X1 Returned to Hawaii; Mahe Sends Hometown Fans Home Happy

September 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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X-1 World Events – X1 #44 Results : CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FIGHTS
Hawaii’s mixed martial arts community comes together to support a new generation of fighters

(Honolulu, HI) X-1 World Events returned its unique brand of mixed martial arts events to the Blaisdell Arena with a bang on Saturday night. The last three fights of the evening lasted a combined total of three minutes and four seconds, with all three bouts ending in a knockout. Veteran mixed martial artist and UFC Hall of Famer, Frank Trigg, served as referee in the final brief and action packed fights that concluded a night of MMA excitement and energy long missing in Honolulu.

Saturday night’s X1 #44 marked the first time the promotion had been back to the Blaisdell since 2011 when Max Holloway won the X-1 lightweight championship. The UFC’s Max Holloway is currently riding a nine fight win streak in the Octagon and was at the Blaidell to take in fights, as were the UFC’s Yancy Medeiros and Louis Smolka. Smolka is scheduled for next week’s UFC Fight Night 96 event in Portland, Oregon.

Hawaii MMA fans were treated to hard hitting MMA action alongside an indoor sports festival with food booths, vendors and beer garden all on the arena floor – a first of its kind for MMA in Hawaii.

X-1 #44 Results – September 24, 2016 – Honolulu, Hawai‘i
Lolohea Made def. Trent Stading via KO at :30 of Round One
Ray Braddah Cooper III def. Zach Conn via KO at :12 of Round One
Chris Cisneros def. Taki Uluilakepa via KO at 2:22 of Round Two
Cheyden Leialoha def. Tyler Kahikolo via Unanimous Decision
Isaac Hopps def. Donald Gonzalez via Tapout due to Strikes at 3:43 of Round Three
Tipo Lafaele def. Rylan Fonoti via KO at 1:44 of Round One
Canaan Kawaihai def. Junior Jimenez via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:30 of Round One
Tiani Valle def. Sam Hughes via Unanimous Decision

Complete results and details at www.x1events.com

About X-1 World Events:
Since 2004, X-1 World Events has provided high-quality, competitive, and entertaining mixed martial arts fights throughout the Pacific Region.X-1 has launched the careers of numerous elite fighters and featured some of the MMA world’s most talented fighters, including UFC, Pride, and Abu-Dhabi veterans such as former UFC champions Dan “The Beast” Severn and Ricco Rodriguez, UFC veterans Jeff Monson, Kimo Leopoldo, Chad “The Grinder” Reiner, “Sugar” Shane Nelson, Brandon Wolff, Wes “The Project” Sims, Ronald “The Machine Gun” Juhn, Wesley “Cabbage” Correira, and Falaniko Vitale, Max Holloway, Luis Smolka, Kailin Curran, Angela Lee, Maki Pitolo, Russel Doane, Christian Lee, as well as Pride veterans Chris Brennan and Ron “H2O-Man” Waterman. For more information, visit www.x1events.com

The Top Fight to Watch this Weekend on GFL.Tv, is Rob “C4” Sinclair vs. Charlie Leary at Full Contact Contender 17

September 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Full Contact Contender (FCC) 17: Rob ‘C4’ Sinclair v Charlie Leary – CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE!

MMAmania.com has rated this FCC match up as the top regional fight to watch this weekend and its live on GFL.Tv.

Rob ‘C4’ Sinclair (13-3) returns to the ring after a 15 month layoff as he challenges current FCC Lightweight Champion Charlie Leary (12-7) in what is guaranteed to be an explosive contest.

Sinclair has been absent from competition spanning back to June 2015. However, ‘C4’ brings a wealth of experience to the cage. The former BAMMA Lightweight Champion has faced a who’s who of UKMMA talent and was signed to Bellator before a string of horrendous injuries sidelined him. Sinclair thanked Leary for taking the fight, though he let Leary know that it was also a big mistake, stating, “I want to thank Charlie for taking the fight. He could of ducked it and maybe taken an easier fight!! Balls to the kid, he’s kept me out of retirement, he’s given me a fire to look to train, enjoy training.. I know what I’m capable of.. And I’ll be showing it come fight night, 24th September is a bad night for Charlie Leary!!

