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Independent Link Club December 27 Edition

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This week’s link club highlights some of the best from around the independent mma websites including Ronda Rousey talking about Cyborg, Joe Ellenberger talking about UFC, and more.

A talk with Impact LPA founder Ross Laurence [The MMA Review]

Ronda Rousey: “Cyborg deserves the beating she’s going to get” [Pro MMA Now]

The Fight Report: UFC 155 [MMA Valor]

Joe Ellenberger: Seeking to Graduate to the UFC’s Ranks [The MMA Corner]

TFN hot chicks the sexiest Asian ring girls of 2012 [The Fight Nation]

The Bluegrass looking to capitalize on the popularity of Women in MMA [Bluegrass MMA]

Keeping Your Ego In Check

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Keeping Your Ego In Check

Keeping Your Ego In Check

Dana White said something along the lines of having to deal with all the fighters is a nightmare because of all the egos involved. Granted the sport is that of fighting and the question is who is the better fighter. It is in our DNA to try to be the alpha male. But sometimes, a fighter needs to keep his ego in check. It is a difficult thing to do, but the higher road is the one that will serve a fighter better.

Here is a recent example, and no fighter is going to be named because they have already acted on their actions in a more positive light. After winning a hard fought, three-round decision, a member of the media thought it was unrealistic that the fighter won with the score cards that he did (they were 30-27 across the board) and this member went on to say that he thought the opponent won the fight 29-28.

This lead to the victor of the fight lashing out at the member of the media accusing him of pandering to his more known opponent. The fighter went on a diatribe going so far as to question this member of the media’s credentials and stated that just because one calls himself a professional, doesn’t mean he is one.

Two issues with this. One, he still won the fight regardless of what the member of the media stated. And two, he went after a person who writes for a living in a medium that favored the writer. Not saying the fighter couldn’t hold his own with the written word, but do you think it would be wise of Usain Bolt to challenge Michael Phelps to a swimming race or Phelps to challenge Bolt to a running race? No.

Of course word got out rather quickly about what was going on and the member of the media was quick to retort. The writer flat out stated that the professional fighter himself chose to not act like a professional and instead resorted to childish and bully like actions.

The fighter went on to mention that if a potential sponsor saw the words written about him not winning the fight that he could realistically not gain that sponsor. The problem with that logic, is that in the way he defended himself, by going on a rant, he hurt himself even worse than a writer giving their opinion on the scoring of the fight. And of course, let’s keep in mind that scoring a fight is just that, an opinion.

Had the fighter kept his ego in check and gracefully talked to the writer, things might have turned out differently. Instead we have a situation that went from a tiny blip on the radar to massive earthquake.

Another example is back at UFC 100 when Brock Lesnar defeated Frank Mir. He went on to say that he was “going to go home and drink a Coors Light instead of a Bud Light because Bud Light won’t pay him nothing.” Oddly enough at the post fight press conference, Lesnar was sitting there with a Bud Light. Why?

Because according to Lesnar, Dana White gave him a verbal whooping like never before and it put him in his place. Lesnar then apologized at the post-fight press conference and was suddenly very humble. It was a complete 180 and one that was much needed.

Sponsors seek out fighters that will represent their brand well. And while a fighter might say they don’t care how they come off, someone giving them a check certainly does. Just ask NBA star Kobe Bryant about McDonalds or Lance Armstrong about Nike.

Why Female Fighters Would Turn Down A Fight With Ronda Rousey At UFC 157

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UFC 157 Poster

UFC 157 Poster

When the UFC announced they were building a women’s division what they really meant at the time was they were building a division around a single fighter; Ronda Rousey. Dana White has subsequently even come out and said as much in several different interviews. The question that was on everyone’s mind was who would she fight in her first title defense.

Rumors were swirling about a potential blockbuster of a women’s bout between Rousey and Cyborg the former Strikeforce 145lb champ. Of course questions about weight came into play with Cyborg stating she couldn’t make weight, then she got a doctor to say she couldn’t make weight, then she said she could make weight, but needed more time and thus she wasn’t the one headlining UFC 157.

Other names were quickly thrown into the hat including Miesha Tate and Sara McMann, the former getting her arm contorted in a crazy position against Rousey, the later being billed as the only other challenger for Rousey. But neither lady is headlining against Rousey. Instead we have Liz Carmouche and many fans were scratching their head asking the question “Why Liz?”

Dana White stated that the fight was offered to several other fighters and that Carmouche was the only one willing to step up and take the fight. Of course those “other” fighters have publicly stated they were never offered a Rousey fight and thus didn’t decline it only to have White blast them and call them liars.

Who is telling the truth? We probably will never know unless somehow contracts that were offered show up or someone else says “Haha I was kidding, I lied.”

So for the sake of this article, let’s assume that Cyborg, Tate, McMann and others were offered a fight with Rousey and they did turn it down. The question that needs to be answered is “Why?”

