This weekend is shaping up to be another fun weekend of mixed martial arts. However, this weekend feels more mellow then the weeks preceding as past weekends have had numerous events featuring locals in both boxing and MMA; ranging from Fort Worth, Texas to the Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino where Holmes Boxing started off the year in the boxing scene with a bang. This weekend, on Saturday we have UFC 169: Barao vs. Faber which may not feature a fight card full of locals but does have huge implications for a few of our locals going forward.
Also, two of our state’s competitors will take on tough opponents on Friday in fights that are very important for two very different reasons. With that being said, here is our viewing schedule for all of you combat sports fans who want some fighting before the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Amanda Lovato Makes Her Professional Debut
Unfortunately for WMMA fans, the debut of Judgement MMA’s Lovato scheduled for Rocktagon 30 on January 17th was canceled when her opponent stepped on the scales 8.5-pounds heavier than the contracted weight. After the Texas Athletic Commission shut down the fight, Lovato was without an opponent and would not be granted her wish to start her pro career that night.
When one door closes, it seems another opens as the 115-pound Lovato would be matched with Duke Roufus product Rocky Magdaleno to fight in the main event of the North American Fighting Championship event titled “Super Brawl”. The event will be hosted inside the Eagles Grand Ballroom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin tonight, Friday night January 31st.
Training out of the renowned Roufusport gym, Magdaleno will also make her pro debut against Lovato. Both women are coming off strong amateur careers and the two ladies will have the honor of capping off a full night of fights featuring professional and amateur bouts.
Legacy FC 27 Main Event – Tim Means vs. Artenas Young
Expect fireworks inside the Arena Theater as Houston, Texas will play host to an explosive match-up of two very talented Welterweight fighters. FIT NHB’s Tim Means will leave Albuquerque behind to take on hometown fighter Artenas Young (10-6) who spends time training down the highway from Means (19-5-1) in Albuquerque inside the Lutrell’s MMA gym.
As the headlining act, Means will look to continue on the comeback trail towards the UFC after being cut by the promotion last year. Going 2-2 in his four-fight UFC stint, Means showed plenty of upside and potential winning his two UFC bout in emphatic fashion while fighting valiantly in his two losses. Means bounced back from back-to-back defeats this past September with a vicious standing elbow KO that ended the storied career of Pete Spratt.
Young is the underdog heading into the bout but a win over Means will be the biggest of his career and very well may stamp his name on the radar for the UFC talent scouts. Southwest Fight News broke down the “Keys to Victory” this past week, which would serve as fun reads in preparations to the bout scheduled for tonight, Friday night.
Fight fans can catch the action on AXS TV, which is available to most on Dish Network and DirecTV. Check the listings on www.axs.tv/
UFC 169 – What It Means For New Mexico Fighters
First and foremost, Heavyweight legend Frank Mir has been spending time working with Greg Jackson at the Jackson-Winkeljohn gym here in Albuquerque and he is sure to show improvements in all facets of his game training in the world renowned gym which is now home to arguably the division’s number one contender, Travis Browne.
Mir takes on Alistair Overeem in a fight that couldn’t be more of a stylistic clash. Most of Mir’s losses have come via TKO at the hands of strong strikers which is exactly the type of fighter Overeem is and most of Overeem’s losses have come via submission which Mir is arguably the greatest submission fighter in MMA Heavyweight history.
A win turns the boat around for Mir but a loss for either fighter really jeopardizes their placement in the company and at least eliminates hopes of a title run in the near future.
Another bout to keep any eye out for is Ricardo Lamas vs. Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo which will serve as the co-main event of the pay-per-view on Saturday night. While neither fighter has ties to the area, the winner or possibly even the loser depending on how the fight turns out may be the next in line to fight Cub Swanson. The Jackson-Winkeljohn product is on a tear as of late finishing every fight since losing to Lamas a few years ago. Swanson is on top of the food chain to get a crack at the title and the aftermath of that bout will tell us a lot about Swanson’s future.
That’s it fight fans! The fights to watch for this weekend! Make sure you send your support our to the locals fighting in Milwaukee and Houston this weekend and tune in to see Frank Mir fight Alistair Overeem this Saturday night on pay-per-view for UFC 169.