Fight fans had to stand in a long, slow moving line Saturday evening to get into the Schwartz Center in downtown Wilmington. The rain certainly made matters worse. Joe Strange, a ticketholder, was upset about having to stand in the line for over an hour: "These people ought to be ashamed of themselves, making people stand in line like this in the rain, give me a break." Inside, the action was non-stop, fast paced and brutal. For some, too brutal, but that's what mixed martial arts cage fighting is all about. The sport is not for the faint of heart. The fans were enthusiastic though, perhaps that was due to the ring girls? Kari Sutter of Wilmington, a first time attendee of cage fighting told us: "It was really exciting, I'm kinda new to this sport, so it was really exciting and fun." Justin Pascarella added: "I guess the whole thing is a buzz, it was cool, watched a couple guys get beat up." The verdict is not unanimous though on cage fighting. It really depends on who you ask. Basedon the reaction of the Wilmington fight fans that packed the hosue, don't be surprised if Carolina Fight Promotions returns to Wilmington in the not too distant future. Footnote: Getting in the cage is an individual choice. Nobody made the fighters get in. Most likely, the vast majority of them will do it again.
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