Brazilian Amanda Nunes stops Rousey inside a minute to retain her bantamweight title on a painful night for the former champion

Ronda Rouseys UFC comeback didnt even last a minute.

Rousey was stopped 48 seconds into her first fight in 13 months Friday night, losing to bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.

Rousey (12-2) never managed to get her footing against Nunes (14-4), who rocked Rousey with her very first punches. Rousey showed little defensive acumen as she staggered and stumbled backward with Nunes relentlessly pursuing her and landing 27 punches in the brief bout.

Forget about Ronda Rousey! Nunes shouted to the sellout crowd. Shes going to go do movies. Forget about her. She has a lot of money already.

Indeed, Rouseys future in the sport is clearly in question. The biggest star in the womens game, who left the arena without giving an interview, is likely considering retirement shortly before her 30th birthday.

Thats it for her, Nunes said. For sure, shes going to retire.

Referee Herb Dean stopped the bout with Rousey still on her feet, and Rousey briefly protested the stoppage before leaving the cage in her mothers arms. Nunes put her finger to her lips and circled the cage after the stoppage, pausing to taunt Rouseys much-maligned coach, Edmond Tarverdyan.

Joy for Amanda Nunes after she retains her title. Photograph: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Her coach put some crazy things in her head, and her career started going down, Nunes said. Im the real striker here.

Cody Garbrandt won the mens bantamweight title in the penultimate bout at UFC 207, battering champion Dominick Cruz to earn a surprising decision victory at T-Mobile Arena in the promotions traditional end-of-the-year show in its hometown.

But the sellout crowd left shocked when Rousey couldnt compete in her first fight since losing her belt to Holly Holm 13 months ago in her first career defeat.

Rousey became arguably the worlds most famous female athlete and a combat sports trailblazer while she rocketed atop the UFC, but a year away from the sport apparently did little to heal the holes in her game. She made a guaranteed $3 million for her comeback bout, while Nunes guaranteed payday was just $200,000.

I knew I was going to beat (Rousey), Nunes said. Im the best on the planet.

Rousey hadnt fought since November 2015, when Holly Holm stopped her with a head kick in one of the biggest upsets in MMA history. Rousey had never lost or been in much trouble while the former Olympic judo medalist earned a series of one-sided victories, but Holms veteran striking made Rousey look unprepared.

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U.S. musician Prince performs for the first time in Britain since 2007 at the Hop Farm Festival near Paddock Wood, southern England July 3, 2011. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (BRITAIN – Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT) – RTR2OFPL

As he did so often in life, Prince is once again offering us the opportunity to heal a problem that desperately needs to be fixed. Tests confirmed Thursday that he died of an overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl that is used to treat severe and chronic pain.

It is suspected that he is one of the 15,000 Americans who die each year from an overdose of prescribed narcotics. Having severe hip pain which did not go away with hip replacement surgery, he required the narcotic Percocet for pain relief. Although it helped, it did not do so enough. He was simply one of the 33% of Americans who suffer needlessly with pain.

Why do I say needlessly? Because despite modern medicine having many incredible strengths, it is horrible at treating pain. As physicians, we are taught how to treat the kind of emergencies that come to hospitals. This occurs, simply, because this is where we are trained. Heart attacks? Hot appendix? Were right on top of it.

But except for using a few medications to mask the pain, or narcotics for cancer pain, as physicians our training in pain management is woefully inadequate. I discovered this first hand when I came down with fibromyalgia in medical school. It forced me to drop out of school and left me homeless for almost a year. It also forced me to learn the basics of pain management on my own, while experiencing what it was like to be on the other side of the white coat.

Nowadays, people with pain, and the physicians who treat them, face a Sophies choice: suffer with pain or use potentially addictive narcotics. Fortunately, there is a door number three to choose from.

Unlike infections, pain is not an outside enemy. Rather, like the oil light on our cars dashboard, it is part of our bodys monitoring system that tells us when something needs attention. Different kinds of pain tell us different things. To extend the analogy, medicine treats the flashing oil light by either putting a Band-Aid over it, or by trying to disable the flashing red light. We never even think about simply putting oil in the car. Which is the safest and best way to make the annoying flashing light go out.

