Elite Federation of Fighters – St. Patty’s Day Pounding – Results from March 16, 2012

The Elite Federation of Fighters was back in action once again at the gracious and spacious MRCC Banquet Center in Warren this past Friday night with yet ANOTHER spectacular night of cage fighting excitement. As usual, there were many, many well-known faces from the Michigan MMA community on hand for the event. There were also a lot of well-known and respected trainers and teams in the house, representing their respective camps and showing off the fruits of their labor. Isaiah Gathings and the Academy of Soo Do Thai, Al Cooper and Cooper’s Gym, Titan MMA and Vicious Fight Team, H8 Squad, Team Pound 4 Pound Canada, Master Bey’s Motor City Satin Panthers, the Institute of Mixed Martial Arts, Stealth Squad and Fitness 24, Team Wolfpack, Club Kickbox Detroit, and the Family. With a breathtaking rendition of our National Anthem by one of the best singers we’ve seen, Anitra Rice, followed by a formal hyping of the fans by one of the best announcers in the entire Midwest, Phil “The Voice” Davey, a truly great night of action was about to get underway.

The first thing that we would like to point out is the fact that a third of the matches went all the way to decision, which is a sure sign of solid matchmaking. Out of the first three fights, TWO of them went the distance, while the other came close. The third bout of the evening was fought under kickboxing rules, and featured Coopers’s Gym’s Hassan “Blaze” Albajad and the Academy of Soo Do Thai’s Isaiah Gathings Jr. This was a spectacular match between two great up-and-coming young strikers. Throughout the entire regulation time limit, both of these warriors put it all out there, with a clinic of kicks and punches. After three solid rounds of action, the judges were all in agreeance, awarding the hard-earned unanimous decision to Isaiah Gathings Jr. The battle immediately following was a HIGHLY entertaining one, pitting Titan MMA and Vicious Fight Team’s Chris “The Predator” Hansen and Stealth Squad and Fitness 24’s Kyle “Little Bull” Morgan. The opening round was an excellent one, with Morgan landing some great strikes, and Hansen returning fire with his own hands and takedown attempts. In round two, it was more of the same, with Hansen landing a series of vicious knees from the clinch. In the third round, Morgan took more control of the pace of the fight, exhibiting more excellent striking. The fight went down to the mat, and after two minutes of the third round, Morgan unleashed an impressive ground and pound assault, ending the fight via highlight reel knockout. The sixth fight of the night culminated in yet another full three rounds of action, as Club Kickbox Detroit’s Matthew Ray took on Team Wolfpack’s Mike Mendoza. These two were in it to win it, and it was evident that both men wanted that win for themselves. After all three rounds were in the books, the judges went to work again. They returned the verdict shortly, granting the unanimous decision victory to a tired but still excited Mike Mendoza. The tenth fight of the night was another amazing, memorable WAR that went all the way to the cards, as Pound 4 Pound Canada’s Andrew Vass and the H8 Squad’s Joseph “Ghost Bushido” Dale. In the first round, there was a very brief feeling out period as the two combatants felt out the other’s reach and tactics. Once that was over, the two went to work on the feet, with both landing multiple shots and some great takedowns. In the second round, the leather flew again early, and some more takedown work, with some great sweeps and transitions on display. Round three was an amazing blend of every aspect of MMA, just as the first two rounds were. After it was all said and done, the judges were left the unenviable task of having to decide which man had made the more effective efforts. And after all the cards were turned in, the judges concluded that Andrew Vass would emerge victorious in one of the best and closest fights of the entire event. Next up, it was time to put some gold on the line, starting with the E.F.F. Bantamweight belt. Cooper’s Gym’s James Park stepped up to face Team Wolfpack’s Clinton Montgomery. This was a five rounder, since it was a title fight, and ALMOST went all the way AGAIN! The ENTIRE fight was a non-stop clinic of jiu jitsu sub attempts, sweeps and escapes. Throughout the entire bout, Montgomery’s jits was on a whole other level, as he masterfully grappled his way through the first four rounds, while all the while, Park exhibited a warrior’s heart and managed to escape potential fight ending danger. It all came to an end in the final minute of the final round, as Clinton locked on a TIGHT armbar for the tap, the win and the strap. Now, it was time for the Middleweight title fight, as Pound 4 Pound Canada’s defending champion, Matt “The Meat Hammer” Socholotiuk faced Academy of Soo Do Thai’s LaBron “The L-Train” Oldham. Both warriors came out to finish, but Matt took control of the fight early on, and kept control for the entire first round. Round two started in similar fashion. LaBron