Legion's sixth MMA fight night brings Tasmanians, mainlanders to Elphin

READY FOR ACTION: Legion co-promoter Jacob Gelston with fighters Kayne Jarman, Kyle Lanham, Manda Gleeson and Russell Dalco. Picture: Hamish Geale
READY FOR ACTION: Legion co-promoter Jacob Gelston with fighters Kayne Jarman, Kyle Lanham, Manda Gleeson and Russell Dalco. Picture: Hamish Geale

A smorgasbord of mixed martial arts, Muay Thai and kick-boxing will be offered up in Launceston this Saturday at the sixth Legion fight night.

Two Tasmanian fighters will make their long-awaited return at the Elphin Sports Centre event, with the East Coast’s Nathan Vincent and Northern boxer Casey Lockett set to take to the ring.

Event co-promoter Jacob Gelston predicted Lockett’s Muay Thai battle with Sydney-based Czech fighter Pat Dittrich would be one of the highlights of the night.

“Casey is a young protege coming up through the ranks as a boxer in kickboxing,” Gelston said.

“He won Australian junior titles in boxing and he had a bit of a layoff but now he’s back into it.

“Pat’s a lot more experienced than Casey so it’s going to be a really big challenge for Case, but hopefully it’s a really good bout.”

Dittrich will be one of six interstate competitors to square up on the night, with well-respected Queensland referee Peter Hickmott also flying in to manage proceedings.

Of equal interest to the performance of the mainlanders will be the clash between Vincent and Launceston’s Jamie Watterson. 

A Brazilian jujitsu brown belt, Vincent has spent a couple of years on the sidelines but will be raring to go for the main-event showdown. 

“Watterson has been an up and coming guy and now he’s getting to that elite Tasmanian level.

“These guys are going to be facing off to be arguably one of the best guys in the state and pushing for a state title.”

Watterson headlines a host of Launcestonians taking part in the event including Ash Brunskill, Nathan Balym, Kane Jarman, Russell Dalco and Kyle Lanham, as well as Angie Dickenson and Manda Gleeson, who will square off in the event’s sole women’s bout.

The first fight gets under way at 7pm.