Hierarchy Fighting Association was back in action this past weekend, packing the event auditorium at the Marshall Middle School in Westland with rabid fans who came out in force to see the latest and greatest show on Hierarchy’s ever-impressive event lineup. Promoter Richard Browe and matchmaker Matt Haskell, along with an AWESOME crew, did an excellent job of coordinating the event and putting together one impressive fight card! Anyone who was in the house for any of the the four previous events will attest that EVERY Hierarchy card to date has been rock solid, and this one set the bar even higher. One look at the A-list of great gyms, trainers and fight teams involved with this show, and you KNOW you’re in for a good time – Stars and Strikes MMA, Ultimate Judo and Karate, Fierce MMA, Kollide MMA, Empire MMA, Team Fearless, Windsor Jiu Jitsu, Tenacious MMA, MadMen MMA, Southwest Fight Club, Berrien MMA, U.S.A. MMA, Champion MMA, not to mention all the exceptionally skilled indie fighters that came out reppin’ themselves.
The very first fight of the night was a frenetic paced battle between Team Fearless’s Greg “Babyface” Schaffer and Stars and Strikes’ David Levy. Right from the ref’s signal, these guys went ALL OUT. All three minutes of the first round was a NON-STOP series of strikes, transitions and sub attempts. After what was an ABSOLUTELY BRUTAL pace, Levy was unable to answer the bell for the second round, giving Schaffer the first win of the event. Next up was another battle of the flyweights, as Kollide MMA’s Jamal Moses took on rival gym Stars and Strikes’ Sean “Gator” Dunn. Cheap Football Jerseys Both fighters came straight out of the gate with something to prove. Jamal landed a HARD uppercut early on that may have caused the lights to flicker in Dunn’s house. Dunn recovered quickly, then took the fight to the ground. Once on the ground, Gator was able to maintain a dominant position despite a very spirited effort by Jamal, and slid in the rear naked choke for the victory at just past the halfway point of the very first round. Upon winning the fight, Dunn announced to Cheap Ray Bans the roaring crowd that he wanted his rematch against the always dangerous Will Woodford. We don’t know about you, but we DEFINITELY want to see that fight! The fourth fight of the fight was another Flyweight battle, this time featuring two HIGHLY impressive debut fighters, Indie fighter Jamie Bryant and Stars and Strikes’ John Lillis. It is ALWAYS a treat to see a mutual debut fight go the distance. It usually proves that these guys are doing their time in the gym, so they know what to do when it’s time for WAR. And this was one of those fights, where both fighters showed heart from bell to bell and left it all in the cage, with both fighters able to escape some pretty compromising situations. After three thoroughly impressive rounds, the judges awarded the unanimous decision victory to Bryant, granting him the very first win of his career over a TOUGH opponent. Next up, going up to the Featherweight division, it was a battle of two warriors, both looking to secure their first big “W”. Fierce MMA’s Trevor Groves and Stars and Strikes’ Jamarr Armstrong stepped inside the steel to see who was gonna take the next step forward and who would return to the drawing board. Round one was action packed, with both fighters displaying skill and heart. At the start clothing of round two, Jamar went in for the kill right away, taking the fight to the mat and POUNDING out a nice TKO victory. The eighth fight of the night was a GREAT match, AND had an interesting clause…both combatants were in fact TRAINING PARTNERS. Team Fearless’s Antonio “It’s Showtime” Gonzalez and Brandon Morris put aside their brotherhood for a few minutes for the sake of competing and putting on a GREAT display for the crowd on hand. These guys were VERY evenly skilled, to say the least. The fight came to an end at just barely under the one minute mark in round two when Morris picked up Gonzalez and slammed him to the mat HARD, causing a brief but fight ending flash KO. A cheap nfl jerseys HUGE amount of respect goes out to both of these guys for showing the type of sportsmanship that makes MMA unique! In the Lightweight division, two fairly new arrivals to the MMA scene put their as-of-yet undefeated records on the line to see whose “0” would go…Tenacious MMA’s Dan Wince and Stars and Strikes MMA’s Jason Hendrie. These two put on an entertaining standup WAR. Both Wince AND Hendrie stayed right in the pocket and let the hands go, but Hendrie got the better of the exchange in the first round. Hendrie smelled blood going into round two, and came out STRONG right off the bat to finish the fight in less than half a minute into the second round. Hats off to both fighters for an exciting boxing display! Fight number ten had “impressive” written all over it, as Karl Kokkonen took on Southwest Fight Club’s Keith Bullock. These warriors threw leather, mixed it up on the ground, brought it back to the feet…CONTINUOUSLY throughout the entire fight. After the fight ended