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YAMMA Debuts Tonight : (

Well, we all knew this day would come. YAMMA 1 goes down tonight at the Trump Taj Mahal Arena in Atlantic City, New Jersey, starting at 9 p.m. The live pay-per-view card kicks off at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, and the final-final-final lineup is as follows:

Masters Superfights (two five-minute rounds)
Oleg Taktarov vs. Mark Kerr
Patrick Smith vs. Eric “Butterbean” Esch

Heavyweight Tournament (one five-minute round in quarter- and semi-final matches; championship fight is three five-minute rounds)
Ricco Rodriguez vs. George Bush
Travis Wiuff vs. Marcelo Pereira
Chris Tuscherer vs. Tony Sylvester
Sherman Pendergarst vs. Alexey Oleinik

Alternate Bouts
Antwain Britt vs. Bryan Vetell
Lamont Lister vs. Oleg Savitsky

Standby Alternate
Ron Waterman

Weigh-ins were held yesterday, and Butterbean tipped the scales — and I mean literally, like the thing fell over — at a shocking 416 pounds, meaning he’ll have a 176-pound advantage on Patrick “Because I Got High” Smith. Ricco Rodriguez weighed in at 267.2 on his first attempt, but was able to make the 265-pound limit an hour later. So for those of you who were hoping Double-R would be in better shape than during his paunchy performance against Antonio Silva at “Street Certified” in February, not so much.

We haven’t previously reported on the alternate-bout fighters, so here goes: Bryan Vetell is a 3-3 IFL vet who had the honor of being defeated by both Ben Rothwell and Roy Nelson; Lamont Lister is also 3-3, and has fought in Cage Fury and Palace Fighting Championships; Antwain Britt has a 3-0 record in local promotions; and Oleg Savitsky, the night’s lightest competitor at 199 pounds, has a 1-1 record with his loss coming at the hands of Tim Boetsch. Our money’s on Savitsky to win it all.

We’re guessing that the show pulls in 2,500 PPV buys, but we really have no idea what to expect. Sooooo…anybody plan on attending? Anybody buying the pay-per-view? Has anybody ever seen The Producers, where Bialystock and Bloom come up with the scheme to raise more money than they need for a guaranteed Broadway flop that will close after the first night? Could this have been Bob Meyrowitz’s plan all along?

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Abidon- April 11, 2008 at 1:46 am
"Superfights" isn't what I'd call those fights...

"Washed up and in need of some quick cash" fights is what i'd call it!!

The only good thing that can come out of this is a some knockout highlights.
totaldb- April 10, 2008 at 6:28 pm
Personally, I'm psyched for this shit! YAMMA is like the Bigfoot of the MMA world... so illusive and controversial, does it even really exist? I'll let you know.
Old, Bald and Irish- April 10, 2008 at 3:19 pm
Ditto, "riley"!

You should hear the radio commercials that they have been running for this. They make it actually sound interesting.....

...until you hear the word "Butterbean".

And man, are they hyping the bowl!

*cough* already seen it...*cough*World Combat League*cough*...
riley- April 10, 2008 at 3:09 pm
YAMMA 1, is the 1 at all necessary?
electric_boogaloo- April 10, 2008 at 2:28 pm
butterbean is a fatty! the pit looks cool in the video they have up on their website and i will shell out the bucks to see what it does to the fights. there are some good new fighters, i pick oleinik to win the tournament because he trains with fedor!