After hitting rock-bottom, Tim Hague now aimed at crushing jaws on way back to top

By: Mike Bohn March 27, 2015 MMA Junkie

More than eight years and 28 fights into his pro MMA career, Tim Hague said he’s finally prepared to meet his potential.

Hague found success early in his career under the King of the Cage banner. He won the organization’s heavyweight title as part of 10 wins in his first 11 pro fights.

He then received the call to make his UFC debut at UFC 98 in May 2009 and would submit Pat Barry in the first round. Unfortunately after that point, his career went into a backslide that only now – nearly six years later – can he say he’s recovered.

Hague spent much of recent years trying to rediscover his groove. He suffered three-straight losses under the UFC banner and was cut from the organization in May 2010. After that, he failed to register more than two consecutive wins and went 6-8 in a 14-fight stretch.

That’s until roughly the mid-way point of 2014. Hague realized he wasn’t happy with his win-one, lose-one pattern. To buck that trend, he rededicated himself to the sport and the lifestyle that goes along with it. Now he’s won three straight.

Hague (19-9) has won his past three fights by knockout and hopes he can make it four straight when he challenges Tanner Boser (6-0) for the Unified MMA heavyweight title at Unified MMA 22. The event takes place on Friday at Mirage Banquet Hall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is available via online pay-per-view at GFL.tv.

Full Story – http://mmajunkie.com/2015/03/after-hitting-rock-bottom-tim-hague-now-aimed-at-crushing-jaws-on-way-back-to-top

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Jeremy Horn: ‘I’ll Be In The Gym Until The Day I Die’- EXCLUSIVE

By: Ryan C. Miller | @ryancmiller1630, BJPenn.com

If you look up Jeremy Horn on the Internet, you’ll likely find that his MMA record is listed as 91-21-5. Yes, that’s 117 total fights. It’s seems like such a ridiculous number, even for someone who has been fighting as long as Horn, which is somewhere around nineteen years. The crazier part is that according to the Nebraska born fighter, that number is wrong and the amount of total fights is probably somewhere around 160ish.

“I started training long before the majority of MMA sanctioning bodies and websites recording them were around,” said Horn when asked about the number.

The 39-year-old fighter is gearing up for his next fight (118, 160 something, who cares) and recently spoke with BJPENN.COM.

Make sure you guys tune into Horn’s fight this Saturday, Mar. 28 at Sugar Creek Showdown 25: Apocalypse. The fights can be streamed online at GFL.tv.

Full Story – http://www.bjpenn.com/jeremy-horn/

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Focused and Family-Driven, Unified MMA 22’s Tim Hague Closes in on His Dream

By Hunter Homistek , Mar 26, 2015, Bleacher Report

Dreams are relative.

What you want to accomplish in life probably isn’t what I want to accomplish in life, and even among individuals following the same career path, what works for John Doe doesn’t necessarily work for Steve Smith.

Example: Tim Hague.

If you followed the UFC at its height in mid- to late 2009, you probably remember him. He was that giant Canadian heavyweight with the sweet sideburns who submitted Pat Barry in one minute and 42 seconds after getting blasted for roughly 1:41 prior.

He’s fighting Friday, March 27, in the main event at Unified MMA 22 in a heavyweight title fight against undefeated rising star Tanner Boser, an event that will stream live online.

Full Story – http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2410888-focused-and-family-driven-unified-mma-22s-tim-hague-closes-in-on-his-dream

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MMA veteran Jeremy Horn battles ‘tough’ Tony Lopez this Saturday night at SCS 25

By SteveJuon @angrymarks on Mar 25, 2015

With a professional fight record spanning three decades, the 39-year-old Jeremy Horn is one of the most remarkably durable MMA fighters today, having amassed over 100 total fights (and 90+ wins) in his career to date. On March 28th he goes for his fifth win in a row against Tony “Kryptonite” Lopez.

Jeremy Horn can safely say he’s been everywhere and done everything there is to do in mixed martial arts (MMA).

With over 100 fights in his career thus far (and over 90 wins) he could rightly be called a “crafty veteran” at 39 years old. He’s aging gracefully and winning decisively, taking a victory in each of his last four fights with a first-round submission.

His next opponent will look to put that winning streak to an end.

Tony “Kryptonite” Lopez finished his last two opponents by technical knockout (TKO) and arm-triangle choke, so he won’t be afraid to stand with Horn or follow him to go to the ground, Horn’s bread and butter.

MMAmania.com talked to the longtime fight veteran about his upcoming bout for SCS 25 at the Sugar Creek Casino in Hinton, Oklahoma, along with how he maintains his longevity in a sport where young and hungry lions are always on the prowl.

