SBG Idaho Adds 3 More Athletes to Bellator 205!!!

With Bellator MMA making its second trip to the Gem State on September 21, it is only fitting that the top martial arts school in the state, SBG Idaho, be well represented! Joining flyweight contender Veta Arteaga on the Bellator 205 lineup will be SBG Idaho teammates Stephen Stirewalt, Andrew Cruz, and Kyle Frost!

Stirewalt (1-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) looks to continue his development after a successful professional debut at Front Street Fights 17 back in May, where he earned a unanimous decision over Lino Sanchez. Stirewalt will be taking on Joe Aguirre (2-0, 0-0 BMMA). Cruz (4-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will be making the drop back down to featherweight where he holds a 4-1 professional record. Cruz will battle Nathan Stolen (8-3, 0-0 BMMA). Frost (2-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) looks to display the skills that make him one of the most exciting prospects in the region when he takes on David Rangel (0-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).

Bellator 205, Curran versus McKee, goes down Friday, September 21, 2018 at CenturyLink Arena in beautiful downtown Boise, Idaho! Let’s pack the house with SBG fans to cheer our athletes on! Tickets for the event can be purchased from the athletes themselves. If you can’t attend live, Stirewalt, Cruz, and Frost will be featured on the early undercard, which will be streamed for free on bellator.com beginning at 5pm MST. Arteaga will be featured on the main card, which kicks off on the Paramount Network at 7pm MST.

For more event information visit http://www.bellator.com/events/3g1t5q/bellator-205-curran-vs-mckee or http://centurylinkarenaboise.com/events/bellator-205-curran-vs-mckee/.

Arteaga Gets Quick Turnaround at Bellator 205!!!

After her finest performance to date, SBG Idaho’s Veta Arteaga, will look to take another step forward on her path to a world title when she locks horns with Bellator Kickboxing champion Denise Kielholtz at Bellator 205!

Arteaga (4-2 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) looks to build upon her momentum after a dominant victory over two time title challenger Emily Ducote last month at Bellator 202. Kielholtz (2-1 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) enters the bout with some momentum of her own, with wins in her last two Bellator appearances. This should be another exciting bout, and a great test for Arteaga as she continues her quest for a world championship! Arteaga’s main card bout will be aired during Bellator’s Paramount Network broadcast beginning at 7pm, MST.

Bellator 205 will mark the promotion’s second trip to our city, Boise, Idaho! The event will feature a headlining bout pitting perennial featherweight contender Pat Curran versus young, undefeated prospect AJ McKee! Bellator 205, Curran versus McKee, goes down September 21, 2018 at CenturyLink Arena in downtown Boise, Idaho.

Stay tuned for more updates as other SBG Idaho athletes will likely be making appearances on the Bellator 205 undercard!!!

Arteaga Dominant Over Ducote at Bellator 202

July 13, 2018 Thackerville, Oklahoma SBG Idaho’s Veta Arteaga picked up the biggest win of her professional career last month at Bellator 202, when she dominated two-time former title contender, Emily Ducote!

Arteaga began the fight strong, taking the center and pressuring Ducote to the fence with some hard shots. Ducote circles away, but Veta stays in pursuit. After a few more exchanges, Ducote attempts a takedown. Arteaga manages to stay upright and uses the cage to turn and separate, before resuming her forward pressure. Another Ducote takedown lands a short time later and in the scramble she is able to secure Arteaga’s back. Arteaga quickly reverses the position and successfully defends Ducote’s quick armbar attempt. Arteaga lands a few hard shots from top before Ducote manages to return to her feet. Arteaga goes back to work, pressuring Ducote backwards with punches and kicks. Both fighters are landing their share of shots in the exchanges, but Arteaga’s are noticeably stronger and more damaging. As the round nears its close, Ducote lands another takedown and quickly takes Arteaga’s back again in the scramble. Ducote locks in a tight rear naked choke, but the round ends before she can secure the submission.

Round 2 begins much the same as the first, with Arteaga pressuring forward behind her striking and Ducote looking to secure a takedown. Ducote executes a nice duck under to a double leg near the fence, taking Arteaga’s back in the process. As in the first round, Arteaga immediately reverses to top and goes to work landing vicious ground and pound with Ducote pinned at the base of the cage. The remaining 3:30 of the round see Arteaga landing hard punches, elbows, and knees to Ducote, who manages just enough activity to survive the onslaught.

