Results from Hidden Talent MMA: Who’s Next Round 5 - November 23, 2013, Lake County Fairgrounds
Welterweight Title Fight: Nico Jefferson (Team Genesis) vs. Mike Finch (Energy MMA) – Finch def. Jefferson via RNC, rd. 2
Steve Licina (Team Genesis) vs. Elevi Torres (Black Tiger MMA) – Torres def. Licina, 1:35 rd. 3, TKO- Ref Stoppage
Montvelle Prater (Cahokia MMA) vs. Franklin Springfield (Kickboxing match) - Prater def. Springfield, KO, 1:20, rd. 2
Edgar Jasso (Gracie Federation) vs. A.J. Bowden – Bowden def. Jasso via unanimous decision, 30-27 on all three cards
Rollie Baguisa (Energy MMA) vs. David Hicks- Baguisa def. Hicks via TKO, 3:00 rd. 1 (Hicks left cage)
Matt Riddle will be looking for a new promotion again. The circumstances are different than his release from the UFC, but Riddle has been released from Bellator MMA. Press release below:
Newport Beach, CA. (November 19, 2013) – A welterweight feature fight between Matt Riddle and Nathan Coy has been removed from the November 22nd card after Riddle has withdrawn from the fight. Originally scheduled to compete in the Season 9 Welterweight Tournament, Riddle suffered a rib injury and was removed from the tournament due to the injury. After withdrawing from the November 22nd fight, the promotion has decided to release Riddle.
“Matt was a guy we had high hopes for coming into Bellator,” Bellator Director of Communications Anthony Mazzuca said. “After Matt suffered his rib injury and withdrew from our tournament, we went back to the drawing board and got Matt another fight on November 22nd. Unfortunately, Matt very recently informed us he would not be fighting on November 22nd from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and at that point we decided to release Matt from Bellator. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
by Matt Lo Cascio
This is a journey into the short but shady history of Alex Martinez and his Praetorian Fighting Championships promotion.
While Praetorian’s time in the Chicago MMA scene was brief, it damaged a wide wake of people. Promoters, vendors, managers. Fighters and their friends and families. All frustrated. Some asking why. Many owed money. And a few plotting legal action.
WHY WE ARE PUBLISHING THIS NOW
I received a message from Mani Santiago on Saturday, November 2. Santiago is the managing partner of Mio Fight Gear, a local MMA gear and apparel company, but he’s also a jiu-jitsu practitioner that trains at Valko BJJ. He planned to make his MMA debut — at the age of 35 — at Praetorian’s October show. That show was canceled, and his fight was moved to Praetorian’s next event, which was slated for November 22, according to a Facebook post by Martinez.
Santiago told me he called the venue for the fight to inquire if it was booked for an MMA event on November 22. The staff told him nothing was booked. I followed up with a call of my own and received the same response. That revelation made it evident: Praetorian would not be putting on a show in November.
Frustrated that his fight would again be postponed, Santiago decided to vent on Facebook. It was a heart-wrenching account that almost read like the death of a dream. Martinez must have read it. Shortly after that post, Martinez added his own post to Facebook, announcing that Praetorian was done promoting amateur events.
“Due to situations beyond our control and certain parties (none of you) not fulfilling their agreements, Praetorian Fighting Championships simply cannot continue hosting amateur events and continued to be extorted, taken advantage of or be put in a position where we align ourselves with individuals whose only purpose is to hurt this sport.”
In what became one of his signature moves, Martinez deleted that post from his page shortly after posting it.
Martinez also said in the post that he plans on taking the rest of this year off and returning in 2014 to put on four pro shows in the Chicago area. The goal of this piece is to help tell the stories of people that Martinez has already hurt, but also serve as ‘Caveat Emptor‘ to fighters and businessmen that might be considering a venture with Martinez in the future.
I chose not to write about Martinez and Praetorian before because Praetorian was still putting on shows, albeit sporadically, and it was a place for local fighters to do what they love to do. I wasn’t about to get in the way of that. But when news broke that he was done promoting amateur events, I started to gather more information. There was a domino effect. I would talk to one person and they’d refer me to another person. They all had similar stories. And those need to be told.
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Will Brooks repeatedly put Saad Awad on his back, smothering the fighter over three rounds in route to a unanimous decision that avenged the only loss of his career. The win earns Brooks a fight with Tiger Sarnavskiy in the Bellator lightweight tournament final on November 22.
