There’s nothing like seeing MMA live. As nice as having a comfy couch and beer at your disposal is, being in the same building the fights are taking place adds a whole new dynamic to them. It’s an atomsphere you almost can’t describe.
The UFC, obviously, knows how to get it done. From their DJ pumping out rockin’ tunes… to the mass amounts of pro fighters mingling in the crowd… to the action that’s happening right in front of your eyes.
But while a UFC event usually means 20,000 + fans (55,000 in Toronto), a local pro or amateur show means around 5,000, which leaves you that much closer to the cage, that much closer to the cornermen and that much closer to the action.
Pro MMA makes its debut, Saturday, at Casino Rama with a packed card that features eight fights.
I was lucky enough to go to the MMA: The Reckoning news conference and speak to the two main stars, the head referee and the promoter himself.