Valley City MMA event has one business owner upsetValley City, ND (WDAY TV) - For the first time ever, a mixed martial arts competition is coming to Valley City, but not everyone in town welcomes this event.
For the first time ever, a mixed martial arts competition is coming to Valley City, but not everyone in town welcomes this event.
This is what you can expect to see this weekend at the North Dakota Winter Show Event Center.
Dawn Riley – ND Winter Show Manager: "There's a lot of hype and there's a lot of excitement about it."
Bismarck based Impact Fighting Championship is putting on nine fights. 18 men will duke it out inside a 20 foot hexagon cage.
Dawn Riley: "It'll bring revenue into the community into hotels, restaurants everything so it's just an event that we're hosting."
Roy Dilts – Opposes MMA in Valley City: "It's astounds me that anyone thinks this event is anything but stupid."
Valley City business owner Roy Dilts says the event will damage Valley City's small town image and that any economic boost isn't worth it.
Roy Dilts: "It lowers our reputations it makes us look like we're like everyone else and we're not. Traditionally we've been a smart, conservative little community."
He also thinks MMA sends kids the wrong message.
Roy Dilts: "It glorifies violence is that what you’re saying? Yeah violence and fighting we're gonna have young hotshots thinking they can fight."
Dawn Riley: "There's a lot of things in our society that are bad influences on kids. You have the choice to participate or not participate to allow your kids to come or not allow your kids to come."
The mixed martial arts event takes place here at the North Dakota Winter Show venue tomorrow night starting at 7:30. The show is open to people of all ages. North Dakota legislators legalized MMA fighting in 2006.