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Nelson puts together MMA history

Alexandria’s Shawn Nelson of Full Nelson Promotions has put together a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight card with a little history to it for January 18.

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The “Ground and Pound” event at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen will feature Santa-Marie Venter as the first female MMA fighter from South Africa to test her skills in the United States. She will take on Maddy Simmons on a card that could feature up to 14 fights.

Nelson said local fighters Josh Randt and PJ Neurer are also scheduled to fight. Doors open at 6 p.m. with fights starting at 7.

Visit to purchase general tickets. For VIP cage-side tickets, go to or call Nelson at 320-304-3078.