Brandon Vasquez an T.J. Jones are about to step into the cage and into the spotlight.
The two Dodge City men will face opponents during the Halloween Brawl on Boot Hill Saturday night at Boot Hill Casino & Resort Conference Center.
Vasquez, who is an assistant wrestling coach for Dodge City High School, and Jones will also have Meade’s Jeremy Thomas as an area favorite on the card.
“We have 17 matches scheduled,” said Matt Ludwick, a promotor with Conquest Promotions. “We will have nine amateur fights and eight professional fights.
“As long as everybody makes weight, it should be a good card.”
Ludwick and David Rines co-promoted a MMA card last November at United Wireless Arena.
“It was successful,” Ludwick said. “I’ve known David a long time. I’m originally from Liberal and so it he, so we decided to do a MMA card in Dodge City.
“We had about 1,000 people and 46 in the VIP area, but it was cold. They had the ice down for skating.”
This year the fights will be held in the Boot Hill Casino & Resort Conference Center and Ludwick expects a healthy crowd.
“The conference center will only hold 600 or so people and we’ve already been told there will not be standing room only,” he said. “So, we expect it to be a loud, large crowd.”
Ludwick’s promotion is a faith-based group.
“We huddle up and pray,” he said. “We do the national anthem, we pray and the crowd seems to like that aspect of who we are.”
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the first fight set for 7 p.m. Weigh-ins were held at Casey’s Cowtown on Friday night.
“We invite everyone to come out and have fun,” Ludwick said. “It’s going to be great.”
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