Meyer gets first win in rain-marred CageRaiser

Grand Junction’s Lance Meyer, left, connects with a punch against Montrose’s Rusty Garcia during their match Saturday at CageRaiser II. Rain forced the event to be postponed after two fights.



The rain just wouldn’t go away.

In a turn of bad luck, Saturday’s mixed martial arts event, CageRaiser II, had to be canceled after two fights because of a steady rain.

The outdoor event, held at Grand Junction Harley Davidson, got through two fights before pausing for a rain delay.

After nearly an hour of continued rain and lightning strikes in the area, it was obvious the fights couldn’t continue.

The fans in attendance can use their wristbands from Saturday’s fight to attend the next MMA event in Grand Junction on Sept. 18. Impact Boxing manager Alex Trottier put together the card for CageRaiser, and said most of the bouts will be fought on the Sept. 18 card.

The first of the two fights that did go the distance was a 155-pound bout between Grand Junction’s Lance Meyer and Montrose’s Rusty Garcia.

Meyer won the fight by submission in the first round.

The win over Garcia was the second fight of Meyer’s career, but his first win.

“It feels great,” Meyer said. “I fixed the mistakes from the first (fight) and won it.”

Meyer’s strength is in jiu-jitsu, and he said he actually wanted to take a different approach against Garcia.

“I wanted to stand up more than going to my jiu-jitsu,” Meyer said. “It was a good fight.”

Meyer’s father, John, is a MMA trainer and started Lance’s training in July of 2009. Once he began his training, Lance Meyer said it was a matter of time before he got into the cage.

“I tried to put it off and my dad eventually talked me into it,” Meyer said. “But it’s the best thing in the world. Once you get into the cage, you are so focused.”

Meyer said he lost his first fight by submission, and said against Garcia he focused on slowing down.

“My corner was keeping me calm,” Meyer said. “They kept reminding me to use my mind instead of my muscles.”

The second fight was a 145-pound bout between Montrose’s Tyson Herrera and Grand Junction’s Jerry Walker.

Both fighters landed a fair share of solid shots, and each controlled the tempo of the fight, but after three, three-minute rounds, Herrera won by split decision.


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