American Predator FC 17 Review

October 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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American Predator Fighting Championship returned on GFL.tv from the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois with “APFC 17″. The top MMA fighters from around the Midwest competed on this stacked 16-bout pro/am card, as APFC continued its rampage on GFL.

In the main event, Bellator vet Louis Taylor (10-3) defeated UFC vet Brian Houston (4-2) via guillotine in the first round. The smaller Taylor used effective counter striking to negate the leg strikes of Houston. Taylor connected with overhand rights and lefts. A left hook dropped Houston to his knees and Taylor pounced on Houston on the mat locking in a guillotine and falling back to the mat in his guard. Houston was stuck and tapped out at the final moment before losing consciousness. It was a huge win for Taylor who controlled the striking and finished the UFC vet on the ground via tapout.

In the co-main event, Steve Kozola (3-0) remained undefeated as he KO’d Danny Morales Jr. (4-1) in the first round. It was a great striking battle as both men traded punches in the center of the cage in a barnburner of a first round. Kozola connected with overhand rights and when Morales tried to duck under one, Kozola switched it up and connected with a spinning back elbow that knocked Morales out cold. Kozola followed up with a punch on the ground that put Morales out cold and had him motionless on the mat for several minutes. It was a strong win for Kozola who continues to be a force in the lightweight division.

Mike Santiago (12-9) defeated Eric Calderon (4-4) via armbar in the first round as the two put on a great grappling clinic in the cage. Santiago went right after Calderon and pulled him down to the mat. Calderon countered with a kimura as he got up and then they fell to the mat once again. Santiago broke free and got the back of Calderon where he threw tons and tons of punches as Calderon covered up. Calderon was finally able to flip to his back and that’s when Santiago went for the arm and locked up the armbar in a fast paced fight by these two athletes.

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WFC 30 Review

October 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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World class boxing returned as WFC presented “WFC 30″ from the Belle of Baton Rouge in, Baton Rouge, Louisiana on the GFL Combat Sports Network. WFC promotes premier boxing and MMA shows across the United States as a proving ground for tomorrow’s future stars and established veterans looking to mix it up. This card featured 5 hard hitting fights with back and forth action showcasing several up and coming boxers from the region.

In the main event, for the WFC Middleweight Championship, Travis Scott (18-0) used pinpoint accuracy to defeat Taronze Washington (16-18) via unanimous decision and remain undefeated. Scott used a laser like jab and kept it in the face of Washington the whole fight. Scott would throw two or three quick jabs then come over the top with a right cross. Washington was a great test for the upstart Scott as he proved to be very durable and would not quit. Washington fired back with combos, but Scott was usually out of harm’s way by then and the punches from Washington would miss their mark. Now that Washington holds a title, it will be interesting to see who he is matched up against for his first title defense as WFC continues to produce cards at a breakneck pace.

In the co-main event, Justin Thomas (10-0) defeated Daniel Henry (2-1-3) via unanimous decision. Thomas had too much for Henry as he won the fight with his volume punching and constant pressure. Thomas, a southpaw, connected with straight lefts all night and did damage with his punches while Henry remained game all fight and did his best work while inside landing hooks and uppercuts. But from a distance, Thomas was able to land and not be hit as he mixed up his combos well and continued to score with his best weapon, the straight left.

In other action Chris Singleton (13-1) defeated Steve Trumble (13-31) via TKO in the fourth round. This was a classic case of a boxer versus a brawler as Singleton displayed a very technical game both with his punching and defense, while Trumble tried to mix it up from the very beginning a land with lunging hooks and overhands. A lot of the punches Trumble threw were off balance shots and Singleton took advantage as he landed a hook that caught Trumble and made Trumble touch the floor with his glove causing an automatic knockdown. Singleton continued to win the exchanges for most of the fight and finished the fight in the fourth. The end came when Singleton landed a nice left hook that sent Trumble back against the ropes as he dropped to a knee. The ref gave Trumble a standing 8-count, but deemed Trumble unable to continue even though the round was essentially over as the finish came at 2:59 of the round. Singleton dropped Trumble right before the finish with two hard overhand rights and even though Trumble made it back to his feet he was still feeling the effects of that knockdown when Trumble landed the hook that sealed the deal. It was a solid win for Singleton who continues to show new facets to his game and improves with every outing.

Don’t miss the latest installment as WFC presents “WFC 30″, exclusively on GFL VOD. Watch rising prospects and established vets mix it up from bell to bell from the beautiful Belle of Baton Rouge.

About World Fighting Championships
World Fighting Championships is a combat sports (MMA, Muay Thai, Boxing) promotion company based in Las Vegas, dedicated to giving the best combat sports athletes in the world a place to showcase their talent. WFC has hosted dozens of events in 7 different markets throughout the US and has been featured on Inside MMA, ESPN, Yahoo, USA TODAY, CNN, Spike TV, MMA Junkie, and Fox Sports.

