Thursday, February 28, 2013
|Shanna Young Copyright @2012 Janet Wohler|
V3Fights introduced the women’s bantamweight division to its promotion. Not only did the new weight class impress the V3 “Legion,” but the bout received “Fight of the Night” honors. Shanna Young was victorious in this bout, even though many may have considered her to be the underdog in this fight. Her dominant wrestling really came through and put her on the map as one of the top female fighters in the region. We caught up with Shanna and got her thoughts on her most recent V3 victory:
How was your overall V3 experience?
My experience with V3 was excellent. They were very professional in everything from the weigh-ins to fight night. Fighters were talented and entertaining, and everything was organized and started on time. I couldn't ask for anything more.
Was your opponent, Molly Dupertuis, every bit as tough as you thought she would be?
Molly was a tough opponent. Her strength surprised me in the first round. I had to re-evaluate and tweak my game plan a little bit going into the second.
I don’t think many people knew of your wrestling experience before watching this fight. Tell us your background in wrestling.
I've only wrestled officially for five and a half years (compared to ten years of stand up experience in karate). In high school, I wrestled on the guy’s team and was always the only female by the end of the season. After high school, I was recruited to wrestle on scholarship for King College in Bristol, TN where I did really well my freshman year. I placed 6th at nationals and was actually ranked on the Olympic ladder at one point that year.
So your game plan going into the fight was to use your wrestling? Are you happy with your performance?
I was satisfied with my wrestling in the fight, although there is always room for improvement. I drilled so many shots and takedowns in my training camp that I didn't get to use. I was a little surprised to receive the “Fight of the Night” award because I saw so many great fighters facing off with other tough opponents. But in the end, women are usually more entertaining fighters anyway!
Well you definitely impressed the fans with your performance.
The V3 audience was great, I feed off the crowd and they were very supportive toward the end of the fight! Hopefully I have gained a few fans that would like to see me back in the V3 cage.
So you definitely want to fight for the promotion again, and if so, where do think you fit in with the women’s bantamweight division?
I would be honored to fight for V3 again and I am patiently awaiting the day when a women’s title is created. I definitely deserve a shot at the title because I’m the best in the area. I can’t wait!
Monday, February 25, 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
|Ronnie Lawrence photo by Janet Wohler|
The V3 “Legion” finally got to witness the hype last Saturday night in Nashville, TN when Ronnie Lawrence entered the cage. Many consider Lawrence to be the top pound for pound fighter in the state, and on Saturday night he didn’t disappoint. Lawrence put on a one-sided performance against then champion, Marquese Branch, and became the new V3Fights’ Bantamweight Champion.
Going into this fight, there was a lot of trash talking between both fighters via social media, so both fighters came into this fight prepared to back up everything they had said, and Lawrence prevailed. But you got to give credit to Branch. The champion refused to quit, and that forced his corner to throw in the towel once Lawrence was able to secure a tight arm bar in the third round. Because of this dominant performance, this fight has earned the new champion “Fighter of the Month” honors.
When he was asked about his opponent and performance on Saturday night, here is what Lawrence had to say: “I really liked the whole V3 experience. It was great. As for my opponent… He was talking a lot of stuff before the fight, so it felt good to put him in his place. I hope it has humbled him. Nothing wrong with being cocky or motivating yourself, but I think he thought he would never lose. The fight was fun and easy. I didn’t ever feel threatened by him, but I did make sure I was on my toes the whole time. I’m glad his corner threw in the towel because he should have tapped because I was going to break his arm until the ref pulled me off.”
Lawrence put on a performance that only a few champions have been able to do inside of the V3 cage. If you missed this fight, you can watch “V3Fights: Stewart vs Carter” on Friday, March 1st at 9:00PM ET on Comcast Sports South.
V3 Fights and Comcast Sports South (CSS) have agreed to air “V3Fights: Stewart vs Carter” on the regional network spanning the southeastern United States. Comcast Sports South is home to over 5.5 million subscribers, 42 markets, and 12 states.
This is second V3Fight that will be airing on CSS, with the first broadcast receiving over 400,000 viewers according to Nielsen ratings. “V3Fights: Stewart vs Carter” will air on Friday, March 1st at 9:00PM ET. Please visit www.csssports.com for channel information in your area.
