Combat Fitness/SBG Idaho Picks Up Two Wins At Front Steet Fights 2


Combat Fitness/SBG Idaho athletes went 2-3 yesterday at Front Street Fights 2 at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, ID.

As we knew going into the night, every one of our fighters had a great challenge in front of them. The results are as follows:

Tony Billingsley (Combat Fitness) winner over Chris Bateman via Triangle Choke, Round 1. Billingsley was able to land effective strikes early before clinching and scoring a bodylock takedown. Stuck in Bateman’s halfguard, Billingsley attempted an Americana before getting swept. From him back he regained his closed guard and sunk in the fight ending triangle choke. Billingsley remains perfect as an amateur at 4-0.

Matt Jones (Combat Fitness) lost to Jason Gray via Unanimous Decision. Jones had the striking advantage throughout but was reluctant to unleash due to Gray’s takedown ability. While he was able to land effectively in spots and had several near submissions (including one very deep kneebar in the 3rd round), it was not enough to overcome Gray’s takedowns and time spent in the top position.

Josh Wick (Combat Fitness) winner over Lonnie Burton via Rear Naked Choke, Round 2. This fight turned into a brawl quickly with both fighters landing hard shots early. As the round progressed Wick began to take control with his kicking game, landing numerous kicks to the body and head. Early in the second round, Wick used a perfectly timed left head kick to drop Burton to his knees, where he was able to sink both hooks in and secure the choke. With the victory, Josh earned the “Fighter of the Night” bonus money!

Brendon Raftery (Combat Fitness) lost to Joe Hamilton via Retirement (unable to answer the bell in the 3rd Round). The first round was a very back and forth technical battle, with both men finding success standing, before Hamilton was able to secure a takedown against the cage. Strong defensive grappling and a near triangle choke allowed Raftery to return to his feet. As the round was coming to a close, and the fighters were clinched against the cage, Hamilton was able to land a huge knee that dropped Raftery just moments before the bell sounded. While still clearly dazed, Raftery fought well in round two, using his superior striking to score point and keep his opponent out of range for the majority of the round. Though with about a minute remaining, Hamilton was able to score a takedown and land some solid ground and pound. In between rounds it was discovered that Raftery had lost a tooth (presumably from the knee in round 1). That, combined with complaints of dizziness, led our trainers to call a halt to the bout. The loss marked Raftery’s first as a pro.

Matt May (Combat Fitness) lost to Talon Hoffman via Unanimous Decision. In a repeat of their first fight from 2 years ago, Hoffman was able to use his strong wrestling base to take May down and maintain top control. This was the story for all three rounds, save for a takedown into side control for May at the beginning of round 3. May took the fight on just 3 days notice, when Hoffman’s original opponent was forced to withdraw.

All in all, it was a tough night for us, in both victory and defeat. We’re super proud of everyone that fought last night! Whether you won or lost, we all became better fighters in preparation for our battles, and in the end that is what matters most.

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Hempleman Victorious At WSOF 12


Brandon Hempleman picked up a big win Saturday night at World Series of Fighting 12, posting a unanimous decision over former Olympic wrestling bronze medalist, Alexis Vila!!!

The bout was contested entirely on the feet, as Hempleman was able to avoid all of Vila’s takedown attempts. Hempleman made good use of his jab throughout the fight, keeping Vila off balance and out of takedown range while peppering him with kicks to the inside and outside of his lead leg. Hempleman was also able to land numerous solid right crosses and uppercuts. Vila had his moments in the fight, landing several looping overhand rights and left hooks. But in the end, Hempleman’s higher workrate and more diverse striking arsenal carried him to victory.

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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.