Reigning and defending FCC Lightweight Champion Charlie Leary is coming off an impressive title defense over Mick Bowman and is looking for his fifth straight win. Leary is understandably excited for this fight: “this is huge in my mind! Rob Sinclair has been the number one guy in Europe since I turned pro; and FCC are right up there as one of the top three promotions in the UK so having their title is a great achievement! But, defending it means everything to me and is a massive step in my career especially given my opponent!”

For UKMMA fans this contest is guaranteed to deliver as neither man will take a backwards step. Couple that with Sinclair’s desire to prove his time isn’t up while Leary wants to show it is his time now!

GFL.Tv is showcasing 10 promotions this weekend. Check out the action. Until next week, keep punchin’.

FULL CARD – LIVE HERE ON GFL

Main Charlie “917” Leary vs. Rob “C4” Sinclair

Co-main Kamil “Vanderlei” Bazelak vs. Karl “The Wrecking Machine” Etherington

Undercard Andrej Bochorz vs. Vahid Hoseinpoor
Undercard Ant Davies vs. Ashley “The Beast” Reece
Undercard “Smooth” Sam Spencer vs. Brent Crawley
Undercard Kiru Singh vs. John Hughes
Undercard Junior Morgan vs. Danny Williams
Undercard Brent Teirny vs. Jenaid Ebanks
Undercard Ash “The Nemesis” Marston vs. Mitch Dobbins
Undercard Moein Noorbkshs vs. Marcin “Mad Boy” Prostko
Undercard Kamil Gidaszewski vs. Lee Kennedy
Undercard Mitchell “Maximus” Richards vs. Shaun Hampton
Undercard Theophilus “TJ” Nelson vs. Bobby Pallett
Undercard Ashley Gibson vs. Ellis Lacy
Undercard Brett “The Spartan” McDermott vs. Dan Konecke
Undercard James Reedman vs. Mark “Kinny” Kinsella
Undercard Ash Roberts vs. Shaun Randall
Undercard Dan Hunter vs. Marc Webster
Undercard Ash McCracken vs. Muhammad “Black Tiger” Mokaev
Undercard Rob Zabitis vs. Kyle Keane
Undercard Megan Morris vs. Sophie O’Brien
Undercard Ben Andrews vs. Matt Rodrigues
Undercard Kameel Kaczmarek vs. Chris Green
Undercard Rory Goodison vs. Andrew Bakewell

Top 6 Fights: #2 – Jeremy Spoon vs. Johnnie Roades

September 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Fists of Fury VII Jeremy “Spooner” Spoon v Johnnie Roades

In the main event Chickasha, Oklahoma’s Jeremy “Spooner” Spoon takes on Johnnie Roades of Kansas City, MO for the Fists of Fury 145 lbs featherweight Title. Spoon has had a storied career winning his first 8 pro fights before being called up to Bellator, where he received his first national exposure when he handed Jerrod Sanders his first professional defeat at Bellator 37. Spoon went on to fight in Bellator’s season six and seven quarter finals losing to future champions Daniel Mason-Straus and Mike Richman. In amassing his 18-3 record he has won the featherweight titles at SCS, KOTC and Bricktown Brawl. Spoon has won 6 of his last 7 bouts, his last loss being a split decision loss to UFC vet Ryan Roberts who was defending his Victory FC lightweight belt.

Spoon a collegiate wrestling champion for the state of Oklahoma has had an easy transition to MMA, having submitted opponents 11 times in his 18 wins. If not for recent injuries many believe he would be fighting in the UFC today.  He is one of the top featherweights in the country and with a strong victory this weekend he could be fighting at the next level in his next fight.

Spoon’s opponent Johnnie Roades has his own win streak going, having won 7 in a row, finishing all but 1 of those opponents. Roades has already fought 6 times in 2016, with this fight being his 7th in less than 9 months. This says a lot about Roades’ skill and durability. In a battle of Oklahoma v Missouri the 31 year old Spoon seems to be catching 27 year old Roades as he is peaking, which will make for a very tough and dangerous fight.  If Spoon keeps to his strengths he has the experience to beat the aggressive Roades, however, if Spoon has a weakness it has been when he has been caught with a solid kick or punch that has put him on his back.

