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#41 GBK16

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Posted 11 July 2015 - 09:13 PM

EP35: Showdown in the Bay

 

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11th July 2015

 

Live from the Wandalay Bay arena in Las Vegas!

 

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Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to our preview for Epicity’s latest event, EP35: Showdown in the Bay! Following Wednesday’s epic battle for the Welterweight title, the focus now shifts to the Lightweight division as Yaniv Schulmann defends his title one last time before moving on to compete in the ITFL. He will be competing against Ossilus Chiarmanda, who makes his EP debut in this fight also. The fans are excited for this card, so without further ado, let’s kick off this preview with my predictions for the undercard, followed by the preview of the main card!

 

UNDERCARD

 

Fight #1 - Guthrum Oskar def. Pepe Lopez via (T)KO in Round 2

 

Fight #2 - Test Subject def. Jalmari Pullo via (T)KO in Round 1

 

Fight #3 - Chet Lamare def. Virgil Dreesen via (T)KO in Round 3

 

Fight #4 - John Hoop def. Andrey Danilov via (T)KO in Round 2

 

Fight #5 - Stefan Kung def. George Baba via Submission in Round 2

 

MAIN CARD

 

Fight #6 - Middleweight Division!

 

Ho Chi Min (5-3-0) vs Noirtier De Villefort (7-2-0)

 

Kicking off the main card we have a Middleweight bout that sees Ho “Noodles” Chi Min take on “The Bonapartist” Noirtier De Villefort.

 

Ho Chi Min is a dangerous Muay Thai and BJJ fighter who is known for finishing his opponents as well as being difficult to finish. He has spent his entire career in EP, and recently broke a 2 fight losing streak with a TKO victory in the third round against Guthrum Oskar. In addition to his style, he also has a Granite Chin which he will be hoping will allow him to time to take effect with his strikes and secure a win.

 

Noirtier De Villefort also possesses a Granite Chin, and he recently made his EP debut with a TKO Strikes victory early in the third round against Pepe Lopez. He has a solid record of 7 (T)KO’s from 7 victories, and the only 2 losses he suffered both came at the hands of Insanity 185lbs champion Nolan Sackett. He will be confident of winning the striking battle, while his ground defences seem to be solid.

 

Overall, I think De Villefort has the edge going into this fight, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Ho Chi Min came away with a win, but he will need to dictate the tempo to stand a chance I feel.

 

Prediction: Noirtier De Villefort to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

Fight #7 - Light Heavyweight Division

 

Boogie Knight (11-6-0) vs Selfrid Bergman (8-4-0)

 

Following up that fight is a Light Heavyweight contest as Boogie Knight goes toe to toe with Selfrid Bergman.

 

Boogie Knight is currently 6-1 under his current Freddy Krueger and has recovered well from that solitary loss with 2 wins in a row, both via Unanimous Decision. He has a good record of (T)KO wins, with 9 of his 11 wins coming via stoppage. His BJJ and Wrestling are mostly used for his defense, as we have seen he loves to strike from range using both kicks and punches, and is no slouch inside the clinch either.

 

Selfrid Bergman is a grappler who is a workhorse when it comes to getting the fight to the ground and remaining active when he gets it. He recently avenged his EP debut loss to Pete McKallister with a second round TKO win over my own former fighter Bray Wyatt. He faces a much more skilled opponent in this bout however, but will really show his potential if he pulls off a victory.

 

Overall, I think Boogie Knight is just too sound defensively, but if Bergman can get him down, he can cause some serious damage. I expect Knight to take this though.

 

Prediction: Boogie Knight to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

Fight #8 - Welterweight Division

 

Lewis Scott (13-4-0) vs Ronin Mori (9-6-0)

 

Our last fight of the Main Card before the Main Events is a Welterweight fight that sees former Gamasi champion Lewis Scott take on former ITFL Season 3 competitor Ronin Mori.

 

Lewis Scott is going into this fight with his third manager in three fights. He was sacked by manager Jacob What after suffering consecutive losses to Sinbad Sailor and Bobby Shamrock, before being picked up by Ivan Drago, who also sacked him after a win against Derek The Brave. He is a Sprawl and Brawl fighter who has good levels of Muay Thai and BJJ also. He has a great record of KO’s, with 12 in his 13 wins showing he has devastating power, and he will be relying on that in order to get a victory.

 

Ronin Mori is on a good run under new manager The Can Crusher, going 2-0 early on in their partnership. Mori has a Granite Chin which has kept him in contests on plenty of occasions, and it has been displayed with 0 (T)KO losses in his career. He has almost elite levels of Wrestling, and his Striking is a dangerous weapon. He has shown the ability to take a punch while continuously pressing forward, and he will be looking to that to win here.

 

Overall, I think Mori’s Granite Chin will be his saving grace. If he has high levels of Clinchwork, he should use it to control the action, and continuously work over his opponent with strikes.

 

Prediction: Ronin Mori to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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Our Co-Main Event of the evening is a Middleweight clash as Ricky “Sticky” Icky makes his EP debut against another debutant in Raoul De Muerta.

 

Ricky Icky is making his EP debut here after undergoing a bit of a transformation. After competing under the name of Carlos Hulk as a client of Moyses Mattos, he was released by Mattos and changed his name by deed poll to Ricky Icky. He got off to a winning start under Ryan Epicity’s management, with a KO finish within 2 mins against King Cult in MFN. He signed with EP, and is now competing against another fighter who used to be in NYFN, in Raoul De Muerta. Icky possesses formidable KO power, and when combined with his Granite Chin, he is a fighter with a lot of potential who will be looking to start his rise here.

 

Raoul De Muerta is a fighter who really packs a punch, as his 9 KO victories display. His 3 losses all came against tough competition, with all 3 of those fighters being touted as potential stars of the future. Muerta himself is a former Middleweight champion at NYFN, and decided his best move upon leaving NYFN was to sign for EP, and he is now looking to make an immediate run at the title. While his opponent has a Granite Chin, Muerta possesses KO Power that can easily crumble it.

 

It’s a tough contest, as both fighters have great potential. Muerta’s KO Power can easily win him the fight at any time, but Icky’s Granite Chin can keep him in the fight long enough to use his own KO power to get a win. Don’t be surprised at either guy winning here.

 

Prediction: Ricky Icky to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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Our Main Event of the evening is sponsored by Conquer Clothing - The official merchandise partner of Epicity!

 

Our Main Event of the evening is a Lightweight fight for the championship as Yaniv “In The Closet” Schulmann takes on debuting title contender Ossilus Chiarmanda.

 

Yaniv Schulmann is one of MMA’s brightest prospects right now, being 10-0 so far in his career, he has also compete in 5 different orgs so far in his career, with this fight equalling his record for number of fights in any one specific org. His debut in Epicity saw him capture the title in a Unanimous Decision victory over Jeffrey Miller, before he defended the title successfully against Joaquim Antunes with a Submission victory. With this being his last fight before leaving for the ITFL, Schulmann will be looking to leave with a victory, and will need to be at his best to do so.

 

Ossilus Chiarmanda is competing for the title in his EP debut here, having signed upon the expiration of his Troid contract. Currently on a 2 fight winning streak, he has used his striking well in gaining 9 (T)KO’s in his 13 wins. A former KT champion with 2 different orgs, he is 3-2 so far in his MMA career, and will feel claiming a title in MMA as showing he made the correct decision to move over to MMA, but he faces a tough challenge in Schulmann.

 

Overall, I think Chiarmanda is the favourite coming into this bout, but he will need to use his striking efficiently. Schulmann can dominate fighters if he is given the opportunity, so it is up to “The Optician” to ensure he hits Schulmann hard and control the fight. However, if Schulmann can get it to the ground, I feel he can end it.

 

Prediction: Ossilus Chiarmanda to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

That’s all from me in this Preview. Some big fights happening, and a lot of fights that will be pretty tight come fight time. Be sure to look out for the results just after 2am GMT, but for now, it’s good night from me.

 

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 04:20 AM

ITFL Season 4

 

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The Teams

 

Grant Brophy is sat in his office, looking out the window following a big event in Troid which launched them back into the top 10. Sure, celebrations were on his mind, but he knew the hard work was only just beginning.

 

Soon to be held in Troid was the prestigious ITFL tournament. Shortfuse had run this tournament successfully, and now he was looking to Grant to take it over and continue it’s history of being a great tournament to be involved in.

 

Grant had to talk to a lot of people to get this to work, devising a format everyone would compete with, and that was the first challenge that faced him.

 

Now, however, it seemed everything was now falling into place. All the fighters are signed, all the events were booked, and now it was just a case of ensuring the captains made their fight picks quickly and efficiently following each event.

 

Grant had another glance out the window before getting up to go to the first of Troid’s newly launched Post Fight Press Conferences. He got into his car, and had a think about the teams participating in this season. He smiled when he heard about the teams that were entering, as he knew that the calibre of managers and fighters would ensure the tournament was a success. A quick flashback to the meetings with each team reminded Grant of how each team was formed……

 

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Shortfuse and Blunts are sat in Shortfuse’s apartment, both talking about the Tycoon world and about their fighters. They begin to reminisce about Team Conquer’s showing in Season 3 of the ITFL, remembering how The Antidote, Stu Pidasol, Jbomb and Johnny Sorrow joined Blunts on the team on their way to finishing second behind Team Davies.

 

Shortfuse begins to think about the ITFL, and he wondered how it would fair now that it had been taken over by Grant Brophy at Troid. Brophy had recently made the announcement of the fourth season, and their topic changed to Team Conquer possibly entering it.

 

Shortfuse: I am thinking we could grab some of our guys and get Antidote in here again. Would just need another guy to sort our team.

 

Blunts: I dunno, I think just getting any team we can together would be pointless. I don’t wanna put out a mediocre team for the sake of entering.

 

Shortfuse: Fair point there. I’ll put the feelers out and see if we can get some other guys to join us.

 

Following that, Shortfuse would send out a few messages, and it would be a few days before he would get the responses he was waiting for.

 

A quick trip to Los Angeles would follow, and to one place in particular: Winston’s. Blunts and Shortfuse took a seat at a table, and ordered 7 drinks, 2 for themselves and 5 for the people they expected. The first person to walk in was their old friend, The Antidote. Antidote would take a seat and take an immediate swig of his drink.

 

Shortfuse: Hey Antidote. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen you. I’ll get straight to the point. We need some fighters for Team Conquer this season. Blunts doesn’t have any guys, and I have Durlag Trollkiller entering. You got any guys we can throw in?

 

Antidote: Sure, I saw the requirements. I can enter Itse Perkele and Pernell Whitaker Jr if you want? Would mean we need one less guy.

 

Shortfuse: Actually, I was hoping you would put two guys in. We’re just waiting on some more guys, and if it goes to plan, we could have our whole team sorted.

 

No sooner had Shortfuse said that than four men all entered the room. All of them pulling up a seat, it took a small glance around the table before their faces were recognised by all the men. Ethan Downs, Louie DePalma, Gale Hawthorne and Rodrigo Costa all said their greetings, and immediately got down to the discussion of who to enter. All of them were happy to enter, and within a matter of minutes, Team Conquer had secured their team for the season. Downs would enter Jamal Jackson, Louie would enter Anakoni Kai, Gale would enter Bruce Wayne, and finally, Rodrigo Costa would enter Jay Gatsby.

 

All men finished their drinks, shook hands, and with that, only Shortfuse, Blunts and Antidote were left at the table, all smiling with the result of the meeting, and happy enough that they all ordered another drink to celebrate.

 

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Joe River was sat in his garden, still recovering from the months of health issues he suffered from, as he was listening to the radio. It had been a long and hard road for Joe, but while he wasn’t back to his full strength physically, the battle has made him much stronger mentally.

 

He had been out of it for a while with all things MMA, and had recently been inviting his Dogs of War friends over to his house to get all the latest happenings, while also using it as a chance to catch up.

 

He heard a knock on the door, and then heard his wife tell him he had a visitor. Opening up another beer for his guest, he took a long gulp of his own. The seat next to his was promptly taken, and his guest took a mouthful.

 

Joe: Hey buddy, how have you been getting on?

 

Bjorn: I’ve been really good Joe. Been having some run ins with a few managers, but nothing I can’t handle. How have you been?

 

Joe: I’ve been pretty good. You should just ignore any managers who try starting shit with you, it’s not worth it. I’ve not really been around much so I dunno what has been going on in the Tycoon world.

 

Bjorn: I know, but I just really hate bullies and I wouldn’t let them think they can continue their harassment of me. It’s good to have you back Joe, the rest of the alliance will be glad to see you at the meeting. Will we head off?

 

Joe: Sure, just let me finish this part of the radio programme

 

As Joe listens to the radio, he suddenly finds his show has been interrupted.

 

Radio: Breaking news now as it has just been announced by Troid owner Grant Brophy that the fourth season of the hit tournament “The International Team Fighting League”, more commonly known as the ITFL, will begin in late July or Early August. Teams are advised to sign up quickly, and Mr Brophy has said further details will be provided over the next week.

 

Joe gets an interested look on his face, and a smile slowly creeps onto it as well.

 

Joe: Bjorn...I think I just had an idea

 

Joe and Bjorn get a cab to the local bar, and they find most of the members of the Dogs of War already waiting for them. They all give a cheer as Joe walks in, and they sit down and order a cold beer each.

 

Scooby: Great to see you back Joe, been waiting a while to see you at one of these meetings again.

 

Joe: Thanks Scooby, it’s good to be back. I have to ask though, where are the rest of the guys?

 

Frank: Some freak storm happened in Europe mate. None of the planes can get through, so their trip home from their lads holiday to Magaluf got cancelled mate.

 

Joe: Damn, that sucks to hear, but listen, I wanna come back in style, and I have a great idea. You heard that the next season of the ITFL is starting right?

 

Frank: Yeah I heard it mate. I asked Shortfuse about it cos I could have taken it over but Grant took it over mate. I’ve been waiting for him to announce when it would begin Joe mate.

 

Joe: Well, there was a breaking news story before we came over, and he announced Season 4 was beginning in late July or early August. I can’t think of a better way to come back than to enter a tournament with you guys.

 

Joe then goes on to list the rules of the tournament, and there is a general nod of agreement that they would enter a team.

 

Frank: I can enter Jack Daniels into it mate. He is the 170lbs champ in Troid already so I think he would do really well for us mate.

 

Bjorn: I can enter Fabian Hoi into it too. He’s had some top managers in the past and I manage to get him over a bunch of top managers when he was an FA. He would be a great entry for us!

 

Jeremiah: Hey guys, I know I am pretty new around here, and it is great to meet you Joe, but I have a guy I would love to enter. I wanna show I am ready to represent us. I think with some help from you guys, that my fighter Joe Louis could do really well for us.

 

Joe: It’s cool Jeremiah, once you are in with us, you are treated as an equal. We would love for Joe Louis to be on the team. I can enter Bernhard Adelhard into it. I count that as four guys, we got any more?

 

The rest of the guys shake their heads and start saying they don’t have anyone.

 

Joe: We need three more guys, anyone know people we can enter?

 

Bjorn: I know a spot we can go to where a bunch of managers hang out. I’m sure we can find some guys there who will join.

 

Joe and Bjorn hop aboard a jet, with their destination being the Big Apple, New York City. They enter the renowned Southside, and sit up the bar while observing some of the managers there. Bjorn feels a pat on his shoulder, and he turns to see JLP standing right in front of him.

 

JLP: How are you doing Bjorn? Haven’t seen you for a while. Been busy I guess?

 

Bjorn: Hey JLP! Yeah it’s been a while, but I have to fly to a lot of places for business you know. Actually, I am here on business right now. We are entering a team in the next season of the ITFL, and we need three more managers for our team. Do you have anyone you can enter?

 

JLP: I can slip you Artie DeVanzo I suppose, just need to clear a couple of things with him first.

 

Bjorn: That’s great, we just need two more now!

 

Joe: Hey, that’s Topo Topologies over there! I’m gonna ask him.

 

As Joe walks over and explains the situation, Topo begins to smile and nod along.

 

Topo: Sure, I can enter Antoni Kristofer Hong. Be a cool experience for him.

 

With the Dogs now having 6 of their 7 members, they began scouring the bar for their last member. They hear laughter coming from around the corner, and as they look around, they see Dino sitting in the corner with the a number of the Keriskov clan. Bjorn immediately strides over to the corner, stopping briefly to talk to Joe.

 

Bjorn: I can get Dino on the team, we will have this tournament sorted.

 

Joe: Uh Bjorn wait, don’t you think we should…

 

Joe never got to finish his sentence, as Bjorn was already on his way over to the Scotsman, and the laughter from the corner died as they noticed Bjorn approaching.

 

Bjorn: Hey Dino! Great to see the Kersikovs here with you!

 

Dino: Well, they are my fighters…

 

Bjorn: Oh yeah, of course. Anyway, I was coming over because I wanted to ask you about the ITFL. We are getting a team together, and we only need one more member. I think if you joined our team, we could win it with ease!

 

Dino takes a moment to compose himself, before he replied.

 

Dino: Bjorn, do you know what one of my favourite quotes is? No? Well I will tell you. You have heard of Billy Connolly right? Well known Scottish comedian? Yeah? Good. Anyone, this quote comes from him.

