Triple A MMA win to get in April 28th Results and Write-up

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By: Trula Howe

Four more fighters from New Mexico will soon see action in the Bellator MMA cage, as a result of winning their matches at Orthrus Promotions’ Triple A MMA “Win To Get In”, which took place on Sunday, April 28, at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds.

Orthrus Promotions, who recently collaborated with Bellator MMA, to bring that promotion to New Mexico (back on February 28), has negotiated at least two more visits to this state within the year. As part of that promotion, they put together “Win to Get In” as a way of scouting local talent.

The main event featured long-time hopeful, Felipe “Flip” Chavez (5-1, Mean 1 MMA) against Ronnie White (5-5, Lovato Total Fitness). After a quick left hook and a takedown for Chavez, White was able to work his way up the cage only to get taken down again, into a guillotine attempt, followed by a triangle attempt that, after repositioning and trying again, Chavez was able to execute, putting White to sleep, and giving him the win and a fight for Bellator, at 1:56 of the first round.

The first professional fight on the card was Javier Palacios (1-0, Mean1) against Steven Ortega (0-1, Gracie Barra Las Cruces). Palacios dominated all 3 rounds with combinations and body kicks, with a knee to the head in the first round that nearly ended the fight. Ortega recovered and was able to exchange a few combinations with Palacios, but all 3 judges scored the match the same, 30-27 in favor of Palacios, and the first recipient of the afternoon, to receive a “Golden Ticket” into Bellator,

The next fighter to “win to get in” was Richard Jaques (1-0, GBLC) who faced Eric White (0-1, ABQ BJJ) After two rounds of mainly grappling with some decent kickboxing by Jaques, White gave his verbal submission, and Jaques won by TKO.

Steve Garcia (1-0, Mean1) made his successful professional MMA debut, securing his own “Golden Ticket” when he defeated Allen Lerma (0-1, GBLC). Lerma endured no small punishment from the “Mean Machine” Garcia, in spinning backfists, headkicks and knees to the head and body. He landed a few left hooks and an overhand right on the taller fighter, surviving to the second round, but in the second round, he took a knee to the head, which dropped him, and Garcia swooped in to finish the job. The referee stepped in to stop the fight due to strikes at 1:52 of the second round.

The afternoon also featured 7 bouts between local amateurs from around Albuquerque:

John Rozema (Judgement) defeated Thomas Mills (Perez) at :52 of the first round, TKO, ref stoppage due to strikes.
Joel Whitney (SFBJJ) defeated Justin Archuleta (Mean1) by TKO, with the 1st round dominated by Whitney on the ground, followed by a second round where Whitney again took the fight to the ground; he flattened Archuleta from a full back mount, dropping hooks on his body and head, and the ref stopped the fight at 2:23 of the second.

Tuuga Pleasant (Lovato) defeated Rich Torres (Judgement) after a first round that Torres ruled standing up, and Pleasant got two takedowns. In the 2nd round, Torres got a takedown and attempted an ankle bar, but Pleasant escaped and ended up in a full mount on Torres’ back. Some of Pleasant’s hammerfists ruptured Torres’ cauliflower ear, and the fight ended in a doctor stoppage at 2:31 of round two, giving Pleasant the win by TKO.

Carlos Casados (WPG) defeated AJ Garza (Lovato) after a first round where Garza scored a takedown, but Casados attempted several submissions, and the two exchanged dominance on the ground. Round 2 began with a standing guillotine attempt by Casados. and after pushing Garza down on the side of the cage, Casados scrambled around for the rear-naked-choke, earning the win at 1:42 of the secondd round.

Max Spiller (Mean1) defeated Jesse Sandoval (Judgement) when he came out with an immediate flurry of combos, ending with a left hook that knocked Sandoval out, giving him the KO at :15 of the 1st round.

Steven Cervantes (Lovato) defeated Falon Ring (Mean1), a fight which began with a brutal head-on collision in the center of the ring, Cervantes fell down and Ring immediately began to work on submission attempts, but Cervantes escaped each one, and scored a couple takedowns. Cervantes scored more takedowns in the second, and focused on dropping bombs on the smaller fighter, along with headkicks and combinations that staggered the younger (and usually 10-lb lighter) fighter. Ring indicated to the referee that he was done at 3:46 of the second round.

The main event of the amateur card was Amanda Lovato (Judgement) vs Malia Yee (ABQ KB). Yee immediately knocked Lovato down, but Lovato got up and pushed back. The two briefly clinched against the cage, and although Yee took Lovato down into her guard, Lovato got back up and pulled in Yee’s head, dropping elbows on her back. Yee scored another takedown, but Lovato again got up and this time into a full mount. Yee tried to pop out, but Lovato continued to rain elbows. Yee turned her back to Lovato, trying to escape the mount, but Lovato flattened her and let loose, causing the referee to step in and stop the fight at :52 of the first round.

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