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Friday, Jan. 7, 2011


SANTA FE, N.M. -Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino will host the mixed martial arts King of the Cage (KOTC) "Confrontation, Live at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino," Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, 7 p.m.  There will be 14 action-packed mixed martial arts bouts that evening. The 28 fighters hail from New Mexico, California, Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas and Nebraska.   

The Fight Card is:  

Main Event
145 lb Bantamweight Title Fight
Donald Sanchez vs. Scott Bear
Donald Sanchez (Alb, NM) is the current KOTC champion.  Challenger Scott Bear (Oklahoma) is current LCF 145 lb champion, former FCF 155 lb Champion, and ISCF Amateur World Classic Champion.

Round One of the KOTC Young Guns 135 lb tournament
2. Frank Baca vs. Lewis McKenzie (Young Guns Tournament)
3. Frank Morris vs. TBA (Young Guns Tournament )
4. Gene Perez vs. Nate Vorel (Young Guns Tournament )
5. Melvin Costa vs. Eric McElroy
6. Anthony Griego vs. Nick Piedmont
7. Bill Albrecht vs. Carlos Lopez
8. Nathaniel Baker vs. Erik Alegria
9. Lorenzo Coca vs. Joe Salazar
10. Jeremy Oyenque vs. Adam Apodaca
11. Zuhey Quezada vs. Reba Klimt
12. Trey Solomon vs. Fabian Vasquez 
13. Randy Fender vs. Jesse Jaramillo
14. Skyler Pendleton vs. PJ Jaramillo

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Donald Sanchez is the main event in a world title defense at the Buffalo Thunder/ King of the Cage show January 15. 

  • Age: 26 yrs old
  • Born, lives, and trains in Albuquerque, NM with FIT NHB Fight Team
  • Five-time KOTC 145 lb Champion  (he is the current champion)
  • Pro record: 22-10- 0
  • Veteran of King of the Cage, Maximum Fighting Championships, Bellator Fighting Championships, and FightWorld MMA.

    Frank Baca is one of the competitors in the Young Guns Grand Prix tournament at Buffalo Thunder/ King of the Cage show Jan. 15.
  • Age: 24 yrs old
  • Born, lives, and trains in Albuquerque, NM with the world-renowned FIT NHB Fight Team
  • 2003 NM State Wrestling Medalist
  • Amateur record 8-3-0
  • Pro record 5-1-0
  • Current NMEF 145 lb Champion
  • Ranked #2 in the KOTC 135 lb Division

King of the Cage is a mixture of several different martial arts style using various martial arts techniques. It is a full contact sport that is charging its way into the mainstream as an exciting new spectator sport.

WHAT: King of the Cage: Confrontation, Live at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m.
Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino, 30 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe, NM, Highway 84/285 in Pojoaque, only minutes from historic Santa Fe.
TICKETS:; 800-905-3315, $40 and $55. Tickets at door as well.

Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino, located just 15 minutes north of historic Santa Fe, NM, is one of the premier destination resorts in the Southwest.  The resort opened August 12, 2008. This property is the Hilton's first Native American partnership and is owned and operated by the Pueblo of Pojoaque.

Jennifer Marshall