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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