Sparta Combat League Kicks off 2018 with “SCL64 AWAKENING”

By Evan Hertzog

Sparta Combat League will be kicking off the 2018 MMA year in Colorado this coming Saturday January 27th at 1pm, from inside of the Grizzly Rose, for “SCL64 AWAKENING”. As always, SCL looks to give fight fans their money’s worth with this 9-fight card that will feature three professional MMA bouts, with the ladies of mixed martial arts putting their stamp on the top of the card.

Jennah MaCallister (1-1) will take on the very tough Brittany Boone as Boone is set to make her professional debut, following a four-fight win streak to close out her amateur career, in the first pro fight of the day. MaCallister also has momentum going into this fight after picking up her first professional victory, moving to 1-1 in August of 2017 at “SCL Wyoming”, where she submitted the very game Staci Vega in the first round. With both fighters coming in off of confidence boosting wins, this one will be one to keep a close eye on coming Saturday.

The second professional bout slated for SCL64 is Joe Guerrero (0-1) as he looks to pick up his first victory of his young MMA career against the Bulgarian, fighting out of Colorado, making his pro MMA debut stateside, Georgi Mollov (1-0). This three round bantamweight fight is sure to be action packed as Mollov looks to make a statement in his first fight in the states, especially while fighting under one of Colorado’s premier fight promotions in the Sparta Combat League. Combine that with the fact that Joe Guerrero will be determined to score his first victory as a pro and avoid the dreaded hole that is 0-2 in professional mixed martial arts.

The main event on the evening will feature Shannon Sinn (4-5) and Heather Bassett (4-3) in a three-round flyweight fight. Sinn looks to get back to .500 with a win on Saturday and would also start a two-fight win streak as she is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Katy Collins (7-3) at LFA21 last September. Bassett will be doing just the opposite as she will try to avoid going to .500 with a loss and looks to avoid a two-fight losing streak after taking a submission loss to Andrea Lee for the LFA flyweight title at “LFA 4”, in February of 2017.

Tune into the fight magazine Facebook page for live fight results from cage side and then later to the webpage for complete post fight coverage.



By Evan Hertzog

Photo Credits: Amanda Armstrong

Denver Colorado’s very own mixed martial artist Mallory Martin (2-2) (currently fighting out of Phuket Thailand), ventured to Kansas City this past Saturday night to try and snap a two fight losing streak at Invicta FC27 against Tiffany Masters(2-2). Martin was originally scheduled to fight Masters at Invicta FC24  in the summer of 2017 but the fight was canceled. Both fighters took a fight shortly after that with Martin losing a unanimous decision to Maycee Barber at LFA22 in September 2017, while Masters took her chances on “Dana White’s Contender Series”, but was not successful in earning the UFC contract as she was submitted by Jamie Colleen in the final 20 seconds of the third and final round of the contest.

With that said, it was evident that both fighters were going to be hungry for a bounce back victory in Kansas City on Saturday night. The question going in was simple. Who wanted it more and who was going to be able to control where the fight took place? It didn’t take long to start to get the answers to these questions.

Martin came out the heavy aggressor and wasted no time in showing her determination to get back to her winning ways right from the start of the fight. After having a near trouble free amateur career, this fight would be very telling as far as how Martin has handled the early adversity that she was facing in her professional MMA career after back to back losses. From the opening bell it was evident that she understood that this fight would answer many questions going forward about her possibilities and her future as a pro MMA fighter in general, simply by the look in her eye. It may seem cliche but at the end of the day there is something to say about a persons gaze, especially once the cage doors close in the fight game.

Martin looked to be the superior striker early in the first round, blooding the nose of Masters with the Tiger Muay Thai techniques that Martin posses and executes very well, specifically in the first couple of minutes in round one on Saturday night. As the round went on, the contest eventually made its way to the canvas where Martin seemed to really take over the fight. Martin, formerly of Zingano BJJ here in Denver (where she informed me that she still will always go to train whenever she is back in the metro area) showed just how well rounded she is and how much time she has put into all aspects of her game.

