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Local MMA: Phoenix Fighting Challenge 2

AJ Camacho



March 14th, 2015
Overland Park International Trade Center

As I walk into the space lights are still being tweaked and hardcore post grunge band, Orion Falls is finishing up their set. The show is running a little behind but considering how fast their last show went, it probably won’t be a problem.


Co-Main Event
Featherweight Bout (145lbs)
Deron Carlis defeats Aaron Roberson by REAR NAKED CHOKE

Early in the round Carlis tagged Roberson with a kick, making him wince. It was hard to tell if it was a groin hit or not. Regardless Carlis pounced and pressed for top position. Almost mounted, Roberson ducked under and tried to go to deep half. Carlis did a great job though, keeping Roberson from getting underneath him and smashing him with some brutal shots from on top. From half guard, to mount, and Carlis gets reversed onto the bottom and back up.

Carlis would then get his neck caught in a guillotine off of a single leg attempt. Roberson lost the submission and would return the generosity by shooting for his own single leg and giving up his own neck to Carlis for his own guillotine just before the round ended.

After a hard fought first round, the second round would end due to a caught kick. Roberson threw a kick to the body of Carlis. Slow to recoil the leg, Carlis grabbed it and immediately dropped Roberson with a heavy right overhand. Just like the first round, Carlis in top half guard. Only this time Roberson would turn away exposing his back for the choke. A few punches, adjustments, and some tenacious strangulation would eventually earn Carlis the tap and the win.

Deron Carlis sinks in a Rear Naked Choke for the win. Photos courtesy of Phoenix Fighting Challenge and Chavo Photography.

Deron Carlis sinks in a Rear Naked Choke for the win. Photos courtesy of Phoenix Fighting Challenge and Chavo Photography.

Co-Main Event
Heavyweight Bout (265lbs)

From the opening, Jones clipped Bohi and followed him down into Bohi’s closed guard. Bohi knew that Jones was a skilled boxer and after getting a taste, knew that the smarter route was to take the fight to the ground. Bohi lunged for a double leg against the fence and does. Working for top turtle control Bohi laying leather onto Jones’ body.

In a weird turn of events, Jones verbally heckled Bohi to choke him and confused the ref into thinking that he was calling off the fight. The ref jumped in confusing Jones’ whimsical banter for “cries for help”. The match gets stopped and Bohi wins by an inadvertent verbal submission due to strikes.

Derek Bohi dominates from the top for the verbal submission win. Photos courtesy of Phoenix Fighting Challenge and Chavo Photography.

Derek Bohi dominates from the top for the verbal submission win. Photos courtesy of Phoenix Fighting Challenge and Chavo Photography.

Strawweight Bout (115lbs)
Kenrick Latchman defeats Tyler Stokes by KO

Stokes tried to rush against the much taller and longer Latchman even getting stiff armed in the face to be held back. The range here was a huge factor with Stokes intent on closing the distance at any cost rather than patiently walking Latchman down. On an attempt to close range, Latchman threw a stiff left cross as Stokes rammed into it. Stokes dropped and scrambled awkwardly, clearly out of it from the punch. Latchman threw a few shots through, but the refs jumped in and stopped it earning Latchman the win.

Stokes charging in moments before Kenrick Latchman would connect with a left cross for the KO. Photos courtesy of Phoenix Fighting Challenge and Chavo Photography.

Stokes charging in moments before Kenrick Latchman would connect with a left cross for the KO. Photos courtesy of Phoenix Fighting Challenge and Chavo Photography.

Welterweight Bout (175lbs)
Chris Harris defeats Marques Jackson by TKO

Harris kept the match at long range. Jackson unable to close the distance made some attempts to lunge in close before getting clipped as he passed by Harris. It seemed to be a shot to his eye as Jackson dropped to the floor as Harris chasing him down with blows for TKO win. The cause of Jackson’s fall was a little unclear but medics jumped into tend to Jackson’s face.

Marques covering up as Chris Harris rains down blows for the TKO win. Photos courtesy of Phoenix Fighting Challenge and Chavo Photography.

Marques covering up as Chris Harris rains down blows for the TKO win. Photos courtesy of Phoenix Fighting Challenge and Chavo Photography.

