FSF 15 Results and Fight Videos

***Photo Credit to Lisa Jordan***

Friday, January 19, saw SBG athletes go 2-0 in the Front Street Fights cage, in downtown Boise, Idaho. The 15th installment of the Northwest’s premier MMA promotion saw young up and comers Almir Talic and Noah Shultz pick up impressive victories. SBG Idaho alums Brent Fisher and Brandon Hempleman were also on the card that evening, with Fisher picking up a dominant unanimous decison victory, while Hempleman dropped his bout, in a wild, exciting main event. Results are as follows-

Almir Talic (1-0, MMA/FSF) winner via triangle choke over Tim Cameron, 1:19 Round 1

Talic takes the center and fires off a switch kick to Cameron’s body. Cameron immediately clinches, prompting Talic to jump guard and immediately start framing up an armbar. Cameron goes belly down, and the arm looks extended, but Cameron manages to wriggle free. Talic goes right back to the armbar, but Cameron postures hard and pulls his arm free. Talic stands and looks to circle off the cage, but Cameron catches his legs and plows him back to the mat. Talic immediately attacks from his closed guard and locks in a tight triangle choke. Cameron defends momentarily, but loses consciousness, prompting referee Tom Supnet to stop the fight. Impressive debut for a young up and comer!!!

Noah Shultz (2-2 MMA, 2-1 FSF) winner over Joe Rodriguez via Unanimous Decision

Shultz takes the center of the cage, feinting and darting in and out of range. A few low kicks start to land, prompting Rodriguez to swing back hard, and Shultz steps back out of harms way. A switch kick to the head backs Rodriguez up and Shultz follows up with punches over the top of his shorter opponent. More kicks from the left leg of Shultz begin to connect with Rodriguez’s legs body, and head, and finishing each exchange with punches before moving out of range. With a minute left, Shultz follows an exchange against the cage with a double leg takedown, maintaining top position through the bell. Round two and three followed a similar pattern, with Shultz’s movement and diverse striking arsenal keeping Rodriguez moving backwards and unable to manage much offense. Rodriguez was game and landed his fair share of hard shots, but in the end Shultz pocketed a dominant unanimous decision victory!!!

Hernandez to be Featured at Mountain Force MMA 1

SBG Athlete Stephanie Hernandez (1-2 MMA) looks to start another busy and successful competition season, March 17, in Logan, Utah at Mountain Force MMA. Hernandez will be taking on Kaycee Pearce of Preston, Utah in a Women’s Strawweight (115 lb) bout. Hernandez is coming off of a June win against Dana Hernandez at King of the Cage: Quick Draw and hopes to make it two in a row against Pearce. Stephanie is constantly improving and developing her game and we look forward to seeing more of that continued growth March 17 in Logan, Utah!

Ricky Steele Revealed As TUF 27 Cast Member

SBG Idaho athlete and undefeated professional mixed martial artist, Ricky Steele (5-0), will be appearing on The Ultimate Fighter 27: The Undefeated. The 27th edition of the UFC’s long-running reality series, will feature athletes in both the featherweight (145 lb) and lightweight (155 lb) division. Adding another layer of intrigue to this season will be the fact that no fighter on the show has tasted defeat as a professional.

Coaches for this season will be UFC Heavyweight Champion, Stipe Miocic, and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Cormier. Miocic and Cormier will fight for the heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 226 on July 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

We are also excited to note that another undefeated SBG athlete, lightweight Richie Smullen (3-0-1) of SBG Ireland, will also be appearing alongside Steele this season! Further proof of SBG’s reputation as the premier martial arts organization in the world!!! TUF 27 will premier April 18 on FS1.

Below is a full list of competitors (name, professional record, age and fighting out of):

TUF 27 Lightweights

  • Thailand Clark – 7-0 | 28 | Fort Worth, Texas
  • Joe Giannetti – 6-0 | 22 | Norwell, Mass.
  • John Gunther – 6-0 | 32 | Cleveland, Ohio
  • José Martinez Jr.– 4-0 | 27 | Lorain, Ohio
  • Luis Peña – 4-0 | 24 | Hillsboro, Miss. by way of Naples, Italy
  • Richie Smullen – 3-0-1 | 26 | Arklow, Ireland
  • Mike Trizano – 6-0 | 25 | Ramsey, N.J.
  • Allan Zuniga – 13-0 | 25 | San Miguel, Costa Rica

TUF 27 Featherweights

  • Jay Cucciniello – 8-0 | 31 | Malaga, Spain by way of Dublin, Ireland
  • Tyler Diamond – 9-0 | 26 | Oroville, Calif.
  • Brad Katona – 6-0 | 25 | Dublin, Ireland by way of Winnipeg, Canada
  • Bryce Mitchell – 9-0 | 23 | Cabot, Ark.
  • Suman Mokhtarian – 8-0 | 25 | Sydney, Australia
  • Dulani Perry – 4-0 | 31 | Houston, Texas
  • Kyler Phillips – 5-0 | 22 | Surprise, Ariz.
  • Ricky Steele – 5-0 | 29 | Boise, Ida.


Annual Matt Thornton Seminar Set for April 14 and 15!

Straight Blast Gym International founder and president, Matt Thornton, will be coming back to Boise for a two day seminar, April 14-15!!!

The seminar will be broken into two, 2-hour sessions, both Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th- 10am-noon, followed by a one hour lunch, then 1-3pm. Students from other schools and affiliations are all welcome. Anyone who has had the privilege to learn from Coach Thornton can tell you the insight he gives is an invaluable asset to your game, regardless of skill level or experience!

Come experience the SBG teaching method from the man New York Times Best-Selling Author, Sam Harris, calls, “…one of the clearest Martial Arts instructors I have come across.” This is an opportunity you do not want to miss! Registration is available now at the Front Desk or at Store.CombatFitness.com.

First Buddy Week of 2018, February 26-March 2!!!

2018 is in full swing and now is the best time to show your buddies how to make this year their best one yet! February 26-March 2 bring a friend or family member to the gym to train with you for FREE! For each buddy you bring, you will get a raffle ticket for a spin on the prize wheel and a free month of training for your buddy! 

We look forward to seeing all the new faces! Remember, you will be training with your buddy in Foundations classes, so make sure to show up at the right time and to get here a few minutes early to fill out the proper paperwork.

See you all on the mats!

SBG Idaho Athletes To Be featured At Rumble At The Roseland 96 In PDX!


With the Rumble at the Roseland promotion, the Full Contact Fighting Federation has been putting on quality MMA shows at the Roseland Theater, in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon, for over 15 years! Saturday, January 20, three SBG Idaho athletes will join that history!

In the night’s co-main event, SBG Idaho coach Stephen Stirewalt (5-6, MMA) will take on Sage Farnworth (5-1 MMA) for the promotion’s amateur Bantamweight Championship! This is a great opportunity for Coach Stirewalt who is coming off of an undefeated 2017. Also on the card, in a female lightweight bout, SBG Idaho’s Riley Timmons will make her MMA debut against the debuting Patty Elliot, and straweight David Akers (1-1 MMA) will lock horns with Brendon Dugan (0-2 MMA). Joining the SBG Idaho athletes will be Peter Lysenko and Zach Thornton from SBG HQ in Portland!

Tickets are available now at thefcff.com. We look forward to a great showing of skill from all of our athletes on Saturday Night in Portland, Oregon!!!