SBG Idaho athletes, Ben Hollier and Kyle Aslami head into enemy territory this week, seeking gold at Fusion Fight League: Fights Under the Lights! Both Hollier and Aslami will be fighting for the promotion’s amateur bantamweight and flyweight titles, respectively.
Hollier (3-1 MMA, 0-0 FFL) will take on Robert Trujillo (10-2) from Colorado, while Aslami (2-0, 0-0 FFL) locks horns with Montana’s Timmy Garcia (3-0). Both Hollier and Aslami accepted the title shots only last week, but with their consistency and dedication to training we are confident they will both come out victorious and bring that strap back to Idaho!
Fusion Fight League: Fights Under the Lights takes place at Centene Stadium in Great Falls, Montana on Friday, August 24. Fights will kick off at 7:30pm MST. For more information check out http://www.fusionfightleague.com/.
SBG Idaho MMA athletes turned in a strong performance on Saturday, August 4, going 3-1 on the night at Mountain Force MMA 4 (Mountain View Events, Pocatello, Idaho).
Getting things started was the debuting Briley Streeter against Jordan Hughes at bantamweight (135 lb). Hughes opens with a big right hand that missed wide. Hughes barrels in moments later, driving Streeter to the cage. Streeter defends the takedown well and circles off. Hughes remains attached, however, and drives Streeter to the opposite cage wall. Streeter shows more strong defense and reverses the takedown attempt, landing on top in side control. Hughes fights to his knees and grabs Streeter’s head. Streeter immediately moves to Hughes’ back and locks in the fight-ending rear naked choke! Congrats Briley on a fantastic debut fight!
Up next was Almir Talic taking on Dusty Jones in a lightweight (155 lb) matchup. Talic comes out aggressively with kicks, catching Jones with a right shin to the head before Jones drives forward and scores a takedown again the cage. Talic closes his guard and goes to work controlling Jones’ posture. Talic transitions to half guard where he attempts to hip escape out the back. Jones grabs a guillotine choke, and Talic returns to closed guard. A few hard punches land for Jones before Talic snatches up an armbar. Jones lifts Talic high in the air and slams him to the mat. Talic maintains his composure and switches to a tight triangle choke. After a brief struggle, Jones is forced to tap. Talic improves his record to 2-0, with two triangle choke finishes! Congrats Almir on another great performance!
Next was Moises Valadez, also making his MMA debut in a flyweight (125 lb) scrap against Aaron Jennings. Valadez takes the center of the cage, moving well. Jennings fires some punches that Valadez avoids nicely, landing some slick counters in return. A few more exchanges occur, with both fighters landing shots, before Valadez scores a double leg takedown on the cage. Jennings grabs a guillotine choke but Valadez defends nicely, stepping over into mount. Jennings maintains a strong lock on the neck, however, and uses it to reverse Valadez. Valadez quickly hip escapes out the back, but Jennings uses the opportunity to stand against the cage. Valadez lands several hard punches from behind before Jennings turns and catches Valadez with a hard right hand. Jennings pursues with a flurry, landing hard punches and knees to the backpedaling Valadez. On the ropes, Valadez shoots under and scores another double leg, stepping over into mount when Jennings grabs for the guillotine choke. Jennings turns to his back and manages to get to his feet, but Valadez greets him with hard punches against the cage as the round ends.
Round two begins with Valadez using good footwork to pressure Jennings near the cage. Jennings tries to respond with aggression, but Valadez easily ducks under for a double leg takedown. Valadez moves to mount again and Jennings rolls him to guard where he is immediately caught in a triangle. Valadez uses the triangle to sweep to mount where he lands hard punches before Jennings manages to break free, shooting on Valadez against the cage. Valadez grabs a guillotine choke and falls to guard, where they remain until the round ends.
The final round sees Valadez again pressuring Jennings to the fence. Jennings has a brief flurry that Valadez turns into another double leg against the cage. Transitioning from mount to back control, Valadez goes hard for the rear naked choke, but Jennings is able to defend and reverse to top. Valadez closes up a triangle, and Jennings counters with punches until the final bell sounds. Final scores were 29-28, 29-27, and 30-27 for Valadez, as he picked up a solid unanimous decision in his debut performance. Well done Mo!!!
Our final athlete of the evening was Billy Carothers taking on veteran Kerry Lattimer in a professional welterweight fight. Lattimer charges forward immediately, but Carothers easily reverses and takes Lattimer to the ground. Posturing up inside Lattimer’s closed guard, Carothers lands brutal elbows on a turtling Lattimer. Referee Tom Supnet looks close to stopping it, but Lattimer is able to show him enough to stay in the fight. More hard elbows land for Carothers. Lattimer opens his guard and manages to stand against the cage. Carothers drops low for another takedown, but leaves his neck exposed. Lattimer seizes the moment and jumps guard into a tight guillotine choke, forcing the tap from Carothers. Despite the result, it was a strong showing for Carothers, and just demonstrates how quickly the tide can shift in an MMA fight. Always proud of you Billy, keep your chin up!
Great effort from the entire squad, as always they represented themselves with courage and class! Special thanks to the teammates and coaches who helped our athletes prepare, and all the SBG fans who made the trip over to cheer our guys on!!!
