Local fighters urged to unite

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ixed martial arts promoter Chris Dinan and fighter Flloyd Moxam want support from the general public to make their intended show at Margaritaville on 28 May another success, just like the white collar show in December was.

Their only main sponsor was Jacques Scott (Coors Light) along with Margaritaville and they think they deserve more support from the corporate sector because MMA is one of the fastest growing sports worldwide.

In fact the UFC show in Toronto on Saturday featuring welterweight champ Georges St Pierre against Jake Shields will attract a record 55,000 crowd and generate millions on pay-per-view.

Since Dinan’s first Proving Ground shows a few years ago which were well attended and supported, there was has been a lot of interest in many combat sports but MMA has not flourished as hoped.

“There are few schools and few trainers and although the crowd is willing, there are few local stars in the sport willing to fight in public,” said Dinan who promotes under the company name Xtreme Sports. “Clearly we need rival gyms and teams and to bring new faces to the arena, but how do we get there?

“In addition to the Octagon, Xtreme Sports has now purchased a boxing ring, but more fighters are needed for match ups. It has been some time since Palaestra Strategies closed and that in itself may have left a void because we lost the location where almost all the MMA fighters came out of. Teams separated and regrouped, but we lost something and I’d like to see that return.

“In our last event ‘Proving Ground White Collar’ we had a really good time and some great assistance and cooperation from the boxing association and I definitely look forward to working with them again on a number of possible projects and events and ideas that I have.

“That event also saw Flloyd and Cayman Fight Factory remind people that MMA is still here and people are training and things are ever so slowly building back up.”

Anyone interested in fighting on the show should contact Chris Dinan at [email protected]

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