Unlike televised matches, the majority of cage fights take place in zoos, pitting clumsy custodians against opportunistic tigers. Sink your teeth into the world of human vs. human mixed martial arts with today's Groupon: for $25 you get two general admission floor tickets to Midwest Cage Championship at the Hy-Vee Hall. The face-kicking kicks off on April 9th at 7:30 pm.
Midwest Cage Championship, the region's largest MMA organization, has been showcasing brutal cage fights in Des Moines for more than five years. In 12 bouts across seven divisions, bone-cracking ballerinas will dance a pugilistic pas de deux, gracefully pirouetting into each other's pressure points. Lonnie Scriven and "Hollywood" Johnny Case join together to explore a vast terrain of bodily pain in the lightweight championship. Then, for the main event, light heavyweights Jesse Lund and Tyrone Roberts come to blows over the ownership of a belt, like deal-crazed shoppers at a Belt-Mart firesale.
Fresh off their 2010 Lazerfest performance, rock group Mindrite keeps the energy high, serenading the audience between fights. Geometry-junkies pop their parallelograms over the cage's octagonal design, while both post-modern and mixed-martial artists appreciate the sparse chain-link décor.