Kris McCray with Strike Off Fighting 6 – Being in that cage is kind of like a second home @KrisMccray
Kris McCray has seen more ups and downs in 7 years of competition than most fighters see intheir entire career. McCray (8-5) first burst upon the MMA scene with 15 straight victories across amateur and professional MMA before competing on the eleventh season of the UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter TV show. Since then his career has seen him compete in Bellator, CFFC, and the World Series of Fighting. He has not fought since March in 2013, a distinction that makes his return at Strike Off 6 after a 924-day leave of absence all the more intriguing to follow.
Kris spoke to GoFightLive.tv ahead of his main event fight against William Ward (5-5) about his career, staying involved in MMA, and the long journey back into the spotlight after a two year hiatus from competition.
Cameron Morris: Firstly, for the benefit of a lot of our readers on GFL- a lot are familiarwith you from The Ultimate Fighter 11, and they’ve seen you make appearances in a lot of other major promotions in the US like Bellator and WSOF. But you’re coming off a very long from your last fight. This will be your first fight in over two years. Can you tell us a bit about what sparked the long layoff?
Kris McCray: Basically, I had some kids, I moved to Houston after my wife graduated from Columbia. She finished her degree, a master’s degree in Biotechnology in New York. Wanted to start a family so I had a son—Logan—and I have another son on the way, he’ll be here in about 4 days—Liam—so I just wanted to take a break, have some kids, but, you know, my passion is fighting. I do want to get back in the cage… to come back to my home town and, you know, have some friends and family there, you know, get back in there and start over again.
C: To build on that last question, what was the process of getting back to being ready to fight at a professional level again?
KM: I’ve been training within the two years. I never stopped training completely—sometimes I had to, you know, maybe not train as much, you know, pick up the slack here, my wife wasn’t working and stuff like that. But my schedule is a little more routine now, and I have some time available and I’ve been training pretty good for this fight.
I was never removed from the sport completely. I cornered Jimy Hettes a couple times, I still keep in contact with all the fighters, especially theguys from New Jersey, up there with Frankie Edgar and Ricardo [Almeida] andRenzo [Gracie] and those guys. I did some work with Bubba Bush, he’s in theUFC, he’s actually coached my high school wrestling team. I’ve never been totally removed, but I’m just excited to get back in there and have an official fight. You watch it on TV, you miss it, you just wanna get back in there and put some gloves back on.
C: When you were released from the UFC in 2011, one of the main things you spoke a lot about is that you wanted to get that second shot in the UFC one day. Since the time of your release and now, a lot has changed in the UFC since you were last there. We’ve seen a lot of additions in terms of weight classes, and the Reebok sponsorship deal, you’ve seen the expansion of events in Europe, Australia and Asia… Has it been weird to see that sort of growth from the outside, or does it serve as sort of an additional motivation tool to getting back in?
KM: Yeah, definitely, it’s become more mainstream I think. Even though the Reebok and stuff—I kind of believe it’s bad for the fighters, but good long term, you know, I’m not really sure how it’s gonna work out—but I definitely wanted to be part of that organization. I just wanted to get that W in the UFC, you know? So now my goal is—I love this sport, so UFC or not, you know, that’s the pinnacle of what we do, but I’m gonna keep working, man. I like to see stories like Ron Stallings, I trained with him a lot way back, nice guy, he had a couple weird things happen to him in his UFC fights, but I would love stuff like that to happen to me—you know, get that shot, get three more fights, see what happens and just train harder and put in a good show for the fans.
C: We’ve seen a lot of fighters who have had a long journey away from the UFC. They finally get a second chance at fighting in the organization again. Another guy is Joe Riggs—he had his last fight in the UFC in 2006 and he returned over half a decade. Robbie Lawler had a great comeback after rejoining the UFC in 2013- and that was nine whole years. So the precedent is there for fighters to get back after a long layoff, but on theflip side, those guys were all constantly fighting, and their names were still out there. As you mentioned, you were still around the sport, and around with different fighters, but you weren’t at the forefront of the news. This is your first fight back after a long absence, as I mentioned before. A lot of people may have forgotten about Kris McCray, and you’re trying to get them on board for a comeback. As it been tough for you to kind of generate buzz among promoters to kind of get your name out there after all this time?
KM: I mean I’m sure, some promoters, like, they know me, but what value does my name hold now, you know? I can’t hold onto TUF 11 forever, you know, but my career started so fast—I started training, I did ten fights my first year training, my ten amateur fights… The next year I did five pro fights, the next year in the UFC it was like, bam bam bam bam bam, and I really didn’t get a chance to grow as a fighter—just fight after fight after fight. Which was cool until I got to New Jersey and started learning some stuff and doing some things and hitting those roadblocks that fighters have been doing for a while hit.
But I think if you put the time into the sport, it pays you back. So I’m willing to give what I got to the sport, and I’m sure at the end of the day I’ll have no regrets regardless of what happens. I’m gonna give the sport its due because that’s what I love to do and hopefully, I’ll get that call one day and get in there and make some magic happen.
