Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sarah McLeod Interview


Earlier this year Sarah McLeod made a lot of new fans in her NAAFS debut with a TKO win over another good fighter, Ronda Gale. Sarah is coming off a disputed loss to the home town favorite in her last fight. McLeod is knowing for her always forward stand and bang style. At Eve of Destruction she brings that style to the cage against undefeated Amber Ignatowski. Sarah will for sure be Amber's toughest opponent to date. This fight has fight of the night written all over it.

Q: Your first fight with NAAFS you made a good impression and a lot of fans have wanted you to come back. How does that make you feel to have people wanting you back?
A: It feels great. It feels great to have a new fan base and it feels like I am almost a home town fighter there. I love to be able to come back. The NAAFS is a great organization and I am proud to be a part of it and have a fan base there.

Q: As a female, how does it feel to get to fight on an all female card?
A: Its amazing to be a part of an all female card and I am grateful for the opportunity. I am real excited to see all female fights.

Q: Is shows like this a step in the right direction for female fighters getting more respect?
A: Oh definitely. There's not many all female cards. This is one step in the right direction for Women's MMA and I think the fans will love to see it. I am sure women in the crowd will be influenced to maybe try it and get Women's MMA more popular.

Q: You are fighting Amber Ignatowski, do you know anything about her?
A: I have watched video of her online. She is very aggressive and a powerful striker. I haven't seen much ground game, most of her fights are stand-up. She has finished all of her opponents so she is no joke, a very tough opponent. I am excited for the challenge.

Q: It looks like she has fought all inexperienced girls, would you say you are a step up for her?
A: I definitely think I will be her toughest challenge and I think she will be one of mine also. I think its a challenge for both of us and test our abilities.

Q: No secret, you like stand and hit hard. If you catch her with something do you think she will want to keep standing or maybe try and go down?
A: Because we both prefer stand-up I think we will find ourselves in a stand-up brawl. I am confident that once I tag her she will have to look for other options. I don't think she will want to stand with my punches. I am definitely looking for a knock-out.

Q: Whats the key for you winning this fight?
A: The key is to be calm and patient. I have to pick her apart and find my openings.

Q: Do you have a prediction?
A: Not really. Its hard to predict a fight. It can go either way. I would like a knock-out, but I have been working on my ground and if it goes to the ground I am excited to test my skills. It would be nice to get my first submission but I am happy with a knock-out as well.

Q: Do you think people can look at your record and not realize how much you have improved, and maybe underestimate you?
A: I definitely think I could be underestimated. But I am improving and fighting tough opponents. Every fight I get better. Every fight I have ever done I am proud of and learn a lot. I am going into this as a whole new fighter, like I do every fight. I could really surprise her.

Q: You are coming from a distance so don't have your coaches, but have these two awesome guys to corner you....
A: Haha

Q: Does that make traveling easier knowing you have people to take care of you?
A: I do travel a lot for fights, so I usually am on my own and have to find people to corner me. It's great to have friends in Ohio that I feel comfortable with and know my style and are able to coach me. I will feel comfortable and like I have my teammates with me practically.

Q: Any idea what you want after this?
A: Right after my fight in Ohio I am flying to Portland and training there for 3 to 4 weeks and looking for an opponent on January 13th for GFL in Portland.

Q: Anyone you want to thank?
A I want to thank you for the interview. My gym, Mid-America Martial Arts,my coach Aaron Cerrone, all my teammates for supporting me, my strength and conditioning coach Bret Carter from Endless PossiblitiesNichole Long for all the work and help she has done for me. I want to thank you and John Hawk for cornering me while I am there. I am real excited to see all my friends and fans there.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Meghan Joyce Interview


At Eve of Destruction 2 Meghan Joyce steps into the cage with Heather Bess. Meghan has not fought since her debut win over Rebecca Gruitza in March after having a couple fights fall through. While she says she likes to stand, her fight with Gruitza showed she obviously is skilled on the ground. Wherever this fight gores, Meghan Joyce is sure to entertain you.

Q: For those who may not be familiar with you, can you start out by telling how you got started with the sport?
A: I started about a year ago when my brother started training at Nutter. He came back from one day of training and was sore and said "Oh my gosh it was a great workout", and he knows I am into sports and like to work out, and he said "Meghan you should try it", and I was like "are there any girls there", and he said "no". I went and fell in love the first day. I never thought I would fight, I just did it to work out and stay in shape, and that's how I started. I have enjoyed it from day one.

Q: What made you decide to fight?
A: One of my trainers thought I was a fighter before I went. He said "Where else do you train" and I said "nowhere". Within like two months of training they thought I was ready to do a kickboxing tournament, which I didn't want to do cause I didn't understand kickboxing. So they threw me in that and I ended up losing cause I was throwing her and doing MMA things that we cant do in kickboxing. They said "You need to do MMA", and then Nichole Long came up to me and said "I think you should try MMA". She got me a fight and I fell in love with everything about it.

Q: Your first fight, you beat Rebecca Gruitza in the first round, safe to say you were satisfied with that one?
A: Yes I was, I was very satisfied.

