Rumble in the Rockies Recap
By Jason Martinez
May 14, 2005
Colorado State Fair grounds Event Center
Recap & Results were submitted on May 21st but due to an error on our part, was not posted until 8/13/05.
TheFightGame.tv would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused - especially to
Mr. Martinez, who does a Great job covering these events.
world of Mixed Martial Arts continues right here in my home state with Rumble In The Rockies, at The
Colorado State Fair grounds Event Center, in Pueblo, Colorado. On Saturday, May 14th. 2005, Tommy G.
Productions, and Top Promoter/Match maker, Sven "Boogie" Bean, put together a stunning card which
consisted of five amateur, and five professional bouts, each respectively grouped, four MMA, and one, K-1
rule stand up fight. I apologize for not being able to account for school's and/or states of residence. In the
future, I hope that leniency will be granted to media; Therefore allowing access to interviews, and/or vital
information essential to the growth of our sport. With this said, take into account lack of photographs, and
audio coverage of this event.
The action began with a fight team that has become a staple of the Colorado fight scene. Colorado Springs,
Kongo Do representative, Danny Arona made his way to the ring to take on Pueblo native, David Favela.
Scheduled for three, three minute rounds at 165 lbs., Danny charges into a heavy right hand; Able to clinch,
Danny commits to a belly to belly. David, able to switch momentum, lands on top of Danny, and quickly
adjusts to side control. From side, he attains mount, and at :35 sec., the ref steps in to call an end to the
bout. Plagued with injuries, I find The Brother's Arona (Danny, and his brother Sammy) to be consistent
players in the amateur scene. Look for both to be on a Colorado fight card coming soon to a venue near
Our second fight, and second of five Kongo Do fighters on the card, "Vicious" Vinny Cano, stepped in to
face Logan Noll at 158 pounds. Textbook legs, allow Logan to trap Vinny's ankle, taking Vinny down to his
guard. A reversal has Vinny landing hammer fists from the top. A common mistake, over extension of the
arm, and Logan secures the victory with an arm bar at 1:16 of the first round. Congratulations to Logan, as
Vinny seem to land some dazing blows. Logan weathered the storm, and finished with precision.
Third fight, Richard Kemp (Fit NHB, NM.) and Mike Alirez (Greely, Co.) continued the Mixed Martial Arts
action. Mike attempts two take downs landing good head and body shots in between. To no avail, it is Kemp
that finally takes it to the mat. Mike is able to slide out the back, and reverse guard, but again we see the
fighter leave his arm out too long as Richard locks in an arm bar at 2:28 sec. of the first round.
Fourth fight, 3rd. Kongo Do man, "Bad Ass" Billy Dixson, faced off with Josh Mastin. Billy looks for the
shot twice, all the while trading blows with Josh. Measuring Billy's shot, Josh reverse to land in Billy's guard,
hopping directly into mount. Josh lands good shots, but Billy is able to fend off his adversary till the end of
2nd. round Billy shoots, but exhaustion sets in, and at :55 sec. the fight is ended by Josh grounding and
pounding out the victory.
Our fifth, and final amateur contest, was K-1 rules stand up. Jason Blanscet out of The Defense Institute in
Colorado Springs took on Matt Priest (Fit NHB) at 160 pounds. Jason connects first with an outer thigh kick,
followed with a right jab. Matt answers with a straight, left right into a clinch. The ref splits the fighters, with
Matt advancing, Jason throws the leg kick, followed by a body shot before the clinch. Matt works the body
till the ref steps in for the split. Matt gets off first with his own leg kick followed with the push kick. Another
exchange of combos, and the bell is sounded for the round.
Round 2, Jason works the legs as Matt is able to catch good body blows before, and within the clinch. Matt
scores with nice knees from a Muay Thai clinch. Jason throws combo into a clinch, landing a few knees
before the round ends.
Matt is able to secure three 30/27 votes, as he steadies his pace, and starts to land multiple combos in the
final round. Jason is gassed, but does find some good counters. Jason lasts the round but still does not have
enough to win the fight.
After an intermission, MMA action continued with a professional round time of 2, five minute rounds, and a
possible three minute overtime. This fight scheduled for 135 pounds brought Mike Adams (Team Lethal),
and Richard Hess (Denver) to the squared circle. Richard shoots with a beautiful double leg into a pickup
slam. Mike pulls guard, then attempts an arm bar. Richard is able to escape; The ref stands the fighters up
due to lack of action. Mike lands a solid right hand before Richard takes him down with a single leg. Mike is
quick to attempt the arm bar. Richard evades the tap out, but ends up on his back. Mike starts to throw
punches, but at 3:53 of the 1st. Richard Hess secures the tap out with a nice triangle choke.
Thomas Schulte (Cornered by Fit NHB), and Jason Sallee (Texas) were next to enter the ring. We see an
exchange of leg kicks, followed by a lightning quick shoot from Schulte. Just as quick, Schulte leaps out of
Jason's guard, and is in side mount. Jason attempts to reverse position, but Schulte is one step ahead as he
takes his opponents back. In :47 sec. Schulte sinks in the rear naked choke for the tap.
Team Lethals Justin Kretzer came to the ring ready to rumble, as he took on undefeated fighter, Donnie
Liles, from Kongo Do Fight Team. This stare down was so intense, Wanderlia Silva would have been
From the bell, Liles rushes in taking Justin off his feet with a double. Justin immediately transitions, locking
in a scary looking arm bar. Liles lifts the locked out body of Justin chest high, and slams him "Rampage
Jackson" style to the mat. Again, Liles looks for the slam. Justin, still locked, realizes he is about to get
spiked on his head, and abandons his submission. From here on Liles out works for side control, then to full
mount. Justin verbally submits due to strikes from the mount.
The Co Main Event was a stand up war between Carlo Prater (Cornered by Eric Lalone from The Defense
Institute and Sven Bean), against Terris James. I was conducting interviews through this fight, so I did not
get play by play. Terris won a unanimous decision, 30/27 on all three Judge's score cards.
The Main Event, pitted Matt Knaub (Fit NHB) to battle Chilo Gonzales from Kongo Do Fight Team. This
fight was originally scheduled for Ring Of Fire 16: April, 9th. 2005 but was canceled at the last minute. Thank
the MMA gods for that cancellation, making it possible for us to see this fight here! The bell sounds, and
Chilo looks to kick Matt's head into the stands. Seeing the telegraphed kick, Matt easily gets the single leg
take down; Chilo's momentum carries him over Matt, but he can not free his leg. Matt gets Chilo on his
back, Chilo pulls guard. Both fight for position, no one landing any leather. Finding his balance, Chilo
elevates, and reverses, ending in side control. Knee to Belly, and Chilo Is mounted. Reigning down heavy
blows, Matt has no choice but to give his back. 1:10 sec. is the official time as Matt Taps out to a rear
I would like to thank Tommy G. For the opportunity to cover his event. I want to give props to two teams who
came from out of State with multiple fighters for this card. Fit NHB, out of New Mexico is a team that is no
stranger to Flaming Yang Productions. Sven has used Fit NHB competitors for the # 1 Professional show of
the Rocky Mountain region, Ring Of Fire, and it's amateur feeder show, Battle quest. Second, from what
their shirts read - "Team Lethal, Tap or Snap!" - hailed from Iowa. Always a strong foundation for wrestling,
Iowa's, Team Lethal were so impressive, they were invited to have fighters in the next Ring Of Fire, Douglas
County Event Center, June 2005.
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