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The confirmed fight card features numerous previously featured fighters and is as follows and check back for live updates beginning at 7pm.
Robert Hancock Force one 150 0–0 lk kick boxing
Kody SenkBeil Contemporary MA 150 0–0 lk kick boxing
Kody SenkBeil def Robert Hancock
Rashad Hood Atlanta Extreme 170 0–0 MMA
Jonothan Cobb Genisses 170 1–1 MMA
Rashad throws a leg kick to start and Jonothan gives him space. Rashad approaches for some close punches that Jonothan is able to weather. Jonothan returns with a combo of his own and downs Rashad. Rashad rolls back to get back to standing but Jonothan is quick and attaches a guillotine quickly. Rashad works to escape but is unable and taps.
Rashad Hood def. Jonothan Cobb by sub. (guillotine) in rd 1.
Donta Jones Force Fitness 265 2–0 MMA
Robert Neal Team Hammer 265 2–0 MMA
Robert starts with a headkick that misses and Donta rushes immediately pressing Robert to the cage. Donta gets the takedown and works to mount. Robert sweeps him and works for position. Donta is able to get back on top but nearly gets caught in a triangle. Donta escapes and passes guard. Robert is able to get back to guard and subsequently lock in an armbar.
Robert Neal def. Donta Jones by sub. (armbar) in rd 1.
Luis Rivera Toe 2 Toe 145 1–0 MMA
Lyle Ragsdale Hard Knox 145 0–0 MMA
Lyle exhibits some crisp boxing to start and lands a couple good punches on Luis’s face. Lyle goes for the takedown but Luis maintains his composure and stays standing. Lyle backs up and throws a few more combos that land well. Luis has a tough chin and is still lucid. Luis backs Lyle off and lands a loud-slapping head kick. Luis follows up with a combo and Lyle drops for a takedown. Lyle gets into Luis’s half-guard and they work for position. Luis is able to push Lyle off and as they get to standing Lyle lands a punch on his downed opponent.
Round 2 Lyle lands a couple punches early on and takes Luis down. Lyle is able to get the mount and work strikes to the body in this Amateur bout. Lyle postures for an armbar and drops to the side to secure it. Luis stacks him and gets the arm out. Luis stands and kicks the lower body of his downed opponent. Both fighters stand and stalemate till the end of the round.
Round 3 Luis attacks with a superman punch and follow up left. Lyle is stunned but returns the attack and drops for the takedown. Lyle dominates the ground game and Luis is just looking to survive. Luis rolls out the backdoor to stand and Lyle jumps on his back. They come to the ground and Lyle maintains this back with both hooks in until the round expires.
Lyle Ragsdale def Luis Rivera by unan. decision.
Jake Sewell Toe 2 Toe 145 0–0 lk Kick Boxing
Elias Briley Knuckle up 145 0-0 lk Kick Boxing
Elias and Jake are both 15 and their lack of discipline shows a bit when they come out to stand and wang. Elias is throwing some straight t punch combos and clinching for a knee while Jake throws a straight right to load up a heavy left hook. They trade wild punches and knees for the remainder of the round.
Round 2 Elias find an early advantage and gets Jake against the cage. Jake retaliates with WILD looping haymakers. Jake attacks with a series of his favorite left hook and just plain punches himself out. Elias is constantly on the attack and wearing on Jake further.
Round 3 Jake comes on the attack and wears Elias down some. Elias survives the onslaught and comes back at Jake with more straight punches and knees to the body. Jake is looking for a homerun with that left hook but is not finding home. Elias finds Jake in deep water towards the end of round 3 and finishes with big shots. Elias is unable to finish him before the round ends.
Elias Briley def Jake Sewell by unan. decision.
Darrell Scott Gennesis 185 0–0 MMA
Clay Bennett Intense 185 1–0 MMA
Darrell looks to get the action to the ground early. He’s got a wrestling build and uses it to get Clay to the ground. Clay managed to scramble out and nearly get to standing but Darrell kept his cool and got back to a dominant position. Clay rolled out for a leg and attempts a knee bar. Darrell defends and works punches to the body until time runs out.
Clay attempts a head kick at the beginning of the second round that Darrell catches and gets them both back to the ground. They scramble and Darrell takes Clay’s back and works for a RNC. Clay keeps his composure and sweeps to top position in half guard. Darrell gets to standing and back over Clay in half guard. Darrell goes through a half dozen dominant positions before getting Clay into a North South position and choke.
Darrell Scott def Clay Bennett by sub (North-South choke) in rd 2.
Eric Castro Knuckle up 165 2–1 MMA
Russell Benes Cooks Impact 165 3-3-2 MMA
Eric maintains distance with push kicks and kicks to the body. Russell is looking for an opening but Eric is an accomplished muay thai fighter. Russell manages to get in close and get a body lock. They are separated after an illegal low blow by Russell. Toe to Toe Eric continues to command the striking game. Eric keeps Russell at bay for the remainder of the round.
Round 2 Russell lets his hands go a little bit and got Eric on the defensive. Eric reset and threw some push kicks to keep Russell back. Russell stuns Eric with a big shot and goes on the attack stalking him all over the cage. Eric lands a wile looping punch and likewise stuns Russell. They close and clinch to trade some blows to the body. Russell manages a body lock and drags Eric to the ground. Russell works to mount and locks in a triangle just as time expires for the round.
Round 3 Russell has some new found confidence and is pressing the action. Eric returns with body kicks. Russell closes and lands a solid left hook to stagger Eric. Eric retreats but Russell closes and lands another that drops Eric to the ground. Eric is given an 8 count and they get back to the fight. Russell lands some more strong shots that bloody his opponent. Russell gets Eric’s back and puts him in a RNC that ends the fight just before the ring of the final bell.
