Hollier Picks Up Armbar Finish at MTF 12!!!

SBG Idaho MMA athlete, Ben Hollier, picked up the second professional victory of his young career last month at Mountain Force MMA 12 at the Eccles Ice Arena in Logan, Utah. Hollier (2-0 MMA, 2-0 MTF) was victorious via second round armbar over Zachariah Thorne (0-1 MMA, 0-1 MTF).

Hollier established control of the center of the cage and closed distance quickly behind his punches, dropping levels and securing a double leg against the cage. Thorne utilized an aggressive closed guard to lock in an armbar, forcing Hollier to lift and slam his way free. More jockeying for position from both men led to another armbar attempt for Thorne and another slam escape for Hollier. The ensuing scramble saw both men in a leg entanglement, with Hollier pinned on bottom as the round expired.

Round 2 saw Hollier use his right high kick on the southpaw Thorne to disguise another level change and quick double against the cage. This time Hollier managed to pass guard while finishing his takedown. Thorne did well to recompose his closed guard but Hollier began doing a much better job of controlling the hips and posturing for brutal punches and elbows from top. Thorne was forced to open his guard to avoid damage, allowing Hollier to pass to side control then north-south. As Thorne attempted to roll away to his belly, Hollier was able to secure the arm and step over into a beautiful armbar. Thorne made several attempts to free himself, but was ultimately forced to submit. Congrats Ben on another dominant victory!

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LFA 75 Main Event Video

If you missed Andrew Cruz’s dominant main event victory last month, here it is for your viewing pleasure!

LFA 75: Neal vs Cruz, September 6, 2019, Maverik Center, West Valley City, UT

Andrew Cruz (SBG Idaho) winner over Jon Neal via submission (rear naked choke), Round 2 (4:28)

SBG Idaho Victorious at LFA 75!!!

Last month, SBG Idaho professional MMA athletes, Stephanie Hernandez and Andrew Cruz, picked up the biggest wins of their young careers at LFA 75 in Salt Lake City, Utah! Hernandez (1-1 MMA, 1-0 LFA) picked up a split decision victory over Chrisoula Koukouvetakis (0-1 MMA, 0-1 LFA) to open the night’s action, while teammate Andrew Cruz (7-3, MMA, 0-1 LFA) closed the show with a dominant 2nd round submission over Jon Neal (11-2, 0-2 LFA) in the main event.

The bout between the two atomweights, Hernandez and Koukouvetakis, was a close, technical affair. The taller Koukouvetakis spent the majority of the fight on the outside, using her kicks and footwork to keep the shorter Hernandez away. The first round likely went to Koukouvetakis as Hernandez struggled to find her range and was forced to defend many strong kicks to the head and body. Round 2 saw Hernandez begin to cut the cage off more effectively, allowing her to land two huge right hands that briefly wobbled Koukouvetakis. Hernandez also began using the clinch and landing strikes to the body and legs to slow Koukouvetakis down. The final round was more of the same as Hernandez began to take over the fight with her consistent work rate and pressure. The judge’s final scores were 29-28, 28-29, and 29-28 for Hernandez who picked up her first professional win!

The main event was, as AXS TV analyst and UFC Hall-of-famer Pat Militech described, “one way traffic”. Current FSF featherweight champion Andrew Cruz ran roughshod over once beaten Jon Neal, dominating from bell to bell. The shorter Cruz immediately took center cage against the rangy southpaw, Neal. Wide strikes by Neal allowed Cruz to secure a quick body lock takedown. Neal managed to stand quickly and break the grip of Cruz, who cracked him with a hard right hand on the break. Another quick takedown for Cruz and the route was on. Neal spend the remainder of the round on his knees or pinned against the cage eating hard punches and defending choke attempts from Cruz. Neal managed to gain a quick reversal when Cruz got too high on an attempted back take, but was unable to corral his relentless opponent, and was immediately forced back on defense as Cruz scrambled out of danger. It was a testament to Neal’s toughness that he managed to see the round 1 bell. Round 2 saw Cruz pick up right where he left off. Another quick body lock takedown led to more close-range bludgeoning before Cruz finally managed to secure the fight ending rear-naked choke with 30 second remaining in the round! After the fight Cruz called for a shot at the vacant LFA featherweight title!

Congrats to both Stephanie and Andrew on their fantastic performances, and special thanks to all the training partners and coaches that helped prime them for battle! If you are looking to compete, or maybe you’re looking to get into the best shape of your life with a Tribe that supports you 110%, click the “Wanna Train” link at the top of our page to set up your Gym Tour and FREE introductory lesson with one of our world-class coaches this upcoming week! See you soon!!!

Women’s Fitness Class Changes Beginning Oct 14

Coach Jessica

We are pleased to announce some exciting changes to our Suples Strength & Conditioning program, beginning next Monday, October 14th. Based on feedback from our members, we will be moving Coach Holly’s Monday/Wednesday 4:30pm Ladies Only training to Tuesday/Tuesday at 5:45am with Coach Jessica Segali. SBG Idaho has long been the #1 spot for world class martial arts training in the Treasure Valley and with our ever-growing  and developing strength and conditioning classes, it firmly cements itself as the top place to meet your personal fitness goals!

If you are interested in getting n the best shape of your life, or maybe you are looking for the challenge of learning a brand new skill, click the “Wanna Train?” link at the top of our website and one of our schedulers will contact you via phone, email or text to schedule you for a FREE introductory lesson and gym tour with one of our world-class coaches. We look forward to meeting with you soon!

Ferrall Set for Muay Thai Debut!!!

SBG Idaho kickboxer Zack Ferrall (1-1) makes his return to the ring tomorrow, October 11, at Fight Night Thriller from the 801 Event Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The event will feature both boxing matches and full rules Muay Thai fights allowing elbows and extended clinch work. Ferrall will be taking on Kyle Harris in a 145 lb amateur bout. Ferrall last competed at Mountain Force Kickboxing in February, where we picked up a dominant unanimous decision win over Jon Fraumeni.

Ferrall has been hard a work continuing to improve his skills and is excited to test himself under the Muay Thai rule set. If you are looking to compete, or maybe you’re looking to get into the best shape of your life with a Tribe that supports you 110%, Click the “Wanna Train” link at the top of our page to set up your gym tour and FREE Introductory lesson with one of our world-class coaches this upcoming week! See you soon!

Halloween Party and Annual Dodgeball Tournament Set for October 26

October 26 will mark the 3rd SBG Idaho Annual Halloween Party/Dodgeball Tournament Fundraiser! Teams of five will compete for the title of GBC Idaho Dodgeball Champion! Will 2018 winner, Valyrian Steel repeat as champs, or will another dethrone them? $30 gets your team in on the fun and a chance to take home the highly coveted GBC Dodgeball Championship Trophy! We are limiting the bracket to eight, so get your squad signed up now. This year we will also hold a kids dodgeball tournament prior to the big event to get everyone warmed up for the fun!

As always we will have a potluck to accompany the tournament, and remember to dress up in your scariest costume! All funds will go to the Gorilla Booster Club, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals grow physically, mentally, and emotionally through competition.

Our athletes here at SBG Idaho travel far and wide to test themselves in BJJ, boxing, kickboxing, and MMA. Funds raised at this year’s event help cover costs such as hotels, gas/travel, and entry fees. We look forward to a spooky fun night of competition and bonding with our Tribe. See you October 26!!!