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. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    HI RAVEN, HI BANASY@, IT'S BEEN A LAZY DAY, TONIGHT LOOKS LIKE THE SAME. HOPE YOU FEEL LIKE I DO!

    October 1, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    © SORRY.

    October 1, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    Whats all this about fish and fishslap fighting

    October 1, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. raven

    @my sista: thats EXACTLY what I thought of. Then I just started picturing slap fighting by itself. Struck a silly in me.. dunno why . hey Drako! Hows it goin ? still on the clock for 2 more hours then Im outta here. Cant wait ta have a girly drink! Hey gung hoe! nice ta see ya !

    October 1, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    @Jeff Frank:
    民主主義は、料理がよりよい生の、のような寿司をご用意しています!

    @Drako: yep, I'm feeling pretty lazy tonight!
    @gung hoe:
    Just being really silly...

    October 1, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Lunatic Fringe"

      sushi...hi! 😡

      October 1, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Have a good night, sista! And GMTA...once again! 😉

    October 1, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    John Cleese with a flounder...

    October 1, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Lunatic Fringe"

    @ banasy©
    Go here --–> http://nancygrace.blogs.cnn.com/ 8 articles you can "do your thing" You will be the first.

    October 1, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Lunatic Fringe"

    What no popularity for this woman since that stupid Casey Anthony?

    October 1, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    What are you trying to say, Jeff Frank?

    October 1, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "WiLd N CrAzY gUy"

      Oh, I thought you would facepalm all the articles. Stupid me. No It's all geared to Michael Jackson. And I thought his articles only appeared on here from time to time. I didn't think other blog lines had exclussive coverage on the Murray case. Graces blog IS OBSESSED with this. I will leave you alone. Ba.

      October 1, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    I choose not to go to Nancy Grace's blog site because I cannot tolerate her. If you want to go there, have a nice trip.

    October 1, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Just didn't understand what you meant by "my thing"! I enjoy talking to you, Jeff Frank.
    If you want, I'll give *you* a freebie:

    *Facepalm*™

    (Even tho you didn't do anything to deserve one... 😉 )

    Haven't given one out today, anyway; can't store them up or they'll ferment.

    October 1, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Wild and crazy guy? Which one of the Festrunk brothers do you aspire to? Yortuk or Georg?

    October 1, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "WiLd N CrAzY gUy"

      Steve Martins character.

      October 1, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "WiLd N CrAzY gUy"

    Sorry Frestrunk Brothers...research...Sautrday Night Live GOP debate?...sorry missed that.

    October 1, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RUFFNUTT ( AKA JOHNNY DANGEROUSLY )

    @BANASY.. YOU shouldn't facepalm me... my mother facepalmed me once.. ONCE!!!

    October 2, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
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