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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Mixed martial arts competition benefits Genesis House

  • Fists were flying for more than glory at Genesis, a mixed martial arts competition hosted by Combate Xtreme MMA International LLC on Friday at Area 151 Night Club.
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  • Fists were flying for more than glory at Genesis, a mixed martial arts competition hosted by Combate Xtreme MMA International LLC on Friday at Area 151 Night Club.
    A portion of the proceeds from the competition were donated to Genesis House- A Place for New Beginnings.
    Genesis House provides shelter, counseling, education, and other services to domestic violence victims.
    Combate Xtreme MMA International LLC owner Enrique Watson said the organization chose to donate to Genesis for several reasons.
    “We fight as a sport and try to keep the violence off the streets and keep it in the gym,” Watson said. “We wanted to give back to a local charity that stood by principles as us as martial artists. We are peaceful and not aggressive and want to protect those who can't protect themselves.”
    Combate Xtreme MMA donated $600 to Genesis House. More than 500 people attended the event. Athletes from Combate Xtreme MMA Academy in St. Robert and from all over the region competed in their weight classes.
    Nathan Joel Marquardt, American mixed martial artist competing in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, was one of the many special guests of the evening.
    Genesis was sponsored by Hoppers Pub, Fort Wood Hotels, Kim Lowe Law Office, Blue Corner and Combate Extreme MMA Academy and Combat Sports.
    Combate Xtreme MMA International LLC will host its next event on July 18 called “Sacrifice” to salute military members.

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