That's a sports fan to do with no football or Thunder? Ah, the joys of summertime sports.
What shall we watch? NASCAR? Tennis? You may as well watch someone get punched in the face. Then again, if you include an LPGA event in your weekend viewing, that is pretty much the same as getting face-punched.
Luckily for us, there is no offseason in mixed martial arts and boxing. They are the sports that keep on giving.
Boxing and kickboxing are flashing serious signs of life. Is there enough room in our combat sports world for all variations to thrive? Will their resurgence have an adverse effect on MMA across the nation?
That is what makes Xtreme Fight Night unique: all disciplines are showcased in one night inside The Joint. And thanks to many successful shows in The Joint, an upstart boxing promotion is hoping to make a name for itself in the same venue.
Down the road in Norman, a start-up MMA promotion hopes to capitalize on the mixed martial arts love affair in the Sooner state.
Add to these two shows the always-reliable Xtreme Cage Fighting at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, and July is jam packed with action.
"I am now sponsored by the Cherokee Nation," said undefeated professional heavyweight boxer and new fight promoter Wes Nofire. "Here I am a Cherokee citizen boxer, backed by the Cherokee nation, fighting on a Cherokee promoted event, at a Cherokee owned casino, so we have dubbed the show Cherokee Fight Club."
His inaugural effort will see 10 boxing bouts in one evening, and they'll include a mix of local talent and guys from outside the Oklahoma borders.
Nofire has boxed inside The Joint under Dale Cook's XFN banner. He understands the qualities the venue offers.
"The Joint has to be the best facility to view a fighting event," he said. "With the theater-style seating, amazing sounds and lights, and add world-class boxing to it, there isn't a need to travel to Vegas to see a show."
The main event features world ranked super middleweight Dyah "Ali" Davis (21-3) taking on Derrick "Superman" Findley (20-10). Nofire puts his undefeated 11-0 record on the line in the co-main event.
Local pugilists Codale Ford, James Warren, and Chris Barnes will also be featured.
Nofire tired of the politics preventing matches from taking place in the ring. Can he make a difference and return top level boxing to T-Town?
Cherokee Fight Club takes place on Friday, July 19. Tickets are available through nofireentertainment.com or hardrockcasinotulsa.com.
Kenny Monday is synonymous with greatness. His name has cachet in America but especially in Oklahoma. The former wrestling standout and gold medalists is hoping to lead BattleGrounds MMA to greatness.
Their initial show is being dubbed Thunderbird Fight Night. It takes place Saturday, July 20 at Thunderbird Casino in Norman.
Battlegrounds made a huge splash at the end of 2012 when they announced their intentions. Having Kenny Monday involved along with longtime STRIKEFORCE matchmaker Rich Chou equaled instant fan interest. Long time local fight experts Dorothy Faas and Bryan O'Rourke lend credibility, stability, and a Tulsa flavor to the promotion.
The show will be strictly MMA. They are hoping to fill a void left behind by STRIKEFORCE. They have the players in place to make a push. Can the Sooner state be home to another solid MMA promotion?
In an underrated move they invited Nick Collison from the Oklahoma City Thunder to be the special guest. Unfortunately the best bench big man in the league had a NBA scheduling conflict so he will be scheduled for a later appearance.
The main event pits a couple of 185-pound warriors against each other. Matt Jones takes on Brian Grinnell inside the cage. The co-main event features Zac Church battling Kirk Gibson.
A couple of females will also be featured. We cannot stress this enough. The female combatants always deliver. Dana Schaffer and Erin McDougall will scrap, but not against each other. Every time female fighters step in the cage, a little extra pressure is on their shoulders.
Tickets are available at ticketstorm.com or thunderbirdcasino.net.
If you are in Miami, OK on July 27, stop by Buffalo Run Casino for, you guessed it, fights. Dale Cook brings his Xtreme brand of entertainment to another corner of our great state.
Contrary to unpopular belief, there is no foot on Cook's throat. His promotion is going strong with huge plans on the horizon.
So where does that leave Cherokee Cage Fighting and Battlegrounds MMA?
Tulsa may be able to support several fight promotions. The entire state certainly can.
The promotions need to keep two things in mind when booking dates, venues, and fight cards.
We need to keep balance. Our entertainment dollars will be stretched thin between blockbuster summer movies, vacations, and fight tickets.
The ticket either needs to remain affordable or the fight card needs to be epic. If we are lucky then maybe both requirements are fulfilled.
A special guest will move the needle, but only so much. The real deal maker for us is the perfect combination between price point and interesting fights.
It is a tough struggle for promotions. How to make enough money to pay the fighters and pocket a few bucks? It is not an easy business.
Time will tell if we have new contenders in Oklahoma or a couple of pretenders.
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