Saturday, August 18, 2012

NAAFS Rock-N-Rumble 6 Report


On August 17th NAAFS put on one of there signature events of the years, Rock-N-Rumble. It was a great event and the crowd was full of energy from beginning to end. In the main event, hometown favorite Jessica Eye put on a great performance in earning a unanimous decision over Angela Magana to send the crowd home happy. Other pro stand-outs included Torrance Taylor and can't miss prospect Isaiah Chapman. Amateur action included wins by Jerrell Hodge in a really solid performance, a great finish for Kenny Jackson and other good performances by Windom Craig and Rebecca Heintzman just to name a few.

1. Amateur Middleweight
Chris Brown (6-0 SVT) vs Wayne Lanum (6-0 Buckeye Training Academy)

RD 1: Leg kick by Lanum. Brown shoots in and they clinch on the cage. Brown is trying for a single leg and Lanum lands knees to the leg. Brown is still trying for the takedown. Nice throw by Lanum and he looks for a D'arce choke but can't get it. Now Lanum moves to side control and then gets his back. Nice job by Brown to stand up. They clinch in the center and move to the cage. Brown looks for a takedown but Lanum defends it well. They drop down and Brown lands a punch that opens a cut on Lanum's head.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Lanum

RD 2: Jab by Brown. Brown charges in and they clinch on the cage. Knee to the body by Brown. Brown tries for a double leg but can't get it. They separate and trade hard shots. They clinch and Lanum gets a takedown but they are up quick. Clinch against the cage and Brown lands body shots. Now Lanum lands body shots. Head shots by Brown. Brown is trying hard for a takedown. Knee to the leg by Lanum
I scored RD 1: 10-10 Even

RD 3: Hook and uppercut by Brown. They trade hard shots and clinch on the cage. Lanum is bleeding again from the cut. Knee to the leg by Brown. Brown is trying for a takedown. They separate and trade punches. They clinch again but quickly separate. Now a clinch on the cage and Brown lands a nice knee to the leg. Lanum tries to get a takedown and gets it. Brown gets up and they drop back down with Brown in side control. Head shots by Brown. Lanum defends well on the bottom. Hammer fists by Brown.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Brown
My score card: 29-29 Draw

Result: Wayne Lanum by Split Decision (29-28/28-29/29-28)

2. Amateur Lightweight
Kenny Jackson (9-5 Evolve MMA) vs Mike Putnam (4-2-1 Team Titan)


RD 1: Lots of feints by both fighters. Jab by Jackson. Jab by Putnam. They trade jabs. Hook by Putnam. Hook by Jackson. They clinch and Putnam gets a takedown. Putnam lands punches and they stand. Jackson hurts him with a hook. Takedown by Putnam as the round ends.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Putnam

RD 2: Jab by Jackson. Hard hook by Jackson. Leg kick by Putnam. Putnam gets a nice slam but Jackson gets an inverted triangle and gets the tap.

Result: Kenny Jackson by Tapout (Inverted Triangle) at 1:23 of round 2

3. Amateur Heavyweight
Nick Stuff (3-0 Buckeye Training Academy) vs Windom Craig (5-2 Fearless Fight Team)

RD 1: They trade shots and clinch on the cage. They separate and Craig lands a hook. They clinch against the cage. Body shots by Craig. Stuff looks for a takedown and gets it and gets side control. Stuff pins an arm down and lands punches. Stuff postures up and lands hard shots. Craig works his way up ad thy are trading hard punches. Two hard hooks bu Stuff.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Stuff

RD 2: Stuff shoots in and they clinch on the cage. They quickly separate and trade hard shots. Knee to the body by Craig. Craig hurts him with punches. Stuff shoots in by Craig sprawls and lands punches. Craig is landing hard shots to the head. Craig has him pushed against the cage and lands more punches. They stand and Craig hurts him with a hook. Stuff is cut under the eye. A hard hook by Craig drops him and Craig lands two more shots on the ground and the ref stops it.

Result: Windom Craig by TKO at 2:12 of Round 2

4. Amateur Heavyweight
Clark Young (3-0 Shrader's MMA) vs Jay Olson (5-1 Evolve MMA)

RD 1: Young shoots in but can't get the takedown. They clinch on the cage and quickly separate. Hook by Olson. Young shoots in and they clinch and trade knees. Knee to the leg by Young. They move to the cage and Olson lands a knee to the body. Young looks for a takedown and Olson lands punches to the head. Knee to the leg by Young. They separate and Olson drops him with a hook and lands two more punches and the ref stops it.

Result: Jay Olson by TKO at 2:15 of Round 1

5. Amateur 120LBS
Rebecca Heintzman (2-0 Power of One MMA) vs Ronda Gale (4-4 Instigator Fight Team)


RD 1: Jab to the body by Gale and another. Leg kick by Gale. They clinch in the center of the cage and trade knees to the leg. Heintzman is working hard for a takedown and gets a nice slam. Gale pulls guard. Heintzman is working hard to ass guard. Punch to the head by Heintzman. Hammer fist from the bottom by Gale. Heintzman stands and lets her up. They drop back down and Heintzman gets her back. Gale defends well.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Heintzman

RD 2: They clinch and move to the cage. Knee to the leg by Heintzman. Heintzman lands an elbow to the leg drawing a warning from the ref. Knee to the body by Gale. Knee and punches to the leg by Heintzman. They separate and trade shots. They clinch and Heintzman gets a takedown and side control. Heintzman gets her back and gets a rear naked for the tap.


