Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Duel For Domination 6 Report





This was my first time seeing a Duel For Domination card. It was an all amateur card. The card was evenly matched. No fights were you could say that the two guys did not belong in the cage together. The only thing on the negative side was the commentary. In a couple fights, the commentators were openly rooting for certain fighters including in the heavyweight bout one of them saying "I'm biased" and cheering as if he had won the lottery when his guy won. Commentators are there to be objective not to root on certain fighters, that is what the fans are for. The same commentator also made a very inappropriate O.J. Simpson knife comment. Outside of that though, I was impressed with the show and how it was run and would be willing to watch again.

1. Flyweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Jesse Van Dyke (1-2) vs Xavier Ramirez (2-5)

RD 1: They clinch on the cage. Head shots by Ramirez. More head shots by Ramirez. Knee to the leg by Ramirez. They drop down and Ramirez gets his back and lands head shots. They stand and Ramirez lands punches. Takedown by Ramirez into guard. Van Dyke looks for a triangle. More head shots by Ramirez.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Ramirez

RD 2: They clinch and a takedown by Ramirez into guard. Van Dyke looks for a triangle. Body shots by Ramirez. Van Dyke is trying hard for the triangle. Head shots by Ramirez. Ramirez escapes the triangle and gets side control. Van Dyke pulls guard. Van Dyke sweeps and gets on top in half guard. Punch to the head by Van Dyke.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Van Dyke

RD 3: Uppercut by Van Dyke. Takedown by Ramirez into guard. Punch to the head by Ramirez. Ramirez gets side control. Head shots by Ramirez. Van Dyke reverses and gets his back in north south. Van Dyke gets his back and gets his hooks in and flattens him. Head shots by Van Dyke. Van Dyke goes for a rear naked and gets it for the tap.

Result: Jesse Van Dyke via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:22 of Round 3

2. Welterweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Derrick Brown (1-4) vs Patrick Oskvarek (0-1)

RD 1: Takedown by Oskvarek but they are up quick. Oskvarek gets another takedown but Brown lands on top in half guard. Oskvarek gets a triangle and gets the tap.

Result: Patrick Oskvarek via Tapout (Triangle) at 1:15 of Round 1

3. Middleweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Tatun Royle (0-1-1) vs Steve Broad (0-0)

RD 1: Uppercut by Broad. They clinch on the cage. Knee to the leg by Broad. They separate. Leg kick by Broad. They clinch on the cage. Royle looks for a takedown. They drop down with Royle on top in half guard. Punch to the head by Royle. Broad reverses and is on top in side control.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Broad

RD 2: Front kick by Royle. Uppercut by Broad. Hook by Broad. Broad hurts him with punches. A cross by Broad drops him and he lands more till the ref stops it.

Result: Steve Broad via TKO at 1:50 of Round 2

4. Light Heavyweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Braden Goodwin (0-1) vs Andres Ponce (1-0)

RD 1: Leg kick by Ponce and another. Ponce shoots in and slams him but they are up quick. Ponce catches a kick and slams him and lands in guard. Head shots by Ponce. They stand clinched on the cage. Takedown by Goodwin against the cage. Goodwin gets his back. Ponce rolls and is on top in guard. Punch to the head by Ponce. Ponce stands and lets him up. Hook and uppercut by Ponce.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Ponce

RD 2: Leg kick by Ponce. Front kick by Ponce. Leg kick by Goodwin. Spin kick by Goodwin. A slam by Ponce into side control. Head shots by Ponce. Ponce gets his back and lands head shots. Ponce goes for a rear naked but Goodwin escapes. Ponce tries for the rear naked again. He has it and the ref stops it. Goodwin seemed fine to me. Do not agree with the stoppage at all.

Result: Andres Ponce via Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:20 of Round 2

5. Featherweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Augusto Mendes (0-0) vs Jaime Carskaden (1-3)

RD 1: Jab by Carskaden. Leg kick by Mendes. Takedown by Mendes and he gets mount. Mendes gets an arm triangle and the tap.

Result: Augusto Mendes via Tapout (Arm Triangle) at 0:36 of Round 1

6. Bantamweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Kasey Tanner (1-0) vs Nolan Linebaugh (0-0)

RD 1: Leg kick by Tanner. Jab by Tanner. They trade crosses. They clinch and move to the cage. Knee to the leg by Tanner. Knee to the body by Tanner. Knee to the body by Linebaugh. Knee to the body by Tanner. Linebaugh gets a takedown into guard. They stand and drop back down against the cage. Body shots by Tanner.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Tanner

RD 2: They trade punches. Jab by Tanner. They trade crosses. Leg kick by Tanner. Tanner catches a kick and takes him down in guard. Head shots from the bottom by Linebaugh. Body shots by Tanner. Head shots by Tanner. Body shots by Tanner. The ref stands them, don't see why. Cross by Linebaugh.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Tanner

RD 3: They trade hard punches. They clinch on the cage. Takedown by Tanner into side control. Head shots by Tanner. They stand. Takedown by Tanner into side control. Tanner tries to get his back but Linebaugh escapes and they stand clinched on the cage. Takedown by Tanner into guard. Head shots by Tanner.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Tanner
My score card: 30-27 Tanner

Result: Kasey Tanner via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/29-28)

7. Flyweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Jonathan Sanchez (3-6) vs John McCarthy (1-2)

RD 1: Leg kick by Sanchez and another. Lots of missed punches by both. McCarthy shoots and gets a takedown and gets his back. They stand and he still has his back. McCarthy tries for a rear naked. They go down and he still has his back. Head shots by McCarthy. McCarthy gets a rear naked and the tap.

Result: John McCarthy via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:35 of Round 1


8. Featherweight 3x3x3 Rounds
DeWayne Parker 1-3) vs Tim Carillo (1-0)

RD 1: Leg kick by Parker. Hook by Carillo. Head kick by Parker. Parker lands punches on the cage. hey clinch in the center. Knee to the body by Carillo. Takedown by Carillo into half guard. Head shots by Carillo. Parker gets full guard. More head shots by Carillo till the ref stops it.

Result: Tim Carillo via TKO at 1:45 of Round 1

9. Flyweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Fabian Parra (2-1) vs Bryce McDaniel (0-0)

RD 1: They clinch on the center. Knee to the body by Parra. The move to the cage and Parra gets a takedown into side control. McDaniel reverses and is on top in guard. Body shots from the Bottom by Parra. McDaniel is not active from the top. Parra goes for an armbar but McDaniel escapes and then Parra gets his back. Parra goes tor a rear naked. Head shots by Parra.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Parra

RD 2: Cross by Parra. They clinch on the cage. Takedown by Parra and he gets his back. Parra gets his hooks in and lands head shots. Punch to the body by Parra. Head shots by Parra. Head and body shots by Parra. More body shots by Parra.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Parra

RD 3: Takedown by Parra and her gets his back. McDaniel escapes and stand and kicks at his legs. McDaniel drops down and gets his back. McDaniel is warned for hitting the spine and the action stops. They resume and Parra shoots and gets a takedown.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 McDaniel
My score card: 29-28 Parra

Result: Fabian Parra via Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/29-28)

10. Amateur Middleweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Deon Clash (0-1) vs Joe Gigliotti (0-0)

RD 1: Takedown by Gigliotti into guard. Gigliotti lets him up. They trade jabs. Takedown by Gigliotti into guard. Punch to the head by Gigliotti. Gigliotti moves to half guard. Head shots by Gigliotti. Clash reverses and gets on top as the round ends.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Gigliotti

RD 2: Hard cross by Gigliotti. Leg kick by Gigliotti. Gigliotti catches a kick and gets a slam into guard. Head shots by Gigliotti. Gigliotti lets him up. Gigliotti ducks a punch and takes him down into guard. They stand clinched on the cage. Head shots by Gigliotti. Takedown by Gigliotti into half guard.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Gigliotti

RD 3: Hook by Gigliotti. They clinch on the cage. Slam by Gigliotti into side control. Clash gets half guard. Punch to the head by Gigliotti. They stand and drop back down with Clash on top in guard. Punch to the head by Clash. More head shots by Clash. Body shots by Clash.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Gigliotti
My score card: 30-27 Gigliotti

Result: Joe Gigliotti via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27)

11. Heavyweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Josue Reyes (0-0) vs Jeremy Cardinal (0-0)

RD 1: They trade punches. Reyes drops him with a punch. Reyes gets his back. Punch to the head by Reyes. Body shots by Reyes. Head shots by Reyes. More head shots by Reyes. Reyes moves to north south and lands body shots. The ref stands them. Reyes lands punches. Cardinal hurts him with a hook and lands punches on the cage till the ref stops it.

Result: Jeremy Cardinal via TKO at 2:25 of Round 1

12. Lightweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Alejandro Arrendondo (2-1) vs Aaron Wilson (2-1)

RD 1: Cross by Wilson. Jab by Arrendondo. They trade punches. They clinch on the cage. Wilson looks for a takedown and Arrendondo is warned for grabbing the cage. Takedown by Arrendondo into guard. Punch to the head by Arrendondo. More head shots by Arrendondo. Wilson goes for a triangle. Head shots by Arrendondo.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Arrendondo

RD 2: Leg kick by Arrendondo. Jab by Wilson. Leg kick by Wilson. Takedown by Wilson but they are up quick clinched on the cage. Takedown by Arrendondo and he gets mount. Shoulder strikes by Arrendondo. Head shots by Arrendondo. Wilson pulls guard. Arrendondo lets him up. Body kick by Arrendondo. Leg kick by Wilson. Leg kick by Arrendondo. Leg kick by Wilson. Cross by Wilson.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Arrendondo

RD 3: Leg kick by Arrendondo. Cross by Wilson. Hook by Wilson. They clinch on the cage. Punch to the head by Wilson. Knee to the leg by Arrendondo. Body shots by Wilson. Knee to the leg by Arrendondo. Knee to the leg by Wilson. Body shots by Wilson. Takedown by Arrendondo.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Wilson
My score card: 29-28 Arrendondo

Result: Alejandro Arrendondo via Split Decision (28-29/30-27/29-28)

13. Featherweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Adel Altamimi (1-1) vs Ruben Hernandez (1-1)

RD 1: Leg kick by Altamimi and another. Takedown by Altamimi and he gets a guillotine for the tap.

Result: Adel Altamimi via Tapout (Guillotine) at 0:42 of Round 1

14. Bantamweight Title 3x3x3 Rounds
Fernie Garcia (3-2) vs Carlos Castillo (1-3)

RD 1: Cross by Castillo. Leg kick by Garcia. Cross by Castillo. Takedown by Garcia into side control. Garcia gets his back and looks for a rear naked. Garcia gets mount and then his back again. Head shots by Garcia. More head shots by Garcia.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Garcia

RD 2: Leg kick by Castillo. Hook by Castillo. Leg kick by Garcia and another. They trade leg kicks. They clinch and move to the cage. Slam by Garcia into guard. They trade head shots on the ground. Body shots by Garcia.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Garcia

RD 3: Hook by Garcia. Hook by Castillo. Leg kick by Garcia. They clinch on the cage. Takedown by Garcia into guard. Body shots by Garcia. They trade head shots on the ground. The ref stands them. Hard hook by Castillo. They clinch on the cage and drop down. Body shots by Castillo.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Garcia
My score card: 30-27 Garcia

Result: Fernie Garcia via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27)

15. Lightweight Title 3x3x3 Rounds
Drakkar Klose (6-0) vs Thomas Keenan (3-0)

RD 1: Keenan rolls into him and goes for a heel hook but Klose escapes it and they stand. Takedown by Klose into guard. Klose stands and drops down body shots. Klose punches his legs. Klose drops down a hard punch and knocks him out.

Result: Drakkar Klose via KO at 1:59 of Round 1

16. Welterweight Title 3x3x3 Rounds
Dante Patrick (4-1) vs Brandon Jones (1-1)

RD 1: Hook by Patrick. Cross by Patrick. Patrick shoots and gets a takedown. They stand and Patrick takes him down again and gets his back. Head shots by Patrick. Patrick gets mount and then gets his back again. Patrick moves back to mount and lands head shots. Jones gets half guard. They stand. Body kick by Jones.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Patrick

RD 2: Cross by Patrick. Takedown by Patrick into guard. Patrick gets mount and lands head shots. Patrick gets his back and a rear naked for the tap.

Result: Dante Patrick via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:20 of Round 2

17. Flyweight Title 3x3x3 Rounds
Bobby Tinney (6-1) vs Justin Rascon (2-0)

RD 1: They trade jabs. They clinch and a takedown by Rascon into guard. They stand and drop back down with Rascon going for a guillotine. Tinney escapes and they stand clinched on the cage. They drop down with Rascon on top in half guard. Head shots by Rascon. Tinney reverses and is on top in half guard. Tinney looks for an arm triangle and gets mount. Head shots by Tinney.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Rascon

RD 2: Double jab by Tinney. They trade punches. Body kick by Tinney. They clinch on the cage. Takedown by Rascon into half guard. They stand clinched on the cage. Takedown by Tinney into mount. Rascon sweeps and is on top in half guard. They trade head shots on the ground. Tinney gets full guard. Punch to the head by Rascon. Rascon moves to half guard.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Tinney

RD 3: Leg kick by Tinney. Takedown by Tinney into side control. Rascon pulls guard and then sweeps and gets on top in half guard. Head shots by Rascon. Tinney gets full guard. Rascon gets mount and lands head shots. Rascon gets his back and looks for a rear naked but the round ends.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Rascon
My score card: 29-28 Rascon

Result: Justin Rascon via Unanimous Decision (scores not read)

Submission of the Night: Augusto Mendes

Knockout of the Night: Drakkar Klose

Fight of the Night: Bobby Tinney vs Justin Rascon

Thursday, December 19, 2013

WMMA Press Association Award Nominees

For the 5th year, the WMMA Press Association is presenting the nominees for their awards, which will be given away in early January.

The longest running awards dedicated to the women’s divisions of MMA, the WMMA Press Awards gathers top journalists in the sport to vote on the best of the year.

There are seven websites and eight journalists represented:

Rob Sargent - MMARising.com
Gina Begley - Pro (W)MMA Now
Katrina Belcher - TheUltimateFemaleFighter.com
Jason Adams - Real Women’s MMA
Tim Peterson - Women’s MMA Today
Yael Grauer (freelance writer for Sherdog)
Kristin Ursy - WMMA Round-up, and
MarQ Piocos - Wombat Sports
(Gina Begley was appointed a new member of the committee this year)

The committee will vote in late December (post UFC 168) and the winners will be announced over the members’ podcast in early January. More details to come.

One of the hotly contested honors is “Fan Favorite Awards”, which looks to be a battle royal this year with 30 fighters up for the title. This will be determined by fans by voting through members’ websites. Last year, Bec Hyatt upset Ronda Rousey in the voting which saw a record amount of votes. Voting will end in December 31.


Here are the nominees:

Fight of the Year

Ronda Rousey vs Liz Carmouche at UFC 157: Rousey vs Carmouche - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbhdEz8uPa8
Michelle Waterson vs Jessica Penne at Invicta FC 5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnYeFpprwVA
Sarah Kaufman vs Leslie Smith at Invicta FC 5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shENSKyW3y8
Cat Zingano vs Miesha Tate at TUF 17 Finale - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8fv2oX4wpI
Leslie Smith vs Jennifer Maia at Invicta FC 6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRu5cmcRAto&feature=player_detailpage#t=6506
Tecia Torres vs Rose Namajunas at Invicta FC 6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2IPts2kZKk
Fighter of the Year
(Nominees will be the winners of the divisional awards)

Featherweight of the Year
Julia Budd (2-0, defeat Mollie Estes, Charmaine Tweet)
Ashlee Evans-Smith (2-0, defeat Tori Adams, Fallon Fox)
Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino (2-0, defeat Fiona Muxlow, Marloes Coenen)
Faith Van Duin (4-0, defeat Kelly Kinita, Michelle Peruzzi, Arlene Blencowe, Kate Da Silva)

Bantamweight of the Year
Alexis Davis (3-0, defeat Shayna Baszler, Rosi Sexton, Liz Carmouche)
Holly Holm (4-0, defeat Katie Merrill, Allanna Jones, Nikki Knudsen, Angela Hayes)
Lauren Murphy (4-0, defeat Jen Scott, Kaitlin Young, Sarah D’Alelio, Miriam Nakamoto)
***Ronda Rousey (1-0, defeat Liz Carmouche)
(***If Miesha Tate defeats Rousey at UFC 168, she will be in contention for the award.)