 

“Fuck Off. It’s such a lovely pair of words, and it’s international. I don’t care where you are, if someone is fucking with your bags, at Lhasa Airport in Tibet, and he’s got a shaven head, and saffron clothes on, and you say “Hey! Fuck off!” He knows exactly what you mean. Exactly. He will Fuck Off, Off he will Fuck. Fuck Off doesn’t mean go away, Fuck Off means Fuck Off, and everybody feels what it means. Nobody can write it down (ironic when I include it in a written post I know). There is no English equivalent for Fuck Off, because it is English Fuck Off, ya know? English expressions don’t have English equivalents, because they are, ya know.”

 

Now, having quote this to you Bjorn, can you guess what my next words are?

 

Bjorn: Fuck off?

 

Dino: Don’t talk to me like that ya wee prick. Now, fuck off.

 

As Bjorn walks back to the bar, he sees another person talking to Joe and JLP.

 

Joe: Hey Bjorn, we just found our seventh member for the team! Meet Whymar Von Mastodon!

 

Whymar: Hey Bjorn. I wanna join the team, and I can put Wilder Wein on the team.

 

Bjorn grins widely at this, and as he looks back at Dino and the Kersikovs, he hears them laughing when one makes another joke about the fuck off quote.

 

Bjorn: Perfect, now we can dominate this tournament.

 

The party of managers all make it back on the jet, and after returning to the pub, they find Frank King shaking his head as his fighter Jack Daniels is unconscious in the corner.

 

Joe: What happened Frank?

 

Frank: It’s his alcohol addiction mate. He came in here saying he should be constantly celebrating, being the champ and all that mate. He ordered drink after drink and I just couldn’t stop him mate. He’s gonna have to go to rehab for this Joe, he won’t be able to join the ITFL now mate!

 

The rest of the team shake their heads, wondering if there were going to be any more hiccups along the way. The door to the bar opens, and the man walks up to the group.

 

Uncle Lar: Been a while fellas, I only just made it back from Witness Protections!

 

Joe: Lar! Great to see you buddy, how are you doing?

 

Lar: Better now I don’t have to keep watching my back.

 

Lar notices Frank trying to revive Jack in the corner

 

Lar: What the hell happened to him?

 

Joe: Alcohol happened. Not surprising really. His first birthday present was a bottle of absinthe. Now we need to find another guy for our ITFL team.

 

Lar: ITFL? I heard the restrictions and wanted to talk to you about that actually. Mikaiah Rynn wants to enter on the team, said he wants the money for some venture or something.

 

Joe: That would be perfect! I’ll get the team sign up sheet now and send it off.

 

They all celebrated their team finally being finalised, and there has still been no sign of Jack Daniels since as he recovers in rehab.

 

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James Listerman is occupied in his office in the middle of New York City. His different interests were taking their toll on his MMA management career, and he was contemplating hanging it up. A call came through from his secretary, who informed him his 12.30pm meeting was due in 10 minutes. Standing up and brushing himself off, he went into the meeting room, and sat down among his fellow Corporation members.

 

They went through the usual razzmatazz of meetings, and finally arrived at the A.O.B portion of the agenda.

 

Mark: So we’ve gotten promoted to Division 1. Since we are gonna stay there, we might as well capitalise and find some ways to show the other alliances we mean business.

 

Listerman: Well, I dunno if I will be much good for that. Thinking of calling it quits ya know. Got a lot of stuff going on right now outside the Tycoon world.

 

The discussion of potential ideas was disrupted momentarily by a brief argument between John Hetfield and Bob Vendarra over who had posted the hottest women in the “Beautiful Women” thread.

 

A brief intermission was called, and they all went to the office kitchen to get a cup of coffee. Listerman however would head outside in order to take a phone call from his old friends at MMA Hype - Brett and Jared. After nearly an hour of catching up with the duo, Listerman hung up and went back inside. When he returned to the meeting room, he noticed the rest of The Corporation looking particularly sheepish.

 

Listerman: Okay, I just got some good news from Brett and Jared over at MMA Hype.

 

Mark: We have some good news as well, but you go first.

 

Listerman: Well, the guys have saved up some cash over the years, and now they have decided to open an MMA Apparel store. For obvious reasons, they are calling it “MMA Hype Apparel” and they asked me to run it for them.

 

Aaron: That’s awesome to hear man, be good to give you something to focus on.

 

Listerman: So what’s your news?

 

Mark: Well…

 

At this moment, Mark directs him to the monitor on the wall. Listerman notes it is some kind of a press conference, and recognises Grant Brophy on the screen. Aaron then resumes the video.

 

Grant: It’s been in the works for a while to get this finalised, and now I am proud to announce the arrival of the fourth season of the ITFL! The format has changed somewhat, and we already have 5 of the 6 teams entered, so only one more space remains, and we hope to have them entered within a week.

 

The video ends there, and all eyes turn to Listerman.

 

Listerman: I’ll get onto Grant about it. We got enough guys for a team?

 

Bob: Well, since you were gone for a while, we had a look at our fighters, and we think we have a team that can compete well. We just need to talk to Ragnar about two of his fighters possibly entering.

 

After nearly a week, Ragnar finally got into contact with the rest of the team. Apparently he spent the week pillaging villages in his native Denmark on a stag do, but hey, to each their own. Ragnar agreed to enter his two fighters, and the appropriate paperwork was filled out.

 

As The Corporation chartered one of their jets to meet with Grant regarding entering, Listerman stopped before entering, and had one thought before boarding - “Stay Classy”

 

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FinnFighters

 

Somewhere in Finland, a place where really nobody knows but a select few, a group of men arrive at a barren location, where a single building is located. All men are hidden from view by their clothing, and as they enter, take a seat in a room while only removing their hoods.

 

The men became as recognisable as their notoriety was well known throughout the MMA world. The first person to speak was also the first man who entered the room.

 

Marky: Good to see you all again. It’s been a while, but I feel there has been a couple of recent issues that required some attention.

 

John: Hope it’s important, it’s a bastard to travel all the way out here.

 

Marky: Well firstly, it seems Castor has left the MMA scene for a while. Seems like he couldn’t go through on his quest to eradicate us, so a nice little point to start on. Next, there is an upcoming ITFL season. Now, we almost had a chance to defend our title in the World Domination tournament, but that got changed to a Gangs of New York season instead. It’s been too long since we really wrecked house on the other alliances, and I heard quite a few of them are entering. What do you guys think?

 

Now, since the Finns are particularly secretive with their discussions, not much else is known about what was discussed, however, that is not the last we will see of them.

 

In London, it is 4.30am, and Grant Brophy is asleep in his house. He hears a sudden banging, but such is how he reacts, he doesn’t like the thought of leaving his bed. When he hears a second bang however, he leaves his room and goes to the front door.

 

To his surprise, he finds the lock had been broken, and the door was closed. Feeling a bit apprehensive, he slowly moves towards to his phone, when he notices an envelope left on his kitchen table. The letter simply says on the outside “To Mr. Brophy”.

 

With a bad feeling in his stomach, he opens the envelope and reads the contents. After he is finished, he simply puts the letter down and moves back over to the phone. He calls a 24 hour locksmith who comes by and puts on a new lock.

 

He updated the news page of the ITFL tournament announcing a new team entering in the tournament. As he returned to bed, all he could simply think was “Damn Finns”.

 

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Scott Davies had just finished his weekly game of Rugby. His team scoring a last minute try to win the match, and he was feeling elated in the pub that night. A few beers turned into a few pitchers, and then those few pitchers turned into a few vodkas, and before long, he was necking down shots at a rapid rate. The night was a blur for him, but he distinctly remembers doing push ups with the other Rugby lads, singing classic songs the loudest he could, and finally, throwing up everywhere en route to the toilet.

 

He woke up the next morning with the most splitting hangover imaginable. The remnants of a kebab lay on his kitchen table, and he staggered over to the sink for a glass of water.

 

After sleeping off the worst of the hangover again, he woke up to find his phone buzzing with messages. Reading through them, he read a lot of messages regarding his Organisation, Ascension.

 

However, he also had a bundle of messages from other managers he didn’t quite understand. These managers were apparently agreeing to join his team for a tournament, and told him which fighters would enter. He had to look through his Sent box to see he had messaged these managers asking if they would enter a team into the next season of the ITFL.

 

He then had a look again at the managers who agreed to enter, and felt growing confidence in his drunken decision. The likes of Klatz Matz, AJ Nex, Aylib 2.0, Harry Bagofdonuts and Whymer Von Mastodon all agreeing to join his team.

 

He then looked at his texts and saw he had already messages Grant Brophy to enter the team, which he had to squint to read:

 

“Alright mate? Wanna enter a team into the ITFL. Sending on the managers in the next message. Hope all is good with you?”

 

Thank god he had enabled autocorrect onto his phone, or did he? Maybe being drunk was the key to it.

 

Anyway, he needed a last member, but he received a phone call as he was about to eat lunch. He couldn’t make out the number, so he just answered without looking?

 

Scott: Yeah?

 

Shortfuse: Hey Scott, had a message from Dino last night saying you asked him to join your team for the ITFL?

 

Scott: I don’t remember at all to be honest mate, all I know is apparently I entered a team.

 

Shortfuse: Yeah, he mentioned something about it being the clearest he had ever seen you message him. He had about 20 messages from ya. Anyway, he mentioned to me you had a spot on your team, and I have a guy I can enter.

 

Scott: Ah sweet, which fighter?

 

Shortfuse: Chris Severn. Thinking we could do alright in the tournament.

 

Scott: Great, i’ll let Grant know the last fighter on the team. I’ll speak to ya soon

 

Shortfuse: Alright take care

 

As Scott was about to hang up, he could hear Shortfuse still on the phone

 

“Dino said the money would be in my account by 5 right? Didn’t know he was this desperate to not be on Davies’.....Ah fuck”

 

And with that, Shortfuse promptly hung up the phone.

 

Scott didn’t care anyway, his entry for the tournament was already planned in his mind, a fighter who had recently parted ways with his recent management team, and Scott couldn’t wait for it all to begin.

 

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Funnily enough, this part of the story keeps us with Grant Brophy. Upon announcing the tournament was beginning, Brophy had an idea for a Vendetta team entering the tournament.

 

This idea was shared by the other members of the alliance, as Eric McCormick contacted him shortly after to register his interest in a team being formed.

 

The alliance was having a meeting on the same day as his announcement and it was a topic of discussion, as Grant laid out his plan for the team, and asked if there was an interest in the team.

 

Severo Del Bosque, G Wad and Ryan Epicity all agreed to enter fighters. Mike Jursllla and Igor Byhenikov arrived fashionably late, and greeted the other members.

 

Mike: Sorry about the lateness. We had a long session at the gym, and Igor wanted some advice on a gym and nutrition plan.

 

Igor: If I am going to be the number one manager, I might as well also have a good physique.

 

Grant: Alright guys. We were discussing a potential team to enter into the ITFL. We already have Flavius Odoacer, John Paul Wani, Lance Legstrong and Bosco Brown entering. My own fighter Pika Chu may also enter if his entry into the Mad Cash tournament ends early, but he isn’t a guaranteed fighter for us. Do either of you have any fighters to enter?

 

Mike: Dorian Yates has a fight coming up in Ryan’s org, I can enter him if you want?

 

Ryan: That’s like the 5th fighter from my org in this tournament. Damn it.

 

Grant: And what about you Igor?

 

Igor: Ruslan will crush all his opponents in this tournament. Count him in.

 

Grant: Alright great, that’s our whole team sorted for it so. Pika Chu fights in the tournament in a weeks time so if he loses I can enter him, but if he wins, then we will need to find another guy.

 

Fast forward now to the 20th July, 11pm GMT. Grant Brophy took his jet to New York, and is present in the Credit Card Centre enjoying the show held by Insanity. He had just witnessed another fight in the tournament, as Nolan Sackett defeated Pera Pulkkinen. He knew the winner of Pika Chu’s fight would face the winner, and he was waiting with eagerness.

 

Pika Chu and Sam Hall made their way out to the cage and the fight was soon underway. Despite being heavily nervous, Grant saw Pika Chu finish Sam Hall in 2.22 of the first round, and after the happiness of the victory, Grant messages the rest of his team about the result, and telling them they needed a final team member.

 

The next week, Grant is sat in his office, going over some preparations for Troid’s next event. Being heavily buried in his work, he barely noticed a knock on the door, and just called for the person to come in and greeted the men without lifting his head from his work.

 

Grant: Hey, how can I help you?

 

Dino: Not a very friendly way to be greeting someone who travelled all the way from New York to talk to ya.

 

Grant: Ah shit Dino, didn’t realise it was you. What brings you here? Thought I sorted Jintao out with his next fight?

 

Dino: Ya did, but it’s not why I’m here. Heard ye were looking for a man to enter the ITFL on yer team?

 

Grant: Yeah, my guy won a fight so he can’t make the tournament. Why? You looking to enter it?

 

Dino: Well, I want ta enter, but the issue is, i’ve been asked already by Bjorn and Scott, and neither of them are very appealing to me. I’ve seen the rest of the teams have their entrants already, and yer in need of a last man. Seems like it makes sense for my sanity.

 

Grant: Wow, not really what I expected to be happening today when I woke up. I’ll have a word with G Wad, he is the guy captaining the team, but I doubt he will have any objections to it.

 

Dino: Sure, just let me know which fighter ya need and i’ll sort him out to enter it.

 

With that, Dino leaves to attend to some business he has up in Scotland, most likely regarding the recent revelation of a fighter using his name.

 

Grant contacted G Wad immediately, explaining what had just happened and asking if he was against it. G Wad agreed it was the best solution possible, and the team was formed.


 

The next day, following all of the teams entering, Grant Brophy would make the huge announcement of all the teams that were entering, and began organising all of the arenas for the tournament. With a number of big managers entering, Grant couldn’t help but feel this was going to be a guaranteed success. The limo arrived at the press conference, and Grant put the thoughts of the ITFL aside for a few hours to get to work.


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Posted 25 July 2015 - 08:14 AM

EVO 184: TycoonMania!

 

Live from Wombley Arena, London!

 

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Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the preview for EVO 184: TycoonMania! Once more, the premier fighters of MMA are competing on the same card to bring to you a true extravaganza for the die hard fans. Not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR titles are on the line here tonight, and there is a real fever which has gripped the audience. Not only that, but this is also the first event that EVO is holding which uses their new payment plan of managers earning a percentage of the event profits! With such a high level of fights taking part, I can talk all day about them, but that’s what the preview is for, so without further ado, let’s get right into it!

 

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Our first contest in the event is a Heavyweight fight as “The Moray Eel” Adelbert Gainsborough takes on Lucas Bane.

 

Adelbert Gainsborough is currently on a two fight losing streak, with losses to Irving Brown and Freddie Fiddler ensuring a torrid time for the Kiribati native. Competing in his 11th EVO fight, Gainsborough attacks with a high quantity of punches, with the odd kick thrown in to keep his opponents on their toes. 12 (T)KO’s in 14 wins show him to be a man who hates the judges, most likely as they have gone against him 5 out of the 7 times his fights have gone to them. With his dislike of the judges clear, you can be sure he will be looking to score a KO swiftly.

 

Lucas Bane on the other hand has never fallen foul of the judges call. He has, however, fallen foul of an opponent’s fist….a lot. With a style that is very much about entertaining the fans, he goes for the finish in all his fights, and while it has seen him suffer 10 (T)KO losses in his career, he has gained 12 (T)KO wins as well as 7 decision wins. While his style of pressing the attack can see him land a good proportion of his strikes, it leaves him vulnerable to getting countered, and with an opponent like Gainsborough, that is dangerous territory.

 

Overall, I feel Gainsborough should have the power to get the win, particularly since Bane is prone to heavy hits and I think it will be a first round finish.


Prediction: Adelbert Gainsborough to win via (T)KO in Round 1
 

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The Heavyweight division plays host again as Lee “Scratch” Perry takes on “The Speciesist” Russell Wallace.

 

Lee Perry would suffer defeat in his last outing, his debut in EVO against Shane Luger via Split Decision. Elite levels of Boxing and Wrestling compliment his style, as he mixes up punches and kicks whilst always searching for the takedown so he can get the fight down and unleash his dangerous Ground and Pound. He will need to be wary in this bout however, as his opponent is capable of catching him in a submission and ending his night early.

 

Russell Wallace has evened out his record in EVO, losing his last bout against Hans Beck after winning his debut against Elias Eberhard. He was the reigning champion at Worldwide Fighting Championship before he left the org. He is primarily a striker who uses his grappling skills defensively in order to keep the fight at striking range where he can really land the damage.

 

Overall, I feel Perry’s diversity in his offense is what will win him this fight. Through persistence, he can land a takedown and then go to town with his strikes.


Prediction: Lee Perry to win via (T)KO in Round 2
 

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Another Heavyweight bout here as Freddie Fiddler takes on Samppa Linna.

 

Freddie Fiddler is looking to continue the good times with a win here, having experience the euphoria of a first EVO win by defeating Adelbert Gainsborough. He lost his first fight in EVO to Tigran Badoyan, but his latest win has lifted his spirits. A member of Death Squad MMA’s Hall of Fame, he is a striker who prefers avoiding the clinch as he battles. He is accurate with his single shots, and finds success moderately with his kicks which is primarily a supporting tool for his real weapons on the end of his arms. He will be looking to add to the 17 (T)KO wins he has already achieved in his career.

 

Samppa Linna is a similar fighter to fiddler, in that he prefers avoiding the clinch and striking from range, a style that means this fight will be great for viewing. He signed for EVO from Umbrella Corp, and has gone 3-3 in the org. Both of his decision wins have come in EVO, but with the other 13 wins coming via (T)KO, he has the ability to test his opponent’s chin with his striking.