Brooks clearly won each round in the fight, and would not give into Awad’s taunts to make it a brawl. He used his speed, athleticism and powerful wrestling to keep Awad off his game.
After Brooks had Awad in the crucifix position to end round one, Awad’s frustration began to boil over. Brooks landed several leg kicks to start round two, and Awad showed his frustration by taunting Brooks, barking at him “Come on!” while waving him in. Brooks smiled wide, and also waved Awad in. But he didn’t fall for the tactic.
Awad did cinch up a guillotine with 3:45 left in round two, but Brooks pushed down Awad’s right knee and stepped over into half-guard. Action got back to standing and with 2:15 left, when Brooks threw a jab and followed it with a double-leg that got Awad down again. Awad was laboring to breathe at that point.
Brooks got himself into a bit of trouble late in the round. He was trying to avoid up kicks from Awad and went to take top position. He instead jumped right into a triangle, but had both arms free and was able to survive the round.
Brooks scored yet another takedown on Awad early in round three, but Awad immediately swept him and ended up in his half-guard. Brooks was able to explode out, evaded a straight-right from Awad and took him right back down.
Brooks backpedaled away after a few of Saad’s strikes connected with about two minutes left. Awad slapped his own face with both hands and implored Brooks to fight. Brooks again just smiled at Awad, then shot in with a lightning-fast double-leg that put Awad on his back again.
“This ain’t Rocky,” analyst Jimmy Smith said of Brooks’ decision to go for the takedown rather than get in a slugfest with Awad. “I’m going to change level, hit the double-leg, finish out on top,” Smith said.
With just over a minute left in the fight, referee Jason Herzog called for a standup. Brooks actually helped Awad off the canvas.
Play-by-play announcer Sean Wheelock asked, “Is that sportsmanship or is that sending a message of domination?”
“Maybe a little bit of both, hard to tell right now,” Smith replied.
Again Awad barked at Brooks to engage. Again Brooks shot in and put Awad on his back, ending up in side control. Awad continued to complain from the bottom, then the bell to end round three sounded.
“That’s exactly the fight Will Brooks talked about,” Smith said. “A three-round domination, 15 minutes, I’m going to drag him into deep water and drown him — that’s exactly what he did.”
Brooks again helped Awad off the canvas and raised both of their hands up. But only Brooks got his hand raised after the scorecards were read, winning via unanimous decision, 30-27 on all cards.
“I’ve been through a lot to get to this point in my life, man. Me, my family, my friends…we’ve all made extreme sacrifices, just so I could chase one dream that every other fighter in here has chased,” Brooks told Jimmy Smith in his post-fight interview.
by Matt Lo Cascio
Team Curran’s Cory Galloway dominated Jeff Bates at RFA 10 with an incredible display of boxing, including two left-hook liver shots that sent Bates to the mat in third round, where Galloway would finish him with a barrage of strikes.
Galloway hurt Bates several times throughout rounds one and two, and was ready to move in for the kill as round three began. He hurried to the center of the cage at the start of the round, resuming with a series of jabs. He connected with two powerful left hooks that stunned Bates. Tired of the beating, Bates telegraphed a shot that Galloway easily turned away.
Galloway then ducked under a slow jab from Bates, and came up on the other side with a devastating left hook that rattled Bates’ liver. Bates favored that side of his body as he backed up, but Galloway marched in, reloaded, and let the left hand go again, connecting in the same place. Bates crumpled to the mat and Galloway pounced. He let loose with hammer fists and what we counted as 48 unanswered punches before the ref stepped in to wave off the bout.
Bates remained on the ground for a while, his face a bloody mess and his body wracked from the damage of the consecutive liver shots.
Galloway confused Bates throughout the entire fight, using a creative array of strikes, the majority of them landing with precision and power.
In round two, a hard right hand from Galloway knocked Bates mouthpiece out. As Bates retreated, the ref stepped in to pause the action and allow Bates to recover it and put it back in. Galloway was ready to attack again, and didn’t look pleased when the ref stopped the action.
When action resumed, Bates immediately pushed Galloway up against the cage and converted on a double-leg takedown.
“Bates again, showing he does not want to stand up. He wants to get this thing to the ground,” analyst Pat Miletich said.