Russell Benes def Eric Castro by sub (RNC) in rd 3
Scott Hamilton Toe 2 Toe 215+ 0–0 MMA
Randolph Tutt X3 215+ 0–0 MMA
Tutt is the aggressor here and throws a number of strikes to start. Scott goes for a takedown but is unable to complete. From standing Tutt lands a body knee that Scott looks hurt by. Scott goes for another takedown that Tutt sprawls out of. Tutt is able to put Scott in a shoulder lock and submit him in the first round.
Randolph Tutt def Scott Hamilton by sub (shoulder lock) in rd 1.
John Downing Cooks Impact 170 1–0 MMA
Tyler Sibling Genisses 170 0–0 MMA
John lands a solid leg kick to start and Tyler shoots for a takedown. John manhandles him to the ground and stands back up. John lands some strikes while standing and Tyler shoots again. John sprawls out of the takedown and gets to standing again. This process repeats until Tyler is able to put John in his guard. John works to pass guard while Tyler works for a kimura to submit or pass. The ref stands them after some time in this position.
This round they trade some leg kicks to start. John finds some success with a flurry and Tyler clinches. John drops him with an illegal slam and they reset. Tyler gets them to the ground again and John is nearly able to pull off a hammer lock before Tyler rolls for a leg lock. John defends the leg lock and improves his position to take Tyler’s back. John comes over the top and locks in an armbar just before the bell rings.
3rd round John and Tyler meet in the middle and they find the ground quickly. John wins the scramble and gets into top position. John worked for an armbar that missed and Tyler was able to take his back. John explodes and gets back into Tyler’s guard. The fight ends soon after.
John Downing def Tyler Sibling by unan. decision
Triston Dooley Cooks Impact 265 2–0 MMA
Tory Barkley X3 270 1–0 MMA
They open with a pair of leg kicks and clinch quickly. Triston works t body and Tory is able to lock in a guillotine. Triston defends but Tory trips him sand they drop the way 600 pounds of man should HARD. Tory maintains half guard over Triston and works for submissions or better position. The round ends in this position.
Tory scores more leg kicks at the beginning of the 2nd round and lands a spinning back kick to Triston’s mid section. Tory shoots for a single and gets top position. Triston moves to escape and Tory takes this back. Triston is able to stand and they trade more strikes. Tory is visibly gassing and makes a desperate shot Triston sprawls out of. Triston stands again and is on the attack. Tory manages a trip and lands on Triston’s back. Tory locks in a RNC just as the bell rings.
Tory works more low kicks and follows up with clinchwork. Triston manages to land a headkick to a tired Tory and they clinch again. After some inactivity the ref separates them and they get back to fighting. Triston lands a solid right hand and downs Tory. The ref steps in and calls the fight.
Triston Dooley def Tory Barkley by TKO.
Greg Lawrence Knuckle up 155 3–4 MMA
Josh Downing Cooks Impact 155 5–3 MMA
Josh slow plays the start of the fight and lulls Greg nearly to sleep. Josh lashes out with quick strikes but Greg has done nothing. Josh unleashes another attack and Greg meets him. They clinch and Josh hits him with some knees. Greg manages to shrug him off and they go back to their dance. Greg’s confidence is building and lands a right that backs Josh off. Josh retaliates with a right hook that floors Greg and stops the fight.
Josh Downing def Greg Lawrence by KO in rd 1.
Daniel Norton Toe2Toe 205 4–0 MMA
Jerico Lathem 1440 Combat 205 3–1 MMA
The fighters tentatively feel each other out for the first minute or so. Dan finds paydirt with a flurry. Jerico closes to clinch and Dan drops him for the takedown. Dan works to half guard and eventually gets his leg up over Jerico’s shoulder. Dan rains down blows to the head until finally moving for an armbar just as time expires.
Jerico lands a big right early in the 2nd that only infuriates Dan. Dan unleashes a flurry and backs up. Dan approaches for another flurry and Jerico returns with a combination. Dan clinches and gets the takedown getting him into mount. Dan resumes the position he was in at the end of the first. Dan misses the armbar but is able to lock Jerico in a triangle. Jerico taps just before the end of the round treating us to an elusive submission finish before the bell.
Daniel Norton def Jerico Lathem by sub (Triangle) in rd 2.
Joseph Cornroli Upstate Karate 170 4–1 MMA
Steele McCall X3 170 6–1 MMA
Joe is circling with his hands pretty low. He’s a quick guy so it doesn’t seem to hurt him right now. Steel shoots for a single and Joe defends it well. They work against the fence for a bit and Steel is unable to complete the takedown. Joe drops for a body shot that lands clean and he closes. Joe gets the takdeown and works in side control. Steel scrambles out and gets a single of his own. Steel completes the takedown and works for a guillotine early. Joe defends but gives up position just before the bell rings.
2nd round Joe looses some strikes and Steel goes for another takedown. Joe stays on top and eventually stands. Joe then goes for his own takedown and works from half guard. Joe is unable to put anything together and they stand. They close and go to the ground again. Joe is able to mount Steel just before the round ends.
Joe commands the stand-up here and soon closes to clinch; Joe takes them down and works for a submission. Steel gets a favorable position and nearly seals an armbar. Joe manages to stand and dominate the rest of the fight.
Joe Cornroli def Steele McCall by unan. dec.
We will be coming to you live cageside at 8pm EST for Clash at the Coliseum presented by Black and Blue Entertainment.
Tickets are still available at the door so if you’re in driving distance be sure to head on down. Otherwise stay tuned to the NextMMAFighter for live updates of the fight results and play by play as it happens. If the wireless network is sufficient at the venue we will also try to do a Justin.TV live broadcast so stay tuned for that information.
Event Photographs and Video Interviews will follow on Sunday.