Friday, February 22, 2013
On Friday March 1st, thru Sunday March 3rd, Warrior Island will be holding a fighter casting call at the exciting Arnold Sports Festival at the Greater Columbus Convention Center located at 400 North High Street Columbus, Ohio 43215
Get your Expo ticket then Stop at the Tiffin Mat booth in hall C and register for the casting call. Interviews will be done Friday thru Sunday Noon to 4pm all three days. All Fighters that plan to attend open castings for GPG's Warrior Island are encouraged to RSVP in advance. Every competitor that registers in advance will receive an email confirmation along with a questionnaire that will help them prepare for the casting call. Fighters attending the Arnold Sports Festival can pre-register by emailing James Jefferson atjefferson.j@
globalprovingground.com. Each fighter that tries out gets a VOTE FOR ME global proving ground T shirt with QR code to help fans vote for them.
During each open casting call, reality show hopefuls will be required to demonstrate their fighting skills and tell the world why fight fans should vote them onto the show in an intense 1-2 minute video. ALL experienced fighters with a combat sports background are encouraged to try out. Training gear will be available for fighter use during filming. Coaches are welcome to attend. All Fighters and their guests make sure to get your Arnold Expo ticket and meet us in Hall C.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
|Ralph “Eugene” Todd|
Another Tae Kwon Do instructor under investigation. The Atemi Cast had a kept a tally of molesters several years ago. We are thinking of starting it again.
Ralph Todd is out on $200,000 bail. He has been accused of child molestation against a 9 year old boy and possession of child porn.
His court date is on April 10th.
Todd has been teaching for 12 years at Kim's Tae Kwon Do Academy in Woodside Plaza, San Mateo, CA. The police there are looking for other victims.
Anyone with information regarding Todd’s arrest should contact Redwood City police Detective Megan Boyajian at (650) 780-7138.
original Story: Martial arts instructor arrested on suspicion of child molestation, porn
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Monday, February 18, 2013
Dan Spohn Back on Winning Track, Dunn Blasts Dishong in pro debut
COLUMBUS, Oh. (February 18, 2013) – Ultimate Victory Challenge provided a packed house at the Aladdin Shrine Center in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday night, as UVC 22: Mayhem went down with nine professional and amateur mixed martial arts bouts.
In the night’s main event, Bellator MMA veteran and Columbus native Dan “Dragon” Spohn (7-3) snapped a three-fight losing streak with a second round victory via rear naked choke over Chicago native Robert Morrow (6-13).
Morrow appeared to be the aggressor early on in the fight, with Spohn landing multiple counter punches and angling to pick his shots. Morrow rocked Spohn midway through the first frame with a flurry, but Spohn recovered and landed a takedown to end up on top in side control. The second round was eerily similar, with Spohn landing a slam and eventually working his way to get Morrow’s back. Once he got Morrow’s back, it was academic as the black belt locked in the rear naked choke for the victory at 4:03 of the second round to earn Submission of the Night.
It was a much different Spohn, as the Buckeye MMA product secures his first submission victory since his pro debut in 2009.
In the co-main event, a fight that all of Ohio had been buzzing about for over a year finally went down. The early going was as expected, with debuting heavyweights Tim “Fatboy” Dunn (1-0) and James Dishong (0-1) trading heavy leather. The tension in the air could be cut with a knife, and it appeared like it was only a matter of time until one of the former UVC amateur champions dropped and handed his first pro loss. That moment came at 2:36 of the first frame, as Dunn landed a big left hook followed by a straight right hand to officially stamp his first pro win. Dunn’s combination provided him with the Knockout of the Night award.
The night’s third pro bout featured the UVC return of former amateur welterweight champion Isaac Steele (4-0), as the Jorge Gurgel Academy product earned a TKO due to strikes in the first round over Tennessee product Tommy Roberts(3-4).
In amateur action, the UVC Champions Series kicked off, with welterweight Nick Rizos (6-0) and bantamweight Darnell Pettis (4-0) earning future title shots. Rizos fought off a game Chris Minor (3-1) in the amateur main event, eventually securing unanimous decision with superior wrestling and jiu-jitsu. After losing the first two rounds in his bout with Chris McKinney (5-1) and fighting out of a deep triangle arm bar that appeared to have him put to sleep, Pettis landed a timely right hand that crumbled his opponent and earned him the knockout win in what was the Fight of the Night.
