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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


December 15th, 2009
8:28 pm

you mean tickets start at $20 right?

Jamie Gumbrecht

December 15th, 2009
8:48 pm

You are correct! Fixed it. Thanks!

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.

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!


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.


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
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
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.

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.

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.

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.


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!


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
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
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
3:54 pm

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


December 17th, 2009
4:21 pm

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

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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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!


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