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Bellator sends Menne, Knabjian to hospital

From the Department of I Don't Have Anything Sarcastic to Say About This: Bellator welterweights Dave Menne and Kevin Knabjian stopped by Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago on Tuesday to visit pediatric patients, sign autographs and delicately pat little heads asking for "Iceman."

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It's actually an encouraging sign of MMA's evolving tolerance level in the mainstream that a children's hospital PR director -- a conservative demographic if there ever was one -- didn't take any issue with booking prizefighters. (Not that Menne is a ticking time bomb of rage. He's usually pretty sleepy, actually.)

Both Menne and Knabjian are expected to compete at Bellator VII in Chicago on Friday: Menne in the semifinals of the welterweight tournament against Omar de la Cruz, and Knabjian facing Jacob Volkmann.