MMA unleashed in Emerald
EMERALD is rolling out the mats for the first mixed martial arts cage fights the region has witnessed.
MMA fighter Jamie Lyngkuist is organising Unarmed Combat Unleashed, and plans on showcasing no fewer than 15 fights.
"The main event is a middleweight title fight between Matt Eland, from Mackay MMA, and Luke Hollywood Wright, from Shindo Newbreed on the Gold Coast," Lyngkuist said.
"They are very well-rounded fighters, with both five years in MMA and are highly skilled and trained.
"They have huge aspirations to make it to the UFC - very dedicated and serious.
"It's a professional bout, and there is also another about five professional bouts and a host of seven local fighters on the card."
Liam Williams, Kevin Bartley and Matthew McCardle will be making their debut in the cage, though for James McMullen, Mick Usher and Zach Mcauilise, it will be their second cage fight.
"I've got great match-ups for them," Lyngkuist said.
"James and Zach are fighting Blackwater guys, which adds a little bit of local competition and… a bit of inter-town rivalry.
"There are guys coming from Yeppoon, Mackay, Mt Isa and the Whitsundays area… also a host of interstate fighters.
"They will be putting on a show."
Lyngkuist, who started training himself out of his shed, said it was easy to attract fighters to the Central Highlands.
"I have eight to 10 fighters under me and receive overwhelming interest from the community," he said.
Being 42 years of age has attracted respect for Lyngkuist, who said he was in it because he loved it.
"I am not just a promoter for the sport. I have a passion for it," he said.
Weigh-in is at the Maraboon Tavern on Friday, August 9, at 7pm.
Unarmed Combat Unleashed is at the Emerald Town Hall on Saturday, August 10.
Doors open at 5pm.
More information phone Jamie on 0431 658 761.