‘Belize Mixed Martial Arts are back,’ says Pro FC

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Posted: Thursday, February 3, 2022. 3:00 p.m. CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: Pro FC, Belize’s mixed martial arts (MMA) league, said its successful event over the weekend marked the return of MMA to Belize.

Pro FC 4 was held at the Orange Walk multi-purpose complex on Saturday, January 29, featuring a full roster of Belizean fighters.

There have been a total of six regular matches and one title fight for the 145 featherweight title. The event started with a bang as Jevan Rubio knocked out Patrick Lanza 38 seconds into the second round of the first fight.

The second fight was Jaylen Perez against Kaylen Smith (both 15 years old). Perez won via unanimous decision after an impressive performance. Unfortunately, the third fight ended in disqualification 1:28 seconds into the first round after David Blanco hit Marvin Garcia in the back of the head with an accidental punch that left Garcia with a vision. temporary blurry. Pro FC says Garcia has since been seen by a doctor and is fine.

In the next fight, Juan “Mighty Mouse” Hernandez defeated Shahil “Flako” Solanki via split decision late in the third round. Jared Ramos went on to beat Thomas Godfrey by split decision at the end of their third round as well.

James Mejia beat Travis Pollard with a powerful right hand and nine follow-up shots to the face, forcing the referee to stop the fight and declare him the winner by TKO at 2:59 in the first round.

In the championship fight, Frank Vasquez defeated Rahyeem Lambey by TKO at 2:27 of round 5. While both men put on a solid performance, trainers say Lambey seemed to lack stamina late in round four. , while Vasquez seemed to enter the fight round like a lion released from a cage. At the end, Lambey told the referee he was unable to continue.

Silvino Riverol, president of Pro FC, said the event was held half full due to COVID-19 restrictions, but was well attended and had a good following online. He said the league intends to use this momentum to continue the growth of MMA in Belize, which has been severely hampered due to pandemic-imposed lockdown restrictions.

“The event as a whole, we expect this thing to get bigger and bigger and become the biggest sport in Belize to keep up with what’s going on in the rest of the world. You know MMA is the sport fastest growing in the world,” Riverol said.

He added that one of the main goals of Pro FC is to recruit more young people, so that they can have the opportunity to train in martial arts, learn discipline and use the platform to make themselves notice by MMA promotions outside of Belize. Riverol says the hope is that young people who choose him can make an honest living fighting legally.

“Ultimately, Pro FC’s goal is to have them represented in MMA promotions around the world,” Riverol added.

Pro FC hopes to hold its next event, Pro FC5, in March. This event will see the return of fighters from Central America and two title bouts.

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