Watch the Full Card Here

Top 6 – Number 3: X1 Returns: Cooper vs. Conn

September 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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X1 44 (X1 Returns) Ray Cooper III v. Zach Conn

X1 44 “RETURNS” marks the first time X1 has been back to the Blaisdell since 2011 when Max Holloway won the X1 lightweight championship.  The X1 44 card showcases some of Hawaii’s best, and upcoming, mixed martial arts fighters. The main event features Lolohea Mahe taking on Trent Standing in a Super Heavyweight bout. This fight will be quick and violent, so if you have a nervous stomach turn the channel until this one is over – probably in the 1st round. Neither fighter has ever gone the distance and most bouts in which they have competed have not made it out of the 1st round.  All of Mahe and all but 2 of Standing’s fights have ended by TKO via punches or strikes. Neither fighter likes to fight on the ground so put ’em up and let ‘em go.  Look for this fight to be one of GFL’s Top 5 Finishes next week.

 

A bout that may be of more interest to MMA fans would be Ray Cooper III (9-3) v Zach Conn. Ray Cooper III from Waianae, Hawaii has finished his last 6 opponents, 4 by knock out, and has not lost since November 2014.  He recently traveled to California to face Joshua Drake, winning the Gladiator Challenge Lightweight Title.  Cooper is on an Island that has seen some of the best MMA fighters compete in the past and he seems to be ready to take up the gauntlet to continue the tradition. He is ranked the No. 1 pro lightweight in Hawaii.

 

At first glance his opponent Zach Conn may not seem like much of a threat.  Though his record is 5-5, he has won 4 of his last 5 bouts, that loss being a split decision loss to an undefeated Tyler McGuire on McGuire’s home turf.  Conn has had to rebuild his career after a dismal 1-4 start.  A win against Cooper would not only give him his first winning record as a pro it would springboard him in the eyes of many organizations.

Watch the Full Card Here

Top 6 Fights to Watch – #4: Jon Hill vs. Juan Torress

September 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Rage in the cage OKC – Jon Hill v Juan Torres

The Co-main event will feature two heavyweight Bellator vets; Oklahoma’s Jon Hill will face Juan Torres from Houston, Tx.  Torress was called up to Bellator in March of this year and lost a 3 round split decision to UFC Vet Justin Wren (14-2) at Bellator 149.  He rebounded from that fight with a brutal TKO finish over Jason Preston this past July.  Having reached Bellator only to lose via decision has made Torress a focused fighter. Forget records at this point, Torress has one goal, win and make it back to either Bellator or the UFC.

Bellator Vet Jon Hill has a record of 11-5,  and at age 34 has found a new focus and determination. Having fought 8 times (6-2) in the last 18 months he was a step away from another opportunity at the next level until he traded wins with Kevin Sears this year. He knocked out Sears (9-2) in the 1st round of RITC 46 this past May and then lost to Sears via 2nd round knock out in August. The Hill v Sears trilogy is set for October of this year at RITC 49, however, he needs to get past Torress first.

Both fighters are extremely focused at this point in their careers and truly need this win to gain relevance with the next level promotions. This fight should be a war from the first bell.

BOUT OF INTEREST:  Rage in the Cage 48 will be headlined by a bout between Oklahoma’s “Sunnyside Kid” Ken Coulter and Tre Parks. Coulter (3-2, 6-3 including amateur fights) has never been knocked out, having only lost by submission once in his career, losing to an undefeated Louis Muro. Coulter is known for his impressive and relentless ground game with most of his wins coming via submission or decision. That said it was his striking that led him to a TKO victory over Pro Fighter Edwin Williams back in May.

This is Park’s pro debut, his last amateur fight being a split decision loss at Legacy FC 54 this past April. Parks trains at the highly respected R-1 MMA gym under former UFC Fighter Matt Grice.  All his amateur victories were by KO/TKO.  Whether standing or on the ground, this fight is highly anticipated by fans of these two hometown favorites.

