Thursday, February 2, 2017

MMA amateur Enriquez to fight with national promotion

I was talking recently with John Valentine, who started a women's MMA program at Hidden Valley gym in Draper that has made an impact in female mixed martial arts. (I once did a feature on the program)  He books more matches than likely anyone in Utah and is considered one of the key female matchmakers in the western United States, creating matches in Las Vegas and beyond. His company is named VSM.

Enriquez, he announced recently, will fight for Combate Americas, a U.S. Hispanic MMA sports franchise. On the blog we plan to interview Enriquez, 27, known as "Little Hands of Stone. Enriquez has logged the fastest knockout in Utah and has won both the 105- and 115-pound SteelFist belts.

Until then, we'll share Valentine's recent Facebook post on Enriquez:

"I have a very special announcement tonight regarding one of your very own local fighters that has just been signed to a major fight organization. I've been in talks for just over a month and we are finally we're able to finalize the contract for Brenda "Little Hands of Stone" Enriquez. 

"This generous multi-fight contract will be with none other than Combate Americas, the first U.S. Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise in history, designed to build Latino fighting champions and serve Hispanic and American fans. The franchise includes award winning reality TV programming; action-packed, world championship live events. The company's CEO, Campbell McLaren, is universally recognized as the co-founder/co-creator of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). They recently began partnering with TV Azteca which means all of Brenda's fights will air nationally and take her across the globe. Her fights will also air on UFC fight Pass. She will also be fighting across the globe.

"In addition to amazing contract, Combate Americas is committed to continuing to partner with myself and her team to build Brenda's career and brand. This exclusive contract means Brenda must be poised to face world championship level MMA competition. Several camps will be joining forces in this task including Team Victory and Hidden Valley MMA will be preparing for her professional transition.

"Brenda will make her debut with the organization on a highly anticipated and televised card against a top name opponent which I am in now in talks with the organization as we speak.

"As you know Brenda has work very hard surmising a near perfect amateur record 7-1 and being the only female Utah fighter to hold 2 title belts in 2 different weight divisions and also holds Utah record for the fastest female finish in the cage. Her hard work and dedication led to this amazing opportunity in addition to her unwavering loyalty to stick with the people that have been there since the beginning her coaches and team. Loyalty builds unbreakable partnership.

"I want to thank Steelfist for taking the time to also invest and build Brenda's career. None of this would have happened without the dedication from Kevin, Pat, Troy and the rest of the crew led to this opportunity. Steelfist is the place to build your career.

"Those interested in national recognition and sponsorship with Brenda "Team Enriquez" can feel free to inbox me. All budget considerations considered.

"Please join me in congratulating Brenda on this amazing life changing opportunity and her future. Thank you."


Another peek at scheduled events from the state athletic commission shows a relatively thin schedule through spring. SteelFist has an all-ages MMA card Feb. 18 in Farmington at Legacy Events Center. Nothing shows up for March. April has an all-ages SteelFist card in Salt Lake at Riverbend on the 15th. FitCon has two cards in April at the Salt Palace. The 21st is MMA and the 22nd is Muay Thai.

Finally, in May, there will be a South Valley Slam MMA card in Hurricane on the 13th, We hope to interview two or three contestants on the Feb. 18th card soon

Happy to see consistent MMA cards; hope we get some more boxing cards as well.

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