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Another MMA card is scheduled for winter

Rio Rancho’s Steve Garcia, left, is shown fighting Andre Whitney in May. Garcia will headline an LFA card at Route 66 Casino on Jan. 17.

New Mexico’s combat-sports winter festival keeps getting more festive.

On Monday, the MMA promotional company LFA announced it will return to Route 66 Casino Hotel on Jan. 17 with a card featuring Rio Rancho featherweight Steve Garcia in the main event.

Also on the card, as announced: Albuquerque flyweight Damacio Page, in his first fight since December 2017, Santa Fe flyweight Jerome Rivera (8-2) and Jackson-Wink lightweight Chris “Breezy” Brown (5-1).

Garcia, who’s matched against Chicagoan Jose Mariscal (10-4), is fighting for the first time since his impressive but unsuccessful performance on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in August. Garcia defeated Desmond Torres by first-round TKO but was not offered a UFC contract because he failed to make the 135-pound bantamweight limit.

Rivera (8-2) is scheduled to face Kendrick Latchman (8-5) of Chicago. Brown is matched against Carrington Banks (8-2) of Denver.

No opponent has been announced for Page (20-10).

The LFA is coming back to Route 66 after promoting there last January.

IMPACT BOXING: A new boxing enterprise involving New Mexicans Teresa Tapia and Austin Trout is scheduled to debut on Feb. 1 at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero.

Las Cruces’ Trout (31-5-1, 17 knockouts), the former WBA junior middleweight champion, is scheduled to fight the main event against a yet-to-be-named opponent. Tapia, the widow of the late five-time world champion Johnny Tapia, is the promoter.

The card is scheduled to be televised on the Impact Network (DirecTV channel 380, DISH channel 268), which normally is devoted to religious programming.

SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS: Hobbs promoter Isidro Castillo is planning a card in his hometown on Dec. 28, featuring an American Boxing Federation light heavyweight title fight between Albuquerque’s Lorenzo Benavidez (3-1-1, one KO) and Dez Hill (5-0, four KOs) of Odessa, Texas.

AND AS PREVIOUSLY REPORTED: On Jan. 18, Edgewood MMA lightweight Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Albuquerque bantamweight Holly Holm are scheduled to fight on UFC 246 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cerrone (36-13) is scheduled to face Ireland’s Conor McGregor (21-4) in the main event. Holm, the former UFC bantamweight champion, is scheduled to face Raquel Pennington (10-7) of Colorado Springs in a rematch of a February 2015 fight won by Holm via split decision.

On Feb. 8 in Houston, Albuquerque MMA light heavyweight Jon Jones (25-1) is scheduled to defend his UFC title against Dominick Reyes (12-0) of Victorville, California.

And on Feb. 15, MMA light heavyweights Corey Anderson (13-4) of Rockton, Illinois, and Jan Blachowicz of Cieszyn, Poland, are scheduled for the main event of a UFC Fight Night card at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

To date, four Albuquerque-based fighters — lightweight Diego Sanchez, flyweight Ray Borg, bantamweight Nicco Montaño and light heavyweight Devin Clark — are booked for the Feb. 15 card.

All in all, that’s quite a lineup for the next 66 days.

OLYMPIC TRIALS: In Lake Charles, Louisiana, Albuquerque amateur boxers Sharahya Moreu and Abraham Perez have advanced to the second round of the U.S. Olympic Trials.

On Monday, Moreu defeated Jill Stafford by split (3-2) decision in the women’s 152-pound class. Perez advanced by walkover in the men’s 114-pound class when scheduled opponent Fernando Martinez did not show up for Monday’s bout.

Neither Moreu nor Perez was scheduled to fight again until Wednesday. The competition is double-elimination, and losers of Monday bouts were matched against each other on Tuesday.

CATCHING UP: Albuquerque-trained MMA fighters split a pair of fights on Saturday’s Combate Americas card in Hidalgo, Texas.

Middleweight Elias Urbina (5-1), who trains at Jackson-Wink, defeated Mike Tovar by first-round TKO (punches).

Featherweight Anselmo Luis Luna (14-8), who trains at Luttrell-Yee, lost to Victor Martinez by first-round TKO (punches).

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