Earnhardt's grandson set to make mixed martial arts debut

Published: May. 21, 2012 at 3:07 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 20, 2012 at 3:07 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Jeff Earnhardt, grandson of the legendary Dale Earnhardt, is set to try his hand in a new sport for the Earnhardt family: mixed martial arts.

Earnhardt will fight in his debut MMA match in Fight Lab 25 at Coyote Joe's off Wilkinson Boulevard Tuesday night at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.

Earnhardt, 22, currently races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series but says he got addicted to MMA fighting as a fan.

"A lot of people don't see race car athletes as true athletes," he said to MMA Fighting. "They don't think we're capable of doing anything other than sitting in a car and driving in a circle. A lot of people don't understand the reality of it. This is an opportunity to prove to people that race car drivers are athletes. It's a lot harder than people realize. Hopefully this MMA fight will help people realize that, and that we can hold our own as athletes."

Earnhardt has no intentions of quitting racing. He considers it his No. 1 priority.

Earnhardt trains at Renegade Fighting Systems off of South Boulevard in Charlotte.

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