Last night, Conflict MMA Promotions put on a show in Macon, GA. It was a good show. !2 matches total, I believe, of which the last three were professional. It was their 1st show in Macon. They are promising to have another in about 6 months and to put Macon into their regular rotation. As far as I know, there has only been one other MMA show in Macon while I have been here the last several years.
It is important to support these sort of local shows because they give a chance for local and regional talent to get some experience. As the UFC has pretty much cleared the playing field of most other large promotions except for Bellator, these smaller regional promotions are essential if budding MMA talent is to have any place to hone their skills. (This is similar to the way the WWE has cleared the field in professional wrestling except for TNA, leaving a lot of promising talent with no place to go.)
The crowd was decent but not overflowing, likely a consequence of this being their first show in Macon. I found out about it through a postcard size “brochure” at a local convenience store. I was surprised by how many of the people there were there for a specific gym and/or a specific fighter. There seemed to be relatively few pure MMA spectators such as myself. Hopefully this will change with time and word of mouth.
The main event was Micah Miller, Macon native and brother of UFC and Ultimate Fighter vet Cole Miller. Unfortunately Micah lost, but on a cool note I found out I go to church with Micah and Cole’s aunt and uncle.
Unfortunately, because the local event was at the same time as a UFC pay-per-view, I missed most of the pay-per-view. I rushed to the Buffalo Wild Wings after the fights were over, but arrived in time only to see the main event with Demetrius Johnson.