In the other amateur bouts, Corey Dulaney (4-0) remained unbeaten with a TKO victory over Ronnie Shoemaker (7-3) at lightweight, Lance Phillips (3-0) picked up his third stoppage win with a TKO over Dustin Sweigard (1-1) at light heavyweight, Nickolai Timbs (1-0) wrestled his way to a keylock submission over Mikey Furnier (1-2), and Jordan Schembri (2-0) kicked off the night with a TKO win over Jacob Adams (0-1) at lightweight.
Full results from UVC 22:
155 lbs - Jordan Schembri (2-0) def. Jacob Adams (0-1) via TKO - Round 2, 0:23
190 lbs - Nickolai Timbs (1-0) def. Mikey Furnier (1-2) via keylock - Round 2, 1:39
205 lbs - Lance Phillips (3-0) def. Dustin Sweigard (1-1) via TKO - Round 1, 1:37
135 lbs - Darnell Pettis (4-0) def. Chris McKinney (5-1) via TKO - Round 3, 0:57
155 lbs - Corey Dulaney (4-0) def. Ronnie Shoemaker (7-3) via TKO - Round 1, 2:29
170 lbs - Nick Rizos (6-0) def. Chris Minor (3-1) via unanimous decision
170 lbs - Isaac Steele (4-0) def. Tommy Roberts (3-4) via TKO - Round 1, 4:50
265 lbs - Tim Dunn (1-0) def. James Dishong (0-1) via knockout - Round 1, 2:36
205 lbs - Dan Spohn (7-3) def. Rob Morrow (6-13) via rear naked choke - Round 2, 4:03
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Sunday, February 17, 2013
Friday, February 15, 2013
TIME FOR THE MAIN EVENT!!!! It will be Kamrin Naville vs. U.F.C. veteren Vagner Rocha... O.k. if your a Trekie, then when you see Rocha's first name you would think of Chekov saying his name in his thick ass accent... HAHAHAHAHA! Seriously though, this one should be a good one Kamrin looks like he is ready to make a name for himself at Rocha's expense. Let us see what MR. Vagner has to say about that...
Round One: This light weight competition starts off and the fighters come out touch gloves and its Rocha with the first kick and Kamrin answers back with one of his own. Rocha is just waiting for the opening to shoot in and turn this into a ground fight. Kamrin seems to be swinging at the fences but keeps missing the mark by a long mile as Rocha stays well out of his reach. Kamrin catches a groin shot from Rocha but shakes it off. The difference in reach is noticeable fror Rocha but the low stature is working for Kamrin. Rocha finally gets Kamrin down after his last attempt had Kamrin using the cage like a free runner going up a wall to get out away from going down. Rocha has Kamrin in an arm bar but gets saved by the bell at the end of the round.
Round two: Kamrin comes out still swinging for the fences and keeps his hands wayyyy too low for this talk show host but it seems to be Rocha sees it too and makes Kamrin eat one for it. Kamrin eats another one from Rocha and has a street like stance that Rocha can't seem to take advantage of to knock him out. Rocha is looking for the grappling but Kamrin wants the street knock out. Kamrin catches another one and this one knocks him back into the cage Rocha does not finish him as it becomes apparent that Rocha is just playing with Kamrin. Round two ends and so far it's all Rocha.
Round three: Kamrin and Rocha last round last chance, Again with the looping lungiing punches by Kamrin and Rocha goes for the take down and is stuffed by Kamrin for now as both fighter lean of the fence for support. Rocha gets a good double after slipping and almost accidently landing into position for it. Kamrin tries to work his way out of this as Rocha tries to work his way past Karins guard. Rocha continues to work Kamrin against the fence but to Rocha's frustration Kamrin will not go so easy into the night. Kamrin fights Rocha off with every fiber and Rocha looks for any chink in Kamrins defenses that will allow him to put this long night behind him. Kamrin was not the easy opponent Rocha thought he would be and Kamrin put on a good effort but it will be Rocha who will win the day.