executed a KILLER sweep, but Matt ended up finishing the round working an active Kimura. In the third round, at just over a minute in with the fight back on the ground, Matt unleashed a vicious ground assault, forcing LaBron to concede and retaining his title belt. It was now time for the MAIN EVENT – a battle between two highly skilled young men with AMAZING amounts of experience. Master Bey’s Motor City Satin Panthers’ Marcus “Icemane” Wheeler stepped up to face the current champion, the Institute of Mixed Martial Arts’ Mario “The Infamous Spider” Aguilar. Once the fight began, these guys wasted NO TIME in getting down to business. After some great exchanges that saw Mario getting the advantage, at just under two minutes in the very first round, Mario was able to dispatch a very game challenger on the ground with some fast and furious strikes that caused the referee to step in and stop the contest, making for another successful defense of one of his MANY belts. With the consummation of this fight, E.F.F. checked off another highly successful event in their rich history. Hats off to all the fighters, trainers and support staff that made this night the epic success that it was.

Now, it takes a really great cast and crew to put on a really great show, and one look at this well-known lineup of experienced officials, and it’s no wonder why this production turned out so well. Starting right from the top, the man who orchestrated it all, Sensei and promoter Isaiah Gathings, along with his lovely assistant, Christine Reed. Overseeing all the safety and action inside of the cage was E.F.F.’s mega experienced head referee, Michigan trainer and pro fighter, “Vicious” Vance Swerdan, alternating periodically with his trusty sidekick, Doug “The Thug” Gallegos. keeping close watch outside of the cage door and handling last-minute preparations was our buddy and distinguished gentleman, Bubba Mackenzie. Monitoring the overall safety from outside of the cage was one of the best cageside medics out there, and one of FightMichigan’s personal favorites, James Hill-Harris. Judges for this SPECTACULAR set of matchups where the exceptionally experienced trifecta of Mr. Samuel Crawford, alongside FightMichigan’s own Shannon Hale and T.J. Corwin. Timekeeper for the entire event was the lovely Miss Lianne Shami. The announcer for the evening’s festivities was one of the most prolific and experienced guys out there, as well as long-term friend of FightMichigan, Phil “The Voice” Davey. Spinnin’ the beats that kept shakin’ the streets was DJ Diallo. Keepin’ the crowd informed and excited between rounds was E.F.F.’s long-time head Ring Girl, Leanne Rumsey. Also a special shout out to Garage Muscle and Trained in Detroit’s Rye Spiteri, who was on hand with some awesome merch, as well as showing fans that red carpet treatment with their on-site professional photo booth. The Elite Federation of Fighters has big things planned for the future, and with every event, the phenomenon grows. So check back right here, click on that little “Upcoming Events” link at the top, as soon as we get the good news, we’ll deliver it straight to you! And don’t forget, the Elite Federation of Grapplers will be on the mats this Saturday, March 24th, right back at the MRCC Banquet and Conference Center. Don’t miss it! Until next time, here are your results…

Michigan Combat League 5 – Domination – Results from February 10th, 2012

The Michigan Combat League was back in town with another stunning fight card this past Friday with what could be hailed a tribute event, Domination. The name “Domination” was a DIRECT shout out from pro fighter, promoter and trainer Jake “Superman” Short to one of his top students and proteges, Dom “The Dominator” Sindone. Anyone who has followed Dom’s career will be quick to confirm that he has fought and beaten an A-list of the BEST ammies in the entire Midwest, and holds just about every Bantamweight title belt in the State! Now Dom is ready to take his unbelievable skill set to the pro level. This event would also be the event where Dom would personally hand over his Michigan Combat League title to the winner of an exciting four man tournament. The venue for the event was once again the spacious and gracious Knights of Columbus’ Diamond Park Center in Lincoln Park. The cage was IMMACULATE, being nearly a virgin competition area with some excellent graphics courtesy of Caged Animal Productions. If you’d like to rent this killer enclosure for your next event, just click that red link and get in touch with those guys! There was a host of great gyms, trainers and teams in the house, showing off the fruits of all their hard labor and providing some of the areas top talent, such as Michigan Extreme Combat Sports, Team Sindone, Team Juice, Jacked N Tan MMA, Team Savage, Team Wolf Pack, Team Mighty Dragons, The Institute of MMA, The Family, Team Cage Rage, A2 Fitness, Team Heavyweights, Luna’s MMA, and Team Redemption. As the house lights went down, the volume went up, and Mr. Throwdown announced to the anticipating crowd that the action was about to begin!

