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Jan 16, 2012
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Two men enter, one man leaves

By Jared Curtis

T.J. O’Brien and Allen Hernandez will duke it out during the main event of MCC 38 on Friday, Jan. 27 at Hy-Vee Hall. Admission is $25-$50, the doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the fights start at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Midwest Cage Championship brings the pain to Hy-Vee Hall

Fight fans rejoice as the Midwest Cage Championship (MCC) brings the pain to Hy-Vee Hall on Jan. 27 for a night filled with mixed martial arts action during MCC 38 Hernandez vs. O’Brien.

“We’re excited for the upcoming event,” said Ryan Haas, representative for Midwest Cage Championship. “We have a great card with a lot of talented fighters. It should be a great night.”

This will be MCC’s 38th event since its creation in 2005.

“We had our first show in February 2006, and we try to hold a new event about every six weeks,” Haas said. “We knew we were in it for the long haul, and we’ve continued to grow because we had our eye on the big picture from the beginning.”

MCC has changed venues, but organizers believe they’ve found a home at Hy-Vee Hall.

“We’ve been at all the marquee venues in the area, but the staff at the Iowa Event Center is the best,” Haas said. “We’re happy to be working with them, and it’s the best possible venue for us. We love being there.”

MCC 38 Hernandez vs. O’Brien will feature 12 bouts with fighters ranging from 125 pounds to 205 pounds. The main event features T.J. O’Brien and Allen Hernandez going head to head.

“This is going to be a great fight,” Hass said. “O’Brien has competed in some recent UFC events, and Hernandez is a very exciting fighter.”

Lower card fights will also provide plenty of hard-hitting action featuring an array of fighters.

“We have a lot of fast-pace fighters, so it should make for some exciting bouts,” Haas said. “Some of the marquee names to look out for include Luis Saldana, Nate Williams, Brian Green and Chris Mickle. Joe Morris is also gaining a lot of popularity, and his fight with Matt Rider should be intense and action packed. Along with the established fighters, we also have a lot of up-and-comers as well.”

Although some people think of the sport of MMA as barbaric, Haas is quick to point out it’s one of the fastest growing sports in the world. He says MCC works hard to present a family-friendly event that will entertain spectators of all ages.

“We offer inexpensive fun for the whole family with an exciting event filled with talented fighters and competitive fights,” he said. “Once you experience an MCC event, you definitely become a fan.”


MCC 38 Hernandez vs. O’Brien

Friday, Jan. 27 at Hy-Vee Hall

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., fights start at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $25-$50

Mike Graham vs. Chris Fannon

Justin Meador vs. Jeramiah Deever

Ryan Fitzgerald vs. Donte Harris

Roy Moore vs. Phil Hawes

Andrew Gartin vs. Donovan Carboney

Cody Sheehy vs. Dustin Updike

Matt Young vs. Orlando Peace

Matt Rider vs. Joe Morris

Dan McGlasson vs. Brian Green

Zakk Smith vs. Luis Saldana

Doug Jenkins vs. Chris Mickle

Jovon Myles vs. Nate Williams

Allen Hernandez vs. T.J. O’Brien

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