Revenge is an odd concept in limbo, held to contempt for some but something that speaks to a base nature held amongst all of mankind; to revisit slights and failures and seemingly change your personal history. For Remo Cardarelli his fight history is uniquely cyclical in nature, facing exclusively top level talent and finding ways to win, even if it takes a second run at them.
This pattern of failure-turned-success began at Cage Titans, facing Billy Giovanella in the main event. The potential five round battle would begin as a highly competitive scrap, but as rounds wore on and the walls of the cage hemmed in Cardarelli’s famous footwork, tides would turn to Giovanella’s favor. The fourth round would see Cardarelli leave on a stretcher; ground and pound and fatigue having accumulated to a shut down of the body.
It’s the kind of devastating loss a fighter would work towards forgetting and never wish to try their luck again, yet that’s exactly what Cardarelli did less than a year later. This time in the Bellator cage, Cardarelli would show a different side to himself than the aggressive striker we’d watched over the years, fighting the smart fight of ripping counters, had sprawls and opportunistic grappling exchanges in the biggest fight of his career. He’d dart in with punches and dart out as Giovanella stumbled at empty space; accuracy off the charts and taking a split decision win on virtue of intelligent offense and insurmountable defense.
It was his pair of bouts against crippling puncher Andy Aiello in Cage Titans that would show the true character of Cardarelli though, revisiting the scene of a devastating KO loss in their first meeting. The buzz around the internet was that Cardarelli simply couldn’t avoid that power for three rounds, and anything short of a perfect hit-and-run match would result in another defeat, yet the Rivera fighter had something else in mind entirely. Going toe-to-toe and punch-for-punch, Cardarelli would stun the crowd by dishing it out far more than he took it in their rematch, closing Aiello’s eye with the volume and power behind his gloves.
Now the time comes to rewrite personal history yet again, but the target of his third vindication will seek to make his victory stick, as Darren Mima enters Cage Titans for the first time. For Mima, the first fight between the two, inside the CES cage, was a no-duster and rightfully placed behind him. A simple double leg slam in a twenty-seven second fight was all it took to seal the deal, Cardarelli out cold on the mat and Mima walking off with bigger fights in his future.
Fighters like Mima highlight the issues with management in MMA on the local level: ready for the ground floor of the world stage, and too dangerous for similar prospects to test themselves against.
“Everyone wants to fight Darren, but when it comes time to sign the contract or step in the cage, there is always an excuse.” Sean Rockwell, Mima’s manager tells us.
It’s a story told across every weight class as fighters become too large for the local scene and need that final push to leave, like a rocket trying to break orbit. For Mima, he’s suffered a set of revolving door opponents that make preparation tougher than the fight in some cases; keeping mentally ready when your opposition wears a different face every week.
“Remo is ranked right below Darren in all the rankings, and the fighter who is ranked ahead of him won’t take the fight.” Continues Rockwell. “Say what you will about Remo, but at least he has the testicular fortitude to step back in there with The Mean One.”
While rerunning a former victory isn’t in the play book for reaching the next level, the prospects of a steady opponent help motivate the elite Flyweight, as does the bauble up for grabs on August 27th; the Cage Titans Flyweight Championship.
With revenge, propulsion to the big leagues, and a coveted title all within grasp, we can expect one of the best title tilts in Cage Titans history.
Exactly 1 year ago Lucas Rota 11-6 retired after beating Casey Ryan at TFE – Baptism Under Fire. From Panara Brazil fighting is in his blood. In his last 8 bouts he has only lost 1 time – spanning a period of 4 years, which made his sudden retirement all the more unusual.
Rota takes on a game Bellator veteran in Keith Berry. This is Berry’s first bout since leaving Bellator. He is a battle tested and tough opponent for Rota.
The bout card:
Jesse Taylor (29-14) vs. Seth Baczynski (19-13) Co-Main Event at Tru-Form Entertainment – Live on GFL.Tv
Jesse Taylor (29-14) vs. Seth Baczynski (19-13) featured at Co-Main Event at Tru-Form Entertainment – Click here to watch Live!
