MMA veteran Jeremy Horn battles ‘tough’ Tony Lopez this Saturday night at SCS 25

By SteveJuon @angrymarks on Mar 25, 2015

With a professional fight record spanning three decades, the 39-year-old Jeremy Horn is one of the most remarkably durable MMA fighters today, having amassed over 100 total fights (and 90+ wins) in his career to date. On March 28th he goes for his fifth win in a row against Tony “Kryptonite” Lopez.

Jeremy Horn can safely say he’s been everywhere and done everything there is to do in mixed martial arts (MMA).

With over 100 fights in his career thus far (and over 90 wins) he could rightly be called a “crafty veteran” at 39 years old. He’s aging gracefully and winning decisively, taking a victory in each of his last four fights with a first-round submission.

His next opponent will look to put that winning streak to an end.

Tony “Kryptonite” Lopez finished his last two opponents by technical knockout (TKO) and arm-triangle choke, so he won’t be afraid to stand with Horn or follow him to go to the ground, Horn’s bread and butter. talked to the longtime fight veteran about his upcoming bout for SCS 25 at the Sugar Creek Casino in Hinton, Oklahoma, along with how he maintains his longevity in a sport where young and hungry lions are always on the prowl.

He’ll go for his fifth straight win defending the SCS light heavyweight title in Hinton, Oklahoma, on Saturday, March 28th at the Sugar Creek Casino. If you can’t attend live the show is also available for $15 on The complete audio of our interview with Horn is below.

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Jeremy Horn: 19 years, 117 fights, 0 injuries

by Kirik Jenness, March 24,

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Jeremy Horn appeared recently on Submission Radio for an eye opening interview. In a sport beset with injuries leading to the collapse of major cards, where CTE is a constant worry, Horn was asked how many injuries he has suffered in 19 years and 117 fights.

“None,” he said. “I’ve had zero injuries and zero surgeries.”

“In my fight with Anderson Silva about 10 seconds into the first round when I tried taking him down, I pulled a groin muscle real bad. That’s why if you see the rest of that fight, I ended up kind of limping around like Frankenstein.”

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World Fighting Championships brings live, local mixed martial arts and Muay Thai back to Northern Nevada with another supers show featuring the best local talent Northern Nevada has to offer.

“The fans have been asking so we brought it back! It wasn’t long ago that we pulled off our first show with Muay Thai and MMA here at the Grand Sierra Resort. The fans loved the event and we are proud to be able to give all the amazing fight camps the opportunities they deserve. This event has several big fights that are going to deliver action.” – Matt McGovern, President, World Fighting Championships.

Several bouts on the card deserve the billing of main event including two highly anticipated women’s Muay Thai matchups. Victoria Engberson, a WFC veteran, welcomes Marie Choi to the WFC ring for the top billed Muay Thai fight of the night. Jullian McCuan and Leizel Beliso collide at the 106 lbs weight limit to establish the WFC light flyweight division in Northern Nevada. And Vinnie Reymus and Jonathan Liman square off at a catchweight of 175 lbs for three rounds of MMA action.

This card is stacked with action from top to bottom with many new and old faces entering the WFC ring: Melvin Washington, Willy Whipple, Adam Hebenstreich, Brady Huang, Jullian McCuan, Leizel Beliso, Carlos Sanchez, Michael Gilliland, Kali Manu, Johnny Fields,

Daniel Reece, Zach Andrews, Joe Irvin, Kyle Lehane, Mike Harding, Michael Hoker, Mike Martinez, TJ Kullar, Mike Sandidge, and Lamar Gosey.

The official WFC 37 weigh-in will take place on Thursday April 11th inside the Grand Sierra Resort at 6pm. The weigh-ins are free and open to the public with fans encouraged to attend and support their fighters.

Tickets start at $27 for general admission and are available through the WFC website at Fans are encouraged to buy tickets early, as the best seats sell out early.

Can’t catch the event live? Join us online for live pay-per-view action hosted by GoFightLive! Visit and search for WFC 37, live from the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino.

Gates open at 7:00 p.m. on fight night. First fight is at 8:00 p.m.

