BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -When it comes to Mixed Martial Arts, anything can happen. Fighters can take a blow to the head from a punch or kick and down they go.
Cage fighting has gained a foothold here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Biloxi's Ryan Caprari,a graduate of St. Martin High School, caught the fever, competing in the 160 pound weight division.
"I've always been entertained by martial arts and just whenever the business starting popping up down here I started joining the clubs and practicing, " Caprari said.
Caprari has posted 11 wins and 1 loss. He was 7 and 1 in the amateur ranks and he enters Saturday's showdown against Eric Graham of Hattiesburg, undefeated in the pro ranks, looking for his 5th consecutive win.
Caprari says Graham is also talented, "He's from Hattiesburg. I believe he's three and 1 professionally and is pretty well matched up against me."
Promoter Ricky Derouen says Ryan Caprari loves competing in M-M-A saying, "He's dedicated to his sport. This is not like boxing. They show up and have a six week training camp before their fight. These guys do this everyday. They're prepared. They are ready."
Tickets for Blood & Sand VIII are $25.
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