Hollier Dominant in Professional MMA Debut!

March 30, 2019 – Logan, Utah SBG Idaho MMA athlete, Ben Hollier, made a successful professional debut at Mountain Force MMA 9 (Cache County Event Center), defeating Anthony Pagliaro via first round submission to strikes.

Hollier came out light on his feet, circling and changing levels. Pagliaro missed on a few kicks, before stepping into punching range, where he was promptly scooped up and slammed to his back by a Hollier double leg. Pagliaro attempted a leg lock, which Hollier easily defended before passing to side control and then mount. Hollier maintained good hip pressure, advancing to high mount before posturing up and landing hard punches and elbows. Pagliaro attempted several escapes, but was trapped. More hard punches and elbows followed, and Pagliaro ultimately wilted, tapping to strikes at the 3 minute mark of round 1!

Congrats on a great victory Ben, we look forward to many more! Special thanks to all the training partners and coaches that helped Ben prepare!!!

SBG Idaho in Action at FSF 19!

This Friday, three SBG Idaho MMA athletes enter the cage at Front Street Fights 19: McKinney vs McIntyre.

Stephen Stirewalt (2-1 MMA, 1-0 FSF) takes on Leon Taylor (2-2, 0-0 FSF) in a featured professional bantamweight clash. This fight is a rematch from a 2015 amateur bout, in which Stirewalt won by first round triangle choke. Since turning professional last year, Stirewalt has begun to really hit his stride, and looks to showcase his recent improvement against a familiar foe.

Also on the card that evening will be young up-and-comers Noah Shultz (3-2 MMA, 2-1 FSF) and Almir Talic (2-0 MMA, 1-0 FSF). Shultz is coming off a first round submission victory over Timmy Garcia last December. With the win, Shultz earned the Fusion Fight League flyweight championship, and looks to continue that momentum against Nacho Navarro (2-0 MMA, 1-0 FSF) in an exciting amateur flyweight showdown. 

At only 19 years old, Talic is only beginning to scratch the surface of his ability. Winning by first round submission in his first two fights, he will take a step up in competition against the more experienced Tanner Chapman (4-2 MMA, 0-0 FSF) in an amateur lightweight matchup.

Front Street Fights 19: McKinney vs MsIntyre goes down at CenturyLink Arena in beautiful downtown Boise, Idaho at 7pm this Friday, April 19. Tickets for the event can be purchased from the athletes directly. For more information go to https://centurylinkarenaboise.com/events/front-street-fights-19-mcintyre-vs-mckinney/.

As always, let’s pack the house Friday night in support of our Tribe!!!

Wanless & Ferrall Victorious at MTF Kickboxing in February!!!

SBG Idaho kickboxers, Tim Wanless and Zach Ferrall, picked up dominant victories over their hometown opponents at Mountain Force Kickboxing 2 (February 23, Legacy Events Center, Farmington, Utah).

Wanless (1-0 KB, 1-0 MTF KB) dazzled in his debut against Michael Dukes, recording a first round headkick knockout! Wanless kept the shorter Dukes off balance and on the defensive, landing long range punches and kicks to the head, body and, legs. With his opponent backed to the ropes and overwhelmed, Wanless faked low before coming up high and putting Dukes to sleep with a perfect headkick!

Ferrall (1-1 KB, 1-0 MTF KB) put together a masterful performance against the taller Jon Fraumeni, recording a shutout unanimous decision (30-27 on all scorecards). Ferrall moved forward behind an active jab, backing Fraumeni into the ropes repeatedly and unleashing flurries of punches to the body and head. When Fraumeni attempted to circle out of danger, Ferrall was able to cut him off with low kicks before stepping back out of range. Ferrall stuck to the gameplan, and kept up a ferocious pace, resulting in the one-sided victory!

Congrats to both Tim and Zach on a job well done, your hard work paid off and we can’t wait to see you continue to develop! Special thanks to coaches Matt May and Kai Chantavong for making the trip down and working the corner!!!


Best of Boise Voting 2019 Has Begun!


The voting round for Boise Weekly‘s 2019 #BestOfBoise has begun and once again Combat Fitness/SBG Idaho is nominated as one of the top 5 gyms in Boise! This is all due to the support of you, our Tribe!

Let’s show the rest of Boise what we have known for nearly 12 years, by clicking the above link or texting “BOISEWEEKLY” to 77948. Voting ends April 30th, and winners will be announced when the Weekly posts their annual “Best of Boise” issue May 29th.

We are excited to be listed among some of the best businesses and attractions our city has to offer, and would appreciate your support taking the top spot May 29th!!!

Matt Thornton Seminar Set For April 13-14!!!

Straight Blast Gym International founder and president, Matt Thornton, will be coming back to Boise for a two day seminar, April 13-14!

As with all Matt Thornton Seminars they will run from 10am-3pm, with a lunch break at noon to recharge your mind and body. Anyone who has had the privilege to learn from Coach Thornton can tell you the insight and instruction he gives is a game changer, regardless of skill level or experience! Every year Coach Matt chooses one primary focus for his seminar series, and 2019’s Focus will be “Survive and Defend”. This focus is every bit as applicable to the newest of white belts to the most seasoned of black belts, and Coach Matt’s precise attention to detail will ensure instant improvement in your jiu-jitsu in just the first section of his seminar!

Come experience the SBG teaching method from the man New York Times Best-Selling Author, Sam Harris, calls, “…one of the clearest Martial Arts instructors I have come across.” This is an opportunity you do not want to miss! Registration is available now at the Front Desk or at Store.CombatFitness.com at $150 for SBG Members and $175 for non-SBG Members. Do not miss this opportunity to invest in your jiu-jitsu!

Nominations Have Begun for Boise Weekly’s “Best of Boise 2019”

Best of Boise nomination season starts early this year, with nominations running from now until Wednesday, March 29. After the initial nominations are made, the top 3 in each category will go on to the ballot for 2019 “Best of Boise” voting from April 6-April 30.

With the incredible support of our Tribe, SBG Idaho was fortunate enough to finish 2018’s voting in 4th Place, behind the Treasure Valley YMCA, Axiom Fitness, and Jack City Fitness. We certainly solidified ourselves as the best martial arts gym in Boise, and this year we are looking for an even better finish! Please take the time to visit “Best of Boise” voting at https://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/BestofBoiseBallot/Page#// to write in “SBG Idaho” for “Best Gym”. While you are there be sure to nominate any of the other local businesses you enjoy!

Only the top 3 businesses nominated advance to the voting round so be sure to share and vote by March 29th.

We look forward to showing the rest of Boise what we already know and take that #1 spot in 2019!!!