By Ken Pishna, MMAWeekly.com (Photo courtesy of April Pishna)
Denver-area fight promotion Rocky Mountain Bad Boyz, led by venerable trainer and promoter Keith Schmelzer, held their third “Battle In The Cage” this past Saturday night. “Cold Wars” featured a healthy dose of some of the best amateur mixed martial arts that Colorado and the surrounding states have to offer.
The main event featured a battle for the Rocky Mountain Bad Boyz middleweight title. In impressive fashion, Joe Trujillo quickly took Barret Myers to the ground and mounted him. Pounding away on Myers, it appeared that Trujillo was close to finishing the fight, but Myers made a desperate attempt to escape. He was able to free himself from the bombs being dropped, but Myers couldn’t seem to defend the arm triangle that Trujillo applied from inside the half-guard. Trujillo held the choke for quite some time, and then slipped to the side for the final torque of pressure that caused Myers to tap due to the choke.
Denver’s newest fight promotion, American Championship Fighting (ACF), was in the house and in conjunction with Rocky Mountain Bad Boyz, made a big push for their inaugural show on February 24th at the Denver Coliseum. With a strong relationship between the two promotions, ACF president Rico Vecc offered Trujillo a shot at fighting local standout Chilo Gonzalez in a professional bout under the ACF banner. Trujillo did not immediately accept and things got a little heated in the ring.
Local fighter Travis “The Shermanator” Sherman (you can’t pass up that nickname) made an amazing comeback in his fight with Greg Saenz. In his debut, Saenz had Sherman on the defensive throughout most of the first round, moving quickly and beating him to the punch. But it was The Shermanator that made a fantastic return in the second round and caught Saenz in a guillotine choke to end the fight.
Longtime veteran and fan favorite Jeremy Horn was also in the house on Saturday night. He brought with him a couple of his fighters from Utah. Both were very impressive. Bill Woodson displayed the toughness and calm demeanor that Horn seems to have instilled in all of his fighters en route to an arm bar victory over equally tough Dave Westledge in the first round. Horn’s other fighter, Jason Moorland ended up losing a split decision to James Hamilton in what was possibly the fight of the night. The two threw down for all three rounds, never really seeing much action on the ground. Both Moorland and Hamilton displayed a ton of heart and toughness, great fight that had the fans electrified.
Overall, Battle In The Cage III was by far the best run and most well matched event that Rocky Mountain Bad Boyz has run. With their ever-improving shows and newly formed relationship with ACF, a strong team has been formed that can only help to enhance the momentum of a continuously growing MMA scene in the Denver area.
MAIN EVENT – MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE
Joe Trujillo def. Barret Myers by Arm Bar, Round 1
Gil Rail def. Jason Harris by Arm Triangle, Round 1
Chris Randolph def. Justin Johnson by Unanimous Decision
Adam Bobay def. Jeffery More by TKO (Strikes), Round 1
Travis Sherman def. Greg Saenz by Guillotine Choke, Round 2
James Hamilton def. Jason Moorland by Split Decision
Brian Box def. Hans Burnet by Inverted Toe-Hold, Round 1
Mike Gonzalez def. Paul Cerman by TKO (Strikes), Round 1
Bill Woodson def. Dave Westledge by Arm Bar, Round 1
Dammon Danniels def. Carl Hampton by Submission (Strikes), Round 1
Vernon Earwood def. Gary Borum by Majority Decision