The second round started and this time Martin wasted no time getting Masters to the canvas as she once again showed total dominance in the grappling exchanges, eventually working her way to full mount, where she would ultimately finish the fight soon after with relentless ground and pound, including vicious elbows to the face of Masters. As the fight was stopped Martin rose to her feet and gave what I would describe as a “primal scream”, or two. The high emotion of the win and the importance of this win in particular was evident and Martin was kind enough to share her experience with me the day after her fight. This is what she had to say about the emotion shown after her TKO victory over Tiffany Masters Saturday night, snapping her two fight losing streak in 2017.

“ Yeah, I got emotional once the fight got stopped. To me it was just all my hard work was worth it and I expressed myself with having a great performance. 2017 was a year of lessons and I grew so much from them and I needed those losses to make leaps and improve and it definitely showed Saturday night.”

I then asked Martin if she and her team expected to have such an advantage on the ground over Masters? If she realized after the first round that she could possibly get the finish on the ground, or if that was in the game plan the whole time?

“Yes, I knew my ground game was superior. The game plan was to take my time on the stand up and make her take sloppy shots but I knew my wrestling and BJJ were more advanced than hers, as well as my stand up. I had a feeling that I was going to finish her the night before the fight but I was thinking it would be in the first round. After the first round I knew that I could take her down no problem and that the finish was coming in a matter of time.”

Martin returned to .500 with her victory on Saturday night and seems to have a new level of confidence going into 2018 that could see her launch into bigger fights in Invicta FC in the near future. Only time will tell as she plans to enjoy this victory for at least a couple of days.

Martin had this to say in parting, to all of her friends, fans and family:  

“Thanks for all the continued love and support even when there was some bumps in the road! Everything happens for a reason and I am grateful for everyone that continues to believe in me!”

Keep an eye on the Fight Magazine as we continue to keep an eye and an ear on the fighters you love and support!


Part ONE, Invicta FC 27, IMAGE galleryH

Invicta FC 27

Images: Amanda Armstrong

Hello again Womens MMA fans, and MMA fans. Here is part one of my coverage from Invicta Fighting Championship On UFC Fight Pass. I am starting off with my secondary camera. My secondary camera is what I use for walk outs and close up shot in the cage. Also handy while I was uploading images to my LIVE shots on Instagram. It’s quite a balancing act to do. But being able to get images out right after they happen is an exciting challenge.

More event are heading your way from here in Colorado. So for LIVE shots go to Instagram and follow: Trihex_photo_live ! If you see some one, or a fighter you know, make sure you tag them!

Invicta FC 27 – Weigh In Results

Invicta FC #27 Weigh In results

By Amanda Armstrong

Live on UFC Fight Pass 8pm est

Pannie Kianzad (136.7)* vs. Sarah Kaufman (135.4)
Vanessa Porto (125.3) vs. Mariana Morais (124.6)
Sharon Jacobson (115.7) vs. Ashley Nichols (115.3)
Ashley Cummins (105.6) vs. Stephanie Alba (106)
Cheri Muraski (125.4) vs. Brogan Walker-Sanchez (125.4)
Felicia Spencer (146) vs. Akeela Al-Hameed (144.7)
Mallory Martin (115.3) vs. Tiffany Masters (117.4)*
Mellissa Wang (104.3) vs. Loma Lookboonmee (105.9)
Jade Ripley (115.9) vs. Helen Peralta (115.6)

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Teofimo Lopez, The positive Influence in Boxing

Teofimo Lopez, The positive Influence in Boxing

By Amanda “Amazing” Armstrong

I have been talking up Teofimo Lopez  for a good part of the year now. And there is a good reason for it. He is Top Ranks busiest Olympic fighter, and 7-0, 6 of those KO’s, and he fought 6 times in 2017! Sure his journey is just starting in the professional ranks. Teofimo is well aware of this. But what makes this kid special is also who he is as a young man.

A few months back my friends across the pond at Knock Out London Magazine asked me about doing some pieces for them. They wanted to know about a couple of our up and coming boxers. Naturally I though of Teofimo! I chose him for not just his abilities in the ring, but who he is out of the ring. He is worthy of being called a roll model.

Below is a special feature from the main interview (you will see full interview on Knock Out London Magazine). I told the 719 Fight Team that they have the opportunity to ask a professional boxer questions… and here is that outcome.



