August 19, 2013

UFC spectacle could make visit to Maine

If the Ultimate Fighting Championship ever comes to Maine, fans would be treated to quite a show.

By Steve Craig scraig@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Steven Siler, Mike Brown
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Steven Siler celebrates after knocking out Maine’s Mike Brown in the first round during a UFC show Saturday night in Boston.

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CROWD KNOWS WHEN DANGER LURKS

There's a definite different noise, a sort of rising crescendo of 'uh oh,' when a submission hold gets slapped on.

You better stop tweeting or texting your girlfriend when you hear that noise because the fight is about to end.

Just ask "Shogun" Rua, who was forced into submission by Sonnen's guillotine choke.

(OTHER) GREAT EXPECTATIONS

White sent out tweets to his 2.6 million followers during the show.

His best came after Boston's John Howard and Uriah Hall spent the last 30 seconds laughing and touching gloves: "HORRIBLE!!!!!!! The high 5 fight of the night WTF." ...

The ring girls have their own fans for obvious reasons.

Ring announcer Bruce Buffer sounding like his brother, Michael "Let's Get Ready to Rumble" Buffer, but looking like a possessed preacher as he introduces the top fights.

Better defensive tactics make submission holds much harder to execute.

Loads of elbows to the head.

The larger cage with smaller stanchions creates fewer blind spots for fans than locally promoted shows.

CELEBRITY GUESTS?

New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft was backstage hobnobbing with new friend White, boxing great Oscar De La Hoya and Irish fighter Conor McGregor.

Maybe Stephen King and Joey Gamache could be behind the curtain in Maine.

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or at:

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