Thank you all for hanging with us on this night of great fights, beautiful people, and great students who even in defeat, still can hold their heads up for having the testicular fortitude to get inside that steel octagonal house of pain and suffering. Next time just take the ass whopping and remember that there are times when there is more honor in accepting death then allowing defeat... HEE HAW HEE HAW HEE HAW!!!! Keep it real peeps and know all this now, that the ATEMICAST is back on the block...
This is the co-main event and it will be Marcos da Matta vs. Eric Koveric.
Well there has been non-stop action and plenty to talk about in the following weeks to come. It is the triumphant come back of the ATEMICAST and we are on IT! Bringing you the real shizznizzle on all the action going on tonight...
Round One: Here we go.... Eric comes out using the jab and Marcos eats one of Erics leg kicks Marcos is looking for the take down and he finally gets it and works his way around Erics guard to a side mount but Eric works his way back up to his feet only to attempt a take down and get it blocked by Marcos who takes control of the fight again. Eric works his way back up only to be taken down, yet again. It's like watching waves at the beach, up, down, up, down, and just as calming... LMFAOROFL! Marcos opens up now and unleashes the beat down on Eric who is blocking the blows but Marcos gives up the ground and pound only to have Eric fight his way up to the cage, then he is taken down again and gets caught in and arm bar by Marcos who takes the win.... Good fight, bad day for Eric...Ous!
Can we finally get a break here.... Another of the ATEMICAST favs, in the next bout it will be the former Atemi-Ryu Ju-Jitsu trained fighter Randy Barroso vs. Tony Way. I bet this goes better than the last one....
Round One: Randy comes out swinging and Tony answers back with some good combos and leg kicks . Randy, ever the technician, waits for his openings and takes every advantage. Tony answers but Randy has seemed to have been working on his blocking and what a job Randy has done this first round as it comes to an end. Randy tore that ass a new one and Tony is still recovering from the freaking head kick that he ate from Randy. I give that round to Randy..
Round two: And like that, it's over I turned to talk to Prof. Gus and Randy had submitted Tony after a quick take down stuff by Randy from an attempted take down from Tony and Randy wins by guillotine choke... Ous!
What a night and it's about to get better.. The next fighters to do battle will be one of very own ATEMI-RYU JU-JITSU Fighters fighting out of the ATEMI-RYU WARRIOR WAYS ACADEMY. It is none other than Nicolas Ryske vs. Mike Graves of A.T.T.
Ryske is trained by our very own Prof. Gus Hernandez and Atemi-Ryu Warrior Ways Muy Thai instructor Marcos Willa.
Ryske looks like a caged Argentinian tiger, Ryske being from Argentina get it?? LMFAO!
Round One: Fighters come out and Ryske opens up with a leg kick and looks very stiff but Graves looks fearful of his Ryskes' power, so he takes Ryske to the ground and takes control passing Ryskes' guard and working the ground and pound lands a ferocious elbow and Ryske taps out after what looks like the elbow blow did more damage then it appeared. We are at a loss for words for once.... Prof. Gus must use a thicker stick next time to get Ryske ready for his next fight....
FIGHTTIME is on fire with the action tonight as the fighters just keep putting on a great show.. The next fight is Michael Johnson vs. John Davis...
Round One: Did not have time to segway into this one so I'll just cut to the action... Johnson and Davis, Johnson comes out and lands one good power shot but Davis gets a quick take down and controls Johnson secures his back and scores the win with the rear naked choke... Did I not tell you that this was the night for choke outs??? This is non stop action here tonight and the fighters are out for blood or in tonights case, "air"as that's what these guys are loosing in these fights when they get choked the fuck out!!! Great fighting continues next on the GREATEST MARTIAL ARTS ENTERTAINMENT TALK SHOW IN THE WORRRRRRRLLLLLLDDDDDD! THE ATEMICAST! Ous!
What a finish for the last fight! That is why FIGHTTIME puts on the best fights in South Florida hands down!
The next jaw breaking action will be the test of Carlos Zevallos to see if he can make a belated valentine gift to Joe Johnson of a heart felt, good ole' fashion mud hole stomping. ha ha heeee!
Round one: Both fighters look a little loose as we get ready to touch gloves and shed some blood. Joe comes out looking to square off and size up Carlos. Carlos does not look impressed with Joe both fighters letting the hands go but it looks like that Joe got a good shot in on Carlos that shook him up a lil and Joe stops a take down from Carlos to find himself trying to work some kind of offense but Carlos turns the tables on him and secures his back and chokes Joe out via rear naked. Fights over just like that...Ous! Joe did not do that much punching this night...