Result: Rebecca Heintzman by Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:53 of Round 2

6. Amateur Featherweight
Shawn King (6-1 Wrecking Crew) vs Jerrell Hodge (4-1 Brickhouse MMA)

RD 1: Clinch and move to the cage. Takedown by Hodge into side control. King is able to pull guard. Punch to the head by Hodge. More head shots by Hodge. They stand and Hodge lands a hook. They clinch and Hodge lands knees to the body. Takedown by Hodge. Hodge moves to side control but King Pulls guard and avoids damage.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Hodge

RD 2: Cross by Hodge. They trade hard shots and clinch against the cage. Nice slam by Hodge and he is in guard. Hodge moves to side control. Hodge tries for an arm but King pulls out. Hodge gets mount and lands punches. Hodge gets his back and gets a rear naked for the tap.


Result: Jerrell Hodge by Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:04 of Round 2

7. Amateur Middleweight
Mike Schimek (5-1 Western New York Self Defense) vs Brad Orsbone (4-1 Buckeye MMA)

RD 1: Orsbone rushes in throwing punches and they clinch but quickly separate. Takedown by Orsbone. Orsbone lands punches. They stand and Schimek gets a takedown into guard. Body shots by Schimek. Orsbone stands and Schimek tries to pull him back down. They are clinched with Orsbone looking for a guillotine. They drop down and Orsbone has his back landing punches. Schimek rolls and gets on top and lands punches. They stand and are clinched against the cage as the round ends.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Orsbone

RD 2: Leg kick by Orsbone. They clinch and move to the cage. They separate and trade hard shots. Orsbone hurts him and has him backing up. Takedown by Orsbone and he has his back. Nice job by Schimek to reverse and get mount. Hard punches by Schimek. The ref stops it. Seems to be a questionable stoppage.

Result: Mike Schimek by TKO at 1:53 of Round 2

8. Pro Welterweight
Ben Smith (5-0-1 Xtreme Couture) vs Dave Vandevelde (5-1-1 Wrestling Factory Cleveland)

RD 1: Leg kick by Vandevelde. Takedown by Smith into guard. Punches by Smith. They stand and are clinched. Takedown by Vandevelde but they are right back up and clinched against the cage. Knee to the leg by Vandevelde and another. Vandevelde is working for a double leg. Knees to the head by Smith. More knees from Smith. The ref separates them. Clinch against the cage and a takedown by Smith into guard. Body shots by Smith. Head shots from the bottom by Vandevelde. Short head shots by Smith.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Smith

RD 2: Hook by Smith. Leg kick by Smith. They clinch on the cage and Smith looks for a takedown. Smith has his back standing and lands knees to the leg. They separate and Smith shoots in and they clinch on the cage. Smith tries for a double leg. Head shots by Vandevelde. Smith gets the takedown but they are up quick. They trade hard shots. Vandevelde hurts him with several punches. Vandevelde drops him and drops down punches. Smith is up and they trade hard shots. Vandevelde lands a hard hook and has him hurt landing hard shots. Smith shoots in and gets the takedown to end the round.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Vandevelde

RD 3: Takedown by Smith. Vandevelde wall walks and gets up. They clinch against the cage and Smith gets a takedown into half guard and then full guard. Body shots by Smith. Head shots from the bottom by Vandevelde. They stand and Vandevelde lands a hook. Smith shoots in and they clinch on the cage. Takedown by Smith. Elbow to the head from the bottom by Vandevelde. The ref stands them. Uppercut by Smith. Smith shoots in and is trying for a double leg. Smith gets the takedown and is in guard. Smith stands and drops down a punch.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Smith
My score card: 29-28 Smith

Result: Ben Smith by Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27)

9. Pro Lightweight
Tom Waters (4-3 Warrior MMA) vs Torrance Taylor (10-7-1 Rising Dragon)

RD 1: Leg kick by Taylor. They clinch on the cage with Waters looking for a takedown and he gets it. Taylor works his way up and they are clinched on the cage. Knees to the body by Taylor. Waters looks for a single leg. Knee to the leg by Waters. Knee to the head by Taylor. Knee to the body by Taylor. They separate and Waters catches a kick and takes him down. Taylor gets up and slams Waters down. Head shots by Taylor. Elbows to the head by Taylor. More elbows from Taylor. Taylor stands and kicks his legs and gets back in guard. Punches to the head by Taylor.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Taylor

RD 2: Leg kick by Taylor. Taylor catches a kick and takes him down. Taylor traps an arm and lands an elbow. Waters pulls his arm out. Head shots by Taylor. Elbow to the head by Taylor. Two hammer fists by Taylor. Punches to the head by Taylor. Taylor gets side control and lands hammer fists and an elbow. Waters gets half guard. Two elbows to the head by Taylor. Waters is cut on the top of his head. Punches to the head by Taylor. Taylor looks for n arm and goes for a key lock but Waters escapes. Taylor gets mount and lands punches. Taylor goes for the arm again but cant get it. Punches to the head by Taylor. Elbows to the head by Taylor. More punches from Taylor.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Taylor

RD 3: Body kick by Taylor. Hard leg kick by Taylor. Two nice head kicks by Taylor hurts him. Taylor drops him with a hook and lands punches till the ref stops it.


