Draka 15 Review

June 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Russian based Draka MMA Federation made its first foray into America and the world by presenting “Draka 15”, a 10-bout pro/am card that featured 8 stoppages on GFL.tv. Draka is one of the premier MMA organizations in Europe and brought their first class organization to the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia and gave the fight fans an epic card.

In the main event, Andrei Koshkin (6-3) defeated Mike Wade (5-4) via TKO in the second round. Koshkin grabbed a standing guillotine but Wade planted Koshkin on his back and scored with strikes before the fight returned to the feet. On the feet, Koshkin scored with pinpoint accuracy as Wade looked for another takedown. Wade got the takedown, and tried to create space but Koshkin held on until the end of the round. In the second, Koshkin continued to score with more punches and kicks and finally broke the armor of Wade with a picture perfect strike. The bout ended when Koshkin connected with a vicious body kick that doubled Wade over and dropped him to the mat. The kick might have broken a rib or hit the liver of Wade as he was on the defensive after that. Koshkin followed Wade to the mat where he connected with more punches forcing the ref to stop the fight.

In the co-main event, Alexander Matmuratov (3-0) defeated Jonathan Hughes (2-3) via unanimous decision, 30-27 across the board. Matmuratov mixed up his attacks scoring with spinning kicks and using solid wrestling to put Hughes down multiple times during the fight and negate most of the offense from Hughes as Hughes was looking to defend the takedown and keep his stance from Matmuratov’s unorthodox striking and not as worried with doing damage himself. It was a solid win for Matmuratov who now looks to continue his climb up the ladder.

Mixim Shtepenko (4-2) defeated Jeremy Carper (6-6) via TKO in the first round after a brutal liver shot. Shtepenko closed the distance early and worked some dirty boxing before Carper used the clinch to land knees to the ribs of Shtepenko. As both men grappled against the cage it was back and forth with each fighter score an inside punch in the case of Shtepenko or a knee to the body by Carper. With his back against the cage, Shtepenko snuck in a short left hook that crumbled Carper to the mat. Shtepenko followed up with strikes on the ground and the ref stopped the bout. The punch that dropped Carper left the crowd wondering what happened as it was short and sweet and many observers missed it. Shtepenko proved to have one of the best left hooks in the division with this punch.

In other action, George Sheppard and D’Juan Owens both scored KO wins in the second round, while Matthew Messer, Sam Eure, Abdiel Velazquez and Louis Johnson picked up wins via submission.

Check out “Draka 15” as this Russian based organization burst onto the MMA scene and delivers a great night of fights to a worldwide audience courtesy of GFL.tv. Order now and own it for life.

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GFL REAL FIGHTS Presents Nelson VS Rodriguez Beginning June 2 on TCN & CSN



May 30, 2014

GFL, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with world class boxing as Peltz Boxing and Bam Boxing presents world class boxing with Nelson VS Rodriguez featuring a full lineup of hungry pugilist ready to throw down from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

A pair of undefeated junior welterweight prospects, Naim Nelson, of Philadelphia, and Jerome Rodriguez, of Trenton, NJ, collide over eight rounds on Friday evening, May 16, as professional boxing returns to the newly re-named 2300 Arena.

Formerly known as the ECW Arena, the New Alhambra and later the Asylum Arena, the 2300 Arena, located at Swanson & Ritner Streets in South Philadelphia, has undergone renovations and eventually will seat close to 2,300 spectators.

Nelson, 23, is unbeaten in 11 fights since turning pro nearly three years ago. He beat fellow-Philadelphian Victor Vasquez for the vacant Pennsylvania Lightweight Title (135 pounds) in 2012, but he wants to campaign as a junior welterweight (140). In his last fight Jan. 31, Nelson earned an eight-round decision over fellow-Philadelphian Christian Steele at Harrah’s Philadelphia. After staying busy with three fights in 2011 and six in 2012, Nelson was hampered by a hand injury and he boxed only once in 2013, out-pointing another Philadelphian, George Kevlishvili, early in the year, at Valley Forge, PA. This marks the second time as a pro that Nelson will have boxed a southpaw. He outpointed Deroy Beaton, of Toms River, NJ, over four rounds in 2011 at Bally’s Atlantic City.

As for Rodriguez, I know it’s going to be a good fight. We are both undefeated so there is a lot on the line. I come forward and so does he, but I can box if I have to. We sparred once and even though it was only for three rounds I was happy with my performance. Rodriguez, 27, is coming off a pair of six-round draws with two fellow-lefties–Darnell Jiles and Brandon Williams, both of Rochester, NY. A pro less than two years, Rodriguez (left) is 6-0-3, 2 K0s. His biggest win came when he traded first-round knockdowns with Treysean Wiggins, of Newburgh, NY, on June 14, 2013, at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem (PA), then finished Wiggins off in round two. Like Jiles and Williams, Wiggins also is left-handed. This will mark only the second time in his pro career that Rodriguez has boxed outside of his adopted hometown of Bethlehem, PA. Last year he squeezed out a six-round decision over Rafael Montalvo, of St. Clair, PA, at Valley Forge

Six additional fights complete the lineup.

