Blood and pain

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

They predicted blood, and over 1,000 fans got it at the King of the Cage event at the Northlands AgriCom.

Last night the circuit made its fourth stop in Edmonton as the Amplified fight card took place.

"King of the Cage is an international organization that has been around for seven or eight years now," said president of the Canadian chapter Ken Kupsch. "It's been in Canada now for a year and a half."

Last night's card featured 11 fights. The main event pitting Ruben (Warpath) Villareal against Wade Hamilton.

Fighters were brought in from all over North America to fight in the event.

"We have a lot of local fighters too," Kupsch said. "They bring a lot of friends and family and it gives them an opportunity to fight on the big stage."

The circuit is making 12 to 20 stops in Canadian cities next year. Organizers plan to host another event in Edmonton this spring.

"We have more and more viewers and we have more and more people coming to our website, so it's growing," Kupsch said. "It's the purest form of combat.

"This is where everybody else learns, it's the competitors that teach everybody else. They figure out all the shortcuts and all the new techniques."

Villareal was the main attraction at last night's card.

The native of Sacramento, California, is the fourth-ranked contender in the Super Heavyweight division.

"He's been around a long time, he's a professional fighter," Kupsch said. "He's fought some pretty tough guys. He said before the fight he didn't know what to expect with Wade Hamilton, but there was going to be a lot of blood and a lot of pain."

King of the Cage fans wouldn't want it any other way.


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