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Ground and Pound Promotions & Rock Boss Entertainment present – Redemption – Results from December 3rd, 2011

Ground and Pound Promotions, in association with Rock Boss Entertainment, returned to Rivertown Sports Complex with an event that fans will be talking about for a LONG, LONG time. While we at FightMichigan was unable to be in the house this time around, we have heard nothing but RAVING reviews on the show, with many hailing the event as “The best GPP event to date”…which covers a LOT of ground, considering some of the unforgettable shows GPP has provided the MMA world in the past. They had to rush order more seats and even all available standing room was PACKED because of SUCH an overwhelming turnout for the event. Promoters Paul Simpson and Rocky Parks did a PHENOMENAL job of setting up and coordinating this event, as well as the rest of the first-class GPP crew. Speaking of first-class crew…before we get started, I would like to take a moment to thank the man who made this article happen, as well as others you will see here on FightMichigan, our good buddy Dru Gardner. As the fans settled in their seats, the lights went low, and the singing of our National Anthem signified the beginning of this unbelievable fight card. As the action got underway, fans were gearing up to root on all of their faves from such prestigious gyms and dojos such as Triumph MMA, Grand Rapids Mixed Martial Arts, Middleville MMA, American Muscle MMA, MadMen MMA, Unleashed MMA, Xtreme MMA and more!

Right from the START, the crowd was amped. And they had good reason to be! The crowd-pumping began IMMEDIATELY, with an exciting stand-up WAR between GRMMA’s Matt Cowger and Madmen MMA’s Jeff Talbot. This ended up being a good, ‘ol fashioned kickboxing match for the most part, with BOTH fighters with a lot of clean, down-the-pipe striking. Round one was a clinic, which picked right back up in round two. After many more nice exchanges throughout the second round, Talbot landed a shot that put his opponent to sleep with only FIVE SECONDS left in the round, securing the victory and a SWEET knockout, as well as kicking off the event with a BANG! In the fourth fight if the night, Ryan Zinski stepped into the cage to face Casey Edgar. While both fighters were working hard for the finish, Edgar’s pedigree in wrestling proved to be overwhelming for most of the duration of the fight. Using said wrestling to secure a dominant position, Casey ended the fight at just past the two minute mark via TKO. Fight number eight was a battle between a couple of rock solid fighters, Dylan Soper and Eric Lozano. The two combatants wasted no time getting to work. Lozano’s assault was relentless and devastating. In less than halfway through the first round, Lozano unleashed a BRUTAL barrage of strikes that forced his opponent to tap out, leaving Eric in the winner’s circle with another impressive victory under his belt. In the very next fight, it was a fast-paced BRAWL as Jake Ackerburg took on Middleville MMA/GRMMA’s Mateo Soto. These two came out with all guns blazing and swingin’ for the fences. The pace continued fast and furious for ALL of the first round. Early in round two, as Ackerburg was attempting the takedown, Mateo was able to shoot his hand under his opponent’s arm and lock in a TIGHT D’arce choke that forced the tap. Moving on to some TITLE FIGHT action, it was a war for the Rock Boss 185 pound gold as defending champion, GRMMA’s Timothy “Too Tall” Harvey, faced off against the challenger, American Muscle MMA’s Joe Knoor. Tim was able to defend his title successfully in rather rapid fashion, taking the fight to the ground and finishing the fight with a textbook Americana at EXACTLY the one minute mark in the very first round, therefor retaining his title. Next up was an excellent matchup in the Lightweight division, with the GPP 155 pound strap on the line. Rich Stafford put the gold up against Xtreme MMA’s seasoned veteran, Arturo DeLeon in a battle that sounded sweet on paper. And it did not disappoint, with the leather flying fast the whole time. Rich got the better of the exchange on the feet, then later into the first round, got the takedown against the cage. Rich wasted no time securing top mount, and just past two and a half minutes into the very first round, Rich was able to punch, elbow and pound out the TKO victory, placing the strap around his waist once again. Next up, it was a five round knock down, drag out MMA CLINIC as GRMMA’s Antwain “A-Train” Wilson took on SMAC’s Derek Martin. This fight had it ALL – excellent standup, killer clinch work, takedowns, sub attempts, you name it. After five absolutely awe-inspiring rounds, the judges awarded the unanimous decision victory to the NEW Rock Boss Welterweight champion, Antwain “A-Train” Wilson. Now it was time for the GPP Middleweight title to be contested, and Unleashed MMA’s Raylen Davis and Madmen MMA’s Alex Russell answered the call. Raylen Davis DOMINATED the fight, with a SPECTACULAR suplex right from the start (Ray enjoys doing that to people), then followed it up with some VICIOUS ground and pound to seal the deal. Ray emerged victorious, with the GPP 185 pound belt in tow. Next, it was time for the Rock Boss Featherweight title fight, featuring Middleville MMA’s Mundo Lerma versus Nick “The King” Beaman. These two went at it NONSTOP for four full rounds. Despite Lerma’s spirited efforts, Beaman got the better of the standup, with the jab keeping his opponent at a distance. Beaman was also able to stuff some takedown attempts, and kept right on with the standup. At the conclusion of the fourth round, Lerma was unable to continue due to the punishment dealt by Beaman. Nick Beaman walked away from the fight as the NEW Rock Boss 145 pound champ. Next on the card were the BIG guy doing battle for the GPP Heavyweight championship. As soon as the ref started the fight, Kevin Koyl and GRMMA’s Felix Juarez got it ON. TWENTY THREE SECONDS LATER, it was all over. Juarez’s hand proved LETHAL, knocking Koyl out cold. You can check out the video here. Juarez takes the PHENOMENAL knockout victory as well as the GPP Heavyweight belt. Getting into the Light Heavyweight division, Unleashed MMA’s Travis Ganong stepped up to face American Muscle MMA’s Victor Jones for the GPP 205 pound title. Travis was able to control the takedowns and position throughout most of round one. In round two, Victor was able to keep the fight upright. At just under a minute and a half in the second round, Jones landed a GNARLY uppercut that knocked his opponent out and made him the newest GPP Light Heavyweight champ! Closing out this fabulous event was the Super Heavyweight battle that everyone was waiting for – The Lab and GRMMA’s Esteven Juarez versus American Muscle MMA’s Ramon Pacheco. Both of these guys are known for their heavy hands, and just about EVERYONE was expecting a knockout, it was merely a question of whose hands it would be at. Both warriors came out respectful and cautious. After a brief feeling out, the clinic began. These two renown strikers exchanged many shots, including BOTH fighters landing HEAD KICKS. That’s right folks…not a typo. Super Heavyweights. Head kicks. At just shy of the two minute mark in the second round, it happened. One of Juarez’s shots found it’s mark, and the fight was over. Knock out. Esteven Juarez was crowned as the GPP Super Heavyweight champ. With this epic card in the books, it was time for the winners to celebrate and the losers to pick up and regroup. A HUGE shout out to ALL of the superb fighters and trainers that helped make this event quite possibly the best GPP event ever. It couldn’t have happened without YOU!

