- Our Town
Third MMA border battle set.
Fight night is back.
The third instalment of Battle for the Border is fast approaching, as local and international MMA fighters will be returning to the octagon in Cranbrook on Saturday, April 12th.
Organized by H&M Productions, the event is shifting to the Memorial Arena, and will be featuring some high profile bouts, according to Isaac Hockley.
"We've gained the [MMA] world's attention with it, because of our main event and our co-main event," said Hockley. "There's a lot of top-MMA guys in the world—the UFC's watching really, really closely to see who's going to win the main event, because whoever wins the main event, pretty much as a ticket to fight in Vancouver, which is pretty cool."
The main event will feature Mike Kent (10-4) representing Canada going up against Alfonso Gonzales (4-0) who trains out of Brazil.
"This guy's a destroyer," said Hockley. "He went 10-0 as an amateur and now he's a pro, so the main event is gonna be scary. These guys are bangers."
Another highly anticipated fight on the professional card will include ex-UFC fighter Cody McKenzie (14-4) challenging Mark Dobie (5-6) in the 18-pound catchweight.
Other pro fights of note is Fernie's Jordan Tracey (3-3) taking on Dan Amyotte (1-0), in a heavyweight bout and Cranbrook's Adam Wills (0-0) facing Cleve Bentley (0-0) in the 155-pound division.
The amateur card will have some notable fights as well, which is highlighted by local Donovan Hack (4-0) challenging Ryan Rohovic (4-0) for a five-round title fight.
Hack, fighting out of the Rocky Mountain Academy of Martial Arts, is undefeated, while Rohovich is an amateur champion out of Saskatchewan.
It will be the first time in front of the home crowd for Hack, who was slated to be in the previous Battle for the Border events, said Hockley.
"The last two fight nights he tried to fight in Cranbrook, but both of his opponents ended up getting hurt, so this is his first time fighting at home," he said.
Another local fighter is Dustin Luke, who will be fighting in the heavyweight division against Russia's Yuri Gromochikhin.
"Yuri is six feet and he has to drop weight to get to 265 so he's a monster of a guy. That's going to be a big stand up war for Dustin," said Hockley.
Tickets are on sale at Denham Ford and Deweys Pub in Cranbrook and Rude Boy Tattoos and Piercings in Kimberley. Anyone interested in a VIP ringside table can contact Hockley directly at 250-421-4935.