Juneau’s Cliff White is fighting this Saturday at the Trinity Kings 7 event in Waipahu, Hawaii. (Courtesy Photo | Randy Willard)

Juneau’s Cliff White is fighting this Saturday at the Trinity Kings 7 event in Waipahu, Hawaii. (Courtesy Photo | Randy Willard)

Local MMA fighter will be battling for his first professional belt in Hawaii

Fights start at 8:30 p.m. Saturday

A 27-year-old from Juneau is traveling to the Hawaiian island of Oahu this weekend.

Cliff White isn’t going for the beaches or sun, though. He’s headed to the island in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean for a singular reason: to fight in an octagon.

The MMA fighter will be featured in the the main event of Trinity Kings 7, a fight night put on by Trinity Sport Combat. White and Hawaii native Robby “SuperNatural” Ostovich be fighting for the 155-pound Super Lightweight Title, one of two professional belts that will be awarded by the Hawaiian-based MMA company. The winners will also be given a cash prize.

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White said he hopes the fight will encourage other Juneauites to continue to pursue their fighting dreams.

“I just want to encourage other fighters to keep it up,” White said by phone from Anchorage.

White began fighting locally in MMA at age 17, and has fought in over 30 fights in Juneau and Anchorage. He said he’s as ready as he’ll ever be for Saturday night’s fight.

Randy Willard, White’s coach, set up the fight through Robert Ostovich Sr., the father of White’s opponent and owner of Trinity Sport Combat.

“I messaged him back and forth, back and forth,” Willard said. “(Ostovich Sr.) was like, ‘I think we need to make a super fight between these two — they have similar records, they have about the same amount of fights and they have similar styles.’”

The fights take place at the iTrampoline Event Center in Waipahu on Saturday starting at 8:30 p.m. AKST. The event will not be televised.

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Local MMA fighter will be battling for his first professional belt in Hawaii

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