Posted: Thursday, July 13, 2023. 5:00 pm CST.
By Breaking Belize News Staff: In a groundbreaking moment for Belize, the country is proudly represented at the inaugural Central American Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Championships, taking place in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua.
Two skilled fighters from Belize are competing in the tournament, making history as they step into the ring. David Blanco and Thomas Godfrey, both training at the WAR Training Center in Orange Walk, are ready to represent their homeland in the 135 lbs and 170 lbs weight categories respectively. They are under the guidance of their coach, Silvino Riverol.
Also in attendance is Elmer Rodriguez, Belize’s first International Judge of MMA. His presence underscores the country’s growing recognition in the sport as he will be judging some of the fights at the event.
The first-of-its-kind championship draws participation from six countries – Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, and Honduras. Each nation is eager to carve out their place in the region’s martial arts history.
The atmosphere is filled with anticipation as Belizeans prepare to cheer on Blanco and Godfrey. With their grit, talent, and perseverance, the duo is setting a high bar for future Belizean MMA fighters.
Regardless of the outcome, this event signifies a crucial moment in Belize’s sporting history, indicating a promising future for Belizean competitors in the international MMA arena. The progress made here will undoubtedly inspire the upcoming generation of athletes in Belize, proving that with dedication, they can compete at the highest level.
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