Carson Beebe Drops Vicious Knees at APFC 16 [Video]

April 21, 2014 by  

Carson Beebe at APFC 16

Carson Beebe landed some devastating knees on his way to victory over DeAndrew Jones at APFC 16.

Total Fight Challenge Results: April 11, 2014

April 14, 2014 by  

Total Fight Challenge

1. Amateur Muay Thai – Ahmad Fallahi defeats Aliki Hui by unanimous decision
2. Amateur Muay Thai – Tyler Lorek defeats Zac Klonowski by Split Decision
3. MMA – William Wilson defeats Thomas Louzon :44 fight stoppage due to strikes
4. Amateur Muay Thai – Olivia Curry defeats Karina Yates Unanimous Decision
5. MMA – Josh Rose defeats Matt Perez 2:44 3rd Rd submission due to armbar
6. MMA – Luke Cherep defeats Gabriel Navarro 2:39 1st Rd stoppage due to strikes
7. Amateur Muay Thai – Mario Lozano defeats Stonewall McCoulston TKO 2:58 1st Rd
8. Amateur Muay Thai- Steve Jennings defeats Jeff Beck Fight Stoppage 1: 46 2nd Rd
9. MMA – Brian Lukasik defeats Allan Humphries 2:42 stoppage by rear naked choke
10. Amateur Muay Thai – Nico Jefferson defeats Lamont Doyle Unanimous Decision
11. MMA – Sinatra Pool defeats Nick Sharp 1:37 1st Rd stoppage due to strikes
12. Muay Thai – Dave Ksaisek defeats Ralph Howard KO 2:59 3rd Rd
13: MMA Title fight – David Garcia defeats Askar Askar1:30 1st Rd stoppage due to strikes
14. MMA Title Fight – Miguel Luis defeats Otis Brumfield 1:46 Submission 3rd Rd submission by choke

Special thanks to Mike Bacos for the results.

Click here to see Total Fight Challenge pictures.

Louis Taylor Takes Us For a Ride at APFC 16 [Video]

April 7, 2014 by  

Louis Taylor vs. Robert Gotreau APFC 16

by Matt Lo Cascio

Louis Taylor APFC 16After getting his hand raised following an exciting victory, Chicago Fight Team’s Louis Taylor was asked by cage announcer Ray Flores to describe the fight. “Well, we went for a ride!” Taylor said. As Horatio Sanz says in the famous SNL “More Cowbell” sketch, “He speaks for all of us.”

Indeed, APFC 16 was a wild ride, certainly in the cage and at times outside of it (more on that later). Taylor thrilled the crowd in his win, a whirlwind of a fight with American Top Team’s Robert Gotreau that featured a lightning-strike finish.

Gotreau did something not seen heretofore, at least not locally: he was able to muscle Taylor a bit, even lifting him up and putting him on his back in what could be called a mini-slam. Gotreau was on top in Taylor’s guard but couldn’t score nor advance position. When he did try to pass guard, Taylor quickly used an underhook to get right back to his feet.

Taylor then fired two jabs, each snapping Gotreau’s head back. Gotreau tried to answer with a leg kick, but Taylor closed the distance and clinched, then sent Gotreau for a ride with a powerful over-under throw that shook the canvas and made the crowd go wild.

Taylor ended up on top in loose side control. Gotreau was able to get to his knees, but Taylor had his neck and quickly pulled guard, cinching the hold tight. Gotreau tapped quickly.

Taylor (10-3) displayed all the skills that got him to bigger promotions like Strikeforce and Bellator: great grappling, speed, power and poise. He then gave an impassioned post-fight speech about his love for his family and his city that stirred the crowd even more. There were other great performances at APFC 16, but Louis Taylor was the show.

Click here for APFC 16 results. Check back later for a detailed recap of the event, including the return of MMA legend Jeremy Horn. Here’s video of the Louis Taylor vs. Robert Gotreau APFC 16 fight.


APFC 16 Results

April 5, 2014 by  

APFC 16: DaMarques Johnson and Jeremy Horn

Results from APFC 16 at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, April 5, 2014.

