Hailing from Georgetown, Stellar Fights founder Brad Dalton has been hosting MMA events primarily in Harrington, Delaware for more than a decade now after training as a fighter himself. And now, next weekend, Stellar Fights arrives in Salisbury, where they will be holding a show at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center on October 16.
For Dalton and Stellar Fights, their 47th fight card will also be their first fully professional fight card, with all 18 fighters on the nine fight card being professionals in the MMA world. And with these professional fighters coming to Salisbury next weekend, Dalton is hoping the hard work to put it all together pays off as an introduction to the world of mixed martial arts for Salisbury combat sports fans.
“I would really love to do a show in Salisbury once or twice a year at the Civic Center, that’s kind of my main focus,” Dalton said in an interview. “We wanted to make it big with TV production and stuff like that.”
According to Dalton, the last fight staged by Stellar Fights was the biggest to date, taking place at the State Fair Grounds in Harrington and selling the location. With this success, Dalton knew it was time to expand his size, reach, and location.
According to Dalton, many of the fighters competing on October 16 were the ones he connected with as they transitioned from amateurs to professionals. Most of the fighters come from up and down the East Coast, with a few from Alaska and California for the event.
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“This is our first fight we’ve ever done that’s all in Pro MMA,” said Dalton. “It’s definitely a big leap from what we’ve done in the past.”
Some of the notable fighters include Mike Otwell of Ocean City (4-4 as a pro), Patrick Rivera of Baltimore (5-2) and Ryan Cafaro (8-5). Cafaro, of New Jersey, trained with UFC champions like Eddie Alvarez and Frankie Edgar, according to Dalton.
During the fight week, there will be a press conference on October 14 and public weigh-ins on the 15th before the fight. And for Dalton, he hopes this pro event in Salisbury becomes an annual showcase for his company, fighters and fans.
“I just want the people who come to the fights to say ‘Wow we really got our money’s worth,’” said Dalton. “Our promotions are known to put on good fights, but we’ve never had a production like this before. And I want people to go there and feel like they’ve just left a UFC event in Salisbury, Maryland.”