Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dustin Kempf Interview





After suffering an injury in a fight in September 2011, Dustin Kempf is set to return at NAAFS Night of Champions on December 15th when he faces rising prospect Isaiah Chapman. A win over Chapman would go a long way in proving Kempf is one of the top guys in his weight class and move him closer to another crack at the title and moving on to bigger things. On a night filled with some great match-ups, this is definitely one of the most anticipated.

Q: Your last fight, in September 2011 against Frank Caraballo, you suffered and injury that has kept you out. How frustrating was it to battle back from an injury just to suffer another big one?
A: Pretty frustrating. That whole year was plagued with injuries, from a broken hand to a broken wrist to two knee surgeries. It was frustrating.

Q: At any point did you wonder if it was worth it to keep fighting and risking more injuries?
A: Yeah, after the last knee surgery I sat and thought about it and weighed my options. I thought about if I needed to keep doing it to myself and everybody else.

Q: You have Isaiah Chapman at Night of Champions, why take a fight with a top prospect in your first fight back instead of maybe a warm-up fight?
A: Isaiah is a top prospect, he is a well-rounded dude. You will never get anywhere in the world taking the easy way out. I could go in and fight twenty nobodies and then get to the UFC and fight a half-assed mediocre guy in the UFC and get beat up because I am not ready for the challenge. If I am gonna get to the top I gotta work my way up, so why not start off with the top guy in the area at 135.

Q: Are you confident you can go in the cage and block out the injuries and worry about another one?
A: Yeah absolutely! If I wasn't confident in my knee I wouldn't have taken the fight or started training so soon.

Q: Assuming you saw his fight with Mike Nesto, what did you think?
A: I have never seen the fight. I have seen him a handful of times. He is an up-and-comer, and the best 135'er around here right now.

Q: You have a good deal more pro experience than him, can that give you an edge?
A: It could, but I don't think it will. Isaiah has fought quite a bit in the amateurs to.

Q: What challenges can you present him that maybe he has not faced yet?
A: I think I will be the most well-rounded guy he has ever fought. I feel like I am gonna be stronger, I am one of the stronger guys and now bumping down an extra ten pounds, I assume I will be the strongest guy he has ever fought.

Q: On the flip side, is there any thing he can present that you are not used to?
A: He switches back to south-paw and counter punches real well. He has a lot of heart and determination. I know he is not gonna give up. He won't fold to my pressure.

Q: Would a win over him put you back in line for a title shot?
A: Yeah, I would think so, but I am not worried about the title shot right now. I am just trying to work my way up and get a crack at a big organization again.

Q: Is the goal another shot on a Bellator card or the UFC?
A: The main goal is to get to the UFC. UFC is the pinnacle of this sport. To get those UFC gloves handed to you, that means you earned your spot, like getting drafted in the NFL.

Q: Do you have a prediction?
A: I set my goals high. I am gonna try and stop him. He has never been stopped, his only loss is a split decision. I want to make it a decisive win and prove to everyone I belong at the top.

Q: After this, how active do you want to be in 2013?
A: As active as possible. As long as I stay healthy and win this fight quick, I would like to jump back in in two weeks and do it again.

Q: Anyone you want to thank?
A: Hex Linc Photos, Tru Assasin Fight Gear, Intimidation Clothing,Koi Salon, Depot Bar and Grill, Advanced Sports Labs, State Wide Roofing, My Gym Promos, Victory Martial Arts, my training partners, Tony Castillo, Tony Blackwell who is getting ready to be the new 155 pound interim title holder. Thanks to my family and friends for helping me through my surgery and getting me back on track.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Rocktagon XXII Report






Here is my play by play for Rocktagon XXII from Wednesday November 21st.

1. Amateur Light Heavyweight (3x3x3 Rounds)
John Strout (0-1) vs Jevon Walker (0-1)

RD 1: Leg kick by Walker and two more, but one lands low stopping the action. They resume and Walker lands a leg kick. Strout shoots and they clinch. Knee to the body by Walker. They separate and quickly clinch up again. Takedown by Walker into guard. Strout tries for an armbar but can't get it. Walker stands and lets him up. Takedown by Strout. Strout gets his back and gets a rear naked for the tap.

