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Cherokee cage fight will be a 'dry' event

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A mixed martial arts cage fighting event approved last week by the City Council for the Cherokee Community Center will not involve the sale or availability of alcohol, after all.

A misunderstanding between the promoter, the City, and the Cherokee VFW Club led City Administrator Don Eikmeier and promoter Rick Tasler of Brutaal Genesis of Boone to announce that the Cherokee VFW Club would utilize its liquor permit the night of the event and would close the VFW Club during the event to allow the license to be used at the Community Center, and then re-open to host the after party associated with such cage fighting events.

That scenario was spelled out in the Chronicle Times news story reporting on the last City Council meeting.

However, according to Eikmeier, the cage fighting event, set for Dec. 17, will be a "dry" event, with no alcohol served, and the VFW Club's only involvement will be to host the after-party.

At its last regular meeting, the Council approved on a close 3-2 vote to allow the mixed martial arts (MMA) cage fighting event in the Cherokee Community Center.

Tasler, owner of Brutaal Genesis which operates the cage fights, is a full-time Police officer with the City of Boone, a former prep and college wrestler, and a now retired MMA fighter. Brutaal Genesis has staged three such events at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds in the past and comes highly recommended by the Cherokee County Fair Board, several Cherokee businesses, and Police Chief Steve Schuck.

In requesting the use of the Community Center, Tasler said he wants to stage another successful event in Cherokee but the Fair building used is not heated, so he was requesting the Community Center for the proposed Dec. 17 event. The past events at the Fairgrounds have attracted 300-400 fans and feature some local fighters.

Factoring in the economic impact, he Council voted 3-2 to allow the event in the Community Center's lower level, with Linda Burkhart, Wayne Pingel, and Dan Morrow voting yes, and Mick Mallory and Jim Peck voting no.

The Council's motion to allow the event did not contain any language regarding the sale of alcohol at the Community Center venue.

Brutaal Genesis Iowa carries a $1 million liability insurance policy and $50,000 insurance on all participants. In approving the event, the City of Cherokee becomes an "additional insured." Tasler said Brutaal Genesis supplies its own doctors and has a spotless reputation in the MMA industry.

According to Eikmeier, Tasler has indicated an interest in hosting additional events in Cherokee over the winter months.

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