Shaquil Gant and Kevin Rivera compete in separate weight divisions

During their high school career, Taft's Shaquil Gant and Kevin Rivera played football. Now they will be turning their eyes to a different sport Saturday when both compete in a Mixed Martial Arts match put on by 559 fights at the Tulare Fair Grounds in Tulare.

Gant will go up against Dos Palos' Granson Clark, who has a 1-1 record, in the lightweight division while Rivera takes on Lemoore's Nick Sierra, who has a 1-0 record in the welterweight division.

Both fighters will be entering their first matches.