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Mixed martial arts fight night at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) – Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) is hosting a mixed martial arts event for military personnel and their families at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

The event will feature 18 amateur fighters, as well as an MMA host and DJ.

The MCCS operations director explained why people on base are looking forward to this event.

“We're looking forward to it because it's actually going to be a legit match. As everyone knows, the Marines have a martial arts program and what it's like at the higher levels. “It gives us an opportunity to see,” Commissioner Michael said. To the south.

The first match of the night was also a homecoming for one of the fighters.

Lexi Moncada trains in Tucson, Arizona, but is originally from Yuma and is excited to compete in her hometown.

“It feels great just to have this event in my hometown. I'm really excited because it means so much,” Moncada said.

Although Moncada ultimately lost in the first round, he was still smiling from ear to ear after returning home.

Among those in attendance was Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) mixed martial artist Miesha Tate, who expressed support for amateur fighters and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

“I love the fights here where the crowd goes crazy because these fighters are so on the line and don’t have so much experience that it always feels like they don’t see the punches and kicks coming. . So explosive,” Tate said.

Tate was able to explain why he was involved in events like that one Friday night.

“I just remember that feeling as an amateur when you're trying to be in the moment, you're trying to calm down and you're not calm. It's like you're struggling to find your balance. But they… He really put up a great fight.” Tete.

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