Result: John Strout by Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:33 of Round 1

2. Amateur Welterweight (3x3x3 Rounds)

Brian Porterfield (0-0) vs Chad Hennie (0-4)

RD 1: They trade leg kicks. They clinch and move to the cage. Porterfield looks for a guillotine. Knee to the body by Porterfield. Knee to the leg by Porterfield and another. They trade knees to the lg. Takedown by Porterfield while still trying for the guillotine. Body shots by Hennie. Hennie escapes and gets side control. Body shots by Hennie. Head shots by Hennie. More body shots by Hennie. Knee to the body by Hennie. Hennie gets mount and lands head shots.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Hennie

RD 2: Leg kick by Hennie. Cross by Porterfield. They clinch and move to the cage. Knee to the body by Hennie. Knee to the body by Porterfield. Knee to the body by Hennie. Hennie looks for a guillotine. Knee to the leg by Porterfield and another. Porterfield escapes the guillotine and they separate. Hook by Porterfield. Takedown by Hennie into side control. Porterfield doing good at avoiding damage.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Hennie

RD 3: Porterfield lands hard punches. They clinch on the cage and drop down with Hennie in side control. Knees to the body by Hennie. Punch to the head by Hennie. Porterfield doing well avoiding damage. The ref stands them. Leg kick by Porterfield and another. They trade leg kicks. They clinch and Porterfield gets a takedown into side control. Body shots by Porterfield.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Porterfield
My score card: 29-28 Hennie

Result: Chad Hennie by Split Decision (30-27/28-29/30-27)

3. Amateur Bantamweight (3x3x3 Rounds)
Nico Persaliano (0-0) vs Jon Reeves (0-0)

RD 1: Leg kick by Reeves. Jab by Reeves. Push kick by Reeves. Leg kick by Persaliano. Jab by Persaliano. Reeves drops him with a hook but he is up quick. They clinch on the cage. Knee to the body by Reeves. They separate and Persaliano lands a leg kick. Reeves drops him with a leg kick and gets in half guard. Body shots by Reeves. More hard body shots by Reeves. Reeves looks for a guillotine. Body shots by Persaliano.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Reeves

RD 2: Leg kick by Persaliano. Two hooks by Reeves. Leg kick by Reeves. Leg kick by Persaliano. Reeves lands several hard punches and has Persaliano backing up. They clinch on the cage. Knees to the body by Reeves. Persaliano tries for a takedown. Body shots by Reeves. They drop down and Reeves has his back landing head shots. Persaliano gets half guard. Body shots by Reeves. Head shots by Reeves. Persaliano rolls and gets on top in guard. Body shots by Reeves from the bottom.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Reeves

RD 3: Jab by Reeves. Reeves lands hard punches against the cage. Persaliano is backing away. Hard knee to the body by Reeves hurts him and they clinch on the cage. Foot stomp by Persaliano. They drop down with Persaliano on top in guard. Head shots from the bottom by Reeves. Sweep by Reeves and he gets mount. Reeves lands head shots till the ref stops it.

Result: Jon Reeves by TKO at 1:51 of Round 3

4. Amateur Welterweight (3x3x3 Rounds)
Uriah Karkow (0-0) vs Josh Belle (0-0)

RD 1: Leg kick by Belle. Jab by Karkow. They clinch and move to the cage. Knee to the leg by Karkow. Two knees to the body by Belle. Takedown by Karkow into half guard. Belle gets full guard. Head shots from the bottom by Belle. Karkow stands and lets him up. They clinch on the cage. Knee to the leg by Belle. Knee to the body by Belle. They separate. Leg kick by Belle. Body kick by Karkow. They clinch on the cage. Knee to the body by Karkow. Knee to the body by Belle. Takedown by Belle but Karkow lands on top in side control.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Karkow

RD 2: Cross by Belle. Hook by Belle. Hook by Karkow. They clinch and trade knees. They separate. Body kick by Belle. Takedown by Karkow into guard. Belle does well avoiding damage. Belle looks for a guillotine but can't get it. Belle tries for an arm but the round ends.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Belle

RD 3: Jab to the body by Belle. Hard hook by Belle. They clinch in the center. Knee to the body by Belle. They separate. Cross by Belle. Knee to the body by Belle. Clinch on the cage but quickly separate. Cross by Belle. They clinch and move to the cage. Takedown by Belle but Karkow is on top in half guard. Punch to the head by Karkow. Belle gets full guard. The ref stands them. Hard hook by Belle. Belle lands hard punches on the cage. Hook by Belle.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Belle
My score card: 29-28 Belle

Result: Uriah Karkow by Split Decision (29-28/28-29/29-28)

