Sparta Sports & Entertainment promised an action-packed card when they returned this past weekend in Cheyenne, Wyoming and they certainly did not disappoint! Live on pay-per-view, The Outlaw Saloon was the stage for an epic card full of dazzling finishes, heart-stopping action, and pure dominance in the case of the headliners. Of the 12 fights, seven were finished before the final bell could be rung, including a beautiful knockout by Mario Rodriguez.
Archie Colgan proved he is the real deal with his win over Jon Nelson for the Sparta Welterweight Championship. Evan Arredondo dominated on his way to his first professional win. Ali Abouzalam, an up-and-coming fighter out of Fort Collins, absolutely demolished his opponent for an easy win. However, this card was not without its drama. One of the Muay Thai contests scheduled for the night was pulled at the last minute for undisclosed reasons. The other Muay Thai contest was stopped early after some promising action due to an injury.
Despite these hiccups, this card was outstanding! The weather was perfect for an outdoor venue, which had to be a big concern when preparing for this event. These guys put on a great show and the addition of a live crowd was awesome!
Without further ado, let us break down the results of the card!
Sparta Wyoming Results
Fransisco Beltran vs Jesus Carrillo – Ammy Boxing
Winner: Jesus Carrillo via unanimous decision.
Sparta Wyoming kicked things off with an Ammy boxing match between Fransisco Beltran and Jesus Carrillo! Both fighters came out swinging hard. Carrillo had the most success striking of the two fighters, landing some great body shots and counters. Beltran had some success of his own but he wasn’t able to do enough in the eyes of the judges to get the win. After three rounds of action, the judges felt that Carrillo did enough to secure the victory by unanimous decision.
Khortni Kamyron vs Chelsea Rappleyea – Ammy Boxing
Winner: Khortni Kamyron via unanimous decision.
The second Ammy boxing match of the night featured the only two women on the card in Khortni Kamyron vs Chelsea Rappleyea. Both women were very active but Kamyron was the more successful fighter throughout the fight, landing some solid body shots, fierce jabs, and beautiful combinations. Rappleyea fought very well but failed to land many of her strikes due to Kamyron’s quick movements. Throughout the fight, Kamyron was the more active fighter and made sure to impress judges with her devastating bursts and combinations. So in the end, the judges sided with Kamyron for a hard-fought victory.
Darien Robinson vs Josh Jolly – Ammy Boxing
Winner: Darien Robinson via unanimous decision.
The next Ammy boxing match gave us Darien Robinson vs Josh Jolly in 155-pound action. From the start, it was clear this was Robinson’s fight to lose. Robinson spent much of the fight landing solid combinations and devastating shots to Jolly’s head. By the end of the fight, Jolly’s face was an absolute mess. Jolly landed some solid shots of his own but was outmatched by Robinson’s striking ability. Robinson showed off some fast hands and smart fighting IQ, often finding success off of counters. When it was all said and done, the judges awarded Robinson the win, and rightfully so.
Johnet Yong vs Mikkel Knight Jr – Ammy Boxing
Winner: Mikkel Knight Jr. via split decision.
The final Ammy boxing match of the evening was a scrap between Johnet Yong and Mikkel Knight Jr. Both fighters came out swinging, testing each other with devastating jabs and combinations. As shown by the split decision result, this fight genuinely could have gone either way. Yong was extremely active, landing shots at will at many points during the fight. But Knight was very active as well, pushing forward often, landing beautiful counters and combinations. Both fighters showed great fighting IQ, often narrowly avoiding big strikes by each other. Knight really shined when he was able to get inside Yong’s range, landing some gorgeous shots to the body and head from up close. When the final bell rang, the judges felt Knight did enough to pick up the win in a hard-fought battle.
Jd Cathcart vs Jacque Broussard – Ammy MMA
Winner: Jacque Broussard via submission (armbar) in round 2.
