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I live in West Linn Oregon I went to school at the University of Oregon which is in a city called Eugene that is two hours from my front door okay so when I was pursuing my dream of being a mixed martial artist and making it to be a professional mixed martial artist it's very tough to get into the UFC at that time now I can't even tell you Bellator I can't tell you Strikeforce I can't tell you the professional fight League or the world series of fighting or alley Dexy or anything in between they didn't even exist I couldn't even tell you the WEC I'm talking about the year 2001 when I graduated and it was kind of in some of my athletic prime coming right of you know College and a Division one program it's trying to get into the UFC Nelson I'm watching a UFC one day and a guy comes out to fight named gerald streaming out of Eugene Oregon not this time I'm living it back in West Lim I'm gonna win at a Eugene Oregon I lived there for five years we don't even have a MMA gym in Eugene Oregon I was far and away the baddest dude in Eugene Oregon Portland okay now we might have to have a conversation in Eugene OR Eugene okay cool I'm a chair for this guy but I'm still at a loss I I don't I don't know where he would have prepared or trained or where he came from or how we didn't cross paths down there either way he goes out of fights fights a guy named Josh Thompson now not for nothing and not to embarrass Gerald streambeds is his name not to embarrass Gerald in the least but guys to tell you the story the way it happened Josh Thompson threw a punch that missed by a Texas mile and Gerald streebek claps to the canvas as though he was unconscious that punch had more air in it than popcorn and when they replayed it they replayed it on the screen and you can clearly see the punch never lands so the interviewer at the time says to Josh Thompson tell us about the punch and Josh Thompson's watching it on the big screen and he's like man this isn't on me and he simply says like live into the pay-per-view audience camera it missed he tells the truth it missed so how's that gonna work at the USC you you you fall unconscious to a punch that never landed you're not fighting the UFC anymore okay great this is just the story and I'm not kicking I'm just telling you guys what happened so a number of years later I would say roughly 10 that would take us somewhere around 2011 2012 Gerald is still fighting and he's getting ready to fight in England and he comes up to Portland and he trains with us for a week I will tell you he was a hell of a nice guy and I want to say he was a brown belt at that time under Eddie Bravo I could be wrong and he was black but I knew the first day I trained with him and he was playing who's gonna train with us for a week and he was gonna get on an airplane fly out to England be there for a week and then fight the following week I knew within 10 minutes of the first time I trained with him there was zero chance he gets on that airplane and there was even less of a chance that he's fighting in England or anywhere else in two weeks I just knew it well sure enough he came in every day was a hell of a nice guy good enough partner and sure enough he did not get on that airplane and he did not go out to England okay great that is my story and my relationship with Gerald's treatment well not so fast I put on shows at the Roseland theater out here in Portland and one day I'm not at the show and we've had well over 100 events and I don't ever miss I missed a show and I get a phone call from my mother and she says look there was a fight and it was ugly and it involved Mike now Mike is a 68 year old man who actually with his bare hands built the cage so every show that we have Mike comes in and puts that cage together then he operates the door right somebody's got to open the door in between rounds somebody's got to open the door and the fighters gonna they gotta close it and then they gotta properly security its Mike that is his baby who doesn't let anybody else do it nobody's ever touched that cage but him and everybody knows Mike's cage Mike rule somewhere Mike 68 year old Mike gets in a fight with somebody and Mike wins Mike wins the fight that's the good news and then it gets broken up well I come to find out it was against Gerald streamin and I'm scratching my head go wait a minute this guy was a Marine this guy's 38 years old this guy fought and then UFC this guy's got a black belt under any prop what do you mean Mike beat him yeah Mike won the fight it was real quick but Mike got on top and security stepped in and broke it up okay fine but if you cross Mike you are never coming back in that building so they escort Gerald out of the building and Gerald says hey I'll go but I got a bag downstairs now this is a three-story building so security has to go down three stories three floors to find Gerald's bag of which they find exactly what it looked like exactly where Gerald said it was problem it was unzipped it was wide open and right on top is a locked and loaded 45 Magnum Gerald has now got a lifetime ban okay and he was this close to going to jail but the owner of the venue didn't want that heat so he just goes beat it and don't come back and Gerald did have a carry permit I mean he was a Marine he did everything right he had the care permit but why in the hell he brought a 45 into the Roseland cocked locked and loaded and why he would leave that in a bag unattended three floors to I have no idea the guy when I met him at what I knew about him he was a very nice guy for the fight game wasn't for him but he was a solidly decent person he served the country this is all I know about him okay let's chalk it up to Gerald made a mistake and move on move on with our lives that's where I think this story is going to conclude and I now know that you won't see Gerald at the fights anymore and okay nope not so fast because two weeks later Gerald ends up in some kind of a traffic altercation in Eugene at 2:00 in the afternoon which is relevant to the store because now you're talking about broad daylight he gets out of his car the other guy gets out of his car that guy's daughter stays in the car this guy's in his late 50s again Gerald a black belt a UFC veteran a marine somewhere decides he's scared that right here in broad daylight with a nearly 60 year old man yelling whatever he yelled in traffic Gerald returns to his car gets the very same 45 caliber and puts one in the guy guy dies Gerald gets locked up now if I'm on that jury even if I like Gerald Gerald's gonna have to sit I just can't let that slide this guy is unarmed in broad daylight he is twice your age and untrained and you are a Marine cage fighting black but I can't let it go you gotta sit so Gerald sits Gerald then gets out okay he does like five years of like an eight-year bid because he claims self-defense and that's a really tough one that's a really tough one to go look this guy shouted at me and I was scared so I retreated to my car got a weapon drew down I mean really you went back to the car how about you get in the car shut the door put it in drive and leave wasn't a whole lot of room there but there was enough room that I think he got like seven and a half to eight years and only had to survive okay great Gerald gets out within 10 months Gerald is back in handcuffs because in the meanwhile of being released he went and started teaching classes at the 10th planet jujitsu gym in Eugene Oregon and somewhere got handsy with an underage student so Gerald's locked back up with the whole reason I brought this story up and the whole reason I asked mat pal about is because Matt currently lives in Eugene and even though US MMA fans have been reading about this Bloody Elbow MMA maybe they've been doing articles on this from the beginning Gerald's in sentencings I Gerald is in trial odd Gerald's locked up and he's going back in ok what I was asking bad about it cuz I was just wondering if this was big news in Eugene where he currently lives and he said yeah it is he said I didn't know him for any of the reasons you just said about the Roseland and the 45 and the I don't know the UFC and Marine I know any of that but yes he's been the front page of our paper and on our local news every single night for about four months now because of the trial and everything that he was going through so I gave him the backstory I told about you know what happened in our our promotion I told him about what happened with the popcorn punch with Josh Thompson and he thought it was a good story he told me I should pass it on to you guys but I had one more you