The first two fights of the evening were the preliminary matchups in the aforementioned Bantamweight tournament to determine who would move one step closer to being personally awarded the Dominator’s vacated title strap. And one of the first warriors to step up to that challenge was none other than Dom’s younger brother, Mike “The Maniac” Sindone, as he took on Team Wolf Pack’s Clinton Montgomery. It was apparent that both of these competitors wanted to be the one to take home the belt, as demonstrated by their immediate will to engage. Mike tried to lock on a guillotine choke early on, but Clinton was able to defend it. After some good clinch work and pummeling, Clinton was able to land a HARD knee that briefly staggered Sindone. Sindone pushed through and secured a solid takedown. After working himself into position, Mike was able to lock on a slick rear naked choke for the tap and the win, moving him on to the final round of the tourney. The next prelim of the tournament would find Team Mighty Dragon’s “Sinister” James Salisbury facing The Family’s Anthony “Lil’ Spaz” Baldwin. All I can say is this…Salisbury comes out to FINISH. While Anthony is no slouch in the cage either, James took control of the pace right away, leaving Anthony caught in defense mode. After a rapid and exciting exchange on the feet, the fight went to the ground. Shortly thereafter, James transitioned into side control and was able to end the fight and move on to the tourney finals with an BEAUTIFUL Bulldog choke submission. The fifth fight of the night was a battle of the BIG BOYS for the MCL Super Heavyweight title belt featuring Team Sindone’s Derek “Bad News” Carter squaring off against Team Heavyweight’s Eddie “The Silverback” Borom. Carter secured the takedown early on, and held position throughout the first half of the round, while the two fighters exchanged strikes on the ground. With a quick reversal, Eddie was able to take the dominant position back and unleash some brutal ground and pound for the finish and the belt with only seven seconds left to go in the round. Nice work, Eddie! Fight number seven was a WAR…pitting Luna’s MMA’s Trent Taylor against Team Mighty Dragons “Cannon” Kenny Duvall. Round one was a flurry of non-stop action, with an unbelievable number of great transitions and sweeps, along with some striking on the feet and the ground. The second round was equally as fast-paced and exciting, with a little bit of everything on display throughout the round. In the third round, Taylor was able to control position quite effectively, and dish out some punishment on the ground. After three really INTENSE rounds by both fighters, the judges awarded the unanimous decision victory to Trent Taylor. The ninth fight of the evening was a great matchup in the Middleweight division featuring Luna’s MMA’s “Mighty” Mike MacArthur and Team Mighty Dragon’s Kyle Latta. There was an exciting exchange of hands early on, followed by a BIG slam by Latta. Mike continued to defend and work for a series of submissions from the bottom as Kyle rained down some heavy ground and pound. Round two kicked off and the two warriors engaged once more. Kyle was able to get off the line first, landing a BRUTAL, knockout inducing shot at under the thirty second mark in the second round. The next fight on the card was an explosive match pitting the champs from two other organizations against one another for the MCL gold. Jacked N Tan MMA’s Anthony Nitecki (Current New World Karate Bantamweight Champion) took the stage against Team Cage Rage’s Thomas Fudoli (Current Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting Bantamweight Champion). The two combatants clinched up right away in round one, and Nitecki fired off a long, punishing series of right knees to Fudoli’s body. Anthony then perfectly executed a snapping judo throw, ending up in side control. After a series of transitions, Fudoli was able to sweep and reverse the situation and ALMOST finished a tight rear naked choke at the end of the round. Round two started up and both warriors took the center right away. The exchange that took place on the feet was amazing, with Fudoli getting the better of it. After a series of HARD shots, Nitecki went down, Fudoli pounced and forced a stop to the fight via TKO, taking home the MCL belt to add to his WXC belt! Next up was a match that was PURE GOLD on paper…AND was a contest for the MCL Featherweight belt – Team Savage’s Jerome “The Ox” Ottler versus the Institute of MMA’s Mario “The Infamous Spider” Aguilar. The fight started with a brief feeling out on the feet and a striking exchange. Mario was able to get the fight to the ground and was able to control position well, while Ottler was able to fire back effectively from the bottom. Round two began and almost after a brief setup, Mario threw a LITERALLY stunning heel kick to Jerome’s face, sending him down towards the canvas. Mario’s experience was clear, as he saw the opening and came in with a devastating finisher flurry before his opponent made it all the way down. Mario adds the MCL 145 pound belt to his impressive collection! Now, it was on to the MCL Flyweight title…Jacked N Tan MMA’s Chris Bohacek versus Team Redemption’s Tyler “The Terminator” Kirk. The two engaged right away, with the fight going down and Kirk taking control early on. Tyler was able to lock on a VERY tight triangle choke for the tap and the 125 pound strap. On to the Lightweight division, the gold was on the line as Team Savage’s Will “Freshwater” Frost faced off against Team Juice’s Terry “Mr. Perfect” Travesty. This fight started with a LOT of pummeling from the clinch, and it was apparent that both of these guys had worked this position many times before. Terry lands a SWEET double leg takedown, Will works his way back up. Terry repeats the HARD takedown. Will Frost grabs a NICE armlock from the bottom, and is still working for the finish as the horn sounds. As referee Daron Cruickshank signaled the start of round two, both came out ready to engage. Will let the hands go and got off first, landing a series of vicious shots for the KO victory at only SEVENTEEN SECONDS in round two, walking away the NEW 155 pound MCL champ. Now it was time to decide who would be the next MCL Bantamweight champion and the winner of the 4 man tourney. “Sinister” James Salisbury returned to the cage after a dominant first round fight to meet Mike “The Maniac” Sindone, who also had a great opening fight. As I mentioned earlier, James comes out to finish, as did Mike. Mike landed a HARD shot immediately, causing James to go down. He grabbed Mike’s leg as he went to the mat, but the referee was already stopping the fight. Gotta watch for the flash knockout…safety first, folks! The end of the action came at a mere THIRTEEN SECONDS into the bout, making Mike “The Maniac” Sindone the NEW MCL Bantamweight badboy to beat! It was truly a magnificent sight to see Dom Sindone have the honor of presenting his title to his own kid brother, Mike, who had the night of a lifetime! Congrats to ALL the fighters, fans, trainers, sponsors and staff (see below) who made this the biggest and baddest MCL show to date!