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Jimmie Rivera Defends His CFFC Bantamweight Title Against Carson Beebe on May 9, 2015

When Aljamain Sterling left Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) as the undefeated bantamweight champion for the UFC, he left some pretty big shoes to fill. Without skipping a beat, Jimmie Rivera (14-1), stepped in and has taken the division to a whole new level. Winning the vacant title in November 2014 with a TKO victory over Anthony Durnell (11-4), Rivera has the biggest challenge to date when he defends his title for the first time against Carson Beebe (15-3) on Saturday May 9, 2015 at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

“Jimmie is the best pound-for-pound fighter in our organization,” said CFFC CEO Robert Haydak, Jr. “I’m baffled as to why the (UFC) call hasn’t come for him yet. We’re getting to the point where finding him a match-up is becoming a challenge. For Arias to secure someone with Carson’s skill level is amazing. This fight is going to be incredible.”

Raised in Ramsey, New Jersey, Rivera has trained and prospered under the guidance of Danny Schulmann and has earned a third degree MMA black belt in TSMMA. After breaking state records in wrestling in high school, Rivera transitioned to MMA with ease and has not lost a fight in over six years. Rivera is a man of few words but when he speaks, it’s with confidence. “I’m going to finish the fight,” said Rivera looking forward to his match up with Beebe. “I think my opponent is tough and it will be a good fight. I’m looking forward to defending the belt.”

Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Beebe has also amassed an impressive record and like Rivera, was a participant on the Ultimate Fighter. Beebe, who currently trains at Gilbert Grappling and Valley Flow Striking, has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Christian Uflacker and was a high school All American and a starter for Purdue University in wrestling. Beebe wasted no time in accepting the challenge to fight for the CFFC bantamweight title. “Very excited,” said the challenger. “CFFC has launched many of their champions on to the UFC. It is one of the top regional promotions in the country and this is a great opportunity. I feel honored to be considered for the title, especially against such a top level opponent. This is going to be a great fight for the fans and I can’t wait to put on a show. Jimmie is a beast. He and I are two of the top bantamweights in the country outside of the UFC. It’s time to put up or shut up. On May 9, we will find out who is the best.”

“This card has so many great fights,” continued Haydak. “I’m looking forward to the first fight of the night just as much as the main event. In typical CFFC fashion, this card will not disappoint.”

Here is a quick peak at the card.

Main Event – CFFC Welterweight Title

Jonavin Webb vs. Lyman Good

CFFC Featherweight Title

Jared Gordon vs. Jeff Lentz

CFFC Bantamweight Title

Jimmy Rivera vs. Carson Beebe

Main Card:

Evan Velez vs. Claudio Ledesma

Ricky Bandejas vs. Leodegario Muniz

Daniel Holmes vs. Joe Pinto

Justin Bonitatis vs. Tony Dabbondanza

Jorge Martinez vs. Giorgi Kudukhashvili

Anthony Montanaro vs. Trevor Suter

Steve Barnett vs. Allen Otto

Sean Brady vs. TBD

Josh Mayville vs. TBD

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About Cage Fury Fighting Championships

Cage Fury Fighting Championships ( is a pioneer in bringing prominent and elite MMA talent to the East Coast. Since CFFC’s debut, past, and current champions have competed at the highest level. Before they were in the UFC, Jim and Dan Miller were both CFFC champions. That legacy remains the same today. Three current CFFC champions, George Sullivan, Aljamain Sterling, and Paul Felder are currently on the UFC roster. Current UFC fighters Zach Makovsky, Nick Catone, Nah-Shon Burrell, and John Howard have also competed in CFFC prior to their entry to the UFC. Also, CFFC helped jumpstart the career of Internet fighting sensation Kimbo Slice, whose first foray into MMA came in the CFFC cage when he fought former boxing champion Ray “Merciless” Mercer. CFFC continues to thrive as one of the best regional promotions in the world while focusing on treating fighters with respect and giving the fans the ultimate MMA experience.


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Australian Fighting Championships 12 Review

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Australian Fighting Championships 12 took place at the Melbourne Pavilion on Sunday, 22 March with the event taking place at a special time, early in the afternoon. The event was the promotions first caged show in their hometown following the cage ban being lifted earlier in the month.

An enthusiastic crowd cheered on the competitors, especially the hometown favourites where in the main event Jamie Abdallah remained undefeated, dispatching of Daniel Almeida in the opening round.

