Proving Ground returns

Mixed martial arts makes a welcome return this weekend with Proving Ground V.

Promoted by Chris Dinan and Jason Moir, it will be another great night of evenly matched fights on Saturday at the Dog House.

Dinan said: ‘This is the fifth MMA event here in Cayman. The fights to watch are the grudge match between Peter ‘Lightning’ Lewison and Todd ‘The Anger’ Stewart. Also the Ronny Carroll versus Floyd Moxam fight will be a great one. No love lost between these two.’

There will be title fights for the first time. ‘This sport is growing here and we would like to have a champ crowned in all weight categories. We think it will help propel the sport and give the fighters a goal to shoot for.’

The main sponsors are Bud Light, EcayOnline, H2Only, Treasure Island Resort, Dog House Sports Bar, Aqua Beach Restaurant & Bar, Pure Health!

The last Proving Ground was a year ago. Why so long?

Dinan said: ‘There are a number of factors to consider when putting a fight on. As the sport grows here in the Cayman Islands there will be more fighters to choose from but for now we have to bring in fighters from overseas and that make it hard for match ups and coordinating time for fighters to travel here.

‘We have current UFC Star Ryan ‘Darth’ Bader and former UFC Champion Mark Kerr coming down for guest appearances to help us with raising money for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre.’

Other juicy matches include Ryan McMahon against Ishmail DaSilva, Omar Dixon against Yeudi Urena, Leith Bodden faces Jermaine Ebanks, Garret Curran takes on Sebastian Deroy and Jon Roscoe against Jessie Ronson.

There will also be a special demonstration by the FAST Defense team.

*Tickets $15, $25 ringside. Tel: 926-6647.