Sparta Combat League MMA Action Extreme Fighting Review

October 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Main event: Jason Lee vs. Adam Stroup in a 185 lb. professional title fight. The fighters went to the circled one another trading probing strikes until Stroup landed an accidental kick to the groin. On the restart the fighters trades knees and dirty boxing strikes in the clinch with each able to turn the other and work from a dominant position. After separating Stroup landed a punch combination that stunned Lee and Stroup secured head control in the clinch to land a series of knees that dropped Lee. Lee worked back to his feet, but again Stroup worked knee strikes to drop Lee and maintain the title with the TKO win coming at 4:23 of round one.

Erick Kapp vs. Danny Mitchell in a 215 lb. professional Muay Thai fight. The fighters traded a good mix of punches and kicks with Kapp slipping to the mat twice before Mitchell scored a clean knock down. Kapp beat the count but Mitchell pressured forward, scored another knock down and the referee waved off the fight giving the TKO win to Mitchell at 2:19 of round one.

Ed Banks vs. Steve Paprocki in a 265 lb. professional title fight. Paprocki immediately pressured Banks into the cage where the fighters traded knees. After separating Banks landed a punch that stunned Paprocki. Banks followed with a flurry of striking to drop Paprocki. Banks closed in for GNP, but the referee waved off the fight giving the TKO title victory to Ed Banks at :54 of round one.

Anthony Harvey vs. Ian Heinisch in a 205 lb. title fight. The fighters came to the center of the cage and Heinisch dropped Harvey with a right hand and followed him to the ground. On the mat Heinisch worked to back control from where he used GNP to set up the title winning RNC with the title winning tapout coming at :52 of round two.

Nic Navarro vs. Alejandro Ibarra in a 155 lb. title fight. The fighters came out and both threw, and landed fast, hard and technical strikes with both being able to stun the other multiple times. Throwing a kick Ibarra slipped to the mat and Navarro followed him to the mat to work positional transitions and striking to finally win the title by GNP TKO at 2:40 of round one.

Art Petrosyan vs. Austin Jones in a 170 lb. title fight. The fighters worked in and out of the clinch with both landing solid strikes. Jones defended several takedown attempts before scoring with a double leg of his own. On the way to the mat Petrosyan wrapped up a guillotine choke but Jones escaped and ended the round working GNP from the top. Round two had a good mix of standing and ground action with each fighter scoring well both in and out of the clinch. Round three had both fighters landing well with varied strikes and Petrosyan trying multiple times to jump guard and secure guillotine chokes which Jones was always able to escape. The scorecards were read and the title winner by unanimous decision was Austin Jones.

Ivan Emerick vs. Jake Chatham in a 265 lb. title fight. The fighters came together immediately and Chatham scored a takedown to work GNP until the fighters scrambled to their feet. Emerick looked to get his striking game going but Chatham puched him into the cage; after separating Chatham landed an overhand right to drop his opponent and the follow-up GNP scored Chatham the TKO title win at 1:18 of round one.

Kevin Tyner vs. Justin Gonzales in a 155 lb. fight. Tyner landed several punches then motioned for Gonzales to come forward and Gonzales obliged by way of a double leg takedown. Gonzales worked GNP until Tyner worked back to standing. Gonzales scored with a big slam, then he secured back control and flurried with punches until Tyner tapped out. Gonzales scored the TKO win at 1:45 of round one.

Eric Coxbill vs. Michael Taff in a 170 lb. fight. Off of the clinch the fighters went to the mat with Coxbill securing side control, then transitioning to mount. Taff worked to escape but Coxbill flurried with strikes to earn the TKO win at 1:40 of round one.

Aziz Azgar vs. Vinnie Gonzales in a 170 lb. fight. The fighters traded hard strikes with Azgar being able to drop Gonzales who recovered quickly. Gonzales secured head control and lifted Azgar off of the ground several times trying for the finish but Azgar refused to tap and the fight went to the mat where after transitioning to mount Gonzales flurried with punches. Azgar tapped to the strikes and Gonzales scored the TKO win at 2:15 of round one.

Mike Martinez vs. Tom Wright in a 145 lb. fight. Round one started with crisp striking before Martinez scored a takedown and worked for a head and arm choke. Wright escaped but Martinez took him down again and ended the round working GNP after escaping an armbar, then kneebar attempt from Wright. Round two went to the ground early with Martinez trying for a guillotine choke which was defended, but when Martinez went to scarf hold position he flurried with punches to get the TKO win at 1:43 of round two.

Nick Clem vs. Angel Estrada in a 125 lb. fight. To start the fight the fighters probed with strikes then Clem scored one takedown in the middle of the round but Estrada worked back to standing and the fighters traded big punches to end the round. Round two was all standing with Clem landing early combinations before landing an accidental groin kick. On the restart Clem again landed powerful punches while Estrada countered well. Round three had a good amount of clinch work with Clem able to use the clinch to set up a takedown to end the round working GNP from the top. The scorecards were read and the winner by unanimous decision was Nick Clem.

