POSTED ON NOVEMBER 14, 2012:
Big Screen Fighting
At 6-0, Ronda Rousey fights like a girl -- and where to get the best seat in the house
The people have spoken. The votes have been counted. The race for esteemed title of "Tulsa's Official Badass" is all but over.
Unlike news outlets, we will not call the race until the two week voting period is up. Does it seem like a foregone conclusion? Absolutely.
But for now we will focus on making our county better. So join me as we get back to what is truly important: watching two athletes pummel each other for supremacy inside the ring or cage.
When Xtreme Fight Night rolls into The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 777 W. Cherokee St., Catoosa, on Friday, Nov. 16, the event will be armed.
Armed with exciting matchups of course. Why the forced "armed" references? Consider it an homage to the very special guest.
"Rowdy" Ronda Rousey is a bad woman. She is the former STRIKEFORCE and current UFC 135-pound woman's champion. She became the first female fighter to sign with the UFC last week. The 6-0 fighter will make history when she enters the Octagon.
She has been featured on the cover of ESPN the Magazine's body issue. She is much easier on the eyes than she is on her opponent's limbs. All six of her career wins have come by devastating armbar submission. Opponents' ligaments, bones and joints all belong to her inside the cage. She's a bad woman.
Where does she stack up against previous special guests at XFN? That is probably a personal opinion. Jon Jones certainly was the biggest at-the-moment star. Chuck Liddell and Sugar Ray Leonard had the most historical impact on their sports. Bill Goldberg, with his Tulsa ties, seemed to appeal locally well beyond his actual public notoriety.
Rousey has a chance to be historically great. You have a chance to rub elbows with her at XFN 10. Just do not leave your elbow too close for too long or she might take it home with her.
The card is lined with local fighters you have come to love (or in some cases hate). Either way, you want them knocking someone out or getting knocked out.
Three main events include Randy Blake in a kickboxing bout. XFL light heavyweight champion Myron Dennis defends his belt.
The third main event is an XFL welterweight championship matchup. Champion Dylan Smith defends the strap against Ed Cline Jr.
Both fighters are regulars at XFN events. Smith has been champion on and off again for years. He has battled some of the best in the division.
Cline, on the other hand, is just now launching into the main event tier. He took the local circuit by storm when he soundly defeated Bogie Blunt in February.
The 6-foot-2-inch, 170-pound fighter followed up his win by dominating two more foes inside The Joint this year. His victories have been decisive and all first round stoppages.
Smith is a step up in competition for Cline. Under the tutelage of Coach Craig Blacklock, Smith has refined his game. He shocked fight fans and his opponent last time out with a quick takedown and submission victory. Smith has been known to possess knockout power so the shift in game plans caught everyone off guard.
He recently graduated from Oklahoma State and moved to Tulsa. No longer having to commute from Stillwater to Tulsa allows for more time in the gym and less time on the road.
Oftentimes the hardcore fight fans pan title bouts. The typical refrain is that one of the fighters did not deserve the shot or that the title holder is a paper champion.
Not a peep or murmur on this scheduled fight. Everyone agrees this is the matchup to be made for the XFL welterweight belt.
These Friday night fight cards in the fall rival high school football as far as coverage and attendance. Why not push the fall fight cards to Saturday nights?
Because then fight fans would be forced to choose between a local fight card and the UFC. This Saturday night UFC 154 takes place in Montreal.
It also features the return of the welterweight champion George St. Pierre. GSP has been out of action with a knee injury since April 2011. His return to the Octagon is highly anticipated.
So how can a Tulsa fight fan take in this event? Too many ways to count. Order it on pay-per-view, go to a local sports bar, or watch it on a movie screen with several hundred spectators with similar interests.
Cinemark Tulsa,10802 E. 71st St., is offering up the UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit fight card on one of their big screens. The main card starts at 9pm on Saturday, Nov. 17.
The price ranges from $12-14 per person. This is a fair deal when you consider it costs $55 to order an event in high definition at home. You are likely to spend at least $12 on food and drinks if you visit a sports bar.
The main event should be worth the price of admission. However, if you are looking for a little something extra, how about former OSU wrestling standout Johny Hendricks fighting Martin Kampmann in the co-main event? The winner is in line for a welterweight title shot.
Not too shabby for a weekend of fisticuffs.
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