I mentioned above GPP’s first-class crew…now it’s time to be a little more specific. These are the folks that make things happen, both behind the scenes and on the floor. The cage officials (referees) for the event were Michigan ammy Lightweight phenom and Vengeance Fight League 155 pound champion Budd Wright and Triumph MMA’s Sean “The Rebel” Dizay. Judges (in rotation) for the event were George Hedgepeth, Dru Gardner, Dan “The American Badass” Dunbar and Dave “Big Shuck” Shuckerow. Lighting up the night and the mic and deliverin’ the goods right was Michael “Skipnosis” Gorham, and backing him up on the 1’s and 2’s was DJ Babydaddy. A special shout goes out to Lonny Young…anyone who has seen him work at an event knows that he runs himself RAGGED at these shows to make sure EVERYTHING’S well coordinated, and we all appreciate it! The ice cold refreshments on tap (A.K.A. BEER) was provided by the Ellison Foundation. Ground and Pound Promotions and Rock Boss Entertainment made a statement with this event – they are here to STAY. And in order to keep up on all the latest new events from them and ALL the others around the State, all ya gotta do is check back right here at FightMichigan on a regular basis! Here are your results…

Donofrio MMA and the Impact Fight League present – Armageddon – Results from October 22nd, 2011

Megiddo stood empty, as the REAL Armageddon took place this past Saturday night at the luxurious Palace of Auburn Hills. Donofrio MMA and the Impact Fight League blasted back into action with yet another top-shelf evening of prime time cage fighting excitement with 15 SOLID fights, which included FOUR ladie’s matches. All of the warriors who came out to be part of the action got to come out to a dazzling array of sound, lights and FIRE! Any fighter that has competed for Mr. Donofrio will be quick to tell you that the way he takes care of his fighters is second to none! Speaking of fighters, there was a vast array of very tough and well-known fighters on this card. Starting with the warrior and gentleman Brandon “Sequoyah” Sandford, who faced off with the formidable Mustafa Reynolds. Sequoyah’s vast ground experience shined through in this fight, with Brandon pulling off another slick armbar for the finish. Kudos to Jackson MMA and Quincy Rice for bringing his vast MMA knowledge and experience to the Michigan MMA scene! HOOAH! Fight number three of the night featured The Training Compound’s always-dangerous Augusta Tindall taking center stage against the rock-solid Anthony Beaudoin. This fight ended rather quickly, with Augusta unleashing a devastating barrage of strikes, forcing the referee to call a stop to the contest. Moving on through the night, PJ Caram squared off against Michigan Extreme Combat Sports’ “Bionic” Brian Davis. Davis put on a solid performance throughout the first two rounds, but PJ found the opening, exploited it, and cinched the victory with a beautifully executed rear naked choke in the third round. In the seventh fight of the night, Eric Ramirez did battle with Joey Rogers. The battle went back and forth for 2 solid rounds, then in the third round, Ramirez seized the opportunity, and the armbar for the win. In the next bout, two well-known and respected ladies entered the arena to go to war…American Muscle MMA’s Nikita Netjes and Shiru’ Tora Academy’s Lisa Dzik. This particular night was to belong to Nikita, who put on a dominant performance for a first round tap out. In the Light Heavyweight division, Unleashed MMA’s wrestling specialist Raylen Davis locked up with Ultimate Judo & Karate’s Andrew Johnson. Of these two skilled athletes, Ray came out the winner after a series of brutal strikes in the first round, leaving the ref no choice but to stop the fight. Next up, two more respected and seasoned veterans entered the cage to put each others skills to the test. Rich Stafford stepped up to wage war against the jiu jitsu phenom Tim Jenny. Rich let the strikes fly hard and fast, and Tim couldn’t find an answer in time before the referee stopped the match. Rich walked away with a win via TKO. Returning to the ladies’ action, Alanna Jones and Emma O’Conner fought their hearts out for the fans in attendance all the way to the judges score cards. The judges all agreed and Alanna got the unanimous decision victory, with all three judges scoring the contest 30-27. Moving into the title fights, it was once again veteran versus veteran