Variety is the spice of “Fight Before Christmas”

Variety is about to become the spice of the Kenai Peninsula fight scene.

Mat Plant of Power Plant Productions is the only fight promoter currently operating on the Kenai Peninsula. He’s been at it for eight years, and said he has the feeling the area has moved past shows of only mixed martial arts.

“I’m trying to incorporate everyone’s different style,” Plant said. “I think MMA has been done to death here on the peninsula.

“A lot of gyms are now doing Muay Thai kickboxing and boxing.”

While Plant has already promoted several variety fight shows in Homer, his first on the central peninsula will be the “Fight Before Christmas.”

“I’m kind of testing the water doing these variety shows,” Plant said. “The two in Homer went well. I’m excited to bring it up here and see how it goes.”

The card of four boxing matches, two kickboxing matches, one mixed martial arts fight and one pro-style wrestling match will take place at the Peninsula Center Mall on Thursday. The doors open at 8 p.m. while the fights start at 8:30 p.m.

If the variety show goes well, Plant will use the same format for a three-fight deal he recently booked with the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex for 2017. The first of those fights is set for May 6.

By going the variety route, Plant said he is trying to reflect the community. He said Pound 4 Pound AK Fitness is doing a lot of boxing, while AK-49 Combat Sports does Muay Thai kickboxing.

This will be Plant’s second show in the Peninsula Center Mall. He said he plans to sell about 350 tickets. He added the view should be better than the previous MMA event at the mall because a ring will provide better viewing than an octagon.

The main event will feature Jay “Hurricane” Harris of Pound 4 Pound AK Fitness against Codyne Williams of Anchorage. The discipline will be kickboxing and Plant said Harris is a well-known local fighter perfect for the top of the card.

The co-main event will be a boxing match between local fighters Robyn Sullens and Megan Anderson.

Plant also is looking forward to the MMA fight between AK-49 Combat Sports’ Victor Rodriguez and independent local fighter Kory Spooner.

Tickets to the show are $20. Half of the mall will be a beer garden, while the other half will be general admission. Tickets, while they last, are available at the door and at The Duck Inn.

There also will be a wall of guns done by Sportsman’s Warehouse, with tickets costing $10. Proceeds from the wall of guns go to Kenai Peninsula Special Olympics.

More in Sports

tease
Hoops roundup: Seward girls notch first win of season

The host Seward girls basketball team defeated Unalaska 48-29 on Saturday in… Continue reading

Kenai's Caden Warren, Landon Cialek and Logan Mese celebrate a goal by Mese against Palmer on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, at the Kenai Multi-Purpose Facility in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Railbelt hockey tightens even more

Kenai gets big weekend sweep

tease
Brown Bears snap 10-game skid

The Kenai River Brown Bears snapped a 10-game losing streak with a… Continue reading

tease
Kenai, Nikiski squads take road losses

The Kenai Central girls and boys basketball teams were swept at Chugiak… Continue reading

Houston’s Daniel Matveev celebrates a goal against Soldotna on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
SoHi, Homer hockey take losses

The Houston hockey team notched a 6-1 victory over Soldotna on Thursday… Continue reading

tease
Bears return home for 3-game set

The Christmas break threw the Kenai River Brown Bears out of their… Continue reading

Michael Armstrong, seated, in sled, gives his mother, Sylvia Jander, the unique Alaska experience of driving a sled-dog team in February 1989 in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Jenny Stroyeck)
Fill out the squares of the Alaska Adventure Bingo Card

Moose, bears, sled dogs wolves, whales oh my: Alaska offers many adventures to check off.

Dog sick fungus, named for its resemblance to canine vomit, is neither vomit nor a fungus. It is a kind of slime mold common in tundra. (Photo by Matt Bowser/USFWS)
Refuge Notebook: Names of living things have much to say

As we at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge seek to know about… Continue reading

tease
SoHi JV girls topple Ninilchik

The host Soldotna JV girls basketball team notched a 39-27 victory over… Continue reading

Most Read