McALLEN -- Two fighters out of Edinburg fought their way to victory at STFC 15 Nature of the Beast at the McAllen Convention Center.
In the co-main event, STFC veteran Danny Salinas (8-2-0) took on Cedric Marks (28-22-0). Salinas, who has been in different weight classes, was down through out most of the bout, but in this business luck can change and within a matter a seconds it did for Marks.
In the third round, with a bloody face and fatigue kicking in, Salinas found himself on the offensive side of the fight. Salinas threw a couple of knees to Marks' hand and injured it pretty good. Then, in a effort to stop the offense of Salinas, Marks punched him in the face but broke his hand in the process.
“I threw a couple of knees that hit his hands,” Salinas said. “Then he smacked my head and it finished off his hand.”
As the doctor came to the ring to analyze Mark's hand, the crowd knew it was over because he would scream as the doctor moved it and the agonizing scene was shown on the big screen. Salinas explained that he didn't hear a pop of any sorts because it all happened to fast.
In his post fight interview with Rock n Roll James, STFC's emcee, they joked on how Salinas is sometimes hard-headed.
Salinas wants to fight in the 155 pound class next bringing his weight down about another 20 pounds. He said it was because he wants to be the big guy in the fight.
Another Edinburg native, Andrew Garza (1-0-0), made his MMA debut against Stephen Perez (1-1-0). After three rounds of action Garza was able to get his first win by dominating the entire fight against Perez. In a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27), Garza came away the victory for Team Aragon which had three wins that night.
In the main event of the night, Carlos Diego Ferreira made is debut with a victory over Joseph Daly by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27).