The pro card was bolstered by a strong amatateur card loaded with athletically dynamic future prospects. Like many cards in Kansas City, the fight scene is strong and loaded with primed fighters from the surrounding premiere gyms. I’ve visited fights out in the sticks of Missouri and Kansas and the caliber of fighters out there doesn’t even compare to the local talent we have on hand. Beyond the resources and the gyms in the city, the mentality of the fighters is drastically different here compared the small town scenes. With local talent like LC Davis, Tim Elliott, and James Krausse making it in the big promotions fighters know that fights in Kansas City matter. That their collections of wins here could launch them into Bellator and even the UFC. It’s amazing scene to cover and fun time to be here.

For the remainder of the card please visit KCMMA HERE.
Video footage will be amended to the article as it becomes available so please check back.

Article by AJ Camacho courtesy of KCMMA.
Photos courtesy of Phoenix FC and Chavo Photography.

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5 Things We Learned from UFC on Fox 26: Lawler vs Dos Anjos



The UFC’s return to Winnipeg in over 4 years certainly did not disappoint the fans, as the card delivered just as it was expected with plenty of action packed fights.

Upset was in play often times for this card as on more than one occasion, the fans’ jaws dropped in shock and the predictions going into the fights were completely defied.

There are plenty of things to take away from this card, but what were the 5 biggest lessons learned here?

1. Rafael dos Anjos means business at welterweight

While Vegas odds may not have reflected it, dos Anjos had plenty of doubters coming into this fight on whether he could beat the top fighters in the welterweight division, his new found home. I’ll be the first to say, I didn’t think he’d be able to deal with Lawler’s power and size, considering that ‘Ruthless’ used to compete at middleweight, but he completely changed my perspective on what he brings to this division.

With the mix of powerful leg kicks and crisp boxing, dos Anjos completely neutralized the former welterweight champion and took home a dominant victory, winning all five rounds of the fight.

Yes, Lawler was injured and barely moved for the last three rounds, but that should not discredit the masterful performance that dos Anjos had tonight. This only sets up a fight with the current champion Tyron Woodley now (unless Colby Covington gets it), and while Woodley is a whole different match up, it makes for an entertaining fight.

2. Robbie Lawler is still one of the toughest fighters on the roster

Despite both his legs looking like they were completely destroyed by the third round and him losing the fight, we once again saw the toughness and grit of Lawler to never give up.

While we don’t know how bad his injury was, when you see Lawler not moving much and standing still for three rounds straight, you know something is seriously hurting. He endured an unbelievable amount of punishment tonight but at the end was still standing pumping up the crowd. What a warrior.

3. Josh Emmett… the new force to be reckoned with at 145lbs?

Simply no words. It was easily the biggest shocker of the night and maybe even upset of the year. Stepping in on relatively short notice for Jose Aldo, Emmett was counted out in this fight on paper against the former title challenger Ricardo Lamas, and weighing in at 148.5lbs on the scale didn’t help convincing the fans.

It’s My Time!

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But it definitely didn’t matter as he delivered a left hook from hell, sleeping Lamas at the end of the first round, sending a shock to the entire division and rising as a new threat to everyone in top 10. He said that his goal here was to shock the world, and shock the world he did. With this performance, Emmett immediately rises to a position where he now only needs one or two more significant wins from a possible title shot.

4. Mike Perry needs some time to develop into a title contender

Despite showing an unbelievable toughness in a three-round war against Santiago Ponzinibbio, Perry was unable to back up his words before the fight, losing via unanimous decision.

In a fight against a very tough opponent, Perry was once again exposed in a couple of areas as he was against Alan Jouban on his endurance, as he showed signs of fatigue as the second round came around. At the age of 26, he still has plenty of time, but Perry will need to fill that massive hole in order to continue to rise the ladder in the extremely stacked welterweight division, or else he’ll run into some trouble sooner or later.

5. Glover Teixeira isn’t done just yet

This fight was an excellent example of advantages a veteran brings compared to a young and upcoming fighter. Teixeira, coming off that tough loss in Sweden against Alexander Gustafsson, was also doubted by many as he came in as the underdog against a rising prospect in Misha Cirkunov.

Teixeira was put in immediate trouble in the first round, getting tagged by Cirkunov multiple times and getting backed up against the cage, but was able to outsmart Cirkunov by dragging him down to the ground and eventually pounding him out. Teixeira seemed to have lost all momentum against Anthony Johnson, and even more so against Gustafsson, but this fight proved that he is not done just yet, and showed the difference in level between the top 5 and top 10 of the division.

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*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results



The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.

An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.

The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.

UFC Winnipeg Official Results:


  • #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
  • #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
    • Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
  • #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45  round 1


  • #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
  • Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
  • Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
  • John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2


  • Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
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Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview



Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.

LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.

Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.

Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)

The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.

In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.

Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.

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