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Jason Huebbe has spent the better part of the last 10 months traveling throughout Illinois and Iowa fighting in amateur MMA events.
During that time, the 2010 La Salle-Peru graduate has won three amateur title belts and is currently 8-0, winning seven of his fights in the first round and the other in a five-round unanimous decision simply because he needed the work. Now, he’s coming home.
The 19-year-old Peru resident highlights a field of fighters who will compete in the Rumble on the River 4, an MMA event which will be held Saturday at the Flamingo Banquet Center in La Salle.
Huebbe will fight in the main event against Streator’s Jeremy Moore in a non-title fight.
“It’s going to be a way different atmosphere because I may actually know some people this time,” joked Huebbe, who estimated around 50-75 friends and family will be at the event. “All my other fights, it’s just been me, my parents and my brother, and that’s about it. I’m not used to the whole La Salle-Peru area coming to see me fight.”
Jason won’t be the only local fighter competing at the event.
His brother Ryan Huebbe — the 2008-09 NewsTribune Wrestler of the Year — as well as friend and fellow L-P graduate Omar Aburomi also will fight in the event, which starts at 7:30 p.m. and is scheduled to have 15 bouts.
“We are excited about doing this La Salle show because of Jason Huebbe,” said Jeff Snyders, Ottawa MMA Club owner and the event’s promoter. “This is the first times he’s fought in one of our shows. He’s done exceptionally well.”
It’s the fourth event held by the Ottawa MMA club, the first since March and the first held outside of Ottawa.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with exhibition jujitsu and kickboxing matches scheduled for approximately 7-7:15 p.m.
“We’ve always had a lot of really good response,” Snyders said. “The community has really supported these fighters.”
The 15-bout card starts at 7:30 p.m. and should last approximately 2 1/2-3 hours with an intermission or two. All bouts are scheduled for three rounds, and the event is sanctioned by the state of Illinois.
Jason Huebbe — who currently holds the Extreme Challenge Super Heavyweight title, the Extreme Challenge Super Fight Series Heavyweight belt and the Battle of the Warriors Championship title — will face Moore, a well-known fighter who trains out of the club Team Devastation. The two have never fought.
“Jeremy’s been around the circuit for awhile,” Snyders said. “He is a veteran of Mixed Martial Arts and has had quite a few fights. It should be an interesting matchup.”
Huebbe hopes to add to his impressive resume, which on Aug. 11 included winning a tournament for professional contract, which he has yet to sign.
“I’ll sign it eventually, but I want to make sure I have a standup game,” said Huebbe, who received the OK to fight Saturday, which is his father’s birthday. “It’s improving, but it’s not at the professional level, so if I go pro and if there are guys who I can’t take down, I don’t want to be in trouble because I don’t have a standup game.”
Jared Bell can be reached at 220-6938, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsJared.
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