Live MMA is finally returning to Missoula via Fusion Fight League on Saturday, July 16th, and it's about time. There are plenty of combat sports gyms here in town, and I'm glad that our local fighters are getting the opportunity to fight here at home. Selfishly, I'm even more glad that I'll get to watch live MMA without making the drive to Helena. With it being so long since Missoula's last live MMA event, I'd expect there to be plenty of us who have never seen a live MMA event before, so here's some wisdom from an MMA fanatic on what to expect this Saturday.

Missoula Fighters Kick Butt

Shout out to our local fighters Grant Wyland and Justin Zachariasen from SBG Missoula and Hudson Kettenring, Walker Dyer, Justin Harbison, Ryder Small and Conall Powers from Dogpound Fight Team. In the main event we've got Dylan "The Villain" Schulte, who, according to 406mtsports.com, graduated from Sentinel High School. Go Spartans!

There Will Be Blood

You could've guess this but it's worth remembering. The fight game is brutal, but the potential upsides to this sport are HUGE. UFC star Sean O'Malley from Helena got his start at MMA shows here in Montana. Fighter safety is important, and because Montana doesn't have a combat sports commission, I'm glad the Wyoming Combat Sports Commission is sanctioning this event. It's listed on their calendar here.

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General admission tickets are $30 until they go up to $35 at the gate on the event night. Plus that way you'll know you'll have a seat before it potentially sells out. Want more information? Click here.