Cinco de Mayhem Rocks Scotts Bluff County Event Center
     2013-05-09      By Elizabeth Gross    elizabethgross@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Jesse Deines Photography/for the Citizen - During the Main Event, Jorge Dominguez (above) becomes the new 45 Champ over Ian Connelly in a split decision. 
The Scotts Bluff County Event Center rocked with the pounding of the mat for the first ever Cinco de Mayhem hosted by Legion Combat Sports. The event featured 20 mixed matial arts fighters from around the region. “It’s something different,” said Geno Bolger of Legion Combat Sports, “we’re giving something for people to do.”

While this is not the first time there has been MMA matches in the region, Saturday’s matches were all sanctioned fights, meaning that every combatant that entered the cage had something to lose.

MMA is a full contact, combat sport which combines the fighting styles of martial arts and wrestling. Fighters use various forms of grappling and strikes to win points against their opponents. The idea of combining multiple fighting styles dates back to the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Bruce Lee created Jeet Kune Do; a style of fighting that ascribes to the belief that the best fighter can adapt to any style.

Most modern MMA is a combination of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling. Matches are won by either judge’s
decisions, submissions, or knock-out.

What brings people out to these events is the many local ties to the tournament. While many might come out if it featured professional UFC fighters, Bolger believes that local ties help to bring people out.

Here are the results from Saturday’s Cinco de Mayhem:

Jason Warner vs. Nathan Saucedo. Saucedo wins 21 seconds with a round arm bar.
Rueben Garza vs. Frankie Canseco: Garza wins by decision.

Chris Pittman vs. Jamie Szafrajda: Szafrajda wins tap out with two strikes in round 2.
Terry Van Hooser vs. Shawn Redick: Van Hooser wins with a rear naked chock in round 2.
Clay Weimer vs. Jon Schmidt: Weimer wins in round two with a tap out to triangle chock.
Seth Bass via Vince Martinez: Bass wins by tap out in round 2.

Ryan MacDonald vs. Hosea Magna MacDonald wins with flying knee 15 seconds into first round.
Main Event - Split Decision Jorge Dominguez is new 145 Champ over Ian Connelly.
Co-Main - Laz Perez wins with strikes over Bam Ronnie Tomasek. Perez retains his 155 LCS Belt.
Josh Smith is the NEW 135 LCS Champ defeating Tony Dominguez.

Daniel Rodriguez defeated Wade Munoz.

KO of the night went to Ryan McDonald. Fifteen seconds into the first round with a flying Knee against
Hosea Magna.

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