December 21, 2010

True Fight Fan Presents
"Clash in the Cage"
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Grain Valley, Missouri

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Amateur MMA Card Regulated by ISKA-MO
Pro-MMA Card Regulated by Missouri State Office of Athletics


Trey Ogden 11/14/1989 Vs Jarred Fitzpatrick 11/4/1989
WINNER: Ogden by TKO (Strikes) at 2:38 of Round 1
Jarred Fitzpatrick - 30 Day Medical Suspension due to TKO (Strikes)
12/17/2010 to 1/16/2011

Brandon Cottrell 7/28/1980 Vs Shawm Kowalewski 11/17/1980
WINNER: Cottrell by KO (Strikes) at :11 of Round 1
Shawm Kowalewski - 60 Day Medical Suspension due to KO (Strikes)
12/17/2010 to 2/15/2011

Jesse Gambino 5/10/1991 Vs Fierce Taylor 11/7/1989
WINNER: Taylor by Tap Out (Arm Bar) at 2:53 of Round 2

Moses Rahman 10/30/1986 Vs Reginald Logan 12/24/1989
WINNER: Rahman by Verbal Submission at :01 of Round 2

Chris Odell 7/17/1986 Vs Raul Romero 6/21/1974
WINNER: Romero by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:56 of Round 2

Travis Ford 2/1/1989 Vs Chris Welch 12/23/1982
WINNER: Ford by Tap Out (Slam) at 1:05 of Round 1

Luke Josephine 11/4/1987 Vs T.J. Nichols 3/7/1987
WINNER: Josephine by TKO (Strikes) at 3:20 of Round 1
T.J. Nichols - 30 Day Medical Suspension due to TKO (Strikes)
12/17/2010 to 1/16/2011

Alex Roberts 11/13/1992 Vs Dave Brown 5/18/1981
WINNER: Brown by TKO (Strikes) at 2:23 of Round 2
Alex Roberts - 30 Day Medical Suspension due to TKO (Strikes)
12/17/2010 to 1/16/2011

John Denslow 8/18/1983 Vs Drew Shippy 1/3/1986
WINNER: Shippy by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:28 of Round 1

Khary Mosby 9/15/1988 Vs Tommy Beal 12/1/1992
WINNER: Beal by Tap Out (Triangle Choke) at 1:57 of Round 1

Derek Williams 1/15/1988 Vs Robert Basney 12/2/1986
WINNER: Williams by TKO (Strikes( at 2:20 of Round 1
Robert Basney - 30 Day Medical Suspension due to TKO (Strikes)
12/17/2010 to 1/16/2011

Jeremiah Denson 2/13/1990 Vs Jason Witt 11/7/1986
WINNER: Witt by KO (Strikes) at 1:54 of Round 1
Jeremiah Denson - 60 Day Medical Suspension due to KO (Strikes)
12/17/2010 to 2/15/2011

Travis Edwards 3/10/1979 Vs Afa Tapusoa 5/30/1988
WINNER: Afa Tapusoa by TKO (Strikes) at 1:21 of Round 1
Travis Edwards - 30 Day Medical Suspension due to TKO (Strikes)
12/17/2010 to 1/16/2011


December 13, 2010

NEW YORK (Dec. 12, 2010) – STRIKEFORCE Heavyweight Champion Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem of The Netherlands made history on Saturday by winning the annual eight-man, single elimination K-1 World Grand Prix Championship in Japan, thus making him the first fighter in history to simultaneously hold a major MMA and K-1 Grand Prix title.

On Saturday, the 6-foot-5, 30-year-old Overeem won three fights at the annual one night, eight-man K-1 Grand Prix, the most prestigious tournament in kickboxing. He capped off a winning night by scoring a first-round (1:07) TKO in the finals over K-1 legend Peter Aerts, a three-time champion of the tournament.

In the semifinal round of the event, Overeem produced a similar result, registering a first round TKO over Gokhan Saki (2:33). In the opening tournament round, he scored a unanimous decision over Tyrone Sprong.

Overeem has been unstoppable in the sport of MMA, not suffering a loss in over three years. On Nov. 16, 2007, he became the first STRIKEFORCE MMA heavyweight champion in history, crushing Paul “The Headhunter” Buentello, with knee strikes to the body in the second round (3:42) of their matchup at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Overeem returned to STRIKEFORCE action last May 15, scoring a first round (3:40) TKO on Brett “The Grim” Rogers at Scottrade Center in St. Louis and bringing his career MMA record up to 33-11.


December 6, 2010

Legendary MMA superstar Dan Henderson, 41, proved he is back in a major way Saturday as he closed an outstanding night of exciting, non-stop action fights by demolishing former STRIKEFORCE World Champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral in 1:53 in the main event on SHOWTIME® before a crowd of 7,146 at Scottrade Center.

“Hendo answered the questions about his age, about his desire,’’ said SHOWTIME analyst and MMA pioneer, Frank Shamrock, after the fight. “There was never a question about his power.”

Other results on the televised portion of STRIKEFORCE: Henderson vs. Babalu presented by Rockstar Energy Drink: World-ranked welterweight Paul “Semtex’’ Daley (26-9-2) of Nottingham, England, knocked out Scott “Hands Of Steel” Smith (18-8, 1 NC), of Elk Grove, Calif., with a ferocious counter left hook at 2:09 in the first; new-look Robbie Lawler (18-6, 1 NC), of Granite City, Ill., returned to his old, “Ruthless” self with a devastating 50-second, first-round knockout over Matt “The Law” Lindland (22-8), of Oregon City, Ore., in a middleweight match; Antonio “Big Foot’’ Silva (15-2), of Coconut Creek, Fla., by way of Brazil, rallied to register a second-round TKO (punches) over Mike “Mak’’ Kyle (18-8), of San Jose, Calif., in a heavyweight scrap and former University of Tennessee linebacker Ovince St. Preux (9-4) of Knoxville, Tenn., won his sixth in a row and second in two weeks with a dominant three-round unanimous decision over Benji “Razor’’ Radach (19-6, 1 NC), of Laguna Beach, Calif., at light heavyweight (205 pounds).

“I’ve said it before but not often enough: we have some of the most devastating and talented fighters in the world on the STRIKEFORCE roster,’’ said STRIKEFORCE CEO Scott Coker after the final STRIKEFORCE fight card of the year. “And these guys — Hendo, Daley, Lawler — proved it tonight. These aren’t even the champs of their divisions in STRIKEFORCE and they put on some display tonight.

“This is a second chance for Daley. He’s shown remorse for his past action and he’s earned the right to keep fighting. As for Mike Kyle: Watch out at 205 because he’s got devastating power.”

Henderson, making his first fight at 205 pounds in three years, moved a step closer to a title shot against STRIKEFORCE Light Heavyweight Champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante.

“Whoever STRIKEFORCE comes up with, I’ll fight,’’ said Henderson, who floored Babalu with two solid right hands and finished him with a series of shots. “But I prefer 205. I’m ready to fight at 185 but there are plenty of good fights for me at 205.

“My body felt better for this fight. I appreciate all the support from the fans in St. Louis.’’

This was the second victory over Babalu for Henderson, who won a decision in February 2000.

Daley-Smith turned out to be the slugfest most everybody expected, but Daley, making his STRIKEFORCE debut, landed the first telling shot and that was that.

“I’m very happy with this fight and for the opportunity STRIKEFORCE is giving me,’’ said Daley, who delivered a perfectly-placed left look that sent Smith crashing head-first to the canvas.

By stopping Lindland with a picturesque, short right hook, Lawler put himself right back into the stacked STRIKEFORCE middleweight picture.

Unlike his last outing on June 16 when he may have played it a little too cautiously in a points’ loss to Babalu, Lawler was all business Saturday.

“For some reason I thought he’d try to stand with me,’’ said Lawler, who was sporting a beard and hair on his head for this one. “He probably shouldn’t have. I knew I was in good enough shape to fight my fight and not worry about take downs. I’ll take a one-day break and talk to managers and then we’ll go from there.’’

When asked if he knew the fight was over before the referee stepped in, Lawler said, “I always know when the fight is over.’’

The Silva-Kyle fight looked like it might be over in the first round, a five-minute session dominated by Kyle, who dropped Silva with a booming right hand in the opening seconds and spent the remainder of the round in the top position pounding the Brazilian with both hands.

But Silva, who outweighed Kyle by 44 pounds, rebounded strongly to triumph for the eighth time in nine starts.

“He surprised me at the beginning,’’ Silva said. ‘But I never felt I was in danger of losing or that the referee would stop the fight.’’

Kyle, who took the fight on a week’s notice after Valentijn Overeem withdrew with an injury, came close to scoring a major upset.

“I thought they were going to stop the fight,’’ said Kyle, who entered the cage having gone 5-0 with one No Contest since losing to Fedor conquerer, Fabricio Wedum, on Aug. 15, 2009. “I was really excited but they didn’t and then I realized I broke my hand and I was out of the fight mentally’’

In the opening bout of the telecast, Saint Preux dominated what many felt would be his toughest fight, outpointing Radach by the one-sided scores of 30-27, 30-26 and 30-25.

It was the second consecutive points victory for the 6-foot-3, 27-year-old Saint Preux, who was coming off a unanimous over Antwain Britt during a STRIKEFORCE Challengers event on Nov. 19.

Saturday’s thrilling event will re-air as follows:
Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 10 p.m. ET/PT SHO2
The telecast also will be available On Demand beginning Wednesday, Dec. 8, and running through Dec. 21.
Mauro Ranallo called the action on SHOWTIME with MMA legends Shamrock and Pat Miletich serving as expert analysts.

In Saturday’s non-televised professional results: Fernando Bettega (7-4), Cerritos, Calif., split decision over Wayne Phillips (4-4), San Jose, at 170 pounds; Justin Lawrence (1-0), St. Louis, unanimous (technical) decision over Max Martynuk (0-1), Los Angeles, at 155 pounds; Pat Cummins (1-0), Carlsbad, Calif., TKO 1 (strikes) over Terrell Brown (2-1), O’Fallon, Mo., at 205 pounds; Matt Ricehouse (4-0), St. Peters, Mo., unanimous decision over Tom Aaron (8-2), Troy, Mo.; Booker DeRousse (4-4), St. Louis, TKO 2 (strikes) Coltin Cole (1-1) of Duquion, Ill., at 185 pounds; Cortez Coleman (6-1), Granite, City, Ill., submitted (guillotine choke) Lucas Lopes (19-11), St. Louis, in the first round (2:04) at 185 pounds; Mike Glenn (7-4), Springfield, Mo., first-round TKO over Lee Brousseau (7-3), of River Wood, Mo., at 205 pounds; and J.W. Wright (1-0), St. Louis, submitted (guillotine choke) Josh “The Loose Cannon’’ Epps (2-3), St. Louis, in the first round (1:29) at 130 pounds.

Watson dominates Toshiya to take ISKA Crown

December 4, 2010

Showsport International in association with Black Widow Martial Arts Academy staged MAUYTHAI SUPERFIGHTS on the 20th November 2010 at the Doug Ellis Sports Centre in Birmingham England. The main event featured an ISKA World title between England’s Jordan Watson and Nakagawa Toshiya of Japan.

Watson and Toshiya contested the vacant ISKA World Super-welterweight title under Muaythai rules. Watson quickly demonstrated why he is the hottest prospect in the UK with a steady stream of kicks knees and punches landing on target including his trademark flying knee. Toshiya prove to be incredibly tough soaking up a lot of punishment even after being knocked down in the third with a head kick he quickly got to his feet and back into the fray. Watson was dominant in every round and won a clear unanimous decision.

Another UK prospect Thomas McCormack connected with a heavy right had to KO Lee Green and took the ISKA Commonwealth Welterweight title under Oriental rules and Sean Perry knocked out Mark Skeer in round two for the ISKA British Welterweight Muaythai title. ISKA European Light- middleweight Champion Daiton Jackson scored a second round KO against Richard Jones in a non-title match.

Full Results

ISKA World Super-welterweight title 69.6kg MT

Nakagawa Toshiya (Tokyo, Japan) v Jordan Watson (Bad Company Gym, England)

Winner and new Champion Jordan Watson unanimous points decision

ISKA Commonwealth Welterweight title 66.6kg OR

Thomas McCormack (Wicker Camp) v Lee Green (Higher Level)

Winner and new Champion Thomas McCormack KO round 2

ISKA British Welterweight title 66.6kg MT

Mark Skeer (Salford Thai) v Sean Perry (Premiere Thai-Boxing)

Winner and new Champion Sean Perry unanimous KO round 2

ISKA Midland Area Super-middleweight title 78.1kg MT

Edward Lyons (Evolution Stafford) v Michael Corns (Black Widow)

Winner and new Champion Edward Lyons unanimous points decision

Daitan Jackson (Salford Thai) def. Richard Jones (Franks Gym) KO R2

Ivan Damyanov (Firewalker) def. Dan Costello (Phraya Pichai) Pts.

Colin Farricker (Kaobon)def. John Paul Donaghue (Semtex) TKO R4

Jason Dutton (Impact) def. Nerijus Jonaitis(Lithuania) TKO R1

Ross George (Kaang Raang) def. Andy Webb (Sapphire Gym) TKO

Mik Bains (Meegee Gym) def. Wil Killow (Russ Williams) TKO R3

Adam Grew (Semtex) def. Julian Laachas (Diesel Gym) Pts.

Sean Silver (Salford Thai) def. Jamie O'Brien (Black Widow) Pts.

Mark Evans (WPT Wales) def. Dave Burns (Impact) TKO R3

Garth Nellies (Evolution Stafford) def. Michael Allison (Johnny Ts) Pts


December 3, 2010

Date: November 27, 2010

Location: Eagles Hall
Duncan, BC

Promoter: Wally Petrovic

Chief Official: Greg Turnbull

Judges: Earl Bennett
Hermie Gruhn
Stan Peterec
Robin Webb

Referees: Stan Peterec
Robin Webb

Timekeeper: Lance Cunningham

1. Ryan Charlie vs. Connor Sutton
Junior Kickboxing
The evening events started with a very young Connor Sutton, making his third appearance in the ring, in a tightly contested match against Ryan Charlie who was making his ring debut.
Result: Connor Sutton – split decision

2. Tyler Thommasen vs. Thai Ruttan
Junior Kickboxing
Two more junior fighters made their ring debut, and each fighter came out strong in this back and forth match. Ultimately, Tyler Thommasen was able to put more combinations together more consistently and earned the decision.
Result: Tyler Thommasen – unanimous decision

3. Jordan Symchych vs. Jesse Emrick
In the first MMA match of the night, these two heavyweights, each making their ring debut, came out with more heart than technique. After a heated exchange of punches on their feet in round 1, Jesse Emrick secured a takedown, acquired the mount position and landed numerous strikes from the top. Round 2 started much the same way, with Jesse again securing the mount position, landing numerous punches from the top and forcing referee Stan Peterec to end the fight.
Result: Jesse Emrick – TKO at 2:20 of Round 2

4. Chris Seday vs. Steve Thorn
In the only boxing match of the evening, Steve Thorn used good evading and heavy power shots to outclass his opponent. Referee Stan Peterec waved the fight off after the second knockdown in the first round.
Result: Steve Thorn – TKO at 1:11 of Round 1

5. Blake Mcvittie vs. Shane Jung
Shane Jung came out aggressively from the opening bell, successfully took Blake Mcvittie down, and used smooth transitions to take Blake’s back. After softening Blake up with a few punches to the head, Shane secured a rear naked choke forcing Blake to tap out.
Result: Shane Jung – Submission at 1:29 of Round 1

6. Julian Russ vs. Gerald Calder
This match started very tentatively with a brief feeling out process. Gerald Calder pressed the action and forced Julian Russ against the ropes where Julian seemed to stick his neck forward. Gerald quickly responded by applying a standing guillotine choke, dropped to his back, secured the guard and forced Julian to tap out.
Result: Gerald Calder – Submission at 1:04 of Round 1

7. Steve Murry vs. Ron Pearce
Both fighters came out with good technical striking – there were very few clinches, and neither fighter tried to shoot for a takedown. Despite Steve Murry landing the majority of the clean strikes, Ron Pearce landed a devastating right hand dropping Steve, and forcing referee Stan Peterec to stop the match.
Result: Ron Pearce – TKO at 2:00 of Round 1

8. Chriscarlo Chua vs. Kieran Mueller
BC Super Bantamweight Title
Chriscarlo Chua came into this match with a significant height and reach disadvantage from his opponent, Kieran Mueller. From the opening bell, however, Chriscarlo utilized good defense, powerful kicks and accurate punching to dictate the pace of the match and not take much damage from an also technically sound Kieran. The match, staying in the center of the ring for the most part, provided good action for the attentive crowd, which was quite hushed between exchanges. Ultimately, Chriscarlo’s evasiveness and strong countering earned him the BC Super Bantamweight title.
Result: Chriscarlo Chua – majority decision

9. Oren Hanscomb vs. Johnny Williams
BC Welterweight Title
The main event of the evening lived up to the billing proving the most back and forth action of the night. Both fighters showed good skill, both offensively and defensively, in a very tightly contested match. The final 20 seconds of round 4 had both fighters standing toe-to-toe throwing non-stop full-power shots. Oren and Johnny literally put everything they had into this fight. In a decision that received mixed reaction from the crowd, Johnny Williams received a split decision for the BC Welterweight title.
Result: Johnny Williams – split decision


December 1, 2010

NOVEMBER 27, 2010

The main event of the evening saw Nick Wesley take on Anthony Goodwin for the vacant ISKA lightweight national title. Early in the first round Wesley popped his shoulder but showed a lot of heart as he continued on for nearly the full three rounds. Goodwin kept the pressure on through out the first round after hearing the Wesley tell his corner about his shoulder. Goodwin was able to get Wesley's back and worked vigorously to get a rear naked choke but could not get it. In round two, Goodwin again got the fight on the ground and worked for a submission. With ten seconds left, Wesley locked in a triangle choke with an armbar. Thankfully for Goodwin the bell rang out as the submission was in deep. In the third round Wesley's arm was still visibly hurt, but he carried on. Goodwin worked for the takedown and tried to get the rear naked but couldn't. Wesley escaped, got Goodwin's back and nearly had a rear naked choke of his own. Goodwin turned into Wesley to defend and was able to pull guard. Goodwin pushed his way into a top position, grabbed a guillotine and spun to ensure the pressure was there and got the tap out.


November 22, 2010

JACKSON, MISS. (Nov 19, 2010) – A ferocious Justin Wilcox power punched his way to a unanimous decision victory over Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro in the lightweight (155 pounds) STRIKEFROCE Challengers main event, Friday night on SHOWTIME. Former University of Tenn., linebacker turned MMA rising star Ovince St. Preux (8-4) also notched a unanimous decision win over Antwain Britt (11-5) in featured light heavyweight (205 pounds) action from Jackson Convention Complex in Jackson, Miss.

The 31-year-old Wilcox (10-3), a former NCAA wrestling standout for Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, opted to keep the fight standing, punishing Ribeiro with straight right hands throughout their three-round bout. Ribeiro repeatedly tried to take the fight to the ground, but Wilcox fended his opponent off with a well-timed sprawl.

“We came out wanting to exploit his stand up. At AKA, we’ve got the best stand up,” said Wilcox, who was awarded all three rounds by the three judges scoring the fight. Wilcox’s win was his fifth straight.
Asked about a potential matchup with another star in STRIKEFORCE’s lightweight division, undefeated Lyle “Fancy Pants” Beerbohm, after the win over Ribeiro, Wilcox acknowledged his interest in facing Beerbohm.
“He keeps calling out the big dogs,” said Wilcox of Beerbohm, “but, if he wants to fight, I’m your Huckleberry.”

A much anticipated bout between go-for-broke strikers Marius Zaromskis (13-5, 1 NC) and Waachiim Spirit Wolf (8-7-1, 1 NC) took a quick, anti-climactic turn after Zaromskis attempted a flying knee out of the gate in the first round, but accidentally stuck a finger in Spirit Wolf’s eye on the way down.

Unable to see properly, a frustrated Spirit Wolf was allotted a five minute period to regain his vision, but could not do so. After he was examined by the ringside physician for the second time during his recovery period, it was determined that the laceration to Spirit Wolf’s eye was too severe for him to continue, prompting a stoppage to the bout and a no contest being declared.

“In the case of an accidental foul, the referee has the discretion to give the fighter up to five minutes regardless of what kind of foul occurs,” said Cory Schafer, STRIKEFORCE Rules Director and ISKA President. “If the foul occurs in the first or second round of a three round fight and the fighter can’t continue as a result of the accidental foul, the bout is declared a no contest.”

One fight later, lightning inexplicably struck for the second time when St. Preux accidentally poked Britt in the eye in the opening seconds of the first round. Fortunately, Britt regained enough of his vision to continue after a brief break and examination from the ringside physician.

After the action resumed, Britt went on the offensive, scoring a hard right hand to St. Preux’s chin. St. Preux returned the favor, though, landing a left round kick to the liver and, then a right round kick to Britt’s ribs.

Britt caught his opponent’s right leg off the kick and took St. Preux down, but St. Preux scrambled to take Britt’s back and began firing away with punches to the body and side of Britt’s head. As the round winded down, St. Preux suddenly attempted a calf slicer to submit Britt, but Britt survived the round.

Britt made a strong stand in the second round, taking St. Preux down and blasting him with repeated punches, including a series of short hammer fists while St. Preux remained relatively inactive in guard.
In the third stanza, St. Preux turned the tides again, taking Britt to the ground and mounting him. Britt fought his way back to guard and the referee stood the fighters up after neither was advancing his position. After stopping a Britt takedown attempt, the final round came to a close with St. Preux working from half guard.

All three judges scored the fight two rounds to one in favor of St. Preux, whose win was his fourth straight and second under the STRIKEFORCE banner.

“I feel like I’m ready for anything,” said the 27-year-old St. Preux, a resident of Knoxville, Tenn., after the fight. “I’ll put everybody in check in alphabetical order.”

In other SHOWTIME televised STRIKEFORCE Challengers action, Liz “Girl-Rilla” Carmouche (6-0) continued her unbeaten run by stopping brawler Jan Finney (8-9) with a ground and pound offensive in the third round of their welterweight (135 pounds) matchup.

Carmouche, the winner of the STRIKEFORCE women’s 135 pound tournament “reserve” matchup in Phoenix, Ariz. on Aug. 13, was quick on her feet, pelting Finney with round kicks and working aggressively on the ground.

After dominating the first two rounds, Carmouche, who hails from San Diego, Calif., scored her third takedown of the fight in the third and final scheduled round and quickly mounted Finney.

A short flurry of punches from Carmouche prompted Finney to turtle up, giving Carmouche the opportunity to inflict more damage with an onslaught of punches to the side of Finney’s face. The referee soon after stepped in and halted the fight, giving Carmouche a TKO win at the 1:30 mark of round three.

Twenty-six year old, Caros “The Future” Fodor (4-0, 1 NC) earned his second victory in STRIKEFORCE Challengers competition using a slick ground game against STRIKEFORCE newcomer Derek “The Pretzel” Getzel (2-2), who secured a spot on the Challengers card by winning an eight-man qualifying tournament in Minnesota earlier this year.

Fodor, a member of Matt Hume’s AMC Pankration in Kirkland, Wash., secured a takedown in the first stanza and landed in side control. Getzel escaped a Fodor keylock attempt, but Fodor quickly initiated a d’arce choke while inside Getzel’s guard and sunk in the choke while simultaneously passing guard. Getzel tapped out from the hold at the 4:39 mark of the first round.

Complete STRIKEFORCE Challengers Results:

Main Card:
Justin Wilcox def. Vitor Ribeiro via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ovince St. Preux def. Antwain Britt via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Marius Zaromskis vs. Waachiim Spirit Wolf – No Contest due to laceration of Spirit Wolf’s eye as a result of an accidental eyepoke in Round 1
Liz Carmouche def. Jan Finney via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:30
Caros Fodor def. Derek Getzel via submission (d’arce choke) – Round 1, 4:39
Preliminary Card:
Wes Shivers def. Goldman Butler via KO (punch) – Round 1, 2:15
Jacob Noe def. Wesley Little via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jeremiah Riggs def. James Sharp via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Anthony Mitchell def. Jeffery Hedgepeth via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:02
Thomas Vazquez def. Brian Hall via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 2:11
Joel Cooper def. Brian Burse via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:27
Ken Duboise def. Travis Robertson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)


November 20, 2010

Another fantastic night of Muay Thai and kickboxing at Newcastle Panthers with 2 international fights for main events, Jacob Marks (Australia) V Karim Muradi (Afganistan) this full Thai rules was a real war with the tough Karim powering up all way, Jacob handled the big power shots well and countered with precision combinations that Karim had no answers for, Jacob Marks won the fight with a points decision.

The main event was a step up 2 divisions to the bantam weight division for Serin Murray for the World Muay Thai title against Teresa Winterwyer from Sweden, both have a good KO record with 10 KO’s from 30 fights to Teresa and 6 KO’s from 24 fights to Serin so the fight was not expected to go the distance, Teresa came forward for most of the first round, but could not take advantage of her aggression, Serin punished her with straight punches and step up knees. The second round and Teresa was more determined to grapple and got tagged with two elbows that made her step back, she came forward again and was caught with a front kick that knocked her out 1 minute 28 seconds round 2.
Serin Murray ISKA Muay Thai World Bantam weight champion.

Serin Murray is now Fly Weight Oriental rules World champion And Bantam Weight Muay Thai rules World champion.

Her goal is to win the Super Fly Weight Muay Thai World title in July.


November 12, 2010

By majority vote of the ISKA European Executive Council, Fritz Exenberger is dismissed as European President and Executive Council member.

“This action is necessary and overdue,” said Council Member, European Vice President and Director of ISKA Turkey, Davut Sidal.

“I voted for the dismissal of the ISKA European President Fritz Exenberger because there is compelling evidence the he is the owner and instigator of the newly launched, WKF and that he has used the ISKA network to secretly develop this new organization.”

Mr. Hennessy continued, “I did warn Mr. Exenberger that I would no longer support him as European President if he did not distance himself from the WKF.”

ISKA President Cory Schafer indicated that the issues in Exenberger’s formal dismissal letter included:

• A failure to adequately supervise the preparation for, and execution of, the ISKA Amateur World Kickboxing Championships in Alicante, Spain;

• A failure to collect and forward appropriate sanction fees for various title events including some that he personally supervised;

• A failure to properly manage, supervise, and provide leadership for the European National Directors;

• Unauthorized participation with organizations that was deemed not to be in the best interest of the ISKA; and

• Additional failures to carry out the general responsibilities and intent of the positions of authority.

Since the all decision-making authority rests entirely with the European Executive Council, Mr. Exenberger’s removal will have no immediate impact on the administration of our European operation.

Questions or concerns regarding event sanctioning may be forwarded to one or all of the following during this transition.

European Executive Council Member and Vice President, Mr. Davut Sidal:

European Executive Council Member, Mr. Paul Hennessey:

European Operation Treasurer, Mr. Hasan Arslan:

President, Cory Schafer;


November 11, 2010

By unanimous vote of the ISKA European Executive Council, Juan Pinilla is removed as national director for Spain.

ISKA Great Britain Director and European Executive Council member Paul Hennessey said, “Mr. Juan Pinilla gave me no choice but to vote in favor of his dismissal from the ISKA. His behavior regarding last weeks’ world championships brought himself, ISKA Spain and ISKA Europe into disrepute.

Mr. Pinilla entered into a written agreement with ISKA Europe, and then failed to honor the agreement. He tried to exhort money from National teams who chose not to use his travel agent. He deliberately delayed the tournament and medal ceremony in the vain effort to levy a tax on those who arranged their hotel accommodations independently. He showed no care or respect for the hundreds of Amateur competitors who supported the Championships, and that is unforgiveable.”

ISKA Turkey Director and European Executive Council member Davut Sidal added, “To force our athletes to book hotel accommodations through the promoter’s travel agent at a higher rate than they can arrange on their own simply to increase the promoter’s profit is not the way the ISKA operates.”

ISKA President Cory Schafer expressed “I am very grateful to the many ISKA National Directors who stepped in to administrate the tournament in view of the promoter’s poor preparation and execution. We are all very proud of the athletes who traveled from around the world, competing with the very best spirit, determination and sportsmanship. We are thankful to the beautiful city of Alicante, Spain, and will look back on this event by remembering the passion and desire demonstrated by world class amateur athletes and the honor that they have earned.”


November 9, 2010

Nearly 900 fighters from around the globe arrived in Alicante, Spain last week prepared to participate in the World Amateur Kickboxing Championships. They came armed with a year’s worth training in preparation for a well produced event and world class competition. Unfortunately, only one of their expectations was met.

THE GOOD: Competitors from six continents contributed to the sense of a real world championship event. The fighting was contested at a very high caliber in all of the divisions. The spirit, determination and sportsmanship demonstrated by all of the participants were nothing less than inspiring.

Congratulations to Spaniard, Marcos Galvan who fought for a Professional World Title in the finals gala against Belgium’s Patrick Botte. Galvan gave away at least four inches in height but consistently beat his opponent to the punch, fighting with great ferocity. When he was announced as the new World Champion by unanimous decision he shed sincere tears of joy. Galvan and Botte both provided an excellent performance for an appreciative crowd.

THE BAD: The preparation and administration by the local promoter and the ISKA Spain organization was very poorly executed. Most of the challenges could have been easily avoided by better planning, a better trained staff and a more serious effort to fulfill the obligations laid out in the world championship event contract agreement. ISKA National Directors bid for events like this three years in advance and every requirement regarding the promotion and administration of the event is made quite clear. There is no excuse whatsoever for the promoters poor performance in this regard. The ISKA European Executive Council is in consultation with ISKA President Cory Schafer to see what action will be taken to address this serious neglect of responsibility.

THE BEAUTIFUL: The tournament facility was spacious, modern and very accommodating. The city of Alicante was magnificent. Set right on the Mediterranean Sea, in view of the mountains the city of welcomed its’ ISKA guests warmly and with an old world flavor.
Though the administration and execution of the tournament was somewhat lacking, it should in no way diminish the outstanding performances provided by the world-class amateur athletes in attendance, and the recognition that they have earned.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ONE AND ALL! The full results will be posted soon.

And finally, I wish to offer my most sincere praise and appreciation to Abdul Rahman El Rayess, the director of ISKA Lebanon who in the face of disorganization by the local promoter took control of the situation and worked tirelessly throughout the entire week to greatly improve the situation. On behalf of all of our national presidents and the entire ISKA association we offer you our warmest, “Thank You Abdul!”


October 24, 2010

FRESNO, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2010) – On an exhilarating evening that featured action fights highlighted by crowd-pleasing victories by Fresno fan favorites Lavar Johnson and Billy Evangelista, Bobby Voelker (23-8), of Kansas City, Mo., evened the score with previously undefeated Roger Bowling (8-1) of Cincinnati with a second-round TKO (punches) in the main event Friday on STRIKEFORCE Challengers live on SHOWTIME® from the Save Mart Center.

In other results on the televised portion of an event presented by STRIKEFORCE and Rockstar Energy Drink: Johnson (15-3), of Fresno, scored an explosive 2:17, first-round knockout over Virgil Zwicker (9-2), of Temecula, Calif., in a heavyweight scrap; the comebacking Evangelista (11-0, 1 NC), of Fresno, won the fight of the night with a thrilling, crowd-pleasing, hard-fought three-round unanimous decision over Waachiim Spirit Wolf (8-7-1), of San Diego, Calif., in a catch weight bout at 165 pounds; Julia “The Jewel” Budd (1-0), of Sechelt, British Columbia, made an instant impression at 145 pounds, impressively winning her pro debut with a second-round TKO (punches) over previously unbeaten Shana Olsen (4-1), of Burnsville, Minn., and John Devine (5-2), of San Francisco, submitted (rear-naked choke) Brandon Cash (5-3), of Fresno, at 3:20 of the first round in a heavyweight match.
Voelker lost a technical decision to Bowling five months ago on STRIKEFORCE Challengers when an exciting encounter ended prematurely due to an accidental poke in the eye in the third round. Friday, however, the 6-foot, 31-year-old Voelker shook off a fast start from the aggressive-minded Bowling to triumph decisively in perhaps a career-best performance. It was Voelker’s ninth victory in 12 starts.
“I really trained hard and I really wanted to win this fight,’’ said Voelker after the match was stopped at 3:58 of the round. “I felt like I had something to prove. If they want a third fight, I’m for it, or I will just move on. I’m just very happy that all the hard work I put in morning, noon and night paid off like it did.’’
Johnson was fighting for the second time since he was gunned down while attending a family barbeque during the July 4 holiday in 2009. The 6-foot-2, 33-year-old survived three gunshot wounds sustained during the walk-by shooting that led to the death of a cousin. A father of two young boys, Johnson spent 30 days in a hospital, fighting for his life, and several more months rehabilitating.
Friday, the hard-hitting Johnson, who has never been victorious via decision, looked as good as new as he earned his seventh consecutive knockout victory.
“This was just the kind of fight I wanted,’’ said Johnson after dropping the game Zwicker with a four-punch salvo that prompted the referee to step in and halt matters at 2:17. “I give Zwicker a lot of credit. He came to fight like I knew he would. But I wanted to make a statement. There are a lot of big-name heavyweights in STRIKEFORCE and I feel it’s time I get my shot at one of them.
“I love fighting in Fresno. It is my home and the fans here are loud and totally into it. They are great.’’
Evangelista, making his first start since Nov. 6, 2009, won an absolute slugfest by the scores of 30-27 twice and 29-28. The extremely popular local fighter is a natural 155-pounder and Friday’s fight was at a catch weight of 165. The naturally bigger and stronger Spirit Wolf, who fights at welterweight (170), used his size and strength to his advantage throughout and some thought the scoring could have been closer.
“I love fighting in front of the hometown fans in Fresno,’’ the 5-foot-8, 29-year-old Evangelista said, “but this was a very hard fight. I wanted to make it into more of a stand-up fight but this guy was tough and game as they come.’’
Spirit Wolf, who took down Evangelista no less than three times, felt he deserved much better.
“I come to fight and that’s what I did tonight,’’ he said. “It is bad enough I thought I deserved the decision, but to not get a round on those scorecards is ridiculous. Honestly, I feel I got ripped off.
“But I hope STRIKEFORCE liked what they saw and they give me another chance. I had to drop weight for this, and that wasn’t easy, but I will fight anybody.’’
Despite losing a blow for delivering an illegal elbow late in the first round, Budd dominated the more experienced Olsen.
“I am very happy right now,’’ said the highly regarded Canadian Muay Thai Champion who was the only fighter to defeat Gina Carano in Muay Thai. “I wanted to keep it standing more, but Shana was tough.’’
Although it would be unrealistic, after just one fight, for her to even entertain thoughts of facing STRIKEFORCE World Champion Cris Cyborg, the No. 1 female fighter in the world, Budd’s performance against Olsen clearly showed that she deserves to be mentioned at or near the top of a short list of possible challengers at 145 pounds.
“It’s up to my coaches,’’ said Budd, who graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in human kinetics. “But I’d be game for it.’’
The victory by Devine came in his first start since losing to Daniel Cormier last March 26 on STRIKEFORCE Challengers.
“This is obviously a big win,’’ said Devine after dealing Cash his third consecutive defeat. “I knew he was heavy-handed but I did what I had to do. I am fortunate and appreciative for everyone involved in making this fight happen.’’
Friday’s action-packed event will re-air as follows:
Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 10 p.m. ET/PT SHO2
The telecast also will be available On Demand beginning this Monday, Oct. 25.
Mauro Ranallo called the action on SHOWTIME with MMA legend Pat Miletich and The Fight Professor, Stephen Quadros, serving as expert analysts.
In Friday’s non-televised professional result: David “Tarzan’’ Douglas (5-2) of Antioch, Calif., rallied impressively to register a second-round TKO (punches) over previously undefeated Dominic Clark (4-1) of Fresno.
UPCOMING STRIKEFORCE EVENTS ON SHOWTIME: STRIKEFORCE Challengers will be in Jackson, Miss., on Friday, Nov. 19 (11 p.m. ET/PT). In the main event, lightweight star and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro (20-4) will take on streaking Justin “The Silverback” Wilcox (9-3) of Cincinnati at the Jackson Convention Complex.
MMA legend Dan Henderson will face former STRIKEFORCE World Champion “Babalu” Sobral when STRIKEFORCE returns to St. Louis on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Scottrade Center (10 p.m. ET/PT). In featured bouts, Paul “Semtex’’ Daley (25-9-2) of Nottingham, England, meets Scott “Hands Of Steel’ Smith (17-7, 1 NC) of Elk Grove, Calif., in a welterweight match, “Ruthless “Robbie” Lawler (17-6, 1 NC) of Elk Grove, Ill., takes on 2000 Olympic Games silver medalist Matt Lindland (22-7) of Oregon City, Ore., in a middleweight scrap, top contender and former EliteXC champion Antonio “Big Foot’’ Silva (14-2), of Coconut Creek, Fla., by way of Brazil, throws down with the older brother of STRIKEFORCE World Heavyweight Champion, Alistair Overeem, Valentijn “The Python’’ Overeem (28-23), of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, football legend and unbeaten MMA fighter Herschel Walker (1-0) will meet an opponent to be announced and St. Louis native Jesse Finney will face a foe to be determined.
For more information on SHOWTIME Sports, including exclusive video, photos and news links on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING and STRIKEFORCE mixed martial arts telecasts, along with access to the SHOWTIME Sports Facebook® and Twitter® pages, please go to


October 23, 2010

The main fight for the ISKA National Oriental Middleweight Title started very explosive! Taylor challenging with excellent hand combos and a fantastic liver punch and Todd who took every thing with ignorance and explosive counterattacks. Every one could feel the tense during the fight and 19 seconds in the 2nd Taylor landed 2 explosive knees to the head, which resulted to a deep cut under the eye of Todd.
As the doctor had to stop the fight, and the double knees are an Official fault as per ISKA Oriental rules the Referee wisely called a no contest. Both Fighters will attack each other again next year!!!

NO WAY OUT – Rochester, NY

October 23, 2010

In one of the most unforgettable nights of combat, NO WAY OUT marked the 2nd show Lace Up Promotions presented in the Roc city.
The featured bout of the evening pitting the 2 biggest heavyweight names in the country, Ed Burris and Dan Lucas was cancelled the week of the fight, due to medical setbacks in the Lucas camp. Although there was speculation about the reason of the cancellation, Dan Lucas made it apparent he still wanted the fight. In a message sent to Burris, Lucas stated, I don’t back out from anything. I have fought the top fighters in the world. I’m done talking. This will happen and you will see what fighting a real opponent is like.”
Burris showed up to the event, and addressed the fans on hand, promising the fight would happen, and that he would emerge the victor. The date has not yet been set, but will be posted on both the Lace Up Promotions facebook page as well as on this site.
In another setback, daughter of Eastern U.S. Middleweight champion Jim Andrello and North American Lightweight Champion, Kim Andrello, Damiana Andrello’s opponent withdrew 10 minutes before the bout took place. In a match that had the Syracuse fan base excited to see the next generation of Andrello’s emerge, it ended before the bell rang. Damiana was presented with a trophy and given a standing ovation on the hard work and training she endured going into the bout.
Team Andrello’s Danielle Rey showed up in style, when she took on Trinity Training’s Marissa Stolt. Both girls came to fight, and displayed great skill and speed, as they went back and forth in one of the more exciting women’s matches ever. At the end, all 3 judges had it in favor of Rey, by unanimous decision.
Another up and coming Team Andrello stable mate stunned the crowd with her amazing performance. Jade Jenkins may have put on the performance of the night, as she upset the more experienced Kim Mclellan. Both girls came out strong, and it wasn’t until a minute into the round, that Jenkins picked up the pace. Her laser sharp accuracy and power was too much for Mclellan to handle. The crowd was stunned with her amazing display of combinations and power. The Mclellan camp stopped the fight after the first round, giving Jenkins a first round TKO win.
Team Dayboll’s female star, Alexis Davis showed why she is one of the top females in North America as she put on a Muay Thai clinic against tough Canadian, Lonni Gibson. From the opening bell, Davis was able to put clean, effective combinations together. Working head, body, and legs alike, Davis easily outpointed Gibson over three rounds, giving her the unanimous decision nod.
In the co main event, tough Lockport warrior, Corey “The Story” Webster fought his biggest challenge in undefeated Damian Brown of Toronto. Brown, who had knocked out all of his opponents, came ready to upset Webster. From the opening bell, Brown pressed Webster with his power and speed, but the more poised Webster was able to give him angles that Brown couldn’t adjust to. It was just a matter of time before Webster turned up the heat and began landing thunderous blows. A straight right hand delivered at the 1:32 mark of the first round, sent Brown to the canvas for the first time in his career. Webster jumped on him, and followed up with big shots, that almost ended the fight. In between rounds, the Brown camp stopped the fight, as Brown was unable to finish. This was Webster’s finest performance of his career, stopping the 3rd Canadian opponent in a row, within 1 round!
Lace Up’s Amer Abdallah congratulated Webster immediately after the fight, and promised him a bright future with the promotions company.
In the main event of the night, Joe LaVallee of Rochester, took on undefeated middleweight, Matt Bordanaro of Lockport. The two warriors battled back and forth for 3 rounds, with everything from huge power shots, solid kicks, to bloody noses and broken knuckles! At the end, Bordanaro, who suffered a broken hand edged LaVallee by Unanimous decision. The brave Lavallee endured 3 rounds of grueling warfare, and gained the crowds admiration for his heart, courage and will.
Below are the final results of the event:
• Robert Yurcich (Team Dayboll, Ontario Canada) Unanimous decision win over Andre Dowdell (Shogun Martial Arts, Rochester, NY)
• Louie Loresco (Team Krudar, Toronto, Canada) Unanimous decision win over Louis Lambriola (Team Trinity, Rochester, NY)
• Osman Borcilo (Team Manlius-Lavallees, Syracuse, NY) Unanimous decision win over Adam Sottile (Point Blank, Canada)
• Jade Jenkins (Team Andrello, Syracuse) 1st round TKO win over Kim Mclellan (Team Empowerment, Canada)
• Alexis Davis (Team Dayboll, Ontario Canada) Unanimous decision win over Loni Gibson (Team Krudar, Toronto Canada)
• Carter Mcghie (Point Blank, Canada) 1st round TKO over Omar Elsamid (Team Empowerment, Canada)
• Damiana Andrello (Team Andrello – Syracuse, NY) winner by forfeit
• Eric Pulmeri (WNY BJJ & Kickboxing, Lockport, NY) 2nd round TKO win over Brad Graham (Point Blank, Canada)
• Danielle Rey (Team Andrello, Syracuse, NY) Unanimous decision win over Marissa Stolt (Team Trinity, Rochester, NY)
• Corey Webster (WNY BJJ & Kickboxing, Lockport, NY) 1st round TKO win over Damion Brown (Team Krudar, Toronto Canada)
• Matt Bordanaro (WNY BJJ & Kickboxing, Lockport, NY) Unanimous decision win over Joe LaVallee (Team Brighton, Rochester, NY)


October 12, 2010

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2010) – A grudge rematch lived up to its hype and more Saturday when Nick Diaz (22-7, 1 NC) of Stockton, Calif., won his eighth consecutive fight and retained his STRIKEFORCE welterweight championship with an exciting, crowd-pleasing five-round decision over KJ Noons (9-2) of San Diego, Calif. in a 25-minute slugfest at HP Pavilion on SHOWTIME® that SHOWTIME announcer Mauro Ranallo called “one of the most exciting stand-up contests in MMA history.’’