TUF 7 finalist Taylor looks to snap a two-fight losing streak when he takes on fellow UFC veteran Baczynski. After beating/finishing both 9-0 Nick Barnes and 29-4 Michail Tsarev Taylor seemed to lose focus in his next 2 bouts. Ranked as the 15th of 525 active Russia Pro Welterweights its up to him if he wants to once again gain prominence in the welterweight division.
Baczynski has receintly been released by the UFC after 5 years of high end competition. Though he heads into this contest on a three-fight losing streak, he has only fought tough opponents and will continue to do so by taking on Taylor.
The bout card:
Joe “Daddy” Stevenson has a long and storied career as an MMA fighter. Stevenson rose to prominence by becoming The Ultimate Fighter 2 Welterweight Tournament Winner. This propelled him to the UFC where he fought such great fighters such as Nate Diaz, BJ Penn, Josh Neer, and Kurt Pellegrino, having beaten Diaz and Pellegrino. His UFC career culminated with a title shot for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship against B.J. Penn, which he lost. His current record is 32-16 having finished 22 of his opponents.
After leaving the UFC Stevenson seemed to take some time off having fought only 3 times since June 2011, having fought once in 2012 and then not entering the cage again until January 2015. Though he lost that bout after 5 rounds by split decision it appeared to be a rejuvenated fighter. His next fight was only a month ago when he beat tough Daniel McWilliams by TKO/Punches after only 1:21 of the first round.
Gabriel “Biel” Miglioli our of Sao Paulo, Brazil will be the toughest opponent he has seen in a very long time, probably since he fought Javier Vazquez in 2012. AT 9-7 Miglioli is at a crossroad in his career. Like Stevenson he has been in the game a long time. He recently lost to Johnny Cisneros at Bellator 141 by decision.
Both fighters have fought and beat fighters that are still in the upper echelon in the sport. If either fighter wants to regain relevance and have an opportunity to ascend to prominence this the fight to start that process.
Should be a great fight to watch.
The bout card:
Fists of fury # 11 cage fights from Woodward Oklahma takes place on September 10, 2016. Fists of Fury is one of the fastest growing Mixed Martial Arts promotions in the country. CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE.
The card will feature 15 professional and amateur MMA bouts including fighters from 5 states including, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, Kansas and Arkansas. Special guest commentators will include pro fighter the ‘butterbean’ as well as several ufc fighters including Jerrod Sanders and JC Cottrell.
The Main Event is a heavyweight bout featuring Brandon “ Undertaker” Lee who is 4-0 as a pro spanning only an 11 month career to date. Lee has finished all of his opponents in the first round. He takes on Stephen Skoch who turned pro in June and won his first pro fight by TKO in 8 seconds of the first round. Lee’s longest fight has gone 2:43 which is an eternity compared to the 8 seconds Skoch has fought. Lee is already on many promotion’s radar. This bout will be high energy and is almost guaranteed not to go the distance.
The best fight of the night could be the co-main event featuring 5-0 Julian Leonard v 6-2 LaRue “the Cannibal” Burley. Leonard at 5-0 (12-0 if you include his amateur bouts) and many say is the real deal. He has shown that he is a tough fighter with the skill to finish his opponents and take the fight the distance. His ground game is as good as his striking ability and he is know to be quick to the attack. That said his opponent is the more experienced fighter. Burley’s only losses came in the WSOF cage to 2 highly ranked fighters. Prior to those 2 fights he had a record of 8-0 (including his amateur bouts) having fought and won 3 times at Bellator and once at RFA. Burly has finished 7 of his 10 opponents. More telling is that all but for one of his opponents had winning records at the time they fought Burley, including 4 fighters who were undefeated.
In an interesting Amateur fight named, “Battle of the Giants” features 2 of the tallest fighters ever to enter the cage. Its a battle of Texas v Kansas when Samuel (Blake) Atnip at 6’10″ from Stephenville, Texas takes on Jeremy Thurman who is also well over 6’ from Meade, Kansas.
