GFL Real Fights Presents CFFC 45 on TCN & CSN Comcast Beginning February 23

February 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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February 20, 2015

GFL, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with world class MMA as CFFC presents another show stopper with CFFC 45: Stiner VS Horcher featuring a full lineup of extreme cage fights emanating from the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This event will showcase the top regional MMA stars along the Eastern seaboard as CFFC presents another hard-hitting event anchored by a title fight in the lightweight division!
Cage Fury Fighting Championship (CFFC) will crown a new lightweight champion when Jordan Stiner (9-1) takes on Darrell Horcher (10-1) in the main event at CFFC 45. With a combined record of 19-2, this fight will also claim the current title of top lightweight prospect in the world as the last three CFFC lightweight champions, John Cholish, Charlie Brenneman and Paul Felder, have gone to the UFC.

Winning nine out of his first ten pro fights, Stiner heads into this contest with a lot of confidence. He is currently undefeated at lightweight and his only loss was a decision at 145-pounds to the current CFFC featherweight champion, Levan Makashvilli. After that loss, the Canton, Pennsylvania native has won three straight including a knockout victory over Mike Medrano. “My time is now to take the CFFC title,” stated Stiner. “Since moving up to lightweight, I feel like no one is going to be able to stop me from being champion. I was born to fight, this is my destiny. Horcher will be my toughest fight to date and I have nothing but respect for him as a fighter. I feel like we have been on a crash course to fight each other for some time now. We are the top two lightweights in the region and only one of us is going to be crowned. That being said, no one will stand in my way of taking the belt home. No one will want to miss this one, there will most definitely be fireworks!”

After shooting out of the gate with six stoppages in his first six fights, Horcher is putting together a more complete package as a fighter. Once known for just his knockouts, Horcher is showing other aspects of his game which includes wrestling and jiu-jitsu. Horcher has gone 3-0 since signing with CFFC and has his sights set out on CFFC gold since his promotional debut. “I want to thank CFFC for giving me an opportunity to fight for their lightweight title and to showcase my skills,” said Horcher. “Jordan Stiner is a very well rounded opponent. He’s won fights by both knockout and submission. I am excited to compete against Jordan, I think we will bring the best out in each other and put on a great fight for the fans. I approach every fight with the same game plan, to finish. That is my goal, impose my will on my opponent and fight for the finish. Fans won’t want to miss this fight, I’ve been traveling to train with some of the best in the world and I’m ready to show my skills and become CFFC Lightweight Champion.”

Air times are listed below:
The Comcast Network: (all zones): Monday, February 23 at 7:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Tuesday, February 24 at 9:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Philly): Wednesday, February 25 at 11:30pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Saturday, February 28 at 1:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Sunday, March 1 at 12:30am ET

CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Mid Atlantic, CSN Northwest and CSN Bay Area will also be airing CFFC 45 in the weeks and months to follow. In addition, close to 25 cable and satellite systems carry CSN and because of that wide distribution across numerous regions and even nationally via satellite, GFL REAL FIGHTS is available on additional platforms.

To stay connected with GFL and this unique fight series, visit these TCN & CSN online locations for up-to-the-date programming info.
The Comcast Network
CSN Philadelphia
CSN Washington
CSN Baltimore
CSN New England
CSN Northwest
CSN Bay Area

Upcoming Events on Comcast
2/23: CFFC 45: Stiner v Horcher (MMA)
3/2: Teams Fighting Championship 3 (MMA)
3/9: GPG 18 (MMA)
3/16: Strike Off Fighting Championships (MMA)

About GFL:
GFL ( is a fast-growing media and sports entertainment company that utilizes a proprietary technology to deliver the most exciting LIVE combat sports events worldwide and an incredible viewing experience to a global audience. With a diverse mix of combat sports properties, GFL is the premier online destination for live boxing, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai, kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu and more. Since its inception in 2007, GFL has streamed more than 2,500 live events with over 10,000 hours of combat sports content. In addition to its web platform, GFL is available on Roku, IPhone, IPad, as well as other internet ready devices, and broadcasts a weekly, two-hour, syndicated fight TV show on CSN, TCN and SNY, as well as live pay-per-view events directly to iN DEMAND.

New Full Contact Fighter Radio Features UFC’s Ray Borg, Strike Off FC’s Billy Quarantillo

February 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Full Contact Fighter Staff, Thursday, Feb 19, 2015

By FCF Staff

The latest episode of Full Contact Fighter’s podcast features talks with UFC flyweight Ray Borg, and Strike Off’s featherweight, Billy Quarantillo.

Borg is coming off an impressive, submission win over Chris Kelades at UFC FN 60, which earned the fighter “Performance of the Night” honors.

