The big gimmick behind Yamma Pit Fighting when the promotion was first announced was this revolutionary fighting surface dubbed “The Yamma.”Â Details on the mystery surface were recently announced in a press release issued by the company:
“The YPF surface, known as â€œThe Yamma,â€ is an evolution of the traditional fighting structure and is designed to keep the fighting more explosive and continuous. In todayâ€™s MMA matches, fighters rush their opponents in the quest for a takedown, and the fight often ends up on the ground and pushed up against the fence. The action often stalls there, and must be stopped and moved back into the center of the ring. The Yammaâ€™s design is specifically aimed at stopping this break in the action. The Yamma is a circular pit, shaped almost like a bowl, with a circular flat bottom that rises up around the edge. In this ring, if a fighter is pushed backwards towards the fence, he moves up the lip, gaining both a height and leverage advantage over his opponent. From this position, the fighter on the lip can use gravity and leverage to reverse his opponent, and take the fight back into the center without a break in the action.”
Yamma creator and former UFC founder Bob Meyerowtiz also commented on “The Yamma” in the release:
â€œThere has been a lot of speculation about the Yamma; some people thought it would have a moving floor, spikes or even live alligators,” said Bob Meyrowitz, Rope Partners. â€œBut the Yamma isnâ€™t about flashy gimmicks; itâ€™s about the evolution of a sport and how the traditional ring can be altered to accelerate that evolution. At its core, the purpose of the Yamma is to make MMA fighting more exciting for those who matter most – the fans.â€
The problem with The Yamma isn’t necessarily that its a bit of a cheap gimmick, but that its a gimmick which has already been done before, as the surface appears to be strikingly similar to the one currently used by the World Combat League.Â But I guess we will find out soon enough if The Yamma really does anything to help make for a more exciting fight.