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UFC 111 at Radio City

Posted in MMA, UFC with tags , , , , , on March 29, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

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!

The UFC is coming to NYC!

Posted in MMA, NY Times, UFC with tags , , , , , on March 25, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

The UFC is coming to New York City , but not exactly.

Mixed Martial Arts is the fastest growing sport on the planet. This year alone the premier promotion the UFC will stage cards in Australia, Dubai, Germany and many cards throughout the United States. But in New York City, arguably the worlds largest market , mixed martial arts competitions are NOT LEGAL.

Thats right, dating back to the birth of the UFC, when there were basically no rules, no weight classes and the brutality was almost comical , the sport was banned in almost every state. Senator John McCain went so far as to call the sport “Human Cockfighting”.

But in 2001 Dana White and the Fertitta brothers bought the UFC and instituted serious reforms and rules that would establish mixed martial arts and the UFC as a legitimate sport. Since the purchase the sport has grown like wildfire , all along Dana White and Marc Ratner (former Nevada Athletic commissioner) have been crusading across the United States to get the state bans lifted. They have had great success but the State of New York is one of the last holdout states.

This weekend is UFC 111 and one of the biggest cards in mixed martial arts history, with two titles on the line and a magnificent lineup in general. The only problem is that the show will not be held at the mecca of sports Madison Square Garden but rather across the river in Newark, NJ of all places… at the Prudential Center. If I was a legislator in New York State I would be pretty upset about all the revenue the state is losing to New Jersey.

But in a shrewd business move the UFC will see some action this weekend in NYC. The card will have a live viewing on a huge HD screen at Radio City Music Hall. Prior to the start of the card some UFC stars including “The Iceman” will hold an autograph signing and a Q & A with fans live at Radio City. That is where I will be saturday night with all the other UFC goons. I can’t wait.

All of this momentum should help get the legislation passed and have some of the greatest athletes in the world compete on the worlds largest stage. New York City.

Check out the recent article in the New York Times