 

This is going to be a close fight, but I feel Samppa Linna will gain the (T)KO win late on in the third.


Prediction: Samppa Linna to win via (T)KO in Round 3
 

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In a statement that shocked nobody, this next fight is from the Heavyweight division as Apollo Gutz takes on Moyses “Athos” Mattos.

 

Apollo Gutz is a fighter with a real mean streak, as he looks to take his opponent’s head off in every fight, whether that be through striking or through Ground and Pound. An Elite Wrestler, he comes from the roster of Mr Gutz, and will be looking to get the fight down and take away his opponent’s base power. A (T)KO victory will be no shock for Gutz, but he will need to plan carefully in order to control the fight.

 

Moyses Mattos has lost his last two fights in a row, first losing to Brick Tires at EVO 173 before then losing his UVT title to Thiago Tavares. An Elite MMA fighter, he has mastered his Boxing, Muay Thai and Wrestling, but despite this, he relies majorly on his boxing to deal the crucial damage, whether it be from range or from inside the clinch. He has shown great KO Power in his career, gaining 27 (T)KO wins, but his 8 (T)KO losses have a question mark painted squarely where his chin is.

 

It will be a tough fight for Gutz, but I do feel he will win this bout in the second round by exposing Mattos’ chin issues.


Prediction: Apollo Gutz to win via (T)KO in Round 2
 

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It’s like deja vu on this card as it is another Heavyweight fight, and the last fight on the undercard, as Damien Hardacre takes on Anthony Ventura.

 

Damien Hardacre has exchanged wins and losses in all of his fights since joining EVO. From that pattern, it would appear he is destined to lose this bout, but we all know MMA fighters love hitting their problems, and Hardacre’s problem is called Anthony Ventura tonight. Possessing good KO Power, Hardacre loves barraging his opponents with leg kicks and picking off the weakened opponent with head strikes using his hands and feet.

 

Anthony Ventura makes his EVO debut in this bout, having fought in a variety of orgs and under a variety of managers previously. Under his current management, he would defeat Yeo Jae Suk with a first round TKO before losing to Fidel Durberry via TKO in the first round. Following that, he signed to EVO, and no doubt he will be looking to use his impressive wrestling to control the position and nullify Hardacre’s offense.

 

Hardacre is solid defensively, but he will need to keep this fight at range in order to win. If it enters the clinch or hits the ground, Ventura will be all over him like a rash, but he has the power and survivability to get the job done.

 

Prediction: Damien Hardacre to win via (T)KO in Round 1

 

 

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Our first title match of the night, and a highly anticipated rematch as Daken “Mongrel” Akihiro takes on Anabolinen Steroidi Jr for the Lightweight Championship!

 

Daken Akihiro is the current EVO Lightweight champion, and is currently on a 5 fight winning streak. Following a loss to Henrik Torhammer for the title, Akihiro would bounce back with wins over Noel Contemprato and Bjorn Helgi to earn a shot at the title once more, only this time, it was Steroidi Jr holding the title. Akihiro would win the championship via Unanimous Decision, before moving to Syn for one fight, a draw with Eiji Kawashima. In his last fight, he defended his title against Danny Volcanic as he walked out with a Unanimous Decision victory. It has been a long time since we have seen a finish in one of Akihiro’s fights, as you would have to go back to November 2014 when he defeated Akisame Hikaru via KO (Punch).

 

Anabolinen Steroidi Jr has gone on a two fight winning streak since losing his belt to Akihiro, and it is that form that has seen him work his way back into title contention. Wins over Juan Koski and Bjorn Helgi in convincing fashion have caused many to claim this is an improved Steroidi Jr coming in to compete for the belt here, and he will need to be at his best to claim the belt once more.

 

In their first fight, Steroidi Jr dominated any time it hit the floor, while Akihiro dominated from striking and clinch ranges. Steroidi Jr needs to work a game plan to get the fight down more often, and if he succeeds, he will win the belt, but I am gonna go with Akihiro’s TDD holding out enough in the fight for him to claim a Unanimous Decision win once more.


Prediction: Daken Akihiro to win via Unanimous Decision
 

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The solitary non-title fight on the main card sees Ada Reyes take on Colin Croft.

 

Ada Reyes recently enjoyed a short lived title reign, losing the belt in his first defence. On his EVO debut, he defeated Bartholomew Roach and would earn a shot for the title as a result. At EVO 173: Marquee, he would defeat Doctor Doolittle for the Light Heavyweight championship. He would lose the title in his first defence to Vagner Love, suffering a TKO loss within one minute. He would recently bounce back from that loss with a KO victory over Funky Punch, and now he is looking towards his KO Power to get him back on the path to a title shot, and with 26 (T)KO’s from 27 wins, it is a good indicator of what he can achieve.

 

Colin Croft is a former fighter of mythical manager Matt Cave, and it was thought by many that Croft would be lost to the sands of time following Cave’s quitting of the MMA scene. However, he would be signed up by Dean Sutherland, and wanting to see how far Croft can go in his career, brought him out of retirement and managed him in his most recent fight, a KO victory over Doctor Doolittle. Blessed with a Granite Chin, he has a diverse offensive range, with a submission win included as he has secured 9 (T)KO’s in his career thus far.

 

This is a very interesting match up, as we see the KO Power of Ada Reyes go up against the Granite Chin of Colin Croft. Either side can win, but my gut feeling is that Reyes will take this, even if my head says Croft.


Prediction: Ada Reyes to win via (T)KO in Round 2
 

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Back onto the title fights now and it is a battle for the Welterweight championship as reigning champion Bowser Stormcrow takes on the challenger Edogawa Conan.

 

Bowser Stormcrow is the current #1 fighter in the world P4P rankings, and for good reason. Only suffering 2 defeats in his last 24 fights, he is currently on a 4 fight winning streak with wins over well known names in Johnny Fantastic, Simeon Malaya, Shinichi Onizuka and Ray Fayth. A decision specialist, he has won 28 decisions throughout his career, and it a notoriously hard fighter to put under pressure as he seems to glide about a cage with ease as he controls the range in which the fight takes place. Add on top of that, he has never been finished as all of his losses have come via Decision, and you have what makes the current best fighter in the world. He will be looking to cement his legacy as one of the all time greats with a win here, and move on to continue dominating his division.

 

Edogawa Conan is the undefeated challenger for the title, and he comes in with some pedigree behind him. He made his name in Dark Soul Combat, winning the championship there before making the move to EVO. He has defeated a trio of top names in the division since arriving, gaining decision wins over Enzo Moretti, Ziggy Cliff and Johnny Fantastic. He is a diverse fighter, beating his opponents with KO’s, Submissions and Decisions, but now he faces the hardest test of his career by taking on Stormcrow.

 

Honestly, I don’t see Stormcrow losing this bar a lucky submission should the fight hit the floor.


Prediction: Bowser Stormcrow to win via Unanimous Decision
 

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Our Co-Main Event of the evening is a fight for the Super Heavyweight championship as the champion Rinky Spider defends his title against Scott Norton!

 

Rinky Spider has enjoyed mixed fortunes since the last time we wrote about him at EVO 170: Awestruck. After moving to Aggressive Damage for a one off fight, he defeated Cinder Smaug via KO in the first round. His next fight saw him defending his Super Heavyweight title against Rockford Knight, but in his next bout, he lost to Cornell Cage Fighting champion Varg Veide. His hope of a trilogy with Ferreira would be delayed with that loss as Veide would get the next shot at Ferreira, and now Spider is on the path to getting back to winning ways.

 

Scott Norton makes his debut in this bout and is immediately challenging for the title. Currently on a 4 fight winning streak, he has a great record of knockouts, with 20 (T)KO’s from 21 wins, but the main issue in his game is his chin as he has suffered 7 (T)KO losses in his career, which is something you don’t want when you come up against someone with a Granite Chin and a history of KO’s.

 

Rinky Spider has the chin to survive in this bout, and his KO power should see him turn Norton’s chin into dust.


Prediction: Rinky Spider to win via (T)KO in Round 3
 

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The Main Event of the evening sees reigning EVO Heavyweight champion Leonardo Ferreira defend his title against Varg Veide.

 

Leonardo Ferreira’s 5 fight win streak is like a list of who’s who in the world of Heavyweight fighters. Wins over Thor Skarsgard, Rinky Spider, Rocky Tyson, Doctor Doolittle, and more recently, Rocky McColgan has seen Ferreira at the top of the pile and lacking challengers. Well, that was until Veide beat Spider and become the top challenger.

 

Varg Veide is the current CCF champion, and is currently on a staggering 15 fight win streak. Blessed with a Granite Chin and KO Power, he is a very similar competitor to Ferreira and will be feeling this is his moment to arrive on the world scene by defeating the top fighter in the division, and also the #2 fighter in the world. Veide is slightly taller and bigger, but he will need to avoid being complacent to get the win in this bout.

 

This is going to be an absolute classic of a fight. Both fighters have legitimate ways to win, and it really will be purely dependant on who establishes themselves earlier in the fight, but I am going with Ferreira on this one.

 

Prediction: Leonardo Ferreira to win via (T)KO in Round 5



 

Well that’s all from me. An absolute classic event being held here, featuring the very best fighters in the world. All the rankings, particularly in the EVO Heavyweight division, will be shaken up after this, so all you can do is keep your eyes out for the result, and I will see you next time!

 

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 09:31 AM

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SEASON 4

 

ROUND 1


 

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first round of the new season of the ITFL! This season sees the tournament moved over to Troid in London, and there is a real excitement about this season as we will be seeing a number of top managers and top fighters competing for not only the glory of their team, but for their own glory as individuals.

 

On this weekend, we not only have the beginning of the prestigious ITFL tournament, but it also features the very first PPV card in Troid’s history, and it includes one of the ITFL fights on the card. With this being probably the biggest weekend in Troid’s history,


We have 6 teams competing in this season, with 7 fighters on each team. Those 7 fighters are split into two weight groups: The 170lbs and the 265lbs. Each team has 3 fighters in the 170lbs division and 4 fighters in the 265lbs division. They have made their picks, the teams are good to go, so without further ado, let’s get right into this!

 

TEAM MATCH 1

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Our first team match of the round sees the notorious FinnFighters face off against The Misfits!

 

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Our first bout of this fight sees the FinnFighter’s Taisto Perala take on The Misfit’s Johnny Luca.

 

Taisto Perala is a former fighter of Mannetosen’s before his brief departure from MMA Tycoon, and he was subsequently picked up by Jorma Oltsu following his spell on the FA market. He signed up with Tokyo based org UNFC, and enjoyed a 3-1 run in the org, winning all of his fights via (T)KO before signing up to the ITFL. With a Solid Chin, he has shown finishing ability, with 4 (T)KO’s and 2 Submissions from 7 wins. He has never been knocked out, and now looks to represent his team with pride.

 

Johnny Luca is a Muay Thai fighter who enjoys striking at range, but it is activeness inside the clinch which is most impressive, even if his strikes from range find the target more. A fighter who has competed under both Insanity and AMS FC in his career, he had found both of his managers gone missing under suspicious circumstances before finding a solid routine under Harry Bagofdonuts. He lost in his last bout to Arturo Atunes, in a fight which saw im knocked out in the last second  of the fight, and now he is looking to the ITFL to rebuild himself under his new manager, and is looking to make Taisto Perala his first victim.

 

It’s going to be a great fight to start us off, but I am going to go with Taisto Perala to win this bout late in the fight.


Prediction: Taisto Perala to win via (T)KO in Round 3

 

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Continuing on the brawl, the next fight sees Sambo Rambo take on Shintaro Nomo.

 

Sambo Rambo, despite appearing to be a Sprawl and Brawl style of fighter from his skills, is actually a highly accomplished BJJ fighter who has achieved 4 submission victories in his career, with none via (T)KO. He is currently on a 3 fight losing streak which has dampened his record, and many have pointed to his lack of kicks as being his weak point coming into this fight. He will need to sink in a takedown swiftly in his bout in order to minimise the potential damage he could suffer.

 

Shintaro Nomo is a very similar style of fighter to Rambo, with a great submission record, but Nomo has the advantage of the record of knocking his opponents out also. While he does possess some kicking ability, I don’t believe it is at a high enough level to trouble Rambo enough. He will be looking to rely on his fists to give him the advantage standing, while his ground game is developed enough that he should be defensively sound while also being able to threaten, although the same can be said for his opponent.

 

Overall, I think Nomo’s superior striking could be the difference. I don’t believe Rambo will gain a finish, but he could hold the position after gaining a takedown and pull home a Decision win, but I have to go with Nomo for this one.


Prediction: Shintaro Nomo to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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A highly anticipated clash follows here as Helix “Black Heart” Cabrera takes on EP Champion Yaniv “In The Closet” Schulmann!

 

Helix Cabrera may not have the greatest of fight records, but this tournament is made to change the fortunes of fighters. As he puts it, Cabrera is “bad to the bone” and upon accepting this fight, he told me that “The 0 has got to go”, referencing Schulmann’s undefeated record thus far. Blessed with a Granite Chin, Cabrera has developed his overall MMA game well to limit the weaknesses his opponents can exploit. He will be looking to his striking to get the job done in this bout, and will be looking to avoid allowing Schulmann to control the fight, which he has specialised in throughout his career.

 

Yaniv Schulmann is currently riding an 11 fight winning streak which has seen him go undefeated in his career so far, although it could have been a different life for him. On the 1st September 2014, he actually retired from MMA, shortly before his 22nd birthday. He would unretire from MMA a mere few days afterwards, but since then, he has a renewed enthusiasm for the sport. He was 6-0 before retiring, and is now 11-0, which included a win in EVO and also a run in Epicity which saw him claim and defend the title there. While not known for his ability to finish, he knows how to use his skills to control the fight and grind his opponents down.

 

This is going to be a difficult fight for Cabrera, but he has the power and durability to get the job done. I expect Schulmann to control the early stages of the fight before Cabrera surges in the second round to claim the win.


Prediction: Helix Cabrera to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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Midway through this team battle, we now see Algot Van Panzerhosen step into the cage against Dante Cross Furia.

 

Algot Von Panzerhosen has been described by his own manager as a “Chinless Bastard”, so much so that he adopted it as his nickname. He has been unable to string any sort of form together since a loss to Rung Thrym last August in CEC, as he would win 2 fights before trading wins and losses since. This type of form would indicate he is due a win next, but a tournament setting is a whole different ball game to an org setting. He will be heavily relying on his Muay Thai to get him a KO before his chin gives way, and he could be a potential weak link in an overall strong team.

 

Dante Cross Furia is a dangerous fighter who has extremely high primaries, but there are questions as to whether his secondaries are up to the same level. Nevertheless, he has 4 (T)KO victories in his career, but also 2 (T)KO losses which have come in his last two fights. There have been questions raised about his chin, but like his opponent, he relies on his KO power to win him fights before his own chin gives way.

 

2 similar fighters in that their chins are ticking time bombs and it is only a matter of time before they give way. Dante’s superior skills should give him the edge, but I wouldn’t be surprised by either fighter winning inside the first round.


Prediction: Dante Cross Furia to win via (T)KO in Round 1

 

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One of the youngest fighters in the tournament makes an appearance here now as Urho Berserk takes on Chris Severn.

 

At the tender age of just 23, Berserk is here to prove himself against older opponents and show he is a highly developed fighter. With dangerous levels of striking, he is another fighter involved in this tournament with previous title credentials, having held a title at both Relativity and Epicity. He relies on his striking from range to damage his opponents, mixing in low kicks with head punches to wear his opponent down and set him up for the (T)KO win.

 

His opponent Chris Severn meanwhile doesn’t hit often, but when he does, he hits hard. He has sensational levels of Muay Thai and is a very determined fighter, who also has a Submission win on his record to show he ain’t no one trick pony. He has 3 (T)KO losses on his record as well, with further analysis showing he may have a weakness in his durability against heavy shots, but his opponents will still need to be careful for his strikes as they can do the damage he needs if they land.

 

I feel that Urho Berserk will last long enough in the fight to see his strikes take effect and wear Severn down. I don’t expect him to go in with too much damage, and instead pick Severn apart en route to a victory.


Prediction: Urho Berserk to win via (T)KO in Round 3

 

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We now move to what many have called the biggest fight in this battle as former Insanity champion Joey Kocur takes on current CEC Super Heavyweight Champion Timur Rubin.

 

Joey Kocur is one of the elite fighters in this tournament, and many have claimed he is the man the FinnFighters will be looking to bring home the wins every week. An Elite boxer, he has an impressive record with 12 (T)KO’s from 13 wins, with the one extra being a Submission win. He is difficult to finish, with only one (T)KO loss in his career which came in his second fight. He has developed his defences since, and more often than not, he ends up knocking the opponent out before they can get their strikes through.

 

Timur Rubin is a fighter with a similar reputation, having never been finished in his career while enjoying 11 (T)KO’s from his 13 career wins. An elite ground and pound wrestler, his game plan in simple. Get the takedown, work into a good position and unleash hell onto his helpless opponents. That isn’t to say he is a slouch when striking however, as he throws a good quantity of punches and kicks to keep his opponent guessing when the takedown will come, and it works to good effect as he lands 50% of his takedowns from range, while being slightly less effective in the clinch at a 47% success rate.

