WEC vet plans two-on-two MMA fights for upcoming Desert Rage event

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Budgellism
10/16/12 9:35:13PM
Chance Farrar grew up with a bunch of brothers and thinks he's found a way to make MMA more exciting: add more bodies.

The WEC vet and promoter of Desert Rage Full Contact Fighting is holding an event that features two-on-two MMA fights.

"We started trying it in the gym, and it's been successful," he told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "It's nothing short of controlled chaos, but exciting. You can't predict what's going to happen."

The event, "Desert Rage 11: Revenge at Paradise," takes place Oct. 20 at Paradise Casino in Yuma, Ariz.

Farrar, who is semiretired, said the fights will be contested under the Unified Rules of MMA with the exception of no elbows and knees allowed. There will be no rounds and no time limits, he said, as trial runs indicated they weren't needed. Two referees will corral a foursome in a 30-foot cage.

Things get even more interesting when a combatant is stopped by strikes, submission, or referee stoppage. Farrar said a one-minute rest is called to give officials time to remove the eliminated fighter, and the round then resumes.

The fight ends, obviously, when one sides loses both fighters. If an eliminated fighter is unable to leave the cage within the one-minute period, the other side wins by forfeit. Rounds will be five minutes each with a one-minute rest period between each round, as with standard pro MMA bouts. But Farrar said there will be no limit to how many rounds a fight can go.

As far as weight classes, a team's collective bulk is added together to classify their division. The lightweight class is 350 pounds and under; middleweight is 425 pounds and under; and heavyweights tip the scales at 500 pounds and under.

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Wallass
10/16/12 10:02:51PM
This is a trainwreck I want to see. Apparently Rich Clementi fought in one some years back.
bootyclause
10/16/12 10:24:05PM
half joking - these are the baby steps towards a return to gladiator fighting! not good really.

The idea is bad but nothing THAT crazy.....until one guy loses and then it's a 2 on 1. Then it just becomes a semi-criminal assault and not a sporting event.
Kpro
10/16/12 10:59:05PM
I was wondering what James Irvin was going to do after XARM!
prophecy033
10/16/12 11:19:29PM

Posted by Kpro

I was wondering what James Irvin was going to do after XARM!

no shit, if that wasn't the weirdest shit ever than this is. I'll watch, provided Kpro hook up the link of course
Chael_Sonnen
10/16/12 11:39:29PM
Don't they already have this in TNA Wrestling
DrivenDavies15
10/16/12 11:52:42PM
I do not like this one bit. I will watch it to see how it turns out but I'm very skeptic on the whole thing. Too many questions and changes to MMA to make me wonder how it will help the sport.
infestructure
10/17/12 3:15:20AM
It could be interesting, especially with the changes in tactics this would bring.
But having to split your brain between two opponents is a recipe for a knockout you don't see coming, which I think would be more injurious to fighter health.

I'll still watch

Here is a link to a tag team 2 on 2 MMA fight LINK
BeeR
10/17/12 6:10:08AM
some one is going to get blindsided by a kick to the head from behind and die.
emfleek
10/17/12 6:56:40AM
Stupid shit.

finnish_line
10/17/12 9:16:01AM
What Athletic Commission would allow this?

Tag Team MMA is bad enough, but at least in that one there are no 2 on 1 scenarios.
Bubbles
10/17/12 9:58:50AM
I prefer the bring back the IFL team matches rather than this
Dberntson
10/17/12 10:39:57AM
This likely will not end well.
Gogoplatapus
10/17/12 10:43:48AM
Why are people so stupid? Go awy and die, take Strikeforce with you.
ghandikush
10/17/12 11:44:17AM
I'm interested. I can see all the hate for sport purposes but this is a throwback to karate, a real fight.
kingsmasher
10/17/12 11:50:07AM
Whats funny is I know everyone here will watch it...me included....Im all for battle royal stuff...Im not in there, if guys are willing than why not...
airkerma
10/17/12 11:55:42AM
This is stupid...unless they all have one of these !!!
Guaranteed to make every fight more exciting and always ending in a shocking manner!
emfleek
10/17/12 12:02:39PM

Posted by kingsmasher

Whats funny is I know everyone here will watch it...