By winning a unanimous decision by the scores of 49-46, 49-47 and 48-47, Diaz evened the score with heated rival Noons, who defeated him by disputed first-round TKO on Nov. 7, 2007. Noons had a six-fight winning streak end.

The first bout ended in bloody controversy; the return bout was highlighted by high drama and intense two-way exchanges that left both proud, courageous fighters bloody and spent at the finish. Diaz was cut around the right eye and nose. Noons was cut around the nose and mouth.
In other results on the televised portion of the “Diaz vs. Noons II’’ event presented by STRIKEFORCE and Rockstar Energy Drink: Marlos Coenen (18-4) of The Netherlands captured the STRIKEFORCE Female Welterweight title with an impressive third-round submission (arm-bar) over previously unbeaten Sarah Kaufman (12-1) of Victoria, British Columbia; former STRIKEFORCE belt-holder Josh Thomson (18-3) of San Jose earned a hard-fought three-round decision over Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante (15-4-1) of Brazil in a battle of world-ranked lightweights and Tyron Woodley (8-0), of St. Louis, Mo., registered a 1:28, first-round knockout over Andre Galvao (5-2) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in a matchup of up-and-coming welterweights.

“I knew I won the decision but I’m a little disappointed I didn’t finish him in the first round,’’ said Diaz, a Cesar Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who only attempted a handful of takedowns.. “I’m a little surprised he hung in like he did because he took a lot of punishment. But he has a good chin.’’

Diaz was cut on the right eye early in the second round, but his corner did an excellent job of minimizing and controlling the cut and it was not a major factor for the most part the remainder of the bout.
“I was worried about the cut, but my corner told me it wasn’t a big deal,’’ he said. “I am not opposed to a third fight down the road if Noons wins a few fights. Whatever the fans want. Anything is possible.’’
Noons took the tough setback with class. “Honestly, he beat me fair and square. But I landed more punches than him. I out-struck him. Even though I got a little tired at the very end, I kept pushing all the way. I know I was getting to him. If they want a third fight, you know I’ll go for it.’’

Thomson, who may have earned himself a third fight with STRIKEFORCE World Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez, was happy with the win but unhappy with his performance.

“I probably could have fought much harder but JZ is a very dangerous guy and one of the best in the world and it was obviously very important for me to win so I played it a little safe,’’ Thomson said. “I felt this might go the distance but no way I won that fight, 30-27. He got me a few times, but I hurt more from his two headbutts (that required stitches).’’

Coenen, a strikingly attractive submission whiz, was pitching a shutout on all three judges’ scorecards after two rounds although some at press row had the fight even. After scoring her eighth career triumph by arm-bar, she was in near tears inside the cage.

“Like I said before, winning the world title can be a life-changing thing for me,’’ said Coenen, whose first defense is slated to be against Miesha Tate, who won a four-woman, one-night 135-pound elimination tournament earlier this year on STRIKEFORCE Challengers on SHOWTIME.

“Miesha won the tournament, she’s a great grappler and obviously very good,’’ Coenen said. “I will definitely have to stand with her. For tonight’s fight, I worked very hard. This is an unbelievable feeling.’’
A disappointed Kaufman took the defeat in stride but is hopeful of a rematch. “This kind of thing happens,’’ she said. “I made a mistake and Marloes capitalized. Up until then, I was fine and felt I was hurting her. She never hurt me. If I have to get back in line and win a fight or two to get a rematch, that’s what I’ll do. I’d love to fight her again.’’

Woodley entered the fight intent on proving his striking ability and he did, landing a couple of right hands as Galvao, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist, went for a takedown. Galvao made it to his feet, but was still woozy. When he attempted another takedown, Woodley delivered a few more shots, the ref stepped in and stopped it, and Woodley had registered his first pro KO win.

“I feel awesome,’’ said 5-foot-9, 28-year-old Woodley, a two-time All-American NCAA wrestler for the University of Missouri who was making his first start on the Saturday championship series after fighting three times on STRIKEFORCE Challengers. “I knew I hurt him but wasn’t sure if he was faking or not so I had to be patient.

“Strikeforce Challengers prepared me for this, and it is a tremendous win. But I really expected it to go a lot longer.’’


October 6, 2010

"The best kickboxing show in Melbourne in years" was how Mark "The Hammer" Castagnini from Foxtel described it. Sunday 29th August saw a massive 18 fights in front of a sell-out crowd of 2500. It was a massive effort to get through the card by midnight and credit to all the staff who kept the show speeding through. The audience was given a smorgasbord of fight entertainment with boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai and MMA rules.

The highlight was definitely the main event. Doug Viney from New Zealand fought Peter Graham from New South Wales. The first blow went to Doug who caught Peter with an uppercut in the first few seconds of the fight. This stunned Peter and he closed up shop for the first couple of rounds. He slowed the fight down, but after 2 rounds he was down 2 points on every judges scorecard. Going into the third round Peter started coming back. He attacked Doug's left thigh effectively with several hard and effective roundhouse kicks. Doug still continued to dominate with the hands and seemed to forget about kicking. The 3rd and fourth rounds were draws. This meant that with one round to go Peter was 2 points down. He needed a knockdown to get a draw. Early in the 5th round you could here Peter's trainer shout the question "How badly do you want it?" Peter wanted it bad and exploded with a barrage of kicks and punches. The round became one sided and I thought Peter
may have scored the 2 points he needed even without a knockdown! With one minute to go Peter took the fight out of the judges hands knocking Doug to the ground where he stayed for a couple of seconds. When Doug did get to his feet his hands stayed down and to the great relief of the doctor, Peter Lewis, yours truly, the referee stopped the fight. It was a classic comeback. The crowd loved it. Peter was having the night of his life and his joy was infectious. Stan Longinidis, who had won the same title 18 years earlier, was there to see the new champion crowned and Peter was very proud to receive the support from his predecessor and hero.

The other title fight on the night was a great battle between the young Kael Coster and the experienced Daniel Smyrk for the ISKA Australian Middleweight Title. it was a was war with smiles on both sides. Kael was unable to use his excellent high kicks effectively and was lucky and rather skillful not to be cut buy the lethal elbows of Smyrk. Daniel took the title on points but watch out when they rematch.

Other great fight on the night saw Eric Diamandstein stop John Demarco, Pau Slowinski stopped Sio Vitale, and Steve Moxon defeated Jordan Tai on points. John Christopoulos was too strong for Daniel Sultana.

Paul Slowinski was there to congratulate and challenge Peter Graham after the fight and both fighters look set to contend for the title in December.

Dr Peter Lewis


October 6, 2010

ISKA is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Milton Rosales Zamora as director of officials and Mr. Milton Marin as Director Promotions for the country of Costa Rica. Both of these gentleman have extensive experience and are well established leaders in the region. We have every confidence in their ability to represent ISKA well in an effort to contribute to the growth of martial arts and combat sports in Costa Rica. Their appointment won't become official until January of 2011, but they are already making plans for the work ahead.


-10 yrs practicing martial arts

-Cruiserweight contender #1 for CostaRica KickBoxing & ThaiBoxing Center


-Member of the Asociación Costarricense de Boxeo Tailandés

(Costa Rican Thaiboxing association)

-Founder & creator of the 1st costarican brand dedicated to design & promote martial arts, Toshi Fight Gear (2003)

-Judge since 2005, referee since 2007, with more than 200 fights in experience for organizations such as Costa Rica Kickboxing, CRFights, MMA Costa Rica, Pahuyuth Thaiboxing, Panama Fight League, MSR, RingSide, Titans of the Pentagon & others.

-Founder & Director of T?SHI MMA REFS-Costa Rica (Respected Fighting Supervisors)

1st place Karate Kyokushin Tournament-Kyokuyama Karate/Miami, Fla June 2009


-Founder & Instructor MMA Costa Rica

-3 Dan Black Belt Full Contact & Kickboxing with more than 15 years experience

-2 Dan Black Belt in Kickboxing from la Federacion Salvadoreña de Kickboxing.

(Salvadorian Kickboxing Federation)

-3 Dan Black Belt & Director for Central America for Global Kickboxing Organization

-Muay Thai & Kickboxing instructor by la Escuela Superior de Deportes de Contacto Claudio Badenas, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

-3 Dan Black Belt de WASKO World All Styles Kickboxing Organization

-"A" Class Trainer from WFFO World Free Fighting Organization.

-Member of Asociación Costarricense de Boxeo Thailandés.

( Costa Rican Thaiboxing association

-Has represented Costa Rica in Panamá, México, Dominican Republic, Argentina, United Status and recently in the World Kickboxing Championship.

-Named by the european magazine "Fighter" as one of the top 10 kickboxing & karate full contact in Latin américa. 1st costarican to be recognized internationally as Sensei 3 Dan Black belt in Full Contact y Kickboxing (GKBO Argentina 2007).

-Over 500 students in all these years of teaching. Many of them local and internacional champions in martial arts and combat sports.

-Married with Carolina Muñoz Garcia (Kickboxing Fighter as well), 2 kids, Attorney and Notary Public, a specialist in Negotiation and Conflict Mediation


September 26, 2010



ST. LOUIS, MO (Sept. 27, 2010) - Mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Dan Henderson will face former Strikeforce World Champion Renato "Babalu" Sobral when Strikeforce returns to St. Louis on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Scottrade Center, LIVE on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast)

Football legend and unbeaten MMA fighter Herschel Walker will return to the cage in a televised co-feature fight at the Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu event.

Also on the card, talented St. Louis native Jesse Finney will face an opponent to be announced in a non-televised undercard fight. Additional bouts for the main card will be announced in the next several days.

A two-time U.S. Olympic wrestling team member ('92, '96), Henderson is the only fighter in the sport's history to simultaneously hold two different titles in two different weight classes (welterweight and heavyweight) for a major fight promotion (PRIDE Fighting Championships). A former UFC star, Henderson is considered one of the most decorated fighters in MMA history.

"It's going to be a great fight. We've both progressed a lot since our first fight 10 years ago so it will be interesting to see who's progressed more," said Henderson, who defeated Babalu with a majority decision in 2000. "I'm looking forward to putting on a great show for Strikeforce and for the fans."

Jordan Watson headlines the return of Muaythai Superfights

September 22, 2010

Jordan Watson headlines the return of Muaythai Superfights

Muaythai Superfights will return on the 20th November 2010, the main event will feature the UK leading Welterweight star Jordan Watson against the highly rated Japanese champion Shinya Ishige. They will contest the vacant ISKA World Super-welterweight Muaythai title.

Jordan has been making steady progress in the last three years, he made a big impression by reaching the final of the K-1 UK MAX 2007 tournament at the Excel in London. The following year he went one better by winning the UK eight man qualifying tournament for a spot on the second season of the popular TV reality show Asian Contender. His most impressive performance to date was his epic battle with K-1 MAX Champion and World Muaythai Champion Buakaw Por Parmuk in May of this year, Jordan was the underdog with few pundits expecting him the go the distance against Thailand’s finest, but Jordan gave Buakaw all the trouble he could handle, the K-1 champion worked hard to earn a points decision with Jordan rarely taking a step backwards and always ready to trade leather or shin.

Shinya Ishige is a well respected fighter in Japan and Thailand, earning his stripes at Tokyo’s Kueraken Hall and the Bangkok Stadium’s including matches with Saenchai Sor Kingstar and Kuntap Weerasakreck, he is also a veteran of the King’s Birthday Shows, appearing twice for the Thai Royal Family. Shinya, nicknamed the ripper due to his razor sharp elbow strikes in the current All Japan welterweight Champion.

Muaythai Superfights 2010 will be staged at the brand new Doug Ellis Sports Centre in Birmingham, state of the art venue opened its doors in February this year. The Promoters are putting together a strong supporting card so put Saturday 20th November in your diary, it will be an action packed night of World Championship Muaythai.


August 26, 2010

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Aug. 25, 2010) – A grudge rematch that fans, media, and the confident fighters themselves have been clamoring for since the first fight ended in bloody controversy nearly three years ago, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 9, when KJ Noons (9-1), fresh off a knockout victory last Saturday, challenges STRIKEFORCE World Welterweight (170 pounds) Champion Nick Diaz (22-7, 1 NC) in the main event at HP Pavilion here, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

In the co-feature, undefeated STRIKEFORCE Women’s Welterweight World Champion Sarah Kaufman (12-0) will make the second defense of her 135-pound title against No. 1 contender and Dutch superstar Marloes Coenen (17-4).

Another featured fight will pit an emerging star from the STRIKEFORCE Challengers series, up-and-coming Luke Rockhold (7-1), against the vastly more experienced, 2000 Olympic Games wrestling silver medalist, Matt “The Law” Lindland (22-7), in a middleweight (185 pounds) contest.

Tickets go on sale to the general public this Saturday, Aug. 28, at 10 a.m. PT online at, at HP Pavilion ticket office, or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

A special presale opportunity for “STRIKEFORCE Insider” e-newsletter subscribers begins today, Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. PT. Sign up to become a “STRIKEFORCE Insider” at

Diaz has not lost a fight since he faced Noons, losing via disputed first-round TKO on Nov. 7, 2007. Diaz, of Stockton, Calif., has been devastating in recent outings, notching seven in a row. The talented, outspoken, no-nonsense brawler also boasts a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt.

The always-dangerous Noons is an aggressive and prolific striker who has won his last six fights, including the thrilling slugfest against Diaz that ended when the cageside physician halted the proceedings due to excessive cuts around Diaz’ eyes.

Since that fight, there has been no love lost between the pair of brash fighters. Seven months after their first fight, on June 14, 2008, the fighters and their camp members nearly came to blows in the cage after the fighters registered victories in separate bouts.

“Nick has no class, he’s a bum, a piece of (expletive) and he and his team disrespected my family and I with their gestures and trash talk and tried to upstage my fight,’’ said Noons after the near-fracas.

Offered Diaz: “I’m sorry about what happened in the cage afterward, but I didn’t start it. His guys were talking (expletive) to us.’’

Diaz is coming off a first-round submission (armbar) over fellow superstar Hayato “Mach” Sakurai last May 29 at DREAM 14 in Japan. The six-foot, 27-year-old Diaz won the STRIKEFORCE title with a convincing first-round TKO (punches) over Marius “The Whitemare” Žaromskis on Jan. 30, 2010.

The 5-foot-11, 27-year-old Noons, who was born and raised in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, registered a spectacular, crowd-pleasing second-round knockout over Jorge Gurgel during last Saturday’s STRIKEFORCE: Houston, live on SHOWTIME.

Kaufman, a former ballet dancer, retained her belt for the first time with an explosive third-round body slam KO over Roxanne Modafferi at STRIKEFORCE Challengers in Everett, Wash., on July 23.

The personable, hard-hitting, 5-foot-5, 24-year-old Kaufman, of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, has scored knockouts in nine of her 12 victories.

Coenen, 29, will appear before an audience for the first time since suffering a hard-fought third-round TKO loss to Cris Cyborg for the STRIKEFORCE Women’s Middleweight (145 pounds) Championship at STRIKEFORCE: Miami last Jan. 30.

The game and courageous, 5-foot-9 Coenen gave Cyborg one of her toughest fights. A member of Holland’s Team Golden Glory, Coenen has been a mixed martial artist since the age of 14. She will be moving down in weight to challenge for the title.

Rockhold, of Santa Cruz, Calif. will bring a six-fight winning streak into what figures to be the toughest assignment of his career. Many feel the 25-year-old is one of STRIKEFORCE’s next great middleweight stars. He has been victorious by submission in all but one of his wins. A member of Team AKA in San Jose, Rockhold won his last start with a first-round TKO (knees to body) over Paul Bradley on Feb. 26, in San Jose.

Lindland, of Oregon City, Ore, brought home the silver in Greco-Roman wrestling. He’s fought the best in a 13-year MMAs career, including the famed Fedor Emelianenko. An All-American at the University of Nebraska before turning pro in 1997, Lindland holds victories over Pat Miletich, Jeremy Horn, former UFC welterweight champion Carlos Newton and remains one of only two men to submit Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Travis Lutter.


August 25, 2010


22nd August,2010 , one of the remarkable day in the panorama of KARATE, the ALL INDIA NATIONAL SCHOOL KARATE-DO CHAMPIONSHIP and the Selection for ISKA World Championships was organized at the glorious Netaji Indoor Stadium in our own City of joy, Kolkata. . It is one of the most renowned National level tournament in India under the leadership of the very world mythical undisputed hero of karate , 7th DAN BELT from JAPAN , President of ISKA INDIA, President of Karate Association of Bengal and Joint Secretary of All India karate-do Federation ,RENSHI PREMJIT SEN

It was a successful and worth praising event, wherein, schools of 14 states had participated to show their excellence in karate and the congregation of eminent persons added to the prestige of the event .It started at 8:00 am with the opening ceremony where there was a scintillating Japanese weapons demonstration by karate kids By Swati Gupta,Swati Jhawar, Rachita Ray and Swaraj Sing. Mr. JODDHRAJ JI LADDHA, an eminent social worker and president of the federation said,in his speech, ”I am glad to be present here for a social cause to support Premjit to spread karate as a necessity for today’s generation and the person(Premjit) who does everything for his love for the society”.General Secretary of Bengal Olympic Assciation, KAMLESH CHATTERJEE said, Its very hard to organize such a big national event by one man(Premjit) who is totally devoted to his sport and India is looking forward for more talents in this transpiring sport”. The additional C.P. of Kolkata ,Mr. Debasis Ghosh , said,” I feel lucky to get Premjit Sen as the coach of Kolkata Police training and we are in need of his expertise which is very much required for the defence and security purpose and looking for a bright India .

It was a very well organized tournament with an excellent cuisine and lodging arrangements provided by the federation and brilliant performances were given by the students of Sri Shikshayatan ,Birla High School for Boys, St. Sebastins School ,Delhi Public School,Saltlake Siksha Sadan, Central Modern School, Ghokale Memorial Girls School and others.

The Tournament was supervised by Shihan Premjit Sen Referee and Judge of Asian Karate Do Federation and other Referees are Sensei Joydeb Mandol, Swati Jhawar, Tanusree Roy, Abhijeet Ghosh, Bappaditya nandi,Antony Halder, Anil Rai, Kaushik Basak,Mitun saha, Mriganko Ghoshe and others.

The outsatnding Performance done by some students are Soham Sil, Soham Paul, Swaraj Singh, Rachita Ray, Swati Gupta, Sreeja Ghosh, Poulami Ghosh,Anewsha Biswas,Prateek Sil,Simran Mukherjee, Shuvodip Mondal,Garv Sonkar,Akash Ramdev Aksay Ramdev, Yash Patawari.

The tournament was directed by President od Seishinkai Shito Ryu Karate Do association of Bengal Sensei Balkrishan Damani (4th Dan Black Belt and National referee and judge) and Mr. Baikunth Singh Vice President AISSKF

The Indain team is ready to give a tough Challenge and try its utmost to bring Glory for it Country


August 24, 2010

HOUSTON (Aug. 21, 2010) – Hard-hitting striker Rafael Feijao shocked STRIKEFORCE World Light Heavyweight (205 pounds) Champion “King Mo” Lawal with a devastating third round knockout in Saturday’s SHOWTIME® televised main event at STRIKEFORCE: Houston at Toyota Center.

In a tactical co-feature, world-class submission specialist Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza captured the vacant STRIKEFORCE World Middleweight (185 pounds) Championship with a unanimous decision over American military hero Tim Kennedy.

In an all-action fight, Mo (7-1) was the aggressor in the first, scoring a body slam in the opening minute of the round. But, Feijao (10-2) was unfazed by the take down and got to his feet without suffering any significant damage.

After trading punches in the second, Feijao came out swinging in the third. He landed a few strong combinations and caught Mo with a powerful knee. Clearly wounded, Mo tried to take his opponent to the ground to minimize the damage but, while locked up standing, Feijao battered Mo with a series of brutal slashing elbows to Mo’s head, knocking him out at 1:14.

“I hit him hard with the right hand and the knee,” Feijao said. “I saw he was hurt, but I was just going to continue to hit him. I felt his grip loosening and knew that he was done.

“I have a new coach in boxing and Muay Thai that made the difference. “I just made my dream. I saw in his last fight he wanted to get inside. My strategy worked perfectly.”

A wounded Mo was disappointed but not dejected in his performance.

“I just got to make a few adjustments,” Mo said. “He fought a hell of a fight, but I’m not worried. I’ll come back stronger.”

Jacare (13-2-1) wasn’t able to get Kennedy to the ground, but his effective and relentless counterpunching was the difference maker in the fight.

A deep gash opened up over Kennedy’s left eye early in the third round. Kennedy (12-3) tried taking the fight to the mat, but it was ineffective against Jacare, who was the superior striker landing the harder, crisper punches.

Kennedy continued to attack Jacare throughout the fight, never giving up, but was unable to land anything that hurt his opponent.

“I felt through the fight that he felt my hand,” Jacare said. “I was landing some big punches and I thought I was winning the fight. I was ready to fight everywhere in the cage, but I was surprised how strong he was. He was strong, but I was the one connecting and landing the damaging punches.”

Kennedy, who landed more punches with a higher percentage, was a bit surprised in the unanimous decision loss.

“I was really frustrated with the end result,” Kennedy said. “Jacare is an amazing contender and now a champion. I was humbled that I was able to go five rounds with him, but I think it goes without saying that I’d like another five rounds with that guy. It’s going to be different.

“We’re talking about the most decorated grappler in the planet. I expected him to want to grapple. He countered with me the whole time and I was surprised. I should have put more pressure on him. The only time anyone got dropped in the fight was when I dropped him, but he’s got the belt.”

In a featured lightweight (155 pounds) bout, KJ Noons scored a second round KO (:19) over fearless brawler and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Jorge Gurgel in a short, but spectacular match.

The two exchanged powerful punches in the first, but a powerful and controversial blow from Noons a split second after the sound of the closing bell for the first round proved to be the difference. Noons (10-2) came out swinging in the second, landing an overhand right followed by a left hook that sent Gurgel (13-7) flying to the canvas. He followed it up with punches on the ground, but the fight was clearly over as Gurgel could not recover.

“By any means am I a dirty fighter, no,” Noons said. “I was just going in there to try to engage and get the round. I was in the heat of the moment and I couldn’t stop my hands as they were going. It wasn’t cheap and I’m not trying to be dirty – I’m just trying to finish the fight. I didn’t’ intentionally do it, it’s just the rush.

“I thought it was a great fight. He had a really good game plan. He was moving around the ring and was trying to get me to engage more. I just knew I had to not over commit on my punches and my kicks and I’d be able to keep standing. I’m not surprised he didn’t take me down.”

Gurgel didn’t make any excuses or complaints in losing.

“I apparently got hit a couple of times when the round was up, but it’s not KJ’s fault,” Gurgel said. The referee is responsible for separating the fighters. I’m not taking anything away from (KJ) He landed a good right hand and a left hook.

“I have no excuses whatsoever. I came up short in my performance and I’m really upset. I thought I had his number. I’ve never been rocked before. I’ve had 20 professional fights and I’ve never felt that. KJ is a world class fighter.”

In the opening fight of the SHOWTIME telecast, Chad Griggs won an upset, TKO victory over previously unbeaten Bobby Lashley at the end of the second round.

An experienced and talented wrestler, Lashley immediately took the fight to the ground in the first round. He expended a lot of energy trying to hit Griggs (9-1) while on the ground, but Griggs was able to counter and opened up a gushing cut over Lashley’s left eye.

Once again, Lashley (5-1) took the fight to the ground in the second, but his punches didn’t do enough damage to the more experienced Griggs. The cut worsened with Lashley apparently gassed in the closing moments of the second round and the referee called the bout immediately following the conclusion of the round.

“This is a dream come true fighting for STRIKEFORCE. I got offered a big fight right off the bat and I’m super pumped I got the win,” Griggs said. “I know he was bleeding all over me. I think he was tired and he was hurt already. I think it was a good call to end it.

“I felt him starting to fade a little bit at the end of the first round. I could hear him breathing really hard and could feel him using a lot of muscle to land punches. I was comfortable because he wasn’t really catching me and he was using a lot of energy. I don’t think that he’s really been hit before or been tested. I could see it in his eyes that the fight was changing. He was still hustling, but I think he was losing some heart in there.”

The event will replay on Monday, Aug. 23 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on SHO 2 and will be available On Demand from Tuesday, Aug. 24 until Monday, Sept. 6.

Complete STRIKEFORCE: Houston Results:

STRIKEFORCE World Light Heavyweight Championship

Rafael Feijao def. “King Mo” Lawal – KO (elbows) – Round 3 (1:14)

STRIKEFORCE World Middleweight Championship

Jacare Souza def. Tim Kennedy – Unanimous Decision – 49-46, 48-47 twice.

KJ Noons def. Jorge Gurgel – KO (strikes)– Round 2 (:19)

Chad Griggs def. Bobby Lashley – TKO – End of Round 2


Daniel Cormier def. Jason Riley – Submission (strikes) – Round 1 (1:02)

Andre Galvao – def. Jorge “Macaco” Patino – TKO (strikes) – Round 3 (2:45)

Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes – def. Rocky Long – Unanimous Decision – 29-28, 30-27, 30-27.

Adam Schindler def. Kier Gooch – Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Reynaldo “The Truth” Trujillo def. Jose Santibanez – TKO (Strikes)

Chad “Robo” Robichaux def. Humberto DeLeon – Split Decision – 29-28 (Robichaux), 29-28 (DeLeon), 29-28 (Robichaux)

Artenas Young def. Chad Cook, – Unanimous decision – 30-27, 298-28, 30-27

Alicante host City of the 2010 ISKA Amateur World Championships

August 17, 2010

Alicante the beautiful Spanish city on the Costa Blanca will host the ISKA Amateur World Championships at the splendid Centro De Tecnificacion Arena. Martial Artists young and old from around the globe will compete in several disciplines on the mats including Semi-Contact, Light-Contact, Kata/Forms and Ring-sports Full Contact/Low Kick Kickboxing and Oriental Rules (Modified Thai). Over 40 countries are expected to attend.

ISKA UK Executive Director Paul Hennessy recently visited Alicante to check on preparations for the Championship scheduled for 2nd-7th November. The welcoming party included ISKA Representative for Spain and host promoter Juan Pinilla, representative for the Alicante Tourist Board Raquel Hernandez, President of Alicante Harbour Entertainment area and Casino Antonio Perez Planelles.

The first stop on the city tour was the venue for the Championships the Centro Tenificacion a 5000 seat arena in the middle of an Olympic standard sports village. The Centro Tenificacion is home for Spanish Olympic Gymnastic and Judo teams. The arena was the venue for the 1993 World Gymnastics Championships and more recently the European Basketball Championship in 2007 and the Open Taekwondo World Championships in April of this year.

The tour move onto the official hotels for the National Teams, there was a good selection of 3 and 4 star hotels within short drive or even walking distance from the venue. Then on to the famous Explanada Promenade and Harbour Entertainment area which will host the Opening Ceremony, National Teams parade and farewell party.

The ISKA Amateur World Championships have the full support of the City Council of Alicante the local government council of Valencia and the government recognised Spanish Kickboxing Federation. Juan Pinilla and his team have the potential to deliver a spectacular World Championships.

ISKA UK Amateur Director Clifton Findley plans to field a Team England with over 100 competitors and is confident the team will do well and win Gold Medals in several categories.


August 16, 2010

PHOENIX, ARIZ. (Aug. 13, 2010) — On the night that STRIKEFORCE crowned its first-ever Women’s Welterweight Tournament Champion, hometown hero Joe “Diesel” Riggs upended tough up-and-comer Louis “Handgunz” Taylor and Ryan Couture won his Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) debut on Friday night on STRIKEFORCE Challengers on SHOWTIME®.

Miesha “Takedown” Tate won two fights on the night, both by unanimous decision, to hoist the inaugural STRIKEFORCE Women’s Welterweight Tournament belt and became the No. 2 contender behind Marloes Coenen in the competitive 135-pound division. She also may have earned a possible future date with current STRIKEFORCE Middleweight Champion Sarah Kaufman.
“Sarah Kaufman, you’re amazing,” Tate announced loudly to the near sold out Dodge Theatre crowd, seeking out Kaufman from the other side of the cage. “I can’t wait to fight you again.”

She later added: “It’s a dream come true. I came here on a mission and I accomplished my goal. And now it’s on to step two and getting that championship belt and getting another shot at Sarah Kaufman.”

Tate (11-2) used her world-class grappling to control both fights. She beat Maiju Kujala (4-2; Strikeforce debut) in the first two-round semifinal, rested for a good 35 minutes and then went back at it, beating the scrappy Hitomi “Girlfight Monster” Akano (16-8) in the final by controlling the ground position and simply out-muscling her Japanese opponent.

Akano submitted Carina “Beauty But the Beast” Damm (15-4) at 1:48 of the second round to earn her final shot at Tate.

STRIKEFORCE Women’s Middleweight (145 pounds) Champion Cris Cyborg liked what she saw from Tate on a night that celebrated women’s MMA. “This was a great opportunity for women’s fighting and I’m looking forward to seeing Miesha fight Sarah in the future,” she said.

But Cyborg wasn’t the most visible of fighters watching cage side. That distinction would have to go to Couture’s famous father, MMA legend Randy Couture, who proudly took his spot in his son’s corner for his successful MMA pro debut. “I’m very proud of him and he has a great passion for the sport,” Couture told the nationally televised SHOWTIME audience.

STRIKEFORCE fans will undoubtedly be seeing more of Las Vegas’ Couture in the near future. He used his signature triangle choke move at 1:15 in the first round to beat Lucas Stark of Chandler, Ariz., in a 155-pound lightweight match.

“It’s kind of a load off to get the first win and I hope there won’t be a long wait for the next one and I can show some new things next time,” Couture told the media afterwards. “I thought once it hit the ground I would catch him but I didn’t expect it to be that quick. I just lucked out that way I guess.”

Couture said he couldn’t find his jab early against the shorter Stark. “I decided to get where I was comfortable and get it to the ground,” he said. “I’m a slow starter when it comes to the striking. I just locked it in and got the tap.”

Down on the judges’ scorecards early in his 182-pound catch weight fight, Riggs (33-11) knew he would have to come up with something special in the third round, and did just that, pinning Taylor (6-2) against the cage before the ref stopped the fight at 2:07 and Riggs was awarded the decision by submission by punches.

“I felt great fighting and winning in front of Phoenix,” Riggs said. “I love my fans.”

He said STRIKEFORCE fans haven’t seen the last of his tough opponent. “He’s a prospect. He’s a big guy. His standup was very athletic and he’ll be a dangerous guy for anyone.”

The fights will re-air as follows.
Monday, Aug. 16, at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT SHO 2
Friday’s fights will be available ON DEMAND beginning on Monday, Aug. 16 and through Aug. 29.
Complete STRIKEFORCE Challengers Results:
Main Card:
Joe Riggs def. Louis Taylor by submission (punches) – Round 3, 2:07
Women’s Welterweight Tournament Championship
Miesha Tate def. Hitomi Akano — Unanimous Decision
Ryan Couture def. Lucas Stark via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 1:15
Women’s Welterweight Tournament Semifinals
Hitomi Akano def. Carina Damm — by submission – Round 2, 1:48
Miesha Tate def. Maiju Kujala — Unanimous Decision
Preliminary Card:
Women’s Reserve Fight: Liz Carmouche def. Colleen Schneider — Unanimous Decision
Chris Gruetzemacher def. Ryan Diaz — TKO (Cut) R1 (No Time Given)
Jason Richey def. Edmund Xehili — Majority Decision
Joel Champion def. Sean Scott — KO (Punches) 1:06 R1
Rob Anderson def. Alonzo Fears — Unanimous Decision
Andres Acuna def. Edwin Louis — Unanimous Decision
Frankie Saenz def. Jace Crawford — Unanimous Decision


August 15, 2010

Jeb & Amber Chiles Present
"Throwdown N C-Town 11"
Chiles Martial Arts
Clinton, MO.

ISKA All Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Event

Cody Wood 6/7/1987 VS Brandon Hill 4/24/1990
WINNER: Brandon Hill by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:10 of Round 1

Chad Abernathy 9/3/1975 VS Chris Sloan 1/1/1992
WINNER: Chad Abernathy by TKO (Strikes) at :30 of Round 1
Chris Sloan - 30 Day Medical Suspension due to TKO (Strikes)
8/7/2010 to 9/6/2010

Ray Vega 1/25/1981 VS Levonne Walters 12/29/1990
WINNER: Ray Vega by TKO (Strikes) at :38 of Round 1
Levonne Walters - 30 Day Medical Suspension due to TKO (Strikes)
8/7/2010 to 9/6/2010

Tim Glaum 2/26/1987 VS Dustin Hill 10/23/1989
WINNER: Dustin Hill by Tap Out (Arm Bar) at 1:28 of Round 1

Jason Wolf 6/28/1971 VS Mike Parker 4/27/1986
WINNER: Jason Wolf by KO (Strikes) at :26 of Round 1
Mike Parker - 45 Day Medical Suspension due KO from (Strikes)
8/7/2010 to 9/21/2010

David Hammons 5/22/1990 VS Chris Harris 8/24/1989
WINNER: David Hammons by Tap Out (Arm Triangle) at 1:14 of Round 3

Robert Hawkins 8/5/1990 VS Paul Hartfield 3/29/1991
WINNER: Paul Hartfield by Tap Out (Leg Triangle) at 2:13 of Round 2

Steven Bowman 10/3/1989 VS Russell Horn 1/10/1989
WINNER: Steven Bowman by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:07 of Round 1

David Roberts 9/7/1978 VS Travis Roberts 11/14/1984
WINNER: David Roberts by Tap Out (Arm Bar) at :59 of Round 1

Phillip Martin 8/1/1990 VS Dustin Zohorsky 5/21/1986
WINNER: Dustin Zohorsky by Tap Out (Arm Bar) at :43 of Round 1

Aaron Mays 4/13/1984 VS Tony Manuel 12/21/1983
WINNER: Aaron Mays by Tap Out (Strikes) at :30 of Round 1


August 15, 2010

Daniel Stanley Presents:
"The Rock Bottom Throwdown"
Rock Bottom Bar
Pleasant Hill, MO.

ISKA All Amateur MMA Event

Travis Ford 2/1/89 Vs Chad Gibson 12/5/90
WINNER: Travis Ford by TKO (Strikes) at 1:20 of Round 1
Chad Gibson - 30 Day Medical Suspension due to Referee Stoppage (Strikes)
7/24/2010 to 8/23/2010

Dustin Zahorsky 5/21/91 Vs Billy Crum 12/25/83
WINNER: Dustin Zahorsky by TKO (Strikes) at 2:13 of Round 1
Billy Crum - 30 Day Medical Suspension due to Referee Stoppage (Strikes)
7/24/2010 to 8/23/2010

Kyle Supernaw 1/3/88 Vs Dustin Hill 10/23/89
WINNER: Kyle Supernaw by Tap Out (Guillotine Choke) at :42 of Round 1

Travis Thompson 9/23/91 Vs Paul Kolinda 6/3/83
WINNER: Paul Kalinda by Tap Out (Arm Bar) at 1:38 of Round 1

Dallas Chatham 7/11/86 Vs Lance Gibson 10/13/86
WINNER: Dallas Chatham by Tap Out (Triangle Choke) at 1:43 of Round 1

David Baird 3/10/74 Vs Aaron Ely 3/18/89
WINNER: Aaron Ely by Tap Out (Strikes) at :57 of Round 1

T.J. Nichols 3/7/87 Vs Marc Diebold 7/25/85
WINNER: Marc Diebold by Tap Out (Triangle Choke) at 2:45 of Round 1


August 2, 2010

ShamRock Events is Back with the Launch of KINGS of KOMBAT !!

Peter Graham Vs Doug Viney for the ISKA World Super Heavy Weight Title

The last time Melbourne experienced an ISKA world title fight was 18 years ago when Stan the man defeated Dennis Alexio.

Also on the Card Paul Slowinski, one of the best fighters in the world.

Mick Siebert the Current ISKA Australian Champion in two different styles
and one of Australia’s finest fighters.

Ray Razor Dimachki the Current ISKA East Coast Title holder and a POWER
house waiting to explode on the Kings of Kombat show.

Steve Moxon has stated he wants to fight the best in the world and take no short cuts, he is fighting Jordan Tai ( Be prepared for WAR)

Erick Diamondstein is back on the show after an electrifying main event with Bariz Nezif in December 09. Erik wants to fight the best in Australia.

The Terror Mr Tui Tagaolo Wright 145kg of Terror back in centre ring
fighting MMA. This Man is set to make his mark in Mixed Martial Arts.

Fred Tagaolo and Gul Pohatu and Fredrick Pita are all fighting on the show with a combined weight of 400kg, I hope they all don’t get into the ring atthe same time.

There are also so many up and coming fighters on the show.

Please try and make it to the show and enjoy a great night of entertainment with Music, Dancers and so much more.

Thanking you for all your support in the past and the future

Hisham Hanna.

Wahid Wennekes appointed official supervisor for ISKA New Zealand.

August 2, 2010

Profile : Wahid Wennekes
Status: Retired
Born: November 21 Rotterdam Netherlands
Other Names : Iron Head
Nationality : Dutch
Height : 1.76 (5ft 9 inch)
Weight : 76-81 kg
Pro Style : Full Contact – Freestyle – Oriental – Savate- Muay Thai
Fighting out of : Amsterdam Netherlands
Team : Mejiro Gym New Zealand
Trainer : Andre Mannaart
Record : 99
Wins : 73
By Knockout : 29
Draw : 7
Losses : 20 by points
1 by TKO
Dutch National Title Junior Light Welter Weight Kick Freestyle IKBF 92
European Title Welter Weight Kick Freestyle IKBF 1992
Best Out of Town Fighter Battle of the Rocky Mountains WKA Calgary Canada 1994
European Title Middle Weight Muay Thai WKA 1994/1995
European Title Light Heavy Weight Muay Thai ISKA 1996
Runner up Grand Prix Max Prague Hilton 1996
World Title Fight Muay Thai 81.5 kg ISKA Switzerland Azum Maksutaj


July 27, 2010

Last Friday night's airing of the 2010 US OPEN was partially pre-empted by a late-running tennis match and the need to begin a live airing of professional boxing. The end result was that only 1/2 of the US OPEN material was seen last weekk on ESPN2. Our media partners at ESPN have responded by scheduling a complete rebroadcast of the US OPEN show in it's entirely this Thursday, July 29th at 9:00 ET. Tune in for extraordinarly martial arts performances competing for ISKA World titles!


July 26, 2010

EVERETT, WASH. (July 23, 2010) — Fast-rising heavyweight prospect Shane Del Rosario kept his perfect record in tact with a first round knockout over Lolohea Mahe in the main event of Friday’ STRIKEFORCE Challengers MMA event on SHOWTIME® from the Comcast Arena at Everett in Everett, Washington.

In the co-main event, undefeated Sarah Kaufman defended her STRIKEFORCE Women’s Welterweight World Championship with a thrilling third round knockout of challenger Roxanne Modafferi.

Del Rosario (10-0) came out swinging in the first, using his speed as an advantage over the larger Mahe (6-2-1). After a short stoppage of time after an inadvertent low blow to Mahe, Del Rosario pressed his opponent against the cage and continued with an onslaught of punches and knees. He used a left knee to the body to wound Mahe and followed up with a combo causing Mahe to double over in pain. The referee stopped the fight at 3:48 of the first round.

“I knew he didn’t like shots to the body, so I kept hitting the body until he dropped,” said Del Rosario, who hopes to have catapulted himself into the thick of things in STRIKEFORCE’s deep heavyweight division. “I’ve been training really hard and it’s finally paying off. I’m ready to step up the opposition and move on.

A wounded Mahe was clearly disappointed with his performance.

“He hurt me with the knee to the stomach,” Mahe said. “It just knocked the air out of me.”

In a hard-fought, technical match, Kaufman (12-0) stole the show and emerged victorious with an impressive body slam at 4:45 of the third round. Modafferi (15-6) seemed to win the first round, but Kaufman came out blazing in the second, finishing the round with a flurry of punches. The highlight-reel body slam brought the crowd to its feet and ended the title defense in dramatic fashion.

“I got a knockout,” Kaufman said. “It feels good to get the KO and to impress. She was really good at the take downs, but I could feel her getting tired. The opportunity was there with the body slam and I took advantage of it.”

Bobby Voelker (22-8) emerged victorious with a split decision victory over local fan favorite Cory Devela (9-5). The first round was close but Devela seemed to be the aggressor in the second even though he was on the bottom of the action. The hometown crowd was surprised when the scores were announced following the third, 29-28 Devela, 29-28 Voelker, 29-28 Voelker.