I can tell you that if I was a manager of any of the fighters offered, I probably would have declined the fight and the reasoning isn’t because I thought my client was scared or not ready to fight Rousey, but because of marketing and money.

For years women’s mma has been deemed almost like the red headed step child (no offense to red headed step children). Women’s bouts have been put on as a side show, not a headliner. Slowly but surely acceptance has grown, but has it grown full scale?

But that isn’t the real issue, the issue comes back to marketing and money as stated. If I was the perceived number one contender’s manager I wouldn’t want that first fight. Instead what I would want is for Rousey to headline against someone further down the rankings, a potentially easier fight for her. I would also seek out a fight for my client against someone down in the rankings and do everything in my power including signing a contract with a bad pay first fight to get my client to be the opening bout on the pay per view that Rousey was headlining.

This does two things. It hopefully sets the tone for what is to come with an exciting women’s matchup opening the pay-per-view, and it gets more eyeballs on my client. Then after both Rousey and my client win, there is a number one contender waiting and the UFC’s marketing machine can go to town.

The argument can be made that the UFC’s marketing team could already do that, but we have to remember, casual fans of the sport probably have very little knowledge of any of the female fighters outside of what they see on a UFC broadcast.

Strikeforce was able to build up the hype surrounding a fight between Gina Carano and Cyborg because the fight was built up (through EliteXC, but Strikeforce bought Elite). That fight did massive ratings for Strikeforce and is still considered one of the most watched fights of all time.

So fast forward to today when the most known star is Rousey and then unfortunately most of the casual fans couldn’t name another. So what do you do if you are a manager of one of the potential challengers? Force the UFC to build up your fighter’s name as well as Rousey’s.

It’s smart business. Yes there isn’t the honor of being in the first Women’s title fight or pay per view headlining bout. But really, there is no guarantee that fight would do well. So why not take a step back, let someone else be the “first” and see what the UFC does after.

Is it a gamble? Yes. But it is a very intelligent one.

Joe Palooka Hits Shelves Today

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Joe Palooka Comic Book - via palooka.com

Joe Palooka Comic Book – via palooka.com

In the 1930’s, an artist by the name of Ham Fisher created a comic character Joe Palooka. The comic strip ran in nearly 1,000 newspapers and lasted until the mid 1980s. Then the comic ceased production, and was no more, but not without creating lasting memories for many fans.

One such fan was Joe Antonacci. Growing up Antonacci watched all kinds of sports with his father, but the primary focus for the two of them were boxing and bull fighting. The two sports seem like they are unrelated, but then as Antonacci explains it, it was about the respect and the beauty of the competition that enthralled him.

With a love of the sport of boxing, it was no surprise that Antonacci would be drawn to the Joe Palooka comic strip. He recalls rushing home to read what was next for his favorite character. “We got an afternoon newspaper. I would open the paper and skip over the sports section and go straight to the comic page because I loved Joe Palooka. Every day you would get another little segment, a little piece of the story. I remember him being in Turkey, fighting the big bad Turkish heavyweight champion. Joe of course was the world Champion.” Just listening to Antonacci reminisce about his childhood reading the comic you can hear his enthusiasm exude and you know that he is smiling from ear to ear.

While many adults have fond childhood memories, few are able to capitalize on them like Antonacci was able to. Even as few as four years ago, Palooka was just a fond memory for him. It wasn’t until a trip home that he ran into a friend of his Ed Catto that the light bulb went off. “I saw a friend of mine, Ed Catto, and he was signing books and autographing Captain Action comic books. I didn’t know who Captain Action was, so I asked him to fill me in. He said that he had a Captain Action doll as a kid, while others had GI Joe, and it was his favorite character. He then found out that the rights to the character were expired and he bought them.

Antonacci knew that this was something he was interested in so he talked to Catto about the process of how he acquired the rights to his favorite character growing up. It turns out, it was both easier and harder than anticipated. The first step was to find the trademark and see if it was expired. That’s the easy part, anyone can go to uspto.gov and look up trademarks. They are a use it or lose it sort of thing, so if one owns a trademark and fails to produce material with it, they lose the rights to it.

The question then for Antonacci became what to do? He quickly went to work making a comic, t-shirts, hats, other goods with the Joe Palooka name and then applied for the trademark. He was granted it. Many will be quick to ask why with his love of boxing growing up, even being a boxing announcer, did he decide to change the character Joe Palooka to a mixed martial artist.

I have a trademark to produce a comic book or merchandise. I don’t have a copyright. I don’t own the original drawings or stories. All those are owned by the creators or the creators’ heirs. I knew I had to re-invent this guy, not just his look, but the way he acted. Then it occurred to me to make him an mma fighter. I wanted him to travel the world as a fighter.

