King of the Cage returning to Keshena

Several of state’s best set to fight

The Menominee Casino Resort, N277 Highway 47-55, Keshena, is hosting the national mixed martial arts event, King of the Cage, on Saturday, including returning and up-and-coming MMA fighters.

This year’s theme is dubbed “Stone Cold” and includes mainly Wisconsin participants. It will be headlined by a Catchweight showdown between two of Wisconsin’s toughest MMA veterans, Isaiah Pitts, of Wausau, and Jay Ellis, of Milwaukee.

The co-main event will feature Oconto Falls’ Chad Johnson making his professional debut against T.J. Millsap.

A featured event includes Morgan Sickinger, of Manitowoc, against Frank Young.

Oconto Falls’ Christian Herbeck (3-1), of Oconto Falls, will also be featured, though his opponent is not yet determined. Herbeck is top-ranked and his victories have all been in the first-round.

Also competing are Dave Yang, of Whiting, against David Kauzlaric, of Appleton; Steve Rodriguez, of Sheboygan, against Appleton’s Alex Bower; and Jaxon Brown, of Appleton, against Nick Longoria.

Women’s challenges include Courtney Labuy, of Oshkosh, against Amanda LaBo; Taylor Lamonka, of Fond Du Lac, against Micaela Rampage; and Charity Labuy, of Oshkosh, whose opponent is unknown.

Also on the card, Oscar Arroyo, of Fond Du Lac will take on Gio Hernandez, of Milwaukee; Conor Fussner, of Sheboygan will challenge Dustin Spencer; and Nick Marti, of Milwaukee will challenge Nick Klein, of Sheboygan.

King of the Cage is a top promoter of MMA and has performed over 500 events since its inception in 1998. It promotes shows globally, including the United States and countries like England, Canada and Japan.

Doors for the event open at 6 p.m., with fights starting at 7 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to kingofthecage.com or call 800-343-7778.