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'Backflips and Beatdowns' mixed martial arts card in Billings set

'Backflips and Beatdowns' mixed martial arts card in Billings set

BILLINGS — The card was posted on social media on Thursday and fighters and freestyle motorsports athletes have begun arriving in Billings for “Backflips and Beatdowns” on Saturday at First Interstate Arena at MetraPark.

The mixed martial arts and freestyle motorsports show is set to begin at 6 p.m.

“It’s time to go. Everything is in the Metra right now,” promoter and co-owner of “Backflips and Beatdowns” Tyler Johnson told The Billings Gazette and on Thursday. “Everything is ready to rock and roll.”

The fight card will be a continuation of the Fusion Fight League’s Rising Stars Tournament.

Scheduled bouts include: 160 pounds, Donnell Dixon vs. Justin Zachariasen; lightweight, Shawn Abeyta vs. Braeden Tovey; middleweight, Trent Miller vs. Dustin Odegard; women’s flyweight, Kacee Christansen vs. Kailey Frank; featherweight, Alex Aragon vs. Daeri Alderman; women’s strawweight, Yanet Perez vs. Caysea McBride; lightweight, Darien Robinson vs. Gage Morsette; bantamweight, Ethan Goodwin vs. Erik Mendez; women’s vacant bantamweight title, Wendy Freeman vs. Lauren Wolfe.

X Games veterans Adam Jones, Brian McCarty, Willie Elam and Anthony Murray are also set to perform. Johnson said to expect 50 to 100 backflips at the performance. Plans call for one of the riders to perform a backflip over the cage during one of the MMA bouts.

“Everybody flips,” said Johnson. “There are no B-riders; they are all A-plus riders.”

Johnson explained the reason for an early start on Saturday was so local fans could try and catch some of the UFC fights set for Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday. There will be an After the Fights party at Pepper’s in Billings where many of the freestyle motorsports athletes and MMA fighters will gather.

According to Johnson all of the available floor tables sold, but five more were added on Thursday. If interested in a table, call Johnson at 406-861-0288. Tickets can be purchased at the Metra box office or The show will be available to stream on pay-per-view at

Email Gazette Sports Editor John Letasky at or follow him on Twitter at @GazSportsJohnL


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