Air times are listed below:

The Comcast Network (TCN) (all zones): Monday, June 2 at 7:00pm ET

TCN Replay (Mid Atlantic): Thursday, June 5 at 9:0pm ET

TCN Replay (Philly): Friday, June 6 at 8:00pm ET

TCN Replay (Mid Atlantic): Saturday, June 7 at 11:00pm ET

TCN Replay (Mid Atlantic): Sunday, June 8 at 1:00pm ET

CSN Philadelphia: Thursday, June 5 at 8:00pm ET

CSN Philadelphia Replay: Sunday, June 8 at 8:00pm ET

CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Northwest and CSN Bay Area will also be airing Nelson VS Rodriguez 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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Upcoming Events on Comcast

6/2: Peltz Boxing Nelson VS Rodriguez (boxing)

6/9: XFE 42 (MMA)

6/16: Ring of Combat 48 (MMA)

6/23: Cool Boxing (boxing)

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Combat at the Capitale 33 Preview

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Lou Neglia and Ray Longo present World Championship Kickboxing with “Combat at the Capitale 33”on June 13 at the famous Capitale in New York City, New York. The full rules 16-bout Muay Thai card is anchored by fierce competitions in both the Muay Thai and Pro Glory rules.

In a 139 lb World Championship Pro Glory Rules bout, Rami Ibrahim battles Brandon Mickens. Ibrahim has heavy hands and always brings the fight to his opponents. His boxing skills are his best weapons and he will look to walk Mickens down in the ring and land haymakers. Mickens is a classic striker and loves to throw leg kicks, body kicks and head kicks as his main points of attack. Mickens is also very technical in this punching, and what he gives up in power to Ibrahim he makes up in pinpoint accuracy. This fight should be a high explosive affair when these two lock horns in the ring.

In other action, in a Pro Glory Rules bout, Mike Fischetti fights PJ Castigas in a 175 lb bout. Fischetti, will have the backing of the Tiger Schulmann exuberant fanbase. Fischetti has strong leg kicks and combos to the head and body. Fischetti’s best weapon might be his left hook as he can end a fight with one shot. Castigas will look to dictate the pace and tone of the fight and try to get Fischetti into a counter striking match where Castigas is being the aggressor.

Julio Arce battles Brian Burgan in a 140 lb Pro Glory Rules bout. Arce will have the hometown fans on his side and anyone who has ever been to an event that has featured a Tiger Schulmann fighters knows that there is not a more boisterous and enthusiastic crowd than a Tiger Schulmann crowd. Arce is a fan favorite for his slick punching and ability to hit and not be hit. He will look to counter Burgan and make him pay for his mistakes. Burgan is a grinder and willing to take some punishment to give more back. If Burgan can land punches even if he is countered by Arce the fight could swing in his favor. Expect this bout to be a grueling fight that could last all three rounds.

If you love nonstop, full-throttle striking, then “Combat at the Capitale 33”is must-see TV. This event goes hand in hand with Neglia’s other combat sports venture, Ring of Combat, and give combat fans in the tri-state area another avenue to watch some of the best East Coast martial artists compete. Watch as the brave warriors display the science of the eight limbs and use punches, kicks, knees and elbows and do it the Big Apple on June 13. Order this event exclusively at GFL.tv.

Atlas Fighting Championship 3 Preview

May 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Mississippi’s #1 MMA promotion debuts on GFL on June 14 as AFC presents “Atlas Fighting Championship 3” emanating from the Golden Nugget Casino & Hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi. MMA fans, this event is scheduled for 15 bouts on a stacked card featuring the top up and combing prospects from the Gulf Coast. AFC is the premier MMA organization in the Magnolia State and is looking to increase its viewership worldwide now with a broadcasting partnership with GFL.

In the main event, Aaron Williams (26-19) battles Rudy Flores (2-0). Williams is a vet and brings a huge experience advantage into the cage. Williams has honed his skills by fighting anyone and everyone in the South and looks to anchor a huge event for AFC. Williams is a fan favorite at AFC because his fighting style is so unpredictable. Fighting with such a high risk-high reward has given Williams a following unlike most in the area. Flores has a strong submission game and might look to press Williams in the early going. Flores is also the more calculated of the two fighters so that could pay dividends in the cage late in the fight.

