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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

J Time

December 16th, 2009
10:46 pm

F and B guy you sound like an idiot. This is going to be a great show.

Marine Corps Gary

December 16th, 2009
10:03 pm

D. That sounds like the redneck shows Wild Bills does they have lawn chair VIP’s and Line Dancing for the after party and most of the fighters are Waffle House cooks. I use to drive an hour from my house to see them until they just got watered down. This one looks quality. And since Falcon’s pissed me off I need something in town. Good timing too, two weeks after new years.


December 16th, 2009
7:04 pm

For the best ultimate fight, come on down to Hampton and watch my neighbors.This Friday night should be a humdinger since their Chrysler AND their monster mud boggin’ truck were re-poed this week. They start drinking at noon , as soon as she gets off work as the fry cook at Cracker Barrel. Get here early, I will sell the best lawn chair seats in front of my house for five dollars.


December 16th, 2009
3:41 pm

I think this is the same promoter that had his recent shows at Center Stage. Center Stage rocks as a fight venue…why move? Why move to a symphony hall? I’ll stick to the fights in Gwinnett at least I know what I’m getting when I go there.


December 16th, 2009
2:00 pm

What next, WWE at the Atlanta Ballet? What is wrong with this stupid city?

If you don’t like “funeral home music” Butcher, don’t go. I love the Symphony.


December 16th, 2009
8:21 am

I think it is great. I want 10 tickets. Anything is better than that boring funeral home music that normally comes out of that place.

F & B Guy

December 16th, 2009
7:54 am

Ultimate fighting at the venue where we have experienced the most sublime music on earth?
What the hell is wrong with Atlanta?
The differences between the two experiences are so extreme, I cannot even imagine why it was considered in the first place(it has to be about the money). Keep the fighting to a ring and keep the ringing (bells) to the stage.
I bet it takes about 20 seconds before the national press picks up on this and makes a mockery (again) of the arts scene in Atlanta!

James Q

December 16th, 2009
2:08 am

Well that actually sounds pretty neat. I think I will take my son for his 12th Birthday, he can’t get enough of this stuff on TV. And I’m actually starting to become a fan myself. For twenty bucks, I’m in.

Jamie Gumbrecht

December 15th, 2009
8:48 pm

You are correct! Fixed it. Thanks!


December 15th, 2009
8:28 pm

you mean tickets start at $20 right?