The exciting sport of Mixed Martial Arts returns to South Lake Tahoe this weekend at the Montbleu Resort, Casino & Spa. The highly publicized World Fighting Championships is back with a much anticipated main event showdown between hometown favorite Corey ‘White Mamba’ Carlson and California native and former teammate Justin ‘Die Hard’ McClain.
Matt McGovern, CEO of the WFC believes that a tittle fight will be the icing on the cake for a great night of fights. “It was an absolute no brainer for us to bring MMA back to South Lake. Coming off a sold out event that got worldwide attention, the only way we thought we could top that was by bringing a World Title Fight,” said McGovern in a press release to the Examiner. The last fight received media coverage from MSNBC, ESPN and various Fox news outlets.
For Justin McClain, a California central coast resident, he believes that his opponent will not have the hometown advantage. McClain has created a loyal fan base from his active fight schedule and fan-friendly appeal. He also has friends from the area he stays in contact with going back to his days as a teammate of Carlson while training at the Tahoe based Escobar Training Grounds.
“Corey and I were teammates," states McClain. “ He will not have the hometown advantage, I'm familiar with his style and I have evolved as a fighter. I am ready to win for my family, friends and fans.”
McClain has plans to jump into the professional ranks by the end of this year. He already had fights scheduled through the early part of 2013 but jumped at the opportunity to fight for a title when McGovern called.
Some have McClain as the underdog going into the fight. It could be based on the hometown bias Carlson is receiving and another factor that presents a legitimate challenge is the South Lake elevation.
South Lake Tahoe has an elevation of 6,225 feet. For this fight McClain has devoted extra training revolving around cardio based exercises to prepare him for Tahoe’s high alltitude. The preparation he believes will be the difference in the fight this Saturday.
“I don’t fear a fight, this is a good opportunity with a good promotion and I am going to bring a title back to California. He will make mistakes and I will capitalize.”
Tickets for WFC “MMA at the Lake”, start at $25 and are available now through montbleuresort.com, www.cagetix.com or by calling 1-888-829-7630. This show is all ages and more information can be obtained by visiting Worldfightingchampionships.com