May 21, 2013
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May 21, 2013
Three months after his first foray into a mixed martial arts cage, 2008 Olympian Henry Cejudo (4-0) stopped his opposition for the fourth consecutive time.Fighting at 125 pounds Cejudo was the featured attraction on the undercard of Gladiator Challenge's American Dream event in Lincoln, California. Cejudo was booked versus former XARM (Xtreme Arm Wrestling) competitor and San Jacinto fighter Miguelito Marti (0-2).
The fight for Cejudo would last less than two minutes; the shortest since his debut in March. After some feeling out from both men on the feet Cejudo planted Marti on his back. On the ground Cejudo swarmed passed Marti's defenses.
May 14, 2013
The crossover continued for MMA prospect Chris Honeycutt (2-0) over the weekend on the undercard of Up and Comers 15 in Fresno, California. A two-time All American wrestler out of Edinboro University, Honeycutt made his MMA debut in January under the UPC banner. For his second fight Honeycutt was booked versus California fighter Richard Blake (11-23).
In the opening minute Honeycutt launched a head kick and superman punch before he looked for his first takedown. Blake was able to scramble away from Honeycutt's first shot at bringing the fight to the floor but was unable to avoid the prospect's next attempt in the center of the cage. On the floor Honeycutt threw only a handful of strikes but outmuscled Blake from every position.
May 7, 2013
On the undercard of West Coast Fighting Championship 5 a slew of fighters representing Team Alpha Male walked away victorious. WCF 5 took place at Sacramento, California's Jackson Sports Arena. In the main event welterweight prospect Max Griffin (6-1) upset Alpha Male's Kiko Andrews (10-3) of TUF 17 fame by unanimous decision.
In the co-main event five star featherweight prospect Andre Fili (12-1) torched Stockton's Adrian Diaz (5-3-1) early in round three. After a dominate first round on the ground and close second round, Fili opened up his striking in round three. A right hand from Fili dropped Diaz and the fight was called off moments later with the 22 year old prospect declared the victor by TKO.
April 25, 2013
The moment where Michelle Waterson (11-3) is inches away from tapping out to a tight armbar from Jessica Penne (10-2) is captured brilliantly on film in "Invicta FC 5 All Angles w/ Michelle "The Karate Hottie" Waterson". Waterson's post-fight interview, round four comeback and in-cage celebration is all a major part of the eight minute video. Filmmakers E. Casey Leydon & Cynthia Vance shoot the action and Waterson's shining moment in her six year MMA career is a story worth being told.
April 20, 2013
In Native American culture the wild horse is a symbol of freedom and power. Unlike their more do domesticated counter parts wild mustangs lean on instincts and are a reactionary equine breed. With large open pastures a rare commodity and cattle farmers fighting them for space the number of wild horses in the United States dwindles yearly.
Three fights into his professional mixed martial arts career 2008 freestyle wrestling gold medalist Henry Cejudo (3-0) is instinctual when locked inside a cage with another human being. 20 plus years of wrestling training and fast twitch muscle movements are not deprogrammed in a matter of months. Training out of Fight Ready gym in Scottsdale on Friday night Cejudo was able to showoff select improvements in his MMA game during a brief one round contest.
April 18, 2013
11 years, 14 tittles won and 275 professional rounds boxed Holly Holm (3-0) is now just a mixed martial arts fighter with three regional fights to her credit. Holm will retire from boxing effective after her fight with top ten ranked light welterweight Mary McGee on May 11th. The 31 year old out of Albuquerque, New Mexico is currently trained by famed MMA striking coach Mike Winkeljohn of Jackson's MMA.
In boxing Holm has competed in the 140 through 154-pound weight classes and will pursue MMA full time as a bantamweight prospect. With 37 boxing fights to her credit and widely regarded as the number pound for pound female in the sport Holm makes for a unique women's MMA prospect. Holm's close connection to one of the best MMA gyms in the world, Jackson's MMA, and her first class striking resume instantly makes her one the most heralded prospects in MMA today.
April 3, 2013
California's top mixed martial arts show of the past several years has gotten new life. The Tachi Palace Fights promotion owned and operated by the Tachi Yokut tribe was put out to pasture in December 2012 after three years of promoting MMA cards at the Lemoore venue. Sherdog.com brought the first update on the TPF promotion late last week.
"Sherdog.com Friday confirmed the news with TPF matchmaker Richard Goodman, who verified that the casino's tribal council has voted to hold events this coming August and November, as well as four more shows in 2014."
From July 2009 to November 2012 under the Tachi Palace Fights banner, the Tachi community promoted 16 MMA cards at the Lemoore Casino. TPF's first two events featured current UFC fighters Chad Mendes, Michael McDonald and Steve Siler in action.
March 26, 2013
2008 Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo (2-0) returned to the cage for his second pro fight on the main card of Gladiator Challenge's Battleground event. In a bout contested at flyweight, Cejudo was matched up with 6'0 fighter Sean Barnett (2-5) for the California card. The fight was similar to Cejudo's MMA rookie debut but also featured more time in the stand-up game and working in his opponent's guard.
After the opening bell the lanky Barnett attempted to keep Cejudo at range with his long reach and leg kicks. Cejudo did not hesitate to get inside on his taller opponent and trade punches. Cejudo ate a few punches on the feet before grabbing a waist lock and slamming Barnett to the floor.
March 23, 2013
Competing in home state for the first time in nearly two years welterweight prospect Brandon Thatch did not disappoint. The Colorado based Thatch headlined RFA 7 in Broomfield in a catch-weight 172 pound fight versus Mike Rhodes (4-1). Rhodes, a member of Roufus Sport team, replaced Brazilian Leandro Silva (18-7) on two weeks' notice.
The 27 year old Thatch little time to set the pace in his fight with Rhodes. A winner of seven straight first round finishes, Thatch nailed Rhodes with a kick in an early exchange that sent the late replacement on his heels. Thatch swarmed over a dazed Rhodes and brought the fight to the ground.