WOW! This has been back to back action packed I can't keep up with the action as we move into the next combative contest of wills, strength, endurance and honor as the two fighters coming up will be John De Jesus vs. Billy Quarantillo. We defer to the first names on this, again for the sake of speed and time to get you this as it happens. Hey, I'm a martial arts instructor/radio show host not a freakin' secretary... Frug you talkin' about......
Billy awaits the arrival of John into the ring as we get ready for the next ass kicking that one of these guys is sure to be getting. This is a catch weight at 155lb. fight. Billy is a Gracie student and John is A.T.T. the old rival again emerges..
We start off and Billy charges in and John makes his space known and John seems to be the more comfortable of the two fighters Billy has John pressed up against the cage and slams John on the mat with a great double but John reverses the take down and assumes the dominant position in Billy's half guard. Billy goes for an arm triangle but looses it and John gets up fires off two hard punches at Billy but Billy shakes them off and takes John to the ground again but John is no slacker and he fights Billy.
John works his way back up to his feet but Billy keeps getting the take downs and John keeps reversing him at every turn of the hip. John and Billy continue, Billy's corner keeps telling him to "reach around"... don't say it, let me, that's just too easy to take a "poke" at.. get IT! Wake up! This is MMA... it gets like that sometimes... What do you expect when two men are rolling around on the floor together? Some one is going to get frisky....
Round ends and I would have to give that round to Billy for his aggressive attacks...
Round two: John comes out and scores a quick combo and puts Billy on his heels but Billy seems to have a hard head and can take a lot of punishment. Billy scores another take down and we are back to watching out for the "reach around" to happen... HA! BIG dump for Billy as he drops John on his ass from what seemed to be the top of the freakin' cage but it was not enough to slow John down as he continues to work his way to his feet and fight off submission attempt after attempt.
Billy continues the onslaught as John continues to defend against the beatings Billy almost had the win a rear naked but John manages to get out but at what seemed to be a great cost in energy waste. The round ends with Billy taking that one as well...
Round three: Billy seems to be the better in shape of the two as he charges out and meets John head on as they both move toward the cage Billy looks for another take down but doesn't get it. John stuffs the take down attempt this time and Billy looks for the single but looses it. John throws a knee, Billy answers with his own knee, John makes space he looks tired, round house by John Billy saw it coming, Billy looking for another take down, John stops another take down but Bully persists and it pays off, he is in Johns guard passes the guard and is now working his way to Johns back but John fights hims off only to see Billy on him again working the hooks in and looking for a body lock. The hooks are in Billy is working the ground and pound, John is in trouble but reverses they are up knees, knees from John one lands Billy is down, the round comes to an end but it will not be enough for John I don't think he will get the win on this one. This night belongs to Billy Quarantillo.... Ous!
Rivera enters the ring and looks ready as always and Chera seems perched to do swoop down and take Rivera his feet. That won't be an easy task I can tell you that... They both are fighting at 136 there about and Rivera and Chera both look like they put the work in to get there.
The fight opens up with Chera throwing some nice leg kicks and feeding into Riveras area of comfort. They both exchange leg kicks and punches and Rivera locks Chera up and throws a great knee to Cheras head. Chera is holding his own but throws a vicious low blow to Rivera and Rivera goes down holding the family jewels... ( he gets 5 to "shake" things down back in the sack ) Chera get's a warning for the low blow and his corner is being told to tell Chera to keep that kick up...
Will Rivera be able to keep his composure or will we see a cup check from Rivera?
The fighters are back out there and Rivera is boxing Chera and Chera almost lands a knee that would have been lights out but it misses the mark. Rivera has Chera on the cage and they work there way back to the center of the cage. Chera taunts Rivera and the lock up again and it's back on the cage where Rivera throws some elbows and lands some short punches as the first round ends. I would like to give that round to Rivera as he was the aggressor but I a not the ref..... HA!
Round two: Chera looks winded and Rivera smells blood Rivera opens up with some jabs and goes for a take down but Chera catches Rivera in a Triangle arm bar and works the arm bar to a submission and sadly our friend Rivera taps out for the loss to Chera... Damnnnn John you know we like you to knock people out with that head kick... Great fight guys... Ous!
