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Bordi fighting in main event of MMA card Saturday

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Manteca mixed-martial artist Vince Bordi, left, works on combination punching with Cortez Martial Arts Academy instructor Daniel Gandarilla on Monday.


POSTED August 8, 2012 11:53 p.m.

Amateur mixed-martial artist Vince Bordi endured his first defeat back on Sept. 4, 2011.

This Saturday, the former Manteca High and San Francisco State wrestling standout will finally get a chance to get back on the winning track.

Bordi will take his 5-1 record, which includes three stoppages, to the Lodi Grape Festival & Harvest Fairgrounds (413 E. Lockeford Street) and square off with Myles Shaw (4-1) of Modesto in the main event of the Hooked On Endorphins Showstoppers 4 card. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first of 11 bouts is scheduled for 6:15. Tickets start at $30 and are available at the door.

Bordi and Shaw will duel at a catch weight of 220 pounds with titles on the line. Bordi can earn a 205-pound light heavyweight strap with a victory, while Shaw is after the 230-pound cruiserweight belt.

“I haven’t had a real fight in a year, so I’m excited,” Bordi said. “I try not to get too excited because I’ve had some fights lined up that fell through. The promoter assures me that the fight is still on — I’m on the poster, (Shaw) is on the poster and the fight is this Saturday. I’m ready to go.”

Bordi is eager to get the first taste of defeat out of his mouth.

His scrap with Brandon Hester (7-2), the second between the two, was part of the California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization (CAMO) State Tournament. Hester avenged a previous unanimous decision loss to Bordi with a second-round technical knockout. Bordi suffered a cut above an eye from a punch, and forcing a doctor to stop the fight.

“I felt like I could have finished the fight, but since it’s amateurs the doctors are going to stop the match much sooner than they would if it was a pro match,” Bordi said. “I’m not used to losing, so I got back into it as soon as possible. I went right back to training and was trying to line up a bunch of fights and nothing was happening.”

Bordi hasn’t had the luxury of structured training under a single roof but is thankful for the help he does get.

Felipe Martinez of Lathrop is teaching him the nuances of boxing. Bordi works on his jiu-jitsu at Charles Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy in Tracy and Cortez Martial Arts in Manteca, where he also teaches MMA classes twice a week.

Bordi has also traveled to Brentwood to meet with Kurt Filler, a former NCAA Division-I football player at UMass, for sparring sessions.

“I just do whatever I can wherever I can do it,” Bordi said.

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