"Gods & Gladiators" Results
TULARE, Calif - Reviews were mixed from Saturday night's Gladiator Challenge mixed martial arts show at the Tulare County Fair.
Hometown favorite Hector Alatorre didn't get the result he would have liked in the main event of the night, but Lemoore's Jeremy Luchau and his fans were pleased with the way things went.
In the co-main event of the night, Luchau pulled out a split-decision victory against Hanford's Carlos De Soto.
Two judges scored the bout 29-28 in Luchau's favor, while the other gave De Soto the 29-28 edge.
FUnews scored the bout 29-28 in Luchau's favor, confirming what the judge's decided.
"I was a little nervous before the decision because I thought I lost the second round," Luchau said.
The second round was close, but FUnews gave Luchau the edge. Luchau dominated the third round to pull off the come from behind victory.
Even though Luchau won to improve to 2-1 in his young MMA career, he was not pleased with his performance.
"I thought it was lackluster for a co-main event," said Luchau who also helps promotes MMA shows at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore. "I thought the fight needed a little more action for the fans."
The action the co-main event lacked was made up for in the main event.
Alatorre came out swinging against Carlos Garces and looked great for the first three minutes of his match.
But a gassed Alatorre took a lot of damage for the remaining of the first round and well into the third round before the fight was stopped.
Garces picked up a technical knockout victory 52 seconds into the third round.
Garces was successful in taking Alatorre down and inflicting punishment with his relentless ground and pound.
"I gave it all I had," said a disappointed but upbeat Alatorre after the match.
Alatorre, a professional boxer with a 16-8 record, dropped to 0-2-1 in his MMA career.
When asked if he would continue to give MMA a try Alatorre said, "I'm not done. I just need a break. My first two tries weren't fights. This was a fight."
In other action: Francisco Loredo defeated Michael Craddock via split decision. The judges scored the bout 30-27, 28-29, 29-28 for Loredo.
Doug Hunt, who is a semifinalist in the PureCombat 155-pound championship tournament, looked impressive in his unanimous decision victory over Sergio Salcido. Hunt won 30-27, 29-28, 29-28.
Mike Martinez and Mike Arellano went back and forth for three rounds, but it was Martinez earning a close split-decision victory.
The fight could have gone either way, but somebody had to win.
In perhaps the most impressive victory of the night, Exeter's Chris Tangonan forced Visalia's Anthony Garcia to tap out 2:13 into the second round.
The two young fighters grappled for the majority of the fight until Tangonan locked in the submission.
Alejandro Bautista also picked up a submission victory 57 seconds into the first round, forcing Rick Guillen to tap out.
And in the first fight of the night, Josue Tirado won a split decision against George Sanchez.