Couture on tap for Natural Invasion

SCOTT UNGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:08 PM ET

Winnipeg fight fans will get a taste of the UFC this weekend when the Ultimate Cage Wars' Natural Invasion comes to the Winnipeg Convention Centre Saturday night.

Headlining the 10-bout event will be UFC veterans Jonathan Goulet, Steve Taylor, Jason Tatlow and Lindsay Hawkes.

But the main event could happen before the fights when fans will be able to meet and get an autograph from reigning UFC heavyweight champ Randy "The Natural" Couture.

ACTION-PACKED

"It's an action-packed event in the octagon ring," said event promoter Tony Condello.

"In talking to Randy, he's glad to be coming here. The last time he was here was in 1995 for something to do with Olympic wrestling."

All the fights on Saturday will be professional mixed marital arts in the octagon, something Condello stresses about his event.

"There is no difference at all (from UFC), he said. "It's under the same regulations ... It's sanctioned by the boxing commission here in the city. We have rules and regulations that we have to follow, like UFC do."

Those strict regulations allow for a safest environment possible for the fighters to perform.

"We have professional referees and there is common sense where we don't want anyone to get killed, in other words." Condello stressed. "He has to use his own judgement when a guy taps out or he feels a guy has had enough. That's his call.

"Some places in the States they have different regulations. Some have been banned because they have let it go too far.

"It's a strict guideline because we don't want anyone to end up in the hospital. It happens, the odd stitches here and there. It never fails in every match."

Tickets are $32 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 780-3333. There are also a few VIP tables left. Those can be snatched up by calling 229-9173 or 997-1048.

"I believe it's going to be a sellout," Condello said.


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