Cullum to fight today in King of The Cage event in Albuquerque

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By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Tucumcari’s own Abel Cullum will make his King of The Cage debut today in Albuquerque. Cullum, a five-time defending Desert Xtreme junior bantam weight champion and a two-time defending South West Fury light weight champion, will fight Eddie Alvarez to be ranked as the number one contender for the […]

Promoter admits he fired shot

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun A Los Lunas fight promoter says he fired the shot that killed Tucumcari’s Jason Pacheco on Feb. 1. Jim Burleson, in Tucumcari for the Desert Xtreme martial-arts fight scheduled last week, said he fired his .45-caliber gun after Pacheco and others jumped him on Main Street. Pacheco, 31, was […]

City nixes event ban

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by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun City Commissioners said they wouldn’t necessarily buy tickets for or attend certain fighting or boxing events, but they did not think it was appropriate to stop others from attending or to ban some events from the Tucumcari Convention Center. Commissioner Chris Maestas said he did not think the city […]

Thursday’s shooting claims life

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by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun A man held for questioning in Thursday night’s shooting death of a Tucumcari martial arts fighter has been released, police said Friday. Albert Jason Pacheco Jr., 31, was killed in a fight on Main Street, police said. Police detained a man immediately after the shooting, then released him and […]

Extreme fighting returning to Tucumcari

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Blood War is the title of the Desert Extreme mixed martial arts event coming early next month in which several local fighters will return to the steel cage to test their skills and entertain the crowd. “I’ve told the guys that being an exciting fighter is important if you […]

Xtreme sport to come to Tucumcari

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Desert Xtreme Fights presented by The King of the Cage will debut in Tucumcari in early October. It’s the first time that an extreme sporting event will be held in Tucumcari. Most of the time these events take place in larger cities. “We have worked very hard to get […]

Tucumcari man holds martial arts title

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun When you take a look at Abel Cullum, it’s a stretch to assume the 5-foot-7, 135-pound man is an accomplished mixed martial arts fighter. But then again, that’s what inspired him when he was 15. “I was a fan,” Cullum said. “Seeing all of the little guys … it […]

Tucumcari native working for title

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Being good at fighting wasn’t always the best way for James Martinez to grow up. But it seems to be a good way for him to build a career. “Growing up in Tucumcari, there was a lot of fist fights there,” Martinez said. “I moved to California and went […]

10/8 Quay Personalities

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Who: Abel Cullum This 18-year-old San Jon High School graduate is a fighter known as “The Silent Assassin.” Claim to fame: No, Cullum is not the kind of fighter one finds in a Friday night bar brawl, but a fighter who specializes in MMA, or mixed martial arts, which incorporates a variety of styles from […]

Former Rattlers were able to mix, reminisce through golfing, barbecue and dancing.

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By Martha Frost: QCS staff writer Tucumcari would have been hard pressed to find an unhappy Rattler this weekend when the 2005 Rattler Reunion came to town. Kicking off on Thursday night, the three-day gala affair was in its 35th year with more than 500 folks in town just to celebrate their high school memories. […]