It was a slow but highly successful weekend for some of the notable mixed martial artists in New Mexico. With UFC 153 bringing jam packed action from Brazil, New Mexico was proud to cheer on a featherweight bringing the “Boom” in his third octagon match up. Elsewhere, in the states a woman’s martial artist would stay undefeated in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
On the preliminary portion of the UFC 153 event headlined by Anderson Silva and Stephan Bonnar, Jackson-Winklejohn’s Diego Brandao would look to bounce back from a tough loss earlier this year. The former Ultimate Fighter winner looked to build on the momentum he earned by winning the reality show. Brandao would face a very tough Joey Gambino on the FX broadcast.
Gambino would prove to be very iron chinned and tough to finish as he pushed Brandao to the very end. Brandao would prove to be too heavy handed in the win in his home country as he edged Gambino via unanimous decision. The Albuquerque product would drop his opponent with punches multiples times in the three round affair and in doing so sending a statement in his rise up the 145-pound ranks.
Brandao improved to 15-8 with the win and 2-1 in the UFC.
Across the ocean back in the United States, another Jackson-Winklejohn fighter would earn a tough victory. Emily Kagan (1-0 pro) traveled to South Forks, North Dakota to put her undefeated professional record on the line against another undefeated fighter, Glena Avila (2-0 pro) of Oregon.
While both girls traveled down the road to Dakota, it would be Kagan who returned home with an unblemished record. She’d win a very tight, competitive split decision at Dakota FC 13. With the win, Kagan would win her first two professional bouts in just a little over a months span.
SWFight.com sends our congratulations to our New Mexico fighters who traveled long distances to bring back big victories this weekend!