The promoter of a mixed martial arts event was so impressed with the inaugural event Saturday night in downtown Leavenworth that he’s planning another show.
John Kiser, promoter of the Universal Combat League event, said a sellout crowd of approximately 850 people attended the event at the Riverfront Community Center gymnasium.
“I couldn’t have asked for anything better,” said Kiser, who said another mixed martial arts show has been slated for March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day. He said the show will be held at the Riverfront Community Center or another venue in Leavenworth.
Saturday night’s action included 12 bouts and featured eight fighters from Leavenworth.
The Leavenworth fighters included Israel Ortiz, Demetrious McCarter, Justin Rush, Joshua Bush, James Wagner, Ronnie Blankenship and Kirby Blanke. Justin Self, who grew up in Leavenworth, also competed in the event.
Blanke, Blankenship and Ortiz won their bouts.
“The fighters made the show with how well they performed,” Kiser said.
Kiser said he was pleased with the spirit of the crowd.
“The crowd was off the chain,” he said. “I have been to a lot of fights in places like this, and by far that is the loudest crowd I have ever heard. It was insane.”
Kiser said producing the show was a learning experience. He said much was discussed during a post-event meeting.
“For one thing, I was not pleased at all with the lighting,” he said. “We’re going to fix that.”
Kiser said the next show will be sanctioned by the Kansas Athletic Commission.