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  1. PizDoff is offline

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    Zuffa Takes Out Strikeforce Amateur Bouts

    Zuffa Takes Out Strikeforce Amateur Bouts

    Following the news that Zuffa, Parent Company of Ultimate Fighting Championship, Purchases Strikeforce, Strikeforce has stopped featuring amateur fights.

    According to GracieFighter.com, the UFC has informed the San Jose-based promotion that amateur fights will no longer be included in upcoming events.

    "Strikeforce has eliminated all amateur fights from their shows. The California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization (CAMO) will play no part in any Strikeforce shows. The organization had been used extensively in Strikeforce.

    According to Strikeforce officials, they had been told to refrain from having any further amateur fights. Word came from their parent company (the UFC) that this will be their policy henceforth." - GracieFighter.com

    Strikeforce would normally feature one-two up and coming fighters, with local amatuer talent in sub-brand Strikeforce Challengers.

    How do you guys feel about this?

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    Although is a very good experience for amateurs to fight in a large promotion like Strikeforce, they should focus on providing opportunities for other entry level professional fighters rather than amateurs
  3. Omega Supreme is offline

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    California has abused it's amateur fighting organization. I don't believe there should ever be mixed shows.
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    There has to be an obvious separation between Amateur and Pro MMA or our entry level professional fighters will continue to suffer while the young amateurs get exploited.

    Everyone losses except promoters when Amateurs fight in professional looking shows with no added safety equipment even if they can sell tickets for keep 10 - 20%.

    Pro events shouldn't be as expensive either, some of the commission fat could be trimmed allowing the smaller promoters to make a little extra cheese.
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    Quote Originally Posted by socalpankration View Post
    There has to be an obvious separation between Amateur and Pro MMA or our entry level professional fighters will continue to suffer while the young amateurs get exploited.

    Everyone losses except promoters when Amateurs fight in professional looking shows with no added safety equipment even if they can sell tickets for keep 10 - 20%.

    Pro events shouldn't be as expensive either, some of the commission fat could be trimmed allowing the smaller promoters to make a little extra cheese.
    Agreed.
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    Its is now out in the open that CAMO is not needed to promote amateur MMA in California. The Athletic Commission will now sanction Amateur and Pro/AM MMA shows but fighters must wear head gear and shin guards.

    CSAC Amateur MMA promoters dont have to pay for a annual $500 CAMO license and $2,5000 CAMO event fee or $250 CAMO fee per fight for a Pro/ AM show. Plus the fighters don't have to pay the $110 CAMO license to compete.

    They do have to provide fingerprints for a background check, primary medical coverage for fighters, professional referees and allow amateurs to wear safety gear when fighting.
  7. Omega Supreme is offline

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    Where did you find this out and where does this leave Pankration?
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    3/27/2011 10:46pm

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    This only makes sense. Pro is pro, ammy is ammy. They should be separate. Don't have people competing for free, at a money-making event. If they are making money (tickets/whatever), then they're not amateurs, really.

    There are plenty of under-appreciated pros that need fights.
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    Tell me about it, I have a pro who can't seem to get a fight because of the amateur circuit in CA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega View Post
    Tell me about it, I have a pro who can't seem to get a fight because of the amateur circuit in CA.
    So the charge ammy fighters, instead of paying pros? As hard as pro fighting is, you'd hope if guys/gals want to fight, and can be medically cleared, then there should be available slots.
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