Dana White‘s new hit reality show, Lookin’ for a Fight, stopped in Minnesota for Legacy Fighting Championship 51. Here’s an inside look from the event.
Sage Northcutt. Randy Brown. Mickey Gall. If those names don’t ring a bell to you and you consider yourself an MMA fan, then perhaps you should return to that rock that you’ve been living under for the past few months.
These young fighters were discovered on the best thing for undiscovered talent since the inception of The Ultimate Fighter. I’m talking about Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight, the new web series featuring White himself and the two goons accompanying him, former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra, and Dana’s long-time friend Nick ‘The Tooth’ Gullo.
The show’s latest stop? This past Friday in Hinckley, Minnesota for Legacy Fighting Championship 51. I had the wonderful opportunity to attend this show, and I wouldn’t be shocked if some of the fighters there will follow in the footsteps of Northcutt, Brown, and Gall. But more on that later.
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To be fair, I better humor those who haven’t seen the show yet. Basically, the three stooges in White, Serra, and ‘The Tooth’ travel across the country and scout local MMA shows for previously undiscovered and talented fighters. Along the way, they have plenty of fun, hit up the city’s best restaurants (think of it as a rated-R version of something you might see on the Food Network), and step outside of their comfort zones.
If the crude language doesn’t phase you, the show is quite entertaining. So far, viewers have seen the trio make taffy, race sled dogs, and play hockey among other wild endeavors.
As for the fighters they’ve already found and signed to the UFC, Northcutt was the best thing since sliced bread with his two quick wins (let us forget about the Barberena fight for a moment…), Brown picked up a win in his debut, and Gall earned the right to face CM Punk this past Saturday.
Another stellar Legacy FC card brought the crew to the Land of 10,000 Lakes last weekend. The same Houston-based promotion where ‘Super’ Sage was found made its second stop in Minnesota.
Leading up to the fights, White and friends were taught how to play in a heavy metal band (Uncle Dana on drums, Serra with the vocals, and ‘The Tooth’ on guitar). They later performed at a local bar. I saw a live Periscope of it, and let’s just say they should stick to the fight business. It will be interesting as to how the producers can spin this one to look somewhat decent.
Then it was fight night, the true reason for the show after-all. While the retirement fight of hometown hero and former UFC fighter Brock Larson stole the show, they obviously weren’t there for him. Two fighters in Cody East and Manny Vasquez, however, may have punched their tickets to ‘the big dance’ with their wins.