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The Titans Cage 13: Amateurs Made of Mettle

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Once again, on August 13, 2016, The Titans Cage (TTC), at TTC 13, returns to the Red Lion Woodlake & Conference Center in Sacramento, California to deliver a night of the unexpected, which is everything an enthusiast of hand-to-hand competition has grown to expect from the world’s most unpredictable sport: MMA; the only missing piece inside TTC 13’s steel enclosure is: a professional status. At the top of the card’s bill are two tussles for titles: Adam Wamsley versus Geoffrey Stovall at light heavyweight and Kyle Gothan meets Daniel Gonzalez in the flyweight division. In addition to sixteen amateur fights, six pairs of youngsters, sanctioned by the USFL (United States Fight League), will ignite the night in a Youth Pankration Dual Meet.

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Pop Warner, Little League, and other youth sporting organizations are designed to scaffold children’s development for, most often, later advancement of levels. USFL was constructed following a similar playbook. As a sanctioning arm of combat sports, USFL, as outlined on their site’s home page (link here), was founded: to foster and support Youth and Military Pankration. Diving deeper into the mission of USFL, clarity hits: fighters aren’t groomed, competitors are.

In conjunction with safety equipment, such as: a rashguard, headgear, six-ounce gloves, a chest protector for females, mouthguard, and shinguards and shots to the head scratched from the offense, any strikes deemed too emotional, either out of anger, frustration, or both, aren’t permitted. Check out a video that further elaborates USFL’s objectives:

TTC + 13 = 2 Titles

13606535_1227692640575617_6433829650515119902_nOne of the championships on the line is scheduled at the light heavyweight limit: Adam Wamsley vs. Geoffrey Stovall.

Back at TTC 12 on April 16, 2016, Wamsley scored the submission as the clock ran low in the third, impressing TTC’s brass enough to invite the product of Nor Cal Fighting Alliance back for a crack at the belt.

In the opposing corner will stand KOA MMA’s submission specialist: Geoffrey Stovall. Stovall won his previous two outings, TTC 12 and Nor Cal Fight Series (NCFS) 2 on May 21, by forcing his opponents to scream, “Uncle,” which has led to his current contention for the TTC 13 strap.

With two giants displaying solid ground games, it’s likely this championship affair will play out with 410 pounds worth of pretzeled human mass in search of limbs to torque and necks to wrench.

T13940212_1403387506386157_531778017_ohe other title tips the scales at 125 pounds when Daniel Gonzalez and Kyle Gothan leave the sanctity of their corners for a furious flurry.

Before their eyes, fans can expect to see Gothan, even though he’s known as “The Ghost,” to push the pace and snap his two-fight slump. Following a controversial decision loss at West Coast Fighting Championships 17 for their belt, he’ll plan on spooking Gonzalez with a high level of aggression.

Gonzalez, brainwashed with an equal amount of technique and relentlessness from AKA (American Kickboxing Academy), plans to claim the TTC belt and ditch the amateur ranks.

A pair of flyweights, representing premier facilities in the region, meeting in the middle of the apron cues everyone in attendance to not blink at the bell.

Other Bouts Include:

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(Bouts shown does not reflect their order and are subject to change.)

Instead of reacting with surprise at the next wrinkle-free face being introduced on one of MMA’s worldwide stages, unfold a chair inside the Red Lion Woodlake & Conference Center and soak in a set of athletes settling in the starting blocks of mixed martial arts; many with hopes of evolving into elite prizefighters. The race to the top is a marathon, although, under the watchful eyes of C.A.M.O (California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization) and USFL, each individual, young or old enough to swing for the fences, who locks themselves inside TTC 13’s cage will operate with a sprinter’s pace.

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UFC looks for undefeated fighters for the next season of TUF

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As the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter comes to a close in a few weeks, UFC has set tryouts for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter on December 12th but there is a catch, participates must hold an undefeated record.

Titled The Ultimate Fighter 27: Battle of the Undefeated, the next installment of TUF will be looking for male fighters with an undefeated record with a minimum of 3-0 to apply for the show. The casting call asks for featherweights and welterweights but in the early stages of tryouts, a weight class will be decided later in the process.

Fighters must be aged between 21 – 34 and will grapple and light spar in front of UFC matchmakers and must be prepared to stay in Vegas until December 16th.

It is unknown what the future of TUF will be after the TV deal with FOX ends next year but the show has been a success for the company and many fighters to emerge from The Ultimate Fighter have become champion including current interim Lightweight champion Tony Ferguson, Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw and Strawweight champion Rose Namajunas coming from past seasons of the show.

This will be the third time in a row that a gimmick will be added to the show that has been on the decline in the ratings in recent years but yet to use only undefeated fighters. An undefeated streak can be one of the most prestigious records to keep in mixed martial arts with the wins and losses being so vital in a fighters career.

Who will keep their zero? Who will be the next Ultimate Fighter? Who will be the coaches?

These questions will be answered when the new season of TUF begins shooting in January and the show premiering later in the year.

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Tom Gallicchio on UFC Release “It’s Been a Dream of Mine to Fight in KSW”

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MMA Latest spoke to TUF 22 and 25 season competitor Tom Gallicchio about being cut from the UFC, and potential promotions that he could sign for in the future.

Gallicchio (19-10) signed for the UFC after reaching the semi-finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Season 25. Losing to James Krause in his debut, “Da Tank” was informed earlier this month that the UFC had parted ways with him.


