Cage Fury Fighting Championships returned to GFL with top shelf MMA back at the Valley Forge Casino in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania with “CFFC 29″. Pro MMA fighters from around the East Coast competed on this stacked 8-bout card with multiple stoppages. CFFC has expanded their stranglehold on Northeast MMA as they returned to Pennsylvania for a double night of fights beginning with “CFFC 29″.
In the main event, TUF alum Jeff Smith (11-2) defeated Brian “Boom” Kelleher (9-6) via armbar in the second round. Smith looked quite a bit bigger in the cage as the two traded strikes to open the fight. Smith landed a nice overhand right as Kelleher pushed Smith up against the cage where they wrestled for control in the clinch. They separated and Smith landed a hook-cross combo as they went to the ground with Kelleher on top. Smith went for an armbar from the bottom but Kelleher showed good poise and escaped while keeping the pressure on Smith from the top position. Kelleher moved to side control where he landed punches to Smith’s face before Smith worked back to half guard. Near the end of the round, Smith was able to sweep Kelleher. Kelleher went for a guillotine from the bottom but Smith popped out as the round ended in a close round. In the second round, Kelleher scored an immediate takedown. Kelleher got back to his feet and immediately jumped back down to side control before moving into mount. Smith attempted a heel hook and after a quick scramble on the mat, Smith was able to sweep Kelleher again. Kelleher regained side control and scored with short elbows to Smith’s face. Kelleher began to land some ground and pound and create space between himself and Smith until Smith used the spacing to his advantage and locked on an armbar from the bottom out of nowhere. Kelleher tapped out immediately to end a great fight.
In other action, Thomas Marcellino (5-2) defeated Marius Enache (1-2) via arm triangle submission in the first round. To open the fight, the southpaw Enache scored with body kicks and hit Marcellino low causing a break in action. When the fight resumed, Marcellino clinched up but Enache landed some solid punches from close distance. Enache scored with a body punch and tried a throw but Marcellino showed good balance and stayed on his feet. They went to the ground where both Enache and Marcellino reversed each other ending with them both scrambling back to their feet where Marcellino locked on a standing arm triangle. Marcellino then pulled guard and fell to his back with the arm triangle still locked in tight. Enache lost consciousness as Marcellino picked up a great win in the fight of the night.
Be sure to catch all of the action as “CFFC 29″ brings down the house on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv. See the established and rising stars on the East Coast compete in front of some of the most avid fans. Be a part of the excitement and order this iPPV on VOD from the GFL Combat Sports Network.
By Lutfi Sariahmed
Courtesy of Sherdog.com
Cage Fury Fighting Championships’ third event in 14 days was highlighted by the continued rise of highly-touted prospect Aljamain Sterling, who retained his bantamweight title with a first-round submission of Joel Roberts in Valley Forge, Pa., on Saturday night.
In a scramble right after the opening bell, the champ found himself on his back due to what he’d later call a slip following a kick gone astray. Sterling managed to turn a precarious position into one of strength, however, as “Funk Master” worked to take Roberts’ back after being up against the cage. Sterling then flattened Roberts out and latched on to a rear-naked choke to score a submission win 1:49 into the opening round.
“I train with the best guys in grappling,” Sterling told Sherdog.com after the fight. “If I’m getting submitted and [defending submissions against] the guys at Matt Serra’s gym, those guys are high-level grapplers. I’m confident going against any of these guys in the world. It’s not cocky. It’s just confidence. You have to have that going into your fights. Know that you can get out of any bad situation because that was a bad situation, but I didn’t look at it like that.”
The recent change in camps from Team Bombsquad to the Serra-Longo Fight Team represents the next evolution in a still-evolving game for the 24-year-old Sterling. Crediting his new team for what he calls positive reinforcement only fuels speculation as to when Sterling will be the next big prospect to sign with the UFC.
“I think I have a ton of potential still,” Sterling said. “I got to show a little of my standup today. I was more open than I was in my fight with [Sidemar Honorio]. This fight I told myself there’s nothing to lose. I’m the one coming back from the surgery, the long layoff. I’m expected to come in and have a lot of question marks. So I said just go out there and have fun.”
In the co-main event, Bellator veteran Darrell Horcher mixed striking with takedowns to outpoint Mike Medrano. Horcher kept the more compact Medrano on the end of his punches through two rounds and put him on the mat whenever he did get close.
