Tonight’s Mayhem in Mesquite II features bright young fighters

MESQUITE, Nev. — They may be amateurs, but they are the future of Mixed Martial Arts. And Saturday night they are going toe to toe at the Casablanca Resort’s Showroom.

203570_122641154576734_245871773_nBilled as “Mayhem in Mesquite II,” 11 bouts are scheduled with the usual fanfare surrounding the fights, including a pre-party, celebrity greetings and an after-party featuring DJ JohnnyUtah.

Chris Irwin, COO and fight promoter,  said the event has grown in interest and magnitude since last year’s original.

“We’re really excited about this,” Irwin said. “We’ve got so many great events leading up to the fight. You can meet (MMA Champion) Cort McGee, who is actually from Utah … and Stitch Duran. We’re going to have live radio with The Hawk, food and drinks, and of course after that you get to watch these amazing fights.”

Unique to this year’s fight card is the addition of three women’s bouts, including a grudge match with Marina Shafir.

“We’re watching the explosion of women in MMA,” Irwin said. “It’s ground-breaking, even revolutionary.”

Tara Lee Vichtenvalder, one of the female MMA fighters tonight, said she got into the sport originally by trying to lose weight. She tried kick-boxing, then attended an event and said she thought she could do it. And so she has.

Irwin said the fighters hail from all over the western United States, including some local St. George fighters.

The fight festival begins at 2 p.m. and then doors open to the Showroom at 5 p.m. with the bouts actually beginning at about 6 p.m. All times are Pacific.

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