King of the Cage sold out the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Saturday, February 8, for KOTC: Rumble, a card with 17 bouts, 15 amateur and two professional, which featured fighters from around New Mexico, Colorado and Texas. Participating camps included Get Fit Fight Gym (El Paso, TX), Albuquerque Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judgment MMA (Rio Rancho, NM), J5 MMA (Grants, NM), Xtreem Jiu Jitsu (El Paso, TX), 505 Fight Factory (Farmington, NM), Santa Fe BJJ, Durango MMA, Altitude MMA (Aurora, CO), Child’s Play MMA (Parker, CO), and 10th Planet BJJ (El Paso TX).
In the opener Matt Baca met local gatekeeper of sorts Michael Coca Gallegos in a six rounder. This fight was Baca’s to win but Gallegos did his best to turn it into his type of slugfest. When Baca was on his toes snapping his jab in open space he couldn’t miss, he even followed with a few clean body shots. Problem is Baca fought Gallegos’s fight, not just willingly clinching on the ropes but closing the distance himself by leading with leaping hooks.
Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm (6-0) remains undefeated in her MMA career, after a dominant performance against an MMA veteran with more than twice as many fights, Angela “Hollywood” Hayes (6-7), at Fresquez Productions’ HAVOC, on Friday, December 6, 2013, at the Route 66 Casino Hotel. While some had expressed doubts that Holm could pack out a venue with MMA, the same way she did with her boxing, she laid those doubts to rest, as she walked, or rather bounced out, to her traditional song, with the entire venue of 3000 on their feet, clapping and screaming.
The latest Bellator Lightweight Tournament has come to a head, with Tiger Sarnavskiy (25-1) and Will Brooks (12-1) slated to face each other in the final. Brooks won a grueling rematch against Saad Awad (15-6) by taking and keeping the game where he wanted it. The first time they faced one another, earlier this year, Awad KO’d Brooks early in the first round. This time around, Brooks started the action with an immediate takedown into side control; Awad was able to reverse that position to a full mount, but Brooks bucked out, and continued to take the fight to the ground, finishing the first round with Awad in a crucifix.
King of the Cage, one of the longest running MMA promotions in the country, returned to Albuquerque for the second time this year, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, with KOTC:Future Legends 18, an all-amateur card, which took place on Saturday, October 5, 2013. The capacity crowd in attendance witnessed fighters from around New Mexico, as well as parts of Texas, Colorado, California, Wyoming and Virginia; for many of these, this was their MMA debut.
XFC made their Albuquerque debut tonight with their 25th installment titled "Boiling Point" at the Convention Center downtown. The fights were well matched and action packed giving the crowd of over 2000 an exciting night of MMA action. Below are the results of all the fights. Check back tomorrow for a detailed breakdown of the feature fights as well as a picture gallery from all the bouts.
Two more New Mexico fighters have earned their way into Bellator by winning their fights at Triple A MMA : North vs South. Triple A MMA “Win to Get In” (a farming organization for Bellator MMA, hence the name “Triple A”) is being established across the country, including New Mexico, Iowa, Texas, California, Colorado, Arizona. Winners of the main and comain event earn automatic contract with Bellator; the two newest Bellator fighters – who will be featured on the next local Bellator card, on October 25 at Santa Ana Star Center - are Ray “The Tazmexican Devil” Borg (4-0, FIT NHB) and Josh “Big Country” Lanier (8-7, Lovato).
Richard Villa (8-5) - still reppin’ Roswell - came down from Middleweight to lightweight to face Gabriel Benitez (14-4) in the Main event. After a big body lock suplex (Chest to Chest)by Benitez, the two scrambled, and Villa managed to Isolate one of Benitez’ legs. One roll – maybe two – until Villa locked on a tight heel hook; Benitez was forced to tap at :52 of the opening frame.
In the Co-main Conrad Padilla (4-1) watched his 0 go to Nick Rhoads (6-2). Coming in unblemished at 4-0 Padilla hoped this win would put him on the elevator up. Rhoads however had his own plan, and used his range to keep Padilla at bay for all three rounds: U/D Rhoads.
Saturdays Jacksons Series 11 showcased a solid crop of amateur talent and delivered pro-card sizzle. Following are the quick results of all the fights. Check back manana for a fight by fight breakdown and full photo gallery:
Richard Villa defeats Gabriel Benitez via Tap, Heel Hook Round 1 – 0:52
Nick Rhoads defeats Conrad Padilla via U/D
The Combat Sports Club wishes to thank everyone who came out for Southwest Grapplefest 10 July 27th at the Santa Ana Star Center. Visit www.combatsportsclub.com to see Podium photos of all the medalists. Photos are posted on the Gallery page and individual results are on the Results page.
Check out the short video clip sent in by Gene Lujan III of KYNM - Your NM Channel - and TUFF.TV
Stay tuned for news of Grapplefest 11 November 2nd at Cleveland High School.
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