While everyone is looks at Couture / Toney at this week’s UFC event and calling it a freakshow fight, down in New Zealand they’ve taken freakshow to a whole new level. Screw freakshow fight. Screw freakshow event. Try freakshow promotion. ‘King of the Door’ is a bouncer-only fight league, and their second event in November will feature an open weight 16-man one night tournament which will take place in two cages simultaneously. Highlights from Bloody Elbow:
“Every doorman has some kind of an ego or legend about him throwing out ten guys,” Sakaria tells me via email. “So one night I thought, ‘we should do a show to see who’s the best doorman-bouncer-fighter.'”
“On this next show, we will have two MMA rings with two eight-man battles fighting at the same time, and far as we know, it will be the first of its kind,” says Sakaria. “To claim the title, you must win your eight-man tournament… then go on to fight the winner from the other ring, making that four fights to take it out.”
The two tournaments will once again be openweight, with the smallest registered competitor being 143-pound Matt Te Paa and the largest 286-pound Jules Brown, both fighting out of Strike Force. Other experienced fighters entering the 16-man field include Api Hemara of Five Rings Dojo, ex-rugby player Hale Vaa’sa, and kickboxer Felise “The FOB-Father” Leniu from Mark Hunt’s Team Juggernaut. The rest will be New Zealand-based fighters who “train out of respected MMA and Thai boxing clubs.”
The undercard boasts a cherry atop the gimmicky sundae: a special tag-team boxing match using MMA gloves featuring Sengoku vet Antz Nansen and the aforementioned Misipati.
I don’t know if I want to freak out over the obvious safety issues this event presents or buy a ticket to New Zealand so I can check it out front row.