Watch the Full Card Here

UndercardArandis Jones vs. Vy Cao

 

Top SIX Fights to Watch: Number 5: Ode Osbourne v. Cory Galloway

September 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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  1. Pure Fighting Championships 5: Ode Osbourne v Cory Galloway

Pure Fighting Championships 5’s main event features a matchup of extremely exciting bantamweight fighters from two of great camps. Ode Osbourne (3-1, 8-1 including amateur record) is a young 135 prospect fighting out of Roufusport in Milwaukee, WI. His only loss was a split decision loss to an undefeated Antonio Sanchez at RFA 39 this past June.  Osbourne I 24 years old and stated after the loss that he was not mentally prepared for the media and tv elements of the RFA event and thus lost focus in the cage. He is a dynamic striker and experienced grappler having KO’d as many opponents as he has submitted.

Osbourne’s opponent is Cory Galloway (8-5, 12-5 including amateur record) from Team Curran MMA in Crystal Lake, IL. Galloway is a Bellator and RFA veteran, and has been a professional since 2012. He has finished his opponent in six of his eight wins, and he is 3-1 over his last 4 bouts.  Galloway is only 25 years old, much younger than you would expect of a fighter with 17 fights already during his career.

Galloway is a beast with no inhibitions – his first pro bout was at Bellator 60. These fighters are evenly matched, a win would put either fighter on the radar for advancement to the next level. The fighters both have proficient ground games, though Osbourne is considered the better striker.  Osbourne has never been finished, whilst Galloway’s last loss was to a 12-2 Enrique Vazquez via 2nd round KO at XFO 57.  If Osbourne can catch Galloway he could get a quick finish, however, if this bout goes to decision, Galloway’s experience could win the day.

Top 6 – Number 6: Tournament of Titans; 16-Man MMA Elimination Tournament

September 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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This Single Elimination Featherweight Tournament features 16 of the top amateur featherweight fighters in the state of Florida.  The winner receives a contract to fight their pro debut on Titan FC.  The first round of the tournament is this weekend.  All fighters have successful amateur records to date. It will be exciting to watch the best featherweights in the state of Florida compete for a Pro contract. The first 8 bouts should be entertaining – fighters have nothing to lose, but a lot to gain if they win the tourney.

In the main event Hector Olazabal takes on Andrew Wise. Olazabal is on a 3 fight win streak, in which all wins have been by KO. He is well known in his camp as an aggressive fighter known for his striking ability. Olazabal started out in kickboxing and holds a 4-0 record in his kickboxing bouts. His last loss was in 2012, after which time he decided to hone his skills before re-entering the ring in 2015.

 

Andrew Wise at 6-3 is new to XFN.  Wise is a highly skilled grappler having submitted opponents in 5 of his 6 victories.  This is a classic striker verse grappler matchup for the vacant XFN middleweight championship.

XFN 10: “Tournament of Titans” 16 Man Single Elimination Tournament; Hector Olazabal v Andrew Wise

UndercardDylan Mason vs. Vik Dixit

Fury Fighting Championship 12 from Humble Texas Features Bantamweight Title Fight Between Trent Meaux and Ricky Turcos – Live on GFL.Tv

September 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Fury FC from Humble Texas  features an excellent Bantamweight 135lb., title fight featuring Trent Meaux (4-1-1, 10-3-1 including amateur record) vs Ricky Turcos (7-0).

Once you dig into the specifics of this fight you can see how this easily could be the best fight of the entire weekend on GFL.tv.  These 2 fighters are not only successful, they have been successful on much larger stages. Ricky Turcos has fought and won at both Legacy FC and at Bellator. Trent Meaux has fought 3 times at Legacy FC winning 2 of the 3 bouts, losing his first Legacy bout to a tough 5-0 Roberto Sanchez.

Both fighters have been fighting since mid- 2013. Though Meaux chose to start as an amateur, recording a 6-2 record, Turcos’ first fight was as a pro at Legacy FC 21.  Turcos has fought to a decision on 4 of his 7 bouts, whilst Meaux has only gone the distance twice. Both fighters are technically solid. Meaux is an extremely tough and compact 135lbs., he actually looks much bigger when you watch film on him.  He is an aggressive fighter looking for the quick finish, like the head kick he used to finish Garret Granger.

