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Rings are PERFECT for MMA

It’s good to have weekends like what we just had, in part just to remind you how good even stuff like Strikeforce Challengers is compared to smaller promotions. SHINE held it’s lightweight grand prix on Friday, and you’ll have to excuse the fighters for seeming a bit tentative. Where a typical MMA cage will keep you safely contained, SHINE’s ring almost seemed designed to suck you out and drop you on whatever dangerous hard surfaces happened to be nearby at the time. Most of the fighters reacted appropriately, trying to figure out the right posture to stop a takedown against the ropes without ending up headfirst on concrete.

This isn’t even all of the ring fun. Carlo Prater fell out and banged the back of his head against a table. James Warfield (seen above doing a Flying Dutchman over the top ropes) also got pushed through the ropes and punched in the head repeatedly as the referee tryed to figure out if what he was watching was legal. And there were at least two other instances i noticed where fighters ended up with one leg out of the ring.

Considering the eggs that had been laid by MMA blogs about SHINE going the Indian reservation route, I figured there’d be a little more condemnation that they used a ring that ended up being more dangerous than any of the fighters in the cage that night. But I guess on the bright side, fighters repeatedly falling out onto the floor was the most interesting thing that happened at the tournament past Drew Fickett.

  • Sodomize Intolerance

    The cage is supposed to be the third man, but the ring as a third man is deadly. Next up: electrified fence or mote of alligators.

  • Reverend Clint

    the ring is so stupid. Cage or even a glass aquarium is better. hell the YAMMA pit was better

  • greenseed

    thats james warfield going over the top ropes, not baker

  • greenseed

    and the first one is shannon gugerty.. not prater.
    even though i think prater got flopped through the ropes once too.

  • Joon4s

    That’s pretty rare to fly out of the ring. I’m just watching old Pride events, and in almost all fights they have to drag the fighters out of the ropes, that’s annoying. Plus grabbing the rope while going down sucks.

  • Reverend Clint

    i think pride had more ropes and they were less flexable

  • fightlinker

    Thanks re: Warfield, fixed. And yeah, i was referencing that other time that Prater fell out, not the first gif.

  • agentsmith

    You can’t see it in that first gif, but the ref actually grabbed Prater’s ankle, and that’s the only reason he didn’t fall completely on the floor too.


    Let’s not forget Pride employed an army of refs outside the ring to prevent them from falling out.

  • glassjawsh

    people falling out of the ring is exactly why i love it

  • Symbul

    That ring was the best thing about that tournament. It was funny the first time a guy went half through the ropes and knocked around a camera (think it was the second fight) and it kept building suspense with the knowledge that inevitably someone would go and faceplant out of it. It did not disappoint me.