C: For a long time there, you had so much stuff going on with the different fights in such a short amount of time. Not to dwell on The Ultimate Fighter, but during that time, you were fighting like, what, every two weeks or so?
KM: Yeah, every Tuesday I fought. I fought five times in six weeks. And that’s the kind of fighter I am, I can take the hits and I can keep coming forward. That’s how I was raised—just don’t quit. That’s all my dad just told me: “Just don’t quit.” And you never really see me quit in a fight, you know.
I had some fights where I didn’t look as good as the other fights and vice versa. I remember being in a rear naked choke, my legs are bent back, and I’m just like, “I can’t give him this $5000, because if you finish you get $5000 [Submission of the Night bonus].” But I know the more you fight, the more relevant you are, the more fights you have, the more you can generate a buzz. I’m looking to do this one, and maybe some more next year. You know, I’m not a stranger to fighting a bunch of times and I think the more you fight, the more your name’s out there, and there’s a greater chance you have of getting back into the UFC or another big promotion. People will see you and hear about you, and that’s how you generate your buzz. And once you have your buzz… I have the credentials, like Ultimate Fighter, Bellator, WSOF—maybe things will shake up and we’ll see what happens.
C: We talked a little about the different things that have happened in your life since thelast time you fought. How do you feel how you’ve grown over this time as a fighter? Obviously you haven’t had the fight experience, but you’ve had so much time to pick up things over the time.
KM: I just think in the cage there’s a lot of mental going on, and earlier in my career I was fighting to eat, fighting for a paycheck. I was living off my fights; that’s why I was fighting so much, and now it’s not like that. Now I’m calm, I’m in there having fun, just executing what I like to do. Before it felt like it was a rush, I had to grab this guy, I had to squeezehim, make him feel me. Now I’m more of an effective fighter, as you would say.
C: Provided all goes well and you emerge victorious in October, what do you think is next for Kris McCray?
KM: I’m gonna enjoy the holidays and start looking for some new fights next year. I definitely want to stay busy, maybe two or three fights a year—we’ll see what happens. I wouldn’t mind being in my home town or wherever. I just like to scrap and get in there and have fun. I like the whole thing.Cutting weight in training kind of sucks, the fight’s cool, and the lights, and my family, the dinner after you weigh in, all that stuff, it’s like a show every time you have a fight, and I really do enjoy that.
Being in that cage is kind of like a second home.
Undefeated welterweight aspires to be the “Floyd Mayweather of MMA”
By Dante Giannetta
“I’m going to walk right through him. I’m going to knock him out. He can’t survive my storm. My storm doesn’t stop,” says unbeaten welterweight (170 pounds) “Platinum” Mike Perry (2-0) who is certain his main event MMA fight against Preston Parsons will end in his favor at “House of Fame 3: Riverside Beatdown,” which will stream live on GFL.tv from Jacksonville, Fla. on Friday, July 10.
“I know what he wants to do is wrestle me,” Perry says with a calculated casualness. “[Parsons] is gonna want to ground and pound and submit me, but he’s dreamin’. He’s not gonna touch me.”
These words were spoken with a measured calmness which Perry later attributes to successfully overcoming anger management issues.
Although Perry is Friday night’s headliner, he feels no pressure about being in the spotlight.
“The bigger the show, the better I perform. If the fight were to go past the first round, I’ll just get more and more comfortable. If it goes into the later rounds, sure it’ll be exciting. But it’s just gonna be all me. I’m gonna find my range, and once I do, I’m gonna knock him out.”
‘Platinum,’ according to Perry, is a nickname that suits him perfectly.
“I’m so absorbent,” he explains. “It’s the most expensive and most desired thing in the world. You can’t hit me hard enough to hurt me – indestructible.”
He laughingly adds, “It’s like ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson, but twice the skill.”
And double the ambition. Platinum’s aspirations are inspired by another boxing great. “I want to be the Floyd Mayweather of MMA – go 40-0 and knock ‘em all out!”
With a 2-0 professional record, 38 more wins might seem like a stretch. But Perry is adamant and insists that he his still way ahead of his competition.
“No one has my physical ability. No one trains as hard as me. No one has the strength and speed I do. And look at my physique. I even have a national level bodybuilder’s body and I don’t even try. I don’t even lift weights. I lift people.”
According to Perry, lifting (and throwing) people is easier when he cuts weight. “When I was an amateur, I would bump up in weight and fight the bigger guys. Now I cut weight and when these little guys hit me it’s like a bug bite. I grab them and do whatever I want.”
For Perry, squashing bugs in the cage is all to serve God.
“I’m fighting for God. I want to be strong for Him. I want to be the general of His army. I want to train the angel soldiers to defeat the devil. I’m training for that now.”
Down the road, Platinum is sure he can make it into the UFC, although he admits he may not be ready for a world championship just yet.