Mixed martial arts fans who are worried that the comic is just going to be a re-hashing of fights inside a cage or a ring are sadly mistaken. The new Joe Palooka comic is a mix of the action, spy, and fighting all rolled into one. The story is captivating from the first frame of comic.

For those that are still on the fence about it, there are several options that one has. By visiting www.palooka.com one can receive at no charge the first thirteen pages of the comic, or for just $1.99 (until it is removed), one can purchase digital copies of the first and second issue. But to those that are true collectors and fans, the first printed version of the comic is available starting today (December 19th) at comic book stores across the nation.

Jimmy Flick – I’m Going To Drop Some Bows

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Jimmy Flick via Dave Mandel for Sherdog

Jimmy Flick via Dave Mandel for Sherdog

Jimmy Flick will be headlining tomorrow night’s Legacy Fighting Championship 16 against former UFC vet Will Campuzano. And while his opponent may have more experience and higher profile fights, Flick thinks that will work to his advantage. Speaking to us one day before weigh-ins, Flick graciously gave us some time to talk about the fight and more.

How’s it going today?
Things are going good. Can’t wait for Friday night.

Most fighters wouldn’t want to be talking to me the day before a weigh-in.
It’s not too bad. I just prefer the publicity any time during the fight. It is a little harder right now since I am going through my weight cut, but it’s no problem.

How bad is this weight cut for you?
It’s not bad. I mean I’ve cut quite a bit of weight because I wanted to be the bigger, stronger guy. Will’s coming down off a couple losses in the UFC at 135, so he has fought bigger, stronger guys. I’ve cut a good 30-35 pounds for this fight, but I feel strong, and once I’ve get my time to recover it’s gonna be even better.

You are fighting UFC veteran Will Campuzano in two days at Legacy FC 16. Will has nearly three times the amount of fights as you and has been inside the cage with some top tier fighters, giving him the experience advantage in the fight. Is there anything you do to train for someone with that much experience?
Train hard, and train hard every day. That’s what I did, and that’s what I’ve been doing, and I’m ready to go out there and show him that it’s my time in the UFC. He’s had his shot, and he lost it, and I’m gonna go out there and put a beating on him and show the UFC I’m ready to fight the top five guys in the UFC.

He might look at you as less of a threat. Do you feel that it might be to your advantage that you do have less experience?
That’s what he thinks. He thinks it’s gonna be an easy fight. I hope he keeps thinking that way. He’s a cocky little guy, and I just hope he stays cocky and it works out to my favor Friday night.

This is a fight that was supposed to happen back in August, but it got pushed back due to an ankle injury. So you have actually been training for him for six months now, correct?
Yes, Sir. Actually, from what I understand, he never even got injured. He’s saying a lot of stuff, saying he did get injured, but if you check his Twitter, back when he pulled out of the fight he put that he had back-to-back camps and it was too hard on his body – is why he pulled out. And now he’s telling everybody it was an ankle injury, and his ankle’s not a hundred percent, but it’s eighty percent. I ain’t even paying attention to that. He can say whatever he wants; he’s already got himself in a bind. They told me it was emphysema first, then they told me it was an ankle injury, and then he said it was back-to-back camps on his Twitter. I mean, the guy can’t make up his mind. I ended up taking up a short fight on short notice because Will did back out on me and ended up winning that fight in a minute and eight seconds in the first round, and that put my professional record to 6-0.

So do you feel Will is scared of this fight?
I don’t know if he’s scared. I just think maybe that first time we were gonna fight each other he wasn’t training the way he wanted to because he was training for Chad “Robo,” and that fight didn’t happen. And I called Nick Mayner and told him I wanted to fight that night, and I had it the next day. And that’s where Will went on AXS TV and started talking a lot of crap already. Then the fight was rescheduled for like four and a half weeks later, and I guess he messed up on his training camp, and he didn’t feel like he was gonna be ready to go, and he made up a couple excuses. He’s fought in the UFC, he fought Damacio Page, he’s fought Nick Pace… I wouldn’t say he’s scared, but he has a lot more to lose than I do. I’m twenty-two years old. I’m 6-0. If I lose to a guy like Will Campuzano it’s not really gonna end my career. But hopefully Friday night I don’t lose, and I go to 7-0, and I show the UFC that it’s my time.

What are you expecting out of him at the fight?
I’m expecting him to use his muay thai and try to defend my take-downs. I want to put him on his back and submit him or put him on his back and drop a bunch of ‘bows on his face for everything he said. And if I can’t drop no ‘bows on his face or get him to the ground, I’ll turn it into a scrap if I got to. I’m ready for the fight to go anywhere it’s gonna go. I’m ready for blood, I’m ready for war, and I don’t care if the fight’s thirty seconds or thirty minutes, I’m ready for everything.

