SOME explosive action is guaranteed when the hard-hitting sport of cage fighting comes to Chester for the first time this weekend.
The pavilion at Chester Racecourse is the venue for Sunday’s ‘Gladiator School’ event, which will feature 15 fights in the mixed martial arts discipline.
The card has been put together by Cage Gladiators – the UK’s biggest mixed martial arts organisation – and Chester’s world champion kickboxer Dave Newbrook.
"Cage fighting is an exciting, fast growing sport and to host the first ever event in Chester is a big deal," said Newbrook.
Cage Gladiators promoter Chris Zorba added: "We are excited to showcase some of the UK’s up and coming talent in the cage on Sunday. I think the people of Chester will love this explosive sport."
Among those on the bill for Sunday’s show is Great Sutton’s Tim Sharratt, who will be making his competitive cage fighting debut against Liverpool’s Mark Austin in the semi-professional 77kg weight division.
A site engineer by day, the 29-year-old father-of-two trains at Newbrook’s Saltney gym as well as with the Wolfslair team in Widnes.
He said: "I am really excited and pumped up about it. I’m sure the night before and on the day I will be nervous but right now I just want to do it."
Mixed martial arts developed after the regulation of cage fighting in 2001 when the sport moved from a no-holds-barred slugfest into a highly marketable sporting entity.
The style mixes boxing, kickboxing, judo, wrestling and any other useful striking and grappling disciplines a fighter can master.
Tickets are £22 or £35 for VIP ‘cage-side’ seats, including a luxury buffet. They are available from the Chester Racecourse on 01244 304610 or at www.cagegladiators.tv