The fights are returning to Leavenworth.
Two months after its inaugural show in downtown Leavenworth, the Universal Combat League is returning for another show Saturday.
The action begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Riverfront Community Center gymnasium.
Promotor John Kiser said approximately one dozen mixed martial arts bouts will be featured in the show, which has been sanctioned by the Kansas Athletic Commission.
Kiser said each of the bouts have at least one fighter from Leavenworth. The fight card also includes a female bout.
Local fighters include Josh Bush, who will square off against Dalton Bloss in a heavyweight title bout.
Other local fighters are C.J. Brown at 155 pounds, Ron Blankenship at 220, Dillon Herkin at 135, Deven Newsom at 275, Demetrius Heath at 190, Tyler Berg at 190, Jesse Woodruff at 160, Spencer Kersey at 160, Kirby Blanke at 200, Andre Moore at 185, Bronson Gibson at 185 and Derek McMillan at 135.
Nikki Schilpani of Leavenworth will take on Brittany Pena in a 160-pound female bout.
The first UCL event was held Jan. 13 at the community center. Kiser said all of the 850 tickets were sold out for that show. Kiser said he is expecting another sellout crowd of about 850 people Saturday.
Tickets are $25 per person for general admission or $55 for VIP seating.
Kiser said only a handful of tickets remain for Saturday’s show. He said anyone who would like to purchase a ticket can do so by contacting him on Facebook. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the night of the event – if available.
The fighters will square off in an octagon-shaped ring. Each bout will consist of three, three-minute rounds.
The fighters will use boxing, kick boxing, wrestling and other martial arts skills.
Kiser said the feedback from the first show was positive.
“People liked it,” he said.
Kiser said he was not pleased with several operational aspects of the first show, including the lighting.
“I have upgraded every aspect of the show,” he said. “For one thing, the lighting. That cage is going to glow Saturday night.”
Kiser said Saturday’s show will be live-streamed on YouTube and three video cameras will be shooting the action.
He said another adjustment to the show has to do with the VIP seating, which will be sectioned off from the general admission seating.
Another improvement is in the concession area, Kiser said. Hot food will be served and the concession area will be more organized.
The fighters will attend a weigh-in at 6 p.m. Friday at Gypsies Neighborhood Bar, 610 Cherokee St. The public is welcome.
Kiser said a portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to a local charity.
For more information, call Kiser at 913-547-6573.