October 1st, 2011
02:17 PM ET

Ultimate Fighting comes to Washington

Politics has been called a blood sport, so it's not too much of a stretch for Washington to be hosting its first Ultimate Fighting Championship on Saturday.

Still, mixed martial arts was once a sport that Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, tried to get banned because of its violent nature.

Today, with safer guidelines in place, the sport is thriving and has a huge following in the U.S. and a growing audience globally.

Saturday's event  is being held at Verizon Center with 10 bouts on the card.

UFC president Dana White tells CNN that Washington is ripe for the sport.

"Anytime we go into a new market, whether it's here in the United States or somewhere else around the world, it's always exciting... I expect D.C. to be very good for us," said White. "This is the most exciting live sporting event you will see in all of sports."

"I don't care what color you are, what country you come from, or what language you speak," White said, "We're all human beings. Fighting is in our DNA. We get it and we like it. This thing works everywhere."

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  1. leeintulsa

    Workin on houses.. Buildin things..

    October 2, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Ruffie, you...you...hilarious man....!

    leeintulsa: at leaast you *fix* instead of *break*...

    October 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. WAHOOPPYPDINDLDOOBERG

    WHITES AREN’T WELCOME IN AMERICA ANY LONGER !!! WE DON’T NEED YOU ANYMORE !!! OUT OF AMERICA WITH WHITES !!!

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    http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.com/ or http://avsecbostjan.wordpress.com/

    IS IT INDEPENDENCE THAT WE CELEBRATE OR DEPENDENCE (what are your credit card bills or alimony saying about it) !!? HOW IS YOUR DIABETES AND LOST MARRIAGES !!? FORECLOSURES AND JOB SEARCH !!? THAT IS THE QUESTION TO BE OR NOT TO BE !!! IS IT LAND OF THE FREE OR STATE OF TERROR AGAINST OWN WHITE POPULATION !!? IT IS TIME TO LET THEM KNOW WHAT COLOR ARE THE STRIPES ON OUR STAR SPANGLED BANNER !!! TIME TO DETERMINE WHOSE INDEPENDENCE/AMERICA, WE CELEBRATE TODAY(who wants to erase us and denies us the right to exist) !!! IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHOM WE ADDRESS WITH "PRESIDENT" (STOP HUMILIATING YOURSELF) !!!

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    ARIZONA = UTOYA = THERE WAS NO SHOOTING EITHER IN NORWAY OR ARIZONA, BUT “AFTERLIFE” FLASH MOB INSTEAD !! Tear gas and theater were used on faces of multiculturalism maniacs while calling YOU a terrorists !! Guilt or blame and shame weapon against us and our families in our own countries during bogus “economic crises” while importing here non white third world foreigners !!!
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    October 2, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. justathought

    I wouldn't let my kids watch hockey because of too much fighting. Boxing and ultamate fighting are the only two, so called sports, where the object is for the oponents to do physical hurt to the rival for nothing more than money. I might use some other language to discribe this inhumanithy toward humaniy of this so called sport, but it may not be allowed.

    October 3, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sara12

    Who cares if the sport is somewhat violent? Every sport you participate in puts you at risk of getting injured. John McCain should never have tried to illegalize the sport because this is America therefore we should be able to participate in whatever sport we want to participate in. If people don't want their kids to watch UFC fighting, don't change the TV to that channel on family night.

    October 3, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    lmao wow by the time i got thru all ur posts i was laughin so hard i totally 4got what the blog topic was. You guys are toooo funny! Lmao

    October 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
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