Southwind hosts 'Fury on the Fairway'
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
Normally, fury on the fairway is reserved for a shanked second shot for a double bogey after a booming drive to get there.
But on July 12 at The Golf Club at Southwind, it's not fairway clubs that will be absorbing the punishment of a knee to the mid-section.
The club will play host to 25 scheduled Mixed-Martial Arts (MMA) fights — 13 adult, three professional — during the "Fury on the Fairway" event beginning at 7 p.m. on the clubhouse concourse.
"That will be a first, fighting on a golf course," Mario 'Nightmare' Munoz, who will be fighting James Garcia in one of the two main event professional fights, said. "Fighting outside, I think it's perfect."
Munoz, a firefighter in Liberal, is 3-3 after becoming a professional fighter in 2012, winning all three fights by submission — strikes, guillotine choke and rear naked choke. He lost once by knockout, once by unanimous decision and one by technical knockout in his last fight on June 7.
"He came out prepared," Munoz explained about his opponent in that fight, Carl Perry. "He works out three times a day."
Munoz said that's something he's tried to step up heading into "Fury," despite being newly hired as a firefighter.
He's hoping that will be enough to overtake Garcia in the 185-pound match.
"I'm going back to old school," Munoz said. "I'm going to get in there early with punches, and if I have to take it to the ground, I will. I want a knock out in Garden City."
Garcia, fighting out of North Dakota, is 0-1 in his professional career, with his only fight coming in September 2013, falling by submission in the first round.
"Once you turn pro, the record doesn't matter," Munoz, who describes himself as a balanced fighter with experience in Jiu Jitsu, boxing and kick boxing, said, noting he does not know much about Garcia. "It only matters whot the guy is, and how hard he trains."
Munoz and Garcia will square off in a five-minute-per-round, three-round event.
The other main event features Samson Jeanty and Joseph Yellow Hammer in the same format.
Fighting in the 205-pound class, Jeanty, out of Rine's Karate Academy in Liberal, is 0-1, losing by submission — arm bar — in his lone pro fight on June 7 in the first round, while Yellow Hammer is 0-2, losing once by TKO and once by submission, with both previous fights coming in 2011.
The third professional fight pits Dallas' Bilal Williams (0-0) vs. San Antonio's George Hinojosa (1-5) in the 170-pound division.
Garden City will be represented by several fighters, including an all-Garden City fight, when Cesar Carbajal and Mitchell Jones square off in the 155-pound division. Carbajal is 3-3, while Jones is 4-5.
Other Garden City representatives are: Grant Brungard, Enrique Chairez and Cindy Benitez.
Brungardt (0-1) will fight Fran Bailon (0-1) in a 155-pound match; Chairez (0-1) will take on Flo Bailon (0-1) in the heavyweight division; and Benitez will square off with Jamie Mix in the 145-pound female division, with both fighters making their debut.
Ulysses' Johnny 'Cash' Pantoja will make his own debut in a 155-pound fight against Zach Sanders (0-1).
All amateur fights will consist of three 3-minute rounds.
Tickets can be purchased at Southwind for $25 general admission, and $50 for ringside tables.
170--Bilal Williams, Dallas (0-0) vs. George Hinojosa, San Antonio (1-5).
185--Mario Munoz, Liberal (3-3) vs, James Garcia, N.D. (0-1).
205--Samson Jeanty, Liberal vs. Joseph Yellow Hammer, N.D. (0-2).
135--Roverto Andrade, Liberal (0-0) vs. Andrew Dennison, Topeka (0-0).
170--Jay Cavosos, Perryton, Texas (0-0) vs. Esdras Aguirre (3-4), Dodge City.
155--Johnny Pantoja, Ulysses (0-0) vs. Zach Sanders (0-1).
145--Jamie Mix, Liberal (0-0) vs. Cindy Benitez, Garden City (0-0).
HWT--Enrique Chairez, Garden City (0-1) vs. Flo Bailon, Leoti (0-1).
HWT--Bill Holcomb, Liberal (1-0) vs. Daniel Lopez, Plainview, Texas (0-0).
185--John Solis, Plainview, Texas (3-0) vs. Avery Urban, Topeka (0-0).
145--Arthur Groves, Liberal (2-2) vs. Paris Padilla, Dodge City (2-2).
155--Grant Brungardt, Garden City (0-1) vs. Fran Bailon, Leoti (0-1).
155--Cesar Carbajal, Garden City (3-3) vs. Mitchell Jones, Garden City (4-5).
Orlando Munoz vs. Ben Wren; Carlos Munoz vs. Raul Rosas; Riley Hill vs. Jesse Rosas; Angel Munoz vs. Eli Holifield; Omar Gassman vs. Kevin Rosas; Hunter Barnett vs. Gus Garcia; Gabe Prieto vs. Steve Alford; Hannas Skinner vs. TBA; Angel Moncayo vs. Anthony Luna; Rashida Davis vs. Cristin Crawley; Chris Cardenas vs. Michael Lozano; Peyton Yancey vs. Roger Gassmann.