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Ionic Balance are very proud to be the Main Sponsors of the first MMA Event in the Highlands. As soon as we heard that the event was local and the fight promoter was one of our retailers, we couldn't wait to jump on board and show our support.
"We are always looking for an opportunity to build relationships with our retailers. It goes beyond a standard business partnership. This will be a great event for fight fans and I wish Gavin Laird the very best of success for this venture." Calum Liptrot - Ionic Balance CEO
Eden Court Theatre in Inverness is to host the Highlands first ever professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) contest on the 21st of July. The event will feature some of the UK's top professional fighters as well a selection of up and coming fighters including local talents from Inverness' own Fusion MMA club.
The main event will be an epic "Scotland Vs England" clash when Scotland's number 1 Welterweight Steven Ray faces off against veteran professional fighter Stu Barrs of Pure MMA, Cannock.
Stu has competed in MMA for 12 years and has 7 wins and 7 losses as a pro, he has ranked as high as 19 in the UK, and holds a black belt in judo. Steven is on a massive winning streak, rocketing through the rankings in a seemingly unstoppable rise to the top of his division in Scotland at just 22 years of age. This will be an amazing fight, a hugely experienced veteran taking on one of the new breed of UK MMA stars.
In addition to the 8 fight C class under card there will be instructional seminars for martial artists throughout the day from as Dr. Rosi Sexton, UFC's Paul Taylor and James Watling and trade stands / expo from 12 noon.
Rosi is Black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Black belt in TJF Jiu Jitsu, Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and was Cage Warriors Women's 132 lbs Champion and BodogFight Women's 125 lbs Champion. She is the number 7 ranked pound for pound fighter in the world, and also holds a first class degree in mathematics from Cambridge and a PhD in theoretical computer science as well as being a qualified osteopath and sports therapist.
Ultimate Fighting Championship signed fighter Paul "Relentless" Taylor has won fight of the night honours at 3 UFC events, and fought in UFC on 9 occasions. He holds an 11-6-1 MMA record overall with 6 of his wins coming by TKO.
James is one of Britains top full contact kickboxers, having been British professional full contact champion 3 times. Currently the world ranked number 1 light cruiserweight pro contender James will deliver a master class in striking with both the hands and feet.
Seated entry to all seminars is included in the general admission ticket price of £30, and for a £20 surcharge fans can get on the mats and train one to one with our guest stars.
The event is scheduled for the 21st of July at Eden Court theatre, tickets are available from the Eden Court box office on 01463 234 234 or online at http://www.eden-court.co.uk/whats-on/find/combat
Seminars and Expo doors at 12 noon, Main Event doors 6pm.