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Flawless FC Featured Fighter: Adam Ward

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Flawless FC will be hosting their first event in Chicago on Saturday, August 4th at the UIC Forum. The event is billed as a multi-national event with fighters from multiple nations set to go to battle against one another inside the cage. This series, looks to showcase the local talent that will be taking part in the debut show. First up is Adam Ward out of Gilbert Grappling.

Ward made his professional debut outside of the country in 2009 when he took on Manfred Chavarria at MMA Costa Rica in 2009. The fight was a quick victory for Ward, lasting just 2:22 before he was able to secure the submission victory.

He then dropped his first of two fights in February of 2010 against Ryan Vaccaro, losing by unanimous decision. Unhappy with his performance, he vowed to return to the cage more vicious then before and did just that.

His next fight was against Bryan Fielder at Chicago Cagefighting Championship 2. It was a three-round hard fought battle, but Ward had made sure that Fielder felt his punishment. At the end of the fight Ward’s white shorts were pink from all of the blood his opponent spilled in the fight.

Ward continued his assault and wanting to make people bleed at Hoosier Fight Club 6 in January of 2011. He took on Lydell Rhodes and while he bested Rhodes with a triangle choke in the second round, again, his opponent showed visible damage and Ward was soaked in blood.

He traveled to Mansfield Ohio on a two-fight win streak to take on Cody Stevens at Big Guns 8. He battled Stevens for fifteen minutes, but the stars were not aligned and Ward suffered the second loss of his career.

Again wanting to prove that he wasn’t just another Midwest fighter with a so-so record, Ward sought a difficult matchup and found it in David Love at HFC 8. Love a veteran of 26 fights prior to fighting Ward brought the fight to him, but Ward was able to fend off Love’s attacks and launch some of his own. Just after the four minute mark in the second round, Ward was throwing punch after punch and earned the technical knockout victory over Love.

Four months later Ward found himself fighting at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates at XFO 42 against Daniel Rodriguez. Exactly two minutes into the fight he knocked Rodriguez out cold, tying his best win streak to date.

He then flew out to Las Vegas to audition for The Ultimate Fighter and made it past the first round. And while he was successful in passing subsequent interview rounds, when the final numbers were being released, Ward was unfortunately not apart of the top 32 chosen to fight his way onto the show.

Once cleared and able to fight again, Ward took a fight at XFO 43 against Bobby Ferrier. Again, victory came quickly as he sunk in a rear naked choke in the first half of the first round.

Now with a record of 6-2 and a three-fight win streak, Ward is looking to test his skills against Oliver Petrovski. Petrovski a native of Macedonia returned to action in late 2011 after a near three year layoff, and earned a quick twenty second knockout victory. The question is, will he be able to lay hands on Ward as quick as he did in his last fight, or will Ward look to bring the fight to the ground and show how deadly his submission game is.

Recapping With Adam Ward – I Strike From Every Position

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Adam Ward is an up and coming featherweight who trains out of Gilbert Grappling.  His last two fights have been extremely memorable due to the amount of blood he was wearing by the end of his fight.  Because of his exciting style, MMA Recap’s Brent Todd had to catch up with him to learn more about his career, his fights and more.

What got you into fighting and mixed martial arts?
I always got into fights as a kid.   I kind of had to because if it wasn’t someone picking on me because a was a lil shrimp with a big mouth, it was my big brother or one of his friends.  That and I was always in some sort of trouble (I got sent to principles office first day of kindergarten for impersonating the ultimate warrior and smashing two kids heads together).  I ended up doing my first fight with no training or real experience at 170, gassed out, and got arm triangled. Before I gassed I heard the crowd go nuts when I was landing punches and that was just so addictive that I had to do it again.  The promoter MIke Davis recommended that I start to train with Gilbert Grappling so I did, I stuck with it, and since then its been quite the experience.

You recently fought at Hoosier Fight Club where you defeated Lydell Rhodes.  Did that fight the way you thought it would?
Well I didn’t expect to lose so in the long run it went as planned.  Not many fights ever go exactly the way you want or think they should.  This is mixed martial arts so you have to be ready for whatever and/or wherever the fight takes you.  This is why I stress being as well rounded as possible.  But this last fight in particular I expected him to stand and bang for a bit and then to resort to takedowns, which he did.  I personally wasn’t satisfied with this last performance because I didn’t let my hands fly as much as I should have, but with the power he was putting behind every punch, it made more sense to just eat a few and let him wear himself out.  My guys at Athletic Edge Sports Training keep me well conditioned so I just kept pushing the pace and made my opponent work more. But I always think my conditioning can be better.

