Fighters Give Their All at the Fierce Grand Prix Semi Final*Photo Gallery*


By Traci Bishop

The Fierce Grand Prix Semi Final took place at the Carbon County Event Center in Price on Saturday evening. This event, spearheaded by Fierce MMA owner Cody Bunderson, benefited the local non-profit organization Carbon Caring for Kids and was deemed “Fight for Hunger.”

A total of eight fights were featured during the event and was the continuation of the Lightweight Grand Prix. Local fighters Holden Sorenson, Tyler Polito and Blanka Chavez all won their respective bouts. Chavez, now 5-1, moved up a weight class to secure his second amateur title in two different weight classes.

Sorenson was able to move to 1-1 while Polito successfully moved 3-1. Local Nick Teny suffered a loss. The main event of the evening saw Bobby King win through submission and advance to the Grand Prix Finals. Thaigo Alves was also successful in advancing via submission and will now face King in the finale, which has a to-be-determined date in the upcoming months.

Bunderson stated that, as a fan and a promoter, he enjoys seeing finishes but was hoping to see some great fights that would enter decision and forfeit, paying for the finish bonuses to assist in the charity donations. Bunderson also stated that, nonetheless, he viewed the fights as highly entertaining and believes he could not be happier in the results.

Bunderson also expressed that no part of the event would be possible without partners Derek Gale and Brandon Wise, who are instrumental in assisting to put on the fights. Bunderson credits his entire “Fierce family” for loving and supporting the community.

A total amount of $3,000 was raised for Carbon Caring for Kids and the proceeds have been given to the organization.

“We owe a huge thanks to all of our local sponsors for making this possible as well and to all those involved and who came out to support we are extremely grateful,” Bunderson concluded.

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