CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE. Rage in the Cage returns to the beautiful Firelake Arena August 13, 2016, for the ultimate “Night of Champions” featuring several of Oklahoma’s top ranked MMA cage fighters. The main event will pit Jon Hill, a top Oklahoma heavyweight, vs. one of Colorado’s top ranked heavyweights, Kevin Sears. Jon Hill, a Bellator vet, finished Sears in the first round with a TKO victory earlier this year and is looking for another first round finish in this highly anticipated rematch. Kevin Sears has a point to prove and his target is Jon Hill. Sears went undefeated in his amateur MMA career while his greatest accomplishment in his pro career was a second round TKO victory against veteran MMA fighter Matt Kovacs.
In the semi-main event two powerhouses will battle as Oklahoma’s Ken Jackson will face Texas standout A. Razak Alhassan. With his first four professional bouts being wins, Alhassan will be a true test for fan favorite Jackson.
Oklahoma fan favorite Braden Smith has proven he is title worthy but the tough and current Rage in the Cage Pro 170 title holder Tyrone Paige stands in his way. Both will put it all on the line in a battle for the Rage in the Cage 170 pro strap.
Also, a 125 Demario Cade takes on Harrah’s Travis Quintero. Both will step in the cage with powerful ground games, but one will leave the cage with their first loss as a pro mixed martial artist. Which one has the power to stop the other’s momentum?
Oklahoma’s own “Sunnyside Kid” Ken Coulter is also slated to step back in the cage for the highly anticipated return of Rage in the Cage to fight David Roberts at 155lbs. Roberts is on a 4 fight losing streak and Coulter is coming off a TKO/KO win over Edwin Williams.
The Bout Card:
- Jon Hill vs. Kevin Sears 265 lbs
- Braden Smith vs. Tyrone Paige 155 lbs
- Levi Queen vs. Rocky Johnson 185 lbs
- Ken Jackson vs. A. Razak Alhassan 185 lbs
- David Roberts vs. Ken Coulter 155 lbs
- Jeremy Spoon vs. George Palmer 145 lbs
- Travis Quintero vs. Demario Cade 135 lbs
- Michael Smith vs. Jacobey Burns 145 lbs
- Samuel Tanner vs. E. Guerra 170 lbs
- Donald Woodall vs. Raymond Bighead 185 lbs
- Eric Pahcoddy vs. Jack Gray 205 lbs
- Phillip Acero vs. Joshua Ray 155 lbs
- Alfred Ratcliff vs. Dakota Morris 135 lbs
- Kerry Hill vs. Kris Vereen 185 lb
There are lots of similarities in the two disciplines
If you’re going to make it as a pro poker player, much like in MMA, you have to think and act like pros. The two disciplines both involve big money, therefore the participants have to take their job seriously. There are many parallels between the two pursuits.
What it comes down to is the mindset; that of not making mistakes, not getting too over-eager with your hand. Within poker, being able to read people is a massive part of this. Players may have good hands but if they get excited, they’re likely to call very fast. The pros however won’t flinch. They’ll be much more collected with the way they do it. MMA is the same. If a fighter tries to attack without creating a good defense, or without thinking about what’s going to come next, they’ll be much more likely to make a mistake and ultimately lose.
Much like the training for MMA fighting, getting prepared for a poker tournament is all about repetition. You see the hands coming. You assess the percentages of hands you can win and those you could lose, and it’s the same with fighting. It’s all about repetition. When a fighter fights, it should be automatic, no thinking twice, because when that happens, it’s usually too late, people are going to know what you’ve got.
MMA fighters are always in the gyms, sharpening their game. Poker players too, will rigidly play poker in live games and online on sites like All Jackpots Casino getting better and more experienced every time. For tournaments, especially, players should be well into training three months prior. That’s where all the hard work is put in, the long hours, the mental strain and physical exertion. The rewards in the ring or on the poker table are a result of this.
MMA fighters who fake injury to win
It’s a classic poker play, and pretending to be on the back foot has worked trumps in MMA too. One such example of this is when Fabricio Werdum acted like Fedor had hurt him had hurt him and when he dropped to his back, he caught Fedor in a triangle. In fact there are numerous times when Werdum has displayed this act.
