Freedom Fight Series
Team USA vs.
MMA Event Review
On January 26, 2013, I attended the Freedom
Fight Series MMA Event at
the Fair Grounds in Springfield, IL. This was my first time attending
this particular MMA event, but I was very impressed by the quality of
the nights mixed martial arts action.
I drove up with a very good friend of mine Joe Walker, who runs an MMA
program at his American
Martial Arts Academy. He had a fighter, Michael Ship, whom
made his mixed martial arts debut. AMAA
is my home training center and I had helped Joe with some of Mike’s
mixed martial arts training.
arrived at the event around 2:30pm and they were just finishing up with
It was an intimate setting held in the Illinois Building at
the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The event was held in the main 12,272
square ft. auditorium.
The mixed martial arts octagon was in
the center of the room with several rows of table seating surrounding
it. On the outer perimeter there were several bleachers for the general
After the weigh-ins and particulars were
completed we headed out to get a bit to eat before the mixed martial
arts event doors re-opened.
Upon arrival back to the Freedom
Fight Series MMA Event, we re-connected
with Mike and
several other Central Illinois amateur fighters who came up to support
Mike in his first MMA fight experience.
After some visiting and some photos, we
all headed up stairs to the fighters area. It ended up overlooking the
entire event area, giving me a prime vantage point to document the
night's mixed martial arts action.
the fighters and corners
that I spoke to were very excited about the nights event
polite in allowing me a few moments to capture them during warm-ups,
ect. They were all very professional and very humble.
As we moved closer to the nights MMA action, I realized that the MMA
main event was a little different than most.
Warrior Concepts, whom hosted the nights mixed martial
festivities, had arranged to have Team
USA battle Team Mexico in a four
fight mixed martial arts battle.
USA had a film crew there
interviewing fighters from both teams. I had a
chance to speak with the
interviewer, as she was very gracious to take a moment out of her busy
night for me.
the MMA fight area began to buzz with fighters, trainers, coaches and
the press. I had the opportunity to speak with several of the mixed
martial arts fighters and
Everyone was very excited for
the opportunity to fight
and very gracious in allowing me to speak with them.
mixed martial arts event began with the normal
pleasantries of most
events of this nature, with announcements, sponsor recognition and
gratitude from the events promoter Scot Ward.
first of the many mixed martial art battles began and in all reality
never stopped. Each fight was handled and executed in a professional
manner and the sportsmanship of the MMA fighters was evident.
I enjoyed all the night festivities, my only complaint
would have been
the extended time it took each fighter to arrive in the ring. Often,
their walk in music was completed prior to them entering the ring.
this could have been improved, I have attended enough MMA events to
realize the logistics of such events is often astronomical.
have attended other mixed martial arts events over the years, where
this small delay wouldn’t have even been noticed due to all the other
more serious problems of the night.
were far to many
fights over the course of the night to give a blow-by-blow
each one, but we have posted the fight results in the comments
of the FFS
MMA Event Page.
in all this was a very well organized, well put together and exciting
MMA event that I am very much looking forward to attending again in the
Team Warrior Concepts
and Freedom Fight Series!
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