You couldn't be more wrong.
Sir_Karl
10/17/12 12:19:23PM
Farrar says "In our opinion, it's actually safer than a one-on-one fight," he said. "There's no elevated risk to the fighters. There's no blow that they could sustain in a two-on-two that they couldn't sustain in a one-on-one."

I have to disagree with this statement 100% and frankly I don't know how he could make such claims with a straight face.

This is a crazy idea and I can't believe any athletic commission in their right minds would sanction something like this.

In the last few years MMA has made great progress in "clearing it's name"....this could set that process back.

2 on 2? Why not 3 on 3 or 4 on 4? Where does it end? 10 vs.10? 20 vs.20? Let's just have a medieval melee tournament for crying out loud.

This is a horrendous idea that if allowed to happen will be detrimental to the sport.

tallica62
10/17/12 12:58:44PM
Although exciting, this seems quite dangerous and not a good move for MMA and trying to legitimize itself as a serious sport and not just a brutal caveman sport
finnish_line
10/17/12 1:12:53PM
The next logical step is the crowd determining what weapon the disadvantaged fighter gets to use.
airkerma
10/17/12 1:16:55PM

Posted by finnish_line

The next logical step is the crowd determining what weapon the disadvantaged fighter gets to use.


See my post above
Svartorm
10/17/12 2:04:39PM
I would watch this all day. Back in the carnival days, they would do this with ten people all fighting each other, and it was called a "Boombattle".
cowcatcher
10/17/12 2:17:05PM

Posted by Svartorm

I would watch this all day. Back in the carnival days, they would do this with ten people all fighting each other, and it was called a "Boombattle".



I would watch it too, but I don't think it should be called MMA as this is something totally different, IMO. It's a lot easier to sell it with the MMA title though with the popularity of the sport as high as it is. ZST lives on through Chance Farrar!

This is probably not going to have a happy ending for a lot of the people involved BTW, and I'm not saying it's a good idea by saying I'd watch. I'm just a sucker for a trainwreck.
prozacnation1978
10/17/12 2:32:09PM
I gotta see this.
ghandikush
10/17/12 4:22:54PM

Posted by cowcatcher


Posted by Svartorm

I would watch this all day. Back in the carnival days, they would do this with ten people all fighting each other, and it was called a "Boombattle".



I would watch it too, but I don't think it should be called MMA as this is something totally different, IMO. It's a lot easier to sell it with the MMA title though with the popularity of the sport as high as it is. ZST lives on through Chance Farrar!

This is probably not going to have a happy ending for a lot of the people involved BTW, and I'm not saying it's a good idea by saying I'd watch. I'm just a sucker for a trainwreck.



Yeah this isnt and hopefully wont be labeled as MMA.
Poor_Franklin
10/17/12 5:54:48PM
this has 2 things in common w/ the JJ/Chael matchup:

1. i think it's stupid as shit
2. i'll watch it
prophecy033
10/17/12 6:03:05PM

Posted by Poor_Franklin

this has 2 things in common w/ the JJ/Chael matchup:

1. i think it's stupid as shit
2. i'll watch it

"why are you watching this" "because I love stupid shit, I married you, right"
calitrees
10/17/12 6:24:31PM
Basically bumfights
Chael_Sonnen
10/17/12 6:40:10PM

Posted by ghandikush

I'm interested. I can see all the hate for sport purposes but this is a throwback to karate, a real fight.



When discussing pointless, time-wasting endeavors, karate has to be the FIRST activity you consider

Though, you gotta love that the Japanese karatea drink their own urine in an effort to connect with their forgotten ancestors
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