5. Amateur Light Heavyweight (3x3x3 Rounds)
Anthony Morales (0-0) vs Ray Hollis (0-0)

RD 1: Cross by Hollis. Jab by Morales. Hook by Hollis. Leg kick by Hollis. They trade punches. Hard hook by Hollis. Morales is cut by his eye. Leg kick by Hollis. Hard hook by Hollis. Morales is bleeding pretty bad. Leg kick by Hollis. Hook by Hollis. Body kick by Hollis. Hook by Hollis. Cross by Hollis. They trade punches. Jab by Morales. They clinch and move to the cage. Knee to the leg by Morales. Knee to the body by Morales. Knee to the leg by Morales.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Hollis

RD 2: Jab by Morales. Hook by Hollis. They trade punches. Hook by Hollis. Hollis looks tired. They clinch and move to the cage. Knee to the leg by Morales. Takedown by Morales into mount. Sweep by Hollis to get on top in guard. Body shots from the bottom by Morales. Head shots by Hollis. Hollis postures up and lands hard head shots. Hammer fists to the body by Hollis. Head shots by Hollis till the ref stops it.

Result: Ray Hollis by TKO at 2:46 of Round 2

6. Amateur Middleweight (3x3x3 Rounds)
David Kithcart (1-0) vs Timothy Beanblossom (0-0)

RD 1: They trade punches. Body kick by Kithcart. Push kick by Beanblossom. Kithcart catches a kick and takes him down. Beanblossom scrambles and gets on top in half guard. Body shots by Beanblossom. Head shots by Beanblossom. Body shots by Beanblossom. More body shots by Beanblossom. Beanblossom is bleeding from the nose. Beanblossom gets mount and lands a punch to the head. More head shots by Beanblossom. Body shots by Beanblossom.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Beanblossom

RD 2: Leg kick by Kithcart. They clinch and move to the cage. Knees to the body by Beanblossom. Takedown by Beanblossom into half guard. Body shots by Beanblossom. Head shots by Beanblossom. The ref stands them. Slam by Beanblossom into half guard. Kithcart gets full guard. Body shots by Beanblossom. Beanblossom gets side control and lands head shots.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Beanblossom

RD 3: Push kick by Beanblossom. Leg kick by Beanblossom. Jab by Kithcart. Jab by Beanblossom. They clinch but quickly separate. Hook by Beanblossom. They clinch in the center. Knee to the body by Beanblossom. They move to the cage. Slam by Beanblossom into side control. Beanblossom gets mount. Body shots by Beanblossom. Sweep by Kithcart into guard. The ref stands them. They clinch on the cage. Body shots by Beanblossom.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Beanblossom
My score card: 30-27 Beanblossom

Result: Timothy Beanblossom by Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27)

7. Amateur Welterweight (3x3x3 Rounds)
Chad Rothgeb (0-1) vs Tony DiSantis (0-0)

RD 1: DiSantis catches a kick and pushes him to the cage and lands punches. They clinch on the cage. Body shots by DiSantis. Punch to the leg by DiSantis. Rothgeb tries for a guillotine but can't get it. Body shots by DiSantis. Knee to the body by Rothgeb. Knee to the leg by DiSantis. DiSantis tries for a takedown but Rothgeb holds the cage and gets a warning from the ref. DiSantis tries again and gets the takedown and lands punches till the ref stops it.

Result: Tony DiSantis by TKO at 2:07 of Round 1

8. Amateur Middleweight (3x3x3 Rounds)
Steve Chapple (2-2) vs Brady House (1-1)

RD 1: Leg kick by Chapple. They clinch and move to the cage. Body shots by House. Foot stomp by House. Knee to the body by Chapple. Takedown by Chapple into side control. House gets half guard. Body shots by Chapple. Punch to the head by Chapple. Sweep by House to get on top in half guard. Head shots by House. Chapple works his way up. Clinch on cage. Punch to the body by Chapple. Takedown by House.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Chapple

RD 2: Cross by House. They clinch against the cage. Body shots by Chapple. Chapple gets a guillotine and gets the tap.