Result: Torrance Taylor by TKO at :37 of Round 3

10. Pro Bantamweight
Mike Nesto (14-9 Wand Fight Team) vs Isaiah Chapman (14-1 Rock Hard MMA)

RD 1: Hook by Chapman. Chapman lands punches against the cage. Body kick by Chapman. Nesto shoots in but Chapman gets the takedown. Chapman gets side control. Elbow to the head by Chapman. They stand and clinch on the cage. They move to the center and Nesto drags him down. Chapman is up quick. Jab by Chapman. Chapman hurts him with a hook and lands a couple more shots. They clinch against the cage and quickly separate. They trade hooks. Body kick by Chapman. They clinch against the cage with Nesto looking for a single leg and he gets it. Chapman is up quick and they are clinched on the cage. Nesto tries for a guillotine and drops down. Chapman gets his head out and lands a punch. Elbow to the head by Chapman.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Chapman

RD 2: Jab by Nesto. Hook by Nesto. Hook by Chapman and another. They trade shots. Chapman is bleeding from the nose. Jab and hook by Chapman. Nesto shoots in but Chapman gets on to in guard. Body shots by Chapman. Chapman stands and drops a punch. Nesto pulls guard. Elbow to the head by Chapman. Chapman stands and lets him up. Hook by Chapman and another. They trade hard shots. Head kick by Chapman. Chapman's nose is bleeding bad. Uppercut by Chapman. They trade shots against the cage. Takedown by Chapman. Elbows to the head from the bottom by Nesto.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Chapman

RD 3: Leg kick by Chapman. Hard hook by Chapman and another. Knee to the head by Chapman. Hook by Chapman. Jab by Nesto. Nesto shoots in but Chapman sprawls and gets on top in mount. Head shots by Chapman. Chapman stands and lets him up. Cross by Nesto. Nice cross by Nesto. They trade shots and Chapman gets a takedown and pushes him against the cage. Nesto tries for an arm but Chapman stands and lets him up. Hook by Nesto and another. Hook to the body by Chapman. Head kick by Chapman. Jab by Chapman. Cross by Chapman. Hook by Chapman. Chapman hurts him with punches as the round ends.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Chapman
My score card: 30-27 Chapman


Result: Isaiah Chapman by Unanimous Decision (29-28/30-27/30-27)

11. Pro 125LBS
Angela Magana (10-4 Four Corners) vs Jessica Eye (12-1 Strong Style Fight Team)


RD 1: Cross and hook by Eye. Jab by Eye. Hook by Eye. Hook by Magana. They clinch in the center and move to the cage. They separate and Eye lands a nice hook. Leg kick by Magana. Several hard shots by Eye. Magana shoots in and they clinch on the cage. They separate and Eye lands punches. They clinch on the cage and Magana tries for a takedown. Knee to the leg by Eye. Knee to the leg by Magana. Takedown by Magana but Eye is on top and lands punches and then lets her up. Hook by Eye. Clinch against the cage. Head shots by Magana. Magana tries for a takedown but cant get it. They separate and Eye lands a jab and a hook. They trade punches. Eye drops her with a hook and kicks at her leg. Eye lets her up and lands a hard hook. Clinch against the cage. Knee to the leg by Magana. Knee to the leg by Eye and another. Takedown by Magana.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Eye


RD 2: Magana shoots in but eats a knee. They drop down with Magana looking for a leg. Eye stands and lets her up. Leg kick by Magana. Eye lands hard punches. They trade hooks. Hook by Eye. Leg kick by Magana. Hook by Eye. Magana shoots in but Eye sprawls and lands an elbow before letting her up. Jab to the body by Eye. Magana shoots in and they clinch on the cage. Knee to the leg by Eye. They separate and Magana lands a hook. Jab and cross by Eye. Hard hook by Magana. They clinch in the center of the cage. Takedown by Magana but Eye gets up and kicks a downed Magana's legs. Eye lets her up. They trade jabs. Body kick by Magana. Hook and cross by Eye. Eye lands hard punches to hurt her. Hook by Eye and another. Magana shoots in but cant get the takedown. Clinch on the cage and head shots by Eye. They separate and Eye lands a cross.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Eye


RD 3: Two jabs by Eye. Jab to the body by Eye. Leg kick by Magana. Hook by Magana. Hard cross by Eye. Jab to the body by Eye. Magana shoots in and they clinch against the cage. Knee to the leg by Eye. They separate and Eye lands a double jab. Hook by Eye. Jab by Magana. Magana shoots in but Eye sprawls. Jab by Magana. They trade hooks. Hook by Eye an another. Magana shoots but Eye sprawls. Body kick by Magana. Leg kick by Magana. Magana shoots and eats a punch. Leg kick by Magana. Push kick by Eye. Jab by Eye. Magana shoots but Eye sprawls. Hook by Eye. Magana shoots but Eye gets on top in side control as the round ends.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Eye
My score card: 30-27 Eye


Result: Jessica Eye by Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27)

Submission of the Night: Kenny Jackson

Knock Out of the Night: Torrance Taylor

Fight of the Night: Mike Nesto vs Isaiah Chapman

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Nichole Long Interview


We are just days away from one of the highlights of the year for NAAFS, Rock N Rumble. The yearly event always features some of the top local pro and amateur fighters. This year is no exception with several very exciting and intriguing fights highlighted by one of the best amateur fighters in the promotions history, Isaiah Chapman as he fights as a pro for the third time against the very tough Mike Nesto as well as the main event where one of, if not the most popular fighters in the area, Jessica Eye as she takes on Angela Magana. Then, just eight days later, the NAAFS returns to West Virginia with an exciting all pro card that will also give fans an opportunity to meet current UFC star Stipe Miocic as well as Hall-of-Famer Mark Coleman. NAAFS Matchmaker Nichole Long is always gracious to give me some time to talk about the big shows and this time was no exception.

