Thursday, February 28, 2008

YAMMA Pit Fighting: No Country for Old Men

Bob Meyrowitz is about to learn an expensive lesson. On April 11th, his return to the world of MMA promoting, YAMMA Pit Fighting, will debut at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, and the event will feature an single-night eight-man heavyweight tournament plus a pair of "Masters" superfights with Don Frye, Oleg Taktarov and Gary Goodridge. If Meyrowitz can pull it off, he has a potential goldmine with YAMMA's eight-man tournaments, for they both captivated fans and made stars in those early UFCs (as well as in events like the IFC's 2003 "Global Domination", which saw Jeremy Horn knock out Forrest Griffin and Renato "Babalu" Sobral submit Mauricio "Shogun" Rua before the two met in the finals). However, YAMMA's Masters superfights... um, not so much. The IFL threw away a ton of money putting old schoolers like Maurice Smith, Marco Ruas, Pat Miletich and Carlos Newton in the ring, and it's doubtful they saw any worthwhile returns on that investment. Meyrowitz is about to learn, at the expense of whatever pile of money he's throwing at Frye, Taktarov and Goodridge, that this is no country for old men.