- Jeremy Horn def. Dan McGlasson, Tap-RNC, 3:45, rd. 1
- Louis Taylor def. Robert Gotreau, Tap-Guillotine, 2:06 rd. 1
- Carson Beebe def. DeAndrew Jones, TKO-ref stoppage, strikes, 3:31 rd. 2
- Melvin Blumer def. Dennis Dombrow, KO , 1:07 rd. 2
- Brian Booth def. Josh Estrada, Tap-RNC 1:57, rd. 1
- Yousef Al-Ghoul def. Jonathon Thomson, TKO-ref stoppage, strikes 4:03 rd. 1
- Bobby Moffett def. Pedro Velasco, Tap-RNC, 1:44 rd. 1

- Patrick Kassing def. Chad Mashinter, Tap-RNC, :32 rd. 2. Kassing wins APFC Featherweight title.
- Khuseyn Kurbanov def. Eric Kemper via TKO-ref stoppage, 2:44, rd. 1. Retains APFC Flyweight Title
- Gilbert Shamoun vs Michael Wasielewski – Shamoun def. Wasielewski, tap-guillotine :08 rd. 2
- Thomas Delgadillo def. Angelo Walsh via UD
- Marshawn Hughes def. Kyle Casey tap-triangle choke 2:04, rd. 1
- Johnny Odisho vs Eddie Lopez – Lopez TKO – Doctor stoppage end rd. 1
- Jakob Rynearson vs Rufus Elston: Elston def. Rynearson tap-RNC :41 rd1

Jeremy Horn Returns to Lead Stacked APFC 16 Card

April 4, 2014 by  

by Matt Lo Cascio

APFC 16APFC promoter Rich Seldal could not contain his excitement during a phone call about Saturday’s APFC 16 at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park.

He went through each of the matchups and explained why each bout was significant or was going to be exciting. But all you really had to hear was the last thing he said.

“We’ve done a bunch of these now. If I tell you there’s going to be some fights, there’s going to be some fights,” Seldal said. And? “There’s going to be some fights.”

Seldal’s done it all in the fight game — fighter, coach, entrepreneur and promoter. He fought during the era where guys came to brawl, and comes from a gym that was all about the attack — Hackney’s Combat. He’s not interested in watching guys dance and throw the occasional leg kick that barely connects. He wants what fans want, especially at the regional level — exciting fights that will make the workingman feel their money was well spent.

Seldal will have plenty to do Saturday night. Like most promoters he’ll be scurrying around the arena making sure the event goes smoothly, but you can tell he’s most happy when he gets those rare few minutes to grab a chair and just watch the fights that he put together. He might even yell out some instruction to the fighters. (He will.)

“I’m telling you, this is going to be amazing. Save me a seat by you so we can watch,” Seldal said. I’m certain Seldal will be able to sit wherever he pleases, but I’m going to do what I can.

He’ll likely find some time to watch one of the legends of the sport fight, when Jeremy Horn fights Dan McGlasson. It will be Horn’s first fight since 2011.

There aren’t words that describe Horn’s contribution to the sport. Understand that the words pioneer and legend are used too loosely, too generously when describing certain fighters in MMA’s history. Not in this case. Horn is both pioneer and legend. He’s fought Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Anderson Silva, Frank Shamrock and Chael Sonnen. He has over 100 professional MMA fights. He’s fought twice in one night, then fought again — the next week. And he did that several times. So if you want to see a real legend, here’s your chance.

More on the APFC 16 Card:

  • Former UFC fighters DaMarques Johnson and Dan Stittgen will go to war in the main event.
  • Chicago Fight Team’s Louis Taylor is looking to get back on the national scene, and he’ll need a convincing win over Minnesota’s Robert Gotreau to continue that path.
  • Gilbert Grappling’s Carson Beebe takes a break from the World Series of Fighting to battle Steve Kinnison, who fought older brother Chase Beebe at Chicago Cagefighting Championship 3.
  • Dennis Dombrow is coming off an impressive win over Danny Aguirre at XFO 49. He’ll get tested again by Minnesota fighter Melvin Blumer.
  • Former Hackney’s fighter Josh Estrada looks for his second pro win against long-time local fighter Brian Booth. Booth scored his first pro win against Tom Angeloff at APFC 14.
  • Yousef Al-Ghoul will try to rebound from his first loss as a pro against Jonathon Thomson.
  • Randori Jiu Jitsu’s Bobby Moffett will battle Team No Comment’s Pedro Velasco.

Check out the rest of the APFC 16 card and click here to buy tickets.