RITC 50 Review

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Canada’s longest running MMA show returned as Rumble in the Cage presented “RITC 50″ at the South Pavilion Exhibition Park in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada a stacked 17-bout pro/am card with 11 stoppages. Rumble in the Cage is a breeding ground for international talent and “RITC 50″ once again showcased some of the rising mixed martial artists across Canada.

In the main event, WSOF vet Brandt Dewsbery (13-3-1) defeated Tyler O’Brien (2-9) via TKO in the first round in a welterweight bout. Dewsbery came out throwing punches and kicks while O’Brien was on the defensive. Dewsbery found his mark early with a huge kick that dropped O’Brien. Dewsbery continued to throw punches at the fallen O’Brien and the ref stopped the fight. This was a big win for Dewsbery who took no damage and looked terrific as he continues to be one of the rising fighters from the region who can fight with anybody.

In the co-main event, Derek Boyle (12-7) defeated Shawn Fitzsimmons (8-9) via TKO in the second round in a lightweight scrap. Fitzsimmons put Boyle on the mat but Boyle was able to reverse the position and scored with nice body-head combos that kept constant pressure on Fitzsimmons who was on the bottom. Boyle stayed close to Fitzsimmons the whole round and gave Fitzsimmons no room to work submissions as he continued to score with punches and elbows from inside the guard of Fitzsimmons. In the second round, Boyle connected with a nice hook and flying knee as Fitzsimmons looked to take the fight to the ground, but Boyle once again ended up inside the guard of Fitzsimmons. Fitzsimmons got back to his feet, but Boyle was able to tee off on more punches and kicks as he rocked Fitzsimmons and had him against the cage. Boyle connected with a nice left head kicks that dropped the durable Fitzsimmons and Boyle finished off the fight with punches on the ground in a very exciting fight.

Tim Tamaki (14-23) defeated Lupe Hudgens (7-6) via KO (knee) in the third round of a barnburner. In the first round, Tamaki used a solid ground game after getting Hudgens on the mat when Tamaki broke free of a standing guillotine and got the fight to the canvas where Tamaki was able to get on top and connected with punches as well as went for several submissions including a RNC. In round two, Hudgens got Tamaki on his back where he scored with short elbows. Hudgens worked in a guillotine choke but Tamaki was able to work his way out once again. Hudgens transitioned to an armbar that Tamaki pulled out of and worked inside Hudgens’ guard. Tamaki scored with some elbows of his own as well as working over the midsection of Hudgens and going for a choke as the second round ended. In the third round, Tamaki came right out and connected with a short elbow to the head of Hudgens followed by a knee that put Hudgens out. It was a quick finish that came out of nowhere as Tamaki connected with two hard strikes that put the gritty Hudgens away.

In another pro bout, in the featherweight division, WSOF vet Maged Hammo (5-4) defeated Morgan Littlechild (3-1) via KO from a slam in the first round. The fighters threw punches with Hammo getting a takedown early. From the bottom, Littlechild went for an armbar and Hammo defended by picking up Littlechild while still in the armbar and slamming him down to the mat. The collision on the canvas KO’d Littlechild and Hammo followed up with a single punch as Littlechild was already out, before the ref stepped in. Hammo showed off tremendous strength in pulling off the slam. It was a scary scene afterwards as Littlechild had to be stretchered out of the cage.

Don’t miss the latest installment as Rumble in the Cage, Western Canada’s most prolific MMA organization as it presents “RITC 50″, exclusively on GFL VOD. Watch the top pros and amateurs in Canada fight on the toughest proving ground in the Great White North.

Tuff-N-Uff October 17 Review and Results

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Las Vegas, NV – The nation’s premier amateur mixed martial arts promotion, Tuff-N-Uff, today released the official results of the Oct. 17th edition of its “Future Stars of MMA” event, which took place live from The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

In the main event, fan favorite C-Los Garcia took one step closer to regaining his bantamweight title with a unanimous decision over Ruben Perez (5-1). In a three round back-and-forth matchup, Garcia out-paced and out-pointed his opponent to hand him his first loss; Garcia’s record now improves to 5-1.

In the co-main event, Joey Ruquet made quick work of Regan Kuali’l, submitting him just 54 seconds into the first round with a guillotine choke. Ruquet remains undefeated with five amateur wins on record. Also on the live card, Gary Herring, fighting out of Fight Syndicate in Casper, Wyoming, found a TKO over New York’s Brian Dubuc (1-1-1) in round two of their bantamweight scrap. Also in the bantamweight division, Bryce Sepe (2-1), local Cobra Kai prospect, went the distance with City Athletic Club’s Bronson Sabado (1-4) to earn a unanimous decision.

Delivering the wow-moment of the night, popular combat sports journalist Spencer Lazara took to the cage for the first time in his life to give the crowd a stunning knockout. After an even-paced first round, Lazara fired a KO-loaded counter-punch at 1:31 of the second round, plummeting Mosely to the mat. Lazara, competing as a welterweight, now adds a 1-0 amateur record to a host of other MMA talents.

