CamSoda Fight Circus event promises “quirks”, 2v1 fights, unarmed fights with headshots
CamSoda is back.
While the live-action webcam streaming company’s first foray into the world of combat sports, CamSoda Legends, was more of a cult hit than a blockbuster, the show has left an indelible mark on any combat fan who has. even saw a few clips of the action.
Adult artists walked through the room. Viewers online were encouraged to tip the fighters for their performances, with the contributions prompting a live sound clip like “Throw his ass, sea bass” or “Get him a body bag” to play on the PA. A ring announcer said it was “pu ** ing bulls * it” that one of the competing fighters was no longer in the UFC. Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett was involved, of course he was.
However, it appeared the longest that the event of April 26, 2018 would be unique. The company did not have the idea of remaining involved in the promotion of combat sports. Besides, how were they going to surpass themselves?
Fast forward to August 2020, and we have our answer. CamSoda recently announced that it is teaming up with Thailand’s Full Metal Dojo promotion to put on a free show in Bangkok titled “Fight the circus. “ You can see the trailer for yourself:
The ad boasts that CamSoda and FMD will “bring you a monster show” and that the clashes “teeter on illegal”. Make no mistake, this is not a show that presents itself as a competitor to anyone. He’s clearly determined to be his own beast, for better or for worse.
Interaction with fans will always be key, with 100% of proceeds going towards COVID-19 relief. Viewers will also be invited to donate directly to the CDC Foundation.
The fan component is one of the main reasons CamSoda is putting on another fight show. CamSoda Vice President Daryn Parker spoke to MMA Fighting via email and said the design for the event arose out of his team putting their ear to the ground to figure out what the people wanted to see then.
“After the success of Camsoda Legends, we have received a lot of feedback from users and forums on the type of fights they would like to see,” Parker said. “What if the fighting continued to be mentioned.
“What if 2 ‘Average Joes’ fight an experienced guy? What if a light, professional guy fought a big heavyweight with no experience? What if an experienced girl preyed on an inexperienced guy? Since we don’t see this type of confrontation, we were interested when (FMD organizer) Ben Stark introduced us to FMD about a fight card that would have this type of fighting and would be different and exciting.
With the gears in motion, the minds of CamSoda and FMD have sought to build on some of the concepts introduced in the legends of CamSoda. Tipping will always be a major aspect – fans can tip their favorite fighters (with one fighter receiving an additional bonus depending on their popularity). They can tip the girls in the ring and they can tip the show itself to hear the aforementioned sound bites on the show.
After that, pretty much all bets were off. Two of these “Average Joes” will face a professional light heavyweight fighter. Muay Thai meets boxing in a matchup reminiscent of UFC 1. Super heavyweights feature in the first two fights on the card. And as evidenced by the trailer above, Parker and the company have chosen not to fear the kind of language other promotions might make a point of avoiding.
“These are exciting and unique fights with tough fighters,” Parker said when asked about the choice of words like “freakshow” and “illegal” in marketing. “We want to convey the excitement and the fighting quirks that will be available for people to see here where they have never been able to see them before under one roof.”
Not all ideas have passed the brainstorming stage. When asked what types of matches ended up on the cutting room floor, Parker mentioned wanting to see two women fight a man and a fighter caged with a wild animal. There are apparently some limits to the “Bangkok rules”, although FMD is working with the Thai government to allow VIP guests to attend tables socially distant from each other.
Parker is thrilled that viewers are discovering hidden gems, including super heavyweight Steven “Panda” Banks, who makes headlines against Sam Cassidy, and Po Chissakan and Nattarat Prempida, two women competing in a hand-to-hand boxing match in which headbuttings will be allowed.
As for the more established names, Parker is hopeful that CamSoda and Charles Bennett can team up again in the future.
“There is a good possibility,” Parker said. “Especially if he wants to go to Thailand for the next FMD event.”
Fight Circus takes place Saturday at 10 p.m. ET, and a free live stream will be available on combatcircus.com.