SBG Idaho had another outstanding showing Friday night at Front Street Fights 13 in Boise, Idaho!
Stephen Stirewalt (SBG Idaho) defeats Jose Martinez via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:07 of Round 1 Our night started with a bantamweight bout featuring SBG Idaho Coach Stephen Stirewalt taking on Jose Martinez. The fight started with Stirewalt looking for his range with his jab, backing up Martinez to the cage while landing punches and a kick to the body. Stirewalt landed a right before changing levels and finishing a big double leg takedown on his opponent. Stirewalt maintained his posture and controlled Martinez’s legs passing right into side control before sliding his knee across into mount. Martinez ate a punch before giving up his back to the SBG Idaho coach. From there Stirewalt swarmed, landing multiple punches before finding the open neck of Jose Martinez for the rear naked choke finish, which was secured at 2:07 of the very first round!
Kyle Frost (SBG Idaho) defeats Michael Farrer via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:41 of Round 1 In a welterweight bout, the undefeated Frost wasted no time taking his opponent to the ground with a double leg. Farrer holds on to a guillotine choke but did not keep control of Frost with his legs and hips allowing Frost to pass right to mount 15 seconds into the fight. Frost smothers Farrer from mount, landing some hard punches that cause his opponent to turn away, giving up his back to the SBG athlete. From here, Frost landed some hard shots that expose Farrer’s neck for the rear naked choke finish.This was Kyle’s 5th first round finish!
Michael Garcia defeats Billy Carothers via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) The evening’s co-main event begins with Garcia attacking Carothers’ legs with kicks, a body kick is caught by Carothers that allows him to clinch and press the Team No Excuse fighter against the cage. The two men jockey for position with Carothers landing some knee strikes to his opponent. Garcia reverses the position but cannot maintain control as Carothers reverses and puts him back against the cage. Referee Tom Supnet separates the two and returns them to the middle of the cage where they tentatively feel each other out with strikes. The round picks up with Garcia landing strikes on Carothers that cause him to rush in with strikes. Garcia changes levels for a double leg takedown that Carothers defends, but the persistent Garcia keeps driving, taking Carothers down to the mat. Carothers recovers back to his feet almost immediately using the cage before separating the clinch back to the middle of the cage where the 2 men exchange strikes until the end of the round. Carothers starts round 2 more aggressively with his strikes. Garcia shoots for another takedown which is defended by Carothers who gains double underhooks and pins his opponent to the cage. Carothers maintains great control, landing a good amount of knee strikes until Tom Supnet separates the men with 2:10 left in the round. The two exchange strikes until Garcia catches a kick which Carothers uses as another opportunity to gain double underhooks and press Garcia against the cage. Carothers controls his opponent until separated by the referee again. Immediately Garcia comes out swinging charging in with a flurry before the two men separate. The round ends with Garcia taking Carothers down, however Carothers immediately gets back to his feet as the round ends. Carothers shoots for a takedown early in round 3 that is defended into a clinch with Garcia. Carothers continues to dominate the clinch against the cage until broken up by the referee with 3 minutes left in the fight. Carothers is getting the better of the striking, landing some hard punches and kicks that cause Garcia to shoot in. The takedown is again defended by Carothers who uses it as another opportunity to pin his opponent against the cage. Carothers is a bit more aggressive, peppering Garcia with strikes before separating and moving back to the center of the cage. Garcia uses his strikes to enter a clinch but is immediately reversed again by Carothers against the cage, where he continues to dominate until they separate with 10 seconds left in the fight. Garcia shoots another takedown that is defended effortlessly by Carothers. A great showing by Carothers, however the judges saw it otherwise, giving the unanimous decision to Garcia.
In other action, SBG Idaho alumnus, Elmar Umarov, returned home to Boise for his professional debut, defeating Abraham Campos via armbar submission at 1:55 of the first round of their lightweight bout!
SBG Athletes Kyle Aslami and Benjamin Hollier were also schedule to compete, however Aslami’s opponent missed weight by a large amount and Hollier suffered an illness prior to the match that caused both matches to be called off before the event. We look forward to seeing both men compete very soon!