Flyweight of the Year
Kalindra Faria (5-0, defeat Aline Sattelmayer, Dayse Nascimento, Alessandra Silva, Carina Damm, Hellen Bastos)
Alexa Grasso (3-0, defeat Lupita Hernadez, Alejandra Alvarez, Karina Rodriguez)
Barb Honchak (2-0, defeat Vanessa Porto, Leslie Smith)
Tina Lähdemäki (3-0, defeat Linn Wennergren, Stephanie Page, Karla Benitez)

Strawweight of the Year
Joanne Calderwood (4-0, defeat Livia Plettenburg, Sally Krumdiack, Norma Center, Katja Kankaanpaa)
Alida Gray (4-0, defeat Vidonic, Kennett, Tiem, Casimir)
Mizuki Inoue (3-0, defeat Seo Jung, Bec Hyatt, Emi Fujino)
Tecia Torres (3-0, defeat Paige VanZant, Rose Namajunas, Felice Herrig)

Atomweight of the Year
Amber Brown (1-0, defeat Kikuyo Ishikawa)
Seo Hee Ham (2-0, defeat Naho Sugiyama, Sadae Numata)
Michelle Waterson (1-0, defeat Jessica Penne)
Jinh Yu (2-0, defeat Meghan Wright, Darla Harris)

Newcomer of the Year
Amy Cadwell (3-0, defeat Cheryl Chan, Hadley Griffith, Jessica Doerner)
Bianca Daimoni (3-0, defeat Alessandra Silva, Morgana Oliveira, Gisele Moreira)
Alida Gray (4-0, defeat Patricia Vidonic, Jessica Kennett, Soannia Tiem, Katie Casimir)
Viviane Pereira (3-0, defeat Rosy Duarte, Ilara Joanne, Duda Yankovich)
Livia Renata Souza (5-0, defeat Cintia Faria, Aline Sattelmayer, Andressa Rocha, Aline Sattelmayer, Bianca Reis)
Faith Van Duin (4-0, defeat Kelly Kinita, Michelle Peruzzi, Arlene Blencowe, Kate Da Silva)

Amateur of the Year
Kyra Batara (4-1, 3-1 in 2013)
Katlyn Chookagian (5-0; 4-0 in 2013)
Brittany Dugas (7-0; 3-0 in 2013)
Maegan Goodwin (4-0; 3-0 in 2013)
Ashley Hancock (3-0 in 2013)
Mary Kate Hayes (4-0 in 2013)
Rachel Kovach (3-0 in 2013)
Rachael Ostovich (6-0; 2-0 in 2013)
Delaney Owen (7-2; 3-1 in 2013)
Rach Wiley (3-1; 3-0 in 2013)
Jessica Zomcik (9-3; 3-0 in 2013)

KO of the Year
Veronica Rothenhausler defeats Katalina Malungahu via KO (punch) at 1:12 of round 1 at Invicta FC 4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXghnrfYjFQ
Vanessa Guimarães defeats Bruna Paiffer via KO (knee) at 1:44 of round 1 at Strikers HC 25 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQEeDW0QWcc
Nina Ansaroff defeats Aylla Caroline da Silva via KO at 1:25 of round 1 at PFL 10 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6zRZQR7Nsk
Holly Holm defeats Allanna Jones via KO(head kick) at 2:22 of round 2 at Legacy 21 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXB9-L2kwtU
Jinh Yu defeats Darla Harris via KO (head kick/punch) at 3:13 of round 1 at SCS 18 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFKrX7BYy_Y
Amanda Kelly defeats Hannah Stephens via KO (knee) at 3:40 of round 1 at Cage Warriors 60 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNB_zWp-hFA
Bianca Daimoni defeats Gisele Moreira via KO(punch) at 3:06 of round 2 at Floripa Fight 9 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFGf-p9vqNg
Alida Gray defeats Soannia Tiem via KO (punch) at :05 of round 3 at 24/7 12: State of Emergency - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX55dMUbCAc

Submission of the Year
Duda Yankovich defeats Daniela Cristina via Keylock at 3:59 of round 2 at Bitetti Combat 14 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hp1zGiACG4A
Rose Namajunas defeats Kathina Cantron via Flying Armbar at :12 of round 1 at Invicta FC 5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWrJd6png0M
Jessica Andrade defeats Milana Dudieva via Guillotine Choke at 4:34 of round 2 at ProFC 47 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic0etLpKp5o
Emi Fujino defeats Amber Brown via Neck Crank at 4:18 of round 2 at Pancrase 247 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVL8SwrWHSc
Alexandra Buch defeats Anne Merkt via Inverted Heel Hook at 4:49 of round 1 at No Compromises 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xuclmq6xzHM
Stephanie Eggink defeats Angela Magana via Triangle Choke at 3:10 of round 2 at XFC 25: Boiling Point - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMdjDjSubGs
Anastasia Yankova defeats Eleanor Tassinari via Scarf Hold Armlock at :26 of round 2 at White Rex Pro - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YAMdwKoAZs
Tina Lähdemäki defeats Karla Benitez via Arm-Triangle Choke at 4:50 of round 1 at Cage 24 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RReyvokvjDE

Promotion
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Headline
Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche Become First Women to Compete/Headline a UFC Event
Women Enter ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ House, Rousey and Zingano (Tate) to Coach
Julianna Pena Becomes First Women’s Ultimate Fighter
Cage Warriors Open Multiple Women’s Weight Divisions
Invicta FC Crowns New Champions in All Five Weight Classes
Women’s MMA Pioneer’s Megumi Fujii, Hitomi Akano and Julie Kedzie Hang Up Their Gloves
UFC Launches Female Strawweight Division on The Ultimate Fighter, Season 20

Thursday, December 12, 2013

23 Fighters Who Could Earn A Spot On Ultimate Fighter

Everyone is making their lists of who they would like to see tryout and possibly earn one of the final five spots for the 115 Ultimate Fighter. With all lists you need to take several things into account. I will not address them because they are not bad things. But those things will make everyone's lists different. For example in mine, I chose to add some people who fight at under and over 115. I included a couple amateurs as well. Not everyone will do that with their lists. So here is my list of 23 people I would like to see tryout for and possible earn one of the last five spots. I am not ranking them in any specific order as they are listed alphabetically by first name.


Credit: Oliver Martinez

1. Amber Stautzenberger
After losing her pro debut, Stautzenberger is on a roll winning four straight against very good competition including her recent win over Lacey Schuckman. Stautzenberger is on a roll right now and could use that positive momentum to do well at the tryouts and win her spot into the house. Stautzenberger has all the tools to reach the top of the 115 list and this could be the next big step.


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2. Amy Cadwell
Cadwell has gotten her pro career off to a good start winning her first two pro fights, both via rear naked choke.She had suffered a losing streak as an amateur but that is clearly behind her and she seems to be hitting her prime at just the right time. Cadwell would make a nice addition to the house.


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3. Ashley Cummins
Cummins comes in 3-2 losing two straight. However many observers, myself included felt she won her last fight with Emily Kagan and Kagan is already in the TUF house. Cummins is a very well rounded fighter and can adapt wherever the fight goes and holds impressive wins over Stephanie Frausto and Sofia Bagherdai. Definitely deserving of a shot at making the TUF house.


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4. Cassie Robb
Robb is 0-1 in her pro career and had a very short amateur career. In her one pro fight with Invicta, she seemed to have won the first round before tapping in the second to Laura Sanko. Before the finish she showed she has great potential and has many victories in her future. She was set to fight Livia Von Plettenberg in her second pro fight but that fight was called off when her opponent missed weight. She would be moving up in weight to fight at 115 but she has deceptive strength and I think she could more than hold her own at 115.


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5. Cassie Rodish
Rodish had won four straight before her recent loss to Simona Soukupova. Able to finish in a variety of ways and a win or two could put her in line for an Invicta title shot. However trying out at 115 for TUF is a move many would like to see her make. An extra incentive for Rodish to make the house is the huge positive light she could shine on women's MMA.


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6. Diana Rael
An experienced 105'er Rael has fought many top names and the rare times she has lost it has been against top flight opposition. She would bring a level of experience of smarts that would help her to adapt to whoever she is across the cage from. Considered one of the sports most underrated fighters, this could be her chance to shed that underrated label and show people she is a top level fighter.


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7. Gina Begley
While Begley is also still an amateur, she has said she will turn pro soon. She has an amateur record of 4-2 but her two losses are to opponents who have a combined one loss and that is only because they fought each other. Begley is a constantly improving fighter who if she wanted to try 115 could slide in there and go fro amateur fighter to very well know fighter on TUF.


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8. Heather Clark
After suffering back to back loses to quality opposition in Stephanie Eggink and Felice Herrig, Clark bounced back with a November win over Hanna Cifers. Clark is an exciting fighter who win or lose, always brings it and would make for some exciting potential match-ups in the TUF house.


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9. Jasminka Cive
Cive has suffered only one defeat in her career, a fight with Bec Hyatt where Cive's emotions maybe got the best of her. The powerhouse is loaded with potential and an appearance on TUF would help more people become aware of her great potential.


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10. Jessica Philippus
0-1 as a pro, Philippus has not fought for a year. Philippus had a great amateur career and has big time pro potential. A trip to the tough Tryouts might be the kick start to giving many fans what they want, a Jessica Philippus return to the cage. Philippus is another one who having her in the house would shine a bright light on women's MMA.


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11. Jordan McDonald
The Tuff-N-Uff champ has been out for an extended period of time, but a return at the TUF tryouts would make fans happy. Yet to make her pro debut, she has the tools required to compete as a pro. If Jordan were to tryout and make it, she would quickly become a favorite with viewers as she is tough as hell and has the kind of attitude fans can get behind.


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12. Katja Kankaanpaa
Kankaanpaa is coming off her first pro loss to Joanne Calderwood in a close fight that I personally felt she won. She has fought and beaten some very good competition and showed in the fight with Calderwood that she can hang with the best in the division.


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13. Katlyn Chookagian
Chookagian is still an amateur but is 5-0 including four wins in 2013. She has stopped four of her five opponents, most recently Vanessa Demopoulos. While not yet a pro and she admits to wanting to make sure she is ready before turning pro, these tryouts could tell her where she is at. She is a future star and this could be a big introduction.


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14. Lacey Schuckman
Schuckman has proven she will fight anyone at any time. She arguably has fought the toughest competition on this list. While coming off a loss in her last fight, Schuckman is one of those fighters who on any given day can beat anyone and if she were to make it in the house, she could be that dark horse who surprises people and makes it to the finals.


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15. Livia Von Plettenberg
2-1 as a pro, perhaps 115 might work out well for Von Plettenberg. She failed to make weight in her last fight with Cassie Robb and instead fought and defeated last minute replacement Kathina Catron. Her previous fight with Joanne Calderwood showed she has heart and is tough to finish. While her goal may be to fight at 105, perhaps an opportunity to make it into the UFC at 115 will make her think of staying at 115.


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16. Mizuki Inoue
While her lack of English could be one of a couple roadblocks for her to fight on TUF, Inoue definitely is deserving. American fans will know her from her Invicta fight where she defeated Bec Hyatt. If Inoue were in the house, she would be a threat.


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17. Norma Center
Center stepped up on short notice in July to take on Joanne Calderwood and put on an impressive performance, doing much better than some expected. Even in losing, that performance showed that Center is going to be a force to be reckoned with and would definitely be a great asset for the TUF house.


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18. Pearl Gonzalez
After losing her first pro fight, Gonzalez has bounced back with two straight wins, including winning the XFC title against Cortney Casey. While still improving and we have yet to see her at her best, Gonzalez could fill that dark horse role, someone who comes out of nowhere and does really well in the house.


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19. Rebecca Heintzman
After going undefeated as an amateur Heintzman continued her winning ways when she recently won her pro debut finishing Allison Haynes with a rear naked choke. Heintzman posses freakish strength and is able to dictate where she wants the fight to go. Heintzman in the house would also be a nice step in shedding labels some may have about women's MMA.


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20. Sarah McLeod
After a slow start to her amateur career, fighting without real training, the amateur veteran of twelve fights won three of her last four with the only loss being to Tecia Torres. McLeod has been out of the cage over a year while finishing school. With her ridiculous power and big marketability, McLeod would be a big fan favorite.


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21. Stephanie Eggink
The XFC champ is on a three fight winning streak and has looked impressive winning those fights against solid competition. She fights like someone with much more experience and if she made it into the house, she would be a real threat to go very far.


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22. Stephanie Frausto
While Frausto sports a losing record, she is among the best in the sport with a losing record as she has faced great competition. Training with her sister at CSA and the great female fighters there will no doubt help her improve and show the world what she can truly do in the cage. Making the TUF house could be step one to the bright future Frausto has in front of her.


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23. Stephanie Skinner
"The Scrapper" comes in with a 2-4 record as a pro but her short pro career can be divided in two. She started at 0-3 but will admit she was ill prepared at that point. She has since gone 2-1 and shown herself to be a well rounded fighter. Having to withdraw from her last scheduled fight due to an injury, this could be a perfect scenario where she has time to heal before the tryouts. Skinner could be a legit threat to be this seasons Jessica Rakoczy.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

NAAFS Night of Champions Report





December 7th was NAAFS annual Night of Champions card. It is the event all the amateurs in the promotion work all year for, to try and become the series champion. It is the best at each weight class battling it out. The highlights included Katlyn Chookagian solidifying herself as one of the top female amateurs in the sport and impressive wins for J.T. Miller, Dario Peterson and Nick Browne. Here is my play by play of the event.

1. Amateur Featherweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Brandon Glarner (0-2 Independent) vs Timmy Bowman (0-1 Independent)

RD 1: Both fighters missing a lot of strikes. Glarner misses a hook and his shoulder pops of ending the fight.

Results: Timmy Bowman via TKO (Injury) at 0:49 of Round 1

2. Amateur Bantamweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Chris Kingsley (0-1 Independent) vs Nic Lute (0-0 Full Force MMA)

RD 1: Cross by Kingsley. Takedown by Lute into guard. They stand and trade punches. Takedown by Lute and he gets his back and lands head shots. Lute gets mount and lands head shots. Lute gets his back and looks for a rear naked and gets it for the tap.

Result: Nic Lute via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:29 of Round 1

3. Amateur Featherweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Osahon Omo-Osagie (1-1 Team Titan) vs Kenny Locsei (0-0 Strong Style Fight Team)

RD 1: They trade hard shots with Omo-Osagie getting the best of it. Body kick by Omo-Osagie. They trade hard punches. They clinch on the cage. Lucsei looks for a guillotine. Punch to the body by Omo-Osagie. They drop down with Locsei looking for the guillotine still. Omo-Osagie escapes and is in half guard. Body shots by Omo-Osagie. Lucsei is cut on his head. Omo-Osagie stands and drops back down and gets his back in north south. Punch to the body by Omo-Osagie.
I scored Round 1: 10-9 Omo-Osagie

RD 2: Leg kick by Omo-Osagie. Omo-Osagie catches a kick and they clinch on the cage. Uppercut by Omo-Osagie. They separate. Takedown by Omo-Osagie into side control. Sweep by Locsei into half guard. Head shots by Locsei. Locsei gets mount and lands head shots. More head shots by Locsei till the ref stops it.

