When combat sports and adult entertainment meet
If you keep covering combat sports for a decade and then two or more, interestingly, you might think you’ve seen it all.
But no, combat sports continue to evoke new situations, to present new wrinkles that you never saw coming.
Thailand’s August 22 fight card, for example, which featured an MMA fight between a super-heavyweight and a middleweight, two hand-to-hand fights with authorized head butts and a handicap match, two guys over small against a fat guy, I had not seen such a collection of remains in one place. All streaming for your viewing pleasure on CamSoda, an “adult entertainment” webcam platform.
The organizers sent out a press release, which alerted me that the event would be free to watch and streamed on fightcircus.com. I didn’t watch the case, but I remained curious, because for me, presenting such a production, on such a platform, made it clear what a whole new world we live in. No, I don’t expect the biggest boxing promoters to start offering content on adult sites, but summarily dismissing this pairing out of reflex is not wise.
The press release reported to me that “Fight Circus is the spiritual successor to CamSoda Legends, the webcam platform’s first foray into the combat world in 2018 with a mixed martial arts card titled by the former heavyweight champion. of the UFC. Ricco Rodriguez. The event was the first time that fans could interact directly with fighters in real time, giving them the ability to determine bonus money and provide an additional incentive for fighters while they watched the livestream.
To satisfy my curiosity, I sent a few questions, top CamSoda VP Daryn parker.
Q) I don’t know CamSoda. Could you tell people what CamSoda is, how it was designed, and educate people who are unfamiliar with the structure of the business?
A) CamSoda is a live streaming platform focused on mobile first, ease of use and primarily used for adult cameras. It was designed with the rise of social and adult tubes to help models build their own brands and to protect them from pirated content on tube sites. As a technology-driven company, we focus on ease of use, speed, and real-time communications. We have worked to expand the platform and have put on comedy shows, fighting, cooking, and fitness workouts.
Q) Tell us about yourself, please, how you got into this job, some info on your journey to where you are today?
A) We have been involved in the adult internet since 1998. One of our partners is Icey Mike Imber, known as Kimbo Slice’s friend and manager. We all train MMA and have a love for the sport. With that in mind and with our relationships and experience on the web, we’ve found it to be a perfect fit for our lifestyle and demographics.
Q) This is an “interesting” mashup: adult entertainment and combat sports. Maybe it’s not weird, maybe it makes perfect sense. Can you tell readers who thought presenting a fight card on this platform would be good for business, and how the deal came about?
A) We have a long history of adult entertainment and fighting game. We launched Kimbo Slice’s career on SublimeDirectory.com in 2005. Adult entertainment has a population of young men aged 18 to 45 and over, which is a perfect match for MMA. Things got too standardized and too repetitive, people still dream of the glory days of the first UFC and the mythical days of the Colosseum. With everyone locked up at home due to COVID, we’ve found some great partners with great ideas for exciting events that can provide the most entertaining fight card in the world right now.
Q) So how was the second fight card you presented? What were the highlights for you?
A) Well, he went like a rocket. We’re just starting to get our feet wet with mixed matches. The 9 member Lethwei women’s fight (punches, elbows, kicks, knees and headshots) had some super tough women fighting through pain and showing determination and willpower. The man versus woman grappling match was a great battle with a surprise submission! The 2v1 was exciting and unorthodox with a throwback that has never been seen in sports before! The kicking fight could only have been improved by adding kid karate! Overall it was a resounding success!
Q) I was told that during the first event, it was the first time that “fans could interact directly with fighters in real time, giving them the ability to determine bonus money and providing additional incentive for fighters. while they watched the livestream. “Was that item available this time around?
A) 100%. Users made their choice of fighter throughout the individual fights. We have distributed thousands of bonuses to the chosen people.
Q) In the future, what are the plans for greater coverage of combat sports?
A) We have a long list of great ideas that have been featured on the MMA forums and by our users. We are looking to prepare another battle card for November.
Q) What have you learned about the combat sports industry so far, and the similarities and differences between combat sports and “adult entertainment?”
A) The demographics are very similar and people are just looking to be entertained!