Medrano was finally able to put Horcher on his back, but it was too little too late. Horcher came away with a unanimous decision, earning 29-28 tallies from all three cageside judges to rebound from a loss to Phillipe Nover in his most recent Bellator appearance.
“For all you guys who thought I had no ground game, sorry,” Horcher said.
In what amounted to a showcase bout at flyweight, Travis Wynn earned a TKO victory via doctor stoppage against Christian Rodriguez after two rounds. A nondescript first round became the Wynn show in the ensuing frame. The man dubbed as “The Total Package” went after Rodriguez from the opening bell, putting him on the mat and swarming him with punches time and again. Prior to round three, doctors stopped the bout for what looked to be a dislocated shoulder for Rodriguez.
In featherweight action, Soslan Abanokov put on a clinic against Chip Gerber. Over the course of three rounds Abanokov got the better of the striking exchanges and kept Gerber on his back. Going into the third, already up 20-18 on Sherdog.com’s scorecard, Abanokov opened up a cut on Gerber’s right eye. It was deemed enough to force referee Gasper Oliver to stop the bout at 1:05 mark of the third.
In the first professional bout on the card, Eric Roncoroni earned a technical knockout victory over Alec Hooben, wobbling then stopping his opponent with a couple of big left hands in the opening stanza.
Five amateur bouts began the evening: Katlyn Chookagian took a unanimous verdict [30-27, 30-27, 30-27] over Janice Meyer at bantamweight; Sharif Jones outpointed James Jordan [30-27, 30-27, 30-27] at welterweight; Allen Otto stopped Steve Romanides with punches 20 seconds into round two; and Dave Roberts knocked out Scott Dirkson 22 seconds into round one.
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XTREME FIGHT EVENTS PRESENTS “XFE 27” BEGINNING NOVEMBER 4
November 1, 2013
GFL, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with world class MMA as Xtreme Fight Events presents another show stopper with XFE 27 featuring a full lineup of extreme cage fights emanating from Harrah’s Philadelphia. XFE has quickly solidified itself in Pennsylvania as the top-tier MMA event where rising stars step into the battleground looking to destroy their opponents.
In the pro ranks, Jon Delbrugge (2-1) fights Bellator veteran Neil Johnson (7-5) in a welterweight clash. Delbrugge is a strong wrestler and has an ability to get a takedown almost every time he attempts one. His kickboxing is also improving which makes him even more dangerous to get the fight to the mat because his opponents find themselves on their heels trying to defend his strikes. Johnson brings an experience advantage into the bout and has been battle tested in the cage on multiple occasions. Johnson will need to be quick with his submissions if the fight hits the mat. He has the ability to submit anyone in XFE and this fight is sure to be a barnburner from start to finish.
In other action, Christopher Daukaus (4-0) fights Bobby Duvall (6-0) in a heavyweight tilt of undefeated fighters. Daukaus is a fast starter and has never been out of the first round. Daukaus is a heavy handed fighter and has solid wrestling and grappling. His ground and pound is hard to stop once he gets on top. Look for Daukaus to stand and bang before possibly setting up a takedown and trying to finish the fight on the ground with strikes. Duvall is almost a mirror image of Daukaus as he brings a solid grappling game into the cage and has only gone to decision once in his career. Duvall would be comfortable on the ground and because he is such an accomplished submission artist, if he ends up on his back, he will look for an armbar or possibly a triangle. This game will be a chess match from the opening bell and one of these men is leaving the cage with the first loss of their career.
If you love constant action this is a must see event. Xtreme Fight Events always puts on great shows and XFE 27 will be another homerun for this elite promotion.
Air times are listed below:
The Comcast Network (TCN) (Mid Atlantic): Monday, November 4 at 7:00pm ET
The Comcast Network (TCN) (Philly): Monday, November 4 at 7:30pm ET
TCN Replay (Philly): Tuesday, November 5 at 9:00pm ET
TCN Replay (Mid Atlantic): Saturday, November 9 at 11:00pm ET
TCN Replay (Mid Atlantic): Sunday, November 10 at 1:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Friday, November 8 at 11:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia Replay: Sunday, November 10 at 1:00pm ET
CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Northwest and CSN Bay Area will also be airing XFE 27 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.
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“I see myself becoming the Queen of IZW.”