In the co-main event, for the AFC Featherweight Title, Corey Wilson (10-3-1) fights Carlos Vera (8-3) in a rematch. The Champion Wilson is on a 4-fight win streak and has held the title since March 2013. Wilson defeated Vera for the title via decision. Look for Wilson to try and grind out another dominant performance at the expense of Vera. Wilson is a strong wrestler and will look for takedown after takedown and go to work on the ground with strikes. What makes Wilson so dangerous is his ability to get stronger as the fight goes on. Vera is a well-rounded fighter and the toughest challenger to Wilson’s crown. Vera can beat opponents in a variety of ways and has a good chunk of his wins via KO and submission. Vera also has top level cardio and prefers to push his opponent to exhaustion and secure a decisive, one-side victory. Look for these two to pick up right where they left off last year.

The AFC Heavyweight Title will be on the line when Everett Sims (5-1) takes on Frank Tate (5-1). Sims already holds a title with another organization and is looking to add to his collection. Sims has won all 5 of his fights in the first round and his lone loss is by split decision. Look for Sims to come out red-hot and throwing punches with very bad intentions. Tate’s only loss also came via split decision and his wins have been just as dominant if not as quick. Tate is a strong grappler and can mix up his punches well so he has been able to keep his opponents off balance. The winner of this bout will lay claim to being the baddest heavyweight in the area.

You won’t find more BANG for your buck so order this thrilling event. Be sure to catch all of the action LIVE on June 14 as AFC presents “Atlas Fighting Championship 3” including two championship bouts on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv.

IZW Sudden Impact Review

May 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Words can barely do justice to this night of epic action and drama. Tables, ladders and bodies were broken. New champions were crowned. And expectations were shattered in a main event the IZW World will never forget.

Sudden Impact wasted no time in jumping into the action as the first match of the night was the 20 Minute Impact Scramble match for Randy Price’s Impact Division Championship. Price would put his title on the line against 3 other men in the form of Drake Gallows, Angel Camacho and one-half of the KC Wolves, Luke Langley.  As expected, the match immediately erupted into chaos with all four men going at it. Camacho and Price each got dumped to the outside which left Langley and Gallows to each vault over the top rope to the floor onto their opponents. All four battled on the outside, throwing each other into the ring apron, guardrails and even the ringside retaining wall. Langley and Gallows fought inside the ring and each man made their way to the top rope ending up in a power struggle which neither man won as Camacho crotched Langley on the top rope and Randy Price shoved Gallows off the top rope and sent him crashing into a table at ringside. As Price and Camacho quickly threw their “alliance” out the window and attempted to pin one another, Langley made his way back in the ring and capitalized on a prone Camacho to score the first pinfall. Langley couldn’t rest just yet though as, per the rules of the scramble, he had to make sure no one else scored a victory in the remaining time to become champion. Knowing this, Price quickly ejected Langley from the ring and went up top and connected on Camacho with the Splash from the Past. Referee George Knight could only get to the count of two before Gallows came crashing down with his Bangarang Moonsault. But as he went for the pin he was drilled with a Mushroom Stomp from Langley. Langley’s instincts kicked in as he went for another pinfall on Camacho but he was already the interim champion. Price seized the opportunity and hurled Langley from the ring and scored a pin on the beaten down Camacho as well to make him the interim title holder but Price had a long way to go as he still had the better part of ten minutes to go before the conclusion of the match. As the action continued, Gallows fought back to his feet and leveled Price and struck Camacho with an eerie looking tied-off burlap sack. The contents of the bag wouldn’t stay a mystery mush longer though, as he would then untie the back and litter the ring with thousands of metal thumbtacks! Camacho immediately did his best to stop Gallows from utilizing the tacks and took him up to the top rope where Camacho looked to deliver a superplex. Luke Langley had other ideas and kicked Camacho off the ropes and he fell directly into the tacks. The tacks pierced not only the back of Camacho but several got stuck directly into the back of his head. Camacho would repay the favor though as Gallows and Price to superplex Langley into the tacks, Camacho powerbombed all 3 competitors in to the shiny mass of skin-piercing metal below. A series of pinfalls between all the worn-out competitors would leave Camacho as the current Impact Division Champion with just five minutes remaining. The final five minutes would see Price and Gallows each become the interim champion and then work together to put Camacho through a table. Gallows got rid of Price and Countered an attack by Langley and hit him with the Emo-Killer. In the exhaustion and chaos of the match Gallows, who was already interim champion, went for another pin on Langley but with mere seconds left Price drilled Gallows in the head with the Impact Division Championship belt and as the clock ticked down he scored a pin on Gallows just before the 20 minute time expired. This was the most intense and impressive Impact Division Championship defense of Randy Price’s career and maybe in the history of IZW.

