Genesis Fight Championship – Grand Prix – Results from March 31st, 2012

One amazing Saturday night, March 31, 2012, marked the evening that the Genesis Fighting Championship would permanently solidify itself as one of the standardbearers of matchmaking quality with one of the most amazing fight cards in Michigan history. Promoter and pro fighter Josh “Rage” Lawrence, along with co-promoter Terry Bertrand, knocked this one STRAIGHT OUTTA THE PARK. There was a prominent list of some of the Midwest’s best fighters, repping such phenomenal trainers and gyms as The Lab, James “Striker” Beneteau and Stars and Strikes MMA, The Institute of Mixed Martial Arts, Cooper’s Gym, Eastside Four Aces MMA, Jacked N Tan MMA, Team Tubbs, Integrated Training Systems, Matt Torres and East Lansing Underground Martial Arts, James Lee’s MASH Fight Team, Joachim Rodriguez and Murcielago MMA, Courageous MMA, 360 MMA, East West Martial Arts, Evolution Martial Arts, New Body MMA, Morgan MMA, Great Lakes Ground-N-Pound and Team Cage Rage. With a roster like that, you can’t go wrong! As the battles were about to get underway, Joey Ruckus got the crowd amped and prepped for a night of caged action that they would not soon forget.

Starting with the very first fight of the night, the action was off to an awesome start as Jacked N Tan MMA’s Chris Bohacek faced Eastside Four Aces MMA’s Collin Bouchier. These two wasted no time engaging in a crowd pleasing war. It was a very well matched fight, with some excellent exchanges by both warriors. It was a tight battle with plenty of skills on display, until with only about twenty seconds left in the fight, Bohacek landed a punch that brought an exciting end to the first bout via one of everyone’s fave finish…a KNOCKOUT. Can’t ask for a better start than that! The second fight was another great match that would end with the judges’ decision, as several other fights also would on this masterful bout lineup. This particular match featured Team Cage Rage’s Dylan “Phestes” Fanslaw versus Eastside Four Aces MMA’s Will Watson. For three solid rounds, these two went toe to toe until the final horn sounded. After a brief consultation with the judges, it was unanimously concluded that Dylan “Phestes” Fanslaw had the more dominant performance, taking home another victory, and remaining undefeated. The third fight of the night was a grinding battle between Stars and Strikes MMA’s battle-hardened Sean “Gator” Dunn and The Lab’s UNDEFEATED Rogelio Ramos. This battle was CLOSE and extremely entertaining. There were a wide array of transitions, position control and submission defense. After three solid rounds of action, the judges were left once again to decide the outcome. After the deliberation was concluded, Sean “Gator” Dunn earned the SPLIT decision victory, handing Ramos his very first cage loss. Moving down the card to fight number eight, sparks and leather were flying when Indie fighter Eric Queener faced Jacked N Tan MMA’s Konnor “The Donkey Killer” Kuppe. Lots of strikes in this one, but more than that, there was some great technical grappling on display. It appeared throughout most of the match that Queener was dominating position, but Konnor, being no stranger to the cage, weathered and defended the vicious onslaught, and at just under two minutes in the second round found the opening and capitalized on the single mistake, and snagged a tight armbar for the tap and the finish. Well folks…as many unbelievable battles that were on this card, it was extremely difficult to choose which ones to include, because honestly, all of the fights were noteworthy in some way. So with that said, we move on to the ABSOLUTELY INDESCRIBABLY GOOD title fights. Next up were a couple of great Heavyweights who BOTH love to throw leather, East West Martial Arts’ Leroy Johnson and Indie fighter John “The Hungarian” Kish. As was expected, there were a lot of boxing exchanges, as well as some sweet ground and pound in the first two of the three regulation rounds. Early on in the third, Leroy came out with the intent to finish, and at just over thirty seconds into the last round, Leroy was able to seal the deal with some ground strikes that forced the ref to bring a halt to this entertaining and well matched bout. Stepping down to the Light Heavyweight division, the next contest pitted two of the most impressive 205ers out there; Stars and Strikes MMA’s Donnie Laramie and The Lab’s Matt “The Nightmare” Stringham. Both of these guys came out with bad intentions, and they both BADLY wanted to hold a win over the other. The fight was brutal, short and sweet, with both warriors sparing no energy in their finishing attempt. Matt would come out on top this time, by managing to obtain and keep a dominant position over the VERY strong and difficult to control Laramie, until he was able to work in the rear naked for the tap out victory at just past the halfway point of the very first round. We would LOVE to see a rematch on this one some day! And the same could be said about all of the title fights, too, which we are now going to get into. One thing we can honestly say about Genesis is that ALL of their belt holders are the REAL DEAL, with the lowest fight record of any current GenesisFC belt holder being an IMPRESSIVE 9-0. And we’ve known Josh for a long time now…he LOVES intentionally giving his champions the hardest fights possible, which is one of the reasons his belts are amongst the most coveted ones out there, because you can’t get your hands on one unless you are a certified, proven badass. All of the names you will see from here on out in this paragraph are sure to be familiar names to anyone who follows the sport with any regularity, because they truly are some of the best and most experienced out there. Starting with the contestants for the Genesis Junior Featherweight belt, EASILY two of the best and most experienced guys out there, Stars and Strikes MMA’s Derrick “Give ‘Em Hell” Mandell and The Institute of Mixed Martial Arts’ Mario “The Infamous Spider” Aguilar. On paper, this was an MMA purist’s dream match. All FIVE rounds of this title matchup were UNREAL. The pace was NON-STOP, with some great striking exchanges, but most of all, an AMAZINGLY IMPRESSIVE display of ground and position work. Throughout a large portion of the fight, Derrick displayed his extensive wrestling pedigree by taking the fight down