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Donnie “Green Arrow” Francis MMA Fighter By Day Superhero By Night

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June 20th 2017

 

Fighter Profile
Name – Donnie Francis
Weight – 135-145 Pounds
Record – 0 Wins 1 Loss
Team – New England Submission Fighting

 

 

Where are you from ?
Ware, Massachusetts.

 

How long have you been training in Mixed Martial Arts ?
On and off for about 5 years.

 

How did you get in to MMA ?
I started out my Martial arts career with Hapkido. It wasn’t enough for me so I started looking around and found the sport.

 

Tell us about your nickname how you got it ?
I don’t really have one yet. We have a few jokes floating around the gym of course lol. I’m down for any suggestions. If you follow me on the social media stuff you’d get some good ideas.

What was the defining moment for you when you knew you wanted to become a fighter?
Competing in martial arts was always something I wanted to do thanks to my grandfather Donald Roy who back in the day was a hot-shot. MMA was the best way for me to showcase my hard work.

 

Were your family and friends supportive when you decided to enter the world of MMA ?
Yes and no. Complicated, my wife now is, and my adopted family after years of bitching is.

 

What is your current record ?
0-1 ūüėĒ soon to change, also long story lol.

 

What is your favorite strike, submission, or combination to use in a fight ?
Honestly who doesn’t love the Supermen punch, that or The Super Dragon Fist (my real fav)

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Who is your biggest inspiration ?
I’d have to say my Grandfather.

 

What team do you train with ?
I train with New England Submission Fighting. Absolutely wish I made the switch sooner.

 

When you step in the cage do you like to stand with your opponent or take the fight to the ground ?
My last fight I wanted to keep standing. I still haven’t figured out my prefered method.

 

What does being a fighter mean to you ?
Being a role model. I do a lot of charity work and my day job is a social worker in a group home.

 

What weight do you fight at ?
It various. I’m open for 135,140, and 145.

 

what do you think separates you from other fighters In your division ?
Time will tell. After 2 years off I’m gonna be coming back stronger and more skilled than I ever thought imaginable and I’m only gonna get better.

 

If you could have one dream fight who would it be against and why ?
That is a tough one. I’d love to put in some work with any of the old school greats.

 

Who has been your toughest fight to date ?
My first fight which was the last time I fought. If I’d have known what I was getting myself into, I would’ve tried holding out for a better match up.

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What is your mindset going in to a fight ?
I was calm. Due to the life I’ve lived conflict is something I’m used to so getting locked in a cage with the expectation of unarmed gladiatorial combat was kinda like reliving my childhood.

 

Who are you fighting next ?
Looks like after a long and patient wait
Kenny Champion.

 

What holes or weaknesses will you be looking to take advantage of in your opponents game plan.
I’m gonna out strike him I plan on dominating where ever the fight goes.

 

What promotion are you fighting for ?
Ammo Fight League.

 

Date and time of your next fight ?
June 24th 2017. Not sure on the exact time.

 

What do you want to be remembered for at the end of your career ?
I wanna be remembered for working hard, sense of humor, sweet moves, and if I’m able to making a difference through combat sports.

 

What is your favorite quote or motto ?
“Ovet 9000!”

 

What has been your biggest accomplishment in the sport so far ?
Just being able to step into the cage with such a high level athlete for my debut.

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Who has been most influential to you in your career ?
I look for a lot of guidance from my current coach.

 

Who do you feel has had the biggest impact on the sport and why ?
The family that helped start it all. Without BJJ and the Gracie challenges back in the day we may not have the same sport we do today.

 

How would you describe your fighting style ?
Super Saiyan.

 

What drives or motivates you to step in the cage and compete ?
My kids and my charity work.

 

What is something people might not know about you?
I’m the Green Arrow…and I’m also pretty geeky

 

When you are not in the gym training what do you like to do in your free time ?
Video games, conventions, dressing up as a Superhero and doing what I can in regards to visiting hospitals or doing charity events

 

What advice can you give to young fighters and those who want to become fighters?
Find a real gym with a good group of people and a coach you can trust and just show up, put in the work, eat your vegetable, and take your vitamins.

 

What do you think you would be doing if you hadn’t become a fighter ?
I’d go back to working part-time in law enforcement and putting more focus on Super hero stuff.

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What gets you mentally prepared for a fight ?
Just focusing on what I gotta do.

 

Do you have any rituals that get you ready to step in the cage ?
Nope, adjust my cup, make sure my mouth piece is on correctly

 

Where do you see the sport of MMA in 5 years ?
I’d like to be running a pro division as champ for a reputable promotion.

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years ?
Same as the last question, except I’d like to be way more established in regards to working with different charitable organizations and to have a Fighting For Autism therapy center opened in Ma.

 

Who is your favorite fighter ?
George st Pierre.

 

Is there anyone you want to thank or give a shout out to?
My coach and teammates for putting up with me, Fighting For Autism, my buddies with The Angry Geeks Show, my family, my grandfather, and you for wanting to ask me questions.