“Halloween Hangover” is less than a week away and one of the most anticipated matches on the card will be in the women’s division, for the Queen’s Crown as Champion Erica battles Miss Diss Lexia and “The Megastar” Angel Blue in a Triple Threat Match. All three aforementioned women have their own unique style of wrestling and each woman comes into the bout with something to prove. For Angel Blue, it’s regaining a title she has been close to winning several times in the last few months.
“I have been feuding with Erica in IZW throughout the past few months and at the last two iPPVs.
We’ve had a Dog Collar and Chain Match at ‘Redemption’ for the Queen’s Crown. She had Jermaine Johnson and Jordan Jacobs come out and interfere and it caused me to lose the match. She has somehow managed to get away right before I am about to win the Queen’s Crown on several occasions. Whether it be by her just straight up walking out of the match or having someone interfere in it,” Blue said.
Blue seems deadly serious but a bit coy when it comes to how her Triple Threat Match will play out on November 2. “I am not sure what is to come, it’s just something you will have to continue to watch and find out!”
Blue has been a pro wrestler since 2008, but started her training in early 2007 with Wally Darkmon and former WWE and TNA wrestler and current NJPW star Lance Hoyt. Blue’s interest and her aspirations for the squared circle started much earlier than that. Growing up in Arlington, Texas, and watching wrestling on television, Blue quickly jumped at the chance to see the real thing up close and personal when she found out a local federation was based nearby.
“I got started in professional wrestling by going to an independent company called PCW, which is where I trained at. Me and my family watched wrestling all the time together but only knew about WWE for the longest time until we were flipping across some channels and saw PCW. We found out that they were only about 10 minutes from our house so we decided to go check it out. This was when I was 14. Well about a year later we went to this show again and started going weekly and my parents started working security there. One day they announced that they had a school on Monday’s and Wednesday’s and so after I heard that I begged and begged my parents to put me in the school and they finally did when I was 16,” Blue remembered.
Blue’s goals in wrestling are met with the realities of paying her dues in a business that is constantly about evolving, improving and persevering. It’s a profession only a select few choose to enter and even fewer excel in. “I’ve had quite a bit of challenges throughout my wrestling career. I’ve had a pretty bad neck and back injury that has been bothering me for years. I’ve gone through some cars in my travels so I don’t have a very travel friendly car anymore so when I’m not carpooling with others, I have to take a greyhound. Wrestling is also very time consuming. It pretty much takes all my weekend time up with all the travel time and time that I spend at the show and in the gym to better myself for my wrestling career.”
Blue is someone that belongs to that exclusive group of wrestlers who are breaking out of the pack and pushing the envelope in the ring no matter what obstacles are placed before them. “My goals in wrestling are to travel all around the world to make a big name for myself. I want to be remembered for wrestling. I’d love to get signed at a place like WWE or TNA, but I would also love to go to Japan, Shimmer, Shine, and ROH,” Blue added.
Blue has lofty goals and rightfully so, because if you’re not in this business to be the best then you need to step aside for the people that are. Blue has amassed a ton of singles and tag titles and championships over the last five years as a pro including being a former Queen of IZW (in a much talked about feud in 2012 with Erica and Venus for the championship), former Women’s Champ for TCW, TWF, American Joshi Champion for ACW, and a host of tag titles with WBW, IHWE, ACW. Blue also won the 2013 American Joshi Queen of Queens Tournament and is the current Anarchy Televised Champion with ACW. With another title shot on November 2 and the ability to become a 2-time Queen’s Crown Champion of IZW, and drive a stake through Erica’s black wrestling heart, Blue is constantly upping her game and pulling out all the stops. Blue enjoys one of the most creative arsenals of any wrestler on the IZW roster and on the Independent scene as she is constantly looking at inventing new moves and adding new combos to her armory of moves. Her finisher, the DejaBlue, resembles a modified chicken wing pedigree that plants her opponent face first on the mat with no way for her opponent to protect herself from taking the full weight and brunt of the move on her defenseless face.