He’ll go for his fifth straight win defending the SCS light heavyweight title in Hinton, Oklahoma, on Saturday, March 28th at the Sugar Creek Casino. If you can’t attend live the show is also available for $15 on GoFightLive.tv. The complete audio of our interview with Horn is below.

Full Story – http://www.mmamania.com/2015/3/25/8284519/mma-veteran-jeremy-horn-battles-tony-lopez-this-saturday-night-at-scs-25-mma

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Jeremy Horn: 19 years, 117 fights, 0 injuries

by Kirik Jenness, March 24, mixedmartialarts.com

Watch Jeremy Horn fight on Saturday, March 28, live on GFL.tv!

Jeremy Horn appeared recently on Submission Radio for an eye opening interview. In a sport beset with injuries leading to the collapse of major cards, where CTE is a constant worry, Horn was asked how many injuries he has suffered in 19 years and 117 fights.

“None,” he said. “I’ve had zero injuries and zero surgeries.”

“In my fight with Anderson Silva about 10 seconds into the first round when I tried taking him down, I pulled a groin muscle real bad. That’s why if you see the rest of that fight, I ended up kind of limping around like Frankenstein.”

Full Story – http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news/450998/Jeremy-Horn-19-years-117-fights-0-injuries/

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Jimmie Rivera Defends His CFFC Bantamweight Title Against Carson Beebe on May 9, 2015

When Aljamain Sterling left Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) as the undefeated bantamweight champion for the UFC, he left some pretty big shoes to fill. Without skipping a beat, Jimmie Rivera (14-1), stepped in and has taken the division to a whole new level. Winning the vacant title in November 2014 with a TKO victory over Anthony Durnell (11-4), Rivera has the biggest challenge to date when he defends his title for the first time against Carson Beebe (15-3) on Saturday May 9, 2015 at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

“Jimmie is the best pound-for-pound fighter in our organization,” said CFFC CEO Robert Haydak, Jr. “I’m baffled as to why the (UFC) call hasn’t come for him yet. We’re getting to the point where finding him a match-up is becoming a challenge. For Arias to secure someone with Carson’s skill level is amazing. This fight is going to be incredible.”

Raised in Ramsey, New Jersey, Rivera has trained and prospered under the guidance of Danny Schulmann and has earned a third degree MMA black belt in TSMMA. After breaking state records in wrestling in high school, Rivera transitioned to MMA with ease and has not lost a fight in over six years. Rivera is a man of few words but when he speaks, it’s with confidence. “I’m going to finish the fight,” said Rivera looking forward to his match up with Beebe. “I think my opponent is tough and it will be a good fight. I’m looking forward to defending the belt.”

Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Beebe has also amassed an impressive record and like Rivera, was a participant on the Ultimate Fighter. Beebe, who currently trains at Gilbert Grappling and Valley Flow Striking, has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Christian Uflacker and was a high school All American and a starter for Purdue University in wrestling. Beebe wasted no time in accepting the challenge to fight for the CFFC bantamweight title. “Very excited,” said the challenger. “CFFC has launched many of their champions on to the UFC. It is one of the top regional promotions in the country and this is a great opportunity. I feel honored to be considered for the title, especially against such a top level opponent. This is going to be a great fight for the fans and I can’t wait to put on a show. Jimmie is a beast. He and I are two of the top bantamweights in the country outside of the UFC. It’s time to put up or shut up. On May 9, we will find out who is the best.”

“This card has so many great fights,” continued Haydak. “I’m looking forward to the first fight of the night just as much as the main event. In typical CFFC fashion, this card will not disappoint.”

Here is a quick peak at the card.

Main Event – CFFC Welterweight Title

Jonavin Webb vs. Lyman Good

CFFC Featherweight Title

Jared Gordon vs. Jeff Lentz

CFFC Bantamweight Title

Jimmy Rivera vs. Carson Beebe

Main Card:

Evan Velez vs. Claudio Ledesma

Ricky Bandejas vs. Leodegario Muniz

Daniel Holmes vs. Joe Pinto

Justin Bonitatis vs. Tony Dabbondanza

Jorge Martinez vs. Giorgi Kudukhashvili

Anthony Montanaro vs. Trevor Suter

Steve Barnett vs. Allen Otto

Sean Brady vs. TBD

Josh Mayville vs. TBD

For updates and further announcements on the card, log on to www.CFFC.tv and find us on Facebook.

About Cage Fury Fighting Championships

Cage Fury Fighting Championships (www.cffc.tv) 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 Paul Felder 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.