The first Ammy MMA fight of Sparta Wyoming featured JD Cathcart facing off against Jacque Broussard. Broussard was all smiles in his debut fight en route to his second-round win. In the first round, Broussard came out aggressive, landing some solid shots in the clinch and pushing the action towards the cage. However, Cathcart was able to take control from there, earning a takedown after some good clinch work by both fighters. Cathcart was able to get a full mount and put Broussard in danger with some heavy ground and pound. However, Broussard was able to defend himself intelligently from the bottom and survive until the second round.
The second round featured a minute of beautiful stand-up action before returning to the ground. The end of the fight was set up by a beautiful slam by Cathcart, putting Broussard on his back. Unfortunately for Cathcart, this takedown proved to be a fatal mistake. Broussard was able to isolate Cathcart’s right arm and force him to submit for the win via armbar. Jacque Broussard is a name you are going to want to remember!
Brandon Trout vs Payton Hayes – Ammy MMA
Winner: Brandon Trout via submission (armbar) in round 2.
The next Ammy MMA bout of the night was a 125-pound fight between Brandon Trout and Payton Hayes. The fight went to the ground fast with Hayes getting an early takedown. Trout worked well from the bottom and nearly secured a guillotine choke before Hayes managed to pop his head free. Once free, Hayes dominated with submission attempts and heavy shots before Trout managed to escape and take Hayes’ back. Unfortunately for Trout, the first round ended shortly after so he was not able to capitalize.
The second round started off with both fighters willing to exchange shots on their feet. However, a well-timed kick by Trout caused Hayes to lose his footing and Trout pounced. Trout made his intentions known immediately and began targeting Hayes’ arm. The fight briefly returned to stand-up action before Trout managed to get an impressive slam on Hayes. From there, Trout isolated the left arm of Hayes and went to work. Just a few seconds later the fight was over and Trout had won via a textbook armbar. After the fight, Trout made it known he aims to turn pro after this win!
Ali Abouzalam vs Chandler Holguin – Ammy MMA
Winner: Ali Abouzalam via TKO (ground and pound) in round 1.
The third Ammy MMA bout of the night was an absolute demolishing of Chandler Holguin at the hands of Ali Abouzalam. From the moment of the opening bell, Abouzalam came out swinging. He backed Holguin to the cage with fierce strikes at a blazing speed. Holguin tried some offense of his own but was quickly manhandled to the ground by Abouzalam. After some heavy shots on the ground, the fight returned to the feet and featured some solid shots by both fighters. However, it wasn’t long before Abouzalam slammed Holguin back to the ground and the end was in sight. Abouzalam quickly gained full mount and began raining down devastating punches. After 30 seconds of ground and pound, the ref stepped in and called an end to the fight. Ali Abouzalam was very impressive in his first-round TKO win.
Elias Rodriguez vs Henry Perez – Ammy Kickboxing
Winner: Elias Rodriguez via unanimous decision.
Next up for Sparta Wyoming was the only Ammy kickboxing match of the night between Elias Rodriguez and Henry Perez. Like its boxing counterparts, this kickboxing fight also went the distance. The first round was full of action from both fighters. Rodriguez pieced together combinations well, landing beautiful kicks to the body with ease. Perez landed some solid shots of his own but Rodriguez was more active with his striking.
In the second round, Rodriguez was the more active striker once again. Rodriguez was able to avoid many of the strikes Perez threw his way. By the third round, Perez was visibly tired and Rodriguez just kept pushing forward. At one point in the third, Rodriguez landed a beautifully timed leg kick that dropped Perez to the ground. Rodriguez finished the fight up with a flurry of head and body shots right before the final bell. In the end, the judges side with Rodriguez for the unanimous decision win.
Mario Rodriguez vs Josh Taylor – Ammy MMA
Winner: Mario Rodriguez via KO in round 3.
After a brief kickboxing break, Sparta Wyoming returned with Ammy MMA action once again. This time we had Mario Rodriguez facing Josh Taylor in a 145-pound fight. Both fighters seemed comfortable keeping this fight standing up, as they kept the fight standing for a majority of the action. Rodriguez was put into a points deficit early after getting a point deducted for strikes to the back of the head in the first round. From then on it was clear Rodriguez wanted to end this fight.
