By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA
The folklore of power beyond standard in conjunction with the term juggernaut, typically, draws a connection to a bulky, destructive character manifested two-dimensionally across colorful pages or movie screens. On April 30, 2016, Conquer Fighting Championships (CFC) has scheduled to introduce a juggernaut of their own to the CFC enclosure, contracting Jordan “Juggernaut” Powell (5-6) to lock horns against Mike Morales (5-5) in a light heavyweight affair at CFC 2.
When Cain Marko entered the lost temple of Cyttorak and discovered the Crimson Gem, Juggernaut, his alter ego, materialized, as was the case for Powell walking through the door at HAVUK Fit & Performance Center to join the HAVUK SKWOD fight team. Powell traveled back to the origination of his own second self,
“I got into martial arts at a young age to help with discipline. I had heard of UFC before, but I never really paid much attention to it. MMA started picking up, more and more. Eventually, through doing martial arts and stuff, people knew me as someone who could do different kicks and moves. They would keep bringing it up by saying, ‘Hey, why don’t you try MMA/UFC stuff?’ When I started finally paying attention to it, I was like, ‘This is kind of cool.’” The thought trailed off with a chuckle before proceeding because Powell realized his genesis could have sparked much sooner, “Eventually, my girlfriend at the time was working out here, just working out, and she said, ‘The gym I workout at does MMA training and stuff like that.’ I came in and that was that.”
Standing at 6’3” and walking around, on this day, at approximately 225 pounds, Powell’s massive frame fills up one-third of the gym while swinging heavy kicks into his coach’s pads on the open mat. While some may shy away from a gym absent of cavernous rooms, Powell embraces it as home,
“With a smaller gym, it’s a good place to grow. You get more individualized training, and it’s fun to be a part of something that’s still building.” Punctuating his point, he referenced the success of Ultimate Fitness’ head honcho and iconic Team Alpha Male figurehead: “The California Kid” Urijah Faber, “Urijah Faber had to start somewhere before Alpha Male grew to where it is, all of them had to start somewhere.” He suggested the necessary ingredients, “It all comes down to the right people coming together, having the faith, and doing what you need to do.”
Contrastive to Stan Lee’s Juggernaut, Powell possesses a natural immunity to withstand any tongue lashings; therefore, he doesn’t necessitate a protective helmet. Rather than focusing on scoring points on a microphone, “Juggernaut” prefers to tally numerous combinations of strikes,
“I think early on showmanship wasn’t a big part of it [MMA] because it was a lot grittier then; it was legal street fighting, almost. A lot of people came to see two people hop inside the cage and beat the hell out of one another. As rules and regulations came, things evolved to where you could only do so much to each other. You’re not just in there to beat the shit out of, and kill, each other. It’s a sport now.” With that Powell conceded, “Like [professional] wrestling, there came a point where you kind of have to have something else going on. I can see where showmanship comes in, but I just like to fight though.”
The bulk of Powell’s pro MMA career has occurred between the wire of West Coast Fighting Championship and Dragon House, and the determined windows to Powell’s soul lit up at the chance to display his physicality in a new setting: CFC 2,
“Yeah, it’s going to be fun! It’s always hard stepping into a new cage or ring. It’s always new ground, and all of that change kind of weirds me out and motivates me at the same time.”
In analyzing his matchup around the bend, Powell played the role of detective, sticking only to the facts, but an air of invincibility in his mannerisms seemed to forecast a finish,
“He [Morales] is more well-rounded; he’s not extensively good at striking and wrestling. He kind of does a little bit of both, which is decent. It’ll be a fun fight. I feel like I’m going to be in a lot better shape, cardio-wise. Cardio has never been a problem. At 185 [pounds], it was a little bit, but I’m glad I don’t do that anymore.”
Currently hosting a checkered record, Powell is primed to return to his winning ways within the glass confines of the Craneway Pavillion. Combined with his drive to excel in Muay Thai, “Juggernaut” harnessesed his capacity to mesh dreams and reality. He predicted the remainder of his 2016 to read as,
“This year, because I’m stepping into MMA and Muay Thai, I want to try and break local and get a little bit more national with my fights, just slowly build. Honestly, I’ve said for awhile, the promotion I’m most interested to fight for is ONE Championship out in Asia because it would be cool: I could go, fight, and take a little vacation; it kind of kills two birds with one stone.”