Results: Kenny Locsei via TKO at 2:38 of Round 2

4. Amateur Middleweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Scott Mauck (0-0 Team Lock Haven) vs Darion Peterson (1-0 Strong Style Fight Team)

RD 1: Jab by Peterson. They clinch and a takedown by Peterson into guard. Peterson pushes him to the cage. Peterson stands and drops hard punches and then drops into half guard. Peterson gets side control and then mount. Head shots by Peterson. Hammer fists by Peterson. More head shots by Peterson.
I scored RD 1: 10-8 Peterson

RD 2: Jab by Peterson. Peterson hurts him with punches and Mauck is trying to run away. More hard punches by Peterson. Hook by Peterson. Jab by Peterson. Peterson drops him with a hook to end it.

Result: Darion Peterson via KO at 1:09 of Round 2

5. Amateur Featherweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Ahmad Douglas (1-0 GriffonRawl) vs Andrew Newman (0-0 Team Adventure)

RD 1: Takedown by Douglas into guard. Punch to the body by Douglas. Newman defends well. Douglas pushes him to the cage. Douglas moves to side control. Punch to the body by Douglas. Douglas gets mount and lands body shots. Douglas goes for an armbar and then a triangle and gets it for the tap.

Result: Ahmad Douglas via Tapout (Triangle) at 2:42 of Round 1

6. Amateur Lightweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Anthony Monteleone (1-1 East Palestine Fight Club) vs Scottie Moritz (2-0 Instigator Fight Team)

RD 1: They trade hard punches. Monteleone drops him with punches and lands more. Monteleone lets him up and lands more punches. Hard hook by Monteleone. Now Moritz is landing hard punches. Moritz lands an illegal head kick and drops him. Moritz is deducted a point. They resume. Cross by Monteleone. They trade punches. Moritz lands punches on the cage. Moritz lands a knee to the head which is also illegal is is disqualified.

Result: Anthony Monteleone via Disqualification at 1:41 of Round 1

7. Amateur 120LB Title 3x3x3 Rounds
Vanessa Demopoulos (4-0 Ronin Training Center) vs Katlyn Chookagian (3-0 All Star BJJ/Team Renzo Gracie)

RD 1: Jab and body kick by Chookagian. Leg kick by Chookagian. Cross by Demopoulos. Leg kick by Chookagian. Hook by Chookagian. Double jab by Chookagian. They trade jabs. Leg kick by Chookagian. Push kick by Demopoulos. They trade punches. Hook by Chookagian. They trade hooks. Uppercut by Chookagian. Jab by Chookagian and another. Double jab by Chookagian. Leg kick by Chookagian. Jab by Chookagian. Demopoulos is cut under her eye. They trade leg kicks. Chookagian drops her with a hook and lands more shots.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Chookagian

RD 2: Hook by Demopoulos. Demopoulos's eye is swelling shut. Hook and leg kick by Chookagian. Demopoulos is now bleeding badly from the nose. Hard hook by Chookagian. Chookagian lands punches on the cage. Demopoulos is bleeding badly. They clinch on the cage but separate quick. Jab by Chookagian. Hook by Chookagian.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Chookagian

RD 3: Leg kick by Demopoulos and another. They trade punches. They clinch on the cage and separate. Hook by Chookagian. Cross by Chookagian. Hook by Demopoulos. Hard cross by Chookagian. Cross by Chookagian. Hook by Chookagian. Double jab by Chookagian and the ref stops it.

Result: Katlyn Chookagian via TKO at 2:11 of Round 3

8. Amateur Heavyweight Title 3x3x3 Rounds
Antwan Phillips (4-0 Premier Martial Arts) vs Jeff Hughes (11-2 Evolve MMA)

RD 1: Leg kick by Hughes. Phillips shoots but Hughes sprawls. They clinch on the cage. Head shots by Hughes. Slam by Phillips into half guard. Body shots by Phillips. Phillips gets mount and lands head shots. Sweep by Hughes and he gets in side control. Hughes gets his back and lands head shots. They stand clinched on the cage. They trade body shots. Takedown by Phillips into side control. Hughes gets half guard. Head shots by Phillips.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Hughes

RD 2: Leg kick by Hughes. Phillips shoots and they clinch on the cage. Head shots by Hughes. Phillips is trying hard for a single. Knee to the body by Hughes and another. They separate. Hook by Hughes. They clinch on the cage. Head shots by Hughes. Phillips is working hard for a takedown. Phillips is bleeding from the nose. Takedown by Phillips into half guard. Punch to the head by Phillips. More head shots by Phillips.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Hughes

RD 3: They clinch on the cage. Body shots by Hughes. Body shots by Phillips. Head shots by Phillips. Phillips is working for a takedown. Body shots by Hughes. Takedown by Phillips into half guard. Head shots by Phillips.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Phillips
My score card: 29-28 Hughes

Result: Antwan Phillips via Split Decision 29-28/28-29/29-28

9. Amateur Lightweight Title 3x3x3 Rounds
Nick Foxhuber (7-1 Ronin Training Center) vs Nick Browne (9-1 Uniontown Fight Club)

RD 1: They trade punches. They clinch on the cage. They trade body shots. Knee to the body by Browne. They separate. Hook by Browne. They clinch and move to the cage. Takedown by Browne into guard. Body shots by Browne. More body shots by Browne. Head shots by Browne.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Browne

RD 2: Hook by Browne. They clinch on the cage. Takedown by Browne into half guard. Foxhuber gets full guard. Punch to the body by Browne. Head shots by Browne. Foxhole tries for an arm but can't get it. Hammer fist by Browne. Head shots by Browne. The ref stands them. Hook and leg kick by Browne.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Browne

RD 3: Take down by Browne into guard. Head shots by Browne. Browne stands and drops down punches to the head. Foxhole tries for a triangle but can't get it. Body shots by Browne. Head shots by Browne. Foxhole tries for an arm but can't get it. Browne gets mount and lands head shots.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Browne
My score card: 30-27 Browne

Result: Nick Browne via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27)

10. Amateur Welterweight Title 3x3x3 Rounds
Ivan Rodriguez (5-0 Bronx Hill MMA) vs Josh Krizan (7-1 Wrestling Factory Cleveland)

RD 1: Hook by Rodriguez. Cross by Rodriguez. Takedown by Krizan into half guard. Punch to the head by Krizan. Krizan gets side control. Rodriguez gets up but Krizan brings him back down in guard. Head shots by Krizan. Rodriguez escapes and they stand. They trade hard shots. Krizan shoots and gets a takedown but they are up quick. Krizan drops him with a hook but Rodriguez gets right back up. Rodriguez lands hard punches.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Krizan

RD 2: Cross by Krizan. Krizan shoots and they clinch on the cage. Krizan works for and gets takedown into half guard. Head shots by Krizan. Punch to the body by Krizan. Body shots from the bottom by Rodriguez. They trade head shots on the ground. They stand and trade hard shots. They clinch on the cage and separate quick. Hook by Rodriguez. Rodriguez lands punches. Takedown by Krizan into half guard. Head shots by Krizan.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Krizan

RD 3: They trade hard punches. Takedown by Krizan into half guard. Krizan gets side control. They stand. Hook by Rodriguez. Takedown by Krizan into guard. The ref stands them. Takedown by Krizan into guard. Punch to the head by Krizan. Rodriguez rolls and gets his back and lands hard head shots.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Rodriguez
My score card: 29-28 Krizan

Result: Josh Krizan via Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/29-28)

11. Amateur Middleweight Title 3x3x3 Rounds
Cody Tominack (5-1 Ohio Valley MMA) vs J.T. Miller (5-0 Strong Style Fight Team)

RD 1: Takedown by Tominack into side control. Punch to the body by Tominack. They stand and trade punches. Hook and cross by Miller. They trade punches. They clinch on the cage. They trade head shots. Uppercuts by Miller. Knee to the leg by Miller. Uppercut by Miller. They drop down but are up quick. They trade hard punches. Miller hurts him with an uppercut. They trade hard punches.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Miller

RD 2: Jab by Tominack. Jab by Miller. They clinch on the cage. Knee to the body by Tominack and another. Punches to the body by Miller. More body shots by Miller. Tominack goes for a takedown but as the go down Miller gets his back and lands head shots till the ref stops it.

Result: J.T. Miller via TKO at 2:15 of Round 2

12. Amateur Bantamweight Title 3x3x3 Rounds
Mario Micale (7-5 Evolve MMA) vs Seth Shaffer (5-0 Instigator Fight Team)

RD 1: Hook by Shaffer. Takedown by Micale into half guard. Micale stands and lands punches. Shaffer gets up. Micale shoots in and Shaffer lands punches to the head and the ref stops it.

Result: Seth Shaffer via TKO at 0:47 of Round 1


Submission of the Night: Ahmad Douglas

Knockout of the Night: Darion Peterson

Fight of the Night: Ivan Rodriguez vs Josh Krizan

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Invicta Fan Predictions Results





Fan voting for Invicta predictions is over. Fans were allowed to vote on the winner of each fight and how it would end as well as predict the fight of the night. With Sarah D'Alelio coming in as a late replacement for Kelly Kobold to face Tonya Evinger, there was no voting for that fight. percentages may not add exactly to 100 percent as I rounded off. Fight of the Night is listed at the bottom. Don't forget Invicta can be seen on PPV or order on-line this Saturday.

1. Munah Holland vs Nina Ansaroff
Holland by KO/TKO- 31.13%
Holland by Submission- 13.21%
Holland by Decision- 34.91%
Ansaroff by KO/TKO- 6.60%
Ansaroff by Submission- 3.77%
Ansaroff by Decision 8.49%
Draw- 1.89%
Total- Holland- 79.25% Ansaroff- 18.87%

2. Vanessa Porto vs Zoila Gurgel
Porto by KO/TKO- 14.68%
Porto by Submission- 12.84%
Porto by Decision- 24.77%
Gurgel by KO/TKO- 13.76%
Gurgel by Submission- 11.93%
Gurgel by Decision- 22.02%
Draw- 0%
Total- Porto- 52.30% Gurgel- 47.70%

3. Julia Budd vs Charmaine Tweet
Budd by KO/TKO- 41.51%
Budd by Submission- 15.09%
Budd by Decision- 23.58%
Tweet by KO/TKO- 5.66%
Tweet by Submission- 5.66%
Tweet by Decision- 8.49%
Draw- 0%
Total- Budd- 80.18% Tweet- 19.81%

4. Joanne Calderwood vs Katja Kankaanpaa
Calderwood by KO/TKO- 55.12%
Calderwood by Submission- 3.94%
Calderwood by Decision- 27.56%
Kankaanpaa by KO/TKO- 3.15%
Kankaanpaa by Submission- 4.72%
Kankaanpaa by Decision- 4.72%
Draw- 0.79%
Total- Calderwood- 86.61% Kankaanpaa- 12.59%

5. Felice Herrig vs Tecia Torres
Herrig by KO/TKO- 6.67%
Herrig by Submission- 5.83%
Herrig by Decision- 28.33%
Torres by KO/TKO- 10.00%
Torres by Submission- 7.50%
Torres by Decision- 40.83%
Draw- 0.83%
Total- Herrig 40.83% Torres- 58.33%

6. Lauren Murphy vs Miriam Nakamoto
Murphy by KO/TKO- 12.17%
Murphy by Submission- 9.57%
Murphy by Decision- 10.43%
Nakamoto by KO/TKO- 58.26%
Nakamoto by Submission- 4.35%
Nakamoto by Decision- 3.48%
Draw- 1.74%
Total- Murphy- 32.17% Nakamoto- 66.08%

7. Carla Esparza vs Claudia Gadelha
Esparza by KO/TKO- 2.33%
Esparza by Submission- 8.53%
Esparza by Decision- 22.48%
Gadelha by KO/TKO- 19.38%
Gadelha by Submission- 38.76%
Gadelha by Decision- 7.75%
Draw- 0.78%
Total- Esparza- 33.33% Gadelha- 65.89%

8. Barb Honchak vs Leslie Smith
Honchak by KO/TKO- 7.34%
Honchak by Submission- 4.59%
Honchak by Decision- 28.44%
Smith by KO/TKO- 15.60%
Smith by Submission- 8.26%
Smith by Decision- 33.03%
Draw- 2.75%
Total- Honchak- 40.36% Smith 56.88%

9. Fight of the Night
Herrig vs Torres 34.62%
Honchak vs Smith 24.62%
Calderwood vs Kankaanpaa 10.77%
Murphy vs Nakamoto 10.77%
Esparza vs Gadelha 10.77%
Budd vs Tweet 5.38%
Holland vs Ansaroff 1.54%
Porto vs Gurgel 1.54%

Monday, December 2, 2013

Claudia Gadelha Interview





Due to the audio not being the best, here is a transcript of my interview with Claudia Gadelha in advance of her Invicta title fight with Carla Esparza.

Q: First, for people who may not be familiar, can you talk about how you got started training for the sport?
A: I am from a little town here in Brazil. I didn't have much to do and was very bad, a very bad kid. The coach for Nova Uniao showed me Jiu-Jitsu when I was fifteen years old. That changed my life. The gym is the same gym for Renan Barao, Jussier Formiga, Jose Aldo, guys from the UFC. From the beginning I had champions around me and it made me love the sport.

Q: Your last fight, you beat Ayaka Hamasaki, how happy were you with that fight?
A: Since I started in martial arts, my dream was to be champion. I always had that in my mind, that I wanna be a champion. I moved to Rio De Janeiro where I was far from my family and friends. I moved here to train with the best team in the world. I moved to train with them and be a champion. Fighting on a big show always was my goal. Fighting in the Invicta cage was a dream come true for me. Hamasaki is one of the best fighters in the division and meant so much to me to fight her. People expect so much from me here in Brazil and I have to give me best and that is what I did.

Q: Was it important to you to look good in order to make a big name in North America?
A: Yes! I always think that I wanna do more. I don't think I have a limit to my dreams and goals and always want more in my life.

Q: You are fighting Carla Esparza. You were supposed to fighter her earlier but got injured. Since you are fighting her anyway, was it kind of a good thing that you got injured and can prepare for her more?
A: Yeah, I think everything is in God's time. When I was getting ready, it was very hard for me, I really wanted that fight, I really wanted to fight her. I think it was a good thing because I have more training and have a title shot again. I think it made me more prepared for the fight, to show more work and be more professional. God knows everything. If he did that, it was because something was supposed to happen.

Q: Your specialty is BJJ and hers is wrestling, so do you expect most of this fight to be on the ground?
A: I will be ready for anything. I am a Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt for sure, I will feel more welcome on the ground, but I do so much boxing and wrestling and will be prepared for anything. I am sure she will bring a lot of wrestling and from what I read, she wants to stand up with me. I have a very good stand-up game as well and am ready for anything. I will bring everything strong and hard and see what happens.

Q: You are always in great condition so if it goes all five rounds, I assume you are feeling good about your cardio?
A: Yeah, my cardio is insane right now. When Is tarted camp I realized I have to put in eight weeks of hard work and do my best. I made my cardio better than ever. I am ready to not get tired, to go more than five rounds and bring you guys a really really good fight.

Q: With her being a wrestler, if it goes down she will wanna be on top but with your submissions I assume you would be comfortable on your back?
A: Yeah, I have no problem being on my back. I will do my best and I don't think she will take me down, but if she does, I will get up.

Q: Are there any previous opponents you would compare her to?
A: Not Really. Maybe one that had a better ground game than her is a girl from Brazil named Davina Maciel. I fought her a long time ago but she stopped fighting MMA and does only Jiu-Jitsu now. That was my fourth fight and I submitted her with an armbar with my back on that mat. That was the hardest ground game girl that I fought.

Q: When will you leave Brazil to come here?
A: Monday morning.

Q: Does the long travel affect how you do your weight cut?
A: No! I start to loose weight ten days before the fight. I lose over two pounds every day. I loose a lot of weight to make 115. Everything is on schedule. That does not bother me. I have no problem with that.