The Oct. 17th “Future Stars of MMA” undercard results are as follows:

135 lbs. Bout: Victor Mabin (5-6) defeated Ryan Curry (3-3) via TKO at 1:43/1st Round
155 lbs. Bout: Joe Burgess (1-2) defeated Kyle Colvin (0-2) after 1st Round/Doctor Stoppage
185 lbs. Bout: Montel Williams and Damien Nitkin fight to a Draw
145 lbs. Bout: Matt Torres (1-0) defeats Shawn Brooks (0-1) via TKO at 1:53/1st Round
155 lbs. Bout: Jimmy Stevenson (1-0) defeats Trent Mercer (0-1) via RNC at 1:19/1st Round
150 lbs. Bout: Brandon Dufrene (1-0) defeats Brian Randall (0-1) via TKO at 1:05/1st Round
135 lbs. Bout: Cameron Olsen (1-1) defeats Brandon Reynolds (0-1) via TKO at 42 seconds/1st Round
205 lbs. Bout: Huxley Dunsany (1-0) defeated Michael Sancho (0-1) via RNC at 1:16/2nd Round

IZW Redemption 2014 Review

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Redemption promised the IZW World a ton of action. It promised a crazy five-way Impact Scramble, a battle between the tag team champions, and one man standing tall holding the IZW Championship. It delivered bigger than anyone could have expected and in ways that no one could have imagined!

The night started with a huge contest between former partners as Big Business Damon Windsor would face his former partner and the man he stabbed in the back at the Impact Chamber, The Image of Fear Kevin Morgan. Morgan wanted nothing more than to get his hands on Windsor but Big Business wanted to bury the hatchet and remain friends. Morgan quickly let him know that would not be an option. He slapped away the offered handshake and leveled Windsor with a big clothesline. Windsor battled back, targeting the left arm of Morgan which had been less than 100% for weeks. But even only one good arm Morgan is more dangerous than most men with two. The Image of Fear continued to show remarkable resolve as Windsor never lost focus on his point of attack. Morgan seemed to be all out of steam as Windsor delivered his patented elbows on the corner, he sauntered to the center of the ring and removed his elbow pad, looking to deliver the knockout blow to his former partner but it was not to be. Morgan sprinted out and speared Windsor, hoisted him up and drove him down with the Oklahoma Stampede and then sealed his fate with the Moment of Fear.

Morgan told the IZW World that he wouldn’t stop until he got to Johnny Z and that Windsor would only be a speed bump on that journey. After this match it would be hard for anyone to disagree with the man who now holds both IZW Tag Team Championships.

The controversy with the Tag Team Championships was finally over but it was just beginning with the Impact Division Championship. It was announced that Angel Camacho had suffered an injury and would not be able to make the Impact Scramble. So Co-Commissioner Mark Wilson made the call that the winner of the Bobby Starr/Jordan Jacobs match would be inserted into the scramble and get a shot at the Impact Division Championship.

Both Starr and Jacobs seemed especially driven with an Impact Division Championship opportunity on the line. Starr was more aggressive and violent than we had ever seen him before. But Jacobs has been better than ever as of late. Since his series of matches with Johnny Z and almost being IZW Champion, Jacobs has been really hitting his stride. Jordan battled back from a big spinebuster and fought out of the single leg Olympus Crab. Starr continued to blast Jacobs with vicious shots and ran full speed at him in the corner but Jacobs caught him with a buckle buster, scaled the ropes and used the Light Switch to turn Starr’s lights out. Starr was left to lick his wounds while Jacobs went on to ready himself for his shot to once again become Impact Division Champion.

From one Bull to another we would next see The Bronze Bull taking on The Attorney Jeff Wolfenbarger. Wolfenbarger would be accompanied to the ring by former IZW superstar and commissioner Kool-Aid. Wolfenbarger tried to have a nice birthday celebration for Kool-Aid earlier but it was cut short by The Bronze Bull who verbally ran down both men. Bull thinks that he is far and away superior to both men but a fast and furious flurry of offense from Wolfenbarger sent Bull scrambling to the outside. Wolfenbarger didn’t let up and cornered Bull and ran in with a pair of splashes but Bull stopped the second one and threw him over his head with a deadly belly-to-belly suplex. Not one to let an advantage go, Bull threw Wolfenbarger outside and started laying on the punishment. Jeff had another trick up or two up his sleeve though. He dropped Bull neck first on the rope and hit a springboard leg drop. Jeff went for the Final Impact but Bull reversed with a northern lights suplex that swayed things back his way. Bull picked up Wolfenbarger and drilled him with Greetings from Mt Olympus. But Bull refused to make the cover, he wanted to rub it in. He picked Wolfenbarger up again and spit at Kool-Aid. Kool-Aid jumped on the apron and returned the favor, blinding Bull and allowing Wolfenbarger to slip into a sunset flip and get the win over the Bronze Bull. Wolfenbarger swore to be the thorn in the side of Johnny Z and Impact Inc and has certainly been just that by beating the crown jewel of Johnny Z’s followers.

