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Dec 1, 2014

Belize vs. Mexico in Mixed Martial Arts

There was a major uproar in Belize City on Saturday night. Soldiers of the Belize Defense Force were out in numbers as foreigners and locals got involved in some serious fights. It wasn’t a barroom brawl, but the blows of Mixed Martial Arts that took place inside a cage that was brought over from neighbouring Mexico. Eight Belizeans and eight Mexicans gave the performance of their lives in the event that was aired live on Channel Five. Here is a report on that fight.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

The Mixed Martial Arts caged fights would start with the crowd on the seat and they would eventually spend much of the night on their feet. Mexican national Angel Vargas’ first fight ever was against Ashton Tasher from the Southern Shotokan Association. Tasher would take him quickly to the ground and Vargas’ first fight would be a bloody one.

The second round would prove deadly for Vargas who fought with courage but did not gain any ground. His coach threw in the towel, ensuring the first victory for Belize. The fight doctor checked his eye, but it was his ego that was more bruised.

In the second fight Belize’s Frank Vasquez faced-off with Mexico’s Carlos Perez. Perez took down Vasquez in the first round. But Vasquez, a prime fighter in Sensei Salam’s Dangriga School, turned the tide. And as some of the members of the audience called it, rice and beans won over tacos.

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Frank Vasquez

Frank Vasquez, MMA Fighter

“I went in there to finish as quick as possible but my opponent was very, very strong so I just had to…. usually yo go in with a plan A, you switch over to plan B, plan C; whichever works.”


In the third fight, Kriston Usher from Prevail MMA came out swinging, but Mexican national Armando Mora, would have the dominant position on the mat and also delivered a low blow to the Belizean. After three rounds, the judges felt the Mexican had edged out the Belizean.

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The fourth fight was Belize’s Alexander Marin against Mexico’s Jair Zapata. The fight was a display of skills from both fighters who delved out superman punches and many crowd pleasing kicks.  Though it was an even coupling in the ring, Marin held control of the match and the judges unanimously agreed that Belize’s Alex Marin was the winner.

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In the fifth fight, Dangriga’s Alexander Salam quickly got Mexico’s Darwin Sandoval in a guillotine and ended the fight with a tap out before the first round ended.

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The sixth fight was Mexico’s Eddie Pech who has five years ring experience that he hammered into Belize’s Roderick Wade. But while he tried to escape the blows, he gave his back to Pech, who quickly applied the rear naked choke hold and a victory for Mexico.

The seventh fight was Prevail MMA’s Joel Meyers against Mexico’s Randy ‘Pitbull’ Gonzalez.  Joel dished out some hard blows in the first round. But after three tough rounds, the judges gave the fight to Mexico’s Pitbull.

The main event, Mexicos’ Juan Rojas versus Prevail MMA’s fighter and Commander of the B.D.F. Airwing, Adran “50 Cal Ram” Ramirez, would have the crowd riled up, especially when Rojas had Ramirez on his back. This particular interference from the referee caused controversy.

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The fighters traded blows for the second round. But Ramirez took the bait as the Mexican wanted him on the mat. But the end of the round prevented what could have been a loss for Belize. But neither fighters tapped out and it was a split decision by the judges in favour of Belize and Ramirez.

Adran “50 Cal Ram” Ramirez

Adran “50 Cal Ram” Ramirez, Winner, Heavyweight MMA Belt
“I say congratulations to Belize. I say congratulations to Mexico also. They had a very good strong fight. I have respect for them. It is a wicked competition as I promised. And I am proud to say, Live Belize.”


“There are a couple instances within the fight where you went to the ground and it seemed that Juan had some locks on you. At the end of the second, he had that arm lock on you. Were you concerned about going to the ground?”
Adran “50 Cal Ram” Ramirez

“It’s called perseverance, like we said. Not to give up at the first go and that’s what I did. I used my training to stop him and that’s what happened. I didn’t give it to him and I didn’t quit. Never quit, always go through. Never stop. Belize!”

The live broadcast was brought through sponsorship from the Insurance Corporation of Belize and the Belize Electricity Limited. House of Shotokan along with the Southern Shotokan Association and Prevail MMA intend to bring more fights to the public in 2015.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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