A pair of teammates on Rim Country Middle School’s 1997 undefeated White Mountain League football team have decided to square off in the mixed martial arts ring.
Taylor Walden and Waylon Quotskuyva will clash July 23 in the All Powers Combat battles to be held in the Tonto Apache Recreation Center.
The former teammates will battle for the 205-pound APC lightweight title on a 14-fight card that is expected to draw up to 1,000 spectators.
While both starred for the RCMS team, neither went on to become Longhorn football standouts as Walden moved to Show Low and Quotskuyva gave up the sport.
The upcoming fights will be the fifth in a series that APC has held in Payson.
APC III drew more than 1,000 spectators and APC I had 900 attendees, said APC spokesman Heath Bebout, a PHS graduate and former student-athlete.
Bebout has been able to attract several former PHS athletes to the fight ring including former wrestling stars Larry Wilbanks and R.C. LaHaye.
In addition to Walden and Quotskuyva locking horns in the upcoming match, Payson fighter Randy Steinke will meet Sean Nez in a 145-pound battle.
Steinke is the manager and lead instructor at Triangle Academy, a mixed martial arts studio in Payson.
In 2008, Steinke inked a contract with Fight Legion, Inc., a California management team, to fight professionally.
Steinke was signed after winning the Rage in the Cage lightweight championship.
Also competing in the Payson bouts will be fighters from Tucson, Chinle, Peoria, Tempe, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Lehi, Utah.
Tickets to the show are $25 at the gate and $20 if purchased before July 23.
Tickets are available at the Triangle Academy, 408 W. Main St., or the Tonto Apache Recreation Center.
Call (928) 474-7093 for more information.