Result: Steve Chapple by Tapout (Guillotine) at :35 of Round 2

9. Amateur Heavyweight (3x3x3 Rounds)
Tyree Johnson (2-5) vs Daniel Sutcliff (1-5-1)

RD 1: On the touch of gloves Sutcliff throws a punch. They clinch and Johnson gets a takedown into guard. Head shots from the bottom by Sutcliff. Body shots by Johnson. Head shots from the bottom by Sutcliff. Head shots by Johnson. Johnson moves to half guard. Johnson tries for a key lock but Sutcliff fights it. Johnson is still trying for it but Sutcliff escapes. Johnson gets his back and looks for a rear naked. Sutcliff escapes and gets mount and lands punches.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Johnson

RD 2: Jab by Sutcliff. Hook by Johnson. Johnson catches a kick and they clinch on the cage. Knee to the body by Sutcliff. They separate. Sutcliff lands punches against the cage. Hook by Johnson. They clinch on the cage. Sutcliff hooks a guillotine and drops down with it and gets the tap.

Result: Daniel Sutcliff by Tapout (Guillotine) at 1:35 of Round 2

10. Amateur Welterweight (3x3x3 Rounds)
Curt Harper (2-2) vs Joe Callari (3-5)

RD 1: Jab by Callari. Jab by Harper. They trade hooks. Leg kick by Callari. Jab by Callari. They trade punches. Jab to the body by Callari. Hook by Harper. Leg kick by Callari. Jab to the body by Callari. Callari shoots in and gets a nice takedown into half guard, but they are up quick.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Callari

RD 2: Leg kick by Callari. Jab to the body by Callari. Hook and cross by Callari. Nice leg kick by Callari. Jab by Callari and another. Hook by Callari. A leg kick by Callari hurts him and Young verbally submits.

Result: Joe Callari by Verbal Submission at 1:16 of Round 2

11. Amateur Light Heavyweight (3x3x3 Rounds)
Matt Comer (3-0) vs Mike Garcher (4-3-0-1)

RD 1: They clinch and move to the cage. Knee to the leg by Comer. Foot stomp by Comer. Knee to the leg by Comer. Foot stomp by Comer. Two knees to the leg by Comer. Knee to the body by Comer. Knee to the body by Comer. The ref separates them. They clinch and move to the cage. Knee to the leg by Comer. Knee to the body by Comer. Knee to the leg by Comer. More knees to the leg by Comer. Comer takes him down but they are right back up still clinched on the cage. Knee to the body by Comer.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Comer

RD 2: Leg kick by Garcher. They clinch against the cage. Knee to the body by Comer. Punches to the head by Garcher. Foot stomp by Garcher. Knees to the leg by Comer. Knee to the leg by Garcher. They separate. Hook and uppercut by Comer. They clinch and move to the cage. Punch to the head by Garcher. They trade knees to the body and then separate. Comer drops him with punches and lands more till the ref stops it.

Result: Matt Comer by TKO at 2:55 of Round 2

12. Amateur Lightweight Title (3x3x3 Rounds)
Nick Foxhuber (4-0) vs Daniel Coffman (4-1)

RD 1: Leg kick by Coffman. They clinch on the cage. Knee to the body by Coffman. Knee to the leg by Foxhuber. Knee to the leg by Foxhuber. Foot stomp by Foxhuber. Takedown by Foxhuber into side control. Knees to the body by Foxhuber. Foxhuber gets mount and then his back. Foxhuber looks for a rear naked. Coffman fights it and hangs on till the bell.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Foxhuber

RD 2: Leg kick by Coffman. Push kick by Coffman. Jab and cross by Foxhuber. Takedown by Coffman into guard. Body shots by Coffman. Foxhuber escapes and gets Coffman's back and looks for a rear naked. Foxhuber lands head shots. Foxhuber is trying hard for the rear naked. He lets the rear naked attempt go and lands head shots. Foxhuber tries for the rear naked again. Coffman lands punches backwards to the head. Coffman gets half guard. Foxhuber stands and drops down punches.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Foxhuber

RD 3: Push kick by Coffman. They trade hard punches. Leg kick by Foxhuber. They clinch but quickly separate. Takedown by Coffman but Foxhuber goes for an armbar. Coffman escapes and lands punches to the head and is now on top even though Coffman still has his ankle. Foxhuber pulls the ankle out. Head shots from the bottom by Coffman.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Coffman
My score card: 29-29 Foxhuber

Result: Nick Foxhuber by Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-2&)

Submission of the Night: Steve Chapple

KO of the Night: Matt Comer

Fight of the Night: Nick Foxhuber vs Daniel Coffman

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Forrest Petz Interview





Throughout the career of Forrest Petz, he has been known to be involved in exciting fights. Usually comes away from those fights with his hand raised, Two days after Thanksgiving, Petz sill be fighting Jordan Mein in Canada. The hope among those of us who know he deserves it, is that a win over the Strikeforce vet Mein could maybe earn him another opportunity with one of the big shows.

