First State Fights' Aggravated Assault, a Sibling Rivalry Promotions event, will take over Delaware State University's Memorial Hall at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 31.


Following three successful events dating back to last November, Sibling Rivalry Promotions will be at it again when it presents First State Fights’ Aggravated Assault next weekend.

The mixed martial arts event is set to take over Delaware State University’s Memorial Hall at 7:30 p.m., doors at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 31.

Featured in the event will be three local fighters on the 11-bout card, including Dover’s Antonio Readores, 155, and Smyrna’s Cheron Gregory, 190-195, and David Price, 160-167.

All three local fighters are members of Team Steele, run by Howard Steele, who also is the matchmaker for Sibling Rivalry.

Featuring local fighters in his events serves a few purposes, Steele said.

“The benefit for us is some of these guys are my guys, so it’s nice getting my guys fights and knowing that they’re safe and getting a fair shake,” he said. “The other benefit is that they can draw a local fan base.”

Readores said that while he’s excited for the opportunity to fight in his own back yard, it does add to the nerves since this will be his first fight.

“It’s more pressure for me because it’s going to be my first fight for [First State Fights],” he said. “I just have to keep it in my head that I have to represent Dover well.”

This will be the fourth time First State Fights has taken over Memorial Hall, a venue that is an ideal fit according to Linda Webb-Jenkins, event coordinator.

“It’s right there on campus and we price the tickets so students can participate if they want to,” Webb-Jenkins said. “It’s centrally located in town and in the state, too.”

She added that with the popularity of the sport growing nationwide, she’s seeing fans in the area take more and more of an interest in what First State Fights is doing.

And even though MMA is perceived as a violent sport, Webb-Jenkins said, the environment created at the event is very family friendly.

“We have high standards to be family oriented so children of all ages can enjoy,” she said. “The ring girls dress conservatively, the music is censored and we don’t tolerate the heckling with foul language.”

Steele added that First State Fights ensures that none of the shady practices that might plague other MMA event planning ever enters into theirs.

More than 500 tickets were given to the USO and each event donates money to a charity.

For Aggravated Assault, every ticket that is purchased from www.firststatefights.com with the code “strides” being used will see $5 donated the American Cancer Society.

“We’re an honest organization and are in it for the love of the sport,” Steele said.

IF YOU GO
WHAT First State Fight’s Aggravated Assault, presented by Sibling Rivalry Promotions
WHEN 7:30 p.m., doors at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 31
WHERE Delaware State University’s Memorial Hall, Dover
COST General admission $20, $30 at the door; floor $40, $50 at the door; cage $50, $60 at the door
MORE INFO www.firststatefights.com

Email Brian Citino at brian.citino@doverpost.com