“But I have all the tools to get me there,” he says.
“I’ll tell you what,” he continues, “I would like to do some work with Anthony Pettis. He’s a great fighter.”
But then, he warns, “Watch out for ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry on the rise.”
Video: Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella talks nine straight opponents missing weight and being overlooked by UFC
One day before his GPG 20 main event fight against Corey “Koko” Simmons headliner Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella opened up to GFL about the frustration of nine straight opponents missing weight, being overlooked by the UFC and the difficulty of putting in so much for so little in return.
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GFL PRESENTS “REAL FIGHTS” ON THE COMCAST NETWORK (TCN), COMCAST SPORTSNET (CSN), DISH, DIRECTV, AT&T U-VERSE AND VERIZON FIOS
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 Bay Area http://www.csnbayarea.com/ontv
Upcoming Events on Comcast
4/6: Cagezilla Fighting Championship (MMA)
4/13: Broadway Boxing: Rafael “Dynamite” Vazquez v Joseph Rios (boxing)
4/20: GPG 19 (MMA)
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Alaska’s #1 MMA promotion returns to GFL as Alaska Fighting Championship presents “AFC 115” emanating from the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska on April 15. MMA fans, this pro/am card is stacked featuring the top up and coming prospects inside the state of Alaska. AFC is the premier MMA organization in the Last Frontier State with several alums moving on to the UFC and AFC continues to produce high quality MMA events comparable to any regional organization across the U.S.
In the main event, for the AFC Women’s Flyweight Championship, Nikki Knudsen (2-2) takes on Michelle Young (1-0). Knudsen has 2 first round stoppages in the first round. Knudsen fights with a high risk-high reward style and has never been to a decision. In her last fight, she gave UFC bantamweight newcomer Holly Holm all she could handle for 2 rounds. Now fighting at her natural weight, Knudsen is looking to make some serious waves in the flyweight division and brings a decided experience advantage into the championship bout. Young has a first round submission win in her debut and has shown an ability to submit high level grapplers. If Young can get the fight to the mat early, it could be a short night.
In the co-main event, for the AFC Middleweight Title, Garrett Morrison (2-0) battles Maika Grant (4-0). Both fighters are undefeated and some will walk out of the cage with their perfect record intact and championship gold. Expect fireworks early and often. Morrison has both wins via first round KO, one ending in 8 seconds. If Morrison connects early and often, he will walk away the champion. Not to be outdone, Grant has all 4 of his wins via first round TKO. Grant can match the power of Morrison and go punch for punch with anyone in the division. This fight is sitting on a powder keg and going to explode. Expect a devastating end to the fight as someone is likely getting put to sleep.
The ladies are represented in full force in the AFC Cage for “AFC 115” in another anticipated bout, this time in the strawweight division. As Katie Halley (1-0) takes on Gabby Walker (0-0) in a matchup of two rising stars. These women are 2 of the most feared athletes in all of women’s MMA in the strawweight division. With the sport of WMMA growing every day, the winner of this bout could easily find herself in Invicta or Bellator before the end of 2015.
You won’t find more BANG for your buck so order this thrilling event. Be sure to catch all of the action LIVE on April 15 as Alaska Fighting Championship presents “AFC 115” on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv.
Victory Combat Sports returns to midtown Manhattan with three shows this Spring New York, NY
(April 10, 2014) –Victory Combat Sports, New York’s premiere martial arts promotion, was the first to host a legally sanctioned amateur MMA event in New York City. On November 21, 2014 Victory became the first to ever promote an MMA event at Madison Square Garden. That show was also the largest martial arts show in state-history, with over 4,000 fans in attendance.
The promotion has kicked off the 2015 season by announced three dates for this Spring. The first show (Victory VIII) will feature both Muay Thai and amateur Mixed Martial Arts contests and will take place on April 10, 2015 at The Hall (10 Columbus Avenue). Victory IX and Victory X are both scheduled for May of 2015.
The 2015 Finale event for the “The Road to The Garden.” is slated to return to the Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 20th.
According to Victory President and matchmaker Eddie Cuello “Victory fans will be treated to three title fights on this show and at least two title fights at Victory IX and X. We’re looking to crown as many worthy champs as we can and treat the fans to some of the best Muay Thai and MMA in the northeast.”
Victory CEO Kevin Lillis stated, “We’re excited to be able to produce these shows within a block of Columbus Circle. This will help give these athletes and the sport we love the exposure it deserves.”
The stacked Victory VIII card will feature three title matches- including Victory Combat Sports 105lbs Champion and USKA International Champion Gianna Smith-Cuello, coming off her win at MSG to defend her USKA 105 lb title against local fan-favorite Kit Fung. NJ Mac from Blade Fist Muay Thai is coming off winning the WKA title surviving through multiple challengers. At
Victory VIII he will square up with Canadian Amin Almelik from Warrior Muay Thai camp for the 147 lb title. Finally Welterweight Champ Robert Ovalle from Class One MMA in Brooklyn is finally recovered from his knee injury and eager to defend his title against Eric Taylor, who had an impressive performance at MSG against Bernardo Cano- the same opponent Ovalle beat to win the title in April 2014.