Another great night of fights put on by Front Street Fights, and SBG Idaho continued to show the dedication of not only the athletes who competed, but our Tribe who came out to support them. The skill shown by our athletes is a testament to the hard work put in by the athletes, their coaches, and their tribe in preparation for their!
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SBG Idaho joined representatives from SBG Montana and SBG Burien in representing the tribe at the IBJJF Seattle Open last weekend. Head Coach and Black Belt, Scott Thometz, took home a Bronze medal in a stacked Open Weight division that included former World Champion and IBJJF Grand Slam winner Keenan Cornelius, and other tough competition.
Riley Timmons continued her busy competition schedule bringing home a 3rd IBJJF medal this year with a Silver in her White Belt Female Heavyweight division! We are proud of our competitors and can’t wait for our Tribe to have a strong showing at this month’s IBJJF Master’s Worlds Competition!
SBG Idaho will be represented in the Front Street Fights Co-Main event as Billy Carothers (3-8 MMA, 0-0 FSF) takes on FSF veteran Michael Garcia (1-1 MMA, 1-1 FSF). Carothers has been a new addition to the SBG Idaho team since moving to Boise a few months ago, but has made himself right at home with the team as a great student and training partner! We’re excited to see Billy represent the Tribe in his Front Street Fights debut, August 18th, at CenturyLink Arena in downtown Boise, Idaho. Billy will be joining teammates, Kyle Frost, Benjamin Hollier, Stephen Stirewalt, and Kyle Aslami on the card! Tickets are still available, so be sure to come pick some up from any one of the five SBG athletes fighting that night, and show your support!
Friday, August 18, 2017, Front Street Fights returns to CenturyLink Arena in the heart of downtown Boise, Idaho! The card will be headlined by a heavyweight bout featuring Luis Cortez taking on Ben Beebe. SBG Idaho, as always, will be well represented on the card as 4 SBG athletes will step into the cage. Kyle Frost (3-0 MMA, 2-0 FSF) looks to keep up his winning ways as he takes on Michael Farrer in a welterweight clash! The exciting Frost has yet to see the second round in his 3 fight career and looks to continue his rise against Farrer.
SBG Idaho Coach Steven Stirewalt (3-6 MMA) will be getting back into the cage after a nearly 1 year layoff. The layoff has been an active one as Stephen has been hard at work in the gym and on the mats since his last appearance at Front Street Fights 9. Last November, Stirewalt took gold at the Impact BJJ Tournament in Utah, earned his Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from SBG Idaho Head BJJ Coach Scott Thometz, and competed in the Purple Belt division at IBJJF American Nationals last month! Stirewalt will be taking on Jose Martinez in an amateur bantamweight bout.
In a highly anticipated bantamweight bout, former BSU wrestler Benjamin Hollier (1-1 MMA) will be taking on JohnBoy McComas in a rematch of their controversial bout at FSF 12. Hollier has been hard at work improving his game and plans to rewrite the story this time around.
Finally, young Kyle Aslami will finally make his debut in the cage after his fight at KOTC in June was scratched in the final hour. Kyle will be taking on Aaron Danes in an amateur flyweight contest.
All fighters will have tickets available for purchase at the gym. Show your support for your Tribe as we look forward to another great night for SBG Idaho at Front Street Fights 13!
SBG Idaho Head Black Belt, Scott Thometz, had a strong showing at the IBJJF San Jose Open, Saturday, July 29th, taking home his first IBJJF medal! Thometz took Bronze in the Adult, Blackbelt Lightweight division. Thometz dropped his semifinal matchup to former Worlds and Pans Runner up Fransisco “Sinistro” Iturralde of Ecuador. Thometz showed skill and determination in the match losing by only advantage points to the seasoned black belt competitor, Iturralde. In the open weight division, Thometz drew the current ADCC 194 pound champion, Yuri Simoes of Caio Terra Association. Thometz showed considerable toughness and skill despite being outsized by nearly 30 pounds! Thometz tangled with the ADCC champion for seven minutes, before succumbing to a submission. before being submitted.
We are incredibly proud of the skill Coach Scott showed, not only against black belt competition, but CHAMPIONSHIP CALIBER black belt competition! We can’t wait to see the improvements he makes with what he gained from this experience!