This Saturday, September 27th, Southern New Mexico is treating fight fans to a very solid lineup of MMA match-ups as King of the Cage “Haymaker” will be held live inside the Las Cruces Convention Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The show will follow the first Las Cruces King of the Cage event held earlier this year and continue the expansion into the Southern New Mexico market. As expected, the fight card is Las Cruces and El Paso heavy and features more than a dozen notable match-ups.
The fight card features fighters from El Paso, Texas and Cortez, Colorado as well as New Mexico trained fighters from Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, Albuquerque, Grants and Roswell. Notable gyms Lifer MMA, Transcendence, FIT NHB, Judgement MMA, Red Spider, Sparta MMA will all be featured as well as many others making the show a true showcase of Southwest talents.
In an effort to prepare the fight fans for this weekend’s event featuring some of the region’s best talent, here is SWFight’s six most interesting storylines for King of the Cage “Haymaker”:
“Mack Truck” Steamrolls Into Las Cruces
One of the more experienced amateur fighters around the region, Joey “Mack Truck” Trevino of Cortez, Colorado returns to action in Las Cruces on Saturday night. Trevino has stepped into the cage with the best the regional circuit has had to offer and through several tough match-ups in more than ten amateur bouts, Trevino has a winning record and has notched several memorable finishes.
The highly skilled grappler will headline the amateur portion of the fight card against Alejandro Diaz who is an undefeated Flyweight training out of Xtreme Jiu Jitsu in El Paso, Texas. Training out of a gym that emphasizes Jiu Jitsu, Diaz will present Trevino with a different challenge than he has been accustomed to in recent bouts as he has taken on strikers and wrestlers in his recent outings. A chess match would be the logical theme of this fight on paper as two very talented grapplers could test each other’s poise until a mistake is made allowing one fighter to capitalize.
A win for Trevino would make six career King of the Cage victories and should the promotion consider an amateur Flyweight Title being contested for in this region, Trevino may be a perfect choice to compete for the opportunity. A win for Diaz continues the perfect run in a very young career but could signal the potential of what is still to come for the El Paso fighter. Either way, this fight is a lock to be one of the more exciting fights on the fight card.
Early “Fight of the Night” Pick
Judgement MMA’s Jesse Sandoval is a show-stopper; in every bout featuring Sandoval, excitement is guaranteed to those in attendance. Sandoval is a veteran of eight amateur fights and while his record is on the wrong side of .500, do not be fooled to think Sandoval isn’t a dangerous fighter. In fact, Sandoval is quite the terror in a cage which could be best shown through his dismantling of an opponent for an event under the Legacy FC banner. Sandoval came up short in his last King of the Cage bout but fought with a brutal pace against a very talented Jiu Jitsu Ace and went the distance losing a split decision. Despite being out wrestled, Sandoval landed elbows from his back and with every ounce of skill and energy, Sandoval got up from the mat time after time.
Sandoval meets up with James Pleasant of Transcendence MMA and while Pleasant is making his amateur debut, the El Paso gym prepares their fighters very well for competition. With that being said, as long as Sandoval fights to his potential he will give Pleasant all he can handle and then some on Saturday night. Pleasant has the opportunity to debut against a very skilled fighter and in doing so also has the opportunity to jump head first into active MMA competition.
The striking aficionado Sandoval could steal the show on Saturday night and if Pleasant obliges to fight at Sandoval’s pace, the crowd in attendance could be in for a very entertaining three rounds of action. I would circle this bout as the early candidate to win the “Fight of the Night” as fight fans could be treated to a highlight knockout or an entertaining three round war.
FIT NHB vs. Red Spider MMA Highlights Main & Co-Main Events
When the argument is started concerning who the best regional fighter at 135-pounds is, it is rare to hear the name Turrell Galloway but at 6-3 “Freakstrong” is definitely emerging as one of New Mexico’s underrated fighters starting to hit people’s radars. Galloway notched a notable win in his last outing this past January in one of the bloodiest fights you’ll ever seen as he elbowed his way to a rear-naked choke stoppage over the tough Paco Castillo.
Galloway draws El Paso’s Adam McGurk (2-2) who represents Red Spider MMA; McGurk will present Galloway with a challenging task as he is well-versed on the ground and will threaten submissions should Galloway look to take the fight to the mat. The co-main event bout will definitely be defining moments for both fighters as McGurk will be hungry to keep his record in the winning column and Galloway is looking to emerge as a prospect in a stacked weight division in this region.
The Red Spider vs. FIT NHB rivalry doesn’t end their as the main event featured bout will pair El Paso’s Randy McCarthy (3-3) and Albuquerque’s Kyle Dean Bolt (8-3). The two Middleweight fighters are poised to be the show’s final act and have the responsibility with sending the crowd out with something to talk about. If the duo’s reputations are any indications of their likelihood for success, the fight fans are sure to be fulfilled by their in-cage performances.