Nick Kosvok vs Rusty Crowder – Amateur MMA
Rusty is looking to score early but Nick tags him with a straight right that stuns rusty. Rusty survives and rushes to meet Nick. Rusty goes low for a takedown and Nick gets him in a guillotine. Rusty is able to defend from the submission and work to pass the guard. Nick shrimps his hips out effectively and gets to standing. Rusty attacks with a flurry and Nick is the one to get the takedown now. Nick is unable to pass and stands. Rusty lands a leg kick and straight right which he follows with another takedown. Rusty is able to get to half guard and continues to work. The time expires just as Rusty passes to side control.
2nd round Nick catches one of Rusty’s body kicks but doesn’t do much with it. Rusty rushes in with another flurry and gets another takedown when Nick covers up. Rusty works some body strikes from top position and is ultimately able to pass to mount. He works for an arm and Nick narrowly evades an armbar. Rusty is tenacious and maintains control of the arm which he uses to transition into a triangle that Nick is able to escape. Nick momentarily takes Rusty’s back but Rusty is able to reverse and get Nick’s back. The round ends with Rusty in control.
Nick is behind in points and he knows it. Nick was looking for an opening early in the 3rd round but Rusty attacks with another flurry and get it to the ground. Rusty lands in an ideal position for an D’Arce choke and works for it for first half of the round. Rusty maintains control for the rest of the round and the time expires.
Rusty Crowder def Nick Kosvok by unan. decision
Matt Pierce vs John Downing – Amateur MMA
Both fighter start with some push kicks and John lands a good right hand. Matt comes back swinging with the worst of intentions and really wanting to end it 3early. Matt is block ing the low kicks with his hands and it’ll prove a huge liability. John is looking for a takedown and manages to connect with one when Matt approaches with some strikes. John circles quickly to take the back when Matt tries to roll for an escape. John is able to isolate and arm and apply a quick armbar for a tap.
John Downing def Matt Pierce by sub (armbar) in rd. 1
Matt Sword vs Josh Downing – Advanced Amateur MMA
Josh lands a sold left early in the fight and crushes Matt in the corner. Matt rebounds and gets on top of Josh in side control Matt was able to stack Josh to try to pass the guard but Josh switched his hips quickly and sink in an armbar. Really slick work by Josh on the ground.
Josh Downing def Matt Sword by sub (armbar) in rd. 1
Russ Bennis vs Josh Parker – Advanced Amateur MMA
Josh is a terror and assaults Russ quickly getting him to the ground to work some ground and pound. Russ is working franticly from the ground for a triangle or any sort of break in the action. Russ is able to stand but Josh is tenacious and rushes to meet him in a clinch with knees and punches on the inside. Josh is expending a lot of energy early in the fight and Russ is seeing that. Before he’s able to capitalize however Josh is able to pick him up and slam him. Russ works his way out again and they get to standing. Russ is able to defend form the takedown and land some strikes before the end of the round.
Round 2 Russ is able to land some good strikes early in the round but Josh goes low again and gets the takedown. Josh is able to keep the fight on the ground for the most part but Russ is finally able to stand. Josh is tiring and getting sloppy on his takedowns. Russ starts to pick him apart with punches and kicks. Russ survives another expedition to the ground and the round ends.
Round 3 Russ lands a strike and goes for a takedown of his own but they end in a clinch. Russ disengages and is able to land more strikes from the outside. Josh manages yet another takedown and works to North South. After some body strikes Josh finds the energy to pass to the mount and deliver more strikes before the time expires. During the groundwork here Josh had grabbed the fence and was warned twice before the ref took a point away.
Josh Parker vs Russ Bennis ends in a draw
David Curby vs Brandon Brown – Pro MMA
Brandon shoots a takdwon early in the fight that David weathers rather well. Brandon was able to complete it and get dominant position but David scrambled and got back tot standing. David is probing with stiff jabs but Brandon is doing a good job of avoiding the strikes. David is throwing some big TKD kicks but Brandon is avoiding them deftly. Brandon manages a takedown and works for an armbar quickly.
Brandon Brown def David Curby by sub (armbar) in rd. 1
Urarahy Rodriguez vs Joe Carroll – Pro MMA
Urarahy gets a takedown after some posturing and ends in Joes guard. Urarahy works some GnP from the guard. Urarahy is landing stiff shots form the top and is working to pas. Urarahy gets to half guard. Joe gets back into a butterfly guard and postures up for more strikes. Urarahy passed to side control and works for a front headlock when he got to north south. Urarahy lands a punch as they disengage. Urarahylands a few big punches and knees in a clinch that stun Joe. Urarahy gets Joe to the ground and lands some more big shots from the top.
Joe is on the attack early in the 2nd round but Urarahy opts for the takedown and they are back in Joe’s guard. Ururahy is conserving his energy by not delivering a lot of strikes here in favor of improving position. When he can’t pass he lands 2 big hammer fists and postures up for more of hte same. Joe is keeping a really active guard with punches form the bottom and heel strikes to the back of Urarahy. Joe is able to stand and Urarahy gets a takedown quickly. Back to Joe’s guard. Joe gets up again and Urarahy unleashes as high kick but missesl. Urarahy follows with another takedown, this time with Urarahy in side control. Urarahy is keeping Joe on his back but unable to finish thus far. Joe is as tough as they come and can take a lot of punishment. They get to standing and Urarahy attempts a big flying knee to close the round that misses.
Round 3 they’re keeping it standing to start and swinging for the fences. Urarahy closes the distance and lands a big trip that brings them down hard. Urarahy gets to side control again but is unable to put a submission or strikes together. Joe gets him back into guard but loses it to side control very quickly, this time Urarahy is able to pass to mount and then the back. Urarahy locks in the RNC quickly and effectively.
