Women's touch for MMA event

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:51 AM ET

Apparently, there's an insatiable local market for the mixed martial arts genre.

At least, that's the hope of Colloseo Championship Fighting series co-owners Andria Reid and Christine Bossy.

They bill themselves as a duo that might lead the only 100% female-owned mixed martial arts organization in the world.

"Both Christine and I are passionate about mixed martial arts," said Reid, a paramedic by profession. "We are the biggest fans. We found an opportunity to transcend being a fan to owning a business. We just thought it would be a great idea because we'd love our job."

So, tonight at the Mayfield Inn, local fans get a chance to witness the women's touch in CCF 4 Guerilla Warfare. The card gets underway at 8 p.m.

"We're going to see how this goes," said Reid. "More and more women are starting to watch this sport.

"A lot of people have a misconception that this is two thugs getting into the ring. But that's not it at all. These guys are multi-talented. It's like watching five sports in one."

Taking it into a more spacious venue and offering a dinner show are among the touches for the pair's first fight as owners.

"Excited, nervous all at once," said Reid. "We see that there's a need in Edmonton for mixed martial arts because there's a real big fan base here."

Reid said the pair does not envision themselves as competition for the MFC events.

"Compete, no," said Reid. "Mixed martial arts is a small world and a small group of people. For somebody who want to bring fans to Edmonton, good for the MFC and good for River Cree. It's all about making a name for the sport.

"I welcome another organization. It's just increasing awareness of the sport. When you're a fan, that's it."

They've sold 28 of the 30 six-seat VIP tables for $1,500 a pop and part of the deal is a VIP-table-only autograph session when the card ends.

"Me, as a fan, I thought I'd like these guys to sign autographs," said Reid. "They get to meet the fans and sign things for fans. We want to increase awareness of mixed martial arts, the sport itself.

"It's not just a man thing. That's what we want to make people aware of here. It's two women who are co-ordinating this event. We can be just as big a fan as a guy."

Jorge "Spaniard" Brito holds the current CCF championship belt and is matched up against Saad Awad in the non-title main event.

The card features nine bouts, including three matchups between fighters making their pro debut.

General admission is $40.

CON.GRIWKOWSKY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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