Looking at Princes case, it was likely that the hip replacement did not work because it did not address the real underlying problem. Studies and clinical experience have shown that what we see on the x-rays very often have very little to do with what is actually causing the pain. For example, many marathon runners, with absolutely no pain at all, will have hip x-rays that likely looked worse than Princes.

Often, the actual cause of the hip pain comes from the muscles and ligaments surrounding the hip. By simply treating these, the pain couldve gone away. Without the need for surgery or narcotics. Sadly, most physicians are simply not trained in doing an exam for muscle (or myofascial) pain. Despite causing the majority of pain in this country, muscle pain does not even cross their mind in most cases.

My experience with fibromyalgia, which begins as widespread muscle pain before morphing into other kinds of pain, helped me learn how to diagnose and treat tight muscles. Muscles are like a spring. They take more energy to relax than to contract. This is why after a hard workout you come home and say Honey, my muscles are so tight, instead of complaining how loose and limp they are.

The brilliant work by the late Prof. Janet Travell, the godmother of pain management and the White House physician for presidents Kennedy and Johnson, taught us the importance of treating the underlying causes of our muscles energy crisis. This included treating the structural issues by releasing the tight muscles, as is done in many forms of bodywork including chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation. In addition, it is necessary to treat the underlying biochemistry to restore adequate energy in the muscles. Our published research showed that by treating with what we call the SHINE Protocol, optimizing Sleep, Hormones, Infections, Nutrition, and Exercise as able, 91% of people with fibromyalgia pain improve, usually dramatically. Dr. Travell found that treating these same issues often helped dramatically with muscle pain in general.

Similarly, research has shown that treating the root causes can also be very effective for migraines, arthritis, and a host of other chronic pains.

A problem? These treatments are generally very inexpensive, so that the research done on them does not get much attention. But they do offer the possibility of treating chronic pain very effectively and safely.

Princes death is a tragic loss. Yet, it also provides us with a powerful opportunity. A fitting tribute to Prince? Its time to apply the extensive but ignored research on treating the root causes of pain. This can prevent tens of thousands of needless deaths, and eliminate the unnecessary suffering of millions.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, is Director of the Practitioners Alliance Network (PAN) and author of the popular free Smart Phone  app Cures A-Z, and of the best-selling book “From Fatigued to Fantastic!,” “Pain Free 1-2-3A Proven Program for Eliminating Chronic Pain Now,” the “Beat Sugar Addiction NOW!” series; “Real Cause, Real Cure,” the e-book “Three Steps to Happiness and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution.” He is the lead author of 4 studies on effective treatment for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, and a study on effective treatment of autism using NAET. Dr. Teitelbaum lives in Kona, Hawaii. For more visit his Web site:

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Conservatives queue up to raise concerns as pound plunges, and Labour says PM has no mandate for terms of leaving EU

A string of senior Conservatives warned Theresa Mays Brexit strategy is risking the health of the economy in a parliamentary debate, during which the pound dropped to its lowest ever level against a basket of currencies.

Seven former ministers including Claire Perry and Ken Clarke were among MPs to raise concerns about the governments approach, amid signals the prime minister could be heading towards a hard Brexit.

Perry voiced concern about the state of the pound. I am extremely concerned about what has happened to sterling and interest rates since the prime ministers comments at the party conference last week, she said.

The pound lost almost 1% of its value and reached its lowest ever level on a trade-weighted index against other currencies during a speech from Brexit secretary David Davis, before recovering slightly later in the day. Since the referendum on 23 June, the pound has lost nearly 18% of its value against the dollar.

Perry added: The problem that [Davis] is not acknowledging is that many people in this country do not think that there is a policy to put the national interest first; they think that there is a policy to put peoples narrow ideological interests first. He should be setting out clearly how we will protect British jobs and businesses and putting ideology in the past, where it belongs.

May has made it clear she intends to honour the result of the referendum vote and ensure controls on freedom of movement, but has not yet revealed how far she is prepared to give up access to the single market in order to achieve curbs on immigration.

At prime ministers questions on Wednesday, she denied claims by Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, that the government is presiding over a shambolic Tory Brexit.

But tensions ran high in parliament during the debate on the UKs departure that followed, as several Conservative MPs said they were prepared to work with Labour in order to better hold the government to account over the type of Brexit it plans to pursue.

