NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WFXG) - Wet weather put King of the Cage, Rumble on the River on hold for hours Saturday evening. That didn’t stop hundreds of patrons, who were waiting it out with anticipation.
The nationally televised fight taking place at SRP Park is the largest MMA event that’s ever come through the CSRA, organizers say.
All five local fighters taking to the ring in the first seven fights.
The very first fighter, Augusta’s own Alexa Wiechert, the kickboxing champ with an 0-0 record, tells us she’s been training for her MMA debut for months. The Augusta University pre-nursing major had to drop nearly 15 pounds for this fight. She talked to FOX 54 about her nerves ahead of battling it out with her opponent.
Wiechert said she succeeds the most with striking but she’s not bad on the ground, either. She’s prepared for everything in the ring.
“This is no different from me being in the gym and I train with killers, so she’s not gonna hit me harder than Joel or Jason, so the nerves started to go away,” Wiechert explained.
Joshua Windsor supports his friend, MMA fighter Jason Faglier Jr. a.k.a “The Nightmare”. He said Jason’s brought light to Augusta with his talent and it’s a privilege to watch.
As a CSRA native, he’s also pulling for Wiechert, who trains at Faglier gym and he’s confident she’ll dominate.
“I mean, she’s from Fagliers, so we’re good. She’s gonna go out there, do what...and their daddy, Jason Sr. he wouldn’t put her out there if she wasn’t ready, so she’ll go out there and do just fine.”
The main event is between the undefeated heavyweight champ from Wisconsin and a South Carolina fighter dubbed “The Knockout Artist”.