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412 Date (4/12) of 2002 when Forrest Griffin fought at a brewery. He was part of the four fight card at International Sport Combat Federation's Battle at the Brewery in Atlanta, Georgia. The event was solid, three of the four winners, all native Georgians: Griffin, Rory Singer, and Jonathan Wiezorek, have since gone on to varying degrees of fame.

Of course there's Griffin He is plastered onto our TV screens regularly as coach of TUF 7 and scheduled for a title fight with Quinton Jackson. Then there's his stint as a fighter on the show, where he became a star and quite possibly turned the sport in the process (check out This day in MMA History 9 April). Thanks to all this, like Bubba Gump Shrimp, he's practically a household name.

Rory Singer is pretty well known too thanks to his appearance on TUF 3. Things were really good for Singer in late 2006. He won back to back fights in the UFC before faltering to Yushin Okami. Currently he's lost two in a row, the last a loss to Chilo Gonzalez at AFL Eruption, but still the man has done pretty good for himself.

And then there's Jonathan Wiezorek. He doesn't have the luxury of being a contestant on TUF, but he still known by us diehard MMA fans. His last appearance came in Elite XC last November where he was submitted by a rear naked choke to the giant Brazilian Antonio Silva. The loss was only his second against 11 wins.

So this night six years ago, in a brewery in Atlanta, Georgia a small contingent of MMA fans got to see four fights and three future stars. It makes one wonder, with the growth of the sport, with the wealth of smaller shows, where are the future stars fighting right now? In a brewery, a warehouse, a bowling alley, or a dance hall...and when will they find themselves on our TV screens on the big stage?

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