MMA surpasses boxing in Pennsylvania

by Tom Robinson | source:

At this time a year ago, Mixed Martial Arts cage fighting had not yet made its debut in Pennsylvania.
By the time 2009 was over, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission had sanctioned 31 MMA cards; almost as many as the professional boxing cards (33) it has supervised for years.

In less than a year, cage fights have bypassed boxing and appear to have the momentum to keep right on going.

When Pa. Cage Fight 4, the fourth area event produced by Northeast Mixed Martial Arts partners Maury Nehme and Chris Coyne, was held March 26 at the Lackawanna College Student Center, it was the 14th such card in Pennsylvania this year. Athletic Commission executive director Greg Sirb says he state has sanctioned just eight boxing cards this season.

Sirb, who has also been active on national boxing issues throughout his career, said he could see MMA coming. Around the country, the same commissions that have overseen boxing have been responsible for Mixed Martial Arts events, so he knew his staff would ultimately have to become more versatile.

“That’s the standard,” Sirb said. “Every state’s done it the same way.

“We have different referees, but much of the crew of the same as for boxing.”

Sirb said the latest card had “almost 1,300” paying customers. He said boxing and MMA cards are drawing similar crowds at this point but the MMA cards are becoming more frequent with no let up in sight.

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4/5/10 8:33 AM by Altair

LOL @ EVERYTHING on this page

WEEZmatical site profile image  

4/5/10 4:54 AM by WEEZmatical

Very true. No disrespect to our beloved sport, but it is more comparable to the wrestling entertainment industry.

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4/4/10 9:45 PM by bcolflesh


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4/4/10 9:28 PM by Top Jov

The Central Pennsylvania Warriror Challenge promoted 5 of the 33 events held in 2009. We currently are excepting fighters for 8 scheduled events this year in York, Lancaster,Reading and

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4/4/10 9:23 PM by Joseph Cunliffe

@ Pink Bunkadoo -- the card is in the works. Seach "Events" here cities in PA. ALso check out

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4/4/10 9:22 PM by Joseph Cunliffe

@ soldierdad5417 -- great news! look for me.

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4/4/10 9:03 PM by cuzz63

I am betting this is the trend for most states.

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4/4/10 3:58 PM by ECWCock

 Good to hear that Pa. doesn't suck at EVERYTHING!

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4/4/10 3:49 PM by Pink Bunkadoo

@ Joe Cunliff- where is the card? Do you have a link for all your shows? Thanks

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