In the fight with Rhodes you ended up wearing a lot of your opponent’s blood on you, and in your previous fight against Bryan Fielder you too were covered in blood.  Do you just like making your opponent’s bleed?
Coincidentally in the last two fights, I have been able to stand and bang with my opponents, but then they ended up in triangle position.  I try to strike from every position possible and triangle is a good place to land elbows while fishing for a submission.  and when it comes to the question of if I like to make my opponents bleed, all I can really say is that I am always trying to end the fight.   I will do whatever I can to do so but I am not one of those guys that wants to hurt his opponent.  The last two fights I did damage standing then pulled triangle and worked strikes.  I do like to damage morale though, and break someone mentally.  I’m sure that neither opponent liked getting choked or hit while laying face first in their own blood.  it sucks being in a fight that you know you are losing.

Is there anyone on the local scene that you want to fight next?
I’m up to fight anyone on the scene right now.  I’m trying to stay focused on the featherweight division this early in my career.  I would like to eventually make the drop  to the bantamweight division if possible.

After your fight against Rhodes you made a comment about getting hit in the head a lot in practice, is that typical for you?
Well practice is where I get all my work done. So if I do get hit, I’d rather it be there.  The reason I said that is because the last couple weeks before a fight your in the grind to make weight and it just feels like everyone is just beating on you.  Especially when we have some heavy hitters at G2 and most people think all we do is wrestle.

Who would you say has hit you the hardest in your career?
Ever . . . probably Danny Gilbert.  His hook has bad intentions.  In the ring amateur it was Lutrell or Martin Jimenez, but I’d say Rhodes was throwing a lot of power and was probably hitting just as hard if not harder.

You had a very successful amateur career, were you nervous when you turned pro?
I was coming off of a hot streak of 5 wins and one of which was the Cutthroat Featherweight amateur championship. So I was pretty confident coming into a professional career as a fighter.  I figure that every fight is a learning experience.  I’ve gotten my losses out of the way both as an amateur and as a professional, and I am moving forward with my career as a professional mixed martial artist.

What song do you like to come out to for your fight and what is the significance of that song?
I come out to a lot of different songs.  Whatever gets me pumped or puts me in a “destroy” state of mind that I can ride until I get into the ring.  Bleed it out by Linkin Park was a favorite for a lot of my amateur fights.  I also have used Undead by Hollywood Undead, All the above by Maino, Remember the name by Fort Minor, Shipping up to boston by Dropkick Murphys, Fortunate son by Creedance Clearwater revival, and lately, Right Now by sr71

Are you contemplating a drop down to 135?
Yes eventually

What are your goals for 2011?
All wins.

Which fight would you say you learned the most from?
I learned the most from my losses amateur and pro.  Mainly my pro loss sticks out against Ryan Vacarro.  I took it with short notice, cut a lot of weight, and got laid on for three rounds.  Almost knocked him out in the 3rd but I was so tired I stopped thinking. Once again . . conditioning conditioning conditioning

What do you like to do when you aren’t training?
I love to sleep! And movies and just chilling out around home or going out to eat.

What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?
Interesting enough but I’ll answer.  I snack a lot on cereal!  I usually stick with raisin bran or frosted mini wheats, but lately cinnamon toast crunch is the favorite.

Any sponsors or people you want to thank?
I want to thank Gilbert Grappling, Athletic Edge Sports Training, GRIT Mouthguards (gritmouthguards.com), johnfarrellmusic.com, chicagommaaliance.com, Cutthroat MMA, Hoosier Fight club, and Chicago Cagefighting Championship.

 

Bobby Emmons

Recapping With Bobby Emmons – It’s a Rough Sport

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Bobby EmmonsBobby Emmons made his pro debut at Hoosier Fight Club 6 on Friday January 14.  The fight did not go his way as he suffered an injury while working for a submission.  MMA Recap’s Brent Todd caught up with Emmons to talk about the fight, his career and more.

