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The YAMMA revealed

While Yamma pitfighting released a press release last week ‘revealing’ the Yamma pit, words didn’t really explain it all that well:

The Yamma is a circular pit, shaped almost like a bowl, with a circular flat bottom that rises up around the edge.   In this ring, if a fighter is pushed backwards towards the fence, he moves up the lip, gaining both a height and leverage advantage over his opponent.   From this position, the fighter on the lip can use gravity and leverage to reverse his opponent, and take the fight back into the center without a break in the action.

“There has been a lot of speculation about the Yamma; some people thought it would have a moving floor, spikes or even live alligators,” said Bob Meyrowitz, Rope Partners. “But the Yamma isn’t about flashy gimmicks; it’s about the evolution of a sport and how the traditional ring can be altered to accelerate that evolution.   At its core, the purpose of the Yamma is to make MMA fighting more exciting for those who matter most – the fans.”

Considering alligators were considered for the original UFC cage, it’s not surprising that people were kinda hoping for something just as retarded. As it stands, the whole thing is a bit of a letdown … the shape of the ring is pretty much identical to Chuck Norris’ World Combat League, but with a cage popped on top. Considering how the YAMMA was being heralded as the be-all end-all of MMA fighting surfaces, I can’t help but feeling let down.

On the other hand, I’m still interested to see how the raised edges will affect the fight. In the standard cage, fighters try to stay in the middle and push their opponents into corners. Now it’s the fighter closest to the cage who may have the advantage since the lip could help them get up from any takedown. It’d be nice to imagine the Yamma guys did some test runs to see if it actually did make a big difference, but I kinda doubt it. I guess we’ll see on Friday if the whole thing was any more than just a marketing ploy.

(thanks to Bloody Elbow for the images)

  • Accomando

    What a joke.

  • Fightlinker Jackal

    This will prove to be a flawed design when fighters are taken down near the edge of the cage and become more susceptible to hitting the back of their head on the canvas. Besides, I don’t see much of an advantage to the elevated fighter as the opponent can easily avoid such a position (i.e. you won’t push your opponent against the cage while standing).

  • garth

    maybe i missed it, but what the fuck does YAMMA mean anyways? i don’t care enough to execute the few keystrokes necessary to google it.

  • Ram

    Won’t the pusher have crazy amounts of leverage when the pushee is a few inches higher up on the lip? My mechanical engineering degree is signed by Dr. Nick Riviera, but I thought hips low was a good thing…

  • Hattori Hanzo

    Another idea aimed at putting grapplers at a disadvantage because casual fans find clinching and ground fighting boring.
    I WOULD have fucking tigers, lions and hyenas around the cage and inject them withsome kind of chemical coctail to make even more violent and if the crowd were to boo for a retarted reason I would unleash the animals on the crowd.

  • Hattori Hanzo

    “4 Ram
    Won’t the pusher have crazy amounts of leverage when the pushee is a few inches higher up on the lip?”

    An explosive double leg takedown with the defender going backwards and up might make it easier for the attacker to lift him up

  • Ram

    “An explosive double leg takedown with the defender going backwards and up might make it easier for the attacker to lift him up.”

    We’re saying the same thing, my Japanese sword-making friend.

  • Higgz

    I see guys getting pushed up the lip and then judo tossed like a rag doll. Could you imagine Karo fighting in this?

    I see this HELPING grapplers. How many times do you think someone will back pedal and not realize they are to the lip and trip on it or roll an ankle? We’ll see!

  • x5BoltMainx

    Uber lame!

  • Stellar53

    So are they going to change one of the jugding criterias from “Control of the cage” to “Control of the lip of the cage”

    Man this new cage idea is going to revolutionize all of mma, it will never be the same…..

  • Stellar53

    Karo would throw some awesome slams from the edge of the lip…

  • kentyman

    “…what the fuck does YAMMA mean anyways?”

    Yet Another Mixed Martial Arts (organization)

  • Aaron

    As a wreslter, this is interesting, but I don’t see it being the “next step in MMA evolution”. Have any of you ever tried to sprawl up hill? I kinda get excited in my own “imagining techniques that’ll never happen” way when I look at this. I think, “imagine if a good wrestler gets a strong double leg scoop, near the cage, at the top of the incline. Jump slam!” That elevation drop’d hurt. Or what about flying knees off the height advantage? You wouldn’t even have to try to get your knee to head level.

    But honestly, all fantasies of brutal damage happening in unlikely ways aside, what the fuck is the point of a cage any more? The fencing is what set MMA apart in the first place, and has remained a dynamic influence on fights. Stacking an opponent while in his guard, and shashy-smashy! Beautiful armbars where a guys being held in side control, then uses the fence to step over to grab the head, arm-bar. Guys being forced to the cage to be stacked, then wall walking up to lay down the leather. I just don’t see those situations happening in the YAMMA pit. I just see ground exchanges rolling up, then down the slope, with momentum maybe giving a reversal. Maybe someone using the incline to stand up from guard. Nothing revolutionary. Nothing all that exciting, actually.

    Although I’m still going to download this event, and watch it while laughing whatever beverag I have right outta my nose.

    Butterbean and pat smith passed off as ‘Masters’….ha!

  • Aaron

    actually thinking about this more, it may have been brought in to give Butterbean a viable way to stand up without having rule restrictions….

  • Dr. Gonzo

    There are gonna be head injuries on the takedowns and ankle injuries. Let them fight in a phonebooth

  • Steve4192

    The best part of this whole thing is that YAMMA only employs heavyweights. I can’t wait to see the big boys blowing out ankles & knees as they trip all over the lip.

    Imagine a guy trying to fight off a single-leg takedown by hopping around on one leg, while his opponent drives him back toward the cage. Now imagine the gruesome ‘POP’ as the 250 pound behemoth lands awkwardly on the lip with all his weight on one leg.

    YAMMA is going to be a train wreck.

    I loves me a good train wreck.

  • Cecil’s Peeps

    Yamma Pitfailing

  • Hattori Hanzo Gracie

    People will watch Yamma just to see if there cage concept will blow up in their stupid faces

  • operator

    Fuck I hope they put some padding over those fence posts talk about a head injury just waiting to happen.

  • Eric S.

    I was actually emailed this earlier today:
    (i think it has to be refreshed once or twice to work)

  • Millertime

    Are they going to wear jeans and Khaki’s when they fight like in the picture?