many times, which is an amazing feat, considering Mario’s high-level takedown defense. On the ground, Derrick tried to drop punishment and work for submissions, while Mario escaped danger many, many times, returned fire from the bottom and used about every sweep technique under the stars to regain position. After all five brutally intense rounds were concluded, the judges ended up giving the unanimous decision victory for a SPECTACULAR fight. Hats off to Derrick AND Mario for one of the most intense and technical fights in recent history. Speaking of technical fights, the Lightweight title fight was as impressive in the standup as it’s predecessor was on the ground, as Murcielago MMA’s Marky “Cash” Christiansen faced Cooper’s Gym’s Roland Saucedo. It should be noted that BOTH of these studs hold/have held MULTIPLE belts in several other promotions, making for yet another AWESOME match on paper that fully lived up to the hype. All we can say is…what a wonderful matchup. We’ve followed both of these young up-and-comers respective careers for a long time now, and this match was DESTINED to happen at some point. Right from the very start, Marky pushed the pace and kept advancing, attempting to force Roland to fight his fight. Roland is no stranger to technique, and had Marky well scouted, choosing to try to avoid playing the ground game with Marky, who is notorious for finishing from guard. Instead, Roland employed his strategy and tried to box his way out of takedown range. Marky would not allow this to discourage him from pressing forward, releasing some hands and feet of his own. Marky tried to lure Roland into the ground game several times throughout the match, but Roland continued to take the high road and keep it upright. In the very final seconds of the fourth out of the five scheduled round, this strategy paid off, as the collective effect of Roland’s boxing assault took it’s toll, forcing the referee to stop the contest and granting him yet another successful title defense over another high level opponent. Next on the night was the Junior Welterweight title fight, featuring another pair of well-known and respected warriors, Rick Morais and Team Tubbs and Institute of Mixed Martial Arts’ “Trigger” Trey Suthers. This was a great fight in general, with both fighters’ style matching up nicely. As soon as these two locked up, it was apparent they both wanted the strap. The first four rounds were filled with some excellent exchanges, with Trey seeming to have a slight advantage. Even after Rick suffered a hard (inadvertant) illegal knee in the middle of the fight, he WOULD NOT give up, so Trey kept on working his game plan. At just over a minute into the fifth and final round, Trey had the fight on the ground and was unleashing a barrage of devastating ground strikes, and Rick STILL would not quit. The end of the fight finally came when Rick’s brother and cornerman, Drew “All Day” Morais threw in the towel, knowing that his brother absolutely would not concede on his own volition. It should be noted (DEFINITELY not taking away from Trigger Trey’s EXCELLENT performance) that earlier on the day of the fight, Rick had a major tooth abscess, took the fight on rather short notice, and STILL left it all in the cage. HUGE congrats to Trey Suthers for the hard fought win and hardware that came with it – we have seen you make such amazing progress with your career and training over the last year or so! And a massive tribute to Rick Morais…you have officially established the fact that you DO NOT QUIT, and your perseverance is unrivaled. Fight fourteen was a contest for the Genesis Middleweight title, pitting Jason Favell against James Lee’s MASH Fight Team’s David Evans. Fast paced is really the only accurate way to describe this fight. Both striking and clinch work were utilized in rapid succession. Evans was looking CRISP with his striking, and Favell did his best to return fire and work for takedowns. Nearing the two and a half minute mark of the very first round, Evans placed one of those fists perfectly, causing a flash KO and crowning him the NEW Genesis 185 pound champion. The Co-Main Event was a straight up WAR featuring two of the most experienced and lethal 170 pounders out there putting it all on the line for the Genesis Interim Welterweight belt. Both of these seasoned veterans hold UNBELIEVABLE ammy records, one having 46 total fights and the other holding 36, both featuring BIG wins over just about every big name out there. James Lee’s MASH Fight Team’s Justin “The Guitar Hero” Jaynes faced Morgan MMA’s Nick “Rage” Sondergeld in one of the most entertaining battles a fan could ask for. Rather than try to accurately describe all of the cool standup exchanges and highlight reel quality technical grappling that occurred, I would rather have you see the footage for yourself. I can say this…this fight was EVERY BIT as impressive as fans had anticipated. With only eleven seconds left in the third round, Justin was finally able to get Nick in a finishing position, and did so with an impressive armlock, putting Justin back in the mix for the unified Welterweight title at a future event. Now the time had arrived for the MAIN EVENT – a Cruiserweight title fight featuring East Lansing Martial Arts’ UNDEFEATED Bobby Nash against Jacked N Tan MMA’s Korey “Showtime” Kuppe. The pre-fight hype on this one was INTENSE, making for one EXTREMELY loud bunch of fans! The first round was electric, with both looking to dominate position and pace. There were some HARD takedowns by Nash, while Korey kept his composure under fire and worked to regain position and cut loose with some damage of his own. Round two was similar, with both men grinding away and with Bobby being able to control position very well. With the fight on the mat and fans screaming, Bobby used his position to unload some brutal hammerfists and other strikes, forcing a stop to the contest via TKO and securing the Cruiserweight title for himself, his team, and his rabid fans. As ALWAYS…an amazing debt of gratitude from FightMichigan and on behalf of all the fans, we pay homage to these true warriors and trainers who literally put their life’s blood into what they do! Without the fighters, THERE IS NO FIGHT. And without an UNPRECEDENTED amount of work and sacrifice in the gym, there definitely would not be an event of this caliber! YOU GUYS ARE THE SHOW.

