September 17, 2005

‘Ultimate’ cop bashes rules, back in ring
By Dave Wedge, Boston Herald
Friday, September 16, 2005 – Updated: 09:57 AM EST

A hulking Hub cop who came under fire for starring in a bloody basement brawl tape is still on the job and is set to fight in an internationally televised pay-per-view event next month at a Connecticut casino.

Sean “The Cannon” Gannon has been signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship – considered the major league of mixed martial arts – and will battle in “UFC 55: Fury”
at Mohegan Sun Oct. 7.

“It’s a big step up for him,” Gannon’s manager, Joe Cavallaro said. “UFC is the best in the world. It’s the Super Bowl of mixed martial arts.”

A 6-foot-3, 265-pound slugger, Gannon is a six-time Golden Gloves boxing winner and a former state judo champ who has become one of the state’s most feared mixed martial arts warriors.

He remains a patrolman, despite some controversy over his chosen sport.

Last year, he reportedly was the subject of a Boston police internal affairs probe after a tape surfaced of him in an unsanctioned, blood-soaked battle with street brawler Kimbo Slice.

Boston police spokesman Sgt. Thomas Sexton said Gannon faced no disciplinary action last year. Gannon is allowed to fight in Massachusetts-sanctioned events but the department “will be reviewing” his off-duty employment application because the UFC event is out of state, Sexton said.

The Kimbo brawl sparked controversy in extreme fighting circles and became a hot seller on several Web sites. But Cavallaro said the tape has been “blown out of proportion.”

“My understanding is that it was a sparring match that somebody got a hold of . . . and marketed it as something it wasn’t,” he said.

Gannon’s UFC debut comes just months after Boston officials shut down a “gladiator” clash at the Roxy and effectively banned mixed martial arts fights from city venues.

UFC has other cops in its ranks, including a heavyweight champ who is an officer from Belarus and a light heavyweight champ who is an officer in Athens, Georgia.

(This story is re-printed courtesy of the Boston Herald. The original story can be seen at http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=102777)