This Saturday the UFC will take a page out of boxing’s book and bring its event to the theaters. The fight is just the first of an announced series of in-theater UFC events to take place this year following the deal between NFC Fathom and the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
This is good news for those that look forward to the fights, but are constantly coming up with empty pockets after the 45-50$ price per event.
They are coming to the big screen with arguably the best card the UFC has put together since the 107 Penn-Sanchez bout almost three months ago. The main-event places crowd pleasing Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre (19-2) against the fighter you either love or hate, Dan Hardy (23-6).
St. Pierre hopes to continue his near three year reign atop his weight class. This feat has Hardy abandoning his frequent game plan of pre-fight trash talking. Although that approach is frowned upon by many, Hardy insists it is simply strategy and nothing personal. So far, he is doing his best not to give St. Pierre any extra ammunition.
The co-main event is your chance to catch the revitalized Frank Mir (13-4) battle for the Interim Heavyweight Championship with the undefeated Shane Carwin (11-0).
Mir shook off the beating he took from the current Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar last summer with the surprising first round tap out of Cheick Kongo via guillotine choke last December.
So far, Carwin has done a good job flying under the radar for a guy who has never allowed a fight to go past the first round. In his 11 career MMA victories, six of come by way of knockout, and five have resulted in submission. Mir has also not seen a decision since 2006, so look for this one to end early.
For those of you yet to experience a sporting event in High Definition on the big screen, it is truly addicting. You save 25$, and get a better experience socializing with other die-hard fans, most of which are actually sober.
Click here for a list of participating theaters in your area. In addition, some theaters have the event being hosted by an MMA fighter. A list of those theaters and the accompanying fighter can be viewed here.