The event will also feature a “Big Boy Beat Down” featuring 2 fighters exceeding 300 pounds. 300 lbs., Stephen Brown is making his amateur debut against another debut fighter Richard Wyatt at 350lbs. Both these fighters are new to the ring so its unclear what we can expect to see. It has the making of a spectacle fight, however, it could wind up being one of the best fights of the night if these fighters are game to hit and be hit. Any flush shot from a fighter with that kind of weight behind him will be hard to take too often, so don’t blink this fight should not make it out of the first round.
Cruiserweight: Brandon Lee, Clinton Ok vs. Stephen Skoch, Tahlequah Ok
170. Lbs: Julian Learned, Edmond Ok. vs. Larue Burley, Phoenix Arizona
Heavyweight: Brad Faylor, Elk City Ok vs. Tracy Willis, Oklahoma City, Ok.
155lbs.: Chris ‘ Iron Jaw’ Shifflett, Woodward vs. Jose Baker, Wichita Kan.
145 Lbs.: Frank Jones, Chickasha Ok vs. TBA
135lbs.: Chase Byrd ,Woodward Ok vs. Chris Wilkerson, Oklahoma City , Ok.
155 Lbs.: Jared Francis, Vivi Ok vs. Chris Musselwhite, Norman Ok
Superheavyweight, “Big Boy Beatdown”: Stephen Brown, Ft. Supply Ok vs. Richard Wyatt, Del City Ok.
Heavyweight, ‘Battle Of The Giants”: Blake Atnip, Stephenville Tx. vs. Jeremy Thurman, Meade Kansas
205 Lbs.: Creston White, Sharon Mutual Ok vs. Grant Love Ardmore Ok.
145lbs.: Dayona Haden, Buffalo Ok. vs. Samantha Morris , Bentonville Ark.
LGM Promotions back with “Night of the Rising Stars” a 9-bout event this Saturday, August 27 at the BCB Pavilion in Bayonne, New Jersey – CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE.
Alex Perez takes on Juan Rodriguez for the IBU World Welterweight title.
Plus undefeated Tyrell Wright, Darren Goodall, Magdiel Cotto, Caleb Hernandez, Leon Johnson, John Bauza and Luis Perozo to see action on the undercard.
In the main event, it will be a battle of New Jersey based welterweights as Alex Perez (18-2, 10 KOs) will take on Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez (12-4, 5 KOs) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds and will be contested for the IBU World Welterweight title.
This will be Newark native Perez’ return to the ring after an eighteen-month layoff.
Perez, 34 years-old turned professional in 2004 and won his first 16 bouts. He has solid wins over Edy Chavez (1-0), Josh Sosa (10-1) and Francisco Figueroa (20-3). On March 14, 2009 Perez captured the WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation Welterweight title with a unanimous decision over Laureano Laracuente at the Coliseo Luis Aymat in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico.
Perez was last seen in the ring, losing to Brandon Adams in the acclaimed Boxcino tournament on February 13, 2015 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.
The 29 year-old Rodriguez, hailing from Union City, New Jersey turned professional in 2009 and won his first 11 bouts.
All four of Rodriguez’ defeats have come to undefeated fighters.
In his last bout, he was stopped by Ivan Golub on January 16 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
In six-round bouts:
Tyrell Wright (8-0-1, 6 KOs) of Jersey City, NJ will rematch Nicholas Thompson (5-1, 5 KOs) of Burlington, NC in a heavyweight bout.
In four-round bouts:
Darren Goodall (3-0, 2 KO’s) of New Milford, NJ battles Jhaquis Davis of Missouri City, Texas in a middleweight fight
Magdiel Cotto (4-0, 4 KO’s) of Comerio, Puerto Rico fights pro debuting Jermaine Corley of Concord, NC in a middleweight affair.
Egomir Plevako (2-2, 1 KO) of Kharkik, Ukraine will take on Kenny Cruz of Bayamon, Puerto Rico in a heavyweight fight.
Caleb Hernandez (2-0, 1 KO) of Paterson, New Jersey battles Lamont White of Washington, DC in a welterweight bout.
Leon Johnson (1-0, 1 KO) of Newark, New Jersey will fight Alando Pugh in a heavyweight tussle.
