Whoever said, “you can’t go home” obviously didn’t tell that to Will Schneider, as Elite Combat Challenge is returning to the Corbin Civic Center Saturday night with an action-packed card.

“I am very pumped about this show Saturday,” Schneider said. “We are back at our Elite Combat Challenge home. I started my first show (Bob Stines vs. Dan “The Beast” Severn) back in 2005 and have had many event since. The fans love the facility and the fights are always exciting.”

Saturday should be no exception, with 16 kickboxing matches scheduled on the card. These matches are 100 percent full contact fighting, as seen on TV. And all adult matches are now K1 style kickboxing rules.

“Up until now, the adults have competed in leg kicks matches, which means you can punch and kick above the waist, but also kick to the thighs, as seen in the UFC,” Schneider said. “The K1 style is the future of the ECC circuit; the main differences include: One knee allowed in the clinch, being able to trap a leg with a one strike counter, and lastly, able to trip an opponent to the canvas. This is very similar to Muay Thai or Thai Boxing rules.”

The card will showcase fighters from central Kentucky and Tennessee. Some of the headliners include: Shanna Perkerson from Corbin and Tim Hendrix from Williamsburg. Hendrix is a veteran MMA fighter but makes his kickboxing debut against another MMA fighter going into kickboxing.

“Plus we have a lot of 170 and 185 pound fighters,” Schneider said. “Not to mention many youth matches with fighters from some very reputable fight teams such as: Sun Zu, Armbar MMA, Team Zinsky, Modern Tactical, Team Doram, Team Noble Dragon, and new to the circuit, Knoxville BBJ. In just our first year of the ECC, fans are seeing some exciting and talented action. EEC 4 includes our 185 pound vacant title match between Jason Hall of Gambill Martial Arts against Mike Brown from Team Zinsky. In the kids’ department, we have a rematch between Ryan Schirmer and Chase Beasley from ECC 3, and the fans were on their feet throughout the entire fight.”

“We will also have our second ring card girl contest,” Schneider said. “As always, this is an all-family show and kids are welcome to attend. There are a number of children matches. I want to thank Karen, Todd, and the Corbin Civic Center once again for having us. It’s going to be a fun night.”

Veteran professional MMA fighter and Brazilian Jui Jitsu black belt Josh Cate is conducting a BJJ rank seminar at Elite Martial Arts for ages 10 and up on Saturday before the fights. Cost is just $30 and the seminar is from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., open to all skill levels and schools.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $25 for ringside. VIP tables are $150 and seat six people and you can get in the ring during intermission. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and fights will start around 7:30 p.m.

For tickets visit Elite Martial Arts, call 877-7766, or log on www.EliteCombat.Info.

Denis House can be reached at sports@sentinel-echo.com

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