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Peter Manfredo Jr. admits that his comeback to boxing is largely attributed to supplementing his income in this candid interview. That said, he told us he was rested after 2 1/2 year off and has a fresh outlook in a sport he says he has worked at since he was 7 years old. With a good showing tomorrow night and a new and invigorated interest in boxing could Manfredo commence another run towards a title. As a fan i am excited to find out. If you cannot make it to the show watching it live is the next best thing. If you are a Manfredo fan you have to watch what could be his last fight ever or a springboard to a new and exciting ride.
Whether or not Manfredo wins or loses this Friday, there’s no promise of another payday for him as a professional fighter beyond this weekend. But since Manfredo maintains his discipline as a hard worker we know he enters the ring not on a whim, he is in shape and focused.
Naturally, Manfredo’s acknowledgement of doing all he can to support his family is a story that can resonate with just about anyone. I for one hope this fight leads to another – the 2nd coming of the Manfredo legacy.
The bout card includes:
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Quiet, confident Willis packs a major punch heading into May 13th title bout with undefeated Gray. Between he and his brother, Marcus, also a professional fighter, Quinton Willis describes himself as the “mellow one.”
That is, until he’s asked whether or not his upcoming opponent, undefeated junior middleweight Khiary Gray, has ever faced anyone of his caliber. Willis didn’t even need to hear the rest of the question.
“No,” he said matter-of-factly. “Not at all.”
While it doesn’t quite register as “trash talk” – at least not what Gray is used to – it’s obvious the Fort Myers, Fla., vet carries a cool, quiet confidence into his upcoming Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Title bout against Gray.
On paper, Willis (10-3-1, 5 KOs) faces long odds against the undefeated, reigning champion from Worcester, Mass., who sports a 12-0 record with nine knockouts – seven in the opening round – but the 32-year-old right-hander is coming off a strong camp, aided by both his brother and father, Larry Willis, who helped break down Gray’s extensive video library.
“Normally I have to go in there blind and just rely on my own talent,” Willis said, “but now we kind of know what he wants to do and what kind of fighter he wants to be.
“A lot of times he’s deceptive in doing the same stuff over and over again, but, at the same time, it’s different, and he tries to tweak it. We’re just trying to pick up on the habits he does consistently. It’s definitely different getting some film we can work off of. Normally, we don’t get that benefit, so it’s a big thing.”
Willis’ manager, Damian Walton, upped the ante, predicting the possibility of a short night for Gray if he doesn’t respect Willis’ punching power.
“This dude Gray ain’t fought nobody like Willis. He ain’t seen nobody like Willis,” Walton said. “We’re coming to their house to take that belt. We’re not coming to lay down. We’re not going to make it easy for him. We’re coming to give him eight rounds of hell. To be honest, it might not even go eight rounds.
“He better bring his ‘A++’ game. He ain’t ever fought no one that hits as hard as Quinton Willis. He’ll have to be ready for that. It ain’t going to be no fun and games in there. I caught a little interview and [Gray] is a little too comfortable for this fight. That’s a problem for me. This is the real deal right here.”
Gray, who actually rivals Willis in his reserved, laid-back demeanor, hasn’t had much to say since the fight was announced in late March, simply pointing out he knows little about Willis and doesn’t seem too concerned with finding out more. He’s equally unfazed by the talk emanating from Willis’ camp.
He heard it last year from Kenton Sippio-Cook, who went to sleep in just under three minutes, and again in February from Cameron Rivera, who never even made it up the steps, derailed by a broken wrist two weeks before the fight.
“Everyone can talk, but it’s about what happens in the ring. That’s how I see it,” Gray said. “Once someone gets punched, their whole game plan goes out the window. We’ll see what happens.”
Willis has won his last three while Gray enters next Friday’s bout having just gone 10 hard rounds with Nicaraguan challenger Eduardo Flores in February, the first time he had gone the distance since his third pro fight in November of 2014. Flores was the last-minute replacement for Rivera, agreeing to the fight less than 36 hours before the weigh-in.
