DARE, Thailand’s only pro mixed martial arts promotion, recently announced that they would award an incredible $1 million in prize money to the winners of their tournaments.
There are eight 16-man tournaments in total, meaning that the winner of each will take home $125,000. There are, literally, no prizes for second place, and fights will continue to take place at DARE events until a winner in each of the eight weight classes is found.
The first event took place at Club Insomnia in Bangkok on June 25, and a number of fighters booked their places in the quarterfinals including Thai featherweight Ngoo Ditty, Korean lightweight Brian Choi and French middleweight Yoann Gouiada.
The next show is scheduled for September 24 in the same venue and will feature seven more fights with the winner of each progressing to the quarterfinals. One of the main events will be a welterweight contest between unbeaten Swedish fighter "SLAYER"—Wiktor Svensson who trains at Tiger Muay Thai and MMA in Phuket—and "HAJA"—Krysztof Hajtalowicz from Poland who will represent Golden Triangle International Martial Arts in Chiang Mai.
There will also be a number of Thai fighters making their professional debuts, including former national Judo champion "BODIN"—Bodin Panjabutra. He will compete against BJJ black belt "PROFESSOR" Rodrigo Praxedes in the welterweight tournament.
The welterweight division looks set to be one of the most competitive and also features another main fight of the evening between Malaysian former Muay Thai champion "SHOGUN" Adam Kayoom and Korean One Fighting Championship veteran "KIM" Seok Mo Kim. Kayoom has also won numerous BJJ titles and is a long-term Bangkok resident who is likely to bring a lot of fans to the Insomnia Night Club.
All the fighters know that a place in the quarterfinals of their respective tournament is at stake, and that they are only four wins away from claiming their share in an incredible $1 million prize money.
The event will also be streamed live on the Internet at www.darelive.tv and will be available to view for an online pay-per-view price of $4.95.
According to DARE president Rathtee Thitidonpipat, this will be the first time in MMA history that an event in Thailand is broadcast live.
"DARE is going to take the experience of watching MMA into a new level and the first step for us is to start the online streaming of DARE events, live from the original fight capital of the world, Bangkok. This is the first time that MMA is broadcasted in Thailand in any live form and what better incentive could there be for fighters to win than the possibility of getting their share from the million dollars."