Cage Fight for Cancer
07.10.2010 @ Memorial Hall
600 N 7th St Kansas City, Kansas
Doors – 6:00pm Bell time – 7:00pm

Local top-level competitors step into the cage to fight in support of local families fighting cancer Mixed Martial Arts is one of—if not the—fastest growing sport in the world. But despite its growing popularity, MMA is still trying to shake the bad reputation it earned in its early days of no holds barred, bare knuckle competitions. Working to combat this tarnished past, and bring to light the character of the sports often misunderstood practitioners, a number of local fighters are putting it all on the line to raise money for a local cancer charity, The Jennifer Ireland Foundation.

MMA has been called every dirty name in the book, from “barbaric” and “gratuitously violent” to the comparison which most of the general public remembers: human cock fighting. It’s a perception that seems to be seared into the minds of almost everyone unfamiliar with the sport and its athletes. Flying in the face of public perception, one local promotion company, Cage Fight for Cancer, decided it was time to showcase the true face of MMA by pulling together some of the area’s top fighters on one exciting card for a night of top tier fights to support an important cause.

“We want to help show the community that cage fighters are not the violence-seeking thugs that most people assume they are,” Larry Reyes, CFC organizer and promoter, shared. “These guys are dedicated athletes that care about their community and are willing to train for months and fight their hearts out to raise money for a local cancer charity. Several of them have even asked me to donate half of their pay to the cause. Cancer is something that hits close to home for a lot of these guys, and definitely for me.”

The event, which is scheduled for the evening of July 10 at Memorial Hall in Kansas\ City, Kansas, will feature over 20 exciting fights from some of Kansas city’s best fighters including James Krause, Deryck Ripley, Eric Mariott, and John Ott—to name only a few. Several of the fighters on July 10’s card have fought in high-profile organizations such as The WEC, Strikeforce, Bellator, and M-1 Global.

The evening promises to be an action-packed, intense scene during which half of the fighters—after months of grueling training—will not have their hand raised in victory. But even for those who don’t prevail, there will be a sense of victory in knowing that their blood and sweat will help someone else through the hardest fight of their life—Cancer. The sport of Mixed Martial Arts will never be for everyone, but events like Cage Fights for Cancer are a great example of how it is beginning to chip away at the deep-seeded stereotypes to reveal a passionate group of athletes who care deeply about helping others.

Tickets are available online at, the Memorial Hall box office, or charge by phone 1-800-745-3000.