Medieval combat meets mixed martial arts wrestling tomorrow

MEN OF STEEL: Members of Rockhampton’s medieval enthusiasts’ group will present displays of combat during tomorrow’s party at Yeppoon Main Beach, organised by MMA Battlers and open to all. RIGHT: Yeppoon youngsters enjoy a taste of medieval times as they look forward to tomorrow’s event, where the local community is invited to enjoy an array of fun activities in the lead-up to the $30,000 MMA Battlers tournament at the Mercure Capricorn Resort in June.
Members of Rockhampton's medieval enthusiasts' group will present displays of combat during tomorrow's party at Yeppoon Main Beach. MMA BATTLERSCQ INSIGHT

MEDIEVAL combat will come to grips with mixed martial arts (MMA) wrestling as the Yeppoon beachfront hosts a beach party for young, old and in-between tomorrow.

The event, which starts at 10am, is to let people sample the party atmosphere they can expect at the $30,000 MMA Battlers tournament to be held at the Mercure Capricorn Resort on June 13-15.

Tomorrow's party will also see the introduction of the Battlettes, female cheerleader and promotional group, who will present a display of dance and be on hand to give out information on June's big tournament.

Tomorrow also marks the opening of athlete registrations and spectator ticket sales for MMA Battlers.

A special booth will operate to provide potential entrants in the tournament with full details and accept athlete nominations on the spot.

There will also be an opportunity to buy "early-bird" spectator tickets at a heavily discounted price. With admission tickets going on sale for the first time, a special, one-off price will be available for tomorrow only where three-day tickets to MMA Battlers will be reduced from $129 to just $99.

Organisers expect up to 300 entries for what will be Australia's richest-ever mixed martial arts tournament, with the potential audience estimated at up to 3000.

"It should be a great day," said MMA Battlers' chief executive Chris Yates.

"To celebrate registration day, we'll have rides for the kids, food, music and some incredible performances."

Mr Yates said MMA Battlers had been planned at every stage to be an event for the entire family, and the beach party would provide an insight into how family-friendly it was designed to be.

Among other attractions at the beach party will be a family barbecue - raising money for a local charity - the display of medieval combat, MMA wrestling, a mechanical bull and a jumping castle.

Winners of the recent MMA Battlers' Facebook competition will also be drawn, with one lucky family winning accommodation, VIP passes to the tournament and $1000 spending money.

Tomorrow's beach party at Yeppoon Main Beach will run from 10am to 2pm. More information at mmabattlers.com.