With no background information to digest – Gray didn’t even know what Flores looked like until they stood face-to-face at the scale – Gray found himself learning on the job in what proved to be his most challenging, yet rewarding, victory.
“The knockouts are great, but I want people to see more than my punching power,” Gray said. “I want them to see my boxing. I want them to see my angles. I want them to see my different styles.
“[Flores] was a veteran, so he knew what he was doing. I was prepared for that. I felt great. I felt like I could’ve gone two more rounds.”
He might need the stamina against Willis, who has never been stopped and has boxed 58 rounds in 14 fights, compared to just 30 rounds for Gray in 12 bouts.
Born and raised in a boxing family – “I was in the gym when I had a snotty nose and Pampers on,” he says – Willis works well alongside his father and brother, the latter of whom is 16-4-2 as a pro, by keeping his cool when tempers flare in the gym.
“My dad and my brother are a lot more alike,” Willis said. “Me, I fight, come to the gym and train, and they argue. I’m just the one that laughs and keeps working.”
The film study might give him an edge, but Willis considers it a moot point once the bell rings.
“Honestly, everything is cause and effect with boxing,” he said. “No matter how much you film you get or don’t get, everything is going to be different once you get in that ring, regardless of whether or not he’s seen me fight or knows how I like to fight. Once we get in that ring, he has to adjust, I have to adjust. It’s people playing chess.”
Added Gray: “There’s not much tape on him, just some sparring sessions and what he’s been doing at his gym. It doesn’t bother me. I prepare for any style and any type of opponent.”
On May 13th, it’ll come down to who executes, not who watches the most film or pounds his chest the loudest. The battle lines have been drawn in what figures to be the toughest test of each fighter’s respective career.
“I feel a lot better from my last fight to this fight,” Gray said. “I’ve gained an idea of what it’s like to go the distance and how I came out of it, so this will be just another fight for me.”
The Bout Card includes:
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Amanda Dieguez who is coming off an impressive guillotine finish in the 2nd round of her debut fight this past February meets Emmanuela Moliere who debuts this evening. Both fighters look in shape and ready to do battle.
The second female bout features 2 fighters making the debut, Alexa Saverem v Christina D’eon.
Ring Of Combat AM 22 Quick Results – CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE A REPLAY OF THE FIGHTS ON DEMAND.
Juan Galarza def Ryan Rizco Unanimous Dec
BJ Young def Phil Caracappa Sub, 1:31 R3
Javier Colon def Mike Gonzalez KO/TKO, 1:18 R2
Sang Son def Marcus Chin Unanimous Dec
Chris Alcala def Louis Weber Unanimous Dec
Keifer Flemming def Cristian Collazos Unanimous Dec
Brandon Perez def Alex Oliveira Split Dec
Kyle Wehrhahn def Isaac Valentin Sub, 1:20 R1
Manny Flores def Jack Wyville Unanimous Dec
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Bellator may dominate the mixed martial arts (MMA) headlines, but they aren’t the only promotions with MMA action this weekend.
Our friends at GoFightLive.tv are set to stream five live MMA events from the regional scene all across the U.S. and Canada over the next two days, and some of the best prospects in the sport are set to throw down. As a gift to MMAmania readers, GFL is offering 25% off any event, using the exclusive coupon code “ManiaFans.”
This week’s selections provides a handful of title fights, a UFC veteran looking to get back in the fray, and a ton of top-notch action. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top five fights to watch on GFL.
5. Jared Scoggins vs Graeme Prue – USFFC 26
We kick off this list with a name you may recognize, as UFC Flyweight contender Justin Scoggins’ younger brother Jared is set for his third professional MMA bout at USFFC 26 tomorrow night.
Like his older brother, Scoggins is masterful on the feet, featuring a wide array of strikes utilizing all eight of his weapons at his disposal.
“Psycho” Scoggins in undefeated at 2-0, finishing both opponents via knockout in devastating fashion. Prior to his professional career, Scoggins racked up an impressive 5-1 amateur record.
