Carson Valley Inn to host July 1 fight card
There will be a definite hometown flavor and plenty of variety when it comes to styles on July 1 when the Carson Valley Inn hosts an outdoor fight card.
J.D. Adie of Minden and Carlos Sanchez of Reno will meet in the MMA heavyweight main event at T.J.’s Corral Outdoor Concert & Events Center. The Saturday night card will feature Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) and Muay Thai action.
The doors open at 7 p.m. and the first fight starts at 8.
Adie, known in the ring as “Wrecking Ball,” will celebrate his 40th birthday one week after this fight.
“This is probably the closest I’ll ever come to the old Cow Pasture Boxing Festival,” Adie said, referring to a annual boxing show hosted by Sharkey’s Casino at old Gardnerville Park (now Heritage Park) that was held from the 1970s and 1990s. “You know, T.J.’s Corral is pretty close to Cow Pasture anyway.”
Sanchez, 39, a former football and basketball player at Owyhee High School, is now a civilian employee with the U.S. Marine Corps in nearby Bridgeport, Calif. He was a Marine Corps boxer and formerly stationed at the Mountain Warfare Training Center near Bridgeport.
The card includes a BJJ submission-only match between 185-pounders J.D. Allbright of Minden and Vinny Valenzuela of Las Vegas, a women’s BJJ 125-pound match between Lindsey Boston of Reno and Katie Dees of Sacramento, a MMA 170-pound match between Alex Cich of Walker and Melvin “Cold Business” Washington of Reno, a 125-pound match between Michael Courneya of Gardnerville and Elliott Moore of Sacramento, a BJJ 135-pound match between Frankie DiMartino of Carson City and Nico Lozada of Sacramento, a 180-pound match between Jack Montgomery of Carson City and Kevin Thompson of Reno, a 170-pound match between John Mosby of Reno and Brandon Mendoza of Nampa, Idaho, a 155-pound match between David Park of Topaz Lake and Skyler Souza of Auburn, Calif., and a 185-pound match between Lex Sarabia of Nixon and Joe Murray of Reno.
Also listed on the card are Joey Whitacre and Casey Diaz are also lined up for a MMA 175-pound bout, Inger Kleiv and Rebecca Novak in a women’s Muay Thai 129-pound bout, Isaac Lewis of Carson and Christian Flores in a MMA 180-pound bout, while Brennan Mishler faces Tim Kamel in a Muay Thai 170-pound bout. All bouts are subject to change.
“We have a lot of local fans, a big support group for MMA and jiu-jitsu, that likes to come out and watch, so it should be a lot of fun,” Allbright said. “We have a lot of good local talent on the card. I think every single fight has a Minden/Gardnerville guy in one corner, so there are local guys, that’s for sure.”
This will be Allbright’s first fight in about a year.
“I’m excited,” said Allbright, who trains with Adie at Sierra Adrenaline Training Center in Carson City. “This is the ultimate test. We train super hard three, four days a week and when we get to test ourselves, that’s what it’s all about.”
Note: At least two of the fighters on the card were local wrestling standouts in high school: Park at Douglas High and DiMartino at Carson High. … Visit wfcfights.com to purchase tickets.