Sunday, 25 March 2012

BAMMA 9 - Slice and Dice

Another weekend and another motorway trip, this time with Lethaby, as we went to the NIA, Birmingham (eventually) for BAMMA 9.

Wifi was good, seats were comfortable, Aundre Jacobs tweeted his little heart out and Mick Bower was funny in a way that only Northern types can manage.

If I was still in a band I'd write a record called Norman Paraisy and the Parisian Ghetto or maybe change the band name to that.

The fights were good fun and thanks to everyone who tuned into MMAHQ for the live play by play which chronicles all the fights. Get reading if you've not seen the events yet.

Here's what I noticed watching MMA this week:
  • Tom Watson is truly ready for the next level. BAMMA's been a great home for him but he needs to fight world recognised and ranked fighters to progress his career. He's the best British guy outside the big shows right now.
  • Patrick Vallee is yet another ridiculously talented French guy with unreal positional grappling. Pancrase may not allow shots on the floor but it's a unique breeding ground for wrestling monsters.
  • Gaps between fights aren't as noticeable in a live event when it's warm.
  • I've been to a lot of fights with atmosphere but I've never heard anything like Marshman vs. Watson. Intense doesn't even begin to cover it.
  • Colin Fletcher's stand up is legit. I didn't think it was. Props.
  • Watching drunk fans silenced when their favourite fighter gets beaten is quietly poetic. It's not a fighter's fault how his fans act but if you sell tickets to people who don't understand the sport then something bad usually always happens.
  • More people should walk in to music that isn't metal or rap.

Why Slice and Dice

Slice and Dice was the bloodiest death move I had ever seen when I first played Mortal Kombat 2. The cut that Jason Jones inflicted on Misiek bled like nothing else I've ever seen. There was literally a jet of blood that squirted a foot into the air more than once. That was some serious Great Muta style juicing.

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