👊 King of the Cage: Starbound Official Results & Photographs
King of the Cage: STARBOUND
Santa Ana Star Center
Rio Rancho, NM
Article by: David Rodriguez (MMA Advocates)
Photo Credit: Christopher Topher (Christopher Cook Photography)
RIO RANCHO, NM (Mon, April 10, 2017)– King of the Cage made its return to the fight city of Albuquerque NM with some great action out at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho NM on Saturday, April 8th, 2017. King of the Cage hosted KOTC: STARBOUND. This event will broadcast in over 50 million U.S. households on MAVTV (214 DIRECTV, 810 Verizon FiOS). Check your local cable provider for cable station in your area.
FightBookMMA’s correspondent David Rodriguez and photographer Chris Topher attended the event and you can check out the official results and photographs from the event below.
The night kicked off with a scrappy competitive bout between Guadalupe Monroy out of Farmington NM & Albuquerque’s Ozzy Chavez.
Both fighters exchanged big shots early and often mixing it up well with strikes, sub attempts and heavy counters. The fight would’ve gone to either fighter but in the end Ozzy Chavez did more in the striking department earning him a split Dec 29-28 on 2 cards in a hard-fought win where both were very cordial and respectful of one another after their war
In the 2nd fight featured Ricardo Maynez El Pass TX vs Josiah Reyes out of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Santa Fe.
Maynez opened up with heavy leg kicks but ends up on his back as Reyes controlled from side mount to end Rd 1.
Rd 2: Reyes scores early takedown with 45 secs of top control. Maynez gets to his feet and pressures Reyes for the remainder of the round landing heavy body kicks
Rd 3: Reyes scores double leg after scramble against fence in which Maynez again works to his feet and begins to load up on strikes to the body with left hooks behind them closing the final round with relentless pressure.
The 3rd Fight of the Night featured some 170 lb action between Farmingtons Deron Henderson vs Albuquerque’s Manny ‘The Machine Garcia representing Que Loco cage fighting.
Rd 1: After the touch of gloves both fighters are quick to engage as Garcia lands a barrage of inside shots backing Henderson towards the cage where a heavy uppercut stuns Henderson followed up by several unanswered shots against the cage where the fight is called only 17 secs via brutal TKO
The 4th Fight of the Night was at 145lbs as Shawn Montoya out of Fit NHB took on Sam Martin of Rio Rancho NM.
RD 1: Both fighters look to find range as Sam lands some hard body kicks early. Montoya with a lot of support in the house pressured Martin well and had him backing up where Montoya was able to stay at range landing a lot of straight lefts combined with takedown attempts.
Rd 2: More pressure applied from Montoya and his constant pursuit of body head combos made the 2nd Rd his where Martin absorbed a lot of hard strikes countering just enough hanging tough where it seemed a finish might happen.
Rd 3: Martin circled more to his left throwing body kicks trying to avoid Montoyas left as it continued to find it a home late in the fight which ultimately earned him the split decisions win 29-28 on 2 cards 30-27 on one.
The 5th fight featured Pro Atomweights Cassie Robb Denver Colorado vs Jayme Hinshaw out of Fit NHB ABQ which was also live on KOTC Facebook.
Rd 1: Hinshaw started fast with strikes which lead to her earning two takedowns where it became very technical on the ground as Robb was in pursuit of multiple submissions. Henshaw slammed Robb to the mat a couple of times to fight off the armbar attempts.
Rd 2: Right out the gate both women tie up as Robb goes for the flying armbar. Fight hits the mat again as Robb gains mount where she then poured on a flurry of elbow strikes and hard punches as the ref steps in at 2:41 Cassie Robb earns the Tko win goes to 3-1.*
The 6th fight we go back to the Amateur side as 125lb jr flyweight Alex Jones faced Francisco Dominguez.
Rd 1: Jones applied alot of pressure early with some great clinch work against the fence. Dominguez closed the first landing some nice punches after breaking the clinch.
Rd 2: More clinch work by Jones doing work to the body and head in the process followed by knees as he controlled most of the round with Dominguez finding minimum success with two low blow strikes delaying the action countering with knees of his own to close Rd 2
Rd 3: More of the same as Jones is in total control at this point with overwhelming clinch work exhausting Dominguez draining his power but gets ahold of Jones with guillotine attempt late as well as an armbar as they scramble on the mat.