With Bellator MMA making its second trip to the Gem State on September 21, it is only fitting that the top martial arts school in the state, SBG Idaho, be well represented! Joining flyweight contender Veta Arteaga on the Bellator 205 lineup will be SBG Idaho teammates Stephen Stirewalt, Andrew Cruz, and Kyle Frost!
Stirewalt (1-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) looks to continue his development after a successful professional debut at Front Street Fights 17 back in May, where he earned a unanimous decision over Lino Sanchez. Stirewalt will be taking on Joe Aguirre (2-0, 0-0 BMMA). Cruz (4-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will be making the drop back down to featherweight where he holds a 4-1 professional record. Cruz will battle Nathan Stolen (8-3, 0-0 BMMA). Frost (2-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) looks to display the skills that make him one of the most exciting prospects in the region when he takes on David Rangel (0-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).
Bellator 205, Curran versus McKee, goes down Friday, September 21, 2018 at CenturyLink Arena in beautiful downtown Boise, Idaho! Let’s pack the house with SBG fans to cheer our athletes on! Tickets for the event can be purchased from the athletes themselves. If you can’t attend live, Stirewalt, Cruz, and Frost will be featured on the early undercard, which will be streamed for free on bellator.com beginning at 5pm MST. Arteaga will be featured on the main card, which kicks off on the Paramount Network at 7pm MST.
For more event information visit http://www.bellator.com/events/3g1t5q/bellator-205-curran-vs-mckee or http://centurylinkarenaboise.com/events/bellator-205-curran-vs-mckee/.
After her finest performance to date, SBG Idaho’s Veta Arteaga, will look to take another step forward on her path to a world title when she locks horns with Bellator Kickboxing champion Denise Kielholtz at Bellator 205!
Arteaga (4-2 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) looks to build upon her momentum after a dominant victory over two time title challenger Emily Ducote last month at Bellator 202. Kielholtz (2-1 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) enters the bout with some momentum of her own, with wins in her last two Bellator appearances. This should be another exciting bout, and a great test for Arteaga as she continues her quest for a world championship! Arteaga’s main card bout will be aired during Bellator’s Paramount Network broadcast beginning at 7pm, MST.
Bellator 205 will mark the promotion’s second trip to our city, Boise, Idaho! The event will feature a headlining bout pitting perennial featherweight contender Pat Curran versus young, undefeated prospect AJ McKee! Bellator 205, Curran versus McKee, goes down September 21, 2018 at CenturyLink Arena in downtown Boise, Idaho.
Stay tuned for more updates as other SBG Idaho athletes will likely be making appearances on the Bellator 205 undercard!!!
July 13, 2018 Thackerville, Oklahoma SBG Idaho’s Veta Arteaga picked up the biggest win of her professional career last month at Bellator 202, when she dominated two-time former title contender, Emily Ducote!
Arteaga began the fight strong, taking the center and pressuring Ducote to the fence with some hard shots. Ducote circles away, but Veta stays in pursuit. After a few more exchanges, Ducote attempts a takedown. Arteaga manages to stay upright and uses the cage to turn and separate, before resuming her forward pressure. Another Ducote takedown lands a short time later and in the scramble she is able to secure Arteaga’s back. Arteaga quickly reverses the position and successfully defends Ducote’s quick armbar attempt. Arteaga lands a few hard shots from top before Ducote manages to return to her feet. Arteaga goes back to work, pressuring Ducote backwards with punches and kicks. Both fighters are landing their share of shots in the exchanges, but Arteaga’s are noticeably stronger and more damaging. As the round nears its close, Ducote lands another takedown and quickly takes Arteaga’s back again in the scramble. Ducote locks in a tight rear naked choke, but the round ends before she can secure the submission.
Round 2 begins much the same as the first, with Arteaga pressuring forward behind her striking and Ducote looking to secure a takedown. Ducote executes a nice duck under to a double leg near the fence, taking Arteaga’s back in the process. As in the first round, Arteaga immediately reverses to top and goes to work landing vicious ground and pound with Ducote pinned at the base of the cage. The remaining 3:30 of the round see Arteaga landing hard punches, elbows, and knees to Ducote, who manages just enough activity to survive the onslaught.
Round 3 sees Arteaga again come straight across the cage, pressuring Ducote with hard punches and kicks. Ducote briefly gets Arteaga down against the fence, but Arteaga quickly stands and reverses position before slamming Ducote to the ground with a double leg of her own. More hard ground and pound land for Arteaga, but this time Ducote manages to return to her feet before sustaining too much damage. A hard right hand from Ducote draws blood from Arteaga’s left eye, and Arteaga nods in approval. The remaining two minutes of the fight see both athletes landing strong punches, kicks, knees, and elbows, with Arteaga landing the noticeably harder blows.
Overall, it was a fantastic performance from both athletes, and an exciting display of well rounded mixed martial arts skill! All three judges scored the fight 30-27 in favor of Arteaga! Awesome performance Veta, we are all so proud of your effort and dedication! Special thanks to all the coaches and training partners that dedicated their time in preparation for that night!!!
If you missed the fight the first time, relive the action below!
Bellator 202, July 13, 2018, Winstar Resort & Casino, Thackerville, OK
Veta Arteaga (SBG Idaho) vs Emily Ducote