 

We discussed this fight on the podcast, and the general consensus being that it all hinges on whether Rubin can secure that takedown. If he does, it could well be curtains for Kocur, but Kocur could easily get a win also. This fight will be a good test of the new engine changes, and the manager who adapts the best will win.


Prediction: Timur Rubin to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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Our final fight of FinnFighters vs The Misfits sees Antonio Jose De Sucre (Say that 5 times fast) take on William King.

 

Antonio Jose De Sucre is no stranger to Troid, having competed in 5 fights in the org and amassing a 3-2 record. Antonio is a Granite Chinned fighter who has taken time out to train his skills up, and now he feels the ITFL is his opportunity to launch himself onto the world stage with a great showing in the tournament. A highly talented Striker, he has the power to hurt his opponents, but will need to be sly enough to avoid his opponent’s strikes in order to win this comfortably.

 

William King is a recent FA pick up by Scott Davies, specifically for this tournament, and will be competing in his first fight in an org outside of Insanity where he has spent the majority of his career. He obviously possesses KO power, but his ability to take a punch is of concern, and he will need to be wary of Antonio’s ability to hit hard. Dino predicted King to go 0-10 throughout this tournament, so it is up to King to really prove him wrong and get off to a winning start.

 

Honestly, I feel De Sucre will take this fight with relative ease. With a Granite Chin, he has really developed his game to new levels, and I feel he will just have too much for King.

 

Prediction: Antonio Jose De Sucre to win via (T)KO in Round 2

So after counting them up, I predict the FinnFighters to just edge this contest 4-3 overall to get off to a winning start, but there are some close bouts in this, so don’t be surprised to see the results go the opposite way.


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The Seven Musketeers

The Past // The Present // The Future

7x Division 1 Champs (Feb/Mar/Apr/May/Sep/Dec '17 - Jan '18)

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The second team matchup sees ITFL veterans Team Conquer take on The Corporation!

 

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We kick off the team match up with one of the biggest fights of the round, as Jamal Jackson takes on Pablo Escobar.

 

“Jacked” Jamal Jackson is no stranger to a tournament setting, having won the Murderer’s Row Light Heavyweight tournament already in his career. He has displayed some good striking which has seen him claim 4 (T)KO wins, while he has yet to be finished with his one loss coming via Decision. He relies heavily on his punches to win fights, and he appears to lack kicks which his opponent can exploit. Despite this, he has shown solid strategy in his career, and can easily finish a fight with a punch at any moment, something his opponents in the tournament will need to be wary of.

 

Pablo “The King” Escobar is a recent FA pick up Bob Vendarra signed following his release from the roster of Bragi Ragnarson. He has only had one fight under his current manager, but it was a solid showing in a win in Syn over Hans Beijer. He has only had two losses in his career, with one of those actually coming in a fight with another ITFL competitor, Timur Rubin. His game has vastly improved since then, as he attacks with a barrage of punches and kicks, which will come into effect against the more one dimensional opponent.

 

I feel the kicks of Escobar are what will come into effect in this fight. If he can use them effectively, he should see a win as an easier goal to achieve, but he will still need to be careful of Jackson’s gameplan.

 

Prediction: Pablo Escobar to win via (T)KO in Round 1

 

 

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Old school vs new school match up here as ITFL Season 3 competitor Pernell Whitaker Jr returns to the tournament to take on newcomer Bret Hartlock.

 

Pernell Whitaker Jr entered the ITFL Season 3 last year as a hot prospect. He was 7-0 going into the tournament, and lived up to the hype by defeating Daniel O’Sullivan and Ronin Mori in his first two fights of the tournament, but then it all went wrong. Successive losses to Jack Daniels and Peter Stumpp came before a glimmer of hope appeared in the form of a win against Selestion Mudisbarov. However, that would be a fleeting moment as he would lose his next three fights to Karate Kid, Carlos Hulk (Now called Ricky Icky) and Oliver Queen. He wouldn’t leave the ITFL cards on a downer however, as he would be previous opponent Daniel O’Sullivan once more on an ITFL card before leaving. After briefly being signed to Troid, he would leave the org without fighting once and sign with Syn, where he went 1-1 before joining the ITFL Season 4, looking for redemption from last time. A striker who throws a mixture of punches and kicks, he has shown he is no slouch on the ground as he has secured two submission wins in his career, something his opponent will need to be wary of here.

 

Brett Hartlock is currently on a 5 fight winning streak, having suffered a loss in his debut MMA fight, he would rack up his win streak competing in orgs such as WarZone, NYFN and Insanity. He is a dangerous BJJ fighter, having attained a Black Belt while also developing his striking as a support tool for his fights. He shoots for the takedown often, but also throws an occasional strike. However, his last fight was all the way back in March, so he has had plenty of time to develop his striking, and it isn’t clear how he will be planning on approaching this fight. You have to believe a takedown is involved, but you never know if he will go straight for the takedown or go for strikes to throw his opponent off before landing a takedown. He will need a takedown, but it may be a case of him just trying to control the fight down there and grinding out a decision.

 

I feel that Whitaker Jr will be dangerous with his striking, however, Hartlock should be able to land a takedown in the bout. Whether he can do it often enough to gain a decision is unclear, however, I feel Whitaker Jr has a decent enough ground game to survive and will get a (T)KO in a later round.


Prediction: Pernell Whitaker Jr to win via (T)KO in Round 3

 

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Heavyweight clash now as former KT fighter Itse Perkele takes on Diego “The Gladiator” Bustamante.

 

Itse Perkele is under his third manager in his career, having been formerly managed by Agent Dee and Joe Kingpin before finding himself with current manager The Antidote. Popping a Solid Chin in his debut fight, he had never been finished in a fight, suffering 5 decision losses. He is currently riding a 2 fight win streak, having defeated both of his opponents via (T)KO within 2 rounds. His striking is at a very high level, but his grappling is a weak point in his game that he will need to avoid being exploited.

 

Diego Bustamante is a very similar fighter to Perkele in that he is primarily a striker who has a visible weakness in his grappling. He had three losses in his career, losing once via each different way, but has shown KO Power with 4 (T)KO’s from 7 wins. A dangerous clinch fighter, he strikes with punches and kicks from range while unleashing a barrage of knees inside to gas his opponent and finish their nights early.

 

Two similarly skilled fighters, but Bustamante will be dangerous should the fight enter the clinch. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Perkele come away with the win, but it will be a tough fight for both fighters.


Prediction: Diego Bustamante to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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A clash of two Troid fighters here as regular Lightweight fighters Durlag Trollkiller and Paul Landen clash now in the ITFL tournament.

 

Durlag Trollkiller is a former championship contender in Troid and a former champion in Dark Soul Combat. After being sacked by former manager Lock Down, he was signed up by Sean McDonnel and signed to Dark Soul Combat. He would win the title in his debut fight, a split decision victory over Freddy Quincy which also saw him pick up Fight of the Night honours. He would defend the title successfully against Harald Hillgrund before losing the title to Fernando Pardo in his last fight in DSC. He would then sign to Troid, making an immediate impact in the org with two successive wins against Nate Diaz and Ricardo Mendes to earn a shot against the champion. He would fail to capture the title with a 3rd round loss, and would continue the poor form with another loss to Ossilus Chiarmanda. Before joining up to the tournament however, he would claim a win over Thomas Neidhart to lift his spirits. A dangerous Muay Thai striker, he throws a large quantity of leg kicks and head punches, but mixes in other striking techniques to keep his opponent guessing. Question marks remain over his chances, but he will be feeling this is a good chance for him to showcase himself.

 

Paul “Scrap” Landen is another fighter from Troid’s Lightweight division, and he is another fighter looking to showcase himself. Starting his career with a win, he would sign with FNPFC (Now known as UNFC) and go 1-1 in the org before signing to Impact MMA with a record of 2-1. He would go 4-0 in Impact MMA to bring his record up to 6-1, with his last fight seeing him capture the title from Pale Monster, before the orgs merger into Troid. A champion vs champion match was set up with the winner unifying the titles and claiming the division championship, and Landen would defeat Matt Green’s one dimensional style with a second round (T)KO to become champion again. He would lose his title in his first defence to Sam Urai, and then go on a tear in the division, winning 4 in a row with wins over Kasper Koltun, Ken Masters, Theodore Ruxpin and Tonnie Mazloum. This would earn him a shot at the title against new champ Hilton Teimosia, but he would lose the fight in the 5th round, suffering a (T)KO loss. A win over Ossilus Chiarmanda would follow, before his final two losses against Demetri Borschtanoff and Hilton Teimosia. He is a well rounded fighter, able to fight in all areas while constantly attacking in different ways to keep his opponent guessing. He maintains a good accuracy ratio with his striking, and will be relying on that, along with his superior wrestling, to get the win.

 

A pretty good matchup that both managers will be fancying their chances in. I feel Landen will control the position enough in the fight in order to pick up the Decision win.


Prediction: Paul Landen to win via Unanimous Decision

 

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Two accomplished knockout specialists clash here now as Jay “The Great” Gatsby takes on Bjorn “Ironside” Lodbrok.

 

Jay Gatsby is making his first appearance in an org outside of Insanity here, as all but one of his career fight have been in the LA Based org. Showing a Solid Chin in his first fight, he tasted defeat on that occasion, but showed potential. He would spend the next 3 years of his life training, and when he felt ready to compete, he signed with Insanity and got his first fight booked. He would enjoy a great 2014 in Insanity, going 5-0 in the org and earning a title shot in the new year. He would lose that fight against Norman Parke, and subsequently lose the fight following that against Jingle Jingle. A win would follow over Mike Allen, but he was looking at his losses column again following a second round submission loss against current Mad Cash finalist Mateus Gracie. He has recovered recently however, with a 2 fight win streak seeing him defeat Harald Hildetand and Jeremy Dunham. He has developed his striking, but it is still his Clinch game which is best known, as he ups the tempo of his output when he gets the fight there and lands heavy shots. He will be looking to this strategy here as he looks to avoid having Lodbrok dictate the pace, and tieing up his opponent while working the dirty boxing seems to be his best chance.

 

Bjorn Lodbrok makes his return to Troid in this fight, having taken time out to train before signing up to compete in the ITFL. Going 2-0 in QFC’s before signing to an org, he displayed KO Power as he finished both of his opponents in the second round with strikes. He would then sign to WarZone in Amsterdam and continue his good form with another two wins, again, with both coming via TKO within 2 rounds. He would then sign with Troid and continue his impressive form with two more (T)KO wins within 2 rounds. He would suffer the first loss of his career in his next bout however, as he was taken down and suffered vicious ground and pound from Gustav Ragnarson which saw him lose in the first round. He would bounce back from that defeat with a win over Theodore Ruxpin, again a TKO victory within 2 rounds. Another defeat would follow in his next bout however as he lost to Travis Bickle before leaving Troid in order to work on his game. He now feels confident in getting his career back on track, and feels this is an opportunity for him to face and defeat some tough competition. He is a dangerous striker with a kill or be killed attitude, with all of his fights being won within 2 rounds and always via (T)KO. He will need to use his striking from range to good effect in this bout, as being tied up in the clinch will prevent him from using his power to full effect.

 

I feel Jay Gatsby’s ability to fight in the clinch and also from range will be the winner here. He should be able to survive from range long enough to gain the clinch, and from there, he should be able to prevent Lodbrok from landing the heavy shots while working him over.


Prediction: Jay Gatsby to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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A highly anticipated fight here now as “Prodigy” Anakoni Kai takes on Frank Damozzi.

 

My anakoni don’t want no..Oh, wait, wrong name, nevermind. Anakoni Kai is a fighter many believe can be one of the most successful entrants in the tournament this season, and looking at his record, it’s no surprise why. A former fighter of Mannetosen, he had a 2-1 record before his manager quit the MMA scene and left him without a team. He was signed up by Louie DePalma who felt he had potential, but even then, he had him compete in 2 QFC’s to ensure he wasn’t wasting his time, and two first round (T)KO victories convinced Louie sufficiently. A brief spell in CFC saw him go 1-1, before he took a one fight deal with Cornell Cage Fighting which saw him defeat Cosmo Oarsman with a first round KO. A trip to New York followed, as he competed in two fights in NYFN which saw him go 2-0 with wins over Indigo Starseed and Benjamin BK. He moved to MFN as part of the merger, and in his one fight before the ITFL, he defeated Aleksey Zulughanov. Blessed with a Granite Chin, he is a well skilled fighter with a penchant for landing the damaging strikes and dominating his opponents. He has no major weakness in his game, but should look to avoid the ground in order to win this bout.

 

Frank Damozzi is a lot more experienced than his opponent, and he will need that experience to overcome the challenge. Starting off his career in Sisu Fights, he went 1-1 in the org before signing to the modern day UNFC, then known as FNPFC, and going 2-0 in the org. He signed with Evil Empire: Amsterdam then, again going unbeaten in the org at 3-0 before moving on to Barbarian Fight Club. He would win his first fight in the org, bringing his record to 7-1-0 and have him on a 6 fight winning streak before seeing that halted by a loss to Aderbal Maia for the title. He would take a one fight deal in HFC, in a fight which saw him gain a first round TKO victory over the aptly named “Chinless cbomb”. Following that, he would sign to Troid and enjoy his longest tenure in any org. Starting off with a loss to Lance Legstrong, he would go undefeated in his next 5 fights, with 3 wins and 2 draws, including a draw with the champion Jackob Johansson. He wouldn’t get his rematch, as he signed up to the Tycoon MMA championships to represent Troid. He would have a great showing, claiming a Silver medal with the loss in the finals being a Split Decision loss that many felt he won. He would return to Troid following this, but has suffered losses in both of his fights since, with losses to both Bary Allen and Flavius Odoacer. He is primarily a wrestler, as he uses his striking to buy him time to land a takedown before going to town with the Ground and Pound. He has a Granite Chin which helps in this, but he will need to be careful for Kai’s diverse offense.

 

I feel Anakoni Kai will win this bout. He has superior striking, and he seems sound enough on the ground defensively to deal with the threat Damozzi poses.


Prediction: Anakoni Kai to win via Unanimous Decision

 

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Our final bout of Team Conquer vs The Misfits comes down as the decider for me, as I have them scored at 3-3 so far. The final bout sees former UNFC Middleweight champion Bruce Wayne take on former AMS Light Heavyweight challenger Ivar Lodbrok.

 

Bruce Wayne is currently 11-3-0 in his career, going 2-1-0 under current manager Gale Hawthorne following a 9-2-0 run under former manager Clark Kent. Under Kent, he would go 2-0 at the beginning of his career in Three Ring Fight Leauge. Following his spell there, he would sign to Ascension: Amsterdam winning his first fight against Daniel Stopframe before losing for the first time against Dee Nice. His final fight in AA would be a TKO victory over Ivan Denisovitch. He would then move to the org where he would make his name, UNFC. After winning his debut fight against Osamu Kido, he earned a title fight against Martinez Eluard which he would win via TKO (Strikes) in the first round to claim the Middleweight championship. After one successful defense against Pete Alexander, he would lose the championship to Arto Bryggare with a KO loss in the 4th round. He would rebound from this with a TKO win over Martine Dincht, before showing a new side to his game with an Armbar submission win over Terry Opdauhl. He would then leave his manager Clark Kent before signing with Gale Hawthorne, and subsequently was given a title shot against Wayde West which he won with a TKO win in just 33 seconds to become a two time champion. He would defend the title successfully against former opponent Terry Opdauhl, before losing the title in his last bout before the tournament to Raise Hell. Wayne lands leg kicks in abundance to weaken his opponent, before swooping in with hard punches which usually ends the fight, apart from the few occasions he has lost. With a submission win, he has shown he has a developed ground game, and that makes him a dangerous fighter for anyone to go against.

 

Ivar Lodbrok is a true fans favourite, as he uses his Muay Thai to good effect in knocking his opponents out while he himself is prone to suffering a KO loss. It is this kind of style that the fans love, and it is a reputation he has developed in his career. Winning his debut against Chuck Liddell, he subsequently signed to WarZone, and promptly won his debut fight in the org against Patrick Givens. He followed up that win with another over Ajai Hoo, again via TKO as he was building a reputation as a finisher. That reputation would take some damage in the next fight as he suffered a KO loss to Alex Asztalos via KO in the first round. A three fight win streak would follow, as he picked up wins over Julle Hallava, Zoro Fortisimo and Mario Penzer. That run was ended with a loss to Ivan Strashko, and he would go 1-1 in his next two fights with a win over Jaako Merithati followed by a loss to Ron Burgundy. He would earn a title shot with a 3 fight win streak that saw him defeat the likes of Veron Totto, Iso Kaato and Matt Greiner. He would lose the title fight however to Parmalee Sackett in his last bout before joining the ITFL. Throughout his career, he has shown the ability to knock out almost any opponent, but his one big let down is his brittle chin, and that is something that Wayne will be looking to exploit.

 

I feel this should be a first round win for one of those fighters. Either Lodbrok will come out hitting hard and fast, or Wayne will exploit the chin, but I am going with Wayne for the win.

 

Prediction: Bruce Wayne to win via (T)KO in Round 1


So there we have it. I predict this fight, like the last one, will end 4-3 with Team Conquer taking the overall win home, but we will have to wait til Saturday to see if these predictions are correct!


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The Seven Musketeers

The Past // The Present // The Future

7x Division 1 Champs (Feb/Mar/Apr/May/Sep/Dec '17 - Jan '18)

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 09:32 AM

TEAM MATCH 3

 

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Our last team matchup of the round features two teams new to the ITFL, as Vendino takes on The Stray Dogs!

