One fight that you'd travel the world to watch in person?

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  1. The Natural Born Runner

    The Natural Born Runner Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    So this time last year I traveled from London to Las Vegas to watch UFC 194, live in person.

    I purchased a ticket from a re-seller for £520, as well as securing one for my best mate, so altogether spent little over £1000 on the tickets alone - that's not including a suite at The Venetian and trans-Atlantic flights which involved a connection via Minnesota.

    The journey there was in the region of 15 hours, and on the way back was a much easier 9-10 hours.

    It wasn't just my fandom for Jose Aldo partnered with my dislike for Conor McGregor, it wasn't just the fact that it was a genuine rivalry fight which was culminating in a title fight. It was because I genuinely think that was their best card (on paper) to date (prior to UFC 205).

    Just a reminder of the main card:

    Max Holloway vs Jeremy Stephens
    Damian Maia vs Gunnar Nelson
    Ronaldo Souza vs Yoel Romero
    Chris Weidman vs Luke Rockhold
    Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor

    I went to Las Vegas again this year to watch Sergei Kovalev vs Andre Ward, purely off the fact that I believed it to be Pound for Pound the most relevant and important fight in the last 25 years of Boxing - I know many will claim Mayweather vs Pacquiao, but I genuinely believe the relevance had tetered off ever so slightly, whilst Andre and Sergei are totally in their prime and both undefeated. It was well worth the money.

    The question popped into my head today, what fight is there in MMA right now that I would do that journey and spend that more for/on? I genuinely think the Jones controversy, and the constant title changes have probably left me completely empty on that notion. Perhaps Diaz vs St. Pierre II if it was for the title somewhere down the line (as unlikely as that is).

    So I say all that to ask this, what fight or fight card would you need to travel 15 hours and spend a pretty penny to watch? I suspect I will get some silly answers like an ultimate card with 7 title fights, but try to be as reasonable and realistic if possible.

    Look forward to hearing your answers.
     
  2. Davem10

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    You would have got a better view watching on you 50inch 4k tv on ppv which you could have bought with that money and still had about £1000 left over to spend on hookers beer and cocaine. You would have got to miss the 15 hours sat in a tin can in the air and in a room with thousands of people screaming, but still
     
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    leatherneck if not 4 disappointments, id have no appointments

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    Pride Fedor vs Pre-Brock Cain

    after many live fights, the best view besides Big johns is always the TV at the bar, but i would pay to say that this was i fight i attended.
     
  4. sirmorbach

    sirmorbach These violent delights have violent ends

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    You know, this thread made me realise that I'm most definitely not the biggest hardcore fight fan in the world after all, because I probably wouldn't do the same as you did for any possible matchup. I'd much rather spend my money on something else.

    I appreciate it that you've shared your story with us though, nice thread nonetheless. Glad you had the chance to watch such a great card live. Sucks for you that Aldo got knocked out cold, but I won't lie and say I'm sorry for that, haha.
     
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    View is better from the couch.
     
  6. The Natural Born Runner

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    I did still go to Las Vegas bro, you can't have the Las Vegas experience in your living room watching a TV.

    You also don't get to walk past your favorite fighter in an MGM parking lot whilst he's arguing with security.

    That alone, made it worth the money.

    Going back to the point of the post, any fight you'd do all that for?
     
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    Rickson Gracie vs Ken Shamrock

    Andre Ward vs someone that can tag him and knock his ass out

    Tito Ortiz vs Ken Shamrock #4
     
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    Man, I love you dude, but you're Brazilian and you were cheering for Conor???

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    Don Frye, BJ Penn, or Nate Diaz.
     
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    Triple threat match?
     
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    Hahaha, I truly was, believe me. Good thing you still like me anyway though. :D
     
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    if were talkin dream matchups n their primes,Penn VS McGregor
     
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    Nate runs in with a chair and knocks out Big John McCarthy. He will back Frye into a corner but then end up hitting BJ with the chair and put on Don Frye's NWO shirt. This will set up a steel cage match for the United States title at Starcade.
     
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    To be honest i did also consider going to 194, also from the UK

    No one else i asked was up for it though so i soon gave up on the idea, i dont think i could justify the experience anyway, when like i said i could watch a ppv with a way better view than i imagine you got from the £520 pound seats you had

    I wouldnt travel for any MMA fight currently i dont think. Boxing on the other hand, GGG vs Alvarez i would travel for, only if loaded though as i just wouldnt sit in seats that gave me a less than excellent view

    How much did your trip cost you all in ? about £2000ish ?
     
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    You sound like the type of guy who rigs a fleshlight up to his vr headset
     
  19. The Natural Born Runner

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    Curious why? Jose is prick in Portuguese? ;)

    Well, my parents are both Irish and I hate Conor - so shake hands brother lol.

    My reasoning is kind of because he's a typical horrible Dubliner stereotype. Someone who thinks they are better than anyone else, and never stops bragging, whilst in the same breath acting like they are super patriotic and acting like they grew up in a ghetto of Rio. Most of them had a free education and listened to Boyzone and Westlife growing up, yet they'll make it sound like they were a member of street gang or are somehow connected to the IRA.

    I love Jose though, very curious to why you weren't sticking with the home-boy.
     
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    Mcgregor vs. Mayweather in a kickboxing or MMA match.
    I'd cough up 10K to get a good seat for that.
     

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