Total Warrior Combat 9 – Bragging Fights II – Results from March 3rd, 2012

Total Warrior Combat further solidified their rise to the top of the Michigan MMA scene with yet ANOTHER absolutely unforgettable event, Bragging Fights II. They opened up the entire ballroom at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Lansing for this one, to accommodate the hordes of screaming fans that came out to witness the best and the baddest action around. We have to say this, folks. This event was only Total Warrior Combat’s NINTH event, but already they have established themselves amongst the crème de la crème of Michigan’s top promotions. Whether you ask the fighters, the trainers or the fans, they will gladly tell you that the ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE action and quality the TWC provides is worth every last penny, every single time. With a rock solid lineup of the areas best and most well-respected gyms and trainers like Leroy Ortega and Soldados Boxing and MMA, Pound 4 Pound MMA, Murcielago MMA, The Factory, The Pit, Steve Gossett and MadMen MMA, Tate’s House of Pain, Team Impact, Target Martial Arts, The Torture Squad, Smokin’ Aces MMA, Strike Fitness and Indiana Boyz and Dusek Gym. Once Skipnosis let the hyped crowd know it was time for the action to get underway, the already electric atmosphere got even more intense, and stayed that way the entire night.

Early on in the SMOKIN’ undercard, there was a Featherweight WAR between Ionia’s Kendall Cahoon and Team Impact’s Michael Roy. Despite both young warriors having low records, this fight had the quality of a title fight! From the very start, it was a fast-paced, back-and-forth battle that kept the crowd SCREAMING through the ENTIRE regulation time limit. After three thoroughly impressive rounds, the judges deemed that the more dominant effort in this contest was put forth by a victorious Kendall Cahoon. Hats off to Michael Roy as well, for a valiant and entertaining fight! The sixth fight of the night pitted Target Martial Arts’ Brandon Ramos against Strike Fitness’s R.J. Bailey. Round one was an entertaining battle, featuring some great boxing exchanges, some great takedowns, and some nice ground and pound. Round two started right away with another great boxing exchange, followed by another great takedown by Bailey. While Bailey started trying to rain down punishment from within Ramos’ guard, Brandon was able to work in a TIGHT triangle choke for the tap and the victory at only about three-quarters of a minute in the second and final round. The seventh fight on the night was an absolutely magnificent Lightweight matchup as The Pit’s UNDEFEATED Justin Thiel took on Soldados Boxing and MMA’s Dana Ray. This was absolutely as great of a matchup as a fan could ask for. Very entertaining boxing tradeoffs, exciting clinch work, some EXPLOSIVE takedowns, some killer defense off the back, ground and pound, a series of transitions…this fight had it all. THREE full rounds of it, as a matter of fact! After an absolutely unbelievable display of skill and heart by BOTH fighters for the entire battle, the judges awarded the unanimous decision to a fatigued but elated Dana Ray. But Justin’s efforts did NOT go unnoticed or unrewarded, as this EPIC war earned both warriors “Fight of the Night” honors! The eleventh conflict on the card was a Welterweight contest between two always rapid-fire phenoms – Target Martial Arts’ UNDEFEATED Jason Anderson and The Torture Squad’s Nate Wac. The first round started with an early striking exchange, a quick clinch, and the fight ended up on the canvas. Anderson found himself in Nate’s guard, and started dropping some leather while Nate tried to block the onslaught and work toward a better position. Round two started with another quick and exciting boxing exchange, then Anderson was able to hit another takedown, ending up in Nate’s closed guard. As Anderson started looking for openings to dish out more punishment on the ground, Nate EXPLODED his hips up and nabbed a TIGHT triangle choke, then hooking the leg for good measure to prevent an escape, finishing the fight with a tap out victory at just past a minute in the second round. NOW, it was time for some GOLD to be contested, starting with the TWC Junior Lightweight title. Current champion Kory Wertz put his strap on the line against a VERY experienced Redd “Wishahonkeywood” Williams, representing Indiana Boyz and Dusek Gym. The second that the two gentleman touched gloves, it immediately became apparent that both fighters wanted the title BADLY. A couple of hards swings by Kory at the start, and Redd shot for the takedown, ending up clinching briefly with Wertz. Wertz kept creating space and letting the hands go. Redd tried several more times for the shot, but caught some solid shots for his efforts. The cumulative effect of those shots caused Williams to hit the canvas hard, forcing the ref to stop the action at just past the half minute mark in the first, and final round, causing Kory Wertz to retain his 150 pound strap for yet another future defense. The MAIN EVENT of the evening featured TWO of the most elite, experienced and dominant Lightweights in the State, facing each other in one of the most highly anticipated and speculated on matchups in recent history. Both warriors have dispatched an ELITE list of some of the best there is, and it was inevitable that they would one day collide in the cage. When they finally did, it was for possession of the TWC 155 pound strap, which was held by Murcielago MMA’s Marky “Cash” Christiansen. Looking to strip Marky of that belt in a very physical manner was Pound 4 Pound MMA’s legendary Lightweight bad boy, Zack Shaw. This fight had experience written all over it, as both fighters were so well matched, they were able to counter each others strategies nicely. All three rounds started with a bit of great striking, a bit of clinch work and a takedown. Throughout rounds one and two, Zack fought mostly within Marky’s always-dangerous guard, working a constant combination of effective body and head shots, while Marky blocked as best as possible and looked for subs and ways to sweep, while delivering some palm strikes of his own from the bottom. Round three started off exactly the same way as the previous two. With Shaw in top position once again dropping bombs, Marky tried to throw up a quick triangle choke and was stuffed on the first attempt, but managed to regain his hip position and nab a far superior triangle, this time pulling the arm across the body and pulling down hard on Zack’s head for the spectacular tap out victory in just barely over a minute and a half in the third round over an absolutely top-notch opponent, ONCE AGAIN successfully defending his Total Warrior Combat Lighweight title. Special thanks to Marky, Zack and ALL of the other fighters and trainers that represent TWC…YOU are the ones that make it EASILY one of the top of the MMA promotion food chain.

