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Fighting for Primetime

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On Saturday, May 31st, CBS will air a live “Xtreme Combat” event, the first Mixed Martial Arts event ever aired on broadcast television. Mixed Martial Arts (sometimes known as “ultimate fighting”) has been steadily gaining in popularity since the 1990’s, but has gained many detractors as well.Oregon is host to major MMA events, and has produced several world class MMA fighters (including GOP candidate for a seat in the Oregon legislature Matt Lindland), but the sport has gained popularity on the local level, too.

The Northwest is spotted with small MMA gyms and teams, and according to Oregon’s Athletic Commission Director, amateur MMA events happen in towns throughout the northwest on a weekly basis.Do you compete in Mixed Martial Arts events? What attracted you to the sport? How has the sport affected your life?Or are you a fan of the sport? Do you attend MMA events to see disciplined athletes compete? Or to see blood on the mat? Perhaps a little of both?

Friend or foe, are you ready to see MMA on prime-time broadcast television?

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