Abdallah was able to stuff the early takedown attempt from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu specialist Almeida. Abdallah then quickly engaged a flurry of punches on his opponent as Almeida struggled to get his back off the cage. A powerful uppercut sent Almeida falling to the canvas and giving Abdallah the knockout, 35-seconds into the contest.

With the impressive stoppage win, Abdallah moves his record to a reported 7-0 and claims the AFC light-heavyweight title.

The co-featured headlining fight for the AFC middleweight title took place between Victorian Daniel Way and New South Welshman Zein Saliba. The five-round fight was a highly contested and grueling one with both fighters showing what their game-plan was early on with Saliba ultimately getting the unanimous decision nod.

Saliba’s strategy early was to get the fight to the ground where he would look to out-grapple his opponent, while also working for a submission. More comfortable on his feet, Way attempted to keep it standing where he looked for the knock-out blow or stoppage. Saliba went in for multiple takedowns and while some were stuffed, Way was eventually dragged to the floor for most of the fight.

Although Way was put onto his back for much of the fight the local fighter remained active from his back, throwing elbows from the bottom as Saliba made it hard for him to get back to his feet. There were glimpses of promise from both fighters when it came to the stand-up battle, we both both clipping each other with a flurry of big shots and constant jabs.

The fifth round ended with Way fighting off an arm-triangle submission from Saliba. Saliba used it to get into top position and proceeded to reign down punches just before the bell went to signal the end of the fight. Saliba’s grappling proved too much for Way as he captured the AFC middleweight strap winning via a unanimous decision and in the process taking his professional record to 6-0.

In a quick and entertaining battle, Judoka youngster Kitt Campbell submitted Matt Eland in the opening round. Both fighters exchanged heavy shots in the opening seconds without much regard for each others handy-work. Campbell then took Eland down where he was able to secure the armbar submission. The end came 1:30 into the first round.

Also on the card, hometown favourite Peter Davenport was upset by promotion newcomer New Zealand fighter James Bishop. Stepping up as a replacement to Damien Brown, Bishop walked away with a first-round submission, securing the rear-naked choke at 4:22 of the opening round.

Full Results:

Jamie Abdallah def Daniel Almeida via KO (Uppercut), Rd 1 0:35 – AFC light-heavyweight title
Zein Saliba def Daniel Way via Decision (Unanimous) – AFC middleweight title
Kitt Campbell def Matt Eland via Submission (Armbar), Rd 1, 1:30
James Bishop def Peter Davenport via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Rd 1, 4:22
Lance Ettia def Dan Ginnane via Submission (Triangle Choke), Rd 1, 2:22
John Beirouti def Dean Martin via Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke), Rd 1, 3:23
Mikey Vaotuua def Nick Davis via Decision (Unanimous)
Chris Wase def Dillion Wolf via Decision (Unanimous)
Kaan Ofli def Christian Burghartswieser via Decision (Unanimous)
Jason Petropoulis def Justin Barbuto via Submission (Guillotine Choke), Rd 1, 0:51
Danniel Schuardt def Francis Buangala via Submission (Triangle Choke), Rd 1
Ryan Mills def Chris Linder via Submission (Standing Guillotine Choke), Rd 1, 1:25

Storm Damage MMA 6 Review

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A monster uppercut to the chin of Kane Toby won Shane Mitchell the Storm Damage 6 middleweight tournament, and the promotion’s middleweight title in the main event on Saturday night.

The Adelaide based fighter, who also knocked out Jack Brunswick in his opening tournament bout earlier in the night, floored Toby just 1:45 into the fight. Toby was laid out for some time but eventually made it to his feet to hear the official decision read out. The devastating loss followed his win over Sean Godkin in the show opener.

In the co-main event, Port Macquarie native Simon Arentz claimed the promotion’s featherweight strap with a come from behind third round TKO win over Storm Damage veteran Peter Cross.

Arentz had his hands full in the opening round after getting taken down and mounted. He did well to buck his opponent off but after winding up in Cross’s full guard, Arentz was forced to defend submission attempts including a tight looking triangle choke until the round closed out. The second frame was more even in the striking department, both fighters landed head kicks, Cross also connected with a clean right hand. But like the first round, Cross was able to trip Arentz to the canvas. Arentz was also deducted a point in the round. The judges were not needed in this one however, as just past one minute into the third, Arentz caught Cross with a solid punch, which rocked him. The new featherweight champion pounced and unleashed a long lasting barrage of punches until the referee jumped in and waved it off.

