Updated: April 13, 2015

On Saturday, June 6th, JC Fight Promotions will bring professional and amateur MMA to the Jacob Brown Auditorium in Brownsville when they present “HERO FC Best of the Best V.” The promotion is known for their $50,000 fighting contracts in certain weight classes, and now they want to start showcasing amateur fighters on their cards as well. “I want the fans to see that we have quality fighters that work hard and they can become pro so they can be paid the money they deserve,” said Promoter Jeff Bonugli.

Valley MMA fans are probably wondering how the promotion will top their last event held back in January. “HERO FC Best of the Best IV” sold out the Jacob Brown Auditorium. They left the fans wanting more exciting MMA action. Bonugli is seeing his company move in a positive direction. “We have a great team that we put together and we are seeing the results by the fans coming out and seeing the quality fights that we have had,” said Bonugli. “People are going to come out and see fights like this and I give that credit to the staff behind the scenes.  It was great seeing the fans coming out to support the event.”

The card had a total of nine fights with three of them being for the promotion’s titles and remaining portions of the $50,000 contracts.  The youngest MMA organization in the region is willing to pay fighters fairly for their efforts inside the cage. “I believe, if you pay a fighter to stay home and train and do the things they love to do which is fight, as long as me and my partner are able to make the money that we make; we will continue to give back to the community and the fighters,” said Bonugli. “If someone did that for me when I was fighting, I would be a different fighter.”

Bantamweight Title holder since last year is Edinburg’s DJ Fuentes (11-9-0). In January, he defeated a scrappy and durable Ray Rodriguez by unanimous decision after five rounds of solid non-stop action. The win proved that Fuentes is force to be reckoned with. At “HERO FC Best of the Best V,” Fuentes will take on a familiar opponent, Javier Obregon (7-11-0) from Ft. Worth. In 2013, Obregon was awarded the win over Fuentes for a Featherweight Championship by a split decision after five rounds of fighting. Fuentes is looking forward to show Obregon who is superior when it comes to cage fighting.  “DJ is not just a professional fighter, but he is a beautiful human being,” said Bonugli. “He carries himself well in the community, people love him and I think DJ needs a shot at the UFC.”

Two new champions were crowned at “HERO FC Best of the Best IV”. Hayward Charles (12-6-0) of Weatherford won the Middleweight Title and contract and Houston’s Rey Trujillo (18-13-0) captured the title and contract in the Featherweight Division. Charles stopped Brandon Farran in the 1st round by way of submission with an arm triangle choke and Trujillo forced Jamall Emmers to tap out in the 2nd round of their fight with a triangle choke. “We knew we had some Champions in our camp,” said Bonugli. “After watching these two other guys and not knowing who they were, their character after the fight and how they carried themselves was outstanding.” Bonugli believes that Trujillo and Charles will represent his company well. “I was totally impressed by the talent that they had brought to the table. I was actually blown away,” said Bonugli.

The highly anticipated match for the Lightweight Championship and $50,000 fighting contract between Los Fresnos’s Ray Banda (4-0-0) and San Antonio’s Alex Hernandez (5-1-0) will take place at “HERO FC Best of the Best V.” After a year of watching many 155 pound fighters go at, these two men impressed the promotion enough to have a chance at a lucrative prize.”I think this fight will go the distance and whatever fighter shows up to fight that night is going to win,” said Bonugli. “They are both quality fighters and if one decides to stay home, he loses. If they both show up to fight for the contract you’re going to see an outstanding fight.”Fans have been watching these two men go at it in the cage against other fighters, now they will face each other for a victory that will change their life.

A very popular Danny Salinas (14-7 -0) from Edinburg will be making his debut with JC Fight Promotions. In the Lightweight Division he will face Houston’s Justin Reiswerg (9-4-0) who fights out of the very reputable 4oz Fight Club in Northwest

Houston. Salinas is recently coming off a loss to Gemiyale Adkins by way of submission with the arm triangle choke in the 2nd round. Though Salinas suffered a minor setback, Bonugli has no doubt that Salinas will be ready for his next encounter. “I know he is going to come out in this fight as a different fighter and put on one heck of a show,” said Bonugli. “I talked to him after this last fight and I feel so strong about this guy. With us being in his corner, I see him in a winning situation and he is going to make strides he has never made before.”

In January, fans got to see the brilliant wrestling skills of then, 18 year old Gilbert Urbina (3-0-0) of Weslaco as he slugged it out Roldan Abundis (0-1-0) in a Welterweight matchup. “Gilbert can fight for me anytime he wants to.  He is a young man, he has a great background and a family that loves him and supports him,” said Bonugli. “I can’t wait to watch him fight again. I have become a big time fan of his.” This time his brother Eli (2-0-0) who fights as a Middleweight will join him on the card which is sure to bring more excitement to the evening. “They are a dedicated family that loves to fight, so I know when he steps into the cage he is going to have an outstanding fight.”

Fans will also get to see Michael Saucedo, Nick Bella, Santiago Cobos, Guillermo Gonzalez, Dimitre Ivy, Edgar Verdin and many others in professional action. “We are a first class organization,” said Bonugli. “With Danny Salinas, DJ Fuentes and the Urbina Brothers it’s going to be a packed house. I’m going to tell everyone right now, they need to get their tickets because it is going to be sold out.”