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Web site of Provo Fight Club says the slugfests are back

Locations of the matches are shown online in code

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PROVO — Once thought to be down for the count, Provo's Fight Club phenomenon may be up for another round.

Despite a pledge by the club's founders to throw in the towel in April — and then again in May — the Fight Club's Web site now announces another return of Utah County's version of underground pugilism.

"Did you hear! Fight Club is back!" exclaims the site. "I can't believe it! Fight Clubs are popping up all over Utah Valley . . . like wildfire I tell you. More underground than ever, Fight Club is back in action with style."

The site says the locations of future fights will be disclosed in code on the homepage, which is found on the Internet at www.provofightclub.homepage.com.

"If you can figure out what it means, you truly deserve to be at the next Fight Club," says the site of the group started by students at Brigham Young University and Utah Valley State College that is based on a Brad Pitt action movie about secret backroom brawls.

The site also boasts that some members of the group — who told news crews they were paid by TV tabloid show "Extra" for footage of the slugfests yet said they turned away "20/20" for apparent fear of tarnishing the image of the LDS Church and BYU — will appear on "The Late Show with David Letterman."

"Tune in to David Letterman to see the special appearance of none other than the Black Avenger, Johann Jabudi and Officer Bob," says the site.

The site also takes another poke at news reporters, who Fight Club members say cast the unregulated toe-to-toe battles in a bad light.

"Once again, we thank all the many people who helped blow our gatherings out of proportion and make them into such a big deal that we had to 'shut down.' "

Organizers did not immediately respond Friday to a Deseret News request for information about the resurgence of the club.

BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said participants in Fight Club bouts could face disciplinary action for Honor Code violations. Students at BYU, which is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, must agree to live according to the moral code in order to enroll in classes.

"It's different now than it was in the past," said Jenkins, who shares a concern with some that the Web site announcements are a ploy to attract attention.

"If they were involved in a fight that was against the law, then that would be be a violation of the Honor Code," she said.

The Fight Club phenomenon spurred Provo to adopt an ordinance banning such unregulated brawls within the city and pushed Orem to curtail a planned tough-guy fight by saying zoning ordinances prohibited the event.

According to Provo's ordinance, brawlers without permission from the mayor, proper safety equipment, enough toilet facilities for crowds and a medical doctor present could be cited for class B misdemeanors if spotted by police.

E-mail: jeffh@desnews.com