Colorado State University - Pueblo Athletics Brings MMA event to Pueblo October 1

Colorado State University - Pueblo Athletics Brings MMA event to Pueblo October 1

PUEBLO – The second annual Bring the Thunder MMA event - "Bring the Thunder: Genesis" - will raise funds for Colorado State University-Pueblo Athletics at Massari Arena on Saturday, October 1.  The event will feature 12 bouts in total - six professional and six amateur.

The headline bout features CSU-Pueblo wrestler and Bellator vet Nick Mamalis and Texas-based Ryan Villarreal. Mamalis is the top-ranked 125-pound professional fighter in Colorado, while Villarreal is the current Cage Fighting Championship (CFC) bantamweight champion.  Former collegiate All-American wrestlers also will be featured, as former Northern Colorado All-American Justin Gaethje will have his second professional fight while four-time Colorado state high school champion and two-time national champion, Kyle Sand, makes his MMA debut.

For a full fight card preview, see below or visit
Tickets start at just $20, with ringside seats going for $125 ($1,000 for ringside tables). Tickets are available via or by contacting the CSU-Pueblo Ticket Office at (719) 549-2050.

Fight card preview by Leister Bowling
The main event features CSU-Pueblo wrestler and Bellator veteran Nick Mamalis against Texas-based Randy Villarreal. Nick is trying to work his way back into a bigger show and looks to do so on his home turf at CSU-Pueblo. Villarreal is coming in from Texas and wants to prove that he belongs at the top of the 135 lb. division. He is the current cfc Bantamweight Champion. Both fighters have fought the majority of their careers at higher weight classes fighting at 145 and even 155 lbs. At 135 lbs.,  they both feel that they are two of the top fighters in the world.

Donnie Liles returns to action after a three-year layoff due to injury. He has fought in Strikeforce and IFL. His experience is 2nd to none but he has a tough task ahead of him with the hard hitting and always game Jeremy Kimball. Kimball jumped at the opportunity to fight a guy like Donnie. This is the kind of fight that can elevate Jeremy to another level.

The card is stacked from top to bottom and will feature six professional fights and six amateur fights.
Kicking off the pro card will be Jen Berg who is the 12th ranked straw weight fighter in the world. She will take on Darla Harris who actually used to train with Jen at the Grudge Training Center.

Justin "The Highlight" Gaethje will take his 2nd professional fight in less than two  months. He was an NCAA D1 All-American for the University of Northern Colorado. He will take on fellow wrestler Joe Kelso. Gaethje is coming off a huge win by K.O. (slam) over Bellator Vet Kevin Crooms and is looking to start his pro career off fast with two fights in five weeks.

Bellator Vet Aaron Romero will take on Kreg Hartle in a hard fought battle with both guys being strikers, don’t blink!
The match-up that local Pueblo fans are dying to see is one between Prentice Ingram and Manuel Gallardo. These two used to train together and have a mutual respect for one another but don’t expect either one to take it easy. This is a hometown rivalry, and this fight may prove once and for all who can claim the title of the toughest 145 lb. fighter in Pueblo. Our amateur fights are going to be great as well. Kyle Sand is making his MMA debut. Kyle is the only wrestler in Colorado history to go undefeated and win four state championships in his high school career. He was also a 2x National Champion in college. Kyle will take on heavy hitter Jeremy Mares, who made his debut last year with a win on Bring the Thunder 1. Jeremy has heavy hands and is willing to stand and bang with anyone.

Tyler Eberhardt and Nick Portillos both won on Bring the Thunder 1 as well, and this fight will be fireworks from beginning to end.
Local favorite Dominic Montoya is looking to establish dominance as an amateur and prove to everyone that he is ready to go pro.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.