Koncept join UK's best for MMA Championships
MORE than 700 spectators are expected to pack into Polkyth Leisure Centre on Saturday for the KORE MMA Cage Fighting Championships III, writes Lee Hall.
And once again it promises to be a night to remember with some of the UK's best mixed martial artists descending on St Austell.
It will be the third time these Championships have taken place at Polkyth. The first taking place 12 months ago, and returning, by popular demand, in October.
Organisers have again been overwhelmed by the response of fans, who have been quick to snap up tickets for Saturday's event, which will include a number of pro bouts.
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There are 16 fights in total, with Trojan Freefighters' Leon Pierre's bantamweight bout against Greg Reeves (Taurus Gym, Plymouth) topping the bill.
Several Cornish-based fighters are included on the bill, with Koncept Gym, Newquay represented as Ross Mayne takes on George Thomas of the renowned Trojan Free Fighters.
Kore MMA, St Austell, will have five fighters competing. Dean Wills' B-Class pro bout (welterweight) against Chris Ogden promises to be an exciting match up. Ogden fights for one of the country's top teams, Olympians MMA (Bristol).
Dan Hawkey returns to action after a year out and will face independent fighter Simon Mills in a light heavyweight bout.
KORE MMA's Joe Newnes, off the back of a split decision loss in Cheltenham, will be looking to bounce back when he comes up against Fusion MMA's Dan Smith.
It's an important night for KORE MMA's Steve Smith, who makes his debut against Fusion MMA's Sam Stockdale.
And Simon Newland will be looking to build on his unanimous decision win against Ultimate Impact in Cheltenham, when he goes face to face with Steve Darch (SWBBA).
Julie Kitchen's Touchgloves Gym (Penzance) are also competing, with Piotr Lapuc taking on Dan Howley (SWBBA).
Organiser Phil Harris said: "Two of the top camps in the UK, Trojan and Olympians, will be fighting on the night and they will be bringing some big names.
"This is one of the fastest growing sports in the country and it's fantastic that we will be playing host to some of the country's top fighters.
"The reputation of the KORE MMA Championships is growing all the time. We pride ourselves on providing a good caliber of fighter. There is always good feedback and hopefully this show will be better than ever."
Tickets, priced £25 each (all seated), can be bought at Polkyth Leisure Centre, and are available on the night. Doors open at 5.30pm with the first fight taking place at 6.30pm. For more details call 07979965048 or 07974537441.