Mixed Martial Arts is returning to Knoxville this weekend. Iowa Challenge 84 will take place Friday, May 10th, at the Marion County Fairgrounds. Promoter Matt Rider says there will be 12 fights on the card Friday evening, including a featherweight title fight between Dyllon Muniz and Ryan Rote, who are both from Iowa. In addition, the card features nine local fighters.
Rider encourages everyone to come out, saying the event is for both those who know the sport and those who are new. He says you never know when you’ll see a guy who’ll eventually break through to the UFC. He cites local fighter Lee Sandmeier as a fighter who started in these kinds of events and is closing in on the next level. The doors open at 6:30 Friday night, and fights start at 7:30.