Rage in the Cage gives local fighter title shot

KINGMAN - A fifth-generation Kingman man is one of the newest faces making noise in the world of cage fighting.

Ty Gilstrap, 20, made an impressive pro debut on March 10 at a King of the Cage night at the AVI Casino Resort in Laughlin, Nev., winning by total knockout in 25 seconds.

The win earned Gilstrap an invitation to compete in a Rage in the Cage flyweight title fight at 7:30 p.m. on April 28 at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix.

Gilstrap, who wrestled at Kingman High School for two years and placed fifth at state as senior, said his former wrestling coach introduced him to Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He said quickly caught on and was encouraged to try cage fighting.

In his debut fight against Edwin Diaz, King of the Cage Web site featured writer "Krazy Mike" described the fight as such: "Gilstrap picked Diaz up and slammed Diaz hard to the floor, immediately jumped on Diaz and landed several shots until the referee was forced to stop the fight due to strikes."

"I was nervous but definitely focused," Gilstrap said. "When I got in there, I was in my own little world. Everything goes in slo-mo, but it's still clear."

Gilstrap trains at the Las Vegas Fight Club in Las Vegas, as well as in town. He is locally sponsored by Cliff Findlay Auto Center, Special Teez and Outer Limits.

"I'm a little nervous because it's a big thing," said Gilstrap, who will face current titleholder Mike Knight. "It's the best of the best, so I'm just working my butt off to get ready."

Tickets for the event can be purchased at the theatre box office or by calling (602) 267-1600.