“I should have been better,” Voelker said. “I always want to finish my opponent. It just shows I need to go back and work on my game. I didn’t anticipate him to fight in the clinch like that – that surprised me.”

Devela, who had taken a year off from the cage to help his girlfriend battle cancer, disagreed with the decision.

“I was surprised, I thought I had it,” Devela said. “Even when I was on the ground I thought I was working on submissions. I just shouldn’t have left it up to the judges.

“He had a lot of control in the second, but I thought I was still active. I thought I would have come away with the decision. Nothing against him – but I’d like to do this fight again.”

In the second fight of the evening, Mike “Mak” Kyle (17-7-1) won his fifth straight fight with a first round submission (rear naked choke) of Abongo Humphrey (7-2) in a light heavyweight matchup.

Kyle threw solid combos throughout the fight, tiring Humphrey and getting him into positions where he was susceptible to submissions and a barrage of punches. The win may enter Kyle into consideration to challenge the winner of “King” Mo Lawal’s STRIKEFORCE Light Heavyweight Title defense against Rafael Feijao, who Kyle defeated in 2009.

“I stayed calm and relaxed and I knew I was in great shape,” Kyle said. “He gave me that choke – he gassed out.

“I never gave up when a lot of people thought I should. This is just a stepping stone for me. I’m waiting for a lot of things to open up. When I’m blessed with the opportunity, I’ll be ready for it.”
Humphrey, who suffered only his second career loss, knew he made some mistakes.

“I didn’t execute my game plan at all,” Humphrey said. “I dropped my hands a couple of times. It was just bad all the way around. He’s a good fighter – I give him a lot of respect. I’ll just live to fight another day.

In the opening fight of the telecast, hometown favorite Caros Fodor (3-0, 1 NC) dominated Thomas Diagne (1-2) en route to an impressive unanimous decision victory. Fodor, who lives and trains in nearby Kirkland under MMA legend Matt Hume, consistently went for the clinch then attempted the takedowns and submissions.

The undefeated prospect couldn’t complete the submission attempts and was disappointed in earning his first decision victory.

“I should have gone for the submission more when I had them,” Fodor said. “Tonight, against his style, I was a little patient. I wasn’t 100 percent, but it was still great to earn the victory in front of my hometown fans. No excuses, but I should have submitted him.”

Complete STRIKEFORCE Challengers Results:

Main Card:

Shane Del Rosario def. Lolohea Mahe – TKO (strikes) – Round 1 (3:48)
Sarah Kaufman def. Roxanne Modafferi – KO (body slam) – Round 3 (4:45)
Bobby Voelker def. Cory Devela – Split Decision – 29-28 Devela, 29-28 Voelker, 29-28 Voelker
Mike Kyle def. Abongo Humphrey – Submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2 (3:28)
Caros Fodor def. Thomas Diagne – Unanimous Decision (30-27, three times)
Preliminary Card:
Brent “Mankill” Knopp def. Ryan Hayes – TKO (punches) – Round 2 (:55)
CJ March def. Taurean “Black” Washington – Unanimous Decision
Drew “The Eternal Fire” Brokenshire def. Jordan Macklin – Submission (Guillotine choke) – Round 1 (2:26)
“Psycho” Scott McDonald def. Doug Kay – Submission – Round 1 (2:09)
Brewster The Rooster” Inman def. Quincy Spruill – Submission – Round 1 (3:57)
Jamen “Chainsaw” Olney def. Jordan Currie – Unanimous Decision
John Elam def. Frankie Orr – Split Decision
Wendel Horton def. Keith Mortuiccio – TKO (1:43)


July 25, 2010

Newcastle Panthers hosted the Real Deal fight night hosted by Murdoch’s Workshop at Warners Bay. The night boasted a duel main event with two belts on the line, a heavy weight MMA bout and eleven other Thai boxing bouts.

The first fight of the night was a display bout featuring two of the young up and comers from Murdoch’s Workshop. They put on a spirited display and did a great job of warming the crowd who were now eagerly awaiting the start of the main action.

The second fight of the night had Pete Hunt of the Pitbull gym take on Chris Baxter of FiteNfit in a Super Welterweight bout. Hunt was on top early in the first round landing strong chopping leg kicks and twice throwing Baxter to the mat. The second round was clearly Baxter’s who dominated with big right hands rocking Hunt. In the third round Baxter dropped Hunt and the ref stopped the fight.

The fourth fight of night pitted Jackson Melrose of Heng Kuai Warners bay against Daniel Gooch of Pitbull in a Super Lightweight rematch. Gooch demonstrated his intent early coming out hard at Melrose, but failing to do any real damage. Melrose remained composed throughout the second round and managed to dominate the clinch. In the third round Melrose began to wait and counter fight with big right hands and began to inflict damage on Gooch. After a strong balanced fight the judges gave a unanimous decision to Melrose who makes it two from two against Gooch.

Milos Ninkovic was successful in his second career fight using reach and countering kicks to dominate over the outclassed but valiant John Armstrong from Physical Kick.

Jodie Palozzi of Heng Kuai and one of Serin Murray’s training partners borrowed some of Murrays class to take a unanimous points decision over Lara Ahola in three rounds.

Michael Sessions also of Heng Kuai Warners bay showed a master class of power and skill in his first round knockout victory over Mark Asue.

Michael Session’s fight was followed by a much more evenly matched bout between Kayne Young of Heng Kuai and Dean Wedgewood of Pitbull, another rematch. The bout went the distance but only after Wedgewood managed to show incredible strength and courage after eating a vicious knee and straight right. The decision went to Young who now holds two victories over Wedgewood.
The knock out of the night came from Klint Williams of Heng Kuai Warners bay who sustained the first round onslaught of a driven and dangerous James Curtis of Street Alert. The fight was evenly matched until mid way through the second round when Williams timing and ring craft began to dominate Curtis. The knock out came in the third round after severely clean crisp left hands to the head of Curtis. Williams caught Curtis bouncing back off the ropes with his straight left, Curtis stood no chance and was out before hitting the canvas.

Charles Hall of Heng Kuai and Beston / Gracie Cardiff debuted against Rikki Eriwata of Polletts Martial Arts, also debuting, in the only MMA match of the night. Both fighters began by swinging for the fences with both lucky not to get clipped. Midway through the range Eriwata was caught in a guillotine choke, Hall took the choke to ground and demonstrated incredible strength by completing the submission despite Eriwata having one arm in.

Serin Murray, Newcastle’s own world champion fought in the dual main event. Murray fought New Zealands National champion, Michelle Goh for the South Pacific Super Flyweight title. Though Goh brought strong credentials to the ring, Murray was clearly a stronger, classier and all round more dominant fighter and she quickly dispatched Goh with a right elbow superman would be hard pressed to recover from.

The other main event pitted Joey Brincat of Wales but who now trains in NZ against Jacob Marks of Murdochs Heng Kuai Warners Bay. From the very start this bout promised to be a cracker and it did not disappoint. On the line was the Commonwealth Flyweight belt. The first round was worthy of a championship fight, both fighters showed patience and intelligence in testing and teasing their opponent. The second round was again even, the only difference between the fighters was that Marks defense and ring craft was far superior. This came on display late in the round when Marks twice dropped Brincat to the canvas for an eight count. Brincat was lucky to survive the round. However, in the third round Brincat showed incredible heart and resilience by coming out strongly but it wasn't long until Marks again dropped him with a three punch combination. After a third standing eight count Brincat was dropped for a fourth time by a body kick felt by everyone in attendance. Brincat managed to survive the count but was on borrowed time. The fourth round went much as expected as Marks dismantled Brincat seemingly landing straight right hands at will, eventually one stuck and Brincat was down. His corner made the correct and responsible decision by throwing in the towel. Though Brincat showed resilience and courage it was ultimately Marks defense, timing and poise which dominated the fight and won him the belt, deservedly so.

The night was a display of talent and strength but it was Marks who owned the night holding onto the belt and showing a display of mastery and skill well beyond his years.


July 25, 2010

Our respected ISKA PORTUGAL president Cesar MOREIRA had again a high class event in the famous Matosinhos Arena.

Once again the fight card was international and again fighters from ISKA ANGOLA were invited.

The results:







July 23, 2010

by Tim Loy/photos by Mike Koran
Gene Click promised his best show yet, and he delivered. 3FC 4:Unstoppable took place last night at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN. The show took place in front of a sold out, standing room only crowd, that stayed hot for the entire 19 bout card.
The main event saw Brandon McMahan win the vacant 3FC and ISKA State titles in the 135 lb. division. McMahan had only a week’s notice to prepare for his opponent Mike Briley of Nashville. He was originally slated to face highly regarded Matt Tran of Team Huskey, but Tran mysteriously was no where to be found in the weeks leading up to the show. McMahan, of Hard Knox Combat Club in Knoxville, made Briley tap to strikes at 1:15 of the second round.

There were also two other titles up for grabs, as Justin Fisher successfully defended his 3FC 185 lb. title against Team Oxendine’s Jerry Bentley, and Ginni Jordan and Linda Worley battled for the 1st ever 3FC 125 lb. women’s title. Fisher, of KMAA in Knoxville, improved to 7-0 with his first round TKO of Bentley. In this bout, Fisher used his crisp striking and long reack to peck away at Bentley, before dropping him with a body shot. Bentley covered up well and was defending, but the referee intervened at 1:21 of the first round. Team Oxendine’s Ginni Jordan improved to 2-0 after forcing Worley to submit to a head and arm choke, coupled with an Americana with her legs. The end came at 1:58 of RD 1.

Full results are as follows…..
3FC and ISKA State Title 135 LB
Brandon McMahan, Hard Knox Combat Club/Knoxville, TN(7-3) def. Mike Briley, Iron Fist Dojo/Nashville, TN(5-1) SUB STRIKES, RD 1, 1:15
3FC 185 LB Title
Justin Fisher(C), KMAA/Knoxville, TN(6-0) def. Jerry Bentley, Team Oxendine/Johnson City, TN(4-0) TKO REF STOP, RD 1, 1:21
3FC 125 LB Wonen’s Title
Ginni Jordan, Team Oxendine/Johnson City, TN(1-0) def. Linda Worley, Brawler University/Kingston, TN(2-2) SUB CHOKE/AMERICANA, RD 1 1:58
155 LB
Billy Mullins, Mt. Empire/Bristol, VA(6-3) def. Kyle Kohler, Brawler University/Kingston, TN(10-2) SUB STANDING D’ARCE CHOKE RD 1 1:45

155 LB
George Arellano, Fight Factory/Chattanooga, TN(1-0) def. Nick Yonts, Team B.A.M.F./Chilhowee, VA(0-0) TKO REF STOP RD 1 1:58
145 LB
Chad Bright, Hard Knox/Knoxville, TN(0-0) def. Treven Armstrong, Brawler University/Kingston, TN(0-0) TKO REF STOP RD 1 2:58
170 LB
Josh Justus, Fit Factory/Sevierville, TN(0-0) def. Travis Chapell, Mole Station Sombo/Johnson City, TN(0-0) SUB STRIKES RD 2 2:21

155 LB
Scott Holtzman, Shields Systems/Lenoir City, TN(1-0) def. Mike Anderson, Mt. Empire/Bristol, VA(4-3) TKO REF STOP RD 3 1:34

170 LB
Kyle Kirby, Fight Factory/Chattanooga, TN(0-1) def. Daniel Hutchinson, Independent/Seymour, TN(1-0) SUB RNC RD 1 0:41
135 LB
Pat McMahan, Fit Factory/Sevierville, TN(0-0) def. Michael Fernando, Mole Station Sombo/Johnson City, TN(0-0) SUB RNC RD 1 2:50
135 LB
Matt Keller, Fight Factory/Chattanooga, TN(1-0) def. Choncey Houston, Wolf Clan/Knoxville, TN(0-0) TKO REF STOP RD 1 1:15

185 LB
Zack Miller, Mole Station Sombo/Johnson City, TN(0-0) def. Jeramie Hurst, Fit Factory/Sevierville, TN(0-0) SUB UDEGARAME(Head & Arm choke w/Americana with legs) RD 3 2:21

170 LB
Steve Thomas, Team Oxendine/Johnson City, TN(1-2) def. Larry Belas, Mole Station Sombo/Johnson City, TN(1-0) DOCTOR STOPPAGE AFTER RD 1
Danny Ramsey, Brawler university/Kingston, TN(3-4) def. Chris Wilson, Fit Factory/Sevierville, TN(3-8) SUB HEAD & ARM CHOKE RD 1 0:38

205 LB
John Davis, Fight Factory/Chattanooga, TN(4-0) def. Richard Grey, Fit Factory/Sevierville, TN(0-0) SUB AMERICANA RD 2 2:35

155 LB
Josh Ryan, Absolute JJ/Bristol, TN(1-0) def. Chris Berrier, Hard Knox/Knoxville, TN(0-2) SUB RNC RD 2 1:58

145 LB
Matt Dotson, Mole Station Sombo/Johnson City, TN(0-1) def. Chris Crawford, Brawler University/Kingston, TN(1-0) SUB ARMBAR RD 2 2:42

165 LB
Roy Sanders, Team FAST/Pound, VA(4-8) def. Randy Oller, Toe 2 Toe/Hammond, LA(1-3) SUB TRIANGLE CHOKE RD 1 1:58
175 LB
Seth Anderson, Hard Knox/Knoxville, TN(0-1) def. Travis Vance, Fit Factory/Sevierville, TN(2-3) SUB STRIKES RD 1 1:51
Fight of the Night - Scott Holtzman vs. Mike Anderson
This was a real war! Holtzman controlled the opening stages of the first two rounds, but the last minute of both rounds saw Anderson mount a terrific comeback. This was a quality win for Holtzman over a very game and experienced opponent. Anderson also shows a lot of potential to only be 19 years old. I can’t help but think his best potential would be realized at 145 though.
KO of the Night - Scott Holtzman
Holtzman ended his bout with a VISCIOUS uppercut!
Submission of the Night - Billy Mullins
Mullins also earned a quality win over the bigger, more experienced, Kyle Kohler. He finished the fight with a nice standing variation of a D’Arce choke.
Odds and Ends….
- Can’t stress how great this card was! Great job matchmaking by Gene Click.
- Brandon McMahan proved he is one of the top 135 lb. ammys in the state. He is a class act, and I think he is very close to being ready to turn pro. He dealt with the late change in opponent very well.
- Justin Fisher may be the best 185 lb. ammy in the state. He ups his record to 7-0, and his striking looked awesome. Bentley was without a doubt his most dangerous opposition yet, and he passed with flying colors. Fisher is a very crisp, clean, technical striker, and the fact he is a southpaw helps confuse opponents. I look for him to join the growing ranks of KMAA pros very soon.
- I think we will hear from Bentley again. He comes from a great camp in Team Oxendine, and is a great natural athlete.
- Ginni Jordan was also very impressive. She goes to 2-0, and it will be interesting to see if there are any challenges locally for her.
- The guys from Chattanooga Fight Factory were again dominant. Trainer Scott Schrader predicted a 4-0 sweep for his crew and he was spot on. I’ve said it before, these guys always come prepared and have cardio for days. All of these guys are stud wrestlers, and are led by D-1 All-American and 2012 Olympic hopeful, Matt Keller. Keller is now 2-0 and mainly focusing on his Olympic dreams, but look for him to make a huge splash in MMA after 2012.

- George Arellano is a kicking machine. He is a monster 155er and kicks VERY hard. Unfortunately, he broke his foot throwing one of those kicks last night. Look for him to dominate the 155 division when he returns.
- Another 155er that looked awesome was Scott Holtzman. The win puts him in place as the #1 contender for the 3FC 155 title. That title is currently vacant, now that Troy Dollar has become a pro.
- Steve Thomas vs. Larry Belas was a war while it lasted. Unfortunately, the doctor stopped that one in between rounds. Belas may have broken his nose.
- The Mole Station Sombo team has quickly emerged as a team to watch out for. Led by Sombo Black Belt, Brendan Bohannon, these guys are just starting to get out and fight at shows, but I have been impressed by their heart and submission abilities. Look for some of these guys to make some waves after they get a few more fights.
- John Davis is probably the top 205 ammy in the state. His wrestling is top notch, and he showed some of his striking ability last night. Ultimately, he is destined for the 185 lb. division. Now that he is 5-0, I think an ISKA state title shot is in order before he goes pro.
- Absolute JJ’s Josh Ryan showed great transitions on the ground. He is a big, athletic 155er, and I expect him to be a contender sooner than later. Ryan vs. Holtzman would be a great fight.
- Matt Dotson looked much improved from his first outing. The Mole Station product looked much stronger at 145 lbs.
- Felt bad for Len Cook. Len made the trip down from Bristol, VA to fight Chuckie Jennings. He cut weight down to 125 and then Jennings opted not to show. Rumor is that he was at the hotel, but never bothered to go weigh in, promoters beware. Maybe he heard what a great fighter Cook is. Hopefully we get to see Len fight soon, he is one of the top 125/135 ers in the southeast.
- The next 3FC show is set for late September or early October.


July 22, 2010


July 20, 2010

US OPEN and ISKA World Martial Arts Championships to be seen on ESPN2 this Friday Night

A special one hour broadcast of the 2010 US OPEN ISKA World Martial Arts Championships will be aired on ESPN2 this Friday night, July 23rd at 9:00 pm EDT (6:00 PDT). The event, held on July 9th-10th at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida drew more than 2,500 competitors from 37 countries. Participants competed in nearly 600 divisions contesting more than 20 disciplines of martial arts competition.

The ESPN2 broadcast will feature some of the world’s elite martial arts performers vying for ISKA World Titles in Extreme Weapons and Forms, Power, Speed and Creative Breaking, Demonstration Team, Synchronized Forms, and Self Defense competition. The spectacular Night of Champions show, from which much of the material for the broadcast was drawn, also included submission grappling, continuous fighting, sport jujitsu, and a special team fighting event.

Tune in this Friday night to ESPN2 for a dynamic presentation of unprecedented talent by these extraordinary martial arts athletes!


July 20, 2010


As the east coast of the U.S. a record-high heat index, Martial Arts competitors from more than 35 countries were graced with the opportunity to travel to the Coronado Springs Resort in Disneyworld to enjoy hotel air conditioning and recreational pools - a great way to cool down from the heat wave and check out some hot, hot, hot martial arts competition.. This year's US Open ISKA World Martial Arts Championships was held the weekend of July 9-10, 2010, conveniently giving competitors a chance to spend the 4th of July weekend however they pleased before an intense week of gearing up for the US Open.

With performances from the US Open Night of Champions being televised on ESPN, competitors were ready to give their best and most difficult performances for a chance on the night time stage and possibly on television. The best of the best from around the world were on hand.

Friday’s competition began bright and early at 9:00 in the morning with the eliminations for the XMA Trickz Battle. Team Full Circle, Straight Up, USA All Stars, and Paul Mitchell were just a few of the many participating teams in men's team sparring. After some intense competition, Team Paul Mitchell and the USA All Stars advanced to the ISKA nighttime finals.

Just a few rings over, the forms and weapons divisions on stage were drawing more and more spectators after the conclusion of team fighting to watch the four horsemen of Team Paul Mitchell: Matt Emig, Rudy Reynon, Kalman Csoka, and Marc Canonizado. All continued to lead the extreme and creative divisions as expected. In musical weapons, half of the division dropped their weapon, including Rudy Reynon and Marc Canonizado. David Armstrong was on a different streak when men’s extreme forms came along. Armstrong demonstrated one of the best forms of the night with clean hands and a double corkscrew. Although it was near perfect, it still wasn’t enough to drive Marc Canonizado into second place. Canonizado used the plentiful amount of space in the ring to his advantage. He nailed all of his difficult tricks and they were more dynamic than ever.

It was odd (but certainly welcome!) to be done with the first day of events by 6:00 p.m. on Friday. As competitors and spectators filed out of the competition arena, they were surprised to find the sun still shining and plenty of time to grab a bite to eat, see some of the Disney attractions and rest up for the next day's competition.

Saturday competition got everyone up early - except for the adult competitors. The adults were able to sleep in two extra hours before their events began at 11:00 AM. Many adults took advantage of the later schedule by going to Downtown Disney on Friday night to enjoy some popular shops, restaurants, and some late night entertainment.

After winning their divisions on Friday, Micah Karns, Cole Eckert, Austin Crain, Hunter Crain, and Kyle Montagna all were in the run-offs Saturday afternoon. On the line was the prestige and a chance at getting on stage for the Night of Champions and maybe being on ESPN!

In the 14-17 weapons division, Micah Karns and Kyle Montagna both dropped their weapons, leaving Austin Crain to win by a hundredth of a point, with his brother Hunter in second place. Micah Karns didn't go home empty handed as he won the 14-17 (creative/musical/extreme) CMX forms grands.

It wasn't all about forms though. “This is my division,” shouted Robbie Lavoie during his first fight in the men’s 18-29 super lightweight division. He certainly proved his statement true when it came down to Lavoie and Victor Suarez. It was grueling match but Lavoie came out on top. Both Hamed Firouzi and Niko Negron chalked a win up for Full Circle when they won the 18-29 lightweight and light-middle weight divisions.

The fighting grand championships were held during the day. For the women, Cindy Cote of Team Straight Up defeated Terri Jacoby for the overall grand championship title. For the men, it came down to a rematch between Hamed Firouzi of Team Full Circle and Raymond Daniels of Team USA All Stars. When these two met for the Superfight finals at the New England Open, Daniels soundly defeated a tired Firouzi. This time Firouzi was far more in the game and gave Daniels more of a challenge but in the end, it was Daniels with the 7-4 score and the title for 2010.

Denver, Colorado’s Austin Jorgenson will certainly be remembered after he won both the 18-29 men’s forms and weapons grand championships with his soft style performances. Jorgenson came to US Open for his first ISKA/NASKA tournament and defeated some world-class competitors like Matt Emig (and it was Emig's birthday! Happy birthday Matt!)


Danny Etkin of 100 Percent Performance opened the US Open Night of Champions show. Walking out with the audience clapping to his intro music, he made sure he was the center of everyone's attention. Etkin started with a jack knife and a corkscrew and finished his form with hard hand techniques and clean stances. Jacob Pinto of team AKA began his rendition with the “Jesus flip” to get the crowd going. Pinto twisted in almost every trick he did to enhance his difficulty after having to follow Etkin’s flawless performance. ProRank’s Sammy Smith was the last to take the stage in the 13 and under ISKA forms world championship. She showed how serious she was by slapping the ground after her butterfly twist. With two difficult kick combinations directly after each other, Smith made the judges' decision even more difficult with no mistakes in her form. In the end of a very close contest, it was Pinto who took home his first US Open Night of Champion’s award.

In the 14-17 year-old forms ISKA division, Cole Eckert fell on his webster which meant that he was out of the running.. Dayna Huor landed her webster with synchronicity to a new choice of music in comparison to her previous songs. Micah Karns blew everyone away with his clean and dynamic hand techniques leading into a double corkscrew combination - with his hands behind his back. Karns took home the trophy for his first very first Night of Champion’s win.

The 13 and under weapons division began with Jacob Pinto on stage for the second time of the night. He began his form by spinning his kama on his thumb as he rotated 360 degrees - a pretty impressive way to exaggerate his kama work. Andrew Franklin took the stage with his bo and immediately began his form. Franklin used rock music that gave the audience a relieving break from all the trance music with hip-hop introductions used by many of his competitors. Franklin completed his form flawlessly then bowed out to Jackson Rudolph. Rudolph impressed everyone by taking recognizable maneuvers and adding difficult and subtle changes. Mackensi Emory was the final performer and nailed her kama form and really put her controlled kama work and acrobatics on display. As Rudolph did with his bo, Emory added subtle changes to increase the difficulty in her techniques. In the end, it was Rudolph who was voted the winner by the judges.

Julia Pinto, also of AKA, kicked off the 14-17 weapons grand championship with her bo. Pinto showed clean bo work, which was something on which she had to rely, because Austin Crain was up next. Crain landed many difficult tricks with four different kama releases. Mikayla Johnson, New England Open’s grand champion, took kama releasing to the next level by throwing her kamas in the air and around her legs. Johnson has worked with one of the most creative kama practitioners, Stephen Renney, and it has certainly paid off. Kyle Montagna took a different approach in his quest for the win by performing his traditional bo form. With strong stances and strikes, Montagna brought more difficulty to the judges for their final decision. The final decision was in favor of Crain this evening.

The adults were next on stage with the women's forms championship. Nikki Stanley showed her advantageous flexibility from the get-go of her form and proceeded to show the crowd that she can throw tricks as well. Olivia Wicker brought some Japanese techniques to the stage and completed her form with intensity, giving Becca Ross that extra motivation to do a better form. Ross threw all her tricks smoothly and finished with strong hands. Caitlin Dechelle ended the division. Dechelle has grown to become stronger and faster through the years, and that’s what it took this evening as she attained the win.

Legendary World Breaking Champion, Chip Townsend performed next in a in a world-record attempt to break his own record of 36 boards in less than 8 seconds using the Combat Board breaking format. Townsend destroyed 42 boards using both hands and both feet in a multi-direction display of havoc. Next up was another breaking icon, Larry Fields who set yet another world record by breaking 8 baseball bats with his shin in under 10 seconds! Incredible.

The XMA trickz battle brought the crowd to its feet with a ton of action. Marc Canonizado, Matt Emig, Mindy Kelly, and Kalman Csoka were the experienced judges for the contest. Donovan Sheehan walked out to battle Jacob Pinto in the two minute round for the junior championship. Pinto was a little energizer bunny and kept going and going as his non-stop tricking power garnered him the win.

The next battle was for the adults as Team Massive (Mike Gutherie, David Armstrong, Nelson Zuniga, and Tyler Powell) took the stage to battle Team Destruction (Daniel Graham, Anis Cheurfa, and Sammy Vasquez). In a five-minute session of “anything goes” which included aggressive tricks, near-collisions and a whole lot of attitude, Team Destruction took the win. Destruction was awarded $1,000 for first place and Massive was given $500 and the crowd was provided with a really entertaining battle!

Mike Welch brought Team Infinity out of Wisconsin and to the US Open for the Team Demo competition. Team Infinity had the tricks, charisma, and creative bo techniques needed to put on a great performance as they threw their weapons back and forth to each other. Team 100% Performance was up next with a dramatic music track. They had smooth tricks, intensity, and swords - a weapon not as popular in the Midwest, where Team Infinity mainly resides. 100% Performance came out with the win and the ISKA title.

The men's forms competition was next and William Cornell kicked it off with his strong Japanese form. Matt Emig came out next to compare his tricks to Cornell's powerful stances. After breaking his leg awhile back and making a recent comeback, Emig showed he can still hang and rise above everyone else. Marc Canonizado stepped out with his new hair style that, well, stood up. Canonizado also brought strong hands, clean standing kicks, and his signature “spider man” back-flip. In the end, the judges loved the smooth flow of Canonizado and awarded him the ISKA title.

Team Synchronized Forms sponsored by Paul Mitchell products was a Paul Mitchell event as Paul Mitchell Black (Austin Crain and Matt Emig) faced Paul Mitchell White (Marc Canonizado and Caitlin Dechelle). Paul Mitchell Black bowed in first. They were strong all the way through in an aggressive spectacle of one of the longest trick combinations seen in Team Synch. Paul Mitchell White added interesting choreography and were synchronized all the way through but Paul Mitchell Black, in their first time performing together, took the win.

The spectacular Night of Champions also featured and International Continuous Fighting match, a Submission Grappling Challenge bout and an ISJA Sport Ju-Jitsu contest blended in to the ISKA World Championships competitions. The variety of martial arts entertainment and flawless staging of the events really lived up to the show’s billing as a “martial arts extravaganza”.

Robbie Lavoie and Chris Rappold were the first to fight in the team fighting finals. Lavoie racked up three points for the All Stars and Rappold wasn’t able to get anything in, leaving Paul Mitchell at 0. Jack Felton and Travis Plowden fought second. Plowden gained two points for Paul Mitchell whereas Felton racked up six more points for the USA All Stars. It was looking gloomy for Team Paul Mitchell as Deandre Walker took on Raymond Daniels of USA All Stars in the final round. Almost all exchanges awarded one point to either fighter and in the end, the All Stars came out ahead by a respectable margin.

With some of the most exciting performers on the circuit today, it was fitting that the final event of the evening was the adult weapons competition. Austin Jorgenson the US Open Cinderella story, took the stage first with another drunken-style routine with a broadsword. It was something many audience members had not seen so they responded energetically as he wobbled around the stage as though intoxicated. Rudy Reynon, one of the most mimicked competitors on the circuit, came out next. Reynon hit his form solidly with his kama tricks rising to new levels as he spun the blade around his finger and one kama around the other kama. Matt Emig was on stage next to heighten the audience experience. He was on a roll, but lost his weapon on one of the most impressive releases seen with a nunchuck. Kalman Csoka brought both of his swords out to wrap the show up. Csoka was the most charismatic and changed the timing on his double release for an incredible performance. It was Csoka's closing performance that took the win and the ISKA title for the evening.

With the final performance over, it was like the audience could finally let out the collective breath it had been holding through all the amazing performances. But the magic was not over as many of the competitors and spectators were planning additional fun at Disney the next day. It was still hot outside despite the late hour but the night's festivities continued at the resort bar and swimming pool as the lights over another US Open Night of Champions dimmed.

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July 14, 2010




July 14, 2010

More than two years after our original proposal, the Florida legislature and state athletic commission signed off last Wednesday on the final approval for amateur mixed martial arts. A lot of credit has to go to Florida State Athletic Commission director Tom Molloy, assistant director Christa Patterson and ISKA State director John Morrision for their commitment and persistant effort in support of this project. The ISKA rules, regulations and policies have been officially adopted by the state according to the design specified as approvable by Mr. Molloy. Promoters interested in hosting amateur MMA events in Florida may contact us at

Russia's Denis LUKASHOV Earns World Title

July 13, 2010

Istra, Russia; Top promoter Dimitri Alexeyevich IVANOV and his team organised a special Open Air event 50 Km north of Moscow in a beautiful forest area. This was again a co-operation of ISKA RUSSIA and FKR – federation Kick boxing Russia.

More than 2.500 people ( and three bears ) seen an amazing 5 hour show with various live bands, Russian pop singers, charming dancing show of the Russian Showgirls and, and, and …

Beside the show program the fight card was also respectable. Eight fighters from Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Estonia, Hungary, Serbia, Uzbekistan and of course Russia fought in tournament system in Lowkick ( freestyle) , won by the Russian Champion.

The main fight was for the ISKA Full contact World title-64,50 Kg , Russian Champion Denis LUKASHOV challenged Egyptian Champion and number 1 ranked in ISKA AFRIKA ranking Mohamed ABD ELAZIZ.

The Egyptian was in very good shape and highly mobile with excellent kicking techniques. Lukashov as always attacked all the time, put a lot of pressure on the African fighter. Denis is known as excellent boxer and he won almost every round. In the 6th round the fight was over after a sweet spinning back kick to the stomach of Abd Elaziz, and referee Sergei MAYFAT had to count him out.

Although the victory of Lukashov was doubtless, Abd Elaziz was handicapped with a broken right thump from the third round. A possible re-match in Cairo is in negotiation.


July 13, 2010

In late 2009, Frank Shamrock had put together a camp and was mentally ready to return to fighting.

But his body had other ideas. In the middle of training, Shamrock’s back went out. And when Shamrock’s young daughter wanted to wrestle, Shamrock just couldn’t move.

“I thought, ‘I can’t even wrestle with my 2-year-old daughter. How can I fight if I can’t even give this time to my daughter?’” Shamrock recalled.

After nearly 15 years of ruling the mixed martial arts world, Shamrock, born Frank Alisio Juarez, retired June 26, from the sport he helped pioneer. In a dramatic, emotional ceremony before his hometown fans in San Jose, California as well as a national audience courtesy of SHOWTIME® during the STRIKEFORCE and M-1 Global co-promoted “Fedor vs. Werdum” event, Shamrock walked away from the sport, taking a fighter’s bow for the last time while his wife, holding their baby daughter, stood proudly in the cage alongside STRIKEFORCE Founder and CEO Scott Coker, SHOWTIME’s Ken Hershman, and CBS’s Kelly Kahl.
“It’s time for the young kids,” Shamrock said. “It is their time to shine.”

Long before STRIKEFORCE became the hottest brand in MMA, with live shows on CBS and SHOWTIME, Shamrock was building the sport one punch, kick and submission hold at a time.

The first middleweight champion in both STRIKEFORCE and UFC history, Shamrock is one of the few mixed martial artists who can honestly say he has done it all in MMA. As a STRIKEFORCE analyst for CBS and Showtime, his legacy will continue to grow.

Shamrock, 37, compiled a career record of 23-10. As a fighter, whether he was victorious or not, Shamrock consistently put on entertaining fights. He prides himself as a “sports entertainer.”
His toughest physical battle, he says, was against Tito Ortiz. The two battled in 1999. At 5’ 10” Shamrock was the smaller man against the 6’ 2” Ortiz. Shamrock overcame his bigger opponent and forced Ortiz to quit because of strikes.

Against Enson Inoue in 1997, Shamrock triumphed even though he was outweighed by about 30 pounds, in a fight that Shamrock said was his toughest mental encounter. Shamrock battled back from near-defeat to knock Inoue out in the second round.

In 2007, Shamrock put Phil Baroni to sleep with a rear naked choke, in a classic STRIKEFORCE middleweight championship encounter, where both men heavily trash-talked in the build-up to the fight. Shamrock called the fight his toughest spiritual battle. He suffered a knee injury before the fight, yet still entered the cage.

“Everything that could go wrong, went wrong,” Shamrock said. “He showed up just ready to kill me. That was a real test of my soul.”
Shamrock learned how to fight as a teenager. Born in Los Angeles, Shamrock grew up poor and his childhood was filled with violence. He became a ward of the state of California at age 12.

He eventually found Bob Shamrock, who ran a home for troubled teens. A teenage Frank Juarez changed his name to Shamrock to honor the man who helped turn his life around.

Shamrock began training in submission fighting and then found himself competing in Pancrase in Japan.

He beat Bas Rutten by submission in his first professional fight. Eventually Shamrock would become the King of Pancrase.
On March 10, 2006, Shamrock knocked out longtime rival Cesar Gracie with a straight right hand in 21 seconds in the main event of the first STRIKEFORCE MMA event in history, which played host to a North American record, capacity crowd of 18,265 at HP Pavilion in San Jose.
“I was lucky to participate in two or three generations of the sport,” Shamrock said. “I was able to be competitive at all three levels. I just tried to be the best I could throughout my career.”
Shamrock has devoted much of his recent time to promoting STRIKEFORCE, even if he is humble about it.

“I feel like I own a piece of STRIKEFORCE because I broke bones in that cage,” Shamrock said. “But my role was limited. I was a fighter. The guy who has really sacrificed and did the hard work is Scott Coker.”
Even in retirement, Shamrock is still showing his knack for innovation.
In a rare move for MMA, Shamrock announced his retirement on live TV from the middle of the cage. His speech, full of emotional thank-yous came amidst thousands of admiring fans shouting his name.
“I knew I had to give that speech,” Shamrock said. “I think that was an important moment in our sport.”

Shamrock sees himself as a success story because he is able to retire relatively young and still remain closely tied to the sport. He owns a gym in San Jose, where he teaches mixed martial arts.
He is one of the faces of STRIKEFORCE as the lead analyst on live STRIKEFORCE events on SHOWTIME and CBS.

“Most of these guys, when they are done, they are done,” Shamrock said. “They are broke and crippled and bankrupt. This is a story of hope. You don’t have to be done and broken up and have nothing left. You can have another career.”

As an analyst, Shamrock has won rave reviews for his performance. As a former top-level fighter, he brings credibility to the broadcast booth.
“It still scares me to death,” Shamrock said of broadcasting. “It stresses me to no end. I just try to be very prepared and very honest and try to say everything that I believe in my own mind. The base of what I know comes from teaching martial arts.”
In retirement, Shamrock, who is married to his wife Amy and has a 2½-year-old daughter named Nicolette, and a 21-year-old son named Frank, hopes to continue to be an effective advocate for the sport.

“STRIKEFORCE is going to take over the MMA world,” Shamrock said. “I am going to help them with that.”


July 13, 2010



Brent "Mankill" Knopp VS Ryan Hayes
Taurean "Black" Washington VS CJ Marsh
Chris Inman VS "Smokin" Joe Hernandez
"Psycho" Scott McDonald VS Doug Kay
Drew "The Eternal Fire" Brokenshire VS Mike Minniger
Jamen "Chainsaw" Olney VS Levi Alford
Frankie Orr VS John Elam



Undefeated heavyweight prospect Shane Del Rosario (9-0) will attempt to extend his unblemished streak when he faces fellow heavy hitter Lolohea Mahe (4-1-1) in the main event of a STRIKEFORCE Challengers Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight card at Comcast Arena at Everett, live on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), on Friday, July 23.

Unbeaten STRIKEFORCE Women's World Welterweight (135 pounds) Champion and former ballet dancer Sarah Kaufman (11-0) will put her perfect record as well as her crown on the line against international star Roxanne Modafferi (15-5).

In other featured action, Abongo Humphrey (7-1) will take on Mike "Mak" Kyle (16-7-1) at light heavyweight (205 pounds).





Phoenix native and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) star Joe "Diesel" Riggs will headline a stacked STRIKEFORCE Challengers event from Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz., when he takes on knockout artist Louis Taylor at a catch weight of 182 pounds in the main event on Friday, Aug. 13, LIVE on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).

The event, STRIKEFORCE's first in the state of Arizona, will also feature a four-woman single elimination welterweight (135 pound) tournament comprised of four female prospects to be announced soon. The tournament will be completed over the course of the evening's fight card.

The winner of the tournament will likely face the champion of the July 23 STRIKEFORCE Women's Welterweight Title fight between undefeated, defending champ Sarah Kaufman and challenger Roxanne Modafferi in Everett, Wash., LIVE on SHOWTIME.





A special pre-sale ticket purchase opportunity for the STRIKEFORCE event will take place for "STRIKEFORCE Insider" e-newsletter subscribers. STRIKEFORCE Insiders will receive a special e-newsletter with the pre-sale code.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 16 at 10 a.m. CT at, by phone at 1-866-4-HOU-TIX, at select Houston area Randalls locations, and at Tickets will be available at 9am on Monday, July 19 at the Toyota Center Box Office.


June 30, 2010

The tragic death of a mixed martial arts fighter injured during a Saturday event in Aiken, South Carolina was ruled an accident after an autopsy, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton. The results confirmed that Michael Kirkham, 30, died of subarachnoid hemorrhage of the brain after his first professional match at the University of South Carolina Aiken Convocation Center. Toxicology tests were also done, and results are pending, according to Carlton.

Kirkham, of Gaston, South Carolina, competed in one of 15 fights during Saturday's event. The bout was stopped at 41 seconds of the first round with Kirkham losing by TKO. Kirkham began to rise from the mat and then lost consciousness. He was rushed immediately to the hospital where he never regained consciousness. Kirkham had competed in six amateur matches previous to his professional debut.

The South Carolina State Athletic Commission, which by law regulates MMA fights held within the state, will review the video and conduct an internal review, commission spokeswoman Leslie Kudelka said in a Tuesday news release. Saturday's event was sanctioned by the International Sport Karate Association (ISKA). State Athletic Commission and ISKA officials were onsite during Saturday's event, as were the state-mandated emergency medical personnel and two doctors. State law also requires that all fighters meet pre-fight criteria, including physicals, eye exams and blood tests. Promoters are required to give the commission a checklist on those criteria before each fight. At press time there was no indication Kirkham had any irregularities on any of his pre-fight tests.

A fund has been set up for the Kirkham family. Cash or check donations can be dropped off at any of the area's three Pizza Joints (Aiken, Evans, and downtown), or at Limelite Café or Greubel's Mixed Martial Arts, at 2917 Riverwest Dr. in Augusta. A Paypal account has also been set up at


June 27, 2010

Saturday marked the first time in MMA history, the No. 1 male and female fighters in the world fought in the same cage on the same night.
While Fedor failed in a stunning shocker, the top women’s fighter, Cris Cyborg (10-1) of Curitibia, Brazil, was her usual brutal self as she retained the STRIKEFORCE Women’s World Middleweight (145 pounds) title with a dominant second-round (2:27) knockout (strikes) over game, determined challenger, Jan Finney (8-8) of Springfield, Ohio, in one of the featured fights on SHOWTIME


June 27, 2010

SAN JOSE, Calif. (June 27, 2010) – On a historic night of Mixed Martial arts presented by STRIKEFORCE and M-1 GLOBAL and televised on SHOWTIME®, two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum (14-4) registered the most spectacular upset in MMA history with a 1:09, first-round submission (triangle choke) over the world’s No. 1 heavyweight and pound-for-pound fighter, Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko (31-2) before 12,649 Saturday at HP Pavilion.
Fedor, a six-footer, had Werdum in trouble in the opening moments after dropping him with a right uppercut that was followed with several more punches. But from his back, Werdum, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and member of Brazil’s vaunted Chute Boxe fight squad, got Fedor into a combination triangle- and arm-choke. Within seconds, the fight was over. The famed Fedor had tapped out.
“I am so very, very happy,’’ the six-foot-four Werdum said. “He is such a strong man. He is a great fighter. I would be glad to fight him again.’’

It was the first “legitimate’’ defeat in Fedor’s legendary career. His other loss, while official, came as a result of a disputed doctor stoppage due to a cut he sustained seconds into a matchup with Japan’s Tsuyoshi Kosaka on Dec. 22, 2000.
“One that doesn’t fall doesn’t stand up. I was concentrating on the strikes and made a mistake,’’ Fedor said. “I will have to go back and analyze what happened.’’


June 26, 2010

In an emotional moment midway through the telecast, MMA pioneer and San Jose’s original favorite MMA son, Frank “The Legend’’ Shamrock, made one last walk down the ramp, in a suit, no less, and into the cage where he formally announced his retirement.

