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Saturday January 24th, 2015 @ Shriner’s Ariat Temple

Card breakdown courtesy of KCMMA
Written by AJ Camacho and Dave Jackson

We pulled up to the parking lot of the Ariat Temple. At the entrance of the lot was a Shriner in fez hat with a spot light. He was leaning cantankerously out of the window of what looked like an unmarked police car. He waived his arms in weird directions. His gesture was like a downward chop but outward from his forehead and towards us. I think he was making a bizarre cryptic masonic gesture towards us. At that moment I had no idea if I was cursed or blessed… awesome. I can’t get enough of this damn place.

Mike England was the referee for night’s evening of impressive young Pros as the card became a showcase for many promising Pro and Ammy debuts. The card re-cap and fight footage for the main card are below. Follow the link to the bottom to KCMMA for a recap of the entire card.

BFC Welterweight Championship
MAIN EVENT: “Super Duper” Bobby Cooper (11-4) defeats Rome “Nyquil” Lindsay (3-3) by REAR NAKED CHOKE

Cooper tried to maintain a ranged striking game but Rome was tenacious in his attempt to close the distance, trying to hunt for a takedown from the clinch along the cage. Once they got back up, roles reversed as Rome threw a hard high kick backing Cooper to the fence. Cooper retaliated with a takedown, Lindsay sensed it and jumped guard with Cooper on top –

– Okay, all hell breaks loose watching the fight… the crowd was animated and pumped about this main event, but right in the middle of trying to type this, I had to break up an “about to be fight” between two of my friends. Two big players in the Kansas City MMA Scene, two people that can probably kick my ass. NOT COOL. They were arguing about whether you could coach from a non designated coaching seat. Obviously, this was a huge fight for both of these fighter’s carreer. The stakes were huge. Bobby Cooper even tweeted to me this morning asking why I never tweeted an update at the end of his fight. Well, I was busy trying to stop another fight, sorry for not getting out the results sooner, Bobby!! –

– Cooper passed Lindsay’s guard and began pounding Lindsay from side control. Lindsay would turn in and climb up to his knees but he exposed his back long enough for Cooper to gain control and sink in the rear naked choke for the win.

Strawweight Bout – Demario Cade (0-1) defeats Tyler Stokes (2-1) by GUILLOTINE CHOKE
After a missed round kick, Stokes got smashed by a crazy overhand power punch from Cade. Even concussed Stokes was a dangerous fighter and he scrambled for a takedown on Cade. Cade was able to push Stokes into the air with his leg, ducking out to get back up to his feet but Stokes immediately re-engaged the clinch for an ad-hoc head and arm throw. Cade would escape the throw, squeezing out of the back of the clinch, immediately hucking his fist at Stokes’ face for another bomb. Rocked, another survival shot by Stokes but Cade sprawled, controlling Stokes’ head and arm. Tenacious again, Stokes rolled and took top position to reverse the position but Cade still had Stokes’ neck and it was in place for a guillotine attempt. Stokes tried to cradle and pass Cade before he could establish guard but would instead inadvertently put himself on the wrong side of the guillotine and lose the fight to the choke.

Lightweight Bout – Gaston “Tonga” Reyno (2-1) defeats Jason Russell (0-1)by TKO
It was a dominant showing by Tonga. Although he looked like he was in a little bit of trouble with a “heel hook surprise” from Russell, he weathered the spaghetti-like leg entanglement and was able to get back up. From the fence, Tonga grabbed Russell’s leg for the takedown immediately following with an overhand heater through Russell’s guard. From here Tonga would float and ride Russell’s defensive knee shield guard delivering damage and forcing Russell to turtle up. The ref rushes in to stop the carnage, TKO Victory to Gaston Reyno 1:52 into first round.

Welterweight Bout – Trey Ogden (Pro debut) defeats Herbert Morgan (Pro debut) by GUILLOTINE CHOKE
From the start Morgan whiffed a leg kick leaving his back open, Ogden cracking him on the thigh with his own leg kick. Morgan grinned but you could tell it wasn’t appreciated as he bull rushed Ogden with his head down. Hand out, Ogden stiff armed Morgan’s face around the cage and threw a sharp knee to Morgan’s ribs. Morgan immediately tumbled to the floor grimacing and clinching his side and Ogden pounced taking top control of a turtled up Morgan. Ogden threw over 20 shots to Morgan’s huddled body and then paused… Morgan stuck his head up and got caught like a rat trap in Ogden’s guillotine.

