Mixed martial arts matchmaker seeks quality fights

Gabriel Monte When a couple has good chemistry, sparks fly. Matchmaker Eric Kucevic hopes for explosions. Kucevic is a matchmaker for Clovis-based mixed martial arts promoting outfit Evolution Combat Sports, which has organized five fights last year and drew thousands of people to the Curry County Events Center and the Clovis Civic Center. Evolution Combat […]

Friday Night Fights 5.27.11 capsules

CNJ staff What: Evolution Combat Sports Presents: Friday Night Fights 5.27.11 When: 6 p.m. today Where: Clovis Civic Center Fights: Eight, including two professional and six amateur bouts. Area fighters: Gilbert Cuhen, Clovis; Raul Rosas, Clovis; Tommy Arguello, Clovis; Dominic Baca, Clovis; Dewyne Hightower, Portales. Cage facts: Clovis-based Evolution Combat Sport uses a 30-foot wide, […]

Ticket feature: Mixed martial arts competition to be hosted at events center

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Courtesy photo Evolution 1, a mixed martial arts competition, will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at the events center. Freedom New Mexico Saturday night is fight night in Clovis. Evolution 1, a 16-bout mixed martial arts competition is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Curry County Events Center. Presented by Evolution Combat Sports Championship, there […]

Martial arts decision left to Civic Center officials

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Clovis Civic Center’s management company has no policy against booking contact sports at their facilities. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Civic Center Committee members voted Monday to give the center’s management final say on what events are allowed at the civic center. The Committee discussed whether to approve […]

Battle brewing on cage fights

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico From all indications, city groups may have a fight about fights. The Clovis Civic Center policy committee discussed allowing contact sports at the city-owned center in October’s meeting, and more discussion is planned for Monday’s meeting. The contact sport in question is mixed martial arts, and MarkAnthony Baca of […]

Martial arts fight promoter arraigned

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A martial arts fight promoter was arraigned Thursday in Quay County Magistrate Court on charges alleging he killed Albert “Jason” Pacheco, 31, of Tucumcari, on Feb. 1. James Burleson, 33, of Socorro pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was released after posting a $100,000 bond. Burleson, accompanied by his […]

Justice must be served to wrongdoers

By Freedom Newspapers It is painful to read or hear about the five U.S. Army soldiers accused of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and murdering her and her family. If the accusations are at all accurate — and we must still presume the soldiers to be innocent until proven guilty — they not only committed […]

Instructor combines teaching martial arts with Christian faith

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Students in Marc Anthony Baca’s Team Armageddon class listen as he reads scripture from the Bible Thursday at his karate studio in Clovis. The class combines martial arts and the Bible. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The children stand with feet apart, arms extended, little hands tightly clenched in fists. […]