Sparta Combat League, one of the fastest growing Mixed Martial Arts promotions in the nation, announced today that it is coming to Butte on Saturday, April 21.
SCL’s first visit to Montana will be held at the Butte Civic Center with local mixed martial artist and owner of Grit Training Center, Sam Rauch, as the headliner for the 155-pound professional Muay Thai title.
Muay Thai is an advanced form of kickboxing that includes elbow strikes.
The event will be among six SCL events scheduled for the first half of 2018. The promotion is the only of its kind to incorporate support for a local charity into an event. The Colorado born promotion went national in 2015 and pulls together vast crowds of very diverse people that unite together to support local families and grow Combat Sports.
“Montana is full of tough fighters, so we found the best and most well-known Montana fighter to headline the event” Jeff Scinaros, SCL Owner and President, said. “Sam isn’t just well known in Montana, he has an outstanding reputation with Colorado’s most elite fighters and coaches as being highly skilled and tough and his fighting record backs it up.”
Rauch has signed a five-fight contract with SCL — along with upcoming April show in Butte, SCL will feature him in the King of Sparta Tournament at the Denver, Pepsi Center June 30. The King Of Sparta Tournament will be an eight man tournament with the first round being four three minute rounds of boxing. The second round will be three, 3- minute rounds of kickboxing and the final round will be three, 5- minute rounds of mixed martial arts. The winner will not only hold the title of The King of Sparta, but will also be taking home $10,000.
Main Event Fighter, Rauch, recently received his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt following his submission win at the top professional grappling promotion, Fight to Win Pro 45, which was aired live in August 2017. Rauch was awarded his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black belt under Amal Easton after his armbar submission finish. Amal Easton is one of the first non-Brazilians to be promoted under legendary Renzo Gracie, from the founding family of Gracie Jiu Jitsu.
Rauch began training martial arts while serving in the military in 2002. After serving two deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, he returned to Montana where he began competing in MMA in 2006. He holds a MMA record of 15-4-1 and is looking to switch gears in competition to Muay Thai, which is a skill he has honed the last 10 years with striking legend Duane ‘Bang’ Ludwig.
“I had a lot of fun training and elevating my technique for my professional Jiu Jitsu match,” Rauch said. “Now, I’m ready to prove my kickboxing and Muay Thai skills. I’m honored to be fight for Sparta Combat League Professional Muay Thai Title in my hometown.”
Before opening his gym in Butte, Rauch earned a reputation as a well-rounded technical fighter while training on one of the nation’s most renowned fight teams full time for several years, alongside UFC Champions and Veterans George St. Pierre, Shane Carwin, Rashad Evans, Keith Jarden, Duane ‘Bang’ Ludwig and Nate Marquart to name a few.
“I love training and competing in martial arts, but my true passion is sharing it and improving in the sport with others,” he said. “I feel it is my purpose to bring the same quality training and strong martial arts community that I experienced in Colorado to my home town.”