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2012 in review: Women’s MMA emerges in New Mexico

Ever since Diego Sanchez captured the attention of millions when he won the original Ultimate Fighter New Mexico has been a “Mecca” for mixed martial arts. The popularity continued with the emergence of Rashad Evans and Keith Jardine. Over the period of time, fighters like Brian Stann, Carlos Condit, Donald Cerrone and John Dodson have become polarizing figures in the ...

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Joby Sanchez out of XFC 22 in February due to Injury

An injury to an MCL has forced Joby Sanchez (4-0) out of the upcoming February 22nd XFC 22 card where he was scheduled Jimmy Fowler. The injury occurred during a takedown session this week. Sanchez had his knee reevaluated by a doctor today. He was diagnosed with a sprained MCL and will have to undergo physical therapy for 4-6 weeks. Sanchez ...

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Jackson’s-Winklejohn’s Hunter Tucker debuts for Bellator on January 26th

Another New Mexico-based fighter has joined Bellator Fighting Championships. Recent signee, Hunter Tucker (4-0), representing the Jackson’s-Winklejohn’s gym, will take the next step in his already successful career as he looks to make his promotional debut January 26th at Bellator 86. The event will be held inside the Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma less than two hours away from his hometown of Wichita Falls, ...

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Austin Trout Arrested in El Paso

According to a report by the El Paso Times, WBA Super Welterweight champion Austin Trout was arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of public intoxication following a brawl at an El Paso restaurant. El Paso County Jail records state that the 27-year-old was arrested about 4:30 a.m. and was later booked at 8:50 a.m. He was released two hours later after posting ...

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Bellator Fighting Championships Looking to Hold Event in New Mexico

A reliable source has confirmed that Bellator Fighting Championships has filed an application for a promoter’s license with the New Mexico Athletic Commission; meaning that a Bellator event is likely to make a stop in the Albuquerque area in early 2013. A venue to hold the event has not yet been determined. The last scheduled event Bellator currently has set for it’s 8th season ...

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Las Cruces to Hold Parade for Austin Trout

PRESS RELEASE Las Cruces, N.M. – Las Cruces will celebrate Austin Trout’s upsetting victory over legendary Miguel Cotto with a championship parade from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. The parade will begin at Sierra Middle School, 1700 Spruce Avenue, head south on Walnut Drive, turn west onto Hadley Avenue and end at the Las Cruces Police Athletic League, 700 ...

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Monday Boxing and MMA Recap

Monday Boxing and MMA Recap- Very busy week for local fighters regionally and nationally. We finally saw the long awaited professional debut of Las Cruces boxer, Siju Shabazz. That same evening we witnessed perhaps the Fight of the Year in New Mexico take place between Tony Valdez and Raymond Montes. Hollly Holm dominated Diana Prazak. After the contest Holm and fans ...

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