Q: First, I gotta ask, how are things with the new baby?
A: Rough haha. It is hard to match cards with a little baby at home let me tell you haha.

Q:Before he was born you said he was a night person, is that still the case?
A: Yeah! He is up half the night. He is finally sleeping like in three hour periods during the day so I can get some work done, but mostly from 5am on he is up, and I don't go to bed till about 2am.

Q: Briefly I would like to go over the last show. Frank Caraballo got another win. He is ready for the big stage isn't he?
A: Yeah, I mean where can he go from here with us? He has defended the title numerous times and has had two of our titles. There isn't anywhere else for him to go but the big stage at this point.

Q: After the fight it seemed the whole crowd was chanting "UFC", have you ever heard a crowd respond like that?
A: No, but Frank the Tank fans have always been very very vocal. At any given point you will hear a barrage of "Frank the Tank, Frank the Tank". To be honest I have never heard fans quite that loud and be joined together for any chant let alone the "UFC" chants after his last fight.

Q: I think a lot of people going in viewed Jeremy Czarnecki as just another opponent, but up until the finish he did quite well would you agree?
A: I think Jeremy surprised a lot of people. I was fully aware of who Jeremy is and what he is capable of. He just hasn't gotten to show everything in his arsenal until the Frank fight. At any time fighting a champ who has defended his belt so many times and is coming off two Bellator fights including with Donny Walker who just came out of the UFC, that will be intimidating. So it is a lot of pressure to fight someone like Frank at this time in his career and that had to weigh on Jeremy and he went in there and rose to the occasion. I cant wait to see Jeremy back in the NAAFS cage.

Q: Outside of that fight, it seemed the fights the crowd got most into were the wins by Jena Baldwin and Jessica Dinch. You are a proponent of women's MMA, so how did it feel for you to see the crowd so into the female fights?
A: It definitely feels good. In the beginning there were people who were nay sayers of female fights. They would see girls walk to the cage and go get drinks or take a bathroom break and now it is the exact opposite, they are the fights no one wants to miss. The Jena Baldwin and Sarah Shirey fight, for those two girls to be making their debut, they did amazing. Also I have to give props to Amber Sacramone and Jessica. Jessica might be 0-3 but she has been in there with three beats and for Amber to hold her own with Jessica, those girls really put on a show.

Q: It was the first event at the One Wellness Center, I really liked it, are you hoping to go back?
A: I am. It had a great area for the fighters to warm up and that is important. The fighters loved having that area. When you have happy fighters you have great fights and that fight night, from top to bottom, was one of the better cards we have had all year. The amateurs put on hell of performances, and the pros, Blackwell and Suber will probably be fight of the year if no one else steps up to the plate.

Q: Two big events coming in back to back weeks, how hard is it to match so many pro fights over an eight day period?
A: Haha to be honest with you, amateurs are way harder than pros. Amateurs are on the card, off the card, on the card, off the card. The matching part is more difficult because everything has to be perfect, where as amateurs who are 0-0 there isn't much information. So the negotiations is harder than on the amateur level. Pros say they are gonna fight they are gonna fight unless there is an injury.

Q: Is there ever an instance where you look at a fight and say "where would this make more sense? Cleveland or West Virginia?"
A: Yeah, all the time. I want the best match possible and even if it makes more sense in Cleveland, if one guy cant make that weekend, but they both can do West Virginia, it is gonna happen in West Virginia.

Q: On Rock n Rumble, you have one of the most decorated amateurs NAAFS has ever had, Isaiah Chapman in his third pro fight, not looking past Mike Nesto because Nesto can challenge him, but how good can Isaiah be?
A: Isaiah has all the potential in the world to get as far as any other fighter. He does have a very hard match with Nesto. Nesto's record may not be stellar but if you look down the list at who he has fought, even in his amateur career, he has fought a who's who list. I am interested to see where Nesto is now, he has been training in Vegas at Wanderlei's camp, I am interested to see how much he has improved. Also to see how Isaiah does with an opponent as seasoned as Nesto, who isn't going in there scared shitless as most of Isaiah's opponents do.

Q: That actually leads perfectly to my next question. Isaiah often intimidates opponents even before the fight starts, Nesto doesn't seem like a person who will be intimidated, would you agree?
A: I have matched a lot of Nesto's amateur fights to, he never cared who he was fighting. He was like "just give me the name when I get there". He didn't need to know, never asked about opponents, just wanted to fight. As a pro, business kicks in a little, but he is a gamer and is coming to fight. He has been there with people like Isaiah and never backed down. I see this being an amazing fight and a good thing for both of these bantamweights.

Q: Around this time a year is when fighters start thinking about the amateur titles, that makes the amateur fights on this card bigger than say three or four months ago correct?
A: A lot of these guys it is their second bout with us this year and it is do or die time. One loss can put your ranking down and a big win can put your ranking up. This fight night is one of the most important for the amateurs. Most of them are in the series and ranked and are looking at improving their rankings. Next thing we look at is semi-finals for all of them.