“The Megastar’s” stock has skyrocketed in the last several years and she has grown her fanbase throughout Oklahoma, Texas and to a wider degree, the world thanks to IZW and its broadcasting capabilities through GFL.tv and also various international distribution deals. Blue has traveled thousands of miles in her career and been a part of tons of events, and she is very clear when it comes to IZW and the opportunity and platform it provides for her. “I think IZW has a bright future. I’ve worked many different shows in my career and this has definitely been one of the better ones. They have great talent, great production and it is ran the way a wrestling show should be ran. There is a lot of hard work put into IZW and everything is done how it is supposed to be, to keep the company up and running. I think it’s a pretty big deal [GFL streaming partnership]. It’s great to get your name out there and be noticed in the world. The more places it airs the more people will find out about IZW and want to come watch the shows or order them online.”
Angel Blue is one of the rising stars in Independent wrestling. Her match against Erica and Miss Diss Lexia is sure to showcase tons of innovative moves mixed with both scientific and aerial wrestling. If you are looking for the future of professional wrestling, the future it here and it will be on full display on November 2 at “Halloween Hangover” when along with the rest of the card, these three ladies battle for the Queen’s Crown in a Triple Threat Match.
To learn more about “The Megastar” Angel Blue please visit her social media presence online at numerous sites including: Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AngelBlue83090, Twitter at @AngelBlue0830, and Instagram at @angelblue0830.
Aljamain Sterling Returns to Defend His Title Highlights Back-to-Back Events at Valley Forge Casino Resort This Friday and Saturday!
Aljamain Sterling Returns to Defend His Title Highlights Back-to-Back Events at Valley Forge Casino Resort This Friday and Saturday!
Atlantic City, NJ – Just a few days after Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) 28, the promotion is back with back-to-back events this Friday and Saturday at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. On Friday, November 1, 2013, CFFC 29 will begin the weekend festivities with a main event featuring the Ultimate Fighter and World Series of Fighting veteran Jeff Smith (10-2) taking on Brian Kelleher (9-5) in a featherweight battle. Whoever wins this bout will propel themselves in the title hunt.
Also featured on Friday night will be a heavyweight showdown of epic proportions when Pennsylvania’s own Azunna “Zu” Anyanwu (4-2) makes his CFFC debut against heavyweight prospect Paul Holt (1-0) hailing from New York. With Johnny Curtis taking the CFFC heavyweight title this weekend, a win here puts one of the heavyweights closer to CFFC gold. The rest of the card features CFFC mainstays including Christian Leonard (5-3), TUF alum Matt Secor (4-1) and Tommy Marcellino (4-2).
Then on Saturday night, CFFC Bantamweight Champion, Aljamain Sterling (7-0) will defend his title against Joel Roberts (9-4). This will be Sterling’s first appearance since his shoulder surgery which shelved him for over 14 months. Roberts is coming off a decision victory in his CFFC debut and has won six out of his last seven fights. The co-main event will feature two veteran lightweights looking to get closer to competing for the CFFC lightweight title when Darrell Horcher (7-1) takes on Mike Medrano (11-1). After willing his first seven fights, Horcher suffered his first loss by decision and hopes to erase that feeling with a strong outing against Medrano. After a life and career threatening scare, Medrano returned to the CFFC cage with a quick guillotine submission against Mike Santiago in just 31 seconds at CFFC 26. This event will also feature the return of Travis Wynn and a light-heavyweight battle between AMA’s Eric Hooben (1-0) against Eric Roncoroni (2-0).
Both events will also feature some of the best local amateur talent and will bring awareness to fight diabetes. For more information on the card, please visit www.CFFC.tv.
About Cage Fury Fighting Championships
Cage Fury Fighting Championships (www.cffc.tv) is a pioneer in bringing prominent and elite MMA talent to the east coast. With a successful return in 2011 headed by President Rob Haydak Jr. and Vice President Joe Stant, the organization has continued to help launch the careers of several MMA stars including former UFC standouts, current CFFC lightweight champion John Cholish, and former CFFC featherweight Champion Joey Gambino. CFFC Champions include George Sullivan (welterweight), current #2 prospect in the world, undefeated Renzo Gracie protégé, Artur Rofi (featherweight), Aljamain Sterling (bantamweight), CFFC Flyweight Champion, Sean Santella, who is currently ranked as the # 8 fighter in the world in the flyweight division, UFC veteran Dustin Jacoby, who currently holds the CFFC middleweight title, UFC veteran Charlie Brenneman is the current lightweight champ and veteran Johnny Curtis is the CFFC heavyweight champ.
