With most people having access to the internet or pay-per-view, it is easy to access live fights wherever they occur. It's easy, but not cheap. When pay-per-viewing a fight costs as much as $100, like the McGregor and Mayweather fight, fans might get more bang for their buck seeing these brawls in person. Here are some fight events worth catching in the DFW area.
May 5, NYTX Sports Center, Brazilian jiu jitsu
Joint locks, headlocks and heavy rolling are all on the menu for this North American Grappling Association Championship. With more than 500,000 competitors worldwide, NAGA is the largest mixed-grappling tournament circuit on the globe. Competitors of all ages and levels of experience will fight for a championship belt. Additionally, children and teenagers will compete for custom engraved samurai swords. Matches will last three to six minutes. While each minute will be as entertaining as the last, observing is not the only option for this grappling competition. Anyone can register to compete. Preregistration ends April 27, but late registration will also be available on the day of the event.
May 18, South Side Ballroom, Wrestling (WWE)
NXT is a professional wrestling television program broadcast at 7 p.m. every Wednesday on the WWE Network. However, pro wrestling fans do not have to watch this event from their living room couch. May 18 will be a night full of action at South Side Ballroom — well, fake action. Dallas native and NXT women’s champion Ember Moon will be included in this WWE pro-wrestling bout. Also competing is NXT champion Andrade “Cien” Almas with Zelina Vega, Tag Team champions Undisputed Era and many more. General admission will cost $20-$40.
May 19, Gas Monkey Live, MMA
Mixed martial arts fights are as real as it gets. Knees, elbows, kicks, punches and ground-game will come in handy May 19 at Gas Monkey Live. Xtreme Knockout Volume 41 will feature eight different main event fights starting at 7 p.m. This includes Dutch muay Thai and Brazilian jiu jitsu champion Chris “The Enigma” Pecero in the cage with muay Thai champion Peter James Stanonik V. While the main events begin at 7 p.m., attendees will want to show up early for six more preliminary fights at 5 p.m. Advance general admission tickets are going for $30, while tickets on the day of the event will cost $5 extra. Reserved and ringside seats, as well as VIP tables, are up for grabs ranging from $40-$1,000.
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May 25, Bomb Factory, MMA
This featherweight unification title bout will be a night to remember. Featherweight champion Kevin Aguilar, the 13-1 “Angel of Death” will fight 8-1 Moon College Taekwondo’s Thanh Le. As an amateur fighter, Le was 14-1 with 13 first-round knockouts. As a professional, six of his eight wins have also been obtained in the first round. Once called a “regular underdog,” Aguilar has climbed up the ranks to become pro, taking every challenge in his way head on. Five additional fights are scheduled for the night, but only one has confirmed competitors. The fights will start at 6:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased for $38-$103.
June 16-17, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Karate and BJJ
The 28th annual Dallas Europa Games will feature both live Brazilian jiu jitsu and Karate tournaments, as well as other athletic competitions for two days. This athletic expo is open to the public and has seen more than 100 different exhibitors and up to 60,000 people in attendance in previous years. The expo will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. General admission for two day passes are going for $30 with VIP seating going for $100.