Q: Your last fight, you got a TKO victory over Sergej Juskevic, what did you think of your performance in that fight?
A: I was definitely happy that I won, that I won by KO, that I won such a good fight. Obviously there was stuff I could have done better. I can pretty close to the brink of not wining in that first round, so I could have done better there. To walk away with I win, I am satisfied with that.

Q With that fight you continued your streak of being in exciting fights, is that important to you, to not only win, but have exciting fights?
A: Yeah, there is a lot of good fighters out there, fighters who win, but you wanna be memorable. If you wanna do something in this sport, you gotta win fights but you wanna have fights that people want to see. Ultimately, someone has to pay for a ticket for your paycheck to come. That is the kind of fight people like to see and it is a fun fight anyway, so it works out.

Q: That fight was in March, in a perfect world, would you like to e more active?
A: Yeah, three or four fights a year. I would have liked more this year but I had an injury that kept me out for a little bit. Once very three months.

Q: You have Jordan Mein coming up, to me, in some ways you two are quite similar, would you agree?
A: In the fact we both like to keep the fight our feet, but style wise, on our feet we are different. He is more rangier, likes to stay at a distance, were as I like to get in close.

Q: Knowing he is someone who likes to stand, does that make it more exciting for you?
A: Yeah, because I can be confident he will engage and not lay on me like a wet blanket like you sometimes see in less exciting fights.

Q: The fight is two days after Thanksgiving. Are there any pros or cons to fighting so close to a holiday?
A: Well, you don't get to enjoy the holiday with your family. You have to lay off the big meal that everyone else is going to have. I'll have my Thanksgiving after the fight on the weekend, it will work out.

Q: You are both guys who have not been finished very often, does that make it more important to work on cardio, knowing it has a go of going three rounds?
A: Definitely! It's important no matter what because you never know, you cant bank on any fight ending early. You gotta be in shape and ready to roll. That has never been a problem for me.

Q: Looking at his game and your game, where do you feel you have the biggest advantage?
A: Overall, as far as being a pressure fighter. I can push the pace a little better. He likes to stay outside and pace himself and I think I can run him down.

Q: There are a few Strongstyle fighters fighting in December, does it help to have so many people at one gym getting ready at the same time?
A: Yeah, the guys around my weight class are at the gym training hard and I am able to work with them. I did a lot of work with Nick Duell and "Big" John Hawk for this fight.

Q: With this fight in Canada, he is gonna have a big crowd support, does that affect you at all or at this stage of your career can you block that out?
A: It has never affected me, being the hometown guy or the bad guy. Once the bell rings, you are ass is on the line and you just gotta worry about the guy across the cage. No one can help you hurt you. The only real advantage is the guy in his hometown, the close rounds tend to go his way. So you don't wanna go the the judges unless you are gonna win by a wide spread.

Q: It has been awhile since you fought at home, is that something you would like to do?
A: Yeah, it is just that right now I am making more money outside of Ohio. I was supposed to fight Travis lark last year but that fight fell through, and haven't had an opportunity since then. Actually I was trying to fight Kyle Baker at Fight Night in the Flats this year but fell through. I like fighting at home, it's nice to sleep in your own bed and cut weight at the place you train at, have you own routine and nothing gets disrupted.

Q: Jon has been fighting with Strikeforce and has wins over some good names, is there a hope that a win over him gets you another shot with one of the big shows?
A: Yeah, that's he idea. That is why I am fighting him in the first place. A win over him means something, he is looked at as a guy on the way up. If I play spoiler to him, I guess I inherit some of his hype?

Q: On the flip side, do you think they are bringing you in to be a name on his resume?
A: Absolutely that is what they are trying to do. I think they took this because the felt it was a safe fight outside of Strikeforce. Taking a fight against a guy who has been around and has some credibility but that they think is beatable. I am gonna prove that they made a mistake.

Q: Is that something you take personal?
A: Nah, I don't give a shit. I fight the same way no matter who I fight. I don't need bulletin board material, I've got my motivations and fight the same way no matter what?

Q: Do you have a prediction?
A: I plan on winning. I cant tell you if it is by KO or decision or even submission, but I plan on being the guy that wins.

Q: Anyone you want to thank?
A: Everyone at Strong Style, John P. Lennon has helped me out over the years, and Intimidation Clothing supports me and has a shirt of mine.