Vigil VS Aragon, (TSE Rubicon V)

Top Shelf Entertainment LLC: Rubicon V

July 22, 2017

Photos: Amanda Armstrong / Trihex Photography LLC

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TSE MMA: “RUBICON V”- A NIGHT OF FINISHES AND THE CONTINUED RISE OF ADAM VIGIL

TOP SHELF ENTERTAINMENT: RUBICON V

PHOTO CREDIT: AMANDA ARMSTRONG TRIHEX PHOTOGRAPHY

BY EVAN HERTZOG

7-23-17

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.

Vigil VS Aragon, TSE, Rubicon V /Credit: Amanda Armstrong

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.

Vigil VS Aragon, TSE, Rubicon V / Amanda Armstrong

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.

Vigil VS Aragon, TSE, Rubicon V / Amanda Armstrong

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.

Until next time!

HERTZY OUT

SCL59: “RAMPAGE” NIETO AND HUBBARD BATTLE FOR LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE

BY EVAN HERTZOG

6-13-17

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!

 

HERTZY OUT

KICK DOWN MMA 128: “EVOLUTION” WEIGH-INS 4-28-17

Photo Credit: Amanda Armstrong/ Trihex Photography

KICK DOWN MMA 128: “EVOLUTION”

All fighters came in on weight and ready to put on a great show Saturday night at the “Stampede Event Center”, in Aurora Colorado. All in all the card will have 7 fights on it including two kick boxing bouts. All 7 bouts are a go as everyone was able to hit their mark Friday night.

Hope to see you all out Saturday night in Aurora at the Stampede. Doors are at 6 and the fights start at 7:30pm. Tickets are still available but the ticket line has crashed. The new number to call for last minute tickets is (970)-234-7989 , or purchase entry to the event at the doors as well.

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KICK DOWN MMA 128: “EVOLUTION” THIS SATURDAY AT THE STAMPEDE EVENT CENTER IN AURORA

BY EVAN HERTZOG

4-24-17

PHOTO CREDIT: TRIHEX PHOTOGRAPHY

Kick Down MMA returns to the Colorado spot light this coming Saturday April 29th, at “The Stampede Event Center”, located at 2430 S Havana street in Aurora Colorado, for Kick Down 128: “Evolution”. The title of this event is fitting as the promotion moves forward under new ownership in Justin Edmonds and adding to its look and production value by enlisting Amanda Armstrong of Trihex Photography, to boost these young up and coming fighters look and marketability. Which I must say they are doing a great job thus far. All that is left is for these fighters to hold up their end of the bargain and put on a great night of fights for everyone, come this Saturday.

The card consists of eight fights in total. Six amateur MMA bouts followed by one professional kick boxing bout and a double pro MMA debut in the main event between Vince Vue (Low Summit BJJ) AND Nicholas Clem (The training Camp).

The Kickboxing bout will take place at 165lbs between Danny Eastin (school of hard knocks) and Andrew Crockett (Catalyst BJJ), which looks to be a good contest between two up and coming mixed martial artists.

Amateur MMA bouts will consist of the following matchups. Representing the women of MMA at Kick Down 128 will be 125 pounders, Cheyenne Chavez (Cheyenne BJJ) and Veronica Graves (Pariah MMA).  Armando Salas of “Flatirons MMA” and PJ Bell of “Dark Horse MMA” and “Catalyst BJJ”, look to create fireworks in their 170lb welterweight fight.

Also, fighting under the amateur MMA banner at Kick Down 128 are fighters Harold Jackson(DCOMMA) and Trent Wisenstine (Pure Fire MMA) who will be squaring off at 145lbs in the featherweight division. Anel Dudo (Childs Play MMA) is looking to put on a show in the bantamweight division when he steps inside of the cage with Jessy Zavala (Darkhorse BJJ) at 135lbs.

 One of the more anticipated fights of the night includes the biggest fighters stepping into the cage on the evening, when the popular Winston Martin of “Trials MMA”, takes on Nate Roberts of “Childs Play MMA” at a catch-weight of 195lbs.  

Finally, the fight that I have personally highlighted on my event calendar will take place at 115lbs between “Team Wildman” fighter Oscar Martinez and “Childs Play MMA’s” very own Bruce Martin.

Ticket prices range $25, $30, and $40 dollars with VIP tables going for $150 and $200 dollars. Tickets can be purchased at 303-848-8025 or through any of the fighters on the card and at the door the night of the event. Doors will open at 6:30pm and the cage door shuts in the first fighters at 7pm sharp. Don’t miss out on watching the next group of upcoming MMA fighters in Colorado. You just never know when you are watching a future champion.

HERTZY OUT