The Peninsula Fighting Championship has announced its next event is slated for Dec. 29 at the Soldotna Sports Center. It’s been nine months since the promotion’s last event — in March — and this couldn’t have come at a better time for local mixed martial arts fans.
With the long layoff, the PFC’s upcoming December event is the highly anticipated return of MMA to the Peninsula. The return of the Peninsula Fighting Championship will also provide the opportunity to bring further awareness and education to the Kenai Peninsula about the sport of mixed martial arts. Ultimately, a lingering question remains.
Can the Peninsula Fighting Championship be a catalyst for change regarding the prevailing view of mixed martial arts locally?
Although that’s a loaded question, I believe it can and here’s how.
The PFC will provide support to our local MMA athletes, builds bridges within the community for MMA education and, in time, will create momentum for the sport locally.
Here’s the breakdown:
Local talent — The Kenai Peninsula possesses a growing number of talented and hungry mixed martial artists. Awareness surrounding the sport is growing locally and the PFC is providing local MMA talent the opportunity to showcase their training through competition. As the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Bellator and Strikeforce continue to seek talented mixed martial artists to fill their rosters, the PFC will provide our local mixed martial artists an avenue to refine their skills and craft.
Building Bridges — As awareness concerning mixed martial arts increases on the Kenai Peninsula, educating the public about the sport becomes necessary. Even with the success of the UFC, there are still many misconceptions about the sport of MMA. Cue the Peninsula Fighting Championship. PFC events provide clean and respectable competition while increasing education and awareness surrounding the sport of MMA. I believe that by attending the Dec. 29 PFC event, many will see a different side of mixed martial arts: One that encourages hard work, dedication, competition and athleticism.
Creating Momentum — The long-term goal of exposing the Kenai Peninsula to mixed martial arts is to create momentum for the sport locally. From End of the Road MMA in Homer to the Redemption gym in Soldotna, the Kenai Peninsula is on the cusp of doing just that. However, without the exposure that the PFC events provide, mixed martial arts on the Kenai Peninsula could remain at status quo.
I’m of the mind that local promotions — such as the Peninsula Fighting Championship — are the true front-runners in educating and increasing awareness about this great sport called mixed martial arts. It’s events, like the one on Dec. 29, that will create momentum and build the bridges needed to support the sport of MMA.
Besides the national promotions (UFC, Bellator & Strikeforce), do you believe that local MMA promotions and events are the biggest catalyst in changing the negative view that “mainstream” fans have of mixed martial arts? Let me know on Twitter, my handle is @scottlevesque
Scott Levesque writes a weekly column for the Clarion on mixed martial arts. He will cover MMA at the local, state and national levels. His handle on Twitter is @scottlevesque.