2015's Second Half Encouraging for VA Pro MMA

2015's Second Half Encouraging for VA Pro MMA

by Felix Falcon

It’s funny how a couple of months can change your perspective. In April, I started writing a piece on the sad state of Pro MMA in our state. I was going to write on what were the barriers to entry for organizations to come in and put on Pro shows in a state that doesn’t really care much for sports outside of college athletics, NASCAR, and the love/hate of the closest Pro Football team we have, the Washington Redskins. I was going to highlight a lot of the issues that, for the last couple of years, have prevented a steady flow of Pro shows from developing. 

It was going to be bleak...

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Through the Lens: 2014 Virginia MMA

Through the Lens: 2014 Virginia MMA

by Felix Falcon

It's time to look back at the year that was all things Mixed Martial Arts in the Commonwealth. While we are hard at work coming up with our End of the Year Awards, I thought it would be nice to take a look at as many different MMA events that occurred in the state this year as possible. The following are 50 of the best pictures of the year...

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In the Books: Strike Off 2

In the Books: Strike Off 2

by Felix Falcon

Saturday, September 27th, 16 weeks after their inaugural event, the Strike Off franchise was back in Woodbridge with a Pro/Am card once again under the big disco ball of The Palace. 

I arrived early at the venue while the cage was being set up and preparations were under way for the show. These hours leading up to an event are some of my favorites to observe. There's an interesting dichotomy between the frantic pace of the promotion getting the cage built, going over last minute changes, organizing staff, and checking in with the commission, while the fighters come trickling in calm and focused (their hard work of cutting weight behind them), ready to get cleared by the doctor and wait around, warm up and get ready until their names are called to fight. I was perched up in a high balcony for most of this set up time, going over my own last minute preparations. From there, I had an interesting bird's eye view to see all those moving pieces unfold...

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In the Books: Glory Fights - The Strike Off!

In the Books: Glory Fights - The Strike Off!

by Felix Falcon

MMA in a nightclub?

When I found out that was the plan for the first Glory Fights event, I was somewhat apprehensive, but I guessed it could work. After all the place was called The Palace. I tried going on their website, but I couldn't get any indication of how big the space was. The only information I could gather was promos for music events, which DJ’s will be playing when, and that they don’t charge a cover at the door on Wednesdays....

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