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Tara LaRosa returns at Extreme Challenge on March 28

Popular mixed martial arts fighter Tara LaRosa is coming back to Atlantic City, NJ this weekend. LaRosa, a native of Woodstown, will take on Seattle resident Sally Krumdiack in a three-round bout on Saturday, March 28 at Trump Marina Hotel Casino as part of an 11-fight card being promoted by Extreme Challenge.

The entire card will available online via live stream at

It will be the first MMA show ever held at Trump Marina and the first combative card there since October 23, 1998, when former heavyweight boxing champion Greg Page lost a 10-round, unanimous decision to Monte Barrett.

LaRosa (16-1), a former three-sport standout at St. James High School in Carneys Point and a Catawba College (N.C.) graduate, is currently the top-ranked super-bantamweight (135 pounds) fighter in the world, according to the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts (WAMMA). The 31-year-old is coming off a third-round TKO over Canadian Alexis Davis on Jan. 23 at Tropicana Casino and Resort.

Like LaRosa, Krumdiack (5-1) also turned to fighting after a solid high school sports career and attending college. The 26-year-old played soccer, basketball and softball at Seattle ’s Meridian High and also graduated from Western Washington University. Krumdiack got her start in kickboxing before moving over to MMA in 2006.

Ten other three-round fights are included on the card in the Grand Cayman Ballroom. It is the second show in Atlantic City for Extreme Challenge, an Illinois-based MMA organization started by Monte Cox in 1995. One of the undercard bouts will feature Troy Maxwell (0-2) against Jonathan Evans (0-1) at 170 pounds.

Maxwell, a former member of the U.S. Coast Guard, is trained by Smithville resident Virgil Hill, the former five-time light-heavyweight and cruiserweight boxing champion, at All N Conditioning in Galloway Township.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 8 p.m. Tickets are priced at $55, $75 and $100 and are available at Trump Marina and Ticketmaster. The entire card will also be streamed live online at

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