Not only is this fight the headliner, it is also for the first flyweight title and is televised. Do those things add any extra pressure on you?
Oh, no, not at all. Like I said I’m 6-0, and I’m twenty-two years old. This is kind of a win-win situation for me. I don’t have much to lose, but I have a lot to gain if I go out there and win. I’ve fought in some big shows. I’ve fought in Bellator Fighting Championship. My first professional fight I was brought in to the 6-2 Humberto DeLeon which has fought Johnny Bedford. That was his first loss – he lost to Johnny Bedford by unanimous decision at a higher weight class. So I know I’m ready for the fight. I don’t pay attention to the cameras. I’ve been wrestling my whole life. I’ve wrestled in front of thousands and thousands of people since I was 3-4 years old. And I’m just ready to go out there and show people how good I really am.

For the fans that will be seeing you fight for the first time on Friday, what should we be expecting out of you?
Expect a fast, action-paced fight. I like to get in there, and I like to get stuff started, and I don’t stop until the fight’s over, ’til the ref pulls me off, or until that bell sounds. Especially with Will Campuzano, I’m gonna give him everything I got for every single round. The only way I’m going out of this fight is if I go to sleep, and that’s the only way he’s gonna beat me. He’s gotta put me to sleep. And if he don’t put me to sleep, I’m gonna win this fight.

Where can the fans find you at?
You can find me on Facebook at Jimmy Flick or on Twitter @jimmyflick. I’m all over the computer, just look me up, find me on Facebook or Twitter, and follow me please.

Any sponsors or people you want to thank?
Yeah, I have a few sponsors. I got Corrosion Control, Lightning Fluid Services, Take Away Gourmet, Adcock Piping and Supply, Domestic Drilling, RYU – stands for Respect Your Universe. I also got I’m a Beast – they just picked me up like three days ago to wear their shorts. And then I want to give a big shout-out to my brother Danny Flick, my wife Raven Flick, my father Jimmy Flick. And I forgot one of my sponsors Rock Supplements. And a big shout-out to my gym and all my training partners at Flick Brothers MMA Academy.

Independent Link Club – December 13 Edition

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This week’s link club includes interviews with Oli Thompson, Jessica Eye, Nick Newell and more.  Check out the best stories from around the web.

Jessica Eye talks huge Bellator FC 83 win over Zoila Gurgel [The Fight Nerd]

Abel Rrujillo makes impressive debut at UFC on FOX5 [MMA Valor]

Will Josh Barnett Ever See the Inside of the Octagon Again? [The MMA Corner]

Hideo Tokoro: If I Should lose it will be my last stand [The Fight Nation]

Interview: Oli Thompson speaks ahead of his bout at MMC Fight Club 1 [The MMA Review]

Nick Newell talks XFC 21 lightweight title win *VIDEO* [Pro MMA Now]

Nick Newell is victorious, becomes the new XFC Lightweight Champion [Bluegrass MMA]

XFO Fight Night Recap And Results

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Justin Seeberger Victorious At XFO Fight Night - photo by Brent Todd

Justin Seeberger Victorious At XFO Fight Night – photo by Brent Todd

XFO invaded Offsides in Woodstock for a night of amateur mixed martial arts fights. In total fourteen fights happened with Jonothan King taking on Justin Seeberger in the main event. Read on for the full recap and results.

The main event featured Jonothan King taking on Justin Seeberger. The first round King came out with good boxing and Seeberger was landing body kicks. Seeberger then attempted a single leg takedown and King defended it well. Seeberger picked King up and slammed him down, but King scrambled quickly and wound up on top. Seeberger locked in an armbar and it looked deep. King stood to escape and he was able to get out. He then let Seeberger up and the two boxed as time ran out in the round. The second round Seeberger went for a takedown but again King was able to wind up on top. Seeberger threatened with a kimura sweep, then transitioned to a guillotine choke. A short adjustment and King was forced to tap.

The co-main event featured Jason Crose taking on Team Curran’s Charlie Richardson. Crose came out with a straight kick and Richardson countered with a right. He then followed it up with a big knee and Crose went to the canvas. Richardson followed up, but couldn’t get the finish. He stood up and over Crose and threatened little leg kicks before letting Crose up. Richardson then connected on a straight right hand and Crose went crumbling to the canvas unconscious.

In one of the most anticipated fights Sean Gee took on Vince Romadine. Romadine took Gee down immediately and worked a top game of short strikes and positioning in the first round. Gee was able to get out from under Romadine at one point and landed four punches before being taken down again. The rest of the round Romadine spent on top. Round two was much of the same as the first with Romadine scoring a quick takedown and neutralizing Gee’s offense. The third round Gee was anticipating the takedown, and scrambled to avoid it, but the fight went to the ground anyways. This time Gee wound up on top, but Romadine was crafty with his submissions. Gee powered his way out of each attempt and likely won a close third round, but not the fight. In the end the judges awarded it to Romadine.

