colorado proves its superiority over the other 49 states.

And on that note, I’m going to rest up for a couple of days before my wife takes me on vacation. Rough fight, but life isn’t too bad…

Thanks for the support everyone!