Next up was the 5-Man Impact Scramble for the Impact Division Championship. Sheepy O’Brien, O’Malley and Randy Price would challenge for Drake Gallows’ Impact Division Championship as scheduled but via his win over Bobby Starr earlier, Jordan Jacobs would be inserted into the madness of the Scramble. This match was a masterpiece in chaos. From the very start all five men went full steam at each other and while alliances may have existed at the beginning, it quickly became every man for his self. O’Malley looked to take out four birds with one stone as he fought all four of his competitors into one corner, ran across the ring and delivered an Irish Car Bomb to everyone involved. This would grant him a pin on O’Brien to become the interim Impact Division Champion. His opponents eventually subdued O’Malley and Gallows was ablt to score with an emo-killer on O’Brien onto two chairs to get a pinfall of his own. As O’Malley and O’Brien brawled on the outside, Jacobs dove from the top rope with a flipping senton onto both men. Not to be outdone, Price climbed up and as all three men reached their feet, he dove off with a corkscrew moonsault. The four men were in a heap on the outside but that left one man unaccounted for, the Urban Legend himself Drake Gallows. Gallows earned his nickname from the death defying things he has done to rule the Impact Division. The IZW World let out a collective gasp as they saw him start to climb a giant ladder that took him all the way to the roof of the Impact Arena. He shrugged his shoulders and dove off. But the dice rolled snake-eyes for Gallows and as he dove the ladder shifted underneath him and he fell short, narrowly missing the ring apron but crashing to the floor below. Randy Price looked to capitalize on the chaos but was caught with O’Brien’s Trouble and O’Brien became the current champion. The two Irishmen O’Malley and O’Brien brawled on the outside while Price tried to hit the splash from the past on Jacobs with the seconds ticking away. Jacobs got out of the way and hit the Light Switch and covered Price. Referee George Knight’s hand hit the mat for the 3 with less than a second left in the match.

Two Irishmen consumed each other in violence, the man who laughs at danger rolled the dice and lost and the man who wasn’t even originally in the match utilized every last second of the match to once again proudly hold the Impact Division Championship.

After the match Price was dejected and coming down to share his thoughts was his former mentor the returning Coach Gary Tool. The IZW World expected Tool to take Price’s head off after Price cost him the IZW Championship. But instead Tool said the blame for what happened to him lied on the IZW World. He laid into the fans in the Impact Arena and said that he was proud of Price and his actions and that he reminded Tool of what Old School really was. What does this mean for the future of Randy Price and/or The possibly reunited Old School Suckas?

Next up was an old fashioned Street Fight between Shawn McHale and Mark Wilson. The two Co-Commissioners started with some classic wrestling and it evolved into an old fashioned brawl. McHale tried to keep it clean but that wasn’t in Wilson’s playbook at all. Wilson targeted the leg of McHale, punishing it with chop blocks and kicks. Wilson looked to put McHale away with a perfectly executed figure four leglock but McHale fought his way out. When that didn’t work Wilson went into his bag of dirty tricks. He pulled out a handful of powder to blind McHale but the #1 knocked it right back into Wilson’s face. When Wilson regained his vision he was staring right at McHale who flipped him the double #1 and hit a Stunner to get the win. The #1 proved to the IZW World that he was exactly that as he put the Butterscotch Stallion out to pasture.

