CFFC 38 Preview

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Cage Fury Fighting Championships featherweight champion, Levan Makashvili (8-0) meets challenger and former Bellator tournament veteran, Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra (16-3) at CFFC 38 at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, N.J. on August 9.

Makashvili still remains undefeated after defeating Scott Heckman at CFFC 35 to earn the CFFC title. To earn his title shot, Makashvili won a unanimous decision over Jordan Stiner. Makashvili has won three fights by knockout. At Ring of Combat XLVI, Makashvili defeated Tom English via knockout at 1:39 in round 2. Prior to the victory, Makshvili won by KO at 0:17 in round 1 over Thomas Walsh.

The champ will have his hands full when he meets a former Bellator Tournament featherweight, Bezerra. This 9-time Bellator veteran went (7-2) inside the promotion with losses to Marlon Sandro and Mike Richman. Most recently, Bezerra earned a rear-naked choke finish over Bruno Dias in November, his first fight outside of Bellator in over ten fights. Bezerra has a lot of experience fighting big-name fighters, but has not had much success in defeating them, including a submission lost to UFC featherweight, Charles Oliveira. Bezerra has found a lot of success in defeating a lot of highly regarded regional fighters like Will Martinez, Scott Heckman, and Kenny Foster. Bezerra was set to make his CFFC debut at CFFC 32 against Jordan Stiner, but injury forced him out of the bout.

Jonovin “Spyder” Webb (6-0) will face UFC veteran, Daniel “The Anvil” Stittgen (9-3) at Cage Fury Fighting Championships 38 for the vacant CFFC welterweight title at Borgata Hotel Spa and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. on August 8.

Webb continued his unbeaten streak with an impressive decision over Mike Winters at CFFC 35. Previous to his most recent outing, Webb earned a submission victory over Whitney Jean-Francois at CFFC 31. “Spyder” has fought all six of his professional bouts inside the CFFC cage. In late October of 2013, Webb defeated Aung La N Sang via first round TKO at CFFC 28. Webb has collected three wins by decision, one by TKO and has gone all three rounds just once in his career. Webb also has earned wins over Steven Wampler, Jason Lee and Robert Gittens.

Stittgen is a former UFC welterweight who is currently riding a two fight win streak. Stittgen defeated both Eric Hammerich and Dan McGlasson via submission. Stittgen has not tasted defeat since being cut by the UFC. In his UFC debut, Stittgen was knocked out via head kick by Stephen Thompson at UFC 143. Stittgen lost to Marcelo Guimaraes via split decision at UFC on FUEL TV 4 which eventually led to “The Anvil” being cut. In 2011, he earned three strait victories which earned him his ticket inside the octagon.

Off the Chain (OTC) – “August Apocalypse” Preview

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Off the Chain (OTC) returns on GFL with “August Apocalypse” on August 2 from the Summit Arena in Hot Springs, Arkansas.   This event brings together all of the top fighters in Arkansas and the surrounding area as OTC puts on another stacked pro/am card for the rabid fans of the area. Currently the event plans to have 20+ fights!

Scheduled to compete, Anthony Jones takes on Aldir Junior. Both men have a lot riding on this fight as they are just starting out in their pro careers and looking to climb the ladder fast. Jones is a solid wrestler with strong takedowns while Junior is an expert grappler and can hit submissions off of his back which he will need as Jones will be looking to take Junior down fast and hard. Expect a chess match on the ground with Jones’ ground and pound and Junior’s submission attempts.

In other action, Carlton Little (3-2) fights Lemarcus Tucker (2-0). Little is a heavy hitter and brings KO power into the fight with both hands. Little is usually in the running for fight of the night and this fight with Tucker looks to continue in that tradition. Tucker turned pro earlier this year and already had 2 wins via stoppage. Tucker will look for number 3 against Little. Tucker brings terrific ground and pound into the fight and got his last opponent to submit due to strikes. If this fight hits the ground, it will be a game changer as whoever ends up on top will probably finish the fight there.