John Bauza (2-0, 2 KO’s) of North Bergen, New Jersey will square off with Jose Carmona of Puerto Rico in a lightweight affair.
Luis Perozo (2-0, 1 KO) will fight Alexander Foster of Alexandria, VA in a lightweight bout.
Amos “2 Smooth” Cowart (11-1-1, 9 KOs) and “Nice” Nick DeLomba (10-1, 2 KOs) Featured in Foxwoods Card on September 1 – Live on GFL.Tv
Broadway Boxing, presented by DiBella Entertainment, returns Thursday night, September 1, to the Premier Ballroom at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
Lightweight prospects Amos “2 Smooth” Cowart (11-1-1, 9 KOs) and “Nice” Nick DeLomba (10-1, 2 KOs) will throw-down in the eight-round main event. WATCH LIVE ON GFL – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
A native Floridian from Groveland, Cowart (pictured above) is coming off his first loss as a professional, suffered just over one year ago in Atlantic City. The bout, televised live as part of Showtime’s ShoBox: The New Generation series, saw the hard-hitting Cowart move up in weight to challenge fellow undefeated prospect Regis Prograis. Cowart went on to lose a very entertaining eight-round decision to the still undefeated contender Prograis, who was chosen as one of this year’s ESPN.com’s “Prospects to Watch”. Following the loss, Cowart was forced to sit on the sidelines as he nursed an injury suffered in the bout. Now back and fully healthy, Cowart is dropping down in weight and looking to make some noise in the 135 lbs. division.
“The bout with Prograis was a good learning experience, but I am not a 140-pounder,” said Cowart. “I took the fight because it was an opportunity to perform on national TV, and I believe I gave a good showing of what I am capable of doing. I am back now at my comfortable weight and know that I have what it takes to compete against the best up-and-coming guys in this division. DeLomba is the hometown boy. I know that he is going to have the crowd behind him, but once that bell rings, it’s just him and me in that ring, and I plan on putting on a spectacular performance as I get my career back underway and moving toward the top.”
DeLomba, the reigning New England super lightweight champion, has been favorably compared at this stage of his young career to another Italian fighter from the same Rhode Island city of Cranston, in two-division world champion Vinny Paz. DeLomba is expected to have a partisan hometown crowd behind him and will be looking to make a statement against the once-beaten Cowart.
“This is a huge fight for me at this stage of my career,” said DeLomba. “Cowart’s only loss is to Prograis and he is considered one of the best young 140-pounders in all of boxing. If I can beat Cowart more convincingly, that is a major statement. I am not only going to be the bigger guy in the ring on fight night, but I am the better boxer. He is coming off a year layoff, and I know that he is eager to get back in that ring, but this is the biggest fight of my career, and I plan on putting on a show come September 1.”
Belgium super featherweight Dardan Zenunaj (12-1, 9 KOs), a former World Boxing Association (WBA) International champion, and undefeated Cuban amateur standout Luis “The Lion” Garcia (14-0, 11 KOs), fighting out of Peekskill, New York, are also scheduled to be in action on the Sept. 1 Broadway Boxing card in separate eight-round bouts.
Undefeated DiBella Prospects Jon Fernandez and Jose Roman Make Broadway Boxing Debut on September 1 at Foxwoods – Watch Live on GFL.Tv
DiBella Entertainment (DBE) has announced the signing of undefeated Spanish prospect Jon Fernandez and Puerto Rican amateur standout Jose Roman to exclusive long-term promotional contracts. Both Fernandez and Roman will be making their DBE debuts on the upcoming special edition Broadway Boxing card in the Premier Ballroom at the beautiful Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TO WATCH LIVE.
The Broadway Boxing card is headlined by fellow once-beaten prospects prospects Amos “2 Smooth” Cowart (11-1-1, 9 KO’s) and “Nice” Nick DeLomba(10-1, 2 KO’s) squaring off in an eight-round super lightweight match-up.