The younger Scoggins will have a very favorable match-up against Graeme Prue, who comes in at 1-3 in his professional career.
While this likely won’t be the fight that earns Scoggins a UFC contract, you can expect a sensational performance from the ultra-talented prospect, and potentially a highlight-reel knockout as the cherry on top.
4. Nathan Kenna vs. Adrian Molenda – Battle Arena 37
With Ireland’s Conor McGregor dominating headlines across the MMA landscape, we just had to feature his fellow countryman, Nathan Kenna.
Still an amateur, Kenna boasts an undefeated 3-0 record, finishing each opponent in increasingly impressive fashion.
Fighting at both Bantamweight and Flyweight, the young Irishman will fight for his first title against the undefeated Pole Adrian Molenda.
Considering how green both these fighters still are, it will be interesting to see what they bring to the table this early on in their career.
3. Tim Hague vs Tanner Boser – Unified MMA 26
A UFC veteran will battle a major prospect for the second time this weekend at Unified MMA 26.
Back in 2015, it didn’t take long for Tim Hague to derail the Heavyweight hype train of Tanner Boser.
In fact, the UFC veteran finished the Unified MMA Heavyweight kingpin in merely six seconds via knockout.
A year later, the duo will step into the cage once again, as Boser looks to prove his flash knockout loss to Hague was merely a fluke, and that he belongs in the big leagues.
Since defeating Boser, Hague has been finished twice via knockout. On the contrary, Boser has since won two fights via knockout.
Expect another quick and violent war, and if Boser comes out the victor, you may very well see him fighting inside the Octagon next.
2. Brian Kelleher vs. Julio Arce – Ring of Combat 54
Ring of Combat has featured some of the best MMA prospects over the last decade, including future UFC Champion Chris Weidman, Uriah Hall, Costa Phillipou, and more recently Oluwale Bamgbose, Randy Brown, and Justine Kish.
This weekend, ROC will once again feature major talent, as Julio Arce looks to recapture Bantamweight gold against the very man who took the title in Brian Kelleher.
Prior to losing a very close majority decision to Kelleher at ROC 52, Arce had defended his title three times, and seemed destined to fight inside the Octagon.
Kelleher had a much more rocky road en route to capturing ROC gold, as “Boom” competed in Bellator and some of the best regional promotions in the country en route to a 15-7 record.
Both men feature a very exciting style that pushes a high pace, and while both are worthy of fighting inside the Octagon, likely only one man can earn that opportunity with a victory at ROC 54.
1. Gregor Gillespie vs. Jose Mariscal – Ring of Combat 54
The best fight of the weekend on GFL goes to Ring of Combat, as Lightweight prospects battle for gold in the main event of ROC 54.
The current champ Gregor Gillespie earned the belt by submitting George Sheppard in their battle for the vacant title back at ROC 51, and the undefeated 5-0 prospect from New York hopes to defend his crown this weekend.
It won’t be an easy task as Gillespie battles a fellow undefeated prospect in Jose Mariscal.
At 3-0, the Chicago native has proven to be a special talent inside the cage, with a penchant of finishing his fights in brutal fashion.
In his amateur career, Mariscal accrued an additional six victories, all via stoppage in the first round.
In a combined 14 fights, these men have fought to the judges merely twice, so it is hard to believe the judges will be needed this weekend.
Regardless of who wins at ROC 54, you can expect both men to be making their impact in MMA over the next several years.
That’s a wrap fight fans!
If Dana White, Nick the Tooth, and Matt Serra came to Atlantic City “Looking for a fight” they choose the right event to attend. Ring of Combat 53 not only delivered to their star-studded audience but raised the bar for future MMA cards. Each fighter gave his all hoping to catch the eye of the UFC’s President, and what resulted was arguably the event of the year.
