MMA cage-fighting card to feature two local fighters
Paul Hubbell and Ryan McCarthy obviously know how to make an entrance into caged fighting.
The South Shore fighters will launch their mixed martial arts careers in front of family and friends on Saturday night at Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa. They are part of a 10-bout Reno Ultimate Combat Mixed Martial Arts amateur card being presented by Rick Collup.
“At first I was a little nervous, but the more I think about it, I feel honored to fight in my hometown,” said Hubbell, a 2009 South Tahoe High graduate.
Hubbell is a former wrestler for Ken Robbins at South Tahoe High who became enamored with martial arts at an early age.
“I’ve watched martial arts movies when I was a kid and began watching (MMA) when it started,” Hubbell said. “I’m getting myself ready to do what I consider is the toughest thing to do.
“It’s one of the biggest of dreams I have, so we’ll see where it takes me.”
Hubbell has been preparing for his debut at Escobar Training Ground in South Lake Tahoe. Besides this being his first bout, Hubbell’s fight with Ryan Nunez of Sacramento will start the 10-bout card at 9 p.m.
Later on the same card, McCarthy will also make his mixed martial arts debut. McCarthy will be even more at home at MontBleu, where he is employed.
McCarthy is scheduled to tangle with Bob Brunsvold in a 170-pound bout.
“He’s ready, explosive and cardio ready,” said Leo Morales, a training partner of McCarthy’s. “He’s prepared from living at this altitude, and everybody coming up to this altitude is not as ready as Ryan is.”
Morales, a 1997 graduate of South Tahoe High, was also part of the card until he injured two ribs while training.
“It hurts for me to laugh, so I can’t imagine grappling on the ground,” Morales said. “If I can’t go at it 100 percent, I couldn’t do it.
“I can’t wait for the next (card), and I’ll be in tip-top shape.”
Collup, the owner, promoter and matchmaker of the amateur series in Northern Nevada, is anticipating a follow-up event at MontBleu in August if everything goes well on Saturday night.
“I’m excited and a little scared. We’ll see how Tahoe handles it,” Collup said. “I think they are going to love it. All the fights are in the cage, and we have a good thing going on. If they can show up and give some support, then we can we have some more fights up there.”
Collup thinks he might have underpriced tickets, which are on sale for $25-$35. To purchase tickets, which are $25-$35, go to ticketmaster.com or phone MontBleu at (775) 588-3515.
Doors open at 8 p.m., and the first bout is at 9 p.m.
Morales believes that his fellow fighters from the South Shore are going to rage in the cage.
“I’m sure the Tahoe boys aren’t going to disappoint,” he said.
Saturday’s amateur MMA card at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
Fights in order of sequence
Paul Hubbell, South Lake Tahoe, vs. Ryan Nunez, Sacramento, 155 pounds
Levi Bowman, Reno, vs. Eddie Cole, Chico, Calif., 185
Brandon Frunk, Reno, vs. Brett Mulkey, Sacramento, 140
Andrey Mitchell, Sacramento, vs. Corey Hankins, Chico, Calif., 145
Tay Stratford, Reno, vs. Brittany Christian, Sacramento, 138
Bob Brunsvold, Reno, vs. Ryan McCarthy, South Lake Tahoe, 170
Drew Bowman, Reno, vs. Thomas Ballard, Sacramento, 205
Ray Heredia, Sacramento, vs. Titus Lawrence, Sacramento, 155
Scott Rosa, Reno, vs. Colby Angus, Sacramento, 210
Tyler Cowan, Reno, vs. Devin Herrera, Sacramento, 140
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