On Friday, March 16, Paramount MMA headed to the National Western Complex in Denver for Paramount MMA: Contenders.

The main event featured Colorado-based, New York-native Derek Brenon who faced undefeated Jake Heffernan from Texas. Brenon was coming off a loss to Justin Gonzalez for the Sparta Combat League featherweight title, and was looking to get a title shot with Paramount MMA. Heffernan was traveling outside of the Fury FC cage in Houston for the first time as a pro to try to secure a title shot of his own. The Texan secured the win with a rear-naked choke in the second round.

The co-headliner saw Moroccan-born Youssef Zalal trying to extend his undefeated run to 4-0, as he took on local veteran Joey Banks. Zalal dominated most of the fight and pulled off a submission in the third round.

Jake Heffernan def. Derek Brenon by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 2:49
Youssef Zalal def. Joey Banks by submission (armbar). Round 3, 1:58
Justin Moss def. Joseph Galaviz by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27) – kickboxing bout
Austin Jones def. Andrew Lipp by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Jordan Titoni def. Trevor Massey by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:02
Justin Osbourne def. Mike Martinez by submission (anaconda choke). Round 1, 2:32 – for the amateur lightweight title
Austin Vasquez def. Jorge Sanchez by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:03 – for the amateur featherweight title
Marquel Mederos def. Dakota Brown by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Negus Encarnacion def. Patrick Carey by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28) (a)
Eric Locascio def. Enayat Roshan by submission (triangle choke). Round 3, 2:33 (a)
Noufel El Kasri def. Robin Maggs by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3) (a)
Gina Murillo def. Becca Madden by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28) (a)- kickboxing bout

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Dan Kuhl has been following MMA since the first Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1993. He holds belts in multiple martial arts disciplines, and currently trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under a decorated black belt. Dan has an M.B.A. in Finance and Investment Management and a B.S. in Horticulture. Prior to joining Combat Press, his work appeared on The MMA Corner.

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