Carothers Victorious at MTF 11!

SBG Idaho MMA athlete, Billy Carothers, turned in a fantastic showing in the main event of Mountain Force MMA 11, August 3 at the Pincrest Event Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho! Carothers picked up his third submission via rear naked choke in his last four fights, when he submitted Aaron Sutton at 1:11 of the 3rd and final round!

Carothers (6-10 MMA, 1-1 MTF) was sharp from the start, using his superior striking arsenal to keep Sutton on the outside and defensive. Using punches to disguise his kicks, Carothers opened the fight with several high kicks that reddened the face of Sutton. When his kicks were defended, Carothers mixed up the attack with punches to the head and body. Clinch attempts from Suttonwere thwarted with quick footwork and strong pummelling. Near the end of the first round, Sutton managed to bring Carothers to the mat as time expired. Round two followed a fimilar pattern, with Carothers a step ahead in the striking department, bloodying the nose of Sutton while landing kicks and punches from distance. Committing more urgently to the takedown, Sutton managed to bring the fight to the ground midway through the round. Carothers immediately controlled Sutton’s posture with a strong closed guard and began landing vicious elbows from his back before using the cage to stand and separate. Carothers then launched a flying knee that led to another quick takedown by Sutton before the round ended. The final round began as before, with Carothers staying sharp from the outside while Sutton looked to close the distance and take the fight to the mat. A clinch from Sutton led to a big lift and slam, but Carothers immediately turned to stand, causing Sutton to jump on his back, looking to secure hooks. Carothers defended well, shucking Sutton off and taking his back in the process and trapping an arm. Carothers immediately secured the choke and Sutton was forced to tap!

Fantastic fight from both men, and a great performance in all phases of the fight from Billy! Special thanks to all the coaches and training partners that played a role in Billy’s victory!!!

SBG Idaho W2W Fight Night Results and Video!

SBG Idaho capped it’s first Wimp 2 Warrior foray with a Series 1 Fight Night on August 2 at the Knitting Factory in downtown Boise, Idaho. The event was a smashing success, with all eight bouts on the card delivering action, skill, and heart! In addition to the six W2W fights, new SBG Idaho athletes Codey Benishek and Matt Cantwell stepped in the cage to deliver strong performances.

Results are as follows-

Josh Brown winner over Victor Nieto via TKO, round 1 (1:06)

 

Osbaldo Flores-Garza winner over Elliot Prestwich via TKO, round 1 (2:19)

 

Elijah Dittenber (Sergeant’s Fitness) winner over Codey Benisheck (SBG Idaho) via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

 

Brandon Johnson winner over Josh Keen via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

 

Wendy Ellsworth winner over Kirstin Mann via TKO, round 2 (1:19)

 

Josiah Colt winner over Hayden Hughes via TKO, round 2 (1:27)

 

Peti Siulua winner over Brandon Willard via TKO, round 2 (1:12)

 

Matt Cantwell (SBG Idaho) winner over Alex Gunoe (Sergeant’s Fitness) via KO (headkick), round 2 (2:59)

Special thanks to everyone that made this event possible – the competitors themselves, coaches, W2W Founder, Richie Cranny, W2W North America President, Scott Viscomi, the Idaho State Athletic Commission, and the countless fans that showed up to cheer everyone on! It was a night to remember, and we look forward to the next one!

If you are looking for a way to become the absolute best version of yourself, we encourage you to take the Wimp 2 Warrior challenge! This five month journey will transform you in every way – physically, mentally, and emotionally. If you are ready to take this journey with us contact us directly or go to https://wimp2warrior.com/ -> Gym Locations -> USA -> SBG Idaho, and enter your information. You will be updated as soon as the next series is set.

See you all on the mats!!!

Hollier Returns For MTF 12!

SBG Idaho MMA athlete, Ben Hollier, returns to the cage at Mountain Force MMA 12, Saturday, September 21 at the Eccles Ice Arena in Logan, Utah! Hollier takes on Zachariah Thorne (0-0 MMA, 0-0 MTF) in a professional featherweight (145 lb) bout

Hollier is coming off a successful professional debut at MTF 9 back in March, winning via first round submission to strikes. He has been hard at work since then, sharpening his skills, and looks to show off that improvement against the debuting Thorne!

For more information on the event go to https://www.mountainforcemma.com/ and as always show support to our athletes! 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!

Sakasem Muay Thai Seminar – September 7!!!

3-time Muay Thai World Champion, Sakasem Kanthawong, is coming to SBG Idaho for a Muay Thai seminar, Saturday, September 7 from 10am-1pm.

Known as “The Punisher”, Sakasem is a veteran of over 220 professional Muay Thai fights, and has never once suffered a loss by KO! In 2017 Sakasem was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer. He responded as a champion would, fighting back against the disease with the fierce determination that led him to so many victories in the ring. In 2019 he was given a clean bill of health and is now back to teaching the art of Muay Thai that he loves so much!

Don’t miss this opportunity to invest in your training. Sakasem is one of the best Muay Thai coaches in the world, and brings a level of technical knowledge, experience, authenticity and passion that is unmatched!

The cost is $50 for all SBG students and $60 for non-members. We look forward to seeing everyone on September 7!

Cruz & Hernandez Booked For LFA 75!

SBG Idaho MMA athletes, Andrew Cruz and Stephanie Hernandez return to the cage at LFA 75: Lamson vs Estrazulas, Saturday, September 6 at the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City, Utah!

Cruz (6-3 MMA, 0-0 LFA) makes his return to the cage after after capturing the Front Street Fights featherweight (145 lb) title back in February. The all action Cruz rides a two fight win streak into his contest with Utah native Jon Neal (10-1 MMA, 0-1 LFA) in the co-main event to be televised on AXS TV!

Opening the show that night will be Hernandez (0-1 MMA, 0-0 LFA) who made her professional debut three months ago. Hernandez was right back in the gym after her last fight and looks to showcase her improvements against Chrisoula Koukouvetakis (0-0 MMA, 0-0 LFA) in a female atomweight (105 lb) showdown!

LFA is a professional Mixed Martial Arts promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry. LFA was formed by the powerhouse merger between RFA and Legacy FC. LFA presents live Mixed Martial Arts events on a monthly basis around the United States including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, and Houston. LFA can be seen live in over 53 million homes nationally through its television deal with AXS TV. Based in Las Vegas, NV, LFA is one of the most active and respected MMA organizations in the fastest growing sport in the world. 

This is a huge opportunity for our athletes! Be sure to show your support, tune in, or head on down to Utah that weekend to cheer them on! 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!

Steele Returns to the Octagon for DWTNCS August 20!!!

SBG Idaho Athlete and Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated, competitor competitor Ricky Steele (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his long awaited Octagon return August 20 as a part of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Live on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+.

Steele has been a staple of the SBG Idaho team for years and the still-undefeated fighter has been working hard sharpening his skillset with his training partners and teammates here at SBG Idaho. Steele as he looks to bounce back from an injury-shortened Ultimate Fighter season and punch his ticket to the UFC against New Jersey fighter Phil Caracappa (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Caracappa is the current Ring of Combat Bantamweight Champion with one of his defenses coming against UFC Veteran Louis Gaudinot. Caracappa promises to be an outstanding test for Boise native Steele, who has been knocking at the UFC’s door for the last few years. Be sure to tune in live, Tuesday, August 20 at 6pm MST and be sure to show your love and support to Ricky as he heads into the home stretch!!!