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  • Josh Montoya Meets Frank Morris at KOTC Ignite in Search of a Knockout

    Joshua "The Destroya" Montoya will be stepping into the cage to face Frank Morris at King of the Cage "Ignite", which takes place this Saturday, August 11, at Buffalo Thunder Casino, just north of Santa Fe, NM, at 7:00pm. Montoya (9-7 of Judgment MMA) is a New Mexico native, born and raised in Santa Fe, where he still lives. He attended Academy for Technology and the Classics, where there were no sports offered; so at the age of 14, he decided to start taking Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at a downtown gym, where youth were taught for free. He continued to train throughout high school, earning his purple belt in BJJ. Like so many others, Montoya was fascinated by UFC and The Ulti...
  • Josh Torres Ready to Test Himself against Joe Gomez at Warehouse Rumble 2

    Josh "Pitbull" Torres, one of New Mexico's rising boxing stars, will be the main event on Friday, July 27, at Warehouse Rumble 2: Friday Night Fights at YDI Wool Warehouse; he will be taking on Joe Gomez (18-6-1). Although this will be the most experienced fighter Torres has faced so far, he is unfazed: "It motivates me, makes me want to put myself to the test. I'm excited, always want to test myself, I have for my whole career." Torres (7-2-1, of Albuquerque, NM, Team Tapia) is an Albuquerque native, South Valley born and bred, who began his boxing career at 14-years old, beginning with classmate and friend Vincent "Lil Man" Mirabal and his father Richard.
  • USCS Amateur Spotlight: Jackson-Winkeljohn's George Clynes to Headline MMA Summer Showdown

    Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA amateur fighter George Clynes will be headlining the MMA Summer Showdown, which takes place at Miryamura High School in Gallup, NM, on August 4, 2012, against Clube de Pitbull Jiu Jitsu's Greg Chavez, for the lightweight title. There will be three other title fights, and many other gyms from around New Mexico, Texas and Arizona represented at this collaborative event: Bio-Dog MMA, Mean1 MMA, Bushido MMA, Perez Fighting Systems, Lujan's TKD, Sanchez MMA, Lovato's, Animal Freak Fitness, ABQ Kickboxing, J5 MMA, Team Kill It, Momma D's Dungeon, Sandoval's, Duke City Ronin, as well as some independent fighters. US Combat Sports caught up with Clyn...
  • Slade Ring vs. Jacob Hawks for IKF New Mexico Kickboxing Championship Title

    Slade Ring (Mean1 MMA) and Jacob "The California Kid" Hawks (Rosales) will be the main event for the IKF New Mexico Kickboxing Championship, which takes place Saturday, July 14, first fight at 8pm, at Rosales Dojo, 3457 Highway 47 in Los Lunas, New Mexico, as the co-main event for the AKBA Title. Originally from Anchorage, AK (a proud Yupik and Athabaskan), Ring moved to Albuquerque with his father and older brother, Falon, when he was just three years old. Currently an honor student at Nex+Gen Academy (a project-based magnet high school), he completed his freshman year with straight A's. He began his study of martial arts about five years ago, when he and his brother enroll...
  • Andres Quintana Shoots for Rage In The Cage Featherweight Belt Against Frankie Saenz

    Andres "Bullet" Quintana, 3-1 of Mean1 MMA Fitness and one of New Mexico fastest-rising stars in MMA, will be stepping into the cage against Frankie Saenz (4-2 out of the Den) for the Rage in the Cage featherweight title at RITC 161, on July 20, 2012, at Wild Horse Pass Casino, in Chandler, AZ. Quintana entered the world of combat sports at the age of 12, when he joined Team Roswell's "The Dungeon" and began to learn boxing from head coach Lupe Perez. Just three months later, he had his first boxing match, and over the next six years, garnered an impressive 26-4 amateur boxing record, earning several titles and placing fourth in the nation as an amateur boxer. In ...
  • Fighter Focus: FIT NHB's Nikki Lowe Prepares to Face Wilena Jim at KOTC Wrangler

    The sport of mixed martial arts has been widely acknowledged as the fastest growing sport in the world; and women in the sport are growing in number and talent. New Mexico is full of female fighters who have already made their mark in combat sports; such as Arlene Sanchez-Vaughn, Julie Kedzie, Angela Chavez, Michelle Waterson, Jodie Esquibel, Holly Holm, Monica Lovato, Brenda Gonzales, Nohime Dennisson, Heather Clark, and many more. It's because of these women, and many others, that organizations like Strikeforce now headline female bouts, and more and more women are getting into the sport. One such woman is Nikki Lowe; single mother of two, corrections officer at Metropolitan Detenti...
  • New Mexico MMA FIghter Guy Youell Makes Boxing Debut on Holly Holm-Anne Sophie Mathis Card

    Guy Youell, out of Team 4Corners in Farmington, NM, will be making his professional debut against Albuquerque's Jose Luis "Guero" Sanchez, out of Sanchez Brothers, who is also making his professional debut, on Fresquez Productions' "The Reckoning", on Friday, June 15, 2012, at Route 66 Casino Hotel Albuquerque, NM. The main event for the promotion features Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm facing Anne Sophie Mathis, the one who delivered her most recent loss, in a 10-round rematch for the IBA Welterweight and WBAN Titles. There will be two other professional boxing debuts on the card, Victor Silva (Socorro, NM) and Gene Perez (Belen, NM). Ori...
  • Oscar De La Hoya Discusses "Four Warned" Card and Golden Boy Promotions Future

    Former 10-time world champion Oscar De La Hoya joins US Combat Sports reporter Jorge Hernández to discuss Golden Boy Promotion's upcoming "Four Warned" event featuring a main event between Antonio Tarver vs. Lateef Kayode tonight at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. The card will feature present legends Antonio Tarver and Winky Wright. It will also feature young up and coming fighters who are sure to be household names soon, WBA Super Welterweight champion Austin "No Doubt" Trout and Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin. De La Hoya also discussed his excitement over the the rest of the year for Golden Boy Promotions with cards featuring the return of ...
  • Mean 1 MMA's Martin Manrique Battles Gabriel Lopez for Aragon Fight Promotions Amateur Lightweight Crown

    Martin Manrique, the new Assistant Manager and Strength Conditioning Instructor at Mean1 Rio Rancho, will be facing Las Cruces fighter, Gabriel Lopez (Monsivaiz), for the Aragon Fight Promotions Amateur lightweight title on Saturday, June 2, 2012, in Carlsbad, NM. The card will feature two professional fights - Mark Martinez vs. Josh Lanier, and Oscar Granado vs. Tyrone Wright – as well as 13 amateur bouts, including Manrique-Aguirre and the other amateur title fight for the night, Scott Nyrkkamen vs. Jorrell Sparenburg for the bantamweight AFP title. Manrique is a New Mexico implant, having moved here in 2000, when his father, a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, open his practice in Alamogord...
  • Austin Trout Ready for Delvin Rodriguez on Tarver/Lateef Undercard

    On June 2nd at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, WBA “Regular” Super Welterweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (24-0, 14 KOs) of Las Cruces, New Mexico will be facing Connecticut’s Delvin Rodriguez (25-5-3, 14KOs). Both fighters rank number eight and nine on boxrec.com’s 154lb rankings.

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