Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans are in for a thrilling treat with the Cook Islands 682 Ultimate Rage Fight Night – an adrenaline-fueled display of combat sports – set to take place this Friday in Rarotonga.
The Fight Night to be held at Te Are Karioi (National
Auditorium) will feature 16 MMA athletes from Aotearoa New Zealand and local
talent, including Cook Islands’ very own star champion, Scholar Ngatokorua.
In June this year, Ngatokorua competed in the Global
Association of Mixed Martial Arts’ (GAMMA) event in New Zealand, where in the
Under 72 kilograms Super Welterweight “Elite” Division, he walked away with the
gold medal. This was his second international title.
The Cook Islands 682 Ultimate Rage Fight Night is driven
by Aotearoa-based Cook Islander Terry Tuteru, a passionate MMA trainer and
sports promoter from South Auckland Leegar Thaiboxing Gym (SALT Gym).
Tuteru is in Rarotonga, meticulously overseeing the
final arrangements for this action-packed event with the support of the Avatiu
Boxing and Martial Arts Club.
“This event will provide a platform for emerging
talent and help to promote the sport in the Cooks, and hopefully create more
interest and inspire young people on the island,” Tuteru told Cook Islands
“More gym stations are needed here to provide more
facilities for the people in the community and to give them more options to
“This is also an opportunity for athletes to challenge
Some of the young talent who will appear in the ring
are Rangisiku Kirikava taking on William Robertson, both of them will be making
their debut on the night.
In the heavyweight bout, two rising stars, Gabriel
Tuteru and Te Haenga Adams, are both eager to get into the ring, hungry for
Officials and participants are expected to start
arriving from Aotearoa later this week.
A special Children’s Exhibition will also be held to
give young Avatiu Gym kickboxers the opportunity to shine.
Tickets are $40 for general admission, and VIP tables
are available for a more personal up-close experience.
The doors will open at 5pm and the event is scheduled
to start at 6pm.
For ticket information and reservations, please
contact: Nicholle Ama – 79355, Ngametua Maea – 72347 and Terry Tuteru – 73088.