Triple A MMA XI Destiny Review
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Triple A MMA returned to GFL with “Destiny” emanating from the Camel Rock Casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The stacked card featured several submissions and a KO and the end of a career as one of the main eventers hung up his gloves after the fight.
In the night’s headlining contest, Santa Fe native Angelo “The San I Warrior” Sanchez (12-6) defeated El Paso’s, Brian Castillo (3-4) via rear naked choke in the first round of a bantamweight battle which turned out to be the final fight in the career of Sanchez. It was a quick paced fight from the opening bell as Sanchez went right at Castillo and scored with knees from the clinch that seemed to daze Castillo. Sanchez got the fight to the ground and went for a choke, but Castillo slipped out and after a nice a scramble got back to his feet. After pummeling against the cage, Castillo fired off three consecutive right hands that connected and scored a takedown right after. On the mat, Sanchez turned the tables and put Castillo on his back and scored with ground and pound. Castillo went for a leg lock, but Sanchez defended and continued to land punches from side control. Sanchez switched to a RNC after improving his position and got the final tapout of his career as Castillo submitted to the choke in an emotional end to the fight.
In the co-main event, in a light heavyweight bout, Frank Lester (9-5) returned to the cage after two years off defeated Randy McCarthy (2-5) via arm triangle choke in the second round. Lester was able to shake of his ring rust with no problem as he was the aggressor from the opening bell. In the first round, both fighters traded strikes with Lester finding a home for his uppercut which connected several times and jarred the head of McCarthy. In the final 90 second both fighters took more chances as they closed the distance and threw more combos. In the second round, both fighters picked up the pace and Lester used some nice dirty boxing and grappling to get the fight to the ground. On the mat, Lester moved from the north-south position, to side control, to mount and locked on the arm triangle for the win. It was a solid showing for Lester who won after a long layoff. And McCarthy, on 10 days’ notice, was a game opponent.
In a no gi grappling bout, Estevan Martinez defeated Jesse Tafoya via rear naked choke at 8:17 of their 10:00 contest. Martinez was very heavy on the mat as he had the mount for a good portion of the fight. With Martinez on top, Tafoya tried to scramble back to his feet and in doing so, he turned his back and that’s when Martinez locked in the choke with precision. It was tight from the start and Tafoya was forced to tapout.
Jerome Rivera (2-0) took home a victory via TKO over Rudy Kennedy (1-1) in the second round, and Luis Rizo (1-0) defeated Prudencio Hurbina (0-2) via unanimous decision after a hard fought bout.
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