After the intermission, heavyweights Zach Duncan and Tyler Reece threw down. Reece quickly tied Duncan up and took him down. He then worked to get the back and landed punch after punch while trying to get his hooks in. He was able to get his arm under the chin of Duncan and Duncan was forced to tap.

The last fight before the intermission featured Kyle Hubert taking on Gerard Mills. Hubert came out swinging, but Mills wanted to go to the canvas. Hubert worked for a guillotine choke as Mills tried to stand back up and used it to pass to the back of Mills. He locked in a rear naked choke and got the tap.

Jason Huber was a hometown favorite against CJ Loveland. He came out swinging as did Loveland, but Huber was able to connect on a hook that stumbled Loveland. He pounced the fallen fighter and was relentless with his attack. He took mount and while an armbar looked like it was there, Huber opted to continue punching until the ref stopped it.

William Miller was a last minute replacement opponent and he took on Anthony Kelly. Miller came out swinging and then would let his hands down almost in a taunt. Kelly continued to punch and he had Miller against the cage. He unloaded a barrage of strikes and Miller looked like he was out on his feet and the fight was stopped.

Erick Kapp and John Cruz were up next as Kapp came out with a leg kick. Cruz then went for a takedown, but Kapp sprawled. Cruz continued to push forward and was able to end up in Kapp’s guard. Kapp worked to get a triangle choke and it looked like it was in. He then hooked his arm under the leg of Cruz and rolled him. He transition to what looked like an armbar, but opted to hammer fist him instead. Cruz looked out, but had tapped due to the strikes.

Wade Cunat and Brandon Scholer wasted no time as they both swarmed the center of the center of the cage. Scholer initiated a takedown attempt, but Cunat was able to counter and wound up on top. He worked punches from side control and seemed like he was about to finish but Scholer was able to escape. The two stood and Cunat went for a takedown, but got caught in a guillotine by Scholer. Scholer adjusted and earned the tap.

Tim Sullivan tied up Eddy Black quickly and worked to get the fight to the ground. Black was able to land on top inside of Sullivan’s guard. He passed to mount and then worked punches. Sullivan gave up his back and Black continued to assault Sullivan’s head and forced the ref to stop the fight.

Thomas Holder came out quick against Andrew Winkler. The two were both landing heavy shots and Holder then scored a takedown. He worked to take Winkler’s back and then he locked in a rear naked choke. Winkler looked like he was about to tap, but Holder let go and opted to punch. He kept punching and Winkler tapped to the strikes.

Cody Flowburg came out with a spinning backfist against Charles Johnson. Johnson was quick to get the fight to the ground and passed to mount. Unfortunately Flowburg was able to escape. The two stood and started to exchange with Johnson landing some heavy shots. Flowburg covered up to defend, but Johnson didn’t let up and the ref stopped the fight.

Opening the night of mixed martial arts fights was Dan Newhausen taking on Tony Tony Armayo. Newhausen threw a kick and Armayo caught it, but Newhausen used it to take his back. Once he had the back he locked in a fight ending standing rear naked choke.

The very first fight of the night was a Muay Thai fight between Jeffery Wright and Zach Rudder. Rudder won after Wright was unable to continue after the second round.

Quick Results
Zach Rudder defeated Jeffery Wright by verbal submission at 3:00 of round two
Dan Newhausen defeated Tony Armayo by rear naked choke at 0:37 of round one
Charles Jonson defeated Cody FLowburg by technical knockout at 2:30 of round one
Thomas Holder defeated Andrew Winkler by tapout due to strikes at 1:00 of round one
Eddy Black defeated Tim Sullivan by technical knockout at 1:07 of round one
Brandon Scholer defeated Wade Cunat by guillotine choke at 2:27 of round one
Erick Kapp defeated John Cruz by tapout due to strikes at 2:13 of round one
Anthony Kelly defeated William Miller by technical knockout at 1:26 of round one
Jason Huber defeated CJ Loveland by technical knockout at 1:00 of round one
Kyle Hubert defeated Gerard Mills by rear naked choke at 2:13 of round one
Tyler Reece defeated Zach Duncan by rear naked choke at 2:28 of round one
Sean Gee defeated Vince Romadine by unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 29-28
Charlie Richardson defeated Jason Crose by knockout at 0:38 of round one
Justin Seeberger defeated Jonothan King by guillotine choke at 1:29 of round two

United Combat League: Seasons Beatings Recap And Results

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James Waller Victorious At UCL - photo by Brent Todd

James Waller Victorious At UCL – photo by Brent Todd

Mike Davis’s United Combat League put on their annual charity event, Season’s Beatings. The night of action took place at the Local 399 Union Hall in downtown Chicago. The night of action featured ten amateur mixed martial arts fights. All of the proceeds from the night went to Folds of Honor which provides scholarships to families of fallen soldiers. Davis stated that at least a full scholarship was raised.

