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MMA's Link to the George Zimmerman Trial

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COMMENTARY | The George Zimmerman trial is arguably the most divisive case in the U.S. since the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Zimmerman, 29, was charged with the second-degree murder of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin after the poor handling of the case by the Sanford, Fla. police department brought international attention to the teenager's death.

As the Zimmerman trial continues to play out in front of the world, it turns out the defendant regularly trained MMA and he'd been doing it for quite some time.

Lindzee Folgate, a physician assistant who treated Zimmerman's injuries a day after the shooting, made the revelation during her testimony.

Here's a summary of what Folgate said from

"She also testified that Zimmerman had written on a form reciting his medical history that he was exercising three times a week by doing mixed martial arts, a statement that prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda asked her to repeat. … Folgate said she had treated Zimmerman for previous injuries before. She first encountered him in August 2011, and Zimmerman indicated that he had "difficulty with falling asleep and [was] exercising with MMA, but that has not helped. … She said she also treated Zimmerman in September 2011, and at that time he indicated he was involved in mixed martial arts three days a week."

Three of four witnesses claim Zimmerman was on top of Trayvon during the altercation, while the forth states it was Martin who was on top in a "ground-n-pound" position. Since Zimmerman's claims he was defending himself when he shot Martin, the jury's understanding of mixed martial arts might end up affecting the outcome of the case.

Zimmerman's MMA background should work in the prosecution's favor, as the defense now has to convince the jury that a man who has about two years of mixed martial arts training needed to use lethal force to defend himself against an unarmed 17-year old, with no prior combat training, who he significantly outweighed.

David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 8 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter and check out his blog.

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