With Combat just days away, area fighters are hard at work getting ready.
The Claremore VFW will serve as the venue for a full night of fights.
The night's fight card features 15 fights with at least three title bouts.
COMBAT!'s Logan Cunningham said the Nov. 18th show promises to be an entertaining one.
Cunningham said the upcoming event is their 18th show as an organization and they're growing in both talent and turnout with each event.
The last show drew a crowd of roughly 350, he said.
"We can make quite a bit of noise in the VFW with that many people. It's an awesome energy for the fighters," he said. "Starting off the show we will have two 13 year olds, each fighting for the first time. Then quickly moving to the adult bouts, after the second bout. As the show progresses, we will have guys fighting for the first time, to guys that have a handful of fights, to ending the night with all of our championship bouts featuring fighters that have had years of experience tons of fights under their belt."
As the night goes on, he said, the talent builds.
"The Main Event will feature our current champion, "Relentless" Ryan Hoover, who won his title by head kick knockout a few months ago against the reigning champ that I didn't think anyone was going to beat. Ryan also recently returned from fighting for an MMA title in Denver," Cunningham said. "The Challenger, Dusty Sparks of Tulsa, is also someone who has fought for us several times, but also many other shows as well, most recently winning a title on another promotion."
The co-main event has welterweight champion Josh 'Lycan' Thompson, of Team 515 of Longview, Texas going toe-to-toe against Devin White, of Bartlesville's Team Rouse.
"Josh has been our champion for a while, initially winning his title at 195-pounds, another at 185-pounds, and now defending at 175-pounds. He is a very technical, power puncher," Cunningham said. "Devin has fought for several organizations in and around Tulsa, he's coming in to try and dethrone our current champion. He definitely has the skill set to do it."
A COMBAT! fight veteran Warren "The Hitman" Williams, will fight COMBAT! first-timer Trent Harjo.
Williams fights for Team Impact of Broken Arrow and earned his number one contender spot at the last Combat! show.
"He's fought several times for COMBAT!! with all wins coming by KO. Warren has also fought for several other top-tier organizations and remains undefeated with number one Contender status in several of them," Cunningham said.
"The previous champion decided to vacate our title, and Trent Harjo of Paddy's Kickboxing in Okmulgee, stepped up to challenge for the title. While Trent has not fought for COMBAT!! I have seen this kid fight, from the crowd, as a judge, even as a ref in one of his bouts, Williams is going to have his hands full this bout."
Cunningham said he's made it his goal to promote some of the toughest champions—"One of the things I pledged to do when I started promoting was to have the toughest champions. A lot of times today, you hear of 'Champions' trying to pick opponents. I tell all of these guys, even my own fighters, if you win my title, my job is to find someone to beat you. I promise, if you see a COMBAT!! Champion, they are going to be the real deal."
With the fight just under two weeks out, fight camp is in full swing for most of the contenders.
Cunningham said normally fight camps are between eight and 12 weeks of "serious, strict training."
"Fight camp can include a strict diet to optimize the body. Also, tons of conditioning—wind sprints, long slow runs, row machines, bicycles, stair steppers, ellipticals, etc.. anything these guys can do to push their bodies to the limits," he said. "Muay Thai is arguably the most punishing, physical sport out there. With all of the techniques and target zones taken advantage of, you have to be able to take punishment physically, and also mentally."
Tickets to the Nov. 18 show are available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/okcombat
The Claremore VFW is located at 1717 W. Dupont. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the fights start at 7p.m.