Another electrifying night of fights in Pueblo, Colorado thanks to Top Shelf Entertainment! Rubicon V created some excellent memories and stories, thanks to J.R. Raymond Chavez, CEO of Top Shelf Entertainment. It's always an excellent mood at Massari Arena, where the fans show their love by getting extremely loud!
Especially during the fight between Adam Martinez vs Kendale Young. Kendale looked like a lightning bolt all over the cage, landing big shots on Adam, even knocking him down several times. But Adam had enough and attacked with heavy hands as usual, knocking his opponent down, and later slamming him into the canvas reminiscent of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson! The crowd exploded after Adam began the reversal of momentum. It had to be the loudest crowd I have ever heard in Colorado for combat sports! Unfortunately, Kendale was not able to continue due to injury. Adam was victorious by TKO after 1 round!
Adam Vigil looking rather large destroyed his opponent Travis Aragon in the first round with the very first punch he threw, and finished it with a barrage of punches prompting the referee to end the match by TKO just 13 seconds into round 1.
The evening's Co-Main Event featured two of Pueblo's most well known fighters. Eric Grant was flashy and accurate with his strikes and granted a TKO win over Manuel Gallardo. Gallardo was unable to answer the bell going into the second round due to what appeared as injured ribs.
Dylan Stubblefield's night saw a swift win over Fernando Sanchez, and still TSE's 145lb Amateur champion! He had an excellent showing and has finally decided that he's going pro! He's ready to go soon, mentioning that he's eyeing a spot on the next LFA card that comes to Colorado.
With all the action going on with fighting, some were not able to fight. Slade Ring's opponent wasn't able to finalize paperwork, and Slade retained his TSE 135lb Amateur title in the cage for all of Pueblo to see! Slade resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico and trains out of Jackson's gym. Slade comes from a family of fighters, his brother Falon Ring and his sister Teagan Ring are also MMA fighters.
Another man, former MMA fighter Donovan Duran, was crowned "The People's Champion" on that same night, he also did not see any action and that was due to an injury leaving him paralyzed. TSE awarded him with a belt to show thanks for all of his contributions to the sport and promotion!
Gabe Charboneau and Jeremy Garcia were rewarded with Leadership Awards for their continued hard work. It was well deserved. Both accepted and gave speeches to the pleased crowd.
The beautiful TSE Ring Girls and models swarmed the arena, heightening moods and giving off positive energy while hyping up the fans in Massari Arena.
Another local favorite, Jordan Titoni was able to outwrestle and control his opponent, Jake Mendez, for most of the fight. Jordan has gone on an impressive winning streak as of late and has his eyes on the TSE Professional Championship, currently held by Andrew Tenneson.
Phil Gonzalez made quite the Pro MMA debut by defeating Albuquerque's Cody Hoffstatter by KO. The classic grappler vs striker went down as expected, where Cody tried to take Phil's back and Phil just went for the knockout which occurred much to Cody's disappointment.
Other local fighters that took to the cage include Robert Fratterelli, who took a short notice fight and returned back to the cage after a 2 year layoff against New Mexico's Levi Lucero. Amateur Caleb Crump picked up his first win of his MMA career. Also, Pueblo's Nate Cullison made his amateur debut and won via first round rear naked choke over Joseph Quintana. Bryan Romero picked up a decision win over Austin Brown, despite having his nose broken.
It will be hard to top this night of fights which saw two bouts unable to continue due to injury back to back, which I haven't ever seen happen! But with each and every TSE Rubicon event, they try to step it up from the last performance. Get ready for Rubicon VI coming very soon, and Visually Legit will be there bringing you all the action!