SBG Idaho athlete, and Front Street Fights Featherweight champion, Matt Jones, defends his title on Friday May, 4!
Jones (7-2 MMA, 6-2 FSF) takes on veteran warrior Drew Brokenshire (16-6, 0-0 FSF) in the main event of FSF 17 at CenturyLink Arena in downtown Boise, Idaho. This will be Jones’ first defense of his championship, after claiming gold with a dominant five round decision over Fabio Serrao this past November at FSF 14. Brokenshire is a veteran of the Pacific Northwest MMA scene, and brings a wealth of experience and toughness into this exciting matchup! Since he last stepped into the cage, Jones has been hard at work improving his already formidable skillset. We can’t wait to watch that effort pay off with another championship performance!!!
As always, FSF will likely feature several other SBG Idaho professional and amateur fighters. We will keep you all posted when those details become available
SBG Idaho athlete Stephanie Hernandez, earned her first MMA championship title this past weekend, earning the women’s amateur straw-weight title at Mountain Force MMA in Logan, Utah!
Hernandez, a BJJ purple belt, was dominant in all phases of the fight against her opponent, Brittany Guillemin. She controlled the distance with superior movement and kicks to the legs and body, the exchanges with tighter boxing, and the clinches with superior positioning. Guillemin was able to land a strong spinning backfist in the opening round that clipped Hernandez. However, Hernandez quickly recovered, and secured a takedown at the base of the cage before the end of the round. In round 2, Hernandez resumed her attack on the feet before clinching and scoring a takedown. From there Hernandez quickly moved to the back with both hooks, alternating between strikes and rear naked choke attempts. Guillemin did her best to break free, but Hernandez was too dominant. Anytime she started to lose control, Hernandez turned Guillemin to her belly before re-securing her hooks and resuming her attack. Round 3 began with Hernandez looking fresh and lose, controlling the tempo of the fight with her superior footwork and striking. A brief clinch saw Hernandez land a hard right hand on the exit, and then immediately secure another takedown. Again, she quickly moved to the back, before sinking in a deep rear naked choke and forcing Guillemin to submit!
Congratulations Stephanie on your best performance to date! Thanks to all the coaches and training partners that helped her prepare! We can’t wait to see what’s next for this dedicated martial artist and athlete!!!
SBG Idaho boxers are back in action, Saturday March 24, at Answering the Bell VII, coming to you from the Boys & Girls Club of Ada County! This will be an amateur boxing event in support of local law enforcement.
Athletes Conrad Jeffries and AJ Erives are confirmed to be stepping into the squared circle, though we are hopeful to add a few more SBG Idaho representatives to the card that evening. Both Conrad and AJ have been putting the hours in at the gym, and we are incredibly excited to watch them in action. Conrad will look to bounce back from a split decision loss in his boxing debut last summer, and AJ will be making his debut.
Special thanks to boxing coaches Daniel Marin and Kameron Moore for their time and energy preparing all our students for competition! Entry to the event is $10 for adults and $5 for children 6-11 years old. Doors open at 2pm, so Tribe members get there early to cheer these guys on!!!
The 16th installment of Front Street Fights went down Saturday, February 23, at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, ID As usual, SBG Idaho put on some outstanding performances!
Results are as follows-
Riley Timmons (CF/SBG Idaho) lost to Faith Davis via unanimous decision
Both ladies begin with good movement, probing with their jabs and feinting. Both land some solid punches and kicks from the outside, before an overhand right from Davis backs Timmons away, allowing Davis to come forward with a flurry. With her back to the cage, Timmons fires right back, forcing Davis to reset in the center. More movement and kicks exchanged from both, before Davis again charges forward behind strong punches, forcing Timmons back to the cage, and again resetting. Timmons resumes her forward pressure, but Davis catches a body kick and trips Timmons to the mat. Timmons nearly recovers her guard, but Davis is able to pass and mount. Timmons escapes nicely back to turtle, before Davis backs away and resets to standing. More movement around the outside from Davis as Timmons looks to back her down. David comes forward with punches, but Timmons gets the better of the exchange, landing two solid right hands. Another Davis charge leads to a clinch, but Timmons controls the head well, landing hard knees to the body with Davis attempting to pin her to the cage as the round ends. Round 2 begins with Timmons using her jab well to move Davis towards the cage. Another caught body kick by Davis takes Timmons down, but Timmons does a great job of closing her guard and controlling the posture of Davis. As Timmons opens her guard, Davis slices her knee through and momentarily gains mount. But just as quickly, Timmons escapes out the back, and returns to her feet. As Timmons turns towards her, Davis lands several strong punches and resets back to the center. Another strong flurry from Davis cause Timmons to clinch briefly before separating. More punches and kicks are exchanged, with both ladies landing well, before Davis catches another Timmons kick, taking her to the mat. From there Davis passes to side control, mount, and the back as the round comes to a close. Timmons begins the final round pressuring forward, needing a finish. The shorter Davis does well moving around the outside and stepping in behind quick punches and getting back out quickly. Timmons is keeping the pressure on, but unable to land cleanly. Just as the round is coming to a close, Davis catches a Timmons kick, and manages to finish the takedown before the final bell.
