Rocktagon MMA bout Friday in El Paso

Rocktagon MMA
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 9:31pm

The MMA boom is underway as Rocktagon kicks off its all-pro national tour in El Paso, Texas on July 26 with Rocktagon 28 “Journey of Champions.”

Fans craving consistent, high-quality MMA events featuring professional fighters from all over the globe should be intrigued by Rocktagon's Texas debut.

Rocktagon 28 could soon be looked back on as the sole event that helped reignite the MMA scene in the Lone Star State.

A featured bout between submission aces Billy “The Puerto Rican Assassin” Colon and Martin Sano Jr. will serve as the headliner for this blockbuster fight card. The clichéd mantra, “don’t blink,” is certainly relevant in this bout considering both fighters have a 100-percent finish rate.

Colon, who has competed all over the United States, hopes a significant edge in experience leads him to the Promised Land against Sano, a highly-touted prospect with an unblemished record.

At only 22-years-old, Sano exudes the kind of confidence one expects in a future champion, but it’ll be interesting to see how he performs on the big stage in front of a savvy veteran like Colon. This will also be his first venture from welterweight to middleweight. With a lighter weight cut, all signs are pointing to fans seeing the best Sano yet.

In the co-main event, fireworks can be expected on the feet when heavy-handed slugger Patrick Dixon meets Fort Bliss Combatives team member Anthony Stevens.

While some fighters rely on point-scoring, Dixon tends to take the road less traveled by, which typically consists of throwing haymakers and leaving opponents curled up in the fetal position.

Stevens, on the other hand, is more of a tactician. He always pushes forward, but his smooth boxing style tends to negate wild, standup exchanges.

Dixon isn’t the type of fighter to linger around outside the pocket. The deciding factor in this bout will be Stevens’ ability to maintain separation and overcoming Dixon’s berserker-like fighting style. These two contrasting styles should certainly make for an entertaining fight.

From top to bottom, Rocktagon 28 will be an all-pro fight card jam-packed with great bouts. The full fight card, which is subject to change, is listed below:

Main Event
Billy “The Puerto Rican Assassin” Colon (6-4) vs. Martin Sano Jr. (2-0)

Co-Main Event
Patrick “Skar” Dixon (4-5-1) vs. Anthony Stevens (3-1-1)

Rodrigo Sotello Jr. (5-6) vs. Joseph Torrez (1-4)
Alida Gray (1-0) vs. Jessica Kennett (0-2)
Jazmin Quezada (1-2) vs. Stacey Sigala (0-0)
David Ruelaz (0-0) vs. Adam McGurk (0-1)
Brian Castillo (2-3) vs. Matthew Hunt (4-2)
Julio Hinojosa (0-0) vs. Ibrahim “Lion Heart” Eid (0-0)
Jesus Urbina (0-1) vs. Alan Lerma (0-1)

Rocktagon 28 "Journey of Champions" will be live on July 26 at Buchanan's Event Center, located at 11540 Pellicano Dr. in El Paso, Texas. Tickets starting at $30 are available online at www.RocktagonMMA.com, or in person at participating Discount Drug Mart locations. Limited VIP tables are also available by calling 440-934-4MMA.

Rocktagon MMA is the mixed martial arts division of Rocktagon Worldwide, a sports and music entertainment company. Founded in mid-2010, Rocktagon MMA has successfully completed 27 events on two coasts and is the only promotion able to offer four types of shows to meet the needs of various markets: all Amateur, all Professional, Pro-Am, and Rock-n-Rage. Rock-n-Rages are premium events combining the cage of mixed martial arts with a stage featuring live musical performances by well-known artists. All Rocktagon MMA events are streamed live globally and filmed to air on multiple networks throughout North America, including Comcast, Comcast SportsNet, and the Fight Network.

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