Now it’s time once again to pay honor to the dream team that comprises TWC’s staff…the guys and gals that collaborate and coordinate with one another, making TWC’s production a well oiled machine. Every company is built from the foundation up, and in record time, using the combined business prowess and learning from every experience they’ve encountered thus far, TWC’s promoters, Petey and Adam have already established a promotion whose foundation will most certainly endure the test of time. Total Warrior Combat’s long-time head referee in charge of the entire evening’s action inside the cage was FightMichigan’s very own experienced MMA official, T.J. Corwin. Judging the event was an experienced trio comprised of Mr. Dru Gardner, Mr. Joe Heikkila and former TWC Bantamweight champion Dan “The American Badass” Dunbar. Timekeeper for the event was none other than FightMichigan’s lovely miss Shannon Hale. The microphone master appointed to deliver the goods to the anxiously awaiting fans was our buddy and all-purpose pimp, Michael “Skipnosis” Gorham. Backing up Skippy with some street shaking beats was TWC’s DJ extraordinaire, Bobby “DJ BabyDaddy” Cantwell, keepin’ the turntables a-twirlin’ all night long. Heading up the Security Staff and helping gentleman Josh Stuer run the back fighters room was Mr. Tony Sterk. The man who has been doing an absolutely OUTSTANDING job of promoting Total Warrior Combat through every available medium is TWC’s SUPERB Director of Sales and Marketing, Mr. Bear Fitz. Helping with the cage door, Vaseline duty and cage cleanup were the EXTREMELY helpful trio of Dillon Deal, Jake Prosser and Max Little. Capturing all the rolling video footage of this unbelievable event was Mr. Anthony Wolf. His EXCELLENT event footage can be viewed on TWC’s website >>>here<

Total Warrior Combat – Anger Management – Results from November 12th, 2011

Total Warrior Combat returned home to where it ALL began this past Saturday night, the Causeway Bay Hotel in Lansing. The name of the event was “Anger Management”, and it was most appropriate, because there were some HEATED rivalries on this fight card! There was a top-shelf roster of amateur talent from the Lansing area, Indiana, Florida and Georgia, representing such great teams as Xtreme MMA, Murcielago MMA, American Top Team, Patino’s Martial Arts, The Torture Squad, Madmen MMA, The Man Cave, New Body MMA, The Lab, Pound 4 Pound, Camp Tisdale, Grand Rapids Mixed Martial Arts, Hollywood MMA, Target Martial Arts, Spartan Xtreme MMA, Soldado’s Boxing, Great Lakes Ground and Pound and Team Bully. Representing himself and American Top Team, UFC legend Thiago Silva was in the house, cornering his fighters, demonstrating techniques in the back, hanging out with fans and signing LOTS of autographs…a true gentleman indeed. Also, for the first time ever, fans arriving at the show found a fighter bio packet with each seat containing some vital details on some of the event’s combatants, as painstakingly assembled by Mr. Dru Gardner.

