Last night, fights broke out in a Vancouver nightclub. Except, for the first time in the city’s history, they were actually promoted.
Gossip Nightclub hosted Vancouver’s first ever sanctioned MMA fight card. The event is called the Quest For Glory Fighting Championships (QFGFC). The 8 fights featured talent from across the lower mainland and were held in the standard 22 foot wide octagon cage.
$40 gets you in through the doors as a standing room ticket, but you can hang out practically anywhere you like. The advantage of being in a venue as small as Gossip is that every inch of the room is a good place to watch.
As to the atmosphere, it’s a really unique experience to watch a fight surrounded by the friends and family of the people stepping into the ring; It increases the intensity far beyond watching UFC on television or 300 rows back in Rogers Arena. The only other real difference between watching at Gossip is beers were on special for $3.75. For diehards, they even had the scantily-clad ring girls.
All in all, QFGFC still has all the kicks, brutal knockouts, and arm locks found in the UFC, but for a fraction of the cost. It is also a great way to promote local up-and-coming fighters. Fans can look forward to this series continuing in Vancouver as MMA grows in popularity at the grassroots level.