Also on the card, Muay Thai phenom Prairie Rugilo returns to action against hard-hitting Canadian Tiffany Cass and Codie Payne from American Top Team Whitestone takes on Jesus Morales from Mantra MMA. Signature Marketing Partners for ‘Victory VII’ include Sailor Jerry, Tullamore DEW,and In Fight Style. Tickets start at just $45 and are available at www.ticketfly.com locations, at Muay Thai and MMA gyms throughout NY, NJ, and PA. Victory VIP ticket packages are also available via www.VictoryCombatSports.com, along with the full fight card, fighter information, and other exciting content.
105 lb USKA Women’s Muay Thai Title- Gianna Cuello-Smith (5 Points Academy) vs Kit Fung (Queens MMA) 147 lb Victory MT Title – NJ Mac (Blade Fist Muay Thai) vs Amin Almelik (Warrior Muay Thai) 170 lb Victory MMA Title – Champ Robert Ovalle defends against Cire Taylor Prairie Rugilo (Girl Fight) vs Tiffany Cass (Krudar Muay Thai) Codie Payne (ATT Whitestone) vs Jesus Morales (Mantra MMA) Valeria Cardozo (Monster Muay Thai Arizona) vs Giovanna Wood (Sitan Gym Long Island) 115 lbs
Jeanette Esposito (CROM Physical Culture) vs Kyla Hachay (Kalsamrit Gym Canada) 115 lbs
Diego Jagessar (Striking 101) vs Josh Santos (Stockade MMA)
Matt McCullough (Wellington Muay Thai) vs Marlon Wiprud (Class One MMA, Brooklyn, NY) 190 lbs MT
Kyle McShane (Toronto Kickboxing & Muay Thai) vs Rohan Dalton (Renzo Gracie NYC) 170 lbs
Brandon Medina (ECUBJJ) vs Westley Chow (Renzo Gracie NYC) 125 lbs
Arthur Bartosiewicz (C3 Athletics) vs Travis Hassang (ATT Whitestone)
About Victory Combat Sports:
Victory includes partners with extensive experience in fight promotion, matchmaking, film production and directing, hospitality, branding and advertising, politics, photography, marketing, finance, and fine dining. Victory’s operations team has produced over 50 boxing, Muay Thai, kickboxing and MMA events in six states (including Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Washington State), including events at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Beacon Theatre, Jacob Javits Center and Bally’s Hotel & Casino (Atlantic City). Layered into the group are hospitality executives that will focus on improving the guest experience with better food and beverage service, better music and lighting designs, and overall more “fan-friendly” events that make the events a lot more fun and showcase our sponsors better. Finally, the team includes an experienced production team that will provide high-quality video and audio production to allow our fans who are unable to attend the ability to remain on their couch and feel like they are sitting cage or Ring-side.
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Lou Neglia brings his premier mixed martial arts promotion, Ring of Combat, which has sent over 90 professional fighters to the UFC, back with its 51st installment, featuring five title fights from the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
“It feels good to be back with another stellar card of very talented mixed martial art fighters,” said Neglia. “Don’t miss the opportunity to see five championship fights featuring the ROC champions in their most competitive bouts.”
Fight fans will be able to watch Ring of Combat 51 live from the comfort of their own home, which begins at 8:30pm, thanks to Ring of Combat’s partnership with Go Fight Live.
Ring of Combat has made a name for itself unlike any other MMA promotion by being the platform that launched the careers of UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, former UFC champion Matt Serra, along with Frankie Edgar, Al Iaquinta, Uriah Hall, Costas Philippou, Edson Barboza, Ryan Laflare.
“This is an opportunity to see Ring of Combat fighters in what could possibly be their last fight with Ring of Combat before they break out to global stardom,” said Lou Neglia.
Set to return for action at Ring of Combat 51 is the the highly regarded and current undefeated Ring of Combat bantamweight champion, Julio Arce (7-0) of Queens, NY, who puts his title on the line for the third time against Ontario’s Mike Imperato (7-1) who is on a four-fight win streak.
Coming off an impressive title winning first round KO, Oluwale “Holy War Angel” Bamgbose (4-0) of New York, NY returns to take on his toughest challenge yet as he looks to defend his Ring of Combat middleweight title against MMA vet, Mike Stewart (9-6).
In a battle of the undefeated, newly crowned Ring of Combat welterweight champion Randy “Rude Boy” Brown (3-0) will take on Vlad Popovskiy (3-0) for Ring of Combat gold.
Former NCAA Division I wrestling champion and four-time All American, Gregor Gillespie (4-0) of Wantagh, NY will take on battle tested George “Lights Out” Sheppard (15-10) of Newport News, Va for the Ring of Combat regional lightweight title.
