Triple A MMA – Rivals Review

July 31, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Courtesy of Jorge Hernandez & SWFight.com

The old saying goes “styles make fights”. That was definitely the case in the main event Saturday night at Triple A MMA VIII’s Rivals card inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The match-up pinned the two best MMA camps in New Mexico. This must be why Albuquerque fighters Conrad Padilla of Jackson’s MMA and Isaiah Reyes of FIT NHB came out extremely anxious for their bout.

The first clean connection would come from Reyes who would land a thudding left kick to Padilla’s stomach causing the sound to resonate around the ballroom (one of those kick would leave an imprint on the side of Padilla’s torso even after the fight).

Reyes would follow suit with a low kick that would help create some distance for the rest of the round.

Unable to pentetate Reyes’ defense of out-stretched arms and busy hands, Padilla would resort to periodic leg kicks none more impactful than a sweeping right kick that knocked Reyes off balance.

The second round showed some exchanges looking more like a mitt sessions as Reyes would block several of Padilla’s punches with the palm of his hand.

The Jackson’s MMA fighter would change his gameplan and target the body which would open up over the top hooks that would keep coming closer and closer to their target.

A solid right would finally land for Padilla which would later be followed up with a kick to the torso. The success in the round would continue as he would land a big left hook toward the back of Reyes’ head.

After a big Padilla miss, Reyes would momentarily take Padilla down. Blood could also be seen dripping from the left side of each man’s face.

A Reyes low blow would halt the action and finish out the round.

The third stanza would be ushered in with an eruption from the fans.

Even though he had the advantage circling around the cage picking shots Reyes chose to stay in the middle of it in this round. He would block consecutive hooks from Padilla and respond with a stinging jab.

Padilla would look to feint a punch low to set up another over the top hook but Reyes would refuse to bite.

Each fighter’s endurance looked amazing despite being drenched in sweat inside the small ballroom that at times felt like a sauna due to the enclosed setting and the brightness of the production lights.

Chants of “Reyes! Reyes!” filled the ballroom but it would be Padilla who responded to the yells after missing an uppercut would then work a shot to the body.

Reyes would begin changing levels with his punches but during the process would eat a strong right. He would then use his legs to move in and out of danger landing short shots but would get caught once he would position himself.

He would then revert back to his original approach and move on the outside and be very strategic and effective with shots from the exterior.

A huge over the top right hook for Padilla would force Reyes to change stances. Padilla would earn takedown off what appeared to be a Reyes slip.

The men would embrace as the bout came to an end.

There was no question that no matter whom the bout was awarded to, each corner would feel slighted by the decision as both put an extraordinary amount of work into the entertaining bout.

Despite not having landed powerful blows, most of the media cageside felt that it would be Reyes’ elusiveness and tactical striking that would earn him the decision. The judges however would give the nod to the pressure and power of Padilla.

The judges decision would read: 29-28 Padilla, 30-27 Reyes; to the shock of the Padilla’s corner, and 29-28 Padilla, awarding the 35-year-old his first victory in over a year and a half.

Due to a couple of fights falling out, Jose Cueto and Hunter tower found themselves as the co-main event of the evening… and sure fought like it.

In the performance of the night it took everything from Jose Cueto to come back from the storm Hunter Tower hailed on him early in their bout.

Demonstrating impressive athleticism, Tower was able to overwhelm Cueto with a great display of kickboxing, helping set up a takedown and more than one rear-naked choke attempt.

Unable to secure a finish, Tower would waste a large amount energy, allowing Cueto to take control of the fight with ground and pound and standing striking.

Cueto would sneak in a powerful spinning backfist after a failed checked kick by Tower. Cueto would take the fight to the ground up against the cage where he would deliver at least 20 strikes, mixing in right elbows and punches.

The referee, late with the stoppage, would call the contest at 01:30 of the second round.

Halfway through out the card a pair of amateur fighters making their debuts put a performance worth note.

From the onset it appeared that Lovato MMA’s Marquis Smith’s boxing and hand speed would lead to an early victory over Luttrell MMA’s Slade Ring.