Urarahy Rodriguez def Joe Carroll by sub (RNC) in rd. 3
Nick Smiley vs Bobby Peavler – Pro MMA
Nick lands a leg kick early and Bobby eats some shots looking for a takedown. Bobby is finally able to get to the ground and Bobby gets into side control. Bobby gets knee on belly and passes to mount. Bobby works some strikes, but Nick is able to walk up the cage and nearly get to standing. They scramble and posture for position. Nick gets it to standing and lands some good strikes further frustrating Bobby even further. Bobby makes desperate shot from pretty far away. Nick is tired and lands with his back against the cage. Bobby works in a guillotine and got a tap.
Bobby Peavler def Nick Smiley by sub (guillotine) in rd. 1
Coming up this Saturday Night Wild Bills and Undisputed Productions will be putting on another great night of fights in Duluth, GA. There are a number of great up and coming fighters on this card that is headlined by a middleweight bout between local standout Aaron “Tex” Johnson and WAR MACHINE. There is also a special treat of a Pro Boxing championship fight between Yahya McClain and Jason Robinson for the NABF Cruiserweight Championship.
NextMMAFighter will be on hand cageside and we will be bringing you live results as they happen at our facebook page. Full round by round summaries, video interviews and photographs will follow on Sunday.
Here is the confirmed fight card as we know it right now and we will bring you any updates to the card before Fight Night on Saturday.
War Machine (10-3) vs Tex Johnson (6-2)
Joe Merit (11-9-1) vs Andrew Montanez (10-11)
Dustin Chovanic (5-1) vs Dwayne Taylor (3-2)
Sean Kilgus (1-3) vs Johnny Buck (4-5)
Philip Schenuk (0-1) vs Andrew Higgins (1-0)
Yahya McClain (25-7-2) vs Jason Robinson (18-5) for the NABF Cruiserweight Championship
Shea Taylor vs Kevin Keller
Lee Cain vs Joey Ward
Sean Wilson vs Stephen Upchurch
Will Bolt vs Rusty Riddle
Seth Colwell vs Gabe Letherman
Steve Wicinski vs Eric Castro
Brad Cole vs Eric Heegard
Here is the official press release from David Oblas’ Undisputed Productions.
For the past month everyone in the MMA community has been asking….is it still on? Is War Machine vs Tex Johnson on Saturday, April 17 at Wild Bill’s still on? The answer is YES!!! Despite War Machine’s recent arrest outside a San Diego bar that landed him on TMZ and a spit bag over his face, the fight is still on for Saturday, April 17!
In February of 2009, he legally changed his from Jon Koppenhaver to War Machine. He had one of the best fights in the history of MMA PPV. He’s starred in a porn movie with Digital Playground. He’s several times faced legal action outside the cage. To raise money for his attorneys, he’s put on ebay all his memorabilia from his MMA fights including some of his most personal items – his liver, his kidney and his sperm for sale!
And on Saturday night, the MMA legend known as War Machine will come to Atlanta to fight local standout Tex Johnson in the main event of Wild Bill’s Fight Night!
Wild Bill’s Fight Night is not new to the spotlight of the MMA industry hosting many of the country’s top fighters, and with that controversy has not been far away either. The last Wild Bill’s Fight Night featured Junie Browning, one of MMA’s most controversial fighters. After hosting Junie in the main event, War Machine had to be next!
But the War Machine vs Tex Johnson fight was in jeopardy only last week when War Machine was arrested at a San Diego bar for allegedly carrying deadly weapons, which turned out only to be his fists! See TMZ story by clicking here.
Now it’s on for Saturday, April 17 and War Machine will bring his 10-3 record to Wild Bill’s to fight the 6-2 Tex Johnson in his hometown.
Tickets are available for as low as $25 at all Ticketmaster outlets or by clicking here.
Next MMA Fighter: When did you get the call from Strikeforce to fight Jason “Mayhem” Miller?
Tim Stout: I got the call right at 2 weeks out and agreed immediately, obviously it’s a really big fight for me.
Next MMA Fighter: How do you feel about fighting on CBS?
Tim Stout: I’m really looking forward to it. It gives my family, friends, and fans an opportunity to see me fight when they may not have been able to in the past.
Next MMA Fighter: How do you want to fight him? What’s the gameplan?
Tim Stout: My gameplan is no secret. I’m gonna try to keep it standing and knock him out. I train with Mark Cook for my kickboxing and Roberto Traven on the ground, I’m prepared for anything he brings.
Next MMA Fighter: There’s no shortage of tape for this guy, you do your homework?
Tim Stout: I’m a big fan, actually. I enjoy the show and the shenanigans. In a lot of ways he’s my exact opposite, so I just like to watch it.
Next MMA Fighter: No plans to rival his walk-in?
Tim Stout: (laughs) No, I’m just gonna walk in there and want to get to work. I’ll leave the show for the showman.
Next MMA Fighter: Is Strikeforce a promotion you see yourself in for the long term or is UFC a goal, perhaps?
Tim Stout: I’ll fight anywhere that will have me and treat me the best. Fighting on National TV is the big game, so it’s just about where I can be happiest.
Next MMA Fighter: The Hendo Shields fight is coming up. Any predictions?
Tim Stout: I love Dan Henderson, he’s a good ol’ boy just like me and he comes to fight. Jake won’t likely be able to take him down and it’ll turn into a boxing match. Jake will run into Dan’s right hand eventually.
Next MMA Fighter: UFC 112 is just about underway, any comments or predictions about those fights?
Tim Stout: I’d like to see Maia win, I think it would be interesting for the division. BJ Penn is great and I don’t really see him losing, and I have a lot of respect for Renzo, I’d like him to come away with a win there.
Next MMA Fighter: We’re not too far from the fight now, how’s your weight?
Tim Stout: I’m going up a weight class so I feel really good, I’ll put on some pounds and do a really small cut. I feel incredible and won’t have issues with cardio or hydration that would usually come with a big cut.