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Sparta Combat League returns on GFL with “Lords of the Legion”, a stacked MMA card on November 16 from the Grizzly Rose in Denver, Colorado. This event promises to be full speed from bell to bell as these pros and amateurs will do battle in the cage.
In the main event, in a flyweight scrap, “Fireball Kid” Josh Mercado (5-1) fights “Quick” Nick Honstein (13-6). Mercado hails from Florida and brings a devastating submission game into the cage. 4 of his victories have come via tapout with the other coming via TKO. His only loss was by decision in a close battle that many observers thought he won. Look for Mercado to push the pace at the opening bell and try and get the fight to the ground where he can go for submission after submission trying to catch Honstein. Honstein brings a huge experience advantage into the cage and is coming off of a first round submission win of his own. Honstein is also an expert grappler and wrestler and hails from Nebraska where he picked up an all-around MMA game. Honstein will welcome any battles on the ground, but might use his wrestling advantage to keep the fight standing. This could turn into a shootout in the striking department if that happens. Either on the mat or on their feet, this bout promises to be a barnburner of two top prospects in the always entertaining 125 lb division.
Sparta Combat League is sure to bring down the house once again as they have quickly grabbed a chokehold on Mountain West MMA and this show will continue in that tradition. Order “Lords of the Legion”, and watch live and anytime afterwards on video on demand only on GFL.
Prize Fight MMA smashed delivered a great night of fights with “Havoc at Harrah’s”, a stacked fight card emanating from the Harrah’s Tunica in Tunica, Mississippi. Prize Fight MMA has quickly solidified itself in the South as a top-tier MMA event, and the card was chalk full of knockouts, submissions and great back and forth battles.
In the main event, with the Prize Fight MMA Light Heavyweight Title at stake, “Dangerous” Deven Tribble (4-2) defeated Bradley Stafford (3-2) via TKO in the first round. In the first round, Safford caught a kick from Tribble and got a takedown. On the mat, Tribble went for a rear naked choke as Stafford tried to shuck him off his back. Tribble transitioned to a triangle choke but it was defended by Safford who attempted a rear naked choke himself. Safford grabbed a leg and tried to go for another takedown and when they went down Tribble landed several elbows to Stafford’s temple and behind his ear. They looked illegal as they came from the 12 O’clock to 6 O’clock but those strikes are in fact legal in Mississippi.
In the co-main event, Jeff Robinson (1-0) defeated Henry Griffin (0-1) via KO in the first round in a heavyweight clash. Both fighters traded leg kicks then started swinging for the fences in a wild brawl. The shorter Griffin looked to score with hooks while Robinson was throwing shots right down the middle. After a quick clinch, they went back to throwing an assortment of strikes with Griffin scoring with left and right hooks to the jaw of Robinson. Robinson fired back with a jab and a right cross that connected. Robinson connected flush with a short left hook that dropped Griffin. Robinson followed it up on the ground landing several more strikes until the ref stepped in to stop the fight.
Prize Fight MMA debuted with action-packed fighting in front of a worldwide audience courtesy of the GFL Combat Sports Network. Watch “Havoc at Harrah’s” now anytime on video on demand.
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The Fall Classic is here as IZW presents “Halloween Hangover” on November 2, live and broadcast throughout the world on GFL.tv from the Impact Arena in Lawton, Oklahoma. Plenty of feuds will culminate with this gigantic iPPV as every championship will be on the line as well as the all-important, annual, Monsters Bash Battle Royal that will anchor “Halloween Hangover” with the winner getting a future title match for the IZW Championship!
In the main event, the Monsters Bash Battle Royal takes center stage as every wrestler on the IZW roster will be involved in the match with the winner getting an automatic title shot against whoever the IZW Champion is at “Chaotic Christmas”. This is a star-making match as the winner will skyrocket above every other challenger on the roster and be in line for a match that could change their life forever. Everyone on the roster is capable of winning the bout but a few wrestlers to keep your eyes on would be Double D who is the #1 entrant and already won the Monsters Bash from an earlier year as the first entrant. “Larger Than Life” Jermaine Johnson who is the #2 entrant. He will be looking to solve the problem that is Double D on behalf of Impact Elite. The final entrant will be the menacing Convict and he has all but secured his spot amongst the final competitors in the match because of his fortunate seeding. The Battle Royal rules are familiar to The Convict because of all the prison riots he began and ended during his years in various penitentiaries throughout the country. Look for The Convict to make people pay with their livelihood once he enters the ring. Angel Camacho who has shown to be a formidable force in prior Over the Top Rope Challenges on “IZW Adrenaline” defeating several tough opponents including Double D. “Bad” Brad Michaels who has put a bullseye on Double D and been told by Johnny Z that if Michaels can eliminate D, then Michaels would get a future title shot regardless of if he wins the whole battle royal or not. “Worst in the World” Copycat is another wrestler who will be looking to make a statement and get the opportunity he believes is due to him. A win in the Monsters Bash would do just that. Don’t be surprised to see several returning wrestlers come out of the woodwork as this once a year opportunity puts everyone on equal ground, regardless of their status or pull within IZW. This match weeds out the weak links in a hurry and all that is left standing is the cream of the crop. As to who that will be, you will have to see for yourself.
