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Martial artists come to Fairfield

By ANDY HALLMAN | May 09, 2013

The Fairfield Arts & Convention Center will host a mixed martial arts competition Saturday night.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first bout is at 7:30 p.m.

The event is known as “Iowa Challenge 85 Mixed Martial Arts.” It will be the third time in two years the event has come to town.

Chad Bergmeier is the promoter for Iowa Challenge 85. He said Fairfield residents have an extra incentive to attend because they’ll be able to cheer on their own hometown fighters. James Keiper, who will fight Carl Wittstock in the main event, is one of several fighters who hail from Fairfield.

Bergmeier said spectators could witness a wide variety of martial arts Saturday such as boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, Jujitsu, Karate and many others. Rules are in place to prevent the fighters from seriously injuring each other such as prohibitions again hits to the back of the head, headbutting, kicks to the groin and eye gouging.

“Over the years, the rules have changed a lot,” he said. “Ninety-five percent of rule changes are for the fighters’ safety.”

The fighters will square off inside a circular cage, which will be surrounded by seating. Bergmeier hopes to draw a crowd of 500 or 600 people, which was the size of the crowd the last time Iowa Challenge 85 was in town in July.

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