Q: The main event is Jessica Eye vs Angela Magana, is it hard to find girls to come fight Jessica knowing how crazy the crowd is behind her?
A: When she was an amateur it was way harder. Now as a pro, there are so many game pros, and that is the word, pro, they are professionals, they know this is her home town. I have had many of them who don't care, they are just ready to fight, they don't care if they get booed, they wanna take that from her. That is part of being in the sport and makes it so interesting. Before it was hard to get her a match but it is different now.

Q: Jessica is maybe the most popular fighter around here, why do you think the crowd gets so behind her?
A: Jessica is genuine. She is not fake in any aspect of her life. She puts it out there. She is an absolute sweetheart. When you have someone so genuine and sweet who goes in there and has all the talent in the world, why not be behind her? What a better person to get behind? People just fall in love with her. She is a great role model for kids, my daughter is her biggest fan. It is nice to have someone like Jessica for my daughter to look up to.

Q: What fight on this card is falling under the radar that could end up stealing the show?
A: There are a few of them. I think the sneaker fight is Eli Garshnick and Ruslan Khaskhanov. No one knows who Ruslan is and Eli has fought in Pennsylvania and fought his way to the bigger leagues. The problem is no one knows who Ruslan is except he is an M-1 guy and comes from Russia. The talent is there with both guys and fans don't know them as much. It will be interesting to see it play out with the interpreter since he doesn't speak English.

Q: How happy have you guys been with the West Virginia shows?
A: It is always a little bumpy at first. They are doing as much as they can to progress though. The fans are wonderful. They are so supportive and love the fights. I remember the first show I sat by guys who kept asking questions and wanted to learn because all they had seen is boxing. The more I told them the more they were interested. The venues have been really nice. It is good to have an all pro show. It is a different feel. It mixes things up for me which keeps me on the ball.

Q: With the West Virginia shows, is there an attempt to build fighters up for them to get behind like they get behind fighters like Jessica here?
A: Yeah, there are a lot of people from West Virginia that came to Ohio to fight, now they get to fight in their home state making them bigger draws. It is nice to take Ohio guys over there to. It brings more pros into our pro series. With an all pro card I can bring in so many guys who can make it or break it there. With more pro spots there are more places for guys to get on cards.

Q: At that show people can meet Stipe Miocic and Mark Coleman, how will that work? Is it before the fights or something else?
A: I am not exactly sure. I know they will be there the whole time. I don't know if it is before the card, intermission, after, all three. There is a plan in place, but that is not my area haha. I am excited, I have never met Coleman before and Stipe is always fun to have around.

Q: I ask every time, any idea what to do with the heavyweight belt because Stipe is obviously not leaving the UFC?
A: Yeah he is there to stay. After semi-finals we will sit and meet and see where to go with the title. The amateur series is around the corner and we have to handle business there first.

Q: Seeing how good Stipe is doing, knowing you guys helped him get to that level, is there a sense of pride when he is winning in UFC?
A: Yeah, not just with Stipe. He is doing amazing Look at how many fighters we have had move on, it does make you proud. We aren't here to keep them, we want to build stars and move them on.

Q: Stipe moved to the next level but never forgot where he came from, what does that say about Stipe?
A: He is a person you always want around. He makes you laugh, is genuine and real. He knows where he came from. With being a real person it brings loyalty, him and Jessica are like that. They are real people. They are friends, you walk towards the same kind of people. They are great competitors and great people. Stipe is loyal and we love having him around and he supports us.

Q: Anything I missed?
A: Well since you support women's MMA, we have three female bouts on September 21st. I know you like to cover the female fights.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

NAAFS Caged Vengeance 11 Report


August 4th NAAFS put on Caged Vengeance 11 a pro/am show with several exciting fights. In the pro fights, Frank Caraballo successfully defended his title and showed again he is ready for the big show and Terry Blackwell got another win over a tough Brandon Suber. In amateur action Sammy Callari had an impressive finish for his second win, Evolve MMA had a good night as Nick Halkides and Josh Kallai both had impressive finishes. Two female fights both left impressions as Jessica Dinch claimed her first win in dominating fashion in a fight that had the crowd going crazy and Jena Baldwin, in her debut fight showed that she is someone to keep an eye on.

1. Amateur Featherweight
Bryan Gonzales (0-1 VIP D-Boyz) vs Cody Lewis (0-0 Griffon Rawl)

RD 1: Leg kick by Gonzales. They trade hooks. Another hook by Gonzales. They clinch and move to the cage. Gonzales looks for a guillotine and they drop down. Lewis gets his back but Gonzales turns into him and Lewis then goes for an armbar. Gonzales pulls his arm out and is in guard. Body shots by Gonzales. Gonzales now in half guard but Lewis quickly gets back to full guard. Two body shots by Gonzales followed by shots to the head.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Gonzales

RD 2: Lewis shoots in but Gonzales lands on top in guard. Head shots by Gonzales. Hammer fists by Gonzales. Lewis tries to escape but can't. Head shots by Gonzales. Lewis is defending well. Lewis looks for a triangle but can't get it. Lewis is cut above his eye. Gonzales postures up and lands head shots. Lewis tries for an armbar but can't get it.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Gonzales

RD 3: Lewis shoots in but Gonzales sprawls and gets on top. Body shots by Gonzales. Gonzales in half guard lands punches to the head. More head and body shots by Gonzales. Lewis works hard to stand but can't. More head shots by Gonzales. Now body shots by Gonzales. Gonzales gets side control and lands punches. Lewis pulls guard. Body shots by Gonzales.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Gonzales
My score card: 30-27 Gonzales

Result: Bryan Gonzales by Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27)

2. Amateur Heavyweight
Adib Nour (2-0 Dojo Fight Club) vs James Rankin (4-3 Prodigy MMA)

RD 1: They trade punches. Hard hook lands for Rankin. Nour shoots but can't get the takedown. They trade wild shots. Takedown by Rankin. Rankin gets his back and lands hard punches. Nour rolls and gets in guard. Rankin lands punches from the bottom. Nour is bleeding from the nose. Rankin gets his back and looks for a rear naked. Now Rankin goes for an arm but Nour escapes and stands. Nour drops down but lets Rankin get on top. Rankin gets side control and then gets his back. Rankin lands hard shots. Rankin gets mount and a guillotine and gets the tap.

