EAGLE RIVER - An estimated 2,000 fans are expected to check out the King of the Cage on Saturday. It takes place at Lake of the Torches casino in Lac du Flambeau.
Fighter Jason Lande says, "It's the most exhiliarating thing I've ever done in my life." Harshaw's Adam Merrill adds, "I like the competition and the challenge. It's only you and the other guy."
Mixed Martial Arts has exploded in popularity over the last decade. The full contact sport requires a great deal of training and has a home right here in the Northwoods.
Owner Dave Sixel opened the fight club in 1997 and says, "We've had numerous numbers of fighters come in and out of here."
In order to have success in MMA, you have to combine the skills sets from several different sports- including boxing, wrestling and jiu-jitsu.
Several athletes from Sixel's Fight Club in Sugar Camp have been preparing to compete this weekend in King of the Cage.
Rhinelander's Frank Schuman says, "The second I break that cage door, it's more or less tunnel vision."