BOISE, Idaho – Front Street Fights returns to Idaho Central Arena with a Lightweight Title match headlining the pro fight card as Treasure Valley native Darrell Flores goes for the vacated belt against Bellator veteran Nathan “Superman” Stolen at Front Street Fights 22: Flores vs. Stolen, presented by Project Filter, on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 7:00 p.m.
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Flores (7-5-0) enters his fourth Front Street Fights event on a two-match win streak, last appearing as the main event at Front Street Fights 21, taking down Quinten Wyland by unanimous decision in three rounds. The Caldwell native also defeated Kerry Lattimer via punches in Front Street Fights 20 in just four minutes and 32 seconds as part of his recent winning trend. He was slated for a title bout in Boise against Chris Stone in March 2020 prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Flores is 2-1-0 in fights at Idaho Central Arena events, premiering at Front Street Fights 5 on May 15, 2015. Flores is also the third-ranked active lightweight fighter in Idaho as well as in the top-100 in the U.S. West Region.
Stolen (8-5-0) returns to Idaho Central Arena for the third time in his career and second for a Front Street Fights event, making his debut at Front Street Fights 17 against Lattimer, winning in the second round via punches for his seventh-career win. The fighter out of Washington made his last two appearances with Bellator, fighting most recently at Bellator 220 in April 2019 as well as in Boise at Bellator 205 against Andrew “Hurricane” Cruz at Idaho Central Arena in September 2018. Stolen has also sparred with Front Street Fights veteran Bobby McKinney back in 2017.
MMA also returns to downtown Boise with a full pro fight card, featuring five pro fights including a Co-Main Event, multiple Boise debut fights, and the first pro female bout in Boise since Front Street Fights 16. This will be the first major MMA event in Boise since Front Street Fights 21: Cruz vs. McKinney on Jan. 10, 2020 at Idaho Central Arena.
The featured Co-Main Event is a bantamweight bout between veteran Nick “Nicky No Holdz Barz” Burgos and Boise native Ricky “The Karate Kid” Steele. Burgos (11-6-0) makes his Front Street Fights debut following back-to-back wins in his previous two appearances by unanimous decisions. The Salt Lake City native has also taken on boxing and kickboxing opponents. Steele (6-2-0) returns to Front Street Fights for the third time, last taking down Joaquin Calderon at Front Street Fights 7 in November 2015 and defeating Gabe Pelayo in the first Front Street Fights event in May 2014. The 5-foot-11 local kid swept his first six bouts as well as an exhibition on Season 27 of The Ultimate Fighter as a contestant.
Idaho Central Arena veterans Bryce “The Vice” Edminister and Ben “The Lion” Hollier finally get to meet in the octagon in a featherweight match. The two were slated to meet in March 2020 during the original Front Street Fights 22 event prior to the pandemic. Edminister (2-2-0) enters his fourth professional event at Idaho Central Arena and third through Front Street Fights, last appearing in Front Street Fights 18 against Cody Sattler. The 5-foot-11 Utah fighter took down Leon Taylor at Bellator 205 hosted in Boise and is hunting for his first Front Street Fights win. Hollier (5-1-0) is coming off back-to-back wins by rear naked choke, taking down Justin Vazquez in December 2020 and Kerry Lattimer in August 2020. The fighter out of Idaho won his lone pro card bout at Front Street Fights in October 2019 against Doug Collins by unanimous decision, and he’s 3-1-0 at Idaho Central Arena, including amateur fights.
The first female bout in nearly three years features two Idaho fighters making their pro debuts: Gloria “Crusher” Grachanin and Riley “Rad” Martinez. Grachanin also makes her Front Street Fights debut after back-to-back wins by punches in her two amateur bouts, taking down Jessica Hauesisen in 2019 and Raign Tongue in 2018 with the latter in the opening round. Martinez earned a 5-2-0 record in her amateur career, winning four of five matches following her Front Street Fights debut in February 2018 against Faith Davis. The Boise native won four of five bouts by decisions other than unanimous.
The pro fight card opens with Chase Peel and Cameron Robinett in a lightweight bout. Peel (1-0-0) won his pro debut at Front Street Fights 21, the last MMA event at Idaho Central Arena, in January 2020 in a second round victory over Steve Southern by punches. The California fighter went 4-2-0 in his amateur career, including a win in his MMA debut at Front Street Fights 9 in 2016. Robinett (0-1-0) makes his Front Street Fights debut following his pro debut in July. The fighter out of Idaho went 6-1-0 in his amateur career with all six wins coming consecutively.
Information regarding the amateur card will be released closer to the event.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for Front Street Fights 22: Flores vs. Stolen, presented by Project Filter, with the first fight scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at the Idaho Central Arena Box Office or online at IdahoCentralArena.com for as low as $25. To book a luxury suite for your party, contact Darren Caskey at 208-472-1022. For more information, call 208-383-0080 or visit IdahoCentralArena.com.
About Front Street Fights
Idaho’s most talented mixed martial artists square off in the cage at Idaho Central Arena at Front Street Fights, the arena’s own MMA fight promotion. Front Street Fights has already hosted 23 MMA events since making its debut on May 16, 2014. During that time, rising MMA stars and accomplished fighters like Jesse Brock, Ricky Steele, Scott Thometz, and Vince Morales have squared off in front of Boise fight fans. Front Street Fights hosts four events per year, and its success has attracted not only bigger names to Boise, but also bigger promotions that included a Bellator MMA event in May 2016 and September 2018.