Cruz Wins Pro Debut At Steelfist Fight Night

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Combat Fitness/SBG Idaho athlete, Andrew Cruz made a successful pro debut last Friday night, March 13, at Steelfist Fight Night, but it did not come without adversity. Hit hard by a vicious standing elbow from Skylar Frazier several minutes into round number one, Cruz was in survival mode early. Rocked and bleeding badly, but showing a champion’s heart, Cruz was able to weather the storm and regain his composure. Abandoning his kicks and utilizing more lateral movement, Cruz landed a solid right hand that stunned Frazier with about 1 minute remaining in the round. That was all the opportunity needed, as Cruz was able to secure a takedown against the cage and advance to mount, where he landed solid punches and elbows that forced his opponent to turn belly down. From there Cruz sunk in a deep rear naked choke and coaxed the submission with just seconds remaining!

Congratulations Andrew, well done!!!

Fighting VanHoose Brothers Back In Action

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Muay Thai machines Hunter and Kojiro VanHoose step back into the squared circle, Sunday, April 5th, for BOM/Muay Lok VII in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan.

Older brother, Hunter, is scheduled for a 5 round professional bout against Tora Yusuke, a very well-known and experienced Muay Thai fighter in Asia. This is a huge opportunity for Hunter to advance his career with a win against a strong and dangerous opponent. Younger brother, Kojiro, is slated for an amateur bout, we will provide details when they are made available.

Go get ’em boys!!!

Combat Fitness/SBG Idaho Grapplers Find Success At NAGA

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Combat Fitness/SBG Idaho grapplers made a successful trip to NAGA-Portland last weekend. Despite a contingent of only 4 competitors, we were able to secure 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze. Results are as follows-

Noah Shultz- Gold (Teen, Nogi, Expert)

Nick Shultz- Silver (Masters, Blue Belt)

Matt Jones- Gold (Adult, Blue Belt)

Josh Wick- Bronze (Adult, Blue Belt) & Gold (Adult, Nogi, Expert)

Great job guys!!! A full list of results can be found at http://nagafighter.com/index.php?module=eventdetailpage/414.

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Arteaga Back In Action, April 17

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Veta Arteaga will put her fighting talents on display again on April 17 at Real MMA, from the Silverton Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

Arteaga (3-1)  will be taking on Hanna Fitzpatrick in an amateur bantamweight (135lb) clash. This will be a great opportunity for Arteaga to showcase her skills in the fight capital of the world!

 

Register Now For 2015 Northwest Submission Challenge & Budo Kids Cup

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Set for April 25, 2015 at Capital High School (Boise, ID), Idaho’s largest BJJ tournament, the Northwest Submission Challenge & Budo Kids Cup, is back and better than ever!!!

Exciting new items at this year’s tournament:

  • Travel package to 2015 Mundials for Purple Belt Absolute winner
  • Championship belts to all Absolute winners
  • Black and Brown Belt Absolute division to be contested

Register online before April 1st to receive a discounted entry fee. For more information visit http://northwestsubmissionchallenge.com/.

 

 

Steele Victorious in RFA Debut

Combat Fitness/SBG Idaho athlete, Ricky Steele, remained unbeaten in his mixed martial arts career, running his career record to 3-0 with a win over Jay Pressley via unanimous decision at RFA 24  (March 6, Mystic Lake Casino, Minneapolis, MN).

Steele’s third professional victory was easily his most difficult as the fight was closely contested both in the striking and grappling exchanges. Steele had success throughout the fight landing solid kicks and knees to Pressley’s body, but ultimately, it was Steele’s offensive wrestling against the cage that carried the day.

Steele was able to score numerous takedowns each round and used strong top pressure and opportunistic ground and pound to pull ahead on the scorecards over the first two rounds. In the third, it was more of the same until Pressley was able to secure a tight triangle choke with roughly a minute remaining in the fight. With both athletes visibly exhausted and reserves running on empty, Pressley alternated between attacking the choke and Steele’s trapped arm. Demonstrating the heart of a champion, Steele managed to survive the attempts until the final bell, preserving the victory.

Congrats to “The Karate Kid” on a great win!!!

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