Don’t miss “August Apocalypse” presented by Off the Chain on August 2. Watch all the action and witness the champions of tomorrow as they fight today, live on the GFL Combat Sports Network exclusively on iPPV.

SCL Heat Review

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Sparta Combat League returned on GFL with “Heat”, a stacked MMA card from the Douglas County Event Center in Castle Rock, Colorado. This event was full speed ahead from bell to bell as these pros and amateurs threw down in battle in the cage.

In the main event for the SCL Middleweight Title, Adam Stroup (6-1) defeated Jason Lee (7-5) via TKO in the second round to win the title. Early on, both fighters showed a great technical level as they both threw great strikes and also had awesome defense as they checked kicks left and right and both continued to throw down for the fans. The fight was a striking clinic as both men tried to take each other out with punches, kicks, and knees. In the second, Lee pushed Stroup against the cage, but Stroup reversed the position and found his opening to end the fight. Stroup used his size advantage to land some solid knees against the cage in while Lee tried to defend. Multiple knees got through and dropped Lee. Stroup followed Lee to the ground where he scored with ground and pound as Lee defended himself. Lee got back to his feet but was hit with another knee to the head that dropped him a second time and Stroup finished the fight on the ground this time with more ground and pound.

In other action, Alice Yauger (1-2) defeated Shannon Sinn (1-1) via unanimous decision. Yauger continued to come forward and counter the striking of Sinn as it was almost dead even on the standup. Sinn used good footwork and found her spots from a distance as she connected with hard leg kicks, and one-two combos. Yauger would throw harder shots with not as much volume. In the last round, Yauger seemed to seal the deal as she got a takedown and put Sinn on her back and controlled the ground decisively. It was a solid win for Yauger who came into the fight as the underdog but gave a great performance as did Sinn.

Josh “Hellboy” Huber defeated Joey Banks via TKO in a 145 lb Muay Thai battle. The southpaw Huber connected with hard left hands right down the middle that hurt Banks throughout the fight. Banks battled back and landed some overhand rights, but the volume punching of Huber was the difference. Huber connected with combos and hard knees to the midsection. Finally, as Banks started to get winded, Huber threw everything but the kitchen sink at him as Huber scored with lefts, rights, knees to the body and finally knees to the head that dropped Banks and put him away.

Sparta Combat League brought down the house once again as they have quickly grabbed a chokehold on Mountain West MMA and this show continued in that tradition. Order “Heat” now and watch anytime on video on demand only on

Keystone Boxing – Recio vs Blake Review

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“The Cuban Assassin” Larry Recio of Springdale, MD won a six-round unanimous decision over Grayson Blake of State College, PA in the junior middleweight main event.   Recio is now 7-0, five KO’s while Blake is now 5-3-1, two KO’s.

In the middleweight co-feature, Demond “D Best At It” Nicholson of Laurel, MD scored a first-round TKO over Jess “Thunder” Noriega of Lynchburg, VA.  The bout was stopped at 2:02 of the first.  Nicholson remains perfect at 8-0, eight KO’s.  Noriega is now 2-12, two KO’s.

Terron “Kid” Grant of White Plains, MD lost a six-round split decision to Jose Del Valle of Bayamon, Puerto Rico in a junior lightweight matchup.  Grant loses for the first time and is now 9-1, four KO’s.  Del Valle is now 3-7-3.

Lightweight Patrick Harris of Hyattsville, MD stopped Michael Doyle of Prichard, AL at 49 seconds of the third round.  Harris is now 2-0, two KO’s while Doyle is 2-10-1, one KO.

DC junior lightweight Joshua “Dynamite” Davis won a six-round split decision over Thomas “The Animal” Herrera of Hollywood, CA.  Davis’s record improves to 7-1, three KO’s.  Herrera is now 3-12-1.

Marq “The Monster” Johns of Fort Washington, MD scored a brutal second-round TKO over Luis Hernandez of Caguas, Puerto Rico in a super bantamweight bout.  Johns is now 4-0-1, four KO’s while Hernandez is 0-5.