Q: What does it mean to you to fight on an all female card?
A: To me a fight is a fight. Whether it's an all girl card or not, I am just happy to be involved. I know its hard to come by girls, so Nichole putting on an all female card, I really appreciate it. I will fight on a female card, male card, it should be equal. Girls should be on any card, we have the same rights guys do. An all girl card is great, but we should be able to fight on a guys card as well.

Q: Are cards like this a step in the right direction for female fighters getting treated with more respect?
A: Yes absolutely. I really hope its a good turnout. We all have a good support group following us who will come. So I hope other people think its neat and come and see we are capable of doing it just as much as men are. So it is a step in the right direction for us females.

Q: You are fighting Heather Bess, what do you know about her?
A: I don't know much about her. try and Facebook stalk her, but that didn't get me far haha. I know she has a Karate background and has done some grappling tournaments. So I am not sure how I am gonna go about fighting her. I am more of a stand-up, I know I beat Rebecca with a guillotine, but that kind of fell into my hands. I am gonna try and stand up with her because she does have grappling and her gym looks like ti does ground work, which makes me nervous cause the ground is anyones game. I think I have a better stand-up and boxing background, where she is more of a kickboxer, so my boxing skills will come in handy for me.

Q: If she does get it down, are you confident you can hang with her there?
A: Absolutely! I am pretty comfortable on my back and on top. I have good defense I have been working on at my new gym. Working on ways to get out of submissions cause she will be well educated on Jiu-Jitsu and grappling. So I am working on defense and doing it repetitively, cause that's how you educate yourself. Maybe she will stand-up, so I gotta be ready for everything. She is a good fighter from what I have heard, so I gotta be ready and am excited for the challenge.

Q: A lot of times, in someones first MMA fight, they come out wild, are you expecting that from her?
A: Not with her. I think she will be comfortable because she has done a lot of grappling tournaments and other competitions. I am sure she will have nerves but wont come out wild. She seems educated on her skills, so I don't expect that from her.

Q: Its been awhile since your fight with Rebecca, all things considered do you wish you had fought more recently before this?
A: Yeah! I had a few fights lined up but they didn't fall through. But as a fighter you have to respect that and keep training. I took a break and didn't know if I would continue cause Nutter closed down. But I found my new gym and it all came back and I knew I could continue this.

Q: What is the key to you winning this fight?
A: Conditioning and not looking tired, not letting her get away with things like takedowns. I wanna stay on my feet and not let her get those points. My biggest fear is losing a decision, because its not up to the judges. When we go in there we should be able to win before the third round is over. We trained so hard, one of us should have the upper hand. If its a great fight and goes the distance, then that's what happens. I think my goal is to win by TKO or submission, but I have a fear of the judges and what they are scoring.

Q: Do you have a prediction?
A: No I don't. With Rebecca I did. I had this weird feeling I was gonna get a submission in the first round. I knew with Rebecca being so tall, I didn't want to stand because she is so tall and has such a big reach advantage and her legs are long. With Heather we are shame height, weight and body shape. So I don't have a prediction. i hope it goes well on my behalf but you never know. But I am excited for a great challenge.

Q: Any idea what you want next?
A: I did get an offer to fight Tecia Torres for a title fight. I told them to let me see how this goes. I know Tecia is wild, I saw her fight and was intimidated by it, so its a big step. If I do well, I will take that into consideration. She is in my future and is a great fighter. If I beat her that would be great for me cause she is a great fighter.

Q: In 2012 do you want to be more active?
A: Absolutely! If I continue to pursue this, I would like more fights in a year. I was disappointed this year. If I continue then I want more fights. Win or lose, I won't lose and be done, its if I continue, then I want more fights in a year>

Q: Before we finish, anyone you want to thank?
A: I definitely want to thank Nichole Long for being so helpful and getting me fights. She is a great person. All my fans and every fighters fans for supporting us. My family and friends who support me. Of course the NAAFS and all the other girl fighters who step in the cage and want to prove a point like we all do.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Ashley Hawkins Interview


Ashley Hawkins steps into the cage with Paige Farley as Eve of Destruction 2. In three fights, posting a 2-1 record, Ashley has improved each time out. For this fight she has been able to train some with top ten ranked Pro, Jessica Eye to help improve her game. And at only 22 years of age, Ashley should have a long successful career in the sport.

Q: What does it mean for you to get on an all female card like Eve of Destruction 2?
A: It means a lot to me, and to I think most of the girls on the card. There a re a lot of all guy cards, so its cool to have a card with all girls to show off our talent and hard work.

Q: Your last fight was a decision win over Emily Easton, how are you a better fighter from that fight till now?
A I think I definitely try to improve on my strengths and make them better and things I could have done better in that fight.

Q: What do you think you could have done better?
A: I think I could have put a lot more pressure on her. My last two fights I haven't gotten to do a lot of my stand-up and kicking that I like to do in sparring.

Q: You are fighting Paige Farley, what do you know about her?
A: I don't know too much really, besides info from mixedmartialarts.com. Her record is the same as mine, but my advantage is every girl she fought, it has been their first fight, so she hasn't fought anyone like me.

