Tonight’s the night: Epic Fighting 26 returns to the Four Points By Sheraton on Aero Drive for their 26th installment of the Epic Fighting Series which showcases some of the most gifted MMA fighters on their way to eventually competing in the professional ranks.
Leading up to that first bell, Epic Fighting has a special treat for their audience, a performance by the highly acclaimed “Melapelus” with singer Jovvan Meza, guitarist Larry Quintero, Joshua Meza on bass and Esteban Gallegos on drums. Melapelus’ addicted sounds feature a fusion of English/Spanish reggae cumbias and classic rock, a cross between Pink Floyd and Steel Pulse.The catchy lyrics of: “You make me feel so down” and “No quires mas,” and “the Mastermind,” will have everyone’s hips, shoulders and heads gyrating.
Then, in the featured bouts of the night they have:
Bruce “Swift” Smith going up against Ryan Lilly in a Title Fight
Mike Thomas facing Mateusz “The Polish Assasin” Grudiziaz
and Diego “Crazy Eyes” Rivera of Victory MMA taking on top wrestler Anthony Peairs who has also developed a well grounded MMA game.
Also on the fight card is Harlem Dillon from the United Kingdom, a very young and talented kickboxer whose been undergoing a crash course in the ground game from his American coach and grappling legend Dean Lister. Dillion recently earned himself a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Dillon’s opponent is Andreu Mendoza from the Fight Academy in Canyon Country. He also has a blue belt in Jiu Jitsu with an additional two years of MMA experience. According to his team mates, “he has some serious hands”.
In his very first fight, the 24 year old featherweight, Christian Leon, made the highlight reel with his first round KO victory of Dale Soto. The startling outcome went viral and was picked up by the popular MMA radio show InsideMMA that features Kenny Rice and the legendary Bas Rutten. Leon, who trains out of The Arena, in San Diego is hoping to add another victory to his record with a win over Joshua Marer (0-3) from Team Fury. Check out the footage of that last victory.
The complete Fight Card: