Coming off STFC 45, the promotion wasted no time in announcing the next event with Luke Flores returning to STFC to defend his lightweight title against Eli Rodriguez. This title match has been a long time coming for Rodriguez ever since he returned from a hiatus from fighting in 2016. Since his return, Rodriguez has been in one of the best fights in STFC history, took out a journeyman in under a minute, tested himself against an up-and-coming prospect and defeated one of STFC’s most popular fighters. Flores has been inactive since last August after fighting for a UFC contract and getting his first professional loss. Both fighters will be bringing in a big audience for this fight so I would expect the atmosphere to be electric. If Rodriguez does take the title from Flores, him and his brother, Michael Rodriguez, could be the first brothers to hold titles at the same time for STFC.
The co-main event will feature Victor Martinez taking on Manny Muro. If you been following STFC since the start you already know Martinez’s background. He’s made a name for himself in the regional circuit and has gone on to fight on one of the biggest stages for Latinx fighters, Combate Americas. The one accomplishment that has eluded Martinez is winning a title. His last and only opportunity came against Luke Flores three years ago at STFC 33. Martinez has been a 155lber for the majority of his career so this fight against Muro could easily be a number one contender fight to see who faces the winner of Flores/Rodriguez main event.
Other names appearing on the card are Peter Caballero who has been making a name for himself in the Texas MMA scene. Also appearing on the card is Chris Cuadra who is coming off his first professional loss against Robert Rodriguez(not the Spy Kids director). Cuadra will be looking for his first “W” against the unknown Roberto Villalobos.
STFC 46 is scheduled to take place on May 18th at the Mcallen Convention Center and tickets should be on sale sooner than later. If you looked at the poster carefully, you can see that STFC will be offering the $13 tickets again so y’all better go to the Mcallen Convention Center to scoop them up. One wish I have for this event is for STFC/G-Multi Media to showcase their top-tier production on a national level by offering this event via streaming. This has been done in the past with STFC 36 and possibly another one that I might be forgetting at the moment but that was through GFL.TV so there was probably some overhead associated with offering the event. If they were to use another medium such as twitch, youtube or even Facebook it could cut the cost down. Again, I’m sure they know this and I could be preaching to the choir.
Another feature that I would like to see the STFC folks continue with is the faceoff series that was introduced for the last event. This helped promote the event and also showcased the personality of each fighter which is an overlooked aspect in promoting. This really shouldn’t just fall on the promotion as they are doing the best they can help promote with radio interviews, promotion on social media and passing out flyers on the streets but I digress.
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STFC 46 FIGHT CARD
MAIN EVENT 155LB TITLE
Luke Flores vs Eli Rodriguez
Victor Martinez vs Manny Muro
Peter Caballero vs David Mendoza
Fabiano Rodrigues vs TBD
Mark Beltran vs Memo Gonzalez
Chris Cuadra vs Roberto Villalobos
Robert Vincent Salinas vs Maguette Seck
Javi Medrano vs Ramiro zermeno
AJ Buenrostro vs Charles Jones