Ready for battle in the Rampage in the Cage at the Gladstone PCYC on September 24.
Ready for battle in the Rampage in the Cage at the Gladstone PCYC on September 24. Brenda Strong

Expect a rampage in the cage

GLADSTONE'S mixed martial arts coach Rob McIntyre cannot wait until September 24 when he can let his fighters loose in the cage in front of a home crowd.

This will be the first fight show in a cage north of the Sunshine coast and south of Townsville.

Five to six days a week for three to four hours, Gladstone fighters have sweated it out to get to where they are now and to get in that cage in week-and-a-half.

McIntyre expects the fights to be like letting something off a leash. "The one thing you can expect is that they will all fight hard until the end, win lose or draw they will war with their opponents," McIntyre said.

"We have all been working on this for such a long time so when it's finally here we will perform."

The night will feature two junior girls fighting an exhibition, two 15-year-olds fighters, as well as matches from under 62kg to under 93kg, which will total 17 matches in the cage. "We are the only club teaching MMA in Gladstone so all the other fighters are coming from around the state as far away as Townsville and Brisbane.

"The opponents for our local boys have been chosen to be the toughest match possible so the crowd gets to see tough, well-matched fights," McIntyre said.

"The beauty of this event is that this is the first and maybe only chance to see cage fighting MMA in Gladstone live. "I promote fight shows to give my students the chance to fight in front of family and friends and there is no better feeling for me than running in the cage to hug my fighter after he has had a win." Rampage in the cage will start at 3pm on September 24 at the PCYC with fighting beginning at 4pm.

 

The Rules

  • MMA is simply a limited rules fighting sport.
  • Like boxing, kickboxing and Muay Thai two people who are matched by weight and experience compete under certain rules for a certain time.
  • It used to be called "no rules fighting" but there are quite a few rules.


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