There was only one score left to be settled. The IZW Championship would be on the line as man who was screwed out of the IZW Championship at the Impact Chamber Jermaine Johnson would look to dethrone the Natural Born Leader. Few people in IZW know each other as well as Johnson and Z. They have fought alongside each other and against each other time after time. While Johnson is perhaps the most decorated competitor in IZW the feat he has never accomplished in his amazing career is a one-on-one pinfall victory over Johnny Z. Johnson came in extremely confident and certainly gained control quickly but Z is a master of the mind games would not be shaken by the early advantage and turned things into his favor. Neither man kept a strong advantage for the majority of this modern classic. The two men know each other so well that every move and offensive strategy was met with a counter attack. When frustration got the best of him, Z decided the best defense was to kick Johnson in the lower region not once but twice. The two men battled to the outside where Johnson took over and bashed Z all around the Impact Arena. As he tried to return Z to ringside, Z backdropped him onto the concrete around the ring area. Enraged by the beating he had been on the end of, Z drilled Johnson with a series of punches and vicious chops. Z got even more malicious and tried to piledrive Johnson on the outside but Johnson reversed. Johnson fired up and tossed Z inside where he connected with his kicks in the corner and lifted Z up in the Power & Strength suplex but Z landed on his feet and hit the Final Impact that almost retained his championship. The two men traded an Energy Shot and a Float-Over DDT but each only got a two count. Johnson closed in on the IZW Championship when he hit Power & Strength from the top rope and mounted the 2nd rope for the ES2 but Z caught him with a boot to the face before he could connect. Z perhaps saw this as his last chance, he measured Johnson and went for the Big Bott in the Corner but Johnson caught him and dropped him with a powerbomb. The Hype Section came to a fever pitch as Johnson again mounted the ropes to set up for the ES2 and thatâ??s when all hell broke loose. Sensing their leader was in imminent danger, Impact Inc dashed into the ring and pounded Johnson. Even though they were banned from ringside the rules of a No Holds Barred match prevented a disqualification. In a moment of Deja-vu Damon Windsor Chokeslammed Johnson and presented him like a sacrifice to Z. But before he could take advantage Shawn McHale hit the ramp followed by Kevin Morgan, Jeff Wolfenbarger, and Jordan Jacobs. They cleared the ring of Impact Inc and left the two men in the match to fight it out. But the damage had been done, Jermaine Johnson struggled to even get to his feet and Z revved up the Big Boot when he stopped in his tracks at the appearance of Double D! D stood at the top of the ramp, brandishing a steel chair and Z stood in the ring as his jaw quivered and the color left his face. Z knew his day of reckoning for his misdeeds against D had come. D hit the ring and Z bailed out. Z continued to try to get a grasp on the situation and Double D readied the chair and blasted Jermaine Johnson! The IZW World was in shock. Z climbed into the ring and in the most shocking and disturbing images ever in IZW Johnny Z lovingly embraced Double D. Z celebrated yet another of his former enemies becoming a follower and then CRACK!!! Double D drilled Z with a chair to the skull too! D stared coldly at both men then retrieved the IZW Championship from ringside. He then simply walked out of the IZW Arena leaving fans with more questions than answers. We got what we were promised, one man stood tall with the IZW Championship but it was neither of the men in the match. It was Double D, the man who never lost the IZW Championship to begin with. A silent but definitive statement made by Double D as he has seemingly reclaimed ownership of the IZW title he never lost.

Broadway Boxing: Hardy vs Hoy

October 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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New York, NY (10/15/14) – Earlier tonight at NYC’s famed B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan, DiBella Entertainment returned for the latest installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series, sponsored by Everlast and Manfredi Auto Group. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, each boxer wore pink and black boxing gloves donated by Everlast.

Headlining the action-packed event, popular Brooklynite Heather “The Heat” Hardy, 121, dominated the formidable Crystal Hoy, 121, of Las Vegas, NV, over 10 rounds to become the WBC International junior featherweight champion, in a superb performance. Hardy boxed extremely effectively throughout, demonstrating many facets of her talent and ability. She was incredibly accurate with her shots while both pressing forward and fighting off the back foot. When Hoy stepped up her attack near the midway point, Hardy proved adept at exhibiting elusive defensive maneuvers and landing counter shots to offset her opponent’s aggression. Whenever Hoy found her way inside, Hardy had no qualms about trading power shots, creating some exciting exchanges. Setting up beautiful combinations behind a stiff jab, Hardy went on to win a clear 10-round decision. Scorecards read 100-90, 99-91, and a puzzling tally of 95-95, which brought jeers from the crowd. Now 11-0 (2 KOs), Hardy remained unbeaten, while Hoy fell to 5-7-4 (2 KOs).

“Winning the WBC title is every boxer’s dream coming up,” said Hardy, “and now this is a dream come true. It’s an honor to win this belt and I plan to proudly defend it and prove to be a worthy champion.”

In the co-feature bout, New York Golden Gloves champion and Broadway Boxing staple, light heavyweight southpaw Travis Peterkin, 176, of Brooklyn, competed in his first eight-round contest, facing Sacramento, California’s Otis Griffin, 179, of The Next Great Champ reality series fame. Peterkin immediately began backing Griffin up, landing his thudding jab. When Griffin would find his way past the jab, Peterkin met him with a straight right hand down the pipe. Over the second half, Peterkin began backing Griffin to the ropes, landing hooks downstairs. In the fifth and sixth rounds, it was evident that Peterkin’s pressure and heavy hands were breaking Griffin down. With Griffin’s punch resistance diminished, Peterkin threw combinations with abandon. Earning a unanimous decision with scores of 80-72, and 79-73 twice, Peterkin upped his record to 13-0 (5 KOs). Griffin saw his record fall to 24-17-2 (10 KOs).

“This was my first eight-round fight,” said Peterkin. “I wanted to pace myself, box effectively and slowly break him down over the distance. My jab was key and my combinations were on point.”

Freeport, New York’s junior middleweight prospect Patrick Day, 153, the former #1 amateur in the US and a National champion, locked horns with the rugged Felipe Reyes, 153, of Houston, TX, trading shots in a phone booth for six thrilling rounds. Reyes took to leaning in and hoping to land wild overhand rights. Day frequently opened up Reyes’ guard by digging to the body first then following through with uppercuts to the chin. In the fifth, Day landed a right hook upstairs to deck Reyes, as he bounced off the ropes. After six rounds, Day earned a shutout unanimous decision with three scores of 60-53, to lift his record to 9-0-1 (5 KOs), while Reyes dropped to 5-4 (3 KOs).