No 10 was so concerned that Tory MPs were prepared to vote in favour of Labours motion calling for proper scrutiny of Brexit that it promised a series of debates in the House of Commons before article 50 is triggered, while stopping short of promising a vote on the terms.

The premise on which we are advancing is that we will have proper scrutiny. But it is not one where we will allow anyone to veto the decision of the British people, said David Davis, the secretary of state for leaving the EU.

He said it was not black or white whether the UK would stay in the single market and he could go no further than talking about overarching aims because revealing the UKs top priority would prove extremely expensive.

Those aims, he said, were: Bringing back control of laws to parliament, bringing back control over decisions of immigration to the UK, maintaining the strong security cooperation that we have with the European Union, and establishing the freest possible market in goods and services with the European Union and the rest of the world.

Davis also hit out at businesses and countries who were creating a Brexit blame festival which, he said, was making employees unnecessarily nervous about the consequences of leaving the EU.

Davis was supported by many of the most Eurosceptic MPs in parliament, including John Redwood, Bill Cash, Bernard Jenkin and Peter Bone. He and others have suggested that those calling for more parliamentary scrutiny are trying to micromanage the process or defeat the will of the people.

However, this argument was rebuffed by around a dozen of his Conservative colleagues who used the debate effectively to put May on notice that they will fight any attempt to push through a hard Brexit deal that they believe will harm the economy.

Meanwhile Clarke, a former chancellor, said no foreign companies would invest until there was more clarity about the UKs future relationship with the outside world.

He said Mays conference speech potentially signalling an exit from the single market and customs union had caused a reaction in the markets that was only too obvious.

It has continued ever since with continued pronunciations of uncertainty that are holding things back very badly. The pound has devalued to an extent that would have caused a political crisis 30 years ago when I first came here, and not for the first time.

Chris Philp, a Tory backbencher, urged the Brexit secretary to give away more details, saying there was a danger some [businesses] may take decisions in the next two or three months to pre-emptively scale back investment and move jobs.

The debate was secured by Labour and opened by shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer, who said it was frankly astonishing that the government intended to avoid a vote on the terms on Brexit.

Ive stood here and accepted theres a mandate for exit. There is no mandate for the terms. It has never been put to the country. It has not even been put to the secretary of states political party and it has not been put to this house. Where is the mandate on the terms?

Dominic Grieve, a former attorney general, said there were likely to be economic risks and a legal nightmare caused by Brexit, as he argued there was a longstanding convention that major treaty changes must be approved by parliament rather than royal prerogative.

Nicky Morgan, the Conservative former education secretary, said she resented the implication from newspapers, ministers and briefers and spinners at the heart of this government that she was trying to block Brexit, and pledged to work even harder at holding the government to account over its role in leaving the EU.

She said she was deeply concerned that the cabinet had not been consulted on when article 50 would be triggered and spoke of her heartbreak that one of her constituents would find it difficult to carry on living in the UK as an EU citizen.

Anna Soubry, the former small business minister, said the country was facing difficult times and spoke of a small UK firm that was in danger of going under, and others that had told her EU workers were returning to their countries of origin.

We should be holding our heads in shame that this is a feeling that people have, she said.

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5 things for Wednesday, April 26: Sanctuary cities, Russia, Obamacare

(CNN)A new study says saturated fats don’t clog arteries. So go ahead and fry up that bacon guilt-free while you catch up on the 5 things you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)

A federal judge blocked President Trump’s attempt to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities. The ruling — a preliminary injunction against Trump’s executive order signed in January — is just the latest bad news for the administration on the immigration front. The judge said the cities and other jurisdictions, which don’t cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts, would be harmed if the President’s order goes into effect and that their constitutional challenge of the order would probably succeed. The White House called the ruling an “egregious overreach by a single, unelected district judge.”

    2. Russia investigation

    The Russia probe is heating back up. The House Oversight Committee looking into meddling in the US election says retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s ex-national security adviser, probably broke the law when he failed to disclose more than $45,000 in payments from Russia for a speech he gave on Russian state TV. Meantime, ex-acting Attorney General Sally Yates will testify next month before a Senate committee that’s looking into Russian interference in last year’s election. Yates is expected to talk about phone calls between Flynn and a Russian ambassador. Need a refresher on all the players? Here you go.

