In this absolutely sickening video, 16-year-old Kane Millsaps from Conway, Arkansas, can be seen repeatedly punching a 12-year-old boy with brass knuckles. The video was uploaded onto YouTube by Millsaps himself, on May 31st, the day that the attack took place. The victim’s family showed the footage to local police the next day and Millsaps was arrested on June 2nd. Amazingly, he pled not guilty to first-degree battery and possessing an instrument of crime. In the 23-second clip, Millsaps can be seen talking with a girl who is trying to talk him out of attacking the 12-year-old. She tells him “you don’t have to do this,” but Millsaps is having none of it. He shoves the girl away, flips off the camera and sucker punches the victim from behind.
The kid is knocked out immediately but Millsaps decides to punch him three more times for good measure before he is pulled away by a horrified onlooker who yells “get the fu*k off him!” The female who recorded the attack told police that Millsaps had said the victim had provoked him beforehand but, actually, he had done nothing of the sort. According to the police affidavit, Millsaps explained that the reason he hit the victim was because he was “running his mouth saying he was an MMA Fighter and he could beat him up.” The police affidavit stated that “The victim said he lost consciousness after being hit and ‘when he woke up he thought he had gravel in his mouth but it was pieces of his teeth.’” It also mentioned that Millsaps “found the brass knuckles at his apartment complex. After the incident, he threw them in the dumpster.” Millsaps is due back in court on August 2. If he’s convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.
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Lets go back and look at the history of Mixed Martial Arts and how it all began. Art Davie proposed to John Milius and Rorion Gracie an eight-man single-elimination tournament called “War of the Worlds”. The tournament was inspired by the Gracies in Action video-series produced by the Gracie family of Brazil which featured Gracie jiu-jitsu students defeating martial-arts masters of various disciplines such as karate, kung fu, and kickboxing. The tournament would also feature martial artists from different disciplines facing each other in no-holds-barred combat to determine the best martial art and would aim to replicate the excitement of the matches Davie saw on the videos. Milius, a noted film director and screenwriter, as well as a Gracie student, agreed to act as the event’s creative director. Davie drafted the business plan and twenty-eight investors contributed the initial capital to start WOW Promotions with the intent to develop the tournament into a television franchise.
In 1993, WOW Promotions sought a television partner and approached pay-per-view producers TVKO (HBO), SET (Showtime), and Campbell McLaren at the Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG). Both TVKO and SET declined, but SEG – a pioneer in pay-per-view television which had produced such offbeat events as a gender versus gender tennis match between Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova – became WOW’s partner in May 1993. SEG contacted video and film art director Jason Cusson to design the trademarked “Octagon”, a signature piece for the event. Cusson remained the Production Designer through UFC 27. SEG devised the name for the show as The Ultimate Fighting Championship.