CFFC 38 Preview

July 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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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

July 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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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

July 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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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 GFL.tv.

FINDING WILLING OPPONENTS CAN BE DIFFICULT FOR TALENTED CHAMPIONS

July 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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FINDING WILLING OPPONENTS CAN BE DIFFICULT FOR TALENTED CHAMPIONS

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.”

About Cage Fury Fighting Championships

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.

For information, visit cffc.tv.

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 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 GFL.tv 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 GFL.tv. Order now and own it for life on VOD.

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

July 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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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 gfl.tv, 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
 
For more information, visit PinnacleFightingChampionships.com.
 

Victorium III Review

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Victorium MMA debuted on GFL with “Victorium III”, a stacked MMA card from Hayes, Virginia. This event was full speed from bell to bell as these gladiators all showed their mettle inside the cage on a 11-bout card that had 8 finishes.

In the main event, D’Juan Owens (10-7-1) scored a huge win as he defeated UFC vet Dustin Pague (11-10) via rear naked choke in the third round. Pague was coming off an extended stint in the UFC that started in 2011 as a member of TUF 14. In the third round, both fighters stood toe to toe and exchanged leg kicks then Pague clinched up and both men struggled for positional dominance on their feet. When the fight finally hit the mat, Owens was on top as Pague worked from the butterfly guard. Pague rose to his feet and Owens connected with two hard body shots as Pague fired back with a left-right combo. Owens wrestled Pague down to the mat again and got Pague’s back then sunk in the rear naked choke in a fantastic finish to a great fight.

In the co-main event, Dusty Shaw (2-1) defeated Kyle Newson (2-4) via submission in the first round. Shaw got a quick takedown and tried to work an arm triangle. Newson escaped and landed a big takedown, but Shaw locked in an arm in guillotine choke from his back as soon as they hit the mat and got the tapout shortly after.

Brett Glass (4-1) defeated Jonathan Hughes (2-3) via KO in the first round. Both men tested their distance in the early going with striking then Hughes looked for a takedown as he bullied Glass into the cage. Still on their feet, they tussled against the cage for superiority. Both men found their distance again and began to trade strikes until the fight hit the mat and Hughes locked in an armbar. Glass broke free and went to work inside the guard of Hughes landing punched. Glass moved the fight against the cage and was able to KO Hughes with one of his punches from the top. Glass showed great sportsmanship as he stopped punching when he saw Hughes was out.

In other action, Elder Ramos scored a hard fought split decision against Mark Strickland while Alan Stephenson defeated Kenny Gaudreau via TKO in the second round.

Victorium MMA brought down the house once again as they have quickly grabbed a chokehold on Mid-Atlantic MMA and this show continued in that tradition. Order “Victorium III”, and anytime afterwards on video on demand only on GFL.

Pinnacle FC 8 Review

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Pinnacle FC returned to GFL.tv with “Pinnacle FC 8″ from the Iceoplex At Southpointe in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Pinnacle FC is one of the top regional promotions in the country and this 11 bout card featured 6 stoppages and was anchored by an explosive main event with a title on the line.

In the main event, Mark Cherico (7-0) defeated Luis Guerra (4-2) via unanimous decision to win the Pinnacle FC Featherweight Title. Cherico was dominant throughout the fight, even with the late opponent change with Guerra. Cherico scored with hard punches in each round from his standup, but it was his wrestling that dominated and was top notch as he took the fight to the ground when he needed to, improved his position and scored with hard punches and elbows consistently. Cherico’s top game was excellent as he was just too heavy on the top and controlled the fight from bell to bell against a very game Guerra. Cherico now becomes a very hot commodity throughout the country. Cherico, an undefeated champion, with a good head on his shoulders, proved that he can compete with anyone in the world in the 145 lb division.

In the co-main, Adam Milstead (5-1) defeated Nick Smiley (6-4) via TKO in the first round in a heavyweight scrap. This fight was pure dynamite. Smiley scored with two huge outside leg kicks that made Milstead give pause. Milstead countered with a huge uppercut against the cage, followed by a right hand that dropped Smiley. Milstead followed up with punches on the ground until the ref stopped the fight. Both men came to throw bombs and they did just that. Milstead connected first to the face and that was the difference in the fight as he hurt Smiley and pounced on him after that.

In other action, Charlie Gathers (5-5) defeated Jason Willett (4-5) via rear naked choke in the second round of a featherweight scrap. Gathers had an edge on the mat, and it was only a matter of time until he found a fight ending submission which he did in the second when he took the back of Willett and got the tapout. Jake Schilling (6-1) defeated Ethan Goss (6-4) to win the Pinnacle FC Amateur Featherweight Title via triangle choke in the second round. Schilling is a touch amateur and after this win, he might consider turning pro.

“Pinnacle FC 8″ was an explosive card that featured high octane fights. Watch as these brave warriors go to battle inside the cage. Be sure to catch all of the action from this event anytime on VOD exclusively at GFL.tv.