      White House denies request for Flynn documents


    3. Obamacare

    Maybe we’ll have a government shutdown after all. The threat of a shutdown eased somewhat when President Trump backed down from demanding that border wall funding be included in the spending bill that Congress must pass by Friday to keep the government running. Now Democrats are saying they won’t vote for the bill unless money for Obamacare subsidies is included. Subsidies help make health care more affordable for low-income enrollees. The fight comes as House Republicans are trying to revive Obamacare negotiations.

    4. Trade disputes

    While the US faces off against Canada over timber tariffs, it lost a battle with Mexico over tuna. The World Trade Organization ruled that Mexico could hit the US with $163 million a year in sanctions. Mexico says that’s how much it has lost because the US penalizes Mexican tuna, which America says is fished using a method that kills dolphins. Mexico says it plays by the rules. The timing is sensitive, as President Trump says he wants to renegotiate NAFTA.

    5. Fitbit murder

    We’ve entered a brave new world. Police arrested a man in his wife’s killing — based on evidence found in her Fitbit. He had told police that intruders attacked him and killed his wife, but the Fitbit showed she was moving around when, based on his story, she would have been dead. Technology is turning up more and more in criminal cases, like Amazon Echo recordings used in an Arkansas murder case and a pacemaker used in an Ohio arson case.

      Could Fitbit help solve woman’s murder?



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    ‘Below Deck’ Collaborative Recap: Half-Eaten-PizzaGate

    Oh good. The tacky engaged charter guest still has yellow finger nails, and somehow they look even tackier this week. Lets hope she gets a mani before the engagement photo shoot.

    It looks better in the daylight, says no one ever

    Has anyone else noticed that Captain Lee wears an excessive amount of gold jewelry?

    30 seconds from now is too goddamn late – someone needs to give Captain Lee a Xanax. 30 seconds from now is like, still now.

    Emilys fake crush on Ben is about as believable as Trump saying he respects women.

    This is the third consecutive week that Ben has talked about Ambien and/or generic sleeping pills. Do we need to intervene?

    “I’m currently single, but I have this guy on land.” Now I have heard of the zip code rule before or having hoes in different area codes, but I have never heard of the land vs. sea rule for hooking up.

    Is nobody else concerned by Captain Lee just lurking off in the distance, watching these guests swim? No? Just me? OK.

    Captain Lee, calm the fuck down. It is not the end of the world where a golfing tee gets placed.

    I feel like Kelley is one hormonal fluctuation away from getting fired. Tread carefully, Kels.

    I get the feeling Sierra only understands about 50% of what everyone else on the boat says and the rest of the time she just smiles and opens her eyes really wide.

    Tacky nail lady tackies it up even further with the same shade of bright orchid lipstick I wear to raves. Keep it up, lady.

    OMG I cannot wait for the moment where Kelleys heart gets broken. If I had tivo I would definitely pause record that shit. I feel it would look something like this.

    Tacky engaged charter guest: I was like 8 carats is my minimum and he was like what about 3 and I was like I’ll compromise at 4.

    Someone push this bitch off the boat rn.

    I cant decide who pulls off a better Elvis, Nico or me from 2008. I would have to go with me, but I may be a little biased.

    Im sorry, but who pays a hundred grand to have a cheesy themed party on a boat? And who are these people who want to have a dance party with their families? If I wanted to drink and dance with my family Id go to my cousins bar mitzvah.

    Ben: Oh Emily youre way above taking out the trash even though its your job.

    Who says chivalry is dead, amirite ladies?

    We’re 20 minutes in, and so far all Emily and Ben have talked about is their sleeping habits and garbage. #RelationshipGoals

    Fuck, watching this show just makes me hungry. Next time Ill have to hire a private chef before I do this recap. I can write that off as a business expense, right?

    Kyle: So I was homeless and juggled on the streets of London for this girl with a good job, but then she dumped me for a rich South African doctor. Nice girl, right?

    I mean, can you blame her mate?

    Kate: This is so romantic. You were living homeless in London trying to make a life with this girl.

    ???? Kate, do you need a dictionary, because that is not what romance looks like.

    Gratuitous knot tying scene. Take a shot/kill me.

