MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The stage is set for an MMA event this weekend with Conflict Promotions here at the Myrtle Beach Sports Center.
Not only will it be the first combat sporting event in this building, it will also be the first time those watching can purchase alcohol.
Part of what drew the event here was the center's recently acquired liquor license, which promises to bring business at any sporting event aimed for adults.
Myrtle Beach City Spokesperson Mark Kruea says the license was issued for non-family events only, meaning any events without children present.
"We got our liquor license just recently and you know the liquor license isn't to serve beer to basketball or volleyball dads and moms. It's not to serve any alcohol during youth events. It's more or less as I mentioned for events like billiards, darts, MMA events, and boxing events," said Marketing Director Mark Beale.
Conflict MMA Promotions has put together 32 events throughout the state and many of its fighters live or train in Horry County.
The promotion was approached by the Myrtle Beach Sports Center to hold the event to help bring new sporting fans to the venue.
One of the fighters in tomorrow night's main event, Derek Kinnington, grew up not far from here, and says he can't wait to put on a show for the fans.
"Yea man, I grew up here when I was a little kid and then moved up north, just about four hours north in a town called Blacksberg, South Carolina. I joined the military at 18 years old, and spent twelve and a half years in the military. I decided I wanted to teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or fight full time. I got out, burned my ships as I like to call it and just started fighting. I'm now on a two fight win streak, looking to make it a three fight win streak tomorrow night."
Those who run the venue say they will continue to branch out with their events in hopes of appealing to a broader fan base.