Next up we had the heated personal rivalry between The Brothers Righteous and CopyCat & Damon Windsor. This all started when Windsor and IZW ring announcer AnnaLynn Storm started to get a little too friendly for her father, Striker’s liking. Since then, Striker and O’Malley have been on a tirade, saying that people like Windsor & CopyCat are what is wrong with the world today. These two teams had a lot to prove going into this match as they were fighting not only for a win but also for their beliefs. Each of the Brothers Righteous were quite certain of which member of their opposition they would face as O’Malley wanted nothing to do with CopyCat and Striker slipped away and tagged out at the first chance of Windsor getting into the match. Windsor instead would fend off an attack from O’Malley and deliver his patented back elbow/ forearm combination before tagging out to CopyCat. Again, though, O’Malley was able to escape and tagged out, not wanting CopyCat to be able to exact his revenge from the beating he received. Copy was able to get on offense with Striker quickly but was caught with a kick from the outside from O’Malley which allowed Striker to take control. The Brothers Righteous would take turns isolating and dissecting CopyCat, always being sure to keep him far away from his partner. They even went as far as to knock Windsor off the apron when Copy got close to tagging to prevent Windsor from re-entering the match. But even after repeated punishment, they couldn’t keep “The Forgotten Champion” down. As O’Malley shot Copy into the turnbuckle, Copy blasted out with a burst of adrenaline and knocked the behemoth off his feet and finally made the tag. Windsor unloaded with right hands on both Brothers Righteous and hit Striker with the Big Time Slam. CopyCat made it to his feet and hit O’Malley with the Doppelganger sending him out of the ring to the floor. Striker snuck in a shot below the belt on Windsor while the ref was distracted and pulled out the infamous brass knuckles. He went to take Copy’s head off but Copy ducked and hit a Doppelganger on him as well which sent the knucks flying and Striker stumbling into a Chokeslam from Windsor who pinned Striker for the win. Afterward Windsor picked up the knucks and looked like he was going to nail Striker with them but he saw a better way to get back at Striker and planted a big kiss on the lips of Anna Lynn Storm.

The night continued with a very special Sudden Impact edition of the Lights Out Lounge.  Jordan barely got a word out before his opponent for the night Graham Bell came through the curtain and started laying into him and just like that the finals of the 2014 Impact Player of the Year Tournament were underway. Jacobs did his best to retreat to ringside but Bell gave chase and beat Jacobs all around the ring. Jordan tried to introduce a ladder but it was used against him, however he was able to avoid an attack from Bell and drive him from the ring apron onto the ladder on the outside back first. Jacobs brought a much larger ladder into the ring and set it up in the corner, Jacobs attempted to deliver a facebuster on Bell into the ladder but Bell fought out and drove a knee into Jacobs’ back driving him face first into the ladder. The two fought around to the other side of the ring where Jacobs was able to place the ladder between the ropes and ascend the top rope and in a bit of a spiteful move delivered a double stomp onto Bell while he was laying on the ladder. The stomp not only did physical damage but Jacobs was sending a message using one of the signature maneuvers of Bell’s partner Luke Langley. Both men tried to reach the Impact Player of the Year trophy but were unsuccessful. Jacobs put Bell to the outside and tried to scurry up the ladder but as he was within reach of the trophy Bell leapt from the top rope and dropkicked the ladder out from underneath him, sending Jacobs to the unforgiving canvas below. They battled to the outside of the ring once again where Bell was able to position himself underneath Jacobs and powerbomb into the ring which he followed up with a huge diving swanton bomb from the top rope. That move got him into the finals and it looked as if he would use it to win the whole tournament but in a last gasp of energy Jacobs caught up with Bell as he reached the top of the ladder. Both men struggled to be the first to unhook  the trophy and in the struggle the ladder started to tip and both men were left stranded, dangling from the steel cable that held the trophy high above the ring. The two men fought high in the air before Jacobs’ arms gave out and fell, leaving Graham Bell to retrieve the trophy and become the 2014 Impact Player of the Year. Bell now has the opportunity to chose a shot at any title he wants in IZW. It will surely interesting to see if he goes after a singles title or if he chooses to pursue the tag team titles that have eluded the KC Wolves for so long now.