Q: Do you have a prediction on how this fight will end?
A: I don't wanna predict, I just wanna say one thing. I don't wanna fight five rounds. I am going to fight like going to war. I don't wanna fight five rounds.

Q: I have two questions that people asked me to ask you. The first one is, outside of BJJ and MMA, what do you like to do for fun?
A: I am so busy because I am student also. I don't really have time for a lot of things. With all the training and studying, I don't have time to do things. Sometimes I have time to go to the beach, to walk around and look at the beautiful place.

Q: The other question is, for people here, are there any female fighters in Brazil that we may not know, that we should keep an eye on?
A: Yeah for sure. MMA is getting big here now. A lot of girls here are getting interested in being a professional fighter. We have a lot of good talent here that will be good fighters in the future.

Q: Is there anyone you want to thank?
A: I want to thank God for life and being healthy to do what I love. My team Nova Uniao and my coach and all my sponsors that help me.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Make Your Invicta Picks








The seventh Invicta card takes place December 7th, so it is time once again to make your predictions on the winners. As always, it is very simple how to vote, pick your winner and whether it be a knockout, submission or decision. Also at the end you make place your prediction for Fight of the Night.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

My Tribute To Jillian Reville






This is not an interview. This is not a story. You will notice I am not using my normal stage pictures or modeling pictures like I usually do. Instead you are stuck with pictures that include me. The reason is, I am not writing this in my normal fashion. This instead is my tribute to an amazing friend, Jillian Reville.

About four years ago, my journey from obese to a bodybuilding stage began. I met and talked with some awesome athletes. However their were two that I did not seek to communicate, because for some reason I was intimidated. Intimidated may not be the best word choice, but what I felt was similar to that feeling when you are intimidated by someone. One of those people were Jillian Reville. I don't know what it was exactly. We had mutual friends, and I was even afraid to have those friends ask her if she would do an interview with me. To be honest, I think part of it was, she seemed high maintenance, like someone who would look at me with a "who is this creep" look. I would see pictures of her on stage, and she looked different from most other competitors, not in a good or bad way, just different. Plus I knew she had some kind of important job, I just didn't know what it was.

Finally one day, I summoned the nerve to ask her to do an interview. The date was December 20th 2009. It wasn't until January 3rd of 2010 that she responded, and by that time, I figured she wasn't gonna respond, I was destined to remain in schmoeville with her. But she did respond and say she was interested, although the response, made me wonder if she really was. I messaged again, and she sent this response "ok cool:) yea send it to both. haha to be honest i am only home at night for about an hour before i go to sleep, and in the time i have to eat, shower and prep for the next day! so work email is great so i can work on it during the day if i have a minute here and there:) thanks for thinking of me and i look forward to checking out your blog!". Sounded interested, but I also felt she threw in her being so busy as sort of an out, a way to not have to do the interview, as back then they were by email and time consuming. But low and behold, she did the interview. And it was a really good one to.

Over time we shared facebook messages. Back then, I was still trying to drop weight and I had as many of you know, some real ups and downs. During one of those down moments, Jillian sent me this, "hey dont give up!! sometimes life sucks ass... believe me i have been through a lot over the past 4 months and i almost gave up too.. but this makes me happy, and i know training makes you happy, so dont give up... things will get better.... i promise...". I thought to myself "how cool, she hardly knows me and is taking time out to encourage me."

At the 2011 Arnold's Jerry Beck was kind enough to get me a pass for working his booth, even though I wasn't. Jillian was working that booth. With the pass, I got in early, before doors opened, and headed straight for the Iron Asylum booth because I had to meet her in person. She gave me a hug soon as she saw me. I soon learned, that is just how she is. If she cares about you, she really cares about you. I felt honored to be one of those people. Since then, a friendship really grew. I learned she wasn't high maintenance at all, in fact, she was the opposite. When I had problems or just needed advice, Jillian was and is a text or call away.

I am not gonna go over her competing career or anything. I will say I remember when she decided to go the physique route, I was excited. I wasn't sure of my thoughts of the division, but I thought Jillian had the right for physique and what they were saying the division would be like. She showed that when she won her pro card. I remember late night texts telling her how good she was gonna do at the next pro show, her sending me texts with progress pics and me being amazed at improvements. Those meant a lot to me, because it meant I was one of the people she trusted enough and thought enough of to send them to me. When she became Olympia qualified, I can not tell you how happy I was. She had worked hard for it and deserved it.

But as you probably know by now, something happened at the Olympia. I am not going to go into details, as Amanda Eva did an excellent job of that, so you can read all about it on her blog here. But long story short, after some medical issues, Jillian found out she had a hole in her heart and actually had a stroke. She texted me to tell me about it awhile back. I was at the gym, and even in the text I could tell how upset she was. I walked to the men's room so no one saw me cry. I cried for three reasons. 1. I was scared for her 2. I knew how upset she was 3. That she thought so much of me to tell me before she announced it, made even more special when she said she wanted to reveal it on my show.

Jillian is set to have surgery to fix it. It will keep her from training and most likely competing in 2014. In this sport, we spend so much time training are bodies, adding muscle wherever muscle can be added. In my mind, this is just time for Jillian to train another body part, her heart.

Jillian, I have had the honor to know you for four years and the honor of calling you my friend. This is something you will beat. Another obstacle that has been placed in your way for you to show the world what you can do. In that message I wrote earlier, you told me not to give up, and as you have since learned, when I set my mind to something, I do not stop. One of the people who taught me that, is you. This is not going to stop you. This condition made a mistake, it attacks the heart, but didn't know you have one of the biggest hearts of anyone I know. I know tons of people have said this to you, but as a friend, I love ya and am always here for you. Just like I will be on stage one day after I get this skin issue fixed, you will one day be back on that stage, and the whole world will know what you are capable of. I know tons of people have said this to you, but as a friend, I love ya and am always here for you.

"One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity."
Albert Schweitzer

Sunday, October 6, 2013

NAAFS Combat Challenge 25 Report






NAAFS Combat Challenge 25 on October 5th was an exciting amateur card. It was the semi-finals for the amateur series titles with the winners meeting in December. A few very nice finishes and a couple results that I would not have predicted. In the main event, R.J. Buck continued to be one of, if not the most improved amateur in the area with a win in an exciting fight with Tobiaus Taylor. J.T. Miller continued his trend of early stoppage victories, Jeff Hughes showed he is more than just a knockout artist, Nick Browne put on a solid wrestling display and Jerrell Hodge looked really impressive gaining another win.

1. Amateur Welterweight 3x3x3 Rounds
John Mumaw (0-0 Independent) vs Josh Paulus (0-0 Savage MMA)

RD 1: Paulus drops him with a cross and gets side control. Paulus gets mount and lands head shots. More head shots by Paulus. Paulus goes for an arm and looks for a key lock but can't get it. More head shots by Paulus and the ref stops it.

Result: Josh Paulus by TKO at 1:51 of Round 1

2. Amateur Lightweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Jason Stull (0-0 Independent) vs Ahmad Douglas (0-0 GriffonRawl)

RD 1: Leg kick by Douglas. They trade punches. Leg kick by Douglas. Leg kick by Stull. Slam by Douglas into half guard. Douglas gets his back and lands head shots till the ref stops it.

Result: Ahmad Douglas by TKO at 1:00 of Round 1

3. Amateur Lightweight 3x3x3 Rounds

Scottie Moritz (1-0 Independent) vs Geoff Salyers (1-0 East Palestine Fight Club)

RD 1: Hard body kick by Moritz. Leg kick by Salyers. Hook by Salyers. They clinch on the cage. Knee to the body by Moritz. They separate. Salyers shoots and they clinch on the cage. Knee to the body by Moritz. Salyers is gassed. Salyers shoots but Moritz lands on top and gets mount and lands head shots.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Moritz

RD 2: Salyers shoots but can't get the takedown. Hook by Salyers. Leg kick by Salyers. Leg kick by Moritz. Hook by Salyers. They clinch on the cage but separate quick. Hook and leg kick by Moritz. Leg kick by Moritz. Jab by Salyers. Body kick by Salyers. Leg kick by Moritz. Jab by Moritz. Body kick by Moritz. They trade jabs. Leg kick by Moritz. Jab by Moritz.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Moritz

RD 3: They trade punches. Hook by Salyers. Salyers is really tired. Leg kick by Salyers. Salyers gets a takedown but Moritz lands on top in half guard and lands head shots. Body shots by Moritz. Head shots by Moritz. Salyers gets full guard. More head shots by Moritz. Moritz gets side control and lands more head shots. Salyers gets half guard. More head shots by Moritz.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Moritz
My score card: 30-27 Moritz

Result: Scottie Moritz by Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27)

4. Amateur Bantamweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Ray Gillies (4-4 Dayton Vision MMA) vs Seth Shaffer (4-0 Instigator Fight Team)

RD 1: Leg kick by Shaffer. Jab by Gillies. Leg kick by Shaffer. Hook to the body by Gillies. They clinch on the cage. Knee to the body by Shaffer. They trade knees to the leg. Knee to the leg by Shaffer. Knees to the body by Shaffer. Knee to the body by Gillies. They trade knees to the leg. Two uppercuts by Gillies. Takedown by Shaffer into side control. Punch to the head by Shaffer.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Shaffer

RD 2: They trade punches. Takedown by Shaffer into guard. Head shots by Shaffer. Gillies defends well. Head shots from the bottom by Gillies. Shaffer stands and drops down head shots. They stand and clinch on the cage. Punch to the body by Gillies. Knee to the body by Shaffer. Hard knee to the body by Gillies.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Shaffer

RD 3: Leg kick by Shaffer. Leg kick by Gillies. Shaffer accidentally pokes him in the eye stopping action. They resume and Gillies lands a jab to the body. They clinch on the cage. Knee to the body by Shaffer and another. Punch to the body by Gillies. Uppercut by Gillies. Shaffer is working hard for a takedown. Body shots by Gillies. Slam by Shaffer into side control. Shaffer gets mount and lands a punch to the head. Gillies pulls guard. Body shots by Shaffer.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Shaffer
My score card: 30-27 Shaffer

Result: Seth Shaffer by Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27)

5. Amateur Middleweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Hassan Crutcher (3-0 Rising Dragon) vs Cody Tominack (4-10 Ohio Valley MMA)

RD 1: They trade hooks. They clinch and move to the cage. Knee to the leg by Crutcher. Body shots by Crutcher. Knee to the body by Crutcher. Knee to the leg by Crutcher. Takedown by Tominack into guard. Punch to the head by Tominack. Crutcher is warned for holding the cage. Tominack gets his back and then mount. Head shots by Tominack. Crutcher sweeps and gets on top and then north south. Punch to the body by Crutcher and another.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Crutcher

RD 2: Leg kick by Crutcher. They trade hard punches. They clinch on the cage. Knee to the leg by Crutcher. Knee to the body by Crutcher. Punch to the leg by Crutcher. Hard knees to the body by Crutcher. Knee to the leg by Crutcher. They separate and Crutcher lands punches. They clinch on the cage. Takedown by Tominack into guard. Crutcher defends well. Punch to the head from the bottom by Crutcher. Punch to the head by Tominack.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Crutcher

RD 3: Leg kick by Crutcher. They clinch on the cage. Knee to the body by Tominack. Knee to the leg by Crutcher. More knees to the leg by Crutcher. Takedown by Tominack into mount. Tominack looks for a choke but can't get it. Punch to the body by Tominack. Tominack is cut over and under his eye. Crutcher gets half guard. Tominack moves to side control but the round ends.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Tominack
My score card: 29-28 Crutcher

Result: Cody Tominack by Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/29-28)

6. Amateur Lightweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Nick Foxhuber (6-1 Ronin Training Center) vs Fadi Shuman (4-0 Mad Dog Fight Team)

RD 1: They trade punches. Hook by Foxhuber. They clinch on the cage and separate. Knee to the body by Shuman. Hook by Foxhuber. Body kick by Shuman. They trade hard punches. Hook by Foxhuber. Another hook by Foxhuber. Cross by Foxhuber and another. They clinch in the center. Knee to the body by Foxhuber. They separate. Foxhuber lands punches against the cage. Cross by Shuman. Cross by Foxhuber. Cross by Shuman. Body kick by Shuman. Shuman is cut under his eye. Cross by Shuman.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Foxhuber

RD 2: Leg kick by Foxhuber. Cross to the body by Foxhuber. Body kick by Shuman. Jab by Shuman. Foxhuber drops him with a hook and lets him up. Foxhuber drops him again with a hook and gets on top landing head shots. Body shots by Foxhuber. Foxhuber gets his back and a rear naked for the tap.

Result: Nick Foxhuber by Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:20 of Round 2

7. Amateur Heavyweight 3x3x3 Rounds
James Bunn (3-0 Dayton Vision MMA) vs Jeff Hughes (10-2 Evolve MMA)

RD 1: Jab by Hughes. Bunn shoots in and they clinch on the cage. Knee to the leg by Bunn. They separate. Jab by Hughes. Hook by Hughes. Leg kick by Hughes. They clinch on the cage and separate. Hughes hurts him with punches. Hook by Hughes. They clinch on the cage and separate quick. Jab to the body by Hughes. Body kick by Hughes. Hook by Hughes. Bunn lands a knee low stopping action. They resume. Body kick by Hughes. Jab and uppercut by Hughes. They trade hooks. Hughes drops him with a hook and gets his back and lands a punch to the head.
I scored RD 1: 10-8 Hughes

RD 2: Jab by Hughes. Hook by Bunn. Leg kick by Hughes. Jab and hook by Hughes. They clinch on the cage. Bunn is trying hard for a takedown. They drop down and Hughes gets his back and lands head shots. Hughes gets a rear naked for the tap.

Result: Jeff Hughes by Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:17 of Round 2

8. Amateur Welterweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Caleb Fickert (6-2 Peak Submission) vs Josh Krizan (6-1 Wrestling Factory Cleveland)

RD 1: Jab by Fickert. Takedown by Krizan into side control. Fickert gets half guard. Head shots by Krizan. Krizan gets side control. Punch to the head by Krizan. More head shots by Krizan. Krizan traps an arm and then gets his back and lands head shots. Body shots by Krizan.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Krizan

RD 2: Body kick by Fickert. Slam by Krizan into half guard. Punch to the head by Krizan. Krizan gets mount and lands head shots. Fickert escapes and stands and Krizan takes him right back down into side control. Head shots by Krizan. Knee to the body by Krizan. Punch to the head by Krizan. Fickert gets half guard. Punch to the head by Krizan.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Krizan

RD 3: Hook by Fickert. Takedown by Krizan into side control. Head shots by Krizan. More head shots by Krizan. Hammer fists by Krizan. More head shots by Krizan. Fickert gets guard. Body shots from the bottom by Fickert. Head shots by Krizan.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Krizan
My score card: 30-27 Krizan

Result: Josh Krizan by Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27)

9. Amateur Featherweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Cheyne Jenkins (6-1 Mad Dog Fight Team) vs Jerrell Hodge (8-1 Evolve MMA)

RD 1: Leg kick by Jenkins. Hook by Hodge. Takedown by Hodge into side control. Head shots by Hodge. Jenkins goes for an arm and they stand. Cross by Jenkins. Leg kick by Jenkins. Jenkins shoots but Hodge sprawls and gets on top in north south. Head shots by Hodge. Hodge gets his back and lands head shots.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Hodge

RD 2: Cross by Hodge. Uppercut by Hodge. Jenkins shoots but Hodge sprawls and then gets mount. Hodge gets an arm triangle and gets the tap.

Result: Jerrell Hodge by Tapout (Arm Triangle) at 0:55 of Round 2

10. Amateur Middleweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Cory Bresson (6-3 Warrior MMA) vs J.T. Miller (4-0 Strong Style Fight Team)

RD 1: Jab and cross by Miller. They clinch on the cage. Knee to the body by Miller. More knees to the body by Miller. They separate. Cross to the body by Miller. Miller drops him with punches and gets his back and lands more till the ref stops it.