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Photo Credit РBilly Nichols Photography 

https://www.facebook.com/BillyNicholsPhotog/

Amateur Spotlight Andrew ” Mama Said Knock You Out” Johnson

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June 19th 2017 

 

Fighter Profile 

Name – Andrew Johnson

Nickname – Mama Said Knock You Out

Weight – 135 Pounds

Record – 6 Wins 0 Losses

Titles Held –¬†UCL Flyweight Title, XFO Bantamweight Title

Team –¬†Dave Strasser’s Freestyle Academy

 

 

SFCL and The Fighting Monkeys MMA Madness present The National Amateur Spotlight.

Representing Dave Strasser’s Freestyle Academy, this is Andrew “Mama Said Knock you out” Johnson. Andrew stands 5’11 and competes at 135lbs. Andrew is a high school wrestler from Waukegan, Illinois. Currently 6-0 in MMA, Andrew holds the UCL flyweight title and XFO bantamweight title. Andrew is also ranked #2 in Illinois and #7 out of 755 active bantamweights in the Midwest United States.

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Andrew got into martial arts for two reasons. “I like working out and competition”. Watch as Andrew attempts to capture his 3rd title, June 24th, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as he faces off with James Simmons for Pure Fighting Championships.

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Contributing Writer – Conrad “The Influence” Loucks¬†

Cage Titans Live Results June 17th 2017

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June 17th 2017

 

Amateur Undercard

 

145 Pound Amateur Fight
Aaron Hughes (0-2) vs John Semenuk (1-0)

Round 1

Aaron with the low leg kick on Semenuk backs him into the cage semenuk trying for the double leg on hughes, Semenuk with the take down on Hughes, Semenuk looking for the full mount and he gets it taking Hughes back and sinking in a rear naked choke for an impressive first round submission victory.

Your winner at 2:48 of the first round by Rear Naked Choke John Semenuk.

 

145 Pound Amateur Fight
Jordan Brown (1-0) vs Matt Waddell (0-0)

Round 1 

Both fighters come out and touch gloves, Brown looking very comfortable on his feet Waddell with a deep armbar out of nowhere trying to finish it quick but brown holds on and lays down some ground n pound. Both fighters back to their feet Brown lands in Waddell’s guard and lays in some body shots as he works to improve his position, Waddell with another submission attempt and that is the end of round 1.

Round 2

Brown comes out throwing , Waddell¬†with a leg kick Both fighters working in the clinch and down they go with Brown on top again this time in side control, Brown looking for the mount and takes Waddell’s Back, But Waddell escapes and Brown ends up back in his guard, Waddell on top now in the full mount And that ends round 2

Round 3

Round 3 opens up with Brown pressing the action putting Waddell against the cage before getting the takedown, Brown in Waddell’s Guard Waddell looking for a triangle choke Brown with a Huge slam to break the submission attempt. Both fighters back to their feet and teeing off on each other before the bell sounds to end round 3.

Your Winner By unanimous decision Matt Waddell.

 

 

185 Pound Amateur Fight
Pat Crowley (0-1) vs Brandon Conrad (0-0)

Round one starts with a flurry as Pat Crowley unloads on Conrad and that is it it’s all over that quick

Your Winner By Knockout at 16 seconds of the first round Pat Crowley

 

 

150 Pound Amateur Fight
Chris Sniger (1-1) vs Antoine Caparotta (3-1)

Round 1

Round 1 starts with both fighters taking center cage Caparotta with a kick, Sniger fires back with one of his own, Sniger lands a nice straight jab, and another head kick, Sniger looks for the uppercut and misses, Sniger with the takedown looking to improve his position and landing some big body shots, Caparotta back up bullying Sniger into the cage before taking him down and that ends round 1

Round 2 

Sniger comes out with the jabs looking to open up on Caparotta, referee Brian Minor calls time out for what looks to be an eye poke, and the fight resumes with Sniger landing a short jab and a series of kicks to the body. Sniger pressing Caparotta and Caparotta gets the big takedown on Sniger, Caparotta looking to lay down some ground n pound offense with 10 seconds left in the round and the bell sounds to end round 2.

Round 3

And here we go round 3 Sniger with the 1-2, high kick by Sniger, and another takedown landing in Caparotta’s guard Sniger imposing his ground game and gets side control on Caparotta 10 seconds left in the third and final round and this fight will go to the judges.

Your Winner By unanimous Decision Chris Sniger.

 

 

145 Pound Amateur Fight
Mike Albert (0-1) vs Pat Gilbride (0-0)

Round 1

Gillbride looking to unload early in round one, Gilbride with the big slam putting Albert on his back and just teeing off on Albert and hits him with another big takedown and the Armbar Gilbride Makes quick work of Albert ending it with an Armbar.

Your Winner By Submission Via Armbar at 1:25 of the first round Pat Gilbride.

