Golden Fights LLC, also known as GFCW is an American Martial Arts promotion based in Grand Junction, Colorado. Its live events and competitions have been shown on KREX’s networks in the United States. Golden Fights, Cage Wars MMA was formed in June 2014 was formally known as Bush Cree Promotions. Cage wars MMA produces first promotion July 19, 2014 located at Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction, Colorado. The card featured 10 fights with fighters from Brazil, Mexico, Los Angeles and Colorado. The promotion moved to Brownson Arena located on the campus of Colorado Mesa University for its second show on the October 4th of the same year with a 12 bout card. Cage Wars 20th installment the third under Golden Fights was the promotions first sellout.  The promotion has been able to enter sponsorship contracts with Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Ram, and Grand Junction Harley-Davidson, Coors Light, Modern Classic Motors, Snobs Production and several major media affiliations.  

President and co-owner Andrew Yates host a weekly radio MMA update show on The Team 1340 am keeping fans informed of the promotions progress.  Golden Fights will expand its fight cards from four its first year to eight during its second year of existence and 12 during its third year.Rules: GFCW uses the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts implemented by the Colorado State Athletic Commission under the direction of Joseph Mason.


Key personnel:


Executive Chairman Steven Yates

President/Match Maker Andrew Yates

Administrative Vice President Carla Yates

Executive Officers Justin Yates, Ashleah Yates

Executive Assistant Emily Wilson

Medical Director Grant Roper

Media Productions Josh Meuwly

IT and Web Manager Josh Meuwly

Ring Announcer and VIP Tables Brook Blaney


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 Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts


MMA Weight Classes for Men


Weight Range


Up to 105 lbs

Super flyweight

105.1–115 lbs


115.1–125 lbs

Super bantamweight

125.1–135 lbs


135.1–145 lbs


145.1–155 lbs

Super lightweight

155.1–165 lbs


165.1–175 lbs

Super welterweight

175.1–185 lbs


185.1–195 lbs

Super middleweight

195.1–205 lbs

Light heavyweight

205.1–225 lbs


225.1–265 lbs

Super heavyweight

Over 265 lbs


MMA Weight Classes for Women


Weight Range


Up to 95 lbs


95.1–105 lbs


105.1–115 lbs


115.1–125 lbs


125.1–135 lbs


135.1–145 lbs

Light heavyweight

145.1–155 lbs


155.1–165 lbs


165.1–185 lbs

Super heavyweight

Over 185 lbs


MMA no-no’s in fighting

No groin attacks.

No knees to the head on a grounded opponent.

No strikes to the back of the head or the spine.

No head butts. No eye gouging.

No fish hooking.

No fingers in an opponent’s orifices. No biting.

No hair pulling

No strikes or grabbing of the throat.

No manipulation of the fingers or toes.

No intentional grabbing of the ring or cage.

Accidentally performing one of these actions in a fight earns you an automatic warning from the referee. If your opponent was injured from your accidental action, he’ll get five minutes to recover.


Approved ways to end an MMA fight

Decision. If a fight lasts all rounds, the outcome is decided by three judges. Each fighting promotion has its own unique point system.

Disqualification (DQ). Think of this as a sort of “three strikes and you’re out” policy. Each time a fighter engages in an illegal move, he receives a warning. After three warnings, he’s disqualified. A DQ can also be called if a  fighter has been injured by an illegal move that seemed intentional.

Forfeit. A fighter can announce a forfeit before a match begins if he’s injured.

Knockout (KO). A knockout is when a fighter loses consciousness thanks to his opponent’s strikes.

No contest. If both fighters violate the rules, or if a fighter is injured by an unintentional illegal action, nocontest call can result. No contest is rarely called in MMA fights.

Submission. If one fighter achieves a submission hold, the fighter trapped in the hold can call defeat by tapping out on his opponent’s body or the mat, or by making a verbal announcement. Some defeated fighters fail to tap out and become incapacitated. In such cases, the referee calls an end to the fight.

Technical knockout (TKO). A technical knockout, when a fight is ended by the referee, doctor, or fighter’s corner, can be called in a few ways. The referee can call one when a fighter is no longer defending himself, usually due to an effective attack by his opponent.

A doctor can also call a TKO if it’s clear that continuing the fight could be dangerous.

A fighter’s corner can throw in a towel to admit defeat, resulting in a TKO.

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Choosing the Right MMA School

Choosing the right MMA gym is very important, whether you want to step into the cage as an amateur, 

fight in the UFC, learn to defend yourself, or just get a fun and intense workout. The problem is, 

absolutely anyone can start an MMA gym and claim to be a "master." While these MMA "masters" might 

be able to give you a good workout, they're really just working out your wallet. Even if they have some 

training, it can be very dangerous to step into the cage without having properly prepared with an 

experienced MMA teacher. This article will help you decide if the MMA gym you're picking is a legitimate 


Finding an MMA Instructor

Finding a legitimate mixed martial arts instructor is the first step in picking an MMA gym. If they have not 

competed professionally, they cannot train you to fight in a professional MMA match. Even if they have 

had amateur fights, this is not enough. There is a huge difference between an amateur and a professional 

fight. To train someone for a professional MMA fight, the instructor needs to have gone through it and 

know what it takes. All fight records are available on line, sites like and will have results of all sanctioned fights.


