Fighters prepare for battle

MMA fighters Joe Harrington and Jeff King at UFC Gym Penrith. Photo: Melinda Jane
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Fight Night is returning to St Marys Band Club next month when professional and amateur Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters step into the octagon for Gladiators Cage Fighting 7.

The event, which will be held on Saturday, May 11, will comprise of 12 bouts and feature several fighters from Penrith including Jeff King, Joe Harrington, Jamie Melville and Nick Pearce.

Promoter and MMA trainer, Damion Waenga, said next month’s event in St Marys will be a cracker.

“This will be the first time we’ve held it in several years. It’s a Mixed Martial Arts show that’ll feature both amateurs and pros,” he told the Weekender.

“It’s set to be a great show and everyone should come down and check it out. It’ll be thoroughly entertaining and we have some of the best fighters in the west on the bill.”

The night’s main event will see Jack “The Hammer” Tuave up against Alex “The God” Simon. The bout is expected to be one for the ages with both men undefeated.

“Both fighters are six foot three inches, while one is 156kg and the other is 143kg – both are undefeated,” Waenga said.

“There’s about eight fighters from the local area taking part with many training at UFC Gym in Penrith. The fighters will take on opponents from all over NSW.”

UFC Gym Penrith Club Manager, Laura Smyth, said fighters have been ramping up their training at the Henry Street venue in recent weeks.
MMA is absolutely exploding in Penrith according to Smyth, with people of all ages keen to give it a go.

“We run MMA classes here for beginners, intermediates and advanced,” she said.

“If a beginner was looking to get into a fight in the future, we do classes here every weeknight at 6pm and 7pm. All you have to do is call up and book into a class.”

Gladiators Cage Fighting 7 will be held at St Marys Band Club on Saturday, May 11 from 5.30pm. Tickets start at $70. To book, visit OzTix.

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