Local fighter knocks out Reno competition
November 9, 2012
It didn’t take long for Chris Cocores to win his first mixed martial arts fight.The bout lasted 47 seconds to be exact, and this was Cocores being patient. The odds were against him, but the South Tahoe local won by TKO against Francisco Ybarra in the first round of the Ultimate Reno Combat at the Grand Sierra Resort on Oct. 2.It’s easy to understand why the betting odds were stacked against Cocores going in. The local fighter is not a flashy guy. He left his shirt and hat on as he quietly faced off against Ybarra before the fights. He also had a deceiving 0-1 record going in after a disqualification in an August fight for an illegal hit to the head. But anyone who was at that fight would have known Cocores was not to be underestimated. As he took the cage, Cocores didn’t know what type of fighter he was about to face. The plan was to stay patient and figure out his opponent’s style.“You never really know what you’re going to run into until you get in there so there’s no real point in stressing on it too much,” Cocores said. “You’ve just basically got to rely on your training because at that point that’s pretty much all you have.” Cocores’ training paid off pretty quickly. He paitently endured a few kicks before he caught his opportunity. Catching Ybarra mid-kick, Cocores quickly delivered a stuning blow. In the dazed second that followed, Cocores finished the fight. “In fighting, whatever you put in is what you’re going to get out,” Cocores said. “The harder you train the more you’re going to get rewarded for it.”Cocores has put in long hours training with Chris Eggleston at the South Tahoe Police Activities League Martial Arts free program. Eggleston has helped Cocores round out his standup background with other forms of martial arts. The trainer volunteers his time to teach local kids martial arts.“I couldn’t even put into words how much he helps us and does it all on his own time,” Cocores said. “It’s somewhere kids can go and actually learn martial arts and get discipline and a lot of good things they can carry with them after they leave.”Cocores is hoping to fight in South Tahoe next if MMA returns to MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa in January.“That’s the next one we’re shooting for and that one should be a lot of fun because it’s going to be another local show and there should be some pretty killer fights in it,” Cocores said.