Three SBG Wins At Bellator 155
Brock, Thometz & Arteaga All Win Last Weekend
Last weekend, three fighters from SBG Idaho found victory inside the cage at Bellator 155; the biggest MMA event in Idaho’s history. SBG Idaho is no stranger to the CenturyLink Arena in Boise, with many athletes, including last weekend’s three heroes, winning there in smaller regional events over the years. The step up onto a bigger stage, televised worldwide, failed to slow them down.
SBG Idaho’s MMA veteran, Jesse Brock, celebrated his thirtieth professional bout with an empathic victory over Olly Bradstreet. Brock won with a rear naked choke in the third round, and dominated proceedings up to the point of his opponent’s submission. Securing multiple take downs and constantly threatening with submissions on the ground, Jesse comfortably won both of the first two rounds. With a mere ninety seconds left in the contest and the fight all but won, Brock was relentless, landing another takedown and sinking in a rear naked choke to pick up an impressive submission win with just a minute to go. Jesse now has a professional record of 22-8, and extends his unbeaten run to six fights!
Scott Thometz returned to winning ways last Friday, picking up a unanimous decision victory over Josh Tyler after dominating his opponent for all three rounds. Thometz, one of SBG’s most recent BJJ black belts, used his superior ground game to exert his will on his opponent, controlling the fight and ensuring dominance throughout the bout. Thometz effortlessly worked his way from guard to mount multiple times during the fight, delivered brutal, well placed strikes on the ground, and gave the judges no choice but to reward him a resounding decision win. It takes Scott to a record of 10-5, with four wins out of five in the past year!
Veta Arteaga maintained an unbeaten start to her professional career with a unanimous decision win over Jackie Vandenburgh. Arteaga got the better of the standing exchanges throughout the fight, and, though her opponent was able to take her down on a few occasions, her defense on the ground stifled Vandenburgh’s ability to inflict any damage. Late in the second round, a spinning back fist followed up with additional strikes dropped Vandeburgh, but the bell came before Veta could end the fight. The unanimous decision win leaves Arteaga with a pro record of 2-0!
Of the three remaining SBG fighters scheduled to compete at Bellator 155, two unfortunately suffered defeat, while Ricky Steele had his fight cancelled due to his opponent being nine pounds overweight! Despite defeat, both losing fighters showed much to be positive about in their respective contests. Brendon Rafferty lost via second round rear naked choke, but not before a dominant first round where he came close to finishing the fight himself. Meanwhile, SBG North’s Hamilton Ash was also unfortunate. After looking altogether the better fighter for two and a half rounds, managing distance comfortably, landing the better strikes and being far more effective on the ground than his opponent, a momentary lapse allowed opponent Vincent Morales to land one big, knock out right hand when the win looked all but in the bag for Hamilton. In the words of John Kavanagh, there is no doubt that these SBG fighters will take “Win Or Learn” to heart and come back better for this experience. We can’t wait to see you competing again soon.
Congratulations to all who competed at Bellator 155. It was an incredible event, and win or lose, it was a wonderful showcase for the ever-improving level of SBG’s MMA athletes. The whole tribe is immensely proud of you all.