Cage Wars IX plans to honor fallen Carrasco


Cage Wars IX

Two Rivers Convention Center

July 23

Amateur Fights

James Atkins, Grand Junction, vs. J.J. Cordova, Las Vegas, Nev., 156 pounds

Felipe Gamez, Grand Junction, vs. Justin Thomas, Riverton, Wyo., 145 pounds

Kyle Dunn, Grand Junction vs. Travis Ramirez, Glenwood Springs, 190 pounds

Matthew Busker, Grand Junction, vs. Cy Nelson, Price, Utah, 155 pounds

Billy Martin, Riverton, Wyo., vs. Pecas McClellan, Paonia, 155 pounds

Edgar Castaneda, Grand Junction, vs. Tanner Ellenberger, Paonia, 173 pounds

Jason Clayton, Grand Junction, vs. Josue Munoz, Grand Junction, 185 pounds

Chantry West, Glenwood Springs, vs. Juan Magana, Glenwood Springs, 175 pounds

Professional Fights

Brandon Endriss, Grand Junction, vs. Christopher Gomez, Moab, Utah, 280 pounds

Clay Collard, Price, Utah, vs. Joseph Guillen, Rock Springs, Wyo., 161 pounds

Brandon Crespin, Grand Junction, vs. Orlando Rodriguez, Riverton, Wyo., 161 pounds

Jack Quintana, Grand Junction, vs. Ty Hamblin, Rock Springs, Wyo., 165 pounds

Cage Wars IX is honoring a fallen fighter.

Saturday at Two Rivers Convention Center, a memorial 10-count of the bell will ring before the card begins at 7 p.m. for local mixed martial arts fighter Jorge Carrasco, Jr.

Carrasco was killed Saturday night in a shooting at Taco Bell on North Avenue.

The 10-count is a common way to pay homage to a fighter who died.

“It symbolizes the respect we had for Jorge,” Alex Trottier of Bush Cree Promotions said. “It’s a moment of silence for everyone to remember him.”

Carrasco was an active fighter from 2006-2009, including a first-round knockout of Jeremy Martinez in Cage Wars III in 2009.

“He had some of the most spectacular knockouts of any fighter in Grand Junction,” Trottier said. “For a guy so small (5-foot-5), he could kick so high that if he connected, you were done.”

Carrasco put his MMA career on hold to work on a welding pipeline, but still was visible at MMA events.

“He was always there to help me out,” Trottier said. “He helped me set the ring up, take it down, and did whatever I needed.”

Carrasco’s funeral was Thursday.

“It was sad and there were a lot of fighters there,” Trottier said. “A lot of people respected him.”

When the fights begin Saturday night, it’s a 12-bout card featuring 10 Grand Junction fighters.

“This is a great group of fighters,” Trottier said.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the first bout at 7.

Tickets are $30 and available at 8th Street Gym, Harley Davidson and at the door.

The amateur card features a rematch between Billy Martin of Riverton, Wyo., and Pecas McClellan of Paonia.

“Pecas really wanted this fight,” Trottier said.

In the amateur fights, James Atkins of Grand Junction opens the night with a 156-pound bout against J.J. Cordova of Las Vegas, Nev.

Four professional fights are on the card, beginning with a 280-pound fight between Grand Junction’s Brandon Endriss and Christopher Gomez of Moab, Utah.

There is also a pro fight between 18-year-old Clay Collard of Price, Utah and 30-year-old Joseph Guillen of Rock Springs, Wyo., at 161 pounds.

The main event features Jack Quintana of Grand Junction and Ty Hamblin of Rock Springs, Wyo.

For more information, contact Trottier at 640-8751.


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