Rage in the Cage 13 loaded with local talent

Rage in the Cage 13 loaded with local talent

(Ryan Spann – photo by David Block)

Noe Beltran’s Texas Rage in the Cage 13 is an event you don’t want to miss. For starters, it’s mixed martial arts. Secondly, the card is starting to shape up and over half a dozen fighters from Southeast Texas will step inside the cage on Friday, March 2 at the Beaumont Civic Center.

“I’m a fight fan, so I like to match good fighters together,” said Beltran. “The fans want to see a good show, so I do my best to put two exciting fighters together.”

Headlining will be Port Arthur’s own Joel Scott (3-0) vs. Ricardo Palacios (3-0), of Mission, for the 145-pound TRCAA title. “Of course both of these guys are undefeated and it’s going to make for a great title fight,” said Beltran.

Scott, who is a state and national power-lifting champion, has transitioned over from boxing to MMA. He’s also a cousin of Olympian and current WWE wrestler Mark Henry.

The co-main event will be just as exciting as Beaumont’s Will “The Spider” Spidle (3-0) faces Joey “The War Machine” Montiel (4-2) of Weslaco and the winner will be the No. 1 contender for the 125-pound TRCAA flyweight title.

Spidle, who trains at American Top Team in Beaumont, had no problems in January as he finished his opponent Dat Tran in the first round at G1 Global Fights at Coushatta.

Montiel, who once fought Cody Williams for the 145-pound title, trains at Progressive Scientific Fighting. PSF also teaches Jeet Kune Do, which was created by Bruce Lee in 1962. Jeet Kune Do is described as “minimal movement with maximum effect and extreme speed. It’s not fixed or patterned.”

Also from American Top Team-Beaumont, Ryan “Superman” Spann is also coming off an impressive win as he used a standing guillotine to defeat his opponent in 16 seconds in the first round at G1 Global Fights, and he will lock elbows with Rick Martinez (3-1) at 175 pounds. Martinez, of McAllen, focuses on Muay Thai and last fought for the 180-pound TRCAA title.

Beaumont’s Kevin Johnson looks to improve on his 2-1 record as he fights Matt Herrera (1-2) at 170 pounds. Johnson trains at Texas Punishment Crew and Herrerra, who is coming off a first round TKO win at TRCAA 12 in Victoria, hails from Kingsville.

If you are looking for a fighter who likes to come out and bang like UFC fighter Nick Diaz, look no further than Chad Coggins of Buna. I’ve seen Coggins several times and he always puts on a great show. He will fight undefeated Rodrigo Martinez (3-0), of Waco, at 170 pounds.

Tony Stolfa, who is a cameraman at KBTV FOX 4, will go heads up with Joel Pena, of McAllen, at 145 pounds. Stolfa also trains under Mike Berryhill at American Top Team-Beaumont.

Port Arthur’s Jose Ceja will make his MMA debut as he fights a first-timer to the cage in Javier Galvan. According to Beltran, Ceja is a two-time Golden Gloves boxing champion and his opponent is also making a transition from boxing.

Tickets for this event are $45, $30 and can be purchased at the Beaumont Civic Center box office or any Ticketmaster locations.