If you’re even a casual fan of mixed martial arts, you’re likely aware that it’s grown to be a major spectator sport over the past decade. If you’re not a fan, chances are good you’ve at least heard of a few of MMA’s modern megastars (Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey), including a few athletes based here in Spokane. So don’t forget the names of the competitors stepping into the ring for the latest installment of local promotion ExciteFight’s Conquest of the Cage. Promoter Rick Little, who helped local star Julianna Peña get to the top of her Ultimate Fighting Championship division, says Saturday night’s card is “the most talent-rich” he’s ever been a part of. It includes the local debut of Muay Thai champion Bea Malecki, who recently relocated here from Stockholm, Sweden, to pursue her own UFC dreams. Also up is Fairchild Air Force Base SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) instructor Tyler McGuire, whose perfect record stands at 13-0.
Sat, Nov. 4 at 7 pm • $45/$65/$125 • Northern Quest Resort & Casino • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • northernquest.com
— Chey Scott