MMA in Mexico hasn't really taken off as it has in its neighbors on the North. Mexico for the longest time has been a country that has been dominated by boxing as the main form of combat sports, but Mexico Fighter is looking to change all that with a league of upcoming amateurs and pro Mexican fighters.
Gustavo Pohls, promoter for Mexico Fighter, along with Total Gym Mexico in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, put forward their first amateur event in form of Chapo Challenger I. Needless to say, the event was a success as fighters from Total Gym Mexico and Fight Club Guaymas locked horns in fights that showed great promise for the future contenders of the sports.
There was a total of nine fights ranging from Bantamweights to Heavyweights and the fights kept the Hermosillo crowd on their feet.
There were two fights that really stole the show. The fight of the night was a 130 lbs. matchup between Saul "Superman" Bizarro from Guaymas, Son against Total Gym Mexico fighter Oscar "Pacquaio" Cota. The two engaged in a great fight that was considered Fight of the Night, where Bizarro showed a wide array of kicks and crisp boxing to outwork Cota.
The fight that is currently circling some of the major MMA websites was the fight between Hermosillo's own Daniel Almada taking on Guaymas' Estevan Santillanez. The fight was not amazing as the aforementioned fight. However, the reason was the way the fight ended that's making headlines.
The fight lasted less than 15 seconds as Almada did the incredible by throwing a jumping spinning back kick that landed flush on Santillanez's jaw putting him to sleep. Needless to say it's a kick that would make Jean-Claude Van Damme proud. You can take a look at the KO here.
Mexico Fighter is going in the right direction to bring MMA into Mexico where it really hasn't had the the same effects as other countries like the U.K. and Canada, but with promotions like Mexico Fighter, MMA in Mexico is taking a step in the right direction.
Mexico Fighter will put forward their fourth pro event on July 14 in Hermosillo, Sonora, as Middleweight Champion Ivan "Chapo" Guillen takes on long time veteran Shannon "The Cannon" Ritch.
Also in action will be TUF alumni Javier "Chunty Boy" Torres taking on Hermosillo's Guillermo Smith, and Bellator veteran Kobe "The Stunna" Ortiz takes on the dangerous Brazilian, Mateus Gurila.
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