As the respectful fans stood and listened in appreciation, Shamrock, who is an expert analyst for SHOWTIME MMA telecasts, took the microphone, surrounded by family, promoters and executives, and said: “I’m 37. My time has come. Tonight, I announce my retirement. Tonight, I enter the cage for the last time as a fighter. I want to thank the people, my friend and an honest promoter, Scott Coker, for always keeping his word. In 2006, I threw one punch and STRIKEFORCE was born. Again, I want to thank all the people, the HP Pavilion and my family who put up with my craziness that was MMA. You, the fans were there when I won, and when I lost, and it was an honor for me to bleed and to break bones and entertain you.’’

Shamrock then slowly bowed to each side of the cage, precipitating one final roar of cheers from those in attendance.


June 26, 2010

On the undercard of the FEDOR VS WERDUM event on SHOWTIME this past Saturday former STRIKEFORCE middleweight champion and hometown favorite, southpaw Cung Le (7-1) of San Jose, convincingly stopped Scott “Hands Of Steel’’ Smith (18-7) of Elk Grove, Calif., at 1:46 in the second round with a brutal spinning back kick. This was a rematch that would allow Le to avenge his only loss. Smith had tried with some success to pressure Le in the first round and a half, in an effort to avoid Le's sharp shooting from a distance. As soon as "Hands of Steele" slowed his pace, Cung took control and punished his opponent until the stoppage occured.


June 25, 2010

The Three Time World Champion Master isaul Marcos Soares "Clod" was conducting a seminar on 18 and June 19 in city of Brasilia DF, where there was participation from many people in this important event.

Participants of the event was one of the greatest fighters in MMA pioneer, Mr. Euclides Pereira de Macedo, that this was the
only fighter to win the great Carlson Gracie (the introducer of the Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil).

This fact was not for him to oblivion live in the state of RJ, but recently a U.S. team learned this information through the Internet and came contact. Today (July 6, 2010) he meets in the U.S. for particular matter as the only fighter to beat Carlson Gracie.
It was a great privilege for everyone, since they met three big names unbeatable in their ways, they never were knocked out, they are: Torrão Mestre, Mestre Mestre Banni and Euclides Pereira de Macedo.
They were also doing the seminar and Master Thai Mr. Ben.
Congratulations to all who participated in the seminar and were able to improve their techniques of Martial Arts and Combat Sports


June 21, 2010


June 20, 2010

ISKA ASIA has the historical opportunity to introduce Kickboxing to people of UAE & the countries official sport authorities.

DSS (Dubai Summer Surprises ) is the nation's summer festival which attracts visitors from around the world to the luxury and life style of beautiful Dubai

ISKA ASIA in a close cooperation with Cynosure Company is launching its very first event in Dubai during the DSS festival on 30th of July 2010.

The "people of sand and gold" are going to welcome some of the world’s at most famous martial artists, including Guinness world book record holder, Chloe Bruce of UK, Wushsu world champions Pui Fook Chien & Lim Yew Fai from Malaysia & many more.

ISKA ASIA will also present Professional Kickboxing bouts. The 30th of July, 2010 is anight where the ancient fighting arts will meet the modern magnificence of Dubai, the crown of Arabia.

More details about the event shall be announced soon.


June 18, 2010

June 16, 2010, Live on SHOWTIME® From Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles, Calif.

LOS ANGELES (June 16, 2010) – Former STRIKEFORCE light heavyweight champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral (36-8) may have earned a shot at current STRIKEFORCE 205-pound titleholder Muhammad “King Mo’’ Lawal after capturing a close, unanimous three-round decision over “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (17-6) on a special Wednesday night presentation of STRIKEFORCE Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) on SHOWTIME®.

But Babalu, who narrowly outpointed Lawler in a main event fought at a catch weight of 195 pounds before 5,259 fans who produced a gate of $418,061 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, may need a little time to decide if he’ll take the fight with his good friend.

“This is something I will have to think about,’’ said Babalu, who triumphed by the scores of 29-28 three times. “Yes, of course, I want to be a champion again but I’m old school and he is my friend and friends last longer than title belts. But we’ll see.’’

In other televised results, Brazil’s Evangelista Cyborg (18-13) registered an impressive 2:38, first-round knockout over DREAM welterweight champion Marius “The Whitemare” Zaromskis (13-5); American military hero Tim Kennedy (12-2) of Austin, Texas, made quick work of South African Trevor Prangley, winning by 3:35 first-round submission (rear-naked choke); and former world champion KJ Noons (9-2) of San Diego, Calif., outlasted Conor “Hurricane’’ Heun (8-4) of Hollywood, Calif., by way of Boulder, Colo., via split decision in a non-stop-action lightweight thriller that opened the telecast.

The first-ever STRIKEFORCE event scheduled for mid-week took place in the midst of the E3 Expo, the premier trade show for computer and video games. During E3 Expo 2010 at the L.A. Convention Center, EA SPORTS™ will exhibit its highly anticipated title, EA SPORTS MMA, in which STRIKEFORCE is featured as a premier league.

Besides deciding if he wants to fight King Mo, Babalu will need to take off some time for the severe cuts around his left eye to heal. Lawler, meantime, who exited the ring seemingly unmarked, may want to re-think his decision to feign an injury in the second round that he hoped would lure Babalu, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist known for his submissions, into a standup shootout.

“I wasn’t hurt, I just wanted to make him think I was,’’ said Lawler, who suffered damage to his body from a multitude of front kicks. “It was a ploy, a decoy, for him to fight me so I could knock him out.
“I’m disappointed with the result, but I have no complaints. The two takedowns in the first round may have been the difference. I know that I could have done much more. I should have done more.’’

Cyborg, the husband of women’s superstar Cris Cyborg and a member of the famed Chute Box Academy, was ecstatic after handling Zaromskis his second consecutive defeat.

“I am very happy with my performance and this fight,’’ the male Cyborg said. “I’ve had so many first-round knockouts. I can’t say if this was the best, but it was definitely one of the best.

“I want to fight (STRIKEFORCE world welterweight champion) Nick Diaz. He’s the fighter I want more than anybody right now.’’

The super-aggressive Kennedy, a United States Army Special Forces sniper with the 19th Special Forces outfit based in San Antonio who has earned the Army’s Bronze Medal Star medal for valor under fire, made it four victories in a row and 12 of his last 13.

“I don’t go the distance. In fact, I’m totally against going the distance,’’ Kennedy said. “I’m happy with the end result. He hit me with a good uppercut; that stuff’s not supposed to happen. I have some of the greatest hands in the sport. I just want to start fighting the kinds of opponents I can knock out and start a highlight reel on. I’m tired of fighting wrestlers.’’

Noons, a prolific striker and the last fighter to defeat Nick Diaz, praised Heun at bout’s conclusion.

“He’s a very game guy who brought it the whole fight,’’ said Noons, won by the scores of 29-28 twice and 27-30. “I definitely feel I won the fight and I really wanted to please the fans, but I had to work for it. I haven’t used my legs in a while so if felt good to get in some leg kicks.’’

A bloodied Heun felt he’d done enough to get the nod. “I wanted to fight one of the top guys to prove to everybody that I could compete with the top ones, and I think I did that tonight,” he said. “But I’m very disappointed with the decision. Only one judge scored the fight.
“I feel I did more than enough to win although the cuts were definitely a factor. By the third round, I was aiming my punches at the guy in the middle.’’

Wednesday’s bouts will re-air as follows:

Tuesday, June 22, at 10 p.m. ET/PT SHOWTIME 2

Mauro Ranallo called the action on SHOWTIME with MMA expert Stephen Quadros and MMA legend Pat Miletich serving as expert analysts.
Wednesdays non-televised results: Jeremy Umphries (5-1), Los Angeles; submitted (rear-naked choke) ESPN radio host RJ Clifford (3-2), Los Angeles, at 2:27 of the second round; and Hugo Sandoval (2-2), Riverside, Calif., TKO 2 (strikes, 0:42) over Marcus Koval (2-1), Los Angeles.
MMA/SHOWTIME Schedule: On Saturday, June 26, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the world’s No. 1 heavyweight and pound-for-pound MMA fighter, Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko (31-1), will make his eagerly awaited return to the cage to face two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion and top-ranked superstar Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum (13-4) in a STRIKEFORCE and M-1 GLOBAL co-promoted event at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The universally recognized No. 1 female fighter in MMA, Cris Cyborg will defend her STRIKEFORCE 145-pound belt against Jan Finney, marking the first time in history that both the No. 1 male and female fighters will compete on the same card. In other fights,
Scott “Hands Of Steel’’ Smith (17-6) of Elk Grove, Calif. will attempt to make it two in a row against Cung Le (6-1) of San Jose; and former STRIKEFORCE lightweight champion Josh Thomson (16-3), of San Jose, will try and regain his winning ways against Pat “Bam Bam’’ Healy (23-15) of Portland, Ore.
On July 23 at Everett, Wash., undefeated heavyweight Shane Del Rosario (9-0) will face fellow heavy hitter Lolohea Mahe (4-1-1) in the main event on STRIKEFORCE Challengers (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). In the co-feature, unbeaten STRIKEFORCE Women’s World Welterweight (135 pounds) Champion and former ballet dancer Sarah Kaufman (11-0) will put her perfect record and crown on the line against international star Roxanne Modafferi (15-5). In other featured action, Abongo Humphrey (7-1) will take on Mike “Mak” Kyle (16-7-1) at light heavyweight (205 pounds).
For more information on SHOWTIME Sports, including exclusive video, photos and news links on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING and STRIKEFORCE mixed martial arts telecasts, along with access to the SHOWTIME Sports Facebook® and Twitter® pages, please go to


June 18, 2010

Newcastle Muay Thai fighters still on top, World champ, Serin Murray fought in Thailand on the 10th April and won by TKO when the local fighter would not come out for the 2nd round, Serin defended her title again in the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre on the 24th April against Bianca Elmir and had a clear points decision win She is now set to fight on the 17th July at Newcastle Panthers, against the Thai Boxing Association champion of NZ for a full Thai rules South Pacific title, full Thai rules include elbow strikes, if Serin can win this title she will be chasing another World title. This one would be in a higher division and full Thai rules

Jacob Marks has defended the South Pacific title he won in Newcastle on the 23rd January this year twice in three weeks, once in Darwin on the 1st April, against the S1 champion from Singapore with a KO win in the 4th round, and again on the 24th April at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre with a TKO win in the 4th round against the West Australian champion Brett Crane-White. Jacob will fight the British champion Joey Brincat for the Commonwealth Feather weight Muay Thai title as the main event at Newcastle Panthers on the 17th July; a win here could put Jacob in the World top 10.

Jodie Palozzi from Warner’s Bay will fight Lara O’Hara for the NSW State Oriental (Mod Thai) title in the Bantam weight division. Other local fighters on the card are, John Armstrong, Brendan Fullerton, Milos Nankovic, Michael Sessions, Klint Williams, Jackson Melrose, Tyler Davis, Kane Young, and MMA Charles Hall
For more information please contact Rob Murdoch 0408 508 474.

London International Freestyle Open

June 15, 2010

The London International Freestyle Open competition took place at the famous Excel Exhibition Centre in London. The ISKA sanctioned London International Freestyle Open was part of the bi-annual SENI Combat Sports weekend with so much going on, ranging from Judo, BJJ and Eskrima tournaments, a great evening Thai Boxing show and much more. But it was the London Open which caught the crowds attention when the kids took to the mat all padded up and ready to do battle.

In the boys -25kg, M. Ainsbury fought J. Russell from Cardiff in a great final, both fighters wanting to win this great battle but in the end there could be only one winner at that was M. Ainsbury. He also went one better by taking first place in the -30kg to do the double, a worthy champion.

S. Derby secured 1st place in the boys -35kg then stepped up into the -40kg where the Bolton blockbuster met E. Buck from Nottingham School of Black belts. After a tense fight with both fighters exchanging techniques S. Derby took his second gold medal of the day.

Over in the girls section M. Mingle from Solihull Kickboxing Academy faced T. Price from Cardiff Freestyle, Mingle took this fight after a hard fought battle.

A .Jones won the -45kg while C. Buck took the +45kg. Over in the light contact, J. Tawse from Cardiff met J. Price, his club mate in the finals with the club shouting for both fighters. J. Tawse edged to victory in the end. However, J. Price moved up in the -40kg and beat W. Jenkins to win a gold medal. R. McClusky took his second gold in the +45kg beating N. Pugsley in the final.

Junior boy light contact -55kg S. Brewer beat J. Mason while D. Emsley took third place.

C. Hawthorne beat S. Barrett in the -67kg. The girls light contact section was also very competitive.

J. Madden beating M. Price in the -35kg in the junior girls. A. Price overcame F. Jones in the -59kg in a tight final.

Over in the men’s point fighting in the -67kg T. Kelly from S.A.M.A fought and beat J. Wright from Yeovil. M. Watton beat J. Beech in the -71kg while over in the -86kg C. Lowe faced a hungry

M. Watton, however, this time C. Lowe took gold. Men’s light contact in the -75kg D. Edens defeated E. Gohari while M. Tracey from Solihull Kickboxing Academy won against J. Chester of Essex in the


Women points G. Morgan from Hick’s Karate faced a fierce R. Nelson from Phoenix, point for point, this fight went all the way but it was Morgan who edged to victory.

Women’s light contact Z. Malewicz of the F.S.K beat S. Whittlock also of the F.S.K in the women’ veterans points fighting In the +63kg veterans light contact ladies, Meely Lo who has not fought for 5 years returned to action and showed she has not lost anything by defeating N. Gupta in the finals.

A.Watton won the veteran -63kg points and then stepped up into the +63kg and took a second gold

for the day.

The forms area ran very smoothly, thanks to the hard work from all the judges and officials. The kids sections kicked off the area with -13 Japanese Hard Style with C. Scoble Somerset Karate taking the top spot with her Kata. Next up was -13 Creative Open Hand; with the music playing loudly the area was the main attraction of the competition with spectators from SENI coming over to see what was going on. J. Meek, Phoenix, went home with the Gold medal; with J. Riva, Infinity, received the Silver. Next it was the weapon exponents turn to show off their skills with the reigning ISKA World Champion Jack Underwood in attendance. After all the competitors had performed it was over to the judges and they answered with K. Macdonald, Team Resurrection, in 3rd Position with J.Meek, Phoenix, taking 2nd and J. Underwood the champ taking gold and gaining his spot on the 2010 ISKA UK forms squad.

Over to the Juniors sections with P. Cerson Team Fusion attaining a double whammy taking gold in both the Girls Creative Open Hand and Girls Creative Weapons. N.Whiles, Team Excel, took three Golds in Boys Japanese, Korean and Traditional Weapon Sections. Back to the Creative side with the Boys Creative Open Hand, this was a very tough section for the judges to call with all competitors performing at a high level. N.Whiles had to settle with a Bronze medal this time with M. Lightfoot, Infinity, receiving a well deserved Silver and J.Lewis, Team Resurrection, earning himself a Gold Medal and a place on the ISKA UK forms squad for the first time. In the Boys Creative Weapons J.Lewis took the top spot again with N.Whiles in a very close 2nd and J. Pitman, Infinity, in 3rd.

In the adult sections C.Kelley, Somerset Karate, took the top spot in Men Japanese Hard Style. Next the Soft Style sections with T.Osborn, ZDL, putting in an outstanding performance of his soft style form, taking gold and his team member H.Osborn won the Women’s Soft Style section too. T.Ledger, Team Relic, won both the Womens Creative Open hand and Creative Weapons sections. M.French, Team Resurrection, took 1st in Men Creative Open Hand pulled off a top form even though he was suffering with a serious injury throughout the weekend. J.Evans, Team Relic, performed a solid extreme sword routine, winning himself a gold medal in the Men Creative Weapons section.

Last but not least was the Extreme Martial Arts Tricks Battle. In the -18 years J.Lewis, P.Cerson and N.Whiles battled it out throwing some tough combinations of flips, kicks and twists wowing the crowd with their gravity defying skills. P.Cerson came out on top with N.Whiles 2nd and J.Lewis took the 3rd. Now it was over to the adults with reigning European Champ M.French not wanting that Gold Medal to slip out of his hands. A.Spinx and A.McDonald battled it out for a place in the final with A.Mcdonald winning the judges vote. Next up was A.Ward against the champ M.French, both competitors going all out in their 30 second routines the judges raised there hands towards M.French. It was an epic final with both Team Resurrection members A.McDonald and M.French battling it out for the top spot. When their time was up, they knew they had done their best and it was over to the judges, M.French received the gold with A. Macdonald in 2nd and A. Ward in 3rd.

With all sections finished the ISKA UK would like to thank all the referees and timekeepers who worked hard to make sure everything ran smoothly on the day and the ISKA Amateurs Directors Clifton Findley, Owen King, Paul Gilmore and Joe Hallett. Well done to those who all qualified for this year’s world championships which will be in Alicante, Spain 2nd- 7th November.

ISKA Ladies European title fight

June 15, 2010

In another electrifying night of kickboxing at the Clanree hotel, Letterkenny, Ireland. Paddy Toland (Pt’s Kickboxing Gym head coach) showed why his club is rated amongst the best in the world, as his latest protégé stepped up to the plate in style.

Natalie Mc Carron fought her way to European glory over a very game and durable, Sonya Woods from England. In the final fight of the evening the two ladies took to the ring to challenge for the vacant ISKA super flyweight Full Contact European title. This fight was surrounded by hype as it was the first time the ladies headlined the event, and it did not disappoint.

In a bruising encounter going the distance McCarron had out-kicked and out-punch the battle hardened English fighter. Natalie’s focus and determination was phenomenal on the night as it seemed nothing would stand in her way of claiming her first major honour, anything Woods threw at McCarron, she returned two fold and had Woods on the canvas five times throughout the duration of the bout. One of the knock downs was a sensational spinning back fist that dropped the English fighter to the canvas in the third round, but credit to Sonya Woods; she held strong and continued to fight until the final bell.

When the judges cards were collected it was declared that by unanimous decisions that Natalie mc Carron was the new Full Contact ISKAS uper Flyweight Champion of Europe, the crowd in the Clanree erupted into celebrations as Natalie was presented with the title belt and the champagne bottles exploded over the ring, as her family and husband Gerard came in to congratulate her.

Also on the undercard was Letterkenny’s own Tommy ‘the ghost’ Mc Cafferty in an international prestige fight with English man Alan Smith. This was Tommy’s return to the Clanree, and he done it in style. This was a fast paced fight. Mc Cafferty, his foot on the throttle from the first bell as he hit Smith with some tremendous combinations and body shots.

A clash of heads in the second round opened a small cut above Mc Cafferty’s eye. His corner men worked hard on this between the rounds, but this didn’t faze Mc Cafferty as he came out all guns blazing in the third round hitting Smith with some solid shots which seen the English man hit the canvas for two standing eight counts only to be saved by the bell. The onslaught continued throughout the 4th and 5th round with the English man doing well to stay on his feet with Mc Cafferty firing all cylinders and blasting hard kicks and punches to the Englishman’s body before landing a spectacular spinning kick which had the crowd on its feet again. McCafferty was declared an easy winner with all 3 judges’ scorecards.

The second of two international prestige fights seen Aidan ‘lights out’ Lafferty square off against the much taller Karl Johnstone from Jesters gym England. From the first bell this fight was one way traffic with Lafferty putting the English man under constant pressure and keeping him in the corner and on the ropes and continually slipping the English mans southpaw jab and banging in hard hooks to his body and head and following up with several high impact spinning back fists, Lafferty was on top form as he kept up this phenomenal pace for the entire five rounds, leaving the English man with no answers to Lafferty's onslaught. When the cards were collected it was a unanimous decision to the PT’s fighter, this was the fight that got started off the pro bouts and really energized the crowd as the intensity started to build.

Also on the undercard were some excellent amateur fights as the stars of future took to the ring to learn and perfect their craft, there was a couple of outstanding performances put in on the night by Colm ‘Stumpy’ mc Menamin, Derek ‘Bam Bam’ Walker, the younger generation also put on a great show of kickboxing as Gareth mc cafferty and glen mc farlane battled it out in a fight that was declared a draw.


June 14, 2010

by Tim Loy photos by Mike Koran

Cage Brawl Fighting Championships returned to the Meadowview Convention Center in Kingsport, TN, for their sophomore effort last night. The 12 bout card featured several close fights and the emergence of some new prospects.

In the main event, Chris Hall(3-2) won the ISKA State 145 lb. title with a first round submission of previously undefeated Casey Kerr(5-0). Hall, fighting out of Integrated martial Arts in Lebanon, TN, locked in a shoulderlockafter a good scramble on the ground. Kerr scored first with a nice takedown, but Hall stayed composed and quickly got the reversal. The tap came shortly thereafter, at 1:05 of RD 1.

The event also featured three co-main events. Tyrone "The Beast" Jackson(4-3) of Mountain Empire MMA, captured the CBFC Heavyweight Title with a 13 second KO of Bobby Heck(3-3). Jesse Grissom upped his record to 10-0, with a guillotine submission of tough Josh Booher(7-2). This was a war from the start, as both guys traded big blows on their feet, and also showcased several outstanding transitions andsubmission attempts on the ground. The end came for Booher at 2:05 of RD 2. The third co-feature saw two undefeated 130 lb. fighters put their unblemished records on the line. Len Cook and Ned Spears both entered at 5-0, but it was Cook who left the cage with his record unscathed, as he secured a fight ending triangle at 2:16 of RD 1.

Full results are as follows....

ISKA 145 lb. State title
Chris Hall(3-2, IMA, Lebanon, TN) def. Casey Kerr(5-0, ClevelandMMA, Cleveland, TN) SUB Shoulderlock, RD 1 1:05

CBFC Heavyweight Title
Tyrone Jackson(4-3, Mt. Empire MMA, Bristol, VA) def. Bobby Heck(3-3, Highway MMA, Kingsport, TN) KO, RD 1 0:13

155 lbs. Jesse Grissom(9-0, Team Truth, Cleveland, TN) def. Josh Booher(7-2, Mt. Empire MMA, Bristol, VA) SUB RNC, RD 2 2:05

130 Lbs. Len Cook(5-0, Absolute JJ, Bristol, TN) def. Ned Spears(5-0, Iron Lock MMA, Big Stone Gap, VA) SUB Triangle Choke, RD 1 2:16

HVY David Bell(1-0, Independent, Kingsport, TN) def. Alex Brown(Debut, Independent, Charlottesville, VA) SUB Guillotine, RD 1 0:59

HVY John Davis(3-0, Chattanooga Fight Factory, Chattanooga, TN) def. Rob Horton(Debut, Gracie Tampa, Tampa, FL) TKO Ref Stoppage due to choke out, RD 1 0:48

155 lbs. Josh Ryan(Debut, Absolute JJ, Bristol, TN) def. Jordan Alvis(0-1, IMA, Lebanon, TN) UD, Alvis suffered an unintentional low blow in the 2ndround andwas unable to continue after several minutes of rest. ISKA rep Todd Murray declared that the fight would go to the scorecards for the first completed round.

155 lbs. Jesse Shephard(3-2, Dawsonville, GA) def. Mike Anderson(4-2, Mt. Empire MMA, Bristol, VA) SUB Armbar, RD 1 0:44

170 lbs. Josh Best(1-0, Gracie Tampa, Tampa, FL) def. Thomas Tucker(Debut, World MMA Academy, Charleston, SC) SUB Strikes, RD 1 1:15

HVY Shawn Holston(0-1, Master's Studio, Mt. Pleasant, SC) def. Jesse Thomason(0-1, Mt. Empire MMA, Bristol, VA) TKO Ref Stoppage due to broken finger, RD 1 1:33

185 lbs. Brian Lewis(Debut, Highway MMA, Kingsport, TN) def. Jeremy Tharp(1-0, IMA, Lebanon, TN) KO, RD 1 0:21

155 lbs. Devin Rodriguez(Debut, Gracie Tampa, Tampa, FL) def. Garrison Phillips(0-1, Team Gattlin Gun, Johnson City, TN) SUB Head & Arm Choke, RD 2 2:16

Odds and ends......

The fighters that made the long trip from Gracie Tampa were all pretty impressive. They all had trainer and UFC vet Matt Arroyo in their corner. As there is no sanctioned amateur MMA in Florida, these guys have to travel to get experience before going pro. Josh Best certainly looked the most ready, as he laid a brutal beating on Thomas Tucker. Look for this guy to be making waves on the pro scene very soon.

Brian Lewis looked very good for it to be his first fight. He was very intense and showed great accuracy in his striking, as he knocked out a tough IMA fighter in Jeremy Tharp.

Jesse Thomason either broke or severely dislocated his finger, not once, but twice in his fight. He showed a lot of spirit to come back after having it reset the first time.

John Davis shocked the whole room when he choked Rob Horton unconscious. Horton is an absolute giant of a man, and most of the crowd thought he would walk through Davis, who is a middleweight. Davis showed that he was not intimidated, and the form UTC wrestler moved to 4-0. The guys from Chattanooga Fight Factory have yet to fail to impress me.

Jesse Grissom will now make the move to the pro ranks after going 10-0 as an amateur. He showed a lot of heart in this fight, escaping from a very deep armbar. Booher has lost his last two, but they have both been against very tough opponents.

Len Cook has to be one of the best 125/135 fighters in the region.

Cage Brawl will return September 17.

KO of the night- Josh Best
Submission of the night-Len Cook
Fight of the night-Grissom vs. Booher

I actually had the pleasure of doing commentary for this event with UFC vet Brandon Sene. It was a blast, and I look forward to trying my hand at this a bit more in the future


June 13, 2010

3 wins for Persians 1 win for Germans & 1 draw were the results of GERMANS VS PERSIANS in Tehran on 11.06.2010

It was a historic night for the audiences in Tehran where ISKA GERMANY faced ISKA Iran in 5 different weight categories under ISKA ORIENTAL RULES. 2000 fans witnessed an outstanding event with a very close matchmaking in an open air Gala in the Tennis court of Enghelab Sport Complex in Tehran.


First the officials welcomed the crowd & delivered some speeches regarding the importance of the sport in the modern life & how sport can over cross the borders & bring the cultures & nations closer to each other.


Both ISKA GERMANY & ISKA IRAN teams were brought into the ring for an introduction. After the introduction of all the athletes & playing the national anthem of both countries, the fighters left the ring for the first bout of the event.



1st fight was between Jurgen Schneider & Saeed shahabi in -85kg. The fight started with domination of Shahabi in the first two rounds of the match. He kept pushing his German opponent all the way back to the ropes & stroked couple of hard low kicks which could put Schneider in trouble. At the beginning of the third round it was the Schneider who showed some good moves & tried to convince Shahabi with some back kicks. At the end of the match Shahabi managed to win the fight by 3-0


The 2nd fight took place between Wilhelm Giss & Sepehr Mirzade who has been away from the ring for one whole year to finish his studies. The fight started with a very hard round kick to the face of Giss, but Giss blocked the kick & did not show to be impressed by Mirzade's first move. Mirzade kept on puting pressure on Giss, but Giss still managed to block all the strikes of Mirzade which were more kicks. Giss tried to find the required distance to Mirzade in order to uses his boxing skills, but Mirzade kept pushing him back with his hard low kicks & did not offer him enough chances for boxing. It was quite impressive, how Giss took all those raging punishments by Mirzade & still kept on fighting & being a danger to Mirzade at all time during the fight.

At the end Mirzade was announced as the Winner by 3-0 decision.


Wasilli Gebel & Mohsen Yazdanpanah were set as the 3rd fight of the event. The fight started very even & both fighters tried to keep the centre of the ring as the dominant fighter. But it was the Yazdanpanah of Iran who slowly dictated himself to Wasilli. Wasilli showed stronger in the 1st round but in the 2nd & 3rd it was Mohsen who convinced the judges & was announced as the winner of the fight.


The 4th fight was in the class B (5 rounds X 2 mins) Leo who had some about 15 centimetres of height advantage showed stronger at the beginning of the 1st round, but very soon Eftekhari took the Charge & forced himself in the centre of the ring & started chasing his taller opponent. In the 2nd round Eftekhari surprised Bonniger with a spinning back fist, but Leo managed to control the fight & did not go dawn. Eftekhari performed 2 very strong rounds but at the beginning of the 3rd round he it was Leo who slowly came back to the fight & showed some effective resistance. Round 4 was were Leo started to push Eftekhari back & stroked series of combination o his opponent who looked very tired In the 5th round both fighters tried to win the rounds but eftekhari who seemed to have some serious problems with his conditions could not fight answer Bonniger's strikes as expected. The Match was announced as a drw by the judges.


This was the last & most promising bouts of the night, where the 1st Iranian K-1 MAX fighter Toofan salafzoun was to face experienced former ISKA World Champion Lorand Sachs. This fight was performed under ISKA ORIENTAL RULLES Class A (5 rounds X 3 mins)

Toofan started the fight much stronger & harder than expected. He exercised much pressure on th 33 years old Sachs. He attacked Lorand with some very hard combinations which mostly ended with some tough Low kicks. Lorand was so hardly punished in the first 3 rounds that almost everybody was expecting Lorand to give up the fight voluntary or be forced to stop the fight through a knockout! But Lorand fought back with his heart & after each punishment, he answered his opponent with counter strikes. Right after the 4th rounds all of the sudden, Toofan who carries the ring name of Storm was stopped by Lorand & he performed a very weak 4th rounds!

It seemed that he had some problems with state of his conditioning. Lorand who probably was waiting for his chance to attack back, took advantage & forced himself to Toofan. In the 5th round Lorand even stroked 2 knees to the head of Toofan which impressed the judges & the crowd. Basi Katawasi the Referee of the Event even had to count dawn Toofan in the last seconds of the fight. At the end after a very close fight the Judges scored 2-0 in favour of Lorand Sachs.


The ISKA ASIAN title fight in 72.3kg under Oriental rules was meant as the highlight of the evening where the very experienced Meng Khoo was fighting against the young & talented Hamidreza Mohamadpour who was supposed to fight over the same title last year against Mustapha Yaghmur of Lebanon.

The fight started with a series of long & hard combinations stroked by Mohamadpour. Khoo was totally surprised by the speed & aggression of Mohamadpour, although Khoo did not show any sign of backing dawn the fight. The crowd were so excited that almost everybody in the crowd was standing on their feet. At the end of the 1st round Mohamadpour's jumping knee kick caused a cut under Khoo's right eyebrow. This had to be taken care of by Khoo's cutman. Th e2nd rounds Mohamdpour kept on pushing the pressure of Khoo & this resulted a strong bleeding from the cut & Doctor of the contest had to be called in & he stopped the contest. Mohmadpour is now the ISKA ASIAN CHAMPION.

The referee of the Event was Abdulbasir Katavazi the respected President of ISKA Afghanistan. The judges were as, Kambiz Arianasab, Razagh Jafari & pouria Hassanzadeh.

It was a great night & we wished you were all there.


June 13, 2010

June 12th 2010
Jeb & Amber Chiles Present
"Throwdown N C-Town 10"
Chiles Martial Arts
Clinton, Missouri

ISKA-MMA All Amateur Event

JD Bristow VS Bradley Bramell
WINNER: JD Bristow by Unanimous Decision (30-27 all Cards)

Justin Pruitt VS Brain Jones
WINNER: Justin Pruitt by TKO (Strikes) at 1:02 of Round 1
Brain Jones - 30 days Medical Suspension due to TKO (Strikes)

6/12/2010 to 7/12/2010

Russell Horn VS Shane Summers
WINNER: Russell Horn by TKO (Strikes) at 1:44 of Round 1
Shane Summers - 30 days Medical Suspension due to TKO (Strikes)
6/12/2010 to 7/12/2010

Trevor Thornton VS Aaron Mays
WINNER: Aaron Mays by Tap Out (Strikes) at :52 of Round 1

Mike Shortino VS Joey Hambleton
WINNER: Joey Hambleton by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at :29 of Round 1

Jeff Horning VS Steve Atkins
WINNER: Steve Atkins by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:12 of Round 1

Phillip Martin VS Elmer Richter
WINNER: Phillip Martin by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:37 of Round 1

Riley Julien VS Frank Baker
WINNER: Frank Baker by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:10 of Round 2

Nathan Neal VS Clarence Davis
WINNER: Nathan Neal by KO (Strikes) at :25 of Round 2
Clarence Davis - 90 days Medical Suspension due to KO (Strikes)

6/12/2010 to 9/10/2010

Sean Erickson VS Bryant Ashlock
WINNER: Sean Erickson by Tap Out (Leg Triangle) at :33 of Round 1

Chris Sloan VS CJ Trahan
WINNER: CJ Trahan by TKO (Strikes) at 2:33 of Round 1
Chris Sloan - 30 days Medical Suspension due to TKO (Strikes)

6/12/2010 to 7/12/2010

Tyrone Jackson VS Steven Bowman
WINNER: Tyrone Jackson by Tap Out (Side Choke) at :29 of Round 2

Blake Pool Vs Kyle Supernaw
WINNER: Blake Pool by Tap Out (Guillotine) at 1:34 of Round 1

Ben Hayes VS Ben Stevens
WINNER: Ben Stevens by TKO (Strikes) at 1:52 of Round 1
Ben Hayes - 30 days Medical Suspension due to TKO (Strikes)

6/12/2010 to 7/12/2010

Alex Huddleston VS Brandon Jolley
WINNER: Alex Huddleston by Verbal Submission (Strikes) at 1:50 of Round 2
Brandon Jolley - 30 days Medical Suspension due to (Cut over Left Eye)
6/12/2010 to 7/12/2010


June 12, 2010

The press confrance was held in a very cozy & friendly atmosphere in the Conference hall of the Enghelab Sport Complex in Tehran.

Dr. Moinshirazi (President of ISKA ASIA), Davut Sidal (Vice president of ISKA EUROPE) Shihan Najafi (President of ISKA IRAN) Basir Katavazi (President of ISKA AFGHANISTAN & the referee of the event) & Shervin Panjeshahin (Promoter) were asked a lot of questions by the thirsty Press regarding all the details of the event.
After an hour of Press questions, the fighters were introduced. All the fighters showed much respect for each other & the true spirit of Sport was felt in the air. ''Sport brings the cultures & nations togather'' said Davut Sidal the vice president of ISKA Europe to the amazed reporters & other attenders.

The behavior of the athletes was promising a fair but tough competition to for Audiences.


June 5, 2010

Real Fight Entertainment Presents
"Mixed Mayhem"
P.A.C. Parkville Athletic Complex
Parkville, Missouri

ISKA Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing Event
Amateur Card Regulated by ISKA-Missouri

BOUT #1 Light Heavy Wt. Amateur Int. Rules Kickboxing
Chad Dodson Vs James Roberts
WINNER: James Roberts by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27 and 29-28)

BOUT #2 Light Middle Wt. Amateur Muay Thai Rules
Zach Dalton Vs Blake Pool
WINNER: Blake Pool by Unanimous Decision (30-24, 30-26 and 30-25)
Dalton down twice in 2nd Round.

Bryan Carroll Vs Joshua Downing
WINNER: Bryan Carroll by Unanimous Decision (49-46 all Cards)

BOUT #4 Bantamweights Submission Grappling 135lbs
Mark Grandstaff Vs Steven Lopez
WINNER: Steven Lopez by Tap Out (Leg Triangle Choke) at :35 of Round 1

BOUT #5 Welterweights Submission Grappling 170lbs
Tyler Mendiola Vs Jose Lopez
WINNER: Jose Lopez by Unanimous Decision (29-28 all Cards)

BOUT #6 Middleweights Amateur MMA 170lbs
Ernesto Meneses (MMA 3-1) 6/23/1989 Vs Tyrone Jackson (MMA 5-0) 12/22/1986
WINNER: Tyrone Jackson by TKO (Referee Stoppage Due to Cut) at 2:44 of Round 2
Ernesto Meneses 45 Day Medical Suspension Due to Cut over Left Eye.
6/5/2010 to 7/20/2010


May 24, 2010





1. Donald Reibeling stops Ben Furman by TKO in round 2. Heavyweights
2. In the fight of the night, Thomas Dobson TKO’s Chris Stringer with kicks to the body at 1:23 of round three. Welterweights
3. John Paul Jones wins over Dakota Pell by TKO in round three. Welterweights
4. Josh Gaddis defeats Nathan Caywood III by referee stoppage in round one. Lightweights
5. Jordan DeFriece stops Marcus Wilson by TKO in the first round. Heavyweights

6. Isaiah Chekelelee TKO’s Walter Green with strikes in round one. Middleweights
7. Tyler Robinson defeats Chester McClain when McClain refuses to continue after 16
seconds into round one. Middleweights
8. Robert Craig defeats Travis Stone by KO at 2:36 of round one. Lightweights.
9. Darin Cooley KO’s Zach Casteel at 1:42 of the first round. Light Heavyweights
10. Connor Stone submits Jeremy Moore with a rear naked choke at 1:16 of round one.

Anthony J. Maness
ISKA Tennessee State Director

Gene Click's Fit Factory Fighting Championships 3 promised fireworks and certainly delivered. The 10 bout event was held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN after a last minute school board vote moved the show from it's original home, Sevier County High School.

Even with the late changes, Click still managed to put on a high quality show. The event was highlighted by three title bouts, the Main Event being Team Oxendine flyweight Bo Oliver(4-1) squaring off against the tough Chuckie Jennings(16-5) for the 125 lb. title. Oliver immediately took Jennings down and unleashed a barrage of heavy fists to Jennings head and ribs. Eventually one hit the sweet spot, and momentarily knocked Jennings out, prompted the KO stoppage in the first round.

The co-main event was without a doubt a candidate for fight of the year in East Tennessee. The featherweight belt was on the line as 3FC Champion Jason Kilgore(5-1) defended against Team Huskey fighter Nate Davis. Davis is thought by many to be the top 145 lb. amateur in North Carolina. This fight was awesome from start to finish, with several sweeps, reversals, and submission attempts from both guys. Kilgore took the split decision after three hard fought rounds to keep his title.

The final title fight was another three round war for the 155 lb. strap. Champion Troy Dollar(6-0) of Team Oxendine battled Mt. Empire's Billy Mullins(6-2) for all three rounds. Dollar kept top control for the majority of the first two rounds and traded blows with Mullins in the third on his way to the Unanimous Decision win.
Full results are as follows.....
155 lbs. Mike Anderson(Mt. Empire, 3-2) def. Cage Wilber(Team TKO, 1-1) KO RD 1
155 lbs. Adam Hyde(Pinnacle MMA, 0-1) def. Matt Dotson(Tuco O Tapa, debut) SUB 2:21 RNC RD 1
HVY Daniel Ramsey(Brawler U., 2-4) def. Jessee Morton(Mt. Empire, debut) SUB Strikes, RD 1
170 lbs. Steve Thomas(Team Oxendine, 1-2) def. Jason King(Tuco O Tapa, 0-1) Verbal SUB, broken jaw, RD 1
HVY Jeff Lewis(Fit Factory, debut) def. Lynn Crockett(Knox Independent, 1-0) TKO RD 1
155 lbs. Chris Dellerba(Iron Clutch, 2-1) def. Josh Booher(Mt. Empire, 7-1) SUB Guillotine RD 1 0:16
155 lb. 3FC Title Troy Dollar(6-0, Team Oxendine) def. Billy Mullins(Mt. Empire, 6-2) Unanimous Decision
145 lb. 3FC Title Jason Kilgore(5-1, Pinnacle MMA) def. Nate Davis(Team Huskey, 5-1) Split Decision
125 lb. 3FC Title Bo Oliver(4-1, Team Oxendine) def. Chuckie Jennings(16-5)
Oliver will be a handful for anybody at 125. Word is he may be getting a crack at a 125 lb. state title next. Good to see the 3FC showcase the flyweights, as Oliver will be a very good one.
I can't stress enough how awesome the Kilgore vs. Davis bout was! Just a war. Davis had a lot of hype coming into the fight, and he showed why. However, Kilgore also proved why he is one of the best featherweights in the area.
Troy Dollar also was very impressive. He announced he would be turning pro now. That leaves the 155 lb. title vacant. Look for Georgia's Chris Dellerba to be in the title picture, as he beat a very good Josh Booher tonight.
Team Oxendine was 3-0 at the show, making the team 10-0 over the weekend. You can always count on that team coming ready to fight.
3fc returns for it's next show July 10. Click promises more fireworks, as he again will bring in the region's top amateurs

The Tri-Cities experienced their first taste of pro mma action last night, as Fight Time Promotions presented Pro 1 MMA: Origins. The event was held at Freedom hall in Johnson City, TN. The card featured four pro bouts and eight amateur fights. Results are as follows.....

The night's featured fight was a lightweight battle between Team Oxendine's Dustin "Diablo" Walden and Justin Blouvet of American Pancration. This bout was dominated by Walden, as he floored Blouvet with a right cross early. Blouvet survived the initial onslaught, made it back to his feet, and then took Walden down. It didn't take Walden long to sweep Blouvet and take his back where he began to assault him with blows to the side of the head. This prompted a referee stoppage at 2:54 of the first round. Blouvet immediately began to complain that he was hit in the back of the head, but from my angle, all the shots looked clean. Walden improves his pro record to 5-2, and has really been on a roll as of late.

Also featured on the pro card was the return of popular Team Oxendine striker, Stoney "Skuller" Hale. Hale took on the muscular Fred Weaver of Birmingham, AL. At the bell, Hale assaulted Weaver with a barrage of strikes before knocking him out at 0:12 with a big right hand.

Team Oxendine's Nate Jolly also was in action against Lake City's James "Irish" Foster. Foster took this bout on short notice and was the decided underdog. Jolly had his way with him on the feet and on the ground before knocking him out with a right hand at 1:07 of the first round. Jolly is now 7-1 as a pro.