Local fighter, and former Storm Damage cage girl, Maddison Skinner, was crowned the promotion’s women’s strawweight champion after a dominant performance against Maxine O’Neil. Skinner wasted no time taking her opponent to the canvas in the opening round, before punishing her with hammer fists from the top. O’Neil desperately tried to cover up, and was able to hold out for the remainder of the round. Skinner came out aggressive again to begin the second frame, racing O’Neil with punches and knees. After a brief period on the canvas, the two women continued to engaged on the feet, where Skinner started to land with more force. After landing a number of punches to the face of O’Neil, O’Neil’s corner had seen enough and threw in the towel at the 1:37 mark.

Storm Damage 6 took place at the Tuggeranong Basketball Stadium in the ACT.

Unofficial Results:

Shane Mitchell def Kane Toby via KO (Punch), Rd 1, 1:45 – Middleweight Tournament Title Fight
Simon Arentz def Peter Cross via TKO (Punches), Rd 3, 1:54 – Storm Damage featherweight title – Storm Damage featherweight title
Maddison Skinner def Maxine O’Neil via Corner Stoppage, Rd 2, 1:37 – Women’s Storm Damage strawweight title
Dave Fowler def Josh Lagudah via Decision (Unanimous)
David Morley def Michael Spencer via TKO (Punches from Mount), Rd 1, 3:22
Josh Tummers def Jordan Dimeski via TKO, Rd 1, 0:24
Paul Franchi def Joe Pollock via TKO, Rd 2, 1:42
Steve McKinnon def Luke Apps via TKO, Rd 1, 1:51
Damien Norman def James Liakimatagi via TKO, Rd 2, 1:23
Jamie Carl def Tiger Butt via TKO, Rd 2, 2:58
Adam Belcher def Ryan Green via TKO, Rd 1, 1:33
Shane Mitchell def Jack Brunswick via KO (Punch), Rd 2, 0:13
Jake Parkes def Allan Highfield via Submission (Verbal), Rd 2, 202
Kane Toby def Sean Godkin

Xcessive Force Fighting Championship 6 Review

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Michael Hill vs. Bristol Marunde

Round 1: Marunde sticks a stiff jab right in the face of Hill and presses him against the cage. The two exchange chipping shots to the body and knees to the thighs. Marunde content to hold Hill against the cage and lands the occasional shot. Referee Kyle Cardinal finally separates and restarts, Marunde shoots in but gets caught in a guillotine but he’s able to pull his head free and get to side control. Hill tries to scramble out but Marunde stays on top. Marunde doing nothing more than the occasional punch as he maintains top position and rides out the round. Top MMA News scores round 10-9 Marunde

Round 2: They both land solid rights and Hill follows up with a leg kick. Marunde presses forward and drops to his knees briefly before getting top position. Not sure if Hill landed or Marunde slipped. Hill works back to his feet and they trade against the cage. Marunde with a knee to the body. They battle for position and Marunde lands shots with Hill responding. Cardinal breaks them up and they restart and wing big shots at one another. Marunde again puts him against the cage and chips away. They separate and Hill connects but Marunde gets the trip takedown and moves to the back. Hill to the feet and Marunde just missing with a spinning elbow. Marunde looking for a double and but abandons it and knees the thighs. Top MMA News scores round 10-9 Marunde

Round 3: Marunde presses forward and again holds Hill against the cage before completing the takedwon and looking to get the back. Hill gets back to his feet and gets off the cage. They trade big shots and Marunde with a knee uo the middle. Marunde working for the takedown and gets it but Hill is able to get back to his feet with no damage. Hill gets the clinch and unload a barrage of uppercuts before stepping away and landing again. Hill is bloodied but not out of the fight and Marunde slows the pace and pressed him into the cage again. Hill gets spearation again and lands a pair of leg kicks and follows up with an uppercut. Marunde with the takedown and Hill works for a guillotine but Marunde pulls his head free and lands a few more shots as time expires. Top MMA News scores round 10-9 Marunde

