Cage fighting at Lamar Dixon

Angela Chustz-Parent

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Battle at Balloon Fest
Battle at Balloon Fest

Extreme cage fighting will return to the Lamar Dixon Expo Center this Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. This event, which is named Battle at Balloon Fest, will showcase fourteen professional and amateur mixed martial arts fights, including three amateur championship title bouts.

Felix Lipoma, owner and president of Felix’s LA Bad Boy Productions, promised mixed martial arts (MMA) fans of Ascension Parish and surrounding areas an exciting night of entertainment.

“We are expected to have a full house on Saturday night,” Lipoma said. “The Annual Balloon Festival will be at Lamar Dixon Friday through Sunday with approximately 100,000 [people] visiting the area.”

Professional MMA fighters Ron Jacobs (4-4) and Booker Arthur (2-3) are featured as the main event. Arthur has fought twice in the Bellator Fighting Championship, winning one fight by submission and losing another by unanimous decision. He will be stepping down to the featherweight division to fight Jacobs. Jacobs most recently suffered a loss by TKO, but won two consecutive fights in the first round by submission before the technical knockout.

This bout has the potential to go the distance as these two try to redeem their records. If Jacobs does not have the proper conditioning, Arthur may prevail by taking it the distance. However, if Arthur gets caught on the ground, Jacobs could walk away with a submission victory.

The co-main event will feature 155-pound Calvin Miller (4-3) versus Marcus Andrusia (1-5). Miller is coming off of an impressive win by TKO this past July. He has won the majority of his fights by TKO or KO in the first round. Miller is known for his powerful and destructive strikes and kicks.

Andrusia earned respect by many in the fight industry by winning his first professional bout against Aaron Williams (20-17), one of the South’s most talented lightweights. With that said, Miller is favored in this fight to win by knockout in the first round.

There will also be 125-pound, 145-pound and 155-pound amateur championship bouts at this event. Berto Grimaldo and Devin Jones, two 125-pound fighters, will be challenging each other for the bantamweight championship. Grimaldo is a well-rounded fighter out of Team 515 in Texas. Jones is known for his stand-up and powerful strikes. He is fighting out of Global Fitness Center (GFC) in Alexandria and has trained in extreme cardio. If Grimaldo is not prepared in strength and conditioning, he may open himself up for a TKO.

Featherweights Stephen Banasszak and Andy Brossett will battle for the 145-pound title. Banasszak, also out of Texas, fights out of Chop Shop MMA and is considered a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter. Brossett, also fighting out of GFC, has a strong wrestling background and currently holds the amateur featherweight title. Because each of these fighters have ground skills, this fight has the potential to be a battle on the mats for three rounds. Brossett, who is the current champion, is favored to win.

Nathan Heath and Michael McDonald will be fighting for the featherweight championship. Heath is Grimaldo’s teammate at Team 515, and just like Grimaldo, he is very well-rounded. McDonald fights under Gracie United with second-degree black belt. McDonald is a dangerous submissions artist. However, if Heath can take the heat from McDonald and avoid a submission, he may walk away with a victory.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Fights start at 7:00 p.m. Advanced general admission tickets are $25. All ages welcome. For more ticket information visit

Amateur Undercard

Dylan Dozart vs. Brandon Barree, 125 pounds

Andy Stoute vs. Seth Gomez, 135 pounds

Justin Hoda vs. Larry Jackson, 125 pounds

Ross Stevens vs. Robert Auzenne, 145 pounds

Trent Meaux vs. Steven Oshaughnessy, 135 pounds

Brett Guedry vs. Thomas Turner, 145 pounds

Steven Boulet vs. Justin Durand, 155 pounds

Chris Morgan vs. Brian Newman, 205 pounds

Jerry Chamberlain vs. Juan Torres, Heavyweight

Fight Card Subject to Change