If the term "mixed martial arts" brings back memories of being forced to imitate Tae Bo superstar Billy Blanks while still looking semi-cool during high school gym class, fear not. The Gladius Fights III Live MMA Fighting, to be held this weekend at the Main Street Armory (900 E. Main St.), won't give you a terrifying flashback to your most awkward ninth-grade nightmares. Those were glorified aerobics they had us doing, and the real thing is a lot more entertaining — and brutal. Expect a full-contact combat sport that combines grappling and striking techniques.
The fighting will take place on Saturday, March 30, at the Main Street Armory (900 E. Main St.). The main event features Rochester-based Wally MacDonald against a yet-to-be-determined opponent, with the secondary event pitting Genaro DeJesus vs Anthony Jerome. More than 12 other matches will round out the evening.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and fighting will commence at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25-$500, and are available by calling 232-3221 or by visiting ticketfly.com. For more information, visit rochestermainstreetarmory.com or gladiuspromotions.com.