It's been too long ... but Driller Promotions is finally returning to downtown Minneapolis.
Driller is promoting a two-day combat series, kicking things off tonight at the Cabooze in downtown Minneapolis. Tonight features kickboxing and pro boxing, while Saturday is the MMA portion of the event.
During tonight's festivities, Minnesota standout Kaitlin Young is fighting in the main event of the kickboxing portion of the card. MMA fans will remember Young for scoring a win early in her career over Miesha Tate. Young is an incredible kickboxer, and she'll be in the night's main event.
The boxing portion of the card features a state title fight and the return of former Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Ray Edwards.
Philip Adyaka (5-7) is taking on Brad Patraw (10-8) for the state featherweight title. It's scheduled for eight rounds.
Edwards, who is 10-0-1 as a pro, takes on Steven Tyner (3-14-3) of Ohio in a four-round heavyweight bout.
In all, there are five professional boxing bouts and a total of 12 kickboxing bouts. Also featured on tonight's card will be such Minnesota standouts as BJ Lacy, Danyelle Williams, Vanyu Xiong, Sarah Bishop, Cam Gilliam, Luke Rudberg, Karter Holthusen, Bonnie Stoehr and Nick Palmer.
Fights are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. today.
Driller Promotions co-owner Jeremy Bjornberg wanted this event to be huge, and on paper, he's accomplished just that. With a big Friday night sure to go down, Saturday might be even better. There are 19 total fights scheduled for Saturday, including four pro fights and a pro title fight.
"We wanted to do it up big, and I think we've succeeded," Bjornberg said. "We need MMA in Minneapolis, so we're