Fighters martial cage-rage skills

MIXED Martial Arts supporters heading to the Tapout Underground event tonight will be backing two rising local stars.

Alex Platts and Luke Morris are both on tonight’s card at Coffs C.ex and promoter Shane Balmer believes the pair has got what it takes to maintain the rage in the cage.

“Both of them are well and truly going to be future stars of the sport,” Balmer said yesterday.

“Some of my guys have moved on to the UFC, which is the highest standard of the sport, and these two really have potential.

“Coffs Harbour has really become a strong base for the sport.”

Another local fighter, Aaron Dyett, is unable to step into the hexagonal cage tonight because of injury but he will still be involved, as one of the referees.

The exciting and adrenaline-pumping cage fighting series makes its way back to C.ex Coffs for the first time since October and Balmer promises that tonight’s action will be bigger and better than ever.

“The sport is now the fastest-growing contact sport in the country,” he said.

The impressive hexagonal cage, standing more than two metres above the canvas, leaves no escape for those who dare to enter, making this a truly gladiatorial environment, for martial arts combatants and spectators alike.

Tickets for tonight’s event are selling fast.

However, Balmer said there would always be room for those who wanted to get cage-side.

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