Contact:

Rob Haydak Jr., CFFC CEO: Rob@cffc.tv

Mike Constantino CFFC President: Mike@cffc.tv

David Feldman, Vice President: David@cffc.tv

Arias Garcia, Matchmaker: Arias@cffc.tv

Earl Campbell, General Manager: Earl@cffc.tv

Sparta Combat League – A VS M NM Preview

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Sparta Combat League returns on GFL with “A VS M NM”, a stacked MMA card on April 3 from the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. SCL takes their show on the road once again, away from the familiar Rockies of Colorado and heads to the Land of Enchantment to present their brand of high octane cage fights to the people of New Mexico. This event promises to be full speed from bell to bell.

In a SCL Middleweight Title fight, Champion Adam Stroup (8-1) takes on Frank Lester (8-5). Stroup comes into the fight having won 7 in a row, the last 3 being via KO/TKO in championship fights. Stroup has an especially hard knee that can end a fight if it connects flush one time. Stroup is a precision grappler who can end the fight with a variety of submissions. Lester poses the biggest threat to the title reign of Stroup. Lester recently returned to the cage after a 2 year absence and showed no ring rust in dispatching his opponent via arm triangle in the second round. Lester can also bang in his own right, with 8 wins coming via KO/TKO, and will not shy away from a barnburner. Lester is one of the premier middleweights in the West and when he and Stroup go toe to toe, it’s going to be a treat for all the fans watching. Look for the fight to be won or lost in the trenches. This will be an explosive title fight from start to finish.

In a SCL Welterweight Title fight, Vinny Gonzales (2-0) fights Austin Jones (5-1). Gonzales is a vicious puncher and is relentless when he gets on the ground as he throws nonstop ground and pound. Jones is a strong striker and has KO power in both hands and looks to reclaim the vacant title which he held earlier in his career. Expect fireworks from these two undefeated fighters who go for gold.

For the SCL Bantamweight Title, Seth Rodenbaugh battles Trevor Polhamus. Both men are just beginning their pro careers and already find themselves in the title picture. The winner will have proven a lot at such an early stage in his career.

Sparta Combat League is sure to bring down the house once again as they have quickly grabbed a chokehold on Mountain West MMA and have now expanded their brand across the country and this show will continue in that tradition. Order “A VS M NM”, and watch live and anytime afterwards on video on demand only on GFL.

Ultimate Reno Combat 50 Preview

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Northern Nevada’s #1 cage fighting event returns as “Ultimate Reno Combat 50” premiers live on GFL.tv, April 4, at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. Voted the #1 Amateur MMA Event in the Nation, URC always showcases the top up and coming fighters from around Nevada and California.

In the main event, for the URC Welterweight Title, Aarason Perry (5-2) fights Justin Gragg (4-3). Perry previously fought for a title with URC and now finds himself with a second chance for gold. Perry is a top notch MMA athlete who has dispatched 2 of his opponents by KO and also shown a very strong grappling game and an ability to grind down his opponents over the course of a full fight. Perry might decide to look for a takedown and get the fight to the ground rather than trade strikes with Gragg. Perry is one of the most sought after fighters in the area because of his fast paced style. Gragg’s last fight was a slick submission win and Gragg has continued to improve his all-around MMA game. In fact, all 4 of Gragg’s wins have come via stoppage with 3 via tapout.

For the URC Lightweight Title, Dillon Moore (3-1) takes on Bryan Jones (4-3). Moore has won 3 fights in a row, all via first round stoppage. Moore is an extremely fast starter. Jones always gives it his all and is known for stealing the show inside the cage. Whenever Jones is fighting you can’t afford to miss it. Jones is a heavy handed lightweight and can end any fight with one punch. Don’t blink when these two square off as you could very well see another early finish in this matchup that will be in the running for Fight of the Night.

Levon McCormack (1-0) and Brandon Laroco (3-0) square off for the URC Bantamweight Title in a matchup of undefeated fighters. McCormack has a win via TKO in the first round and throws punches with pinpoint accuracy. His standup is exceptional. Laroco is a champion for another organization and wants to make it two. Laroco is a well-balanced amateur and has wins in both standup and on the ground.
URC 50 will be no different as the very best in the amateur ranks will compete in the cage where Blood Happens! If you can’t be there live in Reno, experience the thrill of every punch, kick, takedown and submission via the comfort of your home. Stream it live only on the GFL Combat Sports Network.

Watch the champions of tomorrow compete today! Don’t miss this loaded event with loaded mixed martial arts fight as Northern Nevada’s “Ultimate Reno Combat 50” comes to you live on GFL.tv on April 4.