Next MMA Fighter: How do you feel about Georgia fighters compared to the rest of the scene? You’ve got a big fight coming up, Tex Johnson is gonna fight War Machine next weekend, Raphael Assuncao is fighting for the WEC…
Tim Stout: I don’t think Georgia fighters are necessarily better than anywhere else, there’s a big mix of talent in the state. Although there are guys like Tex, Assuncao, and Jucao that really shine.
Next MMA Fighter: Tell us about your nickname.
Tim Stout: My first couple of fights I finished by KOs all in the first couple seconds of the first round. I developed a reputation for being a tenacious and explosive fighter. People wanted me to be the “Pitbull” and other stuff but when it came down to it, I wanted to be original. MOAB stands for Massive Ordinance Air Blast, the most powerful non-nuclear bomb our military uses. I picked it because it was original and I throw bombs in all of my fights.
Next MMA Fighter: Thanks for speaking with us, Tim. Anyone you want to thank?
Tim Stout: I would like to thank all my sponsors Hitman Fight Gear, Full Tilt Poker.net and Fighter Warehouse. I also want to thank Nutraplanet.com and Ink Revolutions who have supported me since I started fighting.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my training partners at Unit 2 Fitness and Roberto Traven, Mark Cook from Cook’s Impact Martial Arts, Casey Oxendine from Team Oxendine and all the guys at Toe 2 Toe Fitness in Hiram.
Lastly I would like to thank Sponsored Fan for all the work they do for me. These guys never stop working for me and it shows, just look at all my new sponsors!
Previously featured fighter Tim Stout will be squaring off with Jason Miller in a preliminary bout of the Strikeforce CBS show on April 17th. Many are counting Tim out in this fight, but having seen him fight live he definitely has a shot against Mayhem.
Tim Stout will be coming off a dominating decision win in Atlanta at Bangkok Fight Night V against WEC veteran Phillp Wyman. Jason Miller came up short in his last bout against Jake Shields, but fought a good fight and came very close to finishing Shields in the fight.
Its going to be a great fight and we are all hoping it makes it on the televised portion of the card.
For more on Tim, check out his interview :Tim Stout Interview
Post Fight Video Interview | Tim Stout | M.O.A.B Fighting Concepts | Newnan, GA
Coming up tomorrow night, Soco Mc Allister and Sportfight X are going to be putting on an unbelievable show in Atlanta. The featured bout is the finals of the Redline VPX 185lb Grand prix between Douglas Lima and Cortez Coleman.
The rest of the card is stacked with top talent from the Southeast and will surely be a great show. Previously featured fighter Byron Bloodworth returns to action along with UFC Veteran Diego Saravia stepping back into the cage. The card also features undefeated fan favorite and Ultimate Fighter 11 participant Warren Thompson. Definitely come on out if you can make the show or if you don’t live in the area you can watch the action through gofightlive.com
For tickets to the fight see the Sportfight X website here.
NextMMAFighter.com will be cageside bringing you live fight updates along with full round by round summaries to follow the day after the fights. The current confirmed Fight lineup is listed below.
185 lbs Redline Grand Prix Finals Douglas Lima vs. Cortez Coleman
145 lbs Diego Saraiva vs. Dee Jay Fuentes
185 lbs Warren Thompson vs. David Vitkay
155 lbs Frank Millsap vs. Matt Covan
145 lbs Byron Bloodworth vs. Jarall Bowman
170 lbs Dhiego Lima vs. Kenny Moss
185 lbs Jeremy Wallace vs. Hamza Mutelib
NextMMAFighter : Thanks for taking the time out of your schedule to talk with us Soco. How are the final preparations coming together for Sportfight X’s “Beatdown in the Ballroom”?
SportfightX Soco : I am doing an interview at 1:40 AM, but there ain’t no rest for the wicked, right? We are exceeding all expectations brother. Honestly every minute that goes by, I get a little more excited because tickets sales are great and as long as everything goes well at the weigh ins I think we are going to have an amazing show. This is a show with genuine interest built around it.
NextMMAFighter : Tell us a bit about the fighters you have in the cage on Friday Night.
SportfightX Soco : 90% of the fighters on the card have been the main event at other regional shows. I think that alone speaks volumes. I don’t even know where to begin, Diego Saraiva UFC veteran in the co-main event against an up and coming stand out DJ Fuentes from Matt Hughes camp. Warren Thompson, honestly the only way you’re not a fan of Warren is if you’ve never seen him fight. The guy is amazing on his feet yet somehow wins more fights by submission, just one of those mysteries. Byron Bloodworth, another main event guy, talented in any direction the fight goes. Frank Millsap, last three fights of his he’s been the main event, excellent wrestler who loves to stand. Card is just loaded with talent from top to bottom.
All of us are looking forward to the Redline Grand Prix finals.
NextMMAFighter : For anyone who hasn’t been following along, tell us about the $10,000 Redline VPX Grand Prix.
SportfightX Soco : This is the most anticipated cage fighting tournament in Georgia history, you’re not the only one who’s ready for this show to happen. We hand picked eight of the toughest unsigned fighters from around the country and put them in a cage to find the best. We put up a 10,000 dollar grand prize courtesy of REDLINE VPX and said may the best man win. Well we’ve seen some amazing fights from it and these final two guys are one fight away from the big show. Douglas Lima is 22 years old and has 14 victories under his belt, his first fight he needed a permission slip from his mother at the age of 17. He is an example athlete.
Cortez Coleman is from Matt Hughes camp in St. Louis and he is an example of struggle. He comes from a very rough background and honestly he was a last minute filler for this tournament. From the beginning, we didn’t think much of him. Turns out that’s kind of the way the world has treated him since birth and he is a fighter. Coming out here against all the odds and in a city where no one cheered for him, he persevered and he is here in the finals. Check out his video at sportfightx.com and see his training routine. It’s intense.
