Fuji has partnered up with Straight Blast Gym to help #ChokeOutCancer! For all of October, SBG coaches and students, from gyms across the world, will be wearing pink belts and handwraps (for the non-BJJ folks) to raise money and increase cancer awareness. 100% of the proceeds from these items sold will be donated to breast cancer research efforts!
Pink belts and handwraps will be available at the SBG Idaho Pro Shop soon, so be sure to pick yours up and use the hashtag #ChokeOutCancer to show your support and raise social awareness! This is just another way the SBG Tribe continues to lead from the front, not just in their own communities, but worldwide!!!
Verona, New York SBG Idaho Coach Veta Arteaga (3-2 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) dropped a close split decision in her Women’s Flyweight bout to Brazilian Bruna Ellen (4-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) at Bellator 182 on Friday, August 25. The contest was a very exciting, closely contested one that saw both ladies display great skill and strategy in the cage. Round 1 saw Arteaga come out aggressive, applying forward pressure with striking combinations. Ellen did well to circle away from danger and land a few hard counter punches. Arteaga was able to clinch the Brazilian, but Ellen reversed and pinned her against the cage, before separating behind some strong elbow strikes. This process repeated a few times, with Arteaga landing punches and kicks coming forward and Ellen looking to land counterstrikes while circling away. Near the end of the round, Ellen timed a double leg takedown as Arteaga came forward with punches, and maintained top position through the bell. Round two began with Arteaga continuing to pressure forward, but doing a better job of cutting the cage off to prevent Ellen from circling out of danger. Ellen again scored another takedown off a well-timed level change. The ensuing ground scramble saw Arteaga give up her back before quickly reversing to the top position. From there she went to work with strong ground and pound before passing guard and continuing to land hard punches and elbows to Ellen’s head and body through the end of the round. With the fight likely even at one round apiece, both ladies came out in the third with laser focus. Arteaga continued to apply forward pressure with punches and kicks, that appeared to stagger Ellen, before initiating the clinch and searching for a takedown of her own. Ellen reversed her to the cage where she kept her pinned for nearly a minute before separating. Arteaga pressed forward again but was taken down once more. Ellen stayed safe from top, keep her chest down and elbows close. Arteaga was finally able to create space and get back to her feet, where both women attacked until the final bell! In the end, it appeared the final takedown by Ellen was enough to sway the judges as they awarded her the split decision victory, (29-28, 28-29, 29-28). We are incredibly proud of Coach Veta, as she overcame tremendous adversity prior to entering the cage for this fight. She grew as an athlete, martial artist, and person, and we look forward to seeing an even better version next time out!!!
The school year is once again upon us, and what better time than our Back to School Buddy Week to introduce a friend to the fun, healthy, stress reliever of martial arts and fitness! September 11-15 bring a friend or family member to the gym to train with you for FREE! For each buddy you bring, you will get a raffle ticket for a spin on the prize wheel and a free month of training for your buddy!
We look forward to seeing all the new faces! Remember to get here a few minutes early to fill out the proper paperwork.
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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