Result: James Rankin by Tapout (Guillotine) at 2:42 of Round 1

3. Amateur Lightweight
Jake Magill (0-0 Shrader's MMA) vs Dan Ramacciato (0-1 Griffon Rawl)

RD 1: Magill ducks a punch and gets a takedown. Ramacciato is up quick. Hard hook and knee to the body by Ramacciato and Magill goes down. Ramacciato gets his back and lands punches. Ramacciato landing hard shots now. Ramacciato looks for a rear naked but gives it up and starts landing punches. Ramacciato flattens him and lands punches till the ref stops it.

Result: Dan Ramacciato by TKO at 2:12 of Round 1

4. Amateur Bantamweight
Dib Kaddah (0-0 Cleveland State MMA) vs Darnell Pettis (0-0 Brickhouse MMA)

RD 1: They clinch in the center and move to the cage. Kaddah is trying for a single leg and gets the takedown into guard. Pettis lands punches from the bottom. Kaddah lets him up. Punches by Pettis. Kaddah shoots and gets a takedown and moves to side control. Pettis avoids damage. Kaddah moves to north south and lands punches.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Kaddah

RD 2: They trade punches and Kaddah looks for a takedown. Kaddah works hard and finishes the takedown and gets side control. Kaddah moves to mount but Pettis gets half guard. The ref stands them. Hook by Pettis. They clinch and Pettis lands two knees. They drop down and Pettis gets his back. Kaddah rolls and gets mount. Punch to the body from the bottom by Pettis. Head shots by Pettis.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Pettis

RD 3: Hook by Pettis. Cross by Pettis. Takedown by Pettis. Pettis moves him to the cage and gets mount. Head shots by Pettis. Pettis gets his back and lands punches. Kaddah rolls and gets mount. Punches from the bottom by Pettis. Body shots by Kaddah. Kaddah stands and lets Pettis up. Pettis lands a hard hook. Kaddah goes for a takedown and gets it bu Pettis is looking for a guillotine. Now Pettis looks for the triangle and lands punches as the round ends.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Pettis
My score card: 29-28 Pettis

Result: Darnell Pettis by Split Decision (29-28/28-29/30-27)

5. Amateur 150LBS
Sarah Shirey (0-0 All-Out Assault) vs Jena Baldwin (0-0 Eric Hibler's MMA)

RD 1: They trade hard shots. Takedown by Baldwin. Body shots from the bottom by Shirey. Baldwin gets mount and lands punches. Baldwin goes for an armbar and has it tight. Great job by Shirey to scape. Baldwin goes for the armbar again and has it tight again but once again Shirey does a great job to escape as the round ends.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Baldwin

RD 2: They go to touch gloves and instead Shirey throws a leg kick, getting a laugh from Baldwin. Cross by Baldwin. Baldwin gets a takedown into side control. Baldwin hooks an arm triangle and gets the tap.

Result: Jena Baldwin by Tapout (Arm Triangle) at :52 of Round 2

6. Amateur Lightweight
Russell Kile (0-0 Independent) vs Sammy Callari (1-1 Griffon Rawl)

RD 1: Push kick by Callari. Hook by Kile. Kile shoots in but cant get the takedown. He tries again bu Callari sprawls. They trade hard hooks. Callari drops him with a hook and gets on top and lands punches till the ref stops it.

Result: Sammy Callari by TKO at 1:07 of Round 1

7. Amateur Middleweight
Kevin Bailey (1-0 Western New York Self Defense) vs Nick Halkides (1-1 Evolve MMA)

RD 1: Jab by Halkides. Hard hook by Halkides. They clinch and move to the cage. Bailey gets a takedown and side control. Bailey gets mount but Halkides quickly gets half guard and then full guard. Halkides goes for armbar but Bailey escapes. Two head shots by Bailey. Halkides gets the armbar again and gets the tap.

Result: Nick Halkides by Tapout (Armbar) at 1:36 of Round 1

8. Amateur Light Heavyweight
Dan Stevenson (3-0 Dojo Fight Club) vs Mike Noble (3-1 Prodigy MMA)

RD 1: Stevenson shoots and gets a takedown. Stevenson pushes him to the cage. Stevenson gets a guillotine but Noble pulls his head out and is on top. Head shots by Noble. Now body shots by Noble. The ref stands them. Leg kick by Noble. They clinch on the cage and Noble gets a takedown. North south position for Noble. Body shots by Noble.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Noble

RD 2: They trade hooks. Another hook by Stevenson. They clinch against the cage and Noble lands a knee to the leg. They separate and Stevenson shoots and gets a takedown into mount. Head shots by Stevenson. Noble rolls and gets on top in side control. Body shots by Noble. Stevenson rolls and gets mount. Head shots by Stevenson.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Stevenson

RD 3: Between rounds the doctor says Nobles arm or shoulder is injured and stops the fight.