Q: You have told me you really want to finish, why is it so important to you?
A: I don't know. I feel like going all three rounds in all my fights is good cause I know I have the capability to go all three rounds without a problem. But it would be nice to finish someone just to give myself a sense of being able to get a ko or submission. Everyone likes to see a KO or submission, at least I do. But sometimes fights that go three rounds are some of the best fights.

Q: For this fight you have gotten to train with Jessica Eye and Strong Style, how has that helped you?
A: It helped a lot. Everyone has their own techniques and things they like to do. Training with different people gives you different experiences. Especially training with Jessica Eye. She is a pro, a top ranked pro, so training with her is awesome because you cant get much better than that. She is so good at what she does, and so is everyone else there.

Q: Whats the key to winning this fight?
A: Definitely sticking to my game plan, doing what I want to do, controlling the fight from the touch of the gloves. I don't want to do what I did against Trisha Barr, getting into her game plan. Fight my fight and strengths. Make sure I control it from the first second, and constant pressure.

Q: Do you have a prediction?
A: No! Haha. Fights are hard to predict, you never know whats gonna happen. All I can say is I am gonna win. You have to have confidence in a fight. No one goes in expecting to lose.

Q: If you don't finish, but get a dominating decision, will that satisfy you?
A: Definitely! Knowing I can dominate all three rounds is still a good feeling. To know you won every round and did the best you could.

Q: You seem to have improved your confidence lately, is that accurate?
A: Yeah I feel I have. Like you said, training with Jessica Eye and everyone at Strong Style and with Jessica Dinch at Team Impact, and getting to use a cage. I feel like from my first fight till now I have improved every aspect of my game, wrestling, striking, Jiu-Jitsu, everything.

Q: We talk a lot and it seems your goal is a title fight at next years Night of Champions. Is that the case?
A: Definitely! I just wanna keep improving and winning. Winning is awesome haha.

Q: It is? Haha
A: Haha it is definitely. Even when I win I look back and think what I could do better. So keep that mentality, improve my strengths and improve my weaknesses. Fighting for a title would be awesome. To some its an accessory, but its an accomplishment. I have won trophy's at softball and its nice to look back at.

Q: Assuming you win, whats next?
A: Just keep training. Find a spot where I can train full-time and not hop back and forth. Keep training and training. Its hard being a student worrying about tests and finals and studying and money. But it will be ok, I will keep getting better.

Q: Anyone you want to thank?
A: Yeah definitely. There are a lot of people I am thankful to have in my life. Thank you Jason, you do a lot for me and are sponsoring me with your blog. So everyone check out promotingwomen.blogspot.com for interviews, event coverage and stuff like that. Kody Tuttle and Foundation Fight Co., my new walk-out shirt is awesome, also designing it was Rob Hileman. Everyone at Strong Style, Jessica Eye, Jessica Dinch for helping me train at Team Impact. Friends family, everyone who supports me, NAAFS, Nichole Long, Greg Kalikas, standthemup.org for helping sell my shirts, everyone who bought shirts and tickets from me and helps support me. I am very thankful, without people supporting me it would just be me by myself.

Rosanna Garcia Interview


Rosanna Garcia made her NAAFS debut in April of this year with an impressive first round Guillotine submission over Emily Easton. While the fight was short, she made a big impression and showed some really good potential. She returns on December 17th at Eve of Destruction 2 to face Rebecca Heintzman. If you are unfamiliar with Rosanna, this is one fight you want to see as she takes on the grappling specialist in one of the anticipated bouts on this card.

Q: This is your second fight with NAAFS, what about them makes you want to come back?
A: They really believe in my skills and that is something I appreciate. It is nice to be appreciated. They like me, so I guess I will keep coming as long as they like seeing me. I will put on a show and I know that's what they want.

Q: What does fighting on an all female card mean to you?
A: To me, an all female card is a great way to showcase women's skills. At the same time I wish it didn't have to be an all female card once a year to showcase women's skills. I think there is a lot of talent out there and every card doesn't need to have one or two women's fights, it should be a mixture, because there is a lot of talent out there waiting to show their skills. There is no difference except gender, no difference in skills.

Q: Is a card like this a step forward for Women's MMA?
A: Yeah! Because things aren't at that point yet, it is great to have an all female card, because it does showcase female fighters and proves that point. They can say "Look at this last female fight card, look at all this talent, we should have more female fights". At the same time, while I wish we were at that point, I think its great NAAFS is putting this on to let the world know about the talent.

Q: Is there any pressure on all the fighters to put on a good performance and show people that women do have that skill level?
A: I think at the end of the day, the pressure is just to perform at the best of your ability. To go out there and not leave anything behind, know you did everything you could, didn't give up, pushed the pace, everything you could to win. I don't step in there thinking how I can prove I am a great woman fighter, I do it to prove I am a great fighter.

Q: With all the females on the card is there any pressure to try and be the one who steals the show, who everyone remembers?
A: I think that's how I feel about every fight. Whether an all female card, a mixture, I am always trying to give my best performance.It's great if it steals the show, is a three round slug fest, or a ten second knock-out, I always try and put on the best show. That's what we always want to do, make sure we put on a great, show, cause winning is by default what we want.I need to put on a performance where people see "You see that girl Rosanna, she did this, she won like that". Its about giving people a great performance.

