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Colusa County fighters prep for cage warfare
Three Colusa County fighters are entering the final week of preparation before entering the cage for their Gladiator Challenge fights May 18 at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln.
Clinton Fouse (5-1) is set to defend his 145-pound featherweight title for the first time against Ryan Burton (5-4). Fouse won the title on Nov. 24 with a technical knockout of Michael Duenas, but hasn't fought since while recovering from a knee injury.
"(Burton) is more well-rounded than any of the other fighters I've faced. He has a lot of power, good takedowns and jiujitsu," Fouse said.
Fouse will once again be representing Team Alpha Male but will also be cornering for fellow Colusa fighter Santino Valdez, who is making his second appearance in the cage.
Valdez (0-1), who is fighting in the 135-pound bantamweight division, lost his debut fight to Nick Sperling via doctor's stoppage after suffering a cut above his left eye from an elbow. He now fights Christian Rios, who lost his last fight via a rear naked choke to another Colusa fighter, Kevin Montejano.
Montejano (2-1) is fighting in a contender bout against Giovanni Encarnacion and the winner will receive a shot at the bantamweight title.
Encarnacion is just 1-9, but one of those losses was to Chad Mendes, who is now 5-1 in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Since his last fight, Montejano has split time training with Team Carnage in Orangevale and with the other Colusa County fighters who train out of the Old Gym in Williams. Team Carnage helped Montejano improve his wrestling and jiujitsu, he said.
"(Team Carnage) took me in and didn't charge me, they pretty much took me under their wing and showed me the way. I feel like my ground game has gotten 10 times better than what it was," Montejano said.
Montejano lost his first professional fight to Dillon Mueller of Team Carnage, but has won two consecutive fights in exciting come-from-behind fashion since then.
The trio primarily train in Williams where Alex Zuniga is helping run their training camp. Zuniga also fights in the Gladiator Challenge, though he isn't on the May 18 fight card.
Zuniga runs mixed martial arts classes three times a week at the Old Gym through the Williams Parks and Recreation Department.
In the weeks leading up to the fight, they train six days-a-week for several hours each day. Since moving into the Old Gym, the fighters added strength and conditioning, and cardio to their regimen, according to Zuniga.
"These guys are looking great, it's the best I've seen them," Zuniga said.
With one week remaining before the bell rings, the fighters are cutting back on sparring and breaking their bodies down, and focusing on their game plans and technique.
CONTACT Kirk Barron at 458-2121 or email@example.com