NextMMAFighter : Aside from the stellar pros you have on the card for Friday night, who are some up and coming amateur fighters you think have a bright future.
SportfightX Soco : We don’t have many amateur fights on the card but one that stands out is Hamza Utelib vs Jeremy Wallace. Hamza is about as dynamic as they come and he is an entertainer. Wallace is a piece of iron who is brutally strong and just loves to fight. They are both solid athletes already and I think that’s going to be a fun one to start the show with.
NextMMAFighter : As one of the premier promoters in the Southeast, what got you into the fight game?
SportfightX Soco : I came from a marketing background and spent years in that industry. I have never missed a UFC since the first one and have always been passionate about this sport. I had always dreamed of being involved with the UFC in some way. A few years back I sold out of my marketing businesses and decided to go where my heart was, and pushed myself into the game. I knew this region had some decent MMA shows but nothing for Atlanta to really call it’s home show. We are building that, by creating outstanding relationships with great companies that are interested in the growth of MMA as a sport and those relationships are going to take our events to the next level.
NextMMAFighter : What separates what you are doing from the rest of the shows of the region?
SportfightX Soco : We are doing things that others aren’t. Our image attracts the right type of people, the right caliber of fighter and a bigger group of sponsors. This isn’t Crazy Bob’s Fight Night, we are building a professional sports organization that the entire family can enjoy and everyone will appreciate that as we grow.
It’s funny the bigger you grow, the more critics you seem to find. Someone said today I should look at things in the fighters perspective, I found it funny as I thought of other shows in the region. Has anyone in Georgia history ever given away 10k in a tournament? Why would they? They could keep that money for themselves. I sometimes wonder if I think too much in the fighter’s perspective. Who knows.
NextMMAFighter : What advice do you have for fighters who are trying to take things to the next level in their careers?
SportfightX Soco : Sacrifices have to be made at some point. You have to find a great team to train with. Period. There are plenty of them, you just have to investigate. I just did a blog on this at www.sportfightx.com. If you have a great team to train with I recommend getting a good management team. A good manager can get your name out, build your web presence, make you look your full potential even if you aren’t there yet. They can help you find sponsors and be the bad guy when you don’t know how (pushing for more money). The best managers are the ones that are always selling their fighters not ones who never return phone calls. They make life easy on you because they are workers and represent your best interest. The team at Sponsoredfan.com and SuckerPunchEnt.com are two that I get daily messages from selling their fighters to me and it’s no coincidence they are 70% of my card this Friday.
NextMMAFighter : As MMA is becoming very popular in the US, grassroots shows are definitely on the rise. Do you think this trend will continue?
SportfightX Soco : Sure. But this is a very, very tough game. I am happy that the Athletic Commission is stepping in to keep the events safe and police things because there are plenty of people looking to jump on and just make a quick buck. Sometimes this happens at the cost of safety and integrity of the sport itself. In my short amount of time, I’ve seen many people try and fail and lose lots of money chasing that quick buck. My advice for those interested in getting involved is finding someone with experience in promoting to guide you, or hire them to consult or to even put the entire show together. I am currently working with companies in other areas put on shows. It will save you the time, the stress and money you could otherwise lose very quickly.
NextMMAFighter : In regards to the Southeast where you do most of your promoting, what’s your assessment on the growth of MMA in this part of the country.
SportfightX Soco : MMA is growing fast everywhere, this region is no different. A new fight gym opens up every month and I see 13 year olds doing amazing things in BJJ tournaments like Lutador Grappling. And the women are getting better and better so there is an evolution in progress at all times. What we are working on is continuing the education of the average fan and giving them the drug of knowledge to hook them on the sport the way we are. They become junkies like me and you, get addicted and someone has to provide their fix, and our fix is the purest.
NextMMAFighter : After what will surely be an amazing show on Friday night, can you tell us about any plans you have for big fights in the next few months?
SportfightX Soco : Yeah man, we are definitely looking at doing another tournament. Bigger and better than this one. We will be bringing championships into the mix. And some super fights. And partnering our show with other big promotions and events to expand the awareness of the sport to other genre’s. We are not going to rely on the die hard fan alone, and let UFC do all the marketing and educating for our sport. We all know they are the kings, but I feel I have a responsibility of holding my own in the growth of the sport, not just tapping into the already existing fans which I very much appreciate and work hard to keep them involved. We also have our amateur series
NextMMAFighter : It’s going to be a great fight on Friday and we can’t wait, in closing is there anything else you would like to say to the fans?
SportfightX Soco : We appreciate your support and welcome your feedback at every opportunity. We are not perfect and can’t satisfy everyone, but we grow, become better with every show and with your input will continue to do so. Check out my blog at www.sportfightx.com where I am journaling my experiences as a fight promoter. Also follow me on twitter @SportFightXSoco for latest updates, I like to do contests and fun stuff on there for free tickets to our events and tell insider secrets that I probably shouldn’t. And if you can’t make it to the fight Friday, you can watch it on gofightlive.tv. Or catch the highlights on HDNET’S Inside MMA next Friday. Two guys, One cage, Ten Thousand Dollars…. Sparks are going to fly!
We are coming to you cageside from the North Charleston Coliseum for Fury Fight Promotions “The Storm”. The crowd is taking their seats and the anticipation is building for what will surely be a fantastic night of fights.
If you cant join us here in the Charleston, stay tuned for live fight results with photographs and video interviews later this evening.
The following is the official fight card which has been approved by the South Carolina Athletic Commission.
Nathan Hammes vs. Sean Young 165lbs
First round begins and both fighters are tentative to engage on the feet. Young scores a quick takeout which Hammes reverses and goes for a RNC. Young is able to gain control on the ground and then works an RNC himself. Young spends most of the round in a dominant position over Hammes. Before the round ends Young scores another takedown.
