The past couple of months has been very sad for combat sports. Several martial artists have passed away. The departed martial artists include Anthony Johnson, Victoria Lee, Stephan Bonnar and now Anthony Castrejon.
Castrejon was a Muay Thai competitor who’s also done MMA. He’s competed for promotions such as Bellator and LFA. He had trained at the One Kick’s Gym since he was thirteen years old and was a coach there as well.
Mickey Alex Martinez, a friend of the “Pretty Boy”, and one of the coaches in the AllStar Boxing Gym posted the following:
“Hearing things on my Facebook about a good friend that passed away. Just because of some people can’t fight so they kill a good person what a group of cowards I hope they get what’s coming to them R.I.P Anthony Castrejon Till we meet again”
LFA gave a tribute to the late Castrejon with the following post on social media:
“R.I.P. to RFA: Resurrection Fighting Alliance veteran Anthony Castrejon. ‘Pretty Boy’ made his professional MMA debut for us at #RFA42 on August 19, 2016. He won the bout with a spectacular knockout in 82 seconds. Castrejon was a deeply loved member of the Las Vegas, Central California, MMA, and Muay Thai communities. It was an honor to have him fight inside our Octagon. Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, and loved ones.”
The details of his passing have now been revealed by Las Vegas Review Journal. 32 year old martial artist was in a dispute with two men. One man allegedly attacked Castrejon with a metal pole in North Las Vegas just before 7:45 p.m. Friday.
The attack left Cantrejon lying on the sidewalk at East Owens Avenue and Civic Center Drive, bleeding from the head and ears while a woman applied pressure to his wound with a sweater.
Castrejon was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition. Sadly he did not make it.
North Las Vegas Police Department arrested Miguel Rosas-Gonzalez, 19, and Jose Rosas-Gonzalez, 23.
“The investigation led by the NLVPD Detective Bureau indicated that some sort of physical altercation had occurred that resulted in the victim suffering head injuries,” said an email Tuesday from Officer Brian Thomas, the public information officer for the North Las Vegas Police Department.
“The other person involved in that altercation fled the scene prior to police arriving.”
Miguel Rosas-Gonzalez faces charges of battery with a deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm and grand larceny of a firearm, police said. Jose Rosas-Gonzalez faces charges of suspicion of accessory to battery with a deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm and accessory to grand larceny of a firearm.
Since 2014, Benny A. King has been fully immersed in the world of combat sports. Starting with a blog about Greco Roman wrestling, Benny’s passion for combat sports has led him to explore various disciplines.