Once the action began, there was no time to blink between intermissions, as this was the most amazing card TWC has had to date, and that is an impressive feat, considering some of the previous events’ fight cards! Right from the start, Target Martial Arts’ Derek Walker took on Patino’s Martial Arts’ Aaron “Ironman” Cook in a well-matched battle that made it to the onset of round three before Cook was able to unleash a series of strikes on the ground that brought an end to the fight via ref stoppage. In the second matchup, Spartan Extreme’s Jeremy Swainston faced Great Lakes Ground and Pound’s Jamie Forton in a bout that was closely matched throughout the first round. In the early second round, the fight hit the ground right away, with the fighters in leglock position. Forton was QUICK to take advantage of the position by sinking in a PAINFUL achilles lock for the tap out and the win. In the ladies’ division, Xtreme MMA’s Caitlyn Young stepped up to face Mary Jane Matlock in Mary’s second fight, after debuting only a week earlier. Caitlyn fought a smart and careful fight, picking Mary apart piece by piece with jabs and leg kicks for the first round and a half. At just past the halfway point of round two, Caitlyn caught Mary with several hard shots, ending the fight in dominant fashion via TKO. Immediately following was a showdown between Madmen MMA’s Frank “The Tank” Thomas (who took the fight on the spot as a late replacement) and Indiana’s Andrew Karsten. This battle had so many amazing transitions, sweeps, hip escapes, submission attempts, you name it – through all three rounds and to the judges score cards. It was so close that the judges came up with a SPLIT decision in the favor of Karsten. An impressive and memorable fight indeed! Next came ANOTHER impressive display that went all the way, when Lansing’s Dana Ray faced American Top Team’s Andy Lopez in a Bantamweight war for the ages. The pace was frenetic and constant for the duration of the bout, with Dana Ray coming out on top via unanimous decision. NOW, if there was one fight on the card that defined the event name “Anger Management, it was this one: Pound 4 Pound’s Kory Wertz versus Grand Rapids Mixed Martial Arts’ Terry “The Greatest Show on Earth” VanAvery. There were some less-than-kind words exchanged between these two in the weeks leading up to the fight…and hostilities were high coming in. The first round was spent mostly in the clinch, up against the cage, exchanging knees and pummeling for position. Just over the one minute mark in the second round, with the fight on the ground, Korey unleashed a devastating ground and pound assault that brought an end to the fight and the rivalry. After all was said and done, mutual respect was shown by both combatants. The crowd electrified as Murcielago MMA’s hometown hero Skeeter Kittle faced Indiana’s always-exciting Nate “The Shinobi” Wac. It was non-stop excitement the whole first round, and at about thirty seconds into round two, Skeeter got into a dominant position and cinched a rear naked choke that put his opponent to sleep for the screaming hometown fans! The rest of the night was all title fight excitement, starting with the Flyweight division. American Top Team’s Andres Aleman faced The Lab’s MULTIPLE title holder Eddie “The Machete” Tamez to see who would emerge as the TWC 125 pound champ. It was a short lived but impressive display by both fighters that concluded near the halfway point of the very first round, with Aleman locking on a PERFECT armbar for the impressive victory and the title belt. The Heavyweight title fight was a highly anticipated rubber match, with each opponent holding a single victory over the other. Both Camp Tisdale’s Joe Clementz and Hollywood MMA and American Top Team’s Thomas “The Tornado” Duncan came to show the crowd in attendance that the big boys can go non-stop too! And they did just that, for one and a half rounds, before Joe Clementz scored a win via verbal sub, putting him at 2-1 on their ongoing saga. The next match was the title fight for the Super Heavyweight strap featuring two LARGE and skilled warriors, The Man Cave’s Ryan “The Rhino” Johnson and Matt “The Tower of Pain” Blaine. It’s a rare gem to see men this size that are able to push the pace the way these two did…on the feet, on the ground, wherever the fight went. Despite a valiant effort by Ryan that included some solid shots that found their mark and some impressive escapes on the ground, Blaine’s ground and pound assault proved to be overwhelming. Matt walks away retaining the Super Heavyweight championship…congrats! Next on the night was a Light Heavyweight belt fight featuring New Body MMA’s David O’Neil and The Lab’s wily cage veteran Matt “The Nightmare” Stringham. David surprised many people by dominating much of the fight, controlling position, and dishing out some excellent ground and pound. After nearly finishing the fight at the end of round one, O’Neil regained the same position as he had at the conclusion of the first round and unleashed another barrage of strikes on the ground to end the fight and claim the 205 pound belt. The last fight of the night was a Welterweight championship battle pitting Murcielago MMA’s Dequan “The Tarantula” Townsend against The Torture Squad and Man Cave’s undefeated Ryan Konrath. After a brief feeling out, the first strike of the fight was a flying knee by Dequan just as Konrath was shooting for the takedown. For a lesser fighter, that shot would have spelled the end. But Ryan pushed on, but was caught later in the first round in a fight-ending triangle, as Dequan used his length to his advantage perfectly. Dequan remains on top of TWC’s stacked 170 pound division. Hats off to ALL of the champions that retained their titles as well as all of NEW ones, and every other warrior on the card that came out to be a part of this landmark event!