Wanderlei Silva has also used the tactic. He took a body shot and bent over forwards, as if he had the wind knocked out of him. Then, while hunched forward, he stumbled backwards towards the cage.His opponent, thinking he was hurt, then rushed in for the knock out. But as Wanderlei was stumbling backwards he reached the cage and used it as a springboard, launching forward with a viscous combo.
MMA fighters who play poker
Three examples of MMA fighters who play poker are:
• Martin Kampmann
• Tito Ortiz
• Terrence Chan
Ortiz is the best known of these, due to his being the former light heavyweight world champion. Indeed, since he has retired from the cage, Ortiz spends time competing in Poker tournaments the world over.
Recently he even won a 200-player fundraising poker tournament in Los Angeles. He also has had a shot at the PokerStars Shark Cage, and will play Day 1B of the PCA Main Event.
MMA fighters have regularly found themselves drawn to poker, discovering a show ground in which their competitive natures can still be satisfied, despite demands on their body being diminished. In common with many top poker professionals, a solid mental wellbeing starts with the body being in good shape. Just one of a number of reasons why poker and MMA crossover and combine effectively together.
Cowart vs. DeLomba headlines Broadway Boxing Thursday, Sept. 1st at Foxwoods Resort Casino – Live on GFL.Tv
Broadway Boxing, presented by DiBella Entertainment, returns Thursday night, September 1, to the Premier Ballroom at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
Lightweight prospects Amos “2 Smooth” Cowart (11-1-1, 9 KOs) and “Nice” Nick DeLomba (10-1, 2 KOs) will throw-down in the eight-round main event.
“Foxwoods has become a terrific venue for Broadway Boxing and I am thrilled to deliver this lightweight crossroads battle between two once-beaten prospects as the main event,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Cowart fought well in his ShoBox appearance last year, but he will be returning to his natural weight class on September 1. Moving past his hometown confines for only the second time as a pro, we will see if DeLomba is ready to elevate his career to the world stage.”
A native Floridian from Groveland, Cowart is coming off his first loss as a professional, suffered just over one year ago in Atlantic City. The bout, televised live as part of Showtime’s ShoBox: The New Generation series, saw the hard-hitting Cowart move up in weight to challenge fellow undefeated prospect Regis Prograis. Cowart went on to lose a very entertaining eight-round decision to the still undefeated contender Prograis, who was chosen as one of this year’s ESPN.com’s “Prospects to Watch”. Following the loss, Cowart was forced to sit on the sidelines as he nursed an injury suffered in the bout. Now back and fully healthy, Cowart is dropping down in weight and looking to make some noise in the 135 lbs. division.
“The bout with Prograis was a good learning experience, but I am not a 140-pounder,” said Cowart. “I took the fight because it was an opportunity to perform on national TV, and I believe I gave a good showing of what I am capable of doing. I am back now at my comfortable weight and know that I have what it takes to compete against the best up-and-coming guys in this division. DeLomba is the hometown boy. I know that he is going to have the crowd behind him, but once that bell rings, it’s just him and me in that ring, and I plan on putting on a spectacular performance as I get my career back underway and moving toward the top.”
DeLomba, the reigning New England super lightweight champion, has been favorably compared at this stage of his young career to another Italian fighter from the same Rhode Island city of Cranston, in two-division world champion Vinny Paz. DeLomba is expected to have a partisan hometown crowd behind him and will be looking to make a statement against the once-beaten Cowart.
“This is a huge fight for me at this stage of my career,” said DeLomba. “Cowart’s only loss is to Prograis and he is considered one of the best young 140-pounders in all of boxing. If I can beat Cowart more convincingly, that is a major statement. I am not only going to be the bigger guy in the ring on fight night, but I am the better boxer. He is coming off a year layoff, and I know that he is eager to get back in that ring, but this is the biggest fight of my career, and I plan on putting on a show come September 1.”
Belgium super featherweight Dardan Zenunaj (12-1, 9 KOs), a former World Boxing Association (WBA) International champion, and undefeated Cuban amateur standout Luis “The Lion” Garcia (14-0, 11 KOs), fighting out of Peekskill, New York, are also scheduled to be in action on the Sept. 1 Broadway Boxing card in separate eight-round bouts.
Additional fights on the card will be announced shortly.
