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MMA event coming to Sarnia
andrew brethauer 28th, 2011

Sarnia, ON Mixed Martial Arts, one of the fastest growing sports in the world is making its debuted in Sarnia, after Avant-Guard Promotions announced Wednesday afternoon that they will be hosting their first event at the Sarnia RBC Centre on December 3rd, 2011, and a local Sarnia fighter could be in the main event.

Meltdown in the Valley will feature 10 fights on the card and be fully sanctioned in Ontario. A 'meet the fighters' dinner will be held on December 2nd, while a fan expo will run at the RBC Centre starting at 1pm on December 3rd, followed by the event which will begin at 8:30pm.

"I just feel that this is a great event that has been long awaited by the area," said Duffy Simon. "Sarnia-Lambton is a huge fan base for the MMA Sport. I am excited to see such high calibre matches right here in our own backyard."

"Having organized Provincial team trials and participating as an official in Olympic Team trials, I find this opportunity of brining live MMA to Sarnia for fans to enjoy just as exciting," said President of Avant-Guard Promotions Al Duffy. "Avant-Guard was created to produce an MMA event with hopes that if the first one does well, and we certainly think it will, then the second one will not be to far off."

Sarnia's own MMA fighter John 'Haggis Basher' Fraser is excited to have the potential to fight in his very own community, in front of his family and friends live for the first time.

"Being a fighter is all I ever wanted to do," said Fraser. "Fighting here in Sarnia for me is a good opportunity, more for my family and friends, who have not had the chance to see me fight. It's a great opportunity for me. You will get to see what type of fighter I am come December 3rd. I'm very excited, and hopefully this will be my last fight and then I'll be off to the UFC."

Fraser is currently the Canadian MMA Featherweight Champion (145lbs) and the WRECK MMA Champion (135lbs). Neither title will be on the line in Sarnia's event. Fraser was most notably one of the last cuts on UFC's Ultimate Fighter.

CEO of Avant-Guard Woodrew James plans on having the whole city in the RBC Centre come December 3rd. James has ran events in Port Huron where the majority of the ticket holders are from Sarnia, so selling out the RBC Centre is not out of the question.

"It is Sarnia that goes to these Port Huron - Detroit shows," said James, who has also ran Battle at the Boarder events in Port Huron. "I really beleieve [the city] will get behind the athletes of this sport.

Tickets for the event go on sale starting October 21st, starting around $40.


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