 

155 Pound Amateur Fight
Josh Halladay (0-0) vs Chris O’Brien (1-0)

Round 1

Halladay looking to start this fight quickly with a flurry and he takes down O’Brien and lays in some heavy body shots from the guard, O’ Brien doing a good job of defending and keeping Halladay from advancing and improving his position, O’Brien has Halladay’s head trapped and both fighters back to their feet at the 10 second bell to end round 1.

Round 2

Both guys come out throwing bombs Halladay with some vicious uppercut’s in the clinch, Halladay with knees to the body of O’Brien, Both fighters working against the cage now looks like O’Brien might be going for a guillotine and he sinks it end and ends this fight with a beautifully violent Submission.

Your Winner By Guillotine Choke at 2:12 of round 2 Chris “The Bearded Warrior” O’ Brien

 

 

205 Pound Amateur Fight
Ron Marshall (1-3) vs Fabio Cherant (2-1)

Round 1 

The bell rings and here we go with round 1 both fighters feeling each other out, and Marshall connects with a flurry before taking down Cherant, Cherant on top now looking for the mount and he gets full mount on Marshall and lands some big punches Cherant has Marshalls back and he sinks in the Rear Naked Choke Forcing Marshall to tap out.

Your Winner By Rear Naked Choke at 2:28 of round 1 Fabio Cherant

 

 

 

165 Pound Amateur Fight
Trevor Gudde (2-0) vs Marty Navis (2-1)

Round 1 

The bell sounds and Navis is pushing the pace right out of the gate, Gudde looking to cut Navis down with leg kicks a teep by Gudde backs Navis up, Navis swinging for the fences but doesn’t connect Navis catches a kick by Gudde and lands 2 straight jabs, Navis with a leg kick checked by Gudde, Navis connects with a big right and the bell sounds to end round 1.

Round 2

Round to starts with Gudde on the attack looking to use his reach against Navis, Navis swings for the fences and gets taken down by Gudde, Gudde looking for the guillotine but Navis escapes and both fighters meet back in the center of the cage, Gudde with a high kick that does not connect and both fighters end round 2 in the clinch.

Round 3 

And here we go the third and final round of an already exciting fight Navis with the short jabs both fighters throwing but neither connecting, both men connecting with combinations Gudde has navis against the cage looking to tee off but Navis escapes, Gudde Bullying Navis up against the cage and the ends round 3.

Your Winner by Split Decesion Trevor Gudde

 

 

115 Pound Amateur Women’s Fight
LaNeisha Vinson (4-2-1) vs Hilarie Rose (3-3)

Round 1 

Here we go both ladies meet in the center of the cage Rose with the takedown but Vinson gets right back up, Vinson Throwing some wild punches but not connecting, Rose with a high kick that misses, both ladies being very methodical, Rose hits a leg kick on Vinson Rose keeping Vinson at bay with her reach and Rose gets the takedown to end round 1.

Round 2 

Rose controlling the center of the cage to start round 2 Vinson looking to back her up, Short jabs by Rose and an echoing leg kick, Rose with the takedown as Vinson was looking to walk in on her, Rose looking to get out of Vinson’s half guard and both ladies get back to their feet before Rose takes Vinson down again and a brutal kick by Rose to the face of Vinson to end round 2

Round 3 

We have reached the third and final round, Vinson looking to push the pace now both ladies in the clinch working against the cage, Vinson connecting with some shots before Rose puts her back against the cage, Rose with a take down attempt but Vinson stuffs it and these ladies are back on their feet and then right back to the ground with Vinson looking to take Roses back and the bell sounds this one will go to the judges.

Your Winner By Unanimous Decision Hilarie Rose 

 

Fight Of The Night Awards 

Knockout Of The Night Pat Crowley

Submission Of The Night – Fabio Cherant

Fight Of The Night – Josh Halladay vs Chris O’Brien

 

 

 

Main Card

155 Amateur Lightweight Title Fight
Gerald Meuse (4-2) vs Zach Disabatino (4-0)

Round 1 

Round 1 of this Amateur Lightweight title fight starts with Disabatino pressing the pace but finding himself with his back t the cage as Meuse looks to turn the tide, Meuse trying to land some shots from the clinch, and Disabatino gets the takedown to thunderous cheers and an earth-shaking slam by Disabatino puts Meuse on his back, as both fighters are up against the cage to end round 1.

Round 2 

Round 2 opens up with Meuse backing Disabatino against the cage and both men throwing shots from the clinch, Meuse with a head kick and now both fighters throwing for the fences before Disabatino gets hit with a low blow stopping the fight, both fighters square up again and they are throwing some heavy shots, Meuse backs Disabatino against the cage and Disabatino looks for a knee, Meuse connecting with lefts and rights now Disabatino returns fire what a way to end round 2.

