No Mercy VI MMA fights at Shooting Star Casino Sept. 30
The Midwest's premier mixed martial arts promotional company is headed to the North Country for the first time since 2016.
Driller Promotions, Minnesota's top promotional company, is bringing its brand of high-paced, action-packed MMA to Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen on Saturday, Sept. 30. It's the first time Driller has ventured to Shooting Star.
"We're beyond excited for this new relationship with Shooting Star and the entire community," Driller co-owner Jeremy Bjornberg said. "It's an area rich in history and rich in MMA talent. It's time that talent was highlighted and promoted properly, and we intend to showcase the best of the best."
The event, entitled "No Mercy VI," features both professional and amateur MMA bouts and is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30. Tickets start at $35.
Though the event still is a fortnight away, Bjornberg said Driller already has 15 fights booked, and he anticipates that number reaching close to 20 total bouts.
"We don't like to short-change the fans; we want them entertained, with loads of competitive, quality fights on every event," Bjornberg said. "We already have 15 fantastic matchups locked in, and I believe we'll have several more signed before the end of next week."
The night's main event will feature St Cloud's Maurice Greene (4-1), one of the top heavyweight prospects in the Midwest. He is a veteran of the top Kickboxing promotion in the World, Glory, and considered one of the top prospects and sports a Multi Fight Legacy Fighting Alliance contract, a top National Promotion. LFA was kind enough to let him fight on this card. Greene squares off against Parnell Davis (7-3) in a five-round Interim Driller heavyweight title fight.
The co-Main Event features a fight that could easily be featured on a UFC Card. Seven-time UFC veteran, Chico Camus (17-7) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the world famous Roufusport gym is now 3-0 since leaving the UFC. He is looking to make his way back to the big show and takes on Florida's Andrew Whitney (14-5) who comes from another world class gym, American Top Team. Whitney most recently competed for the Titan FC World Title. These two top world-ranked Bantamweights will face off live on www.flocombat for Driller at Shooting Star.
North Dakota standout Mariah Prussia also will fight on the professional portion of the card. She's set to take on Carolyn Biskup in a highlighted female bout.
Other North Country standouts on the professional portion of the card include Eli Finn, Collin Huckbody and Fikret Saric. Huckbody takes on recent Prospect of the week JP St. Louis in a Middleweight bout.
"You look at the pros from up there, and it's about time they are promoted and given good fights to further their careers," Bjornberg said. "They work so hard up there, grinding away, so we want to promote these hard-working fighters and help them get to the next level."
The amateur portion of the card also features some fantastic local talent. Zach Morrison, Henry Pendleton, Noah Hawkins, Alex Woodard, John Ivaniszyn, Steve Belland, Daven Staples, Britton Kleeb, Keefer Bender and Jeremiah Harper all are scheduled to be in action.
Bjornberg said both Morrison and Pendleton are fighters to watch.
"Pendleton made his debut for us in Austin, and he looked fantastic," Bjornberg said. "If he keeps working hard, he'll move up the ladder quickly. Zach Morrison has loads of talent, too."
Tickets for the show are on sale now at the Shooting Star box office, online at cagetix.com/driller and from participating fighters.
The entire event will be broadcast live via www.flocombat.com.
Driller helped bring Legacy Fighting Alliance to Minnesota, and those events are broadcasted on national television. Driller also routinely promotes MMA events in the Twin Cities and Austin.
Bjornberg said he's excited to make Shooting Star a regular stop for Driller Promotions.
"So far, everyone we've worked with at Shooting Star has been phenomenal," he said. "The event has come together quickly, and I expect fireworks. I'm excited to be working with such quality people at a fantastic venue."