Red Spider’s McCarthy is fresh off an exciting back-and-forth affair with Jackson’s MMA fighter Clint Roberts where McCarthy was very much in position to take a judge’s decision until a cut ended his night early and gave him the doctor stoppage loss.
Bolt is just as exciting and a winner of four of five fights; in that span, Bolt has finished thee bouts via strikes and the fourth via submission. In every victory in Bolt’s career, the 185-pound fighter has finished the fight before the conclusion got to the hands of the judge’s. Bolt is also very versatile, finishing fights with four different methods of submission (rear-naked choke, triangle choke, arm bar, heel hook).
Fans in attendance should get their money’s worth watching the featured bout on Saturday night.
El Paso vs.
The World New Mexico/Colorado
In all but one announced bout El Paso has a representative of the city fighting an opponent from somewhere in New Mexico or Colorado; from the 115-pound Roxanne Ceasear of Sparta MMA to the 220-pound Frisco Deleon of Transcendence MMA, the fight card is full of El Paso talents and they will play a marginal role in the success of the event. In six bouts, El Paso takes on Albuquerque/Rio Rancho fighters and in two instances, both fighters will represent El Paso inside the cage.
One of the intriguing pairings is the aforementioned Ceasear who will be fighting Gabby Romero of Rio Rancho’s Judgement MMA. Ceasear is much more experienced with five amateur bouts to her name than Romero who will be making her amateur debut but Romero comes from a gym notable for polishing very talented female fighters. Ceasear is an outstanding talent and being part of the only WMMA bout scheduled for “Haymaker” both ladies have the opportunity to make their mark on the event.
Another interesting pairing is the 195-pound match-up between Seth Leake of Grants, New Mexico and Red Spider MMA’s Danny Grado who could both be competing for the “Knockout of the Night” award. J5 MMA’s Leake is a hard-hitting, one-punch knockout threat and Grado is a powerful puncher who will definitely put just about any Middleweight’s chin to the test.
It will be extremely difficult for El Paso to sweep the entire fight card despite having location and travel convenience but at the end of the night it will be interesting to tally up the totals and see how El Paso fared against their opposition.
Stay tuned for more event coverage and all of your local Southwest combat news. As always, we encourage the fight fans to make their way out to support their local fighters. For interested parties, visit the Hold My Ticket (www.holdmyticket.com) for ticket information for Saturday night’s show.
King of the Cage “Haymaker” Fight Card (Subject to Change):
185-pounds: Randy McCarty (3-3) Red Spider MMA – El Paso, TX vs. Kyle Dean Bolt (8-3) FIT NHB – Albuquerque, NM
135-pounds: Adam McGurk (2-2) Red Spider MMA – El Paso, TX vs. Turrell Galloway (6-3) FIT NHB – Albuquerque, NM
125-pounds: Alejandro Diaz (3-0) Xtreme Jiu Jitsu – El Paso, TX vs. Joey Trevino (6-3) Lifer MMA – Cortez, CO
115-pounds: Roxanne Ceasear (3-2) Sparta MMA – El Paso, TX vs. Gabby Romero (0-0) Judgement MMA – Rio Rancho, NM
145-pounds: Jeremy Alba (2-2) Get Fit Fight Gym – El Paso, TX vs. Rene Rangel (1-0) Gorilla MMA – El Paso, TX
220-pounds: Israel Huerta (4-5) House MMA – Roswell, NM vs. Frisco Deleon (1-1) Transcendence MMA – El Paso, TX
135-pounds: Roman Aranda (1-0) Bushido MMA – El Paso, TX vs. Carlos Montano (1-0) FIT NHB – Albuquerque, NM
195-pounds: Danny Grado (2-2) Red Spider MMA – El Paso vs.. Seth Leake (2-1) J5 MMA – Grants, NM
135-pounds: Ivan Lucero (0-1) Get Fit Fight Gym – El Paso, TX vs. Steven Ojeda (1-1) Transcendence MMA – El Paso, TX
145-pounds: Jesse Sandoval (3-5) Judgement MMA – Rio Rancho, NM vs. James Pleasant (0-0) Transcendence MMA – El Paso, TX
145-pounds: Rudy Aguilar (1-0) Bushido MMA – El Paso, TX vs. Victor Orquiz (5-4) Dona Ana Boxing – Las Cruces, NM
205-pounds: Maurice Cheda (0-0) Gorilla MMA – El Paso, TX vs. Maurice Nat (0-0) Lifer MMA – Cortez, Colorado
155-pounds: Alex Estrada (0-1) Red Spider MMA – El Paso, TX vs. Sherwin Price (1-0) FIT NHB – Albuquerque, NM
170-pounds: Jessie Morales (0-2) Sparta MMA – El Paso, TX vs. Abraham Loya (0-1) Transcendence MMA – El Paso, TX