FARMINGTON -- Mixed martial arts professional Lucus Montoya was minutes away from his first fight in two years. Just before he readied to leave for the cage, the 160-pounder learned his return will be delayed a little longer. In a freak accident, Montoya's opponent, Danny August, preparing for the fight in the dressing room, injured his knee and left Farmington's Legacy Events Center on a stretcher.
"He (August) tripped on water bottle someone left on the ground," said Dave Foley, one of Montoya's corner men. His knee was visibly dislocated. ... It happened five minutes before the fight," added Foley.
Montoya addressed the large crowd, adding laconically that while he was disappointed, it had been a worse night for his would-be opponent, August.
A representative of SteelFist, the promoter of the card, said they would offer Montoya a bout on a future card.
In the main event Saturday night, Salvador "Killa" Sanchez stopped Rhett Morehouse with a left hook early in round one to win the Utah heavyweight championship. The short, portly Sanchez, a powerful puncher, is now 7-0. Morehouse falls to 3-1.
A highly anticipated match between Top of Utah 180-pound strikers Cole Rose and Francisco Alcantara ended abruptly in the first round when Rose clipped an oncoming Alcantara with a short punch that sent his opponent face first to the canvas. It was a few minutes before Alcantara could get up. It was an electrifying win for the popular Rose, 20-17.
In a professional preliminary bout, 155 pounder Kaifah DeToles, who fights out of One Hit MMA in Layton, scored an impressive stoppage win in the first round of veteran Curtis Johnsen, of Hidden Valley MMA of Sandy. The powerful DeToles (2-1), took down Johnsen (8-7). Johnsen temporarily had wrist control -- on the ground -- over DeToles but the Layton fighter used his feet, and powerful lower body strength, to stay on top of his opponent, who tired before the fight was stopped after three minutes.
In another professional fight, John Valentine, of Hidden Valley (1-0), 155 pounds, body slammed Anthony Feraco and then applied a rear naked choke, winning via tap out in 11 seconds. In the most competitive professional bout, 155-pound Travis Worsencroft, of Pit Elevated in Orem, avenged a previous loss with a second round stoppage of Kyle Herrara (5-6). The lean, deliberate Worsencroft was floored early by Herrera but otherwise dominated the bout with better skills, battering the game Hererra before ending the fight with a tap out.
In other professional fights, 170-pounder Trevor Cook (4-4) stopped Mario Ortega (2-8) in round one, and Keaton Romero (3-3), 135 pounds, put Alexis Burkman (2-2) to sleep via a choke in round one.
There were several amateur fights as well. In a mild upset, Aaron Thompson, of Absolute MMA in West Jordan, overwhelmed previously unbeaten Adam Nijem of Pit Elevated. The 170-pound fight ended with a rear naked choke tap out by Nijem, 2-1.
In the most competitive amateur fight, 115-pounder Aubree Thompson, a deaf fighter from Hidden Valley MMA, scored a third-round stoppage over a very game Amanda Campbell, 0-3, of Team Mayhem. The better-conditioned Thompson was pounding an exhausted Campbell when the referee halted the bout late in the third round.
In other amateur bouts, all ending in the first round. Matt Mast, 135 pounds, stopped Adam Lary; Shaun Vanderheiden, 155 pounds, defeated Jeff Toplak; Lehi Dominiquez Soldada, 170 pounds, beat Matthew Thompson; Trever Bradshaw defeated John Simpson, 185 pounds; Samson Phommabout, 145 pounds, beat Jeff Carson, and in another female fight, Jesse Engler defeated Michelle Marshall.