Round 2 begins and Young scores a takedown which Hammes transitions into a guillotine attempt. Young gains control and rolls Hammes on his back where he looks to score with ground and pound while Hammes works for a triangle. The round ends with Hammes dangerously close to finishing Young.
Round 3 begins and we are greeted by a thunderous leg kick to the cup by young, it looked close to the guts, but we cant be sure. Hammes goes down and takes his recovery time. The round continues and both fighters exchange until Young rocks Hammes with a right stunning him. Young follows up with a takedown and finishes off the round in a dominant position, in my opinion winning the fight by decision.
Sean Young wins by Unanimous Decision
Paul Ellis vs. Drew Ridgeway 150lbs
A great back and forth round where some serious wrestling is being displayed. Both fighters are jockeying for position looking for an advantage in their MMA Debut. Ellis pulls guard and works towards a guillotine but Ridgeway is able to fight it off and move to a RNC. The round ends on the ground where it started, tough one to call.
R2 begins with some thai clinch action, it isnt long before ellis executes a great judo throw as both fighters go crashing to the mat. Ridgeway is able to get control on the ground and posture up as he delivers some body blows as he works towards mount. Ridgeway maintains control on the ground with a d`arce to end the round.
The round begins and we are treated to a gigantic slam by Ridgeway as he slams ellis to the mat and finishes in full mount. From there Ellis gives up his back and its only a matter of time before ridgeway finishes with the RNC.
Ridgeway wins by submission (RNC) @ 1:39 of R3
Antonio Reyes vs. Travis McGruder 205lbs
The fight begins and Reyes throws a huge bomb of a right that Mc Gruder ducks out of. Its then Travis`turn and he just throws an absolute flurry of punches that stuns Reyes and Mc Gruder follows him to the ground. From here, Mc Gruder mounts, throwing some huge ground and pound shots. Reyes escapes to his feet but Mcgruder hunts him down and delivers a huge shot that likely breaks the nose of Reyes. Mc Gruder then follows him to the ground again, this time brutally finishing Reyes with strikes from the mount position.
Travis McGruder wins by TKO @:40 of R1
Jason Hicks vs. Jeff Tharington 150lbs
This fight is over in a flash. Hicks comes out looking to throw, he does so with a big leg kick and Tharington catches it. This catches Hicks off balance and he falls to the ground but takes his time to sink in a super slick straight armbar finishing the fight.
Hicks wins by submission (armbar) @:45 of R1
Chris McNally vs. John Bryant 185lbs
Chris McNally begins the fight working some strong knees while looking for the big takedown. He lands an inadvertent blow to the weener and the fight is stopped while Bryant recovers. The round continues and McNally finishes his takedown but Bryant works towards a kimura and when it looks like he has it, Chris` wrestling takes over. McNally gains control of Bryant as he pushes him into the cage then throws bombs until Bryant cant take anymore and taps out.
McNally wins by submission (tapout due to strikes) @ 2:04 of R1
Bobby Peavler vs. Josh Lening Heavyweight
Peavler and Lening meet in the middle and immediately go into a clinch which Peavler is getting the better of. He drives knees into the guts and throws some light uppercuts before he pulls guard on Lening. Once on the ground Peavler works to a north south position and finishes Lening with a North South choke.
Peavler wins by submission (North/South Choke) in R1
Joe Elmore vs. Joseph Carroll 155lbs
The first round starts with a frenzied pace and doesn’t let up. Joe Elmore is throwing amazing combos and connecting on Carroll as Carroll decides to try his luck on the ground. Once there Carroll is very insistent on getting an armbar, while Elmore is happy to slam him on his head over and over. It is crazy how many times they crash to the ground as Elmore continues to slam Carroll who is still trying to finish by armbar or triangle.
The second round begins and Carroll is very comfortable on the ground. He looks to bring Elmore into his world and he eventually does. While on the ground Carroll is able to take Elmore’s back and spends almost the entire round looking to finish Elmore with a choke but Joe will not quit. The round ends as Elmore is nearly finished by a Choke.
Round 3 begins and Elmore looks tired, but that goes away when the round stars. Elmore lands a left which has Carroll take a step back. They go to the ground and Carroll looks to finish Elmore by armbar, again getting very close. Elmore rolls out and is able to mount Carroll while delivering some sound strikes on the ground. The struggle continues as Carroll looks to finish on the ground and Elmore is throwing bombs from the top. Carroll moves to side control and looks to deliver some shots before Elmore transitions out and ends up in Carroll’s guard once again. While Elmore is working there is a knee to the face on the ground which Elmore is warned for. The fight continues and Carroll pulls Elmore into his guard once again as time runs out on a fight that both guys gave their all. This is for sure the fight of the night so far, what a battle.
Joe Elmore wins by unanimous decision
Tim Goodwin vs. Preston Marks 135lbs
The round begins and both fighters are looking to setup some standup combos. Marks aims to throw his opponent by switching stances but it doesn’t faze Goodwin. Marks tries very hard for a takedown that Goodwin sprawls well on before he decides to pull guard and look for a guillotine finish. Marks is able to work out of the guillotine and then move to a choke with 10 seconds in the round as he flattens out Goodwin nearly finishes him as the bell rings.
Round 2 is immediately taken to the mat and Marks is working in side control as he looks to point with elbows on Goodwin. It doesn’t take long before Goodwin is smothered and Marks is all over his back. Marks is absolutely punishing a flattened out Goodwin and actually going over what strikes are legal as he has an open dialog with the ref. He attacks from all angles as Goodwin doesn’t show any signs of fighting back and the referee stops the bout.
Marks wins by TKO (Strikes) @ 4:13 of R2
Jerrod Sanders vs. Anthony Christodoulou 150lbs
The fight begins and both fighters are looking to establish themselves on the feet. This goes on for a bit and then Christodoulou decides to work for a single leg. Christodoulou spends alot of time looking for this but Sanders wont budge. They go to the ground and Christodoulou works to a kimura with no avail. From here they go back to the feet and Sanders begins to take control, he is landing knees and even has an elbow find its mark while both fighters are standing. From here the standup continues with Sanders finishing strong as the bell is rung to mark the end of R1.