The main event featured James Waller taking on Jimmy Moreno for the vacant light heavyweight title. The first round was a crazy back and forth boxing battle with both Waller and Moreno landing clean shots on the other. Moreno was looking to counter Waller’s punches and as such landed more in the round giving him the round. The second round Moreno switched things up and took Waller down. The entire round was spent on the canvas as Moreno transitioned from side control to mount to back mount. Waller kept trying to escape and toyed with being mounted or having Moreno take his back. Moreno was looking for a rear naked choke but when he couldn’t get it, he threw punch after punch. The third round Waller’s right eye looked nearly swollen shut and was caught with a right hand by Moreno. Moreno either didn’t realize it landed or was trying to set something else up as he didn’t follow. The two set their feet and started throwing. Moreno landed first and it seemed like Waller was going to go down, but then a perfectly placed right hook by Waller sent Moreno crashing to the canvas in a crazy knockout.

The co-main event featured David Hammonds taking on the crowd favorite Quinn Corbett. Corbett had a massive height advantage over Hammonds, but Hammonds immediately closed the distance and took him down right away. Hammonds postured up and started to throw left hand after left hand and Corbett was in trouble and tapped to the strikes.

After the break heavyweights Jeff Szakas and Eric Bucio took the cage. Szakas swarmed Bucio and pressed him against the cage. He was working for a takedown and got it, keeping all of his weight on top of Bucio. Bucio sat up and worked punches to the head of Szakas and after several went through clean Szakas tapped to the strikes.

Todd Wilson and Andrew Munoz were up before the intermission and they put on a fantastic fight. Munoz came out swinging and then shot for a takedown, but Wilson worked for a guillotine choke. It looked tight, but Munoz continued to move and worked his way out. The two stood up and Wilson dropped Munoz, but Munoz was quick to secure an armbar. Wilson stood up, curled Munoz who was on his arm, and then slammed him to the canvas to break the submission. He landed a couple of punches from on top before he stood up. Munoz then took him down and landed in side control. Wilson tried to escape but Munoz took his back and sunk in a fight ending rear naked choke.

The longest entrance award goes to Juan Tapia as his song was over halfway done playing before he came out against Bryan Titus. He also scored one of the fastest wins of the night as Titus immediately shot for a takedown and Tapia grabbed a guillotine. At first it was standing, but then he pulled guard and was able to tighten the choke and force the tapout at 31 seconds into the fight.

A quick bout between Eric Siciliano and Terry Little. Siciliano came out swinging and Little tried for a double leg takedown. Siciliano sprawled and defended then took Little’s back. He threw multiple punches earning the technical knockout.

Lawrence Sieber dropped Chris McDonough at the start of the fight. He pounced and it looked like the fight was going to be stopped, but the ref let the fight continue. McDonough and Sieber clinched and worked knees. McDonough took Sieber down and then worked punches. He took the mount and threw punch after punch. Sieber didn’t defend and the ref stopped the fight.

Andrew West came out swinging against Trevor Relyea and didn’t let up until the fight was over. West quickly charged Relyea and landed punch after punch. He threw a knee that looked clean, but Relyea said it was low and a time out was called. After the restart West continued to throw punch after punch. Relyea tried to take the fight to the ground, but West reversed. The two stood up and West again charged Relyea working punches against the cage. Relyea ducked down for a single leg, but West got his arm around the throat of Relyea and squeezed. Relyea gave a thumbs up, then his knees buckled and the ref stopped the fight.

Bit of a controversy between Augie Rodriguez and Robert Little. The first round Rodriguez took Little down and worked small punches from side control. He got too top heavy and Little was able to roll him over and worked on top. Little tried for a keylock to finish Rodriguez off, but it wasn’t there. Little was too high and Rodriguez was able to sweep him. Little gave up his back and Rodriguez finished the round with punches. The second round Little came out with a front kick and Rodriguez caught it and took him down. They got back up, but again the fight went to the ground. Rodriguez was working for a kimura or a straight arm armbar and Little started yelling while trying to muscle his way out. He did it a couple of times and the ref took it as a verbal submission and called the fight.

Kicking off the night of action was Jason Crose taking on Gilbert Grappling’s Justin Hughes. The two were quick close the distance and started throwing right hands at each other. Hughes ducked under and picked Crose up, slamming him to the canvas. He moved from side control to mount and threw a couple of punches. Crose tried to escape by giving up his back, but Hughes unloaded a flurry of punches forcing the ref to stop the fight.