Junior welterweight Myke “The Professor” Fox of Forestville, MD stopped Mason Wickett of Little Rock, AR at 1:29 of the third round.  Fox is now 3-0, one KO while Wickett is 0-7.

Lightweight Emanuel “Jab” Johnson of Brandywine, MD won a four-round majority decision over Calvin Smith of Prichard, AL.  Johnson is 2-0 while Smith is 2-8.

Welterweight Stephon “Flash” McDonald of Laurel, MD won a four-round majority decision over James Gooding of Tampa, FL.  McDonald is 3-0, two KO’s while Gooding is 1-7-1, one KO.

GFL REAL FIGHTS Presents Reading to Rumble 2 Beginning July 21 on TCN and CSN



July 18, 2014

GFL, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with world class boxing from the Santander Arena in Reading with Reading To Rumble 2 featuring a full lineup of top notch fights.

In the main event, rising Jr Lightweight Frankie De Alba will look for his 11th consecutive victory when he takes on Pablo Batres in a scheduled 8-round bout at the Santander Arena. De Alba of Reading has a record of 12-1-2 with 4 knockouts and has not lost since his pro debut in 2011.  He has been unbeaten in 14 straight.

“Everything is good & I am anxious for Saturday,” said De Alba.

He faces Batres (7-9-1, 2 KO’s) of Nogales, Mexico, who himself has been on a roll as he has won three straight bouts.

“I don’t know much about Batres.  I know he is Mexican and I am sure like all Mexicans, he is tough and will come to fight with a lot of pressure.”

Despite having just nine amateur bouts, De Alba feels like he is just now coming into is own and his best boxing is still ahead of him.

“I have been learning more and more each fight.  Every fight I pick up something new and with the experience, my confidence keeps growing.”

De Alba knows that with a win on Saturday, big things are on the horizon.

“I am not looking past Batres.  If everything goes well, my next opponents will be tougher and stronger.  I do not care what they throw at me because I am ready for anything.”

De Alba’s popularity continues to grow and he excited to headline in a 10,000 seat Arena like The Santander.

“I feel blessed and humbled to be the headliner.  I trained very hard for this fight to please the fans.  I just want to thank everybody for their support.  I will put on a great show and fight my heart out like always”, finished De Alba.

De Alba is currently ranked number-11 by the USBA

In four round bouts:

Pat Kehoe (1-0) of Reading, PA will fight Danny Lugo (2-7, 1 KO) of Harrisburg, PA in a Jr. Middleweight bout.

Robert Ramos (1-2-1, 1 KO) of Allentown, PA will battle Rolnado Chinea (7-0-1, 4 KOs) of Lancaster, PA in a Lightweight bout.

Miquel Martinez (1-0) of Reading, PA will fight Alex Sanchez (3-4, 2 KO’s) of Canden, NJ in a Jr. Middleweight bout.

Christian Molina (1-0) of Allentown, PA will fight debuting Jordan Morales in a Jr. Welterweight bout.

Benjamin Burgos (1-6-1) of Mount Pocono, PA will box Antonio DuBose (4-0, 2 KO’s) of Philadelphia in a Featherweight fight.

Air times are listed below:

The Comcast Network (TCN) (all zones): Monday, July 21 at 7:00pm ET

TCN Replay (Mid Atlantic): Tuesday, July 22 at 9:00pm ET

TCN Replay (all zones): Saturday, July 26 at 8:30pm ET

CSN Philadelphia: Thursday, July 24 at 7:00pm ET

CSN Philadelphia: Sunday, July 27 at 11:00pm ET

CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Northwest and CSN Bay Area will also be airing Reading To Rumble 2 in the weeks and months to follow. In addition, close to 25 cable and satellite systems carry CSN and because of that wide distribution across numerous regions and even nationally via satellite, GFL REAL FIGHTS is available on additional platforms.

