Thometz Takes Bronze At IBJJF San Jose Open

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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!

 

VanHoose Back In The Cage At Invicta 25!!!

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SBG Idaho coach, Shino VanHoose, is back in the cage Thursday, August 31 at Invicta 25: Pa’aluhi vs Kunitskaya.

Coach Shino (5-5 MMA, 0-1 IFC) will be taking on promotional newcomer, Alyse Anderson (3-0 MMA, 0-0 IFC), in an atomweight (105 lb) showdown. This will be Shino’s second fight for Invicta, dropping a short notice fight to future atomweight title challenger, Amber Brown, in January 2016. She rebounded strongly with a TKO win over Sarah Lagerstrom at FSF 10 in December 2016.

Invicta FC is the leading all-women’s MMA promotion in the world. Invicta 25 will take place at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, California, and is headlined by a Bantamweight title fight between Raquel Pa’aluhi and Yana Kunitskaya. Shino has been working very hard since she last appeared in the Invicta cage and we are incredibly excited to watch her display her skills on a worldwide stage!!!

Invicta 25 will also be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass. For more information of the event, visit http://www.invictafc.com/ .

Arteaga Added to Bellator 182

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SBG athlete, Veta Arteaga (3-1 MMA, 2-1 Bellator), makes her return to the Bellator cage, August 25, as a part of Bellator 182 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. Arteaga, coming off of a TKO victory over Brooke Mayo at Bellator 172, will look to continue her winning ways in a flyweight bout opposite Brazilian, Bruna Ellen (3-1 MMA, 1-1 Bellator). With both fighters coming off wins, this is a great opportunity to gain traction in the developing Bellator Women’s Flyweight Division! Veta’s fight will be appearing on Spike TV as part of the main televised card, headlined by a welterweight matchup featuring Chidi Njokuani (17-4 MMA, 4-0 Bellator) against Andrey Koreshkov (19-2 MMA, 11-2 Bellator.) We look forward to watching Veta continue her winning ways and will keep you updated with plans for viewing her fight on August 25!!!

Timmons, Bossart Medal At IBJJF American Nationals

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Shultz Set For Fusion Fight League July 15!

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SBG Idaho up and comer, Noah Shultz, is set to make his second trip inside the cage in Red Lodge, Montana this Saturday, July 15, at Fusion Fight League’s 2nd Annual Backflips and Beatdowns!

Since turning 18, Shultz has put his foot on the gas when it comes to his competitive prizefighting career. Last May he made an impressive MMA debut at Front Street Fights 12, notching a quick first round submission victory. This was followed by a successful amateur boxing debut just two weeks later, where he scored a second round knockout. He follows that up with his sternest test to date, taking on 2-2 Montana native, Raymond Morkeberg in an amateur flyweight (125 lb) contest.

We look forward to watching this young man showcase his skills and continue to develop as a martial artist!!!

SBG Idaho Athletes Dominate At UCF 20.

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SBG Idaho MMA athletes had an outstanding night, Friday, June 30 in Hailey, Idaho for UCF 20- winning both fights by submission!
First, the debuting David Akers showcased his superior grappling against a tough, more experienced opponent. His opponent rushed him with punches early in the fight, causing David to clinch and secure a takedown at the base of the cage. From there he passed to side control, then mount, before his opponent hit a hard bridge and reversed to top position. David immediately locked up a triangle choke that gave way to a belly down armbar as time expired. In round 2, Akers quickly gained a takedown and established mount. From there he went to work with strikes until his opponent gave up his back and left his neck open for the fight-ending rear naked choke finish!
In the evening’s main event title fight, Kyle Frost quickly ducked under his opponent’s opening right hand for a takedown that was defended. Frost persisted, however, securing a body lock takedown and mount. As his opponent hit a hard bridge to escape, he left his arm exposed, and Frost quickly snatched it up for the armbar finish only 27 seconds into the fight! The win bring’s Kyle’s record to 3-0 with a total of 2:17 of time spent in the cage!
This event was met with many last minute changes that forced several of our athletes off of the card and some with last minute opponent changes. The readiness and professionalism shown by even our amateur athletes not only show in their results, but the demand to have them featured in MMA event throughout the region. Congrats to Kyle and David, and we look forward to the next time you both compete!
If you are looking to compete, or even have some fun and train with athletes like Kyle and David please visit www.combatfitness.com and click the “Wanna Train” link at the top of our page. One of our schedulers will contact you for a consultation that includes a private lesson FREE of charge just for visiting! See you soon!