Result: J.T. Miller by TKO at 1:24 of Round 1

11. Amateur Lightweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Nick Browne (7-1 Uniontown Fight Club) vs Izzy Williams (5-1 Evolve MMA)

RD 1: Hook by Williams. Browne drops him with a hook and gets mount landing more head shots. Williams gets half guard. Browne stands and drops down a punch and lets him up. Takedown by Browne into half guard. Williams gets full guard. Browne stands and drops a punch and gets in half guard. They stand.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Browne

RD 2: Clinch on the cage. Browne is working hard for a takedown and gets it into side control. Williams gets half guard. Punch to the head by Browne. Williams gets full guard. The ref stands them. Hook by Browne. They clinch on the cage. Takedown by Browne into half guard. Williams gets full guard. Williams defends well. Punch to the body by Browne.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Browne

RD 3: Uppercut by Williams. Takedown by Browne and he gets his back. Brown is bleeding for the forehead. Browne gets mount and lands head shots. Williams gets guard. Punch to the head by Browne. The ref stands them. Browne shoots in and gets a takedown but Williams looks for a guillotine as the round ends.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Browne
My score card: 30-27 Browne

Result: Nick Browne by Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27)

12. Amateur Featherweight 3x3x3 Rounds
Tobiaus Taylor (3-0 Rising Dragon) vs R.J. Buck (11-4 Strong Style Fight Team)

RD 1: Leg kick by Taylor. Leg kick by Buck. Leg kick by Taylor. Throw by Buck into side control. Taylor rolls and they stand. Hook by Taylor. Takedown by Buck and her gets mount. Head shots by Buck. Hammer fist by Buck. Taylor sweeps and they stand clinched on the cage. Slam by Taylor into half guard. Buck pushes him off and they are in north south and then stand. Leg kick by Taylor.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Buck

RD 2: Clinch on the cage. Knees to the leg by Taylor. Takedown by Buck into half guard. Head shots by Buck. More head shots by Buck. Taylor Defends well. Taylor gets full guard. Body shots by Buck. Head shots by Buck.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Buck

RD 3: Taylor hurts him with a hook and drops him. Taylor gets his back and lands head shots. They stand clinched on the cage. Takedown by Taylor into guard. Buck goes for an armbar and gets it for the tap.

Result: R.J. Buck by Tapout (Armbar) at 2:49 of Round 3

Submission of the Night: Jeff Hughes

Knockout of the Night: J.T. Miller

Fight of the Night: Tobiaus Taylor vs R.J. Buck

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Tuff-N-Uff Report






I missed the first fight and the exact time of the finishes may be slightly off in an instance or two. The stream did not work for the first fight and the sound was really bad all night.


1. Amateur Welterweight 2x2x2 Rounds
Eddie Lopez (1-0) vs Julian Ross (0-0)

RD 1: Takedown by Ross into guard. Sweep by Lopez and he gets mount and lands a head shot. Ross gets half guard. Lopez stands and drops down a punch and then falls into guard. Lopez gets mount and lands head shots. Lopez gets his back and lands more head shots.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Lopez

RD 2: They trade punches. Takedown by Lopez but Ross sweeps and gets on top in half guard. Body shots by Ross. Punch to the head by Ross. Lopez gets guard and goes for an arm. Body shots by Lopez and he is still trying to get the arm. Ross holds on till the round ends.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Ross

RD 3: Takedown by Ross into guard. Ross moves to half guard. Body shots by Ross. Head shots by Ross. Ross gets side control and traps an arm and lands head shots. Lopez escapes and stands and kicks at his legs. Lopez drops down a hard punch.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Ross
My score card: 29-28 Ross

Result: Eddie Lopez by Split Decision (scores not read)

2. Amateur bantamweight 2x2x2 Rounds
Ramon Martinez (0-0) vs Vance Elrod (0-0)

RD 1: They clinch on the cage. Takedown by Elrod but Martinez lands on top in guard. Body shots by Martinez. Elrod defends well. Head shots by Martinez. Body shots by Martinez. Elrod tries for an arm but can't get it.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Martinez

RD 2: Elrod shoots in and they clinch on the cage. Martinez goes for a triangle and then takes him down in half guard. Elrod gets full guard. Punch to the head by Ramirez. Elrod goes for a triangle and then an armbar but Martinez escapes and gets side control. Elrod pulls guard. Short head shots by Martinez.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Martinez

RD 3: They trade wild punches. They clinch on the cage. Knee to the leg by Martinez. Elrod jumps and pulls guard. They trade head shots on the ground. Martinez stands and drops down a punch to the head and falls back into guard. Elrod tries for an armbar but Ramirez hangs on till the end of the round.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Martinez
My score card: 30-27 Martinez

Result: Ramon Martinez by Unanimous Decision (scores not read)

3. Amateur Featherweight 2x2x2 Rounds
Bryanna Fissori (4-0) vs Jessica Zomcik (7-3)

RD 1: Jab by Zomcik. Leg kick by Zomcik. They clinch on the cage. Punch to the leg by Fissori. Punch to the head by Fissori. Knee to the body by Zomcik. Punch to the head by Zomcik. Knee to the leg by Zomcik. Knee to the body by Fissori. Takedown by Zomcik into half guard. Fissori looks for a guillotine but can't get it. Body shots y Zomcik.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Zomcik

RD 2: They clinch on the cage. Knee to the body by Fissori. Knee to the leg by Fissori. Knee to the body by Zomcik. They drop down with Fissori on top in guard. Hammer fist by Fissori. Zomcik goes for an arm and lands head shots from the bottom. Zomcik goes for a triangle and then gets a kimura for the tap.

Result: Jessica Zomcik by Tapout (Kimura_ at 1:32 of Round 2

4. Amateur Lightweight 2x2x2 Rounds
Myles Watson (2-1) vs Jonathan Lewis (1-0)

RD 1: They clinch on the cage. They drop down and are up quick still clinched on the cage. They trade knees to the leg. Takedown by Lewis into guard. Body shots by Lewis. Lewis catches a kick and takes him down.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Lewis

RD 2: Jab by Watson. Head kick by Watson. Cross by Watson. They clinch and move to the cage. They separate. Body kick by Watson. They clinch and move to the cage. Knee to the leg by Watson. Takedown by Lewis into half guard. Punch to the head by Lewis.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Watson

RD 3: Jab by Lewis. Lewis shoots in and gets a takedown but Watson lands on top in mount. Head shots by Watson. More head shots by Watson and the ref stops it.

Result: Myles Watson by TKO at 1:14 of Round 3

5. Amateur Lightweight 2x2x2 Rounds
Eddie Agnew (0-1) vs Antonio Asberry (0-1)

RD 1: Leg kick by Asberry. They clinch on the cage. Agnew looks for a guillotine but can't get it. Slam by Agnew and he gets mount. Agnew tries to stand and Asberry pulls him down and is on top in guard. Body shots by Asberry.
I scored RD 1: 10-10

RD 2: They trade jabs. Asberry drops him with a hook but Agnew is up quick. They clinch on the cage. Punch to the body by Asberry. The ref separates them. They trade hooks.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Asberry

RD 3: They trade punches. Lots of circling by both. Hard hook by Asberry. Jab to the body by Asberry. Cross by Asberry. Agnew hurts him with punches.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Agnew
My score card: 29-29 Draw

Result: Antonio Asberry by Unanimous Decision (scores not read)

6. Amateur Lightweight 2x2x2 Rounds
Lenon Ford (4-1) vs Brian Bushant (2-1)

RD 1: They trade punches. Body kick by Bushant. Hook by Bushant. They trade jabs. Cross by Bushant. Takedown by Ford and he gets mount. Ford gets his back and a rear naked for the tap.

Result: Lenon Ford by Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:43 of Round 1

7. Amateur Bantamweight 2x2x2 Rounds
Adam Aquaviva (2-1) vs Regan Kualii (4-1)

RD 1: Leg kick by Kualii. Nice three punch combo by Kualii. They trade jabs. Leg kick by Kualii. They clinch on the cage. Knee to the body by Aquaviva. They trade knees to the leg. Knee to the body by Aquaviva. They separate. Jab by Kualii. Takedown by Aquaviva into guard. Body shots by Aquaviva.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Aquaviva

RD 2: Aquaviva catches a kick and lands punches. Takedown by Aquaviva into side control. Kualii gets half guard but then Aquaviva gets mount. Head shots by Aquaviva. Kualii grabs the cage but isn't warned. Hard head shots by Aquaviva and the ref stops it.

Result: Adam Aquaviva by TKO at 1:17 of Round 2

8. Amateur Flyweight 2x2x2 Rounds
Jeramie Romero (0-0) vs Mario Castillo (0-0)

RD 1: Castillo lands punches. They clinch on the cage. Takedown by Romero into half guard. Romero moves to side control. Castillo defends well. Romero gets mount. Head shots by Romero. Castillo still defending well. Castillo scrambles and they stand.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Romero

RD 2: Takedown by Romero into guard. Punch to the body by Romero. Romero moves to side control. Romero gets his back and lands head shots. Romero gets a rear naked and gets the tap.

Result: Jeramie Romero by Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:26 of Round 2

9. Amateur Featherweight 2x2x2 Rounds
Lorena Markezic (1-0) vs Chloe Woodie (0-0)

RD 1: Jab by Markezic. They clinch on the cage. Knees to the leg by Markezic. Knees to the body by Markezic. Punch to the head by Woodie. Knees to the body by Markezic. Markezic drags her down but Woodie is on top in guard. Head shots from the bottom by Markezic.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Markezic

RD 2: They clinch in the center. Knee to the body by Markezic. They move to the cage. Head shots by Woodie. Takedown by Markezic into side control. Markezic gets mount and lands head shots. Woodie is blocking most of them.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Markezic

RD 3: Push kick by Markezic. Cross by Woodie. Lots of circling and feinting by both. Jab by Markezic. Cross by Markezic. Jab my Markezic. Hook by Woodie. Jab by Markezic. Push kick by Markezic. Leg kick by Woodie.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Markezic
My score card: 30-27 Markezic

Result: Lorena Markezic by Unanimous Decision (scores not read)

10. Amateur Bantamweight 2x2x2 Rounds
Tony Diaz (1-1) vs Branson Sabado (0-2)

RD 1: Jab by Diaz. They clinch on the cage. Takedown by Diaz into guard. They stand clinched on the cage. Knee to the leg by Sabado. Takedown by Diaz into half guard. Sabado gets full guard. Punch to the head by Diaz. Head shots from the bottom by Sabado.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Diaz

RD 2: Hard hook and cross by Diaz. Sabado shoots in and they clinch on the cage. Takedown by Sabado into half guard. Body shots from the bottom by Diaz. Sabado is doing nothing from the top. Diaz escapes and stands and Sabado drags him back down.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Diaz

RD 3: Hook by Sabado. Takedown by Sabado but Diaz gets his back. Diaz goes for an arm and Sabado rolls and gets his back and lands head shots. They stand clinched on the cage. Takedown by Diaz into half guard. Sabado tries for a guillotine and they stand clinched on the cage. Takedown by Sabado and he lands head shots. They stand. Cross by Diaz.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Sabado
My score card: 29-28 Diaz

Result: Tony Diaz by Split Decision (scores not read)

11. Amateur Welterweight Title 3x3x3 Rounds
Joel Champion (3-2) vs DeAndre Marshall (3-5)

RD 1: Body kick by Champion. They clinch on the cage. Takedown by Champion but they are up quick clinched on the cage. Takedown by Champion and he gets his back and a rear naked for the tap.

Result: Joel Champion by Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:23 of Round 1

12. Amateur Super Heavyweight Title 3x3x3 Rounds
Daniel James (2-1) vs Jason Preston (5-4)

RD 1: Leg kick by James. Knee to the body by Preston. Leg kick by James. Hook by James. Jab by Preston. James lands punches and has him backing up. Hard hook by Preston. James drops him with a hook and lands two more before the ref stops it.

Result: Daniel James by TKO at 1:34 of Round 1

Submission of the Night: Jessica Zomcik

Knockout of the Night: Daniel James

Fight of the Night: Eddie Lopez vs Julian Ross

Monday, September 16, 2013

Women's MMA Round Table

This is our newest Women's MMA Round Table. For those not familiar, it is two parts. Part one is word association and part two are random questions, but serious and fun. The questions were put together by myself and pro fighter Sarah Maloy. In a couple instances the person did not have an answer for a question. The fighters are listed in the answers by their initials. If they have the same initials we also include their second letter or in a case like Cassie Robb and Rodish, we have to go to their third letter. Here is a list of the participants and how their initials will appear. Amanda Wyatt (AWY), Andria Wawro (AWA), Ashley Hawkins (AH), Cassie Robb (CROB), Cassie Rodish (CROD), Courtney Belcher (CB), Diana Rael (DR), Emily Bartee (EB), Gina Begley (GB), Jen Aniano (JA), Jenna Fox (JF), Jessica Philippus (JP), Jordan McDonald (JM), Jussely Canada (JC), Katie Casimir (KC), Lacey Schuckman (LSC), Laura Sanko (LSA), Livia Von Plettenberg (LVP), Rach Wiley (RW), Rachel Sazoff (RS), Rebecca Heintzman (RH), Sam Wilson (SW), Stephanie Skinner (SS), Tamikka Brents (TBR), Taylor Munsell (TM), Tera Carper (TC), and Trisha Barr (TBA).


Part 1: Word association
Bacon:
AWY: Gross
AWA: Happy
AH: Yum, breakfast
CROB: Cheeseburger
CROD: Only good thing about paleo
CB: Wilbur
DR: Crispy
EB: Fat week favorite
GB: Biscuit
JA: Yum
JF: Delicious
JP: Eeew
JM: Heaven
JC: Awesomeness
KC: Eggs
LSC: Yum
LSA: Yummy
LVP: Voodoo Donuts
RW: Awesome
RS: Burger
RH: Pig
SW: Sarah Maloy
SS: Cheeseburger
TBR: Meat candy
TM: Delicious
TC: Love
TBA: The way to a man's heart

Deuce:
AWY: Two
AWA: Two
AH: 2
CROB: 2
CROD: Did Sarah come up with this? If so, she needs to take a shit
CB: Poop
DR: Bigalow
EB: What you should do before hard sparring
GB: Drop
JA: Poop
JF: Chris Brown
JP: (s)
JM: The number 2 (because I am so creative)
JC: Peace out
KC: Blinded by the light
LSC: 2
LSA: Poop
LVP: Texas Hold 'Em
RW: Peace
RS: TWO
RH: Drop one
SW: Coupe
SS: Bigalow
TBR: Poop
TM: Bigalow
TC: Hollywood Undead
TBA: What you drop when you have somebody in your guard. I guarantee they won't want to fight you anymore

Glove:
AWY: Knockout
AWA: Punch
AH: Softball
CROB: Hand
CROD: Sweaty wraps
CB: Punch
DR: Wrap
EB: Smelly after a while
GB: World
JA: Punch
JF: Punch
JP: Baseball
JM: Michael Jackson
JC: Punch
KC: Heavy bag
LSC: O.J.
LSA: O.J. Simpson
LVP: The smaller the better
RW: Hyabausa
RS: Boxing
RH: Tight
SW: Box
SS: Fight
TBR: Michael Jackson
TM: 4OZ
TC: Ace Ventura
TBA: Bloody

Purple:
AWY: Shorts
AWA: Favorite
AH: Belt
CROB: People eater
CROD: My daughter, her favorite color
CB: Queen
DR: Blue
EB: The color of bruises
GB: Belt
JA: Awesome
JF: People eater
JP: Royal
JP: When guys like this color it makes me wonder about them
JC: Someones face getting beat in
KC: People eater
LSC: BJJ Belt
LSA: Kansas State Wildcats....GO KSU
LVP: The color of peoples face when they get choked out
RW: Miesha Tate's fight outfit
RS: My favorite color
RH: Boys are blue, girls are red, don't make purple
SW: People eater
SS: People eater
TBR: Rain
TM: Amazing
TC: People eater
TBA: Old ladies love to wear it

