One of the biggest Mixed Martial Arts fights to come to Davis County will take place later this month, according to the Cobra Council, a private, non-profit organization that benefits military members, civilians and families at Hill Air Force Base.
Popular Pro-Am contenders Thiago Alves and Gabe Francis will go head-to-head at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton. Doors open at 6 p.m.
The event, which is dubbed “One Strike, One Kill,” is named after the Cobra Council. Event proceeds will be donated to the council.
L.T. Weese, the event’s organizer and a 388th Component Maintenance Squadron honorary commander, said local fans of the MMA sport often have to drive to Salt Lake or Utah County for Pro-Am MMA bouts.
Accordingly, some of the community’s officials are welcoming the event being hosted in Davis County in support of Hill AFB.
“This is the best of both worlds: an exciting, professional MMA fight right here in Davis County and a really great way to support the Airmen at Hill,” Utah State Rep. Curtis Oda said. “It brings the community and military together for a night of fun.”
The Mayor of Layton, Steve Curtis, couldn’t agree more.
“An event like ‘One Strike, One Kill’ not only brings the community out for a fun night, but gives our Airmen a much-needed break and show of appreciation,” Curtis said. “I am truly excited to see an event of this caliber come to the Davis Conference Center to show Hill Air Force Base Airmen the appreciation they deserve.”
Hill AFB, which is the largest single site employer in the state of Utah and employs more than 21,000 military members and civilians, receives frequent support from the community and base officials are well aware of that support.
“The MMA night is another fine example of exceptional community support to Team Hill’s Airmen and their families,” said Col. Scott Long, 388th Fighter Wing commander. “Civic leaders like L.T. Weese continue to demonstrate their undying commitment to our mission and the Airmen who make it happen. He is a true champion for our military. The MMA night should be another great event.”
Weese, an active member of the community who regularly helps promote events for the base populace, is quick to give credit to others.
“It’s a team effort and a lot of people have to work together to make these events successful,” Weese said. “It’s a ton of work, but we do it so the Airmen can have the programs they need. It’s the least we can do, especially when you look at all (Airmen) do for our country.”
“When I’m asked why I spend so much time and money on these events when I could just hand over a check, I tell them one person can never show the military how much they are loved; only a community can express that we recognize the sacrifices they make for us on a daily basis,” Weese said. “My goal is to give the community a platform to tell our military ‘thank you’ for making our freedoms possible.”
Tickets are available at Northern Realty at the Layton Hills Mall, Lokals, Smith’s Tix outlets and at SmithsTix.com. The Davis Conference Center is located at 1651 North, 700 West in Layton, attached to the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel.
(Federal endorsement of the events or organizations mentioned in this article is not intended.)