In the first of two title fights, Jonathan “Devastator” Delbrugge took on Whitney “Da Bully” Francois. Early in the fight Francois made use of his size and superior striking. After eating some damaging strikes, Delbrugge shot in and landed the takedown. He calmly passed guard and postured up in mount. The “Devastator” rained down blows until Francois gave up his back. Delbrugge quickly snatched the rear naked choke and established himself as the new Welterweight champion.
Jonathan “Devastator” Delbrugge def. Whitney “Da Bully” Francois via RNC at 3:39 of the 1st round.
The next exciting matchup of the night was between Bradley “Featherstone” Desir and Eddie Lenochi. They both rushed to the center with Lenochi taking the lead early on. Desir caught him with a huge front kick, before Lenochi was followed to the ground, eating some frantic punches before he scrambled and got to his feet. Both men exchanged blows with ill intent, but it was Lenochi who broke up the action with a nice takedown. Desir used the opportunity to show off his submission game with an armbar, but the attempt was shook off. Lenochi was still able to retain top control, landing big punches in the process. When Desir finally made it it to his feet, he succumbed to another take down just moments before the round ended.
As the second round began, Desir opened up and started to find a home for his hands. Lenochi found himself taking damage on the ground, but somehow got back up hoping to regroup. Desir didn’t let up and Lenochi crumbled to the mat. He celebrated as the crowd called for Dana’s attention.
Bradly “Featherstone” Desir def Eddie Lenochi via TKO at 1:41 of the second round.
In the last title fight of the evening, Randy “Rude Boy” Brown took on Robert Plotkin. Brown started the match strong with a lead front kick right to the face of his opponent. Plotkin tried to even the score but narrowly missed with multiple head kicks. Both men held back nothing in their technical war. Plotkin attempted to put Brown’s back against the cage but found himself there instead. After a takedown and some brutal ground and pound by Brown, Plotkin was able to escape to his feet. The heated battle continued until Brown caught Plotkin with a fight ending knee. Again the crowd chanted for Dana’s attention. The UFC seems a natural progression for this truly talented and undefeated Welterweight Champion.
Randy “Rude Boy” Brown (6-0) def Robert Plotkin (1-2) via TKO at 4:23 of the 1st round.
Last but not least, was Elijah “The Hero” Harshbarger vs. Sidney “Da Gun” Outlaw. In what seemed like an automatic brawl both men swung hoping for a highlight reel KO. Outlaw caved and shot in for the takedown but found himself in his opponent’s guillotine choke.
Elijah “The Hero” Harshbarger def Sidney “Da Gun” Outlaw via Guillotine in just :46 of the 1st round.
If you missed Ring Of Combat 53, watch the entire event on VOD right now on GFL: bit.ly/ROC53GFL
Get ready for Dead Serious MMA‘s return to #GFL this Saturday with a stacked card filled with major prospects!
Cody Mooney helps headline this awesome event as he looks to extend his current winning streak to 4. A speedster in the ring, Mooney likes to trick his opponents any way he can.
The Bantamweight has two victories via submission, so expect Mooney to look for a choke early and often.
Will Mooney be able to keep the streak alive? Tune in Saturday to find out! –> bit.ly/DeadSeriousGFL
The highly anticipated UFC 193 goes down this weekend, and GFL will be represented well in Australia!
All four UFC title challengers in the main and co-main event this Saturday night have fought on GFL earlier in their careers, and now Ronda Rousey, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Holly Holm, and Valérie ” TroUbLe” Létourneau will fight on the grandest stage of them all, live on PPV.
Head over to GFL.tv, and enjoy all the archived fights from these incredible athletes!
Cage Fury Fighting Championships 52 is back on #GFL this weekend, and we are ecstatic for this stacked show!
This is a HUGE event with massive implications for many of these fighters and we are pumped to be exclusively airing the undercard before the main card goes down!
With several CFFC veterans currently fighting under the UFC banner, you can always expect the best MMA prospects in the world to battle on a CFFC show.