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Upcoming Events on Comcast

7/21: Reading To Rumble 2 (boxing)

7/28: CFFC 37 (MMA)

8/4: Peltz Boxing: Chazz Witherspoon VS Tyabb Beale (boxing)

8/11: XFE 43: Stiner v Graham

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Keystone Boxing – Recio vs Blake Preview

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One of the featured contests on the card involves undefeated Springdale, MD junior middleweight “The Cuban Assassin” Larry Recio who will step into a six-round bout for the first time in his young career when he faces Grayson Blake of State College, PA.

Recio (6-0, five KO’s) will be looking for his sixth straight knockout victory. In his last outing, Recio stopped Daniel Gonzalez in the second round on May 31 at the Washington Convention Center. Blake (5-2, two KO’s) has not fought since February of 2013 and will be trying to break a two-bout losing streak.

In another six-round contest, White Plains, MD lightweight Terron “Kid” Grant will take on Jose Del Valle of Bayamon, Puerto Rico in a bout where the won-loss records will not tell the whole story.

Grant (9-0, four KO’s) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision win over Alberto Candelaria on April 18 at Rosecroft. Del Valle (2-7-3) will be facing his fourth undefeated opponent in his last six outings and he will have one distinct advantage over Grant — height. Del Valle is 6’2″ and will have a seven-inch height advantage over Grant at 5’7″.

Also on the card, DC lightweight Joshua Davis returns to action in another six-round encounter when he faces Thomas “The Animal” Herrera of Las Vegas, NV. Davis (6-1, three KO’s) won a tough six-round split decision over Joel Flores on March 7 at Rosecroft. Herrera (3-11-1, one KO) makes his first trip to the East Coast and looks to break a four-bout losing streak. Herrera is a durable opponent who has never been stopped in a pro bout.

In four-round bouts already signed, undefeated Germantown, MD junior middleweight Gerome Quigley will battle Alfred Hall of Jackson, MI. Quigley (4-0, three KO’s) is coming off a third-round TKO of Damon Antoine on May 17 in Annandale, VA. Hall (3-4-2, two KO’s) has lost his last three.

Also, Forestville, MD junior welterweight Myke “The Professor” Fox will take on Shannon Kelley of Columbus, OH. Fox (2-0) won a four-round majority decision over Benjamin Olinga on the last Rosecroft card on June 13. Kelley (0-1) competes for the first time since losing his pro debut in November of 2012.


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ATLANTIC CITY – Regional MMA champions usually face a long line of worthy challengers, but that’s not always the case.

Given the high stakes involved, some fighters may beeschewing the traditional route of fighting the toughest opponents available and are instead focusing on maintaining outstanding records in the hopes of attracting the attention of UFC bosses.

And that sometimes means passing on the chance to win a championship.

Case in point: Cage Fury Fighting Championships lightweight titleholder Paul “The Irish Dragon” Felder has his belt, but he has struggled to find an opponent for his first title defense.

A hard-nosed striker who won the crown with a second-round TKO of veteran Marc Stevens in March, Felder is unbeaten in seven professional fights and is considered one of the brightest prospects not already in the UFC.

He says after the Stevens fight, his opponent pool shrank drastically.

“I’m not saying these guys are cowards. They’re looking out for their careers, too. It’s just kind of a hard fight to take. Everybody is like ‘I don’t want to take that fight — I want to get called to the UFC.’ But that’s not what (the UFC is) looking for. When you beat tough kids, that’s when you go,” said Felder, who has stopped five of his seven opponents with strikes. “I want to fight whomever is going to get me closest to the UFC and get me noticed by Joe Silva and Dana White. That’s the only other organization I want to fight for.”

Cage Fury officials say they thought they had secured an opponent for Felder on several occasions.

Two Canadians – including Alex Ricci (8-2) – were offered the fight but ultimately turned it down. CFFC CEO Rob Haydak said the fighters declined to face Felder because they claimed they were on the “short list” to be called to the UFC. Another fighter — also a champion of a regional promotionand who also sports a stellar record — said he could not take the fight because, according to Haydak, he needed more than seven weeks for his training camp.

