Zach Arnold
Stars and stripes rule in Mixed Martial Arts challenge
By MIKE BEASLEY — Ottawa Sun

Blood and guts. There was plenty of both last night at Freedom Fight 2005 in a sauna-like atmosphere at the Robert Guertin Arena in Gatineau.

Eighteen Mixed Martial Arts fighters from Canada and the United States had their elbows and fists flying. Freedom Fight promoters hope last night’s inaugural challenge will become a regular event.

And while Canada lost 4-1 to the powerful U.S. team, the event was a fighting success.

After a brief but colourful opening ceremony where team members from Canada and the U.S. were introduced, the punches started flying and the blood started flowing.

Emotion is an important factor in Mixed Martial Arts and there was no shortage of it in the building last night, in the ring and in the stands.

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