Matt May Victorious In Return To Kickboxing


Matt May made his return to kickboxing yesterday, after a 7 year hiatus, picking up a convincing unanimous decision win over a tough Patrick Reeves Saturday night at Total Mayhem in Ogden, UT.

It was not all smooth sailing however, as Reeves landed a hard shot at the end of the first that backed Matt off and forced him to regroup. But Matt was able to recover and over the course of the final three rounds battered and out worked Reeves to take the clear cut decision.

Combat Fitness Is Now Straight Blast Gym Affiliate


We are happy to announce our affiliation with Straight Blast Gym International!!! Going forward, Combat Fitness will now be home to SBG Idaho!

Founded in 1992 by Black Belt Matt Thornton, SBGi has over 35 gyms worldwide, including locations in Canada, Ireland, Iceland, South Africa and Sweden as well as many others here in the US…and now in Boise, Idaho!

SBGi is a registered academy with the International Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) and United States Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (USBJJF), though it is not only a BJJ academy but also an MMA school. SBG Ireland, under head coach and Thornton Black Belt, John Kavanagh, recently saw itself go 4-0 at UFC Fight Night in Dublin, Ireland.

There will be many changes made here at Combat Fitness with this new and exciting partnership. Through our access to both the BJJ and other combat curricula offered through SBGi, the quality of training for our members will continue to improve to greater and greater heights. But even more importantly, our inclusion into a network of dedicated and highly skilled coaches and martial artists will improve not only the training but the training environment. In short, it will provide us with a family.

We invite you to follow the links below to learn more about SGBi and its founder, Matt Thornton.

Jorgensen to Welcome Cejudo to the Octagon at UFC 177, Aug. 30


Our own Scott Jorgensen will compete next at UFC 177, August 30. Scott will be welcoming 2008 Olympic Freestyle Wrestling gold medalist Henry Cejudo to the Octagon.

After claiming gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Cejudo retired from competition before an attempted comeback in 2012 for the London Olympics. When he was unsuccessful in his attempt for a second Olympic gold, Cejudo made the transition to MMA where he has compiled a record of 6-0.

A veteran of nearly 30 MMA bouts, with 19 of them under the Zuffa banner. Jorgensen (15-9) last competed in June, scoring a unanimous decision victory over Danny Martinez and earning “Fight of the Night” honors.

UFC 177 comes to you from Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, CA. This will be an exciting fight and a great victory for Scott!

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Stirewalt and Billingsley added to Upcoming Events

Stephen Stirewalt and Tony Billingsley have been added to Combat Development League’s Fight Fest (July 25) and Front Street Fights 2 (August 15), respectively.

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Stirewalt (1-3) will take on Leon Taylor (1-0) in an amateur bantamweight bout. While Billingsley (3-0) is set to fight Chris Bateman (3-1) in an amateur catchweight bout of 150lb.

For more info on each of these events, go to and

Hempleman To Face Vila At WSOF12, August 9th


Brandon Hempleman (9-2) makes his long awaited return to the cage August 9th, when he takes on Alexis Vila (14-4) at WSOF12 from the Hardrock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

After having several bouts fall through for a variety of reasons at WSOF10 and 11, Hempleman will look to showcase the all action style that has made him a fan favorite. Alexis Vila is a former Olympic and World medalist in freestyle wrestling and will provide Hempleman with a great test. We are looking forward to an exciting fight and a great win for Brandon!

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