Now it’s event staff time…the guys and gals who put it all together and make things happen! Starting with promoter Jake “Superman” Short, who puts in TONS of work at each and every event to bring the Downriver area (where he was born and raised) the best mixed martial arts action humanly possible. Gotta respect that! The referee for the ENTIRE event was Michigan pro fighter, trainer and quintessential badass Daron Cruickshank. Judges for the evening was another local pro fighter, our good buddy and GenesisFC promoter, Josh “Rage” Lawrence, joined by yet another AWESOME fighter, Cody “Mr. Wonderful” Stamann and Mr. Zach Vasicek, who did a phenomenal job of doubling as judge AND timekeeper for the event. The announcer for the event was one of our fave peeps out there and ultra-experienced emcee, Pete Trevino Jr., with Eternal Entertainment Group’s Joey Ruckus backing him up with the sounds and keepin’ the tables spinnin’ round and round. A quick shout out to Joey’s buddy and ours, DJ Trevy Trev, who was out enjoying some well-deserved R&R and was absent this time around…see ya next time around! Cageside medics for the evening were the ready and capable duo of William Gifford and Rachel Grazioli. The MASTER camera guru in charge of capturing and editing all the great footage was the experienced and just plain awesome Shiloh Blu. For FABULOUS footage from this and MANY, MANY other events, check out Shiloh’s YouTube page. Capturing TONS of great still shots for the event was another homie of ours, Detroit Fightography’s Mario Perez. A shout out to the Hooter’s cage girls, reminding the crowd that the great fights are NOT the only reason to get out of the house and to an MMA event! Speaking of which, the Michigan Combat League will be back in action again SOON, and they get even bigger, better and badder with every outing. And the instant the date and info are dropped, well have it all available for ya right here! So be ready, and until the next go-round, here are your results…

Total Warrior Combat – TWC 8 – New World Order – Results from January 21st, 2012

Total Warrior Combat held it’s BIGGEST and BADDEST event to date (which is an ASTRONOMICAL achievement, considering some of their previous fight cards) at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Lansing (formerly the Causeway Bay Hotel and Resort). One look at the card, and there was NO DOUBT that fans were going to be in for one of the most memorable events in recent history. And they were not disappointed! From the very first fight (which ended in a spectacular knockout), to the Ray Reynero/Dan Dunbar Co-Main event and the Adam Nixon/Kory Wertz Main event, the entire event was a barn-burner. The great teams and trainers that came out to rep their gyms and their fighters were a veritable A-list of the very best in the area…Grand Rapids Mixed Martial Arts, Team Striking Dragons, Murcielago MMA, Soldado’s Boxing and MMA, Pound 4 Pound MMA, Master Bill’s Karate, The Pit, Lansing Jiu Jitsu, The Factory, Old School Fitness, Parker’s Martial Arts and Freedom MMA, as well as a who’s who of individual coaches and trainers. From the National Anthem to the afterparty, TWC delivered intensity and excitement from A to Z. As we were looking down the fight card, we noticed something AMAZING. Beside EVERY fighters name on the card, there was a gym or trainer listed. No one-fight Facebook warriors, only TRAINED martial artists. This is quite possibly the only time we’ve seen this at an amateur event to date…a testament to TWC’s credibility.

As mentioned in the opening paragraph, the event turned ELECTRIC right from the get-go when Sammy Watchmaker entered the cage to square off against the VERY experienced Cliffy Creech. Like true warriors, the two engaged right away. In only a few short seconds, Sam landed a shot that rattled Creech. As the fight went to the canvas, Sam knew he was in a position to end the fight, and with Cliff caught against the cage, a few more DEVASTATING and well-placed fists brought an end to the contest, leaving Sammy’s always-game opponent temporarily in Dreamland. By the way…all of this occurred in less than THIRTY SECONDS. Is there any better way to start an event?! After a spectacular undercard that featured some of the area’s best up and comers, we move on to the next bracket. The eighth fight of the evening was a Welterweight WAR between One of Matt Torres’ proteges, Bobby Nash and the ALWAYS tough, ALWAYS game George “Superman” Allen. Nash was aggressive in this fight…but you could tell that there was a mutual respect between the two fighters. Nash controlled dominant position for a majority of the first round and dealt out some ground and pound, while George flaunted his experience with some pretty nice ground defense. As the second round began, the fight hit the canvas QUICK. There was a scramble for position that left Nash on top in side control. He shot the arm under George’s neck and rolled his shoulder forward, executing a PERFECT shoulder choke. Unable to alleviate the tremendous pressure, George was forced