Hit, get hit, hit back harder…
And it’s all legal.
Yes fight fans once again the Butte Civic Center will be the scene where battle tested warriors will participate in one of the older forms of competition in the world:
The Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and kickboxing worlds descend on the Civic Center Friday night at 7:30 p.m. with 12 fights as part of the Butte Brawl sponsored by Fightforce. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets range from $17 to $27.
MMA has put a serious dent to the world of boxing as it continues to grow in popularity worldwide.
“Many boxers in today’s fight scene are making the transition from boxing to MMA,” Streets of Butte coach and fighter himself, Kahl Clark said. “The pugilist art has fallen in popularity in the mainstream due to shady promotions and managers. With few boxing stars anymore we see MMA exploding over the past five years surpassing boxing in popularity and attendance. This is starting to reflect smaller boxing promotions and athletes. More local MMA events are around and less boxing. This forces those who wish to test their arts in the ring or cage to gravitate to MMA for a place to compete.”
Many gravitating toward the sport and on Friday’s event card come from the Butte area, which amounts to a total of 14 of 24 fighters.
Clark says anywhere from 1,000 to 2,500 spectators have attended Butte Brawl events since Fightforce kicked them off in 2006.
“People of all ages should expect a fun time with some entertaining fights,” Clark said. “A local event like this allows mixed martial arts fans to see there favorite sport live in their own backyard and it also allows people that are new to the sport see the action first hand and become fans of MMA.”
Boxers who crossover and those who are purely martial art/kickboxing athletes learn that they have to master the arts of wrestling, jiu-jitsu, and judo.
“Take-downs, joint locks and their counters must all be mastered to compete in MMA,” Clark said. “Learning to defend against strikes while pinned to the cage floor is very different from defending them on the feet. Boxing is primarily fighting with fists and footwork.
The sports creates a challenge for the competitor to test their ability to take their body to the limit.
“Kickboxing can be a varied combination fists, kicks, knees, elbows, clinching and throws in various forms,” Clark said. “Combine kickboxing with wrestling takedowns and control, Brazilian Jiu-JItsu locks and Judo throws and you have all the aspects you need to train for MMA.”
Weigh-ins and a ring girl contest will be held on Thursday at the Mineshaft Lounge and the after party will be held at the Butte Depot.