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Mantecans to square off in co-main event of Elk Grove card
Brandon Hafer, from left, Jason Cortez Jr., Vince Bordi, Roque Reyes and Christopher White of the Cortez Martial Arts Academy are among seven combatants from the area who will be featured in an MMA show in Elk Grove this Saturday. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO


• EVENT: CAMO’s Titan’s Cage 5
• WHERE: Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation (9040 High Tech Court Elk Grove, CA 95758)
• WHEN: Saturday, 6 p.m.; Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
• PRICE: $30 in advance, $35 at the door, $50 cageside

Vince Bordi’s last MMA fight only lasted 12 seconds.

The 2006 Manteca High graduate, who improved to 7-1 with a knockout the last time he stepped in the octagon, has another California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization fight scheduled Saturday.

Bordi is one of seven mixed-martial artists from the area — six representing Manteca’s Cortez Martial Arts Academy — who will appear in the 13-fight card dubbed “Titan’s Cage 5” in Elk Grove. 

The 6-foot, 1-inch Bordi, a former CIF state high school wrestling runner-up, will be featured as the card’s co-main event.

“I bring a lot of people and I have exciting fights,” said Bordi, who will square up against Manteca resident and 2009 Sierra graduate Oscar Castro (205-pound division). “My last fight at the Civic Center (in San Francisco) I brought over 100 people, and that was a 12-second knockout.

“I always have good fights and good competition, and good action. That’s what the people come to see.”

Bordi will be squaring up against Castro (3-0) representing Stockton’s Valor Training Center. Bordi will be giving up five inches in height, but the former San Francisco State standout doesn’t seem too concerned.

“I wasn’t going to take the fight, but then I heard his camp was saying things like I’m only a wrestler and not a good MMA fighter,” he said. “So I’m kind of here to prove a point, and watch my other fellow fighters.”

Roque Reyes (4-5), a 35-year-old accountant out of Stockton, will be on the card against 18-year old Joseph Morales (5-0-1) in the 145-pound division. He, along with Bordi, will both be fighting for titles.

“I’ve been a team member for the last month or two,” said Reyes, who used to train out of Cen-Cal MMA in Stockton for over two years. “Cen-Cal kind of fell apart and closed down and the guys here at Cortez have been very welcoming. Being my age I have a short time in this game to make as big of an impact as I can.”

Manteca resident Christopher White has an even shorter time.

The 48-year old orthopedic technician at Stanford Hospital will be making his debut in the octagon. White will be fighting in the 170-pound division against Mel Oania (44 years old), who is 0-1. After overcoming two ACL surgeries, White is now healthy and ready to start his career on the right foot.

“This age thing they keep labeling over people is a bunch of bull,” White said. “It’s all about your heart and determination. It shouldn’t be about your age.

“Hopefully after this I can encourage men in their 40s to come out and train and get yourself together. As far as the fight goes, I’m prepared for this guy and it doesn’t really matter who or how old he is.”

Manteca’s Jason Cortez Jr., a 20-year old East Union alumnus, will be making his MMA debut as well. Cortez Jr., a current Modesto JC student who will be transferring to Fresno State next year, will face 24-year old Rashawn Waffer (134-pound division). Cortez Jr. wrestled for the Lancers where he was a Sac-Joaquin Section Masters qualifier and wrestled one year for the Modesto JC Pirates after graduating.

“I know (Waffer) is ex-military veteran with an amateur boxing background,” Cortez Jr. said. “That’s all I know about him. I’m just anxious. I’d just like to get my first fight out of the way and go from there.

“In wrestling you can’t really get knocked out, but here you can get knocked out in front of all your friends and family. I just want to go out there and win and prove that I can do well in this sport.”

Manteca resident and Cortez Martial Arts Academy student Brandon Hafer (0-1) will open up the card with a fight against John Cassem (0-1) in the 145-pound division. This will be Hafer’s first fight in over three years.

“Im going to come out with a boxing approach, definitely,” said Hafer, who wrestled at Liberty High of Brentwood and works at the Nestle factory in Manteca. “I’m comfortable on the ground, but I’m going to come out and give the crowd what they want – just stand up and bang with him.”

Dao Tep (4-1) is the last member of the Cortez Martial Arts Academy who will be featured on this weekend’s card. Tep will square up against Rafael Hernandez (125 pounds), who is 4-1 as well.