For years now, MMA’s biggest events have been found west of the
Recently, I received a call from Beth Ann Guthridge at Gladiator Fight Club, a new organization out of
I was quick to jump on board. Beth Ann put me in touch with the promotion’s president,
Christopher McCabe, so that I could find out more about the GFC. Christopher informed
me that famed UFC referee Mario Yamasaki and his brother, Fernando Yamasaki, were backing the debut event.
After a couple months of correspondence, I knew that Christopher and the rest of his staff had put their hearts and souls into the organization. So I had to make my way east to see what they had to offer. When I arrived in
I made my way to Piccadilly’s Brew & Pub for the pre-fight festivities. It was the day before the event, and they were having public weigh-ins. I have always found this great, because it creates a huge buzz. If you are lucky, a couple of fighters will have a stare down, and have the fans talking about it all night and into the next day. It was crowded, and I was only able to get a spot back by the bar. But trust me; a spot by the bar is nothing to complain about. Piccadilly’s brews their own beer, and Mario Yamasaki and I fell in love with it instantly.
As the weigh-ins were being photographed and filmed, I finally got the chance to meet Christopher in person. I think I could take him in a bar brawl, but since I consider him a friend, I shook his hand and gave him a great big man-hug. He and his team did a great job creating hype before the fight. Plus, all of the fighters were in excellent shape and came ready to fight.
The next day, I showed up to the venue early to watch them set up. The event was being held at
At this point, I was anxious for 7:30pm to come around. I wanted to see the lights go down and the fights begin. It was 5:30, and the fans were already shuffling in. I could definitely feel the excitement in the air, and got a strong sense that
When the first bout started, I found that the crowd was more than ready to participate and show their support of each fighter. Renegade Fight Gear helped sponsor the event, and provided every fighter with fight shorts, which I found very professional and gave the event more of a professional appeal. As the evening went on, I saw that Christopher and his entire staff had everything under control. The event was going off without a hitch.
By the end of the night, my feet were tired from walking around to take pictures and cornering a couple of fighters. All in all, the trip was one of the most memorable of my lifetime and an experience that I will never forget. I predict that Gladiator Fight Club, with the help of the Yamasakis, Christopher McCabe, his staff, and the fans, will become an East Coast Mecca for MMA. I look forward to checking out their next event in April.