After a first round of back-and-forth action, Taylor came out strong in the second. Taylor earned a quick takedown of Rodriguez but then the fight quickly returned to their feet. Both fighters enjoyed some success landing shots before Rodriguez brought the fight back to the ground. The second round ended on the ground, with Taylor attempting a kimura as the bell rang.
It was in the third round that the magic happened. Rodriguez still looked like he had something left in the tank, while Taylor seemed empty. Breathing heavily, Taylor threw desperate shot after desperate shot, hoping to put the fight away. However, it was Rodriguez that managed to connect with a devastating combination of punches to end this one. After two heavy shots, Taylor was out cold on his feet before falling to the ground.
Mitch Seybold vs Dylan Penland – Ammy Muay Thai
Winner: Dylan Penland via TKO (injury) in round 2.
The only Muay Thai contest of Sparta Wyoming featured Mitch Seybold facing off against Dyland Penland. Both of these fighters came out fast and strong. Penland was able to land some devastating knees to the body early, while Seybold had great success with his kicks. This fight was shaping up to be one of the best fights of the night before an injury in the second round caused the fight to end early.
The second round started off just as fast as the first. Both fighters were throwing combinations to moderate success. However, the action was short-lived. While the fighters were in a clinch, Seybold attempted to step to his right and collapsed in pain, holding his right foot and ankle. Seybold was given the chance to return to his feet, but he immediately collapsed to the ground when trying to put weight on the injured foot. We hope this injury is not serious and we can see Seybold back in action soon!
Archie Colgan vs Jon Nelson – Ammy MMA
Winner: Archie Colgan via TKO (ground and pound) in round 1.
The co-main event of the evening was for the Sparta Welterweight Championship! This fight featured Sparta Lightweight Champion Jon Nelson taking on top prospect Archie Colgan in 170-pound action. This was one of the most highly anticipated fights on the entire card. Jon Nelson has been dominant in his Ammy career. However, he had never faced a beast like Colgan before. From start to finish, this fight lasted 28 seconds. That is all it took for Colgan to dismantle Nelson and win the first championship of what is sure to be a very bright career.
Archie Colgan spent the first 12 seconds sizing up Nelson before making his move. A quick one-two combination from Colgan forced Nelson to the cage. From there, Colgan landed shot after shot from the clinch. He followed those shots up with a perfectly executed leg trip to force the fight to the ground. From top position, Colgan devastated Nelson with heavy punches before lifting him up and slamming him back down again. Colgan followed the slam up with three heavy rights before the ref stepped in and called the fight. In total, just 16 seconds had passed since Colgan made his first move. It was a case of pure dominance by Colgan. This young man will be headlining UFC cards in no time if he keeps performing like this!
Dylan King vs Evan Arredondo – Pro MMA
Winner: Evan Arredondo via submission (rear naked choke) in round 1.
The main event of Sparta Wyoming featured a showdown between two fighters making their professional debut in Dylan King and Evan Arredondo. From the start, it was clear this was Arredondo’s fight. After feeling each other out, Arredondo landed a beautiful double-leg takedown. Arredondo forced King to the cage and started passing guard, landing shots in the process. After some solid grappling on the ground, the fight briefly returned to stand-up action. However, Arredondo was able to get the fight back to the ground, where the fight ended.
Once on the ground, Arredondo managed to get full mount and rained down some heavy shots, causing King to give up his back. From there, Arredondo began dismantling King with devastating shots, alternating between back mount and full mount. Once Arredondo saw his opportunity, he seized King’s neck and rolled him over. It was all she wrote from there. After some hand fighting, Arredondo locked in the rear naked choke and forced King to tap. Without a doubt, you will be seeing Evan Arredondo’s name more in the future!
Sparta Wyoming 2 Up Next!
Another Sparta Wyoming event is on the horizon! Sparta Sports & Entertainment CEO Jeff Cisneros has been working around the clock trying to secure a date and location for their next event. According to my source, Sparta S&E has secured a location in Cheyenne, Wyoming for their next card. The date? August 15th! They are promising to do something that no other MMA promotion has ever done, so you do NOT want to miss this card! Keep an eye on our social media as we will be providing updates on the next event as it develops!
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