Thursday, January 29, 2015

Throwin' Blows

Ultimate Fighting comes back to Seattle


Whereas The Coliseum in Rome held around 50,000 screaming fans, Key Arena holds just 17,000.

But what modern-day Seattle might lack in seats, tigers, and death, it makes up for in intimacy. Thanks to modern stadium seating, you'll be closer to the blood spatter than the Romans could have dreamed as ultimate fighting — our 21st-century evolution of the gladatorial games — comes to town.

And the inaugaral champion of the new flyweight division?

Well, he's a local hero.

Demetrious Johnson was born in the Tacoma suburbs and went to State for wrestling. He won the title in September and beat John Dodson by unanimous decision in January. And now he's coming home as a headliner.

But his opponent is no slouch: Arizona's John Moraga (BOO!) comes off nine straight wins.

Both of these men are incredible competitors, so you can expect a hell of a fight. The rest of the card is solid, too, with Canadian scrapper Rory MacDonald up against Jake Ellenberger (who just decimated Nate Marquardt at UFC 158) and Liz Carmouche, the UFC's first openly gay fighter, taking on Jessica Andrade.

Get your tickets now — unlike in Rome, seating is limited. This will sell out fast.

UFC on Fox 8
Saturday, July 27th
Key Arena
305 Harrison St, Queen Anne

Tickets: $50-250 here
Nearby: The Sitting Room; Toulouse Petit; re:public

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