Bristol Marunde defeats Michael Hill by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 20-27, 20-27)

Spencer Jebb vs. Cody Krahn

Round 1: Krahn with a hard leg kick opens the offense. Krahn lands a 1-2 and follows up with another right. They come together with a hard exchange and more big leg kicks from Krahn. Jebb gets the takedwon and cautiously looks to drop into guard with a right. Krahn lands an upkick and stands back up. Krahn with a front kick to the body and defends a Jebb takedown attempt. Krahn with a nice combo and a knee. Krahn continues to work his kicking game with one to the body and another to the leg. Jebb with a body shot and a takedown against the cage. Jebb lands a barrage of punches and Krahn is able to weather the storm and get back to his feet where he connects with a right. Krahn with another leg kick and Jebb responds in kind. One more solid leg kick before time expires for Krahn. Top MMA News scores round 10-9 Krahn

Round 2: Both men smiling and having a good time in there. Krahn with a shot to the body and they exchange punches. Jebb works a takedwon against the cage and gets to full guard. Jebb stands and lands shots as Krahn tries to stand. Jebb is able to keep him down and lands elbows. Krahn comes back with some elbows of his own from the bottom. Jebb has the back and lands shots as they joke with each other. Jebb still landing shots and holding Krahn down. Jebb with a trio of lefts and Krahn still trying to get back up and does only to get taken right back down. Krahn gives his back and Jebb lands before looking to get top position again. Krahn again gives the back and Jebb pounds away. Krahn joking with the crowd now and is able to get back to his feet and they jockey for position against the cage. Jebb looking for a single and Krahn lands an elbow which is deemed to the back of the head by referee Tom Collins. The two men slug it out as time runs down. Top MMA News scores round 10-9 Jebb

Round 3: A hug to start the third and Krahn snaps a leg kick followed by another. Jebb with a body shot and a leg kick. Krahn with a body shot of his own and a leg kick shortly thereafter followed by a thudding kick to the body. Jebb gets the single to half guard and drives him against the cage. Krahn gives his back again and Jebb connects with shots. Krahn tries to work back to his feet but Jebb keeps him on the mat. Jebb continues to control him on the mat and land punches while Krahn unsuccessfully trues to get back to his feet. Krahn finally makes it back up and they meet in the centre of the cage and Krahn defends a double. Jebb connects with the biggest right of the night and Krahn comes back with a last ditch flurry but it’s too late. Top MMA News scores round 10-9 Jebb

Spencer Jebb defeats Cody Krahn by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Corey Atkinson vs. Connor Derry

Round 1: Atkinson opens with a leg kick and they trade shots. Derry with a front kick to the mid-section and Atkinson responds with a leg kick. Atkinson connects with a combo and shoots for a takedown but Derry ends up on the back. Atkinson is able to spin out and briefly takes the back himself. Derry back on top in half guard and elbows the body. Atkinson again reverses the position and works for a kimura but Derry is holding his own shorts to defend. Atkinson continues to work for the kimura and Atkinson is having trouble finding the space to fully extend the arm but finally gets away from the cage and gets the finish.

Corey Atkinson submits Connor Derry by Kimura in Round 1, 3:26

William Carriere vs. Shawn Pauliuk

Round 1: They exchange a few shots and Pauliuk shoots in against the cage. Carriere locks in a guillotine choke and forces the quick tap.

William Carriere submits Shawn Pauliuk by Guillotine Choke in Round 1, 0:12

Jessica Maruszczak vs. Chaleur Jones

Round 1: Maruszczak opens with a leg kick and Jones responds with a thudding kick to the body. Maruszczak comes back with a body kick of her own and Jones gets the takedown to side control. Jones gets full mount before Maruszczak gives up her back. Jones works for the rear naked choke and Maruszczak elbows the thigh. Maruszczak defending the choke but Jones is able to sink it in and force the tap.

