In search of the Ultimate Jamaican Fighter

In search of the Ultimate Jamaican Fighter

Written by Editor

Topics: Sports

The Grants Pen Peace Park on Grants Pen Road will be the venue for the third staging of the Ultimate Jamaican Fighter (UJF) on December 7, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. The event, which will feature men and women fighting freestyle on a mat, is an initiative of the Jamaica Mixed Martial Arts Association (JMMAA) that seeks to develop an awareness and interest in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) at the community level. The series is primarily for untrained fighters, with exhibition full contact fights between experienced martial artists.

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Instructor Slavik Moskalev (left), founder of Extreme Edge Martial Arts school.

The untrained fighters attend sparring sessions with MMA instructor Slavik Moskalev of the Extreme Edge Martial Arts School prior to the event, with the aim of determining the skill level of each individual to avoid mismatches. Weight and overall health and fitness are also keenly noted beforehand. Each fight lasts for three one minute rounds and fighters are required to wear gloves, headgear, mouthpiece and groin protection. The rules instituted forbid an array of actions including small joint manipulation, use of the elbows and forehead to strike, and throws causing the opponent’s feet to leave the ground by more than one foot. Close supervision by the referee and medical staff ensures that both fighters have a fun but safe experience.

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Slavik Moskalev, president of the newly formed Jamaica Mixed Martial Arts Association (JMMAA)

The UJF series is structured to have three levels. The first is the community level, from which a selection of winners will be identified. All the winners in a given region will then participate in a regional final. The participants who have won their fights at the two previous levels will enter a national final to find the Ultimate Jamaican Fighter. The fight nights are preceded by a scrimmage football tournament to broaden the sporting participation. Four area teams compete in a tournament format before the start of the fights. Winners of the scrimmage football will also move to through the regional and national levels.

The previous UJF events were staged at Olympic Gardens and Stand Pipe. All UJF events at the community level are free for the spectators. The JMMAA has been able to attract sponsorship from Neveast Supplies Limited, Extreme Edge Gym and Lifespan Water to get the event started, but is still in need of major sponsorship to enhance the fan experience.

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