By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
Longtime friends Brian Kilgore and Mike Peters heavyweight MMA match will headline Saturday’s Kentucky Fighting Challenge 79 at the Corbin Civic Center as part of a 17-fight event.
Barbourville’s Kilgore will enter the fight with a 16-1 record, while London’s Peters, who hasn’t fought in three years, is 16-2.
“I’m ready, but the main reason why I have come out of retirement is because I really miss this,” Peters said. “I’ve not turned pro because it’s not about the money to me, it’s about the sport. I can say, I’ve lost a lot of things in my life, vehicles, homes and jobs, but MMA is my life.”
Peters has been fighting since he was 15 years old and is the current Tri-State Super Heavyweight and the Legacy MMA Super Heavyweight champion.
“Brian is a very good friend of mine, but they’ve matched us up, so I’m going to go out there and see what I can do,” he added. “I’ve made more friends than I’ve lost, but the losses don’t compare and this is why this may be my last fight.”
At one point, Kilgore thought today’s match would be his last fight, but he said he has some unfinished business.
“I was actually going to retire after this fight, but I’m not going to do that now,” he said. “When I do have my last fight, everyone is going to see my best. I want my last fight to be in this area.”
Despite both fighters being friends, both Peters and Kilgore agreed fight fans are going to see a great fight.
“I have sold a lot of VIP tables and this event is going to be packed,” Peters said. “They’re going to see the best out of both of us.”
“We’re both going to be ready to go,” he said. “The fans won’t be disappointed. That’s for sure.”
Also making an appearance at the event will be Shane Steele, while Adam Fair, Harry Hunsucker and many local fighters are expected to fight.
The return of the infamous Toy Soldierz will also take place during the event and they are sponsored by Huddle House owner Greg Tarvin.
“We sponsor a lot of sporting events and this will be my first MMA event to watch in person, so I’m excited,” he said. “Mike (Peters) told me there were going to be 17 fights and that should be a huge plus for fight fans. My partner Elmer Ison and I love sports and we love to sponsor events like this.
“I grew up watching Ali, Frazier and Norton and I loved boxing, but it’s kind of hit a low right now, so I’m excited to see what MMA will bring to the table here,” he added.
Peters, who is a part of the Toy Soldierz, said a lot of the credit goes out to Tarvin and Kelly Harris.
“Greg’s sponsorship has been great,” he said. “Greg along with Huddle House is sponsoring the Toy Soldierz, and Kelly Harris, chief of the Whitley County EMS, is sponsoring us, too.”
Peters also mentioned the Toy Soldierz are currently looking for more fighters and for information to join the team, call 606-231-7555.
Doors open today at 6:30 p.m. with the event beginning at 8 p.m. General admission is $20, while front row seats are $25 and VIP tables (seats six) are $200. For more information, call 859-948-5577.