By Scott Johnson
Albertville – Two Hamilton men will make appearances in the octagon this weekend.
The Marshall County-based American Fighting League (AFL) will be hosted a Mix Martial Arts (MMA) Fight Night on Saturday, July 10, at the Sand Mountain Park in Albertville. The event begins at 5 p.m. and will be live-streamed online at AFL’s Facebook and Instagram pages. General admission tickets for in-person attendees are $25.
James Jones, 23, and Kyle Sims, 27, will both be participating in fights on July 10.
Jones, who is transplant from Florida, is 5-foot, 7-inches and weighs in at 145 pounds. He will be fighting Casey Looney in the 155-pound amateur weight class. Jones has trained independently up until the last few months when he joined I-DEAL Fitness.
Going into the fight, Jones says he plans to “stay calm and fight my fight.”
I-Deal Fitness trainer Cody Harris says Jones is ready to put his training to work in a competitive fight.
“Since James has joined us at I-Deal, he has worked very hard to sharpen his skills. He is very athletic and a quick learner and has become a great member to our family here at the gym.”
This will be Sims second time fighting with I-DEAL. He is a Hamilton Police Officer and fought his debut match in May, which resulted in a loss by a judge’s decision.
Sims is 5-foot-9-inches and will face off with Christian Abbott of Locust Fork in the 165-pound amateur class.
“My main goal is to correct mistakes I made in the first fight and not leave it in the hands of the judges,” Sims said. “I look forward to putting on a good show for the fans and hopefully keeping the fight standing for a toe-to-toe war.”
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