Here are the full results of the night's card......
Youth Grappling
120 lbs. Lexi Buck(Team Oxendine/Johnson City) draw Thad Evers(Evers TKD & JJ)
Amateur Card
145 lbs. Steven New(Greeneville,TN/GAMMA) 3-3 def. Jesse Perry(Cookeville,TN/Independent)4-5-2 RD 2 TKO 0:42
185 lbs. Doug Usher(Team MOAB/College Park,GA) Debut def. David Malone(Greeneville,TN/GAMMA)0-1 RD 1 KO 0:46
145 lbs. Keith Olson(Johnson City,TN/Olson's Martial Arts)1-0 def. James Click(Knoxville,TN/Knox Independent)4-2 RD 2 TKO 0:36
SHVY Jody Chapman(Team Oxendine/Bristol,TN) Debut def. Daniel Wagner(Tuco O Tapa/Elizabethton,TN)1-1 RD 1 TKO 2:58
185 lbs. Jerry Bentley(Team Oxendine/Johnson City,TN)3-0 def. Josh Milles(Fort Knox,KY/Independent) Debut RD 1 TKO 1:28
130 lbs. Chris Wilson(Team MOAB/Newnan,GA)1-0 def. Tim Worley(GAMMA/Whitesburg,TN)4-0 RD 1 SUB RNC 1:02
HVY John Harrigan(Team Oxendine/Johnson City,TN)2-1 def. Bobby Heck(Highway MMA/Kingsport,TN)3-2 RD 1 Verbal SUB 1:47
Pro Card
155 lbs. Nate Jolly(Team Oxendine/Johnson City,TN)6-1 def James Foster(Berzerker Combat Club/Lake City,TN)1-4 RD 1 KO 1:07
205 lbs. Anthony Boyd(Team Oxendine/Johnson City,TN) Pro Debut def. Chuck Caylor(Flat Woods, KY/Independent) Pro debut RD 1 TKO 0:12
170 lbs. Stoney Hale(Team Oxendine/Johnson City,TN)2-1 def. Fred Weaver(Champions Freestyle MMA/Birmingham,AL)0-1 RD 1 KO 0:11
155 lbs. Dustin walden(Team Oxendine/Johnson City,TN)4-2 def. Justin Blouvet(American Pancration/Sevierville,TN)1-0 RD 1 TKO 2:54
Team Oxendine went undefeated on the evening, going 8-0.
I was also VERY impressed with Chris Wilson of Newnan, GA. This kid is a really solid bantamweight with awesome takedowns and quick, powerful hands. He is trained by pro fighter Tim "MOAB" Stout.
Overall a very entertaining night of action, but hopefully on the next show they will challenge the pro guys a bit more.

Fight Results of ACF XI - Knox Sports Expo
May 11, 7:23 PM Knoxville MMA Examiner Katrina Belcher

The ACF XI – Knox Sports Expo Fight night on Saturday, May 8th event showered us with some pretty exciting surprises – some of which were not even MMA-fight related. To read about those mis-adventures, please go here.
For the most part, the MMA fights didn’t disappoint. While I was unable to Tweet, Facebook, or comment on the fight, because the venue’s Internet service was down, I was still ringside during the event, so lots to report!

Bill Pruitt vs. Dustin Stanfield 155 lbs: Stanfield gets an immediate takedown; Pruitt reverses it – he’s got side mount, but Stanfield has a partial choke hold. Pruitt gets a partial mount while Stanfield keeps a hold of his leg; Stanfield tries to pass. To loosen up Stanfield, Pruitt starts raining down blows, but Stanfield manages to keep hold of one arm – and then the next. His corner yells to him to hammer fist and he obliges! The bell rings and it’s on to Round 2.
Round 2 – the fighters come out like two bulls charging each other. Pruitt gets Stanfield in a standing RNC that immediately goes to the ground. Stanfield pulls a reversal and gets in Pruitt’s guard; Pruitt gets Stanfield in a triangle, but he manages to fight it for a bit. Then – he taps! Both fighters have fought hard and looked gassed. The fight’s over – Bill Pruitt wins via tapout.

Broderick Kyles vs. Greg Hopkins 155 lbs: Looks like Broderick Kyles has LEFT the building – no one can find him. On to the next fight!

Minor Baldwin vs. Justin Strange 155 lbs: These two fighters come out testing each other; both are cautious before going all out. Strange throws a kick that doesn’t connect. Baldwin throws a kick, but Strange blocks. They each throw a couple of punches; Baldwin kicks and Strange grabs his leg and goes for the takedown. He slips Baldwin in to a standing guillotine…pulls up tight…and Baldwin taps.
Showing what a classy guy he is, and in spite of his disappointment, Baldwin immediately went over to congratulate his opponent, and then pick him up in a victory dance! Strange wins via tapout!

Cory Shepard vs. Scott McDermitt 185 lbs. (Fight canceled due to no show by Cory Shepard!)

Mikey Braden vs. Chris Lussenden (Heavyweight fight): This fight was so fast, it started and was over by the time I looked down to make sure I was typing in the right place. According to the referee, Braden won via TKO; he delivered a right punch to, and knocked down Lussenden, who immediately assumed the fetal position and didn’t fight back. Braden wins by ref call for TKO at 17 sec’s into Round 1. Good call ref!

Kelvin Stokes vs. Walt Harris (Heavyweight Title fight): This match was for the ISKA heavyweight championship as well as the ACF heavy weight championship. Harris was full of fire, and started out the fight with some heavy jabs and hooks. He took Stokes down and kept him there by delivering some heavy-handed punches. Stokes finally taps out to stop the barrage, and Harris wins the heavyweight championship via knock out.

Steven Manz vs. Mark Nicely 145 lbs. (Title fight): Nicely goes in for the takedown and they scramble. He’s got Manz against the cage, but Manz has him in full guard. He reigns fists down on Manz. Nicely then passes Manz’ guard and gets full mount; he immediately begins raining Manz with hammer fists nonstop. Manz just can’t protect himself, so the referee stops the fight. Steven Manz wins this Title Fight via ref TKO.

Sunny Swank vs. Amanda Lauland (Female 135 lbs. fight): Per my previous article here, you’ll see that Sunny Swank 2-0-0, is from Birmingham, Alabama; her competitor is Amanda Lauland, from Lafitte, Louisiana. This was Lauland’s debut MMA fight.
Let me start out by saying I actually ref’d this fight, so the following commentary was written by my partner in crime, Angel Michelle Mcgill Mccormick – who did an awesome job; thanks Angel!
And the fight begins. Swank gets the first take down, but the fighters scramble back to their feet. Lauland has Swank against the cage; then Swank gets another take down with a quick leg sweep. Swank manages to keep control of Lauland with some vicious hammer fists to Lauland’s face. She keeps the heat up as Amanda keeps trying to buck Swank off and regain control. Swank gets a move on Lauland and goes for an arm bar but, too quick for Swank, Lauland manages her way out. And that’s the bell for the end of the first round.
Round 2: The fighters come out and meet in the middle of the ring; Swank immediately gets the take down and its on. Lauland is able to hold her own, but Swank stays in control and the fighters get back to their feet. Swank with the take down again; she’s got side control and is raining Lauland with punches to her face; the ref cautions her to not get her fingers in Lauland’s eyes - and that’s the end of the second round.
Round 3: The fight begins with a warning from the ref: if Swank puts her fingers in Lauland’s eyes, she’ll take away a point. The fight begins and Swank again gets the take down at the top of the round. She punches again, hitting Lauland on the side of her head; Lauland keeps bucking to get a better position. Swank starts with the ground and pound and then moves to and arm bar. Lauland does her best to escape, and twists over and around, but it doesn’t work and she taps! Sunny Swank wins the fight by tapout.

Michael “lil’ Dynamite” Morelli vs. Tyler “Buzz Saw” Sly 155 lbs. (Title fight): The fights start and in no time, Morelli goes in for an immediate takedown, transitions into an arm bar – and in just 17 seconds of the first round, Buzz Saw taps as fast and as hard as he can to save his arm! "Tyson Mike" Morelli takes the title! ;-)

Tyler Minton vs. Jesse Grun 185 lbs. (ISKA State and ACF Title fight): The fighters come out swinging, but Minton gains ring control and pushes Grun up against the cage, where he tries for a take down. Grun proceeds to pound Minton’s face. The ref separates the fighters and moves them to the center of the ring. Grun gets some good kicks in on Minton, and then the two start exchanging jabs. All of a sudden, Minton gets Grun down to the mat, where Grun tries for an omoplata but it doesn’t take; 10 sec’s left and round one is over.
Round 2: the two fighters come out swinging and end up back against the cage. They do some dirty boxing on the side and Minton takes down Grun. Grun has Minton in his guard and manages to slide away from the cage to almost the middle of the ring. Minton does some ground and pound, but Grun manages to defend and keeps Minton in his guard. Suddenly, Minton almost passes Grun’s guard and gets him in an arm bar, but the bell rings and round two is over. Saved by the bell!
Round 3: Minton comes out and meets Grun with some punches; he once again controls the ring and gets Grun over against the cage for some dirty boxing moves. Minton tries to take Grun down – and finally does. Grun scrambles and gets right back up and stars throwing some fists of fury, and some heavy front kicks for good measure. Minton gets in a couple of front kicks of his own to Grun’s inside leg; looks painful. Minton gets Grun down again, but Grun scrambles back up to standing position; they go back down again, and then right back up – vying for control. Minton once again gets the takedown – and the bell rings. Jesse Grun WINS by judges’ decision.

Justin Blouvet vs. Marshall Manning (fight canceled due to TAC restrictions).

James Foster vs. Jay Menigello: Okay – these two fighters are ready and willing to fight. Jay is making his pro-debut at age 37, so there’s no doubt he wants to impress. The two fighters come out to touch gloves and the stare down is intense!
Are you’all listening? Good – ‘cause this happens fast. Menigello is like a wild man, and gets the first takedown. He immediately passes guard and gets full side control, where he starts hammer fisting Foster like crazy. After only 26 sec’s in the first round, the ref calls the fight and it’s all over. Jay Menigello has won his first pro-MMA fight!
Congratulations to all the fighters – every time you just step into the ring, you’ve won. Overall, it was a good night.

XFN Cowboy Qualifier Series II Chattanooga Results
May 22, 2010
1) 3 Rounds Low Kick Rules Lightweight Exhibition

Chrystal Shadburn (Force One Kickboxing/Warner Robbins, GA)
Amber Yank (Force One Kickboxing/Warner Robbins, GA)

There is no Winner as this was a hard fought Exhibition Bout.

2) 3 Rounds Mixed Martial Arts Bantamweight

Jason Coley (Greubels MMA/Augusta, GA)
Robert Bryson (Chattanooga Jui Jitsu/Chattanooga, TN)

Winner: Jason Coley by TKO at :55 seconds into round two.

3) 3 Rounds Mixed Martial Arts Welterweight

Tyler Knicely (Hatchet House MMA/Ft. Oglethorpe, GA)
George Arellano (The Fight Factory/Chattanooga, TN)

Winner: George Arellano by TKO at 2:24 into round two.

4) 3 Rounds Muay Thai Rules Welterweight

Pat Krell (Pure Sports Performance/Dunwoody, GA)
Tim Boyle (Blalocks IMB/ Chattanooga, TN)

Winner: Tim Boyle by TKO at 1:09 into round one.

5) 3 Rounds Mixed Martial Arts Featherweight

Mike Doss (Team Ground Control/Dayton, TN)
Nathan Lindsay (Hatchet House MA/Ft Oglethorpe, GA)

Winner: Nathan Lindsay by Guillotene Choke Tapout at :27 seconds into round one.

6) 3 Rounds Low Kick Rules Welterweight

John Roberts (Hatchet House MMA/Ft. Oglethorpe, GA)
Jake Sales (Blalocks IMB/Chattanooga, TN)

Winner: Jake Sales by TKO at 1:00 into round one.

7) 3 Rounds Mixed Martial Arts Welterweight

Dakota Denton (Hatchet House MMA/Ft. Oglethorpe, GA)
Greg Hopkins (The Fight Factory/Chattanooga, TN)

Winner: Greg Hopkins by KO at :55 seconds into round one.

8) 3 Rounds Mixed Martial Arts Bantamweight

Josh Jarvis (Team Ground Control/Dayton, TN)
Brent Jackson (Chattanooga Jui Jitsu/Chattanooga, TN)

Winner: Brent Jackson by TKO at 1:41 into round three.

9) 3 Rounds Mixed Martial Arts Light Heavyweight

Jacob Keith (Team Ground Control/Dayton, TN)
John Davis (The Fight Factory/Chattanooga, TN)

Winner: John Davis by rear naked choke at 1:12 into round one.

10) 3 Rounds Mixed Martial Arts Light Heavyweight

Chad Newman (Hatchet House MMA/Ft. Oglethorpe, GA)
Evan Quinn (Blalocks IMB/Chattanooga, TN)

Winner: Evan Quinn by TKO at 2:08 into round one.

11) 3 Rounds Low Kick Rules Bantamweight

Devon Jones (Hatchet House MMA/Ft. Oglethorpe, GA)
Tyler Hill (Greubels MMA/Augusta, GA)

Winner: Tyler Hill via unanimous decision.

12) 3 Rounds Mixed Martial Arts Southeastern United States Middle Weight Championship

Hamza Abdul Mutalib (Iron Clutch Fitness/West Tampa Boxing)
Ian Stephens (Blalocks IMB/Chattanooga, TN)

Winner: Ian Stephens by TKO at 2:28 into round three


May 23, 2010

5 Elite fighters from each countries shall challenge each other in a very unique sport & cultural event in Tehran.

Enghelab Sport Complex is going to host an open air Kickboxing Gala where ISKA Germany & ISKA IRAN will face each other in front of more than 2000 expectaters.

The main event of the evening shall be the ASIAN Title fights under ISKA Oriental rules in 72.3kg weight category between Hamidreza Maohammadpour (13fights-10wins-3losses-5KO) & the experienced Meng Yang Khoo(39Fights-24wins-14losses-1draw-11KO) from Malaysia.


86kg K-1 Ruls 3 X 2 min.

Saeed Shahabi (5 fights-4wins-1 loss) is going to face Jurgen Schneider (10 fights-5 wins- 4 losses- 1 draw) both foghters shall represent their countries in ISKA WORLD Championships 2010 in Spain.

67kg K-1 Rules 3 X 2 min.

Mohsen Yazdanpanah (15 fights- 11 wins- 4 losses) is set against Wasili Gebel (15 fights- 7 wins- 3 losses- 5 draws) As the record of both fighters shows, this shall be a very tough fight for both fighters.

80kg K-1 Rules 3 X 2 min.

Spehr Mirzadeh (25 fights- 21 wins- 4 losses) will be challenging Wilhelm Giss (20 fights- 15 wins- 4 losses- 1 draw) Mirzadeh has been away form the Kickboxing scene for more than one year & now he is trying to make his come back with a victory against the 19 years old talented Giss who already has an ISKA European silver medal from 2009 Italy.

72kg K-1 rules 5 X 3 min.

Mohammad Eftekhari (39 fights- 33 wins- 6 losses- 14 KO) is taking on Leander Boenniger (35 fights- 24 wins- 9 losses- 2 draws- 4 KO) the new German sensation in 72kg. Eftekhari has one may international amateur/ tournaments in his career & now he is been given a very hard task against Boenniger who had a great performance against Mark Voegel (IKBO Word Champion) last year.

76kg K-1 Rules 5 X 3 min.

Iranaian K-1 max fighter Toofan Salafzoun ( 19 fights- 16 wins- 3 losses- 9 KO) is up against the ISKA former World champion & present ISKA European chapion Lorand Sachs (75 fights 45 wins- 27 losses- 2 draws- 15 KO) Toofan is a very strong & explosive fighter who is going to give it all to make it a short process & Lorand is going to use all his experience to slow dawn the fight & take the fight to the last round, where he usually surprises his opponents. This could be one of the most exiting fights of the event.


72.3kg Asian title fight under ISKA K-1 Rules 5 x 3min.

Hamidreza Mohammadpour is trying his best to win the ISKA Asian title against the experienced Meng Yang Khoo ( Contender Asia finalist)

Mohammadpour was set to fight over the Asian title on June 2009 in Calcutta against the Lebanese fighter but a last minute injury didn't let this fight to happen. This time he is well prepared & he is going to give all he posses to win the title. In the other hand Khoo is not an easy fighter. his reach experience in Boxing, Sanshou, Muaythai & MMA has made him a very tough opponent & the favourite in this bout.


May 23, 2010

On May 22nd in Ingolstadt, Germany, Irish ISKA World Full Contact Middleweight Champion Tommy McCaffery defended his crown by the narrowest of margin by fighting to a draw with Germany’s Dominic Haselbeck. McCafferty was in control for much fo the bout, but then allowed the challenger to come on strong in the second half. The final scores were 115:115, 117:116 McCaffery and 114:119 Hasselbeck. Can you say “Rematch?” In other title action, Germany’s Johannes Wolf successfully defended his Featherweight World Full Contact title against Suny Hittman. Wolf earned the unanimous point decision after having Hittman down on the canvas in both the 11th and 12th rounds.

Another excellent world class kickboxing event presented by ISKA GERMANY.


May 23, 2010

For the first time in the Syrian kick boxing history in a close cooperation between ISKA Syria and ISKA Hungary, on the 23rd of June, 2010, in Damascus During the sport4 all Exhibition the first Armature Kickboxing international event Between Syria and Hungary a common training camp will be held before the fights and the fights will be held under the supervising of the Syrian sport federation and the ambassador of Hungary, The highlight of the show will be the born of MMA in Syria there will be some demonstration fights During the events as MMA now is an official sport with a separated committee in the General sport federation.


May 17, 2010

ST. LOUIS (May 16, 2010) – Alistair “The Demolition Man’’ Overeem lived up to his nickname and his billing as one of the most dangerous heavyweights in the world on Saturday as he easily retained his STRIKEFORCE World Heavyweight Championship with a 3:40, first-round knockout over Brett Rogers in the main event of an action-packed mixed martial arts card before 8,136 enthusiastic fans who turned out for “STRIKEFORCE St. Louis: Heavy Artillery” at Scottrade Center on SHOWTIME®.

In other televised results: Brazil’s Antonio “Big Foot” Silva (14-2), of Coconut Creek, Fla., registered the biggest victory of his career with a unanimous decision over Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski (15-8) of Chicago in a matchup of former world champions; world-ranked Brazilian middleweight “Jacare” Souza (12-2), of Rio de Janiero, Brazil, scored an impressive three-round decision over hard-trying Joey Villasenor (27-7), of Albuquerque, N.M., unbeaten Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu sensation Roger Gracie (3-0) of London, England, won his STRIKEFORCE and United States MMA debut with a 4:10, second-round submission (rear-naked choke) over ex- UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman (17-15), of Las Vegas; and Rafael “Feijao’’ Cavalcante (9-2) of Rio De Janiero, produced a 3:45, first-round knockout (strikes) over Antwain “The Juggernaut” Britt (11-4) of Virginia, Beach, Va.

For Overeem (33-11), of The Netherlands, it was a brilliant performance and it marked the eighth time in nine fights that he has won in the first round since becoming the first STRIKEFORCE heavyweight champion in history with a second-round knockout over Paul Buentello on Nov. 16, 2007.

In a dominant performance, Overeem overwhelmed the outclassed Rogers (10-2) on the feet and on the ground from the outset. “It’s been a while, but now I’m back and I’m still STRIKEFORCE champion,’’ Overeem said. “Rogers has my respect.’’

The loss was the second in a row for Rogers, of St. Paul, Minn. In his last outing on Nov. 7, 2009, he came perilously close to becoming the first fighter to legitimately defeat the famed Fedor Emelianenko before falling, but styles make fights and he never had a chance against the talented Overeem. Rogers, known for his two-fisted power, hardly got an opportunity to let his fists go.

Silva performed in an intelligent, controlled manner throughout as he outpointed Arlovski by the scores of 29-28 three times. Silva dictated the pace and had an answer for whatever Arlovski attempted to throw at him. Arlovski fought with a bloody cut around his nose from early in the match.

The defeat was the third in a row for Arlovski, who was knocked out by Rogers and Fedor in his two previous starts.
Souza was also an impressive winner on an evening full of stalwart performances. A submission wizard, Jacare couldn’t get close to making the always-tough Villasenor to tap, but he was in control throughout and won by the scores of 30-27 and 29-28 twice.
The 6-feet-4 Gracie towered over Randleman, who stood his ground for one round, but was no match for the Brazilian when he turned it up a notch in the second. Gracie has now won all three of his MMA outings by submission.

A devastating striking with a fierce killer instinct, Feijao turned what had been an even, competitive fight around with a huge right hand that staggered Britt. He followed with a left hook and another right hand and the referee stopped it shortly thereafter.
By winning, Feijao, who has won all eight of his wins inside the distance, moved a step closer to challenging recently crowned STRIKEFORCE 205-pound champion “King Mo’’ Lawal. The victory was the second in the row for Feijao.

STRIKEFORCE: St. Louis will be available On Demand beginning Wednesday, May 19.

Versatile play-by-play broadcast veteran Gus Johnson called the action on SHOWTIME with MMA expert Mauro Ranallo and MMA superstar Frank Shamrock serving as expert analysts.

Saturday’s non-televised results: Jesse Finney (6-0), St. Louis, submitted (guillotine choke) Justin DeMoney (14-3-1), Ottumwa, Idaho, at 3:32 of the first round (170 pounds); Lyle Beerbohm (14-0), Spokane, Wash., split decision (30-27, 30-27, 28-29) over Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro (20-4), Rio De Janiero, Brazil (155 pounds); Darryl Cobb (4-1), East St. Louis, split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) over Booker DeRousse (2-3), St. Genevieve, Mo. (185 pounds); Michael Chandler (3-0), St. Louis, submitted (rear-naked choke) Sal Woods (4-8), Granite City, Ill., at 0:59 of the first round (170 pounds); Tom Aaron (7-2), St. Louis, submitted (guillotine choke) Erik Steenberg (3-1), St. Louis, at 0:56 of first round (155 pounds); Francisco “Kiko” France (5-1), Rio De Janiero, submitted (rear-naked choke) Lee Brousseau (4-2), Wood River, Ill., at 1:27 of the first round (205 pounds), and Matt Ricehouse (2-0), St. Louis, submitted (rear-naked choke) Greg Wilson (0-1), Cobden, Ill., at 0:45 of third round (155 pounds).

MMA/SHOWTIME Schedule: “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (17-5) will collide with former STRIKEFORCE light heavyweight champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral (35-8) at a catch weight of 195 pounds when STRIKEFORCE hits Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Wednesday, June 16 (11 p.m. ET/PT). In other announced fights on STRIKEFORCE: Los Angeles, former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley (5-0) will face fellow unbeaten Ron “The Monster” Sparks (5-0) in a heavyweight bout and DREAM welterweight champion Marius “The Whitemare” Zaromskis (13-4) will meet Evangelista Cyborg (17-13) in a welterweight contest.

On Saturday, June 26, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the world’s No. 1 heavyweight and pound-for-pound MMA fighter, Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko (31-1), will make his eagerly awaited return to the cage to face two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion and top-ranked superstar Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum (13-4) in a STRIKEFORCE and M-1 GLOBAL co-promoted event at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The No. 1 female fighter in the world, STRIKEFORCE World Middleweight (145 pounds) Champion Cris Cyborg (9-1) will fight an opponent to be determined.
For more information on SHOWTIME Sports, including exclusive video, photos and news links on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING and STRIKEFORCE mixed martial arts telecasts, along with access to the SHOWTIME Sports Facebook® and Twitter® pages, please go to

STRIKEFORCE ( ) is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion which, on Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its “Shamrock vs. Gracie” event, the first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight card in California state history. The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose’s HP Pavilion, played host to a sold-out, record crowd of 18,265. Since 1995,STRIKEFORCE, sanctioned by ISKA, has been the exclusive provider of martial arts programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of success as a leading, world championship kickboxing promotion, the company unveiled its mixed martial arts series with “Shamrock vs. Gracie.” In May 2008, West Coast Productions, the parent company of STRIKEFORCE, partnered with Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E), an entity created in 2000 to oversee all business operation aspects of the San Jose Sharks and HP Pavilion at San Jose.


May 11, 2010



May 10, 2010

Vienna, Austria; again May 8th dynamic twin promoters Helmut RAUCH and Saglam BÜLENT promoted a Cage fight event in a special event hall for 2.500 spectators ringside. The scheduled team fight Austria vs. Serbia won the host by 6:3. Main fight was for the ISKA International Austrian title, Jasminka DIZDAREVIC / AUT vs. Olga DENISENKO from Union Gym in Lviv, Ukraine.

Winner was ” Cive “ Dizdarevic by KO in first round


May 10, 2010

Pristina, Kosova; World Champion Xhavit BAJRAMI defended successfully his World title in front of a sold-out arena and estimated 2 million people on national television. His opponent Dmitry BEZUS form Kharkov in Ukraine was WMC Muay Thai World Champion and after a a strong technical fight Bajrami earned a points decision.


May 10, 2010

May 8th 2010
J.D. Hunter Presents
"Cage Knockouts 2"
Old Cowboy Bar
Purdy, Missouri

ISKA all Amateur MMA Event

Event Supervisor - Mr. Chuck Wolfe
Fight Doctor - Dr. Tom McClain

J.D. Hunter 2/14/80 (4-4) Vs Nathan Bartlett 6/24/86 (0-2)
WINNER: J.D. Hunter by Tap Out via Guillotine Choke at :39 of Round 1

Tyler Steelman 5/10/88 (2-2) VS Anthony Lupica 4/6/87 (2-1)
WINNER: Anthony Lupica by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:48 of Round 1

Sylwelk Tilleman 2/15/85 (1-0) VS Chris Derryberry 1/20/88 (1-1)
WINNER: Sylwelk Tilleman by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27 and 30-24)

Frank Gutierrez 12/26/88 (3-2) VS Samuel Hunter 4/23/84 (6-7)
WINNER: Frank Gutierrez by Referee Stops Contest (Guillotine Choke) at 1:23 of Round 3
Samuel Hunter - 30 Days Medical Suspension Due to Referee Stops Contest (Choke)

5/8/10 to 6/7/10

Aaron Riner 7/25/80 (1-1) VS Dave Mason 7/21/76 (0-4)
WINNER: Aaron Riner by Verbal Submission (Strikes) at :50 of Round 2

James Dakin 11/28/90 (0-4) VS Robert Kipness 8/24/85 (3-1)
WINNER: Robert Kipness by Tap Out (Strikes) at 2:20 of Round 1

Aron Diaz 5/26/87 (1-0) VS Michael Rowe 3/24/89 (0-1)
WINNER: Aron Diaz by TKO (Strikes) at :13 of Round 1
Michael Rowe - 30 Days Medical Suspension Due to Referee Stops Contest (Strikes)

5/8/10 to 6/7/10

Taylor Hoffman 12/12/89 (1-0) VS James Thornton 6/16/89 (0-1)
WINNER: Taylor Hoffman by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:57 of Round 1

Jef Straw 10/8/82 (0-1) VS William Parsons 9/19/78 (1-2)
WINNER: William Parsons by TKO (Strikes) at 1:06 of Round 1
Jef Straw - 30 Days Medical Suspension Due to Referee Stops Contest (Strikes)

5/8/10 to 6/7/10

Brian Misner 8/24/78 (6-3) VS Eric Willoughby 12/10/78 (8-19)
WINNER: Brian Misner by Tap Out (Guillotine Choke) at 1:56 of Round 1

Ernest Freeman 5/3/76 (9-4) VS Zack Wells 1/14/86 (1-5)
WINNER: Ernest Freeman by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:55 of Round 1


May 9, 2010

Congratulations to Mr. Mohammad Hammada for his success with the 2010 EGYPT OPEN KICKBOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS.




We look forward to more events in the land of the Great Pyramids


May 9, 2010



Danish National Title Fight / Orientalrules / -66.80kg.
Nader Ben Slimanne (DENMARK) v.s. Billal El- Sheikh ( NORWAY )
winner of Pointh Decission: Nader Ben Slimanne (DENMARK)

Scandinavia Title Fight / Orientalrules / -64.50kg.
Richard Petersson (SWEDEN) v.s. Milton Barrios Galarreta ( NORWAY )
winner of Pointh Decission: Richard Petersson (SWEDEN)

Womens Scandinavia Title Fight / Freestylerules / -60.00kg.
Elna Nilsson (SWEDEN) v.s. Fam Elgan ( NORWAY )
winner of Pointh Decission: Fam Elgan ( NORWAY )

Scandinavia Title Fight / Orientalrules / -69.50kg.
Frank Madsen (DENMARK) v.s. Hakan Ozan ( SWEDEN )
winner of Pointh Decission: Frank Madsen (DENMARK)

European Title Fight / Fullcontact / -78.10kg.
Kennie Larsen (DENMARK) v.s. Patrik Kontraszti ( Hungary )
winner of Pointh after 10 Rounds : Kennie Larsen (DENMARK)


May 9, 2010


Nine Promising Area Fighters Will Compete During
STRIKEFORCE St. Louis: Heavy Artillery

NEW YORK (May 10, 2010) – Popular, unbeaten welterweight Jesse Finney (4-0) of St. Louis will try to cash in against Justin DeMoney (13-2-1) of Ottumwa, Idaho, in the top non-televised undercard fight when Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) returns to The Gateway City with STRIKEFORCE St. Louis: Heavy Artillery at Scottrade Center this Saturday, May 15.

The remaining six non-televised fights will include nine fighters from St. Louis or the surrounding areas: The St. Louis fighters are Michael Chandler (2-0), Tom Aaron (6-2), Eric Steenberg (3-0 and Matt Ricehouse (1-0). The others are Darryl Cobb (3-1) of East St. Louis, Lee “Manimal’’ Brousseau (4-1) of Wood River, Ill., Booker DeRousse (2-2) of St. Genevieve, Mo., Sal Woods (4-7) of Granite City, Ill., and Greg Wilson (pro debut) of Cobden, Ill.

Chandler throws down with Woods at 170 pounds; Aaron takes on Steenberg at 185 pounds, Ricehouse battles Wilson at 125 pounds, Brousseau faces Francisco “Kiko” France of Rio De Janiero, Brazil, at 205 pounds and Cobb meets DeRousse at 145 pounds.

In the final undercard bout on a stacked fight card, STRIKEFORCE newcomer Vitor “Shaolin’’ Ribeiro (20-3) of Rio De Janeiro will face undefeated Lyle “Fancy Pants’’ Beerbohm (13-0) of Spokane, Wash., at 155 pounds The aforementioned matchups will precede a five-fight telecast on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
Doors will open at 6 p.m. CT on May 15. The first preliminary bout is at 6:30. Tickets are on sale at Scottrade Center ticket office, all Ticketmaster locations (800) 745-3000, Ticketmaster online ( and STRIKEFORCE’s official website (
Finney, a graduate of Affton High in St. Louis, has been victorious in all his fights in the first round, including a 1:55 submission (keylock) over Josh Baumgarner on the last STRIKEFORCE event in St. Louis on June 6, 2009.
The owner and head instructor of his own gym, Finney’s MMA in St. Louis, the six-foot, 35-year-old won has also other three starts by submission – in :20 1:20 and 2:45.
Before MMA, Finney went unbeaten as a kickboxer (23-0) and is 8-2 as a pro boxer. Finney also is the head coach of the St. Louis Enforcers of Chuck Norris’s World Combat League.
“I know DeMoney is a super tough guy so this should be my biggest test in MMA,’’ Finney said. He says he likes to stand and trade. If he really wants to do that, I look forward to the challenge of banging it out. I think I match up well with him in every area. Keys to getting this win are just being the athlete I am, and using my size and strength. I think I can beat him anywhere it goes.’’

To better concentrate on the upcoming fight, Finney trained in Las Vegas for a month.

“I chose to leave and go to Vegas just to be able to train and that's it,’’ he said. “I have a few businesses in St. Louis and I am very thankful for that, but trying to run them and train full-time was just too much. This is crazy but believe it or not, my wife talked me into going to Vegas. It turned out to be one of the best things I have ever done.

“I think most people think I am a kickboxer doing MMA and that's simply not the truth anymore. I focus on my weaknesses every day and try to stay sharp on my strengths. My future in MMA is whatever Scott Coker wants. I’m a team player for STRIKEFORCE and always will be.

“I am not going to let anybody down on May 15.’’

DeMoney has remained extremely active since turning pro in 2007. A seven-time Extreme Challenge veteran, he’s fought six times that year, four times in ‘09 and on five occasions in ’08.

This will be DeMoney’s 2010 debut. He has gone unbeaten in his last nine starts (8-0-1). His last five victories have come inside the distance, including a second-round submission (punches) over Jesse Sanders in his last outing on Oct. 17, 2009.

Chandler, a former teammate of top prospect Tyron Woodley and a NCAA Division I All American, is a super-aggressive fighter who possesses great athleticism and speed, but his most impressive attributes may be his work ethic and ferocious tenacity. The 5-foot-8, 24-year-old has won both his starts by TKO (punches).

In his last effort, Chandler defeated Richard Bouphanouvong in the second round at a STRIKEFORCE event last Nov. 20. Chandler dispatched Kyle Swadley at 3:30 of the opening round in his pro debut on Aug. 8, 2009.

Woods is a hard-working, determined fighter looking to regain his winning ways. “I’m really looking forward to this fight and I know we will put on a great show,’’ said Woods, who lost to Woodley on June 6, 2009, at Scottrade Center. “MMA is not for everyone; it’s all about hard work and I’ve put in all the work for this fight.’’

Aaron , a 5-foot-8, 31-year-old who fights out of Finney’s MMA, has won two out of three, including a TKO over Calvin Simmons in his outing on Nov. 21, 2009. Aaron went 6-0 in the amateurs.

Steenburg has won all three of his efforts in the second round. He ended matters with James Marino in his last start on Aug. 28, 2009, with a head kick 11 seconds into the session.

Ricehouse, who is making his STRIKEFORCE debut, registered a third-round KO (punches) over Tim Thomas in his pro debut on Jan. 30, 2010.

Cobb has been triumphant three consecutive times since losing his initial MMA fight. After winning two straight inside the distance, he won last time out on a split decision over Gary Tapasua at the STRIKEFORCE event on Nov. 20, 2009. DeRousse, who scored a first-round TKO over James Wade on June 6, 2009, at Scottrade Center, lost his last fight to Lee Brousseau on Oct. 3, 2009, via submission

Brousseau is making his first start since defeating DeRousse. His three victories, which include a 0:18 KO (punches) over Greg LoFink on April 11, 2009, have totaled just 5:34.

France is a highly touted grappling specialist who has won all his fights via first-round submissions: Total cage time: 3:39.

Ribeiro, a 30-year-old Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist, is among the top lightweights in MMA. He’s won the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship four times, once as a purple belt in 1996 and three times as a black belt in three consecutive years (1999-2001).

Beerbohm is a top up-and-coming fighter who literally started MMA on his way home from prison after he spent a year and one day at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla as a result of felony convictions, all related to his crystal meth addiction.

In the May 15 main event, STRIKEFORCE World Heavyweight Champion Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem (32-11) will defend against heavy-handed knockout artist Brett “The Grim” Rogers (10-1). Former world champions Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski (15-7) and Antonio “Big Foot” Silva (13-2) are matched in another heavyweight confrontation.

In other televised fights on SHOWTIME: Unbeaten Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu sensation Roger Gracie (2-0) will make his STRIKEFORCE and U.S. MMA debut against two-time NCAA National Wrestling Champion and former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin “The Monster” Randleman (17-14) in a light heavyweight scrap, middleweight superstar “Jacare” Souza (11-2) will face determined, hard-hitting Joey Villasenor (27-6) and Antwain “The Juggernaut” Britt (11-3) will collide with Rafael “Feijao’’ Cavalcante (8-2) at 205 pounds.

Doors at Scottrade Center will open for STRIKEFORCE St. Louis: Heavy Artillery at 6 p.m. CT on Saturday, May 15. The first non-televised preliminary bout will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Shamrock Promotions is assisting STRIKEFORCE with local marketing for the event.
STRIKEFORCE ( is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion which, on Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its "Shamrock vs. Gracie" event, the first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight card in California state history. The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose's HP Pavilion, played host to a sold-out, record crowd of 18,265. Since 1995, STRIKEFORCE, sanctioned by ISKA, has been the exclusive provider of martial arts programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of success as a leading, world championship kickboxing promotion, the company unveiled its mixed martial arts (MMA) series with "Shamrock vs. Gracie." In May 2008, West Coast Productions, the parent company of STRIKEFORCE, partnered with Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E), an entity created in 2000 to oversee all business operation aspects of the San Jose Sharks and HP Pavilion at San Jose.


May 3, 2010

SAN JOSE, Calif. (May 4, 2010) – After months of anticipation, the world’s No. 1 heavyweight and pound-for-pound Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko (31-1), will make his eagerly awaited return to the cage to face two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion and top-ranked superstar Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum (13-4) in a STRIKEFORCE and M-1 GLOBAL co-promoted event at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. on Saturday, June 26, live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

The Fedor-Werdum match will headline an event which will feature up to five televised fights on SHOWTIME and several non-televised undercard bouts that will be announced in the coming weeks.

A special pre-sale ticket purchase opportunity for the event will take place for “STRIKEFORCE Insider” e-newsletter subscribers ( from 10 a.m. PT Monday, May 10, until 10 p.m. PT on Thursday, May 13. Insiders will receive an e-newsletter with the pre-sale code.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. PT on Friday, May 14, at the HP Pavilion box office, all Ticketmaster locations (800) 745-3000, Ticketmaster online ( as well as For more information, please also visit

For M-1 GLOBAL’s Fedor, it is a means of gaining revenge three and a half years after the 32-year-old Werdum defeated Fedor’s brother Aleksander Emelianenko, via submission (arm triangle choke) in the first round (3:24) of a bout in Rotterdam, Holland, on Nov. 12, 2006.

The M-1 GLOBAL superstar is simply referred to as "Fedor" by millions of fans around the world. He stands at 6-foot, 235-pounds and hails from Stary Oskol, Russia. He has become the most dominant MMA fighter of all-time since he began his professional career 10 years ago.

Fedor is one of the founders of M-1 GLOBAL and has competed for the organization since its inception more than two years ago. The 33-year-old has faced and defeated nearly every other rival superstar and champion of this era, including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Andrei Arlovski and Mark “The Hammer” Coleman.

A master of the Russian military combat system, Sambo, Fedor made his live, primetime network television (CBS) debut in his last start on Nov. 7, 2009, when he faced unbeaten rising star Brett “The Grim” Rogers in a STRIKEFORCE and M-1 Global co-promoted event. After a difficult first round in which he sustained a cut and began bleeding profusely, the Russian suddenly turned the tide in the second round, sending Rogers to the canvas with a right hand and finishing him with a series of punches.

While the fight world still regards him as undefeated, Fedor actually has one official loss on his record, the result of a doctor stoppage due to a cut he sustained seconds into a matchup with Japan’s Tsuyoshi Kosaka on Dec. 22, 2000. Fedor avenged the TKO loss with his own first round TKO of Kosaka at a PRIDE Fighting Championships event in Japan on April 3, 2005.

Since joining the ranks of STRIKEFORCE, the 6-foot-4, 240 pound Werdum, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and member of Brazil’s vaunted Chute Boxe fight squad, has notched a pair of impressive victories, the first of which came on Aug. 15, 2009 when he quickly submitted Mike “Mak” Kyle with a guillotine choke in the first round (1:24) at HP Pavilion. The following Nov., 7, Werdum battled his way to a close unanimous decision victory over Antonio “Big Foot” Silva in a live CBS primetime televised matchup.

During an eight-year tenure in MMA, Werdum has conquered a number of other superstars, including reigning STRIKEFORCE World Heavyweight Champion, Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem; and UFC stars Gabriel Gonzaga and Brandon “The Truth” Vera.

STRIKEFORCE ( is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion which, on Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its "Shamrock vs. Gracie" event, the first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight card in California state history. The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose's HP Pavilion, played host to a sold-out, record crowd of 18,265. Since 1995, STRIKEFORCE, sanctioned by ISKA, has been the exclusive provider of martial arts programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of success as a leading, world championship kickboxing promotion, the company unveiled its mixed martial arts (MMA) series with "Shamrock vs. Gracie." In May 2008, West Coast Productions, the parent company of STRIKEFORCE, partnered with Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E), an entity created in 2000 to oversee all business operation aspects of the San Jose Sharks and HP Pavilion at San Jose. In March 2009, STRIKEFORCE signed a multi-year agreement with SHOWTIME® to stage live events on the premium cable television network. The promotion has since also produced two live, primetime events on the CBS Television Network.

About M-1 GLOBAL
M-1 GLOBAL ( has been one of the leading Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organizations in the world for well over a decade. M-1 has promoted over 150 shows worldwide since 1995. During the last two years, since the inception of M-1 GLOBAL, the organization has promoted events all over the world, in over 20 countries and is shown on television in well over 100. In 2010 M-1 GLOBAL is promoting the Selection tournament, a competition to find the best new talent in MMA the world over. 160 fighters started in February from four global regions, and will be reduced to 20 champions by September. M-1 Breakthrough will be taking place in the U.S. and Europe starting in the fall and will pit MMA's better known athletes and stars in a one-on-one competition.

About Showtime Networks Inc.
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2™, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ ON DEMAND. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.


May 2, 2010

ISKA is proud to announce the appointment of Carlos Silva as official liaison to Latin America. Mr. Silva has already been instrumental in helping ISKA begin the reorganization of our infrastructure in the region. His vast martial arts experience, education in public administration, diverse language skills and a lifetime of relationships developed throughout Latin America makes him the perfect selection for this position. More information about ISKA Latin America may be found at

Grandmaster Carlos Roberto Silva Bio; Born in Joao Pessoa City, the capital of Paraiba State Brazil, he stated martial arts training in 1973, Traditional Karate in Judo Clube Pessoense, the only official School of Martial Arts there at that time. After several years in Karate, he moved Muay Thai when he moved to campina grande city to finish his bachelors degree at UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DA PARAIBA. He was the only Student of Master Carlos Nunes to teach the noble art of Muay Thai in Paraiba State. He got his Kru degree in 1983 and Until then only few people were teaching Thai Boxing in Brazil.