Rage in the Cage OKC 47: Levi Queen v Rocky Johnson Rated One of Best Fights of the Weekend by MMAMania – Live on GFL.Tv
Fight fans can expect a sensational main event at the Rage in the Cage OKC 47 event, featuring two experienced middleweights battling it out.
Levi Queen has 4 straight wins in the last 11 months, finishing all four opponents. His last loss was to WSOF veteran Brian Grinnell in July 2015 by submission with one second left in the first round.
Levi has fought to a decision only once in his career, with most of his wins coming via submission. Like his opponent Rocky Johnson, Levi has had a decently long career, where he has gone 12-3 since 2009.
Johnson has been fighting since 2003 having fought an incredible 41 times, including stints in Bellator and many solid regional promotions, whilst gathering 8 belts during his 13 year career. He is a solid well rounded fighter who has proven his championship mettle over 25 minutes, and when the opportunity shows itself, he can finish an opponent via strikes or submission. Most of his losses have been via decision and he has not been finished since 2007.
The tale of the tape is in Queen’s favor, as he stands 6’ tall and is only 27 yrs old, whilst Rocky stands 5’7” and is 18 years older at 45 yrs old.
After Lee Mein won in the Hard Knocks cage at age 49 this year I would not take a veteran like Johnson lightly if I were Queen. Both fighters have good ground games. Though I like Johnson’s stamina, its hard to believe Queen’s four fight win streak will end to a fighter 18 years his senior who is also five inches shorter.
Prediction: The fight goes to the ground and Queen submits Johnson by the end of the 2nd round. At 28, Queen still has a shot at the UFC if he can keep this streak going and continues to up the competition.
Iron Fist Fighting Series (ITFS) 46: Scott Sheely provides a Night with 7 fights and 4 Title Bouts – Live on GFL.Tv
Iron Fist Fighting Series 46: Scott Sheely provides a Night with 7 fights and 4 Title Bouts.
Paul Shough v Isaac Hook (Heavyweight Title Bout) – IT heavyweight champion Paul Shough will step in the cage for his first title defense when he takes on Isaac Hook this weekend. Shough won the belt in January when he defeated Cody Kelley, while Isaac Hook is coming off a huge victory against Aaron Garret back in December.
IT Fight Series featherweight champion Mark Carosella puts his undefeated record on the line against Columbus native Adli Edwards. Both fighters have a championship pedigree and will be looking to add to their amateur resume.
Also on the card will be Adli’s teammate, Floyd Cisco, who is looking to capture gold after coming up short in his rematch vs Joe Pimentel. He will be taking on undefeated fighter and heavy hitter Nikolai Gionti for the flyweight title.
In the final title bout, Columbus resident Caleb Frasher will take on the dangerous Logan Urban. Both fighters have started their early career with 4 straight victories but someone’s 0 has to go with the welterweight title hanging in the balance.
The main event will feature Zach Cook as he meets Luke Ransbottom. Cook has won back to back fights to even up his record as Ransbottom will look to rebound from his first career loss. Kentucky’s Portland Pringle steps in on short notice as he will meet Caleb Fickert and the pro side of things rounds out with a match up between Aaron Bush and Ryan Walls.
The bout card:
After more than four years since his last official fight, Chris Lozano is set to return to action this weekend.
Lozano (10-3) is set to take on Eddie Gordon (7-4) in the co-main event at CFFC 60 in Atlantic City.
Lozano’s last action was in 2013, when he competed on Bellator’s “Fight Master” reality series. He made it to the quarterfinals before losing to eventual show winner Mike Bronzoulis. The fights on the show were considered exhibition fights, so they don’t show up on his official record.
“[I] haven’t fought since Fight Master, Feels good to be back. I’m definitely motivated to get to a big promotion. That’s where the money is. Everything about me as a person and fighter is different. Everything.”
Lozano, who made his name during a five-fight stint with Bellator, is now training at Evolve MMA in Media, Ohio, where he has been for a few years.
He was one of the best welterweight prospects in the sport, as he finished his first six fights via knockout or TKO, including a win over UFC veteran Yoshiyuki Yoshida at Bellator 31. Overall, “The Cleveland Assassin” has finished eight of his ten wins via strikes.