Selecting an organization other than the UFC to pursue any martial endeavors may catch fans off guard, though Powell’s passion for his peers in combat sports forced his muscles to tense and his brow to furrow when highlighting the UFC’s deal with Reebok, pronouncing which side of the line he stands on,
“It’s fucking crazy. I know a lot of people who go, ‘All sports have their own uniforms.’ I get that. Take boxing. Yeah, boxers don’t have a million logos on their shorts, kickboxers either, yet they all have their own individual style. They do things their own way.” Sitting under the shade of a banner previously flown in a fight and now hanging on the gym’s wall, Powell pressed on, “The one thing about combat sports is the individuality. By taking away that individuality, you take away a big aspect of what MMA is.” He stamped his thoughts with, “That’s why I’m not a fan of the Reebok deal.”
Quickly snapping back from fading too far from the present, Powell unveiled the mindset he enters any platform for combat with, illuminating his superhuman spirit and a path to achieve his goals,
“You kind of have to go in there with a kill or be killed mentality. Not taking risks isn’t going to help you out either, so you might as well go out there and give it your all.”
Don’t get caught at home reading comics when Powell invades CFC 2 in Richmond, California because you’ll want to landmark the emergence of a man with grand expectations to rise from the corners of a tiny gym in Sacramento onto the grandest stages around the world.
Follow Powell throughout each episode of his fight career with every battle ending with a subtitle scrolling: to be continued…
Jake Collier Re-Signs with the UFC
UFC light heavyweight, Jake Collier (11-4, 3-3 UFC) , took to twitter yesterday, announcing a four fight contract renewal with the promotion.
The Missouri-born, Collier, amassed a 7-1 professional record fighting exclusively in his home state. Following his next fight, a 1st round submission victory over Gabriel Checco in the RFA promotion, Collier signed with the UFC.
Originally, Collier signed as a middleweight. His promotional debut took place in December of 2014 at, UFC Fight Night 58. A bout which he lost to Vitor Miranda via TKO (Head kick and punches) with only one second remaining in the opening round.
— Jake Collier (@Jakecollier88) December 7, 2017
In 2017, “The Prototype”, moved to the light heavyweight division. The move came after a three-year stint at middleweight that saw him go 2-2. Losing to the likes of Dongi Yang, while defeating Ricardo Abreu. His final fight at the lower weight earned him a performance of the night bonus in his, UFC Fight Night 88, TKO win over Alberto Uda.
Upon moving to light heavyweight, Collier has the same .500 win percentage with a record of 1-1. His debut at the weight originally scheduled him against John Stansbury. Unfortunately, Collier withdrew from the card due to injury. Devin Clark replaced him on, The Ultimate Fighter Finale: 24, and defeated John Stansbury by unanimous decision. Clark then fought Collier next, defeating him by unanimous decision. “The Prototype”s most recent bout, a victory over Marcel Fortuna in November at, UFC Fight Night 120.
According to, UFC.com, Collier is booked to fight UFC-newcomer, Marcin Prachnio at, UFC on Fox 28, in Orlando, Florida. The only bout booked to the February 24th card, of next year.
Prachnio, holds a record of 13-2, with 10 knockouts. He most recently fought for the Asian-based promotion, One Championship. The Karate practitioner comes to the UFC on an eight fight win streak, the previous four in One Championship. At twenty-nine, Prachnio is another, in his prime, European light heavyweight signed to the UFC this year (Volkan Oezdemir being the other).
FURY FC 17 Preview: UFC Veteran Roger Narvaez Set to Fight For Gold
Deep in the Hill Country of Texas, there is a storm of MMA action brewing on the horizon in the historic city of San Antonio.
In 1836 the most iconic siege ever to take place in the American West was waged between Santa Anna’s Mexican forces and a small band of Texans fighting for their independence at the Battle of the Alamo. On June 10th that tradition of never backing down continues as Fury Fighting Championships 17 takes place at the Shrine Auditorium with a card that was originally slated to have 20 bouts of MMA action. At the top of the bill, there will be a familiar face as former UFC fighter, Roger “The Silverback” Narvaez, looks to capture his first championship in the sport when he faces Antonio “Doomsday” Jones for the vacant middleweight title. The event will also feature a hot prospect, a kickboxing champion, and a grudge match.
Fury FC 17 will be broadcast live on FloCombat.com.
While the 33-year-old Narvaez (8-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has already realized his ultimate goal of getting to the highest level of MMA, fighting for a title has always eluded him. The 6’3″ fighter nicknamed “The Silverback” due to his abnormal 79.5″ wingspan, or monkey arms as he calls them was twice scheduled to fight for the Legacy Fighting Championship Middleweight Title against then champion Bubba Bush who now fights in the UFC. An injury caused the first fight to be canceled. Then a call up to the UFC to fight an unknown opponent on short notice put an end to plans for the another scheduled title fight.