If your goal in studying mixed martial arts is self-defense, it is still important for your instructor to have 

professional fighting experience. There are many self-defense techniques that are great in the gym with a 

cooperative partner, but would never hold up in a real fight. Training with an instructor that has been in 

real situations and knows what works and what doesn't can mean the difference between successfully 

defending yourself and getting beaten into the pavement.


Anyone can say they've fought professionally, so be sure to verify their experience. There are many 

websites that track professional records. and will have results of all 

sanctioned fights. A quick google search never hurts.  


  A professional fighter is also likely to have lots of photos of their matches. If someone claims to have 

fought but has no pictures, I'd be suspicious. Ask them who their teacher was and what their qualifications 

were. A properly trained instructor should be happy to tell you about their pedigree.  


What Martial Arts Should They Teach

The two most common martial arts taught at MMA gyms are muay thai and brazilian jujitsu. These two 

arts have proven the most effective combination for mixed martial arts competition and self defense. The 

MMA school you choose should teach both of these arts. In lieu of brazilian jujitsu, Greco-Roman 

wrestling can also be taught--it has proven just as effective in competition. Make sure the instructor has at 

least trained and has credential that can be verified. While other arts can be taught--muay thai, brazilian 

jujitsu, and wrestling are what you want to look for. The gym should teach you a solid stand up striking art 

AND a reliable ground grappling art.


The actual interior gym space can tell you a lot about an MMA school.   The two things you want to look 

for are proper equipment and cleanliness.  At a bare minimum, a mixed martial art school should have 

basic strength and conditioning equipment.  Things like jump ropes, pull-up bars, and kettle bells.  The 

gym doesn't need to have a lot of fancy fitness equipment, but if they don't have any, you will not be able 

to train properly.  The facility should also have heavy bags and plenty of thai pads and focus mits.  If you 

don't see any thai pads, go to a different gym.  The floor should be matted with special judo, jujitsu, or 

MMA mats.  You should not be training on bare floors or hard, inadequate mats.


Cleanliness of the gym is the most important thing to look at.  Staph infections and other "mat diseases" 

can run rampant in a gym that is not clean.  An MMA gym should be cleaning their mats at least once a 

day.  If they offer communal gear like thai pads, these should also be regularly cleaned.  No outside 

shoes should ever be permitted on the mats.  Even if an MMA gym is otherwise incredible, do not join a 

school that does not practice good hygiene.  Catching a staph infection is very real possibility and 

something you do NOT want.


A good mixed martial arts gym will cost you more than a traditional gym membership. The exact cost will 

depend on what area you live in and how many other gyms are in the area. Schools usually offer various 

packages, Schools in smaller markets (populations under 150,000) should range from $50 to $ 75 a 

month. Schools in larger markets (Las Vegas, Denver etc...) $100 to $150.00 a month is reasonable. 

 Visit a couple gyms and get an idea of what prices are like in your area before you make a decision. 

 Also remember that almost all MMA gyms will negotiate prices if you ask them to come down.

You have found gold if the gym is tied to its own fight promotion!  Training for a fight and never being able 

to showcase your talents can be discouraging at best.  Gyms that have their own fight promotion will be 

able to give you a better opportunity to fight. Promotions work together to provided fighter to one another, 

it can be hard to crack into a fight promotion without the backing of a promoter.  Gyms that aren’t affiliated 

to fight promotions are in danger of scheduling you in a fight where you are overmatched.         

When picking your MMA gym, trust your gut. If people seem to have egos, bad attitudes, or anything 

makes you uncomfortable, don't sign up. If the instructors talk a good game but you sense dishonesty, 

don't sign up. If their pricing policy is confusing or they expect you to buy a ton of gear from their store on 


day 1, don't sign up. Listen to your gut.

One of the best ways to evaluate a mixed martial arts gym is by looking at their students. Ask to observe 

a class and look at how their students do, especially the beginners. A great competitor is not always a 

great a teacher. While watching the class, take note of how actively involved the instructor is--do they 

correct students and give individual attention? Or do they stand up against the wall and just watch. 



  1. No shoes allowed on the mats. Barefoot, Wrestling and Boxing Shoes that have never been worn outside of the Gym .
  2. Please have on gym appropriate footwear when NOT on the mats.
  3. Closed toe shoes must be worn when using fitness equipment.
  4. No chewing gum while taking classes or private lessons.
  5. Personal hygiene maintenance is a must. Please come to class clean with toe and finger nails trimmed etc.
  6. Minors under the age of 16 are not allowed to use weight equipment without parental or instructor supervision.
  7. Please show up to each class with the necessary equipment and appropriate training attire required. Loaner gear is only available for new students on a limited basis.
  8. Arrive to class on time and ready to train. Classes will begin promptly
  9. Please refrain from using vulgar or offensive language in gym.
  10. Absolutely no sparring or full contact training without an instructor present.
  11. Use of excessive force outside of the gym is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. If you are found using excessive force that is NOT deemed self defense, your membership will be terminated immediately.
  12. Bullying and/or unnecessarily aggressive behavior at the gym will NOT be   tolerated.
  13. Have respect for the gym, your instructor and for your fellow students.
  14. Do NOT be disruptive during class. No talking while the trainer is giving instruction and do not leave class without first being excused by the instructor.
  15. Students must be approved by instructor in order to take advanced classes.
  17. Please Supervise your kids this is a MMA Gym not a day care!
  18. HAVE FUN!