South Oldham alums lead RFL fight card

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By Mickey Patterson

LOUISVILLE – There’s plenty of local connections to the Revolution Fight League’s Hostile Takeover ultimate fighting card Saturday at Broadbent Arena.

RFL president Bryan Van Houten grew up in Goshen and graduated in 1992 from South Oldham High School while RFL fighter Mike Yanez was a standout wrestler at SOHS and a 1992 graduate.

The Hostile Takeover event is slated to feature 12 fights and the RFL is part of the nationwide growing popular trend in ultimate fighting, or mixed martial arts as it is also known.

“Louisville can be a conservative, finicky market, but we are growing and expect around 3,000 people Saturday,” Van Houten said. “It’s really become our generation’s boxing.”

RFL also has fight cards set later this year for Macon, Georgia and in Charlotte, North Carolina before returning to Louisville in August with another full card.

Saturday’s event will feature special guests like UFC pioneer Ken Shamrock and current UFC standout Jason David Frank also known for his role as a Power Ranger.

Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. with an 8 p.m. start for the first fight.

There will also be a pre-fight weigh-in at 7 p.m. Friday at Coyote’s in downtown Louisville. Tickets are available at the door or through ticketmaster.com.

The 5-foot-11, 235-pound Yanez is one of seven gym owners dedicated to training fighters that have opened in the metro area in addition to his career as a fighter.

A black belt in Brazillian Jujitsu, Yanez will take on 6-foot-4, 225-pound Craig Schoonover in the opening fight of the night.

The card also features a title bout at 170-pounds between challenger Roger Bowling and Shamar Bailey.

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