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!





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!




Photo Credit: Amanda Armstrong/ Trihex Photography


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.





Sparta Combat League Weigh-In Results from “Last Call Tavern”, on 4-28-17 in Denver Colorado:

 MAIN EVENT: Misael Lopez (4-0 1KO) vs Rene Marquez (5-3) Scheduled 8RDS 133LBS

LOPEZ- 132LBS                   MARQUEZ- 132.4LBS

 CO MAIN EVENT: Jonny Jarabek (4-1 1KO) vs Emilio Hernandez (2-6 2KO) Scheduled 6RDS 142LBS

JARABEK-  142.2LBS                         HERNANDEZ- 142.8LBS

 BOUT #3: Jose Arrelano (1-0) vs Marco Ambriz (1-0 1KO) Scheduled 4RDS 133LBS

ARRELANO- 134.4LBS                      AMBRIZ- 134.2LBS

 BOUT #2: Antonio Flores (2-0) vs Nick Robinson (D) Scheduled 4RDS 135LBS

FLORES- 134LBS                     ROBINSON-134.4LBS

 BOUT #1: Milton Rogue vs Sergio Lujuan Scheduled 3RDS Amateur 147LBS

ROGUE-139.6LBS                              LUJUAN- 138.2LBS

 *The bout scheduled between undefeated prospect Treven Coleman out of Nebraska and Demetrius Wilson was called off on the day of weigh-ins. We do know that Coleman did make the trip to Denver and was ready to fight. *






Catch my exclusive interview with “Dad” Fidel Martinez, instead of Coach Fidel Martinez. Tomorrow night at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Denver Colorado, although still in the corner, Fidel will be known as dad instead of what we are all used to hearing, “coach”. His son Fidel Martinez Jr. will be making his pro boxing debut against Brenton Swanson at Airtight Boxing Presents: “Warzone”. The debut has been long anticipated by many but maybe none more so than Fidel Sr, as he has been there every step of the way in Jr’s maturation from the amateur ranks into the start of his professional boxing career.

We also had a chance to take a quick minute to speak on what to expect out of Manny Perez in the next few months and this year in general and what we can look forward to for Tim Ibarra as he looks to bounce back quickly from his fight with Michael Conlan last month at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Check out everything “Dad”, had to say in my multi-part video interview that took place this last Saturday, exactly one week out from fight night. I enjoyed the interview as it was not the normal “coach” interview and I hope you all enjoy it as well!

See you at the fights!






I was able to track down Arturo Melo right after he stepped off the scales on Friday night, as he is now officially set to fight tonight at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Denver Colorado at Airtight Boxing Presents: “WARZONE”.