Daniel Vizcaya to Compete on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’

March 25, 2014 by  

Brandon DelPrado vs. Daniel Vizcaya

Congrats to Full Mount MMA’s Daniel “The Bulldog” Vizcaya on being named to the cast for The Ultimate Fighter: Team Penn vs. Team Edgar. Press release below.

Las Vegas, Nev. – On Wednesday, April 16, Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) fans will get their fill of the UFCs long-running reality series, The Ultimate Fighter®, as FOX Sports 1 showcases the season-ending The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale live from Quebec City, followed by the two-hour premiere of the hotly anticipated 19th season headlined by former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and two-division champion BJ Penn.

In the 19th edition of the series, 16 middleweight (185 lbs.) and 16 light heavyweight (205 lbs.) fighters will square off in the most challenging sports tournament on television. The premiere episode will determine the eight men from each division who will successfully move into The Ultimate Fighter house and compete for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a six-figure contract with the UFC.

The successful fighters will be divided into two teams, coached by Edgar and Penn respectively. The series will follow the teams as they live and train together in preparation for their fights. Then, both coaches will settle their score once and for all at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 6, in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale.

“Frankie Edgar is a guy who many believed should have fought at 145 pounds but fought at 155 pounds and beat everybody including BJ Penn – twice,” said UFC president Dana White. “This kid went from being a one-dimensional wrestler to having some of the best hands, knockouts and toe-to-toe wars.

“BJ Penn is one of the legends in the sport. He basically built the 155-pound division in the sport and had championship belts at 155 and 170 pounds. I can’t wait to see this third fight.”

The competitors are, in alphabetical order (name, professional MMA record, age, fighting out of):

The competitors are:

Corey Anderson (3-0), 24, Lincoln, Ill. Cathal Pendred (13-2), 26, Dublin, Ireland
Kelly Anundson (6-1), 29, Deerfield Beach, Fla. John Poppie (3-1), 24, Ettrick, Wis.
Anton Berzin (3-1), 24, Philadelphia, Pa. Doug Sparks (7-2), 31, Bloomington, Ind.
Josh Clark (7-2), 29, Richmond, Ky. Daniel Spohn (8-3), 29, Columbus, Ohio
Chris Fields (8-4), 30, Dublin, Ireland Joshua Stansbury (4-2), 29, East Liverpool, Ohio
Matthew Gabel (8-3), 28, Le Mars, Iowa Ian Stephens (4-0), 25, Ringgold, Ga.
Lyman Good (15-3), 28, New York, N.Y. Adam Stroup (5-1), 27, Denver, Colo.
Eddie Gordon (6-1), 29, Uniondale, N.Y. Nordine Taleb (8-2), 32, Montreal, Canada
Jacob Heun (6-3), 26, Coconut Creek, Fla. Hector Urbina (16-8), 26, Coconut Creek, Fla.
Mike King (5-0), 30, Naples, Fla. Matt Van Buren (6-2), 27, Chula Vista, Calif.
Tyler King  (7-1), 33, North Attleboro, Mass. Bojan Velickovic (8-2), 33, Delray Beach, Fla.
Dhiego Lima (8-1), 33, Sugar Hill, Ga. Daniel Vizcaya (7-2), 28, Aurora, Ill.
Adrian Miles (14-5), 30, Biloxi, Miss. Patrick Walsh (4-1), 25, Stoughton, Mass.
Tyler Minton (5-1), 26, Johnson City, Tenn. Tim Williams (8-1), 27, Millville, N.J.
Todd Monaghan (8-2), 31, Clinton, Iowa Roger Zapata (5-1), 27, New York, N.Y.
Cody Mumma (5-1), 30, Henderson, Colo.  


Eckmann, Skibinski Ready for XFO 50 Fight

March 20, 2014 by  

by Matt Lo Cascio

MTC’s Rafal Skibinski hopes to bring the pain when he fights Josh Eckmann Friday night at XFO 50. That remains to be seen, but one thing he’ll certainly bring is a huge group of fans.

“Yes, there will be a lot of our fans again. We just love to support each other in our community.”

Skibinski is referring to the Polish community, which infused the Sears Centre with life at XFO 49, where both he and Adam Maciejewski scored impressive wins. Skibinski, fighting for the first time in over a year, needed less than a minute to finish Drew Reed.

Up next for Skibinski is Old School Wrestling’s Eckmann, who picked a tough out for his pro debut. Eckmann knows Skibinski brings experience, skills and the loud fans, but he remains calm and confident.