Wow, Trey just made a statement. Knee to the ribs, kick to the leg, body shots, something is broken in those ribs. Trey Ogden with guillotine choke after he rocked his opponent, 47 seconds into the first round.

Bantamweight Bout – James London defeats Lonnie Tull by TKO
Both came out feeling each other out and probing for range. Though cautious Tull’s hands were low and London landed a nasty head kick. Tull dazed, London jumped on him while Tull turtled up, but Tull took a strike to the back of the head. Timeout is called. Kind of an iffy call since Tull was rolling turtle as the strike was delivered. It didn’t matter though, as the fight started back up London would land the same head kick but this time showed a carefully ruthless discretion in not hitting the back of the head and in finishing this fight like a gentlemen. TKO 1st round victory to start off London’s professional career.

Welterweight Bout – Nicholas Radtka (Pro debut) defeats Charles Brown (0-3) by TRIANGLE CHOKE
Radtka kept the pressure on Brown, continually backing him to the fence. With the takedown earned, Radtka put Brown to the floor. Radtka threw a few kicks to the downed Brown until he came up for a double leg and took down Radtka. However, Brown’s right arm was low after the takedown and Radtka slapped on the triangle to exploit the opening. After some tightening and fastening of the submission the ref called it, Brown is out. Nicholas Radtka wins by triangle choke.

For even more fights we have a full re-cap on We had some tough amateur bouts and a heavyweight women’s bout. It was a well rounded event full of top tier fighters and local ammys looking to sharpen their skills.


All footage and images courtesy of Blackout Fighting Championship.

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Douglas Lima found out about change to co-main event at Bellator 192 from the internet



Bellator 192 fight card has gone through a shake-up over the past week. Bellator president Scott Coker revealed last week that the scheduled welterweight title fight between Rory MacDonald and champion Douglas Lima will now be serving as the co-main event and the heavyweight matchup between Chael Sonnen and Rampage Jackson would instead take top billing. At the time no explanation was made for the change. Monday Douglas Lima was a guest on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani to discuss this change.

“I was little bummed, but it is what it is, it’s business you know. I was pretty excited you know? Being the main event, having Rampage fight as the co-main event, I was happy there. Then I was bummed out that they changed it back to the co-main event. It’s not going to change a thing for me, I’m just focusing on the fight.”

Lima has been notoriously looked over in the eyes of fight fans. A longtime member of Bellator and a two-time champion has not gotten the notice he deserves and hopes to get.

“I found out through the internet, nobody tells me anything, I didn’t know. the same thing happened in New York, I thought my fight would be before the two main events there, but it ended up being the first fight of the night on Pay-Per-View. Hopefully, it doesn’t take anything away from the fight, you know spotlight and stuff.”

Lima is looking to make all the naysayers take notice at Bellator 192 that takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, Califonia on January 20th.

“This is the fight I’ve been waiting for for a long time. To get my name out there, to get people to know who I am. I’ve been delivering a lot of good fights, fights fans like to watch but no attention yet. I’m hoping though that after a win over Rory this week it will really put my name out there and show all these welterweights out there that I am for real.”

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UFC 219: Cyborg vs Holm recap



In yearly tradition , the UFC hosted a pay per view fight card at the T-Mobile Arena  in Las Vegas once again and for the second year in a row, the card was headlined by two females fighting for the title of the baddest woman on earth. Cristine Cyborg Santos was looking to defend her featherweight title for the first time since capturing the title last summer in a tko victory over Tonya Evinger.  Her opponent would be Holly Holm, the woman who shot into stardom after knocking out Ronda Rousey to become the bantamweight champion in 2015 and was fighting for the featherweight title for the second time after being unsuccessful in a controversial loss to Germaine De Radamie in Brooklyn.

