Arteaga Gunning For Bellator MMA Gold April 27!!!

After her last victory, a second round submission over Bellator Kickboxing Champion, Denise Kielholtz, SBG Idaho’s Veta Arteaga lobbied the Bellator brass for a title shot – and they listened. April 27 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California, Arteaga looks to raise championship gold when she squares off against the defending flyweight champion, Ilima-Lei McFarlane!

Arteaga (5-2 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) has been sensational in her past two fights – dispatching two-time title challenger, Emily Ducote back in July, and then the aforementioned Kielholtz this past September in her hometown of Boise, Idaho. McFarlane (9-0 MMA, 8-0 BMMA) is Bellator’s first women’s flyweight champion and a promotional darling. McFarlane recently submitted former UFC straw weight title challenger, Valerie Letourneau, in her home state of Hawaii this past December.

We are incredibly excited to see Veta bring a World Championship back home! She is just beginning to scratch the surface of her potential and we can’t wait to see her improved skillset on display in April! Be sure to show your support as she prepares for her best performance yet!!!

For more information on the event or to purchase tickets to watch it live, go to http://www.bellator.com/events/9rqguc/bellator-220-macdonald-vs-fitch.

 

SBG Idaho Athletes Set For MTF Kickboxing This Saturday!!!

SBG Idaho kickboxers, Zack Ferrall and Tim Wanless head down to Farmington, Utah this Saturday, February 23 for Mountain Force Kickboxing 2. Ferrall returns to the kickboxing ring after a seven year hiatus, taking on John Fraumeni at 145 lb. Wanless will be making his kickboxing debut when he toes the line against Michael Dukes at 185 lb. Santiago Moreno was originally scheduled to compete, however a short notice injury to his opponent, Robin Hurx, caused the 155lb contest to be cancelled.

All bouts will be contested under the (ABC) Association of Boxing Commission ruleset, and will consist of 3, 2 min rounds.

The event will take place at the Legacy Event Center. Doors open at 6pm, fights start at 7pm. These guys have been working hard, and are excited to perform! Shoot them a supportive message or wish them well when you see them around the gym!!!

For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.mountainforcemma.com/.

Akers Victorious At MTF MMA 7!!!

SBG Idaho athlete, David Akers, kicked off the 2019 MMA competition season with a first round submission win over Aaron Jennings, at Mountain Force MMA 7, January 26 at the Mountain View Events Center in Pocatello, Idaho.

Akers (2-3, MMA, 1-0 MTF) opened the fight circling the outside, using feints to keep Jennings guessing. Jennings switched stances in an attempt to cut the cage off and was met with a kick to the head by Akers. Pressing Akers towards the fence, Jennings came forward with a kick of his own, only to have Akers catch it before ducking out the back and grabbing a rear waist lock. Jennings moved to the cage in an attempt to free himself. Akers quickly climbed to the back, securing both hooks and the fight-ending rear naked choke!

Congratulations David on a fantastic performance! We’re proud of the work you put in preparing and excited to watch you continue to grow as an athlete and martial artist!!!

 

Stirewalt Takes on Lynn at COGA, February 23

SBG Idaho athlete Stephen Stirewalt (2-0 MMA) steps back into the cage February 23 for Combat Games (COGA) “Supreme Showdown 4” at the Tulalip Casino in Marysvilla, Washington. The undefeated prospect looks for his third professional win as he takes on Washington State’s Tycen Lynn (5-3 MMA) in an exciting bantamweight showdown! Stirewalt plans to start the new year with a bang after ending 2018 with one of the most dominant performances of his career – a first round submission of Joe Aguirre at Bellator 205! The SBG Purple Belt has long been a staple of the SBG Idaho fight team, and has really been hitting his stride since turning pro in May of last year. Washington’s Lynn is a game opponent looking to rebound from a tough loss to UFC Veteran Louis Smolka last summer.

Be sure to show your support of Stephen as he trains to bring home another victory! If you are interested in being a part of our competition team, or just want a fantastic way to get in shape in a fun, healthy environment, click the “Wanna Train?” link at the top of our website. Our staff will contact you to set up a FREE private lesson and consultation. We look forward to helping you get the New Year started off right at Idaho’s premier martial arts training facility!

Aslami and Streeter Added to FSF 18

The Pacific Northwest’s premier MMA promotion, Front Street Fights, is back for it’s first event of 2019, and as always, SBG Idaho will be well represented! The amateur undercard of the February 1st event will see SBG athletes, Briley Streeter and Kyle Aslami, join teammate Andrew Cruz, as he battles Drew Brokenshire for the FSF Featherweight Championship in the evening’s main event!

Aslami (2-1 MMA, 2-0 FSF) takes on the debuting Trystan Hutchinson (0-0 MMA) in a catchweight matchup at 130 lb. CenturyLink Arena has been a great home field for Aslami as he is undefeated in two appearances inside its walls, including a devastating knockout at FSF 14.

Streeter (1-0 MMA, 0-0 FSF) makes his second trip to the cage as he takes on Twin Falls native Tim Cameron (1-4 MMA, 0-2 FSF), in a featherweight showdown. Streeter hopes for another emphatic finish after his debut submission victory at Mountain Force MMA 4 in August.

Both athletes are as dedicated as they come, and are excited for the chance to showcase their recent improvements! Tickets are available at the Century Arena box office, or show your support by purchasing directly from the athletes themselves! We look forward to a huge showing from the SBG Idaho Tribe as we kick off the 2019 fight season!

Coach Whittier Returns to Boise Feb 2-3!!!

SBG Blackbelt Coach Stephen Whittier will be visiting us again for a two day STRIKING seminar February 2-3! Stephen Whittier is the head coach at SBG East Coast. He holds a black belt in BJJ (under Roberto Maia) and the honorary title of Kru in Muay Thai, recently earning the rank of Red Mongkol (one of only four coaches in the country to achieve that rank). He is also a black belt in Jeet Kune Do, Shotokan Karate and a second degree black belt in Filipino Kali/Eskrima. 

Stephen has coached and trained with elite fighters in Muay Thai, BJJ and MMA, including some UFC household names. But his coaching style is not solely for the elite. Stephen is also the developer of programs concentrating on coaching students over 40 in BJJ. The ability to coach some of the best fighters in the world, as well as beginners and older students, demonstrates not just unparalleled knowledge, but also an ability to teach that that is second to none.

The cost is $80 for the entire weekend and will run from 10am-noon, followed by an hour lunch break, and another session from 1-3pm. Students are asked to bring both boxing gloves and shinguards. This is a great opportunity for any student to improve their striking game no matter their skill or experience level!

Sign ups will be available at the front desk or at store.combatfitness.com. We look forward to having Coach Whittier back in Boise, and look forward to seeing you all February 2-3!