Overall, a great fight, and an awesome performance by Timmons, who battled hard to the end against her much more experienced opponent!
Kyle Frost (CF/SBG Idaho) winner over Jacob Hauck via Submission by RNC, 2:29 Round 1
Frost takes the center and follows a body jab to a quick high crotch takedown. After a brief scramble, Frost moves to side control, then mount. Hauck attempts to come under the legs but finds himself ensnared in a mounted triangle. Hauck again scrambles to escape, but Frost does a great job of moving to mount in transition. Hauck turns away, giving his back. Frost settles into the position, peppering Hauck with short punches before locking on the fight ending RNC!
Fantastic performance by Frost, who took the fight on just a week’s notice, and improves to 2-0 as a professional with the win!!!
Billy Carothers (CF/SBG Idaho) winner over Paul Crawford via Submission by RNC, 2:37 Round 1
Carothers comes forward quickly behind a jab and a hard left hand, but Crawford slides out of range and lands a left hand of his own before clinching and taking Carothers down briefly at the edge of the cage. Carothers stands immediately and Crawford unloads with hard shots with Carothers pinned to the cage. Carothers does well to avoid much damage, before faking a double leg and circling back to the center. Both men exchange menacing shots that just barely miss. Carothers attempts a long range double leg that Crawford defends, circling Carothers to the cage and unloading hard punches again. Carothers beautifully ducks under a hook and finishes a double leg on Crawford. Carothers controls from halfguard top, landing short punches as Crawford moves toward the cage and stands. Carothers attempts to take the back, but Crawford is able to turn and face, reversing Carothers on the cage. Crawford finishes a takedown, but Carothers is up immediately. Crawford again drops low, lifting Carothers in the air and slamming him down hard towards the center. Standing over Carothers, Crawford begins throwing bombs, but Carothers successfully avoids any damage by using his feet on the hips to move away and get to turtle against the cage. Before Carothers can stand, Crawford lands a blatantly illegal knee to Carothers’ head. Strangely, referee Tom Supnet allows the fight to continue without addressing the obvious foul. Fortunately, Carothers doesn’t seem fazed, and recovers to standing. Crawford changes levels and lifts Carothers for another slam, but Billy traps one of Crawford’s arms and reverses the takedown beautifully, landing on top, with Crawford in turtle. Carothers softens Crawford up with short punches from top, before sinking in both hooks. Carothers drives his hips in and flattens Crawford out before cinching up the fight ending RNC!
Congrats Billy on a fantastic finish after battling through some early adversity!
As always, thank you to our athletes for conducting yourselves with courage and class! Thanks to all the coaches and training partners for your sacrifice in preparing everyone for battle! Special thanks to the Tribe for filling the arena and cheering on our guys and girls! Already looking forward to FSF 17 on May 4!!!
Best of Boise Nomination season starts early this year, with nominations running from now until Wednesday, March 28. After the initial nominations are made, the top 3 in each category will go on to the ballot for 2018 “Best of Boise” voting from April 11-April 30.
With the incredible support of our Tribe, SBG Idaho was fortunate enough to finish 2017’s voting in 3rd Place, behind the Treasure Valley YMCA and Axiom 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 http://boiseweekly.secondstreetapp.com/l/Boise-Weeklys-Best-of-Boise-Nominations-2018, then follow the links to “Goods and Services” 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 28th.
We look forward to showing the rest of Boise what we already know and take that #1 spot in 2018!!!
Mountain Force MMA is set for its inaugural show on Saturday, March 17th and SBG Idaho will be well-represented. Joining Women’s strawweight Stephanie Hernandez on the amateur card will be Kyle Aslami (1-0), who takes on David Martinez in an amateur fyweight bout. Aslami was scheduled appear on FSF 16, February 23, until his opponent dropped due to injury. We have been eagerly waiting for Kyle’s return to action, after a sensational debut back in November!
Unfortunately, the injury bug struck bantamweight Ben Hollier, who was forced to pull out of his scheduled title fight with David Maggio. Ben is healing up and we look forward to seeing his return to the cage soon!
MTF 1 will be held at Eccles Ice Arena in Logan, Utah. Be sure to show your support to our competitors, and we can’t wait for them to return home victorious!!!