Q: You are fighting Rebecca Heintzman, what do you know about her?
A: I know she is a grappler, she has been placing first and second in her tournaments. I have done some research, I haven't seen any video. I am sure she will bring everything she has to the table. I am prepared for that and working with great coaches on my stand-up and ground. I know I am gonna be ready.

Q: As you mentioned, she is a grappler. Is it safe to say if it goes down, you are confident you can hang with her?
A: Yeah! I am a well rounded fighter, I am confident standing, on the ground, confident if it goes all three rounds. You have to be strong in everything. Or else they can take you down and control you there and get punched. Grappling is different. You go to a tournament you grapple, in a cage you get punched in the face while you grapple.

Q: Do you expect her game plan to be to try and take it down?
A: Since I haven't seen her fight, that could be her game plan or it could be to stand. The better thing to say is I am prepared if she takes it down or doesn't. I will have my game plan as well.

Q: What is they key for you to winning this fight?
A: Smile!! It's a mentality.

Q: Do you have a prediction?
A: No, I don't try and do the psycic thing. I visualize a lot. I visualize how I will win, and see it in my head.

Q: Your last fight here, you impressed people and other girls are looking forward to seeing you...
A: Really!

Q: Yes really. How does that make you feel?
A: I am very grateful that people want to see me and enjoy the performance I put on. It's amazing to be believed in and does something when you have a hard training day. Everyone has those rough days, and when people believe in you it makes you push to a whole different level. People coming to see me with the holidays coming up means more than I can say out loud. I am so grateful and its why we train, to show people what we can do.

Q: If someone is going to see you for the first time, what can they expect from Rosanna Garcia?
A: Non stop action. There is no stopping.

Q: Assuming you win, what do you want next?
A: I am focusing on one at a time, but keep fighting. Talk to my coaches, Master Mike. He knows best so I leave it up to him.

Q: Before we finish, anyone you want to thank?
A: My parents, Evolve Academy, Soldier Fit, Master Mike has believed in me and made a difference in my life, My coaches, all the people who push me to the brink, and everyone who is coming, it means so much and I can express that enough. It is a blessing to have people have my back.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Jessica Eve Richer Interview


In her last fight, Jessica Eve Richer wanted to show she was more than just Jiu-Jitsu, and she accomplished that in her fight with Allanna Jones. Now Jessica will be fighting Lalani Malley at Eve of Destruction. A win over top ranked Malley would make a big statement. In this battle between two talented, well-rounded fighters, you are sure to see some real skill displayed.

Q: In your last fight with Allanna Jones, you said you wanted to show you had stand-up, do you feel you accomplished that?
A: Yes! We spent quite a bit of time on our feet in that fight.

Q: That fight went three rounds, while everyone wants to finish, with it being your second fight, was going three hard rounds like that good for you as a fighter?
A: I think it was a good experience for me and I am glad that I have been the distance. It gives me the confidence to know that its not a problem for me. I trained pretty hard with the cardio and conditioning so it was nice to ave it tested in battle. While I would have liked to finish the fight, I am glad I know I have no problem going the distance.

Q: You are fighting at Eve of Destruction, how does it feel to main event an all female show?
A: I'm excited! I am excited to fight on an all female card, I'm excited to see what the other talent is and meet some of the other female fighters in the NAAFS. It's an honor to be the main event on such card, so I'm excited.

Q: Are cards like this a sign of a step forward for Women's MMA?
A: I hope it is. I think its a sign that there are promotions willing to showcase the women. That's what its going to take to continue to grow depth in the division. Whether its a step forward is going to b a matter of who the talent is and whether the women put in the effort.

Q: With it being an all female card, is there pressure to be the one who steals the show and makes an impression?
A: I would say whether it's an all female card or not I want to be in the fight that steals the show.

Q: NAAFS is a well known company, what would a title with them mean to you?
A: An amateur title would mean I go pro my next fight. This would be a gateway to the next step.

Q: In our last interview you mentioned you didn't like how some organizations bring in girls with no fights and give them title shots. Does a title with NAAFS mean more than one with those organizations?
A: I think it means everything in the world. I makes all the world of difference. That's why I keep dragging my butt out to Ohio to fight instead of staying here in Atlantic City.

Q: You are fighting Lalani Malley, what do you know about her?
A: I know she is a tough fighter, well-rounded. She has gone 5-0 and never been the difference, so finished all her opponents. She is big, strong, tough and well conditioned so I expect it to be a good fight.

Q: If it stays standing the whole time, is it safe to say you feel you can hang with her there?
A: I am one hundred percent I can hang with her anywhere the fight goes.

Q: In her interview she said if it goes to the ground she can not only hang with you, but submit you. Do you have a reaction to that?
A: I expected her to say that. She is a Blue Belt in Jiu-Jitsu, she is not untrained on the ground. Anyone who fights knows that in MMA, Jiu-Jitsu isn't Jiu-Jitsu, its MMA. So the game is different.

Q: What is the key for you in this fight?
A: The key is going to be strategy and game planning. I don't think there is one area where I have a significant advantage over her or her over me. I think we are well matched and it will come down to game planning.

