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Insane MMA Offshoot of the Day: ‘Triple Warrior Combat’

(Props: HDWSHOWS via Fightlinker)

You know, it’s easy to dismiss San Do as a crackpot gimmick created by mentally handicapped people. (See also: Xtreme Arm Wrestling, Kung Fu Football) But watching this promo trailer for a new three-man MMA league, I can’t help but wonder if "Triple Warrior Combat" could be the future of the sport. Think about it: MMA is popular because human beings — particularly dudes in the 18-34 age range — have a weird compulsion to watch people fight. (Remember Dana White’s four corners analogy?) And fight promoters have always assumed that one guy vs. one guy is the smartest way to do things — and it is, without question. But is a fight between two people inherently more interesting than fights involving three or more people?

In other words, which would you rather see: This Saturday’s lightweight tilt between Frank Edgar and Matt Veach, or an out-of-control Russian supermarket brawl? To me, San Do seems like an attempt to regulate street fights and present them to paying audiences. People love street fights. Who knows what the combat sports landscape will look like in another 20 years, but I won’t be surprised if a multiple-combatant league becomes a legitimate option for fight fans. All I know is, one day there will be an undefeated heavyweight champion of beating-two-guys-at-the-same-time, and you will not want to fuck with this man.


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MF Joel- December 2, 2009 at 2:00 am
You know when this was awesome? In International Karate +
wolf- December 1, 2009 at 12:32 pm
San-do looks awesome. It’s a lot more realistic than two sweaty guys with no clothes on rolling around on the mats. Of course the striking to the blind side could get someone hurt, that’s why it was taken out. The footage shown here is from one of the first fights. They have changed a few things to make it safer for the fighters and still an awesome show for true martial arts fans, not just the beer drinking rednecks that want to see someone just get knocked out. At least with the gi, we’ll be able to see true technique put to use. When’s the last time you saw two naked guys slugging it out in the street? If you have, I’d say you were probably in the wrong establishment or maybe it’s time to leave the nude beach.
MachidaVsSilva- December 1, 2009 at 4:40 am
Why don't they just call it sucker punch fighting. This is a good way to end your career in one fight.
monsieurkiwi- December 1, 2009 at 12:18 am
@the glza:

ScarTissue- November 30, 2009 at 5:46 pm
Shit, just did a search for Sando three-way to see if I could find more video. Yeah..time to turn safe search back on.
skyjo- November 30, 2009 at 5:11 pm
I like the screen shot at the 1:02 mark. It's like the videomakers knew if they were going to be doing a sales pitch for a 3 man fight league, that they should have three people host the show. Unfortunately they could only convince 2 people that the league was a good idea, so they had to improvise.
Sully- November 30, 2009 at 4:48 pm
oh yea, extra douche bag credit for the random Chinese character zhong ? (or chuu in Japanese) written on the wall. It means something like faithful or devoted in Chinese. Its like one of those Kanji that some slut nugget would tattoo above their ass.
Sully- November 30, 2009 at 4:33 pm
San-do? that's the Japanese word for BIRTH CANAL ??. But I guess what they mean is "way of three".?Its funny because if you write it in kanji "??”?san-michi,)" it comes up in google translate as three way, haha. fags
the glza- November 30, 2009 at 3:38 pm
so THAT's where the yamma pit went...
Anhonestmoose- November 30, 2009 at 3:13 pm
so am i the only one who thinks that this would instantly turn into a two-mediocre guys taking on one really good guy and then turning on each other as soon as he is out? where is the legitimacy of this?
vengful1- November 30, 2009 at 2:48 pm
Only when I see a double KO at the same time will I watch this.
hadouken- November 30, 2009 at 2:18 pm
you know who would do good at this sport? Batman.
Vargas- November 30, 2009 at 2:15 pm
Are they serious? Feels like Onion News Network...It would prolly be a better idea to have 2 vs. 1 instead of this crap, and if the one guy wins he gets a boat.
Ed M- November 30, 2009 at 1:58 pm
Throw in a switchblade, a net, and a trident and you got yourselves a fuckin fan!
NomadRip- November 30, 2009 at 1:48 pm
You guys know you're looking for more video of this. Don't lie.
Frank Mur- November 30, 2009 at 1:47 pm
Someone will get paralyzed in no time. Unfortunately, like the aftermath of a horrible auto accident, I have to see this shit.
imakeutap- November 30, 2009 at 1:42 pm
@ CP

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Richard Fitzentite- November 30, 2009 at 1:20 pm
@ Giant Saturday, I believe he had a 5 year carrer in the NFL and then dissapeared onto some practice squads....just a little FYI.

I would totally watch this shit. Has to be better than Chuck Norris's World Combat League.
Sabado Gigante- November 30, 2009 at 1:00 pm
My favorite XFL player was "He Hate Me!" I wonder what HHM is up to these days...
Defender- November 30, 2009 at 12:56 pm
On a completely different note...who the hell is funding this?

Dude: I have an idea...take the popularity of MMA, add a third guy. Technically speaking, you should increase your profits 50%!

Investor: SHIT YEAH! I have all this extra money laying around too! Thanks for helping me waste it as fast as possible!

Edit -

You know, with as much fake news as this site has been reporting lately...honestly there is just as good of odds this is a joke. Not by CP per-say...just that they could have fallen for it.
BuckWild- November 30, 2009 at 12:55 pm
I think Anderson Silva would rule this easy! One two punch drop KO combo!
Richard Tucker- November 30, 2009 at 12:50 pm
LMAO @ "It's gonna be the hardest ticket in sports to get."
ReDx- November 30, 2009 at 12:49 pm
lol, what kind of name is Chitwood
itsgalf- November 30, 2009 at 12:48 pm
haha I saw the Addiction shirt...what a complete rip-off

San Do isn't going to catch on.
skeletor- November 30, 2009 at 12:42 pm
That's actually rocket fuel energy drink, the only drink extreme enough for san do. Also did you get a load of that dudes shirt? Addiction? This can't be good.