Tuesday, September 30, 2008
As The Turd Slides Down The Hill
(D.R.)-I just don't know, man.
Sure, I watch MMA every now and then. I still say it's a sport, not a Martial Art. I do not see any redeeming value in training this way, and you certainly can't keep it up past your early thirties.
* You can't have too many Circus's at the fall of an empire.*
Promoters hope cage fighting catches on in Arizona
The Associated Press
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 09.28.2008
PHOENIX — A more intense form of cage fighting has begun in Arizona in what state leaders say could become an economic knockout.
The first show under a new law that eases rules involving mixed martial arts was held Saturday night in Prescott Valley.
And a Glendale training facility created a fight organization to take advantage of the new law. The first event for EVO MMA, short for the Evolution of Mixed Martial Arts, is next Saturday at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. Nine fights are scheduled.
Cage fighting had its first U.S. event in 1993. The no holds barred sport targets younger fans who grew up playing Mortal Kombat video games and are now willing to pay for loud, fast-paced entertainment.
In cage fighting, two opponents face off in a giant cage, striking each other with fists, feet and knees. They also use grappling techniques on the ground for chokeholds or other moves to inflict pain — almost anything to get their rival to concede.
Arizona joins several states — including California, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio and Minnesota — in adopting legislation modeled after the New Jersey State Athletic Board’s Unified Rules of MMA, which have become standard in most mixed martial arts organizations. The new rules allow fights to elbow and knee an opponent in the face and hit a grounded opponent with a closed fist.
With the relaxed rules in Arizona, the state sees an opportunity to cash in on the big-money events.
Cage fighting fan Mike Medley of Gilbert said he’ll definitely attend events in the Phoenix metro area.
“I know we were one of the states that had a lot of restrictions ... Now they lifted it and are getting with the times,” said Medley, 28. “Not only will it bring revenue, there are a lot of fans out here. They will have no problem selling out.”
But John Montano, executive director of the Arizona Boxing Commission, has expressed concerns about the potential for serious injury, particularly when blows are landed to a fighter who is down on the mat.
Proponents say the fights are less dangerous than boxing. Rep. Jonathan Paton, R-Tucson, who trains in mixed martial arts and sponsored the new legislation, points to figures showing only two deaths in MMA bouts in the past decade, compared with 70 boxing fatalities.
“I think we’re going to see an explosion in the sport,” Paton said. “I imagine sometime this winter, you’re going to see some serious bouts here.”
The people running Ultimate Fighting Championship say it’s only a matter of time before big events are held in the Phoenix area.
“Phoenix is definitely on our radar,” said Marc Latner, UFC’s vice president of Government and Regulatory Affairs, who added the organization’s calendar is booked for the rest of 2008.
“I would think next year is safe to say,” Latner said.