Q: She is currently ranked number one for female in NAAFS. What would a win over her say about you?
A: It's going to be a true test of where I stand I think. It's an opportunity to jump up the chart a little bit.

Q: With her being ranked number one, any chance of her over looking you?
A: I hope so haha. No, I don't think she is a cocky fighter, she has done her homework. There is plenty of footage one me, and she has done her home work like I have done mine.

Q: Any prediction on how it ends?
A: With my hand raised.

Q: Assuming you win, you mentioned going pro, is that for sure the plan?
A: It would depend on what organization was making an offer. I wouldn't take a pro fight just to take a pro fight, but for the right offer, I would take a pro fight.

Q: NAAFS does pro fights, are they one you would want a pro fight with?
A: It would definitely be something to consider. It would have to do with the contract offer.

Q: Anyone you want to thank or mention?
A: My trainers, Joe from Gracie Barra, BC Kickboxing, my sponsors Versa Climber, Furi Jiu Jitsu Sports and North Country Athletic Club Wrestling Camp.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Lalani Malley Interview


Lalani Malley is fighting Jessica Eve Richer at Eve of Destruction on December 17th. Lalani has had several impressive wins in the NAAFS which explains her being the top ranked female. Lalani is a well rounded fighter. So much so that if you ask five different people what Lalani's strength is, you could get five different answers. With plans to turn pro soon, a title with the NAAFS could be a great way to lead into a pro career.

Q: How does it feel for you as a fighter to be the main event of all female show?
A: The main event? It's alright. Its like any other fight except I am the last person to go out and have more time to get cold.

Q: What do shows like this mean for Women's MMA? Is it a step in the right direction?
A: I'm actually not much for all women cards. I like uni-sex cards because I believe it gives us a 50/50 chance and helps us to see me talent and women talent. I don't like all men cards or all female cards, I like everything to be equal. S its not a big deal but does get people aware there is Women's MMA and that's a positive thing. It don't matter to me, I am only here to fight.

Q: It's for a title, so what would the title mean for you?
A: What does a title mean for me? Again, no big deal, it's just another fight. It would be nice to have it and so forth, but its just an accessory. It's great but just an accessory.

Q: You are fighting Jessica Eve Richer, who is known for her Jiu-Jitsu. If it goes to the ground you are confident you can hang with her correct?
A: I'm confident not only that I can hang with her, but I can submit her and control her.

Q: You are a step up in competition for her. Do you feel she is ready for someone of your caliber?
A: I don't feel I am that much higher than her. I definitely can see that her hands might not be there, but she is a hard worker. Possibly she will push me with my cardio. I am pretty sure she is just going to try and take control of the cage, but with my experience I don't think she can hang with me with hands or on the ground honestly. I just think I am a more well-rounded fighter than her. She does have better take downs than me, but everything else leans towards me being the better fighter. But that's just my opinion.

Q: Can you point to one think that is your biggest advantage I this fight?
A: My biggest advantage is that I am complete, I don't lack in anything, I am well-rounded. That's how I feel, that's how a lot of guys feel at the gym. A lot of females who come and train with me say I am better than some pro fighters because I might not be super great at anything but I am a complete fighter.

Q: In the past she has said she wants to show she has more than Jiu-Jitsu and can stand. That being said, if it's standing and you are getting the better of it, do you expect her to try and take it down?
A: Of course! I expect her to basically try and push the pace by doing a simple one-two, and when she gets right handed by me, she is gonna wanna shoot in. A lot of Jiu-Jitsu people do that. Their strategy basically is to push with the hands and as soon as I make a move they duck under and do a shot. Of course I want her to know that her saying she wants to prove she has hands is not true. It would be a way to distract me, but in reality she will do whats she does best which is Jiu-Jitsu.

Q: Do you have a prediction?
A: Honestly, since I haven't had any real proper training for this fight, I am pretty sure it will be a decision or a third round knock-out.

Q: When I talk to people about you, some say your strength is Jiu-Jitsu, some say striking. Is that a compliment in the sense that if different people say different things, it means you are well-rounded?
A: It definitely is a compliment. This is my opinion, I think I am a Jiu-Jitsu person, but as you noted, my hands have gotten me places, they finish fights. In my opinion, people under rate my ground game more than anything. I take it as a compliment. It's nice to see that the thing I think I am weakest at is what people think I am strongest at. I also think it's cool that what I think I am strongest at, people think I am weaker at. So I guess it's a compliment.

Q: You come up to Ohio to fight, and you have friends who fight here and a lot of the local fighters like you. Does that make it easier to travel and fight?
A: Definitely! I am always happy to drive up to Ohio, it takes me out of my element. I like to travel to fight. Sometimes I feel like Ohio is my home. A lot of people in Ohio have mentally supported me and told me I can do it. Even in states like Pennsylvania. They support me a lot more than my team sometimes I feel like, so I appreciate everyone of them. It's like a second home for me, and I thank them for being friends and fans.

Q: Assuming you win this, any idea what you want to do next?
A: I plan on going pro regardless of what happens. Whether I win or lose, this fight will show me what I need to improve on. I feel that I am getting to the point where I wanna show I have kicks, wrestling, better cardio. I really wanna fight in big promotions so I wanna go pro in January or February. Then I want to start looking for a new camp and progress in my skills and be my best as a fighter.