In the co main event, The UFC welcomed one of the most feared lightweights and beloved contender Khabib Nurmagomedov who returned to the cage after a year layoff after failing to make weight earlier this year in a title eliminator with Tony Ferguson . Welcoming Nurmagomedov to the cage was exciting Brazilian striker Edson Barboza who was on a 3 fight win streak after losing to interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson in 2015. The winner would guarantee a title shot for themselves against either Tony Ferguson or the winner of the title unification fight between Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson if it happens.

The rest of the card had other stories that intrigued the fans with the return of former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit taking on Neil Magny, Cynthia Carvillo looking to go 5-0 in 2017 with a win over Carla Esparza and an exciting lightweight fight between Marc Diakiese and Daniel Hooker.


The Main Event

UFC Women’s Featherweight championship

Christine ” Cyborg” Santos vs Holly ” The Preachers Daughter” Holm

When the UFC announced it’s intentions to start a featherweight division for females in the UFC, a fight between Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm was the most logical fight to start the division. It took almost a year to come into fruition but on Saturday night, we finally had the answer of who would be the most feared female fighter in the world.

The fight started off with Holm tripping Cyborg after a kick and started the clinch game for Holly , who overpowered Cyborg against the cage. A move that would slow down Cyborg’s attacks in the later rounds but this was not the case tonight. Cyborg, who was known as a devastating berserker like striker in her earlier has become a more patient striker under the guidance of Jason Parillo. Cyborg caught Holly with a variation of counter strikes throughout the fight which swelled Holm’s left eye. Holm had her moments in the fight and gave Cyborg her toughest fight to date.

As we moved into the later rounds, the counter strikes were landing more often for Cyborg and started to dictate to fight. The final bell rang and although many scores were thrown around on twitter all in favor for Cyborg. Cris Cyborg won a unanimous decision with one judge scoring the fight 49-46 which had Cyborg winning four rounds and the other two judges scoring the fight a lot closer 48-47.

What’s next for Cyborg? She asked for Meagan Anderson in Australia , the last Invicta featherweight champion who has yet to make her debut for UFC after signing last summer. With the card in 6 weeks, its unlikely she will get her wish but Cyborg vs Anderson should be next in the shallow and confusing 145 division for females.


The Co-main event

Khabib ” The Eagle ” Nurmagomedov vs Edson Barboza

A fight that in many people’s eyes was the true main event with fan favorite Khabib Nurmagomedov putting his unbeaten 24 fight win streak on the line against fellow top contender Edson Barboza.

What can you say about Nurmagomedov that hasn’t been said already. He was nothing short of perfection.

Implementing his game early, Nurmagomedov took the fight to the ground early in round 1 after failing on the first attempted takedown on Barboza. Once the takedown was secured, the Russian posture to his feet and landed devastating ground and pound on Barboza. It took a minute to see Barboza would be in for a rough night as by the sound of the bell ending for the first round, Barboza was bloodied up and looked defeated.

The second round was even more devastating when Khabib had Barboza on the ground for the entire round. The commentators in awe of Khabib’s abilities began to sound concerned that Barboza took too much damage as no matter who much punishment Nurmagomedov would deliver to Barboza, Barboza continued to be in the fight and looked for the knockout whenever the fight would go back to standing which ultimately ended in the brazilian being taken down again.

Barboza had a chance to end the fight in the third when he landed a head kick on Nurmagomedov who showed a granite chin and walked through the shot like T-1000.

The fight went to the judges and the judges scored the fight in favor of Khabib Nurmagomedov ( 30- 25, 30-25,30-4) which just highlights the one-sided victory for the Russian who moves to 25-0 and will likely take on Tony Ferguson next year.

The rest of the card

Although not the most exciting run of fights in the lead up to the main and co main. The main card hosted the return of Carlos Condit who after returning to the cage following a 16 month hiatus only to suffer a decision loss to an impressive Neil Magny who used his wrestling to take down the former champ on numerous occasions.

Speaking of former champs, former strawweight champion Carla Esparza scored a big win beating undefeated Cynthia Carvillo, who impressed in round 1 before Esparza turned the tides and finished the fight with a flurry of strikes to secure the victory.

Daniel Hooker used the ” McKenzietine” guillotine choke to submit the Brit Marc Diakiese in the third round after winning the first two rounds with his ground game. In what many anticipated to be a stand up war, the fight was quite the opposite and Hooker sinked in the choke after an attempted takedown by Diakiese.