Beef:
AWY: Cake
AWA: Yum
AH: Steak
CROB: Jerky
CROD: What's for dinner
CB: Dinner
DR: Ground
EB: Spare it and go to Chik-Fil-A because it's fewer calories
GB: Burger
JA: Yuck
JF: It's what's for dinner
JP: Yummm
JM: Grass fed, grass finished
JC: Food
KC: Steer
LSC: Tacos
LSA: My job
LVP: I could eat steak every day
RW: Wiley vs Espinosa LOL
RS: Jerky
RH: Stew
SW: Cake
SS: Jerky
TBR: Stick
TM: Elk
TC: It's what's for dinner
TBA: Cake

Crayon:
AWY: Colors
AWA: Purple
AH: Coloring book
CROB: Crayola
CROD: Melted in the back of my car
CB: Blue
DR: Smelly
EB: The word I mean when I say "crown"
GB: Color
JA: School
JF: Coloring
JP: Back to school
JM: My childhood dog used to eat them and he had very colorful poop
JC: Color
KC: Color Crew on PBS
LSC: Pink
LSA: First day of school
LVP: Homer Simpson
RW: Kindergarten
RS: Crayola
RS: Coloring book
SW: Crayola
SS: Blue
TBR: Coloring book
TM: Purple
TC: A mess
TBA: I miss coloring

Star:
AWY: Soon
AWA: Sky
AH: looking up at the stars
CROB: Sky
CROD: Sun
CB: Bright
DR: Gas
EB: What you can see when you escape the city
GB: Wars
JA: Sky
JF: Fame
JP: Have an addiction to tattooing them on my body
JM: Mazzy (as in Mazzy Star, LOVE her)
JC: Sky
KC: Stickers for a job well done
LSC: Future
LSA: Wars
LVP: What I told people as a Kid when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up
RW: Milky way
RS: Bright
RH: Candy Crush
SW: Burst
SS: Light
TBR: Search
TM: Universe
TC: Is born
TBA: Patrick

Rope:
AWY: Jump
AWA: Workout
AH: Strength and conditioning
CROB: Hang
CROD: Climb
CB: Bondage
DR: Jump
EB: One way to wear yourself out super quick on tabata drills
GB: Burn
JA: Climb
JF: Shoulders on fire
JP: Climbing them
JM: Some people should probably just hang themselves
JC: Climb
KC: Jump
LSC: Ring
LSA: Climb
LVP: Battling ropes....freaking exhausting
RW: Boxing
RS: Jump rope
RH: Soap on a ....
SW: A-Dope
SS: Ladder
TBR: A-Dope
TM: Trip
TC: Suicide
TBA: Never forget to bring one

Plate:
AWY: Food
AWA: Heavy
AH: Lifting
CROB: Food
CROD: What weight
CB: Softball
DR: Fork
EB: Of food from China King after a good hard workout
GB: Food
JA: Food
JF: Hungry
JP: Lifting
JM: I like them when they have food on them
JP: Weights
KC: Dinner
LSC: Bowl
LSA: Food
LVP: Multi-purpose invention
RW: FOOD
RS: Plate pushes
RH: Lick clean
SW: 45LBS
SS: Dinner
TBR: 45's
TM: Eat
TC: Baseball

Smack:
AWY: Your face
AWA: Silly
AH: Bitch smack someone
CROB: That
CROD: Talk
CB: Hoes
DR: Down
EB: The sound of Thai pads when you connect with a good hook
GB: My bitch up
JA: Down
JF: Lips
JP: Down
JM: What happens when random dudes try and grab my ass
JC: Face
KC: Open palm upside the face
LSC: Sissy
LSA: Dat
LVP: Thought got censored. Not PG-13
RW: Bitch slap
RS: Cereal
RH: Lips
SW: Girl
SS: That
TBR: Hoes
TM: Down
TC: My bitch up
TBA: What to do when you challenge somebody to a duel

Weight:
AWY: Cutting
AWA: Evil
AH: Cut
CROB: Lift
CROD: Waiting sucks
CB: Sucks
DR: Cut
EB: Always on my mind for fights and training
GB: Cut
JA: Cut
JF: Ugh
JP: Sucks
JM: My nemesis when cutting for a fight
JC: Crossfit
KC: Scale
LSC: Heavy
LSA: Ummm sensitive subject for me at the moment, what with being "with child" and all
LVP: Defines your relationship to gravity
RW: sucks
RS: A form of measurement
RH: Sore
SW: Lifter
SS: Cut
TBR: Cut
TM: Sauna
TC: UGH!
TBA: Cutting sucks

Cold:
AWY: Hearted
AWA: Yuck
AH: Ice
CROB: Hot
CROD: Always cold when cutting weight and drinking water
CB: Hot
DR: Hot
EB: How I feel when doing a workout
GB: Cut
JA: Water
JF: Sniffle
JP: Hands
JM: I HATE COLD
JC: Winter
KC: A/C at work
LSC: Sick
LSA: Unpleasant
LVP: No cold is so bad that you can't go work your ass off
RW: Winter
RS: Ice
RH: My feet are always cold
SW: Snowflake
SS: Water
TBR: Blooded killa
TM: Snow
TC: Play
TBA: Steel

Kardashian:
AWY: Stupid
AWA: Gross
AH: North West
CROD: Asses
CB: Nasty
DR: Stupid
EB: Whale dress
GB: Butt
JA: Butt
JF: Lame
JP: Ass
JM: Never heard of it
JC: Nasty
KC: Not reality
LSC: Annoying
LSA: Beautiful
LVP: If intelligence minus purpose equals stupidity, does stupidity minus purpose equal intelligence?
RW: North West
RS: Crazy
RH: Annoying
SW: REALLY?
SS: Kim
TBR: Circus ass
TM: Annoying
TC: Waste of time
TBA: Who? :-)

Flex:
AWY: Muscles
AWA: Guns
AH: Lewis
CROB: Muscle
CROD: Seed
CB: Pecs
DR: Muscles
EB: Money we use in college
GB: Bicep
JA: Muscles
JF: Pump
JP: ing
JM: I do it all the time
JC: Sarah Maloy (hehe)
KC: Biceps
LSC: Buff
LSA: Strong
LVP: A club in Vienna, looooads of drugs
RW: Biceps
RS: Biceps
RH: I hate to in public
SW: Wheeler
SS: Gym
TBR: but I like this shirt
TM: Muscle
TC: Stretch
TBA: My favorite magazine. Muscular Development is a close second

Pride:
AWY: In myself
AWA: Effort
AH: Heart
CROB: Gay
CROD: My gym
CB: Kids
DR: Honor
EB: What I feel when I look at my gym and training partners
GB: Shogun
JA: Win
JF: Fighting
JP: Is a fine balancing act
JM: Never leave home without it
JC: Champion
KC: Parade
LSC: Japan
LSA: Kick to the head of a grounded opponent
LVP: The only useful pride is PRIDE FC
RW: Soccer kicks to the head
RS: Honor
RH: Gay pride
SW: Wanderlei
SS: Honor
TBR: Rainbow biotch
TM: Proud
TC: Brown
TBA: Old=school MMA

Tattoo:
AWY: More
AWA: Pretty
AH: Want more
CROB: Ink
CROD: Need one on my face
CB: Koi
DR: Art
EB: What will the next one be?
GB: Gun
JA: Fun
JF: Addiction
JP: Want another
JM: None, but my sisters have enough for all of us
JC: Cool
KC: Not 'til I'm 40
LSC: More please!
LSA: Not for me!
LVP: Love 'em. Should have personal meaning though
RW: Cyborg
RS: Ink Master
RH: Mom would kill me
SW: WANT ONE
SS: Cool
TBR: Are like chips, never can have just one
TM: Awesome
TC: Hot
TBA: 2 dragons on my shoulders

Green:
AWY: Tea
AWA: Salad
AH: Grass
CROB: Weed
CROD: Grass
CB: Power Ranger
DR: Machine
EB: Smoothies
GB: Monster
JA: Envy
JF: Hulk
JP: Lantern
JM: My fav :-)
JC: Grass
KC: Clover
LSC: Randall Schuckman
LSA: Grass
LVP: Broccoli
RW: Grass
RS: Hulk
RH: Kermit (it ain't easy)
SW: Jessamyn Duke
SS: Goblin
TBR: Tea
TM: Grass
TC: Money
TBA: Skittle

Morning:
AWY: Sucks
AWA: Coffee
AH: Coffee
CROB: Sickness
CROD: First word
CB: Hangover
DR: Dawn
EB: Beast mode beings with a morning run
GB: Night
JA: Dew
JF: No
JP: Workout
JM: When I'm most productive
JC: School
KC: Sunrise
LSC: Sleep
LSA: Coffee
LVP: The early bird caught too many works and died overweight
RW: Eww
RS: Early
RH: Fresh start
SW: Glory
SS: Night
TBR: Dump
TM: Early
TC: Coffee
TBA: Delight

Peanut Butter:
AWY: Jelly
AWA: Yum
AH: And jelly
CROB: Jelly
CROD: Can't have. Almond butter sucks
CB: Bananas
DR: Jelly
EB: Where is my spoon? And it better be JIFF
GB: Sandwich
JA: Gross
JF: Spoonful
JP: And jelly is the only thing I have ever been addicted to
JM: You mean almond butter?
JC: Sticky
KC: Yum
LSC: Empty
LSA: On toast
LVP Is delicious on bananas
RW: Jelly
RS: Yummy
RH: Weight cut
SW: Jelly time
SS: Jelly time
TBR: Jelly time
TM: Messy
TC: Jelly time
TBA: Jelly time

Ninja:
AWY: Skills
AWA: Me
AH: Nun chucks
CROB: Turtles
CROD: Me
CB: Turtle
DR: Me
EB: What I'm training to be ery day
GB: Kid
JA: Bad ass
JF: Bruce Lee
JP: My sons self proclaimed future occupation
JM: Ninja please!
JC: Me :-)
KC: My objective in the 3rd grade
LSC: Warrior
LSA: Warrior
LVP: What tall people call me when I enter a room and they don't see me because of my height.
RW: Asian
RS: American Ninja Warrior
RH: Turtles
SW: Did you see that? I didn't think so.... Yes I am that fast
SS: Warrior
TBR: Turtles
TM: Turtle
TC: TMNT
TBA: What everyone things they are these days

Part 2: Questions

1. Who's influence do you value the most in WMMA?
AWY: Sara Mcmann
AWA: There are a few but if I had to pick one Megumi Fujii. I always enjoyed watching her fight. She's one of the first names I ever heard also. I definitely appreciate how long her career was and I give her a lot of respect for staying in the game so long.
AH: Gina Carano. She was the first female fighter I ever seen fight before (her and cyborg always in strikeforce) and loved it, knew I wanted to pursue MMA!
CROB: My coaches Ben Schissler and Diana Rael and my teammate/fiance Stephanie Skinner
CROD: The other fighters. We have come a long way and it’s because of fighters dedication and love for the sport. Shows make money and fighters make shows
CB: Megumi Fuji
DR: I value the true fans and supporters of WMMA, with their support and recognition of female talent has allowed us to move forward
EB: Rhonda Rousey-she embodies what it truly means to be a female athlete in MMA
GB: My manager and coach obviously personal influence and career. But overall, Dana White and Shannon Knapp. They are the heads of
the organizations that present WMMA to the masses.
JA: I think Shannon Knapp takes the cake here. She has done more for WMMA than anyone. I think the advent of Invicta set the stage for women in the UFC, which is the Olympics of fighting
JF: Right now I think Janet Martin and Shannon Knapp for creating Invicta and giving women a platform to show how talented we are.
JP: I value the reporters who actually do a good job representing female fighters and shining the light on them the men have had to help make WMMA more mainstream and accepted.
JM: The ones that get the attention by marketing themselves and the ones that keep the attention by showing how skilled and technical we women fighters are (they're not always two different people)
JC: Sarah Maloy
KC: Women like Debi Purcell who were doing this when it was an all uphill battle, in every aspect of the sport.
LSC: To be honest whoever is making it a career! Whatever you do for WMMA if you are making a good living doing it, I trust what you have to say or offer.
LSA: Dana White's ...only because the UFC is the only way WMMA will go mainstream
LVP: Even though many female fighters hate her, Ronda Rousey. Not many people, and by that I mean males, would even recognize our existence without her way of being in the spotlight. Of course she is doing it for herself, but the best role model is changing things by showing others how it's done
RW: Sara McMann
RS: Ronda Rousey
RH: Value personally? That would be some of the early ambassadors like Rosi Sexton that fought before it was 'glamorous' and were educated.
SW: At this time, I am going to say Shannon Knapp.
SS: I value the influence of my coaches above all else
TBR: Gina Carano was the first female fighter I was a fan of, for many reasons
TM: I really look up to Leslie Smith. She is a very strong and talented athlete! I have followed her since she was an amateur while fighting for Steve Alley. We have both fought for Steve in his promotion "Kickdown". That's the promotion I had my debut fight for. Leslie has grown into such an amazing fighter! She is humble and respectful, but she knows when its time for business! She has my respect %100 and I hope I can be become half the fighter that she is!
TC: Meisha Tate been a fan for years
TBA: Megumi Fujii is a legend with so much admirable talent and character that she makes a great role model

2. What do you think is the deepest weight class?
AWY: 135
AWA: I think 135. The UFC definitely has some influence on that as women are moving up a weight class or making it down a weight class in order to have the opportunity. Plus there have always been a good amount of very talented fighters at 135.
AH: 135 so many awesome fighters its stacked!
CROB: 115
CROD: Really think the 105 is the new up and coming weight class. I’m still waiting to see other 115ers drop down
CB: 135
DR: Bantamweight and strawweight
EB: 135 because they have the most options-it attracts people to that weight class
GB: 135 and 115 seem to be deep and show it
with high level talent across multiple promotions. More 135 though.
JA: A few years ago I would have said 135-145. Today, I say all of them. There is talent everywhere you turn from 105-145.
JF: I think every weight class is full of skilled fighters but it seems to me that the 115 weight class has a ton of talent with more up and comers popping up all the time.
JP: 125 probably just not as publicized.
JM: 115 or 125
JC: 135
KC: 115 No question
LSC: 135lbs.
LSA: 135 but 115 is close behind
LVP: In WMMA, probably 115 and 135. There's loads of talent in these two
RW: Bantamweights
RS: 115lb
RH: 115 (blowing up in Invicta)
SW: In all it's glory, 135lbs
SS: 115
TBR: I would say 115lbs and 125lbs weight classes, there's just so many females around that weight.
TM: 115 or 125. Its hard to say though...Every weight class has a ton of talent!
TC: 135-145
TBA: 135 - there's a reason it's the first weight class featured in the UFC, and not just because of Rousey

3. What do u think is the most valuable technique in MMA?
AWY: Being well rounded
AWA: Ground work is definitely important. I do think a well placed knee can change the course of a fight pretty well though.
AH: Stand up. The fight starts standing.
CROB: EVERYTHING
CROD: Takedowns
CB: Footwork
DR: Knowing all aspects of MMA!
EB: Your single leg takedown because there are so many different variations on how to finish it and all of those ways can take you to a different position.
GB: Proper footwork and shadow boxing/wrestling.
JA: Whichever one you capitalize on the most. And that is the beauty of it, isn't it? Anyone can hone skills and be good at this sport. You just have to be willing to put in the work.
JF: Good footwork...I don't know if it really counts as a "technique" but I'd consider it to be one of the most valuable foundations a fighter can have
JP: Heart
JM: Not THE most but definitely one of them would be the scramble. A lot of fights are won in the scramble.
JC: The armbar
KC: Footwork
LSC: A solid Jab
LSA: Guillotine choke
LVP: A sharp double leg takedown. If you're able to decide whether to stand or to be on the ground, you can screw up every game-plan
RW: Having a good ground game
RS: Wrestling as a whole
RH: Jab
SW: BJJ
SS: Striking
TBR: The art and technique of ass whooping.
TM: There are several that are very important to me. But I would have to say a strong mindset is the most important. If you are not focused and don't believe in yourself you aren't going to get anywhere.
TC: Mental stability
TBA: Anything an individual makes super effective for him/her - a kick, a jab, a takedown, an armbar, etc.

