Two locals are ready to fight tonight
A pair of local fighters are slated to fight in tonight’s BattleQuest 6 – a mixed martial arts (MMA) event – at the Eagle County Fairgrounds River Event Center.Travis Ramirez from Glenwood Springs and Raymond Huffman of Parachute are part of the 13-bout card put on by local promoter Carlos Carvalho. Both train locally under former MMA fighter Patrick Carmichael at the Art of Defense in Glenwood Springs.Both are first-time fighters.Huffman, an oil industry worker originally from Silsbee, Texas, is thrilled to get in the ring. He’ll fight in the 190-pound weight class against a to-be-determined opponent.”I’ve wanted to do this my whole life,” said Huffman, who’s been in Colorado for three months and has a background in Jujitsu. “This will be my first time in the ring. I’ve been in some street fights, but that’s about it.”The 31-year-old would suspend his current career in a heartbeat if it meant a chance to fight in MMA’s biggest circuit, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).”If someone offered for me to go, if someone tells me I could go fight UFC, I’d drop everything and go,” Huffman said. “I’m a directional driller right now, but (fighting) is my dream.”As of late Friday, Ramirez was scheduled to fight Ralston Baker in a 170-pound fight. That’s the third scheduled fight of the night. Huffman’s is the fourth.Carmichael noted that cards tend to undergo last-minute alterations with no-shows coming into play. Saturday’s event will be headlined by a 155-pound championship match between Rocky Johnson and Ryan Roberts. The feature bout will pit Boulder’s Tyler Toner against Nick Mamalis of Green River, Wyo.BattleQuest is a feeder event for Ring of Fire, the biggest martial arts event in Colorado. Ring of Fire promoter Sven Bean set matches for BattleQuest, and will be scouting the undercard for up-and-comers.The doors open at 7 p.m. and the first bell is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $40 and can be purchased beforehand at GNC in Avon, Inyodo and at any City Market locations. Tickets purchased at the door are $30 and $45. VIP tables can be purchased by calling (303) 246-5237.
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