Quick Results
Justin Hughes defeated Jason Crose by technical knockout at 0:35 of round one
Augie Rodriguez defeated Robert Little by verbal submission (Americana) at 1:47 of round two
Andrew West defeated Trevor Relyea by rear naked choke at 2:27 of round one
Chris McDonough defeated Lawrence Sieber by technical knockout at 2:20 of round one
Eric Siciliano defeated Terry Little by technical knockout at 0:41 of round one
Juan Tapia defeated Bryan Titus by guillotine choke at 0:31 of round one
Andrew Munoz defeated Todd Wilson by rear naked choke at 1:52 of round one
Eric Bucio defeated Jeff Szakas by submission due to strikes at 0:58 of round one
David Hammonds defeated Quinn Corbett by tapout due to strikes at 0:13 of round one
James Waller defeated Jimmy Moreno by knockout at 0:23 of round three

Chris Tickle – He Doesn’t Have Any Flashy Submissions

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Chris Tickle - via UFC.com

Chris Tickle – via UFC.com

Chris Tickle will be taking on Chase Beebe at Flawless Fighting Championships on Saturday December 15th. According to Tickle, it’s a fight he has wanted for a long time, but it never materialized. Now after his stint on The Ultimate Fighter and unable to earn a UFC contract, Tickle is doing everything he can to get into the UFC and he knows that a win over Beebe could be the ticket to doing that.

How’s it going today?
Great, man.

Let’s talk about your nickname. I once heard it suggested that your nickname might be better as Chris “Tickle Me Elmo” instead of Chris “Bad Boy” Tickle. What do you have to say to that?
All my friends used to call me that back when I was a kid. But I’m the Bad Boy. My fighting style says it all, so I like it the way it is.

So you are fighting Chase Beebe on December 15that the Flawless Fighting Championship 2 in Chicago. This is a big fight for you, isn’t it?
Yeah, it is. This is a fight I’ve been wanting for about a year, before I was on the TUF show. Chase is a tough fighter, but he’s just a one-dimensional fighter. He’s a straight wrestler. His ground’s okay, he doesn’t have any really flashy submissions. He’s just looking to take it back and get a rear naked choke, that’s about it.

Is this fight taking place at 135 lbs?
No, this fight’s at ’45. Chase jumped up in weight to ’45 and has been fighting the circuit at ’45. I’m still at ’45… and hoping to get a nutritionist soon and see if I can make ’35.

We know that Chase loves to take people down and control the action from there, whereas you’ve got knock-out power. What do you do to counteract somebody who has the wrestling skills that Chase has?
You know, ’45, I don’t really see anybody as strong as me or as fast. The guys that have better wrestling, that I’ve fought, are walking around 180. Chase Beebe’s not that big. Counteracting his wrestling, I’m a wrestler, too. I wrestled back in the day, but not at his level. But I don’t think he’s going to be able to take me down. I’ll avoid take-downs. If he does, I’ll sweep him. ’45s are actually what I’ve been fighting my whole career… I just while cutting weight till the middle of my career. So I don’t think he’s as strong as me. He’s gonna have problems taking me down. And if he does, I got a big knee or kick in the face for him if when he comes in.

Do you think the fight will go the full 15 minutes, or will you get the finish?
No, I’m gonna sleep him. He throws wild; he’s sloppy. I’m just gonna take my time, pick him apart. When he throws a hay maker I’m gonna knock him out.

I know Chase is being considered for Bellator Season 8. With a win over Chase, would you be looking to try and get your name in for that instead of his?
No, Bellator’s not even on my radar. The only thing on my radar now is UFC. UFC is where I should be fighting – it’s where the money’s at. Sean Shelby watched my last fight, where I fought in Texas, and one more knockout win and I should be right back in the UFC.

In The Ultimate Fighter, you unfortunately lost the unanimous decision to Daron Cruickshank, and the UFC always has their conditions for getting back in after a loss like that.
They all knew that I was a ’45er, and Cruickshank was probably the number one fighter on the whole show. That kid’s a monster. He knocked out Mike Ricci – or he beat him – and Riccii will probably win the whole show at 170. Cruickshank was no joke. That dude’s a beast. He’s a division 1 wrestler; he’s a champion. And he took me down, what, in the first round. Second round he got me down… swept him, got up… and I don’t think Beebe’s wrestling is as good as Cruickshank’s.

So the plan then is to beat Beebe and get into the UFC?
Yup. That’s the main goal.

Say the UFC says they want you to get one more win in, since 145 is a very full division right now. Is there anyone else currently not in the UFC that you’d like to go up against?
At 45? You know, that’s a good question. I really don’t know. I haven’t really watched names around here. Beebe is very talented. He’s ranked like 26th in the world right now. He’s somebody I’ve wanted to fight for a while. I guess after I beat Beebe, if they deny me, I’ve gotta find one more big name.

The title of this fight card is Hated. Is this a properly-titled card for you to fight on?
Oh, hell yeah. It’s perfect, man. It fits me perfect.