Speaking of the IZW Tag Team Championships, the next match would see IZW Tag Team Champions Team Bull taking on not only Vinnie and Roberto Camacho but also, thanks to Madame Commissioner Erica, their cousin Angel would also be in this match, making it a 3-on-2 handicap tag team match. Angel was unsuccessful in his attempt at becoming Impact Division Champion earlier in the night and looked determined to make sure the Sexy Camachos didn’t leave without at least some gold. Angel would start out with the Bronze Bull in this championship contest. Bronze Bull went behind Angel and raked his fingernails down the back of Camacho, clawing at the tender holes still left from when Camacho went into the pile of tacks earlier in the night. Angel quickly scrambled to the corner and tagged in “Freshly Hot & Heavy” Roberto Camacho. Bronze Bull took control and backed Roberto into Team Bull’s corner. Bull reared back to deliver a knife-edge chop but instead grabbed tightly a death lock on the Roberto’s nipples! Bronze Bull and Bobby Starr then spent the next few minutes taking turns giving Roberto what the IZW World in attendance referred to as a “Purple Nurple”.  Finally Team Bull threw Roberto across the ring and he would tag out to the youngest Camacho in Vinnie. Vinnie didn’t appreciate Team Bull’s treatment of his “familia” and the smallest Camacho got right into the face of the Bronze Bull but he got some of the same as Bull snatched him by the nipples as well and sent him back where he came from. Tired of the disrespect shown to them,  Angel came in and took control on Bobby Starr. He quickly isolated Starr and, in making quick tags to the other Camachos, gave his team the advantage that the handicap situation allows. Bobby fought back and ducked a clothesline from Roberto but got caught with a big belly to belly suplex that snuffed the Brass Bull’s momentum. Starr connected with a flying headbutt that took Roberto off his feet and gave Starr the chance to get over to his corner but as he did Vinnie Camacho, utilizing the numbers advantage, jumped down and pulled Bronze Bull from the apron, ensuring that Starr couldn’t make the tag. With the ref distracted with Vinnie and Bronze Bull on the outside, Angel and Roberto seized the opportunity and each slammed into Starr, crushing him between their massive bodies. Roberto made the cover and three seconds later IZW had new tag team champions! Despite the numbers advantage, this was a still a shock and has to be considered a massive upset. Who knows what the future holds for the tag team division now that all three Sexy Camachos have the tag team titles.

The #1 Shawn McHale took the ring next with a bombshell announcement! After Sudden Impact IZW will be “taking the show on the road” and doing live road shows in addition to the IZW Adrenaline tapings going bi-weekly. So as you’re reading this review be sure to check IZWrestling.com for announcements because IZW may just be coming to a city near you! He also announced that while IZW’s iPPV’s will be reduced to four (Sudden Impact, Redemption, Chaotic Christmas and Coronation) on July 26th we would STILL be seeing the return of The Impact Chamber, the 5-on-5 elimination-style steel cage match that has set the standard for IZW action for years. On top of all that, McHale had one more announcement, that the captain of his team in the Impact Chamber would be none other than the Captain of the Force, IZW Champion Double D.

But before leading team #1 into the Impact Chamber Double D would have to face off against “The Image of Fear” Kevin Morgan. Morgan has been on a rampage since Double D defeated Johnny Z for the IZW Championship and blamed Double D for “The Natural Born Leader” subsequently disappearing. Morgan believes in his heart that if he can unseat Double D as IZW Champion, then Johnny Z will return and all will be right with Impact Elite once again. To say that Morgan has been hanging by a thread is a major understatement.

Morgan’s attack in this match was apparent from the start. To punish the already-injured ribs of Double D. He drove D’s body down across his knee, taking D’s ability to breathe away from him. D rallied back from the initial attack and sent Morgan over the top rope to the floor and connected with a big kick to the head but when he went to dive onto Morgan he was caught and driven back and ribs first into the steel ring post. Morgan once again pin-pointed the ribs of the champion as he continued to punish D. D fought back and escaped Morgan’s onslaught but upon entering the ring, Morgan again took aim at the ribs, stretching Double D out and partially removing the therapeutic tape from D’s injured ribs.  But if there’s one thing that is always true of D, it is that he never gives up and this time was no different. D threw some well-placed kicks to get Morgan off his attack plan and then hit a head scissors and a swinging knee to Morgan’s face which stunned The Image of Fear. Double D saw his opportunity and leapt off the top rope with a flying crossbody but Morgan landed a big right hand right into D’s ribs on the way down. Everything D tried, Morgan seemed ready for, he continued to counter every rallied chance at offense D got. Time and again he showed his immense power, driving D down and further damaging D’s ribs. But regardless of the punishment D would not stay down. Morgan threw D 10 feet in the air and caught him for a powerslam but D shifted his weight and hit the De-Facer out of nowhere but Morgan kicked out within a hair of being pinned. Double D knew he had to go for something big if he was going to disorient Morgan long enough to connect with his Crossbody. D hit the ropes and swung around for the Tilt-a-Whirl DDT but Morgan blocked it and drove D down with a powerslam. Morgan could smell blood in the water and stood poised to deliver the Moment of Fear to finish off the champion and fulfill his goal of winning back the favor of the Natural Born Leader. As Morgan readied himself, familiar music rang out in the Impact Arena but this time it wasn’t Johnny Z’s music… it was the unmistakable music of The Convict! The “King of the Yard” was last seen at Coronation when he laid out both Double D and Johnny Z, effectively costing Z the IZW Championship. As Convict stood in the ring, motionless, Morgan quickly realized that Convict was not there as an ally and he laid into the man from the D.O.C. but Convict was unphased and snatched Morgan up and dropped him with a 15-to-20. It seemed as if Convict had once again come to ruin Impact Elite’s night. Until Double D made it to his feet and Convict gave him a 15-to-20 too! If that weren’t confusing enough, if that weren’t shocking enough, what would happen next may have been the most unexpected turn of events in IZW history. As Convict stood over the two fallen men, the video screen lit up with the black and green image of Johnny Z. And unlike the past two months, this would NOT be a hoax. The Impact Arena erupted at the sight of the Natural Born Leader. The IZW World knew they were in for the fight of a lifetime as Johnny Z had come back to get revenge on Convict for costing him the IZW Championship. But they couldn’t have been more wrong. After staring face to face with Convict, Z turned his gaze to Morgan. Morgan bowed at Z’s feet and Z motioned to Convict to help Morgan to his feet. As Morgan regained his footing, he could barely believe his eyes. His savior had returned. Z clutched Morgan’s head, looked at his most loyal follower and said “I’m back”.  Then Z kicked Morgan directly between the legs! Convict then hit another 15-to-20 on Morgan and Z turned his attention to Double D. Z brutally started beating D before drilling D and Morgan in the face with The IZW Championship Belt. Z refused to stop there, he grabbed a steel chair and repeatedly and mercilessly brutalized both already decimated men.  Z then grabbed the microphone and delivered some strange and cryptic words to Madame Commissioner Erica and said he was just getting started with Double D. Then he stood over the near-lifeless body of Kevin Morgan, looked down upon him and said “but as for you…You’re fired.”