Round 3 

Here we go the third and final round of this title fight Meuse comes out throwing some low kicks but Disabatino backs him into the cage before taking him down, Disabatino looking to take the back of Meuse but loses the position Disabatino in control as both fighters come back to their feet Disabatino with the knee to the body of Meuse, and Meuse hits Disabatino with another low blow, referee Brian Minor giving Disabatino time to recover after the low blow, and the fight resumes, ten seconds left and Disabatino just mauled Meuse to end the round.

Round 4 

Meuse looking for a more methodical pace to open up the fourth round and now teeing off with punches and kicks on Disabatino, Disabatino looking to stop the onslaught as he pushes Meuse against the cage and takes him down, Meuse looking to get back to his feet but Disabatino is keeping him grounded Meuse looking for an armbar attempt but looses it and ends up on the back of Disabatino, Meuse has Disabatino against the cage and is landing some heavy strikes and we come to the end of round 4.

Round 5

This is the 5th and final round of this Lightweight Title war Meuse unloading on Disabatino, Disabatino looks gassed, Meuse with more shots trying to pick apart the champion in the late stages of this fight, Meuse backing Disabatino up with a flurry and a brutal kick to the body, both men against the cage unloading, Disabatino with the take down with ten seconds left in the round and this one will go to the judges what a war.

We go to the judges score card and this fight ends in a majority draw and Zach Disabatino Retaining his Title.

 

 

125 Pound Amateur Flyweight Title Fight
Jake Kasperowski (3-2-1) vs Josh Meehan (4-0)

Round 1 

Both fighters come out and Meehan fires off with a beautiful Teep and a head kick, Kasperowski fires back before being pushed up against the cage by Meehan, Meehan looks extremely aggressive tonight not giving Kasperowski any room to breath, Kasperowski fires back but Meehan bulldozes him to the ground with ten seconds left in round 1.

Round 2

Round two Meehan comes out fast and furious but Kasperowski is holding his own with the champion Meehan looking for the single leg but Kasperowski stuffs it, Kasperowski connects with a kick as Meehan connects with a straight right, Meehan looking for the big overhand but misses, short jab by Kasperowski, Meehan gets caught with a leg kick and the bell sounds to end round 2.

Round 3 

Meehan comes out looking for the uppercut but Kasperowski fires back with a kick, Meehan lighting up Kaperowski before getting taken down, Kasperowski looking to ground and pound Meehan now, and both men back to their feet, Meehan with the high kick but doesn’t get all of it, And Meehan as quick as lightning on the back of Kasperowski but Kasperowski reverses it and lands in Meehan’s guard with 10 seconds left in the round.

Round 4 

We are in the championship rounds as we open up round 4, both men circling each other and Meehan hits the takedown Kasperowski back to his feet and gets bullrushed by Meehan, nice 1-2 by Kasperowski and a follow-up kick to the body, Meehan looks to be bleeding from the nose, Kasperowski gets caught with a head kick by Meehan, side kick by Meehan and round 4 is in the books

Round 5 

This is the 5th and final round, Meehan stalking Kasperowski early in the round, kasperowski picking apart the legs of Meehan with blistering kicks, Meehan gets the takedown and is looking for full mount Kasperowski doing a good job defending but nearly gets caught in a submission attempt by Meehan, ten seconds left in this battle of epic proportions and we will take this one down to the judges.

Your Winner by Unanimous Decesion and New Cage Titans Amateur 125 Pound Champion Jake Kasperowski.

 

 

165 Pound Pro Fight
Montoyia Swilling (0-7) vs Jimmy Manning (3-0)

Round 1 

Here we go the bell sounds to start round 1 of our first pro bout of the night and right out og the gate Manning looking to assert dominance but ends up on his back, Swilling stuck in the full guard of Manning and manning looking to end it quickly an it is all over Jimmy “The Tooth” Manning ends this fight by submission in round 1 and hands Swilling his 8th consecutive pro loss.

Your Winner By Triangle Choke at 1:19 of the first round Jimmy “The Tooth” Manning

 

135 Pound Fight 

Tim Wheeler (2-3) vs Johnny Campbell (13-9)

Round 1 

Lets get the action started, Wheeler trying to take down Campbell early but ends up with Campbell on his back and just like that the crafty veteran ends this fight with a Rear Naked Choke.

Your Winner by Rear Naked Choke At 45 Seconds of Round 1 Johnny “Cupcakes” Campbell.

 

155 Pound Fight 

Vince McGuinness (5-6) vs Joe Giannetti (4-0)

Round 1 

This is going to be a Barn Burner of a fight the energy in the Memorial Hall is electric, as the bell sounds to start round 1, both fighters come out and touch gloves Giannetti with a high kick and a slip,Giannetti takes down McGuiness, both fighters back to their feet with Giannetti pressing McGuiness against the cage, Giannetti looking to put McGuiness to sleep but opts to instead reign down punches, Giannetti all over McGuiness just mauling him with punches, This is a mugging Skeletor would be proud of, Giannetti looking for the Kimura with 10 seconds left in round one and the bell sounds saving McGuiness.

