Published: Nov 11, 2010 12:13 AM EST
Updated: Nov 10, 2010 8:18 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. - For years amateur MMA fighters in the cape had been fighting for the ability to fight... now their dreams are coming true.

Previously amateur MMA bouts had been illegal in Florida, until the state switched its position a few months ago.

Jeffrey Santella, owner of Mixed Martial Arts University, took that time to coordinate Cape Coral's first amateur event.

Six students from his school will be participating in the event, along with dozens of others from throughout the state.

The rules will change a bit though, compared to professional matches in the cage: rounds will be 3 minutes instead of 5, and fighters can not punch in the face while on the ground or use elbows during the bout.

"Some of these people have been training for 2-3 years, because they knew they weren't at the pro level but they now have an amateur option," said Santella.

The event is scheduled for 8 p.m on Friday at the Cape Coral Yacht Club with tickets selling for $20.

For more information call (239) 772-KICK.