UFC 111 at Radio City

So the UFC finally came to NYC, at least on the big screen at Radio City Music Hall. Now as good as the card was and it was a good one, the real pleasure of the night was being able to go back to Radio City. Even though I live quite close to the legendary music hall, its been years since I have been in there. It’s a beautiful place.

I would say the venue was at 50% capacity which was actually perfect. It was general admission and there was plenty of room to spread out and enjoy. But again the real spectacle this night was the room itself.

Radio City Music Hall opened on December 27th , 1932 in a joint venture between John D. Rockefeller Jr. , Samuel Roxy Rothafel, and RCA chairman David Sarnoff.  Soon after opening the theatre was converted to a feature film format. Donald Deskey was the interior designer and the Art Deco decor still looks great today. Just going down to the lower level where the “Mens Lounge” is located is very cool.

In an interesting ironic twist, the proprietors of Radio City encouraged the showing of only G-Rated films, the lack of G-rated films eventually led to the end of feature flims being shown at Radio City all together. I wonder what Mr. Rockefeller would have thought of the bloodbath that is the UFC, being shown on the big screen.

Now in more important news, George St.Pierre defended his welterweight title by simply dominating Dan Hardy. St. Pierre has to be considered number 1 or number 2 pound for pound in the world. Dan Hardy did not have an opportunity to let  his hand go, because St. Pierre took him down at will. The bout went 5 rounds but it was really over before it started.

The surprise of the evening was Shane Carwin simply smashing Frank Mir, getting a first round knockout and the Interim Heavyweight title.  I knew Carwin was a beast but I was shocked at how he destroyed Mir. Brock Lesnar strolled into the cage following the KO and set the stage for the battle between him and Carwin (which I believe will be happening in July) Dana White is certainly smiling at the PPV prospects on that one.

UFC 111 was not the most exciting card I have seen , but being in a room with 2000 plus mma nut jobs was great fun and I will definitely be at Radio City again for UFC 112!

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