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My experience at K-1 Dynamite USA



Being a sophomore in highschool, preparing for AP exams, and completing stacks of homework this year was a drag. I needed a time of relief and June 2nd was the day. Yesterday was the most exciting night of my life. I bought $100 tickets for K-1 Dynamite and every dollar was surely more than worth it. We arrived about an hour early at the Coliseum.
This is where USC (University of Southern California) has their home football games. USC is known for their superior football team so it fills up to the top pretty often. Ironically, this was my first time here, not for a football game, but for K-1.

These were our originally reserved seats, but everyone eventually stood up near the front or sat wherever. Since we had field seats, we got to take pictures of every fighter =)

To me, the ring seemed a lot smllar than what I saw on TV.

The ring at night



The atmosphere before the main fights was a bit... dead. Many seats were still empty, there was no cheering from the crowd, the sun was still up, and the fights were not entertaining at
all. The first fight between Nam Phan and JZ Calvan ended in 26 seconds.
I started to regret paying for this event. I really hoped the rest of the night was not like this,
but the next two fights were mediocre as well.
I couldn't any take pictures of these fighters because their entrances were from directly from the locker room which was on the opposite side.
After the three fights, someone famous came down from the crowd. I couldn't tell who it was at first, but looking at the big screen, it was Dennis Rodman and Rampage!
Dennis Rodman took the mic and everyone started booing. He said something like, "It doesn't matter, this night isn't about me, it's about these fighters here!"
Then everyone started cheering.

The main events were going to take place and there was an opening ceremony.
All for One sang the National Anthem.

 


This was the beggining of the opening ceremony. Choi Hong Man brought the torch from the bottom to the top. The second I recognized him, a tingly feeling traveled through out my body.
All of a sudden, the atmosphere changed.
I felt the excitement going all around the stadium. I couldn't help but smile.

I went out to the consession stands to get myself a burrito, and my friend said that Bas Rutten was there and was interviewed. The $6 burrtio was totally not worth it...

The first fight was Morton vs Ackah.
As Ackah came by for his entrance, my friends and a started yelling his name and he pointed at us. That made me favor Ackah more than Morton =). Morton didn't even turn his head to look at the fans. This was Morton's home field by the way. Before the NFL, he played for the USC Trojans.

 

This fight pumped everyone up.
After Ackah's knock out, Morton had to be taken out of stretcher.
The emotions of the fans became more and more intense.

Next was Mighty Mo and Warpath.
When Mighty Mo came, he too saw us, and responded with a nod =).

In my opinion, the next fight was the most entertaining.
Yoon Dong Sik vs ManHoef.


Yoon Dong Sik had his earphones are for some reason, and he too didn't respond to our cheering.

This fight made me get goosebumps all over the place!


Gracie vs Sakuraba =)
There were a ton of Japanese fans.
They would all cheer him on yelling, "Sak! Sakuraba!"
In retaliation, the Gracie fans, including my friends and I,
cheered, "Gracie! Cmon Royce!" I lost my voice during this one!
The DJ made stupid comments, which showed he had no knowledge of MMA whatsoever.
It was funny and sad but the fans started to chant, "SHUT UP DJ! SHUT UP DJ!" and he cooperated with us. =)

During Sakuraba's entrace, he had abotu three masks on. He threw it to the fans but I wasn't lucky enough to catch it.

The final fight... was well, very disappointing.
The entrance for Lesnar and Kim were more flashy than others. Fireworks were everywhere, fire came up from the side of the stairs, etc.
As Kim Min Soo entered we yelled his name and yelled "Fighting!"
(Koreans usually say "fighting" to cheer someone on)
He heard us for sure and responded with grunts getting pumped up =)
Lesnar just raised his hand and looked around at his fans.

This was the final fight and it ended under 2 minutes...

After the fight, I found Choi Hong Man in the ring. Lesnar said somethign along the lines of, "I wanted to fight the guy with the big head." I couldn't get to Choi as he was exiting because almost everyone was following him until he entered the tunnel where security kept everyone out.
I couldn't get to take a close picture.
A Korean girl was telling her friends, "Oh my God! I shook his hand!"
I was a bit jelous =/. But I did find Warpath and took a picture with him =).


That's me on the left, Warpath in the middle, and my friend Alex on the right

Watching fights on TV or the internet is completely different from watching them in the ring.
The whole place is full of emotion and you can literally feel the intensity. The punches, takedowns, and kicks look a lot more feirce in the ring.
This was an incredible experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

 




Comments

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Dennis, Administrator (1174 posts)
Posted: 2007-06-03 at: 10:13
Danmooj, great aricle. Especially nice to see all the pics!
Daniel, Sweden reporter (2501 posts)
Posted: 2007-06-04 at: 05:09
great article!
Dennis, Administrator (1174 posts)
Posted: 2007-06-04 at: 11:02
The event does not seem especially crowded. How many people were there in the crowd?
danmooj1 (27 posts)
Posted: 2007-06-04 at: 10:32
According to the official site, 54,000 attended. Many people came during or after Mighty Mo's fight. Compared to the size of the Coliseum and the number of people, the crowd did look a bit empty. The last picture is taken really far from the ring so no one sat there. I'll post a video for you to get an idea of how many people were actually there.
Kim, Editor (1546 posts)
Posted: 2007-06-05 at: 08:54
great initiative with the video, thats cool =D
Dennis, Administrator (1174 posts)
Posted: 2007-06-05 at: 08:57
Alright, quite a lot then!
Ray (85 posts)
Posted: 2007-06-05 at: 01:15
Good reporting...K-1 events should always be experienced live.
someguynamedch
ris
(1 posts)
Posted: 2007-06-06 at: 03:16
oh mann i know u had funnnn cuz i was next to you!! hahaha this article touches me... yes... it does...
Eldarbong (989 posts)
Posted: 2007-06-06 at: 06:40
Good work Danmooj! Article and pics are both great :D
Ingemar N (65 posts)
Posted: 2007-06-11 at: 09:05
Hey danmooj, Great work on the article and the loads of diffrent pix, really nice!!
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