In the co-main event, IZW Champion “The Natural Born Leader” Johnny Z defends his title against “Big Business” Damon Windsor in a Casket Match. Z has destroyed every obstacle in his path, by any means necessary, and has ruled IZW with an iron fist ever since he won the title earlier this year. This Casket Match has all the makings of a brutal, violent bout and with this being a true one on one match, (Z’s stable, Impact Elite, cannot be at ringside) neither wrestler will have to worry about interference and can instead focus on the task at hand which is basically massacring one another. “The Risen Savior of Wrestling” Johnny Z looks to bury Windsor in the coffin once and for all and if he can drag “Big Business” into the wooden box, he will entomb his greatest challenge since becoming champion. This will be Windsor’s best and possibly final opportunity to go after the IZW Title. He won’t have to contend with Johnny Z’s cohorts and it was Windsor who picked the bout to be a Casket Match. Windsor has shown the resourcefulness to get things accomplished inside the squared circle but he will have to pull out all the stops if he is going to defeat the one and only Johnny Z. It’s not hyperbole to say one man will be leaving in a casket. It’s a fact!
The Impact Division Title will also be at stake as Champion Drake Gallows battles “The Image of Fear” Kevin Morgan in an Impact Rules Match. Morgan has made it known that he isn’t as concerned with wins and losses as breaking his competition in half and spreading fear amongst the rank and file of IZW. Gallows poses a different kind of threat from most Impact Division Champions though as he has the aerial moves and technical skills to match anyone, but he is also a big man himself. Sure, Morgan will have the size and strength advantage to begin with, but one 20-foot leap off of a stage can change the dynamics of any match as we saw at “Redemption” earlier this year. Very few wrestlers in IZW history have had the kind of immediate impact of Gallows and a win here against Morgan in an Impact Rules Match, no less, will put Gallows in the discussion as the greatest Impact Division Champion in history. That’s a lot of pressure for someone so young, but if anyone is up to the challenge of taking out the bully on the block, it’s Drake Gallows.
The Tag Titles are also up for grabs when the Champions Team Bull (The Bronze Bull & The Brass Bull) take on What Wrestling Should Be (“Larger Than Life” Jermaine Johnson & “Lights Out” Jordan Jacobs). Nothing in tag team wrestling is more important than these belts and the possessors of these straps sit atop the mountain which is currently Mt Olympus. All four of these men have a legitimate chance to walk away with gold as well as become the #1 Challenger to the IZW Title with a win in the Monsters Bash. The Bronze Bull and Brass Bull have parlayed their reunion into not only IZW gold, but have shown an ability to dominate their foes inside the ring when the belts were on the line. Team Bull raises their game when the stakes are the highest and this match is at a level 10. Former Champions, WWSB have a lot to prove as both the gold and their own egos are on the line. They are the most athletically gifted tag team in the organization, yet they have come up short in their two previous tag team bouts with Team Bull. For a team as cocky and smug as WWSB, that has to be eating a hole in their soul. Will this be a case of WWSB reclaiming their former glory and dethroning the Bulls or will “the gods” grant another victory for Team Bull?
