STFC 44 is happening in just one day and the card is stacked with some great fights. The card is headlined by Victor “The Brick” Martinez taking on undefeated Raymond Banda in the main event. Martinez is 3-2 in his last five outings with one of those fights being a title match against Luke Flores back in 2015. During that five-fight run, Martinez went on a veteran hunting spree as he took out James King and Rocky Long in back-to-back fights. The second loss that Martinez suffered in his last five outings took place on the Combate Americas platform where he was unable to sway the judges resulting in a split decision loss. Martinez jumped back into the win column when he returned to STFC in February when he earned a majority decision over Jose Cabral moving. This fight will mark Martinez’s 10th time fighting under the STFC banner.
Raymond Banda will be making his second appearance in the STFC cage as the most of Banda’s fights were fought under the Charlie Clark sponsored platform, HERO FC. During that stint, Banda breezed through the 155lb division picking up a mix of TKO and decision victories. After Banda’s HERO FC run, he made his first appearance for STFC at STFC 36 where he earned a unanimous decision over Travonne Hobbs. Banda wouldn’t fight again for almost two years. He returned this past February with a submission victory over seasoned veteran Warren Stewart for Texas Rage in the Cage.
The main event has ‘classic’ written all over it. You got two representatives of arguably the two top teams currently in the RGV clashing not only for a win but I would say for bragging rights. Both fighters will have their advantages such as Banda with height and reach but if Martinez can get inside and start unloading his striking combos, it could make for a short night. With respect to all the other fights on this card, I don’t see any of them topping this for ‘Fight of the Night.’
Other local Valley favorites are scheduled to appear on the undercard which will feature two amateur fights before the main card kicks off. Tickets can be purchased at the Mcallen Convention Center, through the fighters or by Ticketmaster.
- Victor Martinez(7-4) vs Raymond Banda(6-0)
- Alfonso Gaus(1-0) vs Carlos Montemayor(0-1)
- Gunner Coronado(0-1) vs David Salazar(3-8)
- Sergio Garcia(0-1) vs Freddy Ramos(0-1)
- Santiago Cobos(1-3) vs Juan Deantes(2-0)
- Aaron Cortez(0-1) vs Raul Ramos(0-2)
- Robert Salinas(0-0) vs Freddy Ramos(0-1)
- Zachary Farrington(3-2) vs Ruben Lozano(6-0)
- AMMY CARD
- Robert Rodriguez vs Brandon Barrera
- Santos Rodriguez vs John Alvarado