Members of the newly-named MMA School of Hard Knocks came away with victories in the Universal Combat League show Saturday night in downtown Leavenworth.
“We are an up and coming team,” said coach John Kiser, who also was the promoter of Saturday night’s show. “We are slowly getting experience and our guys are beating more experienced fighters.”
Kiser said a sellout crowd of more than 1,000 people attended the event, which was sanctioned by the Kansas Athletic Commission. Fighters squared off in an octagon-shaped ring in 11 fights that featured boxing, kick boxing, wrestling and other martial arts skills.
It was the second UCL show in Leavenworth. The first show, another sellout, was held in January.
“The show was a success,” Kiser said. “We sold out and the crowd was excited and loud.”
The fight card included several Leavenworth residents who are members of the new team.
Josh Bush, Deven Newson, Tyler Berg, Jesse Woodruff, Derek McMillan and Bronson Gibson came away with victories.
The card also included a female exhibition bout. Nikki Schilpani of Leavenworth squared off in a 160-pound bout and lost on a first-round technical knockout.
“She just needs to get in the gym and work on her skills,” Kiser said.
Kiser said the only hiccup during the event was the livestream video on YouTube. Kiser said he purchased the equipment to have a livestream, but it failed to function properly.
Kiser said that considering the popularity of the two shows in Leavenworth, another one is in the works.
Plans are under way to have an outside show this summer at Haymarket Square in downtown Leavenworth.
For more information, call Kiser at 913-547-6573.