 

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Kicking off the action in Vendino vs The Stray Dogs it’s former Evil Empire: Amsterdam and Insanity champion Bosco “CageDawg” Brown against ITFL season 3 competitor Bernhard Adelhard.

 

Bosco Brown comes into this tournament with a record of 9-7-0 with his last 5 fights all being defeats. He began his career with a loss in a QFC, and showed the crowd his dancing by doing the moonwalk on his way to the cage. He would sign with Evil Empire: Amsterdam following this, and started off well with a Majority Decision win over Kojak Komodo. He would then face another ITFL competitor, Taisto Perala, in his next fight which he would win via Unanimous Decision. A title fight followed this, and he defeated The Steel Penn to win the championship. He would defend the title successfully once against Paul Crown before his last appearance in an EE:A cage came in a non title bout against Jacob Goodacre which stretched his record to 5-1, and Brown would then move on to HFC for one fight. That fight would be against Romulo Barral in his first fight in the Welterweight division, having competed in the Middleweight division up until then. He would gain a TKO victory, and then sign to another org on a one fight deal, DSC. He would suffer a loss in this bout, losing via Submission in the second round before then signing a long term deal with Insanity. He would gain Submission of the Night in his first bout with a slick Triangle submission to defeat Beef Eater, which earned him a title shot. He would defeat Ozzy McKane via Unanimous Decision to claim the second title of his career, and his first at Welterweight. A successful defence against Richard Robinson would follow, before he would lose the title to Victor Loosa in his next bout. He would then go on to represent Insanity in the Tycoon MMA Championships, but was knocked out in the first round by Troid rep Rupert Psmith. He would fight once more in NYFN, the host org of the division, before signing a new contract with them and being released by his manager. The controversy continued as he was then signed up by current manager Ryan Epicity, who negotiated his release from NYFN and resigned with Insanity. He would suffered consecutive losses to Pete Speedy and Ronaldo Souza in the org before signing up for the ITFL. He is currently riding a 5 fight losing streak, and has no outstanding hiddens, which doesn’t make for a bundle of confidence in him, but he does have a well rounded game. Interesting enough, his previous manager Johnny Lee is actually a member of The Stray Dogs, so he will be able to give some insight into Brown which should benefit Adelhard. I would describe Brown as primarily a grappler, but he has been developing his overall MMA game in preparation for this tournament.

 

Bernhard Adelhard is no stranger to an ITFL season, having competed in Season 3 in the Legion of Pain team. Before that happened however, he had one fight in a QFC which saw him secure a first round Arm Triangle submission victory. He won his first fight in the ITFL S3, gaining a majority decision win over John Dux before losing the following three fights against Juan Koski, Arthur Bishop and Cole Orion. He would redeem himself somewhat with a win over Tuma Krapal before ending the tournament with a Unanimous Decision loss to Callum Pagnozzi. After the season, he would sign to UNFC in Tokyo and enjoy a resurgence in his career. After securing his first career (T)KO win over Tournament Winner, he would revert back to his grappling to gain a Triangle submission win over Jack Mitchelson. Another KO win would follow against Jimmy Johns before he would make it 4 wins in a row with an Armbar submission win over Orange Joe. In his last bout before the tournament, his winning run would come to an end with a Decision loss to Dominik Kokoszka. He returns to the ITFL as he feels he has some unfinished business, feeling he is a much better fighter overall, and coming into this season a lot more prepared. While not blessed with lightning KO power, he has shown he can work around it, showing good survivability and using his takedowns well to get the fight down. His striking is developed enough that he is no slouch, but it is on the ground where he really puts his opponents in danger.

 

To be honest, I feel that Adelhard will find it best for himself to try to keep the fight standing, where he holds the advantage, while Brown should be looking to take it down and move to a position where he isn’t at risk of being submitted, while he looks for them himself. However, I do feel it will be a tough challenge for both fighters, but I feel Adelhard will get the win.


Prediction: Bernhard Adelhard to win via Submission in Round 2

 

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Moving onto the Heavyweight portion of his bout now as “Freeborn” John Paul Wani takes on ITFL Season 3 competitor Artie “Beer League” DeVanzo.

 

John Paul Wani has had a colourful career already, despite only having 7 fights. He was first signed under Cavaleiro Templario and competed in his first fight, displaying he had some form of KO Power before he was sacked and picked up by known cheater Axia Inc, while many have questioned the legitimacy of Cavaleiro himself. Anyway, he would then compete in 3 fights under Axia’s management, two in the QFC’s which saw him gain 2 first round KO’s before signing to UNFC and gaining another first round KO. Then, the massive scandal broke out regarding Axia’s cheating and Wani was again finding himself looking for a manager, and he found one in G Wad, who gave him his current name and signed him to Insanity. He would score a KO victory over Sisa Yfitos in his debut, before following that up with a Submission (Strikes) win over Sharky Shark. In his last fight in Insanity before the tournament, he would suffer a 2nd round TKO loss to Nickey Spillane, but the loss didn’t dishearten Wani. His strategy is pretty straight forward, he is going to punch you as fast, as hard, and as many times as he can. He is an Elite boxer who has over time been developing the other areas of his game in order to support his striking, and he can pose a danger to anybody he steps into the cage with.

 

Artie DeVanzo is another fighter who is familiar with the ITFL, having been a competitor in Season 3 with Team Reaper. Not only was he a participant in Season 3, but his debut fight actually came on the same card as the Team Finale from the very first season! That fight saw him claim a Unanimous Decision win over Kimroy Hoo. He would participate in two QFC bouts following that, picking up wins against Protr Glazatij and Mohammad Ali, both via (T)KO. His next fight was on another ITFL card, this time it was the Individual Finals of the first season, and it would also see the first loss suffered by “Beer League” as fell via Unanimous Decision to Freddy White. After taking some time off to train, he would then sign his first permanent contract with BEEF, losing his debut to Guil Ty before avenging that loss in his next fight via Submission (Strikes). A TKO win over Ben Breeze was followed by a loss to Aleksander Kamenov, before he competed in his last fight in BEEF with a Unanimous Decision win over Mark Cherry. He would then compete in a solitary fight in ECFC, gaining a win Pierre Gautier. He would return to his roots with the ITFL then, competing in Season 3 and he made a good showing. Defeating the likes of Jacob Koch, Mats Soderlund and Willum Gar in the team rounds before defeating Tanner Pond in the individual round. He would suffer defeat in the next round against Oliver Queen, but his reputation had benefited from a strong tournament run. He would continue that run of tournament appearances by competing in the AMS FC Light Heavyweight Grand Prix, and lost in the first round against Iso Kaato, but had a chance for redemption in the loser’s bracket. He would defeat Veron Totto via TKO in the second round before advancing to the quarter finals of the bracket with a Majority Decision win over Dudley Bradshaw. His run in the tournament would come to an end however with a defeat to Georgy Fokin. Now he enters the third tournament of his career, and he will feel his experience in this kind of format will give him an edge over the other competitors. An elite wrestler with high levels of striking, he is not a natural KO artist but he knows how to score favorably with the judges and wear his opponent down in the later rounds.

 

I think John Paul Wani’s best hope is to get an early KO, which is quite possibly given his size advantage, but the longer the fight goes on, the more I score it going for DeVanzo, and I feel it will be a late stoppage for “Beer League”.


Prediction: Artie DeVanzo to win via (T)KO in Round 3

 

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Our next match up sees Lance Legstrong take on Joe Louis.

 

Lance Legstrong enters this tournament straight after finishing another in the Mad Cash tournament. Beginning his career under Rory Daly, he would start off with a win by gaining a Kimura submission win against Tokyo Whiteman in the second round. He would go one better in his next fight, securing another Kimura submission against Ronny Bruvik (Now known as Arzlan Bathory) in the first round. He would suffer the first loss of his career in his next bout as he lost via TKO to Justin Velemir. A two fight spell in RFN saw him pick up two more submission wins; a Kimura over Paul Frederick and an Arm Triangle over Mikaiah Rynn. His last fight under Rory Daly’s management came in his highly anticipated feud with K Rad in which Legstrong defeated Pauline Hanson via Kimura in the second round. He was dropped by Rory after he decided to take a break from the MMA game, and was signed by Severo Del Bosque, who subsequently signed him to Troid. Starting off successfully, he would defeat Thors Hammer in his first bout via KO in the second round to gain his first stoppage win that wasn’t a submission. He would return back to his bread and butter however in his next bout, gaining a Kimura win over another ITFL competitor in Frank Damozzi. This would earn him a title shot, however he would suffer defeat to the champion Jackob Johansson. His next fight would produce a win as he defeated Forrest Dump via Split decision, but he would go on a bad run of results from then with losses to Ragnar Lothbrok (Now known as Dave McGee), Ajai Hoo, and Flavius Odoacer who is actually a teammate of his this season. He would win the next fight against Shape Shifter via Decision before a loss to Bary Allen in his last Troid fight. He would enter into the Mad Cash tournament following this, winning his first round match against Donnie Felterbush late on with a Kneebar submission. He would be knocked out of the tournament then, losing via TKO to Octavio Saades in the third round. He now enters the ITFL looking to rebuild his career and says he feels he is the best grappler in the tournament. He will be looking for his improving striking and Granite Chin to keep him alive in order to get the fight down and let his BJJ take over.

 

Joe Louis, like his opponent, didn’t start his career under his current management team. Signed up by Laz Staz, he would make his debut in late 2013, losing a Decision to Deive Pazos. He would rattle off three wins in a row in QFC bouts then, defeating Gabe McFinney, Adam Peri and Hans Gruber, all by (T)KO. He would then sign with Troid, and in his debut, lose to Lexington Snape. Another loss followed, this time to Ruphus Duphus, before he would finally claim his first win in the org against Tyrell Myrell, but unfortunately, it would be his only win. A draw against Jack Bronson then happened, and in the subsequent rematch, he lost via KO in the first round. Leaving Troid and being sacked by his manager, he then signed with Jeremiah Lukker, and accepted a contract from Gamasi Fighting Company. In his debut for the org, he would defeat Jorge Ulrich via TKO in the first round, and followed that up with a first round KO over Sayan Sever. This would earn him a title shot, but he would lose against the champion Jacques Saint-Perrilloux via Unanimous Decision. Following the loss, the org would close and Louis would sign with Epicity Productions in Las Vegas. His debut saw him earn the KO of the night with a KO victory over Softly Weeping, and he would earn another award in the form of the Fight of the night with a third round TKO win over Rutger Snabel. He would face a former foe in Jacques Saint-Perrilloux, but would again suffer defeat as he was TKO’ed in the first round. His last bout before the tournament would see him win via TKO against Akami Hoi via Kimura to claim his first submission win. Louis is primarily a striker, but he has shown a tendency to go in for takedowns and grind his opponents out when he feels the need to.

 

I feel Louis will need to avoid the takedown in this bout. Both fighters have weak points in their game, and their strengths are their opponent’s weaknesses. I feel Legstrong at some point will get the fight to the ground and can get the submission win.


Prediction: Lance Legstrong to win via Submission in Round 2

 

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Midway through this event now and we now see Flavius Odoacer take on Antoni Kristofer Hong.

 

Flavius Odoacer is a 25 year old German wrestler who has developed his striking in order to round out his overall MMA game. Starting his career at Amsterdam based org WarZone, Odoacer made his debut in August 2014 with a 41 second KO win against Brad Mansfield at WarZone 135. He would follow that up with TKO wins against Jason Shono, Ed Bavelock and, sigh, Seymoure Til Alexandros The Seventeenth. He would lose his next bout against a man he would then consider to be his nemesis in his career, Ajai Hoo, via Unanimous Decision in his last fight in WarZone. He would sign for Troid following this, and in his first fight for the org, he defeated Lance Legstrong via KO in the third round. He would lose his next fight against Ajai Hoo, who also made the move to Troid, again via Unanimous Decision. He would bounce back in his next two fights however, defeating Jeremy Stapleton via TKO in the secound round and also defeating another ITFL contestant in Frank Damozzi via Unanimous Decision. With his high levels of wrestling, he looks to control the fight while using effective striking to work his opponents over.

 

Antoni Kristofer Hong is a similar fighter to Odoacer, in that he is also primarily a wrestler, and has also developed his striking. Suffering a Submission loss in his first fight to Ali Wasielewski, he would sign with Barbarian Fight Club and defeat Ruarc Harris in his only fight in the org via KO. One more fight in the QFC saw him claim a first round TKO win over Frankie Rock before he signed to UNFC where he has spent his career thus far. He would win his first three fights in the org, defeating the likes of Jose Vovchanchyn, Dark Vengeance and Brian Pereira to earn a shot at the title. He would lose the title shot, suffering a first round KO loss to Mario Karlo. A rematch with Brian Pereira followed, and this time he would go the distance and win via Split Decision. He would get back to getting the finish then, defeating both Billy Bulge and Ragnar Danneskjold via TKO in the second and third rounds respectively. Another Decision would follow, as he claimed the win over Roy-Li Taylor before another one again as he suffered a loss to Brad May in his last fight before the tournament.

 

This is going to be a very evenly matched fight, as both have the same skill set up. Like a lot of fights, I wouldn’t be surprised to see either fighter win, but I see Odoacer getting a decision win here.


Prediction: Flavius Odoacer to win via Unanimous Decision

 

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A highly anticipated fighter here now as Ruslan Mstislav Volkov takes on Wilder Wein.

 

Ruslan Mstislav Volkov is a highly diverse fighter, having submission and KO wins in his career, he has shown a natural instinct for getting the wins. Starting off his career with a fight against his own family, he defeated Ilya Mstislav Volkov via Unanimous Decision. Continuing to fight in Umbrella, he would defeat Jhon Wuzz via TKO and then follow that up with a win over Ronin Mori via Triangle Armbar submission. He would suffer the first loss of his career in his next bout with a loss to Luka Jelavic with a TKO in the 4th round. He would compete in his last fight in Umbrella then, defeating Tormy Skillz with a Rear Naked Choke in the first round. Following his release from Umbrella, he signed with UNFC in Tokyo, and he would suffer the second loss of his career in his org debut against Orange Joe. That loss would only spur Ruslan onto a stunning run in his career. He would have three more fights in UNFC, winning all of them with Unanimous Decision wins over Dominik Kokoszka and Ragnhildur Haraldsson and a Submission of the Night victory with an Armbar over Alexander Fors. Following his departure from UNFC, he would spend the next 6 months training before signing to Epicity Productions, and he would claim a KO victory over Brogan Kearney on his debut. He would make it 5 wins in a row with a Unanimous Decision win over William Henry Bonney, and go 6 unbeaten with a draw against Chico Dicko. That would stretch to 6 wins, and 7 unbeaten, when he defeated Dicko with a Kimura in Round 1 in their rematch in what was his last bout before the tournament. He is exceptionally well rounded, showing no major weaknesses in his game while have a diverse range of attacking options.

 

His opponent is the larger Wilder Wein. Wein has had a relatively short career so far, training for a long time before testing the waters with some competitive MMA action. He would mark his debut in style, scoring a Superman Punch KO win over Robert Maudsley on his debut His next fight would come 3 months later, and he would gain another win by defeating Ground Guru via KO, and then signed with Epicity Productions. He would make his debut within a month, scoring another KO with his defeat of Paul Crown. He would earn both Fight of the Night and KO of the Night honours as he defeated Dick Stern to earn a shot at the championship. He would win the title following a first round TKO win over Dominick De Struicao, and won via Unanimous Decision in his first defense against Jerry Seinfeld. His last bout saw him lose to Ruslan’s family when he lost his title to Ilya Mstislav Volkov via Unanimous Decision. Elite levels of striking are what he is best known for, and now he will be fighting a man who will challenge him in every way.

 

Ruslan will have the psychological edge going into this, as his manager Igor is the only manager to have beaten Wein in his career. With a slight variation in styles, I feel Ruslan will be the favourite going into this fight, and most likely will see the judges read out a decision win for him.


Prediction: Ruslan Mstislav Volkov to win via Unanimous Decision

 

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The penultimate fight of the round features two of the biggest prospects of the season as Dorian “The Terrier” Yates takes on Fabian Hoi.

 

Dorian Yates is coming into the season on a 6 fight winning streak, and currently undefeated under manager Mike Jursllla. Originally competing under manager Jack Al, he made his debut in mid 2014 in a winning effort as he defeated Jurgen Kohler via TKO in the second round. In his next fight, he defeated Jimi Smokeleaf via Unanimous Decision before signing to Worldwide Fighting Championship. He suffered a Unanimous Decision loss to Haywood Badger for the title in his debut, and recovered from that by defeating Rafal Arsic via Unanimous Decision. In his last fight in WFC, and under manager Jack Al, he would lose via KO to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He would soon be released by his manager and signed by Mike Jursllla. Under his new manager, he would win his first two fights via (T)KO in QFC’s before signing for NYFN. In his debut, he would win via Unanimous Decision against Matt Hughes, before going on to achieve the same result in his next two fights against Jonqw Fray and Shin Dong-Hyuk which brought an end to his NYFN stay. He would sign with EP and manage one fight there before joining the ITFL, as he showed a new side of his game with an Arm Triangle submission win over Jeffrey Miller. He is an Elite level boxer who, while primarily a fighter who wins via Decision, has a high level of striking output and looks to inflict damage on his opponents. With his recent submission win, it is clear he has been adding to his skill range, and that will benefit him in this tournament.

