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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

Artsy Fartsy

December 18th, 2009
1:44 pm

What exactly is art? What exactly constitutes art? One of the oldest art forms in the world is Martial Art. Many different styles. If you mix many different forms of it, you get mixed martial arts. A person has to practice for years to get good at an instrument. The same is true for athletes. These are not backyard brawlers. They are precision instruments playing a different tune than your used to. People have passion for it the same way you do for a symphony. Get over yourself.


December 18th, 2009
1:33 pm

This is wrong on so many levels. We don’t have a dedicated venue for our symphony, but you don’t see symphony halls in other cities renting themselves out for events not arts related. There is (or should be) a limit to making another buck for the Woodruff head honchos. It makes Atlanta look like a city too hick to be international. However, on a positive side, this insult to the performing space should serve as a kick in the head to the symphony patrons’ to get the lead out and get that dedicated hall built.

Jingle Jammer

December 17th, 2009
8:23 pm

“If you did you would realize EVERY PRO FIGHT on this card, is a MAIN EVENT at any other promotion.”

Seems like an odd statement when the promoter hasn’t released his card yet. I mean, all I’ve seen is guys photos on a poster, not matchups.

If the matchups are made, please post.


December 17th, 2009
4:21 pm

every show at center stage was sold out. probably why they moved. need more seats


December 17th, 2009
3:54 pm

James, just because you enjoy eating crap doesn’t mean everyone else likes the flavor.


December 17th, 2009
3:48 pm

James your so full of it, you can lie to us but you can’t lie to yourself. You obviously do not follow MMA at all, or are just a pretender trying to create propaganda. If you did you would realize EVERY PRO FIGHT on this card, is a MAIN EVENT at any other promotion. And most of the fighters have been main events. Many of them are champions of other shows. Name 1 card more stacked than this one? “You’ve been burned too many times to take a chance” What a retarded statement. Go look at this card. I’ve trained with some of these guys for years until my knees went out. This is not a discussion on which show you can get your beer quicker. It’s is more a question of is Symphony Hall a good venue for fighting. I’ll be there to find out, it’s different. Something fresh. And like the other dude said $20 bucks a ticket!!! Im sold.


December 17th, 2009
3:02 pm

The fights in Gwinette aren’t always the best, but the experience is. You don’t have to leave the venue to get a drink!! They’re consistent and that’s worth my money. When I go to the fights I get my fill until their next show. Maybe this symphony thing will be cool, but I’ll wait to read about it first then I’ll go check them out at their next show. I’ve been burned too many times..thinking I was going to see some good fights at a cool venue only to be disappointed.


December 17th, 2009
10:27 am

OMG, MC Gary !!! I am going to approach them ( very carefully) with an offer to be their agent ! I never dreamed that there was a market for neighbors from Hades AND my ex-husband as well !!!


December 17th, 2009
8:16 am

why does it matter where the fights are? what is sacred about the symphony?

by the way, these fights blow the gwinnett fights out of the water…and you don’t have to deal with linedancing tub girls during the intermission!

Billy E

December 16th, 2009
11:22 pm

This guy hasn’t even sold out 1/2 of a 600 person venue. His event won’t be a blip on the radar at Symphony Hall.