MIAMI — Mixed martial arts returns to Buffalo Run Casino and Resort on June 9 with Xtreme Fight Night MMA.
“I am excited to be back at Buffalo Run, for sure,” said Dale “Apollo’ Cook, who is promoting the card here.
“It’s a great venue and I think we’ve got a solid card,” he said. “We’ve got two title fights as well as the debut of (Kyle) Crutchmer.”
Crutchmer is a Tulsa native who is a two-time All-American wrestler from Oklahoma State.
“I always knew I wanted to try (MMA) since I was wrestling in high school,” Crutchmer told the Stillwater NewsPress in a 2017 interview.
He joins a number of former Cowboy standouts who have successfully made the transition.
“He is an incredible athlete and has all the tools, as many OSU wrestlers have proved,” Cook said. “Johny Hendricks and Jake Rosholt have everything they need to go to that next level.”
This will be the first MMA show in Miami in at least five years.
Cook pioneered MMA fights before they became a hot commodity.
Owner of Apollo’s Martial Arts school that has three locations in the Tulsa area, he’s a five-time kickboxing world champion who went on to appear in 10 movies.
“I was happy to help promote both Johny Hendricks and Jake Roshalt to get their careers going and I am hoping to do the same thing for Kyle Crutchmer,” Cook said.
Crutchmer has been training at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California, the camp that has produced the most champions in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). “He’s with the right group Daniel Cormier has taken him under his wings, so you’ve got to believe this kid is going to go a long way,” Cook said.
The MMA main event pits XFN lightweight champion Daryl “The Reaper” Wilson of Tulsa against Marcio “Locomotive” Navarro, a native of Brazil who is a former world kickboxing champion.
“These two guys have fought before and it’s a rematch in to me, is the most exciting weight class (155 pounds),” Cook said.
The kickboxing main event finds Kou Lee of Minnesota, the reigning bantamweight champion, defending against unbeaten Oklahoman Tevin “Two Feet” Laskey.
“He is really one of the up-and-coming new faces in combat sports,” Cook said, noting that Laskey competes in both kickboxing and MMA.
Tickets are $25 and $35 and are available at the Buffalo Run Showplace box office on online at www.buffaloruncasino.com.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.