Chaleur Jones submits Jessica Maruszczak by Rear Naked Choke in Round 1, 2:12

Travis Hodges vs. Pat Gionette

Round 1: Gionette opens up with a wild flurry and they tumble to the mat with Gionette in side control. Gionette gets full mount and lands shots. Gionette grinds his elbow into the face of Hodges and postures up and rains down shots until referee Tom Collins has seen enough. Pat Gionette defeats Travis Hodges by TKO (Punches) in Round 1, 1:34

Tom O’Connor vs. Randy Mahon

Round 1: O’Connor lands a leg kick and they exchange hard shots. O’Connor gets the takedown and goes straight to mount. Mahon gives his back and O’Connor works for the rear naked choke. Mahon escapes the choke but O’Connor still on his back throwing punches and elbows. O’Connor with another choke attempt and Mahon defending well. O’Connor releases and but Mahin slips out the back and up to his feet. O’Connor with the trip takedown but Mahon rolls through and ends up in guard. Mahon drops a right and settles into the guard. Mahon to half guard and O’Connor back to his feet and lands a shot. Solid leg kick lands from O’Connor and they trade before O’Connor gets another takedown and passes to full mount. O’Connor lands a few more punches from the back as time runs out. Top MMA News scores round 10-9 O’Connor

Round 2: O’Connor with a solid kick to the body and connects with a couple rights. O’Connor tees off on him against the cage and Mahon shoots for a single. O’Connor defends but Mahon lands a solid elbow and a big combo before O’Connor works off the cage. Flying knee from O’Connor falls short and they tie up against the cage. O’Connor takes the back and drags him to the mat sinking the rear naked choke and forcing the tap.

Tom O’Connor defeats Randy Mahon by Rear Naked Choke in Round 2, 2:55

Keegan Oliver vs. Joel Morin

Round 1: Oliver with a leg kick and a quick takedown passes to side control. Oliver gets full mount and begins to land solid shots. Morin gives his back and Oliver continues to fire away until referee Kyle Cardinal stops the fight.

Keegan Oliver defeats Joel Morin by TKO (Punches) in Round 1, 1:13

Jordan Roberts vs. Kolton Menzak

Round 1: They trade wild shots right off the opening bell before Menzak gets the takedown to half guard. Menzak postures up and drops a barrage of vicious elbows before Roberts is able to tie up his arms and slow down the onslaught. Menzak works to get his arms free and Roberts is busted open. Menzak unleashes more more hard elbows forcing referee Thomas Collins to call a halt to this bout.

Kolton Menzak defeats Jordan Roberts by TKO (Elbows) in Round 1, 1:47

Hard Knocks Fighting Championship 42 Review

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Courtesy of Scott Fisher, Calgary Sun Jason Fischer doesn’t like to even see a judge’s card.

After all, they don’t call the Detroit-based MMA fighter ‘The Finisher’ for nothing.

But, under the circumstances, Fischer will take Friday’s unanimous decision over Toronto’s Ryan Dickson in the main event of Hard Knocks 42 at Century Casino.

Fischer suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury in the final round, but he wasn’t about to call it a night.

“I heard someone say ‘two-and-a-half minutes’ when it popped,” Fischer said. “It popped twice and I knew it was in trouble.

“It felt like it dislocated but if I would have tapped then, I still would have been injured.

“I wasn’t going to give up. I had to fight through it. That was the worst two-and-a-half minutes I’ve ever had in a fight.”

Fischer won the lightweight title belt and improved to 8-3.

The 30-year-old, who had lost two of his previous three bouts, said he was determined to hear the final bell.

“It was adrenaline,” he said. “Willpower. I wasn’t going to give up. I wasn’t going to tap.”

Meanwhile, Calgaryâ??s Jesse Arnett earned a TKO victory over Detroit’s Vince Murdock.

Most of the fight was a stand-up cat-and-mouse game with a couple of big shots landed.

But then it went to the mat and it was over.

Arnett sunk in a rear naked choke and forced the tap-out.

“I’m a wrestler and grappler,” Arnett said. “I’m new to striking.

“I couldn’t get him down early. I tried a couple of times.

“But I got him down and it was a quick rear naked choke. I didn’t even think about it. I even finished it with my wrong arm.”

Levi ‘The Oak’ Armstrong’s supporters drove all day to watch him fight.

The least he could do was entertain them during a lengthy bout at Hard Knocks 42.

Or… he could end things in the blink of an eye.

The Calgary MMA fighter decided on Plan B.

And judging by the big roar from his vocal supporters, they were just fine with it.

