PHOENIX FIGHTING CHALLENGE 2
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.
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.
Heavyweight Bout (265lbs)
Derek Bohi defeats TJ Jones by VERBAL SUBMISSION DUE TO STRIKES
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.
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.
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.
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.
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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)
Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)
Bellator 185- How to Watch, Times and Fight Card
Bellator is once again heading to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville Connecticut, and this time they are bringing with them one of the most anticipated former UFC fighter turned Bellator stars’ debut. Gegard Mousasi will be making his first appearance in the Bellator cage against a former Bellator champion in Alexander Shlemenko. Although this event has lost some of its star power over the last several weeks, it is still stacked and you can bet that the main event will bring some fireworks.
Earlier in the month, it was announced that King Mo had suffered an injury that had forced him out of his co-main event fight with former middleweight champion Liam McGeary. Bellator worked quickly to secure a replacement opponent for McGeary in Bubba McDaniels. Unfortunately for McDaniels and the fans alike, McGeary had later suffered an injury of his own and the fight was removed from the card.
This left a spot open in the co-main event slot, which would be filled by a welterweight matchup between Brennan Ward and David Rickels. Just four days out from the fight, Bellator announced that Ward had also become injured and the fight has been removed from the card as well. The main card has been shuffled around and the welterweight bout between Neiman Gracie and Zak Bucia will now serve as the co-main event.
Main Card- Spike TV (US/Canada) Spike UK (UK)- 9 pm EDT, 6 pm PDT, 2 pm UK
- Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)
- Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)
- Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)
- Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)
- Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)
Preliminary Card- Live Stream (MMA Latest New)- 7 pm EDT, 4 pm PDT, 12 pm UK
- 195 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)
- Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)
- Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)
- Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)
- Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)
- 150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)
- 150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)
- Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)
- Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez (6-4) vs. Billy Giovanella (9-5)
EXCLUSIVE: Jack Shore talks Cage Warriors 87 Opponent Change, Pressure and Being Ready for A Big Opportunity
Jack Shore, a promising up and coming Welsh Featherweight who will be fighting on his fourth main Cage Warriors card in only his sixth professional fight. Despite his opponent, Federico Mini, dropping out days prior to the event, Shore isn’t concerned ahead of the opponent change. “Just another fight, I’m ready for anything come fight night and I’m looking forward to the challenge”. Cage Warriors have confirmed that Shore will now be fighting Italian, Mattia Galbiati.
Shore last fought at the Newport Centre, Wales at Cage Warriors 83, defeating his opponent Konmon Deh convincingly with a first-round submission. The crowd was electric for both his entrance and when his opponent tapped due to armbar, “I have a massive following and they like to make themselves heard on fight night, it’s getting bigger and bigger every time!”
Whilst using his extensive grappling to win the fight, the Tillery Combat MMA Academy fighter was very aggressive with his strikes on the ground, “I believe my grappling style is very different to what people are used to seeing and that’s why it’s entertaining to watch. I’m always looking to advance and put the pressure on, but I also try to use punches and elbows to set up my transitions.”
Being undefeated throughout his amateur career (including winning the IMMAF European Championships), to then continue being undefeated throughout his early professional career, Shore has a mature mindset for such a young fighter to how the sport works, “Obviously no one wants to lose but you have to be aware that it’s a possibility because anything can happen in this sport. But by being aware it allows me to train and prepare correctly to do everything I can (do) to prevent that from happening.”
Whilst growing up, Shore states that he wasn’t the most confident of people, “As a kid growing up I was never the world’s most confident person.” Cage Warriors being on BT Sport within the UK, being the biggest European MMA promotion, and having the following Shore has, he feels no pressure of fighting, “But as far as MMA is concerned I don’t feel any pressure at all. There’s obviously the fight day nerves but anyone will tell you I deal with them very well and am more than comfortable in that environment.”
With the current revolution of MMA in Wales occurring, former Cage Warriors fighters Brett Johns, Jack Marshman and John Philips all in the UFC, Josh Reed who has just come off a title shot with Cage Warriors Bantamweight champion Nathaniel Wood, Lewis Long being the best Welterweight in the UK. It brings a realistic opportunity of making the UFC, “Definitely. Since the first bunch of Welsh guys have been signed to the UFC it’s shown for guys like me, Lewis Long and Josh Reed that what we are pushing for is no doubt achievable. I believe that if we keep doing what we are doing then that dream won’t be too far away.”
Whilst having such a successful start to his professional career, and with the attention, this young Welshman is bringing, Shore is in no rush for the Cage Warriors belt, but is prepared if the opportunity arises. “I’m just taking one fight at a time. I’m aware that I’m still young in terms of my pro career so I will continue to fight whoever Cage Warriors put in front of me. Should a big opportunity like that present itself I’ll make sure I’m ready.”
Shore seems to be mature for someone of the age of just 22, the future seems bright for the young Welshman. Jack Shore fights on the up and coming Cage Warriors 87 card Saturday, 14th October at the Newport Centre, Newport, Wales. The event will be free-to-air on UK sports channels FreeSports, as well as be on UFC FightPass and via the red button on BT Sport.
Check the main card out for Cage Warriors 87 below:
Lewis Long vs Roberto Soldic (Welterweight)
Craig White vs Matt Inman (Welterweight)
Jack Shore vs Mattia Galbiati (Featherweight)
Aiden Lee vs Ludovit Klein (Featherweight)
Aaron Khalid vs Ross Houston (Welterweight)
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