Q: Before we finish, anyone you want to thank or mention?
A: I want to thank Jason Adams.

Q: I love that guy.
A: He's hot and was my boyfriend for a couple months and really supports me.

Q: You know I am putting that in there right? HAHA
A: Yeah haha. I wanna thank my boxing coach Fred, my Jiu-Jitsu coach Mario, everyone that has helped me from the first day, I am not gonna say they all believed in e, but thank you for showing me this is what I want to do, even if I learned the hard way. Jesus Christ of course, my Grandfather, my brothers and all my friends. That's a lot of people. My sponsors Freedom Fighters and Diamond Thieves tattoos.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

NAAFS Combat Challenge 17 Report


On December 3rd NAAFS presented Combat Challenge 17. With only the all Female Eve of Destruction left on the schedule for 2011, this was the final card of the year for the male fighters. And the NAAFS ended the year with a great card. Some great fights and some incredible finishes. Windom Craig, Adam Bosley and Devontae Smith made good impressions and for the second time in two fights I was very impressed with Adib Nour.
In addition to my own scoring, I have included the scoring of my new writer Landry Yankle.

1. Amateur Featherweight
Josh Flowers (0-0 Bullpen) vs Brandon Leininger (0-1 VIP D-Boyz)

RD 1: Jab by Flowers They clinch and a takedown by Flowers. Leininger lands from the bottom. Flowers tries to posture up but can't. Flowers now is able to posture up but doesn't do any damage. Flowers stands and lets Leininger up. Two hard hooks by Flowers and Leininger pulls him down with Flowers on top. Flowers gets side control but Leininger pulls guard. Leininger tries for a arm but Flowers lands hammer fists to get the arm out.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Flowers
Landry scored RD 1: 10-9 Flowers

RD 2: Leg kick by Flowers. They clinch and move to the cage. Takedown by Flowers. Head shot by Flowers. Leininger tries for an arm but can't get it. The ref stands them. Push kick and takedown by Leininger. Flowers tries for an arm but can't get it. Leininger looks for a guillotine but Flowers pulls out. Hammer fists by Flowers. Flowers looks tired here.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Leininger
Landry scored RD 2: 10-9 Leininger

RD 3: Hard hook by Flowers. They clinch and Leininger lands knees. Takedown by Flowers. Flowers gets side control. Knees to the body by Flowers. Leininger gets guard. Leininger uses wrist control to avoid damage. The ref stands them. Hook by Leininger. Takedown by Flowers. Flowers lands a punch. Flowers stands. Leininger jumps into him and pulls guard. Both fighters appear exhausted. Flowers stands. Push kick by Flowers followed by a takedown.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Flowers
Landry scored RD 3: 10-9 Flowers
My score card: 29-28 Flowers
Landry's score card: 29-28 Flowers

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

2. Amateur Heavyweight
Adib Nour (1-0 Dojo Fight Club) vs Zack Byrd (0-1 Damage Inc.)

RD 1: Hard hook by Nour drops Byrd. Nour lands two more shots on the ground and the ref stops it.

Result: Adib Nour by TKO at :06 of Round 1

3. Amateur Bantamweight
Dustin Bertch (0-0 Jamestown MMA) vs Jose Alvarado (0-0 VIP D-Boz)

RD 1: Leg kick by Alvarado. Takedown by Bertch. Bertch postures up and lands shots. Bertch pushes him to the cage. Punches by Bertch. Alvarado gets an armbar but Bertch pulls him up and slams him to break the hold. Bertch gets his back and a rear naked choke for the tap.

Result: Dustin Bertch by Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:44 of Round 1

4. Amateur Lightweight
Derrick Hill (0-0 Dojo Fight Club) vs Nick Brown (0-0 Uniontown Fight Club)

RD 1: Both land leg kicks. Jab and hook by Brown. Clinch by Hill and he lands a knee. They separate. Punches by Brown. Takedown by Hill. They stand right back up. Hard hook by Brown. Takedown by Brown but Hill is looking for a guillotine. Body shots by Brown. Brown escapes the guillotine and lands hard punches. More hard shots by Brown. Brown gets his back and lands more shots. The ref stands them. Clinch in center of the cage and a knee by Brown.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Brown
Landry scored RD 1: 10-9 Brown

RD 2: Clinch on the cage and the quickly separate. They clinch again and quickly separate. Brown lands punches. They clinch against the cage. Hill is cut and bleeding pretty bad over his eye. The doctor comes in to check the cut and they stop the fight.