Smith was able to drop Ring twice in a round and no one thought Ring would be able to recover from the shots.

Feeling comfortable with the lead in the first round, Smith would become more relaxed in the second giving Ring the opportunity to gain his confidence by being able to implement significant kicks.

The round was made close because of Smith’s power punching.

A chessmatch made up the final round as Smith forced the action to turn back into a boxing match by keeping his distance and only engaging when he found it convenient.

Ring chasing Smith for much of the round made him the aggressor but was unable to have the success he had in the second.

The judges would render a unanimous decision victory for Smith.

WELTERWEIGHT MIKE JONES: WHERE HAVE YOU GONE?

July 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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WELTERWEIGHT MIKE JONES:
WHERE HAVE YOU GONE?  
     Atlantic City, NJ – When one-time world-title challenger Mike Jones takes on Jaime Herrera on Aug. 23 at Bally’s Atlantic City, it will mark the former Philadelphian’s first fight in more than two years.

 

     Jones, 31, is now living in Las Vegas.  He has not boxed since June 9, 2012, when he was stopped in the 11th round.by Randall Bailey, of Miami, FL, in their fight for the vacant IBF world welterweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
    Far ahead on points, even after being dropped in the 10th round, Jones was less than three minutes, 20 seconds from the world championship when Bailey drilled him with a right hand.
   It was Jones’ first loss in 27 pro fights.
   “The last time I spoke with Mike was at the airport in Las Vegas the next morning,”said promoter J Russell Peltz, who was with Jones from his pro debut in 2005 before joining forces with Top Rank late in 2010 to further Jones’ career. 
    “I asked Mike to stop in my office after a few days and he said he would but he never showed up.  I texted him, asking him to read a post-fight story from a Philadelphia-based website (www.phillyboxinghistory.com) which talked about unfulfilled promise and I felt that one story best described Mike’s career in a nutshell.  Mike texted me back and said he agreed that the story was accurate. 
     “A few days later, I was contacted by Eric Melzer, an attorney from New Jersey, who asked me to handle all my dealings with Mike through his (Melzer’s) office.�
     Peltz and Jones have not communicated directly since. 
    “I read a few stories on the internet that he was dissatisfied, not happy with me,” Peltz said.  “I have never heard from him directly.  To paraphrase the late Hall-of-Fame promoter Mickey Duff:  There is nothing in my contract with Mike Jones that says we have to like each other.  It only says that I have to do the best job I can to advance his career and that is what I have tried to do. I am excited about his return.
     For the last two years, Peltz has been trying to get Jones back into the ring.  It almost happened in June of 2013 when Jones had agreed to box Ray Narh, of Ghana, at Bally’s Atlantic City, but managerial issues appeared to have stalled the comeback.
     “His management issues are out of my control,”Peltz said, “but I cannot understand why Mike would waste two years of his career smack in the middle of his prime.  He apparently moved to Las Vegas a few weeks after the Bailey fight.  At different times, he was training with Floyd Mayweather, Sr., and Eddie Mustafa Muhammad.  Now he is with Ismael Salas and Miguel Diaz.  I don’t think Mike has missed too many days in the gym in the last two years.  I know Miguel spoke to him earlier this year about fighting again.” 
   There have been occasional stories on various websites and social media outlets about Jones, but Peltz has not spoken publicly until now.
     “Mike was quoted once as saying he was 26-0 in the ring and 0-26 at the negotiating table,” Peltz said.  “I have been in this business for almost 45 years and I know what kind of job I did (and with Top Rank’s help) in bringing Mike to the steps of the world title. 
    “We put him on three of the biggest stages where a fighter could perform:  Cowboys Stadium (vs. Jesus Soto-Karass); Madison Square Garden (Sebastian Lujan); the MGM Grand (Bailey).  His fights with Lujan and Bailey were not exactly barn-burners.
    “He was in a good fight with Soto-Karass the first time, though it was a controversial decision in Mike’s favor.  I was the one who went into Soto-Karass’ dressing room afterward and asked for a rematch.  When was the last time the winning camp did that?  To his credit, Mike agreed he needed to win more decisively and that’s what he did in the rematch in Las Vegas.”
     After an easy K0 against over-matched Raul Munoz, of Kansas, Jones defeated Lujan in Madison Square Garden in a less-than-thrilling 12-rounder.
    “It seemed like once Mike got to a certain level, he began to fight more conservatively,” Peltz said.  “He was paid accordingly. He had two six-figure purses and he was unhappy with the Bailey money, but he took the fight and a shot at the world title and he was almost there.
    “I remember walking out of the arena and into the dressing room during the fourth or fifth because of the lack of action and some booing from the crowd.  I watched the rest of the fight on the monitor and I said to myself that we’re going to win the title but we’re going to have to defend overseas because US television wasn’t going to be banging down our doors.  Then Bailey nailed him and it was over.”
    It will be an absence of more than 26 months when Jones, now not ranked due to inactivity, gets back into the ring with Herrera on Aug. 23.
     “This could have been done a lot sooner,” Peltz said.  “Mike could have been right back in the mix at 147 pounds.  Herrera is no slouch but if Mike can win and look good, he still can have a bright future.  When he was coming up and knocking guys out, I thought he single-handedly would revive boxing in Philadelphia, but he lost his aggressiveness along the way.  Mike has the size and the power and the athleticism to go all the way.  He has been quoted as saying things will be different this time around.
   “There are many in the media who couldn’t care less about Mike, but people have a way of changing their minds after one good performance–not only the media, but also the public.  People are fickle.  We’ll just have to wait and see.” 
    