Coming of a spectacular first round win at Ring of Combat 50, Mike Santiago (13-9) returns to defend his Ring Of Combat regional featherweight title against the very dangerous Mervin Rodriguez (7-8-1).
The Ring of Combat 51 non title bouts are:
Nick Pace (6-3) vs Robert Walker (4-4)
Kyle Cerminara (3-0) vs Azamat Murzakanov (1-0)
Max Bohanan (3-0) vs TBD
Pat Defranco (4-3-1) vs Lashawn Alcocks (4-3)
Frank Buenafuente (2-3) vs Tim Dooling (0-1)
Michael Elshamy (2-1) vs Shedrick Goodridge (6-8)
Anthony Genovese (5-2) vs Meshack Adams(12-2)
Karl Roberson (3-0) vs Chike Obi (1-0).
(CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
Ring of Combat 51 will take place June 5th at the world famous Tropicana Casino and Resort showroom.
Doors @ 8:00 PM / Fights @ 8:30 PM.
Tickets are priced reasonably between $50 and $125 and can be purchased at the Ring of Combat website, the Tropicana Box Office or any TicketMaster outlets.
This is sure to be another sell-out event, so get your tickets TODAY!
Visit www.gfl.tv where you can purchase the live online stream of ROC 51.
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Asylum Fight League is back with its latest installment “Asylum Fight League 48” on April 11 from the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This 12-bout card will feature some of the top prospects on the East Coast.
For the 161lb Championshp, Cesar Balmaceda (4-1) battles Juan Galarza (5-1). Balmaceda is a well-rounded fighter with solid wrestling and grappling and high volume striking and looks to defend his AFL title once again. Balmaceda can end a fight with either hand and will be looking to throw leather from the opening bell. These two athletes will go full throttle in their matchup as gold is on the line. Galarza is also a strong wrestler and can usually get the fight to the mat whenever he wants to. Galarza is a submission master with 4 wins coming via tapout. Galarza has KO power in both hands and will look to make this a shootout from the opening bell.
In other action, in a light heavyweight battle, Adam Atiyeh (8-6) takes on Patrick Egbert (3-2). Atiyeh has held a title with a previous organization in the past and is one of the top technical fighters on the East Coast. Atiyeh has never been stopped in his career and has a chin made of granite. Expect Atiyeh to mix up his attacks and try to keep Noble off balance. Egbert is a beast in the cage as he has been able to impose his will on his opponents round after round. Egbert has KO power in both hands and lets them fly early and often. Egbert is also a durable wrestler with strong takedowns and top control. Egbert will be cutting down from heavyweight for this fight so he should have a strength advantage when the cage door closes.
Travis Spadafora (3-4) fights Tyler Feist (2-3) in what is sure to be a barnburner. Spadafora has a 47 second win via guillotine choke and has shown an ability to steal the show, because of his fighting style. Spadafora has a solid grappling game, with great takedown defense and can mix up his striking with combos from both his fists and feet. Feist has plied his tried up and down the East Coast with some of the most reputable organizations. Feist fights with a high risk-high reward style that has endeared him to tons and tons of fans. Feist is also a grinder and likes to impose his presence on his opponent round after round. Look for a dogfight in this matchup.
“Asylum Fight League 48” comes to you live and direct on April 11. With this mega card you can be sure there will be plenty of knockouts, submissions and great fights. Don’t miss this exciting event which has become a proving ground for some of the top fighters in the North East. If you can’t be there live, the only way to see this show is to order it exclusively through the GFL Combat Sports Network at GFL.tv.
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Hard hitting MMA action returned as GPG presented “Global Proving Ground 19” from the GPG Event Center in Pennsauken, New Jersey on the GFL Combat Sports Network. GPG has quickly established itself as a rising combat sports promotion on the East Coast and this event further cemented their credibility within the region.
In the main event, Washington da Silva (5-1) defeated Marques Worrell (6-3) via unanimous decision in a welterweight bout. Da Silva used a strong wrestling and grappling game to put Worrell on his back and have him fighting from the defensive position for most of the fight. Da Silva used strong takedowns and top control as he was able to control Worrell for most of the fight that was a showcase of the ground fighting of da Silva. Worrell landed some solid punches, especially in the final round, where he connected with an overhand right, but da Silva was able to absorb the punch and stymie the rest of Worrell’s offense for the round with his grappling even going for an armbar from the bottom as the final seconds ticked off the clock. It was a solid win for da Silva who defeated a very battle-tested fighter in Worrell.
In the co-main event, Mike Winters (8-5) defeated Joshua Key (6-11) via split decision in a welterweight bout. It was a great performance back and forth with striking and grappling as they fought all over the cage. In the first round, Winters was relentless in trying for a takedown, but Key defended well and the two spend the majority of the time against the cage fighting for positional dominance. In the second round, Winters was close on a RNC, but in the third, Key pushed forward and pushed the pace. Winters was able to get Key on the ground but Key was sitting up and delivering punishing strikes while Winters was holding on.