One of the hardest hitting bouts of the evening is sure to be the Triple Threat Match for the Queen’s Crown which is currently held by Madame Commissioner Erica. Miss Diss Lexia and Angel Blue will be looking to rip the Crown from Erica’s head and do it in devastating fashion. Expect these expert grapplers to pull out all of the stops. Erica has dominated the division for years, and used her amateur wrestling and MMA background to obliterate her competition. She has raised the level of women’s wrestling single handily in IZW. Thank you Erica! But hot on her trail are two of the most technical and physically gifted athletes in the sport as MDL and Blue plan on overthrowing and deposing the Champion. MDL can end the bout with a variety of suplexes and throws while Blue brings a scientific wrestling base along with a sick finisher into the match. But all of those skills will be tested to the max when Erica is holding court in the squared circle. She is a genuine badass and left a trail of broken bodies, both male and female, in her wake. These three women are sure to turn up the heat and deliver an epic bout.
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Western Canada’s premier cage fighting event returned to GFL as Rumble in the Cage presented “RITC 48″ at the South Pavilion, Exhibition Park in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. The card featured 11 of 12 bouts ending by either KO or submission. Rumble in the Cage is a breeding ground for international talent and “RITC 48″ showcased some of the rising mixed martial artists across Canada.
In the main event, Lee “The Gladiator” Mein (4-10) defeated Bobby Kalmakoff (3-14) via spectacular KO in round one of a heavyweight battle. Kalmakoff threw a lead kick to the body of Mein and then all of a sudden went down. Mein had connected with a left hook behind the ear and dropped Kalmakoff seconds into the fight. It was an odd ending to a hotly anticipated fight that left many observers unsure of what happened. MMA is a weird sport sometimes and with 4 oz. gloves, anything can happen.
In the co-main event, Noah Ali (6-1) beat Chad Anheliger (2-2) via triangle choke in a bantamweight clash. Ali threw a kick that was caught by Anheliger then Ali went to pull guard as they fell to the mat. Ali had the triangle sunk in as soon as they hit the canvas. Ali reset his position, grabbed Anheliger by the leg, pulling out his base and got the tapout.
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Weapons 9 Promotions is back and delivered another dose of full contact pro/am Muay Thai to the Tri-State area at Shuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey with “Warriors Cup XIX” and to a worldwide audience on GFL.tv. Warriors Cup events have quickly carved out a popular niche for themselves on the Eastern seaboard as the place to see great standup fighting. “Warriors Cup XIX” built on that momentum with a stacked card and delivered another great night of punches, kicks, knees and elbows!
In the main event, Julio Arce defeated Carlos “The White Lotus” Lopez via split decision in a barnburner. In the first round, the southpaw Arce connected with an assortment of kicks and punches as he backed up Lopez with his aggression. In the clinch, they both looked to land knees to their opponent’s thighs, with Lopez also scoring with some nice body kicks. The fighters continued to work in the clinch but also scored from a distance. In round two, Lopez scored with several low kicks but Arce continued to bounce on his feet and land combos with his fists. The ability of Arce to not be a stagnant target helped him stay out of range from many of the more dangerous strikes from the bigger Lopez. The last 30 seconds of the round was a dogfight with each fighter going strike for strike. Arce had a cut opened up above his eye as the round ended. In the third round, there were a few clashes of the head as both fighters looked to clinch more than in any round. Lopez connected with high kicks and overhand rights as he looked to make Arce’s cut worse. Arce continued to bob on his feet and score with combos while pushing the pace. Arce scored with a nice push kick as Lopez scored again and again with leg kicks and body kicks. The fight ended with both fighters struggling in the clinch as they had given everything they had in a great main event. This was such a close fight it would be great to have them do it again.
In other action, Gianna Smith defeated Melanie Odria via unanimous decision. Smith held a huge height advantage and scored from a safe distance with multiple kicks to the midsection and shut down most of the offense from Odria with her long legs and her pinpoint accuracy. In the final round, Odria seemed to find her range a bit more by scoring with leg kicks and dodging several of Smith’s own leg strikes. But Smith stayed composed for the whole round and continued to score with body kicks, knees to the body and punch combos to the face. Smith will be a tough challenge for anyone because of her ability to use her natural talents and pick her opponents apart from the outside.
New to Muay Thai? If the answer is “yes” then you need to order this iPPV and see what happens when fighters are allowed to use all 8 points of contact instead of only 2 as in Western Boxing. If you love action-packed striking, “Warriors Cup XIX” is your type of event. Watch as these fearless gladiators put it all on the line to earn a victory in one of the most grueling and punishing combat sports in the world. Order “Warriors Cup XIX” exclusively from the GFL Combat Sports Network at GFL.tv and watch anytime on video on demand.