By Jay Leon Guerrero
Ian Lujan closes out the best first half of 2015 for Guam mixed martial arts with a huge pro MMA debut win in the Odyssey Fights MMA organization which was held in Richmond, Virginia. Lujan, who was the Tuff-N-Uff amateur Saturday Night over hometown favorite Jojo Springfield. Lujan, from Malesso but now resides in Las Vegas, knocked Springfield in 29 seconds.
With the first half of 2015 behind us, local MMA star picked up huge wins to start off probably the best year for Guam’s MMA. “Baby” Joe Taimanglo picked up the first win in Bellator with a “Chamorro Punch” knock out, Jon ‘Supersaiyan’ Tuck and Jon ‘the Heat’ Delos Reyes followed up UFC Manila bonus award victories in May.
Roque Martinez had a successful comeback victory in Korea and Kyle ‘Money’ Aguon successful defended his Bantamweight belt in PXC Manila. Lujan added the icing on the cake with his successful pro debut this passed weekend at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.
Lujan was supposed to make his pro debut earlier this year in an undercard bout in the World Series of Fighting organization but his opponent scratched at the last minute. “Finally, I’ve made my pro debut and I’m happy to come out with the win,” said Lujan who fights out of Xtreme Couture Gym in Las Vegas.
“I’ve recently signed with Sucker Punch Management and they got me a fight with Odyssey. I was looking for a manager and I’m glad to be with them,” said Lujan. Sucker Punch manages many professional fighters with UFC notables Max Halloway and UFC StrawWeight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk under their guidance.
“I was actually in Guam when I got the call to fight in Virginia, I was on island for my grandmothers rosary (Filamena San Nicolas Lujan). I dedicate the win to her and I would like to thank everyone on Guam, especially my friends and family in Malesso, for their continued love and support.”
“On my short visit here I had the opportunity of working out with Kyle Aguon and Ricky Camp at Spike 22 academy. I wish I had more time there but my priorities were with my grandmothers rosary,” said Lujan.
As soon as the bell rang, Lujan threw a high kick and continued engaging with combos that caused Springfield to back pedal. Lujan overwhelmed Springfield who tried to fight back but was hurt as he fell to the canvas. Springfield ate two hammer fists from lujan as the referee stepped in and the fight was called. “My last two fights before this last a little over a minute and then there was the four second knockout. I train at high altitudes and my cardio is good for three rounds but I just have to take what’s out there,” said Lujan.
“Well I really don’t know what next up for me, but I’m hoping to get back in action real soon,” said Lujan of his next opportunity. For now, he will head back to Las Vegas and join his siblings along with his parents Ivan and Jocelyn Susuico Lujan. “I want to really thank all my family and friends back home, it really means so much to have your continued support”.
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