R2 begins and Sanders is patient as Christodoulou is looking for something off of his back on the ground. Sanders maintains his position and points on Christodoulou as he has his back. From here he rolls Christodoulou over and finishes with a very slick D`arce choke.
Sanders wins by submission (D`Arce choke) @2:14 of R2
Josh Robertson vs. Shah Bobonis 145lbs
Shah bobonis is called the showstopper and he quickly shows us why. This is the fastest I have ever seen someone be taken down, setup and finished by D`Arce choke. Ill be the first to say it, this is a D`Arce choke EXTRAVAGANZA tonight. Not much to write about here folks, Bobonis went out here and finished his opponent in no time at all calling an end to the fight @:23 of R1
Bobonis wins by submission (D`Arce Choke) @:23 of R2
Justin Dalton vs. Jason Nicholson 145lbs
Dalton and Nicholson are establishing themselves in the standup. Dalton looks for a big headkick but slips in doing so. Nicholson follows him to the ground where Dalton is able to transition into Nicholsons guard. From here Dalton postures up and starts to rain down blows on the side of Nicholson’s head before he taps out, ending the fight.
Dalton wins by submission (Tap due to strikes) @ 1:13 of R1
Anthony Lapsley vs. Dave Mewborn 185lbs
The important thing to note about this fight before it begins is that Mewborn has “Clampunchers” written in cursive across the back of his trunks. The fighters throw a few combos on the feet but isn’t long before this one goes to the ground as Mewborn finishes a single leg. Lapsley is showing some good wrestling and is able to spend alot of time in Mewborn guard. He constantly works to full mount but doesn’t quite get there. He is landing some good strikes on the ground but Mewborn is defending well and even is able to roll over Lapsley as he lands in full mount. The time expires on a great first round.
Round 2 begins and both fighters are happy with grinding it out on the ground. Mewborn is working his butterfly guard while Lapsley rains down shots from above, landing a few but Mewborn seems unfazed. They go to the feet and work some knees in the clinch before Lapsley works mewborn down with a judo throw. Lapsley then moves to full mount before Mewborn is able to roll out of it and pins Lapsley against the cage. From here they continue to battle it out on the ground as Mewborn is getting the best of the struggle as he works inside Mewborn guard.
Round 3 begins and its alot more of the same as Mewborn pulls guard and Lapsley works from a dominant position. Lapsley pins Mewbornagainst the cage and starts throwing some looping rights that find their mark. The round runs out as Lapsley works on Mewborn inside his guard grinding out a tough win on the mat.
Lapsley wins by unanimous decision
Ran Weathers vs. Billy Stamp
Our main event is underway and both fighters are establishing their standup. Stamp delivers a gutbusting leg kick. Weathers handles this then takes Stamp to the ground. From here they both rise to the feet and clinch against the cage where stamp is staying more active while weathers looks like he is setting up a whammer. Both fighters are swinging with bad intentions as the rounds comes to an end with Stamp landing a nice knee on Weathers to close out the round.
Round 2 begins and Stamp stuns Weathers with a punch and follows him to the ground. From here Stamp sees an opportunity to finish and starts throwing some hammerfists as Weathers defends and tries to setup a triangle. Weathers is defending as Stamp is keeping the heat on as he works to mount. From mount he transitions to an RNC that Weathers defends and Stamp rolls to mount. Stamp postures up and looks for an opening but there isn’t one there. The fighters land in a north south position as Stamp lands in side control. Stamp looks for a keylock but Weathers defends as he looks for an answer to Stamps pressure.
Round 3 starts and an unintentional headbutt causes a brief break in the action. Stamp is once again showing that he can push the pace on Weathers and he lands in Weathers` guard as they go to the ground. Stamp postures up for a moment and Weathers nearly catches him with a big upkick. As Stamp goes to the mat again with weathers he continues to work from side control as weathers is waiting for his chance to go. Time runs out with Stamp in side control on weathers working big elbows to the head.
Stamp wins by unanimous decision
Thanks to Fury Fight Productions for putting on a great show and we will see you next time! Make sure to check back tomorrow for Event Photographs and Video interviews with the winners.
NextMMAFighter will be on hand live for Fury Fight Promotions “The Storm” from Charleston, SC this Saturday. We will bring you live event results with full round by round summaries following the next day. It goes without saying that this card is going to be spectacular and showcases some of the best up and coming talent in the Southeast. We have featured 5 fighters on this card previously so make sure to check them out.
Chris McNally is a solid wrestler who we have seen fight before and brings a tenacious ground game that is backed up by a solid wrestling base. Also on the undercard is Us Army Combatives undefeated fighter Travis McGruder, who will look to make a statement on the undercard. Always exciting Joe “The Hitman” Elmore will be in his first fight since winning by TKO over John Cofer last month facing Joseph Carroll. Carroll also won his last fight in Duluth, GA at Wild Bills Fight Night with a brutal armbar.
Bobby “Big Pappa Country” Peavler will bring his strong Jiu-Jitsu into the cage opposing Josh Lening who is looking to avenge a past lost to Peavler. In the co-main event Anthony Lapsley a well seasoned fighter will go up against Dave Mewborn who is a very young and hungry fighter.
The main event will shape up to be a great one as Ran Weathers is always a treat to watch and can win anywhere the fight takes him. He will go up against Billy Stamp who is riding a 3 fight win streak.
I highly recommend you bring yourself to the fight in person because this is going to be a good one. Tickets are still available through ticketmaster so get one and we will see you at the fights!
Full Fight Card is listed below and we will bring you the official card once the weighins are completed.