Quarantillo, meanwhile, is preparing to face Khama Worthy for Strike Off’s featherweight championship on February 28th. Quarantillo heads into the bout having gone 5-1 so far as a pro.

The bout will headline “Strike Off Fighting Championship 4″, which will be available for viewing through Go Fight Live.

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Frank De Alba to take on Jose Bustos for UBF All Americas Jr. Lightweight title this Saturday night at the Econo Lodge in Allentown, PA

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Frank De Alba to take on Jose Bustos for UBF All Americas Jr. Lightweight title this Saturday night at the Econo Lodge in Allentown, PA

Plus undefeated Juan Dominguez fights Jose Cen Torres for UBF Super Bantamweight All Americas title as well as undefeated John Magda, Ivan Golub, Christian Molina and Paul Koon

Allentown, PA (February 19, 2015)–He is one of the hottest fighters on the east coast. He has become a prospect on everyone’s radar and this Saturday night, Jr. Lightweight Frank De Alba will look for his 13th consecutive victory when he takes on Jose Bustos for the UBF Jr. Lightweight All Americas title in the main event at the Econo Lodge.

The show is promoted by King’s Promotions.

De Alba of Reading, PA has a record of 14-1-2 in and in addition to 12th straight wins, he is unbeaten in his last 14 bouts.

De Alba, who won a 8-round unanimous decision over Jesse Carridine last October 4, went right back in the gym shortly after that bout.

“Training camp has been great. I have been in camp for two months. I feel great and excited. I am ready and in shape and am 100% ready for Saturday,” said De Alba.

On Bustos, De Alba doesn’t seem to know much on the man who will trying to break that winning streak.

“I know nothing about him other than he is from Mexico. Mexican fighters always come to fight, so I know it will be an exciting fight.”

2015 plans to be a moving year for De Alba for prospect to contender and he knows that this fight could be a dangerous one.

“I know this is a big year. I have a good streaking going and by the end of the year I should have a good step up fight. First I am ready for Saturday and I have to start off on a good foot. I am ready to give my all.”

Bustos of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico has a record of 7-2-3 with 4 knockouts.

The 23 year-old is unbeaten in his last three which includes that last two victories. He is coming off a 10-round split decision over Hector Mendoza on April 11, 2014 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Juan Dominguez (17-0, 11 KO’s) of Brooklyn, NY will fight Jose Cen Torres (13-6, 1 KO) of Merida, Mexico in an 8-round bout for the UBF All Americas Super Bantamweight title.

In 6-round bouts:

Super Middleweight John Magda (8-0, 6 KO’s) of Rutherford, NJ will take on Jay Williams (3-4) of West Monroe, LA

Ivan Golub (5-0, 4 KO’s) of Brooklyn, NY will take on David Lopez (4-11-3, 1 KO) in a Jr. Middleweight bout.

Danny Kelly (6-1-1, 5 KO’s) of Washington, DC will take on Kevin Franklin (6-10, 3 KO’s) of in a Heavyweight bout.

In 4-round bouts:

Christian Molina (3-0, 2 KO’s) of Allentown, PA will fight debuting Stacey Harris of Washington, DC in a Jr. Middleweight bout.

Robert Irizarry (2-0-1) of Cherry Hill, NJ will battle Benjamin Burgos (2-10-1) of Mount Pocono, PA in a Featherweight bout. This bout is a rematch of a bout from May where Irizarry won a unanimous decision.

Christopher Booker of Philadelphia will make his pro debut against Andrew Sosa (0-4-1) of Farmers Branch, TX i in a Middleweight bout.

Paul Koon (2-0, 1 KO of Philadelphia will battle Rex Harris (1-0-2) of Wikes-Barre, PA, in a Heavyweight bout.

Tickets for this great night of boxing are $45 for General Admission and $60 for Ringside and can be purchased by clicking: or by calling 610 587 5950

The Econo Lodge is located at 1151 Building Drive in Allentown, PA

Fight Path: From ‘The Sandlot’ to Marines to Peru to pro MMA for Martin Davila

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By: MMAjunkie Staff February 19, 2015

Martin Davila had already described his mother’s deportation to Peru, his enlistment in the Marines to find guidance in his life (and avoid being kicked out of his father’s house), his time in Iraq, and his time in South Korea.

His biggest laugh during the conversation came when he was asked about the start of his amateur MMA career.

“Only me,” Davila told MMAjunkie. “It’s so funny.”

The joke is this: Davila prepared for his first two amateur MMA fights while he was out in the field training with his Marines unit. He was cutting weight in the final week by bringing his own food and doing extra workouts after his unit finished its brutal tactical work for the day.

It was a tough way to start a career, but Davila has made the most out of it. After an impressive amateur career and an eight-year career serving his country in the Marines, the flyweight is 1-0 as an MMA pro. He’s now set to face Huiber Garcia Huerta (0-0) on Saturday at “Strike Off 4” while hoping to capitalize off an impressive pro debut this past May.

