Orthrus Promotions took their “Triple-A-MMA” promotion to the Lonestar State of Texas to put on their fourth mixed martial arts show. The promotion hosted an event in Iowa last year to compliment the two events held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While the card is filled with Texas talent, scattered in the undercard are several New Mexico trained athletes.
Two local fighters unfortunately were scratched from the fight card in the lead up to tonight’s event. This past week, Lutrell’s MMA fighter Javier Palacios pulled out of his featured bout with Matt Hunt and during the weigh-ins yesterday, Ray Yee’s Albuquerque Kickboxing & MMA Academy standout Freddie Crosby found out that his opponent would come in five-pounds heavy and the result would be the fight being scrapped.
That left us with three locals still on the card. Lutrell’s MMA standout Steve Garcia would look to capitalize on a huge win over blue chip prospect Shawn Bunch last year in a featured bout on the undercard. One of the state’s more recognizable women athletes, Lynae Lovato would return to action after a long layoff and would join teammate Stephen Cervantes on the undercard.
Here are the quick results from “Caged Hostility” and our post-event thoughts will be immediately beneath the fight results.
Brandon Farron defeats Mike Bronzoulis via TKO (Strikes) Round 1 – 0:43
Matt Hunt vs. Javier Palacios (Lutrell’s MMA) *Bout cancelled due to Palacios injury
Steve Garcia (Lutrell’s MMA) defeats Klay Guy via TKO (Strikes) Round 2 – 1:14
Marcos Ayub defeats Richard Bailey via Submission (Rear-naked Choke) Round 1 – 1:124
Jacob Capelli defeats Wes Linsley via TKO (Doctor Stoppage) Round 1 – 5:00
Stephen Cervantes (Lovato Total Fitness) defeats Young Yu via Decision (Unanimous)
Zach Davis defeats Azariah Pattee via Decision (Unanimous)
Halleigh Haak defeats Lynae Lovato (Lovato Total Fitness) via Submission (Guillotine) Round 2 – 0:49
Faez Miraki vs. Freddie Crosby (Ray Yee’s Kickboxing & MMA) *Bout cancelled when Miraki failed to make weight by 5-pounds
- It won’t be the popular decision but I believe the news coming out of Thursday night’s event is that Stephen Cervantes is a legit prospect. Cervantes rolled through all of his opponents in the amateur ranks impressively and his emergence into the professional ranks came with heavy anticipation. Sometimes hype from the amateur level doesn’t follow fighters into their professional careers, but this isn’t one of those times.
- Cervantes is a truly skilled wrestler. The grappling and wrestling talents overwhelmed Young Yu for the duration of three rounds. Yu was older, bigger and touted as coming from legendary lineage but Cervantes walked through everything Yu had and showed everything from striking skills, powerful wrestling and brutal ground and pound; even though the positional grappling may have been the best talent on display for Cervantes.
- The other takeaway is Steve Garcia is a force to be reckoned with in the regional ranks of 135-pounds. While I don’t agree with the cageside commentating comparing him to Dominick Cruz, I do believe his smooth footwork and crisp punching abilities has led him to quickly become one of New Mexico’s top fighters to keep an eye out for. He is 3-0 as a professional with a win over Shawn Bunch, that is saying something.
- Garcia landed two straight lefts in the first round that dropped opponent Klay Guy in brutal fashion. Garcia showed that he possessed knockout power which is dangerous considering his lanky, six-foot-plus 135-pound frame. He is tricky on the ground and lethal on the feet, a well-rounded prospect.
- Unfortunately, Lynae Lovato didn’t bring home the win in her bout with Halleigh Haak which will drop her professional record to 0-3. The worst part of the loss comes in the fact that Lovato was dominating the fight up until the point she was caught in a submission.
- Lovato won the first round with powerful wrestling and top control as she absolutely smothered her opponent. In the second frame, Haak locked in a power guillotine and actually put Lovato to sleep. While the loss was a tough one to watch for fans of the local area, Lovato fought valiantly and her efforts should still be applauded.
- In the first round for Lovato and the entire three for Cervantes, the Hybrid Jiu Jitsu program that their coach Josh Lanier teaches was validated. Cervantes passed guard, went to mount and took the back very smoothly and attacked with submissions.
- In terms of some criticism, the efforts of the promotion to build some hype for Javier Palacios and Matt Hunt was downright awful. Palacios pulled out of his fight citing injury and Hunt made remarks on social media questioning the injury. The promotion tried to create bad blood and drama that just wasn’t there and for two fighters very young in their careers and not yet in the big show it was very unnecessary. Especially when Hunt came into the cage to talk trash and returned to send his respect to Palacios and his team,
- The production value was nice for viewers who wanted to watch via online stream. The Orthrus promotion strayed from New Mexico while taking some locals with them which made their delivery of online stream extremely convenient to follow and support our own.
- Expect a March show for Triple-A-MMA’s fifth show, which rumors are swirling that it could be held up north of Santa Fe. While the venue of choice is the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino, don’t be too surprised when the Camel Rock Casino is brought into the discussion of holding the event. It is a smaller venue which means the likelihood of a sellout increases.