Like limerick poets and kazoo ensembles, martial artists must often endure years of severe beatings before finally achieving success in their medium. Support the group of artists least likely to be bullied with today’s Groupon: for $16, you get one upper-level ticket to World Extreme Fighting at UCF Arena on North Gemini Boulevard (a $32 value). The event takes place on Friday, April 22, at 7 p.m. Seats are located in seating sections 201 and 202, and are first come, first served.
One of the longest-running mixed-martial-arts promotions in the world, World Extreme Fighting sates full-contact combat cravings with a marathon 14-fight card, showcasing 28 world-class fighters skilled in karate, jujitsu, Middle Eastern toe tickling, and a variety of other martial-arts disciplines. Witness firsthand as two hydraulic fist operators square off inside a 30-foot steel cage and unleash a barrage of fierce strikes, devastating takedowns, and repeating everything their opponents say in a sing-song voice. Since 1997, World Extreme Fighting has callused the fists of more than 65 top-tier MMA fighters, including legends like Forrest Griffin and Matt Hughes.
As East Orlando’s largest sporting-event center, UCF Arena augments your top-down arena view with a large video monitor whose live, close-up footage lets you closely examine each submission hold so that you'll finally figure out how to slip out of your shadow's death grip. When your loud chanting of "Fight, fight, fight!" inevitably draws the attention of your high-school principal, sneak off to rehydrate and carb up at the arena’s concession stands.
Five Yelpers give UCF Arena an average of 4.5 stars:
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