Local MMA fighters Alan Hartley and Kane Selin will be taking their talents to the big stage next month.
The pair, along with another local fighter, will be battling at Adelaide Oval as part of the Diamondback Fighting Championships – the biggest MMA show in SA scheduled to be held on July 16.
Hartley runs local MMA group Complete Control Martial Arts, and says the duo are at the ‘danger end’ of their training process.
“It is a pretty lengthy process,” he said.
“We go through something similar to an eight-week camp which covers many things including game planning and making sure we are at the correct weight for the day.”
“If our opponents have got previous fights to watch, then we study footage and try to build a game plan – though for some fighters there is not a lot of footage out there.”
Both fighters described themselves as ‘strikers’, preferring to use their hands and feet to gain an advantage, while the third fighter, Tom Hamilton, is more of a wrestler.
In MMA, fighters are allowed to use their entire body in the ring, rather than in boxing which is focused on hand-to-hand fighting.
“I feel like this is the closest we get to no-holds barred fighting, though there are still rules such as no eye-gouging, no throat punches, and so on,” Hartley said.
“MMA is hard because you have to be worried about being taken down, getting stuck against the cage, and getting knocked out.”