Mixed martial arts
- The Acendancy Fighting Championship event Saturday at the Five Sullivan Brothers Center features a card with several area fighters.
Highlighting the card is a bout between Eric Thomas, a veteran who has trained in Burlington, against former Cedar Valley resident Mike Plazola, who now lives in Oregon.
Hudson native Jaime Medina will take on Kurstan Davenport, while Waterloo native and UFC veteran Mike “Biggie” Rhodes is taking on Las Vegas star BJ Lacy. Rounding out the pro card are Team Roc fighter John Simon and Waterloo native Adem Mujakic.
There will be several amateur bouts, as well, involving Charles City’s Dakota Vance and local fighters Adnan Pehlic, Charlie Faulkner and Amel Dizdarevic.
Tickets can be purchased at ROC Gym inside the Crossroads mall, online at NitroTickets.com or at the door Saturday.
- The Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is now the American Rivers Conference.
Conversations about a name change began two years ago when the IIAC, which was formed in 1922, added Nebraska Wesleyan. The new name reflects the geographic region of the league’s members with the Mississippi River to the east and the Missouri River to the west.
The conference plans to emphasize, specifically through its Student-Athlete Advisory committees, environmental/clean water awareness and will pursue service projects such as river and park clean-ups.
Current American Rivers Conference membership consists of Buena Vista, Central, Coe, Dubuque, Loras, Luther, Nebraska Wesleyan, Simpson and Wartburg.
The charter members are Buena Vista, Central, Luther and Simpson. Loras was a member from 1926-54 before leaving, then rejoined the league in 1986. Dubuque joined in 1929, Wartburg in 1937, Coe in 1997 and Nebraska Wesleyan in 2016.