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Saturday Night’s All Right For Fighting.

Author Mark Kalriess    Category Articles, MMA     Tags , , ,

So, if anyone listened to our very first podcast, you’ll know that David and I are MMA fans. Well, on Saturday night MMA had it’s network television debut. I watched the drama unfold with my dad and another friend of mine.

Here are a few thoughts on it.

It was much more commercialized then the UFC and much more theatrical. The phrase “WWE” came up a few times while we were watching it.

The fights were stopped a lot more quickly than UFC fights are. I would have liked the fights to keep going a bit longer, because there could have still been a reversal of fortune in some cases. In the championship fight between Lawler and Smith it was called a no contest after the stoppage because Smith had been poked in the eye and couldn’t see.

None of the fighters were very well balanced, none really had any good ground game at all. The fights looked more like slugfests than MMA fights. That actually made the fights a bit more exciting than some UFC fights, but you could tell the fighters weren’t of the same caliber. A lot of the fighters had actually been kicked out of the UFC, and had recently lost as well.

The main event of Kimbo Slice and James “the Colussus” Thompsom was a great fight. I thought Kimbo was done for in the 2nd round, but he battled back in the third and won by TKO. One of the most exciting MMA fights I’ve seen.

I understand the reason for a few of these things. UFC is a pay-per-view event while they do have sponsors, they don’t have to sponsor every little thing to defray the costs. MMA can’t afford to have anyone permanently damaged on network tv so the refs and doctors are careful to a fault. There’s nothing wrong with that, but the fans want blood of course. The caliber of fighters is something I didn’t understand. If there mostly UFC dropouts and up and comers there’s nothing “Elite” about them.

Saturday Night Fights was a good mainstream introduction to MMA. It was an entertaining night. Hopefully, this will open the doors to UFC and Pride on Network TV or more mainstream cable.