“I’m excited because my mom can watch the fight (on Go Fight Live,,” he said. “And so can my other friends and family, so that makes me happy. I’m feeling great, and I’m ready”

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Asylum Fight League 47 Review

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Asylum Fight League is back with its latest installment “Asylum Fight League 47” on February 14 from the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This 13-bout card will feature some of the top prospects on the East Coast.

In the main event, for the AFL Lightweight Championship, Cesar Balmaceda (4-1) defeated Brandon Perez (1-1) via unanimous decision. Balmaceda worked well off of his back as Perez was able to get several takedowns. Balmaceda went for multiple submissions from his back and was very active in trying to finish the fight. Balmaceda also scored well in the standup as his striking was on point. Balmaceda won most of the exchanges and near the end of the fight, he was able to keep the fight up against the cage and land some solid knees from the clinch. Even in defeat, Perez showed off a ton of heart and did win the wrestling exchanges as early in the fight he took Balmaceda down and controlled the action from the top.

In other action, Jorge Garcia (2-1) defeated Chris Santopietro (2-1) via guillotine in the first round in a lightweight scrap. Garcia showed off an impressive grappling game and finished the fight after a quick takedown and transition to the fight ending choke. With the win, Garcia puts himself in a strong position to fight for the title next against the Champion Balmaceda.
William Elliott and Michael Gindt both won their fights with KOs, while Raul Pola won his fight via first round guillotine.

“Asylum Fight League 47” brings another stellar show to GFL! Don’t miss this exciting event which has become a proving ground for some of the top fighters in the North East. The only way to see this show is to order it exclusively through the GFL Combat Sports Network at


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Philadelphia, PA-When Jason Sosa leveled Michael “Lefty” Brooks in the ninth round of their main event last April 12 at Bally’s Atlantic City, he appeared to be one of the brightest prospects in the junior lightweight division.
His 12-1-3 record included seven consecutive knockouts and he earned a No. 1 ranking with the USBA. Next up for Sosa was a spot in front of the HBO brass on the Aug. 2 undercard of Sergey Kovalev’s WBO light-heavyweight title defense against Blake Caparello at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City.
But like the Revel Resort, Sosa (above) faded from view.
Now, as he prepares to take on Bergman Aguilar, of Escazu, Costa Rica, in the eight-round main event on March 6 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, Sosa reflects on his disappearing act in 2014.
“After the Brooks fight, I had to put my boxing career on hold,” Sosa said. “There were contractual interferences that have since been resolved. Unfortunately, there are two different sides in boxing and I had to take care of the business part. I signed with a new manager, Mark Cipparone of Club 1957 Management, and, since then, it has been great.”
In the fall, Sosa was in line to box world-rated Edner Cherry, of Wachula, FL, at the 2300 Arena and the fight was to be televised over the NBC Sports Network. However, Sosa and Cipparone did not feel the timing was right and the fight never materialized.
Sosa did manage one more fight in 2014, traveling to Catano, Puerto Rico, in October where he knocked out Juan G. Cruz in two rounds. It was the first time Sosa had boxed someone with a losing record since his second pro fight in 2010.
A pro since 2009, Sosa has lost just once. That came late in 2010 when he accepted a fight on 48 hours notice against Treysean Wiggins, a hard hitter from New York who was two weight classes above Sosa. Needing the money but eight pounds over his best fighting weight, Sosa was stopped in the first round of a scheduled six-rounder at Bally’s. It was a fight that never should have happened.
Sosa stayed out of the ring for 13 months, but came back strong with trainer Raul “Chino” Rivas in his corner. He has not lost since, winning 10 fights, the last eight by knockout, and boxing a pair of disputed draws with Angel Luis Ocasio, of Philadelphia, PA.
Hoping to use a win over Aguilar on March 6 as a stepping stone to a world ranking, the 25-year-old Sosa, of Camden, NJ, is primed for a big year in 2015.
A potential fight with lightweight Ivan Redkach on ShoBox was “on the table” for the first week in January, but when Redkach’s camp failed to respond in time, the fight was scrapped. When Redkach’s people finally agreed, Sosa had stopped training.
Sosa vows things will be different.
“I’m looking forward to getting right back where I left off in the ring,” he said. “My last eight fights have ended in knockouts and on March 6 I will keep the streak going.
“I am re-focused and recharged and my career is back on the fast track. I’m excited for what my promoter (J Russell Peltz) has in store for me and my career in the near future.”
Aguilar, 30, now living in Puerto Rico, is 12-1-1, 4 K0s. He has not lost since his fifth pro fight in 2008.
In his last match April 4, 2014, in Panama City, Panama, Aguilar earned an 11-round decision (correct, 11 rounds) over previously unbeaten Juan Huertas, of Panama, for the WBA Fedalatin junior lightweight title.
The March 6 fight will be Aguilar’s first in the United States.

