***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!!!