The very first Sudden Impact brought us the most inexplicable turn of events in IZW history. Everyone went in with one question of “Where’s John?”. We may have found out the answer to that question but the end of the night left us with many, MANY, more questions than answers.

Sparta Combat Leauge – Muay Thai Preview

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Sparta Combat League & Chris Camozzi present “Muay Thai” on GFL.tv, a stacked Muay Thai card on June 7 from the Buffalo Events Center 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, Mike Collins battles Malcomb Vrecenar at 195 lb in what is sure to be a barn burning fight. Both fighters bring a wealth of world-class experience into the fight. Collins brings a granite chin into the ring. Collins throws strikes with such ferocity that any punch, kick or knee he lands can change the course of the fight. Vrecenar is a very technical striker, who mixes up his combos beautifully and usually keeps his opponent on the defensive. Vrecenar has tremendous leg kicks mixed with a stiff jab that lets him dictate space and distance inside the ring. Look for this fight to be in the running for fight of the night.

Daniel Miranda takes on Tadd Harding. Miranda will let his hands and feet go from the onset as his ability to absorb a punch lets him walk through most opponent’s offense. Miranda only knows one way to fight and that is with his chin down and constantly attacking and putting pressure on his opponent. Harding is a heavy puncher and brings real KO power into the fight. His combos are solid, but he can also rely on his one-punch power to get him out of trouble. Look for Harding to come out looking to make this a shootout. These two could fight in a telephone booth with both fighters trading their best shots.

In other action, Alex Gibson fights Jeremy Hopper at 155 lb. Gibson has shown the mental fortitude to push through any obstacle and exhibits one of the most technical striking bases in the sport. Hopper is another fighter looking to make a name for himself and has shown an ability to land his combos almost at will against past opponents. This will be a matchup of heart, grit and athleticism. This bout is set up to be a barnburner and rival the main event for fight of the night.

Sparta Combat League is sure to bring down the house once again as they have quickly grabbed a chokehold on Mountain West MMA and now look to do the same with the sport of Muay Thai. This show will continue SCL’s long streak of successful events. Order “Muay Thai”, and watch live and anytime afterwards on video on demand only on GFL.

Warriors Cup XX Preview

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Weapons 9 Promotions is back and ready to deliver another dose of full contact pro/am Muay Thai to the Tri-State area with “Warriors Cup XX” on June 14 and worldwide 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 XX” promises to build on the momentum with a stacked card and deliver another great night of punches, kicks, knees and elbows!

In the main event, Kornpet Petchrapat takes on Eddie Martinez for the WBC Welterweight International Challenge Title. Petchrapat is a classic Muay Thai fighter and loves to throw leg kicks, body kicks and head kicks as his main points of attack. Petchrapat also is very technical in this punching, and what he gives up in power to Ibrahim he makes up in pinpoint accuracy. This fight should be a high explosive affair when these two lock horns in the ring. Martinez is famous for mixing up his attacks with leg kicks, punches and adding in clinch work to thwart his opponent’s aggressiveness. Martinez is a hard puncher and has exhibited a granite chin in previous matchups. Look for Martinez to close the distance later in the fight and try and get Petchrapat out with a short upper cut or left hook.