4. If u could go back, what discipline would you pick as your background in MMA?
AWY: Muay Thai
AWA: Catch wrestling
AH: Kickboxing!! Love it
CROB: Muay Thai
CROD: Judo
CB: Wrestling
DR: Glad I picked Muay Thai wouldn’t change a thing.
EB: I would pick Muay Thai because striking that is developed enough can control a fight and where it goes. A wrestler will most likely shoot no matter what but good striking can keep them at bay or cause them to cover and possibly make a mistake, plus there are fights where the majority of time is spent clenched along the cage-Muay Thai can help.
GB: Jeet kune do concepts.Wait, that's already my background.. Maybe I would've looked at my training for skill instead of just exercise a lot more quickly.
JA: I started with wrestling and I never would take it back. It is who I am.
JF: That's a tough choice but I think I'd choose Muay Thai
JP: I really wanted to box in high school bc the same gym I trained at for freestyle/Greco had the same caliber coaches (prior Olympians and Olympic coaches) as we did on the wrestling side of the gym. My mom said I was "too pretty" to mess up my face, but now I really wish I would have trained some behind her back and blamed the black eyes on wrestling ;)
JM: I would have started training wrestling way sooner
JC: Wrestling
KC: I'd choose kickboxing again
LSC: Wrestling
LSA: Wrestling
LVP: Wrestling
RW: More judo
RS: Judo
RH: Wrestling
SW: I have but ONE discipline and that is BJJ lol
SS: Still Muay Thai
TBR: Probably wrestling, just to be useful and have a well worked out plan for a weight cut before I started fighting.
TM: That's a tough one. I've always been more disciplined in Muay Thai and kickboxing. They are my stronger points. So, if I were to go back I would keep those, but I would like to be trained more in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, maybe even some sambo
TC: Wrestling
TBA: I still like Kempo as my striking background, but I do wish I had started with some sort of grappling background and regretted not wrestling in high school just because I was too self-conscious about my body - I've had to make up for that ever since beginning this sport


5. How many fights do you think an amateur should have before going pro?
AWY: Ten with at least half of them winning
AWA: I think that depends on the level of competition she took on as an amateur. Also if every fight was in a state that does not allow ground and pound it may be a better idea not to jump into pro rules without a bit of extra experience.
AH: A couple
CROB: At least ten
CROD: ? 5+ . I think they should have over a year in the gym maybe two. Would also help if they do smokers and jits tournaments
CB: As many as it takes to feel comfortable and well rounded
DR: As many as it takes to be a well rounded fighter.
EB: Five-this number can establish a winning or losing record and give people a good idea of where they stand.
GB: When there is not an adequate amount of competition at the amateur level and the athlete is ready. That varies between athletes.
JA: As many as your trainer deems necessary. I started when the weight disparity between amateurs could be 30 lbs. So, I needed more fights. I have had 16 as an ammy. Then you have very talented naturals like Rose and Tecia that did four or five before rightfully going pro and doing big things. MMA is an individualized game. It is not one size fits all.
JF: As many as they want. I think what's most important is to have a solid well-rounded set of skills and feel comfortable before going pro.
JP: 7-10
JM: Depends. At least 1 or 2 so they can see what it's like to be in a cage with someone else who legitimately wants to hurt you. Can't mimic that in the gym
JC: 5-8 depends how good you are
KC: Depends on what you consider a fight, Muay Thai, grappling, Olympic Judo? Also the spirit of the fighter, no one should ever take a step if they don't feel ready. With no outside fighting experience I would say between 4-6.
LSC: I wish I had at least 10-15
LSA: 4-5 if they go well, more if not.
LVP: As many as possible. I kind of regret that I never got the chance to do amateur fights, experience is EVERYTHING.
RW: At least 7
RS: I don't think it matters. I believe it should be based on the fighter, because everyone is different and some people have trained a very long time before ever deciding to fight. Therefore may already be very skilled
RH: At least four wins
SW: I like to say 5 and a WINNING RECORD.
SS: Depends, females are fewer and harder to come by so when their talent appears they should go when comfortable I would say 4-
7 for girls for sure 14-20 for guys because they are a dime a dozen and there is much to compete with out there
TBR: I say at least 5...I mean some high level already well known champions in other areas; Olympians, or high level boxers, kick-boxers etc. I understand that, but some chicks have 1 ammy fight and go pro and then have shitty showings for lack of experience.
TM: I'd say any where from 7-15. There is so much to learn as a fighter. Once you go pro you never go back. Take the time as an amateur to figure yourself out and get the feel for what the sport is all about. Yeah, there is always going to be something to learn, but figure out who you are before you go pro.
TC: I think 10 or more
TBA: At least 10 if you can get them

6. Who is one female fighter who you feel is very underrated?
AWY: Cat Zingano
AWA: Munah Holland
AH: Jessica Eye, Leslie Smith, and Liz Carmouch
CROB: Diana Rael or JoJo calderwood. I don't see why she hasn't got a title fight yet, he is amazing
CB: Roxanne Modafferi
EB: Gina Begley-she isn't pro yet but she is extremely underrated. Between judges decisions that were questionable in both MMA and Muay Thai to fighters that don't reveal their true record, she has received the short end of the stick and her record is not a true indicator of her abilities.
GB: I don't know that any are.
If a woman shows skill I think it's not long till people take her serious if she is serious about her career. Maybe it's the opposite, a woman shows skill and fans are to eager for them to take steps their maybe not ready for like going pro to quickly.
JA: I think the Happy Warrior has fallen off the map a little, but I think she is a force to be reckoned with. I have followed her since just starting 8 years ago and I think big things are still to come from her.
JF: I think people often overlook Felice Herrig or knock her because she plays up the sexy side of WMMA, but I think she's a very talented tough fighter
JP: Sarah Moras
JM: Colleen Schneider at 125
JC: Sarah Maloy
KC: I think Liz McCarthy is awesome and doesn't seem to get much attention.
LSC: Vanessa Porto, that girl is a beast! Plus she has been around forever and is still relevant!
LSA: Miriam Nakamoto
LVP: There's not too many who I think are underrated, rather than the many who are overrated. But one would definitely be Joanne Calderwood, even though people know how skilled she is, I think they still haven't given her enough credit yet.
RW: Jessica Eye
RS: Sarah McMann
SW: Not sure how to answer this question. There are a number of females in both Ammy and Pro that have not had the opportunity to fight on the bigger name cards. I think Justine Kish will be an up and comer as well as Colby Northcutt. For pro, I am going to say Shayna Baszler...I think she should have been signed in the first wave of UFC fighters.
SS: Diana Rael and Jo Jo Calderwood
TBR: I think Leslie Smith was underrated at 135 but scary folks at 125
TM: I would have to say Patricia Vidonic. I would like to see her on one of the next Invicta cards. She definitely has a lot of talent and is a strong fighter. I've had the chance to train with her and she taught me a lot. I respect her and look up to her. I would like to see some bigger things happen for her in WMMA
TC: Roxanne Modafferi
TBA: None of them really - they're all getting tons of attention right now

7. Do you like the scoring system how it is or would you prefer the fight do be scored as a whole?
AWY: Seems fair with a knowledgable ref
AWA: I'm good with how it is now.
AH: I like how they did pride scoring with yellow cards for stalling.
CROB: The fight as a whole
CROD: I would love it if there were no rounds. Bell rings fighters fight until someone is finished. Rounds are for fans not fighters.
DR: I think it is our jobs to win the fight and we can’t rely on rules and scoring systems.
EB: I like it how it is.
GB: I feel damage is sometimes overlooked and a lot of emphasis on takedown attempts are taken into consideration. It would be nice if judges could see the ratio counters available to viewers and time to consider their decision.
JA: I honestly don't know. I think as an ammy in Michigan there have been terrible judges that don't follow the score system because they don't know what they are doing. I have lost decisions that I think are questionable but I don't blame the score cards, I blame the ignorance of certain organizations and judges.
JF: I'm okay with it as is, I think both have their pros and cons
JP: I think the 10 pt system is fine, just think if there was some way to keep judges consistent that would be an improvement.
JM: I like Pride scoring best
JC: I like it, but sometimes its just the judges that are scoring that messes up
KC: In a perfect world I would like the fight judged as a whole, unfortunately I think that would lead to the fight being judged on the last minute of the fight
LSC: I like it you need the single round scoring to come up with a decision.
LSA: As a whole definitely
LVP: Hell no, don't change it. I had to fight a couple of Muay Thai fights in which they scored the fight as a whole, that was very uncomfortable.
RW: I think it should be scored as a whole
RS: I like how it is
RH: I like it
SW: I like it as it is now
SS: I think the holding a dominate position should only score points if you do something with it and can connect on strikes rather then just laying on someone to score points, also for the fighter on the bottom if they are actively trying to escape and they are throwing on submissions and still making it interesting then they should score points for that as well
TBR: It works as long as you have competent judges. Some of these judges never have been in
any combat sport or only been watching for a short amount of time and it hurts their judging skills and screws over fight decisions.
TM: I don't think the scoring system is horrible, but I think there could be some changes made. I would like to see it scored as a whole to.
TC: As a whole if it goes all 3 rounds or 5 rounds
TBA: As it is - it's part of the reason there's more than 1 round

8. Looking at your career so far, what is your favorite highlight?
AWY: All my fellow WMMA fighters I got the honor to face or meet.
AWA: Winning my first pro fight. It was also the first fight that my parents and son were able to go to.
AH: Never being finished
CROB: My first Invicta fight even tho I lost it was the time of my life.
CROD: Having the first win on the first fight of the very first Invicta.
CB: Winning my first fight by ref stoppage
DR: My favorite highlight is the whole journey.
EB: Winning my first Muay Thai fight after doing a successful weight cut and training as hard as I did for it.
GB: My :56 KO in my opening fight at the TBA classic 2013
JA: I think winning by submission was my favorite! Also, I won a belt that night. But that was fun because I love grappling and BJJ and being able to showcase that was nice
JF: Fighting for the ECR Bantamweight Title...I didn't win but I fought hard and learned a lot
JP: My fight with Sarah Goodlaxson. There were some great exchanges, grappling scrambles and the crowd was going nuts. Those are the kind of WMMA fights that turn non believers into fans.
JM: Winning the Tuf-n-Uff belt
JC: Qualifing for The US team in pankration!
KC: Winning my first pro fight, I took it on 2 weeks notice and I knew they were trying to set me up against a "Hometown Girl" I got there too late for weigh-ins the night before and had to weigh in a couple hours before my fight, and my coach couldn't come. And none of that mattered.
LSC: When I won my ROF title! My husband and I had just changed up our coaching staff and it was the first time I got to test it in the cage and it was beautiful!!!
LSA: Winning and finishing my first Invicta fight
LVP: My last Invicta fight/first win there. Everyone in Austria told me that I will never make it. I love to prove people wrong
RW: Probably any time I punched Elisabeth Espinosa in the face
RS: Probably my first fight, because me and my opponent traded a lot of strikes creating an extremely dynamic exciting fight. The audience voted it fight of the night and people were coming up to me after.
RH: So far, winning my debut fight via split decision. Family and friends had come from far away and willing in such a suspenseful way and hearing them all cheer is a moment I won't forget.
SW: LOL Well for ME, I get to meet all the fighters and have some really GREAT FRIENDS!
SS: TKO victory over Margret Bloom in her hometown
TBR: I think my first pro fight, finally being able to fight under pro rules and using those rules to my advantage and getting that 1st round tko due to elbows.
TM: My first fight. It was such a rush and such an amazing experience. I've only had three fights, but my 1st was the best. I might have not known as much as I should of but I fought my heart out and its a night I will never forget.
TC: Performing
TBA: I don't know if I'd call it a "career," but any time I got my hand raised - and that victory meal was always a nice bonu

9. If Cyborg and Ronda Rousey do ever fight, who wins and how?
AWY: Cyborg by tko or ko.
AWA: Cyborg. By brutality
AH: Man that's hard to say! I do not know!!! I wanna see it happen though. Cyborg by tko or Ronda by arm bar lol.
CROB: Hahahaha Cris Cyborg without a doubt. Rousey's stand up is nothing compared to Cyborg
CROD: I so don’t care anymore
CB: Cyborg-TKO
DR: The fans win!
EB: Rousey by armbar-Cyborg may knock her down but if Rhonda can get Cyborg on the ground with her, the fight will be over.
GB: I don't know! I think It would be an excellent fight if cyborg could avoid being arm barred and let us see Ronda in at least a second round.
JA: Cyborg by beastery! Cyborg is hands down the greatest pound for pound.
JF: Cyborg by Hulk Smash
JP: It will never happen. Cyborg can't (and shouldn't) make 135 and Ronda has no reason to go up. There is also plenty of talent in 135 div to keep her active, I also don't think she should look past
Miesha just yet.
JM: I still think Ronda would catch her in an arm bar but she might have to take way more damage than she ever has before to get it.
JC: Cyborg by first round KO
KC: Cyborg, TKO
LSC: Cyborg, GNP Rd. 1
LSA: Ronda via armbar...but I'm not 100% sold, Cyborg is crazy strong!
LVP: Cyborg by manhandling
RW: Cyborg to TKO
RS: Ronda Rousey by arm bar.
RH: Hmmm... good question. Cyborg TKO
SW: I do not want to ever see them fight. But thats just me. I think their story line is all about how much they HATE each other and not about the talent aspect. And if Ronda Wins, it because Cris would diet or if Cris wins it will be because of steroids...etc DROP IT!
SS: Cyborg
TBR: Cyborg via murder.
TM: I'm not sure how to answer this. I admire both of them a ton! It would definitely be an interesting fight! They are both very technical. We all know that Rousey is best on the ground, and that Cyborg is a beast with her stand-up! If the time comes and they fight I will be rooting for Rhonda.
TC: Well as much I like Rousy I do think Cyborg would win by tko
TBA: Cyborg would probably win by TKO because of her great size, strength, and power advantage; however, Rousey obviously still has a chance with her armbar or any of her other submissions we haven't had a chance to see yet