“I have always made it a point to seek out the toughest competition I can find. I believe as a fighter that the best and quickest way to get better is to always take on the stiffest competition available. That way, any win is a win worth having, and every loss is an excellent learning opportunity. It is my belief that on any given night anyone is beatable. It’s all going to come down to who worked harder in their camp, and how well their strategy is implemented,” Eckmann said.

Skibinski’s not sleeping on Eckmann, and knows about the strength of his wrestling.

“Yes, Josh is a tough wrestler and a great grappler. However this is not a grappling or wrestling match. We also strike and I know I got more weapons than him on my feet. Also, I work with great wrestlers like him so it should be a great and fun match. Either win or lose I still love that competition,” Skibinski said.

Eckmann hones those wrestling skills in Huntley at OSW, where he works under Russ Tanaka, Mike Kelly and Richard Tado.

“We have a bit of a unique philosophy at OSW where we base all of our MMA training on playing to our strengths as wrestlers. Everything we do is all about good, dominant position, pressure, and taking the fight where we know we are best.”

If Eckmann gets Skibinski to the ground it will make for a very interesting fight. Skibinski likes to use speed and movement to get his hands going, and he’s very effective when he does that. That won’t happen if he’s on his back, trying to grind out escapes and possibly taking a pounding in the process.

Skibinski still has two fights left on his contract with Bellator and says that next year he hopes to land in either their welterweight or middleweight tournaments. “For now I’ll stick with XFO because these guys always treat me well and I love fighting for them.”

So does the big Polish community in Chicago, who will be out in force at the UIC Pavillion Friday night. For tickets to XFO 50 visit

Results: Supreme Promotions 15

March 15, 2014 by  

Josh Streaker

by Greg Harrison

Results: Supreme Promotions 15, March 14, 2014

Moses Dixon defeated Jonathon King by split decision
Andy Piczszor defeated Michael Manning by tapout :33 round 2 guilotine
Antonio Cummings and Michael Murdaugh fought to a no contest after Murdaugh upkicked Cummings illegally in first round.
William Vincent defeated Nate Dine by tko due to strikes at 2:00 round 1
Andrew Munoz defeated Juan Reyes by split decision
Marcus Harris defeated Reiter Bird by tko due to strikes 1:39 round 2
Dan Regal defeated Alex Razo by tapout due to guilotine 2:32 round 1
Max Perez defeated Vik Dixit by unanimous decision
Nate Wacnik defeated Ben Carlson by split decision
Adam Thomalla defeated Will Napalotano by tko strikes 1:25 round 1
Deonta Johnson defeated Antonio Maldanado by tapout triangle choke 1:32 round 2
Mike Demakes defeated Eugene Anthony by tapout armbar at :48 round 1
Angel Cabral defeated Halston Williams by tko strikes :48 round 2
Ray Bunker defeated Corey Lewis by tko strikes 1:48 round 1

170-lb. Title Bout
Josh Streaker defeated Mike Szatkowski by ko :13 round 2

Muay Thai
Mike Reid defeated Farbaugh by ko at :48 round 1

XFO 49: Adam Maciejewski vs. Miodrag Petkovich [VIDEO]

February 28, 2014 by  

Adam Maciejewski at XFO 49

Video of the XFO 49 fight between Adam Maciejewski and Miodrag Petkovich at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Click here to read more about Adam Maciejewski’s comeback.

Bart Palaszewski Officially Retires from MMA

February 26, 2014 by  

Bart Palaszewski

Team Curran’s Bart Palaszewski, a veteran of the XFO, IFL, WEC and UFC, announced his retirement from MMA via Twitter.

Palaszewski (36-17) was an exciting fighter who had a remarkable finish rate, ending 28 of his 36 career wins by either KO or submission.

One of his most exciting finishes came in his UFC debut at UFC 137, when Palaszewski wrecked Tyson Griffin with an onslaught of punches, earning himself $75k and “Knockout of the Night” honors.

In 2004 he fought in the first XFO event, winning by armbar over Tim Newland. Last summer at the XFO’s annual “Outdoor War,” Palaszewski was named one of the “XFO Legends,” along with Clay Guida, Jeff Curran and Pat Curran.

Palaszewski also had a notable run in the IFL, winning his first six fights in the organization, and holds wins over Anthony Pettis, Ivan Menjivar and Kyle Watson.

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