On Friday, Sept. 14, Denver’s Fight to Win hosted Warriors from the National Western Complex.

In the night’s main event, Ultimate Fighter: Live veteran Chase Hackett put his lightweight belt on the line against Bellator vet Gilbert Jimenez. The card featured 11 total bouts, split between four professional MMA fights, four amateur MMA fights and three kickboxing bouts.

Hackett uses spinning back fist to finish Jimenez

Hackett celebrates (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

The Fight to Win lightweight belt stayed in the hands of Chase “Prison Stare” Hackett as he scored an opening round TKO win over Gilbert Jimenez.

Jimenez surprised Hackett early with a right flush to his jaw. Hackett reacted with a takedown and he began to impose his will shortly thereafter. He rained punches from the mount, but Jimenez would get the fight back to the feet with a slick scramble.

Hackett relaxed when the fight was upright, connecting with a spinning back fist along the fence that sent Jimenez crashing to the mat. He flurried and the referee was there to save Jimenez from further damage.

In his post-fight speech Hackett proclaimed himself the official champion after his previous bout ended due to an injury.

Banks demolishes Vigil

Featherweight Joey Banks avenged a previous loss to Matt Vigil with a lightning-fast TKO win.

Banks pressed forward from the opening bell, backing Vigil against the cage. From there Banks unloaded on Vigil, forcing him to turtle up and the referee to call a stop to the action.

Deanda batters Hastings to claim TKO win

Deanda rains punches from the top (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

In a match-up of lightweights making their professional debuts, Ben Deanda dominated Jeremy Hastings en route to a third-round stoppage win.

Hastings started quickly, scoring heavy knees from the Thai clinch. When Hastings rolled for a leg lock, Deanda took advantage of the top position to rain punches and take the opening round.

The second round was all Deanda. He reversed a takedown attempt from Hastings, moved to mount and dropped heavy shots for the entire five minutes.

In the final frame, referee Adam Martinez had enough of the lopsided action, halting the bout at the 1:17 mark and giving Deanda his first pro victory.

Caballero snaps losing streak, submits Jeremy Martinez

Caballero scores a triangle choke (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

Veteran featherweight Vellore Caballero made his opponent Jeremy Martinez pay for missing weight by 10 pounds by scoring a first-round submission victory.

Caballero missed on a head kick in the opening seconds of the fight, but Martinez landed in his guard. Martinez allowed Caballero to throw up his legs and apply a triangle choke from the bottom and was forced to tap in less than a minute.

In his post-fight interview Caballero hinted that he may be retiring from competition.

Amateur Undercard

Middleweight Canaan Grigsby claimed the vacant Fight to Win amateur belt by finishing off Reed O’Malley in less than a minute. O’Malley looked for a takedown early, but Grigsby kept the fight on the feet and unloaded against the fence to force the referee to intervene.

In a back-and-forth affair, Tony Dominguez got the better of Chance Chin on the mat. Dominguez took Chin’s back and worked to secure the fight-ending rear-naked choke with just 36 seconds remaining in the opening frame.

Joe Gustafson needed only 17 seconds to force a tap from James Vigil from a standing guillotine choke. Gustafson latched onto Vigil’s neck as he shot for a takedown and then pressed him against the fence to coax the finish.

Featherweight Cory Sandhagen wasted little time dispatching of Daymar Ortiz. Sandhagen first scored with a takedown and then connected with a knee to Ortiz’s body that sent Ortiz crashing to the mat in agony.


Chase Hackett def. Gilbert Jimenez by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 4:48 (retains lightweight championship)
Joey Banks def. Matt Vigil by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 0:41
Ben Deanda def. Jeremy Hastings by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 1:17
Vellore Caballero def. Jeremy Martinez by submission (triangle choke). Round 1, 0:47
Canaan Grigsby def. Reed O’Malley by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 0:44 (claims amateur middleweight championship)
Tony Dominguez def. Chance Chin by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:24 (a)
Joe Gustafson def. James Vigil by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 0:17 (a)
Cory Sandhagen def. Daymar Ortiz by TKO (knee to the body). Round 1, 0:43 (a)
Bryan Young def. Shane Weingardt by TKO (verbal retirement). Round 2, 1:42 (Kickboxing Bout)
Roman Carson def. Cruz Soltero Jr. by unanimous decision (30-26 x3) (Kickboxing Bout)
Peter Straub def. Stephen Nicholson by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) (Kickboxing Bout)

Photo: The Fight to Win Championship Belt (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

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