FARMINGTON -- Top of Utah mixed martial artist professional Lucus Montoya, 160 pounds, fights a main event Saturday at Farmington's Legacy Events Center. Montoya, 5-3, fights Danny August (3-3), winner of his last two bouts, over three five-minute rounds.
The co-main event is a five-rounder for the Utah state heavyweight title between Rhett Morehouse (3-0) and Salvador Sanchez (6-0). There are 17 bouts scheduled. An intriguing preliminary fight matches two hard-punching local 170-pound pros, Ogden's Francisco Alcantara and Cole Rose.
For Montoya, the August fight signals the end of a two-year stretch without an official MMA bout. He was, however, very active during that "layoff." He married, had a son, competed in try outs for a spot in the Bellator MMA televised tournament and maintained an active training schedule.
A fight scheduled last fall was canceled due to an injury.
"I'm excited," says Montoya about this week's fight. "I've spent the last two years training. I'm more ready now to be fighting than I was two years ago."
August is a striker. Montoya describes himself as a Jiu Jitsu fighter who loves doing stand up. Preparation includes sparring often and working on his cardio. He's spent several sessions at Foley's gym working with heavyweight boxer Billy Zumbrun, sparring, hitting heavy bags and having medicine balls slammed onto his stomach.
The preliminary fight between Alcantara and Rose is eagerly anticipated by MMA fans. Both are known as punchers who often favor a stand-up style. Both are experienced veterans of many Utah cards.
"He is a fast-handed striker that comes to fight. I anticipate a stand-up chess match. The person who makes the right moves will win," said Alcantara.
"I know he likes to throw down and can definitely take a punch," said Rose. I expect a stand-up war, but I am preparing for the ground as well. Personally I believe the man who lands the right punch at the right time in the right spot will win," added Rose.
The fights at Legacy Convention Center start at 5:30 p.m. Doors open an hour earlier.
Earlier this month there was an uproar after Farmington City Manager Dave Millheim publicly mocked MMA as a sport, referring to it as "rednecks, alcohol and a chain link fence." Millheim later apologized for the remarks and said he plans to attend the card. Montoya dismissed the remarks, saying "it's just people who are behind the times."