Round 3 sees Arteaga again come straight across the cage, pressuring Ducote with hard punches and kicks. Ducote briefly gets Arteaga down against the fence, but Arteaga quickly stands and reverses position before slamming Ducote to the ground with a double leg of her own. More hard ground and pound land for Arteaga, but this time Ducote manages to return to her feet before sustaining too much damage. A hard right hand from Ducote draws blood from Arteaga’s left eye, and Arteaga nods in approval. The remaining two minutes of the fight see both athletes landing strong punches, kicks, knees, and elbows, with Arteaga landing the noticeably harder blows.

Overall, it was a fantastic performance from both athletes, and an exciting display of well rounded mixed martial arts skill! All three judges scored the fight 30-27 in favor of Arteaga! Awesome performance Veta, we are all so proud of your effort and dedication! Special thanks to all the coaches and training partners that dedicated their time in preparation for that night!!!

If you missed the fight the first time, relive the action below!

Bellator 202, July 13, 2018, Winstar Resort & Casino, Thackerville, OK

Veta Arteaga (SBG Idaho) vs Emily Ducote 

SBG Idaho Bringing the Ruckus to MTF 4!!!

Mountain Force MMA continues to push forward, providing quality mixed martial arts for competitors and fans alike, in the Rock Mountain region. MTF brings its 4th installment to Pocatello, Idaho this Saturday, August 4th at the Mountain View Events Center. That evening six SBG Idaho athletes will look to make their mark in the MTF cage!

Making their amateur MMA debuts will be Moises Valadez (125 lb) and Briley Streeter (135 lb), who will be taking on Aaron Jenning and Jordan Hughes, respectively. Both Moises and Briley have been putting many hours in the gym building their skill set, while also helping their teammates prepare. We are very excited that they now get a chance to shine!

Also on the bill that night will be youngsters, David Akers (2-1, MMA, 0-0 MTF), Noah Shultz (2-2, MMA, 0-0 MTF), and Almir Talic (1-0 MMA, 0-0 MTF), as well as veteran professional Billy Carothers (5-9 MMA, 0-0 MTF). Akers looks to get back in the win column after suffering a close decision loss at Rumble at the Roseland back in January. David will be taking on Daniel De Leora in an amateur flyweight (125 lb) contest. Shultz will reenter the cage after a dominant decision win at Front Street Fights this past January. He looks to continue his momentum when he meets Daniel Martinez in another amateur flyweight bout. After a quick submission win at FSF in January, Talic’s coaches are excited to watch him showcase even more of his impressive skillset. He will be taking on Dusty Jones at in an amateur lightweight (155 lb) fight. Finally, Billy Carothers will be stepping in on short notice to take on Idaho MMA veteran, Kerry Lattimer in a professional welterweight (170 lb) showdown! Billy is riding a two fight win streak after impressive submission victories at Fusion Fight League in December and FSF in February. He looks to continue that streak against the ultra-tough Lattimer!!!

For more information on the event, or to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.mountainforcemma.com/. Our athletes have been working hard to perform their best! Show them love, or better yet, make the trek to Pocatello to cheer them on in person!!!

Burgess Takes Home IBJJF Gold!!!

June 30, 2018 Las Vegas, NV SBG Idaho athlete, Cash Burgess, continues to fill up his trophy case- most recently taking home gold in the Teen Yellow Belt Division at IBJJF American Nationals!!!

Winning both of his matches via armbar against more experienced opponents, Cash continues to improve both mentally and physically, each time out! Bracket results are as follows-

Yellow / Teen 2 / Male / Middleweight
1 – Cash Burgess – SBG International (SBG)
2 – Stephon Isaiah Priddy – CheckMat
3 – Benjamin Juan Borja – Bonsai Jiu-Jitsu – Guam

Special thanks to Coaches Michael Ransom and Scott Thometz for making the trip and helping Cash perform to his potential! Congrats on the victory Cash, we are incredibly proud of your effort and look forward to watching your continued growth as a martial artist!

 

Coach Frankl Returns To Boise!!!

SBG Blackbelt, John Frankl, returns to Boise for what is sure to be another cortex-scrambling jiu-jitsu seminar on August 11-12! Coach Frankl is the head instructor at John Frankl Jiu-Jitsu/SBG Korea, and the man credited with bringing Jiu-Jitsu to South Korea! Don’t miss another opportunity to learn from one of the most intelligent and innovative jiu-jitsu minds out there!

Times are 10am-noon and 1-3pm both Saturday and Sunday. Cost in $80 for all SBGers and $105 for non-tribe members.

Come see what all the fuss is about with the godfather of Korean BJJ!!!

For more info on Coach Frankl, check out the following video: