BOUT#5: TRENTON WATSON (DEBUT) VS BRUCE MARTIN (0-3) AM. 135LBS
RD#1: These guys accepted this fight on about three days’ notice but both look to be in great shape at the start of this bout. Martin the longer fighter tries to establish his jab early but then over throws on a right hand and ends up in a deep double leg with Watson slamming him to the canvas and taking side control instantly. Martin tries to stay busy from the bottom as he works to pass back to the half guard but Watson is showing impressive control as he lands multiple elbows. The action slows and Johnson stands them up which proves to help Martin greatly as he lands to round house kicks to the body of Watson that seem to hurt him. Martin gets greedy though and falls into another double leg takedown from Watson. This time Watson is busy right from the start and lands some great ground and pound that has the third man in the cage take a close look but Martin survives the round.
RD#2: Martin controls the pace and the distance effectively at the start of the first but he makes the same mistake as he closes the distance and misses on an uppercut that allows Watson to score yet another takedown. Martin has the advantage on the feet at distance but insists on going to the inside where he is taken down easily. Watson lands about 20 shots in a row with Martin unable to respond forcing referee Johnson to call a stop to the fight due to ground and pound in the second round.
BOUT#4: SOREN BRANDT (DEBUT) VS ROB FULLER (2-3) AM.145LBS
RD#1: If you blinked in this one you missed it all! Fuller comes out and drops Brandt with a big looping right hand but he recovers quickly and makes his way to his feet and lands a devastating right hand of his own that starches Fuller to the canvas. Brandt jumps on Fuller and lands another two shots as referee Johnson jumps in to stop the fight at 18 seconds of round number one!
BOUT#3: CHASE DIMICK (4-1) VS GORDO PINON (DEBUT) AM. 145LBS
RD#1: Pinon comes out and scores an early takedown and quickly gets to the back of Dimick. Pinon moves for the rear naked choke instantly with Dimick initially doing a good job fighting the hands but Pinon softens him up with a couple of shots and sinks the RNC in deep. Dimick chooses to not tap out and moments later loses consciousness.
BOUT#2: BENJAMIN LOPEZ (DEBUT) VS NOEL MAYO (DEBUT) AM. 125LBS
RD#1: Mayo comes out and overwhelms Lopez from the start of the opening bell. Multiple shots land and Mayo shows some great dirty boxing skills. I must say Lopez is very resilient for being the smaller fighter. Lopez has a chance to turn the tide toward the end of round one but Mayo once again puts the pressure on and lands multiple power punches as the round ends.
RD#2: Round two is the round of the night so far for me as both fighters seem to stun each other with both seeing success on their feet throughout the round. Lopez lands a big knee that seems to turn the momentum towards the end of the second but Mayo gets a chance to prove his toughness as he recovers quickly and lands big shots yet again.
RD#3: The third starts and they exchange early but surprisingly Mayo shoots for an early takedown that sees him get into a little bit of deep water as Lopez was inches away from sinking in an ankle lock but it slips through his grasp. The remainder of the final round saw Mayo close the deal in my humble opinion as he landed some great ground and pound towards the end of the fight.
BOUT#1: ANEL DUDO (1-1) VS DANIEL PINON (DEBUT) AM. 135LBS
RD#1: Anel Dudo is first to the cage wearing black with red scl lettering. Pinon is wearing white with silver and red. Dudo fighting out of AFA gym in Denver has been adding a lot to his stand up after a background in wrestling. We shall see if it shows.
The first bell starts and the fighters circle each other. Dudo is pressing forward and misses with two jabs early. Pinon lunges with a jab of his own but like Dudo he misses as well. Dudo lands a couple nice kicks but over swings and Pinon lands a deep double leg that dumps Dudo square on his head but he is able to work his way back up. Pinon lands a nice flurry alongside the cage that momentarily sends Dudo Backwards. Dudo waits for his opportunity and counters Pinons next punch with a takedown of his own. Pinon too, works his way back to his feet quickly and the round finishes with the two in the clinch with Dudo against the cage.
RD#2: They trade early to start the round with a jab landing for Dudo. Pinon throws a big looping right hand that catches all glove. Dudo lands a big takedown early and moves to the back of Pinon. Dudo works strikes from the back position until Pinon traps his arm for the next minute. Dudo finally works his right hand out and lands multiple hammer fists as they eventually scramble back to their feet. Dudo lands a nice flurry and a big knee to end the second round.
RD#3: Both fighters come out aggressive and throwing but the more effective shots seem to be coming from Dudo early. Pinon scores a much-needed takedown where he sees his first dominant position of the fight but it doesn’t last long as Dudo goes for a deep armbar from the guard which forces a scramble that has Dudo on top for only a moment and then Pinon reverses him. Although on the bottom at the end of the fight it seemed Dudo was still going for the majority of the submissions. We shall see how the judges have it.
JUDGES: MANN- 29-28SHORT-29-28VAN TINE- 29-28 UD VICTORY FOR DUDO
Top Shelf Entertainment put on an absolutely stellar promotion on Saturday evening in Pueblo Colorado when they presented their latest MMA event in “Rubicon V”, at the “Massari Arena”, on the campus of CSU Pueblo.The 4,000-seat arena was nearly at capacity from start to finish during the 13-bout card, which included 6 professional fights in all and the anticipated return to the cage for the undefeated Adam Vigil (3-0), as he fought for the TSE welterweight title against Travis Aragon (1-4) in the main event of the evening.
The fights prior to the highly anticipated main event of the evening, set the bar extremely high with multiple first and second round finishes in all very competitive fights. There was only one fight on the evening in the pro portion of the card that wasn’t as competitive as the others, between Jordan Totoni (2-2) and Jake Mendez (1-3). The Totoni/Mendez bout saw the most impressive and dominant grappling performance on the evening out of Totoni as he grinded his way to a unanimous decision victory over Mendez with all three judges cage side scoring the fight 30-27. This win moved Totoni back to .500, with his record improving to (2-2) and should give him great confidence moving forward.
Phil Gonzalez (1-0) made a huge splash in his professional MMA debut by scoring the knockout of the night over Cody Hoffstatter (2-4) in the first round of the scheduled three round fight. Hoffstatter looked as though he may have his way with Gonzalez midway through the first round with his relentless grappling but Gonzalez defended enough to avoid the big takedown from Hoffstatter and once fully separated Gonzalez started to force exchanges with Hoffstatter and was able to soften him up with a barrage of kicks and punches. As Hoffstatter ate multiple glancing shots in this exchange, he moved forward dazed to try and clinch, which proved to be his biggest mistake of the fight. Hoffstatter buckled unconscious to the canvas after a perfect straight right hand from Gonzalez landed flush on his chin, sending the Massari into an uproar on Saturday night.
Little did we know the roar from the TSE crowd we heard in the Gonzalez/Hoffstatter fight would seem like a dog whistle in comparison to what we were about to experience in the fight of the night between Adam Martinez (1-1) and Kendale Young (1-2) which produced a round of the year candidate in the state of Colorado for 2017. Top Shelf Entertainment match makers really out did themselves with this match up, giving fight fans in Pueblo their money’s worth and more with a classic one round war.
Martinez was hurt and dropped on multiple occasions in the first three minutes of round one but he was able to land his own shots too after recovering instantly on all knockdowns. Showing absolute heart and will, Martinez kept getting up and kept pushing forward against the longer and faster Young. These advantages never seemed to faze Martinez and his game plan as the stalk continued until he landed a big right hand that dropped Young up against the cage. Young too showed great toughness and cardio as he recovered just as fast as Martinez had previously and was back to his feet in a heartbeat. Martinez smelled blood in the water though and continued to throw power punches until he saw his opportunity to take Young down with a huge double leg slam. Which he did. Very, very hard. At this point though it looked as though Young would survive and we would be treated to a second round in what had already became a back and forth war in just four and a half minutes. Martinez maneuvered his was around the guard of Young and landed a vicious right elbow on young just a split second before the bell sounded to end the first round. Young had trouble getting to his feet and then to his corner as he looked buzzed still from the chopping, right elbow of Martinez. Forty seconds into the minute-long break between the first and second round the fight was waived off. Young and his coaches decided it was against their fighters’ best interests to go back out for the second round and I must say I would have to agree with the decision because Young looked wide eyed and disoriented even minutes after the fight was stopped.
One of the best fights I’ve seen regionally in a long time and for that I say thank you to TSE.
With all of the madness of the evening, it seemed nearly impossible for the main event to come through with the same level of intensity and excitement as the previous three hours had given us. That is just a silly thought to have though when Adam Vigil is involved in said question. As the late great Eazy E once said, “y’all should’ve known by now”, meaning don’t ever question the entertainment value of Vigil.
There was no doubt left in my head after Vigil entered the cage and awaited his opponent, Travis Aragon to make his way inside of the cage doors too. Vigil never once took eyes off of Aragon who I give a ton of credit to for taking this fight on just two weeks’ notice after Willy Najera was forced to pull of the fight with Vigil. He was setting the tone as soon as they were in the cage together. Vigil, who is an absolute giant for the welterweight division seems to intimidate his opponents before the fight even starts just by his sheer size, as he was around 205lbs on fight night, just 24 hours after weighing in at an even 170lbs. It seems though that maybe just maybe the weight cut has been Vigil’s toughest opponent thus far in his young professional career. That proved to be true once more as he was able to send the “Massari Arena”, into absolute chaos as he dismantled Aragon with his first punch of the fight. A flush right uppercut sat Aragon down on the canvas and Vigil finished the job with about six or seven hammering shots to the shelled-up Aragon, bringing an end to his first professional MMA title fight at just 13 seconds of round 1.
