The promoters of Panda Cup packed three tiers of developing practitioners of the martial arts, either mixed or singular, into their upcoming event on July 7, 2018.
From noon until the evening closes with the final Panda Cup title being wrapped around the winner’s waist, Panda Cup’s newly constructed cage in the heart of Sacramento’s McClellan Conference Center will house grapplers, youth mixed martial artists, and C.A.M.O (California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization) registered cage fighters—oh my!
Each of the grappling super-fighters, whether draped in the Gi or not, will follow the EBI (Eddie Bravo Invitational) ruleset; thereby, removing any opinions from the equation. In the event competitors can’t bring their contest to a conclusion within regulation, they enter overtime, where the battle to escape, or finish, a particular position—either on the back or in spiderweb—becomes a race against the clock.
The submission-only grappling portion includes:
Kody Vogels vs. Jonathan Lorens at 165-pounds
Yeppie Tomasian vs. Anthony Mercado at 195-pounds
Justin Baesman vs. David Mitchell at 180-pounds
Micahel Malott vs. Austin Hardt at 170-pounds
Antoine Green vs. Lawrence Cordero at 155-pounds
Rebecca Bazemore vs. Alison Stiegler at 135-pounds
Nick Sharp vs. Michael Humphrey at 155-pounds
Kelvin Bicasan vs. Zack Felkins at 175-pounds
Jacob Pupo vs. Pedro Silva at 170-pounds
Francisco Gutierrez vs. Arturo Fernandez at 205-pounds
Bryce Sexton vs. Kacey Sanders at 195-pounds
Sandwiched between submission-only super-fights and adults prepared to play punchy-face, a set of youngsters with scar-free skin will set out to steal the show—as they usually do. Following the strict guidelines set forth by the United States Fight League (USFL), safety is of the upmost importance.
The Youth MMA lineup reads as:
Anthony Bernardo vs. Kris Arrey at 125-pounds
Trinity Provost vs. Analyse Rubio at 105-pounds
Lexi Hazelton vs. Breaunnah Robles at 105-pounds
Zorin Tofoya vs. Mateo Montoya at 95-pounds
PJ Acu vs. Angelo Murillo at 145-pounds
Mason Kutylowski vs. Jayden Murillo at 65-pounds
Spanning an array of those dipping their toes into MMA’s deadly waters for the first time to others on the verge of entering the next phase of their careers, eleven pairs of mixed martial artists will take center stage. Three belts are up for grabs—Flyweight, Light Heavyweight, and Lightweight, but every one of these fighters will fling leather in six-ounce bunches as if a championship is on the line.
The amateur MMA roster includes:
Michael Howard vs. Javier Martinez for the Panda Cup Flyweight Title
Frank Sanchez vs. Anthony Lopez for the Panda Cup Light Heavyweight Title
Julius Wright vs. Moses Daniyelyan for the Panda Cup Lightweight Title
Conor Micallef vs. Adam Avitia in the featherweight division
Dakarai Turner vs. Elwin Alvarez in the lightweight division
Edward Mackey vs. Matt Hampton in the featherweight division
Robert Holson vs. Aaron Graf at a catchweight (140-pounds)
Darius Stir vs. Jordan Stevens in lightweight division
Brad Renton vs. Andrew Jackson Tran in the featherweight division
Diego Bigelow vs. Cody Estes in the featherweight division
Wayne Darr vs. Joseph Lee in the bantamweight division
For tickets to Panda Cup, go to: pandacuppromotions.com.