About March 6

The Sosa-Aguilar and Joey Dawejko-Enobong Umohette fights headline a seven-bout card at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Doors open at 6 pm; first fight is 7pm. The card will be streamed live on and on Comcast SportsNet (CSN) on a delayed basis. Tickets are priced $35, $50 and $75 and they can be purchased by calling Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922) or Wanamaker’s Tickets (215-568-2400). Tickets also can be purchased online and The March 6 card is promoted by Joe Hand Promotions, Peltz Boxing and BAM Boxing.

Introducing undefeated Jr. Middleweight Christian Molina Molina to take on pro debuting Stacey Anderson this Saturday at the Econo Lodge in Allentown, PA

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Allentown, PA (February 17, 2015)–Christian Molina did not have much of an amateur background but he has been a quick study and has become one of the top prospects in the Lehigh Valley.

This Saturday he will look to go to 4-0 when he takes on pro debuting Stacey Anderson in a 4-round Jr. Welterweight bout at the Econo Lodge in Allentown, PA and is promoted by King’s Promotions.

In the main event, Frank De Alba will take on an opponent to be named in a 8-round Jr. Lightweight bout.

Molina, 27 years old of Allentown, PA had just five amateur bouts but has raced off to a perfect 3-0 mark with impressive wins over Dominic Goode, Jordan Morales and Josue Rivera and he now looks for a similar performance against Anderson.

“Training has gone great. Anderson is a new opponent. All I know is that he has an MMA background,” said Molina.

“I train hard I make the sacrifices to win. I look to box and I look to fight. I just do whatever it takes to fight that opponent.”

The southpaw has already built up a nice following and wants to thrill the fans on Saturday night.

“I just want to thank all the fans and especially the Spanish fans that will come out and support me this Saturday.”

In 6-round bouts:

Juan Dominguez (17-0, 11 KO’s) of Brooklyn, NY will take on an opponent to be named.

Super Middleweight John Magda (8-0, 6 KO’s) of Rutherford, NJ will take on Jay Williams (3-4) of West Monroe, LA

Ivan Golub (5-0, 4 KO’s) of Brooklyn, NY will take on David Lopez (4-11-3, 1 KO) in a Jr. Middleweight bout.

Danny Kelly (6-1-1, 5 KO’s) of Washington, DC will take on Kevin Franklin (6-10, 3 KO’s) of in a Heavyweight bout.

In 4-round bouts:

Robert Irizarry (2-0-1) of Cherry Hill, NJ will battle Benjamin Burgos (2-10-1) of Mount Pocono, PA in a Featherweight bout. This bout is a rematch of a bout from May where Irizarry won a unanimous decision.

Christopher Booker of Philadelphia will make his pro debut against Andrew Sosa (0-4-1) of Farmers Branch, TX i in a Middleweight bout.

Paul Koon (2-0, 1 KO of Philadelphia will battle Rex Harris (1-0-2) of Wikes-Barre, PA, in a Heavyweight bout.

Tickets for this great night of boxing are $45 for General Admission and $60 for Ringside and can be purchased by clicking: or by calling 610 587 5950

The Econo Lodge is located at 1151 Building Drive in Allentown, PA

NAAFS Caged Vengeance 16 Preview

February 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Curt Lemmon has arrived. Actually, he has been here for quite some time. He’s been knocking dudes out since 2010 and since then, he’s put together a nice record for himself. With eleven wins and zero defeats (4-0 professional, 7-0 amateur), he has, in noticeable fashion, flattened his first four professional opponents. In fact, he has found a way to finish 10 of the 11 opponents he has faced; 5 by TKO, 3 by submission and 2 via the crowd pleasing KO. On March 7th, under the NAAFS banner, Curt will fight for the vacant NAAFS Heavyweight Professional Title.

The 26 year-old fighter always seems to be quiet, focused and ALWAYS smiling. There doesn’t seem to be much that can rattle his cage. You get the same Curt Lemmon before a fight as you do after a fight; calm, cool and collected. There doesn’t seem to be anything overly complicated about his fight style either. He puts his hands up, comes forward without surrender and tries to separate his opponent from consciousness. And while doing so he stifles many opponents who can’t stop him after hitting him with absolutely everything they have. Curt’s chin is about as sturdy as they come. But there’s another out there whose chin is more legendary.

Big John Hawk arrived a long time ago. You know who he is and what he’s accomplished. There is no mystery about him. It is very hard to argue that there is another professional Heavyweight (that isn’t in the UFC) who is as tough and unpleasant to fight as John Hawk. John is perennial guard of the professional heavyweight division and he sort of helped write the book on Ohio MMA.