Airtight Boxing, Weigh Ins: Collision Course

Airtight Boxing Weigh In’s Video Highlight

By Amanda “Amazing” Armstrong

Twitter: @TheCherryMama

IG: @Amanda_Amazing_Armstrong

FB: @TrihexPhotography

Good Morning Fight Fans! It Fight Day, It’s Friday Night Fight… you could even call this one Ladies Night! With a female banger as the main event : Paty Juarez VS Brittany Cruz .  Another pro bout with Amorena La Tormenta Baca VS Karen Carver in her Professional Debut! Included in this ladies night is an elimination bout Danielle Saldanha( fast and furious) VS DeAnna Tucker (tough as nails) !

Of course we didn’t forget about the guys. The guys on the card  are going to put on a show. Check out featured men’s bout Junior Columbos VS Armondo Gomez. 

Unfortunately Fidel Martinez Jr. will not be fighting on this card due to illness.

We will being going live at Ringside.

Tonight the card will start at 7:30pm

Imperium Event Center

3051 W 74th Ave, Westminster, CO 80030





It is that time once again my friends and fight fans. Yes, you guessed it. It’s time for my “Tuesday Takeaways”, from this past weekend. This time around I am going to focus on the event that I was cage side for at the “Magness Arena”, on the Denver University campus this last Friday night.

Paramount MMA put on their 8th event in the promotions history and the third event since being taken over by UFC veteran fighter, Tony Sims. Sims has put an emphasis on getting the best match ups possible to create the best fight cards for the fight fans dollar and so far he has been very successful in doing so. This past Friday night was no different as the quality of the scheduled fights continuously improved as the night went on.

From this great night of action at the Magness, I came away with three major takeaways.

  1. It will take a complete mixed martial artist in every way possible to beat Jace Faiella in the amateur ranks.

Jace Faiella once again proved to be too much for his opponent to handle as he improved his amateur MMA record to 6 and 0 with yet another submission victory that came in the second round against the talented striker, James Sharkey(3-2).I have spoken numerous times on the ground game of Faiella and the talent he possesses as a BJJ fighter in the cage and it was no different on Friday night as he did mostly what he wanted to do with Sharkey on the canvas. The difference this time around is he had to weather the early storm of the young striker in Sharkey while absorbing  an onslaught of body kicks from the stand-up talent.

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I went into this fight thinking that I wanted to learn something more about Faiella as a fighter and Sharkey helped me to find that something in the first half of the first round. Faiella proved his toughness and willingness to go forward and not break game plan as he was tagged with multiple kicks to the body and was even denied two early takedowns by the clearly “game” fighter in Sharkey. He didn’t waiver though. His ability to adjust on the fly without totally abandoning what works for him on a regular basis was very impressive to me and something I personally hadn’t seen from him in the three fights I have seen live. Granted he didn’t face adversity to the level of this in those other fights though. As I mentioned before Faiella adjusted nicely and finally got Sharkey to the canvas in the last part of the first round and really wore him down going into the second round where he would eventually finish him with the rear naked choke.

This tells me that if you want to take that 0 away from Faiella’s 6-0 record, you are going to have to be the complete package at least at the amateur level. You must be able to grapple as well or better than you strike and if either of those two things come up short when dancing with Faiella in the cage then you too will ultimately come up short at the end of the fight. Good luck to all the venture.

  1. Josh Wick is picking up steam with back to back wins and a new professional title to defend in PMMA.

Josh Wick (8-3). Remember the name. The new 155lb PMMA champion is a force to be reckoned with in my opinion and the 23-year-old 11 fight veteran is starting to pick up steam. Wick sports only three losses on his record with all three losses coming against very formidable opponents in Daniel Moret (12-3), Bryson Gutches (2-0) and Angelo Sanchez (13-6). With a combined record of (27-9), Wick has only taken losses from some of the best in the region. His opponents record in total add up to be (60-4), so needless to say this young man is ahead of the game as far as what he has seen and gone up against in the cage in his young career thus far.

It’s what he has done recently that has the hype train revving its engine behind Wick though, with him winning three of his last four and two in a row including his title fight last Friday night against the very talented and game, Dominic Montoya (7-2) in impressive fashion. Stay tuned to the fight magazine to see what is next for this kid as we hope to sit down with him in the very near future. Keep your attention on Josh Wick. I have a feeling you won’t be disappointed.