Now it’s time to hail ALL of the great support staff that made this night of amazing action a very successful one, as well as one that will go down in MMA history for another reason, aside from the STELLAR fights. This was the first event in Michigan to be sanctioned by the International Sport Combat Federation, one of the oldest and most recognized sanctioning bodies out there. This was a measure taken by Josh “Rage” Lawrence to legitimize GenesisFC as a sanctioned promotion, as well as bring more credibility to our sport here in general, making him the first to take this direct approach in the midst of troubled political times for our great sport in the State. As anyone who is familiar with the inner workings of the sport in Michigan will attest, there have been no shortage of big talkers and lip service when it pertains to amateur MMA regulation here in our great State, but NONE have produced anything resembling actual progress, UNTIL NOW. We here at FightMichigan sincerely hope that others will follow this shining example and follow suit in similar fashion. For all of the naysayers who do not want the State’s involvement in amateur regulation, this is the best and most plausible solution we have seen to date. All officials for the event were also certified through the ISCF…starting with the keepers of fighter safety (referees), Michigan pro fighters James “Superman” Lee and Harley “The Swede” Wallen. Overseer of safety outside of the combat enclosure was cageside supermedic and FightMichigan friend Cathy Harman. ISCF judges for the event were the trio of Cujo Cruz, along with FightMichigan’s own Shannon Hale and T.J. Corwin. ISCF Timekeepers for the event were the lovely Miss Lianne Shami and Cheryl Lucas. The emcee for the evening was the crowd hyping phenom and distinguished gentleman Joey Ruckus, with DJ Trevy Trev keeping the turntables twistin’ behind the scenes. This duo collectively represent Eternal Entertainment Group…truly some of the best in the biz. Video footage for the event was masterfully handled by the man himself – Shiloh Blu and his crew. Still photography for the event was in the capable hands of Todd Samson from Todd Samson Photography (view his gallery HERE), Chris Rabior from Michigan Combat Photography (check out his work HERE) and Kelly Lollio from Lolo’s Photography (her gallery can be found HERE). The pristine combat enclosure (A.K.A. cage) was provided by Michigan Combat League’s Jake “Superman” Short’s rental company, Caged Animal Productions. We DEFINITELY cannot forget the other greatest reasons not to miss a Genesis event…THE RING GIRLS…Jessica, Amanda, Jessica and Hillary. Also of honorable mention in attendance was our buddy Izzy Quintanilla with his sweet lineup of merch, courtesy of MI Entertainment. Rye Spiteri was also in the house, with all the latest gear from Garage Muscle and Trained in Detroit, as well as the Red Carpet photo booth, courtesy of CORE Entertainment. Vengeance Fight Gear was on site as well, with their own lineup of goods and clothing. Well, folks, rumor has it that promoter Josh Lawrence was challenged to top this fight card in the future – a challenge that he readily accepted! What that means to the rest of the MMA community is SHEER, PURE quality MMA entertainment. So May 19th, be ready to have your tickets in hand and be ready for a level of excitement that many promotions promise, but only a few deliver. All the most detailed info will be available right here as soon as it becomes available. ‘Til then, 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…