 

Fabian Hoi is an extremely well skilled fighter who has had a variety of managers in his career. Starting with Ispa Murhapuro, he go 4-0 under him while competing in both a QFC and in three fights in MMA Helsinki, scoring (T)KO wins over John Shortkins, Errol Field, Jonjo Banjo and Janusz Lanus before parting ways with Murhapuro. He would then sign up with Dean Sutherland, and enjoy a winning start as he signed to HERITAGE and defeat Zhan Jiang via KO in the first round. He would suffer the first loss of his career to John Bzdunek via Armbar. Following this, he would be released from HERITAGE and released by Dean Sutherland, and he would find himself signed to his third manager in Jorma Oltsu. He would sign with Dark Soul Combat, and enjoy another unbeaten run there as he secured 5 wins, defeating John Mclovin, Harald Hillgrund and Derek Legion via Unanimous Decision and also defeating Enrique Rold and Kanchai Suya via KO. He would be sacked after his however, and would be signed by current manager Bjorn O’Donnel using an FA dibs. He would sign with his bigest org to date, Syn, and go undefeated in the org before signing up to the ITFL, as he defeated Billy Axe and Don Juan Matus via Unanimous Decision. It’s hard to get a good reading on his consistent game plans, as a result of the number of managers he has had, but his main plan seems to usually be mixing up his leg kicks with head punches which has seen him go on a great run in his career.

 

Don’t expect this fight to go to ground much, as both fighters will be looking to end the other’s night early. I think it will go into the later rounds, and while Yates could easily pull off a win, I am going with Hoi to get the win here.


Prediction: Fabian Hoi to win via (T)KO in Round 3

 

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The final fight of the excruciatingly long preview sees highly touted former KT champion Giacomo Benvenuti take on Mikaiah Rynn.

 

Giacomo Benvenuti began his career in fighting in KT, and it is clear what his style is. Originally competing in KT under former manager Furious Styles, he made his debut in Xtreme K1 Kombat and would capture the title within 3 months, defeating Curtis Mayhem, Erv Plower and Mick Mayhem via (T)KO before earning a shot for the belt. He defeated Codin Viperescu via TKO to win the belt. He would move to Extreme Fist Fighting Association for one fight, defeating Tommy Asikainen before returning to his previous org. He would remain undefeated in his tenure in KT, winning all his fights via (T)KO with wins over Reynir Arn x2, Klaas Van Delft, Steel Penn x2 and Shezzo Wicked. Furious Styles would leave the MMA scene, and Benvenuti didn’t have to wait long to find a new manager as he was signed up by Dean Sutherland. Sutherland convinced him to make the change to MMA, winning his first two fights in the QFC via (T)KO over Farrokh Bulsara and Mike Tyson. A brief spell in NYFN saw him defeat Eddie Killer before he moved on and signed with Death Squad MMA. He defeated Ameri CanChopper and Frank Garfunkel via (T)KO, before he would suffer the first loss of his career in a title shot against Seaville Bri, in what was his last fight before the tournament. A heavy hitter who has gained all 16 of his wins via (T)KO, he has been developing the defensive side of his ground game in order to compete, and he has the ability to get to anybody.

 

Mikaiah Rynn has spent his entire career under manager Uncle Lar, and is one of the dark horses to have a great individual run in the season. He kicked his career off with 2 (T)KO wins in QFC bouts, defeating Mason Scott and NaKai Mariner before joining Montreal Fight Nights for one bout which saw him suffer a loss to Dagoth Ur. His career would really be made with his next move however, joining RFN and going on a 3 fight winning streak as a defeated Silberio ZasZas and Ty Daves via (T)KO before gaining a Unanimous Decision win over Yan Yang. A two fight losing streak would follow, as he lost to ITFL competitor Lance Legstrong and Jace Beleren. He would then go on the best run of his career, winning three fights in a row to earn a shot at the title by beating Kazunori Kouya, Ricardo Delivire and Dave Sherk all via KO. In the title shot, he would defeat Kimo Ovaska to win the championship via TKO. The org would change ownership and be rebranded NYFN, and he would retain the title in his first fight by defeating Louis Delmas via TKO. Further wins against Hector Barbosa and Ben Jonathan would see his stock rise further, before his 7 fight win streak would come to a halt after he was defeated by Billy Beast for the title. He would win his next two fights, defeating Ben Jonathon once more while also beating Mestre Bimba. He would represent NYFN in the Tycoon MMA Championships, but would lose in the first round to Fritz Haarmann. Upon his return to NYFN, he would lose his next bout against Claude LeBlanc via Unanimous Decision, before defeating Arzlan Bathory via TKO in his last fight in NYFN. Following this, NYFN would merge with MFN, and in his last fight before this tournament, Rynn would lose to Noah Puckerman via TKO. Rynn is an Elite boxer, and has a proven record of KO’s, and this will be a good test for him to go up against another Elite striker.

 

Overall, I think Benvenuti will just have too much for Rynn. He outskills him in the striking game, and that is what Rynn really relies on to get the wins. Barring some hail mary punch, I expect Benvenuti to get the (T)KO win.

 

Prediction: Giacomo Benvenuti to win via (T)KO in Round 1


 

Andddddddd finally, that is it for the Preview of the first round of fights in the ITFL Season 4! Be sure to get involved in the Smack Talk if you have a fighter competing, and if you are just a manager looking for some easy cash, why not take part in our Pick Em League where there is a minimum prize pool of 500k up for grabs!

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Posted 31 July 2015 - 04:38 AM

Insanity’s Mad Cash Tournament

 

THE FINALS

 

Live from University Park in Los Angeles!

 

In association with DC Unrivaled!

 

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to our preview for the finals of the Mad Cash tournament! 4 men have all battled to reach the finals of their respective divisions, and this is the climax of their hard work. We also have some major fights also taking place on the card, so we will be previewing all of the fights on the main card, with a quick prediction of the undercard bouts! We have done all our waiting while the participants battled to the finals, so without further ado, let’s get right into it!

 

Undercard

 

Predictions

 

Alvin Loredo def. Li Kong Ho via (T)KO in Round 1

 

Ole Nkone def. Micah Hays via Submission in Round 2

 

Lionel Santos def. Oh Yeah via (T)KO in Round 2

 

David Wuzz def. Trent Punchy via Submission in Round 2

 

The Beast def. Randy Savage via (T)KO in Round 3


 

MAIN CARD

 

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The first fight of the evening on the main card is a Light Heavyweight fight as two Finns collide with Matti Molski takes on Antero Mela.

 

Matti Molski is a good ole fashioned wrassler who loves nothing more than dominating his opponent and pounding his face in. With his developing boxing, he has built a base from which he can exploit his sensational wrestling by trading strikes before shooting in for the takedown when his opponent least expects it. This strategy has seen him pick up 9 wins in his career, of which 6 came via (T)KO. He has suffered a solitary loss under his current management, a loss to Joey Kocur for the Light Heavyweight championship. He is looking to get back on the path to a title shot, particularly with a new champion, as he proves he is the man to lead the division. Another interesting note coming into this is Molski claims he hates his nationality, and has previously claimed he would crush any Finn stupid enough to get into the cage with him. It’s time to see if he can live up to that claim.

 

Antero Mela is another Finnish wrestler, and this one is proud to be Finnish. With 10 wins in his career, 6 of those have come via (T)KO while another 2 have come via Submission. He is currently undefeated under his current manager, and is making his Insanity debut here after leaving London based org Soul Supremacy Fight Club following it’s closure. With a Black Belt, he has maximised his grappling and will not be too uncomfortable if his opponent gets the takedown first, but he will still be looking to maintain a dominant position if it hits the ground.

 

Overall, I feel Mela’s double edged offense on the ground of both GnP and Subs will mean he can finish the fight from anywhere. Molski’s best chance is using his superior striking to end the fight as a takedown will be a big risk, but I feel he will go for the takedown and that will be a dangerous zone for him.

 

Prediction: Antero Mela to win via Submission in Round 2

 

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Our next fight is the finals of the Lightweight Mad Cash tournament as Mateus Gracie takes on Dickie “The Dirt” Dirty for the grand prize!

 

Mateus Gracie is currently on a 6 fight winning streak, and in the last round of the tournament defeated Chad Didion via Unanimous Decision. Gracie showed impressive striking in that fight, as while he was only able to get the fight down once, he used that time well to grind his opponent down and dominate him from striking range following that. He holds a slight height advantage, but it is clear he will be looking to get this fight to the ground, and if he can he should dominate from then on.

 

Dickie Dirty meanwhile is in a 10 fight winning streak, and 5-0 under his current manager. Mainly known as a Decision specialist, he has 2 (T)KO and 3 Submission wins also to show he does occasionally take the risk of going for a finish. His main advantage in this bout is his striking, and he will be desperate to avoid the takedown in this bout, as if it hits the ground, he will be in real danger of being finished, but standing, he should be able to score the points to win the rounds.

 

Overall, I wouldn’t be surprised to see either fighter win, but the big factor in this is whether it hits the ground. If it does, Gracie should be able to win the fight, if not at least win the round. But don’t underestimate Dirty’s grappling, as he can survive quite well, and will need to in order to come away with the win.

 

Prediction: Mateus Gracie to win via Submission in Round 2

 

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Our final fight before the Main Events is a Featherweight title fight as Shin Dong Hyuk challenges the reigning champion Martin Saint Louis.

 

Shin Dong Hyuk is a Muay Thai specialist who can be considered a decision fighter as he gained 8 decision wins in his career. He also has 3 (T)KO wins and 2 Submission wins to show he has a diversified skill range. Focusing heavily on Leg and Body kicks, his game plan in fights is to work his opponent down with his kicks while also throwing head punches in the hopes of scoring a (T)KO, with an occasional head kick, body punch and takedown thrown in. He will be looking to do business as usual, grinding Saint Louis down with his strikes and try to avoid being taken down.

 

Martin Saint Louis is the reigning champion, and also won the Featherweight division of the Tycoon MMA Championships, defeating Ferdinand Cortes (UNFC), Bubba Kush (AMSFC) and Tuomari Hurmio (Troid) en route to earning his gold medal. He is currently on a 9 fight winning streak, and in his last outing, defeated Arshnoor Singh. An extremely well rounded fighter, Saint Louis is comfortable wherever the fight takes place, but his bread and butter is his striking, and it allows his KO Power to be shown on full display, with 10 (T)KO wins from 20 in his career. He will be looking to earn a quick (T)KO win in this bout before his opponent can land enough kicks to slow him down.

 

Overall, I just think Saint Louis’s better track record of getting the finish will be too much for Dong Hyuk. He will be unlikely to get the finish himself, and Saint Louis will be free to land his strikes without a major threat of being (T)KO’ed.

 

Prediction: Martin Saint Louis to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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Our Co-Main event of the evening sees reigning Light Heavyweight champion Castor Rollins take on Nickey Spillane in a Heavyweight clash!

 

Castor Rollins is the current Insanity Light Heavyweight champion, having captured the title in his last bout by defeating Joey Kocur via Majority Decision. A Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he has gained half of his wins via Submission, but has most recently been showing his growing striking game, as he is currently on a 4 fight winning streak with 3 of those wins coming via (T)KO. With his skills growing, he is becoming a more dangerous fighter every time he steps into the cage, and he will be looking to show why he is a champion yet again in this bout.

 

Nickey Spillane is a Heavyweight fighter who uses his grappling defensively, as he relies on his striking in his fights. While not blessed with insane KO power, he has still managed to gain 5 (T)KO’s from his 13 wins, and in this bout, will be looking to use his size advantage in order to overcome the lighter Rollins. If he fails to end it early, he will struggle in the later rounds as Rollin’s will be wearing him down with strikes, but he will also need to be wary of Rollin’s putting him away early.

 

Overall, I think the weight difference will play a big part in this as Rollins will be looking to wear him down and use his speed advantage, and I can see this being an early night for Spillane, but I think he will survive the first round.

 

Prediction: Castor Rollins to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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The Main Event of the evening also serves as the finals of the Middleweight Mad Cash tournament as Nolan Sackett takes on Octavio Saades!

 

Nolan Sackett is currently riding an 8 fight win streak, and reaches the finals after defeating Pika Chu in the last round. Dominating the initial round, Sackett went to work in the second as he landed a number of punches and kicks to work Chu down, before ending the bout with some Ground and Pound after knocking Chu down with a combination. Sackett will be looking to his striking again in this bout, as his great record of 16 (T)KO’s from 19 wins shows he has the power to end anybodies night early. With a Granite Chin, he also has survivability, and has only ever been beaten once in his career, and he avenged that loss already to show he can beat any man he steps into the cage with.

 

Octavio Saades is also on an 8 fight win streak, having defeated Charles Grace in his last bout to reach the finals. He used a good combination of striking and takedowns to control the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the fight, and he will need to dominate the position once more in order to win this fight. His opponent has the better showing hidden, and that doesn’t bode well for him. He will need to hit his takedowns and control to wear Sackett down, and if he can, then he will be looking for the late takedown.

 

Overall, having looked at the two fighters in more detail, I feel Sackett has the edge going into the bout. With a Granite Chin and a proven (T)KO record, he will be troubling Saades in the fight, and should be able to get the finish.

 

Prediction: Nolan Sackett to win via (T)KO in Round 3

 

That’s all from me, and that’s it for the Mad Cash tournament. Best of luck to the participants, and be sure to look out for the results with the winners each receiving $3m in prize money! For now, that’s all from me and until next time.

 

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TROID PRESENTS

 

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INTERNATIONAL TEAM FIGHTING LEAGUE

 

SEASON 4

 

ROUND 1


 

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first round of the new season of the ITFL! This season sees the tournament moved over to Troid in London, and there is a real excitement about this season as we will be seeing a number of top managers and top fighters competing for not only the glory of their team, but for their own glory as individuals.

 

On this weekend, we not only have the beginning of the prestigious ITFL tournament, but it also features the very first PPV card in Troid’s history, and it includes one of the ITFL fights on the card. With this being probably the biggest weekend in Troid’s history,


We have 6 teams competing in this season, with 7 fighters on each team. Those 7 fighters are split into two weight groups: The 170lbs and the 265lbs. Each team has 3 fighters in the 170lbs division and 4 fighters in the 265lbs division. They have made their picks, the teams are good to go, so without further ado, let’s get right into this!

 

TEAM MATCH 1

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Our first team match of the round sees the notorious FinnFighters face off against The Misfits!

 

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Our first bout of this fight sees the FinnFighter’s Taisto Perala take on The Misfit’s Johnny Luca.

 

Taisto Perala is a former fighter of Mannetosen’s before his brief departure from MMA Tycoon, and he was subsequently picked up by Jorma Oltsu following his spell on the FA market. He signed up with Tokyo based org UNFC, and enjoyed a 3-1 run in the org, winning all of his fights via (T)KO before signing up to the ITFL. With a Solid Chin, he has shown finishing ability, with 4 (T)KO’s and 2 Submissions from 7 wins. He has never been knocked out, and now looks to represent his team with pride.

 

Johnny Luca is a Muay Thai fighter who enjoys striking at range, but it is activeness inside the clinch which is most impressive, even if his strikes from range find the target more. A fighter who has competed under both Insanity and AMS FC in his career, he had found both of his managers gone missing under suspicious circumstances before finding a solid routine under Harry Bagofdonuts. He lost in his last bout to Arturo Atunes, in a fight which saw im knocked out in the last second  of the fight, and now he is looking to the ITFL to rebuild himself under his new manager, and is looking to make Taisto Perala his first victim.

 

It’s going to be a great fight to start us off, but I am going to go with Taisto Perala to win this bout late in the fight.


Prediction: Taisto Perala to win via (T)KO in Round 3

 

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Continuing on the brawl, the next fight sees Sambo Rambo take on Shintaro Nomo.

 

Sambo Rambo, despite appearing to be a Sprawl and Brawl style of fighter from his skills, is actually a highly accomplished BJJ fighter who has achieved 4 submission victories in his career, with none via (T)KO. He is currently on a 3 fight losing streak which has dampened his record, and many have pointed to his lack of kicks as being his weak point coming into this fight. He will need to sink in a takedown swiftly in his bout in order to minimise the potential damage he could suffer.

 

Shintaro Nomo is a very similar style of fighter to Rambo, with a great submission record, but Nomo has the advantage of the record of knocking his opponents out also. While he does possess some kicking ability, I don’t believe it is at a high enough level to trouble Rambo enough. He will be looking to rely on his fists to give him the advantage standing, while his ground game is developed enough that he should be defensively sound while also being able to threaten, although the same can be said for his opponent.

 

Overall, I think Nomo’s superior striking could be the difference. I don’t believe Rambo will gain a finish, but he could hold the position after gaining a takedown and pull home a Decision win, but I have to go with Nomo for this one.


Prediction: Shintaro Nomo to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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A highly anticipated clash follows here as Helix “Black Heart” Cabrera takes on EP Champion Yaniv “In The Closet” Schulmann!

 

Helix Cabrera may not have the greatest of fight records, but this tournament is made to change the fortunes of fighters. As he puts it, Cabrera is “bad to the bone” and upon accepting this fight, he told me that “The 0 has got to go”, referencing Schulmann’s undefeated record thus far. Blessed with a Granite Chin, Cabrera has developed his overall MMA game well to limit the weaknesses his opponents can exploit. He will be looking to his striking to get the job done in this bout, and will be looking to avoid allowing Schulmann to control the fight, which he has specialised in throughout his career.

