The Hook-N-Shoot is one of the best values and one of the best times in town - and has been since 1995. What is Hook-N-Shoot? If I had to sum it up in one sentence I'd say it's an MMA event that showcases local and regional fighters. But it has been much more than that over the years.

(Miesha Tate/Facebook)

Thanks to the vision and passion of Jeff Osborne, the man behind HnS, this event has been around for nearly 20 years. During that time we have seen hundreds of fighters come through the Coliseum, some of them moving on to fight in the biggest promotions in the world. And although the UFC has just recently embraced women's MMA, the Hook-N-Shoot has been perhaps the biggest proponent of women's fighting since 2001. Current UFC fighters Sarah Kaufman, Julie Kedzie and Miesha Tate (pictured) have all fought at the Coliseum. Keep in mind that Miesha Tate is one of the head coaches on the current season of The Ultimate Fighter and she will fight Ronda Rousey in December for the UFC Women's Bantamweight title. I don't think I'm overstating it when I say that the Hook-N-Shoot is largely responsible (in addition to the amazing ladies that actually fight) for the growth of women's MMA.

I appear to have gotten a wee bit off track there. Let me turn your attention back to Saturday's event. First let me tell you that it is "Wrestling Appreciation Night" and all area middle and high school wrestlers wearing their team shirt will get in FREE.

You will also be introduced to a new division - the HnS Combat Wrestling Division which will feature the excitement of takedowns, suplexes, chokes, armbars and submission holds. Of course there will be plenty of MMA action, including...

  • the fighting debut of Evansville's Derek Johnson
  • Coal Miner Richie Kerner
  • Ryan Conaway battles Henderson's Kody Johnson to determine the NEW Hooknshoot Heavyweight King
  • a grudge match between James "The Motor Mouth" Motorshead versus KO machine Wil Calhoun
  • plus many more

Get your tickets at Fitness World behind Eastland Mall, at Joe's Record's, or at Show me's East.

It all starts this Saturday night November 23rd at 7:30PM at the Evansville Coliseum!