Regional MMA Review: Top Shelf Entertainment - Rubicon V
On a blistering day in Pueblo Colorado, Top Shelf Entertainment (TSE), put on Rubicon V at Massari Arena. Normally, gymnasium style arenas aren't ideal for MMA, but TSE pulled it off, making the basketball gym have the feel of a big auditorium. With a live DJ and constant action it was the place to be on Saturday night. TSE also uses their events to raise awareness for certain charities. This time, TSE is using Rubicon V to raise awareness for the "Look Twice, Save a Life" campaign. This is in memory of Jordan Munoz who passed away due to a motorcycle crash. The campaign wants to remind people to be safe on the road, and be aware of your surroundings. At the beginning of the event they introduced Jordan Munoz mother, and they told the crowd that buckets would be passed around to raise donations for "Look Twice, Save a Life." So if you come to one of their events not only are you in for an exciting night of fights, it is for a good cause as well.
This is a great promotion that is exciting and gives tons of local fighters a chance to get a start in the world of MMA. They’ve had talented fighters come through their promotion such as Jeremy Kimball who recently debuted in the UFC, and Ramico Blackmon a former WSOF veteran. They had a great turnout, especially for a night when the UFC was having a free card on FOX. They were able to fill the Massari arena and the crowd was into the action the whole night. Overall, it was a great experience and I would recommend if you ever have the chance to catch one of Top Shelf Entertainment’s fights that you find yourself some tickets.
Jon Nelson def. Nnick Graziano, Rear-Naked Choke, 1:55 Rd 1
Ben Mesteth def. Jerome Manning, Triangle Choke, 1:39 Rd 1
Nate Cullison def Joseph Quinta, Rear-Naked Choke, 1:18 Rd 1
Cole Griego def. Hector Leon, Rear-Naked Choke, 1:46 Rd 2
Caleb Crump def. Tyler Arvin, Unanimous Decision
Bryan Romero def. Austin Brown, Unanimous Decision
Dylan Stubblefield def. Fernando Sanchez, TKO, 2:31 Rd 1
Phil Gonzales def. Cody Hoffstatter, KO, Rd 1
Robert Fraterelli def. Levi Lucero, Rear-Naked Choke, 3:32 Rd 1
Jordan Titoni def. Jake Mendez, Unanimous Decision
Adam Martinez def. Kandale Young, Corner Stoppage, 5:00 Rd 1
Eric Grant def. Manuel Gallardo, Rib Injury, 5:00 Rd 1
Adam Virgil* def. Travis Aragon. TKO, 0:13 Rd 1
*Adam Vigil climbed to 3-0 and was one of the most impressive prospects on the cards. Look for him to land with a big promotion one day.