Tassotti shoots for second MMA win
KRIS Tassotti will spend most of today chilling out at his Urangan home.
He’ll be sitting back watching the TV and generally taking it easy.
That won’t be the case for him in Maryborough tonight.
You can be sure that the atmosphere will be far from relaxing when the 29-year-old steps into a cage at the Maryborough Showgrounds.
The Hervey Bay school teacher will have a fight on his hands – one that he needs to win.
Losing doesn’t enter into the equation.
Tassotti is a MMA (mixed martial arts) cage fighter and tonight he’s hoping to give Fraser Coast fans of the all-or-nothing sport plenty to cheer about – a home victory.
The former Fraser Coast Mariners Rugby Union Club representative will feature on one of the bouts on the 10-fight card in the Tapout Underground MMA series at the Heritage City venue.
Tapout Underground MMA is Australia’s premier MMA cage fighting series and the action in Maryborough will feature fighters from throughout the country.
It will be the second fight of Tassotti’s fledgling career.
He won his first fight on a points decision at the end of a three-round showdown in Toowoomba in February.
Now he’s aiming to win on home soil, so to speak, and he’s been training hard for it – he’s had to.
“It’s a tough sport – you’ve got to be prepared both mentally and physically,” Tassotti, who fights in the heavyweight division (about 110kg), said.
“I’m ready and I am raring to go.
“I cannot wait to get in there (the cage) and give it my all.”
Tassotti decided to give the sport a go after years of watching it on TV and he hopes other fans will turn out in force tonight.
“The sport has a huge following throughout the world and it’s no different in our region,” said Tassotti, who is trained by Tony Green, a former MMA fighter based in Hervey Bay.
“I know the students at my school are really into it and they are not the only ones I can assure you.
“Having this event here should do wonders for the sport and I really hope a big crowd turns up to support us fighters – that would be fantastic.”
Tickets are priced at $45, $65 and $80 and will be available at the door.
Doors open at 6pm with the first fight scheduled to start at 7.30pm.