    Kate: Sierra, this is an intervention. You have to give Kyle a chance. He is courageous, generous, kind-hearted…

    What the FUCK. On the one hand, props to Kate for being the best wing woman of all time. On the other hand, you cannot hold an intervention for forcing your friend to go out with a guy she doesnt want to. Thats not okay.

    Sierra: Im more focused on whats in a guys ears than whats between his head and his knees.


    Kelley: I go like porn star when I’m drunk.

    I highly doubt that, Kelley, but okay. Not something I would be proud of saying even in private or in my own thoughts, let alone on national television.

    Kelley after a few shots:

    This episode should be called “Let’s just all take a shit on Kelley”

    Damn, Sierra. You’re a fucking savage.

    Lauren and Nico when they hear Emily is going on a date with Ben:

    Same tho honestly.

    Sierra drinking wine out of a Solo cup is me at all times.

    Kyle: Sierra lied and didnt tell me she had a boyfriend
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    Kelley: How was texting your bf all day?
    Sierra: Well hes not technically my boyfriend yet so LAWYERED!

    Honey, no.

    Ben taking Emily for dinner and not Kelley and Kelley found outKelley angry..Kelley smash!!

    I respect Emilys slutty first date outfit hustle.

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    Sierra confronting Kelley is kind of like watching both sides of the debate

    Kelley: You lied to Kyle about having a boyfriend
    Sierra: WRONG *Hillary Clinton smirk*

    Like yeah ok its not Kelleys business but also like cmon texting on a date is rude, texting another dude on a date is just fucked.

    Serious question. Who’s worse: Kelley or Trevor?

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    Holy shit, Emily and Ben are holding hands. This is serious.

    Ben asking Emily if he can kiss her in French is making me vom rn.

    Nico: I’m stuck in the middle of all these emotions and I just want to order a pizza and go home.


    Another serious question. What’s worse: Dropping half-eaten piece of pizza in the hallway and Captain Lee finding it OR wasting a perfectly good slice of pizza?

    Lauren is Trevor wasted rn.

    This boat might literally blow up because of this deck crew.

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    Are skinny jeans a health hazard?

    Wearing skinny jeans and large fluffy hoods can be bad for your back, experts have warned.

    Womens fashion choices are impacting on their health, the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) said, with cross-body bags, skinny jeans, hoods, statement necklaces and bell sleeves to blame.

    “I am always surprised at how many of my patients are unaware that their clothing and accessories can affect their back health and their posture, and equally how many decide their outfit-choice outweighs their pain,” BCA chiropractor Tim Hutchful said. Some of the most popular items of clothing can have a hidden health impact.


    While overloaded and heavy handbags are a common culprit,” he continued, “some more unexpected items like skinny jeans can also wreak havoc.They restrict free movement in areas such as the hips and knees, affecting the way we hold our bodies.

    New trends such as asymmetric hemlines, oversized sleeves and hoods and heavy jewelry can also create problems,” he added.

    Mr Hutchful said any item of clothing that restricts movement, or leads people to stand or walk unnaturally, can have a negative impact on the posture, back or neck.

    He added: Large hoods can mean you strain your neck in order to see, and asymmetric hemlines, especially if tight-fitting, can restrict your movement and cause you to walk differently.

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    Jimmy Kimmel is right on health care

    (CNN)A late-night comedian isn’t supposed to make you cry. But on Monday night, Jimmy Kimmel caused many — including me — to shed a tear while watching his emotional plea for compassionate health care coverage for children. While fighting tears himself, Kimmel remarked, “No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life. It just shouldn’t happen. Not here.”

