King of the Cage is undoubtedly New Mexico’s most storied MMA promotion and has hosted exponentially more events than any other local promotion in the history of this cultured region known for its extensive fight community. In the years past, King of the Cage hosted some of the best up-and-coming talent featuring notable names like Carlos Condit, Diego Sanchez, Keith Jardine, and Tim Means. Fast-forward to present time and things haven’t changed much as King of the Cage is still a stomping ground for local talents to make a name for themselves during their journey to MMA stardom.
This Saturday night, April 25th, King of the Cage “Cutting Edge” will be live at the Hotel Cascada in Albuquerque and the event line-up is definitely worth the price of admission as fans who attend the show will be treated to several notable local fighters and a slew of interesting match-ups.
In anticipation of this exciting event, SWFight has you covered with the 5 reasons that should motivate you to really consider attending this event. (*The list is not in any type of order)
5. One of New Mexico’s most notable Flyweights
One of New Mexico MMA’s most animated personalities, “Timbo Slice” Tim Sosa (2-3) will go down as one of the best amateur fighters on record and one of the most experienced fighters in terms of cage time as Sosa to date has been in over twenty bout. In his career Sosa has seen the end of the third round several times and in his last amateur bout in 2012, won a fight mid-way through the fourth round. Needless to say, Tim Sosa is well-conditioned athlete who has an important intangible, in the form of conditioning as part of his in-cage talents.
After a rocky start to his professional career, Sosa has found his rhythm in his last three outings (2-1) and has really put together impressive performances inside the cage. As a close teammate of UFC standout Ray Borg, Sosa has definitely been a benefactor of elite level training camps.
Sosa can break to .500 with this fight and build on his momentum and he continue to show why he was such a highly touted amateur. Sosa should enjoy an advantage in all facets on Saturday night as the FIT NHB fighter’s striking and grappling have always been solid and increasingly so in his last few outings. Still as in any fight, a fighter’s opponent always presents unique dangers to the match-up.
His opponent Jordan Hernandez is making the trip from Kansas and is expected to be last to weigh-in in order to accommodate his travels.
4. Rising Talents
Charlie Brown Williams and George Clynes both represent FIT NHB. They both are talented mixed martial artists. They both have impressive talents. They both made statements in their last outing which also occurred on the same night.
This past November at an event titled “Duke City”, Williams made his professional debut an impressive one on the heels of an extremely successful amateur campaign. Williams TKO’d Joseph Veloz in the first round in a fight that was similar to that of Williams amateur fights of which his imposed his will to overwhelm and dominate opponents.
George Clynes had his own dominant performance that night and “The Magnificent Bastard” needed only 24-seconds to dismantle his opponent. Clynes pressed straight forward with an aggressive pace and unleashed brutal punches to stop Denton Comyford with strikes.
Judgement MMA’s Brent James is making his professional debut after his own successful amateur campaign and the talented athlete is a treat to watch work inside the cage. James has effective grappling talents showcased in his win using the rare Von-Flue choke but his all-around MMA game has improved significantly since working with teammates Adrian Cruz and John Rozema under the tutelage of Coach Scott Marlowe.
Another one of James’ teammates, Jesse Sandoval may not be a local household name but Sandoval’s performances in the cage are worth the price of admission for any event. Do you want a fire-fight? Do you want to see volume striking in array of attacks including but not limited to punches, kicks, knees and elbows? How about a crafty grappler who uses his defensive Jiu Jitsu to get back to the feet where he can continue to put on a show for the fans? The man I have often titled “Mr. Fight of the Night” is scheduled for three rounds of more entertaining action.
3. Trevino Fights Saturday Night, But We Aren’t Talking About Mack Truck
Joey “Mack Truck” Trevino is one of the most experienced and successful amateurs in the King of the Cage regional circuit and is always an entertaining act when he steps into the cage. Anytime his name is listed on the fight poster, he is one of the fighters fans know first.
But he won’t be the Trevino fighting on Saturday night.
Instead, Tabitha Trevino, the wife of Joey, will make her amateur debut against FIT NHB’s Jayme Hinshaw. Tabitha has long enjoyed combat sports but has taken the back seat to allow Joey to focus his time on mixed martial arts. Finally, she gets her chance to showcase the hard work she has put in at the gym. If Tabitha is anything like her husband, she will be technical on the ground and formidable on the feet. King of the Cage has a great reputation for exciting WMMA bouts and I don’t think this will be any different.
2. A Top Prospect
Every once in a long while, a talent emerges from the regional circuit and it is easy to see that the fighter stands out from the rest with exceptional talents and success. In the case of amateur Jess Martinez (3-0) of Santa Fe, Martinez is that type of prospect who just may have that special “it” that the majority of aspiring athletes dream of having. In fact, Martinez is definitely more highly touted as a wrestler than a fighter and that is saying something considering he is one of the most hyped amateurs in the area.
The technical and explosive wrestler has walked through three opponents with relative ease in between competing in the sport of wrestling at the collegiate level while attending New Mexico Highlands University. Martinez returns to the cage Saturday night and will fight at a catch weight of 160-pounds.
The explosion and picture-perfect technique of which Martinez effortlessly dives into takedowns is basically poetry in motion and in his young career, he is yet to face adversity and opponent Ruben Arroyo has to know of Martinez’s wrestling talents and will try to negate that Saturday night.
Oh wait, did I mention that Jess Martinez is one of New Mexico’s most talented young Jiu Jitsu practitioners. Opponents steer away from the mats at all costs.
1. Rock’Em Sock’em
When Judgement MMA’s John “Rock’em Sock’em” Rozema makes the walk to the cage, it might as well be a certainty that excitement will follow him to the cage. Rozema doesn’t own the nickname because of his reserve and methodical approach to combat, no, Rozema earned the nickname because he is not afraid to exchange with opponents and has become notorious in the region as a fighter who if he connects clean, will put anyone down with punches.
Standing across from Rozema on Saturday night will be Dorian Dixon of ABQ BJJ/Rosales Kickboxing. Dixon is a bit of an opposite in comparison to his opponent; Dixon is reserves, methodical and while he may not start fights on fire, he gets into a rhythm and diligently picks opponents apart.
There has yet to be a boring Rozema fight and Dixon has been a work-horse in the cage putting on his own exciting bouts. Rozema has the power to end the fight at anytime and he has the technical prowess to engage in a battle with Dixon come Saturday night. Dixon’s methodical approach to the stand-up game will make him a dangerous foe for Rozema on Saturday night and his talents in the grappling department will definitely make the match-up one of great intrigue.
King of the Cage did a great job sliding this into their main event slot as both men have experience headlining or fighting in featured bouts for the promotion and each time they have been in featured fights, they have delivered with crowd-pleasing performances.
You don’t want to miss this fight card! Weigh-ins for the event will take place today at Sadies on 4th Street at 3:00 PM and the show tomorrow night is an outdoor event held at Albuquerque’s Hotel Cascada. The first fight will kick off at 6:00 PM with the doors opening one hour prior at 5:0 PM. If you haven’t purchased tickets head on over to www.holdmyticket.com