Hawk brings his 16 (10-5 professional, 6-0-1 amateur) wins into this fight and will be a heavy favorite in just about every category. Not only has he fought bigger and more traveled opponents but he has WAY more experience in the cage than Lemmon. He has twice as many fights and has logged a lot more total cage time; Hawk has over four hours of total cage time to Lemmon’s one hour (yes you read that right). Hawk puts big time pressure on his opponents and he has proven over and again that he can do it for the entirety of a fight. He is gritty, ruthless and a complete savage once the bell rings in round one.

Hawk has lost five times, four of which have come via decision and all of which came while he was testing out the waters in the light heavyweight division. In other words, it is very, VERY difficult to finish this man and no one has been able to stop him during his tenure as a heavyweight. Lemmon can win this fight but he must find a way to maximize his cardio and he must be ready to fight from his back. Otherwise everyone knows he has the competence to stand and bang.

A win for Lemmon puts not only will make him the NAAFS Professional Heavyweight Champion but it will put him right smack in the middle of the MMA map where everyone will be able to see. Meanwhile a win for Hawk further solidifies his spot as the top Professional Heavyweight around and will demand the big organizations give him a seat at their table.

In a match up a long time in the making, two of the NAAFS’ elite welterweights will finally clash on March 7th in Canton. Nick Duell and Dom Steele were originally slated to fight last year but due to injuries the fight never came to be. Now with both fighters healthy and anxious to compete, Caged Vengeance 16 will be the stage that sees two of the regions best collide.

The bout will co-headline an already stellar pro card featuring a heavyweight title fight between undefeated prospect Curt Lemmon and former champion “Big” John Hawk. Lightweight contenders Joey Holt and George Comer will battle for the right to face current champion Torrance Taylor later this year. And NAAFS rising stars Wes Hanson and Dave Lastafka will each face stiff tests March 7th as they look to continue to climb the rankings.

Charlotte’s Night of Champions – Roy Jones Jr. Preview

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CONCORD, N.C. – World Champion boxer Roy Jones Jr. will fight LIVE in Concord, North Carolina on March 6th.

The former World Champion, boxing legend and future hall-of-famer Jones Jr. will fight LIVE! at the Cabarrus Arena, Concord in an unprecedented boxing event, a marquee event for the Greater Charlotte Region and the State of North Carolina.

Roy Jones Jr. was named Boxer of the Decade for the 1990s by “The Ring” magazine and is one of the most accomplished fighters of the last century. His story began as a Silver Medal Olympian and includes championship belts in multiple weight classes including a rise from middleweight to heavyweight all while retaining his championship status, something no other fighter past or present has accomplished. His professional record includes 52 wins with 40 of them by KO.

Mike Long, promoter and owner of “Carolina Brawl” is thrilled to announce the bout, which will be part of a full card of boxing at “Carolina Brawl III”. The card will include top fighters from NC as well as fighters training under Roy Jones Jr. “I think this shows us what the Greater Charlotte Region can be in terms of a sports hub. Who would have thought 10 years ago that this would be possible?”

The Night of Champions/Carolina Brawl III is an NC Boxing Commission sanctioned bout and assumes to be one that will, with a win, put Roy Jones Jr. ever-closer to a title shot, unheard of at age 46, but Jones is known for breaking records. Make no mistake, this will not be an easy road, and he must fight his way through Charlotte and his opponent Willie “For Real” Williams, a seasoned and ready veteran, to make this recent, incredible string of wins continue.

There will be nine undercard match-ups before the Jones Jr. fight on March 6th.

AFC 112 Review

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Dillin ‘Biggins’ Wiggins def. Hipa ‘The Samoan Redneck’ Fouvale Rd. 2, KO (punch)

Round 1

Wiggins whiffs with a pair of head kicks. Hipa blocks a third. Wiggins buckles him with a leg kick. Hipa floats forward with a superman punch, then grabs Wiggins and tosses him to the ground. He follows up with punches and tries to take his back. Wiggins gets back to this feet in the scramble, but Hipa makes him pay for it. Hipa clinches and trips him down, but Wiggins has a good guillotine sunk. Hipa pushes on the elbow and fights his neck free, then lays in guard until the ref stands them up. Wiggins connects with a good right hand and tries to clinch and hip toss ‘The Samoan Redneck’. Hipa reverses the takedown and lands on top, but is immediately swept. Hipa spends the rest of the round sitting with his back against the fence, landing ground’n’pound while Wiggins holds him there. I have the round 10-9 for Hipa on my very unofficial scorecard.

Round 2

Hipa lets loose and thwacks Wiggins with a flurrious combo. Wiggins pushes him back and taps him with a head kick, following it up with a howitzer left right on the button! Hipa is out cold!