Fight is scored a split Dec win for Jones
The 7th fight was for the Vacant Amateur KOTC 155 lb title as Chris ‘The Houston Mad Man’ Brown aka The Future vs Raymundo Leon out of Taos NM.
Rd1: Brown starts fast as he gets the power takedown right into mount against the fence landing bombs.
Fight is stopped and a point is taken from Brown as he apparently grabbed the fence to assist his strikes. Action resumes Leon still hurt shoots for a takedown which is blocked and gets tagged hard by a big overhand right from Brown where he follows him to the mat landing two additional shots and the fight is stopped 54 secs into the first.
*-Chris Brown the new KOTC Amateur 155 champ.
The 8th fight was at 185lbs as Wild Bill Albrecht took on Mario Ramos out of El Paso Texas
Rd 1: Ramos opens up looking to stay at distance with kicks to control followed up by jabs.
Albrecht lands a heavy left hooks clean, follows Ramos to the mat for a GNP TKO win at 32 seconds in.
Fight 9 featured 155lb fighters Casey Yates vs Sherwin Price both out of Albuquerque NM.
Rd 1: Yates gets control of neck early looking to clinch. Price with dirty boxing leads to a great level change takedown at 4:25 which leads to a side mount. Price landing hard ground strikes goes knee on belly against the fence as the ref calls a stop to the action at 1:22 in the first via GNP strikes
Fight 10 featured 145 lb fighters Jesse Martinez Santa Fe Nm vs David Maldonado out of El Paso TX
Rd1: Martinez comes out fast with strikes that lead to takedown where he then dominated from top position landing from all positions in a clear 10-8 dominated by GNP
Rd2: Maldonado earns a td of his own to start the bout but is overtaken and loses position. Martinez relentless with the ground and pound ties Maldonado’s arm up where he’s able to land a session of elbows from side control that forced the ref to call a stop to the bout with 2:21 on the clock earning the TKO win
Fight 11 was a 140lb bout as the co-main of the evening featuring Nick ‘St Nick’ Gonzalez out of JacksonWink MMA vs Jason Wirth out of Denver Colorado.
Rd 1: Wirth with great footwork early stinging Gonzales with the jab and making him miss often. Gonzales picking his shots well adjusting to the movement of Wirth as the round ends.
Rd 2: Wirth lands an impressive standing side kick catching Gonzales clean. Gonzales landing body shots in the clinch as Wirth returns fire opens a cut on Gonzales with more jabs scores a late takedown.
Rd 3: Gonzales opens with heavy leg kicks and ties Wirth up immediately attempts a standing guillotine- Wirth defends ends up taking the back and locks a body triangle up. Fight back to the feet 2:36 as Wirth lands a spinning back fist.
1:12 Gonzales lands a heavy right clean but Wirth continues to circle and switch stances stinging Gonzales with Jabs as the final round ends with Wirth earning the split Dec win
Fight 12 was the main-event of the evening for the Interim KOTC Welterweight Title as Desmond Hill Odessa Tx took on Anthony Rozema Rio Rancho NM.
Rd 1: Rozema opens with hard leg kicks that land flush. Hill pursues a quick takedown as Rozema immediately gets to his feet throwing knees to the body of Hill working for position with his back against the fence. Hill catches Rozema with a brutal left to the body/liver followed up by an uppercut that forced the referred to call a stop at 3:12 in the first round as Desmond Hill becomes the new interim Welterweight champion
KOTC: STARBOUND OFFICIAL RESULTS:
Interim 170 Title: Desmond Hill def. Anthony Romzena by TKO (strikes) 3:12 R1
140: Kevin Wirth def. Nick Gonzalez by (29-28 X3) unanimous decision
145: Jess Martinez def. David Maldonado by TKO (punches) 1:12 R2
155: Sherwin Price def. Kasey Yates by TKO (punches) 1:22 R1
185: Bill Albrecht def. Mario Ramos by TKO (strikes) 0:39 R1
*105: Cassie Robb def. Jayme Hinshaw by TKO (strikes) 2:42 R2
*-155 Title: Chris Brown def. Raymundo Leon by TKO (punches) 0:54 R1
125: Alex Jones def. Francisco Dominguez by (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) split decision
145: Shawn Montoya def. Sam Martin by (30-27, 28-29, 30-27) split decision
175: Manny Garcia def. Devin Handeron by TKO (punches) 0:17 R1
135: Ricardo Maynez def. Josiah Reyes by (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) split decision
130: Ozzy Chavez def. Guadalupe Monroy by (30-27, 29-28 ) unanimous decision
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