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Combat sports notes: Holm’s fight subsequent week starts a busy month


Mar 18, 2023

Holly Holm poses for the duration of a ceremonial weigh-in for the UFC 246 mixed martial arts bout, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Las Vegas. She is scheduled to fight as soon as once more on March 25. (AP Photo/John Locher)

As winter departs and spring starts, New Mexico’s combat-sports cup runneth much more than.

Here’s a list of upcoming events (hopefully though not necessarily complete), followed by added facts.

MARCH 25: Albuquerque/Jackson-Wink bantamweight Holly Holm (14-six) vs. Yana Santos (also 14-six) on a UFC Fight Evening card in San Antonio, Texas (ESPN, 5 p.m.).

APRIL eight: Cleveland Larger College graduate Brian Mendoza (21-two, 15 KOs) vs. California’s Sebastian Fundora (20—0-1), 12 rounds for Fundora’s WBC Interim super welterweight title in Carson, California (Showtime, eight p.m.).

Also: Albuquerque’s Abraham Perez (six-, two KOs) vs. Tanzania’s Mchanja Yohana (14-4-1, 12 KOs) in the ten-round principal occasion of a Legacy Promotions pro boxing card, for the WBC Youth flyweight title, at the Embassy Suites. 1st bell: 7 p.m. Tickets: 505-877-5725 or 505-382-5126.

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Also: Albuquerque/Jackson-Wink strawweight Michelle Waterson-Gomez (18-ten) vs. Brazil’s Luana Pinheiro (ten-1) on UFC 287 in Miami (ESPN2/espn+, 4:30 p.m.).

APRIL 15: Albuquerque/Jackson’s Acoma MMA lightweight Lando Vannata (12-six-two) vs. Mexico’s Daniel Zellhuber (12-1) on a UFC Fight Evening card in Kansas City, Missouri (ESPN/espn+, 3:30 p.m.)

APRIL 21: Moriarty/Match-NHB strawweight Amber Brown (7-six) vs. TBA, on an LFA card in Prior Lake, Minnesota (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m.).

APRIL 22: Albuquerque/Jackson’s Acoma bantamweight Ray Borg (16-5) vs. Japan’s Kyoji Horiguchi (31-5) on Bellator 295 in Honolulu (Showtime, 5 p.m.).

APRIL 23: Albuquerque/Match-NHB atomweight Amanda Lovato (3-7) vs. Canada’s Isabelle LaCroix (1-) on PFC 16 in Toronto (Fight Network, streaming, two p.m.).

Whew. And the list would have been longer, had Chris Brown’s scheduled fight on Friday not fallen by implies of.

Brown (ten-4), an MMA welterweight who trains in Albuquerque at Jackson-Wink, was scheduled to face Brazil’s Quemuel Otoni on a PFL Challengers Series card in Orlando, Florida. On Thursday, tapology.com listed the fight as possessing been scrapped, posting, “both fighters not cleared to fight.”

As of this writing, neither fighter had reacted to the cancellation on social media.

Relating to Holm’s fight, Santos is the former Yana Kunitskaya, a former teammate at Jackson-Wink. She’s the wife of fellow MMA fighter Thiago Santos, greatest identified for fighting and quite substantially defeating Albuquerque’s Jon Jones in July 2019.

Ought to Mendoza upset Fundora in his bid for the WBC Interim super welter title – the New Mexican is a decided betting underdog – his path to the “real” title would keep clouded.

Jermell Charlo holds all four of the broadly recognized globe super welterweight belts. Charlo was scheduled to defend against Australia’s Tim Tzyu, but the champion broke his hand even although instruction in December.

Now, Tzyu, who defeated Tony Harrison by ninth-round TKO on Sunday, is stumping for a title shot against Charlo this summer time time.

Perez’s WBC Youth title fight against Yohana is really hard to handicap, thinking of the truth that the Tanzanian will be fighting in the U.S. for the initially time. Yohana’s record does propose he’s the hardest puncher the young Perez has nevertheless faced.

Amber Brown’s fight against a nevertheless-to-be-identified opponent comes just right after her scheduled fight on a Saturday, March 11 FightWorld card fell by implies of just due to the fact her opponent, Celine Haga, pulled out due to illness.

Borg’s scheduled fight would be his Bellator debut. He’s 3-, possessing fought right after for UAE Warriors and twice for Eagle FC, thinking of the truth that finding dropped by the UFC for repeated failures to make weight.

NUMBERS: Attendance figures from the Feb. 17 BKFC card at Tingley Coliseum, as supplied by the New Mexico Athletic Commission: six,792 paid, 7,790 such as comps.

Attendance from the Feb. 7 Wrecking Crew boxing promotion at Revel Entertainment: 873, producing a paid gate of $42,910.

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