    
ABOUT AUGUST 23
     The Jones-Herrera fight tops a seven-bout card at Bally�s Atlantic City.  First fight is 7.30 pm.  Tickets are priced at $50 and $75 and they are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922) and all Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000).  Tickets also are on sale at www.peltzboxing.com and www.ticketmaster.com.  www.gofightlive.tv will stream the card on the internet.  The card is being promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., in association with Bally�s Atlantic City.

Atlas Fighting Championship 21 Preview

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Mississippi’s #1 MMA promotion debuts on GFL on August 16 as AFC presents “Atlas Fighting Championship 21” emanating from the Golden Nugget Casino & Hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi. MMA fans, this event is scheduled for 12 bouts on a stacked card featuring the top up and combing prospects from the Gulf Coast. AFC is the premier MMA organization in the Magnolia State and is looking to increase its viewership worldwide now with a broadcasting partnership with GFL.

In the main event, in the welterweight division, Cody Senseny (6-1) fights William Kuhn (11-10). Senseny is a fast starter and has never been out of the second round. He brings KO power into the cage but his real game in on the ground where he has won 4 times via submission. Kuhn is on a 2-fight win streak and has the experience advantage. Kuhn has honed his skills by fighting anyone and everyone in the South and looks to anchor a huge event for AFC. Kuhn has great cardio and can go hard for three rounds. Look for Kuhn to try and push the pace against Senseny and take him into deep waters.

In the co-main event, Sedric Johnson (1-1) battles JD Domengeaux (1-2) in another fight in the welterweight division. Johnson comes from Florida and is looking to make his mark in Mississippi. Johnson is a tough grappler who lost a controversial split decision and is looking to rectify that with a decisive win here. Expect Johnson to go for broke and not leave it in the hands of the judges. The Louisiana native Domengeaux is looking to event his record. Domengeaux has previously fought at middleweight so he should bring a size and strength advantage into the cage. Domengeaux fights with a high risk-high reward style and should make for an interesting matchup with Johnson.

In the lightweight division, Josh Davila (3-1) takes on DeMarques Jackson (2-0). Davila is a strong wrestler who can land the takedown at a high rate. His ground and pound and control from the top is solid and allows him to dictate the action in most of his fights. Jackson comes into the fight undefeated after winning his fights decisively. Jackson is one of the top prospects in Georgia and looks to remain unbeaten in this fight. To do that, he will need to showcase his huge heart and all-around style as he is gifted on the mat and in the standup.

You won’t find more BANG for your buck so order this thrilling event. Be sure to catch all of the action LIVE on August 16 as AFC presents “Atlas Fighting Championship 21” on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv.

