Unlike regular artists, mixed-martial artists question the existence of objective truth primarily using thought-provoking chokeholds and reality-undermining kicks to the sternum. Today's Groupon makes postmodern notions of identity say uncle: for $9, you get a general-admission ticket to Alaska Fighting Championship’s AFC 83 Best of the Best 7 event at the Sullivan Arena (a $27.75 value including fees and convenience charges). Combat commences at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18.
AFC's popular hardcore fight-fests challenge Alaska's toughest body-busters to unleash their most furious whooping, fostering an all-out-war style that prepares its savage fighters for larger showcases, including the UFC. At AFC 83's seventh anniversary show, Best of the Best 7, current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez takes off his fighting face for pics with fans and presides over the night's seven pro matches. In the heavyweight super fight, Tony "Kryptonite" Lopez responds with mythic power against Ricky "Ice Cold" Shivers, known for his surprisingly chilly handshakes. In the amateur three-minute round, Josh Aynes and Jared Cannonier also get their takedown on, sweeping legs and tossing elbows like janitors at a mannequin factory. Ladies get in on the devastation in the woman's 190-pound bout, which pits Misty Thomas against Lea Kapunia.