Combat 8- Sept 1, 2012- An Australian Innovation in Sport Fighting
If I told you about an emerging sport that combined Boxing and MMA, allowed dirty boxing and ensured a ground game that wouldn’t tolerate “lay and pray”, would you be interested? If not, then you have the wrong website address and there is nothing for you here. If so, then read on, fellow Bully.
I present to you Combat 8, the newest ruleset for our beloved sport martial arts, developed over the past two years by CEO, Nathan Swadling. Promising fast paced and brutal action, this has me so excited I can barely keep my hands out of my pants. Fortunately I type with both hands, so I'm safe. For now.
Fought in a square cage, and by eliminating kicks, the idea is to draw the fighters closer together. With the smaller 6 ounce gloves, supremely accurate and technical Boxing is a must on the outside, while dirty boxing is encouraged if it is a fighter's style on the inside. It all adds to the spectacle, baby! However, a Boxer cannot rely solely on his technical punching ability, or even his heavy hands, for he must also be wary of a slam down, which allows a grappler 30 seconds on the floor to dominate and submit their opponent. It's like Nathan looked at MMA and Boxing and devised a sport based on the question, "how can we see more hectic knockouts and more flying submissions?"
Personally, I love the ground game rules, it takes the Judo approach to the ground game, either get it done or get the **** back up and fight. Except when you get back up, you're getting back up to punch on.
In my discussions with Nathan I asked a few questions about the rules, wanting to understand them better. As with all sports, there will be a period of adjustment, evolution, if you will, of the ruleset, but for the time being you can check out the rules here: http://www.combat8.com.au/about-us/rules
Now, some big names in Australian Boxing and MMA are already signed, or are extremely interested in participating in these shows. You can see some of the fighters already signed here:
I can't name them until it's official, but I have been personally contacted by someone that is renowned in both Boxing and MMA, in Australia and the UK, and I know that they are keen to participate, it's down to scheduling and all that other management guff. I'm not one to blow smoke up anyone's arse, but I can tell you now, the level of interest in Combat 8 is unprecedented.
The first show is to be held at Newcastle Panthers on September the 1st, 2012. Justin Murray and Les Piper are headlining the card with Greg Foley and Tui Leveni, showcasing some awesome fighters and showing the world the newest sport.
Fortunately I have been lucky enough to have been granted access to an insider's view of the sport, including exclusive information and interviews with the fighters and Nathan himself. I look forward to working with Combat 8. With two more events already planned and populated, cards that are including female fighters, I know I have said it before, but I'm hella excited.