Ultimate Fighting comes to Northfield

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Ultimate Fighting (aka ‘mixed martial arts’ and ‘cage fighting’) comes to Northfield on Friday night. It arrives just in time to beat the legislation that goes into effect on Sunday. See this Strib article, Legislature gives Boxing Commission ultimate authority, and this recent column by the Strib’s Katherine Kersten: The Ultimate Fighter: Is there more to manhood?

The event isn’t listed in the June issue of the NEG or mentioned by Christine Bernier in her post to the Northfield.org blog about weekend events. Could the NEG be legitimately accused of practicing a form of cultural snobbery?


  1. Dan Bergeson said:

    Seems a little harsh, Griff. Might be that they didn’t know about it when they went to press; remember that was over 30 days ago. I bet this event hadn’t even been scheduled then. It’s also something that isn’t self-evident for that venue: a ballroom the site for a boxing match? For that matter, when’s the last time there was a boxing, excuse me, “ultimate fighting” match anywhere in the county?

    June 29, 2007
  2. Rob Schanilec said:

    Could be you’re right, Dan – but at any rate – Griff – them’s fighting words! I’ll see you in the cage.

    June 29, 2007
  3. Tyson said:

    Paps, you should take Mom. She’d love it! Plus you could get some great pictures and post them here.

    June 29, 2007
  4. Alex Beeby said:

    Now THAT’s bohemian! Maybe I’ll send the kids.

    Oops, sorry for the sarcasm. 😉

    We do have to be business friendly, and ultimate fighting is a business. I can just see Division Street sidewalks with sidewalk dining (with beer and wine) interspersed with a cage-match or two.

    Of course, with our passive-agressive nature, these might be pretty boring. Instead, maybe ultimate-online-fighting could be available on Locally Grown. We could have no-holds-barred, no-rules, no-moderation, flame-fest on some hot topic or other. Wow! The ideas just keep coming.

    June 29, 2007
  5. Griff Wigley said:

    Rob, please don’t hurt me. I’m sure that was a last minute addition to the Ballroom’s agenda.

    But I hope you would have accepted an advert for it in the NEG, had they gotten it to you in time. We need entertainment like this to balance things out. Otherwise, David Brooks will write about us when he updates ‘Bobos in Paradise’.

    June 29, 2007
  6. Nick Benson said:

    I was just re-reading this an looking for the “FN” tag… holy smokes.

    I’d bill it as “Cows, Colleges, and Calamity”

    June 30, 2007
  7. Christine Bernier said:

    Hey Griff,

    No doubt this is a unique event for Northfield, but not one we heard about before we went to press with the June Guide. So, it wasn’t intentionally missed.

    We do our best to research all local events, but we do need help from the community, too. This is a great opportunity to remind anyone organizing a local event to please submit information or a press release about the event to NEG@byallmeansgraphics.com, Christine@byallmeansgraphics.com, or fax the info to 507-663-0772 so we can list it.

    Thanks much! Christine Bernier

    June 30, 2007
  8. Griff Wigley said:

    No worries, Christine. I’m just niggling! (NEGling?)

    In today’s Strib North section:

    Blaine isn’t buying idea that boxing matches are harmless

    The city is moving ahead to ban unlicensed fights of any kind, be it “ultimate fighting” or the boxing nights teens have staged.

    Anyone know if Northfield area teens are staging their own fight nights?

    July 2, 2007

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