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. Bill

    What wonderful examples we're setting for our kids with this display of man at his uncivilized, unsocialized best! We won't allow dogs or birds to beat each other bloody but two wannabe "toughguys" do whatever it takes to draw blood to the delight of the low-functioning crowd. Puts a whole new meaning on "crude, rude and tatooed" . What else can we allow to help our younger and impressionable citizens learn by example? A disgrace.

    October 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |

      well bill, then we should get rid of all sports...boxing,football,wrestling..right?

      October 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |

    I MISS THE FIRST UFC...the begining.. when there wasnt any rules.. cept "who ever gets knocked out or taps out..loses"

    October 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jordan scene©

    They should have a special Washington celeb showdown. Obama vs Boehner in the octagon for 3 rounds. Loser moves to Pakistan! Bill I think you're missing the bigger picture here. UFC and MMA isn't just a bunch of random sensless violence. This isn't 2 caged animals fighting to the death. Its 2 human beings competing against eachother in a bout of strength stamina skill and wit.

    October 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat2u.


    Are you actively exposing yourself and your children to this unmitigated violence ? If not, why the hell are you on this blog complaining. And I bet you're the first one to sit dowm with your kids and explain the subtleties of football, since it is such a peaceful sport.

    October 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |

    i personaaly like real sports.. like the wwe, the great kali.. could beat any of those ufc guys..
    and i think kurt angle could also.. after all he was a gold medalist for the usa..

    October 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anwar al-Awlaki ( former leader and ghost )

    can't we all get along?? this is almost as bad as slap fighting..

    October 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u.

      Yeah, biatch

      October 1, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. raven

    Slap fighting ??i laughed so hard when i read that..still laughin.

    October 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anwar al-Awlaki ( former leader and ghost & AKA RUFFNUTT)

      you-tube it.. slap fighting..

      October 2, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Lunatic Fringe"

    Obama vs. $14,612,088,680 I want to start my own phoney company...GOT SLUSH?

    October 1, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    When I read the headline, I thought "isn't this already happening!" And then when I read the comments and came to 'ghost's' comment, I thought, "hey, let's do one better, and give each participant a fish!', a la Monty Python.
    I *would* pay to see that...
    The fish would already be dead, of course.

    October 1, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Lunatic Fringe"


      October 1, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Lunatic Fringe"


      October 1, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jordan scene©

    *jordan scene slaps banasy around a bit with a large trout. Hiya banasy hope ya have a lovely weekend. Almost time to call it a day for work and go home for a couple cold ones and some WUFC.

    October 1, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    @Jeff Frank:
    I don't need no stinking luck, I have a stinking *fish*!

    @jordan scene©:
    I've never actually *got* into a fishslap fight, but as long as it's not a giganto fish, I'm

    October 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Lunatic Fringe"


      October 1, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |


    October 1, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Lunatic Fringe"

    Pick your flavor...carp, northern pike, walleye, chinese carp, bluegill. How about a taste of large mouth bass, rainbow trout, mud dog, channel cat. Your syle..blue fin tuna, swordfish, black grouper, blue whale?

    October 1, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    @Jeff Frank:
    I've got you intrigued!

    October 1, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    Blue gill.
    Good eatin!

    October 1, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Lunatic Fringe"

      Cook it! 民主主義をクック!今愛を誰が興味をそそられた人。

      October 1, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
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