Although the Peak Fighting Championship series is only on its 29th event, its quickly developing an audience among Mixed Martial Arts fans, including at the local level. That's pretty well evidences by the sheer number of local fighters participating at PFC 29 this weekend in Amarillo.
PFC 29 will take place Saturday night at the Amarillo Civic Center. Doors are set to open at 4:30 p.m. with 18 fights scheduled to take place. The first fight is set for 5:30 p.m.
Those 16 bouts will feature 10 fighters from the Texas Panhandle with others coming from Lubbock, New Mexico and some from much farther than that. The fighters all gathered together on Friday evening at the Civic Center for an introductory press conference aimed at getting people excited for the night.
First up, there will be three early preliminary fights, one Bantamweight, one Strawweight and one Flyweight. All fights will be three rounds in length with each round lasting three minutes. The Bantamweight fight will be between Luis De La Fuente and Isaac Torres, Karla Alvarez battles Mari Bustillos in the secondfight, and the early prelims will close out with Jesus Ceniceros (Perryton by way of Amarillo) and Nicholas Gjelaj.
After that will be the standard prelims, beginning with a lightweight contest between Xavier Armijo and Tyler Henson. Palo Duro graduate Nadia Moreno will then take on Nikola Kacperska in a Bantamweight match before a Catchweight competition between Jared Gallegos and Xavier Young. Alexia Delgadillo and Angelica Guzman (Tulia by way of Plainview) will then do battle in a Strawweight fight.
The final three amateur contests before the main card will include the Amateur Light Heavyweight Championship fight and the featured prelim of the night. Amarillo native Ash Mallory will take on Drew O'Brien in that first contest while the championship will be between Abraham Van Hout (Soldotna, Alaska by way of Borger) and Fernando Duran. The featured fight is a lightweight bout between Mykola Plazynski and Amarillo native Israel Rodriguez.
The final two bouts of prelims will remain three rounds, but will be five minutes in length each round.
After that, the main card will begin with a Catchweight fight between Samuel James and Joe Saucedo (Plainview by way of Lubbock). A heavyweight fight will follow between Ad Palmore and Julio Ceasar (Sao Paulo, Brazil by way of Amarillo) before Plainview native Yuri Medina takes on Shanna Gomez in a Featherweight contest. Brandon Meneses and Mateo Gonzalez will then follow in a Bantamweight match.
The final three fights of the evening will be start with a Catchweight fight between Natalya Speece and Abril Anguiano. Following that will be the Co-Main Event, an interim Featherweight Championship bout between Dimitre Ivy and Luis Luna. Finally, the Main Event of the evening will be a Catchweight bout between Diego Brandao and Derrick Campos. Campos, along with several other fighters, is from Lubbock.
All fights on the main card with the exception of the last two will be three rounds lasting five minutes each. The Co-Main Event and Main Event will be five rounds lasting five minutes each. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Civic Center. The event can also be streamed via Pay Per View.
This article originally appeared on Amarillo Globe-News: 11 local fighters highlight PFC 29's 18-bout event Saturday night at the Civic Center