BOISE, Idaho – The Flyweight Title Belt is on the line as Boise native Freddy Arteaga meets Shojin Miki in the Main Event at Front Street Fights 23: Arteaga vs. Miki, presented by Project Filter, on Saturday, Apr. 16 at 7:00 p.m. from Idaho Central Arena.
In addition, the first women’s Co-Main Event in Front Street Fights history headlines with Riley Martinez squaring off with Kayla Yontef, and Boise kid Chase Peel steps back into the cage against Jordan Harrington.
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Arteaga (7-7-0) returns to the octagon after his last fight on Dec. 6, 2019 against Manny Alfaro and heads into his third Front Street Fights event. His last appearance at Idaho Central Arena came at Front Street Fights 7 in November 2015 with his first during the same year against Weston Barnes. Five of the seven wins for the fighter out of Idaho were recorded at KOs or TKOs with one of those called via verbal tap. This will be Arteaga’s first Front Street Fights Main Event and first title fight.
Miki (9-8-0) makes his Front Street Fights and Pacific Northwest debut after most of his previous bouts taking place in Florida and Japan, most recently earning a victory on March 12 by submission in a main event. The Hawai’i fighter appeared at Bellator 213 in Honolulu as a bantamweight but has spent most of his career as a flyweight. Miki has won his last two appearances as well as seven of his nine wins by submission. He’s ranked fourth among pro flyweight fighters in both Florida and the U.S. Southeast and eighth in the United States.
In the Co-Main Event, Martinez (1-0-0) returns to Front Street Fights for her second pro fight after taking down Gloria Grachanin at Front Street Fights 22 in the first round by submission in October 2021. The fighter out of Boise entered the professional scene after winning five of his seven amateur bouts. This is the second Front Street Fights event for Martinez after appearing on the amateur card at Front Street Fights 16.
Yontef (1-0-0) debuts at Front Street Fights after continuing her success into her professional career, taking down Carlene Chandler by ground & pound in her debut in August 2021. The New Mexico fighter has not lost a bout in her career both professional and amateur, winning all six fights with four of those coming as punches and the other two were unanimous decisions. This is the first fight for Yontef in the Pacific Northwest with her closest fight to Idaho coming in Colorado.
In the opening pro fight, Peel (2-0-0) brings a sterling professional record back to Boise for the third time after appearances in consecutive Front Street Fights events to open his pro career, taking down Cameron Robinett in October by KO/TKO in 44 seconds as well as a second-round punches win against Steven Southern at Front Street Fights 21 in January 2020. The Menifee, Calif. native and current Boise resident has won six of his eight career fights with half of those by either KO/TKO or punches, and all three Front Street Fights appearances have resulted in wins, including his amateur debut at Front Street Fights 9 in August 2016.
Harrington (0-0-0) makes his professional debut after five fights in his amateur career and enters the Idaho MMA scene for the first time. The fighter out of Washington took down Front Street Fights veteran Nathan Stolen in March 2012 for his first amateur win during his second bout. This is the first official fight for Harrington since his last amateur appearance in October 2014.
Announcements for additions to the pro and amateur fight cards will be announced at a later date.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for Front Street Fights 23: Arteaga vs. Miki, 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 Nathan Jordan at 208-424-2200 ext. 2310. 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 24 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.