Cage Wars has solid card to benefit CMU

Fans of live, mixed-martial-arts fighting can get their fix locally Saturday and help Colorado Mesa University athletics at the same time.

Cage Wars XIII will take place at Colorado Mesa’s Brownson Arena, with proceeds from the event benefitting the university’s athletic department.

Bush Cree Promotions, which is putting on the fights, will donate $5,000 to CMU, plus all proceeds from the liquor sales and half of the ticket sales to Colorado Mesa students, who get into the fight at a reduced rate of $20, Bush Cree owner Alex Trottier said.

The scheduled card features four professional fights and eight amateur fights, and Trottier said the lineup is strong from the first fight of the night to the main event: unbeaten pros Zach Harvey of Grand Junction and Carl Dieckmann of Utah squaring off at 165 pounds.

They’re both tough, Trottier said, adding Harvey is 4-0 and Dieckmann is 5-0, and both have won all of their matches with first-round stoppages.

Trottier added many of the Grand Junction fighters wrestled in high school in the Grand Valley.

The other pro fights are:

■ Jason Brenton, Grand Junction, vs. Billy Martin, Wyoming, 155 pounds.

■ Brandon Crespin, Grand Junction, vs. Chris Gates, Las Vegas, 170 pounds.

■ Andrew Yates, Las Vegas, vs. Mark Nay, Utah, 135 pounds. 

The amateur bouts are:

■ Kyle Dunn, Grand Junction, vs. Jesse Rivera, Montrose, 170 pounds.

■ Felipe Soto, Grand Junction, vs. Chantry West, Glenwood Springs, 170 pounds.

■ Pecas McClellan, Paonia, vs. Shaun Zgurich, Wyoming, 145 pounds.

■ Alex Hayworth, Grand Junction, vs. Joe Leber, Delta, 155 pounds.

■ Derek Paiz, Grand Junction, vs. Jason Sanders, Utah, 155 pounds.

■ Ruben Archuleta, Grand Junction, vs. Cy Nelson, Utah, 170 pounds.

■ Casey Miller, Grand Junction, vs. Jared Houde, Wyoming, 170 pounds.

■ Dominic Martinez, Grand Junction, vs. Alesio Velasquez, Montrose, 135 pounds.

Although Ultimate Fighting Championship fans may not see the caliber of fighters they’re used to watching on television, Trottier said the local talent is strong and entertaining. And he added, “You never know where the next champion is going to come from.”

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and the first fight is at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $30 for general admission, $40 for reserved seating and $20 for CMU students with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased in advance at 8th Street Gym and Grand Junction Harley-Davidson.

For VIP tables, call Brook at 970-241-7611. For ticket information, call Trottier at 970-640-8751.


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