Local GIs fight in MMA for those fallen to PTSD

October 21, 2013 

More than pride will be on the line at St. Louis University's Chaifetz Arena on Saturday night. That's when local troops, including at least one stationed at Scott Air Force Base, are set to mix it up in mixed-martial arts bouts to raise money in the fight against post-traumatic stress disorder.

MMA legend Randy Couture is set to be on hand at Chaifetz when the doors open at 6 p.m. for "The Warriors for Heroes MMA vs. PTSD Fight Night." Tickets run from $22 apiece to $80 for the event, which will feature 14 bouts, including three female matches.

The event will feature an open bar and party suites. Couture will be available for photos and autographs.

Army Capt. Tony Zucca, who trains at a MMA gym in Granite City, is one of the fighters on Saturday's card.

Money raised from the event will go to the AMMO-Adam Muffler Memorial Organization, which aims to help military personnel dealing with PTSD, a stress-related psychological disorder blamed for the suicides each day of 22 American active duty personnel and veterans.

Adam Muffler was a Marine veteran who had returned home to St. Louis after serving combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistant. A SLU student and aspiring MMA fighter, Muffler ended his life nearly a year ago at the age of 24.

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