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UFC 144! アルティメット・ファイティング・チャンピオンシップ!

Yesterday I got the chance to see my first UFC event live at the Saitama Super Arena. When I left Canada a long time ago UFC was still a fringe sport, but seeing how professional the fighters are and how well organized the event was run is clearly part of the reason for its growing popularity. The fighters were in top form, and while I enjoyed each match I was able to watch, New Zealand's Mark Hunt landed a perfectly timed KO punch on France's Chieck Kongo that was truly impressive.

Based on how this event was run, traditional karate could learn some things about putting on a unique championship for the many fans out there as well.