North versus South rivalry will come to the fore as three
mixed martial arts titles go on the line at a Hammerhead
Productions fight night at the Caledonian Gymnasium.
Saturday's card will have fighters from Auckland, Timaru and
Dunedin seeking two International Sport Karate Association
belts and one from Auckland's Supremacy Fighting
Promoter Matt Toa said the opportunity was the result of
"hard work" between Hammerhead, Iska, ten8 media Productions,
Strikeforce gym and SFC.
The aim was for the country's fighters to consistently fight
each other, Toa said.
He said the winner of Saturday's Iska title fights would
fight for Supremacy titles in Auckland next year.
"There are many different promotions around the country and
if fighters can get titles in two major organisations they
would be close to calling themselves the best in the
country," Toa said.
In the main event, Team Hammerhead's Robert Dean fights
Auckland's BJ Bland for the Iska New Zealand professional
Dean (22) goes into the fight with a record of seven wins and
two losses. Bland has five wins and five losses, added to his
20 wins from 25 kickboxing fights.
"If he wants to trade blows, that's fine by me, or we can go
to the ground," Dean said.
He said he was bound to have a few nerves, but was certain he
would channel them into a good performance.
In a co-main event, Dunedin's Brogan Anderson fights
Aucklands's Arthur Lasike (27) for the Iska New Zealand
amateur middleweight title.
Anderson, a 23-year-old personal trainer, said he was excited
about what would be a step up in opponent and was eager to
put on a good showing.
"He's going to try to bring his heavy hands and knock me
out," Anderson said.
On the ground is where Anderson might have an advantage.
He has won his last four by arm-bar submission, earning him
the cage name "Arm-Collector".
Both men have a record of five wins and two losses.
The Supremacy featherweight title is between Timaru's Scott
Macgregor (27) and Auckland's Ev Ting (23).
Toa said both fighters were top professionals in their weight
division and were extremely well conditioned.
Ting, who has had some tough fights in Hong Kong, has seven
wins and two losses, while former New Zealand wrestling
representative Macgregor has four wins and two losses.
There are eight mixed martial arts fights and three
A kickboxing fight in the female featherweight division is
between Kat Mogadassi, from Dunedin, and Invercargill's Dana
Mogadassi (20) said she had wanted to fight since taking up
the sport socially three years ago, but it was not until she
began serious training six to seven months ago that she knew
she wanted the challenge of stern competition.
"I will definitely have nerves, but I am confident I can do
my best," Mogadassi said.
The tone for the night should be set in the first fight when
Team Hammerhead's Rick Welsford meets Hooligan MMA's Ricky
The fight night will be Hammerhead Productions' 10th show
since 2008, and the first to have Sky Television coverage.
Toa said it was a great opportunity to take the shows
"mainstream" and one he could not refuse. The show will air
Title fights are three five minute rounds. The first fight is
at 6pm and doors open at 5pm.