Hooters in Huntsville hosted an mma event titled "Tap, Nap, or Snap" last night. The event, promoted by Alabama Xtreme Cage Fighting, drew a crowd of several hundred people. The crowd of fighters involved was quite large too, as there were twenty-four fights in all.
The spectators seemed to enjoy the action since a majority of the fights ended early via submission or knockout.
In the main event, Matt Vaughan knocked out Brandon Lovett in the first round to capture the lightweight title.
While the event was fun and exciting for the fans, it also highlighted the urgent need for the newly formed Alabama Athletic Commission to get its act together and regulate the sport of mixed martial arts in this state. This was the first "Tap, Nap, or Snap" event to actually feature a standard cage. The weight classes used for this event were not clearly defined. Another questionable aspect was that the promotion charged admission rather than rely solely on sponsors, which is in violation of the temporary ban on ticketed mma events in Alabama while the commission takes shape.
Many promoters across the state continue to operate shows of questionable legality. It is great for fans and fighters to have live and local events to turn to, but the state of Alabama desperately needs a fully functioning sanctioning body to insure fighter safety, fight credibility, and equipment standards.