MFC moving from cage to ring

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                    <p>The ring is still the thing for the Maximum Fighting Championship.</p>

The Maximum Fighting Championship brought its slick cage to life at MFC 29 in accordance with the regulations utilized in Ontario which requires all mixed martial arts fights to be held in a cage structure. The cage received great reviews yet it not been used since even though MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich had surmised about using the cage for events in other locales including Edmonton, Alberta.

But the fans have spoken, and they have made it clear that the ring is what they want to see.

“It’s been said pretty clearly to me that our fans, the ones who have continually supported us and come to the live shows for years, that they like the ring better than the cage,” said Pavelich.

Pavelich explained the fans’ sentiments.

“MMA is a bit of a strange sport when it comes to watching the event live in person inside the arena,” he noted.

“You want to see as much as possible right in front of your eyes, yet how many times have we seen people, especially sitting a little bit further back, have to turn to watch a big screen TV just to see what’s right in front of them? It’s not logical. You’ve paid the price of your ticket to watch the fight on TV? That’s not right.

“Our fans watching the event live in person have expressed that they can see the fight better in a ring from any seat in the house. The craziest thing is my staff sits on the edge of the ring inside the barrier and when the fights were in a cage they couldn’t see across to the other side and they had to watch on a TV. That’s a pretty obvious message to me.”

The ring remains Pavelich’s preference, but over the last year, it seems to have also become the fans’ pick as well. That’s not to say the cage won’t ever appear again at some point.

For now, though, the ring will remain the focal point of the MFC’s action which suits Pavelich and the MFC fans just fine.

“I’ve always been an owner that has listened to the fans,” noted Pavelich. “Sometimes the suggestions are a little out there, but for the most part, the fans are correct. They are the ones who pay their hard earned money and they deserve the right to speak their minds, and for me and the MFC team to listen to what they’ve said.

“I love the fact that our fans are devoted and opinionated. They’ve had their say about everything from where we do the fights, the fighters they want to see, and about whether they like the ring or the cage. We’ve listened.”

 

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They aren't using the Maximum Fighting Container any longer?

i'd think moving from a tent to a building would be more important than cage to ring.

seriously though, I don't think the type of ring/cage is MFS real problem

 This seems like a step backwards.  



Are there still people clamoring for MMA fights in a ring instead of a cage?  Isn't it safer for the fighters to fight in a cage instead of a ring?

Ring has a sentimental value for me due to Pride, etc, but come on, the cage is MUCH more suited for MMA. it's not even close.

 the cage is retarded



you cant use the fence!!



except you can grab it with your toes, just not your hands!!



oh, and you can pin someone against it and smash them. 



But other than using the fence those ways you cant use the fence!!! 





err....

Humphrey - i'd think moving from a tent to a building would be more important than cage to ring.

hey-o

It's the second coming of Pride!



Dana must be shitting himself right now!



UFC = dead in 5 years tops



--half of the ug

I clicked on the thread, thinking maybe I could convince myself to give a fuck......no such luck.

Anyone remember the contest The MFC had to name their cage? Where there ended up being no winner, because they decided to go with "The Cage"(creative, I know), and instead it was just an underhanded way to get all of our email addresses? Aaah, good times. Phone Post


Pavelich - “I’ve always been an owner that has listened to the fans,”


 



 Listened and then done whatever it is you wanted to do anyway, even if it wasn't what the fans wanted.



In either case. I like seeing some MMA in a ring. I look forward to seeing some MFC MMA.

Nick Fury - They should be put in a plexi-glass octagon. It would stop fence grabs, and give 100% visibility. It would be easy to design, and cost efficient. Only down-side I see, is that there would be no Pettis flying kicks off the cage.


 squeegee team between rounds?

didnt they just decide to use a cage not that long ago, and held a contest to name it?

Rings are only good for non grappling fights... Phone Post

Nick Fury - They should be put in a plexi-glass octagon. It would stop fence grabs, and give 100% visibility. It would be easy to design, and cost efficient. Only down-side I see, is that there would be no Pettis flying kicks off the cage.


 Wait til some freak of nature like Brock comes along again and power doubles someone right through the fucking glass.  I've seen a lot of panes get shattered in hockey games from hits.  Hell Nail Yakupov put a guy through the glass in a game in the CHL this year and he's like 5'10 and 150 lbs.

While I haven't been to a MFC in years, when I did I had seen maybe 2 or 3 fights where fighters fell out of the ring. In one of those it was the super heavy weights and they kept going at it till the refs pulled them apart and put them back in; sort of WWE style.

Even with the ring, you CANNOT see from every seat at a MFC fight; you are still using the monitors/screens as all seats are floor seats. One thing I dislike about the ring is when they have to stop the fight and then reposition them back in the middle and then try to get them in the same position they were and then continue. I have seen way too many times the tides change because of this.

Both the ring and the cage have their ups and downs. Both can be entertaining and I think there are places for both. As for the plexiglass idea; ridiculous. The cage has a little give as do the ropes; plexiglas doesn't and we would see a high amount of injuries. Guys would be running into it, smashing their fists, legs and knees off of it. This is why many MMA gyms have padding on the walls in the training area. Not to mention the smudges from the sweat and blood that would obscure the view.

Whenever I read anything from Pavelich I find it hard to take at face value; always something shady with him. Did the fans really want the ring? Or is this something he wants because the cage is a pain to set up? Or is he using as a selling tool saying the fans wanted and then also throw in the nostalgics of back to the ring? But either way it is his promotion and he can do what he wants. Personally I would like him to get out of the River Cree Casino (tent) and go back to the Shaw Conference Centre or another venue like this. A venue that is not all floor seating but rather a place that has stands where you can actually see what is going on in the ring; or cage for that matter. Where you can go to the washroom INSIDE rather than exit the tent and use portable toilets. Where fighters are not all crammed up behind a stage waiting to come out.

Idiotic.

the Octagon is the way to go imo, it just feels like more of a warrior/gladiator sport..

lock the cage doot and fight....not fall threw the ropes

I still would like to see more hybrid types

fiercedragon -  Rings are only good for non grappling fights... Phone Post


 wow I hope you are kidding...



Grappling is way more dynamic in a Ring than a Cage.


I'm one of those guys who still wish the Ring was used in MMA. The octagon cage is ripe for point fighters and wrestlers. In some of the lighter divisions it looks like the octagon is the size of a parking lot to those guys. It does hold sentimental value as well due to growing up watching the classic Pride fights.