Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 11, 2012

Fall Brawl scheduled for Friday night

Mixed Martial Arts event to consist of eight fights

Mark Maynard
The Independent

CANNONSBURG — Ready for a little Mixed Martial Arts fighting?

Then Friday night’s Fall Brawl is just the ticket. Eight fights and two exhibitions will be part of the fun at the Boyd County Community Center at 7 p.m.

Brian Knipp, a co-organizer of the event for East Coast Promotions, expects fast and furious action. And there will be plenty of reasons to root for the home team.

“We’ve got eight local guys fighting out-of-state guys,” he said. “It’ll be good for the community and good for the Community Center. This is one of the first big events they’ve had out there.”

Weigh-ins will be tonight at Ruby Tuesday’s starting at 7 p.m. They will also be constructing the cage at the Community Center later.

Eric Jarvis of Ashland will battle Anthony Nacha of Iowa in the Main Event.

UFC fighter Spencer Fisher and professional boxer Travis “Rattlesnake” Hanshaw will also be at the event for support.

“This type of fighting is really catching on around here and a lot of the reason why is Spencer,” Knipp said. “He’s done a lot for the sport and brought awareness of it to us. A lot of people are doing it for exercise. His classes (at Phil Clark’s studio) are full. We’ve got four or five girls grappling and nine girls in kickboxing (classes), just for exercise.

“Nobody knows MMA better than Spencer.”

Fisher will be in the corner for many of the local fighters, Knipp said.

“It’s going to be a good night of entertainment,” he said. “It’s the first one so we don’t care about making a lot of money. To be honest, this is something that gets these kids off the street. We’re going to have more and more of this events.”

Knipp said the next one would be after the first of the year and may include both boxing and MMA.

Boyd County’s cheerleaders will be working the concession stands on Friday.

The night begins with two exhibition fights at 6:15 p.m. Two 7-year-olds will be grappling and two 15-year-olds will be kickboxing and grappling.

Out-of-town fighters will be coming from North Carolina, Illinois and Iowa, Knipp said.

Cost to enter is $20 for adults, $15 for students and age 5 and under is free. The Boyd County Community Center is located at the intersection of Rt. 3 & Rt. 180.