Tim Dooling (1-1) defeated Darnell Murphy (1-1) via TKO in the first round. This fight was a barnburner and fight of the night. Both men started out trading strikes, with Dooling getting the better of the exchanges with his jab. Murphy switched up his attack and scored with a huge double leg takedown. Dooling was able to get back to his feet and dropped Murphy with a left high kick and then followed up with knees to the midsection and finished off the fight with a barrage of punches against the cage.
East Coast MMA delivered again! Be sure to catch all of the action any time on VOD as GPG presents “Global Proving Ground 19” exclusively at GFL.tv.
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Lightweight (155): Justin Granville (156) vs George Arellano (155)
Round 1 A lean Granville stands across from a shredded Arellano. They meet for the referees instructions, then split. Arellano tries for the touch, but Granville refuses. Granville attempts a spinning backkick that just misses home. Arellano steps in and trips up Granville, falling into Granville’s guard. Arellano throws punches, when he can, but Granville sets a deep triangle. Arellano stands and slams Granville, but doesn’t break the hold. On the second slam, however, Granville loses the triangle hold, and scrambles. Granville tries coming out the back, but Arellano goes belly-to-back, while standing, and sets an anaconda choke. While still standing, Arellano spins, taking Granville to the mat, steps around, and locks in the anaconda choke, sealing the victory, moving to 4-1.
WIN: George Arellano wins in round 1 by submission choke due to Anaconda.
Bantamweight (135): David Lewis (137) vs Marquis Johnson (133)
Round 1 This bantamweight fight will be for the 135 Valor Championship Belt. With that being the case, both fighters, and their teams, are eager to bring the belt back to their gym. Both fighters are hungry for the championship status, but only one will have his fill. Johnson, being from Ohio, still received a warm welcome from the fans hear. A quick touch of the gloves, and we’re off. Johnson lands an early hook that connects, but Lewis weathers the blow. A big kick from Johnson misses high, and Lewis takes him down, landing in guard. While in guard, Lewis headbutts the shoulder of Johnson, forcing the ref to stand them up. (Strange move in an MMA fight). Once the action resumes, Lewis throws a headkick that connects, and immediately shoots in, pushing Johnson to the cage. Lewis manages the takedown, and lands in half guard, before making his way to mount. Johnson manages to break free and scramble, but Lewis sets in an Omoplata. Lewis hooks the back leg of Johnson and tries to sit up. Johnson has other plans, and muscles his way out of the hold, picking Lewis up and taking him behind his back. Johnson tries to get back to his feet, but Lewis is too quick, and stands up in between the legs of Johnson. Lewis throws his left leg over the right leg of Johnson, and falls back, looking for a heel hook. Johnson slips the lock, but Lewis reaches up and locks in a wicked straight ankle lock, and Johnson immediately taps, thus reclaiming his belt.
WIN: David Lewis wins in an eventful round 1 by submission due to straight ankle lock.
Pro Heavyweight (265): Terrance Hodges (265) vs Kem Oti (259)
Round 1 Our first pro fight of the night starts with a quick touch, and Hodges, making his debut, starts off with two massive leg kicks that echo throughout the arena. A hook from Hodges lands clean, and puts Oti on the mat. Hodges pounces on the downed Oti, and looks to finish, but is unable to, but deals plenty of damage. Oti escapes to his fet, and Hodges lands another leg kick. Using the leg kicks for his set up, Hodges throws a superman punch, that just misses. Oti throws a few punches of his own, but not make much impact. They clinch, and Oti begins throwing elbows over the top. Hodges covers and counters with a few punches of his own. They clinch against the cage, reverse, and split. Oti tries for a foot sweep, while stepping backwards, gets the takedown, but lands on his back. Hodges is in half guard, throwing when he can. His corner is calling for his to maintain halfguard, and strike. Throwing elbows from the top, Hodges is dealing damage. Hodges stands in the guard of Oti, throws a few elbows over the top, and falls back into half guard. Oti manages to scramble enought to escape, and they are on their feet as the ten second warning sounds. Hodges throws a one-two, but Oti connects with a huge head kick, that drops Hodges. Oti pounches, but is unable to finish before the round ends. We’re going into round 2.
Round 2 Round 2 begins with both of these heavyweights slowly circling, both respecting the strikes of the other. Both throw feeler combos, but Oti follows up with a nice combo that is answered by a counter uppercut from Hodges. They clinch, with Oti’s back against the cage, and Hodges driving, looking for the ankle pick. Oti reverses, and in side turtle, throws at least 10 punches that connect before Hodges can stand, albeit still against the cage. Oti continues to drive, and Hodges corner calls for him to reverse. Hodges follows the order, and gets the reversal. With his back to the cage, Oti manages to create enough space to slip in a nice uppercut, before reversing position. Hodges reverses again, and pushes Oti towards the center of the cage, then towards his own corner. The ref splits them, and they’re back in the middle of the cage. Hodges showing low leg kicks. As Oti tries one of his own, Hodges lands another that puts Oti on the mat. Hodges jumps on his downed opponent, looking to finish with elbows, but Oti deflects the blows. The crowd is loving this fight! Hodges is in half guard, and his corner calls for him to pass. Oti has the leg of Hodges locked, preventing him to pass. As the round comes to an end, Hodges is throwing punches from his dominate position.
