We never expected another brand of Street MMA, but after searching the web for the newest and freshest fights we stumbled upon one of the most incredible sub genres of the Street MMA style we have ever witnessed. Ladies and gentleman, I'm proud to announce that Street MMA officially has a cousin and it's name is Train Fights. Not unlike Denny's MMA, this offshoot of Street MMA shares the same rules we know and love as Denny's or Street MMA, except it takes place on or around train platforms, inside subways or inside trains themselves. After we discovered the Train Fights channel on YouTube we realized that it was our duty to deliver the ten best Train Fights directly to you as swiftly as possible. This is that list. Obviously.
Sometimes you just have to let the fighters fight. If Hendo/Shogun was stopped in the first round it never would have been the classic that it is now, and this tall referee of this Russian Train Fight is cut from the same cloth Josh Rosenthal is made out of. Whatever that means. After some impressive Judo/Sambo techniques are applied by both men, a takedown is achieved and the referee looks to stop the fight. They make their way back up to their feet and the fight resumes in impressive fashion even after the near stoppage. The ref then steps back and just lets them go at it until he gets angry at the production crew.
This either the worst case of calling someones bluff I have ever seen or it's a strange battle between good and evil, I can't decide. With no opening segment or graphic explaining the background of the fight, we fade in with White Jacket getting in the face of Black Jacket preparing for a showdown. The Shakespearean imagery of Black Vs. White is lost on no one, then one of the most incredibly confusing knockouts in the history of Train Fights takes place.
After a wild melee battle royale to start the match, combatants are literally dragged kicking and screaming from this Russian Train Fight arena. The audience is fleeing. Scared tiny grandma's in babushka's attempt to escape and children cry. Eventually the battleground parts like the red sea and we discover that one of Joker's henchman is calmly sitting in the middle of it all. It's not every day that you actually get to see one of Joker's employees watching on as a cop bleeds profusely. For that reason alone this fight makes the top ten list.
So the fight begins, White Doo Rag initiates the battle, throws the first 'strike', then let's his opponent change into something a little more comfortable? This is what happens when you let off your opponent for even a second in a Train Fight: you get really beat up and you probably crack you MP3 player of choice. After the fight White Doo Rag's cornerman chastises him for not sticking to the gameplan. And they put in so much work in training camp too.
At first you think it's a sanctioned Street MMA match with a ref and all, but then everything hits the fan and we find out it's actually an open weight 2 on 1 battle in the Atlanta subway system. The underdog makes an impressive run against her two opponents, eventually holding one of the other fighters hostage by the hair while she weighs her options as the big girl looks on, gassed from an extreme case of muscle acidosis. Eventually the corners agree to stop the fight.
The costumes worn by hipsters are getting stranger by the year, and yes, I'm positive these are hipsters and it's not a 'normal' person in a letter jacket vs. some hipsters. How do I know? A normal letter jacket wearer would never have the kerchief in their back pocket. Bam. Blatantly hipster. So what happens when you put some hipster chicks vs. some hipster dudes on a train and they decide to fight? Well the hipster chicks win of course. Then you will get to see at least one Jamiroqaui inspired dance move pulled off post fight. This is proven at the :59 second mark, just look at the dude in the tan jacket. Virtual insanity on this train, it's what we're living in.
An impressive stand up battle took place at the 6th avenue stop featuring two light heavyweights, but the real star of the fight was the active cornerman of Black Shirt. After a very Wanderlei-like exchange to start the fight, Black Shirt's cornerman runs in, kicks a mysterious object, grabs his fighter's walkout hat to ensure it's safety, then pulls his fighter onto the train just in time for departure. Props to that guy. Unfortunately the camera doesn't show if there was a bucket of ice or water waiting for his fighter on the train.
This Train Fight features a one takedown grappling match that would make hair pull aficionados proud. What we see here is a brief clinch near the exit of the subway, then an incredibly powerful modified Ouchi-Gari hair pull takedown is initiated. The loser is thrown at least seven feet and the victor walks off towards street level victorious. The cornerman of the loser gently consoles his fighter after her devastating loss.
The best part about any given Train Fight arena is their close resemblance to the Mortal Kombat 3 train station stage. This Train Fight is the ultimate example of that. What starts out as a near deathmatch between what looks like a roving band of clowns or pro wrestlers turns into a brief Muay Thai match that then morphs into a battle for position against a giant cement pillar. Nice elbows at the end.
Adrenaline dumps are very, very real, but they are also known to help frail mothers lift cars off of children. What we witness here is not unlike such a feat of strength. Off camera and off train, the blue corner pulls a Mike Bisping and spits on the red corner. Red gains he power of a thousand suns, sprints towards the door, tears it open and a Diego Sanchez/Clay Guida esque battle breaks out on the train platform. One of the most incredible 0-60 moments in Train Fight history and the quintessential Train Fight.