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. banasy©

    Ruffie, you are confusing *Facepalm*™ with *Palmcheek*™, which is a slap.
    And if you deserve a slap, you'll get it. You've never done anything to me to derserve a slap...yet.

    October 2, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT ( AKA JOHNNY DANGEROUSLY )

    lol 🙂 "you shouldn't hang me from a hook... my mother hanged me from a hok.. once! ONCE!... "

    October 2, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT ( AKA JOHNNY DANGEROUSLY )

    i cant't remember what thte bad guys name was...

    October 2, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Danny vermin, played by joe piscopo 🙂 great movie – 'your testicles and you'

      October 2, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bills Cat

    Now we're on the right track! Never mind the elections, lets have cage matches between the candidates. The last two left standing have the all out Death Match for the Office of President...

    October 2, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT ( AKA JOHNNY DANGEROUSLY )

      death march... = a good faith no more song...

      October 2, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    @Ruffie:
    You've seen every movie made...I can't say that!
    Your facepalm comment makes sense now...my guess it was in "Johnny Dangerously..."

    October 2, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I still like my fish-slapping idea...

    October 2, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. RUFFNUTT ( AKA JOHNNY DANGEROUSLY )

    IF I WAS RICH.. i'd hire john cleese to come and be judge of a fish-slapping contest..
    .

    October 2, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. RUFFNUTT ( AKA JOHNNY DANGEROUSLY )

    faulty towers was awesome..

    October 2, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. RUFFNUTT ( AKA JOHNNY DANGEROUSLY )

    i like thta one where he put poison on the steak and thought he killed a guest..

    October 2, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      It's been so long since i saw that.. All i can really remember is basil, the spanish dude that kind of 'igored' for him, and he always had some scheme he had to hide from his wife..

      October 2, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. RUFFNUTT

    YEP.. always made for a funny show..

    October 2, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. leeintulsa

    I'm gonna try to find johnny dangerously on demand today.. I miss that movie 😉

    October 2, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. RUFFNUTT

    see if you can find "baby face nelson" it's a fun "b-movie"

    October 2, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. s kel

    It was crowded last night at MCI center in chinatown in downtown DC last night. But than again its allways crowded downtown.

    October 2, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. s kel

    Thats what I like about some older cities,viberant city downtowns not like ugly spread out same looking suburbian sprawl.

    October 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Hey, tulsa's not nearly as old, but downtown is beautiful at night. The blue dome district is always hoppin, some big acts come through the brady and cain's ballroom, the parks are well lit (your welcome 😉 ), the architecture is beautiful... And while there are people, it's not near as crowded as dc.. I've been there – used to party in georgetown when i was in the navy.

      I prefer the little big city of tulsa, usa.

      October 2, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RUFFNUTT

    @skel.. drive thru st.jo.. if you start at one end and goto the other.. you pass 5 mcdonalds and 3 pizza huts, 2 walmarts..etc... it's like your in a time warp or stuck in a loop..

    October 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
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