Preliminary cards

We won’t be ringing in the new year celebrating the prelims this year as every fight on the FS1 portion of the card went to a decision.

Michal Oleksiejczuk got the biggest underdog win on the night upsetting Khalil Rountree Jr in a decision in which both fighters gassed early after Rountree held on the a guillotine which gassed the American when he failed to get the submission. The other decision victories went to Myles Jury looking impressive at featherweight against Rick Glenn and  Matheus Nicolau who knocked down Louis Smolka three times in the first round to win a one-sided decision.

Omari Ahkmedov and Marvin Vettori went to a majority draw in what seemed like the longest fight in history and finally Tim Elliot scored a submission victory over Mark  De La Rosa and dedicated the victory to the late great Robert Follis who sadly took his own life this month.

Overall UFC 219 wasn’t a great card but a masterclass by Khabib Nurmagomedov was worth every penny.

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Invicta 27 Officially Announced




The all-women promotion, Invicta FC, returns to Kansas City, Missouri on January 13th, 2018 for Invicta 27. The promotion announced on their website, the promotions inaugural 2018 event will start the new year off with a fan-friendly main event, Sarah Kaufman (18-4 1 NC) vs. Pannie Kianzad (8-2).

Kaufman returns to Invicta FC after a three-year stint with the UFC. The Canadian athlete fought once prior, in the female-only promotion, defeating Leslie Smith via split decision. Both women earned Fight of the Night honors for their efforts. In her previous three bouts, Kaufman posted a record of 1-2. The former Strikeforce bantamweight champion lost her final two UFC bouts against Alexis Davis and Valentina Shevchenko. Her most recent bout was a victory over Jessica Rose-Clark, in the Battlefield FC promotion.

The veteran Kaufman made her debut in 2006, nearly six years before her opponent. Pannie Kianzad made her professional debut with the Estonian promotion MMA Raju, in 2012. Kianzad began her career undefeated in eight bouts. On the way, capturing the Cage Warriors bantamweight championship. The Iranian-Swede holds an identical record to Kaufman in her previous three bouts, 1-2. Currently, she finds herself on a two-loss skid.

In the co-main event, Vanessa Porto (19-8) faces Mariana Morais (12-5). The Brazilian, Morais, is coming off a disappointing title challenge in the flyweight division of the KSW promotion. Ariane Lipski submitted her in 58 seconds. Porto, however, is fresh off her Invicta 26, TKO victory over, Milana Dudieva.

Porto is an Invicta FC veteran, having fought in seven of the promotions twenty-six held events. Throughout her career, the veteran faced the best women the world had to offer. The thirty-three-year-old has fought the likes of Roxanne Modafferi (twice), Agnieszka Niedzwiedz, Barb Honchak, Tara LaRosa, Jennifer Maia (twice), Tonya Evinger, Germain De Randamie, Amanda Nunes, and Cris “Cyborg” Justino.

The first card of 2018 for Invicta holds a plethora of inexperienced women. Of the 17 women booked for the card, only four women hold ten or more professional fights on their record. Another four women will make their professional MMA debut: Loma Lookboonmee, Jade Ripley, Helen Peralta, and Akeela Al-Hameed. The Invicta 27, the card will feature nine bouts. The event will take place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri on January 13th, 2018. The card will proceed as follows:

Pannie Kianzad (8-2) vs. Sarah Kaufman (18-4 1 NC) – Bantamweight Division

Vanessa Porto (19-8) vs. Mariana Morais (12-5) – Flyweight Division

Sharon Jacobson (4-2) vs. Ashely Nichols (3-1) – Strawweight Division

Ashley Cummings (5-4) vs. Stephanie Alba (3-2) – Atomweight Division

Brogan Walker-Sanchez (4-0) vs. TBA – Flyweight Division

Felicia Spencer (3-0) vs. Akeela Al-Hameed (0-0) – Featherweight Division

Mallory Martin (1-2) vs. Tiffany Masters (2-1) – Strawweight Division

Melissa Wang (1-0) vs. Loma Lookboonmee (0-0) – Atomweight Division

Jade Ripley (0-0) vs. Helen Peralta (0-0) – Strawweight Division

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