And on to the great folks that make it all possible…the staff. Gotta start from the top…the promoters Adam and Pete, who have provided Lansing fans with some of the best MMA action out there, and have made HUGE improvements on each and every event, turning TWC into a force to be reckoned with. The cage enforcement professional in charge of all of the action in the cage was FightMichigan’s very own T.J. Corwin, assisted at the cage door by Justin “Bubba” MacKenzie, with David Rohn handling Vaseline duty. The judges for the event were the VERY experienced trio of Dru Gardner, Ed Pigeon, and Mickey Millis. The timekeeper for the event was FightMichigan’s lovelier other half, Shannon Hale. The M.C. for the evening was our good buddy and LEGEND on the microphone, Phil “The Voice” Davey. Still photography for the event was skillfully handled by Fierce Photography’s Noah Paris. Video for the event will be available soon via TWC’s YouTube channel. As we mentioned before, Total Warrior Combat is growing exponentially with each and every new event, and after only seven shows, has established itself amongst the best promotions out there. Their next HUGE event will be on January 21st, and we’ve had a sneak preview of who’s ALREADY booked for the card, and all we can say is BE THERE! For even more details on that show and all the other spectacular events in Michigan, check our “Upcoming Events” page regularly! Until the next time, here are your results…
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Total Warrior Combat – Future Legends – Results from September 10, 2011

Total Warrior Combat cranked out another excellent night of cage fighting excitement with their latest offering – Future Legends. This was an appropriate title, since their was a lot of new up-and-coming fighters, as well as some established Michigan warriors. The L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon was roaring with fans who came out in droves to cheer on their local favorites. After another masterful rendition of our National Anthem by our good friend Jamie “The Songbird” Lange, the very first fight of the night featured Dakota “The American Dream” Lichner applying a textbook head-and-arm triangle for the win and “Submission of the Night”. In the very next fight, Steve Ohrazda masterfully demonstrated how a triangle choke works. In the first of a series of title fights for the night, Randy Patino faced off against Nate “The Shinobi” Wac in a fight that not only went the distance, but earned Randy the 175lb. Renegade belt, and also earned BOTH of these warriors “Fight of the Night” honors. Terry “The Greatest Show on Earth” VanAvery locked down yet another belt for his collection in the Renegade 155lb. title fight. Jordan Schillaci won the Renegade 185lb. belt with a very impressive victory against the always tough-as-nails Murcielago fighter, Andy Carter. “Knockout of the Night” was firmly secured by Matt “Tower of Pain” Blaine with his 26 second victory over a very game Kevin “Chaos” York. The main event featured an AMAZING battle (and CLOSE runner-up for “Fight of the Night”) pitting “The American Badass” Dan Dunbar against the ultra-impressive Cody “The Hobgoblin” Osborne for the Renegade 135lb. title. This battle raged on into the fifth round before Cody had to concede to an injury. This one DEFINITELY deserves a rematch! The referees for this action-packed event were FightMichigan’s T.J. Corwin and Joel “Lil Juggernaut” Chapman. Judges for the event were the experienced trio of Dru Gardner, Mickey Millis and FightMichigan’s Shannon Hale. Delivering all the verbal goods and keeping the crowd enlightened was our buddy Michael “Skipnosis” Gorham. All of the still photos for the event were shot by Fierce Photography’s Noah Paris. You can check out his gallery here. As Total Warrior Combat continues to grow and expand, they are quickly establishing themselves amongst the ranks of Michigan’s great promotions. Don’t miss their next event on November 12th, “Anger Management”, as they make their way back to the Causeway Bay Hotel in Lansing once again! Check out our “Upcoming Events” page for all the details…coming soon! Here are your results…
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Total Warrior Combat – Evolution – Results from August 27, 2011