Result: Nick Brown by Doctor Stoppage at :51 of Round 2

5. Amateur Heavyweight
Josh Fox (0-0 Dojo Fight Club) vs Tim Miller (1-0 Bullpen)

RD 1: Leg kick by Miller. They trade hard shots and clinch against the cage. Body shots by Miller. They separate and a hard hook by Miller. They drop down and Miller stands and drops hard shots. More hard shots by Miller. Miller continues landing hard punches. They stand and clinch against the cage. Uppercut by Miller and they separate.
I scored RD 1: 10-8 Miller
Landry scored RD 1: 10-8 Miller

RD 2: Uppercut by Miller. They clinch against the cage Body shots by Fox. They separate and Fox lands a hard hook. They clinch on the cage and Fox takes him down and get his back. Now he tries to get his hooks in. Hard punches by Fox. Miller rolls and gets on top but the round ends.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Fox
Landry scored RD 1: 10-9 Fox

RD 3: Leg kick by Miller. Cross by Miller hurts him. Fox tries for a takedown but a sprawl by Miller. Body shots by Miller and they stand. Fox tries for a single leg and finally gets it and then gets his back. Miller gets on top and pushes him to the cage.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Miller
Landry scored RD 3: 10-9 Miller
My score card: 29-27 Miller
Landry's score card: 29-27 Miller

Result: Tim Miller by Unanimous Decision (30-27/29-28/29-28)

6. Jason Gomez (0-0 Independent) vs Seth Schaffer (0-0 Instigator Fight Team)

RD 1: Leg kick by Gomez and another. Kick to the body by Schaffer. They clinch on the cage and quickly separate. Gomez shoots in and slams him. They scramble and stand. Clinch against the cage and a hook by Schaffer. Spin kick by Gomez. Gomez tries for a single and they clinch on the cage. Body shots by Schaffer. Knee by Schaffer. Gomez drops down and Schaffer gets in his guard. Schaffer stands and drops down a body shot and then gets his back. Body shots by Schaffer and then head shots. Schaffer hooks a rear naked and gets the tap.

Result: Seth Schaffer by Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:54 of Round 1

7. Amateur Middleweight
Ben Meese (0-0 Caldwells Fight Club) vs Nick Corp (0-0 Evolve MMA)

RD 1: Both fighters doing a lot of circling and feinting. They clinch and move to the cage. Takedown by Corp. Corp gets mount and lands lots of punches till the ref stops it.

Result: Nick Corp by TKO at 1:10 of Round 1

8. Amateur Bantamweight
Corey Simmons (2-2 VIP D-Boyz) vs Tim Enright (3-1 USA Martial Arts)

RD 1: Jab and cross by Simmons. Enright shoots but gets stuffed. Leg kick by Simmons. Takedown by Simmons. Simmons gets side control. Enright pulls guard. Simmons stands and lets Enright up. Jab by Enright. Leg kick by Enright. Slam by Enright into side control. Enright is trying for a choke and then moves to mount and lands punches.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Enright
Landry scored RD 1: 10-9 Enright

RD 2: Both land shots. Leg kick by Enright. Enright goes for a single leg but Simmons hooks a guillotine for the tap.

Result: Corey Simmons by Tapout (Guillotine) at :55 of Round 2

9. Amateur Lightweight
Devontae Smith (0-0 Brickhouse MMA) vs Jon Looft (0-0 Evolve MMA)

RD 1: Push kick by Smith. Takedown by Smith. Hammer fists by Smith. Smith stands and drops punches and Looft is out cold.

Result: Devontae Smith by KO at :30 of Round 1

10. Amateur Middleweight
Travis Rivers (0-0 Empire Academy) vs J.T. Miller (0-0 Strong Style Fight Team)

RD 1: Hook by Rivers. Jab by Miller and he gets a slam. Miller gets side control. Rivers gets half guard. Rivers holds him close to avoid damage. The ref stands them. Slam by Miller into side control. Knee to the body by Miller. Rivers pulls guard. Miller gets his back and then gets mount and lands punches.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Miller
Landry scored RD 1: 10-9 Miller

RD 2: Punches by Rivers. Leg kick by Miller. Miller shoots in but can't get the takedown. Miller shoots in again and gets caught in a guillotine. Miller escapes and is in half guard. Two body shots by Miller. Rivers holds him close. Miller gets mount and lands shots. Miller gets his back and lands punches to the head. Miller gets a rear naked for the tap.

Result: J.T. Miller by Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:44 of Round 2

11. Amateur Light Heavyweight
Darryl Chajon (0-0 Strong Style Fight Team) vs Jacen Huss (2-0 Uniontown Fight Club)

RD 1: They trade shots. Huss lands a kick low but the ref missed it. Jab by Huss. Jab by Chajon. Hook by Huss and another. Both land jabs. Leg kick by Chajon. Jab and cross by Chajon. Leg kick by Chajon. They clinch on the cage and both land knees. Foot stomp by Chajon. Knees by Chajon. Two knees by Huss. Body shots by Huss. Knees by Chajon.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Chajon
Landry scored RD 1: 10-9 Chajon

RD 2: Leg kick by Chajon. They trade hooks. Jab by Huss. Cross by Chajon. Hook by Huss. Front kick by Chajon. Body shots by Huss. Kick to the body by Huss. Took by Huss. Jab by Huss. They clinch on the cage and Chajon lands a knee. Punch to the leg by Chajon. Body shots by Huss. Knee by Huss. The ref separates them. Jab by Chajon.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Huss
Landry scored RD 2: 10-9 Huss