Dillin Wiggins is your new AFC light heavyweight champion!


Johnny ‘The Cobra’ Taunton def. Darren ‘Death Row’ Snow Rd. 5, Decision (split)

Round 1

Snow, representing Frostbite Vale Tudo in Fairbanks, opens with a few low leg kicks. He goes up high and just skims with his toes. Taunton, who trains at Martial Art Alaska, catches a body kick and punches with his other hand. Snow pushes in and cliches against the cage. Taunton recovers underhooks and fights the takedown, and the two break. ‘Death Row’ hits a nice leg kick-head punch combination. Snow feinting and striking and scoring with a variety of attacks. Taunton very nearly catches another kick, but Snow uses it to close the distance and clinch against the cage. He pushes for the takedown, then explodes up high with a haymaker that just misses it’s mark. Snow circles, mixing up his punches and kicks nicely. ‘The Cobra’ blocks a head kick and motions to the crowd. Snow slaps home a leg kick. They flurry and both land glancing shots. Snow misses with some fancy high kicks. Taunton pushes him back with a superman punch, and Snow circles out. Now it’s Taunton’s turn to set up a nice 1-2 with a leg kick. Snow scores with a right to the solar plexus. Neither fighter quite has their distance down, but Snow keeps getting his leg kicks to land. The champ shoots for a takedown with 10 seconds left. Taunton fights it off and lands a glancing hook on the break, then partially eats a head kick at the bell. I’d give the round 10-9 to Snow, not that anybody asked.

Round 2

Snow punches his way in and hits the challenger flush, but slips as Taunton is knocked back. Taunton scores with a power left as Snow comes in to clinch. They struggle, and ‘The Cobra’ shucks him off. The southpaw Taunton eats a body kick. Taunton measures his range and darts in and lunges with a solid shot across the bow. ‘Death Row’ has been kept mainly on the defensive this round, as Taunton stalks him and pecks away. Snow feints a level change, but is forced to circle away as Taunton matches him with deliberate and excellent footwork. Taunton counters a leg kick with a stiff left. Snow darts in with a snappy punching combination, the last strike of which lands. Snow smacks Taunton in the cup with a low kick, but Taunton smiles and says to keep fighting. Snow deftly dodges and ducks a hook from the challenger. With 10 seconds left in the round Snow gets a little desperate, powering a kick and a superman punch forward, but Taunton deflects the blows and smacks the champion upside the face. This stanza goes 10-9 to Taunton, in my opinion.

Round 3

Taunton seizes the center of the cage again, forcing Snow to bounce around him. Both fighters test the waters with some feints. In and out, around, neither able to gain a positional advantage. A minute in and they have only danced so far. Both miss with kicks, and the crowd shows it’s displeasure for the timidity, not appreciating the chess match unfolding. Snow finally times it’s jab perfectly and shoots in, taking him down and securing back control. Taunton wiggles his hips loose and pushes Snow to his back. Taunton looks to attack with ground’n’pound from guard, but Snow very nearly locks up a triangle choke. Taunton peppers him with punches and defends an armbar attempt but putting his head against the cage, blocking Snow from swinging his leg over. Taunton continues to punish the champion from inside guard. When ‘Death Row’ attempts another triangle Taunton stands back up and invites Snow to join him. ‘The Cobra’ looks very aggressive, but he overestimates the champ’s fatigue and gets too close again, succumbing to another takedown. Snow crawls to his back as the challenger stands back up and tries to sink a rear naked choke, but Taunton defends his neck and survives to the bell. Super close round, I’d give it just barely 10-9 to Snow.

Round 4

Snow opens up the championship rounds by telegraphing a takedown attempt, but doesn’t pull the trigger. Taunton continues to stalk. Snow bounces in with a leg kick, but Taunton times a solid counter. Taunton ducks under a head kick from Snow. Taunton plants a left on the champ as he circles away. Taunton stuffs a double leg. Snow immediately abandons the attempt and moves away. They feint and dance for a full minute. Snow shoots in, then quickly pops up and hits Taunton with a knee to the head. Snow pushes Taunton against the cage and expends a lot of energy struggling to secure a takedown. Taunton stays on his feet and even hit Snow with some dirty boxing. Snow slowly drags Taunton down and tries to take his back, but the challenger spins out and rises to his feet, keeping the clinch and pasting Snow with punches from in close. With ten seconds left they break and circle. Taunton lands a long left at the bell. A squeaker of a round I’d guess Taunton did just enough to win, 10-9.