 

Yaniv Schulmann is currently riding an 11 fight winning streak which has seen him go undefeated in his career so far, although it could have been a different life for him. On the 1st September 2014, he actually retired from MMA, shortly before his 22nd birthday. He would unretire from MMA a mere few days afterwards, but since then, he has a renewed enthusiasm for the sport. He was 6-0 before retiring, and is now 11-0, which included a win in EVO and also a run in Epicity which saw him claim and defend the title there. While not known for his ability to finish, he knows how to use his skills to control the fight and grind his opponents down.

 

This is going to be a difficult fight for Cabrera, but he has the power and durability to get the job done. I expect Schulmann to control the early stages of the fight before Cabrera surges in the second round to claim the win.


Prediction: Helix Cabrera to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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Midway through this team battle, we now see Algot Van Panzerhosen step into the cage against Dante Cross Furia.

 

Algot Von Panzerhosen has been described by his own manager as a “Chinless Bastard”, so much so that he adopted it as his nickname. He has been unable to string any sort of form together since a loss to Rung Thrym last August in CEC, as he would win 2 fights before trading wins and losses since. This type of form would indicate he is due a win next, but a tournament setting is a whole different ball game to an org setting. He will be heavily relying on his Muay Thai to get him a KO before his chin gives way, and he could be a potential weak link in an overall strong team.

 

Dante Cross Furia is a dangerous fighter who has extremely high primaries, but there are questions as to whether his secondaries are up to the same level. Nevertheless, he has 4 (T)KO victories in his career, but also 2 (T)KO losses which have come in his last two fights. There have been questions raised about his chin, but like his opponent, he relies on his KO power to win him fights before his own chin gives way.

 

2 similar fighters in that their chins are ticking time bombs and it is only a matter of time before they give way. Dante’s superior skills should give him the edge, but I wouldn’t be surprised by either fighter winning inside the first round.


Prediction: Dante Cross Furia to win via (T)KO in Round 1

 

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One of the youngest fighters in the tournament makes an appearance here now as Urho Berserk takes on Chris Severn.

 

At the tender age of just 23, Berserk is here to prove himself against older opponents and show he is a highly developed fighter. With dangerous levels of striking, he is another fighter involved in this tournament with previous title credentials, having held a title at both Relativity and Epicity. He relies on his striking from range to damage his opponents, mixing in low kicks with head punches to wear his opponent down and set him up for the (T)KO win.

 

His opponent Chris Severn meanwhile doesn’t hit often, but when he does, he hits hard. He has sensational levels of Muay Thai and is a very determined fighter, who also has a Submission win on his record to show he ain’t no one trick pony. He has 3 (T)KO losses on his record as well, with further analysis showing he may have a weakness in his durability against heavy shots, but his opponents will still need to be careful for his strikes as they can do the damage he needs if they land.

 

I feel that Urho Berserk will last long enough in the fight to see his strikes take effect and wear Severn down. I don’t expect him to go in with too much damage, and instead pick Severn apart en route to a victory.


Prediction: Urho Berserk to win via (T)KO in Round 3

 

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We now move to what many have called the biggest fight in this battle as former Insanity champion Joey Kocur takes on current CEC Super Heavyweight Champion Timur Rubin.

 

Joey Kocur is one of the elite fighters in this tournament, and many have claimed he is the man the FinnFighters will be looking to bring home the wins every week. An Elite boxer, he has an impressive record with 12 (T)KO’s from 13 wins, with the one extra being a Submission win. He is difficult to finish, with only one (T)KO loss in his career which came in his second fight. He has developed his defences since, and more often than not, he ends up knocking the opponent out before they can get their strikes through.

 

Timur Rubin is a fighter with a similar reputation, having never been finished in his career while enjoying 11 (T)KO’s from his 13 career wins. An elite ground and pound wrestler, his game plan in simple. Get the takedown, work into a good position and unleash hell onto his helpless opponents. That isn’t to say he is a slouch when striking however, as he throws a good quantity of punches and kicks to keep his opponent guessing when the takedown will come, and it works to good effect as he lands 50% of his takedowns from range, while being slightly less effective in the clinch at a 47% success rate.

 

We discussed this fight on the podcast, and the general consensus being that it all hinges on whether Rubin can secure that takedown. If he does, it could well be curtains for Kocur, but Kocur could easily get a win also. This fight will be a good test of the new engine changes, and the manager who adapts the best will win.


Prediction: Timur Rubin to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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Our final fight of FinnFighters vs The Misfits sees Antonio Jose De Sucre (Say that 5 times fast) take on William King.

 

Antonio Jose De Sucre is no stranger to Troid, having competed in 5 fights in the org and amassing a 3-2 record. Antonio is a Granite Chinned fighter who has taken time out to train his skills up, and now he feels the ITFL is his opportunity to launch himself onto the world stage with a great showing in the tournament. A highly talented Striker, he has the power to hurt his opponents, but will need to be sly enough to avoid his opponent’s strikes in order to win this comfortably.

 

William King is a recent FA pick up by Scott Davies, specifically for this tournament, and will be competing in his first fight in an org outside of Insanity where he has spent the majority of his career. He obviously possesses KO power, but his ability to take a punch is of concern, and he will need to be wary of Antonio’s ability to hit hard. Dino predicted King to go 0-10 throughout this tournament, so it is up to King to really prove him wrong and get off to a winning start.

 

Honestly, I feel De Sucre will take this fight with relative ease. With a Granite Chin, he has really developed his game to new levels, and I feel he will just have too much for King.

 

Prediction: Antonio Jose De Sucre to win via (T)KO in Round 2

So after counting them up, I predict the FinnFighters to just edge this contest 4-3 overall to get off to a winning start, but there are some close bouts in this, so don’t be surprised to see the results go the opposite way.


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The Seven Musketeers

The Past // The Present // The Future

7x Division 1 Champs (Feb/Mar/Apr/May/Sep/Dec '17 - Jan '18)

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TEAM MATCH 2

 

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The second team matchup sees ITFL veterans Team Conquer take on The Corporation!

 

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We kick off the team match up with one of the biggest fights of the round, as Jamal Jackson takes on Pablo Escobar.

 

“Jacked” Jamal Jackson is no stranger to a tournament setting, having won the Murderer’s Row Light Heavyweight tournament already in his career. He has displayed some good striking which has seen him claim 4 (T)KO wins, while he has yet to be finished with his one loss coming via Decision. He relies heavily on his punches to win fights, and he appears to lack kicks which his opponent can exploit. Despite this, he has shown solid strategy in his career, and can easily finish a fight with a punch at any moment, something his opponents in the tournament will need to be wary of.

 

Pablo “The King” Escobar is a recent FA pick up Bob Vendarra signed following his release from the roster of Bragi Ragnarson. He has only had one fight under his current manager, but it was a solid showing in a win in Syn over Hans Beijer. He has only had two losses in his career, with one of those actually coming in a fight with another ITFL competitor, Timur Rubin. His game has vastly improved since then, as he attacks with a barrage of punches and kicks, which will come into effect against the more one dimensional opponent.

 

I feel the kicks of Escobar are what will come into effect in this fight. If he can use them effectively, he should see a win as an easier goal to achieve, but he will still need to be careful of Jackson’s gameplan.

 

Prediction: Pablo Escobar to win via (T)KO in Round 1

 

 

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Old school vs new school match up here as ITFL Season 3 competitor Pernell Whitaker Jr returns to the tournament to take on newcomer Bret Hartlock.

 

Pernell Whitaker Jr entered the ITFL Season 3 last year as a hot prospect. He was 7-0 going into the tournament, and lived up to the hype by defeating Daniel O’Sullivan and Ronin Mori in his first two fights of the tournament, but then it all went wrong. Successive losses to Jack Daniels and Peter Stumpp came before a glimmer of hope appeared in the form of a win against Selestion Mudisbarov. However, that would be a fleeting moment as he would lose his next three fights to Karate Kid, Carlos Hulk (Now called Ricky Icky) and Oliver Queen. He wouldn’t leave the ITFL cards on a downer however, as he would be previous opponent Daniel O’Sullivan once more on an ITFL card before leaving. After briefly being signed to Troid, he would leave the org without fighting once and sign with Syn, where he went 1-1 before joining the ITFL Season 4, looking for redemption from last time. A striker who throws a mixture of punches and kicks, he has shown he is no slouch on the ground as he has secured two submission wins in his career, something his opponent will need to be wary of here.

 

Brett Hartlock is currently on a 5 fight winning streak, having suffered a loss in his debut MMA fight, he would rack up his win streak competing in orgs such as WarZone, NYFN and Insanity. He is a dangerous BJJ fighter, having attained a Black Belt while also developing his striking as a support tool for his fights. He shoots for the takedown often, but also throws an occasional strike. However, his last fight was all the way back in March, so he has had plenty of time to develop his striking, and it isn’t clear how he will be planning on approaching this fight. You have to believe a takedown is involved, but you never know if he will go straight for the takedown or go for strikes to throw his opponent off before landing a takedown. He will need a takedown, but it may be a case of him just trying to control the fight down there and grinding out a decision.

 

I feel that Whitaker Jr will be dangerous with his striking, however, Hartlock should be able to land a takedown in the bout. Whether he can do it often enough to gain a decision is unclear, however, I feel Whitaker Jr has a decent enough ground game to survive and will get a (T)KO in a later round.


Prediction: Pernell Whitaker Jr to win via (T)KO in Round 3

 

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Heavyweight clash now as former KT fighter Itse Perkele takes on Diego “The Gladiator” Bustamante.

 

Itse Perkele is under his third manager in his career, having been formerly managed by Agent Dee and Joe Kingpin before finding himself with current manager The Antidote. Popping a Solid Chin in his debut fight, he had never been finished in a fight, suffering 5 decision losses. He is currently riding a 2 fight win streak, having defeated both of his opponents via (T)KO within 2 rounds. His striking is at a very high level, but his grappling is a weak point in his game that he will need to avoid being exploited.

 

Diego Bustamante is a very similar fighter to Perkele in that he is primarily a striker who has a visible weakness in his grappling. He had three losses in his career, losing once via each different way, but has shown KO Power with 4 (T)KO’s from 7 wins. A dangerous clinch fighter, he strikes with punches and kicks from range while unleashing a barrage of knees inside to gas his opponent and finish their nights early.

 

Two similarly skilled fighters, but Bustamante will be dangerous should the fight enter the clinch. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Perkele come away with the win, but it will be a tough fight for both fighters.


Prediction: Diego Bustamante to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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A clash of two Troid fighters here as regular Lightweight fighters Durlag Trollkiller and Paul Landen clash now in the ITFL tournament.

 

Durlag Trollkiller is a former championship contender in Troid and a former champion in Dark Soul Combat. After being sacked by former manager Lock Down, he was signed up by Sean McDonnel and signed to Dark Soul Combat. He would win the title in his debut fight, a split decision victory over Freddy Quincy which also saw him pick up Fight of the Night honours. He would defend the title successfully against Harald Hillgrund before losing the title to Fernando Pardo in his last fight in DSC. He would then sign to Troid, making an immediate impact in the org with two successive wins against Nate Diaz and Ricardo Mendes to earn a shot against the champion. He would fail to capture the title with a 3rd round loss, and would continue the poor form with another loss to Ossilus Chiarmanda. Before joining up to the tournament however, he would claim a win over Thomas Neidhart to lift his spirits. A dangerous Muay Thai striker, he throws a large quantity of leg kicks and head punches, but mixes in other striking techniques to keep his opponent guessing. Question marks remain over his chances, but he will be feeling this is a good chance for him to showcase himself.

 

Paul “Scrap” Landen is another fighter from Troid’s Lightweight division, and he is another fighter looking to showcase himself. Starting his career with a win, he would sign with FNPFC (Now known as UNFC) and go 1-1 in the org before signing to Impact MMA with a record of 2-1. He would go 4-0 in Impact MMA to bring his record up to 6-1, with his last fight seeing him capture the title from Pale Monster, before the orgs merger into Troid. A champion vs champion match was set up with the winner unifying the titles and claiming the division championship, and Landen would defeat Matt Green’s one dimensional style with a second round (T)KO to become champion again. He would lose his title in his first defence to Sam Urai, and then go on a tear in the division, winning 4 in a row with wins over Kasper Koltun, Ken Masters, Theodore Ruxpin and Tonnie Mazloum. This would earn him a shot at the title against new champ Hilton Teimosia, but he would lose the fight in the 5th round, suffering a (T)KO loss. A win over Ossilus Chiarmanda would follow, before his final two losses against Demetri Borschtanoff and Hilton Teimosia. He is a well rounded fighter, able to fight in all areas while constantly attacking in different ways to keep his opponent guessing. He maintains a good accuracy ratio with his striking, and will be relying on that, along with his superior wrestling, to get the win.

 

A pretty good matchup that both managers will be fancying their chances in. I feel Landen will control the position enough in the fight in order to pick up the Decision win.


Prediction: Paul Landen to win via Unanimous Decision

 

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Two accomplished knockout specialists clash here now as Jay “The Great” Gatsby takes on Bjorn “Ironside” Lodbrok.

 

Jay Gatsby is making his first appearance in an org outside of Insanity here, as all but one of his career fight have been in the LA Based org. Showing a Solid Chin in his first fight, he tasted defeat on that occasion, but showed potential. He would spend the next 3 years of his life training, and when he felt ready to compete, he signed with Insanity and got his first fight booked. He would enjoy a great 2014 in Insanity, going 5-0 in the org and earning a title shot in the new year. He would lose that fight against Norman Parke, and subsequently lose the fight following that against Jingle Jingle. A win would follow over Mike Allen, but he was looking at his losses column again following a second round submission loss against current Mad Cash finalist Mateus Gracie. He has recovered recently however, with a 2 fight win streak seeing him defeat Harald Hildetand and Jeremy Dunham. He has developed his striking, but it is still his Clinch game which is best known, as he ups the tempo of his output when he gets the fight there and lands heavy shots. He will be looking to this strategy here as he looks to avoid having Lodbrok dictate the pace, and tieing up his opponent while working the dirty boxing seems to be his best chance.

 

Bjorn Lodbrok makes his return to Troid in this fight, having taken time out to train before signing up to compete in the ITFL. Going 2-0 in QFC’s before signing to an org, he displayed KO Power as he finished both of his opponents in the second round with strikes. He would then sign to WarZone in Amsterdam and continue his good form with another two wins, again, with both coming via TKO within 2 rounds. He would then sign with Troid and continue his impressive form with two more (T)KO wins within 2 rounds. He would suffer the first loss of his career in his next bout however, as he was taken down and suffered vicious ground and pound from Gustav Ragnarson which saw him lose in the first round. He would bounce back from that defeat with a win over Theodore Ruxpin, again a TKO victory within 2 rounds. Another defeat would follow in his next bout however as he lost to Travis Bickle before leaving Troid in order to work on his game. He now feels confident in getting his career back on track, and feels this is an opportunity for him to face and defeat some tough competition. He is a dangerous striker with a kill or be killed attitude, with all of his fights being won within 2 rounds and always via (T)KO. He will need to use his striking from range to good effect in this bout, as being tied up in the clinch will prevent him from using his power to full effect.

 

I feel Jay Gatsby’s ability to fight in the clinch and also from range will be the winner here. He should be able to survive from range long enough to gain the clinch, and from there, he should be able to prevent Lodbrok from landing the heavy shots while working him over.


Prediction: Jay Gatsby to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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A highly anticipated fight here now as “Prodigy” Anakoni Kai takes on Frank Damozzi.

 

My anakoni don’t want no..Oh, wait, wrong name, nevermind. Anakoni Kai is a fighter many believe can be one of the most successful entrants in the tournament this season, and looking at his record, it’s no surprise why. A former fighter of Mannetosen, he had a 2-1 record before his manager quit the MMA scene and left him without a team. He was signed up by Louie DePalma who felt he had potential, but even then, he had him compete in 2 QFC’s to ensure he wasn’t wasting his time, and two first round (T)KO victories convinced Louie sufficiently. A brief spell in CFC saw him go 1-1, before he took a one fight deal with Cornell Cage Fighting which saw him defeat Cosmo Oarsman with a first round KO. A trip to New York followed, as he competed in two fights in NYFN which saw him go 2-0 with wins over Indigo Starseed and Benjamin BK. He moved to MFN as part of the merger, and in his one fight before the ITFL, he defeated Aleksey Zulughanov. Blessed with a Granite Chin, he is a well skilled fighter with a penchant for landing the damaging strikes and dominating his opponents. He has no major weakness in his game, but should look to avoid the ground in order to win this bout.

 

Frank Damozzi is a lot more experienced than his opponent, and he will need that experience to overcome the challenge. Starting off his career in Sisu Fights, he went 1-1 in the org before signing to the modern day UNFC, then known as FNPFC, and going 2-0 in the org. He signed with Evil Empire: Amsterdam then, again going unbeaten in the org at 3-0 before moving on to Barbarian Fight Club. He would win his first fight in the org, bringing his record to 7-1-0 and have him on a 6 fight winning streak before seeing that halted by a loss to Aderbal Maia for the title. He would take a one fight deal in HFC, in a fight which saw him gain a first round TKO victory over the aptly named “Chinless cbomb”. Following that, he would sign to Troid and enjoy his longest tenure in any org. Starting off with a loss to Lance Legstrong, he would go undefeated in his next 5 fights, with 3 wins and 2 draws, including a draw with the champion Jackob Johansson. He wouldn’t get his rematch, as he signed up to the Tycoon MMA championships to represent Troid. He would have a great showing, claiming a Silver medal with the loss in the finals being a Split Decision loss that many felt he won. He would return to Troid following this, but has suffered losses in both of his fights since, with losses to both Bary Allen and Flavius Odoacer. He is primarily a wrestler, as he uses his striking to buy him time to land a takedown before going to town with the Ground and Pound. He has a Granite Chin which helps in this, but he will need to be careful for Kai’s diverse offense.