Both fighters look ready to get into each others faces like two pit bulls waiting to be let loose on each other. Jorge is making his MMA debut after a good amateur start and JD is also making his debut coming out of A.T.T. so this should be a good slobber knocker and JD working the infamous signature A.T.T. ground work.
The fight starts off with the two clinching on the cage and Jorge pressing JD against the giving metal. JD lets off a few good kidney punches off to soften up Jorge and gets the desired effect as he crates space and gets a take down on Jorge. JD tees off and lands a few good punches and Jorge fights him off, JD almost had a submission, but Jorge gets loose and turns the tables and Jorge has done it! His FIRST win via rear naked choke. Great finish and good patience by Jorge to squeeze out the victory...
This seems to be a night for the rear naked, let's see if that trend continues and if any more warriors from the mighty A.T.T. will fall prey to the South American invasion that is happening here tonight.. Ous!
Thomas is fighting out of Miami and Syler is the Bolivian national mma champ as well as a practicing physician.... The Dr. is in... and quickly goes to work on Thomas taking him down and performing an MMA examination of Thomas' face as he grounds and pounds his prescription of Bolivian ass whopping...
Thomas is caught on his belly and is covering up while Syler continues to operate on Thomas and relieve Thomas of any ambition of fighting back.
And just like that the Dr. has finished his exam and the prognosis is not good for Thomas. It's a choke out via rear naked and the Dr. suggests that Thomas take two Advil, a tissue, and a better luck next time and call him in the morning! Great action to start off the night.... Ous!
The Crowd is pouring in and the national anthem has been sung! We are ready to get it on with the first fight.
First up will be Patrick Thomas vs. Bentley Syler.... we are about to get it on at the WMA in Ft. Lauderdale...
THE ATEMICAST is BACK!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
On February 16, at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, TN, V3Fights will welcome bantamweight contender, Ronnie Lawrence, to the cage. Lawrence fights out of Nemesis MMA and holds a 10-1 record. He’s not only looking to become V3’s next bantamweight champion, but is also looking forward to being the first person to defeat undefeated champion, Marquese Branch.
Lawrence got started in MMA when he was lifting weights one day at the gym. His gym had martial arts and they asked him to give it a try. They did mostly kung-fu, but it was there that he learned that he was an exceptional striker. From there, that led him to MMA.
Lawrence may be the most talented striker in the 135 lb division, and he knows that is where he has the advantage in this championship fight: “I think his striking is sloppy. He relies too much on strength and my technique will eventually prevail. I expect to find my range and pick him apart. I feel good about this fight. I feel calm, cool, and collected. I’m always confident in myself and my coaches and how I train and who I train with. This fight can go anywhere, but I’m a mixed martial artist. I’m a good wrestler, grappler, and a well- known striker. Nothing will phase me. I have great cardio and will keep coming till the bell rings. I’ve watched his videos. He’s athletic, but I’m a student of the game. He doesn’t understand the talent I possess. I think his advantages are pressure and wrestling, but that seems to be all he does,” states Lawrence.
Get your tickets now and come see if what all the hype is about when Ronnie Lawrence enters the V3 cage for the very first time!
This event will be aired on both Comcast Sports South and Aggression TV.
WHAT: V3Fights: Stewart vs Carter
WHEN: Saturday, February 16, 2013
WHERE: Marathon Music Works
Nashville, TN 37203
ADMISSION: $45, $35 (reserved seating), $25 (general admission)
Mayhem goes down this weekend with
Dan Spohn, Tim Dunn, James Dishong, Isaac Steele, and more
The full lineup for this weekend’s UVC 22: Mayhem event is set, as Ultimate Victory Challenge will return to the beautiful Aladdin Shrine Center in Columbus, Ohio for the second time with a dozen mixed martial arts bouts on the bill.
Headlining the event will be Bellator MMA veteran Dan “Dragon” Spohn (6-3 / fighting out of Columbus, OH) in his UVC debut, as he will take on knockout artist Rob “The Destroyer” Morrow (6-12 / fighting out of Lockport, IL) in a 205-pound clash.