Round 5

The fighters hug as the final round starts. Snow lands a slapping leg kick. Taunton keeps trying to stalk, while Snow is content to circle out of his range and land the occasional leg kick. Snow lands a fine sounding body kick, though he has to turn and pull his foot back to keep the challenger from grabbing it. Taunton grabs the next one and hits a back-hopping snow around the temple with his other hand. Taunton elects to clinch up, and nothing much comes of it besides both fighters missing each other on the break. Snow darts in and hits Taunton with a power right. The champion lands a body kick. Taunton’s corner is yelling at him to let his hands go, but ‘The Cobra’ still seems cautious. Snow shoots in and Taunton sprawls. Taunton sticks a jab in Snow’s maw. Taunton starting to turn up the pace, connects with the ol’ 1-2. Taunton sprawls another take down attempt, but eats a body kick. It’s still anybody’s fight with 30 seconds to go. Snow circles away from his leather-slinging challenger. Ten seconds left and Taunton sticks a right jab. Snow shoots in and attempts a hip toss, but the bell rings right as he looks like he could get it. I’d postulate Snow won the round, 10-9, meaning my scorecards have it 48-47 in favor of the champion.

The judges turn in a split decision, (49-46, 47-48, 48-47) in favor of your new AFC bantamweight champion, Johnny Taunton!


Mika ‘Dah Monstah’ Silulus def. Bryc Palmer Rd. 1, KO (punch and hammerfists)

Round 1

Gracie Barra’s Silulus plasters Palmer with a leg kick, then catches him with a solid right counter as the former champ leans in with a hook. Garage Crew’s Palmer falls to knee and Silulus follows up with hammerfists. As Palmer latches on to Silulus’ leg referee Paul Stockler rushes in to stop the bout. Stockler was position on the wrong side of the fighters to see Palmer’s face, and from his perspective it looked as if Palmer had fallen face first and was unconscious. The crowd lets loose a chorus of boos, and both fighters plus the ref admit a mistake has been made. Regardless, this one goes down as a 14 second win for Silulus.


Jonre ‘The Cowboy’ Jones def. Julien ‘The Hurricane’ Harris Rd. 3, TKO (punches and hammerfists)

Round 1 Martial Art Alaska product Jones takes the center of the cage, but eats a slapping leg kick for his initiative. He tries one of his own, but Kenai Peninsula MMA’s Harris shakes it off. They feel each other out with leg kicks and jabs, but neither wants to fully commit just yet. Harris lands a leg kick but eats a counter. They clinch against the fence and Jones catches Harris behind the ear with a right hook. Back in the center of the cage Harris lands another leg kick. Jones fires a deadly combo that just misses. Harris goes back to the well with a few leg kicks. Jones connects with a thudding 2-3 combo. Harris is starting to look hesitant and a little sloppy. Jones walks ‘The Hurricane’ back to the fence with punches and works some dirty boxing. The Cowboy is setting up technical strikes with elaborate punching combinations. Aside from a few leg kicks, Harris is ineffective. Jones attacks with another crisp combo, but as he steps in Harris blocks, then ducks down and dumps Jones on his butt. Jones starts to scramble, but Harris surprisingly lets him up. Jones misses with a overhand right and Harris clinches against the fence, then lets him go again. With 30 seconds left Jones corners him and lets loose a vicious combination to the body. Harris sticks a knee in to his gut, and the two end the round clinched against the cage. 10-9 Jones, by my count.

Round 2

Jones goes body-body-head. He seems to be landing his punches at will. After a brief clinch he lands uppercuts and hooks as Harris covers up. Harris snatches a leg, but he can tell the takedown isn’t there and lets go. Jones lands a jab-uppercut combo. The Hurricane is obviously hurt and tired, but won’t go away. He lands a few knees and a jab. Jones takes a mid-round breather, then plants his feet and catapults off series of powerful uppercuts. I don’t know how Harris is still standing. Harris throws a sloppy kick and Jones smells blood in the water. He charges forward and Harris drops down and snatches his hips! He was playing possum! Harris drops back for a guillotine, but Jones is able to keep one leg from getting trapped in Harris’ guard. He pops his head out, but Harris sweeps him and fires elbows from half-guard. Jones swivels back to his feet with 30 seconds left and hurls a litany of body and head shots! How is Harris still in this fight?! With five seconds left the two clinch and fall, with Harris on top, but there isn’t enough time to do anything before the bell rings. Another 10-9 round for Jones.

Round 3

Both fighters are clearly exhausted. Harris has blood trickling from his tear ducts. Jones sprints across the cage and throws power punches, but Harris wraps him pup and takes him down. Harris goes for a guillotine, but it’s not there. Jones stands and beckons Harris to follow. The Cowboy lays into Harris, landing a body kick, followed by thunder and lightning to the body. Harris eats a clean shot to the liver and grimaces, grabs his midsection, and wilts to the floor. Jones follows him to the ground with hammer fists, and the ref finally ends the epic battle.