Round 3 The fighters touch gloves and exchange smiles, as we start out final round. Hodges throws a one-two that lands solid. Oti throws a combo of his own. Hodges throws a one-two uppercut, followed by another one-two. Oti throws a combo of his own, and the fighers circle. Oti throws again, landing solid, and rocking Hodges. Hodges nose is bleeding like a faucet, and Oti grabs the back of his neck, and delivers one uppercut, after another. 3, 4, 5 uppercuts, Hodges staggers, Oti charges. Hodges is running on pure adrenaline, and looks for a takedown, but gets swept by Oti, and taken down. Oti lands in mount, and delivers vicious blows to the downed Hodges. Hodges is doing his best to avoid damage. Hodges rolls, and Oti takes his back, looking for the RNC. Hodges escapes, but Oti is still on his back. Oti sits up, and sinks the choke again, but is once again, unsuccessful. Hodges manages to break free, getting Oti of his back. Hodges spins and looks for revenge. Too tired to quickly get to his feet, Oti is caught by Hodges with a vicious one two. Hodges falls on top of Oti, and delivers more blows, followed by more blows, looking, both, for revenge, and the victory. Ten seconds to go, and Hodges is throwing. Five seconds, and Oti is covering. The horn sounds, the crowd jumps to their feet, anxiously awaiting the judges decision.
WIN: 29-28, Oti. 29-28, Hodges. And, 29-28, for your winner, for Kem Oti.
Pro Lightweight (155): Zach Cook (157) vs Tim Boyle (155)
Round 1 Our second pro fight starts with a quick touch and a lead leg kick from Boyle. Boyle tries for a head kick, but misses, as Cook counters and Boyle falls (slips?) to the mat. Cook tries to capitalize, but Boyle goes for an Omoplata, and Cook stands to get to his feet. From here, Cook lands several huge blows that rattle Boyle. More combos from Cook. Both, over the top, and below. Boyle’s legs buckle, and he instinctively tries to shoot. Cook sprawls and Boyle ends up laying on the mat, with Cook in half guard. Cook delivers a vicious melee of elbows and hammerfists from here. Cook slips through half guard, and is on his knees, next to Boyle, delivering a brutal beatdown of elbows, punches and double hammerfists. The ref is calling for Boyle to cover. The assault from Cook continues. Boyle’s arms are dropping. Double hammerfists from Cook. Cook smells blood and is looking for the finish. He relentlessly continues his assault of hammerfists, and the ref steps in to call an end to this bout.
WIN: Zach Cook wins in round 1 by TKO due to Strikes.
Pro Featherweight (145): Pedro Gomes (145) vs Jorge Medina (148)
Round 1 This is our co-main event of the evening! Both men are determined to walk out of here with the winners purse. Out fight starts with a quick touch, and the fighters feeling each other out. Gomes is looking to find his range. A straight right from Gomes, followed by an inside leg kick that lands flush, buckling the leg of Medina, though only temporarily. Gomes is looking to weaken the lead leg of Medina with leg kicks, but Medina counts with a body kick of his own. another straight right from Gomes. Medina with a combo of his own. A kick from Medina. A one-two from Gomes. The men are circling, as Gomes goes for a one-two-hook that results in a brief clinch. Both fighters swing, but miss, on the break. Medina is anticipating the kicks, and either checks them or slips them, and counters with one of his own. Gomes goes for another kick, and Medina counters with a one-two. Gomes lands a nice combo that rattles Medina. Gomes kicks the leg of Medina again, and Medina reflexively picks it up, clearly in pain. Medina switches stances, now, to avoid further damage. Medina attempts a spinning back kick, but doesn’t connect solid. Another combo from each fighter, and the clinch, pushing into the cage. One with double-over, the other with double-unders. The reverse, then reverse again, looking for knees as they present themselves. The round ends, with the fighters still clinched.
Round 2 No touch this time, as Medina comes out in the southpaw stance, but, seeing Gomes looking for the inside leg kick, switches back to Orthodox. a few missed kicks from Gomes. Gomes goes for the takedown, off of a feint punch, and is successful, landing in the guard of Medina. From the position, he puts his head into the chest of Medina, and strikes as he can, being sure to keep the action going, to keep from being stood up. Body shot from Gomes, then a head shot. Gomes is trying to stack Medina, but Medina has the hands of Gomes pinned to his chest. Medina pulls his legs up, looking to lock down Gomes, but Gomes quickly escapes. Gomes lands a few more punches, then Medina sprawls and gets to his feet. They clinch, and Gomes puts his hand to the mat, establishing 3 points of contact. Medina cannot see this, and thows a knee to the top of the Gomes, causing the ref to call a timeout, to have Gomes looked at by the doctor. The doc clears Gomes to continue, and the action resumes. Gomes comes out with a vicious leg kick that visibly hurts Medina. Gomes sees the pain, and delivers another brutal leg kick to the left leg of Medina, sending him falling back onto the mat, grabbing his knee in agony. Gomes advances, looking to finish, but is called off by the ref.
