King of the Cage makes its return to Minnesota on Saturday with "Northern Meltdown" at Northern Lights Casino in Walker.
This is KOTC's first trip back to Minnesota since the October pay-per-view card at Jackpot Junction in Morton. The organization was last at Northern Lights on Oct. 23 of last year.
American Top Team of Savage and Anytime Fight Club will be well-represented on this fight card, and a couple of ranked fighters will be in action.
Matchmaker Gavin Rydell has lined up four professional fights and nine amateur fights for a 13-bout card.
The most competitive pro fight likely will happen in the 155-pound division when Bruce "The Oddballer" Johnson takes on Lucas Goulet.
Johnson is coming off of his upset knockout victory over ranked 145-pounder Pat Schilling, who was unbeaten heading into last weekend's fight at Treasure Island Resort and Casino. Johnson, who trains with Team Crazy in Lake City, rocked Schilling with a right hand and the fight was stopped just seconds later as Johnson came in for the finish.
It was the biggest victory of Johnson's career to date. But he'll get another stiff test from Goulet, who trains with Stomp Factory MMA in Thief River Falls.
Goulet is coming off of a loss to Sean Shamrock, who is the son of legendary Ken Shamrock, at a King of the Cage event in July. Goulet took down Shamrock, but once the fight got back to its feet, Shamrock scored the head-kick KO.
"I think that has a lot of potential," Rydell said. "Bruce obviously is coming off of the good win, and Lucas has been training a lot with those guys in Thief River Falls. He's ready, and both are very tough guys who bring it every time."
Anytime Fight Club coach Chad Vaudrin is returning to action. He will face Dan Wales of Alexandria at 135