and the score cards were gathered, all three judges concluded that Kokkonen came out on top in what was an exciting three rounder. This next fight, a Bantamweight battle that had ALL the makings of a title fight, featured two well-known and respected warriors, Marcus “Icemane” Wheeler and Stars and Strikes’ Doug “Chupacabra” Babler. Anything could have happened with this one…these guys came out so hard, it was just a matter of time until one of these two 135 pound studs found an opening and capitalized on it. With the fight hitting the ground IMMEDIATELY, there was a heated scramble for position. During this rapid-fire series of transitions, Doug was able to take Icemane’s back, sink the hooks in and find some neck to squeeze, forcing the ALWAYS tough Icemane to tap out in under a minute in the first and final round. The next fight on the card was a Welterweight war featuring Empire MMA’s Brad Campbell and Ultimate Judo and Karate’s Andrew Crushshon. The level of grappling skills in this fight was amazing. Although the fight was short, there was a clinic of jiu jitsu escapes and reversals. At just under two minutes in the first round, Campbell locked in a TIGHT triangle choke, forcing the tap, and pulling off what many would consider a HUGE upset victory over a well-known local badboy. In yet ANOTHER title fight quality matchup, two more respected and well-known cage warriors stepped up to get it done, MadMen MMA’s Frank “The Tank” Thomas and U.S.A. MMA’s Brandon “Iron Man” Maddox. As was expected, the pace was BRUTAL. Maddox was on the prowl from the start, and Frank was able to snuff some great sub attempts early on. With the fight on the ground, the scramble for position was on. After some killer sweeps and transitions, Maddox threw up a bloodflow stopping triangle choke for the tap and the finish over the always-game Tank at around the minute and three quarter mark of round one. Now it was TITLE FIGHT time…starting with the Flyweights. Ultimate Judo and Karate’s Michael Jordan faced off against Stars and Stikes’ Dustin “The Machinist” Babler for the belt and bragging rights in the 125 pound division. These guys pushed the pace HARD for the duration of the fight, and after some scrambling and ground exchanges, Jordan was able to lock on a firm triangle choke for the tap and the strap late in the first round. The Hierarchy Bantamweight title fight was an epic battle pitting Windsor Jiu Jitsu’s Billie James Smethurst against wrestling specialist and Stars and Strikes’ local badboy Derrick “Give ’em Hell” Mandell. Billie showed the heart of a champ, fending off Mandell’s constant attacks and returning fire with shots and sweeps of his own. But just past the minute mark into the second round, Mandell’s ground and pound onslaught proved to be too much, forcing the VERY TOUGH Canadian fighter to verbally submit. Derrick Mandell emerges victorious as the 135 pound Hierarchy champ. The Welterweight title fight was a treat for the fans. On paper, this was as exciting of a match as one could ask for. Berrien MMA’s Nick “Rage” Sondergeld stepped inside to face Stars and Strikes’ Scott Brown in what was a short, but VERY sweet title fight. The ref started the fight, and these two took the center of the cage. The feeling out process was SHORT. After a stuffed takedown attempt, Scott found himself on the bottom of Sondergeld’s sprawl. He managed to keep hold of one leg, then grab the other foot and turn the corner for a takedown. But during his takedown attempt, Scott left an opening, and Nick’s experience paid dividends, as he locked in an inescapable inverted triangle for the tap and the title belt finish at a mere forty two seconds in the very first round. The MAIN EVENT was the HIGHLY anticipated Heavyweight brawl featuring Champion MMA’s big, bad brawler Duke “The Big Show” Lough against Stars and Strikes’ heavy hitter, Donnie Laramie. The two fighters touched gloves, took a step back, then charged in with fists flying IMMEDIATELY. Donnie rocked Duke early with some hard shots, and the fight went to the ground. Duke fought as hard as possible to regain position and get the fight back to the feet, but to no avail. Donnie was able to keep Duke grounded, delivering HUGE, punishing shots the whole time. At EXACTLY thirty seconds into the fight, Donnie DEVASTATING assault forced Duke Cheap Jordans to call it quits. Donnie got the DOMINATING win and walked away holding the Hierarchy Heavyweight championship belt. Now that this great night of fights was concluded, the fans packed up and left the arena, still glowing from all the excitement they had just witnessed. Here’s a shout out to all the AWESOME fighters, trainers and gyms who came out to be a part of this first-class event, as well as a tip of the hat to all of our Canadian brothers and sisters who made the journey all the way to Michigan to put on a show for the fans here! This truly was a great show. But you don’t have to take our word for it…you can check out the footage from this event as well as Hierarchy’s previous events on Hierarchy’s YouTube channel.