as American Muscle MMA’s Joel Vincent went up against the always-entertaining Pat Hook. Joel was on fire and came out aggressive for an overwhelming first round TKO for the victory and the strap. For the Light Heavyweight title fight, two of the State’s toughest 205 pounders stepped into the cage to try to take the IFL title. Northern Michigan badboy Eric Madill engaged in combat with the Academy of Soo Do Thai’s Ryan King. Eric was in top form again this night, ending the fight very early in round one with some vicious striking to take the IFL belt and add yet ANOTHER championship to his ever-growing collection. In the female Super Flyweight division, Chandra Engel squared off against the up-and-coming star, Yolanda Gonzalez. These two amazing ladies went the entire distance – all FIVE rounds – to a decision. The judges unanimously concluded that Chandra put forth the better performance this night, with all three judges scoring the bout 50-45, with Chandra walking away with the gold hardware around her waist. In the Main Event of the evening, two amazingly skilled Welterweights took the center of the cage to determine who was the better fighter. New World Karate’s Zack Burns faced the impressive cage veteran Thomas Grisham. Zack went straight on the attack and got the tap out in spectacular fashion in the first round against one of the toughest Welterweights out there. Hats off to ALL of the awesome fighters who made this event one that will be remembered for a long, long time. Also, hats off to our good buddy, the man, the myth, the microphone master, Phil “The Voice” Davey…reppin the Training Mask, Fight Fuel and Michigan MMA! If you need any of these HIGHLY effective products, just give his name a click and hook it up! And we can’t forget a shout out to Mr. Donofrio’s indispensable assistant, the distinguished gentleman Oscar “Big Ox” Brown! A special thanks goes out to Sam Crawford Jr. for collecting the results and to Mr. Joe Donofrio for sending them to us. Donofrio Enterprises has SO many big things coming up, including a HUGE pro MMA event on November 19th, amateur shows on December 2nd and January 14th, a professional boxing event on January 6th featuring Kara “K.O.” Ro, and much, much more. So set aside these dates, come out and witness promoting professionalism, and be a part of Michigan MMA history. And check back with us often for ALL of the latest info. Until then…here are your results…

Unleashed MMA and Bully Breed Promotions: Rumble at the Rox – Results from March 19, 2011

Unleashed MMA and Bully Breed Promotions debuted their first show at Club Rox last weekend in Alma, Michigan. The crowd and the fights were nothing short of spectacular. Referees for the evening were T.J. Corwin and Carl Deaton III. The judges were Dru Gardner, Mickey Millis and Jacob Shaw. Shannon Hale was on the stopwatch and Levi Henning was keeping everyone informed and entertained on the microphone. Also in attendance was Loved By a Pit Bull, whose purpose is to educate the world about responsible dog ownership, assist organizations and individuals that share this purpose, and stop breed specific legislation that infringes on our rights. You can also find Loved by a Pit Bull on Facebook. And now, with no further delay, here are your results…


GPP 20 – Ellison Foundation Nonprofit Show – Results from November 6th, 2010

First of all, sorry about the delay, folks! It’s been another busy, hectic week for us here at FightMichigan. GPP held another exciting event at the Rivertown Sports Complex in Grandville this past weekend. All proceeds went to support the Ellison Foundation. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Ellison Foundation and what they do, the Ellison Foundation is a non-profit organization, for the purpose of assisting Mixed Martial Arts athletes towards receiving training, training equipment, training education, gym access, camp access, and scholarships for college. A great cause, indeed! This great night of fights was officiated by FightMichigan’s own T.J. Corwin and pro fighter/Pride FC veteran Ryan Bow. Songbird Jamie Lange kicked off the night with an exquisite rendition of the National Anthem. Also in the house was Phil “The Voice” Davey representing Fight Fuel (Great stuff, by the way). GPP’s shows are always consistent and entertaining, and the best is yet to come! Here are your results…

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