What began with a dare 14 years ago has turned into a timeconsuming hobby for two brothers from Seco.
In 1996 at the age of 24, Eddie Trotter entered a tough man competition and liked it.
“I made it to the championship match and got beat up,” said Trotter. “But I was hooked. I ended up winning seven championships.”
His brother, Stacy, has won three championships and their brother, Anthony, has won 11.
Anthony Trotter described their type of fighting as similar to that of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in a cage.
Eddie and Anthony Trotter don’t fight in mixed martial arts competitions themselves anymore. They formed Gladiator Fighting Championship and began promoting fights. All of their events are state-regulated by the Kentucky State Boxing Commission.
The first event they organized took place Dec. 11, 2004 at the Fleming-Neon High School gymnasium. They have hosted at least three events a year since 2004.
“We had always wanted to do it,” said Anthony Trotter.
Since the initial event, other ones have been held in Jenkins, Prestonsburg and Pikeville.
“Our first show at the Pikeville Expo Center was one of our biggest,” said Anthony Trotter.
Eddie Trotter said they promote good sportsmanship and haven’t had any major problems with the fighters.
“Most of the time they will go over after a match and hug,” said Eddie Trotter.
The Trotters also train nine people at Seco.
“It is a thinking man sport,” said Anthony Trotter. “You have to be a well-rounded athlete to be good at everything. Most of these fighter are well educated and have fulltime jobs.”
Anthony Trotter said it is another form of entertainment and exercise.
“It’s something to get into besides drugs and other stupid crap,” said Eddie Trotter.
Their next event is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the Jenkins High School gymnasium.