The staffing for this event was SECOND TO NONE. These skilled and motivated guys and gals did a PHENOMENAL job of keeping everything in order! Without a solid staff, NOTHING gets done. This section is dedicated to them. Starting with the keepers of the cage, A.K.A referees…Michigan pro fighter and experienced cage official Danny McIntire, Michigan pro bad boy Brian Householder and FightMichigan’s veteran ref T.J. Corwin. Judging the night’s action were Warrior Xtreme Combat promoter Jeff Pitock, Michigan ammy fighter Jamey “Ink Daddy” Dushane and FightMichigan’s very own Shannon Hale. Lightin’ up the night and keepin’ the crowd HYPED was Eternal Entertainment Group‘s Joey Ruckus. Working at the cage door on Vaseline patrol was Michigan ammy fighter and gentleman Anthony Morse. Working the cage door, helping coordinate the event, assisting with ticket sales…you name it, were Brian Duka and his fiancee Jenni Offerman. And to the rest of you who helped ensure smooth sailing, here’s to you…you know who you are! A quick shout to the vendors in the house…Vengeance Fight Gear, MI Entertainment and Tenacious Fight Gear. Last, but MOST DEFINITELY not least, a shout out to the AWESOME cageside EMT’s for the event, Shean “The Docinator” Poppenhager and Jeremy Schroth. Good cageside medics and competent referees are the most important people at an event…period. You guys RULE. If this event is any sign of things to come, you can expect even MORE amazing things from Hierarchy in the future. And we assure you, the SECOND they announce their next event, we’ll be on top of it, and we’ll deliver all the goods via our “Upcoming Events” page, so check back often. And check out these amazing results while you’re waiting…
Fight #1 – 125 lbs.
Greg “Babyface” Schaffer (1-3, 5’6”, 125 lbs., Team Fearless) vs David Levy (0-1, 235 lbs., Stars and Strikes MMA)
Winner: Greg “Babyface” Schaffer after round 1 by TKO – Levy was unable to answer the bell for round 2.
Fight #2 – 125 lbs.
Jamal Moses (4-0, 5’9”, 140 lbs., Kollide MMA) vs Sean “Gator” Dunn (7-2, 5’10”, 135 lbs., Stars and Strikes MMA)
Winner: Sean “Gator” Dunn at 1:39 in round 1 by rear naked choke.
Fight #3 – 180 lbs.
Marcus Maulding (0-0, 6’2”, 175 lbs., Kollide MMA) vs Chris Stephenson (1-0, 6’1”, 185 lbs.)
Winner: Marcus Maulding at 2:30 in round 1 by TKO – referee stoppage due to strikes.
Fight #4 – 125 lbs.
Jamie Bryant (0-0, 6’, 125 lbs, Independent) vs John Lillis (0-0, 5’5”, 125 lbs., Stars and Strikes MMA,)
Winner: Jamie Bryant by unanimous decision after three rounds.
Fight #5 – 145 lbs.
Trevor Groves (0-1, 5’10”, 146 lbs., Fierce MMA) vs Jamarr Armstrong (0-1, 5’4”, 147 lbs., Stars and Strikes MMA)
Winner: Jamarr Armstrong at 32 seconds in round 2 by TKO – referee stoppage due to strikes.
Fight #6 – 155 lbs.
