MMArriage – A Marital Match Up 12 Years in the Making
Under blue skies during a slightly chilly autumn night, MyMMANews.com reporter Adam Crist and Erica Sontowski officially tied the knot after spending more than a decade together in what was a ceremony to be remembered for a lifetime.
The wedding which was held at the Harvest Ridge Winery in Marydel, Delaware, October 15, was held with a combat sports theme in mind.
“Fans,” or friends and family were issued tickets to the ring-side main event attraction that was dubbed “A Marital Match-Up 12 Years in the Making.”
Crist, the groom, who has participated in kickboxing contests and later transitioned to mixed martial arts commentary and journalism idly stood by as his bride to be walked down the aisle.
Crist was responsible for breaking the glass during the ceremony. Of all the symbolic acts of a Jewish wedding, perhaps the best-known and most-loved is breaking the glass. After a series of blessings, the wedding ceremony’s serious mood lifts when the groom stomps on a glass — or, in some communities both bride and groom stomp together. Then boom, shouts of mazel tov, the ceremony is over, and it’s time to get this party started!
Crist did not hesitate to tie the mixed martial arts theme into the mix although many did not understand the reference. Crist shouted “Pride stomp,” referring back to the days Pride Fighting Championships when fighters like Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Wanderlei Silva would stomp on their opponents under different rules then most U.S. based MMA fans are accustom to.
THE MAIN EVENT
After a fun-filled cocktail hour out near the vineyard which featured live music, adult beverages and Hors d’oeuvres, it was time for the reception to be moved indoors for the main event.
The formal first introduction as husband and wife was provided via a recording by the legendary boxing announcer Michael Buffer…… “Let’s get ready to rumble,” as the HBO boxing theme song played in the background.
There was even a table reserved for those in the MMA and Muay Thai community and their guests. I was seated with Global Proving Ground commentator Jackson Galka and Muay Thai competitors Rami Ibrahim and Brima Kamara.
After speeches, dinner, and dancing, the combatants faced off, each with cornermen by their side.
Galka refereed the contest with Ibrahim in the corner of the bride, while Kamara cornered the groom. Unfortunately for Crist however, after circling his bride and throwing a few jabs, his new bride connected with a right that put him down for a TKO. This won’t be the last time he loses a fight in marriage.
Editors Note to Crist: The faster you learn that you can’t win, the better off you are.
Even the wedding cake and candy party favors resembled boxing gloves.