In the co-main event, Cyrus Washington fights Brett Hlavacek for the WBC National Title at Super Middleweight. Currently World Ranked, Washington looks for another impressive win here to prove to the world that he is at the top of the food chain and that he belongs to have his name mentioned among the elite fighters from around the globe. Washington always throws devastating combos and looks for the KO in every fight. Hlavacek is another fighter with tons of talent and will be looking to exert his will on Washington. Hlavacek is a very technical fighter and he always takes the center of the ring and make the opponent fight his fight.

Along with these two title fights there will be 15 more hard hitting Muay Thai bouts!

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 XX” 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 XX” exclusively from the GFL Combat Sports Network at GFL.tv.

HKFC 37 Preview

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Canada’s top MMA promotion returns as Hard Knocks Fighting presents “HK 37”, on June 13 at the Century Casino in Calgary. Hard Knocks Fighting is the fastest growing promotion in Canada with shows in Calgary, Medicine Hat, Regina, Estevan, Prince Albert, and expanding quickly to new cities. The action packed 11 bout pro/am card will feature many of the established and top up and coming superstars of the Great White North.

In the main event, Ryan Dickson (7-2) battles Shawn Fitzsimmons (7-8) in a lightweight scrap. Dickson is a relentless wrestler and will also stand in the pocked and bang. His grappling is top notch and he has dispatched several of his opponents via submission. In fact, all 7 of his wins have come via stoppage. Dickson is feared in the region for his ability to push the pace and make his opponent fight at a speed they are not accustomed to. Fitzsimmons goes for broke from the opening bell and his high risk-high reward fighting style is sure to be on display on June 13.  Fitzsimmons has KO power in both hands and fights out of one of the best gyms in the world, with Fight Syndicate in Las Vegas. Be ready for a shootout.

In the co-main event, Luis Huete (5-1) fights Cory Houston (5-3) in a featherweight matchup. Huete wastes no time in the cage and has never had a fight go the distance. Huete is a grappling phenom and likes to get the fight to the mat as quickly as possible. Look for Huete to go for a takedown in the early moments of round one. Houston is another fast starter who has never gone to a decision. Houston has solid submissions off of his back and can mirror Huete hold for hold on the mat. If this fight hits the mat it will be a grappling clinic. It also could turn into a slugfest on the feet as both men will be looking to score bombs against each other.

In other action Chad Anheliger (2-4) takes on Rick Pfeifer (4-1) in a bantamweight tussle. For Anheliger, a win here will get him closer to .500 and get him the attention he believes he deserves. Pfeifer is angling for a future title shot and an impressive victory against Anheliger could do that. Look for these two 135 lb fighters to come out like their backs are against the wall with something to prove.

Other matchups include: Zach Snyder VS Chris Gomez, Josh Heinz VS Devon Smith and Matt Krayco VS Peter Abreau.

Don’t miss this electrifying event featuring Western Canada’s finest MMA athletes as Hark Knocks Fighting presents “HK 37” on June 13 in front of a packed house. Hard Knocks Fighting Championship always produces great fights and this event will be no different. Order this event now at GFL.tv.

