Crespin-Pasha headlines Cage Wars XVII fight card


Cage Wars XVII

7 p.m. Saturday at Brownson Arena

Pro Fights

Main Event: Brandon Crespin (5-3) vs. Trevor Pasha (2-1), 185 lbs.

Billy Martin (2-7) vs. Jay Orallo (0-0), 170 lbs.

Jon Sparks (1-0) vs. Mitch Thompson (2-2), 155 lbs.

Andrew Tenneson (4-0) vs. Tom Morales (0-0), 155 lbs.

Amateur Fights

Caden Rezek vs. Jarom Putvin, 145 lbs.

Tanner Ellenberger vs. Garrett Barber, 170 lbs.

Donaldo Holguin vs. Jorge Gonzales, 135 lbs.

Marco Ambriz vs. Juan Florez, 145 lbs.

Josh Cantu vs. Martin Paredes, 205 lbs.

Alesio Velasquez vs. Masai Rasheed, 145 lbs.

There may not be as many local fighters in Cage Wars XVII, but there are some big camps sending well-known names.

Gyms in Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Denver, Albuquerque, N.M., and a handful of fighters from Wyoming will match up with local fighters to supply some standout, mixed-martial-arts competition Saturday at Brownson Arena.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and fights begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Harley-Davidson dealership on Horizon Drive, Buffalo Wild Wings, or at the door. General admission tickets are $30, and reserved seating tickets are $40. VIP tickets are available by calling 970-241-7611.

Former boxer Trevor Pasha, fighting out of Denver, will take on Brandon Crespin at 185 pounds in the main event. Pasha is 2-0 in professional fights, and at 40 years old he is one of the oldest fighters to headline Cage Wars. Crespin, a local fighter with a 5-3 professional record, will be fighting in his third main event at Cage Wars.

Crespin could benefit from facing a stand-up fighter like Pasha. At Cage Wars, three of his fights have gone to decision, all resulting in wins. Crespin’s two losses at Cage Wars have come on the ground via submission.

“We got some great fighters, and there’s going to be some (really) good fights,” said Alex Trottier, fight coordinator at Bush Cree Promotions. “We have guys from some big camps. Greg Jackson’s gym in Albuquerque and Jeremy Horn’s Elite Performance Gym in Orem (Utah) have some good guys coming over. It will be a good time.”

In other pro fights, Jay Orallo’s pro debut at 170 pounds will come against Billy Martin, a fighter from Riverton, Wyo. who has had a professional bout in five of the past six Cage Wars. There will be two fights at 155 pounds, the first being Andrew Tenneson vs. Tom Morales. Tenneson is undefeated in pro fights with a 4-0 record and is one of the top fighters at Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts in Albuquerque.

Jon Sparks and Mitch Thompson meet in the second 155-pound pro fight. Sparks, of Jackson’s Mix Martial Arts, is undefeated. Thompson is a submission specialist from Kearns, Utah.


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