Jackson’s MMA Series XXVI post-fight recap

SANTA FE, NM– Jackson’s MMA Series XXVI took place on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in Santa Fe, NM.

FightBook MMA attended the event and you can find the recap below. Stay tuned as we will have photographs as soon as the New Mexico Commission sends us the photos. For the official results you can go here. We will start with amateur card and work our way down to the pro card.

In the main event of the pro card, Jess Martinez (4-0) fighting out of Santa FE, NM training at Santa Fe Fitness and Martial Arts will face Jordan Titoni (6-3) fighting out of Denver, Colorado training at Factory X. In the co-main event, Rodney Kealohi (2-1) fighting out of Albuquerque, NM training at Jackson Wink MMA will take on Chris Cortez (2-0) training at Force of One.

In the main event of the amateur card, Ambrose Vigil fighting out of Albuquerque, NM training at Jackson/Wink take on Josiah Reyes fighting out Santa Fe, NM training at Superior Fitness/Santa Fe Fitness Martial Arts. In the co-main event, Jesse Moorhouse fighting out of Albuquerque, NM training at Jackson/Wink as he took on Marquel Mederos fighting out of Denver, CO training at Factory X.

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To start the night off we saw Richard Villegas fighting out of Las Cruces, NM training out of Gracie Barra/Maximum Martial Arts take on Charles Gillespie from Santa FE, NM training out of ANK Muay Thai. Both fighters started off the round feeling out each others range, they both were landing their shots connecting with every blow. At one point they ended up on the ground but were quick to get back on their feet. During the second round, Richard was able to connect with a beautiful right hook that dropped Charles, he somehow gets up and again Richard connects with an upper cut that drops Charles and Bobby the ref saw enough and called the fight.

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Next up we saw Jason Gonzales fighting out of Pueblo, CO training at BMF/Jackson’s Pueblo take on Keith Dawson fighting out of Rio Rancho, NM training at Judgment MMA. This fight didn’t last that long as both fighters came in looking for the finish. Jason took Keith to the mat but Keith was able to reverse and take top position. They scrambled and Keith was able to secure Jason’s back and sink in the rear naked choke and Jason had no choice but to tap.

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Next we saw Mark Matthew McDill fighting out of Albuquerque, NM training at Jaskson/Wink take on Michael Beals training out of Zingano’s BJJ Team Wildman. This fight went all three rounds if you didn’t attend this event you missed out on one hell of a fight. This fight was full of none stop action with brutal punches, kicks and body shots to the kidney that would make Bas Rutten happy. At one point Mark was able to cut Michael and that’s when all hell broke loose. Michael did hurt Mark with two body shots but somehow Mark recovered and kept on going as if nothing happened. During the last round Mark looked like he got his second wind and just started dropping bombs to where Michael got his mouth piece knocked out and Mark just kept on punching until one connected and dropped Michael and that’s when the ref Joe saw enough and called the fight. What a war from both fighters all heart.

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In the co-main event of the amateur card, Jesse Moorhouse fighting out of Albuquerque, NM training at Jackson/Wink took on Marquel Mederos fighting out of Denver, CO training at Factory X. This was another fight that didn’t go the distance. During the first round we saw both fighters coming in quick as they started connecting with their strikes and kicks. At one point Jesse was able to take down Marquel and had top position. The fight ended there but during the second round Jesse wasn’t done and took Marquel to the mat again, they somehow were able to stand, Jesse is looking a bit tired and Marquel saw the opportunity and he let his hands go and was able to connect with one of those punches dropping Jesse to the mat and the ref saw enough and called the fight.

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In the main event of the amateur card, Ambrose Vigil fighting out of Albuquerque, NM training at Jackson/Wink take on Josiah Reyes fighting out Santa Fe, NM training at Superior Fitness/Santa Fe Fitness Martial Arts. This fight was a back and forth fight with both fighters looking for the finish. During all the three rounds both fighters were able to connect with their strikes and kicks. During the last round Josiah was able to use his wrestling and took down Ambrose down but Ambrose was able to use his Bjj and tried to submit Josiah. In the end Josiah was able to defeat Ambrose as all three judges saw the fight in favor of Josiah.

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To start the pro card, Clay Matza who was making his pro debut, is fighting out of Albuquerque, NM training at Jackson/Wink as he went against Jorrel Sparenberg fighting out of Hobbs, NM training at The Works MMA. In round one, they both come in feeling out finding that range until Jorrel accidentally pokes Clay in the eye, the fight was stopped so the Doctor can check his eye. It’s clear that his eye was poked during the video replay. The eye poke didn’t stop Clay and he continued with the fight until the bell rang. During the second round they both connected with their strikes until Jorrel was able to take down Clay. Jorrel kept looking for the choke but somehow Clay was able to get back on his feet and just like that Clay with an accidental low blow with a kick. Jorrel took his time to start the fight. The fight went on until the bell rang. In the last round, Clay wasted no time and just started dropping bombs and one of his punches connected that it dropped Jorrel and the ref stopped the fight in only 10 seconds in.

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In the co-main event, Rodney Kealohi fighting out of Albuquerque, NM training at Jackson/Wink took on Chris Cortez fighting out of San Antonio, TX Training at Gym Dominion MMA. This fight only went one round as both fighters came in looking for the finish. Both fighters were able to connect their strikes and at one point they were on the mat. Chris was looking for the choke but Rodney was able to escape and they were back on their feet. Rodney connected with one of his punches and hurt Chris and that’s when Rodney was able to capitalize and started throwing more punches and elbows and took Chris to the mat and got full mount and started his ground and pound until the ref saw enough and stopped the fight.

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In the main event, Jess Martinez fighting out of Santa Fe, NM training out of Superior Fitness/Santa Fe Fitness Martial Arts went against Jordan Titoni fighting out of Denver , CO training at Factory X. This fight went the distance and in all three rounds we saw both fighters wanting to end this fight. Both fighters looked very impressive taking each shot and giving it right back. It was a back and forth fight a very close fight but at the end the judges gave the fight to Jess with a split decision victory.

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