Round 2 

Round 2 starts with Giannetti landing a high kick but almost getting caught in the process, McGuiness looking to try to assert himself now but Giannetti fires off a beautiful spin kick, Followed up by the superman punch, Giannetti looking for the standing guillotine, Giannetti falls to his back still attacking the head of McGuiness, Giannetti looking to synch the choke in deeper as McGuiness defends, McGuiness has been in this choke for what seems like eternity and he will breathe a little easier now as the bell sounds to end round 2.

Round 3 

This is the third and final round in this battle of attrition McGuiness comes out firing, But Giannetti pulls out the fancy stuff from his bag of tricks, another series of Roundhouse Kicks by Giannetti, Giannetti keeping McGuiness at bay with that long reach, McGuniess looking to fire back with a few shots of his own and narrowly avoids the spinning backfist of Giannetti, Back and forth both fighters picking their shots not wanting to make the first mistake Giannetti gets caught but rebounds with another superman punch and a takedown, Gianetti has McGuiness in the same predicament as the end of round two as the bell sounds and we are going to the judges Score cards.

Your Winner By Unanimous Decesion Joe “Skeletor” Giannetti.

 

150 Pound Fight 

Drew Morais (6-4) vs Peter Barrett (8-0)

Round 1 

The bell sounds and here we go Barrett looking to strike early and cracks Morias, Barrett with Morias against the cage looking for a knee but does not connect, Morias breaks free and both men meet back in the center of the cage, Barrett with the high kick and a front kick, Barrett looking to light up Morias with some blistering offense Morias with a huge shot knocking barrett Down and Drew Morias has just shocked the world and ended the 8 fight winning streak of “slippery Pete” Peter Barrett, The Memorial hall is in shock that might be the upset of the year.

Your Winner By TKO at 3:23 of round one Drew Morias 

 

155 Pound Fight 

Jay Ellis (25-36) vs Frank Sforza (6-0)

Round 1 

Here we go your main event is about to start. Both fighters touch gloves and Sforza throws the first shot, Sforza coming in with heavy hands and he is all over Ellis with ground and pound, Sforza keeping Ellis grounded and he sinks the rear naked choke and this one is over.

Your Winner By Rear Naked Choke At 1:24 Of The First Round Frank Sforza

 

Help support “The Thai Kitten” Grace Cleveland¬†

We had the honor of interviewing Grace a few months back unfortunately Grace suffered a server neck injury yesterday and as any fighter knows medical bills pile up fast when your  unable to work. 

Please click the link below and help support grace through this hard time and threw her recovery 

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Amateur Spotlight Juancamilo Ronderos

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June 11th 2017

 

Fighter Profile
Name – Juancamilo Ronderos
Weight – 125 Pounds
Record – 8 Wins 0 Losses
Titles Held – TuffNUff Flyweight Title
Team – Xtreme Couture MMA

 

SFCL and The Fighting Monkeys MMA Madness present The National Amateur Spotlight.

 

Standing 5’4 and competing at 125lbs, this is Juancamilo Ronderos. Juancamilo trains at Xtreme Couture MMA in Las Vegas, Nevada. Originally from Bogata, Colombia, Juancamilo moved to Las Vegas at age 6. Juancamilo is currently 8-0 in MMA, which includes capturing the TuffNUff flyweight title and defending it twice. Juancamilo is also ranked #1 in Las Vegas and #1 out of 289 flyweights in the Western United States by tapology.com.

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Juancamilo says he got into martial arts for the love of the art. June 17th, Juancamilo hopes to defend his title once again, in front of 16,000 people at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, but he’s had two opponents drop so far and time is running out.

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Contributing Writer – Conrad “The Influence” Loucks¬†

Chelsea Faulder Strong Is The New Beautiful

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June 10th 2017

 

Fighter Profiile
Name – Chelsea Faulder
Nickname – Head Hunter
Weight – 115 Pounds
Record – 7 Wins 1 Loss
Team – Fightopia MMA

 

 

Where are you from ?
Rosewood Ohio.

 

How long have you been training ?
I started training when I was 18, I trained for about 6 months then moved out of state and started a family. I moved back to Ohio 4 years later and started training at Fightopia MMA. I have been training there for 3.5 years now.

 

How did you get in to Mixed Martial Arts ?
I got into MMA by looking up to my uncle that did Karate and seeing how much self control and confidence he gained by doing it and I wanted the same self control and confidence he had.

 

Tell us about your nickname and how you got it ?
I’ve never really been into the nickname stuff but… It started out as head hunter because of my fighting style, my hunting back ground and it was the only thing that sounded okay with my name. Head Hunter didn’t stick, I tried to change it to The Unicorn which didn’t stick either. The only nickname that has kind of stuck is Cheldog, which I absolutely hate but it was given to me by my little girl and fiance.