to concede the contest via tap, granting Nash a VERY impressive win over the uber-experienced Allen at exactly the thirty second mark in the second round. The very next fight on the card was an absolutely UNBELIEVABLE matchup between The Pit’s Josh “The Blood Shark” Fish and Team Striking Dragons’ Cameron Brewer. After a brief moment of feeling out on the feet, this fight went ELECTRIC, and so did the crowd. The pace was just plain GRUELING for the whole first round. In round two, both warriors came out with renewed fervor. Fish got the better of an early exchange, and the fight ended up on the ground. There was a battle for position, and Josh weathered the storm and took Cameron’s back. Fish managed to work the hand under the neck with the hooks in deep, and then cinched a really tight rear naked choke for the finish and the win. Fight number twelve on the card was one of the MOST IMPRESSIVE ladie’s debut fight that we have ever seen! Murcielago MMA’s Carly Mocny entered the cage for the very first time to face off against The Factory’s Nekhai Hong. Now, before we go any further, let me say this – when you have Murcielago in one corner, and Jen Kelly and Elsa Gallegos in the other, you are absolutely, 100% GUARANTEED to be in for a treat! These two ladies DID NOT DISAPPOINT! They both showed heart, skill and experience WELL beyond what their record would reflect. The majority of the entire fight stayed on the feet, with some BEAUTIFUL striking exchanges, footwork and clinch work. After three SOLID, NON-STOP rounds, the judges concurred that Nekhai had gotten the better of the amazing exchanges, and awarded her her very first of what will surely be MANY more victories in her career via unanimous decision. Mark my words…BOTH of these young ladies will be ones to watch! Next up, it was a HIGHLY anticipated battle between Murcielago MMA’s Kevin “The Silent Assassin” Shacks and Pound 4 Pound MMA’s Mike Thompson. Intense is really the only way to describe this fight…aside from EXTREMELY well matched. These two chose to stand and bang it out for ALL THREE ROUNDS, keeping the fans screaming the whole time. After what was a veritable standup CLINIC for all three rounds, the judges were assigned the unenviable task of deciding who would get the glory this night. As they reached their decision, they handed over a RAZOR-CLOSE decision (and we say razor-close because it came right down to splitting hairs) in the favor of Mike Thompson. As with any split decision, but ESPECIALLY with this one, it has REMATCH written all over it! Up next, it was time for the Renegade Welterweight title to be put on the line in a rematch that had been MONTHS in the making – Murcielago MMA’s Skeeter Kittle versus Striking Dragon’s shooting star, Denato Richardson. Round one was much like their first encounter, exciting and fast-paced. Both warriors put it down in the first round, trying to one-up each other on the feet, as well as on the ground. Round two started in similar fashion, with the pace going full tilt right out of the gate. The back and forth exchange continued deep into the second round, and around the two minute mark, Skeeter got into full mount and let the fists fly, bringing a stop to the contest via (a somewhat controversial) TKO. Then, it was on to the TWC Interim Lightweight championship, featuring Lansing’s local legend, Pound 4 Pound MMA’s Zack Shaw taking one of Bob Fish’s disciples, Joe Rogers. Zack came right out and did a smart thing…he used his experience and pushed the pace so quickly, he did not afford Rogers the luxury of being able to fight HIS fight. The strategy paid off, and in rapid fashion, when Zack got the back and whipped out a textbook rear naked choke for the win and the title. Then, it was time for the BIG boys to wage war for the Heavyweight gold, when Lansing Jiu Jitsu’s Joe Clementz took on Grand Rapids Mixed Martial Arts’ “Big” John Lofquist. Now, we all know that when two heavyweights of this caliber are throwing hands, WHEN one of those shots find it’s mark, the results are DEVASTATING. And that is precisely what happened. Both fighters came out with the intention of emerging the victor, and let the leather go early. Joe’s fist found the mark first, dazing Lofquist, and after a quick follow-up, Joe was able to end the night early with a spectacular KO. Clementz was proud to FINALLY be wearing the TWC gold, so much so that it was rumored that he slept in his hotel room with it! Congrats, big guy. The next fight was one for the “WOW” category, as The Pit’s seasoned veteran, Luke “The Assassin” Hnevsa, took the center cage against Murcielago’s undefeated Mario “Wario” James. This is a fight that you could really only fully appreciate it’s magnitude by having been there in person. What a barn-burner! Luke wanted the gold BAD, and you could see it etched on his face. Mario, on the other hand, was not willing to just let him take it, so the frenetic battle ensued. Luke came out to FINISH. The relentless assault began immediately, and early on Mario found himself in some serious