Four Corners fighters shine

Matt Hollinshead,

FRUITLAND — The Four Corners reminded patrons at Saturday’s WFC 94 Live Cage Fights event that it’s a hot bed for mixed martial arts talent.

Of the eight bouts on the fight card, four from the Farmington, Aztec and Durango areas won fights.

“I wasn’t expecting any less. The people around here are tough. They’ve got that strength and that technique. They did exactly what I expected,” said Durango’s Jesonna Ollis, who beat Chicago’s Kim Bulow via unanimous decision to win the 135-pound women’s amateur title. “Growing up in the desert, you’ve got to be tough. I felt really good in the rounds. I felt like my conditioning was where it needed to be.”

Farmington's Bowdy Jones blocks a right hook by Farmington's Dennis Martin Saturday at Northern Edge Casino in Fruitland. Jones won via unanimous decision. Matt Hollinshead/The Daily Times

Twelve of the 16 fighters represented San Juan County and Southwest Colorado. 

The Four Corners went head-to-head in four fights, highlighted by the main event between Farmington’s Cris Leyva and Durango’s Chris Jones.

Jones won with five seconds left in the opening round to claim the 180-pound professional title.

“I felt good out there, man. He caught me a few shots. I was taking too many punches, and (the officials) stopped it. My nose was pretty bloody, and he kept punching,” said Leyva, who already has his next fight scheduled for Nov. 11 in Arizona. “It’s bittersweet to (not) pull through and get the win, but I’m going to bounce back.”

The other area winners were Farmington’s Bowdy Jones and Aztec’s David Archuleta in the two 155-pound amateur divisions.

“We’ve got a lot of tough fighters in this area, the Four Corners area. It’ll continue to grow,” Leyva said.

Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.