The evening’s co-main event will feature the professional debuts of two former UVC amateur champions, as former heavyweight champion Tim “Fatboy” Dunn (11-2 am / fighting out of Portsmouth, OH) will take on former super heavyweight champion James Dishong (7-2 am / fighting out of Columbus, OH) in a matchup of knockout artists where someone is almost guaranteed to go to sleep.
In the evening’s third professional bout, grapplers will square off as Jorge Gurgel Academy product and former UVC welterweight champion Isaac Steele (3-0 / fighting out of Cincinnati, OH) will take on XFC veteran “Treacherous” Tommy Roberts (3-3 / fighting out of Jackson, TN).
The amateur card will be headlined by the semifinals of the UVC Champions Series in the welterweight division, as Nick Rizos (5-0 / fighting out of Columbus, OH) takes on Chris Minor (3-0 / fighting out of Columbus, OH) in one semifinal, while Chad Kelly (5-3 / fighting out of Bellefontaine, OH) takes onSteve Scott (6-0 / fighting out of Beckley, WV) in the other semifinal.
Fan favorite Ronnie Shoemaker (7-2 / fighting out of Columbus, OH) will make his first UVC appearance and will fight in Columbus for the first time since 2008 when he takes on wrestler and Adam DiSabato protégé Corey Dulaney (2-1 / fighting out of Columbus, OH) in a lightweight bout.
In the UVC Champions Series bantamweight division, Chris McKinney (5-0 / fighting out of Beckley, WV) will take on Darnell Pettis (3-0 / fighting out of Bedford, OH) in one semifinal.
Unbeaten light heavyweights will square off, as Ronin product Lance Phillips (2-0 / fighting out of Columbus, OH) will take on Demolition Fight Team’s Dustin Sweigard (1-0 / fighting out of Upper Sandusky, OH) in a bout that could produce a future title challenger at 205 pounds.
Heavyweight knockout artists will look to put each other to sleep, as Curtis Thacker (2-3 / fighting out of Columbus, OH) takes on Dayton MMA product and Mike Patt protégé James Bunn (2-0 / fighting out of Dayton, OH) in a bout that is expected to provide fireworks.
It’ll be striker vs. grappler in a middleweight bout when former Junior Olympics boxing champion and Tim Dunn’s training partner Mikey Furnier (1-1 / fighting out of Portsmouth, OH) takes on former Ohio State wrestler Nickolai Timbs (0-0 / fighting out of Columbus, OH).
Another Adam DiSabato product will be in action when 18-year-old Jordan Schembri (1-0 / fighting out of Columbus, OH) looks to stay unbeaten as he takes on Cincinnati native Jacob Adams (0-0 / fighting out of Cincinnati, OH) in a lightweight contest.
And the night will be kicked off by a pair of exciting debut fighters, as Julian Silvey (0-0 / fighting out of Portsmouth, OH) takes on Skrap House MMA product Shawn Davis (0-0 / fighting out of London, OH).
205 lbs – Dan Spohn vs. Rob Morrow
265 lbs – Tim Dunn vs. James Dishong
170 lbs – Isaac Steele vs. Tommy Roberts
170 lbs – Nick Rizos vs. Chris Minor
170 lbs – Chad Kelly vs. Steve Scott
155 lbs – Ronnie Shoemaker vs. Jerrell Hodge
135 lbs – Chris McKinney vs. Darnell Pettis
205 lbs – Lance Phillips vs. Dustin Sweigard
265 lbs – Curtis Thacker vs. James Bunn
185 lbs – Mikey Furnier vs. Nickolai Timbs
155 lbs – Jordan Schembri vs. Jacob Adams
170 lbs – Shawn Davis vs. Julian Silvey
Monday, February 11, 2013
MMA & Kick Boxing Amateur Fights
Saturday, Feb. 23rd
The Fight Time Promotions' MMA Amateur Division hits the road to Jacksonville, Florida with Hard Hitting Happenings, Inc. Proceeds from this MMA Amateur Showcase will benefit the Jacksonville Police Athletic League. Please help support this event to raise funds for a great organization!
Doors open at 6pm. First Fight is at 7pm.
MMA & Kick Boxing Amateur Fights
Wednesday, Feb. 27th
Doors Open at 6pm for a pre-fight party. Fights begin at 8pm.