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Get in the cage, boy!
Get in the cage, boy!

Behind Bars

SAT 1/24

So now we're starting to hear about some of the funny business in boxing. Apparently one of the sport's biggest promoters is being investigated by the FBI for fixing fights. Sounds like it's time for an alternative pugilistic endeavor. How about an event that blends martial arts with street brawling? The Office Depot Center (1 Panthers Pkwy., Sunrise) welcomes King of the Cage's World Championship Cage Fighting. Included among the evening's nine bouts is the Heavyweight World Title match pitting incumbent Paul Buentello against challenger Patrick Smith and an Unlimited Superfight Title match in which Seth Petruzelli goes up against Dan "The Beast" Severn. For those turned off by antics of brute testosterone, a Female No Holds Barred Cage Fight, along with a $5,000 Ring Girl competition, are also on the docket. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; first fight is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $40 to $160. Call 954-523-3309, or visit -- Russ Evans

Monster Crash

SAT 1/24

Ready to get some irreversible damage to the ears? The U.S. Hot Rod Monster Truck Jam, the loudest entertainment event ever witnessed, comes to Pro Player Stadium (2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami) at 5:30 p.m. All the usual suspects will be there: Gravedigger! Pure Adrenalin! Gunslinger! Obsession! El Toro! And many others! But not, alas, the original monster truck, Bigfoot, which has not appeared at one of these shows in more than four years. See, the U.S. Hot Rod folks (the parent company is Clear Channel, natch) won't let the Bigfoot folks film their own monster truck. So if you've been wondering wherefore the Bigfoot absence, there ya go. That truck's owners have been running their own events, but since Clear Channel also owns a lot of the major venues in the country, you probably won't be seeing Bigfoot anytime soon. But for the rest of the trucks, tickets cost $5 to $20. Call 305-573-8326. -- Dan Sweeney

Bike Racing

Pedal to the Dirt

SUN 1/25

Why are you sitting there on the couch reading this? Get outside and lock into your pedals for a new year of racing on the trails. The season's first event, the Ford Mountain Bike Racing Series South Florida Spring Challenge #1, comes to Markham Park (16001 W. State Rd. 84, Sunrise). The starting gun sounds at 8:30 a.m., and the competition is divided into various skill categories, with awards for first through third in each division. Registration costs $5 for children, $20 for juniors and novices, $23 for intermediates, and $28 for experts. Call 352-873-9279. You can also register online at -- Russ Evans


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