  1. Josh Huber is just like a fine wine, he is getting better with age.

Josh Huber (22-10) and Zac Riley (5-5) put on a fantastic main event on Friday night as they competed for the 135lb PMMA title belt at the Magness arena. Both fighters laid it all out on the line as they came with flying knees and head kicks galore but there was one clear dominant fighter throughout the fight. Josh Huber. We have become accustom to Huber’s fighting style and success. Especially over the last couple of years as we have seen Huber take six of his last seven including four in a row now. With seven of his ten losses coming between 2012-2015, Huber has only recorded one loss since.

The man has been on a tear since he turned 30 years old and with his clear win at Paramount VIII last Friday I believe it is safe to say that the best is yet to come from the fan favorite Josh Huber. We aren’t quite sure what is next for the grizzled vet but we know that whoever is in line better be ready for a man that is clearly in the prime of his career.

Talk to you all next week! Be safe and most importantly be good to each other!


Clayton Pay It Forward teams up With Airtight Boxing

Clayton Pay It Forward teams up With Airtight Boxing

By Amanda Armstrong

Clayton Pay It Forward Fundraising Program recently teamed up with Mario Sierra to help raise funds for Riley  Heasley’s family.  Funds are  for the Therapeutic equipment to help Riley relax after his physical therapy treatments.


Riley and Family enjoying a night of boxing on behalf of the Clayton Foundation and Airtight Boxing. -Photo -Amanda Armstrong, Trihex Photography


This time the foundation will be selling tickets to help a new friend in need.

October 7th, 2017, Clayton Pay It Forward Program, in Partnership with Airtight Boxing is proud to announce that from now until the day of the November 3rd. Collision Course fight card at the Imperium Event Center, 3501 W 74th Ave. Westminster Co 80030, every ticket that we sell directly, a portion will go to Zac’s Legacy Childhood Cancer Fund.

Zac’s Legacy’s mission statement is as follows, Zac’s Legacy Childhood Cancer Fund is to alleviate non-medical financial burdens Colorado families face while their dependent child is battling cancer while providing public awareness, education about family impact on childhood cancer. The vision statement is to provide for ALL the non-medical financial needs of families as they try to meet their obligations of paying mortgage, rent, utilities, food, gas, cell phone, vehicle repairs, house cleaning and other costs. One day we seek to see the day of the end childhood cancer so families will no longer require assistance as they deal with the trials of cancer. Until that day we believe our communities benefit by understanding the struggles, trials, tribulations, and types of childhood cancer that is experienced every day by their neighbors. I have worked with John Carlson and the Zac’s Legacy Childhood Cancer board. They work very hard to help families that have children that are battling with all kinds of childhood cancers. It is very important that the parents have the ability to be with their sick children rather than worry about where rent comes from. It is our privilege to support Zac’s Legacy Childhood Cancer Fund.

We would also invite all local and regional businesses to match the donation we are able to put together.

For tickets to support this cause, or more information about how to get involved:

Northern Colorado Cares Fight Team
Division of Clayton Consulting & Event Planning LLC.
Zak Clayton
President/ Founder
(970) 584-6315





Sparta Combat League, better known in this part of the world simply as SCL, put on one of the best boxing cards of their 2017 campaign when the likes of Antonio Flores, Andrew Strode, Heath Soderstrom, Alejandro Ibarra and the great Jose Arellano invaded the Grizzly Rose last Saturday afternoon in Denver(see the fight magazine Facebook page for live breakdowns of the fight) for SCL’s “Pound for Pound”. The atmosphere was what we have all come to expect from SCL, with a packed house and some of the areas most prominent combat athletes in atendence, including current TUF26 coach, undefeated UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje and the young undefeated rising boxing star Misael Lopez just to name a couple. This is no shock as the promotion continues to grow its brand on multiple levels and attracts some of the best athletes the state and surrounding region has to offer.

I wanted to wait for Tuesday, to write up about the latest SCL boxing event because of a few major takeaways I left the Grizzly Rose with on Saturday afternoon. So let me move forward with my Tuesday takeaways SCL boxing edition.

In my opinion you can take three major things away from SCL’s Pound for Pound. These things were glaring to me as I made my drive home down south I25 on Saturday:

      1. Sticking to the fight plan.
      2. The body shall never forget.
      3. Warriors are made through adversity.

Lets go ahead and do these in the order I have them written down. My first big takeaway from Saturday is that, those that had the ability to overcome their opponent and stick to their fight plan, went home with big victories this past weekend. My first example of this came in the outstanding bout between Mario Quezada (2-1) and Andrew Strode (2-0).