Check back here before the weekend for a list of fighters who will be squaring off and looking for a big win! More details here! –>bit.ly/CFFC52
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GFL PRESENTS “CAGEZILLA FC” BEGINNING April 6
April 3, 2015
GFL, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with world class boxing as Cagezilla FC presents another show stopper with Cagezilla FC featuring a full lineup of extreme cage fights emanating from Ashburn, Virginia. This event will showcase the top regional MMA stars in the Mid-Atlantic region as CFC presents another hard-hitting event anchored by multiple title fights!
Ashburn, Virginia, March 2, 2015 – OO Fights, the Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area’s most established and respected Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion company, is pleased to announce its newest project, Cagezilla Fighting Championship, featuring the Main Event, a Flyweight (125 lbs.) Championship Title Fight, three other Championship Title Fights and 14 other top-notch MMA fights at its next production:
At the newly expanded and renovated Silver Eagle Group in front of a huge crowd of roaring fight fans, George Billy will enter the Cage against Todd Holshouser for a chance to battle for the Flyweight Championship. These incredibly tough and talented fighters are two of the area’s top Flyweight prospects.
Billy, was a former VA high school state champ is now a top MMA prospect. He is highly skilled in all disciplines of MMA but is an outstanding wrestler that was tough to find an opponent for. He trains with local Professional MMA fighter Brent Hess in Bailey’s Crossroads, VA.
His worthy adversary, the very tough Todd Holshouser, is a highly disciplined and well-rounded fighter. He is coached by the very well respected David Morris in Charlottesville, VA.
If this bout is anything like their last battles, this bout between these warriors is destined to become one for the ages in the MMA world and is not to be missed!
The fight card for March 21st will also feature three additional and exciting Championship Title matches.
In the Light Heavyweight division, Middleweight Champ Scott Noble of Ground Control will go for a Title in a SECOND weightclass against, Mike Desantos of Freedom MMA. Scott has the notoriety of being the fighter with “The Head Kick Hear ‘Round the World” as we call it. Scott delivered a 7 second Head Kick KO to Francis Grant in our event in December 2012 that is still popular today, including being voted “KO of the Week” on cagepotato.com, “Best Head Kick KO of All Time” on worldstarhiphop.com and has been seen by millions around the world. These are two phenoms to watch.
A battle of UNDEFEATED fighters will be featured in our Bantamweight Title match. Roque Zapata, who trains under Eric Zamora, will defend his Bantamweight Title belt against MMA Institute’s Shaun Spath, who boasts an 8-0-0 record and was our Flyweight Title Holder until vacating when he moved up to Bantamweight.
Undefeated Lightweight Champ Tevin Cooke of MMA Institute puts his belt on the line versus former Welterweight Champ Raz Syan. Syan recently won his first battle at 155 after dropping from 170 after losing to current Welterweight Champ Esrom Montesino. Raz won his Welterweight Belt in August at the DC Convention center versus Jay Bee and was featured on Inside MMA for putting a huge hematoma on Jay’s forehead in that battle.
Not to be left out are more than 20 other well-trained and dangerous MMA fighters, who will enter the Cage to punch, kick, elbow and grapple each other into submission for the glory of victory and entertainment of the fans of Cagezilla Fighting Championship!
Air times are listed below:
The Comcast Network: (all zones): Monday, April 6 at 7:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Wednesday, April 8 at 8:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Friday, April 10 at 9:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Philly): Friday, April 10 at 10:00pm
The Comcast Network: (all zones): Saturday, April 11 at 1:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Saturday, April 11 at 11:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Sunday, April 12 at 3:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Saturday, April 11 at 4:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Sunday, April 12 at 8:00pm ET
CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Northwest and CSN Bay Area will also be airing Cagezilla FC in the weeks and months to follow. In addition, close to 25 cable and satellite systems carry CSN including Dish, DirecTV, AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS.
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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CSN Baltimore http://www.csnbaltimore.com/ontv
CSN New England http://www.csnne.com/pages/oncsn
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CSN Bay Area http://www.csnbayarea.com/ontv
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