To Roger, the secret to grabbing the attention of the world’s biggest MMA promotion is fighting for several different promotions. He fought for six different organizations winning all of his fights before getting a call from the UFC’s former matchmaker Joe Silva to ask if he was ready to make the move. Narvaez feels that fighting for multiple shows tells the UFC that a fighter is ready to fight whoever and whenever. His first fight for the promotion was a loss to Patrick Cummins at UFC Fight Night 42 in Albuquerque where he fought at an altitude of over 5300 feet sea level, something he says will not do again unless he is training at altitude. To put it bluntly, he plainly states “the altitude in Albuquerque sucks.” After a win against Luke Barnett, he faced Elias Theodorou. In that fight, he broke his arm before ultimately losing, and was then cut by the UFC.
At this point in Narvaez’s career, his goals now are different:
“The next goal for me, to be realistic, is to make as much money as I can. I love fighting, but at the same time, I have a family that I am trying to support. That is always first and foremost now…[and] Fury is doing a pretty good job of taking care of me…This is a really big deal for me. I am probably training harder for this fight than I have ever trained before. Part of that is with age comes knowledge and experience and I am doing everything I need to do the right way to get ready to come home with that strap, but that strap means ever thing…I didn’t quit fighting with a broken arm, it is going to take something pretty drastic to get me stop. I don’t think the guy I am fighting is going to be able to break my will or test my heart to where I am not going to be able to pull through…coming home with that title is a big deal.”
That home is one of a fighting family. Narvaez’s wife Brandi is also a fighter who recently made her professional debut at Legacy Fighting Alliance 7. His stepson is a gray belt who competes in Jui-Jitsu year round, his daughter also trains in the sport. They understand the hard work that their dad puts in more so than the average fighter’s family. As he puts “it’s not normal, but it is normal to us.”
The prospect to keep an eye on is Two-time Alabama state wrestling champion turned lightweight MMA fighter, Alec Williams (5-1 MMA) from Birmingham. Williams will be looking to rebound from his first professional loss as he takes on Travonne “Prince Scorpion” Hobbs. In his last fight, Alec relied on his wrestling and got it in his head that he did not want to stand and trade with his opponent. That mentality ultimately not only cost him his undefeated record but also to sustain four broken bones in the right side of his face.
“I didn’t get knocked out, I still got the takedown after I broke those four bones. I know it is going to be pretty difficult to knock me out…Honestly, the loss kind of took any pressure off. Before I was undefeated, that loss was going to be a big change and now a loss is just another loss.”
For this fight, Williams says he has been working with MMA legend and former UFC fighter Pete Spratt on his stand up and will not make the same mistake twice.
Also featured on the card is the first Brazilan World Cup Kickboxing Champion, welterweight Washington “Washingthai” Luiz. Originally slated to fight Nickolay Veretennikov, “Washingthai” Luiz will now take on lesser known Danny Ageday. With a new opponent on just four days notice, the man who has aspirations to become a champion in GLORY Kickboxing is not fazed.
“I did my whole camp studying my first opponent who is a striker like me, but I do not feel harmed by the change. I’m ready for this war…The main reason for my change to the USA is the opportunity to be in the biggest events in the world I have already fought the biggest events in Brazil in kickboxing and MMA. I have fought in big events in Europe and now my challenge is the biggest event of kickboxing, GLORY. But I also love MMA and when a fight appears for me, I do not refuse.”
The grudge match at Fury FC 17 comes to us from the flyweights division’s Mark “The Sparrow” Plata and David “Gallito” Miramontes. These two men were scheduled to fight previously but Plata had to pull out due to his wife giving birth to twins. According to Plata, that is where the beef began.
“The day my twins were born he was messaging me talking about how this was not a good reason not fight and that I just did not want to fight him. My kids were in ICU at the time and he just keeps messaging me over and over…it upset me at the time because they were dying, they were trying to survive, but it just added more fuel to the fire. Then he kept asking promoters to fight me. He asked two or three different promoters to set it up. I got tired of him asking for me. So then I was like, alright cool if you want it that bad, let’s do it…His fighting style matches his personality. He tries to be a bully, and that’s cool, I don’t mind shutting bullies down.”
Titles, champions, prospects, legitimate bad blood…what more you could ask for in a local card?
This is an event not to miss and thanks to Fury FC having a deal with FloSports, you do not have to.
Tune in for all the action live at 6:00 PM CST on FloCombat.com this Saturday.
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