Result: Dan Stevenson by Doctors Stoppage after Round 2

9. Amateur Middleweight
Tony Dipiero (6-6 Rising Dragon) vs John Burbol (5-5 Griffon Rawl)

RD 1: Burbol lands a hook and an uppercut. They clinch against the cage and Burbol lands body shots. Knee to the body by Burbol. Knee to the leg by Dipiero and another. More knees by Dipiero. The ref separates them. They clinch and move to the cage Knee to the leg by Dipiero. More knees by Dipiero. Punch to the head by Dipiero. Punch to the head by Burbol. They separate and trade shots.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Dipiero

RD 2: Hard uppercut and hook by Burbol drops him. Burbol goes down after him but Dipiero gets on top in guard. Body shots by Dipiero. Burbol pushes him off and stands. Dipiero clinches and they move to the cage. Knees to the leg by Dipiero. Body shots by Dipiero. They trade punches. Uppercut by Dipiero. Knee to the body by Burbol. Takedown by Dipiero and he gets side control. Body shots by Dipiero.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Dipiero

RD 3: Hook by Burbol. They clinch and move to the cage. Punch to the body by Burbol. Knee to the body by Burbol and another. Knee to the leg by Dipiero. More knees by Dipiero. Knee to the body by Burbol. Knees to the leg by Dipiero. Nice slam by Dipiero. Dipiero gets side control and lands body shots. Dipiero goes for an arm but the round ends.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Dipiero
My score card: 30-27 Dipiero

Result: Tony Dipiero by Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/3-27)

10. Amateur 110LBS
Amber Sacramone (0-0 All-Out Assault) vs Jessica Dinch (0-3 Independent)

RD 1: They trade shots and clinch on the cage. Nice throw by Sacramone. Dinch turns into her and they stand still clinched. Knee by Dinch. They separate and Dinch hurts her with two hard hooks. Dinch lands hard shots against the cage. They clinch and drop down. Dinch is in guard and postures up and lands hard shots and then lands body shots. More hard punches to the head by Dinch.
I scored RD 1: 10-8 Dinch

RD 2: They clinch and drop down with Dinch on top. Dinch stands and lets her up. Two hard hooks by Dinch. Dinch has her running away with hard shots. They clinch and drop down with Dinch on top in half guard. Body shots from the bottom by Sacramone. Sacramone rolls and gets on top and lands body shots. Dinch rolls and gets side control. Knees to the body by Dinch. Body shots land for Dinch. Dinch goes for a key lock as the round ends.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Dinch

RD 3: Dinch hurts her with a hook. Dinch lands hard shots and Sacramone covers up. Dinch keeps landing till the ref stops it.

Result: Jessica Dinch by TKO at :27 of Round 3

11. Amateur Lightweight
Devonte Smith (2-1 Brickhouse MMA) vs Josh Kallai (3-2 Evolve MMA)

RD 1: They clinch and Kallai gets a takedown. Kallai pushes him to the cage and gets mount. Smith does a nice job to stand. Punches by Smith. They clinch against the cage. Takedown into side control by Kallai. Kallai gets mount. Body shots by Kallai. Smith rolls into him and gets on top. Head shots by Smith.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Kallai

RD 2: Hook by Smith. Clinch and takedown by Kallai. Kallai gets mount and then gets his back. Head shots by Kallai. Now Kallai moves back to mount. Kallai then gets side control and an arm triangle for the tap.

Result: Josh Kalli by Ta pout (Arm Triangle) at 1:32 of Round 2

12. Pro Lightweight
Brandon Suber (14-4 Walker MMA) vs Terry Blackwell (7-1 Instigator Fight Team)

RD 1: Jab by Suber and another. Hook by Blackwell. Leg kick by Suber. Leg kick by Blackwell. They trade hooks. Hard cross by Blackwell. Jab by Blackwell. Leg kick by Suber. Body kick by Suber. Cross by Blackwell. They trade hooks. Leg kick by Suber. They trade hard punches. They clinch on the cage and quickly separate and trade hard shots. Leg kick by Suber. They again trade hard shots. Hook by Blackwell. Cross by Suber. Hard hook by Blackwell. Body kick by Suber, but he falls down and Blackwell gets on top. They quickly stand and clinch on the cage. Knee to the body by Suber.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Suber

RD 2: Cross by Suber. Leg kick by Suber. They trade hooks. Suber charges in and they trade shots. Suber tries a spinning back fist and misses and they clinch and quickly separate. Cross by Blackwell. Hook and uppercut by Suber. Hook by Blackwell. Suber has a small cut under his eye. Hard hook by Blackwell. Leg kick by Suber and another. Body kick by Suber. Hook by Blackwell. Head kick by Blackwell. They clinch against the cage. Knee to the body by Blackwell. They separate and Blackwell catches a leg kick and lands a punch. Hard body kick by Blackwell. They clinch and drop down with Blackwell looking for a guillotine. Suber escapes and they stand. They clinch and Blackwell lands a knee to the head. They trade shots.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Backwell

RD 3: Hook by Blackwell. Leg kick by Suber. Hook by Suber. Hook by Blackwell. Jab and hook by Blackwell. leg kick by Suber. Hook and cross by Suber. Leg kick by Blackwell. Leg kick by Suber. Hook by Suber. Leg kick by Suber. Two hooks by Blackwell. Leg kick by Blackwell. Body kick by Suber. Two hooks by Blackwell. Push kick by Suber. Leg kick by Suber. Body kick by Suber. Hook by Blackwell. They trade hard punches. Two hooks by Blackwell. Two hooks by Suber. Body kick by Suber. Hook by Blackwell drops him but he is right back up. They clinch against the cage. Body shots by Suber.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Blackwell
My score card: 29-28 Blackwell