Q: Before we jump into the whole free agency stuff, talk me through how the UFC broke the news that they were going to release you?

I thought I was going to have another fight, this time at lightweight. I got a letter dated July 7th, saying they were going to keep me, I received it in September. I was getting emails to update my USADA, I never got a cut letter and I got tested by USADA on October 24th. I was hoping to fight sometime in January or February, then they broke the news to me that they need to make a room for new talent.

Q: You made your UFC debut against James Krause in July, then 4 months down the line, they cut you. How surprised were you at this somewhat out of the blue decision?

I’m thankful for my opportunity in the UFC and the fact that they gave me another shot, but it was definitely surprising how it happened.  They released a newsletter in September welcoming Jesse (Taylor) Dhiego (Lima) and myself into the UFC, all signs pointed towards another fight. Hearing that I was cut was just heartbreaking.

Q: Have any talks started with a new promotion. I saw you name a few on Twitter, the likes of  Bellator, BAMMA, KSW and ACB. Who do you see yourself signing for?

I would love to compete in any of those! A couple of them hit me up, one of which I am very happy to talk with. Since they came out, It’s been a dream of mine to fight in KSW. They’re taking care of their fighters, I would love to fight for them. I want to travel, I want to see the world, I want to fight. I’ve got a lot of fans overseas and I want to give them a show.

It’s been a dream of mine to fight in KSW.

Q: Your long time friend Jesse Taylor was victorious in the TUF 25 Finale, but he has since accepted a 1-year ban for failing a USADA test. What is your take on this given how close you two are?

I know Jesse is not a juicer, I’ve known him ever since I came down to (Team) Quest. It’s probably come from some supplement that he’s taking, it sucks for him. I think he went into a little bit of panic mode, he could have done a better job of handling it.

I don’t take supplements, if there was a way, I’d still keep myself in the USADA pool just because I believe in a clean sport. I think it’s important we keep the sport clean and if we’re cleaning up the supplement companies then good, because no one else is.

Where would you look to see Tom fight next? Let us know below!

 

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2017 IMMAF World Championships: Finals fixtures

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After 4 days of non stop action from Monday to Thursday we have our final 14 bouts to determine the 2017 IMMAF World Champions. Most of these fighters have fought four times for their slot  in the final and tomorrow will be their chance to finish off what has been a fantastic week of fights.

Kicking off the action tomorrow will be Michele Oliveira vs. Danni Neilan. Both women have looked extremely impressive in their bouts so far, Oliveira has spent less time in the cage than her opponent after finishing two of her fights. Neilan is the Irish teams last chance of a gold in this competition and comes into this after a war of a last fight. She is constantly pressuring and has solid striking with incredible ground and pound from any position on top.

Joel Aronlainen came down to featherweight after testing the water at lightweight in the European Championships. His lanky build and impressive overall skill set has seen him pick up 3 finishes in the competition so far. His opponent Delyan Georgiev is undefeated and will be a tough challenge for him. Georgiev has dominated the featherweight division at amateur, his gold medal at the European Championships could now lead to him becoming a world champion if he continues to perform like we’re used to seeing him do.

At 155lbs, Vitali Andruhovich will take on top American prospect Quintin Thomas for the gold. Andruhovich has been on the right side of two very close split decisions in this tournament so far. His controversial win over Irishman Ciaran Clarke had many people scratching their heads at the decision. He now has the chance to prove himself with a win against Quintin Thomas. Thomas is the UMMAF National Champion and a very experienced amateur fighter. Racking up 13 wins he has been a dominant fighter in most of his fights, his sole losses coming from sustaining an injury and a split decision loss.

For the Middleweight medal we have a battle of the Nordic fighters. Iceland’s Bjorn Lukas Haraldsson has looked phenomenal in his fights so far, finishing each and everyone inside a round. The Mjolnir fighter has been to many the highlight of the tournament, but has a tough task a head of him in Laallam who’s had half the number of fights in this tournament and looked impressive in both.

Bahrain’s last hope for a medal lies in the hand of Light Heavyweight finisher Murtaza Talha Ali. Ali has finished all four of his bouts so far, 3 via TKO/KO and his last being by way of submission. Standing in his way of gold will be Pavel Pahomenko from Belarus who’s proven to be lethal with submissions once an opportunity arises scoring two submission wins inside the first round.

Here is the full fixture list for the finals tomorrow:

  • Michele Oliveira  vs.  Danni Neilan 125 lbs
  • Anna Astvik  vs.  Hannah Dawson 115 lbs
  • Chamia Chabbi  vs.  Manon Fiorot 135 lbs
  • C. McCrudden  vs.  Fabiana Giampà 145 lbs
  • Gase Sanita  vs.  Kaycee Blake 155 lbs
  • Yernaz Mussabek  vs.  Serdar Atlas 125 lbs
  • Gamzat Magomedov  vs.  O. Moldagaliyev 135 lbs
  • Joel Arolainen  vs.  Delyan Georgiev 145 lbs
  • V. Andruhovich  vs.  Quitin Thomas 155 lbs
  • Sola Axel  vs.  Benjamin Bennett 170 lbs
  • B. Haraldsson  vs.  Khaled Laallam 185 lbs
  • Pavel Pahomenko  vs.  Murtaza Talha Ali 205 lbs
  • Irman Smajic  vs.  Lev Vins 265 lbs
  • Atanas Krastanov  vs.  Marcin Kalata 300 lbs
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