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Combat sports: Means added to Santa Ana Star card (updated)

Add two more New Mexico combat-sports stars, one in the cage, another in the ring, to an already jam-packed docket in early 2020.

On Monday, the UFC announced that Moriarty MMA welterweight Tim Means has been added to the scheduled Feb. 15 card at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

Means (29-11-1) is matched against Dagestan’s Ramazan “Gorets” Emeev (18-4).

Last week, it was announced that Albuquerque lightweight boxer Fidel Maldonado Jr. (27-4-1, 20 knockouts) will face unbeaten Michel Rivera (17-0) of the Dominican Republic on a Feb. 1 card at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Means and Maldonado join a host of New Mexico-based combat-sports athletes scheduled to be in action in the upcoming six weeks.

On Jan. 17, Rio Rancho MMA featherweight Steve Garcia (10-3) is scheduled to headline an LFA card at Route 66 Casino Hotel. He’s matched against Chicago’s Jose Mariscal (10-4).

Several other New Mexico-based fighters, including Santa Fe flyweight Jerome Rivera (8-2), Jackson-Wink lightweight Chris Brown (5-1), Albuquerque flyweight Ricky Esquibel (3-3) and Jackson-Wink middleweight Jordan Wright (9-0), also are on the card.

On Jan. 18, Edgewood welterweight Donald Cerrone and Albuquerque bantamweight Holly Holm headline a UFC card in Las Vegas, Nev.

Cerrone (36-13) is matched against former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor (21-4) of Ireland in the main event.

Holm (12-5) is scheduled for a rematch against Colorado Springs’ Raquel Pennington (10-7), whom Holm defeated by split decision in the Albuquerquean’s 2015 UFC debut.

On Jan. 25, Albuquerque flyweight Jordan Espinosa (14-6) is scheduled to face Alex Perez (22-5) of Lemoore, California on a UFC card in Raleigh, North Carolina. On the same card, Jackson-Wink light heavyweight Bevon Lewis (6-2) is matched against Dequan Townsend (21-9) of Lansing, Michigan.

On Feb. 1, in addition to Maldonado’s fight, Las Cruces junior middleweight boxer Austin Trout (31-5-1, 17 KOs) is scheduled to headline a card at The Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero.

The former WBA champion is matched against Mexico’s Rosbel Montoya (17-9, 13 KOs).

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

That same night, at the Marriott Pyramid, Santa Fe promoter Pat Holmes is planning a pro boxing card featuring Miami welterweight Alcibiade Duran Galvan (3-1) against an opponent yet to be named.

Duran Galvan, the son of legendary Panamanian champion Roberto Duran, campaigns as Roberto Duran Jr.

On Feb. 15, Means joins six other New Mexico-based fighters on the UFC card at the Star Center.

They are:

Albuquerque bantamweight Ray Borg (12-4), matched against Brazil’s Rogerio Bonterin (16-1).

Light heavyweight Devin Clark (10-4), who trains in Albuquerque at Jackson-Wink, vs. Russia’s Gadzhimurad Antigulov (20-6).

Albuquerque bantamweight John Dodson (20-11) vs. Englishman Nathaniel Wood (16-3).

Albuquerque bantamweight Nicco MontaƱo (4-3) vs. Macy Chiasson (5-1) of New Orleans.

Albuquerque lightweight Diego Sanchez (29-12) vs. Brazil’s Michel Pereira (23-10).

Albuquerque lightweight Lando Vannata (10-4-2) vs. Hawaii’s Yancy Medeiros (15-6).

The Feb. 15 main event is a light heavyweight fight between Corey Anderson (13-4) of Rockton, Illinois and Poland’s Jan Blachowicz (25-8). It’s a rematch of a September 2015 fight won by Anderson via unanimous decision.

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