Justin Thornton
Justin Thornton, a 13-year veteran of mixed martial arts, has died of injuries suffered in a bare knuckle boxing match back in August as initially reported on Monday by mymmanews.com. Thornton, who was 6-18 in his MMA career, had been fighting in the BKFC 20 event in Biloxi, Miss. on August 20 when he was hit with a roundhouse punch by opponent Dillon Cleckler just 19 seconds into their fight and fell head first into the canvas.

It's been reported Thornton, who was 38, suffered a spinal injury as a result of his head first fall and had been placed on a ventilator in the hospital though no cause of death has yet been released. Thornton had lost his last five MMA fights dating back to 2017. Overall, he'd been knocked out 11 times in his 24 MMA bouts including 8 knockouts suffered in the first round. One of those first round knockouts came at the hands of Cleckler back in 2013, yet the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship and the Mississippi Athletic Commission still approved the rematch between the two men.

Introducing Martial Arts School Listings on Black Belt Mag!
Sign Up Now To Be One Of The First School Listed In Our Database.
Don't miss a single issue of the worlds largest magazine of martial arts.
Executioners From Shaolin
Executioners From Shaolin / Lau Kar-leung

Dr. Craig’s Martial Arts Movie Lounge

In Part I, I covered the following films from 1970-1976 in order of the years the films came out: Brothers Five; The Avenger; Fist of Fury; Black Tavern; Chinese Iron Man; Defensive Power of Aikido; Fists of Vengeance; The Gallant;Pacific Connection; and The Tongfather. The last 10 films are presented in a similar fashion.
Keep Reading Show less
Maiquel Falcao
Bellator and UFC Veteran Maiquel Falcao was stabbed to death Sunday in Brazil. According to reports, the mixed martial arts fighter was found stabbed multiple times on a sidewalk in his hometown of Pelotas. He was transported to a hospital but died of the injuries.
Keep Reading Show less
Smokin' Jo Nattawut
cdn.onefc.com / ONE Championship
ONE Championship has a new headlining bout for ONE: Only The Brave, the organization’s next event airing on Friday, January 28.
Keep Reading Show less