Quezada made it very clear early in the fight that he would be trying to close the distance as quickly as he could and overwhelm Strode with inside punching. To manage this attack, Strode would have to implement his plan in response to the quick and smothering Mario Quezada and he would have to do so from first to final bell. The game plan? Stick and move. Be the more accurate and quicker puncher going backwards and sideways. Use superior hand speed to counter the quick closing Quezada and lastly never shell up on the ropes. Keep moving.

All of these things were delivered on with precision and consistency from the young Andrew Strode. He was able to slow Quezada down greatly by the fourth and final round of their contest, specifically with a beautiful recurring straight right counter punch as Quezada tried to swarm Strode. The willingness of this young fighter to stick to his plan and execute it consistently throughout the fight speaks volumes to the future of this young and talented fighter and the success that comes with fighting the fight that the match-up calls for.

The second takeaway from Saturday is nothing new, it was just reaffirmed on the day. The body never forgets and if you invest in it early and often, your chances of success grow immensely. This should be number one for most fighters but in the one punch knockout hungry world we live in the body goes neglected for most. A lot of fighters have lost site on the fact that if you stick to the body, that knockout becomes easier to achieve later on in the fight. I suppose the young man that I’m highlighting this category doesn’t fall in the most fighters, list I mentioned before but he could very easily been the main focus on all three of my takeaways as he exemplified all of them.

Antonio Flores (4-0) put on a show and captured the Pro 140lb SCL boxing title in impressive fashion over the very talented and tough Jonny Jarabek (5-2). The fact that he was able to score such a great victory over the likes of Jarabek is one thing but the way he did it was what was most impressive. The body attack of Flores was relentless and brutal. It started in the first round and continued until the fight was waived off in the third round. The body punching check was cashed in near the midway point of the scheduled six round fight. Flores, determined to stay low and punish the ribs, liver and midsection of Jarabek, was able to drop the taller and longer fighter to the canvas on three occasions, with the third coming just moments after the second knockdown, the fight was waived off and Jarabek had no argument. Flores was dead set on sticking to the body and boy did it pay off as he left with one of the most impressive victories of the evening and the 140lb SCL title belt draped over his shoulders.

REPEAT AFTER ME:  THE BODY NEVER FORGETS”. Thanks for the reminder Antonio!

Finally in what seemed to be the theme, not only on the SCL boxing card but throughout the weekend here in Denver. The bounce back. Yes, the bounce back was very real in the mile high this weekend. This, yet another reminder to one of the oldest adages in sports. “ It isn’t over until it’s over”, which couldn’t ring more true than in the fight game. In multiple bouts this passed weekend we saw fighters come off the canvas to either win a decision or score huge stoppages of their own. We learned much about which fighters possess a real warrior mindset when the cards are stacked against them and they are approached with adversity for the first time in their fighting careers. I can’t continue without filling you in with a little factoid about Antonio Flores from the previous category. He went to the body and finished Jonny Jarabek, after getting dropped by him in the first round.

The fighter that I would like to stay focused on in this though, is the great young undefeated boxer, Jose Arellano(4-0). It was rumored before the fight and later confirmed by Arellano himself after the bout, that he came into fight night at fifty percent, with a busted nose and broken finger and knuckle in his power punching right hand. If the will and strength to go on and fight for his fans doesn’t speak enough to his fighting heart and character then maybe the fact that he did so while taking on the most dangerous opponent of his career thus far in Ruben Tellez, will do so for you. Now digest that and add in the fact that he was rocked and hurt by Tellez in the first round, which forced him to a knee momentarily. The odds were not great for Arellano early but we all found out that the odds are just that, they are not guarantees. The heart and and toughness, along with the smarts and undeniable skill, was enough for Jose to not lose another round in the fight against the super talented Tellez. With a broken right hand that he threw continuously through the final four rounds of the main event to ultimately score a unanimous decision victory and move to (4-0) as a great young pro. I think it is safe to say we found a true warrior in Arellano.

Stick to the fight plan.

The body shall never forget.

Prove your fighting heart coming off of the canvas and become a legend.

SCL boxing.


Smith VS Rascon, Airtight Boxing: Ready 2 Rumble


Smith VS Rascon,

Airtight Boxing : Ready 2 Rumble


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