Opinion corner: IFC worth your timeIt’s that time of the year when Jamestown has an opportunity to witness a sport that continues to grow in popularity as it spreads across North Dakota.
By: Ben Rodgers, The Jamestown Sun
It’s that time of the year when Jamestown has an opportunity to witness a sport that continues to grow in popularity as it spreads across North Dakota.
It’s mixed martial arts and it’s here on Saturday as a handful of local fighters will have their turns in the octagon at the Civic Center.
More specifically it’s the Impact Fighting Championship and it features fighters from across North Dakota who will use all forms of martial arts to pulverize their opponents.
Locally, Daniel “The Mexecutioner” Perez will be fighting in the co-main event and Kyle Olsen will be battling it out in the night’s main event.
Other Jamestown fighters include Paul Patrick, Shannon Patrick and Nate Ouren.
It’s no secret that MMA has surged past boxing in popularity, and with good reason. MMA features a variety of different disciplines, including Brazilian jiu-jitsu, judo, karate, muay thai and taekwondo in an attempt to subdue their opponents.
The best part is that five fighters are local. People you could see on the streets that look no different from you or me — minus the muscles — will put on the gloves and take a few round-house kicks to the abs and face.
Some people undoubtedly believe this a barbaric sport, but until you’ve seen it live, it’s hard to pass judgment.
Saturday will be a display of raw competitive nature, something every red-blooded American desires.
While I’ve spent a summer lounging around on the softball diamond and hitting the links, these warriors have been hitting the punching bags and each other in order to build up a tolerance to taking devastating blows.
Not everybody is cut out to take repeated blows to the head and stomach while on the mat in a defensive position. I can feel pain in my kidneys just thinking about it.
If you want to take in some brutal beat downs, do yourself a favor and stop by the Civic Center and pick up a ticket. The action starts at 7:30 p.m.
Rodgers is a news writer at the Sun and a frequent contributor to the Opinion Corner