“This is such a here-and-now sport that a loss can literally set a fighter back a couple of years,” said Haydak, who has owned CFFC for four years and has held shows in numerous states on the East Coast.“Paul is 30 years old and his window is closing a little quicker than a typical young buck. It’s frustrating to hear a guy say he’s a fight or two away from the UFC and doesn’t want to take a tough fight. Quite frankly, it’s a cowardly approach. Managers protecting their fighters is becoming a huge problem on the regional level. The UFC is caught up on records and these managers are flocking to states where commissions will allow any two fighters with a heartbeat to fight one another, regardless of records.”

With Felder set to defend his title at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City on August 9, CFFC matchmaker Arias Garcia spent nearly six weeks trying to find himan opponent. Felder, meanwhile, was told to keep training and preparing for a fight that everyone hoped would take place. Finally, Tennessee’s “Relentless” Craig Johnson (6-2) agreed to take the fight.

Felder says he now can begin to develop a strategy for facing Johnson, a grinding wrestler who punches hard from close range. The 34-year-old has earned all six of his victories by either TKO or submission, and both losses were by split decision.

Felder said preparing for Johnson is a far different task than getting ready to fight Ricci, who is a kickboxer and Muay Thai specialist similar to himself.

And now Felder has only a few weeks to do it.

“This whole time we’ve just been training for anything, which is fine, but it’s mentally kind of challenging,” said Felder, who believes that not only is he close to a UFC call, but that his style of fighting also helps. “I’m not afraid to stand in there and throw elbows and knees and kicks. I get taken down and beat up a little bit but I still come back. I think that’s what they’re looking for.”

Haydak said that CFFC champions have a long tradition of accepting all challenges and never turning down a fight. He listed former titleholders George “The Silencer” Sullivan, Aljamain “The Funk Master” Sterling, and Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella among those willing to fight anyone, anywhere. Sullivan and Sterling are both currently in the UFC, while Santella is considered a top prospect.

Haydak added that his organization was very fortunate that Johnson accepted the fight.

“He’s a very, very good fighter. His wrestling is high level and he has knockout power,” Haydak said. “He’s the first guy who didn’t hesitate to fight Paul. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and if he ends up being our champion, then I know he’ll fight anyone.”

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Cage Fury Fighting Championships returns to the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City on August 9. CFFC 38 will feature a stacked fight card, including three title fights.

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Cage Fury Fighting Championships ( is a pioneer in bringing prominent and elite MMA talent to the East Coast. Since CFFC’s debut, past, and current champions have competed at the highest level. Before they were in the UFC, Jim and Dan Miller were both CFFC champions. That legacy remains the same today. Three current CFFC champions, George Sullivan, Aljamain Sterling, and Charlie Brenneman are currently on the UFC roster. Current UFC fighters Zach Makovsky, Nick Catone, Nah-Shon Burrell, and John Howard have also competed in CFFC prior to their entry to the UFC. Also, CFFC helped jumpstart the career of Internet fighting sensation Kimbo Slice, whose first foray into MMA came in the CFFC cage when he fought former boxing champion Ray “Merciless” Mercer. CFFC continues to thrive as one of the best regional promotions in the world while focusing on treating fighters with respect and giving the fans the ultimate MMA experience.

Ring of Combat and Dead Serious MMA – “MMA Battles” Review

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Ring of Combat and Dead Serious MMA partnered to present “MMA Battles” on from Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey. This event had another stacked lineup, something Ring of Combat and Dead Serious MMA has become synonymous with. This time the amateurs were showcased on this 13-bout mega card that featured 7 finishes. ROC and Dead Serious Fighting Championship continue to be the linchpin of East Coast MMA and this card reiterated that dominance in the Tri-State area.