What got you into fighting?
I actually started doing it as a way to just get back in shape

You made your pro debut at Hoosier Fight Club 6 against Nick Wayne. You weren’t able to answer the bell for round two so tell us what happened?
While I was working for the triangle choke, I tried to reach over and grab under his leg to help secure it. I immediately felt something “give” in my back. I had to let loose of the choke, and knew right then I was probably done. I have a slipped disc and a small fracture on a vertebrae

What is your recovery time from the injury?
They’re saying 6-8 weeks before I can even start any sort of contact or training MMA wise. Im hoping to at least be able to ride the stationary bike or something withing a few though.

You had that triangle choke in pretty tight, were you surprised that Wayne was able to escape?
I felt it was pretty tight before my back even went out. I was up against the cage but it still felt pretty secure. Props to Nick tho. A lot of people would have tapped from that

What was your record as an amateur and what amateur titles do you hold?
My ammy record was 7-1

Did you feel any extra pressure because it was your pro debut?
No I really didn’t. It was just another fight to me. I train with several good professionals, so that didn’t really get to me at all.

Where are you training out of and what is your typical training schedule?
I train out of Big Bully in Evansville IN. We have a great group of guy who just like to fight. We try to balance our ground and standup training to be well rounded fighters

What are your goals for 2011?
Goal 1 is to get healthy. Its a rough sport and stuff like this is going to happen. It just picked a bad time lol. After I’m 100%, I’d like to line up another fight and show what I can do at 100% healthy.

What do you like to do when you aren’t fighting or training?
I like to spend time with my buddies and just hang out or watch football when I can, but most of my free time goes to my little girl Hunter and my girlfriend Chelsea. They keep me pretty busy and out of trouble haha

What’s your favorite cereal?
Kashi Go Lean Crunch Toasted Berry Crumble

Where can the fans find you at? Are you on twitter, Facebook, have your own website?
Just search for “Bobby Emmons” on Facebook. My profile is public

Any sponsors or people you want to thank?
My boys at “AH Snap” and “Davis Trucking”

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Hoosier Fight Club 6 Recap and Results

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Hoosier FIght Club 6 PosterHoosier Fight Club put on their sixth show “New Years Nemesis” on Friday January 14.  The event was headlined by Bobby Reardanz and Andy Main with a co-main event of Felice Herrig taking on Barb Honchak.  The night of action saw ten professional fights.  Read on for the night’s full recap and results.

The first fight of the night was a heavyweight matchup featuring Tim Hemmingway and Joel Wyatt.  Hemmingway came out with loaded strikes, but was missing the mark.  After a high kick by Hemmingway that was blocked by Wyatt, Wyatt caught Hemmingway with a left hook and then clinched up against the cage.  Wyatt worked several knees before taking Hemmingway down with a single leg.  Once on the ground, Wyatt was relentless with his elbows until the ref stopped the action.

Jake Rosenbaum came out with a massive uppercut that just missed against Brandon Wood.  After missing the uppercut, Rosenbaum took the fight to the ground and quickly passed to side control.  Without hesitation, Rosenbaum mounted Wood.  Wood bucked and gave up his back, and Rosenbaum went after his neck with a rear naked choke.  Wood defended the choke well, but Rosenbaum readjusted and forced Wood to tap.

Team Top Notch’s Mike Santiago took on Jeff Green in a lightweight contest.  Green came out swinging, but Santiago ducked under and had a big slam takedown.  Santiago landed in side control but quickly passed to mount.  Santiago worked several strikes and Green defended by giving up his back and then turning back into mount.  Each time Green changed his position, Santiago’s strikes landed with more power and more damage.  The third time that Green gave up his back, Santiago locked in a rear naked choke and forced Green to tap.

An exciting back and forth battle featured Adam Ward and Lydell Rhodes.  In the first round Rhodes was throwing big overhands and Ward would counter with multiple kicks.  Ward took Rhodes down three separate times, but Rhodes was able to pop up very quick.  At the end of the round, Rhodes went for a takedown, but Ward countered and took Rhodes’s back.  Ward looked for a rear naked choke while standing, but time ran out.  The second round Rhodes landed a big overhand right to start the fight.  Ward started landing his jab-kick combo and Rhodes quickly took the fight down.  Rhodes threw several punches just missing and then Ward threw up his legs for a triangle choke.  Rhodes defended well and tried slamming  and punching his way out.  Ultimately though Ward would make small adjustments until Rhodes was forced to tap.