At just 20 years of age, the junior lightweight Fernandez (8-0, 6 KO’s) is one of the most promising young prospects to come out of Spain in years. Standing at 5’11”, Fernandez is extremely tall for the 130lb. division and has devastating power in both hands. Fernandez caught the eye of former middleweight kingpin and future Hall-of-Famer Sergio Martinez when he was still fighting as an amateur. Martinez immediately saw star potential and signed Fernandez to his promotional company, MaravillaBox Promotions, in 2015 and soon after began courting the young Fernandez to his own former promoter Lou DiBella. DiBella and Martinez made things official in June, signing Fernandez to a co-promotional deal at this year’s Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) awards dinner, where DiBella received the James A. Farley award for honesty and integrity in boxing.
“This is a dream come true. I still cannot believe it,” said Fernandez. “I am very grateful to Lou DiBella, one of the most important and prestigious promoters in the United States, for the trust and belief that he has placed in me and to Sergio (Martinez) for the potential he saw in me as a boxer. Boxing is my life and I want to be the best. Following in the footsteps of Sergio and becoming a world champion like him is my lifelong dream.”
“I have been watching Jon fight since his amateur days and truly believe that the sky is the limit for him,” said Maravilla Martinez. “With each passing fight, he continues to show vast improvement and I believe that he has the ability to become not only a future champion but a future star in this sport. Jon has to stay focused and continue to work, to learn and to give everything he has to this sport. For Jon to have the opportunity to sign with Lou at just 20 years old, an opportunity that I did not have until I was already 32, is amazing and he has to take full advantage of it. Jon has to destroy everything that is put in his path and with time, patience and hard work, he will achieve greatness in this sport.”
A native of the boxing rich city of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Roman began boxing at 13 years of age amassing a stellar 124-17 record along the way. Roman joined the Puerto Rican national team in 2012, winning three consecutive national championships from 2013-2015.
“I couldn’t be more excited to get my career underway behind such a great promoter as Lou. DiBella has done tremendous work with so many great fighters over the years, and I am looking forward to growing and shining under the DiBella Entertainment banner. It is every fighter’s dream to fight in the US, and now I have the opportunity to make my pro debut here, and for that I want to thank my manager Ricardo Figueroa and my trainer Emilio Lozado for getting me this amazing opportunity,” said Roman.
Fernandez is set to make his DBE and US debut against the very tough Mexican Naciff Castillo (17-8-2, 5 KO’s) in an eight-round junior lightweight matchup, while Roman is set to square off against Khaaliq Core (0-1) in a four-round welterweight match up.
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On August 28, Tru Form Entertainment is hosting JOE STEVENSON VS GABRIEL MIGLIOLI at the Business Expo Center in Anaheim in the headliner of a full on night on exciting MMA action. The main card is posted here to provide individual information on each fighter!
The Fight Card Includes:
Dynasty Combat Sports 28: Kearney Cage Wars RESULTS – MacDonald Defeats Obermiller – Watch Bouts on GFL.Tv
Dynasty Combat Sports 28: Kearney Cage Wars RESULTS – Click Here to Watch the Fights and Highlights.
Ryan “Main Event” MacDonald defeated Chad “Obie” Obermiller via RNC in the 2nd Round.
Brandon Neujahr defeated Martin Sellers III via RNC in 3rd Round.
Keegan Blanco defeated Carlos Woolard via TKO in the 1st Round to become the new DC amateur flyweight champ.
Nate “Badman” Morrow defeated Travis Jensen via KO to become the Dynasty Combat Sports Interim Amateur Featherweight Champion.
Kaleb Neugin defeated Rex Littell via KO in the 2nd Round.
Taylor McKeeman defeated Kenny Navas via RNC in the 1st Round.
Kirstina Leonard defeated Jocelyn Doan via Split Decision.
Haris Talundzic defeated Benjamin Roberts via TKO in the 1st Round.
Alex Weaver defeated Lucas Schneider via RNC in the 1st Round.
Keegan Knott defeated Keilen Fantroy via Guillotine in the 3rd Round.
Luis Sifuentes defeated Jared Tallent via RNC in the 2nd Round.
Kylee Martin defeated Vanessa Chavez via Unanimous Decision.