New World Karate and Big John’s MMA present – Champions Collide II – Results from November 5th, 2011

New World Karate and Fitness’s Master Zack Burns (who just won the Impact Fight League Welterweight championship on October 22nd…congratulations!) and Big John’s MMA’s Big John Yeubanks joined forces to present their latest cage fight offering – Champions Collide II. And collide they did…with many top names in ammy MMA defending their titles and waging war to stay on top, as well as many who fought to secure the straps in the weight classes that were awaiting a champ to claim the gold! The Treetops Resort Convention Center in Gaylord, Michigan was the sight of this great event where dreams were both made and broken – where an A-list of northern talent came to demonstrate their skills for the crowd in attendance. Out of the many warriors who came out to showcase their skills, there were some new faces as well as a LOT of wily veterans. Out of those new faces, Mary Jane Matlock, who is new to the fight side of things but NOT new to the MMA scene, made her cage debut against the game Myndi Collins. These ladies fought back and forth until late in the second round, when Mary Jane took the back for a rear naked choke tap out and her first victory. And she’s already on the hunt for win number 2, with a fight already scheduled for November 12th. Jesse Armstrong and Nick Oliver waged WAR in a battle that threatened to go to the judges score cards, when late in the final round, Jesse pulled off a slick submission for the tap out and the win. Congrats to both warriors on a tough fight! Matt Barkway and Mike Cokewell had a brief but interesting standup battle, until about a minute and a half into the very first round, Matt landed a knockout victory in “stunning” fashion. Great work! Back to the ladies action…Sheena Brandenburg wasted NO time dispatching a tough opponent in Sabrina Wilkie in only 18 seconds with a LITERALLY leg-shattering kick. Congrats to Sheena on the win and best wishes to Sabrina for a speedy and complete recovery! From there, it was on to the TITLE FIGHTS. First up was a Welterweight showdown featuring Korey “Showtime” Kuppe defending the belt against the always-dangerous Ashtray Patterson. The two combatants fought tooth and nail until late in the second round, when Korey was finally able to get the submission victory and retain the title. Next up, it was a battle for the vacant NWK Bantamweight title. Anthony Nitecki and David Wujek faced off to see which one would emerge the NEW champion. This particular night belonged to Anthony, who got the tap out only a couple minutes into the fight, securing the 135 pound belt firmly around his waist. Moving up to the Heavyweight division, Zach “Bloodbath” McRath defended his NWK title against Brandon Schauer. Zach solidified his continuing reign at about two and a half minutes into the first round, forcing his opponent to tap out and retaining the Heavyweight gold. Closing out this excellent night of action was a Lightweight shootout for the NWK 155 pound Interim title. Konnor Kuppe put it all on the line against a tough opponent, Mitch Dutko. Konnor brought his A-game, ending the fight with a tap out in UNDER a minute. Not only did Konnor lock down the Interim strap with this victory, but he also locked down the shot at the Unified belt against cage fighting phenom Gabe Howard at an upcoming event. GUARANTEED to be an EPIC battle…not to be missed!

And now for the folks who make this kind of excitement possible…the humble, yet often overlooked staff. Large and in charge of safety inside the cage (referees) were Mr. David Shepard and Michigan pro fighter Harley “Swede” Wallen. Judges for the evening’s festivities were Todd Harlukowicz, Christos “The Mad Greek” Piliafas and Mr. Tyler Finch. The World Class announcer for the event was FightMichigan friend Dave “The Butcher” Clifford. We would like to take a minute to give special thanks to Dave for ALL he does for the sport. Dave is largely responsible for almost ALL of the coverage of the events from our great north country that you see here on FightMichigan. He is a humble but outspoken advocate of the sport, whose selfless dedication to the ongoing promotion and safety of the sport is a true asset to EVERYONE in Michigan MMA. From hyping crowds to helping people network to shooting entertaining and informative videos, the Butcher is there. FightMichigan salutes Dave “The Butcher” for ALL of your his work and continuous contributions to the sport! MI Entertainment was also in the house…giving away tickets to the Donofrio MMA/Impact Fight League pro show at the Palace of Auburn Hills on November 19th, FREE with a 30 dollar purchase or more, plus sponsored a raffle to give away a set of FOUR tickets to the show as well, which was drawn preceding the Main Event. Keeping things flowing smoothly in the back room was Mr. Scott Diponio, his assistant Mike, and Travis “Give ‘Em Hell” Shippell. Also, hats off to the EXCELLENT team of EMT’s, and a special thanks to Gary Gehringer, who assisted in dealing with some rather intense situations. New World Karate AND Big John Yeubanks will continue to deliver great MMA action for a LONG time to came, and every time a new event is announced, you’ll find it right here on our “Upcoming Events” calendar. So check back frequently and don’t miss ANY of the great things that are on the horizon! Until then, here are your results…

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