danger. At one point, Mario actually rode the momentum of Luke’s VICIOUS flurry of uppercuts back up the cage from the ground! SOMEHOW, Mario endeavored to weather the storm and dish out some gnarly strikes of his own. The onslaught continued at a break-neck pace until nearly the end of the second round, when all of the body shots and kicks were really starting to take their toll, making it impossible to breathe, forcing him to concede the match, leaving a tired, yet satisfied Mario James holding the title strap. Next on the card was the 135 pound title fight, featuring the highly anticipated cage return of GRMMA’s Dan “The American Badass” Dunbar, as he squared off against Soldado’s Boxing and MMA’s Bantamweight badboy, Ray Reynero. While many were expecting to see a lot of boxing in this fight, it ultimately became more of a grappling match. For the ENTIRE first two rounds, both warriors pushed the pace without cease. Round three maintained the same intensity. It was a virtual Grappling 101, with a non-stop chain of submission attempts, sweeps, escapes reversals…you name it, they did it. Nearing the two minute mark in the third round, a well timed reversal found Dan in a compromising position. Ray maintained position, a started delivering blows to the head. Dan fought valiantly to escape the position, but to no avail. The cumulative effect of Ray’s fist were too much, and the referee was forced to stop the fight, crowning Ray Reynero as the NEW TWC Bantamweight champion. The final fight of this CRAZY card was a battle for the TWC Junior Lightweight title pitting Team Striking Dragon’s Adam “The Atomic Zombie” Nixon and Pound 4 Pound MMA’s rising star Kory Wertz. As the battle began, these two wasted no time getting right in the pocket and banging it out. Adam fought like a soldier, but this night would see Wertz emerge the victor, when he landed a series of well placed and timed hands that brought about an early FLASH KO…at just barely past the thirty second mark of the fight! Kory seemed VERY happy about his new hardware, as did his team and his fans, evidenced by their ear-shattering roar of approval! As with EVERY event, FightMichigan honors and recognizes EACH and EVERY fighter and trainer that came out to represent and make this show that will carry an afterglow for a VERY long time!

Now it’s time to shout out the TWC dream team that made this event run silky smooth from top to bottom, starting with the promoters. In only eight shows, Adam Molnar and Petey have made LANDMARK improvements with each event, very quickly scaling the promotional food chain and fixing the TWC name on the lips of fans across the State. The staff they have elected over the course of their tenure in the sport has changed minimally, also providing the consistency that the fans have come to expect. One staff member that has been there since the very beginning is TWC’s head ref and referee for the ENTIRE event, FightMichigan’s T.J. Corwin. The panel of judges were comprised of the experienced trio of Ed Pigeon, Dru Gardner and Mickey Millis, with Scorpion Fighting Systems’ LEGENDARY BJJ master James David Gray and Miss Shannon Hale from FightMichigan (who was also armed with the trusty stopwatch for the event) stepping in to judge a couple of fights. Handling Vaseline duty at the cage door and occasionally stepping in as a ring GUY was Marky “Cash” Christiansen. The man on the mic for the event was the crowd-pumping up-and-coming MC extraordinarre, Michael “Skipnosis” Gorham. Backing him up on the DJ stand with the street-shaking beats was the one and only Bobby “DJ BabyDaddy” Cantwell. The Director of Sales and Marketing for TWC is the one-man street team, Bear K. Fitz. Heading up TWC’s team of hotties (ring girls) was the always eye pleasing Michaela Prevost. Handling still photography AND video for the event was Fierce Photography’s Noah Paris. The pics look AWESOME…check out the gallery HERE. Assisting Mr. Corwin with the cage door and keeping the competition area clean were the extremely helpful trio of Jake Prosser, Max Little and Dillon Deal. Last, but MOST DEFINITELY not least, were the guys who MASTERFULLY handled ALL of the coordination in the locker room (a challenging and unenviable task, for those familiar with the promotion game), Mr. Tony Sterk and his assistant, Josh Stuer. We also noticed there were a LOT of people sporting Loved By A Pit gear…if you haven’t got one of these SWEET shirts that support an awesome cause, GET ONE. We did! Well, folks, it’s safe to say that Total Warrior Combat is not only here to stay, but with future plans that include MANY yet-to-be publically announced events and other HUGE, HUGE things on the horizon (that we can’t WAIT for the green light to reveal), TWC has already, and will continue to be, one of the front-runners in the sport. As Petey and Adam release all of this great info to us for public dispersal, we’ll IMMEDIATELY release it to YOU, our loyal readers. Until the next great event, here are your results…

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