Blythe native Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Bryce Callaghan didn’t wait too long before signing on the dotted line for another scrap, with the local 19-year-old agreeing to face San Bernardino, Calif.,-based Ever Hernandez at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, Calif., on Dec. 8.
The 155-lbs. lightweight bout will be held as part of the King of the Cage MMA promotion’s “Hard Drive” event.
Callaghan, now training full-time out of Temecula, Calif., under the umbrella of MMA legend Dan Henderson’s renowned Team Quest team, is fresh off a solid unanimous decision win over gritty Muay Thai specialist Joe Kimbrough Sept. 7.
“My last fight, we executed the gameplan pretty well,” said Callaghan. “We came out, and right away – like I expected – he threw that leg kick and I ate it, I didn’t check it in time. So then I shot my double-leg (takedown). And when I picked him up, I thought he felt really light, you know. So I picked him up, put him down and I think I was able to control the rest of the round.”
The Sept. 7 bout – held at the BlueWater Resort & Casino Showroom – was a much-needed win after a two-fight skid for the former Palo Verde High School (PVHS) Yellow Jacket.
“I was really upset after the fight that I couldn’t put him away, but (Kimbrough) is very durable and tough, as you could see. Cut, bloodied, and he still wouldn’t go so props to him,” stated Callaghan, whose training partners include region standouts Mason Iacobellis; Jordan Winski; Ariyon Young; Bellator veteran and current LFA (Legacy Fighting Alliance) 155-lbs standout Steve Kozola; Trevor Wells; and James “Mooka” Barnes. “This next fight, I can’t wait because I have like 80-something days to get even better than my last fight.”
With feedback from coaches and a concerted effort on filling out overall skillsets, Callaghan hopes to dial-in another winning performance in front of the biggest venue – with an over-10,000 seating capacity – of his career.
“I’m 3-0 at that 155(-lbs.) weight class; I’ve never lost there. So (my) coaches feel like that’s better for me. And I think so too; I can spend more time training and getting better (at lightweight) than having to worry about a weight cut,” noted Callaghan. “I have great coaches, man; I really enjoyed that fight because I was able to showcase my stand-up, grappling, and my cardio.”
Callaghan’s local Blythe sponsors include Dr. Mark Chavez and Edward Gallegos’ Gravity Ball Method, George’s Barber Shop, BodyZone, Hoodlumz Tat-2, Iron Fit, the Robles family, Summer Spraggins of Century 21, Aggressor Wear, Bounce Back Nutrition and Relentless Nutrition.
(Note: Bryce “Blessed” Callaghan can currently be reached by phone at  218-4853 or via email at Brycecallaghan77@gmail.com for any sponsorship or event ticket inquiries.)