 

What was the defining moment for you when you knew you wanted to become a fighter?
To be honest my whole entire life has molded me into being a fighter. I have went through a lot and I’ve always tried to find physical things to do to push myself to my metal and physical breaking point. I knew the first time I stepped into the cage I found what I wanted to do for the rest of my life!

 

Were your family and friends supportive when you decided to compete in MMA ?
My dad was super supportive! It took awhile for the rest of my family to be okay with it.

 

What is your current record ?
I am 7-1 as an ammy. 0-0 as a pro.

 

What is your favorite strike, Submission, or combination to use in a fight ?
My favorite strike is the one that lands on the button and makes their knees weak. My favorite submission is the one that makes them scream as they tapout.

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Who is your biggest inspiration ?
My daughter.

 

What team do you train with ?
Fightopia MMA.

 

Do you like to stand with your opponent or take the fight to the ground ?
I like to entertain people when I fight. I enjoy standing with my opponent but I also enjoy slamming them and inflicting as much pain as possible!

 

What does being fighter mean to you ?
It means being a role model for people to look up to. But most importantly it means changing the way society looks at us fighters.

 

What weight do you fight at ?
115lbs.

 

What do you think separates you from other fighters In your division ?
My mindset, heart and work ethic.

 

If you could have one dream fight who would it be against ?
I’ve never had a dream fight but with the recent events that just happened at the UFC retreat between Chris Cyborg and Angela Magana, I’d love to step in the cage with Magana to shut her mouth.

 

Who has been your toughest fight to date ?
Aliebeth Milliron because it was my first fight back after a major injury and 2 major surgeries. I was struggling with a lot of mental and family issues at the time.

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What is your mindset going in to a fight ?
I find it funny because I know whoever is stepping in the cage with me doesn’t have what I have. Win, lose or draw I know the crowd is going to enjoy watching my fight and I’m going to enjoy getting to be me in the cage.

 

Who are you fighting next ?
I have an opponents name but I’m not able to release it yet.

 

what holes or weaknesses do you see in her game that you can take advantage of ?
She’s not me!

 

What promotion are you fighting for ?
I’ll be fighting for a major origination but like my opponents name I’m not able to release this information yet.

 

Date and time of your next fight ?
I’ll be able to release that later this week.

 

What do you want to be remembered for at the end of your career ?
Being an awesome role model for young girls and women to look up to!

 

Who has been most influential to you in your career ?
My head coach Johny Conner.

 

Who do you feel has had the biggest impact on the sport ?
Dana White.

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How would you describe your fighting style ?
100% VIOLENCE! Pun Intended.

 

What drives or motivates you to step in the cage and compete ?
What motivates me is when people don’t believe in me and people tell me I can’t do something.

 

What is one thing people might not know about you ?
People may not know that I really enjoy hunting!

 

What do you think you would be doing if you hadn’t become a fighter ?
I volunteer and help out a lot at my daughters school. I really enjoy making an impact on the youth and think that if I wasn’t a full time fighter I would probably become some sort of coach or gym teacher.

 

What gets you mentally prepared for a fight ?
Cutting Weight.

 

Do you have any rituals that get you ready to step in the cage ?
Right before I step in the cage I look at my daughter, give her a hug and a kiss and then I feel untouchable as I step in the cage.

 

Your backstage about to walk out your music hits what’s going through your head as you walk to the cage ?
Excitement!

 

Who is your favourite fighter ?
Chris Cyborg.

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When you’re not training what do you like to do with your free time ?
Spend time with my daughter and fiance, read, hunt and be outdoors.

 

What has been your biggest accomplishment in the sport so far ?
Finishing Aliebeth (a very tough, game opponent) after having 2 major surgeries.

 

What do you think the biggest challenges are for women in MMA ?
Staying classy, not being a sell out and respecting yourself.

 

What advice can you give to young female fighters ?
Always be yourself and follow your dreams!

 

Where do you see women’s MMA in the next 5-10 years ?
Just as popular if not more popular as men’s MMA.

 

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years ?
In the top 5 of the best origination in the world.

 

What are your goals within the sport ?
To become the best in the world and to prove to everyone that as long as you work hard you can make your dreams come true!

 

Is there anyone you want to thank or give a shout out to ?
My Uncle Jim for being an excellent role model for me. My dad Jeff Faulder for being my biggest fan. My very loyal corner-man Bob Moore. My strength and conditioning coach Mick Roberts. My wrestling coach Don Fink. All my teammates at Fightopia MMA. The Shore family!!! All my amazing sponsors Shore Chiropractic, 100% VIOLENCE, Fighter Alias, Weapons Fight Gear, Klutch and Westwater Productions. And most importantly my fiance and head coach Johny Conner for always having my best interest in mind, supporting me no matter what and making so many sacrifices for me to be able to make my dreams come true. Thank you everyone!

