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What Is So Wild & Crazy It Has To Be Confined Inside a Steel Cage?

It's One Night Only! - Friday, October 23, 2009 at The Prime Event Center

October 11, 2009       Leave a Comment
By: Julie McCallum, Entertainment Editor

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What is So Wild & Crazy it has to be confined inside a Steel Cage?
It's rough, It's tough - It's EXTREME CAGE COMBAT 8.0 - Mixed Martial Arts of course! And all the action happens inside a STEEL CAGE in an Extreme One Night Only Event!

The cage comes to The Prime Event Center, Downtown Bay City with an all new set up on Friday, October 23, 2009,

Cage bouts consist of 3 rounds, and are judged based on not only striking, but also on grappling, submission attempts, reversals, escapes and defense.

The best extreme fighters from around the Tri-Cities and beyond will battle in action packed Mixed Martial Arts following Full Contact Ju Jitsu Rules.

MMA participants do not use any foreign objects. MMA works diligently to provide the safest atmosphere for competitors. Submission moves are released immediately when any fighter verbally submits or by 'tapping out'.

(If you think you are tough enough, get in the cage yourself by calling 989.684.8410. You will be matched by age, weight, and experience!)

Tickets are on sale now at Hooters of Bay City or New Body Health and Fitness. ALL ADVANCE TICKETS $20.00, Any remaining tickets $10.00 more day of event.

This event will sell out, so get your tickets today! This is an all ages show! All seats are general admission. Doors Open at 7 PM. Cage matches starting at 8PM.

(Pictured Above) John Schulz - Owner of New Body Health & Fitness, Chris Buck - Bay City, AJ McQuade - Bay City, Mike Bourbina - Saginaw, prepare for upcoming cage fights.


Caged Combat. Ultimate Fighting. Extreme Fighting. Cage Fighting. This sport, by any other name, would still be mistaken for something it is not - it is not a brutal contest between Neanderthal maniacs. This sport is currently practiced in more than 30 countries across four continents and is far from new. In its oldest known form, 'pankration', full contact fighting was one of the original sports included in the first Olympic games.

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is the proper term, being both politically and more technically correct than any of the above labels. Every active, recognized mixed martial arts sanctioning body has an explicit set of rules that disallow many things such as head butts, eye gouging and groin attacks thus, - no holds barred- is a misnomer. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has trademarked the 'ultimate fighting' term making it a name brand and, consequently, another misnomer. Extreme fighting and cage fighting may both be applicable in many cases - but they are also terms that elicit the ire of those against full contact fighting in any capacity.

MMA bouts allow striking techniques comparable to boxing, kick-boxing and other traditional martial arts. It also allows for the contest to continue on the ground where participants utilize techniques of wrestling and jiu-jitsu to submit an opponent with joint locks or chokes. The major difference is that punches are allowed on the ground. Contestants are able to end their bouts at any time by tapping out, or verbally submitting. In addition, the referees may stop a bout when one fighter is obviously over-matched whether that fighter wants to give in or not.

MMA's allowance for leg strikes, in addition to the grappling aspect, significantly decreases the amount of trauma to an isolated part of a contestant's body and consequently is less abusive to the fighter as a whole. Boxing matches generally consist of between 8 and 12 rounds, in which hundreds of jabs and power punches are tallied to measure a victory should the bout go the distance. MMA uses only 3 rounds (5 rounds for championship/title bouts) and is judged based not on striking alone, but also on grappling, submission attempts, reversals, escapes and defense.

The uninformed public believes that MMA competitors are untrained brutes seeking to prove only how tough they are. Quite to the contrary!

Current and former MMA competitors include: 2000 Olympic Greco-roman wrestling silver medalist Matt Lindland (Eagle Creek, OR); World Championship judo player Hidehiko Yoshida (Japan); NCAA All-American wrestler and Heavyweight World Submission Grappling Champion Jeff Monson (Olympia, WA); world champion kick-boxer Maurice Smith (Seattle, WA); former U.S. National Wrestling Team members Randy Couture (Gresham, OR) and Dan Henderson (Temecula, CA) are world-class Greco-roman wrestlers turned mixed martial artists.

The sport of MMA is often compared to professional wrestling (which we should all know is little more than highly athletic stuntmen accompanied by shallow drama).

MMA differs in that the contests are neither predetermined, nor choreographed. To the contention that children might attempt the moves they could see in a full contact match - consider this: the WWE allows it's athletes to use chairs, ladders, tables and other objects to (apparently) injure their opponent; fights continue outside the ring and can often be seen taking place backstage; submission holds are often maintained long after the opponent has tapped out and the referee orders the bouts stopped. None of this happens in MMA: participants do not use foreign objects; fights begin and end inside the ring or cage; and submission moves are released immediately when fighter submits.

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