by Matt Lo Cascio
News and notes on Chicago MMA fighters and events…
Congratulations are in order for Gilbert Grappling’s Carson Beebe. Not only will he be fighting Marlon Moraes in the co-main event at WSOF 6, he also announced on Facebook that he and his wife are expecting their first child.
A win over Moraes at WSOF 6 should get Beebe a shot at the WSOF bantamweight title. You can read more about Beebe talking about the Moraes fight here.
You can also get one of Carson’s new shirts by visiting the Beebe Trained website.
• “Don’t blink.” Those were the words of light heavyweight Jason Belyew describing his upcoming Hidden Talent MMA fight, a title defense against current TFC light heavyweight champ Brenden Toler.
Both fighters currently have two titles. Belyew has the Hidden Talent and APFC belts, while Toler owns the TFC title, and most recently captured the More MMA title.
Energy MMA’s Mike Finch will also be on that card. Undefeated at 4-0, Finch will fight for the Hidden Talent MMA welterweight belt.
• Love this pic from Chuck Giles, in which he thanks striking coach Gene Calderon from Torres Martial Arts. The caption for the pic is “If there was no this, there would be no that!” Giles scored a KO win at Ed Walz’s More MMA Classic on October 5.
• Best wishes on a full and speedy recovery to New Breed instructor Mark Vives, who recently had knee surgery. You have to love the competitiveness — even in post-surgery rehab. Here’s what Vives said on Facebook. “Dr. Says that it’ll be 12 months to recover and at least 4 to 6 months before I can train…. my goal… train within 3 months and win my next medal in 12 months. Not possible??? Bet against me. I’ll gladly take that bet.”
• The Chicago area may be losing one of its best amateur fighters. Mitch Nix has been training at The MMA Lab, and he’s looking to make that his permanent home.
“The MMA Lab was amazing, truly top notch training. I’m concentrated on doing everything I can to move out there. The only thing stopping me from making my pro debut is my lack of a dedicated and quality camp. Training there it will only be a short time until I am where I have been dreaming about,” Nix told Chicago’s MMA.
Nix has won a Golden Gloves title as well as the Fight Card middleweight title that he defended twice. Look for him to be on your TV early and often as soon as he makes the transition to pro.
• Gilbert Grappling’s Matt Giancarlo is not only an excellent fighter, he’s also a musician. His band “Ghost Sector” recently finished recording their EP. Check out one of the tracks from the EP called “Meanwhile In Bartlett…” It does have some NSFW language in it, so play at your own risk if you are at work. Or, jam it as loud as possible, throw your chair across the room, grab your boss by the lapels, throw him into the parking lot and screech your tires on the way out. That would be the punk thing to do.
• Check out Joe Vedepo tonight on Bellator. He split time training here at Top Notch and Alliance for his fight against Kendall Grove. Chicago’s Pearl Gonzalez also fights tonight for the XFC Female Flyweight Title on AXStv. Gonzalez used to train at Combat Do but moved to San Diego and has been training with UFC fighter Liz Carmouche.
• “Ill Will” Brooks gets his rematch against Saad Awad in the Bellator lightweight tourney next Friday, October 25. You can read and see what Brooks did to John Alessio here.
• Pat Curran defends his Bellator featherweight title November 2 against Daniel Straus. He fought Straus back at XFO 29.
• Felice Herrig makes her Invicta debut against the undefeated Tecia Torres on December 7.
• The XFO is back on Saturday, October 26 with the Rocktown Showdown.
Midwest Training Center fighter Fallon Fox was handed the first loss of her career at CFA 12, losing via TKO to Ashlee Evans-Smith.
Nasty knockout here from Ron Gray at Praetorian 2.5 in Schaumburg.
by Greg Harrison
Results from Total Fight Challenge at the Willowbrook Ballroom on September 27, 2013
Brandon Priest defeated Matt Ambrose by technical submission due to arm triangle at 5:00 round 1
Yousef Al-Ghoul defeated Decarlo Johnson by tapout due to rear naked choke at 3:08 of round 1
Adam Ward defeated Pedro Velasco by tapout due to a rear naked choke at :42 of round 1
Mike Cannon defeated Mike Glosser by tapout due to guillotine choke at :37 round 2
TFC Flyweight Title Fight
Oscar Askar defeated Ricky Alanis by unanimous decision to win the TFC 125lb. title.
Jonathan King defeated Edwin Martinez at :19 seconds of round 1 by knockout
Telly Lucio defeated David Chavez at 1:41 of round 2 by tapout due to strikes
Theo Davis defeated Angel Carillo by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Marcel Dubois defeated Ramiro Marquez in a kickboxing bout by unanimous decision
by Matt Lo Cascio
Will Brooks dominated John Alessio in their Bellator lightweight tournament fight, blooding the UFC veteran over three rounds, earning a unanimous decision win and a rematch against Saad Awad, the only fighter to defeat him.
In his video piece before the fight, Alessio talked about how he would love the opportunity to fight Bellator lightweight champ Michael Chandler. He said he was too much for Will Brooks, he was going to break him and he had already won the fight. “He’s going to wish that he got paired up with one of the other seven guys in the tournament,” Alessio said.
Not only was Alessio’s math fuzzy, his assessment of Brooks couldn’t have been more wrong.
Brooks took charge early in round one by peppering Alessio with leg kicks. With 3:20 left in the round, Alessio caught a knee that Brooks threw and backed him into the cage, eventually getting the takedown and landing in side control. But Brooks easily escaped and got back to his feet, then landed some quick uppercuts that cut Alessio.
Alessio tried to jump into a guillotine on Brooks, but when he closed guard and hit the ground, Brooks easily broke free and initiated some ground and pound to end the round.
