Co-Main Event: Eric Grant vs Manuel Gallardo

Co-Main Event: Eric Grant vs Manuel Gallardo

TSE: Rubicon 5

July 22, 2017

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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

Juan Santiago VS Robert Rodriguez (Airtight Boxing): Gallery

Juan Santiago VS Robert Rodriguez (Airtight Boxing) “Unleashed”

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Crowne Plaza Hotel DIA

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5280 Muay Thai #2

5280 Muay Thai #2, tomorrow at Tammy’s Event Center!

 6324 Ivy St, Commerce City, CO 80022

6PM

Congratulations and good luck to Robert Molnar and Erik Mitchell on your sophomore effort. Thank you for supporting  Colorado Muay Thai !

If you haven’t been to Tammy’s Event center it is located in the shopping center in the corner. Recently Tammy’s Event Center has expanded. Excited to see the new improvements.

 

 

Ward Kovalev “The Rematch”

Photos : Amanda Armstrong

LAS VEGAS, NV (June 18, 2017) – Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” took place on Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The championship event, presented by Corona Extra, was produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.

 

Below you can find all of the fight results and fighter quotes:

 

Sergey Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) vs. Andre Ward (32-0, 16 KOs)

RESULT: Andre Ward by TKO 2 at 2:29 of the Eighth Round

 

Andre Ward: “I’m ecstatic, I’m happy. I didn’t predict a knockout, but I said it could happen. I’ve been boxing a long time and, sometimes, a lot of writers and reporters they don’t take you at your word. If you look at my career and the way I’ve gone about things, I’m pretty matter of fact. I’m pretty straightforward. I don’t say anything unless I mean it. I have a lot of respect for Kovalev. He is a world champion. He’s been on top for a long time. He’s a great fighter; there’s not a lot of people that elite. I’m not going to throw him under the bus even though they did a lot of different things. But I knew the temperament that I was fighting. I don’t want to call him a frontrunner, but if he’s not having his way, he’s got to dig deep. I don’t know if he had the right answers tonight. Obviously, he didn’t because the fight got stopped.

 

“I was breathing, he was breathing, but I’m used to working tired. I’m comfortable being uncomfortable; that’s how we work, that’s how we train. When I saw him put his arms on the ropes in between the rounds – I watch all that stuff – that’s trouble for him. I just needed to keep being smart.

 

“I think it was plain to see that I broke him mentally and physically. I’m not a person that demands respect or none of that. You don’t have to respect me and I don’t demand anything, but at a certain point and time, you got to give a person their just do. I’m 13 years in and I’ve been doing it against the best.

 

“What’s next? Cruiserweight? Heavyweight? I dream big. Anything is possible when you have God.

 

“If there are questions marks after this, that has nothing to do with me. I’m going to enjoy my family, kiss my wife and we out.

 

Virgil Hunter: “I told them (the media) that I only trained Andre for the knockout twice. The first was Chad Dawson. And the second was for tonight. And they laughed at me. But I knew what was going to happen because he (Ward) was healthy. Now we quieted all those who were whining and thought we didn’t take it the first time.”

 

Sergey Kovalev: “He hit with four low blows. The ref didn’t call them. I felt I could have continued. This is bullshit.”

Ward Kovalev Score Card

 

Under Card Results/ Non Televised , Ward Kovalev “The Rematch”

Photos: Amanda Armstrong

Jonathan Steele (7-1, 5 KOs) vs. Enriko Gogokhia (5-0, 2 KOs)

RESULT: Enriko Gogokhia by Unanimous Decision

Enriko Gogokhia: “I thought it was a good fight. I really wanted to knock him out but I also wanted to play with him and make him go a little harder. He was just the fighter I thought he would be and I was prepared for him. I am happy with my performance.”

 

Jonathan Steele: “Hopefully I will get back in there, I want revenge so hopefully I will be looking forward to a rematch. It was a great fight. I really enjoyed my first time in Vegas, it’s a beautiful thing. It was a very humbling experience. I will go harder in the gym and I’ll come back out here and continue on my path to become the world champion.”

Alex Sandro Duarte (6-1, 4 KOs) vs. Bakhram Murtazaliev (9-0, 7 KOs)

RESULT: Bakhram Murtazaliev by TKO at 1:31 of the First Round

 

Bakhram Murtazaliev: “I’m very happy. The fight went so quickly that I didn’t have time to even think about how I felt. I didn’t intend to knock him out, it just happened.”

 

Alex Sandro Duarte: “He was taller and stronger than me. I was fighting in a weight class that was above my normal weight class. I am disappointed.”

Brando Sanudo (5-5, 2 KOs) vs. John Bauza (7-0, 4 KOs)

RESULT: John Bauza by TKO at 1:14 of the Second Round

 

John Bauza: “That knock down felt great! It was an easy win because I worked hard. I felt strong in the first round. Thanks to all my followers and supporters. I will keep up great work. Whatever my promoters tell me next, will be next.”

Brando Sanudo: N/A

 

 

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.

HERTZY OUT

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SCL BOXING: “YOUNG GUNS” WEIGH-IN RESULTS FROM “LAST CALL TAVERN”

BY EVAN HERTZOG 4-28-17

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. *

HERTZY OUT