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My first mma show experience

Porfirio2011-02-15 07:24:51 +0000 #1
Jesus. It was great.

This Strikeforce tournament was my first ever time attending an mma show. After watching hundreds of fights on TV, i just knew i had to see it live once - i picked the right show to pop my cherry.

Going in as my first time, it was very similar to another time when it was my first...time. I was filled with anxiety, anticipation, nervousness and excitement. Sure enough, much like my other first time, by the end of the night it was fantastic and there was blood everywhere.

But back to the beginning. I was looking to get tickets to the show soon after it was announced. Looking through TicketMaster, there were plenty of seats available everywhere, from 500 to 50 bucks. I had to hold off because my friends wouldn't commit to the purchase. By the time i finally decided to say '**** these guys, i'm going alone' the tickets were limited in their location.

Still, i ended up with excellent seat.

Since this isn't UFC, i was expecting a very small crowd. I got there at 720pm to watch the prelims figuring there'd be no one there. To my surprise it was a decent crowd already at that time. The prelims were decent but not too much action to speak of. I was just waiting for the main card.

By the time the main card rolled around, the arena had filled up very nicely. There was a good vibe but being a jersey crowd, they were a bit subdued. There was, however, a hug Russian presence in the arena.

One thing that becomes obvious when you're sitting there watching a boring fight is how important it is for fighters to bring it. When you pay a ton of money for tickets, you do not want to see a guy blanketing another for 15mins. I feel really bad for anyone that has had to sit through a John Fitch fight. We can criticize brawlers all we want, but they are often the ones who bring down the house. The people want action.

When Fedor came out the entire place went crazy. On round 2, when bigfoot looked like he would kill him any second, and particularly after Fedor escaped the arm triangle, the place when all WWF (80's) chanting for Fedor. That was pretty cool but at the same time, it makes you realize how much pressure these guys have to win. Imagine letting 12K people down?

Well, all in all i picked a fantastic show as my first. Here are some quick notes for those with ADHD:

* I never thought i'd see Ray Sefo, Kharitonov and Fedor fight live - ever!

* Strikeforce can and must do a better job at getting the crowd into the fights, anything would be good since they do nothing right now

* Kharitonov was the breakout star of the night, his music sounded really cool and when he said, "Russia is the best" in Russian, the place exploded before it got translated - he can succeed Fedor if he keeps winning

* Arlovski had great fan support and there was a collective sad moment for him when he got destroyed

* Fedor's arms looked comical when he'd swing

* Esther Lin looks comically HOT, holy Jesus!

Will put up some pics at some point. Gonna watch the show on TV now.


danl082011-02-15 07:33:43 +0000 #2
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Originally Posted by Porfirio

Jesus. It was great.

There was, however, a hug Russian presence in the arena.

* Kharitonov was the breakout star of the night, his music sounded really cool and when he said, "Russia is the best" in Russian, the place exploded before it got translated - he can succeed Fedor if he keeps winning

Will put up some pics at some point. Gonna watch the show on TV now.

I've been waiting for the update, glad to see you had a good time.

I found it very interesting to see the entire crowd react to Fedor's interview BEFORE it was translated. There must've been a really big group of Russians there.
seansloan2011-02-15 07:43:39 +0000 #3
Glad you had a great time.But,what would be your suggestion to how strikeforce can get the fans into a fight?I thought the crowd was hot for the fighters they wanted to see and thought it was great to see so many people show up.Their tv production continues to be their big problem with technical problems and announce crew that seems out of place and has zero chemistry.When Mauro asked if Fedor should go to 205,you could almost hear Fwank saying "what a moron" and he rightfully ignored him,but Mauro plowed on and asked the question louder.
Porfirio2011-02-15 07:34:21 +0000 #4
Show highlights of fights on the screen. Make it like a club scene and play some obnoxiously loud music. I've been to amateur boxing shows in a basement of a church that had better atmosphere. You don't feel like a part of the show when you're just sitting there waiting, and waiting, and waiting. They showed the same brief highlights over and over, and that was a RockStar commercial. I heard the UFC pumps up the crowd by showing a highlight reel of knockouts.

But yes, there were A LOT of Russians up in there. Lots of shady ones too. lots of off the boat looking Russian hos. Very hot.

The most depressing part was when Ray Sefo came out. K-1 WGP superStar, just a freaking legend man. There was only a lukewarm reaction to him coming out. I asked the guy sitting next to me, have you ever seen Sefo fight? He didn't even know who he was. And neither did most of the crowd. Now don't bother telling me that these people shouldn't now K-1 fighters. I know that. It was depressing either way.

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