The Renegade stops Villanueva at The Warriors Cage 16 "Condemned"
By:Daniel "BigTrip" Quintana
The Warriors Cage held their first show of the new year, with a card full of local favorites. Headlining the event was Visalia's Cody "The Renegade" Gibson out of Elite Team taking on (4-3) Jr Villanueva out of the Last Stand Fight Team in Merced, Ca. Gibson dominated in front of a hometown crowd, in what may have been his last fight in his backyard. Gibson has signed with the World Series of Fighting taking the next step in his career. Gibson controlled this fight with his ground game and wrestling, and eventually found the rear naked choke that forced Villanueva to tap 3:30 in round 2 moving his record to 8-3.
In the co main event Merced's Jesse "J-Bo" Bowen stood calm as Tony Llamas representing Fearless Fighters took him down early in the fight. Llamas would land some punches while fighting off submission attempts, but Bowen then found a triangle choke that he tightened up forcing Llamas to tap 3:29 in round 1.
Porterville's Javy Ayala earned submission of the night and moved his record to (5-2) defeating Visalia's Mike Cook.
Ayala immediately shot in and got the take down, where he took Cook's back and locked in a rear naked choke that forced the tap :34 seconds into round 1.
Oakdale's Randall Wallace remained undefeated defeating Fresno's Davis Ramirez by submission. Wallace representing the Last Stand Fight Team forced Ramirez to tap with a rear naked choke 1:57 in round 1.
Bakersfield's Jerry McCullough defeats Porterville's Josh Braun by majority decision.
Fight of the night went to Ryan Reneu out of One Nation and Antoine Smith out of Thrive MMA, as the two fought to a split decision draw after three rounds of action.
Visalia's Cameron Ramirez out of Elite Team made a successful pro debut, defeating Sameth Suon by submission with a rear naked choke that forced the tap :36 seconds in round 3.