In the main event, Robert Bodden defeated Chad Gudmundsson via unanimous decision. Bodden used his wrestling to get the fight to the mat multiple times and keep Gudmundsson on his back. Bodden was strong in top control and relentless on the ground. Bodden also had several hard takedowns that took the fight out of Gudmundsson as he found it difficult to get back to his feet and when he did, Bodden was again in his face using his wrestling and grappling to get the fight to the mat.

In the co-main event, Andy Segovia defeated Chris Alcala via unanimous decision. This was another fight where wrestling was king as Segovia took Alcala down time after time and had solid control inside of the guard of Alcala. Alcala looked for triangles and armbars from the bottom, but Segovia was ready and defended the submission attempts well as he would score with punches and control the action on the mat.

Travis Spadafora scored the quickest win of the night as he defeated Robert Wallin via guillotine choke in 47 seconds. Wallin shot in for a double leg takedown that Spadafora stuffed against the fence. Wallin kept working for the takedown and left his head and neck vulnerable. Spadafora sunk in the choke and when the fighters hit the mat, Spadafora locked in the choke full force from his back and Wallin tapped out.

In other action, Jenna Serio, Daniel Pereira, George Maldarelli, Yasmin Almonte, O’Brayan Ramirez and Miguel Lopez all scored submission wins as they climbed their way up the ladder in their respective divisions.

You won’t find a more thrilling card then this one. Be sure to catch all of the action as Ring of Combat and Dead Serious present “MMA Battles” exclusively on pay-per-view at Order now and own it for life on VOD.

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Atlantic City, NJ—Middleweight prospect Thomas LaManna, of Millville, NJ, faces the toughest test of his three-year pro career when he goes against Jamaal Davis, of Philadelphia, PA, in a scheduled eight-round fight on Saturday evening, Aug. 23, in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City.

Headlining the seven-bout card is a scheduled 10-round welterweight contest between Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, and Jaime Herrera, of Franklin Park, IL. The card will be streamed live by First fight is 7.30 p.m.

LaManna (right) turned pro early in 2011 and he has a record of 14-0, 7 K0s. He is ranked No. 5 among 160-pounders by the United States Boxing Association (USBA).

In his last fight April 12, also at Bally’s, he earned unanimous eight-round decision over Ahsandi Gibbs, of Tampa, FL. This will mark LaManna’s sixth fight at Bally’s.

“I’ve been waiting for this fight for a while because I feel I need to prove something to myself,” LaManna said. “Jamaal Davis is a tough, nitty-gritty veteran who’s been in the ring with everybody. This is a huge step for me, but if I want to become a relevant boxer, I have to beat Jamaal Davis.

“Bally’s in Atlantic City has been my second home and has been great to me. I’m excited to be the co-feature again and to be part of another Philly vs. Jersey battle.”

Davis, 33, is 14-11-1, 6 K0s. He has lost his last three, all against world-class competition: Patrick Majewski, of Atlantic City, NJ; Yuri Foreman, of Brooklyn, NY; Jorge Melendez, of Manati, Puerto Rico.

A pro since 2003, Davis has fought some of the best junior middleweights and middleweights up and down the East Coast, including: Peter Quillin, of Brooklyn; Gabriel Rosado, of Philadelphia; Ossie Duran, of Paterson, NJ; Joel Julio, of Miami, FL.

Davis has beaten Doel Carrasquillo, of Lancaster, PA, Josh Onyango, of Trenton, NJ, and Eberto Medina, of Paterson, NJ.

“I know this is a do-or-die fight for me,” Davis said. “Everyone is counting me out but I’m not ready to leave it alone (my career) quite yet. LaManna will be the favorite in this fight and I am the stepping stone but fights are won in the ring and not on paper and not in people’s hearts or their hopes.

“LaManna has skills but he hasn’t fought the kind of opposition I have fought. This could be a whole new ball game for him. I’ll be ready for him but will he be ready for me.”

Six additional fights complete the card.


