Where: National Western Complex
When: Saturday – July 23rd 7:00 – 10:00
Tickets: Here and King Soopers
Saturday night will bring yet another outstanding Mixed Martial Arts event to the National Western Complex in Denver, as Fight To Win presents: INVADERS. We’ll get to see some really fun fights here that will have major implications for the upcoming Fight To Win shows as well as the overall Colorado fight scene. Here’s what’s in store for Saturday night:
1O PRO FIGHTS! 2 AMATEUR BOUTS! LIVE DUBSTEP MUSIC!
GET TICKETS AT: WWW.F2WMMA.COM
$800 VIP TABLE (8 SEATS WITH BOTTLE OF VODKA AND MIXERS)
$50 VIP (ROWS 1-3)
$40 (ROWS 4-8)
$30 GENERAL ADMISSION
170LBS PRO JOSH CAVAN (7-0) VS TRAVIS PEAK (6-1)
CO MAIN EVENT
145LBS PRO JOSH FORD (2-0) vs NICK MACIAS (4-1)
265LBS PRO JEREMIAH CONSTANT (10-6) vs LOU LOYD (6-0)
155LBS PRO ANGELO DUARTE (8-5) vs CHASE HACKETT (2-1)
265LBS PRO ANTHONY ALIREZ (0-0) vs GEORGE ASHAUER (1-0)
155LBS PRO MATT SIMMS (2-2) vs NATE JOHNSON (1-3)
155LBS PRO LORANT T NELSON (2-0) vs STEVEN SIMMONS (4-5)
145LBS PRO ANDREW ALIREZ (2-1) vs ZAC CHAVES (0-0)
145LBS PRO JUSTIN HOUGHTON (1-0) vs NATHAN GATES (0-0)
170LBS PRO CHINO MONTOYA (4-2) vs KREG HARTLE (4-1)
170LBS AMMY TITLE JOSH GOLDBERGER (4-1) vs JOSH COLE (4-3)
145LBS AMMY J. KEVEN HERNANDEZ (1-0) vs SASHA BROWN (1-2)
On a separate note, the Examiner would like to also share the story of the horrific tragedy that has recently affected our local MMA community. Earlier this week, Dr. Alex Constantanides (the CO fight doctor) and his family were vacationing and camping in Wyoming when a flash flood washed out the roads. Dr. Alex’s van carrying his wife and 3 daughters fell into a raging flooding creek. Dr. Alex was able to safely remove himself from their van, but was unable to save his wife and 3 young children. In a remarkable effort of bravery and fortitude, “Doc” managed to save Mayor John Zeiger whose Emergency Management Truck was also washed out and had plummeted into the raging creek as well. Here is the account chronicled by Denver Post’s, Jordan Steffen.
Horror and heroism reigned in tragic Wyoming accident
By Jordan Steffen
The Denver Post
- Sister of Laurel Constantinides says she was “one of the strongest people I knew”
- Four Colorado Springs family members killed in Wyoming flash flood identified
Hannah, Zoey and Lucia fumbled over gooey s’mores as their parents, Alex and Laurel Constantinides, chatted with Laurel’s mother during a family picnic Monday.
As clouds loomed and darkness fell, Katie and Jim Carmin said goodbye to their daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren, leaving the Constantinides family to start its camping trip.
It would be the last time the Carmins saw the entire family alive.
“This is a loss beyond comprehension, and this is every parent’s nightmare,” said Katie Carmin.
Laurel Constantinides, 38, and her three daughters, Hannah, 8, Zoey, 5, and Lucia, 2, were killed early Tuesday when their van plunged into a 9-foot-deep chasm in the road and into a raging creek — an accident seemingly caused by a flash flood.
On Wednesday, Alex Constantinides — the father, driver and only family member to survive — was hailed as a hero by residents of Saratoga, Wyo. Despite his own loss, he helped rescue Mayor John Zeiger, whose truck dived into the creek shortly after the Constantinideses’ van.