Raleigh King II (0-0, 6’1”, 155 lbs., Independent) vs Bret Saka (0-0, 5’9”, 155 lbs., Independent)
Winner: Raleigh King II at 1:08 in round 2 by TKO – referee stoppage due to strikes.
Fight #7 – 135 lbs.
Mike Nestor (1-2, 5’7”, 135 lbs., Independent) vs David Torres (0-0, 135 lbs., Independent)
Winner: Mike Nestor at 1:07 in round 2 by standing guillotine.
Fight #8 – 125 lbs.
Antonio “It’s Showtime” Gonzalez (5’7”, 125 lbs., 2-11-1NC, Team Fearless) vs Brandon Morris (5’9”, 137 lbs., 3-1, Team Fearless)
Winner: Brandon Morris at 48 seconds in round 2 by knock out due to slam.
Fight #9 – 155 lbs.
Dan Wince (1-0, 5’11.5”, 156 lbs., Tenacious MMA) vs Jason Hendrie (1-0, 5’9”, 157 lbs., Stars and Strikes MMA)
Winner: Jason Hendrie at 26 seconds in round 2 by TKO – referee stoppage due to strikes.
Fight #10 – 180 lbs.
Karl Kokkonen (5’11”, 155 lbs., 1-0) vs Keith Bullock (5’8”, 153 lbs., 2-1, Southwest Fight Club)
Winner: Karl Kokkonen by unanimous decision after three hard-fought rounds.
Fight #11 – 200 lbs.
Lonnie Smith (5’10”, 200 lbs., 3=0, Empire MMA) vs Vernon “The Juggernaut” Bryan (6’3”, 194 lbs., 1-1, Independent)
Winner: Lonnie Smith at 2:56 in round 1 by TKO – referee stoppage due to strikes.
Fight #12 – 135 lbs.
Marcus “Ice Man” Wheeler (12-9, 5’7”, 140 lbs., Independent) vs Doug “Chupacabra” Babler (13-6, 5’8”, 130 lbs., Stars and Strikes MMA)
Winner: Doug “Chupacabra” Babler at 48 seconds in round 1 by rear naked choke.
Fight #13 – 170 lbs.
Brad Campbell (3-1, 6’2”, 170 lbs., Empire MMA) vs Andrew Crushshon (10-5, 5’10”, 170 lbs., Ultimate Judo and Karate)
Winner: Brad Campbell at 1:49 in round 1 by tap out due to triangle choke.
Fight #14 – 160 lbs.
Frank “The Tank” Thomas (14-11, 5’11”, 165 lbs., Madmen MMA) vs Brandon “Iron Man” Maddox (14-5, 6’, 160 lbs., USA MMA)
Winner: Brandon “Iron Man” Maddox at 1:47 in round 1 by tap out due to triangle choke.
Fight #15 – Hierarchy 125 lb. TITLE FIGHT
Michael Jordan (14-5, 5’7”, 125 lbs., Ultimate Judo and Karate) vs Dustin “The Machinist” Babler (4-4, 125 lbs., Stars and Strikes MMA)
Winner and NEW CHAMPION: Michael Jordan at 2:20 in round 1 by tap out due to triangle choke.
Fight #16 – Hierarchy 135 lb. TITLE FIGHT
Billie James Smethurst (4-1, 5’7”, 138 lbs., Windsor Jiu Jitsu) vs Derrick “Give ’em Hell” Mandell (9-1, 5’3”, 135 lbs., Stars and Strikes MMA)
Winner: Derrick “Give ’em Hell” Mandell at 1:15 in round 2 by verbal submission.
Fight #17 – Hierarchy 170 lb. TITLE FIGHT
Nick “Rage” Sondergeld (23-11-1NC, 6’, Berrien MMA) vs Scott Brown (10-2, 5’9”, Stars and Strikes MMA)
Winner and NEW CHAMPION: Nick “Rage” Sondergeld at 42 seconds in round 1 by inverted triangle submission.
Fight #18 – Hierarchy Heavyweight TITLE FIGHT
Duke “Big Show” Lough (2-0, 5’10”, 243 lbs., Champion MMA) vs Donnie Laramie (14-4, 202 lbs., Stars and Strikes MMA)
Winner and NEW CHAMPION: Donnie Laramie at 30 seconds in round 1 by tap out due to strikes.