The Jones-Herrera and LaManna-Davis fights top a seven-bout card at Bally’s Atlantic City. First fight is 7.30 pm. Tickets are priced at $50 and $75 and they are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922) and all Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000). Tickets also are on sale at and will stream the card on the internet. The card is being promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., in association with Bally’s Atlantic City.

PinnacleFC 8 results: Rising stars Mark Cherico and Adam Milstead earn impressive wins

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(PRESS RELEASE) CANONSBURG, Pa. – Pinnacle Fighting Championships returned for its eighth event on Saturday night, as 11 mixed martial arts bouts went down inside the Iceoplex in Canonsburg just outside of Pittsburgh. Four professional bouts capped off an electric night of action, including six stoppage victories.
In the main event, Mark “The Pride of Bloomfield” Cherico (7-0) kept his perfect record intact, as the hometown favorite took home a clear-cut unanimous decision victory over Indianapolis native Luis “Shonuff” Guerra (4-2). Guerra gave Cherico’s grinding style fits early in the fight, but Cherico eventually settled into a groove and worked for positions and passes on the ground while also landing strikes in the standup. Cherico scored two knockdowns in the third round, cruising his way to scores of 30-27 on all three judges’ scorecards. With the win, Cherico was awarded the first-ever PinnacleFC professional featherweight title.
In the co-main event, Pittsburgh’s Adam “The Prototype” Milstead (5-1) returned after an 18-month hiatus to earn a first round TKO victory over Georgia’s Nick Smiley (6-4) in heavyweight action. Milstead was aggressive early in the fight, rushing in for a clinch, before landing an uppercut against the cage that lead to an overhand right that dropped Smiley. Milstead reigned down some finishing blows before the referee pulled him off just 50 seconds into the bout. With the win, Milstead is now 5-0 in the heavyweight division.
In other professional action, featherweight Charlie “Mad Man” Gathers (5-5) submitted Jason “The Whip” Willett (4-5) in the second round of their grudge match, while Evolve MMA’s Bhrandon “Bad Intentions” Poindexter (1-0) submitted Steve Jones (0-2) in his professional debut.
In amateur action, Fight Club Pittsburgh’s Jake “Chill” Schilling (6-1) submitted veteran Ethan “The Wolverine” Goss (6-4) with a triangle in the second round to capture the vacant PinnacleFC amateur featherweight title. In the welterweight title bout, Schilling’s FCP teammate Matt “Chief” Hester (4-1) eked out a split decision over PinnacleFC middleweight champion Jim Rendeiro (4-2).
The full event streamed live worldwide via, and the replay can still be purchased HERE.
Full results from PinnacleFC 8:
170 lbs – Matthew Falk (2-1) def. Ja’Rhon Henderson (0-1) via Unanimous Decision
135 lbs – Jonathan Coffman (3-3) def. Osahon Omo-Osagie (1-4) via submission (kneebar) – Round 2, 0:56
180 lbs – Malik Epperson (3-0) def. Vladimir Jean-Philippe (0-2) via Unanimous Decision
170 lbs – Gregg Rudolph (1-0) def. Brandon Eckhardt (1-2) via TKO (punch) – Round 1, 1:08
135 lbs – Cortland Woodard (3-4) def. Zach Forrester (2-6) via Split Decision
170 lbs – Matt Hester (4-1) def. Jim Rendeiro (4-2) via Split Decision – for Welterweight Title
145 lbs – Jake Schilling (6-1) def. Ethan Goss (6-4) via submission (triangle) – Round 2, 1:40 – for Featherweight Title
135 lbs – Bhrandon Poindexter (1-0) def. Steve Jones (0-2) via submission (arm bar) – Round 1, 2:59*
145 lbs – Charlie Gathers (5-5) def. Jason Willett (4-5) via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2, 3:11*
265 lbs – Adam Milstead (5-1) def. Nick Smiley (6-4) via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:50*
145 lbs – Mark Cherico (7-0) def. Luis Guerra (4-2) via Unanimous Decision* – for Featherweight Title
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