Fast and furious weigh in
UFC fighters to meet fans at Auckland expoKELSEY FLETCHER
One of the fastest growing and most brutal sports in the world will weigh in at Auckland's ASB Showgrounds next month with a line-up of knockout fighters.
The Aotearoa Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Fitness Expo, on November 3, will be the first of its kind in the country.
The all-day programme includes fight demonstrations, live tattooing, seminars, a Street Fighter gaming competition and a chance to meet some stars of the sport.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters James Te Huna and Mark Hunt, both New Zealanders based in Australia, will be among the celebrities meeting their fans.
International MMA legend Enson Inoue, based in Japan, will also be brought to the country to hold a seminar on Jiu Jitsu.
Expo organiser Erhmen Sakaria said he's expecting everyone from families to fighters to attend the expo.
"People will be able to get autographs because all the top fighters from New Zealand will be there, whether that be kickboxing, karate, taekwondo or MMA," he said.
"They will be able to check out the gyms giving out free classes, try supplements and there will be goodie bags as well."
Sakaria said the expo is a place where parents can bring their kids and find a martial art.
"Because New Zealand is a rugby dominated country, parents who are wanting to put their kids into these sports can come along and find a gym that is close to them and involve their kids into a self-defence sport," he said.
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