    Before that emotional moment, Kimmel had opened his late-night show by explaining that his wife had given birth on April 21 to their son, William “Billy” John Kimmel. The newborn appeared fine at first, but a short time later, Kimmel was told his baby had a life-threatening heart condition that required emergency surgery to repair.
    Kimmel recounted waiting for the doctor to tell him how the surgery went, “It was the longest three hours of my life.” He then shared a photo of his adorable child while explaining that the surgery was a success, though his son will require additional surgery in the future.
      Kimmel went on from there to make a plea directed at members of Congress, who are considering whether to support the amended Trump-championed health care plan, which as Politifact concluded, would appear to “weaken existing protections for people with pre-existing conditions.”
      The late-night comedian first offered a little history about America before the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “We were brought up to believe that we live in the greatest country in the world, but until a few years ago, millions and millions of us had no access to health insurance at all.”
      He added that before the ACA mandated coverage for pre-existing conditions, “if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you would never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition.” He added, “(If) you were born with a pre-existing condition and if your parents didn’t have medical insurance, you might not even live long enough to get denied because of a pre-existing condition.”
      Kimmel is correct. Before the ACA, health insurers could and did deny coverage for children born with heart problems, like his son, because the carriers claimed it was a pre-existing condition.
      As noted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, coverage was denied by health insurance companies for a range of congenital disorders under the guise of those being pre-existing conditions, despite the fact that the baby literally didn’t exist before being born with the ailment.

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      Why would we as a nation ever want to go back to that time? A January Pew Poll found that Americans want our government to guarantee more health coverage, not less. That poll found that 60% of Americans say the government should be responsible for “ensuring health care coverage for all Americans.” This includes 52% of Republicans whose families earn $30,000 a year or less.
      Kimmel concluded by imploring the members of Congress who are considering repealing ACA and replacing it with the less protective plan: “If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make.” He added poignantly, “I think that’s something that whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right? … Don’t let partisan squabbles divide us on something every decent person wants.”
      Kimmel is 100% correct. Now let’s hope that the Republican members of Congress understand that as well.

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      El Chapo Wants To Go To U.S. To Escape Alleged Torture In Mexican Prison

      The Mexican government has treated drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán so harshly since he was recaptured in January that he now hopes to be extradited to the United States as soon as possible, one of his lawyers says.

      José Refugio Rodríguez, the attorney leading Guzmán’s legal defense team, told the Mexican radio station Radió Fórmula on Wednesday that he met with his client the day before at the maximum-security Altiplano prison outside Mexico City. Rodríguez said Guzmán told him that guards are keeping him isolated and waking him up every few hours — treatment that Rodríguez said amounts to torture.

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      El Chapo’slead defense attorney, Jos Refugio Rodrguez, speaks during a press conference on Feb. 24, 2016. Rodrguez says he fears for his client’s life.

      Guzmán escaped from the Altiplano prison in July of last year, where he had been serving a 20-year sentence for organized crime convictions. It was his second time breaking out of prison. He faces criminal charges in 10 pending cases in Mexico. U.S. authorities have indicted him on charges including drug trafficking and homicide in at least seven jurisdictions.

      Now that the drug lord is back in prison, Rodríguez said he is concerned for his client’s survival.

      “I found a desperate and despondent man,” he said. “He told me, ‘Try to move forward with the extradition [to the United States] as quickly as possible. … The truth is that I’m scared for Joaquín Guzmán’s life.”

      Rodríguez told The Huffington Post that he plans to denounce Guzmán’s treatment before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an autonomous body that monitors human rights abuses. Prolonged sleep deprivation is widely viewed as a form of torture.

      Prison authorities have denied wrongdoing, saying extraordinary measures against Guzmán are necessary to prevent him from escaping again. Altiplano prison Director Salvador Almonte Solís wrote in a document published last month in the Mexican press that Guzmán only aimed to “play the victim,” and that authorities had not inflicted any physical harm that could damage Guzmán’s health.

      The drug lord’s change of heart marks a sharp turnaround. His prior stints in maximum-security prison were far more pleasant, and his lawyers had repeatedly challenged efforts to extradite him to the United States, where he has less influence over the courts and where he faces the possibility of winding up in a super-max prison.

      The Mexican government, likewise, had until last year refused to hand Guzmán over to U.S. authorities, contending that he must serve out his Mexican prison sentences first. But his escape deeply embarrassed President Enrique Peña Nieto, who pledged in January to expedite Guzmán’s extradition.

      While Guzmán’s receptiveness to extradition will likely hurry the process along, Rodríguez cautioned that it would take time to resolve the web of legal filings already in place protesting sending him to the U.S. Rodríguez also said the legal team would have to negotiate with U.S. government attorneys to determine the conditions under which Guzmán would be held if he is extradited.

      “I don’t see this happening in less than two months,” Rodríguez said. “But considering the conditions Joaquín [Guzmán] is in, that’s a long time.”

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