“I felt that I put on a good performance,” said Day. “I think I showed a different side of myself and proved that I am versatile, fighting Reyes head to head. He was very game, but he came in with his head a bit much, using roughhouse tactics. I’m now ready to step up and fight in an eight-round bout next time out.”

Co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions, Inc., the 25-year-old Ukrainian Ivan Golub, 159¼, now living and training in Brooklyn, NY, improved to 2-0 (1 KO), by demolishing the normally durable Kirk Huff, 159, 3-2 (1 KO), Arnold, MO, inside the opening round. Stalking Huff from the outset, the southpaw Golub eventually trapped him in a neutral corner and landed a thudding left to the body. Huff immediately dropped in pain and, though he arose, the referee felt he was in no condition to continue, halting the bout by TKO at 1:11 of round one. A former amateur star, Golub had amassed an astonishing record of 270-32. He became a five-time Ukrainian National champion, and won bronze medals at the Junior World Championships in 2006 and at the World Championships in 2009. Golub also participated in the World Series of Boxing, winning all five of his bouts.

“I applied pressure right away and quickly spotted the opening to land my left downstairs,” said Golub. “I hit Huff right on the liver and down he went.”

The 20-year-old English/Irish Steed “The Stallion” Woodall, 164, born in Birmingham, England, and now living and training in Palm Beach, FL, made his NYC debut boxing his way to a unanimous four-round decision over the always-tough Azamat Umarzoda, 162, 0-6-2, of Las Vegas, NV. As an amateur, Woodall was a five-time English National champion and a two-time British champion, having accrued a 41-5 record along the way. In his fifth professional outing, Woodall focused on his technical ability and placing his shots well, dishing out a steady stream of jabs and straight right hands. Umarzoda ate whatever leather Woodall threw his way and kept on coming, but that did not deter the Florida transplant. Halfway through, Woodall began pounding the body as he outworked his resilient adversary. After four frames, the judges tallied 40-36 twice, and 39-37, all for Woodall, who improved to 5-0 (3 KOs).

“There was a lot of anticipation coming to the Big Apple for the first time, a city that Iâ??ve always wanted to visit,” said Woodall. “I had a durable opponent in front of me, but I worked my jab and body shots well and I was glad to get in the work.”

Opening up the card, former 2012 Olympian for the Dominican Republic, Wellington Arias Romero, 144, 4-0-1 (2 KOs), of Newburgh, NY, fought to a draw against Lazar Stojadinovic, 146, 1-1-1, of Miami, FL. Stojadinovic started out aggressively winging hooks, while the southpaw Romero looked to establish the proper distance to land his straight punches. Though Romero landed several pinpoint left hands, Stojadinovic remained steadfast, continuously applying pressure and outworking his foe to make it a close affair. Often pinning Romero against the ropes, Stojadinovic’s work rate was favored by the judges. Following the end of the fourth and final stanza, the scorecards read 39-37 for Stojadinovic, and two votes of 38-38, for the draw verdict.

The next installment of Broadway Boxing will take place in December, back at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.

Dead Serious 12 Review

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Hard hitting MMA action returned as Dead Serious Fighting Championship presented “Dead Serious 12″ from the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey on the GFL Combat Sports Network. Dead Serious Fighting Championship tore the house down with 14 fights, 4 of which ended in stoppage. Tune in for every punch, kick and submission.

In the main event, for the Dead Serious Welterweight Title, Travis Foster (5-0) defeated former Champion Brandon VanCleave (4-3) via unanimous decision to win the title. Foster scored a huge takedown in the opening seconds and worked from the top as he kept VanCleave down on the mat for the majority of the first round. Foster locked on a kimura at the end of the second round, but could not get the submission as time ran out. In the final round, VanCleave locked on a jumping guillotine, but Foster had another huge takedown as he slammed VanCleave down to the mat. Foster controlled the rest of the round from the top as his wrestling was just too strong for VanCleave to get out from underneath his pressure. VanCleave was game until the very end though as he went for armbars from the bottom. But Foster powered out of the move by spiking VanCleave down on the canvas one more time.

In the co-main event, for the Dead Serious Featherweight, Jack Cordero (6-4) defeated Nestor Negroni, Jr. (4-2-1) via TKO in the first round. Cordero defended his title once again with another solid performance. Cordero and Negroni traded strikes from the opening seconds. Most of the punches and kicks didn’t land with full force but Cordero was finally able to land an overhand right flush. Cordero then followed up with a series of jabs, hooks, and more overhands as Negroni covered up. The ref called a halt to the fight after Negroni was not throwing any punches back.

The Dead Serious Bantamweight Title was on the line as Anthony Genovese (5-2) defeated Eric Jones (3-1) via unanimous decision. Genovese used a great wrestling game as he was able to get a takedown time and time again and nullify the striking of Jones. Once on the ground Genovese landed ground and pound and worked over the body and face of Jones while keeping Jones pinned on the ground and unable to get off of his back and mount any sort of offense in the standup. Genovese proved to have a very effective game plan as he took Jones out of his comfort level and put him on his back and turned the fight into a wrestling match.