Joe Hand – Tuesday Night Fights Review

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Story and photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

The brand new Tuesday Night Fights Pro-Am boxing series kicked off at the 2300 Arena in South Philly Tuesday night, and North Philly middleweight Fred Jenkins closed the show with a second round KO over Baltimore’s Jeremy Trussell in their scheduled 6-round bout.

A total of three professional and six amateur bouts were contested.

Jenkins looked sharp, winning the first round against his bigger opponent, before unleashing a vicious left hook in round two that decked Trussell flat on his back. Trussell made it to his feet, but Jenkins immediately jumped on him the moment referee Hurley McCall waved him back in. Not usually known for his punch, Jenkins turned killer and let loose a flurry of hard punches that put Trussell on the canvas again. The wounded fighter struggled to get up, but failed to beat the count. Referee McCall signaled the end at 2:52 of round two.

Jenkins improved to 8-1-1, 3 KOs, while Trussell fell to 8-2-1, 6 KOs.

Middleweight Keith Downs posted his third win without a loss by beating southpaw Robert Sweeney by majority 4-round decision. Sweeney, of Sicklerville, NJ, landed a tremendous right hook in the first round, and took that frame on the scorecards.

However, Downs, of Willingboro, NJ, rebounded well. He landed heavily in round two and kept throwing until the final bell, using his significant size advantage to control the rest of the action.

After four full rounds, Judge Lynn Carter saw the fight a 38-38 draw, but she was overruled by John Poturaj and David Braslow who both scored it 39-37 in favor of Downs. The win raised Downs’ record to 3-0, 1 KO; Sweeney lost for the first time, 2-1.

Philly lightweight Avery Sparrow made a successful pro debut against Antoine Knight, of Chicago, in the first of the professional contests. Sparrow, 1-0, landed just about everything he threw in round one, and repeated the feat most of the way in the following three rounds. He punctuated his performance with a big left hook just before the final bell.

All three judges, Lynn Carter, John Poturaj and David Braslow scored the fight a 40-36 shutout for Sparrow. Knight slipped to 3-9, 1 KO.

There were also six amateur bouts on the show, all of which were decided by 3-round decision:

Christian Carto, Philadelphia, defeated Demetrious Young, Washington, DC (110 lbs.).

Nahir Albright, Philadelphia, topped Brian Walton, Camden, NJ (141 lbs.).

Johnathon Padilla, Reading, PA beat Jesse Morell, Philadelphia (123 lbs.).

Jackie McTamney, Philadelphia, decisioned Kayla Hracho, Reading, PA (125 lbs.).

Ray Ford, Sicklerville, NJ, defeated Adonis Camacho, Reading, PA (112 lbs.).

Zahir Owens, Philadelphia, won over Raul Serrano, Philadelphia (120 lbs.).

The next edition of the Pro-Am series, promoted by Joe Hand Promotions and D&D Management, is scheduled for September 16th at the same venue.

Nordic Coliseum Women Boxing debuts on GFL.tv with “NCWB 1”

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Nordic Coliseum Women Boxing debuts on GFL.tv with “NCWB 1” from the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Gatineau, QC, Canada on August 15. Look for these women to throw down inside the squared circle as they go for broke in front of a worldwide audience.

In the main event, Kaliesha West fights Olivia Gerula. West is a former 3 time WBO Bantamweight and current IFBA Super Bantamweight World Champion. West has been fighting for over a decade and racked up tons of hard fought victories. West uses great footwork and head movement to get inside and score and get out of harm’s way. Gerula is a heavy handed fighter that can end a fight with a single punch. Gerula has an iron chin and loves to walk her opponent’s down inside the ring. Look for Gerula to try and cut off the ring and get West in a corner. This bout promises to be a shootout with the contrasting game plans going into it.

Brenda Gonzales takes on Lucia Osegueda. Gonzales is a rising star that is looking to make her mark against her toughest test to date. Gonzales is a punishing body puncher and has doubled over several of her past opponents. Osegueda is another boxer that uses the full array of punches and she can equally do damage with uppercuts, hooks and body shots. Expect fireworks from these two.