Total Warrior Combat returned to the Causeway Bay Hotel in Lansing with the appropriately named “Evolution”, as this was their best event to date. Immediately following another beautiful rendition of our National Anthem by our friend Jamie “The Songbird” Lange, the action began. Many of the fights were SO good that they DEMAND a rematch. One of these wars…AND Fight of the Night, was Lansing’s Skeeter Kittle squaring off against a Striking Dragons badboy, Denato Richardson. This fight ended with a VERY, VERY close judge’s decision, and rumor has it, this fight will happen again. Man, we hope so! Before the dust had settled from that battle, another war began, featuring Team Murcielago’s “Big” Ben Sutton against the undefeated and formidable Nic “The Nightmare” Booth. The first round featured a very technical exchange of leg and foot locks, with both combatants displaying a clinic of escapes and transitions. The battle continued to be a perfect clash of styles right until the end, when Nick whipped out a crisp armbar for the win and the belt. Now Nick will move on to face “The American Badass” Dan Dunbar for the unified title at a future show. Guaranteed to be a war! Eddie Tamez successfully defended his belt and secured the “Submission of the Night” by pulling off a very sudden armbar finish. The final fight of the night was a Heavyweight Title bout pitting the skilled warrior Joe Clementz against a highly experienced striker, Thomas Duncan. Duncan landed some heavy leather early on in the first round, opening a large cut on the forehead of Clementz, which ultimately brought a stop to the contest. This puts Clementz and Duncan at one win each over each other, which calls for a rematch in the near future. The referees in charge of the safety of these warriors for the night were Michigan pro fighter Joel “Lil’ Juggernaut” Chapman and FightMichigan’s own T.J. Corwin. Judges for the event were the experienced trio of Dru Gardner, Ed Pigeon, and FightMichigan’s Shannon Hale, who was also the timekeeper for the night. On the microphone doing a masterful job of keeping the fans hyped and informed, was the prolific and professional Phil “The Voice” Davey. Still photography for this event was in the capable hands of Fierce Photography’s Noah Paris. And we most definitely have to give a shout out to our buddy Shae Brophy, for helping keep things organized in the back! Total Warrior Combat is quickly ascending to the upper echelons of Michigan promotions, and every show gets more amazing. Don’t just take our word for it…you can witness it for yourself on September 10th in Muskegon, Michigan at their next event, “Future Legends”, coming to the L.C. Walker Arena. Join FightMichigan there and enjoy another evening of top-shelf MMA action! ‘Til then, here are your results…
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Total Warrior Combat – Tournament of Champions – Results from July 16th, 2011

Total Warrior Combat came storming back onto the scene last Saturday night with their best fight card to date, Tournament of Champions. The spacious ballroom at the Causeway Bay Hotel in Lansing provided the perfect setting for a great night of fights. The evening’s festivities were kicked off by the singing of our National Anthem by FightMichigan friend, Jamie “The Songbird” Lange. Another good friend of FightMichigan, Phil “The Voice” Davey, handled the crowd-pumping and info delivery in truly masterful fashion! The lovely ladies of From Michigan With Love were in the house keeping the crowd begging for more! The keepers of safety, law and order (referees) for the evening were Joel “Lil’ Juggernaut” Chapman and FightMichigan’s own T.J. Corwin. The judges for the evening were James Gray, David Rohn and Ed Pigeon, with Zacc Palmer on the stopwatch. It was definitely a memorable night of action. There was even a wedding proposal in the cage! (Special thanks to Lyzzette Ortiz and Petey for helping set that up…you guys rock!) And an extra special thanks to Ed Pigeon’s lovely wife, Stephanie Pigeon, for all of her hard work taking notes for us. Without her, this writeup wouldn’t be possible! Here are your results…
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Total Warrior Combat – Bragging Fights – Results from May 14th, 2011

The elegant and spacious ballroom at the Causeway Bay Hotel and Conference Center in Lansing was host to yet another exciting MMA event brought to you by Total Warrior Combat on Saturday night. Fighters came from far and wide to showcase their skills and show why TWC is the place to be! There was also a ring girl contest, with the winner securing a $500 contract with TWC. As always, there were a lot of familiar local MMA peeps in the house to check out the show. The lovely ladies of From Michigan With Love were there, as well as the great folks from Loved By A Pit. Can’t ya just feel all the love? Kicking things off with the singing of our National Anthem was a close FightMichigan friend, Jamie “The Songbird” Lange. The referees for the evening were also an all-star lineup – Justin “J-Ho” Houghton, Travis McElhaney, Joel “The Little Juggernaut” Chapman and FightMichigan’s T.J. The emcee for the night was none other than Michael “Skipnosis” Gorham. Your judges for the event were Dru Gardner, Ed Pigeon, and Mickey Millis, with FightMichigan’s resident doll Shannon Hale as timekeeper. Keep an eye on the calendar, folks. TWC has many more awesome shows planned throughout 2011, with the next one coming at you on Saturday, June 11th. Come out and join us then – be a part of the growing momentum that is Total Warrior Combat! Here are your results…
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