Cody Garbrandt’s impressive TKO caps off night of finishes at PinnacleFC 7

May 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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(PRESS RELEASE) PITTSBURGH – The finishes came fast and furious at PinnacleFC 7 in Pittsburgh on Saturday night, and the night was capped off with Cody “No Love” Garbrandt (4-0 / fighting out of Sacramento, CA via Uhrichsville, OH) earning the PinnacleFC bantamweight title with a first round TKO victory over James Porter (7-3 / fighting out of Ft. Wayne, IN).
The two main event fighters had a heated staredown before the bell, and a torrid pace was set in the opening frame. But it was Garbrandt who was able to capitalize on his strikes, dropping Porter with a knee before finishing with strikes on the ground. The Team Alpha Male fighter has now produced knockout victories in all four of his professional outings, and becomes the first-ever PinnacleFC bantamweight champion.
In the co-main event, Khama “The Death Star” Worthy (6-2 / fighting out of Pittsburgh, PA) put on an impressive outing, stopping Anthony “The Spoiler” Morgan (5-3 / fighting out of Seiverville, TN) with a flurry in the second round that was started with a clean left hook before a myriad of blows ended the fight. Worthy’s win was part of a 6-0 night for Fight Club Pittsburgh, and the fifth win in a row – including three straight knockouts – for Khama.
Justin “The Hawk” Steave (6-4 / fighting out of Weirton, WV) returned to the PinnacleFC cage for the first time in nearly a year, and he moved his record to 3-0 for the organization with a first round submission over eight-time Bellator veteranBrylan VanArtsdalen (9-11 / fighting out of Philadelphia, PA). After powering out of a guillotine, Steave slapped on one of his own, before repositioning his grip to get the finish just 57 seconds into the first frame. The win snaps a two-fight losing streak for the FCP product.
Stepping up on just a week’s notice, Bobby “White Trash BJJ” Emmons (4-3 / fighting out of Newburgh, IN) finished hometown favorite A.J. Bosley (1-3 / fighting out of Uniontown, PA) with an armbar in the first frame. Emmons pulled guard twice in the fight, locking up a nice submission the second time to get the win.
And a pair of former PinnacleFC amateur lightweight champions made successful professional debuts, as both Eric “Sizzle” Bledsoe (1-0 / fighting out of Wheeling, WV) and Nick “NyQuil” Browne (1-0 / fighting out of Uniontown, PA) picked up first round submission victories on the evening.
In amateur action, bantamweight Alec Hohman (3-0), lightweight Matt Patterson (2-0), and Malik Epperson (2-0) all picked up impressive finishes, while Ryan Arreola (4-0), Jaime Chesney (2-2), and Andrew Schrader (1-0) earned judges’ decisions.
PinnacleFC 7 took place in front of a packed house at the Greentree Sportsplex in Pittsburgh, and was also shown to a worldwide audience on GoFightLive.tv.
PinnacleFC 8 is just around the corner on July 12 at the Sportsplex, and the headlining bouts are already in place. Mark Cherico returns to action in the main event, while Adam Milstead (4-1) takes on Georgia’s Nick Smiley (6-3) in an exciting professional heavyweight co-main event. More information and tickets will be available soon.
Full results from PinnacleFC 7:
Amateur Bouts:
Andrew Schrader (1-0) def. Brandon Lauderback (0-1) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Malik Epperson (2-0) def. Jake Just (0-1) via submission (arm triangle) – Round 3, 0:34
Matt Patterson (2-0) def. Ron Krisch (0-1) via KO (punch) – Round 1, 0:42
Jaime Chesney (2-2) def. Katelyn Dykas (1-4) via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Alec Hohman (3-0) def. Aaron Finch (0-2) via technical submission (guillotine) – Round 1, 1:46
Ryan Arreola (4-0) def. Os Omo-Osagie (1-3) via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Pro Bouts:
Nick Browne (1-0) def. Jeff Denz (2-4) via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1, 1:01
Eric Bledsoe (1-0) def. Zach Cook (0-1) via submission (arm triangle) – Round 1, 4:25
Bobby Emmons (4-3) def. A.J. Bosley (1-3) via submission (arm bar) – Round 1, 1:47
Justin Steave (6-4) def. Brylan VanArtsdalen (9-11) via submission (guillotine) – Round 1, 0:57
Khama Worthy (6-2) def. Anthony Morgan (5-3) via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:52
Cody Garbrandt (4-0) def. James Porter (7-3) via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:17
About Pinnacle Fighting Championships
Pinnacle Fighting Championships is Pittsburgh’s premiere mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. Founded in 2012, the organization operates under the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission and hosts regular professional and amateur events. PinnacleFC has featured many of the area’s top fighters, including Mark Cherico, Cody Garbrandt, Donny Walker, Khama Worthy, Paul Felder, Adam Milstead, and more. Fans can follow PinnacleFC on Twitter @Pinnacle_FC, or find us on Facebook. For more information, visit www.PinnacleFightingChampionships.com.

XFE 43 Preview

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Xtreme Fight Events returns to the Sands in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on June 7 with “XFE 43”. XFE is the #1 MMA organization in Pennsylvania and has expanded across the Northeast and now also the Southeast. Look for “XFE 43” to up the ante as XFE throws down the gauntlet.

At the top of the card, ATT fighter Desmond Moore (5-1 amateur) makes his pro debut against Chris Tanner (5-8 amatuer). Moore is a high level wrestler with a relentless style who is known for pushing the action and breaking his opponent during the latter part of the fight. Moore has only lost once in his career, via decision and has never been in serious trouble in the cage. Tanner will also be having his first pro fight and looks to rely on his dangerous grappling. Tanner has won 4 fights via submission hold and has shown an ability to work effectively off of his back. If Moore gets a takedown, look for Tanner to work from his guard and try and lock up a triangle or armbar. That will be a tough chore as Moore is a compact fighter and will be looking to score elbows. This fight could be a chess match if it hits the ground.

“XFE 43” also marks the pro debut of undefeated amateur, Thad Frick (4-0). A strong wrestling and jiu jitsu game makes Frick a tough fight for anyone that steps into the cage with him. He has two wins by Submission; a first round arm triangle in his XFE debut, and a first round rear naked choke back in February. In his last fight, he went the distance against John Mosley to take an XFE title home.

Xtreme Fight Events returns with epic fighting in front of a worldwide audience courtesy of the GFL Combat Sports Network. Watch “XFE 43”on June 7. Stream the show online at GFL.tv and own it forever.

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