Denver Merrifield-Nirva Wins Showdown Fight – Utah Mixed Martial Arts

Absolute MMA Fighter Denver Merrifield-Nirva

Sorry for the late post, gang. We wanted to make sure and share Denver’s performance at the latest Showdown Fights: Lightweight Championship. Denver fought a professional Utah Mixed Martial Arts match against Agustin Espinoza at Bantamweight, 135 lbs.

First round domination

The first round saw Denver pressuring his opponent as soon as the bell rang. Taking control of the center of the cage, Denver forced Augustin to the edge and immediately put him on the defensive. Pressure from punch and kick combinations gave Augustin little chance to use his heavy hands and aggressive style. Denver continued his assault, striking almost at will and taking no damage in the first round.

The second round had more action as Denver started to put more of his striking skills into play. Jumping knees, head kicks, and submissions dominated this round.

At one point, Denver had secured an armlock from the guard on Augustin. Showing great strength and determination, Augustin picked Denver up to slam him. As Denver was being lifted up, he changed his attack to a go-go plata. As Denver’s back hit the floor, he rolled Augustin to his back and it looked like he had the choke on!

Augustin managed to move just enough to avoid the choke which allowed Denver to transition to knee on the belly. From here he threw punches and elbows to set up a flawless arm bar. Herb Dean stopped the fight due to arm lock in the second round. Denver improved his record to 5-1 with this impressive victory.

Congratulations Denver!  Great fight! We are proud to have you represent Absolute MMA.

Utah Mixed Martial Arts | Showdown Lightweight Championship

Utah Mixed Martial Arts

Showdown Fights will be putting on a show on November 16th, 2012. This will be a Utah Mixed Martial Arts event that will showcase fighters from Utah and California. Featured in this show will be two fighters from Absolute MMA.

Denver Merrifield-Nirva

An up and coming fighter out of Absolute MMA with a 4-1-0 record. Denver has been steadily improving both his Muay Thai and his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with consistent practice. Training under his long time coach, Rob Handley, Denver has made significant gains in both his offense and defense in these two disciplines. Denver has added a strong wrestling base to his game which will only add to his strengths. This fight will be at Bantamweight, 135 lbs.

Denver’s opponent, Agustin Espinoza, is known for his heavy hands and explosive style. Tough and willing to scrap, Agustin will give Denver a great challenge which will make for a great fight. We are looking forward to fireworks from this one.

Steven “Razor” Sharp

Also to be joining the fray as a seasoned veteran of Utah Mixed Martial Arts. With a record of 28-15-0, Steve will bring a wealth of experience to the cage and upon his opponent. Steve is known for being tough as nails and his crushing punches and kicks. A local Utah favorite, Steve is the favored to win against his opponent.

Clay Collard is a younger fighter who is looking to make his mark with a win against Steve. Clay has a record of 9-4-0. He has some experience and most of his wins come by way of knockout or TKO due to strikes. Clay is hungry and working hard to get his game to the next level. This should be another barn burner.