Armored Wings Promotion Presents: Fights at the Mansion!
The elegance of Hollywood nightlife met the ferocity of combat sports this past weekend as Armored Wings Promotions put on its first amateur mixed-martial arts event. The inaugural event dubbed Fights at the Mansion took place at the Lighthouse Paros Saturday and showcased some of Southern California’s most promising new fighters.
What separated Armored Wings from the countless MMA promotions throughout the country is its unique take on blending sophistication with high octane action: Fights at the Mansion was actually held in the ballroom of a renovated mansion! Fighters faced off under the soft glow of chandeliers, and audience members were surrounded by sculptures and paintings, a nice change of pace from other promotions. Included with the event was access to the after party, fully stocked bars, and a full catering service. In attendance were M-1, Bellator, and King of the Cage vets showing their support to the latest batch of rising stars.
The first match-up featured Alex Marquez of Team Kraizman and Mike Sanchez of Millennia MMA. Both bantamweight fighters were 1-0 in their MMA careers, but Sanchez ultimately walked away with the win after quickly submitting Marquez with an armbar in the first round.
The second fight featured fan favorite Chawn Lightfoot, also of Millennia MMA, against Christopher Cagle of Just Cuz Fight Club in a welterweight showdown. The first round was a back and forth battle that had audience members on their feet. Early on it appeared that Cagle had Lightfoot in trouble as he had taken Lightfoot’s back, but Chawn quickly recovered and maintained dominant positions throughout the rest of the round. In the second round Lightfoot managed to secure a Darce Choke on Cagle after a brief scramble on the ground and won by submission.
The last fight of the night was a lightweight match-up between Victor Balderas of Fight Academy Pasadena and Anthony Moncayo, who trains under Coach Reggie Cabasal. The fight was brief and had the crowd roaring as Balderas dropped Moncayo with a hook and captivated on the moment by raining down blows before the ref stopped the fight and declared Balderas the winner by TKO.
Unfortunately, as is the case in many amateur promotions, several fighters were left without opponents due to injuries or no-shows. The fans didn’t seem to mind, however, and were eager to rush the fighters for photographs and congratulations. While the fighters mingled with the crowd, some members of the audience started the after party early by making their way to the venue’s outdoor seating. Armored Wings Promotion set the bar high on their debut event, but stay tuned for more news on their next event scheduled for sometime this summer! If you or anyone you know is heading out to So Cal, be sure to check the CageJunkies for up to the minute updates on the Southland’s next big thing!