RD 3: Hook by Huss. They clinch on the cage. Both land knees. More knees by both fighters. Body shots by Huss. They separate and trade hooks. Leg kick by Huss. Takedown by Chajon. Two body shots by Chajon. Huss tries for an arm but Chajon pulls out. Chajon stands and both land hooks.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Chajon
Landry scored RD 3: 10-9 Huss
My score card: 29-28 Chajon
Landry's score card: 29-28 Huss

Result: Darryl Chajon by Split Decision (29-28/28-29/29-28)

12. Amateur Lightweight
Estabon Cordova (2-0 Jamestown MMA) vs Adam Bosley (3-2 Uniontown Fight Club)

RD 1: Jab by Cordova. Takedown by Bosley. Head shots by Bosley. Cordova tries for an arm. Cordova pulls guard. Body shots by Bosley. More shots by Bosley. Bosley pushes him to the cage. Head shots by Bosley. They stand. Bosley goes for a takedown and gets it and the ref takes a point from Cordova for holding the cage. Head shots by Bosley. Bosley is bleeding pretty bad from the head.
I scored RD 1: 10-8 Bosley
Landry scored RD 1: 10-8 Bosley

RD 2: Jab by Bosley. Kick to the body by Bosley. Takedown against the cage by Bosley. Head shots by Bosley. Body shots by Bosley. Bosley lands two elbows to the head, clearly not intentional, but the ref misses them. More body shots by Bosley. The ref stands them. Leg kick by Bosley. Hard hook and uppercut by Cordova. Takedown by Bosley.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Bosley
Landry scored RD 2: 10-9 Bosley

RD 3: Uppercut by Cordova. Takedown by Bosley. Cordova looks for a choke but can't get it. Hard shots by Bosley. More hard shots. Cordova tries to wall walk and get up but can't. The ref stands them. Bosley is bleeding from the mouth. Cordova looks exhausted. Bosley shoots in and gets a takedown. Not much action here. Knee to the body by Bosley.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Bosley
Landry scored RD 3: 10-9 Bosley
My score card: 30-26 Bosley
Landry's score card: 30-26 Bosley

Result: Adam Bosley by Unanimous Decision (30-26/30-26/30-26)

13. Amateur Featherweight
Luke Burdette (2-4 Gracie Pittsburgh) vs Bhrandon Poindexter (6-7 Evolve MMA)

RD 1: Leg kick by Poindexter and another. Takedown by Burdette. Head shots by Burdette. They stand and Poindexter lands a leg kick. Body kick by Poindexter. They trade hard shots. Hard kick to the body by Poindexter. Hard punches against the cage by Poindexter has Burdette hurt. Burdette clinches but Poindexter pushes him off. Burdette drops him with a hook and gets on top but the round ends.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Poindexter
Landry scored RD 1: 10-9 Poindexter

RD 2: Both lands hard shots and clinch on the cage. Takedown by Burdette. Body shots by Burdette. Head shots by Burdette. More to the body by Burdette. Burdette gets north south position but Poindexter is able to stand. Burdette takes him back down. Head shots by Burdette. They stand and clinch on the cage. Burdette drops down and gets a double leg and lands shots to the head.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Burdette
Landry scored RD 2: 10-9 Burdette

RD 3: Kick to the body by Poindexter. Leg kick by Poindexter. Cross by Poindexter. They clinch against the cage. Burdette trying hard for a takedown and finally gets it. Not much happening here. Body shots by Burdette. Poindexter pulls him close. Head shots by Burdette. Burdette gets side control. Poindexter is able to stand. Burdette clinches and takes him down. Poindexter tries for an arm but the round ends.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Burdette
Landry Scored RD 3: 10-9 Burdette
My score card: 29-28 Burdette
Landry's score card: 29-28 Burdette

Result: Luke Burdette by Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/29-28)

14. Amateur Featherweight
Chris Dunn (7-2 Team Genocide) vs Wes Hanson (4-0 Butch Hiles MMA)

RD 1: Hard hook and takedown by Hanson. Hanson gets side control and then mount. Great scramble by both fighters. Dunn is bleeding bad. Dunn pulls guard. Body shot by Hanson. Great scramble by Dunn to get up. The doctor is checking Dunn's cut and they stop the fight.

Result: Wes Hanson by Doctor Stoppage at 2:09 of Round 1

15. Amateur Middleweight
Zac Gobel (6-4 Dragons Den) vs John Lepovich (3-1 PTT)

RD 1: Leg kick by Lepovich. Takedown by Gobel into side control. Gobel gets mount and lands head shots. Lepovich holds him close. Gobel gets his back and a rear naked for the tap.

Result: Zac Gobel by Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:05 of Round 1

16. Amateur Heavyweight
Ashford McQueen (2-2 Team Genocide) vs Windom Craig (4-2 Strong Style Fight Team)

RD 1: McQueen charges in and they clinch. McQueen drops him with a hook and gets on top, but Craig reverses and gets on top. McQueen is looking for a guillotine but Craig pulls his head out and gets mount. Craig lands head shots. McQueen gets up and they clinch. Craig hurts him with punches and a hook drops McQueen to end it.

Result: Windom Craig by KO at 1:55 of Round 1

Submission of the Night: Zac Gobel

KO of the Night: Devontae Smith

Fight of the Night: Ashford McQueen vs Windom Craig