10. What is the best and worst parts of fight camp?
AWY: Being away from my kids.
AWA: The best is the focus that comes with it. It's sort of an excuse to think about one thing. Just one thing. The worst is the weight cut
AH: Best knowing you're about to fight and being in awesome shape. Worst is cutting weight!
CROB: Worst- The emotional toll it takes on you. It's a very mentally frustrating thing to do. Best- showing everyone what you
have trained and getting in the cage and having fun!
CROD: When I’m in camp my coaches usually gear classes toward me. I LOVE THAT!!! I learn so much in the shortest time. I hate dieting
CB: Being pushed to the max and weight cutting
DR: Best would be challenging your mental and physical abilities. Worst not getting to eat as I wish.
EB: Wanting to eat comfort foods when training may not be going as well but not being able to-also missing out on family events because I can't take enough time off to travel back and see them before the next practice. The best part is when things start coming together and drills become reactions
GB: Best: I enjoy the physical changes, tone and appearance. Worst: weigh ins, being thirsty.
JA: I love training and learning new things but maintaining weight and cutting weight can make my hair fallout. It is stressful sometimes.
JF: The best part is being pushed harder and harder by your team and coach, the worst part is cutting weight
JP: Best: the grind. Pushing your body to levels most wouldn't dream of and driving home for practice or the gym knowing what your body and mind are capable of is one of the best feelings ever! Worst: missing time with my kids and Robb and always having to explain why you can't eat crap.
JM: When everything starts coming together and you've turned your body into a machine. That's a pretty badass feeling. The worst part for anyone I'd imagine is cutting weight. It's amazing how emotional I can get over food!
JC: Worst would be weight cutting and best is getting to train and spend time with your gym family!
KC: Dieting is the worst, the best is how much you grow as a person and a fighter
LSC: Best: Improving as a whole mentally, physically, and spiritually. Worst: Cutting weight
LSA: Best: starting to feel myself get stronger, faster, leaner Worst: fighting being exhausted and not wanting to go to YET ANOTHER practice.
LVP: Best part is the whole thing, I can't remember a second I didn't love. Worst part starts two weeks before the fight, when I realise what I want to work on more. I'm never satisfied and feel like I always need to put in more work.
RW: Best part is probably the fact that you're in amazing shape and you feel great. The worst part is not being able to eat whatever you want, when you want it.
RH: Best is getting in really good shape and feeling unstoppable. Worst is having to track everything you eat and being sore.
SW: Ah well ah heck I dont know LOL
SS: Hell week is the worst part and the best part about fight camp
TBR: Best part is actually feeling yourself get better reaching thy peak it at fight time and worst is that point in a camp where you're exhausted and feel just beat to shit.
TM: The worst part of fight camp is cutting weight! I don't think anyone likes to. The best part would be learning new aspects of the game. I love working on new techniques. Doing drills over and over again is awesome because I like repetition and being solid with different techniques.
TC: Finding time to balance life obligations.
TBA: The best is getting to train martial arts hardcore because I actually enjoy training, and the worst is cutting weight

11. What's your dream female vs Male MMA match-up?
AWY: Cyborg vs any man in the 145 class
AWA: I thought about this forever and just cannot come up with one
AH: Ronda Rousey vs Bryan Caraway
CROB: I don't have one I think that would be stupid for a female to fight a man.
CROD: Cat Zingano vs Bryan Caraway
CB: Fuji vs Aoki
DR: Ronda Rousey VS Brian Caraway
EB: Cyborg and Big Country
GB: Ronda Rousey vs Bryan Caraway
JA: Cyborg verse and bro willing to throw down with her at a reasonable weight match up lol
JF: I'm not really into the idea of men vs women MMA but I'm kind of curious to know if Ronda Rousey would beat Jon Jones
JP: Timmy Gorman vs Sara McMann
JM: One where the chick wins I guess? I don't have much interest in seeing a male vs female fight tho really.
JC: Cyborg VS. Anyone in UFC
KC: Me vs my husband LOL
LSC: Urijah Faber vs. Ronda Rousey
LSA: HA! Cyborg vs any 135lb guy.
LVP: Ronda vs. Urijah Faber. LOL, naaah, none at all. Girls and guys should stick with their own, otherwise there are massive physical disadvantages (unless the ladies use steroids)
RW: Sara McMann VS one of the Diaz Brothers
RS: Ronda Rousey vs. Bryan Caraway
RH: Anthony Petis vs. Rose Namajunas... leaping kicks off the cage, flying arm bars, you'd have no idea what to expect!
TBR: Cyborg vs Aldo...that's be interesting.
TM: Jo-Jo Calderwood and Anderson Silva! They are both phenomenal strikers! I think it would be a battle!!!
TC: Not sure
TBA: Cyborg v. Fallon, Cyborg being the female of course

12. What do you like to dip your French fries in?
AWY: Nothing, they're gross
AWA: Ranch dressing (if I even eat them)
AH: Ranch or ketchup
CROB: Ketchup and mustard.. Or ranch... Or vanilla ice cream
CROD: Ketchup and mayo mix or honey mustard
CB: Ranch
DR: Ketchup
EB: Ketchup from Jamaica-it's better for you and sweeter.
GB: Ranch
JA: Ketchup. Heinz only!
JF: Milkshakes!
JP: Ketchup
JM: Ketchup or ranch & hot sauce if I'm feeling redneck-y
JC: Buffalo Sauce
KC: Ketchup, I'm a traditionalist
LSC: Honey Mustard
LSA: Spicy mayo
LVP: Ice cream
RW: The french fry sauce from Freddys
RS: Ranch
RH: I like sweet potato fries... plain :)
SW: Random, Mayonnaise
SS: Fry sauce or ketchup
TBR: My mouth
TM: Chocolate frosty or ranch!
TC: CHOCOLATE SHAKES!!
TBA: I like to use those packets labeled "Fancy Ketchup" because it makes me feel sophisticated

13. What is the most ridiculous post workout decision you've ever made?
AWY: Drinking
AWA: Beer
AH: Probably going out and drinking
CROB: Eating right away.. Bad idea
CROD: Scheduling a hiking trip the same day as mma sparing (class last about 3hrs)
DR: Not eating
EB: To drive three hours to visit family directly after a hard day-they had to help me out of the car
GB: To go hiking at a place called the pinnacles after a hard practice. I'm not a hiker.
JA: Usually eating an entire pizza or a bunch of ice cream. Ruining all the work I put in that day
JF: That eating Chinese is a good idea
JP: To skip a meal.
JM: To go workout again
JC: Eating a whole bunch of crap food!
KC: Going to another gym for sparring
LSC: No idea?
LSA: To go to bed without showering because I was too exhausted = Surefire way to wake up with ringworm.
LVP: Go out instead of going to bed.
RW: Eating half a pan of brownies
RH: A couple times I've tried to do field research after a hard work out. One time I was out in a wetland, on my own, and was physically gassed but still had to wade through mud while carrying buckets of samples. Worse than 'short time' training.
SW: To go back in for round two.....
SS: Don't know lol
TBR: Mexican...my ass was on fire(in my Alicia Keys song voice)
TM: Work my ass off in the gym and then go grab food from Wendy's!!!! Never again! Don't waste a good workout like that! Haha
TC: Not sure
TBA: Attempting to train kicks after leg day - you're gonna have a bad time

14. What famous person would you enjoy punching in the face the most?
AWY: A Kardashian
AWA: Nicki Minaj
AH: I don't know none really
CROB: Taylor Swift
CROD: Any of the Housewives
CB: Kanye West
DR: Tonya Harding
EB: I would enjoy punching Hitler in the face. He may be dead but he was famous-just in the wrong light.
GB: None, I'd rather talk it out. But the first one that got in my face loud and insulting I'd probably pop em with the quickness.
JA: George W
JF: Charlie Sheen
JP: Kanye West, because he's a whiny baby.
JM: Just one!!? How about Congress? Do they count? If not I'll go back to my original response last time we did a round table - Honey Boo Boo's mother
JC: Miley Cyrus, just to knock some since back in the girls head! (Ain't nobody got time for that!)
KC: I don't think I care that much about any famous people, and I'm not much into punching people out of the context of martial arts. I'd like to give Miley Cyrus the good spanking she clearly never got as a child, but it would be for her own good.
LSC: "The Situation" from Jersey Shore
LSA: THANK YOU FOR ASKING THIS!! Giada DeLaurentiis ...that stupid stupid stupid toothy smile of hers makes me insane and her head is waaaayyy to big for her body.
LVP: Christian Bale. Just because he might like it.
RW: Well it use to be Kanye but now im thinking Miley Cyrus after those VMA's
RS: A-Rod one because he's a cheater and two, because people will not shut up about him.
RH: I don't really get urges to punch people in the face (other than in the cage). Many of the former child stars annoy me though... Amanda Bynes (the ugly list is ridiculous), Miley Cyrus, etc.
SW: Miley
TBR: Prolly one of those housewives of Atlanta. The old miss America chick who's a big ol biotch!
TM: Kim Kardashian or Paris Hilton
TC: Any Kardashian
TBA: It might be illegal for me to say the Obamas, so now it's a toss-up between Beyoncé and Lady Gaga

15. How often do you wear matching socks?
AWY: Maybe 25% of the time. They come off right away
anyways when I get to the gym and my Daughter steals them.
AWA: If I wear socks they match
AH: Always
CROB: Good question ...
CROD: Only wear socks to run and the always match or it would bug me
CB: Not very often
DR: Usually only black and I don’t like if one is slightly lighter or darker then the other
EB: Ha ha ha-is this a rhetorical question? My washer and dryer eat socks, so not very often
GB: When they're new and I still know where both matches to the pair are.
JA: Um, never actually
JF: Almost every day
JP: 9 times out of 10
JM: Always
JC: NEVER
KC: EVERY DAY, I'm kind of OCD about that
LSC: Always but I rarely wear socks
LSA: I don't always wear socks, but when I do I wear matching ones.
LVP: Rarely ever
RW: Every day!!!
RS: Always.
RH: Always. I HATE when socks don't match or when they get old in general. A new pair of black socks might be one of my favorite things.
SW: lol Workouts NEVER at work Daily
SS: 99% of the time, it's a huge pet peeve
TBR: They always match, OCD yo!
TM: Never. I don't even think I have a pair that matches.
TC: Never, I hate socks.
TBA: Whenever I wear socks

16. What is your favorite pro sports team?
AWY: I'm to busy with my own sport lol so none
AWA: Flyers. I haven't watched much hockey in the past 2 seasons but my son can talk about the Flyers for days and I enjoy hearing what he has to say.
AH: Mets!
CROB: I don't watch sports besides UFC
CROD: I don’t have one. I have a hard time watching sports on TV other then fighting
CB: Dallas Cowboys
EB: The Cyclones? I'm not really into too many sports
GB: UFC... That doesnt reslly fit maybe.I guess if you look at teams with a lot of quality professional female MMA fighters Jackson's would be the one.
JA: Yankees
JF: I don't have one
JP: Don't really follow pro sports
JM: Who?
JC: Texas Rangers
KC: Chicago Bears
LSC: Colorado Rockies Baby!!!
LSA: Kansas City Chiefs
LVP: Team Quest. (Cheesy, isn't it?! I simply prefer to stay at my favorite places with my favorite people)
RW: I don't really pay attention to any sports that dont have to deal with fighting. They kinda bore me lol
RS: New York Rangers
RH: I prefer college sports, UCONN basketball
SW: Denver Broncos baby
SS: Portland Trailblazers
TBR: I barely even watch any other sports besides fighting...But just to make my friends smile...Cowboys!lol
TM: Denver Broncos
TC: I guess the Dallas Cowboys cause their cheerleaders are awesome

17. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
AWY: I actually have feelings.. and The walk out before the fight is when I'm the most nervous
AWA: I listen to country music in my car...a lot.
AH: I was born in Germany.
CROB: I am a dope rapper haha
CROD: I’m extremely crafty. I love homemade projects and DIY. I love my glue gun
CB: I can crochet and sew
DR: Terrified of bees and wasps
EB: I am a Clint Eastwood fanatic
GB: I once married a man I knew for 2 days. (True story)
JA: I am a teacher of youths. :)
JF: I didn't know UFC existed before I started training
JP: I am an expert sandwich maker, worked at a sandwich shop all throughout high school and loved every minute of it!
JM: hat despite how incredibly talented I am, I can sometimes get lost driving down a straight road... In a town I've lived in for years... There's just not a lot of room in there left for logistics.
JC: I'm a very caring person and really not violent at all, unless I'm fighting
KC: Most people are surprised that I'm an ovo-vegetarian (no meat, no dairy)
LSC: I bowl an average 150 game
LSA: I can turn my feet completely backwards
LVP: I wanted to become an actress when I was younger. I was part of a musical company for two years as a teenager, but when I applied for Drama school in London they turned me down. Probably the reason why I started punching people.
RW: I guess that I'm 19. People usually seem to be surprised by that.
RS: I love singing
RH: I am super non-confrontational
SW: That I am TOTALLY a country kid....
SS: That I can sing well and can dance
TBR: I can dance my ass off ABDC style and I cry at every sports movie.
TM: I'm not really sure on that one... Anyone who knows me well shouldn't be surprised about anything. I am very up front and show everyone who I am!
TC: I'm a pastor's kid 2x over
TBA: I'm a gangsta hamsta

18. What is the best Christmas gift you ever received?
AWY: New rash guard and shorts
AWA: A vacation!
AH: I think when I was younger and got a bike I really wanted
CROB: I honestly don't know hmmm
CROD: My daughter was born a few days before Christmas
CB: My daughter coming home from hospital after being born at 27 weeks
EB: Spending time with two family members that should have been dead for different reasons but still were strong enough to make it through.
GB: A purple unicorn pillow pet. My son asked Santa to bring me a unicorn pillow pet and my coaches made sure Santa didn't forget and took care of it.
JA: My Hamilton Beach Blender
JF: A trip to Kansas City for Invicta
JP: The N'Sync Home for the Holidays CD I bought myself back in the day!
JM: Time with my family
JC: My Shotgun
KC: Art from my super talented family
LSC: My first pink MMA gloves from Sherdog.com
LSA: Jesus...just kidding..although that is probably true, it seems a little sacrilegious to say that. Umm...a Mercedes SUV from my husband.
LVP: My first Invicta fight.
RW: When I was in elementary school and got my first cell phone. I cried.
RH: One year, as part of my gift, my older brother flew me out to San Diego and we road tripped up to my parents house in Portland, OR. The drive was amazing and you can't put a price tag on time with your family.
SW: I would have to say a drawing my son made for me.
SS: Basketball and basketball hoop when I was 5 years old
TBR: My Michael Jackson-esque glittery VS backpack and my rainbow headphones
TM: I have gotten a lot of good ones. I got a remote starter for my truck last year. One of my favorites.
TC: MY WEINERS!!!!
TBA: A baby...named Jesus

19. If you could only eat one thing for a week, what would it be?
AWY: Cheesecake
AWA: Anything wild boar.
AH: Pizza
CROB: Cheeseburgers
CROD: Dr. pepper and goldfish PUFFS
CB: Spaghetti
DR: Lasagna
EB: Turkey Legs
GB: Oatmeal with F3 vanilla protein powder if I had to pick something I could actually eat for a week straight. If it were imaginary world I'd go with chocolate cupcakes topped with cream cheese icing.
JA: French fries.
JF: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Bars
JP: Thai Food
JM: Krispy Kreme donuts
JC: Bacon (duh)
KC: Humus and avocado sandwiches
LSC: Neapolitan Ice Cream
LSA: Anything pumpkin flavored.
LVP: Cookie dough ice cream
RW: Crab legs!
RS: Chicken
RH: Chicken
SW: ARBYS!
SS: I think pizza and chocolate dunkers
TBR: Cookies or seasoned fries duh
TM: Cheeseburgers. They are my weakness!
TC: Cereal
TBA: Carrabbas

20. What fighter would you cast as Wonder Woman in a new movie?
AWY: Cat Zingano
AWA: Alexis Davis. Not sure why. That just works
AH: Cat Zingano
CROB: Miesha Tate
CROD: Gina Carano. She has the dark hair and is very curvy. I love the fact that wonder women is fit but very womenly
CB: Charmaine Tweet
EB: Jessamyn Duke
GB: Someone statuesque like Jessamyn Duke.
JA: Felice for sure
JF: Julia Budd
JP: Kamilla "the killa" Philippus
JM: Gina Carano
JC: Sarah D'alelio, because she's pretty dang awesome and has cool hair!
KC: I think Erin Toughill has the size and the look, but I don't know if she can act
LSC: Julia Budd
LSA: Meisha Tate for sure. You have to have nice boobies to play that role. Plus her hair is so awesome.
LVP: I would get a boob-job, dye my hair black and grow 6 inches, then I would cast myself and fulfill my childhood dream.
RW: Sara McMann!!!! <3
RS: Ronda Rousey
RH: Cat Zingano
SW: Jessamyn Duke
SS: Probably Rhonda Rousey
TBR: I don't like wonder woman, but if I must pick, Gina Carano duh! Just to see her wear the outfit and then fight crime in it
TM: Carla Esparza or Felice Herrig.
TC: Meisha Tate
TBA: Julia Budd - she has that Amazon build