Result: Terry Blackwell by Split Decision (30-27/28-29/30-27)

13. Pro Featherweight Title
Jeremy Czarnecki (6-3 Murcielago MMA) vs Frank Caraballo (18-8 Fearless Fight Team)

RD 1: They clinch on the cage and Caraballo gets a takedown. Body shots by Caraballo. More body shots. Caraballo stands and drops down a punch. Czarnecki is trying for a triangle but Caraballo escapes and stands and lets him up. Hook by Caraballo. Hard hook by Caraballo. They clinch and Czarnecki gets a takedown into guard. Czarnecki lands two punches and they stand still clinched. takedown by Caraballo. Head shots by Caraballo. Head shots from the bottom by Czarnecki. Caraballo stands and lets him up. Caraballo catches a kick and Czarnecki lands a spinning kick with the other leg. Takedown by Caraballo. Czarnecki tries for a triangle and lands head shots.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Caraballo

RD 2: Spin kick to the body by Czarnecki. Hook by Caraballo. Caraballo drops him with a spinning back fist and lands more shots till the ref stops it.

Result: Frank Caraballo by TKO at :8 of Round 2

Submission of the Night: Nick Halkides

Knock-out of the Night: Jessica Dinch

Fight of the night: Amber Sacramone vs Jessica Dinch

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Jessica Dinch Interview


Let's be honest. You look at someone with an 0-3 record and it may not seem impressive. But if you saw the talent the person sporting that 0-3 record has fought and maybe you would change your mind. The fighter I am talking about is Jessica Dinch. On August 4th Jessica steps back into the NAAFS cage with her "I'll fight anyone" attitude a new and improved fighter as she takes on the debuting Amber Sacramone.





Q: I know you have been anxious to fight, so has recently cornering fighters like
Ashley Hawkins and Sarah McLeod made you more anxious to fight or made not fighting a little easier?
A: It made me wanna fight a zillion times more! Walking out to the cage with them
all I could think was "I hope you guys kick ass and I can't fucking wait till I make
my way to the cage again"

Q: You have been getting a lot of training in with some good fighters like Ashley,
Sarah and Jessica Eye, how much has it helped your game to get to train with these girls?
A: It's been absolutely amazing getting to train with these ladies! They each have their own style of fighting so I learn something new from each of them. I've also trained with Jessica Zomcik! Her ground game is legit! So it's been pretty awesome getting some training in with these higher skilled female fighters and you will see Saturday just how much it's helped :)

Q: Jessica Eye will be cornering you for this fight, can having someone like her in
your corner be intimidating for an opponent, especially in this case with a girl making her debut?
A: All I have to say is, I'm definitely glad she's in my corner and not my opponents haha.

Q: You are fighting Amber Sacramone, it is her debut, does fighting someone you don't know much about make it any harder for you to come up with a game plan?
A: No, not at all. My game for every fight is to fight my fight and be ready to go
wherever the fight goes. I'm 110% ready!

Q: Even in losses, you have fought some tough girls and done well against them, how
much of an advantage can that experience give you against?
A: I think it's an advantage for sure. A lot of people look at my record and think
"easy fight" but they fail to look at who I've fought. I've fought all legit
fighters! I think I'll be underestimated and that's gonna be a big advantage for me.

Q: You have shown you are good standing and good on the ground, so does that make you pretty comfortable wherever the fight goes?
A: Haha I've lost all my fights on the ground! But Let's just say this, I'm more than ready to stand and bang or to ground and pound..Hell, I might even shock everyone and go for a submission haha.

Q: Do you have any kind of idea what to expect from her?
A: I have a pretty good idea of what to expect from her. But this is my fight and I'm gonna control every second of it!!

Q: Is there a key to you winning this fight?
A: Controlled aggression, listening to my corners and pushing the pace. I'm gonna be in her face 100% of the time!

Q: Do you Have a prediction?
A: More like a goal-- to make the crowd go "damnnnn" haha, that's when you know
you've put on one hell of a show! And I will walk away with the W!!!

Q: Assuming you win this fight, any idea what you want next, or are you just
focussed on this one for now?
A: One fight at a time.

Q: Safe to say you would like to be more active in the future?
A: Oh yes! This once a year shit isn't cutting it. Fighting is my dream! I don't fight for any reason other than I love to fucking fight!!! I love the challenge, the emotions, the training, the pain, the blood, the bruises, and the sweat! I love it all!! And I know I've got a long way to go but I'm coming for that NAAFS 105 LB belt!

Q: Anyone you want to thank?
A: First and foremost, Strong Style Fight Team, Marcus, Pablo, Jess and the rest of the team. I've never felt so welcomed anywhere else! The first time I walked into that gym, I knew it's where I wanna be or where I need to be if I wanna succeed in this sport! Which is why as soon as everything falls into place, I'll be making the move to Cleveland to be at Strong Style full time! There are some truly amazing people at that gym that go out of their way to help you and teach you! And I can't thank them all enough! Next is Ashley Hawkins who kicks my ass on a daily basis and kicks me in the ass when I start to lose focus haha, and you Jason for always showing your love and support to me and women's mma!