Fighters, their corner people, bystanders, and a few girlfriends loiter in the back room of Sally O'Mally's on the Friday before required medical checks for that Saturday’s mixed martial arts (MMA) contest.
Sports Medicine Specialist and Physiatrist Joshua Sole, M.D., Regional Health’s Sports Medicine director, shuffles through medical forms in one of two dozen folders he must complete tonight and shouts a name. A tough-looking young man in a colorful wardrobe of tattoos respectfully steps forward. Fighters save their aggression for the cage.
An organizer of the coming Sparta Combat League match quiets the pre-battle murmurs and shoos noncompetitors from the room so Sole can work. He examines a contestant and checks another box on the forms. Teeth? Hands? Eyes? He examines. “Fine.”