Dillin ‘Biggins’ Wiggins def. Chris ‘Jawbreaker’ Johnson Rd. 2, TKO (injury)

Round 1

Wiggins, representing Hard Knocks University in Wasilla, starts with a head kick that sails above Johnson’s head, then plants a front kick on his kisser. Wiggins blitzes forward, throwing punches from every angle. He wraps his arms around Johnson and tosses him to the ground, grabbing back control and looking for a quick choke victory. Johnson hand fights and survives. Wiggins moves to mount and looks to isolate an arm. He methodically locks in an americana, but Johnson fights it off and again survives. Wiggins postures up and fires off ground’n’pound. With 30 seconds left Johnson spins to his stomach and shoots his butt back, regaining his hips, but Wiggins hangs on to back control and keeps it until the bell rings. 10-8 Wiggins, by my very unofficial scorecard.

Round 2 They clinch right off the bat and Johnson gets off a knee that sends Wiggins stumbling back. Jawbreaker follows him with more punches and takes his back, but Wiggins twists a little and gets his back to the floor. Johnson does not move to mount, despite it being open, and instead elects to scissor his legs and fight for a side naked choke. Biggins slowly rolls over to the top. Wiggins continues to try to improve his position, when suddenly Johnson submits. Johnson’s foot got caught in the cage and badly twisted his ankle. Unable to continue, Wiggins wins, and moves on, by default.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT SEMI-FINAL #1 Hipa ‘Samoan Redneck’ Fouvale def. Jason ‘Showtime’ Coomes Rd. 1, TKO (punches)

Round 1

Coomes, who has planted his flag at Martial Art Alaska, tosses out a feeler jab. Hipa answers with a superman punch. Coomes shoots from way too far away, Hipa sprawls and whiffs with a huge uppercut. They clinch and Coomes sucks him in, laying into Hipa with short punches and scoring a trip takedown. Hipa pulls guard, and Coomes stands. Coomes towers above and steps on Hipa’s arm, then grabs a leg and drops for a ankle lock. Hipa punches him from the sitting position and throws heels to the body. Coomes changes to a kneebar attempt. He looks like he is straightening the leg out, but Hipa manages to bend his knee and looms over his foe. He drops an avalanche of fists on Coomes, and ‘showtime’ turtles up! The ref decides he’s seen enough, and waives off the action. Hipa Fouvale advances to the finals!


Randall Patterson def. Cody Haynes Rd. 1, KO (punch)

Round 1

AK Body Fuel & Fitness representative Haynes pushes in against Martial Art Alaska’s Patterson, but gets scooped up and dumped for his aggression. He scrambles back to his feet and eats a solid superman punch. Haynes on the attack again, but his hands are down and his kicks are stiff and short. Patterson, looking comfortable, strings a feint into a nice double-leg, but he bounces into the fence and loses his balance. Haynes grabs a bulldog choke. Patterson struggles and eventually pops his head out. Haynes strikes out with power hooks, but Patterson deftly dodges them and moves around for a sweet trip takedown. Haynes gets his feet back underneath him, and Patterson grabs a Thai clinch and plasters him with a knee to the body. The two break. As they reset in the middle of the cage Patterson launches an off-the-line missile of a right hand straight into Haynes’ chin! Haynes drops to the canvas, and the referee jumps in.


Josh ‘The Ogre’ Kelsey def. Kenny ‘Kenny Boy’ Fredricks Rd. 1, Submission (one-arm guillotine)

Round 1

It looks like a fire plug versus a fire pole, as the the 5’7″ Fredricks takes to the cage with, AK Fit Body Fuel & Fitness’ 6’8″ giant.

Fredricks manages to close the distance quickly, but takes a lot of damage in the clinch. Fredricks hits a head-and-arm toss and lands on top in side control. He tries to hold him there, but Kelsey scrambles back to his feet. Fredricks spins and looks tired, then eats a knee. The Ogre uses his hideously long arms to wrap up his opponent’s neck and drag him to the ground, but he loses position in the scramble and gives up his back. Kelsey spins back to guard and gets back to his feet, then quickly pulls guard. He latches up a one-arm guillotine, which is tight enough to get Fredricks to submit.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT ALTERNATE BOUT Jeff “Sandman” Sanderson def. Justin ‘Maim-Mu’ Smith Rd. 1, Submission (rear naked choke)

Round 1

Martial Art Alaska’s Sanderson measures his distance with some punches, then shoots in and hits an easy double leg, landing right in side control. He moves to North-South, and then back to side. Smith offers up his arm and Sanderson and briefly looks to lock in a kimura, but Smith moves and Sanderson switches to North-South. As Smith tries to roll back to his feet Sanderson spins into full back control and sinks a rear naked choke. Smith is able to hand fight and stay alive, so Sanderson switches to a neck crank. Smith goes belly down and Sanderson switches back to the choke. It sets in deep this time, and Smith is forced to tap out.

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