He was one of the first to get a Diploma from CBP (CONFEDERACAO BRASILEIRA DE PUGILISMO) in Thai Boxing. And later one of the first to get a diploma from de Muay Thai Department of CBP. He was the representative of Muay Thai in Paraiba States until he came to U.S. in 1998. HE is 10th. degree Black Belt in American Kickboxing and Founder of CBKBT(CONFEDERACAO BRASILEIRA DE KICKBOXING TRADICIONAL), He represents several international organizations of martial arts and he holds black belts in all of them. He is also 9th. degree in Okinawa's Shorei Ryu Karate-do, 5th. degree in Hapkido, 1st. degree in WTF Taekwondo, 5th. degree in Kubudo, 1st. degree black belt in Ninjutsu Togakure Ryu. Grandmaster Silva also holds 2 Masters Degrees in PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION from Brigham Young University and EDUCATION LEADERSHIP from Southern Utah University. Also he holds a PHD in Martial Arts From W.O.M.A. He promotes, and develop curriculum for martial arts and published a book called "KICKBOXING THE MODERN MARTIAL ART" in Brazil in 2008. He is a member o several hall of fame in U.S. and he was honored by the Brazilian publishers on the book " THE BRAZIL GREATEST MASTERS" in 2009 and he was the cover of FIGHTER MAGAZINE the most important magazine in Brazil for martial arts.


April 26, 2010

Russell Horn Vs Roger Horn
WINNER: Russell Horn by TKO (Strikes) at :12 of round 1
Roger Horn - 30 day Medical Suspension due to Referee Stoppage from (Strikes)

4/24/10 to 5/24/10

Cody Smith Vs Elmer Richter
WINNER: Elmer Richter by TKO (Strikes) at 1:17 of Round 1
Cody Smith - 30 day Medical Suspension due to Referee Stoppage from (Strikes)

4/24/10 to 5/24/10

Clinton Oehring Vs Jeremy McClure
WINNER: Jeremy McClure by TKO (Strikes) at 2:03 of Round 1
Clinton Oehring - 30 day Medical Suspension due to Referee Stoppage from (Strikes)

4/24/10 to 5/24/10

Robert Hatfield Vs Zach Meade
WINNER: Zach Meade by Unanimous Decision (30-27 all Cards)

Aaron Pruitt Vs Riley Julien
WINNER: Riley Julien by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at :59 of Round 1

Shelby Burton Vs Clarence Davis
WINNER: Clarence Davis by Tap Out (Strikes) at 2:17 of Round 2

Justin Pruitt Vs Nathan Tirey
WINNER: Nathan Tirey by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:07 of Round 2

James Webb Vs Will Moore
WINNER: Will Moore by Tap Out (Guillotine) at :40 of Round 1

Levi Easter Vs Frank Baker
WINNER: Frank Baker by TKO (Strikes) at 2:36 of Round 1
Levi Easter - 30 day Medical Suspension due to Referee Stoppage from (Strikes)

4/24/10 to 5/24/10

Dex Phelps Vs Tyler Leonard
WINNER: Tyler Leonard by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:32 of Round 1

J.D. Bristow Vs Chris Rich
WINNER: J.D. Bristow by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:59 of Round 1

Mashaun Ball Vs Bryant Ashlock
WINNER: Mashaun Ball by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:33 of Round 1

Ben Bromley Vs Steven Bowman
WINNER: Steven Bowman by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at :55 of Round 2

Ronnie Duncan Vs Holly Veatch
WINNER: Ronnie Duncan by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:07 of Round 1

Tyrone Jackson Vs Garrett Robinson
WINNER: Tyrone Jackson by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:46 of Round 1

Shelby Graham Vs Mike Shortino
WINNER: Shelby Graham by Tap Out (Strikes) at 1:32 of round 2

Todd Brooker Vs C.J. Trahan
WINNER: Todd Brooker by Unanimous Decision (30-27 30-27 and 29-28)


April 26, 2010

1 Nick Poythress vs. Ashley Coursin Winner Poythress by Dorce .51 rd.1
2 Loc Mzuynen vs. Omar Miller Winner by unanimous decision Mzuynen
3 Ricky Delorier vs. Matthew Sheets Winner by triangle choke Delorier 1:46 rd.1
4 Arthur Belarde vs. Roderick Lewis Winner by unanimous decision Lewis
5 Titus Burden vs. Paco DeJesus Winner by arm bar DeJesus 2:21 rd.2
6 Paul Passmere vs. Mark Harmon Winner by KO Passmere 1:07 rd. 1 Harmon 45 day suspension


April 26, 2010

1 Mike Wood vs. Drew Ridgeway Winner Drew Ridgeway TKO end of rd. 1 Wood 30 day suspension
2 Kevin Miles vs. Josh Defoor Winner by arm triangle Kevin Miles 2:31 rd.1
3 Andy Bryant vs. Tyler Jackson Winner by americona Andy Bryant 2:44 rd. 1
4 James Smith vs. Eugene Robertson Winner by unanimous decision James Smith
5 Tim Quarles vs. Robert Franklin Winner Robert Franklin TKO end of rd. 2 Quarles 30 day suspension
6 Frank Davis vs. Fletcher Williams Winner Fletcher William by keylock 1:09 rd. 3
7 Derek Ervin vs. Matt Ruark Winner Matt Ruark by TKO 1:08 rd. 2 Ervin 30 day suspension
8 Michael Robertson vs. AJ Melhorn Winner Michael Robertson by TKO 1:04 rd. 1 Melhorn 30 day suspension


April 19, 2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Last Saturday night marked MMA’s return to primetime on CBS featuring a STRIKEFORCE World Championship Tripleheader. 8,196 fans saw the event live at the spectacular Breakstone Arena and more than 2.5 Million people watched the event aired live on the CBS Television Network.

Middleweight Champion Jake Shields battled back from two early knockdowns to convincingly beat UFC veteran Dan Henderson by unanimous decision, retaining his belt, in surprising upset.
The three cageside judges scored the fight 49-46, 49-45 and 48-45 for the 31-year-old Shields, who used his masterful Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to overwhelm the 39-year-old Henderson.

Going into the fight Henderson was the favorite. Early on, it was clear why. Seconds into the battle he dropped Shields with a powerful right hand. But Shields weathered the storm and quickly applied an ankle lock to break Henderson’s momentum.

Henderson spent most of the rest of the round pummeling Shields with rights and lefts.

Shields, who has now won 14 consecutive fights , looked outmatched in the first round for the first time in his stellar career.
But the rest of the fight was a different story.

After taking Henderson’s best punches in the first round, Shields returned to his Jiu Jitsu and kept Henderson on his back. Shields controlled the former two-time U.S. Olympic wrestler.

Shields, trained by Cesar Gracie, stayed on top in the dominant position and seemed to tire the bigger Henderson, zapping Henderson of the power he showed in the first round.
Rounds 2 through 5 saw Shields gain in confidence and use his Jiu Jitsu to keep Henderson at bay.

Shields, who was considered a heavy underdog against Henderson going into the fight, relished the victory.

“Henderson’s a true legend, man,” Shields said after the fight. “I am glad to have beaten him. He beat the crap out of me, the worst I have ever been beaten in that first round.”

Shields’ moment to celebrate, however, was interrupted when STRIKEFORCE Middleweight contender Jason “Mayhem” Miller interrupted Shields/ live post-match interview by asking for a rematch. Shields won a five-round decision over Miller earlier this year.

The Shields-Henderson fight was the third on the live broadcast to go the distance.

Earlier in the evening, STRIKEFORCE Lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez topped master submission wrestler and DREAM Lightweight champ Shinya Aoki, who is regarded as one of the best lightweights in the world.

Melendez, put on a textbook performance, and was so dominant that he stopped all of Aoki’s 18 takedown attempts. Worse for Aoki, Melendez landed 137 punches to Aoki’s 18. Judges scored the fight 50-45 got Melendez.

Going into the fight Melendez had trained to avoid Aoki’s takedowns. The San Francisco resident fought virtually a perfect fight, clubbing Aoki with several strikes and refusing to allow Aoki to ever take him down.

Aoki spent much of the fight on his back kicking up at Melendez, but Melendez refused to take the bait, forcing Aoki to stand and fight him.
The few times Melendez chose to go the ground with Aoki, he landed rights and lefts to his face, bloodying his nose.

“I wished I could have pulled the trigger more, but this guy’s really dangerous,” Melendez said after the fight.

In the night’s third upset. “King Mo,” Lawal, beat Gegard Mousasi, in another unanimous decision, to win the STRIKEFORCE Light Heavyweight Championship.

Although Mousasi never looked hurt or even tired, he was unable to block King Mo’s takedowns. King Mo took Mousasi down 9 times, seemingly at will.

King Mo, a charismatic former NCAA wrestling champion, took Mousasi down and maintained control over him during most of the fight.
The judges scored the match 49-45. Mousasi, from the Netherlands, had won his previous 15 fights and not lost since 2006.

Despite his victory, King Mo, now 7-0, left the cage bloodied and with his left eye nearly swollen shut from Mousasi’s repeated kicks to the face.

“He was hitting me with some short shots,” King Mo said, after the fight. “They weren’t hurting me or nothing, but you can see the damage on my face.”

Other results:

“Mayhem” Miller (23-7), California, TKO 1 (strikes, 3:09) over Tim Stout (12-9), Newnan, Georgia.

Ovince Saint Preaux (5-4), Knoxville, Tenn., TKO 1 (strikes, 0:47) over Chris Hawk (3-4), Memphis.

Cale Yarbrough (7-1), Atlanta, Georgia, TKO 2 (strikes) over Josh Schockman (6-3), Nashville.

Zach Underwood (6-2), Nashville, unanimous decision over Hunter Worsham (1-2), Nashville.

Dustin Ortiz (2-0), Nashville, submitted (rear-naked choke) Justin Pennington (0-1), Nashville, 4:27 of first round.

Cody Floyd (4-0), Nashville, KO 3 (strikes) over Thomas Campbell (3-1), Nashville


April 17, 2010

Date: 4/17/10
Event: Battle of Big Creek 9
Sanctioning: ISKA Amateur MMA
Representative: David Salyers
Promotor: Big Creek Promotions
Contact: Cory Teel
Ring Doctor: Dr. Ken Taylor-Butler
Referee: Dustin Schnakenberg
Judges: Seth Benedict, Tyler Buckman and Adam Graybill
Timekeeper: Joe Sugdon
Announcer: Kirk Burkhead

1. Andrew Sheets def Corey Floyd rd1 :09 by KO Floyd 45 day susp.
2. Ronald Bloss def Scott Butterfield rd1 :32 R. Naked Choke
3. Jacob Gordan def Michael Ribando rd1 1:40 Stop due to strikes Ribando 15 day susp.
4. Wade Key def Tad Whitson rd1 1:13 Ref stop due to strikes Whitson 30 day susp.
5. Thomas Eddins def Derrick Todd rd1 :58 Triangle choke
6. Lee Mcleod def Derick Potter rd1 2:37 Darce Choke
7. John Woodland def Justin Gambino rd3 Gambino did not answer the bell
8. Kyle Harkins def Josh Wisneski rd1 1:38 R. Naked Choke
9. Jesse Gambino def Davin Lucassen rd1 :18 KO Lucassen 90 days susp.
10. Jacob Combs def Eric Davis rd3 2:30 verbal submission
11. Alex McKinney def Cody Furne rd1 2:41 Armbar
12. North Caselman def Andrew May rd1 :38 R. Naked choke
13. James Thompson def Danny Crowe rd1 1:01 Verbal submission
14. Brian McClure def Shawn Holt unanamous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
15. Jimmy Jordan def Skylar Barron rd2 1: 24 Triangle choke
16. Richard Biggs def Justin Hendricks Majority decision 29-28, 29-28, 28-29
17. Jereme Wiederin def Garret Siemer rd1 2:58 Verbal submission


April 17, 2010

A successful ISKA show tonight at Springers leisure centre in Keysborough, Melbourne, Australia. Promoters' Hisham Hanna & Kelly Seif hosted a well behaved full house of 2000 spectators. There were 70 fully catered tables of ten on the floor. The show will be broadcast on Foxtell in about 1 month.

It was a busy night with 14 fights. There were no controversial decisions and everything ran smoothly with no major injuries apart from 3 cuts. This despite there being 4 MMA fights on the night.

Kael Coster defeated Jake Mitchell to win the ISKA Victorian Supermiddleweight Muay Thai Title by unanimous points. It was a good close fight and Kael just claimed the prize because of his superior high kicks and good roundhouse kicks to the body. Jake definitely deserves a rematch.

The main event saw Phillip Salesa from James Roesler's gym in Hoppers crossing defeat Ray Diamachki from Kelly Seif's in a close points decision. The fight was very tight but Phillip won because of superior fitness and smart use of leg kicks. Phillip has been training really hard and has lost 13kg since his last fight with the help of his exercise physiologist, Jammie Tarrant.

We would like to see Ray & Phillip fight again. Next time it should be for the title.

Report Provided by Dr. Peter Lewis

New European Champion. -72.30kg Oriental rules

April 12, 2010

Results from Heidelberg / Germany

In a Class A Prestige Bout

German Champion Oriental Rules 72.30 kg

Timo Seidel defeated Eduard Taneseychuk by points decision

German Champion Oriental Rules 75.00kg.
Alex Sarkotic defeated Omar Amrani by TKO

New Europeanchampion. -72.30kg Orientalrules

Lorand Sachs defeated Alexander Schmidt by points decision


April 11, 2010

NASHVILLE (April 12, 2010) –World championship mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion STRIKEFORCE and global martial arts sanctioning body I.S.K.A. will host a joint reception for all 28 members of the I.S.K.A. Tennessee State Promoters Association at Bridgestone Arena, shortly before the first bout at the STRIKEFORCE Nashville: Henderson vs. Shields event on Saturday, April 17.

The reception, beginning at 6 p.m. CT, will bring together an ambitious and dedicated group of fight promoters that collectively produced over 150 MMA events in 2009 under the leadership of I.S.K.A. President Cory Schafer and I.S.K.A. Tennessee State Director Anthony Maness.

STRIKEFORCE Founder and CEO Scott Coker as well as STRIKEFORCE superstars Cung Le, Brett “The Grim” Rogers, and Josh “The Punk” Thomson will attend the reception as guests.

“This event is a reflection of the success MMA has enjoyed in the state of Tennessee, something that Anthony Maness has played a significant role in through his sincere devotion to the sport,” said Schafer, who has presided over every STRIKEFORCE MMA card since the inaugural event, “Shamrock vs. Gracie,” which took place at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on March 10, 2006. I.S.K.A. also served as the official sanctioning body of the ESPN2 televised STRIKEFORCE kickboxing series that launched in 1994.

“It has been a privilege working with STRIKEFORCE over the years and watching it grow from one of the most prominent kickboxing leagues in the world to one of the top two MMA promotions in the world.”

STRIKEFORCE Founder and CEO Scott Coker said, “We are proud to host the I.S.K.A. group at the first STRIKEFORCE event in the state of
Tennessee. We have a long standing relationship with I.S.K.A, which has been instrumental in the success of our events over the years, so being able to put together an event like this before one of our fights
is a pleasure.”

I.S.K.A. sanctions and regulates over 700 martial arts events in more than 60 different countries across the globe annually. Since its inception in 1986, the organization has been providing a means for athletes to compete in a safe and fair environment while assisting promoters in advancing competitive martial arts and combat sports.
Tickets for the 10 bout STRIKEFORCE Nashville: Henderson vs. Shields event are on sale at the Bridgestone Arena ticket office, all
Ticketmaster locations (800) 745-3000, Ticketmaster online ( and STRIKEFORCE’S official website (

The event’s three world championship bouts will air live on the CBS Television Network, beginning at 9 pm ET/PT. In the main event, legendary MMA superstar and two-time U.S. Olympic wrestling competitor Dan Henderson (25-7) will challenge STRIKEFORCE World Middleweight (185 pounds) Champion Jake Shields (24-4-1), who has won 13 straight bouts dating back to November 2005.

STRIKEFORCE World Light Heavyweight (205 pounds) Champion Gegard Mousasi (28-2-1) will defend his crown against undefeated MMA star and two-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestling star and Big 12 Champion “King Mo” Lawal (6-0).

STRIKEFORCE World Lightweight (155 pounds) Champion Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez (17-2) will risk his belt against his DREAM champion Shinya Aoki (23-4).

Middleweight star and MTV Bully Beatdown host Jason “Mayhem” Miller (22-7) will square off with road warrior Tim Stout (12-8) of Mountain City, Tennessee in a bout that will air on CBS in part or, time permitting, in its entirety.

A host of Nashville area fighters, including former University of Tennessee linebacker Ovince Saint Preux (4-4), will do battle on the event’s non-televised undercard. Saint Preux will face Chris Hawk (3-3) of Memphis, Tennessee at light heavyweight.

Rising star Hunter “The Future” Worsham (5-1), the son of MMA pioneer Cal Worsham and a member of the U.S. Army stationed at nearby Fort Campbell in Clarksville, will fight Nashville’s Zach Underwood (5-2) at middleweight.

In other preliminary card action, Nashville fighters Andy Uhrich (4-0) and Dustin West (2-2) will meet at welterweight (170 pounds); Josh Shockman (6-2) of Nashville will take on Cale Yarbrough (6-1) of Atlanta, Georgia at light heavyweight; Justin Pennington (0-0) and Dustin Ortiz (1-0), both of Nashville, will clash at 125 pounds; and undefeated Nashville competitors Cody Floyd (3-0) and Thomas Campbell (3-0) will collide at 145 pounds.

In March 2009, STRIKEFORCE signed a multi-year agreement to stage live MMA events on the premium cable television network. The promotion made its live, primetime debut on CBS with the “Fedor vs. Rogers” mega-fight that it co-promoted with M-1 Global on Saturday, Nov. 7, and generated 5.46 million viewers for the main event between the world’s No. 1 heavyweight, Fedor Emelianenko, and superstar Brett “The Grim” Rogers.

STRIKEFORCE ( is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion which, on Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its "Shamrock vs. Gracie" event, the first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight card in California state history. The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose's HP Pavilion, played host to a sold-out, record crowd of 18,265. Since 1995, STRIKEFORCE, sanctioned by ISKA, has been the exclusive provider of martial arts programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of success as a leading, world championship kickboxing promotion, the company unveiled its mixed martial arts (MMA) series with "Shamrock vs. Gracie." In May 2008, West Coast Productions, the parent company of STRIKEFORCE, partnered with Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E), an entity created in 2000 to oversee all business operation aspects of the San Jose Sharks and HP Pavilion at San Jose.

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April 9, 2010

NASHVILLE (April 6, 2010) – A middleweight (185 pounds) matchup between Jason “Mayhem” Miller (22-7) and Tim Stout (12-8) has been added to the STRIKEFORCE Nashville: Henderson vs. Shields event which will be broadcast Live on CBS (9-11PM, ET/PT) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday, April 17.

The bout between Miller and Stout will be shown on the CBS Television Network in part or, time permitting, in its entirety.

One of MMA’s most eccentric personalities, Miller, known as much for his choreographed ring entrances as he is for his superior wrestling ability, has become a household name as host of the MTV smash hit reality series, Bully Beatdown.

Miller will attempt to re-enter the win column after losing a hard-fought STRIKEFORCE middleweight championship battle to Jake Shields by way of unanimous decision at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois on November 7, 2009. Miller nearly submitted Shields with a rear naked choke in the second round of action before the round’s closing bell sounded.

The 31-year-old Stout of Mountain City, Tennessee is coming off a dominant, three round unanimous decision victory over Phillip Wyman that took place in Atlanta, Georgia on Feb. 27.

Tickets for STRIKEFORCE Nashville: Henderson vs. Shields are on sale at the Bridgestone Arena ticket office, all Ticketmaster locations (800) 745-3000, Ticketmaster online ( and STRIKEFORCE’S official website (

The event will air live on the CBS Television Network. In televised STRIKEFORCE world title fights, legendary MMA superstar and two-time U.S. Olympic wrestling competitor Dan Henderson (25-7) will challenge STRIKEFORCE World Middleweight (185 pounds) Champion JAKE Shields (24-4-1), who has won 13 straight dating to December 2004, STRIKEFORCE World Light Heavyweight (205 pounds) Champion Gegard Mousasi (28-2-1) will defend his crown against undefeated MMA star and two-time NCAA All-American wrestling star “King Mo” Lawal (6-0) and STRIKEFORCE World Lightweight (155 pounds) Champion Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez (17-2) will risk his belt against his DREAM champion Shinya Aoki (23-4).

Doors at Bridgestone Arena will open at 6:30 CT. The first preliminary bout will begin at 7 p.m.


April 5, 2010

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April 5, 2010


For the first time in the Middle east, MMA is now officially recognized by the Syrian sport federation by a special committee which is headed by ISKA Director Samer Halimeh. The Syrian MMA committee is going to host a very large seminar in Damascus that will likely draw more than hundreds or instructors and officials. This seminar will concentrate on the rules and basic techniques of MMA. The first event is planned for the 2nd of June during the national exhibition of sport.


April 4, 2010

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April 3, 2010

Quest for the Title VI was a major success. In a top-notch venue, every fight was a full on battle that went the distance.

Kieran Mueller VS John Panke (124.1-128)

Mueller dominated with consistent kicks and punches that kept Panke from finding landing. Decision to Kieran Mueller in the Blue corner.

Nate Gray VS Scott Judson (186.1-194)

These two men fought toe-to-toe, from corner to corner, for three rounds. Gray may have won a close 1st round, but Scott Judson has a chin of steel and he just kept walking through everything Gray connected with. Close unanimous decision to Judson in the red corner.

Liz Lampard VS Liz Williams (124.1-128)

Both fighter have a ton of heart and they fought very tenaciously, but Williams`s skill level and ability to hit the target time-after-time were too much for Lampart. Decision to Liz Williams in the red corner.

Leigh Mueller VS Tom Mattu (142.1-147)

Another great fight that went the distance and truly showed the skill level of experienced fighters. This could have gone either way. One judge Mueller, one judge Mattu, one judge calling it a draw. This fight was an even contest.

Chase Ingalls VS Bruce Khademi (159.1-165) BC Provincial Title

These two men came to fight. They are both very skilled combat sportsmen that provided a high-end fight for the fans. Ingalls definitely came to take Khademi`s title belt, which he did with a four round decision. Ingalls in the blue corner.

Brian Chou VS Myles Lohman (142.1-147) Canadian Title

This fight was a constant barrage of kicks, punches and knees. Brian Chou came to take the title and Lohman was not going to give it up easily. Choo has a great style in the ring and Lohman is a very tough man, but it was Lohman`s boxing skills and viciousness with his hands that won this fight. This was the fight of the night and the decision went to Miles Lohman in the red corner.


April 3, 2010

IRAN ISKA maintains great active on the ancient Continent.

ISKA IRAN'S officials in Ladies division had their 2nd official meeting, where the official Events Calender of ISKA IRAN'S Women division was set & published.

As it seems, Iranian Female Athletes are going to have a very busy schedule in 2010.

Mrs. Katayon Khataee the ISKA IRAN'S Vice president has promised a very strong team for ISKA 2010 World Championships in Alekante SPAIN.

ISKA ASIA Team wishes them all the best in all their events & future Programs.

Official events calender;

29.04.2010 - 30.04.2010 TRAININER Seminar for C TRAINER LICENSE

27.05.2010 Technical Clinic for Ranking

05.06.2010 Ranking exam

06.08.2010 Ranking exam for Black belts 1st & 2nd San

08.09.2010 IRAN ISKA WOMEN DIVISION 3rd official meeting

21.09.2010 National championships Women (World Championships qualifications)

02.11.2010 - 06-10-2010 ISKA 2010 World championships SPAIN/ Alekante

10.12.2010 All IRAN ISKA great gathering (with presence of more than 15000 atheletes)

04.02.2011 ISKA Referee Seminar

24.02.2011 Ranking exam


March 27, 2010

FRESNO, CALIF. (March 26, 2010) – Hometown favorite Lavar “Big” Johnson scored a second round TKO over previously unbeaten Lolohea Mahe at 3:28 in the main event of the SHOWTIME televised STRIKEFORCE Challengers event on Friday night at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.

After a good exchange in the first, Johnson (14-3), a heavyweight from Fresno, Calif., who was fighting for the first time since a near-death assault last summer, came out swinging in the second round, landing punch after punch and choking Mahe.

Clearly gassed, Mahe (6-1-1), who had cut weight from 320 pounds for the bout, stood defenseless to Johnson’s attack as the round wore on. Johnson’s repeated right hooks sent him to the canvas where he continued unleashing power shots while Mahe was on his knees, forcing the referee to come in and call the fight.

“I’m glad to be back,” said Johnson, who was recently medically cleared to return to the cage following extensive rehab from the bullet wounds that left him hospitalized for over a month. “The guy hits hard. That’s probably the toughest fight I’ve ever had.

“He was strong, he took a lot out of me when he was grabbing onto me. I don’t t think I’ve been hit that hard yet. It gives me a lot of confidence about where I am right now as a fighter. It’s just good to be back.”

Tired and wounded, Mahe was visibly disappointed with his conditioning and performance.

“I just gassed out,” Mahe said. “I just got winded in the second and didn’t have enough left in me. I cut a lot of weight in such a short time. He had power, but I’ve been hit harder. He was just in better shape.”

In the quickest fight of the evening, Abongo Humphrey submitted (guillotine) George Bush III at 1:44 of the first round.

Humphrey (6-1), a talented kickboxer who was fighting as a light heavyweight for the first time, looked comfortable taking the fight to the ground as he quickly got Bush (5-2) into a submission less than two minutes into the contest.

“It feels great at 205 (pounds),” Humphrey said. “This was my first submission win, so I’m ecstatic. I felt really good in there, but I did feel a little ring rust.

“He tried to throw me off my game a little bit with those leg kicks, but I adjusted. When he tried to take me to the ground I felt really comfortable. My ground game has really improved, and it was nice to prove that I’m not just a striker. I’m just happy that it happened this way.”

In the third televised fight of the night, Andre Galvao won a close split-decision victory over Luke Stewart, scored 30-27 Stewart, 30-27 Galvao, 29-28 Galvao.

In a fight that seesawed from standup to the mat, both Galvao (4-1) and Stewart (6-3) failed to gain much momentum or control. But, in the end, Galvao was able to do more damage and squeak out a close victory.

“Luke is pretty tough,” Galvao said. “He definitely surprised me on the ground. I got a little tired in the middle rounds, but I’ve been waiting for this shot. I think I over-trained because I’ve had a few fights cancelled, but I’m so happy. I got more experience in there and next time I’ll look for a KO or submission.”

Stewart was disappointed he left the fight to the judges and wasn’t able to finish it himself.

“It was a really tough fight,” Stewart said. “I shouldn’t have let it be that close, but I know I did more damage. Maybe he controlled more, but I felt I did enough to win.

“I’m really disappointed. I should have pushed it more and not left it in the judges’ hands. I had four sweeps that were difficult so I thought I should have gotten more points for those.”

In the only female fight of the evening, Miesha “Takedown”’ Tate shocked the crowd and submitted (armbar) hometown favorite Zoila “Warrior Princess” Frausto at 4:09 of the second round.

A talented wrestler, Tate (9-2) was able to take the fight to the ground, and Frausto surprisingly seemed willing to stray from her gameplan. A more experienced ground specialist, Tate maneuvered Frausto (5-1) in an armbar, forcing the previously unbeaten fighter to tap out in front of her hometown fans.

“She came to fight, she’s a tough girl,” Tate said. “I don’t think she was willing to go to the ground with me, but I made her. She kept moving around very well, but I had her winded. She wouldn’t give up in that armbar, but she had to after a while.”

After the fight, Frausto realized it was a mistake to stay on the ground against an opponent whose nickname is “Takedown.”

“I left myself open too much on the ground,” Frausto said. “I tried to find a way out, but she was too tough. I tried to keep it standing up, but I was a little too stubborn. I wanted to test my ground game against her and I should have stuck to standing up. I guess that’s how you learn.”

In the opening fight of the telecast, Justin Wilcox improved his record to 9-3 with a dominating unanimous decision victory over previously once-beaten Shamar Bailey (13-2).

A talented kickboxer, Wilcox came out swinging in the first and bloodied Bailey’s face, forcing the referee to call in the doctor to check on him. Things didn’t get much better for Bailey after that, as the two continued to trade punches and kicks with Wilcox landing the majority of the damaging blows.

“My shin hurts and my right hand hurts, so he’s definitely got a good chin,” Wilcox said. “I’m definitely getting better each time, but I need to improve if I want that title. I’m always looking for the finish, but I just need to be more patient. They’ll come.”

STRIKEFORCE Challengers is a proving ground for up-and-coming MMA fighters. The series is designed to provide today’s top prospects with the opportunity to step-up their level of competition and demonstrate their ability in a nationally televised event.

Friday’s fights will re-air on Tuesday, March 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME 2. The telecast will also be available On Demand beginning Monday, March 29 and running through Sunday, April 11.

Tomorrow, Saturday, on SHOWTIME, Super Six World Boxing Classic standings leader “King” Arthur Abraham and will take on Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell in the first fight of Group Stage 2 of the tournament from the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich., live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).

The Armenian Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) currently leads the Super Six point standings with three points by way of his last-second knockout against American Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor Oct. 17 in Berlin, Germany. The former middleweight bronze medalist at the 2004 Summer Olympics from Flint, Mich., Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs) dropped a close 12-round decision to Carl Froch for the World Boxing Council (WBC) World Championship the same night in Nottingham, England.

This fight will be available to a record 54.4 million households as part of the SHOWTIME ALL ACCESS Free Preview Weekend on SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME HD™ and SHOWTIME On Demand. From Thursday, March 25 through Sunday, March 28, viewers across the country will have the opportunity to sample the premium network’s award-winning programming via linear service, On Demand and in HD, including two live events from SHOWTIME Sports.

Complete STRIKEFORCE Challengers Results:

Main Card:
Lavar Johnson def. Lolohea Mahe – TKO (Punches) – Round 2 (3:28)

Abongo Humphrey def. George Bush III – Submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1 (1:44)

Andre Galvao def. Luke Stewart – Split Decision (30-27 Stewart, 30-27 Galvao, 29-28 Galvao).

Miesha Tate def. Zoila Frausto – Submission (armbar) – Round 2 (4:09)

Justin Wilcox def Shamar Bailey – Unanimous Decision (3 Rounds) (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Preliminary Card:

Daniel Cormier def. John Devine – KO (Punches) – 1st Round (1:09)

Paul Ruiz def John Chacon – Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

Avery Kakeo def. Chris Buron – Split Decision (3 Rounds) (29-28 Buron, 29-28, 29-28 Kakeo)

Ricky Jackson def. Trinidad Valdez – KO (Punches) – 1st Round (1:59)


March 26, 2010

MARCH 26, 2010

Bobby Long vs Gerard Washington 160

Trey Moss vs Eric Montgomery 205

Alex Gainey vs Paul Moreno 145

Josh Guyton vs Jabari Pride 160

Dmitry Blagun vs Kris Curtis 135

Joey Bennett vs Charlie Vivas 145

Kyle O’Grady vs Anthony Lugo 145

Anthony Reynolds vs Anthony Capps 155

John Richard vs Adrian Henderson HVY

7 Day Suspensions:

Bobby Long
Gerard Washington
Trey Moss
Eric Montgomery
Paul Moreno
Jabari Pride
Dmitry Blagun
Kris Curtis
Joey Bennett
Charlie vivas
Kyle O’Grady
Anthony Lugo
Anthony Reynolds
Anthony Capps
John Richard
30 Day Suspensions

Alex Gainey
Adrian Henderson

60 Day Suspensions

Josh Guyton


March 21, 2010


Scott Baker 12/11/74 VS Andy Hunter 9/1/82
WINNER: Andy Hunter by Tap Out (Arm Triangle) at :48 of Round 1

Lena Thoa 10/4/85 VS Shyla Striblind 5/17/91
WINNER: Lena Thoa by Tap Out (Strikes) at :18 of Round 1

James Dakin 11/28/90 VS Marcelo Fernandez 1/16/90
WINNER: Marcelo Fernandez by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:02 of Round 1

Dustin Norris 5/29/89 VS Eric Heathman 12/23/89
WINNER: Dustin Norris by Tap Out (Guillotine Choke) at 1:44 of Round 1

Anthony Land 7/8/82 VS Anthony Lupica 4/6/87
WINNER: Anthony Lupica by Tap Out (Strikes) at 1:16 of Round 1

Jeremy Chiles 8/21/83 VS Mike Lengo 1/5/79
WINNER: Mike Lengo by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:28 of Round 1

Adam Ireland 2/19/88 VS Justin Hamill 10/16/84
WINNER: Adam Ireland by TKO (Strikes) at 1:08 of Round 1
Justin Hamill - 30 days Medical Suspension due to TKO (Strikes)

Chris Foster 3/2/92 VS Chris Derryberry 1/20/88
WINNER: Chris Derryberry by Tap Out (Strikes) at 1:38 of Round 2

Matt Parsons 9/19/78 VS Preston Brassfield 8/16/81
WINNER: Preston Brassfield by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:50 of Round 1

Stephen Ford 4/12/88 VS L.D. Hunter 1/23/84
WINNER: Stephen Ford by Tap Out (Strikes) at 1:33 of Round 2

Alex Castanado 8/7/87 VS Jake Williams 10/3/86
WINNER: Alex Castanado by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at :35 of Round 1

Zack Wells 1/14/86 VS Brian Misner 8/24/78
WINNER: Brian Misner by Tap Out (Triangle Choke) at :41 of Round 2

Larry Sellers 9/9/86 VS Chris Potts 8/4/90
WINNER: Larry Sellers by Tap Out (Guillotine Choke) at :27 of Round 1

D.J. Johnson 7/31/88 VS Jessie Beck 10/12/81
WINNER: D.J. Johnson by Split-Decision (29-28, 28-29 & 30-27)

Nathan Reagh 12/28/83 VS Gil Rodas 8/31/78
WINNER: Gil Rodas by Tap Out (Strikes) at :40 of Round 1


March 18, 2010

World Championship Tripleheader To Take Place Saturday, April 17,
On The CBS Television Network At Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (March 17, 2010) – The six fighters who will appear on the STRIKEFORCE World Championship Tripleheader on The CBS Television Network on Saturday, April 17 (9 p.m. ET/PT) – five of which are ranked among the top five in their respective weight classes – participated in an open media workout on St. Patrick’s Day at Legends MMA Training Center.

In the main event, Dan Henderson (25-7), who fights out of Temecula, Calif., and is one of the most decorated fighters in MMA history, will make his STRIKEFORCE debut when he challenges Jake Shields, the STRIKEFORCE World Middleweight Champion (24-4-1) of San Francisco, who has won 13 in-a-row and is unbeaten since December 2004.

The talented Gegard Mousasi (27-2-1), of Armenia, will put a 15-fight winning streak and his STRIKEFORCE World Light Heavyweight crown on the line against one of the most confident, fastest-rising fighters in the world, King Mo (6-0), of Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Gilbert Melendez (17-2), of San Francisco by way of Santa Ana, Calif., will make his first defense since regaining the STRIKEFORCE World Lightweight belt against Japanese superstar Shinya Aoki (23-4), who has won three straight and six of his last seven.

Tickets are on sale at the Bridgestone Arena ticket office, all Ticketmaster locations (800) 745-3000, Ticketmaster online ( and STRIKEFORCE’S official website (

A sampling of what the six had to say on Wednesday:


“I am super excited about this fight and this opportunity to fight on CBS. This is a great show and I am happy to be part of it.
“Dan deserves a shot at my belt even though he’s fighting for the first time for STRIKEFORCE. I know he’ll come to fight. He’s a great fighter and we’re definitely going to put on a show April 17.

“I’m not thinking about future fights. People ask me about fighting different guys all the time. I do ultimately want to fight the best in the world because to be the best you have to fight the best. But I’m focused right now on Dan Henderson.


“I can’t believe how excited I am to be in this room with all these great fighters and champions. It’s going to be an amazing night in Nashville on CBS. I haven’t fought since July so I’ve been basically getting into shape to fight again.
“Everybody knows Jake Shields is a guy who likes to get guys on the ground and he wants to control everything. I have to be able to finish him off and not take him too lightly. I think it’s a good matchup for me with my wrestling background. I think Jake has a tendency to get overlooked and I’m not sure why.

“I am the challenger on April 17 and will walk into the cage first. It will feel a little strange. But Jake is the champion and I respect that. If he were standing right here I’d tell him that. We’ve hung out before in the past but once we get in the ring it’s all about business.
“I appreciate all the fan support and especially the ones who think I’m going to beat Jake up. People come up to me all the time and let me know they’re fans of mine. I love having the support of all my fans.
“One of the reasons why I left UFC was because I wanted to fight on CBS and possibly on SHOWTIME. It just motivates me in my training knowing I can come in and fight right away for a world title. CBS is definitely a bigger platform to fight on and the more people who watch the more exposure I’ll get as a fighter.”


“I feel great. I’ve been preparing for four months. I’m going to be in the best shape of my life. I’ve had different opponents with different strengths. His strength is wrestling so it’s not a challenge, but it’s another opponent.

“I get nervous. I try not to show it. In the cage I don’t feel that excited even if I win so it’s (usually) after the fight when I get excited.

“King Mo talks so much, he has made me very motivated. I’m hungrier to win this fight then he is. I’m more motivated to win this fight then any fight in my life. In the fight I cannot let emotions take control because (that leads to) mistakes. So it’s just motivation for me.
“He’s a good opponent, he’s a very good wrestler but I’m in good shape. I’m going to have to hurt him. That’s going to make me win the fight.”


‘I’m a little bit new to all this so it’s exciting for me. I was down in Miami for the STRIKEFORCE fights and got to experience a little about what it’s all about. They had a great card there and exciting fights.

“I don’t think this fight will be boring. It won’t go five rounds either. I never stop training and feel like I can’t get in better shape. Look at the guys I’m training with — (Fabricio) Werdum, (Dean) Lister, Mayhem (Miller). I train with all the top guys and can’t be more prepared.

“Mousasi is a little bit boring. He needs to talk a little bit more – get the hype machine cranked up. This fight being on CBS doesn’t really concern me. It is so great, but I’d fight him in front of five people if I had to.”


“I don’t think you’ll be seeing 20-hit combos like me and Josh (Thomson) going out there but you’ll see some hard hitting, probably see a little more technical. This is probably going to be a lot more technical. It’s unbelievable that he’s coming to the U.S. to fight me. It says something about him, and he’s the biggest star in Japan. That shows some confidence. I’m happy about it.

“Aoki is the No. 2 fighter in the world and I think he’s an amazing mixed martial artist. I’m excited to fight the guy. That’s what he has on everybody — his ground game and submission. Am I prepared for it? I believe so. I have to be prepared for all his submissions.
“My biggest advantage in this fight is my stand up and my patience. I’ve been fortunate enough to see the Aoki style. I’m just going to be patient and let it happen. I think I can knock this guy out in two rounds.

“I’m really happy to have this fight on CBS. Millions of people will be watching and, yeah, it definitely makes a difference. To me it’s a coming out party to display my skills to the world.”


“This fight is nothing special. I will fight as usual. I feel I’m representing DREAM and also Japan.”

“He’s a very aggressive fighter. He’s a good fighter representing the United States. It’s going to be a very quick fight, a quick submission or a quick knockout, but either way it’s going to be a personal fight.
“He’s a top-ranked fighter in the United States but I can take his pressure and I’m going to beat him and take back two world title belts to Japan.”


March 14, 2010

1. Kristopher Boyd vs. Joe Sevcik - Sevick by unanimous dec

2. Collin Smith vs. Kieffer Hammock - Smith by TKO .55 Rd. 2

3. Donald Clark vs. Simon Nickerson - Clark by Majority Dec.

4. Devon Scalf vs. Kendrick Miree - Miree by Majority Dec.

5.Travis Lord vs. Jason Valle - Lord by arm bar 2:21 RD. 2

6. Brent Johnson vs. Cory Clark - Clark by TKO 2:03 RD. 3

7. Justin Barnwell vs. Marciel Rosa - Rosa by guillotine choke 2:39 RD. 2


March 12, 2010

Ruckus II
Venuti’s Ristorante & Banquet
Addison, Illinois
Friday, March 12, 2010
Sanctioned by: ISKA
Supervised by; Clay Goodman

Amateur MMA – Featherweight
Tyler Burd 09/08/89 defeated Nicholas Porter 01/24/89 via Unanimous Decision
30 – 27 All 3 Judges

Amateur MMA – Lightweight
Seann Anderson 04/03/82 defeated Kevin Switalla 10/26/79 via Unanimous Decision
29 – 28 All Three Judges

Amateur MMA – Bantamweight
Marciea Alllen 11/19/81 defeated Kim Novak 08/11/77 via Unanimous Decision
30 – 27, 29 – 28, 29 – 28

Amateur MMA – Middleweight
Kris Blayney 04/06/87 defeated Dan Borke 10/21/76 via Unanimous Decision
29 – 28 All 3 Judges


March 8, 2010


Zack Short def Ryan McGee by rear naked choke at 2:50 of the 1st round

Buddy Rodgers def Jim Hill by TKO due to strikes at 1:50 of the 1st round

Zack Skow def Chuck Talley by unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Thomas Campbell def Dan Virtue by KO at :37 of the 1st round

Mike Bryant def Brett Nelson by KO at :20 of the 1st round

Rob Sherry def Shelby Graham by unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Ryan Bensinger def Nick Fletcher by kimora at 2:33 of the 2nd round

Ryan Luna def Brian Schell by unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Dave Callows def Seth Basler by arm bar at 1:17 of the 1st round

Harlan Fuetral def Mike Green by rear naked choke at 2:35 of the 1st round.

Adam Meridith def Dan McGlasson unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Mike Brazzle def Jordin Hinman by TKo due to strikes at 2:19 of the 1st round

Amanda Burch forfeited and decided not to fight Brittany Anic 1 hr before their fight.


Ricky Trevor def Dustin Tabers by KO at :28 of the 1st round

Dr Robert Newman MD- Suspensions




























March 3, 2010


Gegard Mousasi Will Defend Light Heavyweight Crown Against “King Mo,”
Gilbert Melendez Risks Lightweight Belt Against Top-Seeded Rival Shinya Aoki

Tickets For World Championship Tripleheader Go On Sale Friday, March 5;
Pre-Sale Begins Tomorrow/Wednesday, March 3, via “STRIKEFORCE Insider”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 2, 2010) –Mixed martial arts (MMA) legend and two-time United States Olympic wrestling competitor Dan Henderson (25-7) will challenge STRIKEFORCE World Middleweight (185 pounds) Champion Jake Shields (24-4-1) in the main event of a highly anticipated STRIKEFORCE fight card at Bridgestone Arena (formerly known as Sommet Center) in Nashville on Saturday, April 17.