Sherine Thomas battles Vanessa Bradford. Thomas and Bradford are looking to rise up the ladder and for one of them, they will do just that. Both women come into the ring with their backs against the ropes and will be looking to not only win, but prove a point that they belong in future main events for NCWB. Both women will be head-hunting and trying to get KO of the night. Don’t blink.

Nordic Coliseum Women Boxing debuts with the hotly anticipated “NCWB 1” in front of a worldwide audience courtesy of the GFL Combat Sports Network. Watch “NCWB 1” live on August 15. Stream the show online at GFL.tv and own it forever.

Whether your sport is MMA, boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai or even pro wrestling, combat sports fans alike can gain access to the entire GFL library of events (30 days or older) for only $9.99/month That’s more than 2300 events, 25,000 fighters, 15,000 fights and 12,000 hours of video. To learn more about accessing the world’s largest combat sports library hit the subscribe button on the GFL homepage for more info.

XFE 45 Preview

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Xtreme Fight Events returns to Harrah’s Philadelphia on August 9 with “XFE 45”. XFE is the #1 MMA organization in Pennsylvania and has expanded across the Northeast and now also the Southeast. Look for “XFE 45” to up the ante as XFE throws down the gauntlet.

Jon Delbrugge (4-1) battles inside the cage. Delbrugge has all of his wins via stoppage including a 10 second KO and will look to continue his fast start at “XFE 45”. Delbrugge has never been out of the second round and his fighting style always puts him in contention for fight of the night as he brings it every time.

Scheduled to compete is the one and only “Actuarial Assassin” Jon Forster (3-1). Forster is on a 3 fight winning streak and has shown excellent cardio in all of his wins. He is a grinder that can wear down most opponents with his nonstop wrestling and controlling of the fight. Look for Forster to be ready to face an opponent TBD with the same determination and gritty fighting style.

Jim Dewar returns to the cage. Dewar stepped away from competing in 2013 and now he is back with a vengeance looking to showcase his updated skills.

Other fighters expected to compete are Trevor Suter. Suter has never been to a third round and he fights with a high risk-high reward style that is sure to be on display on August 9.

Xtreme Fight Events returns with epic fighting in front of a worldwide audience courtesy of the GFL Combat Sports Network. Watch “XFE 45”on August 9. Stream the show online at GFL.tv and own it forever.

Whether your sport is MMA, boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai or even pro wrestling, combat sports fans alike can gain access to the entire GFL library of events (30 days or older) for only $9.99/month That’s more than 2300 events, 25,000 fighters, 15,000 fights and 12,000 hours of video. To learn more about accessing the world’s largest combat sports library hit the subscribe button on the GFL homepage for more info.

New promoter Elton Dharry looking for success in and out of the ring on August 1 at the Amazura Concert Hall in Queens, NY

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QUEENS, NY (JULY 25, 2014)--Rising Bantamweight contender Elton Dharry (15-5-1, 9 KO’s) is very close to some big fights but he knows that he has to get past Antwan Robertson (9-9-1, 6 KO’s) in a scheduled 10-round bout at the Amazura Concert Hall in Queens, New York.  The bout will headline The first ever Elton Dharry promoted card, this Friday night,  August 1.
“Everything is going well in training, I have no complaints”, said Dharry.
Dharry knows that he will have a tough foe in front of him in Robertson.  Robertson is generally durable and comes to fight and has a couple of quality wins on his resume over the likes of undefeated fighters Brandon Quintana & Brad Patraw.
“I have seen him fight.  He moves some, he boxes some and he fights as well.  It is nothing that I haven’t seen before.  I have been boxing a long time and I will be ready for anything that he brings on August 1.”
Dharry has been one of the fastest rising boxers in the Bantamweight division as he has won 12 fights in a row.  The fact that he has the right team behind him is all the difference in the world.
“Early in my career I had no one behind me.  I took fights on short notice and was involved in fights that were bad decisions and because I took those fights on short notice, I did not have the proper preparation.”
Dharry has decided to take his career into his own hands and he formed his promotional company with the purpose of being able to enhance his own career and give other local fighters opportunities.
“I have to make my own opportunities and this is what I want to do.  This is something that I am starting and it also gives me something I can focus on after boxing.”
With a win, there have been some title opportunities presented to Dharry but he is not looking past Robertson.
“My focus is on August 1.  I know I have to win this and then I can focus on the bigger fights when the time comes.”
“This is for the fans.  I hope they come out and support.  They have not seen the best of me yet.  I am a better and smarter fighter with each fight and I know the fans will get their monies worth on August 1.”
In a six round Super Bantamweight bout, Ryan Ramayya (1-0-2, 1 KO) of Queens, NY will battle Josh Crespo (1-1-2, 1 KO) of New Haven, CT.
Armin Mrkanovic (6-2, 3 KO’s) of Queens, NY will fight Brian Donahue (3-9-2) of Philadelphia in a 6-round Cruiser weight battle.
In four round bouts:
 