This performance along with his 16 second head kick KO in his professional debut should put the entirety of the welterweight division in the region on notice as he pushes forward in his undefeated MMA career.
To see the entire card, you can watch the live streams from Saturday night at, “The Fight Magazine 303” Facebook page along with my post fight cage side interview with the new TSE welterweight champion himself Adam Vigil.
A big thanks to Top Shelf Entertainment for the quality treatment of press and staff alike and a bigger thank you to the fighters who provided us with an incredible night of fights and finishes down in Pueblo.
Cotto set to kick off Fall Boxing, signs deal, no retire… Canelo next?
By Amanda Armstrong
In boxing news we have five-time world boxing champion Miguel Cotto VS Yoshihiro Kamegai meeting in California on August 26th 2017 at the StubHub center.
If you remember back in Febuary, Miguel Cotto was scheduled to fight James Kirkland. Kirkland pulled due to injury during training, reporting a fractured nose. It was early in the year as they announced the Cotto-Kirkland match that he announced that he will see 2017 as his last year of boxing. But this summer Cotto signed a surprise deal with Golden Boy in a multi- fight deal. This opens up talk again for the wanted rematch with Canelo, or even . This bringing in huge PPV buys for, will be a big win for all. Seeing that both fighters are both busy in the fall, 2017 seems like a no.
Other talk of former Cotto VS former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux in early 2018. Will Cotto stay in this contract? I am sure if he wants that Cotto Canelo rematch, he might be inspired to stick around.
12-round fight for the vacant WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship
Cotto vs. Kamegai, a 12-round fight for the vacant WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions and sponsored by Tecate “BORN BOLD”. The event will take place Saturday, August 26 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Former four-division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) and Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs) today hosted a press conference ahead of their 12- round bout for the vacant WBO Light Middleweight World Championship that will take place Saturday, August 26 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., presented live on HBO World Championship Boxing. It was also announced at today’s press conference that Cotto will return to Golden Boy Promotions for a multifight deal starting with his battle against Kamegai on August 26. In addition, Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions will partner with Cotto and Miguel Cotto Promotions on developing prospects, advancing boxing in Cotto’s Puerto Rico homeland and promoting the boxing legend’s upcoming fights.
Below is what the fighters and their teams had to say at today’s press conference: MIGUEL COTTO, Former Four-Division World Champion: “I’m very happy to be back and to be here. Our training camp starts on the first of July. Kamegai is a tough fighter, and he is coming with the victory on his mind. I’m going to do the best I can for this fight and fight with my heart as always. See you all on August 26.” YOSHIHIRO “EL MAESTRITO” KAMEGAI, Junior Middleweight Contender: “For me to fight someone I’ve been a fan of since I was 20 years old is an honor. I look forward to fighting him, and I’m out here to win this fight. I don’t speak English well, but I do speak boxing and I plan to put on a very entertaining fight. Please watch this fight on HBO on August 26. “When I first heard that this fight had been made and that I would face Cotto, I thought to myself, ‘YES!'”
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions: “We are happy to be partnering with Cotto and Kamegai for this event, but I do want to announce that our efforts to bring boxing back in a big way to Puerto Rico is one that will become a reality in the near future. I am happy to announce that with Miguel Cotto Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions, we will take our ESPN series to the island and bring back the excitement of boxing. Obviously, we couldn’t do it without Cotto’s help and his wonderful team. We are excited to take boxing back with ESPN internationally. As you’ve seen, our Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN series has had amazing fights and incredible ratings-we are giving the fans what they deserve. “As one of the most entertaining junior middleweight contenders in the division today, Kamegai has been involved in some of the most memorable battles against former titleholder Roberto “The Ghost” Guerrero and back-to-back brawls with Jesus “Renuente” Soto Karass. This is a fighter that never ever backs down, and we expect him to give Cotto an excellent fight on August 26. If you’ve never seen him fight, he fights with heart and passion, has dynamite in his fists, and never takes a step back.”
HECTOR SOTO, Vice President of Miguel Cotto Promotions: “I want to say thank you to the great family of Golden Boy Promotions. This is the beginning of many great fights that will develop between Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. “We are preparing very hard for this fight, and there is no doubt we will return to Puerto Rico in August with Miguel Cotto as a world champion.”
TONY WALKER, Vice President of HBO Pay-Per-View: “We can be assured there will be many hours of great boxing on August 26. When we host fights at StubHub Center, our HBO subscribers are always happy. “Miguel Cotto is headed to the Hall of Fame because he has always fought as a prize fighter. He has fought on HBO 22 times, and he has fought all the boxing greats-that’s why the fans are always so happy when he fights and why we are proud to have him in the HBO family. Kamegai is a warrior who is finally being given his chance for a world championship. We are very excited that this HBO World Championship Boxing® event kicks off fall boxing.”