Ricky Turcos is on a clear trajectory to the UFC. He has fought quality opponents at high profile events, being featured in the main card of both Legacy FC and Bellator. Though Meaux will be a touch out for Turcos, he will be favored to win. If he continues to increase both his competition and win totals, it will be when, not if he will be called up to the UFC. Meaux is only a few steps behind, a quality and statement win over Turcos will go a long way to increasing his stock and gaining him much respect.

 

Full Fight Card – Live on GFL

Undercard Leroy Vasquez vs. Rocky Long

Light Heavyweights Ryan Parker and Codie Bowers Face Off at CageZilla Fighting Championship 42 – Live on GFL.Tv

September 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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CageZilla Fighting Championship is the longest running promotion in the Washington, DC Metro Area.  Ryan Parker and Codie Bowers are two of the toughest light heavyweights in the region. They will battle it out this Saturday night at CageZilla Fighting Championship 42.

Ryan Parker will bring his power, size and skill to the cage to defend his title and 7-1 record. He is one of Virginia’s rising stars and at 23 year old, standing 6’3” tall he has significant advantages over Bowers. Parker’s only loss was his first, having reeled off 7 straight victories 5 of which have been 1st round KOs.

This is the 19 year old Bowers debut fight, and though he is a more compact 205 lbs. on the face of it this fight is a mismatch. However, Codie comes from a long line of great local wrestlers and MMA fighters and now brings his desire and dedication to the sport of MMA. Codie won the 2014 VA 6A state wrestling championship. Growing up around the sport with three older brothers who have all fought and wrestled, Codie has honed his skills to be tough standing or on the ground. He is cornered by talented coach and CFFC Welterweight Champ, Elijah Harshbarger who has heaped praise upon him and expects big things from him. That says a lot considering Elijah has also coached other fighters who have made it into the UFC, including TUF season 16 winner Colton Smith and TUF season 11 runner-up Kris McCray.

Ryan Parker, is a highly disciplined and tough fighter with the experience of 8 bouts under his belt. Codie is a successful wrestler and will look to offset Ryan’s size advantage and long reach with his excellent ground game.  Ryan is bringing his 7 fight win streak and Title belt to the table. It will be a huge upset were debut fighter Codie Bowers able to take the title from him in his first fight. If Bowers gets out of the 1st round all bets are off.

Notable Fight on the Card: Featherweights Jacob Ashley (3-1) v Kevin Fulmore (5-2). This is a battle of Maryland verse Virginia.  Some areas just breed rivalry, which is the case of Baltimore, Maryland and the Washington DC/Virginia Metro area. Ashley’s only loss is a split decision loss, whilst Fulmore lost his last fight to a game Kyle Graham (5-1) via submission. Fulmore has been desperately trying to get back in the cage since having 2 fights drop at the last minute during the past 6 months. Both fighters need this win to stay relevant.

Full Fight Card – Live on GFL

Undercard Ryan Parker vs. Codie Bowers
Undercard Andrew Kim vs. Marcus Neal

Cagezilla FC Returns to Virginia, Graham v. Ruffin

September 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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The DC metro area’s largest and longest running MMA promotion CageZilla Fighting Championship presents CageZilla 42.  CageZilla features the area’s top Mixed Martial Artists combined with unparalleled light, sound and video production.  This no holds barred event is not to be missed as it will be a “Day of Combat” featuring multiple combat sports including MMA, Muay Thai, Glory Rules Kickboxing, Boonchu Cup style fights and Boxing.

Don’t miss your chance to see this spectacular event.  Our “home” again for 2016 is Silver Eagle Group in Ashburn, VA.  We will return to Silver Eagle Group on September 10, 2016 for another unbelievable night of fights.  Be sure to get your tickets early.  Go to cagezilla.com/tickets to purchase tickets* and for more details.  This event is ALL AGES!!!  Doors open at 6 PM.  Fights begin at 7 PM.

Other upcoming events:

October 22, 2016, CageZilla Fighting Championship “MMA Fighting Inside the Cage”

November 12, 2016, Thai Championship Boxing 13 “Muay Thai Boxing Inside the Ring”

December 10, 2016, CageZilla Fighting Championship  “MMA Fighting Inside the Cage”

 

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