I usually don't do opinion/first-person stories here at Minnesota MMA News, but when it's a show I matched from top to bottom, I usually make an exception.
As usual, there were myriad difficulties leading up to A-Town Throwdown IX at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Austin. The usual parade of dropouts, including injuries, legal issues, failing to submit medicals, and my all-time favorite, simply going dark a few days before fight night (yep, people still do that).
The stress of putting so much time, energy and money into fight night and having it all fall apart ... it's forced me to the brink of stepping away from MMA several times. But usually on fight night, the hours wasted, time lost with my family, it's all erased. Saturday was no different.
As much as the flaky, unreliable fighters drive me toward insanity, the guys who show up and leave it all in the cage on fight night make it worth it (or close to it).
Saturday the fights delivered in every way. It's unfortunate, but the fans didn't show up to see this glorious night of fights.
We knew the date would be tough since it was the Saturday of Memorial weekend. Best case, the promotion broke even. Of course, that doesn't do anything for the pocket book, but I did leave thoroughly entertained. And there were a couple fights that will definitely be in the running for fight of the year.
So, as is usually the case when I put a show together, I'm often running around and don't get to see 100 percent of all fights. So, here is my rundown and thoughts on each bout:
Gabe Sayeg def. Gary Spears by unanimous decision (29-28 on all three) — This ended up being a very good, even fight. Sayeg had way more experience than Spears, and that showed early on. But as Spears got comfortable, he seemed to find his groove. Sayeg did enough in the end to get the decision. I know he wasn't happy with his performance, but it was a