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Inside The Octagon with Knockout Promotions
May 4, 2009 - Craig Harvey
While New York State has foolishly made Mixed Martial Arts illegal, we here in Chautauqua County are very fortunate as we MMA fans are near two Indian Reservations under the Seneca Nations of Indians where the state is unable to ban the sport.
On May 23 the Seneca Nations of Indians will have the chance to express their rights as a sovereign territory when Knockout Promotions present "There Will Be Blood 2" at the Jo-Jo Redeye Building.
Knockout Promotions is the newest Seneca Nation fight promotional company managed by enrolled Seneca Businessman and longtime fight Promoter, Michael Tome. He is joined by working partner Jaymee Minner.
"We both train at the gym," Minner said. "I do wrestling and he does Jiu Jitsu. We travel to Ohio and New Jersey, but now it's legal on the reservation, we want to get local kids some exposure."
The event will be regulated by the newly formed Seneca Nation of Indians Athletic Commission, and feature both Professional and Amateur Mixed Martial Arts fighters from all over the East Coast. "There Will be Blood 2" features notable local Lakeshore standout wrestler Dennis Brown, Salamanca's Dustin Sharpe, Lucas "The Lion" Wilder, Art Ludwick, Olean's Bobby Buchanan, Fredonia's Rob Newton and Ohio and Pennsylvania Fighters.
The total fight card features more than 14 action packed fights, as well as internationally known TV celebrity, Big Poppa Schnake as the Master of Ceremonies.
The increase of popularity in MMA has had a direct correlation with the increase in numbers at local MMA schools.
Knockout Factory is no different.
"There has been an increase in numbers," Minner said. "We used to have true boxers. Now we have kids that want to test their skills in fighting and martial arts. Wrestlers are moving over too. You see an influx with kids coming into the gym wanting to learn. Wrestlers want to learn standup so they can become MMA fighters."
One reason for the increase in numbers are shows on Spike TV such as Ultimate Fighter Challenge and the access to watch a MMA fight on television almost every night.
"I think it's having a huge impact and it's great," Minner said. "They have wrestling backgrounds, but can't go further in college. It takes a lot to be a wrestler. They have skills. Boxers can learn ground skills. It all has had an impact on MAA. It's the fastest growing sport and it's great."
Tickets for "There Will Be Blood 2" are available online at Knockout Promotions' Web site, www.kopromo.net, Snakes Smokes, located at 558 Broad St., Salamanca, N.Y., Knockout Factory Gym, 137 South Main St., Salamanca, as well as at the gate for only $19.99 for general admission, $49.99 for ringside and $74.99 for VIP seating.
Also check out my previous blog on Mixed Martial Arts to see photos of Midwest Combat Challenge 7 in Akron, Ohio.
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