In other featured bouts, STRIKEFORCE World Light Heavyweight (205 pounds) Champion Gegard Mousasi (28-2-1) will defend his crown against undefeated MMA star and two-time NCAA All-American wrestling star “King Mo” (6-0) while STRIKEFORCE World Lightweight (155 pounds) Champion Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez (17-2) will put his title on the line against DREAM Champion and top-ranked Japanese superstar Shinya Aoki (23-4).

An exclusive special pre-sale ticket purchase opportunity for STRIKEFORCE: Henderson vs. Shields will take place for “STRIKEFORCE Insider” e-newsletter subscribers ( beginning at 10 a:m. CT tomorrow/Wednesday, March 3, and ending at 10 p.m. CT on Thursday, March 4. STRIKEFORCE Insiders will receive a special
e-newsletter Tuesday tonight with the pre-sale code.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. CT on Friday, March 5 at Bridgestone Arena ticket office, all Ticketmaster locations (800) 745-3000, Ticketmaster online ( and STRIKEFORCE’S official website (

One of the most decorated figures in the history of MMA, Henderson, who left the UFC to sign a multi-year agreement with STRIKEFORCE in December 2009, is the only fighter in the sport’s history to simultaneously hold two different titles in two different weight classes (welterweight and heavyweight) for a major fight promotion (PRIDE Fighting Championships).

The 31-year old-Shields, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and resident of San Francisco, captured the vacant STRIKEFORCE middleweight crown with a unanimous five-round decision over fellow superstar Jason “Mayhem” Miller in a live CBS primetime televised matchup at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Nov. 7, 2009. Shields, who has not suffered a defeat since December 14, 2004, will put a 13-fight win streak on the line when he faces Henderson.

Since 2006, the 24-year-old Mousasi has reeled off 15 consecutive victories to become the top 205-pound fighter in the world. An aggressive, Dutch-Armenian fighter, who relocated with his family from Iran to The Netherlands when he was four-years-old, captured the STRIKEFORCE light heavyweight title by impressively stopping Renato “Babalu” Sobral one minute into the first round of their meeting at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. on Aug. 15, 2009.

Unbeaten since he made his MMA debut in Japan with a first round (2:11) TKO over Travis Wiuff on Sept. 28, 2008, the 28-year-old King Mo is a former NCAA Division I All-American and Big 12 wrestling champion for Oklahoma State University. With a mere 11 months of MMA experience under his belt, the Murfreesboro, Tenn.-born fighter decimated two-time UFC tournament champion and MMA legend Mark “The Smashing Machine” Kerr just 25 seconds into their meeting with a barrage of punches on Aug. 28, 2009.
Melendez, a 27-year-old Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu stylist, reclaimed the STRIKEFORCE lightweight belt from the man who took it from him – Josh “The Punk” Thomson – with a five-round unanimous decision in one of the most ferocious battles of all time in the cage at HP Pavilion on Dec. 19, 2009. The stunning victory came just four months after the San Francisco native avenged the only other defeat of his career by stopping Japanese wrestling ace Mitsuhiro “The Endless Fighter” Ishida with an onslaught of punches in the third round (3:56) of a rematch on Aug. 15, 2009.

The 26-year-old Aoki, a dangerous submission expert who holds a black belt in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well as judo, is recognized as one of the sport’s premiere 155-pound fighters. His tremendous flexibility has allowed him to surprise many opponents, thus earning him the nickname “Tobikan Judan,” which is Japanese for “master of flying submissions.”

On Oct. 6, 2009, Aoki seized the DREAM lightweight title by submitting superstar Joachim Hansen with an armbar in the second round (4:56) of a championship bout in Yokohama, Japan.
The event will air live on the CBS Television Network on April 17.

STRIKEFORCE in March 2009 signed a multi-year agreement to stage live MMA events on premium cable television network SHOWTIME. The promotion made its live, primetime debut on CBS with the “Fedor vs. Rogers” mega-fight that it co-promoted with M-1 Global on Saturday, November 7 and generated 5.46 million viewers for the main event between the world’s number one heavyweight, Fedor Emelianenko, and superstar Brett “The Grim” Rogers.

STRIKEFORCE ( is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion which, on Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its "Shamrock vs. Gracie" event, the first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight card in California state history. The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose's HP Pavilion, played host to a sold-out, record crowd of 18,265. Since 1995, STRIKEFORCE, sanctioned by ISKA, has been the exclusive provider of martial arts programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of success as a leading, world championship kickboxing promotion, the company unveiled its mixed martial arts (MMA) series with "Shamrock vs. Gracie." In May 2008, West Coast Productions, the parent company of STRIKEFORCE, partnered with Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E), an entity created in 2000 to oversee all business operation aspects of the San Jose Sharks and HP Pavilion at San Jose.


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March 1, 2010

Saturday night, February 27th, Absolute Cage Fights, a MMA promotion company, thrilled the local crowd with ACF-X” an event that definitely to live up to its name.

At their usual venue, the Knoxville Expo Center, ACF-X was a Pro-Am event that featured many of the local fighters you’ve come to know and appreciate, showcasing 3 pro fights and 10 amateur fights.
The fans were not disappointed!

For a blow-by-blow of the Undercard, keep reading. If you’re just interested in your favorite pro-fighter's results, go here.
Also - check back later in the week to view some pictures of the event; I'll post them as soon as they're available!

Tim Boyle vs. Chris Wolfe 155lb'ers
Round 1 and the fight begins. Chris almost immediately gets Boyle in an RNC…and the fight’s over. Chris Wolfe wins by RNC - fast work!
John Harrigan vs. Chris Lussenden (Heavyweight. bout)
Round 1: The fight starts out with Harrigan rushing Lussenden up against the cage; after some dirty boxing, it’s obvious they're not going anywhere. Time to move 'em!

Harrigan takes Lussenden to the ground and rains some power shots to Lussenden’s head. Unfortunately it’s too close to the 10 sec. clapper, so not enough to win the fight before time runs out. End of Round 1.
Round 2: Harrigan takes Lussenden to the ground and immediately he gets him in a rear naked choke, using his arms only…no hooks! Lussenden has heart, but he taps out within seconds.

Shane Hill vs. Scott McDermitt 183 lb. bout
Round 1: The fight starts out pretty exciting with a high kick from McDermitt and then an immediate taken down. Shane's on top, but McDermitt's got him in a good choke and a solid figure 4 leg hold.
Shane breaks free, but McDermitt's got full guard. The ref prompts them to keep fighting, even though they’re going at it already. Shane almost has an RNC on McDermitt.

Lots of reversals in this fight – one minute Shane's on the bottom and almost has a guillotine, but McDermitt gets out quickly; and then Shane traped his arms...

McDermitt manages to break free and starts to light it up with some heavy ground and pound. For some reason, we don't know why, the fighters stand up and motion to the ref...and then the bell goes off. Never did find out what happened!

Round 2: Shane takes McDermitt to the ground immediately after the bell and the crowd cheers for their local fighter. I don’t think McDermitt expected Shane’s rush in and take control strategy.

There's no question Round 2 totally belongs to Shane – he owned McDermitt. At one point he almost got an RNC on McDermitt: the hooks were in and was pounding him, trying to get McD to put his arms up so he could sink in that RNC all the way. Unfortunately – McDermitt held on and lasted 'til the bell.

Round 3: The round starts with both fighters rushing at each other. McDermitt gets Shane up against the cage. Shane gets him in what looks like a standing guillotine and takes McD down to the mat.
McDermitt gets out of Shane's hold and starts to get up, when all of a sudden WOW!!! Shane pulls a reversal, switches to what looks like an arm bar (ref’s in the way) and McDermitt taps out after one second. GREAT FIGHT!

Cody Wilson vs. Rhett Warner 195 lb. bout
First, and I should have said this sooner, whoever picked out the music for this show ROCKS. Good job, guys.
Round 1: This fight's start off by moving FAST! Cody tries to take down Rhett, but he's defending pretty well so far. Then WHAM – Cody gets the take down, and da-ang did that mat shake! Both fighters bounce off the mat - it was that hard, and it woes the crowd.
Cody is on top after taking Rhett down; then Cody gives Rhett his arm and he goes for a kimura. Cody manages to pull out and it's end of Round 1!

Round 2: Nice leg kick by Cody and sweet spinning hook kick. Doesn't connect, but it was nice. Rhett takes Cody down to a guillotine...but Cody quickly escapes. Rhett has Cody against the cage and is trying to pass his guard; OH sweet upkick by Cody, right to Rhett's face. That had to hurt.

Cody next gets Rhett down on the mat and is trying to pass his guard! 10 seconds are left, and he begins a flurry of hammer fists - and Round 2 ends.

Round 3: It's a slugfest...and Cody's got some mean kicks. Kicks definitely count, and there’s no doubt these hurt!
Rhett looks tanked and Cody's not stopping. Another round kick to Rhett's face; now Cody's not even hitting him at this point – he’s pushing him around the ring and up against the cage.

After a short rest against the cage, Cody hammers Rhett with some knees. They head on back to the cage and now Cody is doing a bit of ground and pound of his own.

And it ends in a ground shaking TKO: Cody knocks out Rhett for the win with only 2 seconds left in Round 3. What a great fight by two incredible warriors!

After a short break while the announcer and ring girl pass out some door prizes, the fights begin again.

Jason Kilgore vs. Eric Armstrong 135 lb. bout (TITLE Belt)
Round 1: This fights starts out fast immediately with a slugfest and both fighters trying to get a quick ending. With seconds, Kilgore takes Armstrong to the mat and rains a heavy onslaught of fists down on his face. The punches are too much for Armstrong and he taps out to end the fight. Kilgore wins the Championship Belt.

Marlone Smith vs. Jeremy Holm (Heavyweight for TITLE & ISKA Belt)
Round 1: As the fighters enter the ring, can I just say again the music choices at this event are awesome?!

The fighters rush in at each other. Smith tries to take down Holm, but Holm seems to lose his balance and falls instead. Smith goes for him on the ground, but then HE falls over Holm.

Now they're 'rastling and Smith gets Holm in a rear naked choke. After a quick reversal, Holm's on top. He passes Smith's guard and is punching him nonstop.

Smith tries shrimping out, but Holm's got him tight on the ground. Can't see from here but it really doesn't like Smith's defending himself. The bell rings.

Round 2: These fighters look awkward. They've both got underhooks, and start swinging each other back and forth in the middle of the ring.
WOW - Smith gets a takedown and now has a pretty good RNC. Holm gets out of it thought – good defense. After another reversal it looks like Holm almost had an armbar…and the bell rings!

Round 3: Holm looks tanked. They're coming out a lot slower this round. Smith delivers a really nice knee to Holm’s middle – that one had to hurt.

Exhausted at this point, they're hanging on to each other. Smith uses the cage to slowly sink down and attempts a standing to seated guillotine. It doesn’t work, and now Holm's on top. He’s got full mount and is starting his own version of ground and pound – and there goes the bell. This was a close fight; let's see if the “he who's on the bottom at the end loses” curse is real.

Unanimous decision - and yes, the “he who's on the bottom at the end of the fight” curse exists. Jeremy Holm takes the win!

Kyle Kohler vs. Drew Kennedy 170 lb. bout (TITLE & ISKA Belt) next!
Round 1: This fight starts out fast, with Kohler getting an immediate takedown. We’re then treated to something not seen enough – Kyle defends well from the ground. He works hard at getting up by delivering his own form of defense with some really nice heel kicks to the back of his grounded opponent, and then gets a quick reversal.

Kyle manages to get to his feet and Kennedy follows – and they start going back and forth, going toe to toe with their punches.
In the clinch now and fighting for position, Kennedy takes Kyle to the ground. He passes his guard easily, but gives Kyle his arm – he almost gets an arm bar.

Still on the ground, Kennedy starts pummeling Kyle. Kyle tries to get out…and gives his back to Kennedy. Twice.
Kennedy tries to sink in his grip for an RNC, but Kyle does a good job of defending. Unbelievable the punishment he’s taking. That’s the end of a very crazy Round 1!

Round 2: fast fight...Kyle takes down Kennedy; Kennedy's on top, but Kyle almost gets a Kimura.

Once again, Kyle gives Kennedy his back. He tries using the cage to escape Kennedy's brutal punches, but the ref finally stops the fight.
Kyle's face is red like raw meat, but he never stopped. Drew Kennedy wins the 170lb Title Championship belt by ref stoppage. Fast, exciting, nonstop fight!

Marshall Manning vs. Adam Dehart 185 lb. bout (TITLE & ISKA Belt)
Round 1: The two fighters come out ready to fight. Manning gets Dehart against the cage and starts driving in some good knees...too good. Looks like Dehart’s going to need a 5 min break while he recoups.
After a short break, the fight starts again, and Manning immediately pins Dehart against the cage again. The two fighters jockey for position and now Dehart has Manning up against the cage and begins some dirty boxing of his own. This fight’s going fast – as now Manning's in control and almost has a guillotine sunk in; Dehart's counters by throwing some knees.

As painful as the knees must have been, Manning takes Dehart from a standing guillotine down – and it’s too much for Dehart. He taps and Manning gets the win!

Undercard (Amateur) Card Results
Tim Boyle vs. Chris Wolfe 155 lb. bout: Chris Wolfe wins by RNC Round 1.
John Harrigan vs. Chris Lussenden (Heavyweight bout): John Harrigan wins by RNC in Round 2.
Shane Hill vs. Scott McDermitt 183 lb. bout: Shane Hill wins in Round 3 via tapout.
Cody Wilson vs. Rhett Warner 195 lb. bout: Cody wins via TKO Round 3.
Jason Kilgore vs. Eric Armstrong 135 lb. bout (TITLE Belt): Jason Kilgore wins in Round 1 via tapout.
Marlone Smith vs. Jeremy Holm (Heavyweight for TITLE & ISKA Belt): Jeremy Holm wins by UD.
Kyle Kohler vs. Drew Kennedy 170 lb. bout (TITLE & ISKA Belt): Drew Kennedy wins by ref stoppage in Round 2.
Marshall Manning vs. Adam Dehart 185 lb. bout (TITLE & ISKA Belt): Marshall Manning wins via guillotine in Round 1.


February 28, 2010

February 27, 2010 by strikeforce

Rockhold Crushes Bradley, Saffiedine and Medeiros Victorious On SHOWTIME® At STRIKEFORCE’s birthplace in San Jose

SAN JOSE, CA (February 27, 2009) –Before a sold out crowd of 2,322, former ballet dancer turned undefeated professional mixed martial arts (MMA) star Sarah Kaufman (11-0) became the first STRIKEFORCE Women’s Welterweight (135 pounds) Champion in history by powering her way to a five round unanimous decision over Japan’s Takayo Hashi (12-2) in the STRIKEFORCE Challengers main event at San Jose’s Civic Auditorium on Friday, February 26.

Luke Rockhold (7-1) continued his climb up the middleweight (185 pounds) ladder with a stunning first round (2:24) TKO of Paul Bradley (12-2). A middleweight contest between former South African national wrestling champion Trevor Prangley (22-5-1) and France’s Karl Amoussou (11-2-2) ended prematurely after Prangley accidentally poked Amoussou in the eye, leading to a doctor stoppage and technical draw being declared.

From the outset, Kaufman pressed the action with a stiff jab and one-two punch combinations, but was unable to finish Hashi who repeatedly backpedaled her way out of trouble. Kaufman landed her best shots in the first round, dropping Hashi with a straight right hand.

In the third stanza, Kaufman sent Hashi reeling back and nearly put the Japanese fighter down for the second time in the bout with a straight right hand. After a Kaufman jab snapped Hashi’s head back, Hashi responded by shooting for a takedown that Kaufman stuffed.

A chess match ensued for the remainder of the bout. Kaufman continued to score with her hands and right leg kick while Hashi retreated to avoid imminent danger. All three judges scored every round in favor of Kaufman after the fifth round concluded.

In the first round of their much anticipated matchup, Rockhold dropped Bradley with a right hand to the side of the head. Bradley fought his way back to his feet, but Rockhold quickly went on the attack, scoring a head kick and following up with three straight knee strikes to the body.
Badly battered from the series of blows, Bradley turned his back, prompting the referee to immediately stop the action.

As expected, Amoussou came out of the gates firing punches at Prangley, who covered up and countered the Frenchman’s assault with his own hands. Prangley scored a takedown, but was unable to advance his position from half guard

After the referee stood up the fighters, Prangley, with an open left hand, accidentally poked Amoussou in the right eye. The ringside physician immediately entered the cage and examined Amoussou, who was unable to open his eye, and declared the fighter unable to continue at the 4:14 mark of the first round (According to MMA rules in the state of California, the ringside physician has the discretion to stop a bout in the event that an accidental foul causes an injury).

In other action Yancy Medeiros (5-0) of Waianae, Hawaii dominated Raul Castillo (6-1) at middleweight with continuous flurries throughout the matchup between the pair of unbeaten fighters.

Medeiros stuffed Castillo’s repeated takedown attempts and continued to pour on the punishment with both hands, putting Castillo on the canvas with a right hand in the third round. After an exchange of shots brought the bout to a close, all three judges awarded the fight to Medeiros.

Like Medeiros, Tarec Saffiedine (8-2) maintained an all out stand up offensive in a welterweight (170 pounds) fight with James Terry (7-2) for three straight rounds, opening a cut on Terry’s lower lip and bringing about a welt under Terry’s left eye.

Terry repeatedly attempted to bring the fight to the mat, but Saffiedine defended the takedowns well and responded with more strikes. After three rounds, Saffiedine was declared the winner by all three judges scoring the bout.

Amongst those in attendance at Civic Auditorium, was MMA’s newest star, football legend Herschel Walker, as well as STRIKEFORCE World Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz, and STRIKEFORCE World Lightweight Champion Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez.

During an interview with STRIKEFORCE Challengers host Mauro Ranallo, Walker said, “(MMA) is the toughest sport there is. To step in the cage and go mano-a-mano, there’s nothing like it. It is the toughest training I’ve ever done.”

Regarding his future in the sport, the 47-year-old Walker said, “I will leave that up to my team at AKA (American Kickboxing Academy, San Jose) when I get back in the gym, we’ll see if they say I am capable of going again, we’ll do it again.”

Complete STRIKEFORCE Challengers Results:

Main Card:
Yancy Medeiros def. Raul Castillo – Unanimous Decision (3 Rounds) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Tarec Saffiedine def. James Terry – Unanimous Decision (3 Rounds) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Luke Rockhold def. Paul Bradley – TKO (knees to the body) – 1st Round (2:24)

Trevor Prangley – Technical Draw – Karl Amoussou (doctor stoppage after unintentional foul ) – 1st Round (4:14)

Sarah Kaufman def. Takayo Hashi – Unanimous Decision (3 Rounds) (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)

Preliminary Card:

Ronald Carillo def. Anthony De Los Santos – submission (armbar) – 2nd Round (1:20)

Steve Dickie def. Alan Lummel – TKO (punches) –1st Round (:33)
Renee Robinson def. Lilia Salas – TKO (punches) – 1st Round (1:06)

Jesse Tobar def. Johnson Nguyen – Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – 2nd Round (1:24)

Tristan Arenal def. George Miller – TKO (punches) – 2nd Round (:30)
Samuel Bracamnonte def. Chris Stewart – TKO (punches) – 3rd Round (:59)

Wayne Phillips def. Eric Lawson – Submission (armbar) – 1st Round (4:27)


February 25, 2010

February 19, 2010
Cage Brawl Fighting (Shane Goins and Jeremy Judd)

Presents “Cage Brawl Fighting I”
Marriott Meadowview Conference Center
Kingsport, TN

Results by ISKA Event Representative: Todd Murray

Bout 1 Lightweight 155 pounds MMA (3x3)

Shane Perrine 6-5 (Brawler, Knoxville, TN) vs. Josh Booher 5-1 (Mountain Empire MMA, Bristol, VA)

Winner Josh Booher by Submit 1:15 of Round 2

Bout 2 Heavyweight 265 pounds and under MMA (3x3)

Shawn Holston 0-0 (Blancke MAA, Mt. Pleasant, SC) vs. David Bell 0-0 (Independent, Kingsport, TN)

Winner David Bell by Submit 0:15 of Round 1

Bout 3 Lightweight 155 pounds MMA (3x3)

Jesse Grissom 6-0 (Team Truth, Cleveland, TN) vs. Ben Sims 2-0 (Upstate Karate, Greer, SC)

Winner Jesse Grissom by Unanimous Decision 3:00 of Round 3

Bout 4 Light Heavyweight 205 pounds MMA (3x3)

Blaze Yeager 0-0 (Independent, Kingsport, TN) vs. Nick Shepherd 0-0 (Independent, Fall Branch, TN)

Winner Blaze Yeager by Submit 2:15 of Round 1

Bout 5 Bantamweight 135 pounds MMA (3x3)

Len Cook 2-0 (Absolute Jiu-Jitsu, Abingdon, VA) vs. Joseph Merrill 0-2 (Independent, Martinsville, IN)

Winner Len Cook by Submit 0:57 of Round 1

Bout 6 Welterweight 170 pounds MMA (3x3)

Josh Best 0-0 (Gracie, Tampa, FL) vs. Joseph Corneroli 4-0 (Upstate Karate, Greer, SC)

Winner Josh Best by Unanimous Decision 3:00 of Round 3

Bout 7 Heavyweight 265 pounds and under MMA (3x3)

Bobby Heck 3-1 (ETMMA, Kingsport, TN) vs. Tyrone Jackson 2-2 (Mountain Empire MMA, Bristol, VA)

Winner Tyrone Jackson by KO 1:02 of Round 1

Bobby Heck 30day Medical suspension by Dr. Morah

Bout 8 Catchweight 160 pounds MMA (3x3)

Chris Brewer 9-2 (One Way Out, Cleveland, TN) vs. Brian Mullins 8-7 (Independent, Big Stone Gap, VA)

Winner Chris Brewer by Submit 1:01 of Round 1

Bout 9 Lightweight 155 pounds MMA (3x3)

Casey Kerr 4-0 (Team Truth, Cleveland, TN) vs. Mike Anderson 3-1 (Mountain Empire MMA, Bristol, VA)

Winner Casey Kerr by Submit 1:19 of Round 1

Bout 10 Featherweight 145 pounds MMA (3x3)

Aalon Cruz 0-0 (Gracie, Tampa, FL) vs. Chris Hall 3-1 (IMA, Lebanon, TN)

Winner Aalon Cruz by TKO 2:22 of Round 3

Chris Hall 14day Medical suspension by Dr. Morah

Bout 11 Welterweight 170 pounds MMA (3x3)

Daniel Crockett 7-1 (Absolute Jiu-Jitsu, Bristol, TN) vs. Daniel Banks 1-0 (Kelly Hero’s, Rogersville, TN)

Winner Daniel Crockett by Submit 1:13 of Round 1

Bout 12 Light Heavyweight 205 pounds MMA (3x3) Series Title

Charlie Exum 2-1 (One Way Out, Cleveland, TN) vs. (William) Anthony Boyd 9-2 (Team Oxendine, Johnson City, TN)

Winner Anthony Boyd by Disqualification 0:10 of Round 1

Charlie Exum 120day ISKA suspension by Todd Murray

Bout 13 Lightweight 155 pounds MMA (3x3) Series Title

Lee Burns 4-2 (One Way Out, Cleveland, TN) vs. Billy Mullins 5-2 (Mountain Empire MMA, Bristol, VA)

Winner Billy Mullins by TKO 2:48 of Round 2

Lee Burns 14day Medical suspension by Dr. Morah


February 22, 2010

ISKA sanctioned championship mixed martial arts promotion Strikeforce will return to its roots when it brings its Challengers fight series to the San Jose Civic Auditorium in San Jose, CA this Friday, February 26. The main event will feature undefeated power puncher Sarah Kaufman (10-0) when she challenges Japan's Takayo Hashi in the first Strikeforce women's World Welterweight championship match-up in history!

Also topping the card will be a middleweight contest between wrestling powerhouse Trevor Prangley and Karl Amoussou. Plus, Luke Rockohold (6-1), one of MMA's brightest up and comers, will take on Paul Bradley (12-1) in a middleweight contest - San Jose's James Terry takes on Tarec Saffiedine - Half Moon Bay's Raul Castillo goes head-to-head with Yancy Medeiros - And Concord's Eric Lawson battles San Jose's Wayne Phillips.


Main Card (Televised on Showtime)

Sarah Kaufman (10-0) vs. Takayo Hashi (12-1) Women's Welterweight Championship
Trevor Prangley (22-5) vs. Karl Amoussou (11-2-1)
Luke Rockhold (6-1) vs. Paul Bradley (12-1)
James Terry (7-1) vs. Tarec Saffiedine (7-2)
Raul Castillo (6-0) vs. Yancy Medeiros (4-0)

Undercard (Non-Televised)

Eric Lawson (9-2) vs. Wayne Phillips (3-3)
Chris Stewart (Amateur Debut) vs. Samuel Bracamnonte (Amatuer Debut)
Tristan Arenal (Amateur; 3-1) vs. George Miller (Amateur; 3-1)
Jesse Tobar (Amateur; 2-0) vs. Phil Balducci (Amateur; 1-1)
Renee Robinson (Amateur Debut) vs. Lilia Salas (Amateur Debut)
Steve Dickie (Amateur; 3-0) vs. Alan Lummel (Amateur; 1-0)
Ronald Carillo (Amateur; 1-0) vs. Anthony De Los Santos


February 21, 2010

Vienna, Austria; on March 20th is maybe the biggest event of the Year in Kickboxing and full Muay Thai.

The ISKA World Champion -60 Kg Anna KORCHAGINA will defend her title vs. the current Polish Champion in a bout scheduled for 5 x 2 minutes round. Anna earned her title against the African Champion in Cairo by unanimous decision. The charming “beast from the east” is a real World Champion and is ready to show another excellent performance in Vienna.

The co-main event is Russia's top contender at -64,5 Kg. The famous fighter, Denis LUKASHOV from Moscow will fight for the vacant World Free Style Rules title.

This event will be a cooperative effort between all three of Vienna's most successful event promoters. Top class fighters from Russia , Poland, Serbia and Ukraine will face-off in the ring against Austria's fighting stars.


February 21, 2010


1 Michael Williams vs Jesse Buchanan 170

2 Robert Neil vs Travis Padgett Heavy

3 Skyler Walker vs Josh Smith 135

4 Mike Connor vs Marty Parker 150

5 John Mylenchek vs Josh Downing 155

6 Steve Thomas vs Kaleb Savage 175

7 John Jerrard vs Derek Hubbard 135

8 Daniel Terry vs Armondo Melhorn 170

9 Daniel Kilpatrick vs Brett Mullins 195

10 Cody Wilson vs Brandon Bowman 165

11 John Richard vs Mark Inge 215


February 21, 2010

(photo provided by Tiffany Bayona)

Winner: Cyrus Nelson via unanimous decision

Winner: Elias Brady via TKO / 2:00 #1

Winner: Eric Oheme via TKO at 2:19 / Rd. #1
Suspension: Lane Splawn 30 Days

Winner: Chris Livingston via unanimous decision

Winner: Chase Carver via submission 56 seconds Rd. #1

Winner: Vinny Do via TKO / 59 seconds / Rd. #1

Winner: Cameron Paul via KO / 17 seconds / Rd. #1
Suspension: Eli Brown 60 days

Winner: Crystal Parrish via unanimous decision

Winner: Aaron Black via Guillotine Sub. / 39 seconds / Rd. #1

Winner: Travis Ashley via split decision

Winner: Jarrod Batton via TKO / 1:37 / Rd. #1

Winner: Dre Allen via TKO at 1:18 / Rd. #2
Suspension: John Garcia 30 days

Winner: Jeremy Barrett via TKO at 1:37 / Rd. #1

Winner: Ronnic Rogers via Submission from strikes / 4:03 of Rd. #1


February 21, 2010

Weight: Light Middleweight - FR
Kristin Parella defeats Matt Harrison
By TKO at 1:40 of the 2nd round

Weight: Middleweight - OR
Brian Cleary defeats Dustin Robbins
By Unanimous Decision

Weight: Super Heavyweight - OR
Marcus Young defeats Joe Fabrey
By KO at 0:48 of the 2nd round

Weight: Heavyweight - OR
Steve Bobrinchek defeats Billy Christenson
By Split Decision

Weight: Superlightweight - OR
Vincent Pond defeats Andrew Robillard
By Unanimous Decision

Weight: Supermiddleweight - OR
Jon Santana defeats Louis Rivera
By TKO at 0:13 of the 1st round

Weight: Light Middleweight - OR
Sergio Rodriguez defeats CJ Cooke
By Unanimous Decision

Weight: Middleweight - OR
Dave Ramos defeats Jose Gonzalez
By Unanimous Decision

Weight: Middleweight - OR
Alex Melton defeats Louie Santiago
By Majority Decision

Weight: Light Welterweight – OR
Amateur Florida State Light Welterweight Title
Asa Tenpov defeats Victor Kulakovsky
By Unanimous Decision

ISKA UK Affiliate to the AMA

February 16, 2010

ISKA UK Affiliate to the AMA
ISKA UK has affiliated with the AMA (Amateur Martial Arts Association) and is now their official sanctioning body for Kickboxing, Muaythai and freestyle Martial Arts. The AMA founded in 1971 and with a membership of over 95,000 is the oldest and largest Multi-style Martial Arts Association in the UK.

ISKA UK is the largest combat sports sanctioning body in the UK and the ISKA is recognised World wide as both a regulating body for competitive martial arts, and the governing body for amateur and professional kickboxing. This is a major step forward for both associations, the AMA brings a bigger pool and potential competitors, while the ISKA add many years of experience regulating combat sports. AMA members will have a new amateur kickboxing structure including National, European and World Championships.

ISKA UK members will have access to AMA Coaching courses and other services including CRB checks and competitive insurance cover.


February 16, 2010

These awards are exclusive to fighters, trainers and promoters who were involved in ISKA sanctioned events during 2009, the nominees and winners were selected by the ISKA UK Board of Directors. Although there will be no awards ceremony or physical awards we felt that the achievements of the nominees should be recognised

Pro Division

FIGHT OF THE YEAR (Kickboxing)

Marlon Hunt v Lucas Wolf
Dale Dixon v Blerim Peeyetree
Mick Crossland v Nigel Thomas
Winner: Dale Dixon v Blerim Peeyetree

Daiton Jackson v Andy Brocklebank
Ivan Damyanov v Steven Jones
Helene Garnett v Jorina Baars
Winner: Daiton Jackson v Andy Brocklebank

Tommy McCafferty
Qasim Nisar
Marlon Hunt
Winner: Tommy McCafferty

Stacy Parker
Katie Sandall
Natalie Bee
Winner: Natalie Bee

Daiton Jackson
Jordan Watson
Winner: Jordan Watson

Michelle Newell
Julie Kitchen
Helene Garnett
Winner: Julie Kitchen

Trevor Spencer
Allan Clarkin
Bern Giam
Winner: Trevor Spencer

Richard Smith
Gary O’Brian
Darren Morris
Winner: Darren Morris

Trevor Spencer
Neil Kelly
Paddy Toland
Winner: Paddy Toland

Richard Smith
Yogi Parekh
Mick Mullaney
Winner: Mick Mullaney


February 8, 2010

Vienna, Austria; Sunday Febr. 7th we had a huge event in Vienna. In Vienna’s most prestigious event hall STADTHALLE in the City centre the new Iron Gym with manager Mr. Helmut RAUCH and Bülent SAGLAM promoted a team fight in MMA vs. new ISKA Slovakia. After 9 hard fights the Austrian team won by 7:2 victories.

Beside the team fights we saw an Intercontinental title fight in MMA , Lincon RODRIGUES from Brazil vs. the Austrian home town boy Willi OTT. After 40 seconds in the first round Lincon won by submission with an arm lock. New Intercontinental champion in MMA Lincon RODRIGUES from Brazil.

Superleague fighter Fadi MERZA from Vienna challenged Italian top class fighter Luca DI SANTO for the World title in OR – 72,30 Kg. In the first round Merza hit Luca with a knee strike on the jaw and referee Fritz EXENBERGER had to give a standing 8 count. The fight continues and after 5 x 3 minutes the international judges from Poland, Serbia and Austria made a clear point decision for Fadi MERZA. New World champion OR – 72,30 Kg Fadi MERZA.

Next big event in Vienna is scheduled in May 9th, again a team fight. This time is new ISKA SERBIA team as guest in Vienna.


February 7, 2010


Bruno Anic def Ryan McGee by TKO due to strikes at 1:04 of the 1st round.
Mike Green def Mike Bryant by TKO due to strikes at :45 of the 1st round.
Alex King def Josh Langford by TKO due to strikes at :54 of the 1st round.
Bill Sabourin def Matt Hayes by TKO due to strikes at :33 of the 1st round.
Matt Mollman def Josh Selby by TKO due to strikes at :53 of the 2nd round.
Eric Sutton def Brad Stine by TKO due to strikes at :43 of the 1st round.


Rachel Munro def Eli Roderiguez by unanimous decision 30-26, 30-26, 30-26
Joe O’Neill def Justin Woehler by unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27


February 7, 2010

The folks in Greenville, South Carolina were treated to a night of explosive MMA action with 8 professional and 4 amateur bouts at the beautiful BI LO Center. More than 4,000 people witnessed the excitement as local legend Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson of Upstate Karate / Pitch Black MMA lived up to his reputation as a consumate knockout artist. His opponent, Jeremy Joles fored a contest, taking Stephen to the ground in rounds #1. Stephen worked effectively from the guard position and eventually regained his feet, where Joles was no match for Thompson's accurate and athletic striking skills. The end came at 3;40 of the second round with a blistering head kick followed up by a punching combination. All in all, a great launch to a promising MMA career.

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February 7, 2010

February 6, 2010
Cage Aggression Fight League (Kelvin Stokes)

Presents “February Fallout”
Rockwood National Guard Armory
Rockwood, TN

Results by ISKA Event Representative: Todd Murray

Bout 1 Heavyweight 265 pounds and under MMA (3x3)

Chris Lussenden (Knox Independent/Knoxville, TN) vs. Paul Crane (CAFL /Carryville, TN)

Winner Paul Crane by TKO 0:33 of Round 1

Chris Lussenden 14day Medical suspension by Dr. Sean Grace

Bout 2 Heavyweight 265 pounds and under Youth Grappling (3x2)

Brian Phipps (Brawler University/Harriman, TN) vs. Michael Gorman (CAFL/Lake City, TN)

Winner Brian Phipps by Submit (best 2 out of 3) 1:03 of Round 2

Bout 3 Heavyweight 265 pounds and under MMA (3x3)

Lynn Crockett (Knox Independent/Louisville, TN) vs. Timmy Kever (Knox Independent/Louisville, TN)

Winner Lynn Crockett by Submit 0:27 of Round 1

Bout 4 Lightweight 155 pounds Youth Kickboxing (3x2)

Brody Roberts (Independent/Kingston, TN) vs. Curtis Ward (Caged4Christ/Clinton, TN)

Winner Brody Roberts by KO 0:57 of Round 1

Curtis Ward 30day Medical suspension by Dr. Sean Grace

Bout 5 Featherweight 145 pounds Youth Kickboxing (3x2)

Adam Muse (Next MMA/Jackson, TN) vs. Randall Lloyd (CAFL/La Follette, TN)

Winner Adam Muse by TKO 1:45 of Round 1

Randall Lloyd 14day Medical suspension by Dr. Sean Grace

Bout 6 Featherweight 145 pounds MMA (3x3)

Adam Hatfield (Independent/Pineville, KY) vs. James Click (Independent/Alcoa, TN)

Winner James Click by TKO 1:16 of Round 31

Adam Hatfield 14day Medical suspension by Dr. Sean Grace

Bout 7 Lightweight 155 pounds Kickboxing (3x3)

Nathan Edwards (Caged4Christ/Deerlodge, TN) vs. Todd Taylor (Caged4Christ/Clinton, TN)

Winner Todd Taylor by TKO 0:48 of Round 3

Nathan Edwards 14day Medical suspension by Dr. Sean Grace

Bout 8 Light Heavyweight 205 pounds Kickboxing (3x3)

Jack Harvey (Brawler University/Kingston, TN) vs. Nathan Winstead (Independent/Maryville, TN)

Winner: Jack Harvey by TKO 2:00 of Round 2

Nathan Winstead 14day Medical suspension by Dr. Sean Grace

Bout 9 Welterweight 170 pounds Youth Grappling (3x2)

Justin Stokes (CAFL/Clinton, TN) vs. Jacob Lynch (Caged4Christ/Clinton, TN)

Winner Jacob Lynch by 1 Submit 2:00 of Round 3

Bout 10 Light Heavyweight 205 pounds Kickboxing (3x3)

Matthew Bishop (Independent/Harriman, TN) vs. Sam McGhee (CAFL/Jacksboro, TN)

Winner Sam McGhee by TKO 2:00 of Round 1

Matthew Bishop 14day Medical suspension by Dr. Sean Grace

Bout 11 Featherweight 145 pounds Youth Kickboxing (3x2)

David Goreman (CAFL/Lake City, TN) vs. Chase Smith (Caged4Christ/Clinton, TN)

Winner Chase Smith by TKO 1:21 of Round 1

David Goreman 14day Medical suspension by Dr. Sean Grace

Bout 12 Featherweight 145 pounds Youth Kickboxing (3x2)

Mark Perkins (Independent/Lake City, TN) vs. TJ Wells (Caged4Christ/Heiskell, TN)

Winner TJ Wells by TKO 1:59 of Round 1

Mark Perkins 14day Medical suspension by Dr. Sean Grace

Bout 13 Heavyweight 265 pounds and under MMA (3x3)

Chris Wilson (Knox Independent/Maryville, TN) vs. Trey Milwee (Independent/Ewing, VA)

Winner Trey Milwee by Submit 1:10 of Round 2

Chris Wilson 60day Medical suspension by Dr. Sean Grace

Bout 14 Super Heavyweight 266 pounds and over MMA Series Title (3x3)

Garnett Hicks (Independent/Lake City, TN) vs. Kenny Riddle (Independent/Louisville, TN)

Winner Garnett Hicks by Submit 0:48 of Round 2

Bout 15 Middleweight 185 pounds MMA Series Title (3x3)

Travis Vance (Knox Independent/Maryville, TN) vs. Travis Chitwood (Cage Killers/Halls, TN)

Winner Travis Chitwood by Submit 1:07 of Round 1


February 7, 2010

ISKA All Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Event

Chris Lindsay - 8/7/91 vs Devin Smith - 3/21/87
WINNER: Chris Lindsay by Tap Out (Strikes) at 1:58 of Round 1

Ron Shivers - 9/6/77 vs Clarence Davis - 10/16/69
WINNER: Clarence Davis by Tap Out (Strikes) at 2:38 of Round 1

Chris Rich - 7/18/95 vs Zach Mead - 6/21/94
WINNER: Zach Mead by Tap Out (Arm Bar) at 1:06 of Round 2

Marcus Nutting - 4/23/87 vs Devin Robinson - 3/8/88
WINNER: Marcus Nutting Tap Out (Reverse Can Opener) at 1:48 of Round 1

Alan Burkhart - 4/19/75 vs Steven Bowman - 10/3/89
WINNER: Alan Burkhart by Majority Decision (29-28, 29-27 & 28-29)

Sean Madson - 1/21/89 vs Jeff Cowan - 7/19/85
WINNER: Sean Madson by Tap Out (Frontal Choke) at 1:23 of Round 1

Paul Hartfield - 3/29/91 vs Tim Glaum - 2/26/87
WINNER: Paul Hartfield by Tap Out (Arm Bar) at 1:27 of Round 1

Justin Pruitt - 4/6/84 vs Kyle Supernaw - 1/6/88
WINNER: Kyle Supernaw by TKO (Strikes) at 2:06 of Round 1
Justin Pruitt - 30 Days Medical Suspension Due to TKO (Referee Stoppage from Strikes)

Todd Brooker - 4/16/87 vs Robert Hawkins - 8/5/90
WINNER: Todd Brooker by Tap Out (Arm Bar) at 1:57 of Round 2

Jonavon Loney - 7/27/91 vs Mike Shortino - 1/31/88
WINNER: Mike Shortino by TKO (Strikes) at 2:27 of Round 1
Jonavon Loney-30 Days Medical Suspension Due to TKO (Referee Stoppage from Strikes)

Steve Myers - 6/29/81 vs David Hammonds - 5/22/90
WINNER: David Hammonds by Verbal Submission at 3:00 of Round 1


February 3, 2010

LOS ANGELES, February 2, 2010 – Shine International has expanded the ISKA sanctioned, STRIKEFORCE brand internationally, selling more than 70 hours of STRIKEFORCE’s mixed martial arts (MMA) programming in six markets across Europe, Australia and Latin America. Virgin Media Television’s Bravo in the UK, Turner in Latin America, FX in Portugal, Ukraine’s Megasport, Seven Network Australia and Dahlia TV in Italy have all purchased STRIKEFORCE’s library of TV programming.

“STRIKEFORCE is the leader in mixed martial arts content as proven by the huge demand for their programming around the world. They have the world’s best fighters, the world’s best events and they know how to translate that into fast-paced programming that captures what will soon be the most popular sport in the world,” said Chris Grant, President of Shine International.

This includes 30 episodes and 56 hours of fights that have aired on NBC and SHOWTIME®, respectively. Internationally distributed content includes upcoming live fights through February 2012 as well as STRIKEFORCE Challengers fights, pitting STRIKEFORCE up-and-comers against each other. After signing a landmark deal to air live events on SHOWTIME last year, STRIKEFORCE earned the premium network its highest MMA rating ever on August 15, 2009 with “Carano vs. Cyborg.”

