(MAR 6) When I decided to cover
my “first-time” MMA event "Double Threat" , that took place on
Friday night at the Route 66 Casino and Hotel, in Albuquerque,
New Mexico, I was amazed by all of the emails and comments that
I received when WBAN readers saw that I would be venturing into
an MMA event to cover it.
One of the main reasons for attending this particular event was
due to the high interest from the boxing community and media,
when it was announced that multi-world champion Holly Holm was
set to make her pro debut in MMA. Holm is also our WBAN world
champion which made it even more intriguing as to what would
happen when she ventured into MMA.
I did not attend the pre-fight
coverage that included the press conference and the weigh-in,
and the promoter had another photographer Raymond Mares on scene for that
coverage. I flew in from Portland, Orego to New Mexico the day
of the fight. [below photos: Raymond Mares]
The MMA event had 10 matches
scheduled on the card with Holly Holm’s fight being featured as
the semi-main event. Holm was set to fight Christina “Machine
Gun” Domke, 4-1 (2KO), 2 Submission). The main event featured
Keith Jardine vs. Aron Lofton, and two MMA bouts with fighters
making their pro debuts. The first six bouts were amateur MMA
In Holly Holm’s bout, her opponent was the first to enter the
ring. Domke did not display a lot of movement and seemed to be
relaxed as she about to take on Holm. Just prior to Holm making
it into the ring, there was a huge group of Holm fans that
shouted loudly, “We Love you Holly.”
When Holm entered the ring, she was a complete opposite as
opponent Domke. Holm entered the cage with high-energy doing
laterals around the caged ring, jumping high in the air to warm
up her legs, and she appeared to be extremely focused.
In the first round, as to what I observed as a “novice” viewing
MMA for the first time this night, Holm appeared to be much
faster, stronger, and as far as punching abilities went, she was
far superior to Domke. At one point they both went down to the
mat and it was the battle of the strengths in the first round.
In about half way through the second round, Holm seemed to be
much more direct and powerful and it became apparent that if the
ref did not stop the fight that Domke would surely be knocked
out. The ref did stop the bout, with Domke looking disappointed
that it had ended---but from the outside looking in, it was a
It was extremely interesting to see Holm transform from boxer to
MMA---but not sure I would enjoy her more in MMA. As some of us
boxing folks say at times, we can be guilty of being “boxing
One of the men’s bouts that I enjoyed the most on this evening
was the main event. Jardine and Lofton were superior athletes.
The bout was a tad bit “bloody. The
strength and toughness that both of these fighters displayed was
Even though I do not follow MMA, I have to give kudos to
everyone of these athletes. The sportsmanship and the
camaraderie they displayed with their teams and their opponents
and the opponents team was something all athletics can learn
from. Not in one match did I see anyone displaying a negative
attitude when they lost a fight and the winner was very
respectful and cordial with the loser.
In conclusion, many of you wanted an opinion from me about Mixed
Martial Arts. And…really all that I can say from only attending
my first MMA event is that I have “Mixed” feelings about it. I
walked away from it not “liking” or “disliking” it.
*I will be video-streaming highlights of this card soon.