Get Ready to Rumble

UFC ain't the only place to find some mixed martial arts action. American Battle Championships is an amateur MMA league, but don't let its nonprofessional status fool you. The people who participate (both men and women) fight like two Republicans over the last sandwich at a Chick-fil-A. This particular event features men from varying weight classes. You've got your 145-pounders, your 160-pounders, and finally for the main attraction, you get to watch Stephen "Danny" Best at six-foot-nine and 260 pounds duke it out with undefeated Berman Common, whose shorter six-foot-four status is made up greatly by his weight, coming in at 305 pounds. This fight is one of ABC's most anticipated fights to date. Missing it would be like missing your kid's graduation -- if your kid were a 300-pound beefcake. The fights begin at 7 p.m. Monday at Renegades, 600 Village Blvd. in West Palm Beach. The cost is $25. Call 786-768-7006, or visit
Sun., Aug. 19, 7 p.m., 2012
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Tana Velen