Smith set to go out in style during his final MMA bout

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By Mike Farner

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - In what could be the final fight in a long career, Billy Smith wanted to bring something back to his hometown.
    On Saturday, Jan. 8, All American MMA will bring a 15-bout card to the Shepherdsville City Government Center.
    The program will, in part, be a fund-raiser for the Crusade for Children and Crimes Against Children.
    Smith, who started his career in boxing, has been part of the mixed martial arts craze the past few years. However, with time, Smith said he realizes it might be time to move into another career.
    He hopes that a good crowd will result in regular shows coming to Bullitt County.
    With a quality promoter who sets up evenly-matched bouts, Smith said fans will have a great evening of action.
    Smith will be part of the co-main event.
    The first bout is set to being at 7 p.m. Doors to the firehouse open at 6 p.m.
    The list of boxers will include several Bullitt County participants.
    Having fought across the country, Smith said he wanted to do something in Shepherdsville, especially if it might be the final contest for the 32-year-old, who is also training fighters.
    Helping to make the night a success will be a number of sponsors, including Peoples Bank of Bullitt County, Big O Tire, Triple Crown Steakhouse, TNT Tattoos, Bob West Auto, Fleming’s Auto Body Shop and Up in Smoke.
    The pre-fight weigh-ins and party will be on Friday at 6 p.m. at Club Gravity on Highway 44 East next to City Limits.
    Tickets are $20 for general admission and $30 cage side in advance by calling 502-835-5091. Tickets will be sold at the door for $25 general admission and $35 cage side.