WIN: Pedro Gomez wins in round 2 by TKO due to injury.
Pro 180 Catchweight Main Event: Jesse Grun (179) vs Sid Wheeler (182)
It’s now time for out Main Event! Although not the originally scheduled fight, this is still going to be a battle of two hometown guys. It’s obvious that both fighters are local, as it was difficult to distinguish who had the loudest cheers. A mutual respect for both fighters was shown from this Chattanooga crowd. This is going to be one helluva fight.
Round 1 A touch of the gloves and the fighters back up, feeling each other out. Grun tries for a high teep kick, but it is caught by Wheeler, and Grun bounces off of the mat, but gets quickly to his feet. Grun pushes forward with a lead leg kick, and Wheeler answers with one of his own. Grun charges and and pushes Wheeler to the cage. As Wheeler bounces off of the cage, he throws a loud, thunderous body kick that connects to the gut of Grun. Grun fights through it, and pushes forward. They split, and Wheelter throws a teep kick the gut of Grun. Gruns body is hurt, and Wheeler knows it. Grun counters a punch from Wheeler, but but gets caught with a follow up from Wheeler. This is a slugfest! Grun pushes Wheeler to the cage, and tries, several times, unsuccessfuly for the takedown. Wheeler pushes him away and lands knees on the split. Wheeler connects with a head kick and tries to advance. Grun avoids the takedown, but eats several big punches from Wheeler, that staggers Grun. Grun regains his composure, but is breathing hard. Grun is pushing the pace, but Wheeler is countering everything Grun throws. The round comes to a close with a step behind head kick from Wheeler, that just misses its mark.
Round 2 Leg kick from Wheeler. Grun comes in with a combo, then backs off. Grun comes in again, and Wheeler connects with a body kick, that temporarily drops Grun. Grun gets to his feet and pushes into Wheeler, clinching him against the cage. Knees from Grun. Knees to the leg. Knees to the body. Wheeler is trying to escape, and eventually does, delivering yet another thrust kick to the gut of Grun. Grun again advancing with combos, thrust kick from Wheeler. Grun throwing, Wheeler countering. The crowd is going crazy!!!! Wheeler getting the better of the exchanges, but Grun not backing down. Grun pushes forward, and looks for a single leg, misses it, then a double, and misses it, too. A missed head kick from Grun on the split. Two unanswered leg kicks from Wheeler. Grun pushes forward, and Wheeler sets a standing guillotine, but Grun escapes. Wheeler strikes on the break, landing solid. Another straight right from Wheeler and now he’s taunting Grun by dropping his hands. Grun pushes forward with punches, but Wheeler again counters. Grun clinches, and looks for the takedown. After a great effort, he is successful. Grun tries to deal damage, but is unable to do so, before Wheeler gets back to his feet. The crowd is going insane! Wheeler with a head kick that misses. Combos from Grun, The crowd screaming as loud as the can. Back and forth. Back and forth. The ten seconds sounds. Wheeler is looking for a big shot, but never gets it. We’re going into the 3rd round.
A quick touch of the gloves, and we’re off. Leg kick from Wheeler. Punches from Grun, that are countered by Wheeler. Grun tries shooting, but settles for the clinch. Knees from Wheeler. They split. Leg kick from Wheeler. Grun is circling. Wheeler throws an axe kick that lands, but not forcefully. Punches from Wheeler. A brief pause in the action, as Wheelers gloves come undone. Strikes as sson as the action resumes. Grun lands an elbow that splits the left eye of Wheeler. Leg kick from Wheeler. Grun tries to strike, but Wheeler continuously counters. Grun shoots in for the single leg, scoops Wheeler, but is unable to finish the slam, as Wheeler lands on his feet. Wheeler is relentless and he throws successful blows to the head of Grun. If you’re not here, you missed out on a great fight!!! Wheeler is continuing to counter. Grun looks dazed on his feet. Wheeler is picking and choosing, and landing with any stike he chooses. Grun cannot connect with anything, and Wheeler is connecting with everything! Grun tries again to push Wheeler into the cage, but Wheeler pushes him back off of him, at will. A thrust kick from Wheeler connects up high. Grun is out on his feet, but refusing to go down. Wheeler is taunting Grun, again, and delivers kicks wherever he chooses. Grun with some weak punches, but Wheeler counters. The warning sounds, Wheeler throws, Grun eats it. This fight comes to an end!
WIN: All three judges score this bout 30-27 for Sid Wheeler!