BY EVAN HERTZOG
Sparta Combat League is set to take over the “Crowne Plaza Convention Center”, in Denver, this coming Saturday June 17th for “SCL59: RAMPAGE”. Colorado’s surging promotion looks to put on yet another night of great fights inside the SCL cage, with a 12-fight card that includes amateur MMA, Kickboxing and pro MMA action. Featuring four title fights. Three amateur and one pro MMA SCL championship will be up for grabs on the evening.
Joseph Galaviz (4-0) and Sean Datte (4-2) will be the first to battle for one of the four titles at stake on the evening, when they square off for the 155lb SCL amateur MMA belt in the 7th bout of the evening. Galaviz and Datte will be followed by one of the more anticipated amateur bouts in the region between Ktaro Cade (3-0), who already claims the 185lb amateur SCL title and Grant Neal (2-0). The two rising prospects will meet with the 205lb SCL amateur MMA belt on the line as Cade tries to become a two division champion in SCL amateur MMA. This is my fight to keep a close eye on at SCL59, it has real potential to steal the show.
The featured amateur title fight of the evening takes place at 170lb’s and looks to be a great battle between defending 170lb SCL amateur champion Steve Stickler (5-1) and Jace Faiella (4-0). The defense of the 170lb amateur title will be the final amateur bout before turning pro for Steve Stickler and looks to be a real test. Faiella is coming off a big TKO win over Brandon White in March and will try to spoil the amateur farewell party for Stickler on Saturday night at the CPCC in Denver.
The professional portion of the card kicks off with the highly-anticipated debut of Kohlman Scribner who will take on Austin Jones (3-4) in a welterweight battle that should prove to be a great kickoff to the main card for SCL59.
The women of pro MMA will be represented greatly at SCL59 in the co main event, taking place at 130lb’s between Ashley Deen (2-2) and Jennah Macallister who is making her pro debut on the evening. This fight as most female MMA fights, should be full of fireworks as each looks to get moving in the right direction in their pro careers.
This brings me to the main event of SCL59. The undefeated Kris Nieto (5-0) will go to war with Austin Hubbard (5-1) for the SCL Pro Lightweight (155lb) title. Both fighters have a ton of buzz around them as they continue their successful journey in the early stages of their careers. Hubbard has only stumbled once in six trips to the cage and that took place in September of last year to Sean Murray. Hubbard showed his character and determination though by taking a fight against Cliff Wright on short notice, just one month after taking his first loss of his career. He was able to defeat Wright on that October night and regained the confidence needed to step into the SCL cage for a title fight against such a capable opponent in Kris Nieto. The undefeated Nieto is surging through the regional MMA scene to say the least with his last victory coming by way of 3rd round submission over Eric Grant. Nieto is as confident as ever going into this Saturdays main event and will try to stay unblemished against a very tough opponent. The winner of this fight is sure to have a ton of momentum going forward in the region and nationally, as a win for either, will be a big highlight in their fight portfolio.
The entirety of the card including the kickboxing portion at the beginning of the night look to impress Colorado fight fans as most all SCL events deliver on. I am personally looking forward to a couple of these fights more than any others booked in the Colorado MMA scene this summer. With stellar amateur competition, including future professional stars and a great main event matchup between two rising pro prospects in the region, I would think it would be a safe bet to say that we will once again be getting our money’s worth from Sparta Combat League and their event “SCL59: RAMPAGE”, in specific.
We look forward to seeing all you great fight fans out in force this Saturday at the Crowne Plaza in Denver!