The pace slowed a bit in round two, but Brooks again used leg kicks and movement to keep Alessio off-balance and out of reach. Brooks did get to full mount at the end of the round and started to work for a choke. But he looked up at the clock and saw that time was short, so he opted instead for some strikes to end the round.
Brooks was so excited to get back at it in round three that he left his corner before the bell sounded. He used an outside trip to get Alessio to the ground and continued to batter the veteran after passing his guard. That sequence led analyst Jimmy Smith to gush about Brooks’ performance.
“I like the refinements in Will Brooks’ game. He’s showing more technical development, better opportunities with his passing, that’s something we didn’t see a lot of against Ricardo Tirloni. He’s taking these opportunities to improve his position. That’s a big improvement,” Smith said.
Brooks poured it on near the end of round three, landing three big knees that cut Alessio again and sent him down. A gruesome close-up showed him leaking blood that dripped off his face and nose and pooled on the mat. The round ended before Brooks could finish the fight.
Brooks popped his American Top Team shirt as the scorecards were read, a lopsided unanimous decision that was scored 30-26, 30-27 and the very rare 30-25.
There was a big smile on Brooks’ face when Jimmy Smith told him that he would be facing Saad Awad in the next round of the Bellator lightweight tourney, but Brooks delivered a matter-of-fact response when Smith asked how he felt about going into a rematch with Awad.
“I’m just going to enjoy this victory, man. John Alessio is a veteran, and to be able have the blessing to be out here and come and compete against him and get a W, I’m just going to enjoy this moment. When I get back to the gym we’ll start focusing on the next fight,” Brooks said.
XFO Fight Night rocked the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Saturday night, and we asked promoter Dan Lardy to give us his picks for the best standout performances.
Fight of the Night:
Dan said that the three round battle between Mike Hayden and Gabriel Arroyo was the Fight of the Night. “What a Battle!” Lardy said. Hayden got the win via split decision.
KO of the Night:
Take a look at the results below and you’ll see this was a tough call as there were plenty of knockouts that could have been selected. But Lardy went with Dennis Fisher’s KO of Tim Lagray. “After losing the first round, Fisher came out in the second round with a flying knee to the liver for the KO,” Lardy said. If you’ve seen either of the Lagray brothers fight before, you know they are tough. So that must have been a devastating knee to get the finish. We know Bas Rutten would love to hear that someone used a flying knee liver shot to end the fight.
Submission of the Night:
Lardy said that he was impressed with James Bochnovich’s “beautifully transitioned triangle” on John Dougherty that earned Bochnovich the first-round win.
XFO Fight Night Results
Chris Manon def Luis Castenada 2:40 1st rnd TKO
Mike Witzel def Anthony Kelly 0:10 2nd rnd TKO
Jeremy Miller def Matt Vance 0:37 1st rnd TKO
Kyle Hubert def Jeremy Rennels 0:29 3rd rnd TKO
Rollie Baguisa def John Mayberry 0:46 1st TKO
Josh Leon def CJ Chapman 0:11 2nd rnd KO
Eric Hilario def Humberto Vazquez unanimous decision
Jordan Chambliss def Bobby Kpa unanimous decision
James Bochnovich def John Dougherty 1st rnd SUB – Triangle
Dennis Fisher def Tim Lagray 0:38 2nd rnd KO
Mike Hayden def Gabriel Arroyo split decision
Mark Kasdorf def Jorge Farias unanimous decision
Brian Akins def Marcus Parkison 0:14 1st rnd TKO
Ode Osborne def Sergio Pavon 2:52 2nd rnd SUB Ankle Lock
Donny Simpson def Nate Birtsill 0:40 1st rnd SUB RNC
Eddie Wineland joined the WGN Morning News this morning to talk about his UFC 165 title fight with Renan Barao, and being the “President of Being Awesome.” They also take a look at his amazing back tattoo.
“Can I defeat Renan? Would I be sitting here right now if I didn’t think I could defeat Renan? I know I can defeat Renan.” — Eddie Wineland
Eddie Wineland details why he will beat Renan Barao at UFC 165 and capture the UFC interim bantamweight title.
Duneland Vale Tudo/New Breed fighter Eddie Wineland tries to snatch the interim bantamweight title from Renan Barao at UFC 165. Here’s a preview for that fight, as well as the light heavyweight championship between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.
by Matt Lo Cascio
“This is the biggest fight of my career. It’s a huge honor to fight for such an amazing organization like WSOF, and to be co-main event…what a blessing,” Beebe said. “I’m coming in as the underdog and fighting this guy on his home turf. I am preparing to shock the world!”
Beebe currently ranks as the #2 bantamweight in the WSOF, right behind the top-ranked Moraes. “I know a win here would put me on top and in prime position for a belt,” Beebe said.
The WSOF released pictures of their championship belts, but have yet to announce plans for any title fights. They are getting closer to doing that, lining up tournaments for different divisions. Either way, a win over Moraes would indeed put Beebe as first in line for a shot at the WSOF bantamweight title.
Beebe scored a unanimous decision victory over Joe Murphy at WSOF 3, his first fight for the promotion. It was his eighth consecutive win and he holds a professional record of 14-1. The fight against Moraes will be the second of a four-fight contract that he signed with WSOF. Beebe has made it abundantly clear how happy he is to be fighting for them.
“They are one of the biggest organizations in the world and are well-known for how well they treat their fighters,” Beebe told us before his fight with Murphy.
Beebe knows that it’s not only the biggest fight of his career, but it’s also his toughest. Moraes has won all three of his WSOF fights, dispatching Miguel Torres, knocking out Tyson Nam and winning via unanimous decision over Brandon Hempleman.
Since the fight will be the co-main event, it will be nationally televised on the NBC Sports Network.