In a few days Emo’s will play host to Honorious’ 14th installment of amateur MMA action. The card is stacked with hungry amateurs who are polishing their skills before they turn pro. The most recent example of Honorious providing a platform for the fighters of tomorrow would be Waylon Bronstrup who recently fought for Honorious’ in April of this year and is now turning pro in September for Bellator when they make a stop in Cedar Park on Septemeber 16th. Bronstrop fought for the Honorious promotion five times before turning pro and if wasn’t for the opportunity that Honorious provided, his path to becoming a pro fighter might have been met with more obstacles.
The event will feature 13 fights that will be headlined by two title fights and will feature two women fights and seven fighters making their debut. In the main event, Angel Delgado and Blair Boone will be fighting for the bantamweight title. Boone is an undefeated prospect who has two championships under his belt and will be seeking his third championship belt. Boone last fought for Honorious last June against undefeated prospect Jon Leal and made easy work of Leal by submitting him in the first round. Boone stated in an interview that he is looking to put on a show for the fans.Coming in with 11 fights, Angel Delgado is the most experienced fighter on this card and will also be the busiest leading up to his fight. Delgado is training not only for his fight but his fighters as well who will be featured on the undercard. Both fighters will be returning to the cage after nearly a year off from competition.
A flyweight title clash between six fight veteran Rjay Casper and undefeated Rogelio Salazar share the marquee for this event. Both men will be making their debut for the promotion. Casper is riding a two fight win streak and looks to continue that streak with a title win over Salazar. Salazar won’t be an easy task for Casper, Salazar has stopped his last two opponents by submission and knockout. It will be interesting to see if either fighter decides to turn pro after this fight since they have the experience.
Also featured on the card is a heavyweight clash between Justin Vargas taking on Reese Forest. Besides being fighters in the same weight division, the two couldn’t be more different. In separate interviews with Honorious promoter, Nael Chavez, Vargas immediately went after Forest referring to him as “Reese Weatherspoon” while Forest remained calm and collected in his interview. Forest last fought in 2009 but is undefeated and finished all his fights by submission. Vargas has also been absent from competition last fighting in 2014. Heavyweight tilts are always a fun spectacle and I expect this to be no different.
In another featured fight of the night, John’s Gym Emily Ruggieri will see action in the cage against Rebecca Adney. Both fighters have unblemished records going into this fight but one fighter will leave with a loss. Ruggieri will have the advantage of most recent cage time as Adney has been out of action for more than three years. Emily last fought in April for BOH where she walked away with a 1st round TKO victory.
In another notable bout, 17-year-old Tyler Hardin will be making his debut against Jose Zayas. Most 17-year-old kids spend their summers chasing tail(or Pokémon) and relaxing at the lake, but not Hardin. He’s spent all of his summer prepping for a fight against someone who is 15 years his senior. Zayas hasn’t fought in two years and will be looking to stop his two-fight losing streak. For those that are curious, yes, Hardin’s parent’s had to sign a release in order for the young buck to step in the cage.
Lightweight title contender David Ramirez will look to bounce back against Carlos Govea after suffering back-to-back title losses, mostly recently to Bellator bound Sean Clements. Ramirez has been very active this year testing himself against some of Austin’s elite lightweights. Ramirez hinted during an interview with Honorious about turning pro after this fight. Both fighters will be looking to end their two fight losing streak and love to stand up. I’m expecting this to be a contender for fight of the night when it’s all said and done.
The full fight card can be seen below along with information about weigh-ins time and location, where to purchase tickets and directions to the venue.
William Boone(4-0) vs Angel Delgado(6-5) Title Fight 135
Robert Casper(5-1) vs Rogelio Salazar(3-0) Title Fight 125
Justin Vargas(2-1) vs Reese Forest (2-0) HEAVYWEIGHT
Alissa Maldonado(Debut) vs Maressa Garcia (0-1) WMMA 105
Emily Ruggieri (1-0) vs Rebecca Adney (3-1) WMMA 125
John Wageman (0-1) vs Andre Jimenez(Debut) 170
David Rivera (2-0) vs Devin Miller(3-0) 135
Jose Zayas(1-2) vs Tyler Hardin (Debut) 205
Richard Martinez (1-1) vs Stephen Glanville (Debut) 185
Joe Neira(Debut) vs Wesley Cole(0-1) 155
David Ramirez(3-2) vs Carlos Govea(0-2) 155
Ben Bourland (Debut) vs Travis Stanchik (Debut) 145
Aaron Lopez (1-1) vs Kyle Neal (1-6) 145
Thirsty Nickel @ 5pm
Austin, TX 78701
Tickets can be purchased here. The seating layout and price ranges can also found through the link but it should be noted that children under the age of 6 are free. Ringside seating is also first come,first serve. Lastly, the fighters do get a percentage of the ticket sales that they get credit for, so don’t forget to put down the fighter you are supporting.