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Ultimate Fighting at Atlanta Symphony Hall?

Well, this isn’t a headline I expected to see on a press release: “Brawl at Atlanta’s Symphony Hall.”

It has nothing to do with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s new 25-year-old concertmaster, nothing to do with musicians in a duel of skill, nothing to do with diva rivalry.

Indeed, Sin City Fight Club and SportFight X will hold 15 mixed martial arts fights at Atlanta Symphony Hall on Jan. 16, 2010.


Atlanta Symphony Hall, all decked out for Christmas. Now, can you picture it as a fight venue? Photo by Jeff Roffman.

A quick definition for those of you who, like me, know only that brawls are atypical at Symphony Hall: mixed martial arts is also known as Ultimate Fighting. Competitors use techniques from boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and other fighting styles to knock each other out.

This event will feature Saraiva Mixed Martial Arts owner Diego “The Octopus” Saraiva of Doraville, “Georgia’s fastest rising and possibly brightest new star” Ethan Garrison and former Tennessee Volunteer’s linebacker and state wrestling champion O’Vince St. Preux.

Will you go? How do you think Symphony Hall will do as a fight venue?

Want to go? “Brawl at Symphony Hall” by Sin City Fight Club and SportFight X. Doors at 7 p.m. Jan. 16. $20-$75. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta 877-662-8499,

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26 comments Add your comment

[...] months ago that Mixed Martial Arts would take over Atlanta Symphony Hall in an event titled “Brawl at Symphony Hall.” Of course, the event never happened; it was swiftly canceled after angry calls from arts [...]


December 24th, 2009
12:31 am

Appreciating music & martial at the highest level deserves a appropriate showcase. This event could have elevated the sport & the venue.

It’s a shame class snobbery & the close minded canceled the competition and the money it would have brought in. This would have been a great opportunity for symphony patrons to experience something new in a familiar setting. Fight fans would have been introduced to the hall & may have bought tickets to Frédéric Chopin’s work.

I have enjoyed the challenges of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Piano for more than a decade, I will be student as long as the body & mind are able. Now let’s match BJ Penn Vs. GSP with the Atlanta orchestra scoring Wagner!


[...] reported last week about a Mixed Martial Arts event scheduled in January at Symphony Hall, but the event has been canceled after patrons [...]


December 21st, 2009
10:49 pm

Ok for the record, very clever on someones part to post a comment using our companies name as if Soco would really think that we posted that comment! Get real….

This entire situation is terrible for Soco and for fight fans. This was going to be a great show with great fights and it would have been exciting to go to a different venue!

We support Soco and his events and wish him continued success.

To the person trying to steal identities: Are you really that much of a hater that you have to talk trash behind fake names? Seriously, if you don’t like something or someone have the guts to call them out under your own name. Oh wait then you would have to step up and defend yourself and your position.

You are spineless and weak….We are ready to defend our position.

Keep up the good work Soco and we look forward to the show in March.

Sponsored Fan

December 20th, 2009
12:02 pm

This is a mute point as that moron William “Soco” McAllister already got booted from Symphony Hall.

Idiot sends out press releases titled “From Violins to Violence” then in the same press release says how he’s trying to educate people about the sport.

Go back to selling out half of an 800 seat venue in Center Stage chump boy.


December 19th, 2009
3:09 pm

I have a feeling that the people that are opposed to Mixed Martial Arts haven’t watched it since back in the days of early UFC. It is a totally different sport then it was way back then. People need to educate themselves on what they are protesting, before protesting it.