This afternoon concluded another exciting weekend of New Mexico MMA action as the Orthrus Promotion’s Triple-A-MMA “North vs. South” event was live inside Albuquerque’s Crowne Plaza Hotel. The feature bouts were contested under the “Win To Get In” gimmick that awards the winner an opportunity to fight for Bellator MMA. Earlier this year Felipe Chavez, Richard Jacques and Javier Palacios all punched their ticket to fight for Bellator 97 last month.
The main event delivered action in all facets of the fight as FIT NHB’s young gun Ray Borg scored the biggest win of his professional career defeating the “San-I Warrior” Angelo Sanchez by unanimous decision. The fight was awarded the “Fight of the Night” and both fighters left it all in the cage. In a match up that featured a veteran of seven years battling a fighter with a year of professional experience, it was clear that the new wave of this generation flourished. While Sanchez scored on the feet, Borg showed the all-around versatility of a well-rounded mixed martial artist by putting Sanchez on his back in each of the three rounds. From top position Borg would land solid strikes and showed his transitional dominance consistently improving position.
All three judge’s scored the bout identical awarding Borg each of the three rounds. The win secured Borg’s chance to fight for Bellator MMA later this year. While it is unknown as to whom Borg will face, each of the “Win To Get In” winners thus far have fought fellow local fighters on the undercard of the Bellator fight card.
Josh Lanier secured the win over Henry Ramos in a match that showed true Jiu Jitsu dominance. Lanier transitioned smoothly from the stand-up to takedown and eventually to the back mount. He would lock in a rear-naked choke and punch his ticket to a potential Bellator MMA bout. The quick submission was a theme on the pro card as Derek Perez submitted professional boxer turned MMA fighter Michael Coca Gallegos quickly with a guillotine choke. One of the issues of fighters making the move from one combat discipline to another is learning the intangibles; Coca Gallegos didn’t recognize his neck placement as quickly as Perez did and that cost the boxer big-time. The choke, which also was a variation neck crank put Coca Gallegos to sleep and the referee stoppage came when Perez notified the referee that he was unconscious.
The Lovato Total Fitness and Mean 1 MMA fight teams dominated the undercard MMA action. Steven Cervantes capitalized off of his huge win over a Mean 1 MMA fighter earlier this year with a win over a Judgement MMA fighter. The second win over a Rio Rancho fighter came at the hands of Ozzy Chavez who fought valiantly throughout the bout. Cervantes has shown his strength to be gifted in scrambles and in submission defense; in this fight he showed his offensive grappling as he secured a rear-naked choke in the second round. Jesse Long ended a long hiatus from active MMA action with a submission over previously beaten Judgement MMA fighter John Rozema.
Mean 1 MMA’s Max Spiller was awarded the referee stoppage over Steven Gonzalez but it did not come without some controversy. Spiller on two occasions landed illegal 12-6 elbows to a grounded Gonzalez. While the referee correctly deducted a point the second time, on both occasions the fight was re-started by the referee back to standing position. The correct call of course would be to deduct the point and place Spiller back on his back with Gonzalez in top position. The elbow rule of course defines the need for an arc in any elbow on the ground and if Spiller landed the strikes from top position then the fight should have been stood up however, the fouls on Spiller would lead to Gonzalez losing favorable position.
Judgement MMA and Alchemy BJJ’s Jerome Rivera continued to throw his name into discussion as a New Mexico prospect to keep an eye out for. Rivera would build on his success his amateur debut at the summer’s King of the Cage event with a thorough dismantling of his opponent Bruce Leroy Romero. Rivera showcased very impressive stand-up and more of the devastating ground game he is becoming known for. Rivera locked in a triangle choke that he used to reverse and gain the mount; from that position Rivera dropped elbows until the referee stopped the fight.
Quick Results For “North vs. South”:
Dorian Dixon defeats AJ Garza via Submission (Rear-naked choke) Round 2
Max Spiller defeats Steven Gonzalez via TKO (Knees) Round 2
Jerome Rivera defeats Bruce Leroy Romero via Submission (Strikes) Round 2
Jacob Espana vs. Levi Lucero *Cancelled*
Mateo Sanchez defeats Gary Taylor via Submission (Arm-bar) Round 1
Steven Cervantes defeats Ozzy Chavez via Submission (Rear-naked choke) Round 2
Jesse Long defeats John Rozema via Submission (Arm-triangle choke) Round 1
Derek Perez defeats Michael Coca-Gallegos via Submission (Guillotine Choke) Round 1
Josh Lanier defeats Henry Ramos via Submission (Rear-naked Choke) Round 1
*Josh Lanier is a “Win To Get In” winner and should have a slot in an upcoming Bellator MMA event*
Ray Borg defeats Angelo Sanchez via Judge’s Decision (Unanimous 30-27 X3)
*Ray Borg punches his ticket as the “Win To Get In” victor and is expected to fight for Bellator MMA*