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To follow Chelsea on her MMA journey click the link below to check out her fan page

https://www.facebook.com/chelseammaherring/

Amateur Spotlight Paul “The Superman” Shough

June 4th 2017

 

Fighter Profile
Name – Paul Shough
Nickname – The Superman
Weight – 255 Pounds
Record – 5 Wins 1 Loss
Titles Held РIT Fight Series Heavyweight Championship
Team – Scott Sheeley and the Iron Tigers

 

SFCL and The Fighting Monkeys MMA Madness present The National Amateur Spotlight.

 

Representing Scott Sheeley and the Iron Tigers, this is Paul “The Superman” Shough. Paul is 5-1 in MMA, on a 5 fight win streak, including capturing the IT Fight Series heavyweight title. Standing 6’3 and competing at 255lbs, Paul comes to us from Bellefontaine, Ohio.

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A wrestler, Paul went 32-10 his senior year, falling short of states by one point. Paul is also ranked #2 at heavyweight in Ohio by tapology.com. Paul came to martial arts as an escape from depression. “I started fighting after one of the lowest points in my life. I lost my scholarship for football, due to a severe concussion injury and weeks later, after recovering, I broke my left hand. When I came back home, I slipped into a horrible depression. My weight got out of control. I got up to 360 pounds at my heaviest. I hated myself and who I became. So I finally snapped out of it, ordered Insanity, lost about 60 pounds in 3 months.

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Scott had a promo going on at the gym and I received a coupon in the mail about 5 years ago, so I went in. For a year, I was the beating boy. I found out how tough I was and about a year in I made the most important friendship I have ever had. Payton Rose had dedicated just as much blood sweat and tears into me as I have myself. We’ve been grinding now for 4 years and the sky is the limit for us”. Watch Paul defend his title June 17th, against Lucas Kailing, in Columbus, Ohio.

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Contributing Writer – Conrad “The Influence” Loucks¬†

Wanted Dead Or Alive “The Outlaw” Austin Kurtz

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May 30th 2017

 

Fighter Profile
Name – Austin Kurtz
Nickname – The Outlaw
Weight – 150-165 Pounds
Record – 1 Win 2 Losses
Team – Independent

 

 

Where are you from ?
I’m from Mountain City Tennessee.

 

How long have you been training in Mixed Martial Arts ?
A little over a year now.

 

How did you get into MMA ?
I decided to not take after my parents and leave professional wrestling and started training in MMA. My friend Billy Combs helped me find Tim Loy.

 

Tell us about your nickname and how you got it ?
One night me and my cousin Justin where talking about how I act and he told me I’m more of an outlaw than anything and it stuck.

 

What was the defining moment for you when you decided that being a fighter was what you wanted to do ?
I actually was in a lot of street fights and the last one I was in I destroyed the guy . So I made the choice to go to the cage so I wouldn’t end up in jail for my love of fighting.

 

When you decided to pursue a career in MMA where your family and friends supportive?
Yes actually my family was even though we are a professional wrestling family they are 100% supportive of my dream. They stand by me even my dear grandmother who is a nurse and is always warning me about the health risk.

 

What is your current record ?
My current record is 1-2.

 

What is your favorite strike, submission, or combination to use in a fight ?
My favorite strike would have to be a standing back fist most people expect a spin, im not a fan of turning my back. My favorite submission has to be a Kimura.

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Who is your biggest inspiration ?
My biggest inspiration is my father. Every man is left with a choice after their child is born stay or leave my dad stayed and did the best he could along with my mother to raise me into a great man. No matter how hard things where for us I always had food and everything I needed.

 

What team do you train with ?
Right now my team consists of me,my brother, Chris Courtner, and my cousin, Justin Cox.

 

When you step in the cage where do you want the fight to take place do you like to keep it standing or take it to the ground ?
I like to stand up and bang it out but if it goes to the ground I’m ok with that as well but there is nothing like a good slug fest.

 

What does being a fighter mean to you ?
Being a fighter means everything to me. It’s about my family honor. My Great Grandfather was a prize fighter that pretty much all I know about him but it’s enough to make me want to bring that history back to life today in my family.

 

What weight do you fight at ?
I usually fight anywhere from 150 to 165 pounds.

 

What separates you from other fighters in your division ?
I have more heart than anyone out there. I never give up until I’m beaten. I honestly might just not know when to quit I’ve never been too good at just giving up.

 

If you could have one dream fight who would it be against and why ?
My dream fight would have to be against Nate Diaz just because of his attitude And the way he fights. He’s a guy you can stand up with and throw hands all day.

 

Who has been your toughest opponent to date ?
I would say my first opponent Paul. Only time I’ve seen a second round so far, he knocked me out after I threw everything I had at him.

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What is your mindset heading into fight night ?
My mindset is it’s kill or be killed . I want to be calm but have a concentrated rage to just blow through my opponent. No surrender or retreat.

 

Who are you fighting next ?
I am fighting Brian Duperry.

