Las Vegas was the center of attention this weekend for fight fans as Floyd Mayweather Jr. knocked out Victor Ortiz in a controversial ending to the fight.
In a less hyped but equally important fight for the action sports world, Brian Deegan squared off against Dave Mirra in a fight for charity at ElissMania 8. The two are accustomed to battling out against each other, but usually it's behind the wheel of their rally cars.
The Metal Mulisha God father defeated the BMX legend in a decisive 4th round. He was awarded the fight by decision. Deegan said on twitter after the fight "Victory tonight at EllisMania. Mirra put up a great fight but Metal Mulisha pulled through."
According to professional BMX rider Anthony Napolitan who was at the fight, "The fight seriously could've been a tie all around. Both dudes stood their ground really well,"
The two battled it out for the purpose of donating their proceeds from the fight to charity, with Deegan fighting for the Loma Linda Children's Foundation, and Mirra fighting for the Meningitis Foundation of America.
Hopefully this is only the beginning to a series of fights squaring off two legends of their respective sports. I know there's a couple surfer vs skateboarder match ups we'd love to see.
Metal Mulisha freestyle rider Jimmy Hill broke both of his wrists while attempting a superman seatgrab while training at the Mulisha Compound in Temecula, CA. He missed the grab during the trick he's done successfully more than a thousand times.
In a interview with ESPN he commented on the accident. "That trick is super-deceiving, once you get comfortable and think you have it down, it comes back to bite you."
This should serve as a reminder that when things go wrong in FMX they usually end bad. There's no margin of error in a sport with such a gnarly level of danger every time they launch themselves into the air.
For Hill, hopefully this is only a minor setback to his career as he has a bright future in FMX evident by his performances lately at numerous Metal Mulisha demos.
After finishing second to Tanner Foust in both rally disciplines last year at X Games Metal Mulisha Godfather Brian Deegan is determined to not let that happen again.
Sure when Deegan first started driving rally it was exciting and fun as something else for him to do at X Games other than Freestyle motocross. But that was then, three years later Deegan wants to win. As much success as he has had in FMX, silver medals don't do it for him, he expects gold.
Deegan has taken to the track logging seat time behind the wheel of his Ford Fiesta working on his driving performance with one goal on his mind.
Beating his nemesis and fellow Rockstar teammate will be no easy task; Foust is the overall points leader from the Global Rallycross Championship series heading into X Games.
As the story lines start taking shape heading into Summer X Games 17 rally has started stealing the headlines. This is by far the most anticipated year since it's introduction the X Games audience. This year's coarse will have drivers navigating through the streets of Downtown LA.
The field is stacked with popular personalities Travis Pastrana, Ken Block, and Dave Mirra, not too mention the most talented and successful Rally Driver Marcus Gronholm.
If Deegan plans to take the thrown in LA this year the testing track is where it's going to happen. Continue to monitor his progress on Metal Mulisha.com.
God Speed Jeff "Ox" Kargola
Today while riding with friends and family outside of San Felipe, Jeff "Ox" Kargola crashed while riding his dirt bike. Jeff was attended to by medical personnel on site and was transported via helicopter to the San Felipe hospital where he passed away due to his injuries.
He passed early this afternoon with his best friends Cameron Steele, Ryan Hagy, Chad Peebles, Ryan Cropley, Rich Niggemann, Mark Moss and Trigger Gumm.
"Words can't express the emotions I am feeling. I love Jeff like a son and he was riding with all of his best friends he grew up with in San Clemente," said Cameron Steele.
More information will be released soon on arrangements for Jeff.
*photos taken the morning of the accident
In a surprise move first reported by ESPN FMX, Jeremy "twitch' Stenberg has decided to part ways with the Metal Mulisha to pursue his own dreams and direction. Twitch has ridden for the Mulisha for 11 years since the brand was created in 1999 which has dominated the freestyle motocross scene ever since. Stenberg was one of the Metal Mulisha's top and most popular riders, recently winning the Fan Favorite Award at the second annual AFMXA Ramp Awards.
In a sport where brand loyalty is so important, it's a surprise to many when the news broke that Twitch and the Mulisha are parting ways. Reportedly this decision stemmed when negotiations from both could not be agreed upon, as well as a good time for a change for Jeremy.
The future for Stenberg is still up in the air, but we can be sure, he'll still be riding with his Mulisha buddies at the compound.