Nick Wayne literally just shoved Bobby Emmons down to the ground at the start of the fight.  Wayne worked ground and pound, but Emmons was able to nearly finish the fight with a triangle choke.  Both fighters looked to improve their position, but Wayne was the one who escaped.  Wayne stood up and landed some big shots before diving down into Emmons’s guard.  Wayne finished the round with elbows.  After the round was over, Emmons had to crawl to his corner and then could not answer the bell for the start of round two, giving Wayne the victory.

*UPDATE* Bobby Emmons sliped a disc in his back when attempting for a second triangle choke over Wayne.  This left him in a lot of pain and defended the strikes well, but left him without the ability to work for the submission.  It is also the reason that he was unable to answer the bell as the slipped disc made it difficult for him to walk.

Ken Jackson was very upset after his fight against Joe Benoit.  Jackson quickly took the fight to the ground and was working a smothering top game not allowing Benoit to do anything.  Jackson started working small shots from within Benoit’s guard, when Benoit threw his legs up and secured an armbar forcing Jackson to tap.

Tony Wisnieski and Robbie Nieto’s fight started off slow, but ended with a bang.  Both fighters looked like they were looking to counter the other in the first round and neither fighter threw much.  Wisieski had the longer reach and his jab started to land more often than Nieto’s.  The second round the action picked up more as both fighters were throwing combos with Wisnieski landing and causing more damage.  Knowing he was down two rounds to one, Nieto came into the third round stalking Wisnieski.  Nieto was landing several combos and seemed to stagger Wisnieski at one point.  Wisnieski pushed through and landed a big right hook that dropped Nieto to the canvas.  Wisnieski followed up with another strike, even though it wasn’t needed as Nieto was out.

The first round of Aaron Novel and Ed Smith was very lackluster.  Both fighters were circling trying to find their range with their jab.  The most action came when Smith landed a spinning backlist and Novel returned the with a good combo of his own.  MMA Recap scored the round for Novel.  Round two Smith looked for a takedown on multiple occasions, and was finally successful near the end of the round.  Novel was able to land good jabs and he bloodied up Smith.  MMA Recap scored the round for Novel.  The third round Smith came out and really worked for a takedown and was able to get it.  Smith worked punches and a guillotine choke, but Novel would counter and stand.  By the end of the round Smith was extremely tired and very bloodied up, but had landed several shots on Novel.  MMA Recap scored the fight for Novel with a score of 29-28, but the judges were split in favor of Smith.

The women were up next as Felice Herrig took on Barb Honchak in an exciting women’s fight.  The first round Honchak’s gameplan was to tie up Herrig against the cage and throw knees.  Herrig would land several punches and kicks through out. The first round was extremely close to score, but ultimately should have gone to Herrig for landing the more damaging blows.  The second round Honchak continued her gameplan of clinching Herrig against the cage and throwing knees.  The few times the fighters were separated, Herrig would land leg kicks and jabs before being tied up.  With the fight arguably tied at one round a piece, both women came out with bad intentions.  Herrig started landing her combos and Honchak tried to counter her way out.  Herrig went in for a body shot and Honchak landed a big knee.  Herrig was successful in escaping the clinch.  With time running out, both corners were calling for a knockout.  Honchak landed a spinning backlist that stumbled Herrig with ten seconds left and won the round and the fight.

The main event saw Andy Main take on Bobby Reardanz in a lightweight fight.  The first round Main took Reardanz down and worked a vicious ground and pound.  Main would stand to try and pass but Reardanz was able to defend well.  Reardanz was successful with pushing Main off, but Main was too quick to with a followup takedown.  The second round Main got a trip takedown and landed in mount.  Reardanz was able to reverse, but Main threatened with a triangle choke armbar combo.  Reardanz slammed his way out of the submission and let Main stand up.  Main dived in for the takedown, but Reardanz sprawled well.  Reardanz looked for a guillotine choke and then transitioned to Main’s back.  Main spun and pulled guard, and quickly secured a fight ending armbar.