He was cut from Bellator in 2012 after losing back-to-back fights to Douglas Lima and Karl Amoussou, but he rebounded with a TKO win over James Warfield.
Now 33, Lozano will have a chance to prove that he’s still a top fighter when he takes on Gordon.
Gordon was the champion of Season 19 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” but he was cut from the UFC after losing three straight. This will be his first fight back on the regional scene, and the knockout artist will also be looking for a highlight reel win against Lozano.
CFFC 60 takes place on Saturday at the Borgata Hotel & Casino and will air on CBS Sports Network.
In the main event, UFC veteran Jonavin Webb takes on unbeaten Ohio native Isaac Steele in a welterweight bout.
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Cage Combat 25 Tonight Live on GFL.Tv Features 145lb Featherweight Title Bout Between Casey Jones and Josh Altum – Watch Live on GFL.tv
Garcia Promotions returns to the Humble Civic Center for Cage Combat 25. The August 6 card, which takes place on a Saturday, has an earlier start time. Doors will open at 3:30p and the first fight will start at 5:00p.
The main event features a featherweight title bout between Casey Jones, standing in for current champion, Alonso Sanchez, and challenger, Josh Altum.
Sanchez captured the title at Cage Combat 23, and was set to face Altum at Cage Combat 24, but Altum was forced to withdraw from the bout due to an injury. Sanchez faced Frank Rodriguez in a non-title fight and won via TKO in the 3rd round.
The bout Card includes:
Anthony Karperis Headlines Star Boxing’s “Rockin’ Fights 25” at the Paramount on August 13 – Live on GFL.Tv
Anthony Karperis Headlines Star Boxing’s “Rockin’ Fights 25” at the Paramount on August 13; Junior Welterweight Defends NY State Title Against Ariel Duran in Rematch.
New York, August 4- Junior welterweight standout Anthony Karperis (12-2, 4 KOs, Hicksville, NY), with fresh ink on his new contract with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, graduates to main event status at The Paramount in Huntington, New York on Saturday night, August 13.
“Showtime” will go toe-to-toe in a grudge rematch against Queens native Ariel Duran (9-8-1, 5 KOs) in a 10-round junior welterweight affair for Karperis’ New York State belt in his first title defense.
“I am very excited to headline,” says Karperis. “We have been talking about it for some time now. It is finally here and I am ready.”
“I never really get nervous before a fight,” reports Karperis on his initial defense of the title and first main event. “I am working hard to put on a great show, and get the win.”
Karperis will try to follow the same path as fellow Star Boxing Long Island standouts Chris Algieri and Joe Smith, Jr., who both used the Paramount as a springboard to major televised main events in prime time. Undefeated Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin is on the same journey.
“I absolutely want to follow in their footsteps, hopefully get that opportunity, and be able to capitalize on it,” Karperis says. “I want to swing it out of the park. Seeing them get those life-changing opportunities shows people that it is not just a dream anymore, it’s a reality.”
Karperis captured the vacant belt when he defeated cross town rival Alan Gotay on April 23rd at the Paramount.
A Hicksville product fighting out of The Academy of Boxing in Huntington, Karperis defeated Duran in a razor-thin decision on July 18, 2014, in their first encounter. Karperis has fought 13 of his 15 pro bouts (one no contest) at the Paramount.
“Even though I am originally from Hicksville, I train in Huntington and fight out of Huntington, so it is part of my hometown,” says Karperis. “The Paramount is a great venue for a fight. I always bring a huge crowd for support. It motivates me to be in front of my hometown fans.”
Promoter DeGuardia says this about the main event rematch: “These two fought a heck of a battle once before and I expect nothing less this time around, except the stakes are much higher with Anthony’s New York State title on the line.”
Karperis adds: “We are both more experienced now. I have a lot riding on it. I want to prove that the first fight wasn’t a fluke. He (Duran) wants to come in and prove a point. ”
“I am training harder than ever for this fight,” continues the junior welterweight. “I try to find the opponent’s weakness and exploit them, attack where they are most vulnerable. I believe that I am a versatile fighter, and can adapt.”
On signing with DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Karperis reflects: ‘”We have worked together for some time now. I have been loyal to them, and they have been loyal to me. They have always treated me like I was one of them, and I now look forward to have the promotional team behind me as I take this huge step in my career.”
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