Nick Smiley’s tough road leads him to biggest fight of career at PinnacleFC 8

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(PRESS RELEASE) PITTSBURGH – It’s been a long, rough road for Nick Smiley. The 30-year-old heavyweight fighter has faced trials and tribulations leading up to the biggest fight of his career, which will take place this Saturday, July 12 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania when he takes on Adam “The Prototype” Milstead in the co-main event at Pinnacle Fighting Championships 8.
 
Smiley, who boasts a 6-3 mixed martial arts record with six stoppage finishes, comes in against yet another hometown favorite, something the Georgia native has gotten used to during his seven years as a fighter.
 
“I’ve been the heel in a lot of my fights,” Smiley said. “So coming up to Canonsburg and fighting the hometown guy isn’t anything new. It adds another facet to the already tough mental game.”
 
Despite the fact that he expects to get booed, Smiley has faced more difficult situations in his life than taking on a highly hyped prospect in his backyard. He was arrested in 2007 and charged with possession of cocaine and driving under the influence. A plea deal sent him to a detention center for six months, but he found a new path upon starting the climb from his rock bottom.
 
He discovered MMA in 2008 while in Las Vegas with his brother Justin, who was an NFL guard for eight years after starring at the University of Alabama. A lifelong athlete who excelled in kickboxing, baseball, football, and even Toughman contests, Smiley immediately took to the new sport that he had only seen on TV. Upon completing a 7-2 record as an amateur, Smiley made his professional debut in 2010, when he also joined the famed HardCore Gym alongside coaches Adam and Rory Singer in his home state.
 
Smiley’s pro career got off to a rough 1-2 start, but he rebounded with five straight first round victories, including four via TKO. Clean since getting busted seven years ago, Smiley is now on the short list for an eventual call to join the UFC roster.
 
Milstead is a tough customer with UFC aspirations himself, returning from a year-and-a-half layoff looking to improve on his 4-1 record, including a perfect 4-0 record at heavyweight. The 27-year-old is one of a new breed of heavyweights, using athleticism rather than brute strength to measure his successes. The Fight Club Pittsburgh product is a regular training partner of UFC heavyweight contender Stipe Miocic, and he, too, has a 100 percent finish rate in his professional victories.
 
 “I’m looking forward to coming to his backyard and mixing it up,” Smiley said. “From what I’ve seen Adam is strong, athletic and likes to stand and trade.”
 
The two heavyweights will serve as the co-main event for the 11-fight PinnacleFC 8 card, which will be headlined by a battle for the inaugural PinnacleFC featherweight title featuring Mark “The Pride of Bloomfield” Cherico (6-0) taking on Indianapolis native Luis Guerra (4-1).
 
Tickets for the event are available via cagetix.com, and the entire card will be streamed live via GFL.tv starting at 7 p.m. ET on July 12, 2014. The full fight card for PinnacleFC 8 can be found HERE.

WFC 25 Preview

July 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Hard hitting MMA action returns as WFC presents “WFC 25” on July 26 from the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, Oregon live on the GFL Combat Sports Network. WFC events are the premier MMA shows in the Pacific Northwest as they are the proving grounds for tomorrow’s future stars and established veterans looking to mix it up. This huge card is anchored by a main event for the WFC Lightweight Title between a UFC vet and Bellator vet.

In the main event, UFC vet George Sotiropoulos (14-6) battles Ryan Healy (19-12-1) for the WFC Lightweight Title. Sotiropoulos first appeared on UFC broadcasting as a member of TUF in 2007 and fought for the company until 2013. Sotiropoulos is a dangerous grappler and brings a unique ground game into the cage that he honed in his native Australia. Sotiropoulos has amassed 9 wins via tapout and is particularly fond of the armbar. His grappling has proven to be the downfall of many top fighters in the 155 lb division. Healy is a season fighter and brings a great wrestling/grappling game into the fight. The twin brother of perennial UFC fighter, Pat Healy, Ryan is every bit as durable and always fights with an aggression that is second to none. Healy has an iron chin and his combos on his feet are blistering. A win by Healy could turn heads and get him the recognition he deserves. Expect a barnburner from both men who are coming into the fight looking for a finish.

In the co-main event, UFC vet Ian Loveland (14-9) takes on WSOF vet Gabriel Solorio (9-7). Loveland is a heavy hitter and has one-punch KO power in both hands. Loveland has one of the toughest chins in the sport and always brings the fight to his opponent. Loveland will be looking for a highlight reel KO so when the fists start flying, don’t blink. Solorio is on a 2-fight win streak and has proven to be a tough draw for any opponent. Solorio is resilient in the cage and proven his mettle as he has battled through tough times and found a way to win. Look for Solorio to try and stifle the early attacks of Loveland and try to wear Loveland down in the latter rounds.

West Coast MMA is ready to deliver again! Be sure to catch all of the action, LIVE on July 26 as WFC presents “WFC 25” exclusively at GFL.tv.

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