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Combat sports notes: Vallie-Flagg arrested, accused of burglary

Former UFC fighter Isaac Vallie-Flagg was arrested Friday west of Rio Rancho, with specific charges pending.

According to a news release on the Sandoval County Sheriff Department’s website, Vallie-Flagg, 39, of Albuquerque, was apprehended at about 2 p.m. while allegedly attempting to burglarize a commercial property near the intersection of Southern and 60th SW.

According to the release, Vallie-Flagg had cut the chain to the gate of the property and driven onto the grounds. Deputies said he was found in possession of a handgun and a semi-automatic rifle with a silencer, as well as several different identification cards and social security cards.

Vallie-Flagg retired from MMA competition in 2016 with a career record of 16-7-1. Having worked his way through the ranks, he was 2-0 in Strikeforce competition, then won his UFC debut with a victory by split decision over Yves Edwards in February 2013. But after three consecutive losses he was dropped by the UFC.

He retired after a victory by first-round submission (rear naked choke) over Jonathan Gary on a Fresquez Productions card at Route 66 Casino Hotel in August 2016.

NOT IMPRESSED: Albuquerque’s Jon “Bones” Jones, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, claims to have taken a polygraph test that supports his contention he did not knowingly take a banned substance before his July 28 victory over Daniel Cormier in Sacramento, Calif. He nevertheless tested positive for Turinabol, an anabolic steroid, was stripped of the title he won that night and saw Cormier, his bitter rival, reinstated as champion.

It’s not at all clear whether the polygraph results will carry any weight with the California State Athletic Commission when Jones’ case is heard next month.

It’s crystal clear that it carries no weight with Cormier, who was scheduled to defend his title Saturday night against Volkan Oezdemir in Boston.

“(Convicted and executed serial killer) Ted Bundy passed a polygraph test,” Cormier said.

NO HARD FEELINGS: Nonetheless, Cormier got a cheerful video wish for good luck from Jon Jones in advance of Saturday’s fight – but not from Bones Jones.

The other Jon Jones, whose Twitter handle is @JonJones, habitually gets posts – often vitriolic – intended for @JonnyBones.

“He’s a lot friendlier than the guy I’m used to,” Cormier said after viewing the UFC.com video.

CONDIT: One needs to know Carlos Condit only slightly to know he wouldn’t want his MMA career to end with a loss by lopsided uananimous decision.

So, as first reported by MMAWeekly.com, the Albuquerque welterweight has been penciled in for an April 14 UFC Fight Night card with fellow veteran Matt Brown in the other corner.

On Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, Nev., Condit – after a 16-month absence from the Octagon – lost by unanimous decision to Denver’s Neil Magny. Only one judge gave Condit (30-11) so much as one round.

Even while giving Magny the credit he deserved, it wasn’t a vintage Natural Born Killer performance.

Brown (21-16) announced his retirement after his November 2017 victory by first-round knockout over Diego Sanchez, Condit’s teammate at Albuquerque’s Jackson-Wink MMA. But, like Condit, Brown apparently couldn’t stay away.

No site has been announced for the April 14 card.

BOXING: Legacy Promotions has announced two matchups for its scheduled March 17 card at Route 66 Casino Hotel.

In the main event, co-promoter Jordan Perez said, Albuquerque welterweight Josh Torres (16-6-2, eight knockouts) will face Moris Rodriguez (7-10-1, four KOs) of Sacramento, Calif.

Rodriguez at one point lost five consecutive fights but has won two of his last three, the most recent an upset by fourth-round knockout over Zachary Wohlman (10-2-2 at the time).

Aaron Angel Perez, one of New Mexico’s best amateur boxers of recent years, is scheduled to make his professional debut against Coloradoan Levi Lucero. It will also be Lucero’s pro boxing debut. He’s 0-6 as an MMA fighter.

… Albuquerque welterweight Hector Muñoz’s bout with former world title contender Josesito Lopez (35-7, 19 KOs, originally scheduled for Feb. 10, has been rescheduled for March 10 in San Antonio.

Muñoz is 25-19-1 with 17 KOs.

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