The crew from Iron Works gym in La Crosse, Wis., is jumping the border once again to present its fifth installment of the "3 River Throwdown" on Saturday at the La Crescent Community Arena.
La Crescent is on the Minnesota side of the river, across from La Crosse.
Doors are set to open at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and the 15-fight event is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Tickets still remain on cagetix.com and from participating fighters. General admission tickets are just $25.
There are four pro fights on Saturday's show.
Iron Works standout Austen Heidlage is in the night's main event against fellow Wisconsin big man Matt Gauthier. Heidlage is 5-1 as a pro and is coming off of his first loss. Gathier is 4-3.
Gauthier stepped up on short notice to replace Justin Rheaume, who suffered a knee injury.
"After Justin Rheaume backed out of our main event a few weeks ago, Matt stepped up to take this fight," matchmaker Eric Anderson said. "This is going to be a battle. Matt is strong and very athletic. He played semi-pro football for the Green Bay Black Jacks. Austen is looking to bounce back from his only loss down in Iowa back in October."
Minnesota MMA standout Heath Rud also will look to bounce back from his first pro loss on Saturday's show. Rud suffered a decision setback against Bellator vet Eric Moon in February in Austin. He'll take on Iron Works standout Corwin Nichols in the co-main event.
Nichols brings a 3-2 mark into his showdown with Rud (4-1).
"This is going to be interesting," Anderson said. "They both have two totally different styles. Anyone who has ever watched Corwin knows he sets a very fast pace and looks to end the fight early. They both are very good on the ground, too."
Rud's former Compound MMA teammate Cody Garness also returns to action Saturday. Garness scored the big