ShoFIGHT – Rising Preview

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ShoFIGHT returns to GFL on April 4 with championship MMA with “Rising” from the Branson Central Theater in Branson, Missouri. ShoFIGHT has made its mark with MMA fans as being a launching point for tons of fighters and top prospects in the Mid-South. Who will stand out, once the cage door closes?

In the main event, for the vacant ShoFIGHT Lightweight Title, Devon Webber (6-2) fights Ross Campbell (9-1). Webber is a versatile fighter who can win on the ground or in the standup. Webber is a powerhouse from Kansas and is looking at this fight to be his coming out party by giving Campbell his first loss via stoppage. 4 of Webber’s wins are via stoppage. Campbell is well-rounded and submitted 5 opponents, while KOing 4 others. Campbell can end a fight in the blink of an eye and is always looking for a KO or submission if the fight hits the mat. Look for both men to try out their striking in the early going to get a rhythm as both of these fighters like to set the pace.

In the co-main event, Brian Ramirez (5-2) takes on James Gerkey (5-1). Former ShoFIGHT champion, Gerkey has quickly made a name for himself as one of the top 125 lb fighters in the region. Gerkey has KO power in both hands and can end a fight with one punch. Gerkey has stopped 4 opponents and looks to do that once again in this fight. Ramirez is a quick starter and loves to mix it up right from the get-go. His last 3 fights, all wins, have come in the first round.

In other action, the ShoFIGHT Featherweight Title in on the line when Champion Adam Mink (2-0) battles Alex Rykhyla (1-0). Mink has fought in a title fight every time he has stepped into the cage and proven his meddle by coming away with 2 finishes, 1 via TKO and 1 via submission. Mink is a rising prospect in the Mid-South and looks to finish another fighter in impressive fashion. Rykhyla has a first round submission to his credit and will be more than happy to go hold for hold with Mink on the mat. Expect a chess match in this title fight.

Don’t miss this electrifying event featuring some of the top regional mixed martial arts talents from around the Mid-South. Watch all of the fights live on April 4 or any time after on video on demand (VOD) for life as ShoFIGHT & BRAWL Inc. present “Rising” live on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv!

Atlas Fighting Championship 24 Review

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The Gulf Coast’s premier MMA promotion returned on GFL as AFC presented “Atlas Fighting Championship 24″ emanating from the Golden Nugget Casino and Hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi. This event featured a stacked card, showcasing 3 title fights along with the top up and coming prospects from the Gulf Coast. AFC is the premier MMA organization in the Magnolia State and the greater Gulf Coast region.

In the main event, in a rematch, for the vacant Atlas Fights Bantamweight Title, Aaron Williams (28-20) of Ocean Springs, MS avenged a prior loss by beating Bellator vet Christopher Pham (4-5) of Baton Rouge via unanimous decision after 5 hard rounds of action. Their first fight lasted less than 30 seconds when Pham won via TKO but this time the fight went the way of Williams who controlled most of the action with his wrestling. Williams applied pressure early and often and did not want to suffer the same early TKO loss to Pham that he did in his last fight. Williams fought a smart fight and went out and got his hands on Pham early and put him on the ground. Pham tried to go for submissions and was able to scramble a few times, but Williams was bound and determined to get Pham out of his element and that’s just what he did with his wrestling and grappling over the course of the 5 round championship bout. It was a great fight and possibly sets up a rubber match down the line with both fighters being 1-1 against each other.

In the co-main event, for the Atlas Fights Welterweight Championship, Rance Jones Jr (5-1) defeated Robert Turnquest (3-1) via unanimous decision to capture the title. Jones is known for his devastating power and hit Turnquest got hit with multiple hard shots in the standup but responded in kind with some power punches of his own. This was a great back and forth fight, but the cardio of Jones allowed him to pull away in the later rounds and score with more standup as well as control more of the ground game.

In other action, Erimus Mills (1-1) had a quick night in the cage as he defeated Austin Parker (2-2) via TKO in the first round in under a minute. Mills came out swinging and connected with some hard shots in the opening seconds that dropped Parker to the mat. It was an unexpected end to a fight many people thought would be a dog fight for 3 rounds. It turned out to be a quick night and proved once again that anything in MMA can and will happen.

For the Atlas Fights Amateur Title, Corey Wilson (6-0) defeated Rocky Landry (2-6) via guillotine choke in the second round. Wilson remains undefeated and has proven pretty much all he can in the amateur ranks. It might be time for this blue chip prospect to turn pro and start his professional career where he will already be a threat for most established 145lb fighters in the region.

You won’t find more BANG for your buck so order this thrilling event. Be sure to catch all of the action anytime on VOD as AFC presents “Atlas Fighting Championship 24″ on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv.

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