 

What holes or weaknesses will you be looking to take advantage of in your opponents game when you step in the cage ?
Lack of effort and experience. I plan on shutting down his stand up. I personally believe he doesn’t have the heart too keep going after I beat on him the way I beat on people.

 

What promotion are you fighting for ?
Valor Fights.

 

Date and time of your next fight ?
June 16th at 7:00pm.

 

What do you want people to remember you for at the end of your career ?
I want to be remembered as a good ole boy who came from nothing and had some of the best standing fights . I want to be known for my strong kicks as well.

 

What is your favorite quote or motto ?
My favorite quote would have to be “the harder the grind the brighter the shine”

 
What has been your biggest accomplishment in MMA so far ?
My first win with it being only 50 seconds at 50/50 sports bar.

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Who has been most influential to you in your career ?
Ken Droneburg he is my fight manager and has amped everything I do way up.

 

Who do you think has had the biggest impact on MMA and why ?
Connor McGregor, he is blowing threw opponents like they are nothing the guy has freakishly amazing skills and everyone knows his name by now if they watch the sport.

 

How would you describe your fighting style ?
My fighting style is aggressive and constant pressure.

 

What drives or motivates you to step in the cage and compete ?
My family they are everything to me and I want to give back to the people who made me who I am. They will forever have my respect and dedication.

 

What is something people might not know about you ?
I can cook. I actually thoroughly enjoy it.

 

What do you enjoy doing in your free time ?
In my free time I like to be outside in the woods with my friends or at the lake fishing and swimming.

 

What is one piece of advice you would give to the next generation of fighters ?
Get into a gym street fighters lose. Never back down from any man. Hide all fears never let them see it in your eyes. Training is everything push yourself has hard as you can to make leaps an bounds in your progress and development.

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What do you think you would be doing today if you had never found MMA ?
I’d be sitting around washing dishes wasting my athletic abilities.

 

What gets you mentally prepared for a fight ?
I think of all the ways I can win and destroy my opponent. I hold in all my anger until the fight so when it’s time I’m nothing but concentrated rage. Meditation helps with this as well.

 

Do you have any rituals that get you ready to step in the cage ?
Yes I have my corner men tell me a bunch of lies about the guy and I just believe them as my reasoning for hurting him.

 

Where do you see the sport of MMA in 5-10 years ?
I see it being a huge sport over taking a lot of other sport in popularity.

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years ?
I see myself as a champion with my family taken care of and all of my needs as well as theirs met.

 

What do you think can change moving forward to make MMA better as a sport ?
Honestly it’s awesome the way it is . Only thing that will make it better is time.

 

Who is your favorite fighter ?
My favorite fighter is Jon Jones.

 

Is there anyone you would like to thank or give a shout out to ?
I want to thank my family, my sponsors, my manager Ken Droneburg , and what ever god is actually watching over us.

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To follow Austin and keep up to date with all his late breaking news click the link below

https://www.facebook.com/AustinTheOutlawKurtz/

Amateur Spotlight Chelsea “Head Hunter” Faulder

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May 28th 2017

 

Fighter Profile
Name – Chelsea Faulder
Nickname – Head Hunter
Weight – 112-115 Pounds
Record – 7 Wins 1 Loss
Titles Held – IT Strawweight Title, IFL Strawweight Title, Primetime MMA Flyweight Title
Team – Fightopia MMA

 

SFCL and The Fighting Monkeys MMA Madness present The National Amateur Spotlight.

 

With a 7-1 MMA record, this is Chelsea Faulder. Chelsea comes to us from Rosewood, Ohio and represents Fightopia MMA in Piqua, Ohio. Standing 5 foot even, Chelsea currently holds the IT and IFL strawweight titles and the Primetime MMA flyweight title. Chelsea has many martial arts accomplishments, including NAGA silver medalist, AGS silver medalist, a 7x Fight of the Night winner and a submission of the night winner. Chelsea is also ranked #1 female amateur pound for pound in Ohio and Michigan and #2 female amateur pound for pound in the Midwest United States by tapology.com.

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Chelsea got into martial arts looking up to a relative. “I had an uncle that did karate and I always looked up to him and begged my parents, at a very young age, to put me into some sort of martial art. I didn’t care what martial art. I just wanted to do one! But my parents thought it would make me aggressive and I wouldn’t be able to control myself. I was always active in extreme sports all through school and when I graduated, I wanted to go into the Marine Corps to challenge my mind and body, but I wasn’t able to because I was over weight at the time. So instead I found a local MMA gym and started training. I knew from the second I stepped into the gym, MMA filled the void I had in my life”.

 

Chelsea looks to make her professional debut June 17th, in Columbus, Ohio, for IT Fight Series/Alliance MMA. Opponent is TBA.

To follow Chelsea on her MMA journey click the link below to check out her fan page.
https://www.facebook.com/chelseammaherring/

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Contributing Writer – Conrad “The Influence” Loucks¬†

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