MMA event coming to Tyler

By: Ryan Peterson - email

Tyler, Texas (KLTV) - Wild nicknames, punches to the body and kicks to the face.  Welcome to the world of mixed martial arts.

"When you step in the cage you're more hurt than you are injured," said Tyler native 'Hurricane' Kris Hobbs.  "You just have to push through it. That's just part of the sport

"If you've got a full time job during the day like I do, you're going to miss work," said Lindale native 'Razor' Ross Cates.  "Bumps, bruises, you're going to have to spend time away from your family, it's a sacrifice for everything."

So why make the sacrifice? These guys are having a blast.

"A lot of it's the adrenaline rush," said Cates.  "It is a rough sport, but it can also be fun"

"I didn't go pro in football or baseball," said Hobbs.  "This is the only other professional sport I could compete in, mixed martial arts."

The drive to compete has kept Hobbs and Cates on the road during their young careers.  On June 27th they'll get to fight in their home state for the first time.  The first pro M.M.A. event to ever come to East Texas will be at the Oil Palace in Tyler.

"It's going to be indescribable," said Hobbs.  "The emotional part of it is already like a tidal wave."

Cates could put himself on the M.M.A. map, if he can beat three time world champion amateur wrestler Manny Del Rio.

"This will be my biggest fight by far," said Cates.  "I'm confident coming in here that I don't feel like anyone's going to beat me in my hometown."

If Cates can win, he may be able to quit his day job.


Armageddon '09 June 27th

"East Texas Vs. The World"

The Oil Palace, Tyler, Texas   Gates Open 4:30  First Bell 6:00PM-7:00PM

Heavyweight (206 & up)

Mike Ottman (Shown Left)   Vs.  James Hall (Former Pro Boxer)

Heavyweight (206 & up)

Markus Suarez   Vs.  Tony Melton (Shown Bottom Left)

Featherweight (145 Lbs.)

"Angel" Dejesus (Former Boxer)  Vs.   Kris "Hurricane" Hobbs (Tyler, TX)

Light Heavyweight (205 Lbs)

Chris Spicer (Ranked #3 in Texas)  Vs.  Daniel Andrews (Former undefeated pro boxer)

Welterweight (170 Lbs.)

Kendrick Johnson  Vs. TBA

Middleweight (185 Lbs.)

Jason Fisher  Vs.   Will Florentino

Welterweight (170 Lbs.)

Martin "The Warrior" Castro  Vs.   Marcus Lanier 7-2 (Longview, TX)

Lightweight (155 Lbs.)

Manuel Del Rio (Cuban Olympian, 3 Time World Champion Amateur Wrestler)   Vs.  Ross Cates (Tyler, TX)

Heavyweight (206 & up)

Ricco Rodriguez (Former UFC World Heavyweight Champion)   Vs.  Doug Williams (Carthage, TX)

Tickets: GA $25.00     Reserved Floor: $45.00    Cage Side $65.00    VIP $100.00 (Less than 30 remain)

Available Online at or Locally At LA Boxing

VIP Tickets Only Available by Calling 903-266-1230