Bates couldn’t do anything with the takedown, and Galloway got to full guard, swiveling his hips in hopes of setting up an armbar, then utilizing a high guard to neutralize Bates. Eventually the ref broke the stalemate and stood the fighters up.
The fight restarted and Galloway continued to mix up his strikes. Straight left to the body. Crisp jab. Duck under a wild right hand from Bates and connect with a powerful left hook that drew roars from coaches Doug Mango and Jeff Curran. Another left to the body. The body shots were adding up and taking effect – Bates was slowing and his hands were dropping. Galloway took note.
Galloway took his time, but kept the pressure on. He laid a three-punch combo on Bates, then went back to the body. This was surgical. Left hook to the body that lands loudly. Another 3-2. Bates was seemingly paralyzed defensively, completely unsure of what Galloway would throw. A left hook to the jaw lands, and Bates adjusts his mouth several times. It was a completely dominant round for Galloway.
Between rounds, Miletich commented over the second round highlights. “Galloway staying crisp throughout this fight. A lot of people think that the jab doesn’t work in MMA. I beg to differ with you. Galloway showing that it works quite well.”
After the fight ended, Michael Schiavello commented that Galloway’s boxing was “a delight.” Indeed it was, and it moved him to 4-1 as a pro with an impressive win over a previously undefeated fighter.
World Series of Fighting 6 conference call highlights from Chicago-area fighters Carson Beebe (Gilbert Grappling) and Miguel Torres. Beebe will fight Marlon Moraes in the co-main event, and Torres fights American Top Team’s Pablo Alfonso.
“It’s a huge honor being on the card. I’m fighting a very top-tier opponent. Just to be on the same card as all these guys on here, it’s a bunch of legends on the show, so I just want to say thanks to World Series of Fighting and Ray Sefo for giving me an opportunity to go out there and put on a great show. I’m going to give it everything I’ve got in the cage on Saturday night.”
(How has your preparation been for this fight?)
“This is going to be probably the biggest fight of my career, so I’ve been training that way, and I’m ready to bring it. I think it’s going to be a fight that’s worthy of co-main event status, so I’m excited.”
“I’m happy to be on the card for World Series of Fighting 6. I’m happy they were able to get me on. I’ve been in this sport 15 years, and I’ve seen a lot of organizations and I’ve fought for a lot of different places, and they’re one of the organizations that are growing. They’re going to get to the top, and I’m happy I can be a part of that process. Preparations have gone very well for this fight. I’m looking to get back in there and get some respect – get back to the top where I was before.”
(Where have you been during this long layoff?)
“I’ve been real busy since the last World Series of Fighting. My lease was up on my gym. I had a gym in Hammond, Ind., and I went back and was doing my taxes, and I saw how crazy my overhead was. So I had to make a change if I wanted to sustain profits in my gym. So I had look for a new location, and I found a spot close to my home. My daughter was starting was school, so I wanted to make sure that I was around for that. And as I was doing the move to the gym, I found out it was riddled with mold crawling all through the installation, so I had to basically do a lot of work to remodel the whole gym. So basically the whole summer I spent training and doing carpentry work and laying down a new floor for the new gym. I made that move in July, and then I started training again in August. I got the call from World Series of Fighting to come back and take a fight, and I want to get back in there and start fighting again. I’ve been out for a while, and I missed it. I just can’t wait to get back in there and show what I can do.”
You can watch World Series of Fighting 6 on NBCSN at 8pm Chicago time.
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.
GLORY 11 Main Card
Rico Verhoeven def. Daniel Ghita via unanimous decision
Tyrone Spong def. Nathan Corbett via TKO at 1:10 of round 2
Joseph Valtellini def. Karim Ghajji via TKO at 2:53 of round 3
Errol Zimmerman def. Hesdy Gerges via TKO at :38 of round 3
Daniel Ghita def. Anderson Silva via TKO at 1:56 of round 1
Rico Verhoeven def. Gokhan Saki via majority decision
GLORY Superfight Series
Sergei Kharitonov def. Daniel Sam via unanimous decision
Danyo Ilunga def. Michael Duut via knockout in round 1
Saulo Cavalari def. Filip Verlinden via unanimous decision
Steve Moxon def. Reece McAllister via knockout in round 3
Gabriel Varga def. Jose Palacios via unanimous decision
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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