About Shine International
Shine International is the sales and distribution arm of the Shine Group, a leading independent production and distribution company focused on exploiting worldwide intellectual property rights through scripted and alternative television formats. Shine International distributes programming from the growing library of programming of the Shine Group, including Reveille, Kudos, Dragonfly, Princess Productions and Metronome, along with a broad array of programming acquired from independent producers and U.S. networks, to more than 150 countries worldwide.

STRIKEFORCE ( is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion which, on Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its "Shamrock vs. Gracie" event, the first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight card in California state history. The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose's HP Pavilion, played host to a sold-out, record crowd of 18,265. Since 1995, STRIKEFORCE, sanctioned by ISKA, has been the exclusive provider of martial arts programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of success as a leading, world championship kickboxing promotion, the company unveiled its mixed martial arts (MMA) series with "Shamrock vs. Gracie." In May 2008, West Coast Productions, the parent company of STRIKEFORCE, partnered with Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E), an entity created in 2000 to oversee all business operation aspects of the San Jose Sharks and HP Pavilion at San Jose.

For further information, please contact:
Karlyn Nelson
Freud Communications (US)
(323) 866-6060

Mike Afromowitz
(917) 566-8754


February 2, 2010

Sat. Jan. 30th 2010
FM Productions Presents:
Extreme Cagefighting Federation XCF 11
Shrine Mosque
Springfield, MO.

Pro/Am MMA Event
Amateur Fights and Results Regulated by ISKA MMA Missouri
Professional Fights and Results Regulated by MO. State Office of Athletics

Amateur Fight Results as follow:

Zachary Wells Vs Nick Medina
WINNER: Nick Medina by TKO (Strikes) at 2:17 of Round 1
Zachary Wells - 30 day Medical Suspension due to Referee Stoppage (Strikes)
1/30/2010 to 3/2/2010

Chris Brandenburg Vs Ryan Smith
WINNER: Chris Brandenburg by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:20 of Round 2

Chuck Edins Vs Jay Thomson
WINNER: Jay Thomson by Unanimous Decision (29-28) all Judges Cards

Jared Gibbs Vs Zied Khalaf
WINNER: Jared Gibbs by Tap Out (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:05 of Round 3

Nathan Bartlett Vs Shawn Casswell
WINNER: Shawn Casswell by Tap Out (Strikes) at 1:24 of Round 1

James Davis Vs Matt Woods
WINNER: James Davis by Tap Out (Arm Bar) at 2:35 of Round 1

Mark Nguyen Vs John Wills
WINNER: Mark Nguyen by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Tyler Johnson Vs Bryan Roberts
WINNER: Bryan Roberts by Unanimous Decision (29-28) all Judges Cards


February 2, 2010

ISKA UK in association with the SENI show and Fighters Inc. will stage the inaugural London International Open on the 29th may 2010 at the Excel London. The Freestyle Tournament will include categories for Semi-Contact, Light-Contact and Forms for men women and children, novice, intermediate and seniors

The tournament will also act as the qualifiers for the ISKA 2010 Amateur World Championships in Almeria Spain. The two highest placed English competitors in each Senior category will qualify for the England World Championship Team. All 1st place winners will earn a seeded position in the US OPEN 2010 (will not have to fight in the first round of their category).

All competitors will get free entry to the SENI show the largest Martial Arts and Combat Sports trade show in the World

A Full list of categories for the London International Open will be announce soon

Clifton Finley the new ISKA UK Amateur Director

February 2, 2010

Former multi-World Champion Clifton Finley has been appointed ISKA UK Amateur Director. Clifton brings a wealth of experience and is already busy appointing directors for each amateur discipline in preparation for the London International Open on the 29th May, Excel London

Clifton started training in Kung Fu at the age of 17 his desire for competition fighting in the early 90’s was made apparent when he entered his first major Competition at the Famous F.S.K. Open in Manchester. After Winning the Grand Championships within the First Year he Joined 5 times WAKO World Champion Alfie Lewis’s F.S.K.A Association knowing that if he wanted to be the best he had to Join the best.

Since winning numerous British and European Championships in his Career which stretched over two decades some of his most prized titles included being Crowned World Champion in Canada at the WKA in 2000, this was followed by yet another world title this time with the W.F.F.O in 2002. Success never stopped there for Clifton, a year later he was voted Peterborough Evening Telegraph Sports Personality of the Year, the following year he clinched the Sports man of the Year. With twenty years of teaching experience and a formidable Competitive C.V. Clifton remains one of the most humble and approachable instructors.

After retiring in 2004 to dedicated his time to teaching in his home town he is very committed and generously wants to share his knowledge and passion for the sport with the next generation. He only came out of retirement in 2009 to clinched The WAKO World Crown in Italy in the Vets at the tender age of 43 This 5th Dan Black belt has done and won every major title out there but he still strives for more success.

Clifton in looking forward to the ISKA World Amateur Championship in Almeria Spain 2nd-7th November where he plans to field a strong UK team


January 31, 2010

Saturday, Jan. 30, Live on SHOWTIME From BankAtlantic Center, Miami, Florida
SUNRISE, Fla. (Jan. 31, 2010) – Nick Diaz (21-7) of Stockton, Calif., won his sixth straight and the first-ever STRIKEFORCE welterweight championship with a 4:38, first-round TKO over Marius Zaromskis (13-4) of London, England, and the first and only STRIKEFORCE Female lightweight champion, Cris Cyborg (9-1) of Curitiba, Brazil, successfully defended her 145-title for the initial time with a third-round TKO over Marloes Coenen (17-4) of Deventer, Holland, in the co-featured matches of an action-packed mixed martial arts card before 8,156 at BankAtlantic Center Saturday on SHOWTIME®.

In other results on the main portion of Strikeforce’s first event in 2010, former pro and college football superstar Herschel Walker of San Jose, Calif., made his pro MMA debut at age 47 a winning one, registering a third-round TKO (2:17) over Hungarian-born Greg Nagy (1-2) of Phoenix, Ariz., former two-time world champion “Ruthless’’ Robbie Lawler (17-5, 1 NC) of Granite City, Ill., rallied from the brink of defeat to score a spectacular 3:33, first-round knockout (punches) over Melvin Manhoef (24-7-1) of Amsterdam and unbeaten Bobby Lashley of Coconut Creek, Fla., won his Strikeforce debut and improved to 5-0 with a 2:06, first-round TKO over Wes Sims (22-13-1, 2 NC) of Lancaster, Ohio.

The event, presented by SHOWTIME and STRIKEFORCE, aired live simultaneously on SHOWTIME® and on the Web (Strikeforce: All Access) at The SHOWTIME telecast began at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast); the Strikeforce: All Access webcast went at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
In a fight streamed live on EA SPORTS™ MMA website (, Jay Heiron (19-4) of Las Vegas took a unanimous three-round decision over Joe Riggs (32-11) of Phoenix to put him in position to possibly fight for the Strikeforce welterweight title.

Southpaw Diaz, a talented, Cesar Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, mostly outclassed Zaromskis in the match for the vacant world title. Diaz decisively defeated the Dutchman at his own game: striking.

“I’ll fight anybody,’’ said Diaz, who has been victorious in seven of his last eight and hasn’t lost in more than two years. I felt real good fighting again at 170. But the guy I really want is Gegard Mousasi.’’

Cyborg had to work hard to defeat the courageous Coenen, who at no point seemed intimidated by the powerful Brazilian bomber and fought like it. She certainly wasn’t totally overwhelmed and presented Cyborg with more problems than the vast majority of Cyborg’s opponents.
In the end, Cyborg was too tough and rough. “I’m very happy to win this fight,’’ said Cyborg shortly the heated scrap was stopped at 3:40 of the third. “It was a good fight. I think I could have done more but she was the toughest fighter I’ve faced and has a great heart. I admire her a lot.’’
Coenen, a strikingly attractive submission whiz who couldn’t take down Cyborg, wanted the fight to continue. “This is extremely disappointing to say the least,’’ she said. “This was for a world title. It should have been allowed to go a little longer. I wanted to fight.’’

A native of Wrightsville, Ga., Walker was satisfied with his performance in his highly-anticipated, much-publicized debut. Endurance-wise, he didn’t fight like a man his age. He was still breathing easily during the post-fight interview.

“I feel good but I didn’t do many things right and I still have a lot to learn,’’ said Walker, the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner and a two-time Pro Bowl competitor. “The experience itself was exciting and I thank my opponent for fighting me. It’s tough to fight an old man. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
“I thought I’d be more nervous. I’m an MMA fighter now. I earned a little bit of a stripe tonight. This is one of my biggest athletic achievements ever.’’
Nothing was going right for the left-handed Lawler for more than three minutes as the highly regarded Manhoef had his way. But a savage overhand right rocked Manhoef and a left that caught him on the way down ended matters almost immediately.

“I knew this guy was really a killer, but I knew I would catch him,’’ Lawler said. “When he looks to finish, he really loads up. I just lured him in and got him.

“He was chopping and chopping and he was really hurting me with the leg kicks. When I felt the first one land, I knew I could get one more in and finish, and that’s what I did.’’
Lashley, who wants to fight for a world title, said Saturday’s exercise against the 6-foot-10-inch Sims was an excellent learning experience.

“Anytime you win and learn something, it’s a good night,’’ he said. “Sims is a tall guy who came in with nothing to lose, almost like he didn’t care, and those are the guys that are usually the hardest to fight.
“I want to continue to step up.’’
Hieron outpointed Riggs by the scores of 30-27 twice and 29-28: “I wanted to beat Joe and show that I am a top fighter,’’ Heiron said. “I want to fight the winner of Diaz-Zaromskis. Actually, I hope it is Diaz but I don’t care.’’

STRIKEFORCE: Miami will be available On Demand beginning Wednesday, Feb. 3.
Mauro Ranallo called the action on SHOWTIME with MMA expert Stephen Quadros and MMA superstar Frank Shamrock serving as expert analysts.

In Saturday’s non-televised results: Pablo “The Hurricane’’ Alfonso (5-1), Jacksonville Fla., submitted (armbar) Marcos “Parrumpinha” DeMatta (8-1), Coconut Creek, Fla., at 1:47 in the first round (140 pounds); Hayder Hasan (3-1), Coconut Creek, KO 2 (2:42, punches) over Ryan Keenan (3-1), Orlando, Fla., at 170 pounds; John Kelly (4-0), Miami, submitted (rear naked choke) Sabah Homasi (2-0), West Palm Beach, Fla., at 2;48 of the second round (170 pounds); Michael Byrnes (1-2), Port Saint Lucie, Fla., won a majority decision (30-27 twice and 29-29) over David Zitnik (4-7), Sunrise, at 155 pounds; David Gomez (1-2), Miami, won a unanimous decision (30-27 three times) over Craig Oxley (0-3), Miami (145 pounds); ad Joe Ray (1-0), Miami, TKO 1 (3:14, strikes) over John Clarke (0-1), Hollywood, Fla. (170 pounds).

Fit Factory Fighting Championships

January 30, 2010

January 30, 2010
Fit Factory Fighting Championships (Gene Click)

Presents “Fit Factory Fighting Championships II”
Sevierville County High School
Sevierville, TN

Results by ISKA Event Representative: Todd Murray

At Gene Click’s, Fit Factory Fighting Championships, Matthew Tran (from Easley, South Carolina fighting for Team Huskey out of Asheville, North Carolina) became the new ISKA 135lb Tennessee State Title Holder. Matt defeated a very game Chad “Lil Evil” Perrine (who holds two other title belts from other local promotions) by submission in 2:28 of the first round. It was a fast paced fight; Matt came out with some quick hand work followed by some high flying kicks reminiscent of Cung Lee who he acutely favors, Chad counter punched and kicked, then immediately shot in for the takedown. Once on the ground it looked like Chad was going to have his way with his normal ground and pound, when Matt transitioned from an attempt at rubber guard to a kimora, Chad attempted to roll out of it, but Matt rolled through with him ending up on top with the arm locked up tight causing him to tapout. Congratulations to Matt Tran.

Bout 1 Welterweight 170 pounds MMA

Shane Hill (Hard Knox/Knoxville, TN) vs. Kyle Kohler (Brawler University/Oak Ridge, TN)

Winner Kyle Kohler by KO 1:51 of Round 3

Shane Hill 14day Medical suspension by Dr. Charise B Johns

Bout 2 Lightweight 155 pounds MMA

Preston Johnson (Mountain Empire MMA/Jonesboro, TN) vs. Scott Holtzman (Shield Systems/Knoxville, TN)

Winner Scott Holtzman by TKO 1:03 of Round 1

Bout 3 Bantamweight 135 pounds MMA

Dustin Wilson (Independent/Maryville, TN) vs. Chris Wilson (MOAB Fighting Concepts/Fayetteville, GA)

Winner Chris Wilson by TKO 0:18 of Round 1

Dustin Wilson 14day Medical suspension by Dr. Charise B Johns

Bout 4 Featherweight 145 pounds MMA

Austin Reece (Team Huskey/Weaverville, NC) vs. Kelby Atchley (Fit Factory/Seymour, TN)

Winner Kelby Atchley by Submit 0:29 of Round 1

Bout 5 Middleweight 185 pounds MMA

Travis Vance (Independent/Maryville, TN) vs. Jerry Bentley (Team Oxendine/Kingsport, TN)

Winner Jerry Bentley by Submit 0:29 of Round 1

Bout 6 Welterweight 170 pounds MMA

Mike Anderson (Mountain Empire MMA/Abingdon, VA) vs. Justin Strange (Independent/Powell, TN)

Winner Mike Anderson by TKO 1:50 of Round 1

Bout 7 Lightweight 155 pounds MMA

Chase Boruff (Independent/Maryville, TN) vs. Chris Wolff (Knox MMA/Pigeon Forge, TN)

Winner Chris Wolff by Submit 0:45 of Round 1

Bout 8 Welterweight 170 pounds MMA

Chris Boyd (Mountain Empire MMA/Bristol, TN) vs. Daniel Veals (Fit Factory, Seymour, TN)

Winner: Daniel Veals by TKO Dr. Stoppage due to cut 0:49 of Round 1

Chris Boyd 30day Medical suspension by Dr. Charise B Johns

Bout 9 Heavyweight 265 pounds and under MMA

Chris Wilson (Independent/Maryville, TN) vs. Emanuel McMullens (Jones Ultimate Karate/Shelby, NC)

Winner Emanuel McMullens by TKO 0:17 of Round 1

Chris Wilson 30day Medical suspension by Dr. Charise B Johns

Bout 10 Lightweight 155 pounds MMA

Roy Sanders (Team FAST/Coeburn, VA) vs. Shane Perrine (Brawler University/Harriman, TN)

Winner Shane Perrine by Submit 2:45 of Round 3

Bout 11 Super Heavyweight 266 pounds and over MMA

Daniel Wagner (Tuco O Tapa/Elizabethton, TN) vs. Kaleb Arnold (Team Oxendine/Bristol, TN)

Winner Daniel Wagner by KO 2:45 of Round 2

Kaleb Arnold 30day Medical suspension by Dr. Charise B Johns

Bout 12 Bantamweight 135 pounds MMA ISKA 135lb State Title Fight

Matthew Tran (Team Huskey/Easley, SC) vs. Chad Perrine (Brawler University/Harriman, TN)

Winner Matthew Tran by Submit 2:28 of Round 1

Bout 13 Middleweight 185 pounds MMA Series Title Fight

Justin Fisher (Knox MMA/Rockwood, TN) vs. Justin Barido (Fit Factory/Sevierville, TN)

Winner Justin Fisher by KO 0:21 of Round 1

Justin Barido 30day Medical suspension by Dr. Charise B Johns

Bout 14 Welterweight 170 pounds MMA Series Title Fight

Drew Kennedy (Pinnacle MMA/Strawplains, TN) vs. Brandon Bowman (MOAB Fighting Concepts/Fayetteville, GA)

Winner Drew Kennedy by KO 1:26 of Round 1

Brandon Bowman 14day Medical suspension by Dr. Charise B Johns

Bout 15 Heavyweight 265 pounds and under MMA Series Title Fight

Tyrone Jackson (Mountain Empire MMA/Bristol, VA) vs. Jeremy Holm (Team R.H.E.K/Gastonia, NC)

Winner Jeremy Holm by TKO 2:56 of Round 1

Tyrone Jackson 7day Medical suspension by Dr. Charise B Johns

Bout 16 Light Heavyweight 205 pounds MMA Series Title Fight

Zachary Klouse (Renegade Boxing/Stanley, NC) vs. Anthony Boyd (Team Oxendine/Bristol VA)

Winner Anthony Boyd by Unanimous Decision 3:00 of Round 3

Bout 17 Lightweight 155 pounds MMA Series Title Fight

Josh Booher (Mountain Empire MMA/Bristol, TN) vs. Troy Dollar (Team Oxendine/Mountain City, TN)

Winner Troy Dollar by Submit 0:28 of Round 1


January 25, 2010

January 23rd, 2010
Victoria, BC, Canada
Promoters: Keith Varga and Lisa Mellett
ISKA Official: Ian Johnston
Judges: Greg Turnbull, Earl Bennett, Mickey Griffith and Brent Shemilt
Score Keeper: Sandy Ibrams
Time Keeper: Donny Dornick

Photos: The Photography Elf, and Arnold Lim @

Steve Drane – Lindsay Ball (Canadian Champ) – Ian Johnston

Quest for the Title 5 was another major success for fighters and fight fans alike. This was another sell-out crowd for The Quest and fight fans were asking for number 6 before the last bell was rung.

Marco Caffiero vs. Rami Ladki 179.1-186
These two men put on a great show and the 1st round was any man’s win. However, Caffiero started consistently throwing Ladki to the canvas throughout the 2nd round and 2 out of 3 judges awarded this win to … Marco Caffiero.

Kieran Mueller vs. Jay Jauncey 124.1-128
Early in Round 1 Mueller took a serious liver shot and you could hear the groan 5 rows back. Mueller fought on courageously, but Jauncey finally brought him down with 2 devastating leg kicks. Jay Jauncey wins, 1:33 in the 1st round.

Chase Ingalls vs Corey Black 159.1-165
This was the shortest fight of the night and a good lesson to come out with your hands up! Chase Ingalls slammed an unbelievably quick back-leg kick into the jaw of Corey Black on the first throw of the night. Black was down for several minutes. KO to Inglass 00:06 in round 1. Eight year old Loukas Papaloukas had the quickest camera and got this one in action.

Lindsay Ball vs. Jessica Gladstone 124.1-128 (Canadian Featherweight Title)
This was a 1 round fight, but not a mismatch at all. Jessica Gladstone and Lindsay Ball were trading place on the judges score cards for almost 90 seconds, but Ball found the target with an overhand right. Following the shouts of her cornerman and Coach, Stan Peterec, she threw it again and again and again, each time connecting solidly on the cheek and jaw of Gladstone and quickly brought the fight to an end. Ball wins the vacant Canadian Featherweight Title at 1:45 of round 1.

Sylvan Herberger vs. Robbie Espenberg 159.1-165
It pays to be a well rounded fighter! This fight was fantastic action and round 1 was toe to toe. But in round 2, Espenberg showed his exceptional boxing proficiency and Herberger just didn’t know how to handle that. The ref stopped the action at 1:30 in the 2nd round. Winner - Robbie Espenberg!

Mike Downey vs. Mike Houle 179.1-186
This was a split decision for good cause. Downey came in looking strong and a good 10 lbs heaver then Houle, but Houle was well trained, strong and had a great chin. Houle was the first to put the pressure on anytime there was a break in the action, which gave him the edge, and the tenacity of these two fighter made for a great fight. Houle got this close decision.

Greg LaMothe vs. Tom Mattu 147.1-153
Undoubtedly the fight of the night! These two fighters were closely matched, highly skilled and they both showed up to win. Even with all the skill in the ring both men had to prove they had strong leg and good chins. Well done Gentlemen. All three judge - 2 rounds to 1, the winner - Tome Mattu.

Brian Chou vs. John Hamm 142.1-147

This was the fight everyone was waiting for and no one could have been disappointed in the action. Both fighters had excellent technique, were very strong and are a credit to the sport. However, Chou was in a class of his own. The leg speed on Chou is second to none, and his punching combinations are complex and blindingly fast. It is credit to John Hamm’s training and skills as a fighter that this went to the score cards at all. A unanimous decision for Chou. It is high time for Chou to start fighting for some ISKA title belts!


January 25, 2010

The Indian Martial arts annual General Meeting was held on 24th January in New Delhi where the President of ISKA INDIA, Shihan Sen was elected as a Joint Secretary in All india karate Federation Recog by Govt.of India and Indian Olympic association.

This is a great step for ISKA in India and we wish Shihan Sen all the best in offering his services to the Athletic society in India.


January 25, 2010

Munich, Germany; The annual referee seminar in Munich was very successfully. 32 International referees participated the seminar designed to make certain that ISKA rules, regulations and policies are maintained consistently throughout the European continent.. Many new licenses were awarded based on the results the official's exams.

The next international referee seminar will be in Lviv, Ukraine, February 18th -20th 2011.

The ISKA EUROPEAN council also took the opportunity to meet. ISKA
European President and Executive Council member Fritz Exenberger (Austria) and European Vice President and Executive Council member Davut Sidal (Turkey) are pictured offering congratulations on a successful event.


January 25, 2010

NIGHT OF THE EIGHT III was way more exiting than was evem expected by the audiences. An outstanding 8 Men Tournament in the weight category of -70 kg under ISKA k-1 Rules.

They were all the best that Iran had to offer in -70kg & it turned to be an unbelievable night for all who attended the show.

Due to an excellent match making done by Shihan Najafi (ISKA IRAN) the bouts were very close & the audiences witnessed a first class kickboxing gala by all the meaning.

All of the fighters gave their best & there were Hamid Mohammad Poor a K-1 max Veteran & Saeed Chardoli who made it through the final.

Saeed Chardoli had relatively esier since he finished both his pre finals by KO & he had picked up less injuries, unlikely Hamid Mohammad poor who had to fight his way to the final through 2 pre final fights each with 1 Ex.round.

At the end of the night it was Saeed Chardoli who took the crawn after 3 hard rounds of fighting plus 10,000,000Rls Price Money.

Night of the 8 is a series of VIP galas promoted by ISKA IRAN & ISKA ASIA. According to the Local rules in Iran, Professional fights are not allowed & therefore all the fighters in these events are forced to use head guards, although they follow the professional rules during the fights.

ISKA ASIA Team wished that you were all there to enjoy this very event.

(note: Even professional fighters in Iran are required to wear headgear and shin/instep protection)

Michel LAUBSCHER appointed ISKA Director in Switzerland

January 25, 2010

Möhlin, Switzerland; With immediate effect ISKA has appointed new leadership in SWITZERLAND. Michel LAUBSCHER has been appointed national director for all ISKA operations in Switzerland.

Michel is a Krav Maga expert and has many years experience in both Kickboxing and traditional martial arts. We have every confidence in Mr. Laubscher’s ability to direct the ISKA operation in his native Switzerland, and look forward to a long and beneficial relationship. Look for the new website, to be up and running very soon.


January 24, 2010

Presents “Live MMA”
The Electric Cowboy
Chattanooga, TN

Results by ISKA Event Representative: Todd Murray

Bout 1 Featherweight 145 pounds MMA

Jacob Herrington (Faith MMA/Gainesville, GA) vs. Derrick Hubbard (Team Truth/Cleveland, TN)

Winner Derrick Hubbard by Unanimous Decision 3:00 of Round 3

Bout 2 Lightweight 155 pounds MMA

Josh Carlyle (Faith MMA/Gainesville, GA) vs. BJ Huff (Rough Necks MMA/Canton, GA)

Winner Josh Carlyle by Submit 2:03 of Round 1

Bout 3 Welterweight 170 pounds Muay Thai

Allen Greer (The Basement/Atlanta, GA) vs. Pat Krell (LA Fitness/Dunwoody, GA)

Winner Pat Krell by KO 1:54 of Round 2

Bout 4 Lightweight 155 pounds MMA

Stephen Sisk (Team Ground Control/Dayton, TN) vs. Anthony Coats (Wave Fitness/Fort Oglethorpe, GA)

Winner Anthony Coats by TKO 1:23 of Round 1

Bout 5 Middleweight 185 pounds MMA

Daniel Watson (Full Throttle MMA/Oakwood, GA) vs. Octavian Washington (Messiahs Martial Arts/Columbus, GA)

Winner Octavian Washington by Unanimous Decision 3:00 of Round 3

Bout 6 Middleweight 185 pounds MMA

Lyle Brown II (Team Ground Control/Dayton, TN) vs. David Smallwood (Faith MMA/Gainesville, GA)

Winner David Smallwood by TKO 2:54 of Round 3

Bout 7 Welterweight 170 pounds MMA

TJ Harris (Full Throttle MMA/Oakwood, GA) vs. Joey Martian (Rough Necks MMA/Canton, GA)

Winner TJ Harris by Split Decision 3:00 of Round 3

Bout 8 Featherweight 145 pounds MMA

Thomas Heaton (Faith MMA/Gainesville, GA) vs. Nathan Lindsay (Wave Fitness, Fort Oglethorpe, GA)

Winner: Nathan Lindsay by Split Decision 3:00 of Round 3

Bout 9 Featherweight 145 pounds MMA

Matt Keller (The Fight Factory/Chattanooga, TN) vs. Hector Espinosa/Messiahs Martial Arts/Columbus, GA)

Winner Matt Keller by TKO 0:06 of Round 1

Bout 10 Bantamweight 135 pounds MMA

Chris Williams (Parts Unknown MMA/Snellville, GA) vs. Vance Hively (Team Truth/Cleveland, TN)

Winner Chris Williams by Submit 2:06 of Round 2

Bout 11 Lightweight 155 pounds Kickboxing

Phillip Grayson (Team Ground Control/Dayton, TN) vs. Lee Cain (Faith MMA/Gainesville, GA)

Winner Lee Cain by TKO 0:52 of Round 2

Bout 12 Heavyweight 265 pounds and under MMA

Adrian Thompson (Faith MMA/Gainesville, GA) vs. Ron Cotton (Messiahs Martial Arts/Columbus, GA)

Winner Adrian Thompson by Split Decision 3:00 of Round 3


January 16, 2010

January 16, 2010
Xtreme Fighting Champions (Doug Day)

Presents “Caged Vengeance”
National Guard Armory
Athens, TN

Results by ISKA Event Representative: Todd Murray

Bout 1 Bantamweight 135 pounds Grappling

Curtis Helton vs. Derrick Hubbard

Winner Derrick Hubbard by Submit 2:45 of Round 3

Bout 2 Middleweight 185 pounds Kickboxing

CJ Deaton vs. Lucas Johnson

Winner Lucas Johnson by TKO 0:49 of Round 1

Bout 3 Lightweight 155 pounds MMA

Robert Craig vs. Joey Turner

Winner Robert Craig by Submit 2:30 of Round 1

Bout 4 Lightweight 155 pounds Kickboxing

Chris Brewer vs. Corey Gard

Winner Chris Brewer by TKO 1:30 of Round 1

Bout 5 Featherweight 145 pounds Kickboxing

Vance Hively vs. Cody Trisdale

Winner Vance Hively by TKO 1:33 of Round 1

Bout 6 Middleweight 185 pounds MMA

Joshua “Shuster” Jarvis vs. Josh Couch

Winner Joshua “Shuster” Jarvis by Unanimous Decision 3:00 of Round 3

Bout 7 Welterweight 170 pounds Kickboxing

Chester McClain vs. Lee Burns

No Winner Fight Scored a Draw 3:00 of Round 3

Bout 8 Middleweight 185 pounds Grappling

Jarrett Nash vs. Mark Becker

No Winner Fight Scored a Draw 3:00 of Round 3

Bout 9 Welterweight 170 pounds MMA

Wendell Hurless vs. Jessie “The Joker” Grissom

Winner Jessie “The Joker” Grissom by Unanimous Decision 3:00 of Round 3

Bout 10 Super Heavyweight 266 pounds and over MMA Series Title

Marlone Smith vs. William Deal

Winner Marlone Smith by KO 0:28 of Round 1

Ryan Couture and Larry Mirr Successful at TUFF-N-UFF

January 13, 2010

Written by Knoxville MMA Examiner Katrina Belcher Tuesday, 12 January 2010 14:04

On January 10th, 2010, at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV, Tuff-N-Uff and MTX Audio presented FIGHT NIGHT III - a 14 bout fight card, complete with headline fights by Larry Mir and Ryan Couture.
In the 155 pound fight, Ryan Couture of Xtreme Couture fame fought against Joe “Hollywood” Tussing of Team Warrior Concepts.

Next, fans saw Larry Mir, cousin of former UFC Champion Frank Mir, fight Chris Barden of Wand Fight Team in the 145 pound bout.

The card also featured the Bowler brothers, Jesse and Colt “45”, both of Filipino MMA in two separate fights.

Before the fights, Barry Meyer, President and Founder of Tuff-N-Uff, said: “We are pulling out all the great fights to highlight our return to the Las Vegas Strip at Fight Night III.” Per Meyer: “This event was private the last two years and this year’s should sell out quick. We should also have some great celebrities in the crowd such as Randy "The Natural" Couture, Frank Mir, Wanderlei Silva and many more!”

To see which fighters had a good time - please see the results below!

Fight 1: Joel Black vs. John Hahn
--Hahn wins by TKO (strikes) @ 1:28 of round 1.

Fight 2: Jesse Bowler vs. Dustin Chevalier
--Chevalier wins by KO (punch) @ 16 seconds of round 1.

Fight 3: Shane Larsen vs. Eric Center
--Larsen wins via split decision.

Fight 4: Paul Garcia vs. Charles Lee
--Lee wins by TKO (strikes) @ 58 seconds of round 1.

Fight 5: Colton Bowler vs. Jesse Romero
--Romero wins via unanimous decision.

Fight 6: Tim Bowman vs. Brandon Donnelly
--Bowman wins by TKO (strikes) @ 32 seconds of round 1.

Fight 7: Tommy Gavin vs. Jake Swinney
--Swinney wins by TKO (armbar) @ 1:31 of round 1.

Fight 8: Roman Isbell vs. Scott Kelsey
--Isbell wins via unanimous decision.

Fight 9: Junior Gomez vs. Richard Junio
--Junio wins by TKO (armbar) @ 1:35 of round 1.

Fight 10: Jon Gorton vs. Gil Guardado
--Guardado wins via unanimous decision.

Fight 11: Alex Brooks vs. Justin Vadnais
--Brooks wins by TKO (strikes) @ 44 seconds of round 3.

Fight 12: Maurice Senters vs. Jimmy Jones (135lbs. Title Defense)
--Jones wins by TKO (strikes) @ 2:43 of round 1.

Fight 13: Anastacio Cruz vs. Larry Mir
--Mir wins by TKO strikes @ 35 seconds of round 1.

Fight 14: Joe Tussing vs. Ryan Couture
--Couture wins by TKO (rear-naked choke) @ 1:07 of round 1.


January 10, 2010

British Lightweight Standout John Dennis fought on KRUSH 5 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo on the 4th January 2010. He featured in the main event against Japan’s Noaki Ishikawa under K-1 Rules. The match was arranged by ISKA UK.

Dennis blasted the former All Japan Champion Ishigawa knocking him down three in the first round. On the third knock down the referee stepped in to save Ishigawa from more punishment, Dennis was elated with his spectacular debut in Tokyo. The KRUSH promoters were very impressed and said Dennis will be invited back, there was even talk of a multi-fight deal.


January 10, 2010

Location: Cukurova University
Visitors: 3500 FULL House
Brodcast: FOX TV, Adana TV ( Region )

ISKA Worldtitlefight -96.40kg Orienatlrules (K-1)
Bahadir Sari (Turkey) v.s. Eric Sauer (Surinam)
Winner Bahadir Sari of K.o. in Round 2

ISKA Europeantitlefight -69.50kg Thaiboxing
Erkan Varol (Turkey) v.s. Thilo Schneider (Germany)
Winner Thilo Schneider winner of T.K.o. in Round 4

Orientalrules (K-1) 3x3min. -72.30kg.
Tevfik Sucu (Turkey/Tempel F.S.) v.s. EARL HARRY MARICA (Surinam)
Winner of Points Tevfik Sucu

Orientalrules (K-1) 3x3min. -75.00kg.
Yahya Alemdag (Turkey) v.s. Omar Anmrani (Marocco/Tempel F.S.)
Winner of K.o in Round 3 Yahya Alemdag

Orientalrules (K-1) 3x3min. -69.50kg.
Atakan Aslan (Turkey) v.s. Timo Seidel (Germany/Tempel F.S.)
Winner of T.K.o in Round 3 Atakan Arslan

Orientalrules (K-1) 3x3min. -81.40kg.
Mehmet Aksoy (Turkey) v.s. Priest West (Germany)
Winner of T.K.o (injury) in Round 1 Mehmet Atasoy. Prist West is from USA Live
in Germany, is verry well fighter

Orientalrules (K-1) 3x3min. -69.50kg.
Hakan Ertugrul (Turkey) v.s. Hatai Sabanow (Kazastan)
Winner of T.K.o in Round 1 Hakan Ertugrul

Orientalrules (K-1) 3x3min. -72.30kg.
Murat Göktepe (Turkey) v.s. Akis Sariyev ( Kazachstan)
Winner of Points Akis Sariyev

Orientalrules (K-1) 3x3min. -75.00kg.
Ali Cenik (Turkey) v.s. Ramazan Beyazkaya ( Turkey )
Winner of K.o. in Round 3 Ali Cenik

Orientalrules (K-1) 3x3min. -72.30kg.
Adem Bozkurt (Turkey) v.s. Saban Saban ( Kazastan )
Winner of K.o. in Round 2 Adem Bozkurt


January 9, 2010

Presents “Resolution”
West La Follette Elementary School
La Follette, TN

Results by ISKA Event Representative: Todd Murray

Bout 1 Flyweight 125 pounds Kickboxing

Eric Ridenour vs. Eric Armstrong

Winner Eric Armstrong by TKO 1:30 of Round 1

Bout 2 Featherweight 145 pounds MMA

James Click vs. Bobby Cobb

Winner James Click by Submit 0:49 of Round 2

Bout 3 Lightweight 155 pounds Youth Grappling

Curtis Ward vs. Jesse Calbaugh

Winner Jesse Calbaugh by submit 2:00 of Round 3

Bout 4 Welterweight 170 pounds MMA

Dustin Smith vs. Naythen Edwards

Winner Dustin Smith by TKO 0:07 of Round 1

Bout 5 Middleweight 185 pounds MMA

Courtney Moore vs. Jack Harvey

Winner Jack Harvey by Majority Decision 3:00 of Round 3

Bout 6 Flyweight 125 pounds Youth Kickboxing

Harley Bailey vs. Jason Buckner

Winner Harley Bailey by Unanimous Decision 2:00 of Round 3

Bout 7 Welterweight 170 pounds Youth Grappling

Brody Roberts vs. Wesley Phillips

Winner Brody Roberts by Submit 2:00 of Round 3

Bout 8 Featherweight 145 pounds Youth Kickboxing

Adam Muse vs. Chase Smith

Winner Adam Muse by TKO 0:56 of Round 2

Bout 9 Middleweight 185 pounds Youth Kickboxing

Jacob Lynch vs. Rowan Sharp

Winner Rowan Sharp by TKO 0:39 of Round 2

Bout 10 Middleweight 185 pounds MMA

Josh “Rocky” Lange vs. Travis Vance

Winner Josh “Rocky” Lange by Submit 2:32 of Round 2

Bout 11 Super Heavyweight 266 pounds and over Kickboxing

Chris Braden vs. Sam McGee

No Winner Technical Draw 1:54 of Round 1

Bout 12 Middleweight 185 pounds MMA

James Newton vs. Eric Bedwell

Winner James Newton by TKO 1:34 of Round 2

Bout 13 Welterweight 170 pounds MMA Series Title

Jonathan Gilliam vs. Kyle Kohler

Winner Kyle Kohler by Submit 2:20 of Round 2

Bout 14 Light Heavyweight 205 pounds MMA Series Title

Justin Fisher vs. Preston Witick

Winner Justin Fisher by TKO 2:31 of Round 1

Bout 15 Heavyweight 265 pounds and under MMA Series Title

Chris Wilson vs. Mickey Braden

Winner Mickey Braden by TKO 3:00 of Round 1

Bout 16 Flyweight 125 pounds Women’s MMA Series Title

Rebecca Daugherty vs. Linda Worley

Winner Linda Worley by TKO 1:49 of Round 2


January 7, 2010




January 7, 2010

NEW YORK (January 6, 2009)– Knockout artists “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (16-5) and Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef (24-6-1) will square off with each other in a middleweight (185 pounds) contest at the STRIKEFORCE: Miami mixed martial arts (MMA) event at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on Saturday, January 30. Wrestling powerhouses Joe “Diesel” Riggs (32-10) and Jay “The Thoroughbred” Hieron (18-4) will face off at welterweight (170 pounds).

The 27-year-old Lawler, one of MMA’s most explosive punchers, will attempt to rebound from the first round (2:02) submission (guillotine choke) he suffered at the hands of Jake Shields in the main event the first-ever STRIKEFORCE fight card in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, June 6, 2009.

One fight prior to the meeting with Shields, Lawler, who hails from Granite City, Illinois, thrilled millions of fans when he unleashed his wrath on Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith in the main event of the live, CBS primetime televised event held in Stockton, California on July 26, 2008.

Born in San Diego, California, Lawler relocated with his family to Bettendorf, Iowa where, at the age of 16, he became a protégé of MMA legend Pat Miletich. Just three years later, Lawler exploded onto the MMA scene, emerging victorious in his first seven starts.

Lawler’s second round KO of Steve Berger at UFC 37.5 on June 22, 2002 made history when it became the first MMA fight ever to air on cable television during an episode of Fox Sports Net’s The Best Damn Sports Show, Period.

A seven time veteran of UFC action, Lawler also made a splash in the now-defunct PRIDE Fighting Championships when he scored a crushing knockout on Joey Villasenor with a flying knee a mere 22 seconds into their matchup at Las Vegas, Nevada’s Thomas and Mack Center on October 21, 2006.

Manhoef, one of STRIKEFORCE’s newest signees who hails from Amsterdam,
Netherlands, notched his latest conquest just days ago at the annual New Year’s Eve K-1 “Dynamite!” event in Japan when he scored a first round (1:49) TKO on former top 10 ranked Kazuo Misaki with a barrage of punches.

His arrival in STRIKEFORCE comes after Manhoef reached the semifinal round of the 2008 DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix tournament by scoring first round TKOs on Dae Won Kim and legendary champion Kazushi Sakuraba on May 11, 2008 and June 15,2008 respectfully.

His well-known battle cry “When I fight, I am willing to die” has translated into Manhoef’s explosive style of fighting, one that has helped him earn 22 of his 30 career MMA wins and 27 of his 45 career kickboxing victories by way of knockout.

Manhoef’s tenure in K-1, the world’s premiere stand-up fighting league, dates back to February 24, 2002. During his tenure with the Japanese promotion, he has triumphed over the likes of former K-1 tournament champions Stefan Leko and Ruslan Karaev, whom Manhoef crushed with a left hook only 31 seconds into their meeting in Amsterdam on June 23, 2007.

Riggs, a 27 year old native of Phoenix, Arizona, will attempt to extend a four fight win streak that began with his second round (2:05) TKO of Luke Stewart in a STRIKEFORCE: Destruction bout at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on November 21, 2008.

In his last effort under the STRIKEFORCE banner, Riggs dominated hard-hitting “The New York Badass” Phil Baroni for three consecutive rounds of action before walking away with a unanimous judges’ decision victory at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center on June 6, 2009.

Hieron, a former nationally ranked NCAA wrestler for Hofstra University, has been victorious in each of his last six starts. The Long Island, New York native made his STRIKEFORCE debut in his last effort, earning a unanimous decision win over Jesse “J.T. Money” Taylor at HP Pavilion on August 15, 2009.

A former troubled teen, Hieron has since become an inspiration, winning a world title with the now defunct International Fight League (IFL) and relocating to Las Vegas in order to train with the fight squad headed by MMA legend Randy “The Natural” Couture.

Tickets for STRIKEFORCE: Miami are on sale at the BankAtlantic Center ticket office and Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000 as well as online at and

In the main event, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Nick Diaz (20-7) of Stockton, California will take on fellow superstar and DREAM welterweight (170 pounds) champion Marius “The Whitemare” Zaromskis (13-3) of Siaulial, Lithuania at welterweight.

STRIKEFORCE Women’s World Lightweight (145 pounds) Champion Cris Cyborg (8-1) of Curitiba, Brazil will put her title on the line against Marloes Coenen (17-3) of Deventer, Holland.

Football legend Herschel Walker (0-0) will make his highly-anticipated MMA debut against an opponent that has yet to be determined. Undefeated heavyweight and former WWE champion Bobby Lashley (4-0) will make his STRIKEFORCE debut during the event.

Doors at BankAtlantic Center will open for the event at 6:30 p.m. The first non-televised, preliminary bout will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The live SHOWTIME telecast of STRIKEFORCE: Miami will begin at 10 pm ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) and will include as many as five bouts.

STRIKEFORCE in March 2009 signed a multi-year agreement to stage live MMA events on the premium cable television network. The promotion made its live, primetime debut on CBS with the “Fedor vs. Rogers” mega-fight that it co-promoted with M-1 Global on Saturday, November 7 and generated 5.46 million viewers for the main event between the world’s number one heavyweight, Fedor Emelianenko, and superstar Brett “The Grim” Rogers.

STRIKEFORCE ( is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion which, on Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its “Shamrock vs. Gracie” event, the first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight card in California state history. The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose’s HP Pavilion, played host to a sold-out, record crowd of 18,265. Since 1995,STRIKEFORCE has been the exclusive provider of martial arts programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of success as a leading, world championship kickboxing promotion, the company unveiled its mixed martial arts series with “Shamrock vs. Gracie.” In May 2008, West Coast Productions, the parent company of STRIKEFORCE, partnered with Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E), an entity created in 2000 to oversee all business operation aspects of the San Jose Sharks and HP Pavilion at San Jose.



Mike Afromowitz
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