It began around midnight when the Constantinideses were evacuated from their campsite in Medicine Bow National Forest, south of Rawlins, as heavy rains washed through the area.
The Colorado Springs family packed up their gear and was traveling east on Wyoming 130, also known as Snowy Range Road, when their white Volkswagen van hit a 25-foot-wide washout in the road and plummeted into Brush Creek. The vehicle was swept 75 yards downstream.
A short time later, a Carbon County Emergency Management truck, driven by Zeiger, crashed into the same ravine and tumbled about 45 yards downstream.
Unable to save his family, Alex Constantinides, 39, worked his way upstream, where he found Zeiger and pulled him out of the truck and away from the swollen creek.
“I think he is a hero,” said Kyle Powell, a longtime resident of Saratoga. “He lost his whole life, and this town is going to have a lot of gratitude toward that man.”
The small town was in shock Wednesday, said Powell, who works at Duke’s Bar and Grill, where Zeiger often stops to pick up a pizza.
“He is very compassionate and very kind,” Powell said of Zeiger. “It doesn’t surprise me at all that he was out there trying to help people.”
Zeiger remained hospitalized Wednesday with non-life- threatening injuries.
Constantinides, a physician, was treated at the Carbon County Medical Hospital in Rawlins and released. He was not available Wednesday to talk about the tragedy.
Katie Carmin was not surprised that her son-in-law forged almost 30 yards upstream to help a stranger. Carmin lives in Wheatland, Wyo., where Laurel Constantinides was raised.
Alex and Laurel first met at the University of Wyoming in Laramie but did not start dating until a few years later. The two would have celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary on July 30.
“They were a genuine, honest, positive embodiment of family and love, and that was just the beginning of their story,” Carmin said.
The couple adopted their three daughters. Their first daughter, Hannah, was adopted from China in January 2004. She was a math whiz who loved to read. Zoey loved to solve puzzles, and Lucia was a “busybody” who loved to spend time outside with her grandfather.
“They were a tremendous gift to us, and we miss them terribly,” Carmin said.
Engineers with the Wyoming Transportation Department are investigating what caused the road to collapse. Preliminary assessments indicate the swollen creek may have eroded the surface beneath the asphalt in a matter of minutes, causing the collapse.
The family is asking that memorial donations be made to Half the Sky Foundation, a charity focused on improving conditions for children in Chinese orphanages. Donations can be made at halfthesky.org
If you’ve ever had the chance to meet, speak with or know Alex….you know what an unbelievably positive energy he has.
One of the most selfless, giving, honorable and friendly people I have ever met….let alone in the MMA world. He is a staple of all that is good with humanity and especially Colorado fight sports. He has been nothing short of an angel in more ways than I could even describe. Honestly speaking, words cannot express how caring of a man he is, and if we all could be a fraction of the person he is…..we’d all be so much better off.
His passion for helping others is why this man is so loved, admired and truly inspiring. To give you a better understanding of Doc, let me show you an example of something that is very common with Doc and the MMA community here.
Example…..A fighter is training in Denver. Doc is in Colorado Springs. The fighter gets cut over his eyebrow and needs emergency care. The problem is that the fighter has no medical insurance and no means to pay for any medical bills from a General Hospital. Doc immediately gets into his car and heads to Denver where he stitches up the fighter and drives back home. The cost?….a bro-hug.
It’s undeniable to see the heartbreaking tragedies that have affected our MMA community here lately, but we need to be the support system for “Doc” to lean on during t
hese unimaginable times. Local MMA names such as: Shane Carwin, Brendan Shaub, Duane “Bang” Ludwig will be on hand to sign autographs to raise money for Doc’s charity:
Half the Sky Foundation.
Please Denver & all of Colorado…..come out on Saturday night to the INVADERS and support our own MMA family member Dr. Alex Constantanides….we all love him dearly and he needs us now.