UPDATE: In response to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s recommendation to postpone gatherings, such as sporting events, and for the safety of our guests, Global Knock-Out 16 scheduled for Saturday, March 21 at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, has been rescheduled. The new date will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Previously purchased event tickets will still be valid for the rescheduled show and the assigned seat or seats will remain the same. If a guest is unable to make the concert on its new date, please contact the Sales Department at (209) 223-8477 or come in to the Casino Cashier’s Cage for a full refund. Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.
When it comes to mixed martial arts, no one has been a better student than Kat “The Librarian” Legorreta. She is the reigning SF Combat women’s strawweight champion, as she defeated Valerie “Lethal Bam Bam” at the SF Combat 1 Premier event in Napa in late October of last year with a TKO in the second round. For some, earning a championship belt is a time to celebrate, a time to relax, to enjoy what’s been accomplished – but not for Legorreta.
A member of the prestigious Buster Night Hawk Fight Team and training out of the Underground MMA/Amador Gym in Sutter Creek, Legorreta celebrated by immediately picking her next fight and jumped back into training. She will face Stacy Moran at Global Knock-Out XVI at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort on Saturday, March 21.
“A fighter loves to fight,” said Legorreta. “I’ve been extremely fortunate to have my uncle, Danny Gryder, train me. Buster Night Hawk Fight Team train to fight the best and they are the best. They’re family, some literally, but really the group works and trains hard together. It’s kind of a fun secret that some world-class fighters and athletes have been training here in Amador County.”
Training is key and Legorreta has found a team and place, Buster Night Hawk Fight Team and the Underground MMA/Amador Gym, that take care of what she needs to be successful.
“It takes more than a solid punch to win an MMA fight,” said Legorreta. “It’s pushing yourself to be faster, stronger, smarter and harder than your opponent. You have to have balance. It really is such a complicated and graceful sport. And yeah, brutal at times, but I love it because it is about bringing and being your best.”
Watching her train, it’s easy to see how “The Librarian” has come a long way, quickly, in her young mixed martial arts career.
“It’s funny because training and leading up to a fight, it’s all community,” said Legorreta. “I’ve been blessed with amazing sponsors like Jackson Rancheria, New York Fitness, Fat Cat Tattoo, A&J Heating & Air, Perfection Painting, J&M Roofing, Gryder’s Landscape, Gold Trail Nutrition, Green Gold, Buena Vista Saloon and El Torero 1 & 2 – they are amazingly supportive. So are the folks at the Underground MMA/Amador Gym and the Buster Night Hawk Fight Team. They all are working to get me, as an individual, to the best place, to the best spot, to be the best. And then it’s just me in that ring – standing alone, but counting on everything everyone has done to get me here. I love that and feel that when I get in the ring.”
Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort presents Global Knock-Out 16 Mixed Martial Arts Event on Saturday, March 21, 2020 in the Grand Oak Ballroom at 7 p.m. The action-packed card featuring fighters from the top gyms in the region. Also, featuring a handful of local up-and-coming fighters. Check out the Global Knock-Out social media sites for all of the matchup announcements. Tickets are on sale now! Rows 1 (ringside seats) are $75, Rows 2 and 3 (reserved) are $50, and General Admission is $40. Tickets are on sale now at jacksoncasino.com, or the Casino Cashier’s Cage. Fight card subject to change. Ticket prices will increase $5 the day of the event. Will call opens at 5 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. and fights begin at 7 p.m. Cash Bar and food will be available for purchase. Cash and credit cards accepted. All ages are welcome.