Where can the fans find you at?
They can find me @badboytickle on Twitter and also on Facebook at Chris Tickle. Look me up, find me on Twitter. I’m always posting where my fights are at and training, so follow me up

Any sponsors or people you want to thank?
Yeah I want to thank Car-X, Bamjac Computers, Wemo Solutions, E-ssential Solutions, Werner Automotive, Planet Green Cremations, American Bully, Kennel Fight Club and Dr. Nick Kellerman

Henry Martinez – I Just Love To Fight

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Henry Martinez - via UFC.com

Henry Martinez – via UFC.com

Henry Martinez will be taking on Daron Cruickshank at this weekend’s UFC on Fox card. The two were originally supposed to fight at UFC 151, but after the cancelation of the event the fight with Cruickshank got pushed back to UFC 155. Now after training for him for several months, Martinez feels more than ready for the fight.

How’s it going today?
Everything’s going well. Feeling good. Excited. Ready to fight this weekend.

You are scheduled to fight Daron Cruickshank at UFC on Fox 5 in about a week. What’s training camp like now at the end of the process?
Oh, fight week is hectic. It’s a crazy bunch of chaos in my mind, that’s how it’s different. Up, down, and everything in between.

Safe to say the highest highs and lowest lows all culminate in this week before the fight?
Yup. And all in one, too. It’s not one thing.

The fight was originally scheduled for UFC 151 back in September, and after the cancellation of that event, it got rescheduled for December. Does it feel like you’ve been training for this fight with this opponent forever?
This training camp has ran on very long. I’ve been training about five months for this, so it’s got its positives and negatives. It’s been a real long camp, so that definitely wears on you, and being away from my family and stuff. But I feel like I’m bringing a lot more tools to the table. I feel like I’m super-ready for this fight. Sometimes you go into a fight and you have these doubts that kind of haunt your mind. You’re like, well, I feel good, but what if I don’t feel good in the fight, or I know I trained a lot, but what if I didn’t train enough. And I couldn’t have trained any more for this fight.

Did you take any time off after UFC 151 was canceled, or did you just keep on trucking?
I pretty much kept on trucking through. I live in Maine, and I was planning on going back, and then it got rescheduled, so I’m still here.

You live in Maine and train down at Jackson’s full-time?
Yeah. I’m from New Mexico, but I live over there now.

What are you expecting out of Daron in this fight?
I’m expecting him to bring the fight, you know? He looks like a tough guy, and he obviously got on the show because he’s got some skills. I’ve seen some of his fights – he’s got real flashy kicks. I think he wrestled division three in college. So he should be a well-rounded opponent. I think it’ll be fun. I think we’re both going to bring some heat and make an exciting fight for the fans.

To me he seems to be a heavy-handed fighter, but he likes to ground and pound his opponents by using his wrestling. What do you do in training to try and prepare for that?
Well I trained the way I always train, honestly. People haven’t seen my ground game. I think I’m much better on the ground and my wrestling is far superior to my stand-up. People that think they’re gonna take me to the ground and have a much easier fight are in for a rude awakening.

Now this is your third fight on your UFC contract, and you are 1-1. Is there extra pressure on you to perform well as the third fight is the decision-maker for the UFC?
I feel more so that this is another day in the office. I felt the pressure in my last fight, really. Being a newcomer in the UFC, coming off the loss to Riddle, I really felt the pressure that I needed to bring a W. And I think I kind of fought a real hesitant fight last time. I could have opened up a lot more. But from the results of the fight before, I think I lost the fight on positioning – where Riddle got the two take-downs really in the last round, and he finished on top with the flurry, and that really seemed like it did it in the judges’ eyes. And I knew Bernardo Magalhaes was just looking to get it to the floor, and not that I was afraid of being submitted, but losing on another view of positioning on a fight and being 0-2 in the UFC, no. Then as a newcomer I definitely probably would have gotten the axe. So that really weighed on my mind a lot.

Both of your fights were split decisions. Do you agree with the judges’ score cards from both of those fights?
I definitely don’t agree with the first decision. I don’t understand how… I definitely won the first round against Riddle, and I think I out-struck him in the second round. I took the fight on a last-minute whim, and I definitely was out of shape, but I think I won the first two rounds. I gave him the third round.

Looking ahead at your career, is there anyone in the UFC’s lightweight division you want to fight?
I think I can make an exciting fight with anybody. I’m game to fight whoever honestly. I took that fight with Matt Riddle – I usually fight at 155, and I took that fight at 170 with Matt Riddle, last minute. I’m one of those guys that – I like to fight. It’s fun, and I’m not gonna back down from it.

Where can the fans find you at?
You can find me on Twitter @HenryMartinez83. So give me a follow. I’d appreciate it.

Any sponsors or people you want to thank?
I’d like to thank all my training partners, my coaches. My coach Mike Winkeljohn, coach Greg Jackson, coach Brandon Gibson, my family for being very supportive, my girl Amanda. Just thank you everybody. Thank you so much for helping me get through this camp, and I appreciate all the love and support of all my fans.