Driller/SEG has a show scheduled for June 29 at the High Five Sports Bar in Burnsville. While that fight card has been done for longer than a month, matchmakers Jeremy Bjornberg and Drew Studer already have a good chunk of their cards secured for their August and September shows, too.
And, the fights are looking fantastic.
Driller/SEG recently secured The Myth in Maplewood for their Aug. 10 show. The Myth long has been considered Minnesota's best venue for MMA. It will be Driller/SEG's first-ever show inside the historic site.
The matchups for the Myth show already are set, and it's another deep card. Seven pro bouts already are locked in and a total of 18 fights are set to go, with the possibility of adding more, according to Bjornberg.
The pro portion of the card will mark the return of Brandon Merkt, who retired in 2011 after his stint on The Ultimate Fighter. Merkt officially has an 11-0 record, with his only loss being unofficial (vs. John Dodson) on TUF 14.
Merkt's fight with Bill Friday in 2011 was the MNMMANEWS Fight of the Year. He's still considered to be the state's top 125-pound fighter, capable of bumping up to take out 135ers, too.
Merkt will get a rematch on the Myth card, taking on Tony Crowder at a catch weight of 130. Merkt beat Crowder by first-round submission in 2011.
At a catch weight of 180, Chase Waldon and Rico Washington are set to clash at the Myth. John