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MMA needs an alligator pit

You learn something new every day:

According to the book No Holds Barred: Ultimate Fighting and the Martial Arts Revolution by Clyde Gentry, Rorion [Gracie] considered several types of arenas for the original UFC including a floating platform surrounded by alligators. Other things he considered incorporating were barbed wire mesh and electric fencing, so as to play up the no holds barred vale tudo style of the fights. It’s pretty likely that had he gone that route, mixed martial arts wouldn’t still be around today, at least not in America or Japan.

As awesome as it sounds, alligator pits generally don’t work out that well in sports. The last sport to incorporate an alligator pit was Rollergames, which only lasted one totally radical season. I remember watching the show when I was a kid praying to the Lord that someone would fall in, but apparently God doesn’t answer those kinds of prayers. Around the same time I lost my faith … hmmmm…
You can’t help but pine for the days where you could actually consider mixing together barbed wire, wild animals, and no holds barred fighting. Whenever we talk about the WWE doing some MMA, that’s the kind of stuff I’d want from them. But that ship has sailed … maybe back in the wild unregulated days of 1993 you could make two men fight in an electrified ring but now the government has to stick it’s damn nose into everything and ruin our fun.

Of course, I do have to wonder about the veracity of the initial statement. General UFC lore taps Conan director John Milius as the creative mind behind the Octagon. No word on if he gets a cut of the lawsuit money Dana makes suing people over the shape.

  • http://flyingguardpass.blogspot.com/ garth

    i’d imagine it would be kind of like those little dudes in Pride who run up and grab the fighter’s hands off the ropes, except they’d eat the fighter’s hands off the ropes.

  • http://www.fightlinker.com fightlinker

    I’d like to see Fedor stop a Lindland takedown then

  • jazzn

    I want the alligators or I’m not watching.

  • Matt

    If alligators is too extreme, I think a pig sty with wild boars inside would suffice.

  • http://www.mmacalifornia.net Erin

    I always wanted to be one of the hand slappers. You get to hang around MMa shows and the only thing you have to do is whack at fighters when they grab the ropes. Sounds like fun to me.

  • Xavier

    That book is very, very good. There’s a ton of goofy tidbits in there. I seriously can’t believe the UFC still exists in light of the carny nature of the idiots that ran it in the early days.

    As much as people decry the “Zuffa Myth” and hate on Dana White, if they were to read that book they would get a much different outlook. There’s far more ridiculous stuff in there other than the alligator pit idea.

  • Matt

    Have any of you ever been around an alligator not in captivity? They really aren’t all that bad..Throw your buzzbait at em..
    I duno if you guys have ever been “frogging” but you ride in the front of the boat at night while someone else shines the light and looks for yellow eyes, then once you have found them you sneek up on em b/c the light paralizes them they dont move and you grab em. Watch out for the red eyes b/c they are gators and from the side they look YELLOW! fuck! anything over 3ft and your in deep shit.

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