Mikkel Lespierre (5-0-1, 3 KO’s) of New York, NY will take on Kevin Womack (4-5-2, 2 KO’s) of Baltimore, MD in a Jr. Welterweight bout.
Jordan Rodriguez will make his pro debut against Gabriel Braxton (1-4) of Georgia in a Bantamweight fight.
Elisa Collaro of Brooklyn, NY via Italy will make her pro debut against Rachel Vidal (1-2-1) of Oklahoma City, OK in a female Super Bantamweight fight.
Livingstone Joseph will make his pro debut against Juan Santiago in a Welterweight bout.
The show will be streamed live all over the on www.gfl.tv for $14.99
Tickets for this outstanding evening of boxing are $100 for ringside and $50 for General admission and can be purchased by calling Paul at 347-924-0845 or Rodney at 347-399-4808 and will be available on www.eltondharry.com beginning Friday, July 11.

Sparta Combat League – “A Striker’s Quest II” Preview

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Sparta Combat League returns on August 9 on GFL with “A Striker’s Quest II” , a stacked Muay Thai card from the Buffalo Event Center in Golden, Colorado. This event promises to be full speed from bell to bell as some of the best strikers in the Rockies will step into the ring to square off against each other.

Scheduled to compete, Dia Csay battles Amber Smith in a 145 lb fight. Csay is an accurate striker who picks her spots to engage and usually is able to find an opening in her opponent’s defense without leaving herself open to counter attacks. Csay mixes up her strikes well and likes to attack the body as well as the head. Smith is a vet to the sport and has defeated some of the top fighters in Colorado. Smith has fists of iron with KO power in each hand and a granite jaw to match. Look for Smith to stand in the pocket and trade with Csay as she is just as accurate and capable of a fighter. Expect a very technical matchup from these two athletes.

Sparta Combat League is sure to bring down the house once again as they have quickly grabbed a chokehold on Mountain West Muay Thai and MMA and this show will continue in that tradition. Order “A Striker’s Quest II” watch live and anytime on video on demand only on GFL.tv.

Duel For Domination 9 Preview

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Arizona’s rising MMA promotion returns to GFL.tv as Crank It Up Promotions presents “Duel for Domination 9″ emanating from the Arizona Event Center in Mesa, Arizona on August 2nd. MMA fans, this stacked card features the top up and coming prospects inside the Grand Canyon State and around the Southwest and includes multiple title fights. “Duel for Domination 9″ promises to deliver with action packed fights as all of these warriors are looking to make a name for themselves not only in their home territory but to a worldwide audience on GFL. Tune in for some of the Southwest’s Best.

In the main event, Alex Arredondo (4-1) takes on Derrick Brown (5-5) for the DFD Featherweight Title. Arredondo brings a strong wrestling game into the fight with a relentless aggression. Look for Arredondo to try and close the distance against Brown and get the fight to the mat where he can score with punches from the ground. Brown is on a 4-fight winning streak and it’s because he has been able to push the pace and wear his opponents out. That will be a tough test against Arredondo. Brown will look to score from the outside with strikes and if Arredondo gets a takedown, Brown will be looking to get back to his feet.

