Brenton all business in defending MMA belt

Jason Brenton has the nickname Caged Assassin printed across his mixed martial arts trunks.

He’s all business when he enters an MMA cage.

Brenton took care of business on Saturday, dispatching James Ford of Moab, Utah, in 1 minute, 35 seconds to earn the fourth defense of his Western Slope MMA belt at the MMA Cage Wars IV card at Two Rivers Convention Center.

“I love to compete, but I take it real serious,” Brenton said.

The victory improved his professional MMA record to 6-0.

It’s been a tough task for Brenton to focus the attention he’d like on MMA.

“I’m in my last year of college (at Western State),” the Grand Junction resident said. “It’s kind of off and on with training in Gunnison.”

In a normal week Brenton gets time to work out only a couple of times on his own. So far it hasn’t hindered his career.

His goal right now is to finish his studies.

“After that I’m taking (MMA) real serious,” he said of hoping to move to another level.

Brenton was the co-main event on Saturday’s card. The other co-event resulted in an unpopular decision with the local fans.

Logan Hancock, always a crowd favorite in Grand Junction, saw his record drop to 9-2 after losing by technical knockout to Chris Holland of Denver in only 14 seconds.

Hancock hadn’t been able to train or even work during the past week because of the flu. He wasn’t about to use that as an excuse, however.

“(Holland) hit me pretty hard,” Hancock said of two shots to the head he took in the first 10 seconds. “I was still coherent, though.”

Hancock accepted the decision by the referee to call the fight.

“It is what it is,” he said.

Cameron Thurgood of Grand Junction and the 8th Street Gym joined Brenton in retaining his Western Slope MMA belt. He won by submission in 1:27 over Anthony Werner of Greeley.

“I’ve actually fought him once before. I beat him in the first round,” Thurgood said.

The two have become friends. After Friday’s weigh-in, they had dinner together.

As for their dinner discussion, “We wanted to put on a good show,” Thurgood said.

Two fighters, Chris Frieje of Mesa, Ariz., and Pecas McClellan of Paonia, won their MMA amateur debuts.

Also taking victories were Justin Clayton of Grand Junction, Eric Alegria of Montrose, Ray Huffman of Parachute, Eugene Rodriguez of Cortez, Marques Bravo of Fort Lupton and two Glenwood Springs fighters, Juan Magana and Dan Hudak.


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