“People came from six or seven hours away,” Armstrong said. “A couple guys came from 12 hours away just to watch.”

“I can’t thank them enough.”

Armstrong dropped Jared Tordoff (Yellowknife) to the canvas with a devastating kick just seven seconds into Round 2.

“My coach told me what to do,” Armstrong said. “He dropped his hand, I kicked him and down he went.”

Armstrong recorded the TKO win in his MMA debut.

And he can’t wait to get back in the cage.

“These guys put me through hard training,” Armstrong said of his trainers at Tilt MMA.

“It was good. I love it. I’ll definitely be back. It’s the best feeling in the world.”

A spinning back kick can be a risky move. It can also pay big dividends.

Calgary product Riley Pequin utilized the technique to perfection Friday night at Century Casino.

But he said it wasn’t part of a specific gameplan that resulted in an impressive KO win over Yellowknife’s Devon Tordoff.

“We train in all aspects of MMA,” Pequin said of his Provincial Martial Arts Karate & Kickboxing gym.

“We have a ton of tools so whatever’s open, you take it. You just stay on your feet and use what you’ve got.”

After losing by armbar to Brent Auger in his last bout, it was clear Pequin wanted to stand and trade shots.

He said he would have been fine if the scrap went to the ground, but that wasn’t necessary.

“I felt like I could control him on the ground,” Pequin said. “It’s just that with these big gloves, it’s hard to grab onto stuff and stay anchored So I wanted to stay on my feet.”

It was a tough night for the local professionals. Todd ‘The Black Hulk’ Stoute, shook off a pair of losses to beat Calgary’s Anton Tokarchuk. The Toronto fighter improved to 6-3 with a flurry of right hands that ended the bout at 4:43 of the opening round… Spokane scrapper Adam Smith moved to 9-3 with a TKO victory over Chris Mattock. Micah Brakefield (Delta, B.C.) beat Calgarian Josh Griffin with a first-round TKO. Brad Robinson (Burnaby, B.C.) also scored an opening-round win over Dusty Kramps.

Fight Path: Joaquin Buckley finds support from new family at Finney’s MMA gym

By: Kyle Nagel March 20, 2015, MMA Junkie

When Joaquin Buckley left high school, he was ready to grow up quickly.

He had lived with his grandmother for as long as he could remember, and it had been just the two of them since sixth grade, when an existing heart condition took his mother’s life. Athletics, and wrestling in particular, had helped to bring him out of his shell in high school, and he was ready to move on.

With a head start from some cash from his mother’s life insurance policy and an interest in martial arts with roots in cartoons and movies from years before, he went to look for a place he might be able to train. The first place he found, after a quick Internet search, ended up becoming his family.

“I just looked up how to get started,” Buckley old MMAjunkie. “Finney’s gym popped up in the search. I called them up, and the guy told me to come down.”

Finney is Jesse Finney, a former fighter and St. Louis-area MMA stalwart, and his support and the family atmosphere of his gym have helped Buckley start his career strong. The 20-year-old is 2-0 with two first-round knockouts heading into his third fight at Saturday at “Shamrock FC: Showdown” at River City Casino in St. Louis, broadcast live at

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Meet Jesse Finney, the man who helped Bellator book Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock

By SteveJuon @angrymarks on Mar 19, 2015, MMA Mania

The CEO of Shamrock FC, Jesse Finney, is a man who knows how to make things happen, whether it’s for himself (6-1 as a pro) or when it comes to bringing major mixed martial arts (MMA) shows to St. Louis, Missouri.

Jesse Finney is a name that looms large over the MMA scene in the Midwest, but that’s not because of his 6-1 record as a professional fighter.

Finney’s real talent is his ability to broker deals, to get people to work together, and to make connections that make things happen. In fact, Finney helped get the Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock fight for Bellator approved in the state of Missouri.

In his recent interview with, Finney talked about how the deals get done. Being the owner and CEO of Shamrock FC, Finney is no stranger to putting together big cards, including the Shamrock FC Showdown on March 21st at the River City Casino in St. Louis, Missouri.

In the meantime, you can listen to the audio from our interview with Finney below, and check out Shamrock FC’s website for more details about its next big show on March 21st. If you can’t be there live, you can still watch the fights via GoFightLive.

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