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‘Brawl at Symphony Hall’ returns as ‘Beatdowns in the Ballroom’: Ultimate Fighting at Ga. World Congress Center

We reported a few months ago that Mixed Martial Arts would take over Atlanta Symphony Hall in January at an event titled “Brawl at Symphony Hall.” Of course, it never happened; the fights were swiftly canceled after angry reactions from arts patrons.

But “Brawl” organizers said in a press release today they’re “still considering legal action” after the cancellation, and they’re planning another bout in an unexpected venue, if not one with the high art cachet of Symphony Hall.

This time, they’re calling it “Beatdowns in the Ballroom” and the Ultimate Fighting event will feature Cortez Coleman, Douglas “The Phenom” Lima, Diego “The Octopus” Saraiva, Ethan Garrison and others in the Thomas Murphy Ballroom at the Georgia World Congress Center, home to so-many bridal shows and pep rallies. The winner takes home a $10,000 prize.

Melissa Sanders, the director of public & media relations for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, said in an e-mail Tuesday that they have nothing further to add about the event or the mention of legal action. (Which could, certainly, be big talk to draw attention to a new event. Clearly it works.) I’ll let you know if I hear anything more.

What do you think? Is the Georgia World Congress Center a better venue for Mixed Martial Arts?

Want to go? Beatdowns at the Ballroom. 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. fight, March 26. $29-$75. Georgia World Congress Center, 285 International Blvd. N.W., Atlanta. www.sportfightx.com.

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8 comments Add your comment

Mocha Frappy Latte Lover

February 23rd, 2010
4:34 pm

I resent the coffee remark! :) Bring on the fights! War Herschall !!

TP

February 23rd, 2010
4:34 pm

I personally think that both venues would be great to hold this event… I am very excited that it is finally happening! I think that it is unnecessary to make such a big deal about where it is going to be held in the first place.. Its an exciting event that will be a lot of fun to attend just like many other shows are. I’ll be there for sure hopefully on the front row!! :)

Jamie Gumbrecht

February 23rd, 2010
4:17 pm

UFC and Joe Economy — I’m confused about why you’re making assumptions about me or what I think. Maybe my tone was wrong, but I don’t have any stake at all in where MMA is held in Atlanta. There’s no question that Ultimate Fighting inside Symphony Hall or the World Congress Center is abnormal. Letting people know that the organizers are considering legal action isn’t a judgment, nor is seeking a response from those that might be faced with that. I hoped to open it up to fans by posting a question about whether the World Congress Center is a better venue. As I can’t speak from experience, I’d really hope that you, as fans, will answer that question instead of making assumptions about me. There’s no need to be defensive. To be clear: I have no complaints at all about my life. :) Thanks for commenting.

Joe Economy

February 23rd, 2010
4:01 pm

Jamie, Im willing to bet you criticize whoever is in office for not doing more to help the economy, while you sip away at your mocha frappy latte, and complain about your life. Each one of these events helps Atlanta economy whether is a fight or an exhibition, or a boat show it brings dollars. Be proactive to the growth of Atlanta so we can get out of this recession, a building has four walls and a roof, does it matter that wedding receptions and speakers were there? Are they bringing money to the table?

UFC Fan

February 23rd, 2010
2:30 pm

I wish someone who was a fan of MMA would pick up the press release instead of you biased bloggers.

coachx

February 23rd, 2010
1:58 pm

Whatever pays the bills.
Last I checked art autions were flopping across the country due to the economy.

David

February 23rd, 2010
1:09 pm

haha mableton..im sure its hard to do this on one…

mableton

February 23rd, 2010
1:01 pm