In other title action, in a rematch from June, David Contreras (4-2) battles John McCarthy (2-3) for the DFD Flyweight Championship. Contreras has a solid chin and some heavy hands. Contreras loves to make every fight a brawl and that’s what he will try to do with gold on the line. McCarthy dropped the first fight via decision and has made it his goal to finish the fight and not leave it in the hands of the judges. Look for fireworks from these two.

Also scheduled to compete, Augusto Mendes (1-0) takes on Omar Castro (1-0) in the bantamweight division. Both Mendes and Castro come into the fight just beginning their careers. A win here for the winner keeps him undefeated, while the loser drops to .500. Mendes is a fast starter and so is Castro so don’t blink.

Drakkar Klose (1-0) battles Steven Hoffman (0-0) in the lightweight division. Klose continues his pro career after a successful amateur stint. Klose is one of the rising stars in the 155 lb division and wants to keep his record unblemished against Hoffman who is looking for his first win in his first pro fight. Both of these fighters are looking to make a statement.

You won’t find more BANG for your buck so order this thrilling event. Be sure to catch all of the action LIVE on August 2nd as Crank It Up Promotions presents “Duel for Domination 9″ from the hot Arizona desert only on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv.

WFC 25 Review

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Hard hitting MMA action returned as WFC presented “WFC 25” from the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, Oregon on the GFL Combat Sports Network. WFC events are the premier MMA shows in the Pacific Northwest as they are the proving grounds for tomorrow’s future stars and established veterans looking to mix it up. This huge 10 bout card featured 8 finishes.

In the main event, Bellator and Strikeforce vet Ryan Healy (20-12-1) defeated Aaron Hedrick (9-6) via TKO in the second round to win the WFC Lightweight Title. Early on, Hedrick went for a single leg takedown that was stuffed by Healy against the cage. Both fighters landed knees and uppercuts from this spot and broke free continuing their battle in the center of the cage. Healy scored some nice body shots but Hedrick caught a kick and took the fight to the mat where he worked from the top. Hedrick kept Healy on his back for the remainder of the round but not scoring with a ton of strikes. In round two, Hedrick went for another takedown attempt and Healy stuffed the takedown as they ended up against the fence again. Healy was able to hurt Hedrick with short elbows from this spot and when they separated, Healy scored with elbows and knees. Healy connected with two flying knees and more body shots as Hedrick was hurt but still able to get another takedown. Healy got back to his feet and landed more hard shots including a kick to the midsection, elbows from the guard and hammer fists that finally closed the deal.

In the co-main event, UFC vet Ian Loveland (15-9) defeated Gabriel Solorio (9-8) via TKO in the first round. Solorio utilized his speed to duck under several of Loveland’s hard punches but Loveland continued to stalk Solorio and walk him down. Loveland clinched and was able to score with hard elbows and knees from close distance that slowed Solorio down. After a brief stop in action, Loveland continued to find his mark and landed a big right hand, followed by a high kick that sent Solorio down. Loveland followed up with punches on the ground until the ref intervened and stopped the fight.

In the heavyweight division, Chris De La Rocha (3-0) picked up a win against DJ Linderman (15-9) via TKO in the first round. Both men traded shots and tried to out grapple one another from the clinch. Linderman scored with a huge strike that opened up the nose of De La Rocha, then in an instant, De La Rocha scored with a text book overhand right that dropped Linderman to the canvas. De La Rocha finished the fight with punches on the ground in a very impressive showing by the young upstart.

In other action, Eben Kaneshiro (17-11) defeated Josh LaGrange (1-4) via first round guillotine. Kaneshiro got a quick takedown and ended up in the guard of LaGrange. Kaneshiro got to side mount, then to mount and locked on a guillotine from that position. It finished LaGrange off seconds later as he was forced to tapout.

Ryan Walker, Julian Wallace, Mike Dubois and David Converse all picked up submission wins as well on the night.

West Coast MMA delivered again! Be sure to catch all of the action anytime on VOD as WFC presents “WFC 25” exclusively at GFL.tv.

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