East Coast MMA delivered again! Be sure to catch all of the action anytime on VOD as Dead Serious Fighting Championship presented “Dead Serious 12″ exclusively at GFL.tv.

PowerPlay Promotions 25 Review

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PowerPlay Promotions presented World Championship Kickboxing on GFL.tv with “PowerPlay Promotions 25″ from the famous Melbourne Pavilion in Melbourne, Australia. The full rules Muay Thai card was anchored by a blistering 4-man Eliminator Tournament.

In the main event of the 4-man Eliminator Tournament, Brad Riddell defeated Maseh Nuristani via majority decision. With the win, Riddell becomes the tourney champion and also wins the $10,000 cash prize. Riddell was the aggressor and scored with body punches and showed a great foundation in the fight as he was able to land heavy punches and kicks throughout the fight while staying compact and in control. Nuristani, a southpaw, tried to counter punch and was able to land high kicks and round kicks from a distance while taking advantage of his reach.  Both fighters kept up the pressure in the second where Nuristani scored with knees in the clinch and Riddell continued to throw a large volume of strikes and continually be the aggressor. In the third and final round, Nuristani continued to find his mark with low kicks, and shots to the body of Riddell but Riddell kept the pressure up and continued to come forward land punches to the head and body, something that paid dividends in the eyes of the judges.

Riddell got to the finals with a win earlier in the night against Michael Badato. Riddell won the fight via TKO as he punished Badato inside the ring. This was probably fight of the night as Badato bested Riddell in the early going with body kicks and used his distance well by not allowing Riddell to get off more than one shot at a time. Then Riddell connected with a big left hook that hurt Badato and Riddell smelled blood in the water and continued to pummel Badato with a series of uppercuts, hooks and overhand rights. Badato proved to have a tough chin as he didn’t go down initially and just absorbed the punishment before succumbing to an 8-count. Badato wasn’t ready to go after the 8-coutn and the ref called the fight off. Riddell’s win came out of nowhere and really displayed the viciousness of his strikes in the ring as the fight turned on a dime.

Nuristani cut his path to the finals with a win against Jason Scerri via majority decision. This fight was constant action and both Nuristani and Scerri threw heaters at each other from the opening bell. Nuristani proved to be a very effective counter striker as he would connect with high kicks while backing up. Scerri pressed the action at times but Nuristani connected with the harder punches and kicks.

If you love nonstop, full-throttle striking, then “PowerPlay Promotions 25″ is must-see TV. Watch as these brave warriors display the science of the eight limbs and use punches, kicks, knees and elbows all the way from Australia as Power Play Promotions returns to GFL. Order this event exclusively at GFL.tv and watch it anytime on VOD.

Ohio Fighting Championship 22 Review

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Ohio’s rising MMA promotion debuted on GFL as Ohio Fighting Championship presented “OFC 22″ from the Northland Performing Arts Center in Columbus, Ohio on October 11. The pro/am event featured 9 fights with 9 finishes! Find out who was victorious as these gladiators went to battle inside the cage.

In the pro ranks, Aaron Jeffery (1-0) defeated Matt Anderson (1-3) via triangle choke in the first round in a welterweight scrap. This was a barnburner as both men came right out at each other throwing haymakers and clinching trying to get the upper hand in wrestling. Jeffery landed a knee in the clinch and Anderson used it to get a takedown which played right into the hands of Jeffery. On the ground, and the bottom, Jeffery locked in a triangle choke in a split second and that was all she wrote as Anderson tapped shortly after. Jeffery was able to really tee off on his punches and kicks as he wasn’t worried about getting taken down and when it finally did happen he finished the fight with precision.

In other action, Josh Hilliard (1-1) defeated Zach Cook (0-2) via knee crusher in the second round of a lightweight battle. Cook dominated the first round with his wrestling and solid ground and pound. Cook scored three takedowns in the first round and had Hilliard fighting from his back the whole time. Cook controlled the fight in the standup too as he scored with a flying knee and high kicks as Hilliard was bleeding from the face at this point. Hilliard managed to stay composed and was ready for round two where the fight changed dramatically. In round two, Cook got another takedown, but Hilliard dropped down and attempted a kneebar. Hilliard transitioned to an ankle lock and then finally a nasty knee crusher that damaged the knee of Cook and forced the tapout. It was a great comeback victory for Hilliard who showed off grit and determination the whole fight.

In the amateur ranks, for the OFC Heavyweight Championship, Chris Settles (4-1) defeated John Gardner (5-4) via guillotine choke in the second round. Settles displayed a great grappling game for a big man as after the two gladiators pounded on each other for a round, Settles was able to sink in a standing guillotine after a few punches to the body of Gardner in the second. Settles showed off some great dirty boxing inside the trenches and forced the tapout to become the new champion in the heavyweight division.

You won’t find more BANG for your buck so order this thrilling event. Be sure to catch all of the action anytime on video on demand as OFC presents “OFC 22″ on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv.

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