Did anybody go to Rumble in the Park 3 this weekend? Was it as bad as all the TV news reports led me to believe?
But it wouldn’t be Rumble in the Park without a little bit of controversy, right?
As you might remember, the first two Rumble in the Parks were in Woodward Park. Having MMA in Fresno’s serene park caused a big fuss and ultimately turned into a campaign issue for Mayor Ashley Swearegin, who vowed to stop it.
This time around, the controversy is a little bit different — apparently the event just didn’t live up to the hype. The two-day event, organized by your favorite polarizing promoter Rick Mirigian, promised 60 MMA, boxing and wrestling matches, but fell way short of that. It was fight promoter Jason Wiener, however, who booked the MMA matches that never materialized.
Thousands were supposed to pour into downtown, but the crowds on TV didn’t look so big. The TV news stories also focused on a foul-mouthed comedian who performed between fights and apparently offended at least a couple people. The online version of CBS 47′s story says Mirigian is promising refunds to unsatisfied ticket buyers.
It seemed a bit odd that the TV news would be focusing on whether an event lived up to expectations or not. Because you don’t see that story every day. Nobody was out at Rockstir — for example — making sure people got their money’s worth. But I guess when it’s Rumble in the Park, downtown and Rick Mirigian, that’s a combustible combination.