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Cage fights here Friday night

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Local combatants featured in MMA card; Padilla in main event

By Dave Kavanaugh

Arturo “Tutti” Padilla, who was a multi-sport star at Robertson High in the 1990s, will headline “Vegas Fight Night,” an evening of mixed martial arts Friday at the Night Owl.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $30 reserved and $50 cage-side; they’ll be sold at the door. For advance ticket information, fans may call 426-6191.

Doors at the Night Owl will open at 6 p.m., with the first fights starting around 7.

Padilla is slated to battle Fernando Rivera of Taos in the main event.

The rest of the card is also loaded with local area fighting talent.

Joseph Dominguez, who was a state wrestling champion for Robertson a couple years back, is among the latest grapplers making the transition to the octagon. He’ll square off with Cris Gallegos from Questa.

Amanda Ortzow, a senior at West Las Vegas who’s best known for her distance running prowess, is scheduled to face Lorna Johnson of Albuquerque. Johnson is a member of Team Jackson, a renowned MMA outfit with a number of strong Duke City fighters both male and female.

Derek Pino of Mora is billed as one of the fighters in the co-main event, although his opponent wasn’t to be announced until Thursday night’s weigh-in (which took place after this issue went to press).

Among the other Las Vegas combatants scheduled to appear are Jesus Lucero and Gilbert Mejias. The card, which will have 10 fights, also features some athletes from Santa Rosa, said promoter Leroy “Tusa” Ortega.

Ortega, who also starred as an RHS athlete in the ‘90s, said this will be the 27th event he’s been involved in promoting.