Quick Results

Joel Wyatt defeated Tim Hemmingway by TKO at 1:59 of round 1

Jake Rosenbaum defeated Brandon Wood by rear naked choke at 1:17 of round 1

Mike Santiago defeated Jeff Green by rear naked choke at 2:37 of round 1

Adam Ward defeated Lydell Rhodes by triangle choke 2:02 at of round 2

Nick Wayne defeated Bobby Emmons by TKO (Emmons did not answer the bell) at 0:00 of round 2

Joe Benoit defeated Ken Jackson by armbar at 2:22 of round 1

Tony Wisnieski defeated Robbie Nieto by KO at 3:51 of round 3

Ed Smith defeated Aaron Noel by split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)

Barb Honchak defeated Felice Herrig by unanimous decision

Andy Main defeated Bobby Reardanz by armbar at 4:40 of round 2

Hoosier Fight Club 6 Full Line Up

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Valparaiso, Indiana- Hoosier Fight Club presents “HFC 6″ will take place on Friday, January 14 at the Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso, Indiana.  Top fighters from the Midwest will be on the card including Felice “Lil Bulldog” Herrig, Bobby Reardanz, Adam Ward, and Mike Santiago.

Tickets start at just $35 for general admission, but discounts are available for students.  Tickets can be purchased at LA Boxing in Merrillville, Indiana.

In the night’s main event, Bobby Reardanz will be taking on Andy Main.  Main trains at AMA Fight Club in Whippany, New Jersey as well as Renzo Gracie’s gym in New York.  Main defeated Jason Brenton to earn a spot in the house on season twelve of “The Ultimate Fighter”.  Main has made a name for himself competing 80% of the time for Ring of Combat based in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Reardanz who turned pro in October of 2009 will be fighting for the twelfth time in fifteen months.  Reardanz has been very active in the Midwest mma scene having fought the likes of Randy Fuentes, Peter Grimes and Matt Fiordirosa.  Reardanz trains out of Gilbert Grappling in Chicago, Illinois.

The co-main event features two exciting female fighters in Felice Herrig and Barb Honchak.  Honchak trains out of Steve Berger’s MMA in St. Louis, MO.  Honchak is 1-1 in her career, most recently losing a three-round hard fought battle against Cat Zingano.  In her debut at King of the Cage, Honchak was able to secure a rear naked choke in the second round to earn the victory.

Herrig is widely considered one of the top female fighters in the world.  Having won her last three fights, Herrig has caught the eye of many promotions.  Herrig was considered for season three of Bellator after defeating Jessica Rakoczy at Bellator 14.  Herrig trains out of Team Curran in Crystal Lake, Illinois.  Earlier this year Herrig competed in a jiu jitsu tournament winning three of the four tournaments she entered.

The rest of the fight card for Hoosier Fight Club is as follows:

·      Aaron Noel vs Ed Smith

·      Robbie Nieto vs Tony Wisnieski

·      Joe Benoit vs Rob Washington

·      Nick Wayne vs Bobby Emmons

·      Adam Ward vs Lydell Rhodes

·      Jeff Green vs Mike Santiago

·      Jake Rosenbaum vs Josh Epps

·      Joel Wyatt vs Tim Hemmingway

For more information about Hoosier Fight Club visit www.hoosierfightclub.com


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Felice Herrig Gets A Fight

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After several fighters backed out of a fight with Felice Herrig at Ruckus 3, the “Lil Bulldog” has an opponent for the upcoming Hoosier Fight Club 6 on January 15.  Stepping up to face Herrig is Leah Melnychuk.

The event has not been officially announced on HFC’s website, but will likely be held at the Porter County Expo in Valparaiso, Indiana, just outside of Chicago, Illinois.  Tickets will be available shortly for the event.

Herrig last competed at Bellator 14 in April of 2010.  She defeated Jessica Rakoczy by split decision.  Herrig has had four fights scheduled since the victory, but for one reason or another the fight has fallen through.

Melnychuk is 1-1 in her professional career.  She most recently defeated Cassie Trost at an event in Proma, California in June of 2010.

Stay tuned to MMA Recap for more details on this promotion.