Brenton retains his crown with mixed martial arts win
Jason Brenton wishes he was in better fighting shape.
His mixed martial arts opponents may be glad he isn’t.
Brenton, fighting out of 8th Street Gym, retained his lightweight Western Slope MMA belt when he defeated Sergio Lopez of Montrose in Saturday’s Boxing/MMA Fight Night at Two Rivers Convention Center.
Brenton is from Rangely and attends Western State College in Gunnison. He even trains with the Mountaineers track team but still finds time to make it to Grand Junction for his MMA training.
Brenton and Lopez had fought once before, with Brenton earning a tough three-round decision. This time he left no doubt as he won by technical knockout 2 minutes and 42 seconds into the second round.
After softening up Lopez with blows to the head, he got Garcia on his back and continued to go for the head before the referee called the bout. Brenton, who started his fighting training as a boxer, said that background came in handy.
“I knew it would help a little because he’s a scrapper,” Brenton said. “I just had to wait for my chance.”
Wrestling experience came in handy for three local MMA fighters.
Logan Hancock won his junior welterweight pro MMA bout with Dave Wolf of Montrose by submission 1:37 into the first round.
This was Hancock’s second fight since sustaining a broken jaw and facial bones in a work accident near Collbran.
Hancock, a former Central wrestler, didn’t know what to expect of Wolf.
“I was just trying to do my thing,” he said.
He threw Wolf on his back one minute into the round, then attacked the face.
Hancock likes to make quick work of his opponents.
“I just flip that switch,” he said.
Another former Central wrestler, Andrew Yates, won by submission 1:50 into the first round over Mike Garcia of Montrose.
Garcia took the initiative early, but Yates finally got a leg control and defeated Garcia with an ankle lock.
Despite his wrestling background, Yates said he still needs work on his ground game.
“It’s not good but it’s getting better,” he said.
Former Palisade wrestler Zach Harvey won his amateur MMA debut, getting a quick TKO of Tony Fuoco, also fighting his first MMA bout, in 25 seconds.
“I’m not a striker so I was ready to wrestle him,” Harvey said.
He didn’t have to.
Jason Clayton of Grand Junction also made his first MMA bout a successful one, earning a TKO over Jack Denker of Grand Junction in 44 seconds.
Grand Junction’s Josh Kissell won by submission 39 seconds into the third round against Tyler Zong of Meeker.
In the other MMA bout, John Sargent of Denver won in the second round over Ouray’s Chris Scott.
Brothers Cesar and Donaldo Holguin, fighting out of Impact Gym in Grand Junction, both won boxing matches Saturday.
Cesar Holguin won 146-139 in his five-rounder over Josh Martinez of Denver.
Fighting in the main boxing event, Donaldo Holguin won 175-164 in a six-round decision over Anthony Mora of Denver.
Impact’s Ricky Byrd lost in a second-round TKO to Terry Buterbaugh of Colorado Springs in the light welterweight division.
Byrd, who recently turned 40, announced his retirement after the fight.