 

I feel Anakoni Kai will win this bout. He has superior striking, and he seems sound enough on the ground defensively to deal with the threat Damozzi poses.


Prediction: Anakoni Kai to win via Unanimous Decision

 

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Our final bout of Team Conquer vs The Misfits comes down as the decider for me, as I have them scored at 3-3 so far. The final bout sees former UNFC Middleweight champion Bruce Wayne take on former AMS Light Heavyweight challenger Ivar Lodbrok.

 

Bruce Wayne is currently 11-3-0 in his career, going 2-1-0 under current manager Gale Hawthorne following a 9-2-0 run under former manager Clark Kent. Under Kent, he would go 2-0 at the beginning of his career in Three Ring Fight Leauge. Following his spell there, he would sign to Ascension: Amsterdam winning his first fight against Daniel Stopframe before losing for the first time against Dee Nice. His final fight in AA would be a TKO victory over Ivan Denisovitch. He would then move to the org where he would make his name, UNFC. After winning his debut fight against Osamu Kido, he earned a title fight against Martinez Eluard which he would win via TKO (Strikes) in the first round to claim the Middleweight championship. After one successful defense against Pete Alexander, he would lose the championship to Arto Bryggare with a KO loss in the 4th round. He would rebound from this with a TKO win over Martine Dincht, before showing a new side to his game with an Armbar submission win over Terry Opdauhl. He would then leave his manager Clark Kent before signing with Gale Hawthorne, and subsequently was given a title shot against Wayde West which he won with a TKO win in just 33 seconds to become a two time champion. He would defend the title successfully against former opponent Terry Opdauhl, before losing the title in his last bout before the tournament to Raise Hell. Wayne lands leg kicks in abundance to weaken his opponent, before swooping in with hard punches which usually ends the fight, apart from the few occasions he has lost. With a submission win, he has shown he has a developed ground game, and that makes him a dangerous fighter for anyone to go against.

 

Ivar Lodbrok is a true fans favourite, as he uses his Muay Thai to good effect in knocking his opponents out while he himself is prone to suffering a KO loss. It is this kind of style that the fans love, and it is a reputation he has developed in his career. Winning his debut against Chuck Liddell, he subsequently signed to WarZone, and promptly won his debut fight in the org against Patrick Givens. He followed up that win with another over Ajai Hoo, again via TKO as he was building a reputation as a finisher. That reputation would take some damage in the next fight as he suffered a KO loss to Alex Asztalos via KO in the first round. A three fight win streak would follow, as he picked up wins over Julle Hallava, Zoro Fortisimo and Mario Penzer. That run was ended with a loss to Ivan Strashko, and he would go 1-1 in his next two fights with a win over Jaako Merithati followed by a loss to Ron Burgundy. He would earn a title shot with a 3 fight win streak that saw him defeat the likes of Veron Totto, Iso Kaato and Matt Greiner. He would lose the title fight however to Parmalee Sackett in his last bout before joining the ITFL. Throughout his career, he has shown the ability to knock out almost any opponent, but his one big let down is his brittle chin, and that is something that Wayne will be looking to exploit.

 

I feel this should be a first round win for one of those fighters. Either Lodbrok will come out hitting hard and fast, or Wayne will exploit the chin, but I am going with Wayne for the win.

 

Prediction: Bruce Wayne to win via (T)KO in Round 1


So there we have it. I predict this fight, like the last one, will end 4-3 with Team Conquer taking the overall win home, but we will have to wait til Saturday to see if these predictions are correct!


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The Seven Musketeers

The Past // The Present // The Future

7x Division 1 Champs (Feb/Mar/Apr/May/Sep/Dec '17 - Jan '18)

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Posted 24 September 2015 - 01:28 AM

TEAM MATCH 3

 

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Our last team matchup of the round features two teams new to the ITFL, as Vendino takes on The Stray Dogs!

 

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Kicking off the action in Vendino vs The Stray Dogs it’s former Evil Empire: Amsterdam and Insanity champion Bosco “CageDawg” Brown against ITFL season 3 competitor Bernhard Adelhard.

 

Bosco Brown comes into this tournament with a record of 9-7-0 with his last 5 fights all being defeats. He began his career with a loss in a QFC, and showed the crowd his dancing by doing the moonwalk on his way to the cage. He would sign with Evil Empire: Amsterdam following this, and started off well with a Majority Decision win over Kojak Komodo. He would then face another ITFL competitor, Taisto Perala, in his next fight which he would win via Unanimous Decision. A title fight followed this, and he defeated The Steel Penn to win the championship. He would defend the title successfully once against Paul Crown before his last appearance in an EE:A cage came in a non title bout against Jacob Goodacre which stretched his record to 5-1, and Brown would then move on to HFC for one fight. That fight would be against Romulo Barral in his first fight in the Welterweight division, having competed in the Middleweight division up until then. He would gain a TKO victory, and then sign to another org on a one fight deal, DSC. He would suffer a loss in this bout, losing via Submission in the second round before then signing a long term deal with Insanity. He would gain Submission of the Night in his first bout with a slick Triangle submission to defeat Beef Eater, which earned him a title shot. He would defeat Ozzy McKane via Unanimous Decision to claim the second title of his career, and his first at Welterweight. A successful defence against Richard Robinson would follow, before he would lose the title to Victor Loosa in his next bout. He would then go on to represent Insanity in the Tycoon MMA Championships, but was knocked out in the first round by Troid rep Rupert Psmith. He would fight once more in NYFN, the host org of the division, before signing a new contract with them and being released by his manager. The controversy continued as he was then signed up by current manager Ryan Epicity, who negotiated his release from NYFN and resigned with Insanity. He would suffered consecutive losses to Pete Speedy and Ronaldo Souza in the org before signing up for the ITFL. He is currently riding a 5 fight losing streak, and has no outstanding hiddens, which doesn’t make for a bundle of confidence in him, but he does have a well rounded game. Interesting enough, his previous manager Johnny Lee is actually a member of The Stray Dogs, so he will be able to give some insight into Brown which should benefit Adelhard. I would describe Brown as primarily a grappler, but he has been developing his overall MMA game in preparation for this tournament.

 

Bernhard Adelhard is no stranger to an ITFL season, having competed in Season 3 in the Legion of Pain team. Before that happened however, he had one fight in a QFC which saw him secure a first round Arm Triangle submission victory. He won his first fight in the ITFL S3, gaining a majority decision win over John Dux before losing the following three fights against Juan Koski, Arthur Bishop and Cole Orion. He would redeem himself somewhat with a win over Tuma Krapal before ending the tournament with a Unanimous Decision loss to Callum Pagnozzi. After the season, he would sign to UNFC in Tokyo and enjoy a resurgence in his career. After securing his first career (T)KO win over Tournament Winner, he would revert back to his grappling to gain a Triangle submission win over Jack Mitchelson. Another KO win would follow against Jimmy Johns before he would make it 4 wins in a row with an Armbar submission win over Orange Joe. In his last bout before the tournament, his winning run would come to an end with a Decision loss to Dominik Kokoszka. He returns to the ITFL as he feels he has some unfinished business, feeling he is a much better fighter overall, and coming into this season a lot more prepared. While not blessed with lightning KO power, he has shown he can work around it, showing good survivability and using his takedowns well to get the fight down. His striking is developed enough that he is no slouch, but it is on the ground where he really puts his opponents in danger.

 

To be honest, I feel that Adelhard will find it best for himself to try to keep the fight standing, where he holds the advantage, while Brown should be looking to take it down and move to a position where he isn’t at risk of being submitted, while he looks for them himself. However, I do feel it will be a tough challenge for both fighters, but I feel Adelhard will get the win.


Prediction: Bernhard Adelhard to win via Submission in Round 2

 

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Moving onto the Heavyweight portion of his bout now as “Freeborn” John Paul Wani takes on ITFL Season 3 competitor Artie “Beer League” DeVanzo.

 

John Paul Wani has had a colourful career already, despite only having 7 fights. He was first signed under Cavaleiro Templario and competed in his first fight, displaying he had some form of KO Power before he was sacked and picked up by known cheater Axia Inc, while many have questioned the legitimacy of Cavaleiro himself. Anyway, he would then compete in 3 fights under Axia’s management, two in the QFC’s which saw him gain 2 first round KO’s before signing to UNFC and gaining another first round KO. Then, the massive scandal broke out regarding Axia’s cheating and Wani was again finding himself looking for a manager, and he found one in G Wad, who gave him his current name and signed him to Insanity. He would score a KO victory over Sisa Yfitos in his debut, before following that up with a Submission (Strikes) win over Sharky Shark. In his last fight in Insanity before the tournament, he would suffer a 2nd round TKO loss to Nickey Spillane, but the loss didn’t dishearten Wani. His strategy is pretty straight forward, he is going to punch you as fast, as hard, and as many times as he can. He is an Elite boxer who has over time been developing the other areas of his game in order to support his striking, and he can pose a danger to anybody he steps into the cage with.

 

Artie DeVanzo is another fighter who is familiar with the ITFL, having been a competitor in Season 3 with Team Reaper. Not only was he a participant in Season 3, but his debut fight actually came on the same card as the Team Finale from the very first season! That fight saw him claim a Unanimous Decision win over Kimroy Hoo. He would participate in two QFC bouts following that, picking up wins against Protr Glazatij and Mohammad Ali, both via (T)KO. His next fight was on another ITFL card, this time it was the Individual Finals of the first season, and it would also see the first loss suffered by “Beer League” as fell via Unanimous Decision to Freddy White. After taking some time off to train, he would then sign his first permanent contract with BEEF, losing his debut to Guil Ty before avenging that loss in his next fight via Submission (Strikes). A TKO win over Ben Breeze was followed by a loss to Aleksander Kamenov, before he competed in his last fight in BEEF with a Unanimous Decision win over Mark Cherry. He would then compete in a solitary fight in ECFC, gaining a win Pierre Gautier. He would return to his roots with the ITFL then, competing in Season 3 and he made a good showing. Defeating the likes of Jacob Koch, Mats Soderlund and Willum Gar in the team rounds before defeating Tanner Pond in the individual round. He would suffer defeat in the next round against Oliver Queen, but his reputation had benefited from a strong tournament run. He would continue that run of tournament appearances by competing in the AMS FC Light Heavyweight Grand Prix, and lost in the first round against Iso Kaato, but had a chance for redemption in the loser’s bracket. He would defeat Veron Totto via TKO in the second round before advancing to the quarter finals of the bracket with a Majority Decision win over Dudley Bradshaw. His run in the tournament would come to an end however with a defeat to Georgy Fokin. Now he enters the third tournament of his career, and he will feel his experience in this kind of format will give him an edge over the other competitors. An elite wrestler with high levels of striking, he is not a natural KO artist but he knows how to score favorably with the judges and wear his opponent down in the later rounds.

 

I think John Paul Wani’s best hope is to get an early KO, which is quite possibly given his size advantage, but the longer the fight goes on, the more I score it going for DeVanzo, and I feel it will be a late stoppage for “Beer League”.


Prediction: Artie DeVanzo to win via (T)KO in Round 3

 

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Our next match up sees Lance Legstrong take on Joe Louis.

 

Lance Legstrong enters this tournament straight after finishing another in the Mad Cash tournament. Beginning his career under Rory Daly, he would start off with a win by gaining a Kimura submission win against Tokyo Whiteman in the second round. He would go one better in his next fight, securing another Kimura submission against Ronny Bruvik (Now known as Arzlan Bathory) in the first round. He would suffer the first loss of his career in his next bout as he lost via TKO to Justin Velemir. A two fight spell in RFN saw him pick up two more submission wins; a Kimura over Paul Frederick and an Arm Triangle over Mikaiah Rynn. His last fight under Rory Daly’s management came in his highly anticipated feud with K Rad in which Legstrong defeated Pauline Hanson via Kimura in the second round. He was dropped by Rory after he decided to take a break from the MMA game, and was signed by Severo Del Bosque, who subsequently signed him to Troid. Starting off successfully, he would defeat Thors Hammer in his first bout via KO in the second round to gain his first stoppage win that wasn’t a submission. He would return back to his bread and butter however in his next bout, gaining a Kimura win over another ITFL competitor in Frank Damozzi. This would earn him a title shot, however he would suffer defeat to the champion Jackob Johansson. His next fight would produce a win as he defeated Forrest Dump via Split decision, but he would go on a bad run of results from then with losses to Ragnar Lothbrok (Now known as Dave McGee), Ajai Hoo, and Flavius Odoacer who is actually a teammate of his this season. He would win the next fight against Shape Shifter via Decision before a loss to Bary Allen in his last Troid fight. He would enter into the Mad Cash tournament following this, winning his first round match against Donnie Felterbush late on with a Kneebar submission. He would be knocked out of the tournament then, losing via TKO to Octavio Saades in the third round. He now enters the ITFL looking to rebuild his career and says he feels he is the best grappler in the tournament. He will be looking for his improving striking and Granite Chin to keep him alive in order to get the fight down and let his BJJ take over.

 

Joe Louis, like his opponent, didn’t start his career under his current management team. Signed up by Laz Staz, he would make his debut in late 2013, losing a Decision to Deive Pazos. He would rattle off three wins in a row in QFC bouts then, defeating Gabe McFinney, Adam Peri and Hans Gruber, all by (T)KO. He would then sign with Troid, and in his debut, lose to Lexington Snape. Another loss followed, this time to Ruphus Duphus, before he would finally claim his first win in the org against Tyrell Myrell, but unfortunately, it would be his only win. A draw against Jack Bronson then happened, and in the subsequent rematch, he lost via KO in the first round. Leaving Troid and being sacked by his manager, he then signed with Jeremiah Lukker, and accepted a contract from Gamasi Fighting Company. In his debut for the org, he would defeat Jorge Ulrich via TKO in the first round, and followed that up with a first round KO over Sayan Sever. This would earn him a title shot, but he would lose against the champion Jacques Saint-Perrilloux via Unanimous Decision. Following the loss, the org would close and Louis would sign with Epicity Productions in Las Vegas. His debut saw him earn the KO of the night with a KO victory over Softly Weeping, and he would earn another award in the form of the Fight of the night with a third round TKO win over Rutger Snabel. He would face a former foe in Jacques Saint-Perrilloux, but would again suffer defeat as he was TKO’ed in the first round. His last bout before the tournament would see him win via TKO against Akami Hoi via Kimura to claim his first submission win. Louis is primarily a striker, but he has shown a tendency to go in for takedowns and grind his opponents out when he feels the need to.

 

I feel Louis will need to avoid the takedown in this bout. Both fighters have weak points in their game, and their strengths are their opponent’s weaknesses. I feel Legstrong at some point will get the fight to the ground and can get the submission win.


Prediction: Lance Legstrong to win via Submission in Round 2

 

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Midway through this event now and we now see Flavius Odoacer take on Antoni Kristofer Hong.

 

Flavius Odoacer is a 25 year old German wrestler who has developed his striking in order to round out his overall MMA game. Starting his career at Amsterdam based org WarZone, Odoacer made his debut in August 2014 with a 41 second KO win against Brad Mansfield at WarZone 135. He would follow that up with TKO wins against Jason Shono, Ed Bavelock and, sigh, Seymoure Til Alexandros The Seventeenth. He would lose his next bout against a man he would then consider to be his nemesis in his career, Ajai Hoo, via Unanimous Decision in his last fight in WarZone. He would sign for Troid following this, and in his first fight for the org, he defeated Lance Legstrong via KO in the third round. He would lose his next fight against Ajai Hoo, who also made the move to Troid, again via Unanimous Decision. He would bounce back in his next two fights however, defeating Jeremy Stapleton via TKO in the secound round and also defeating another ITFL contestant in Frank Damozzi via Unanimous Decision. With his high levels of wrestling, he looks to control the fight while using effective striking to work his opponents over.

 

Antoni Kristofer Hong is a similar fighter to Odoacer, in that he is also primarily a wrestler, and has also developed his striking. Suffering a Submission loss in his first fight to Ali Wasielewski, he would sign with Barbarian Fight Club and defeat Ruarc Harris in his only fight in the org via KO. One more fight in the QFC saw him claim a first round TKO win over Frankie Rock before he signed to UNFC where he has spent his career thus far. He would win his first three fights in the org, defeating the likes of Jose Vovchanchyn, Dark Vengeance and Brian Pereira to earn a shot at the title. He would lose the title shot, suffering a first round KO loss to Mario Karlo. A rematch with Brian Pereira followed, and this time he would go the distance and win via Split Decision. He would get back to getting the finish then, defeating both Billy Bulge and Ragnar Danneskjold via TKO in the second and third rounds respectively. Another Decision would follow, as he claimed the win over Roy-Li Taylor before another one again as he suffered a loss to Brad May in his last fight before the tournament.

 

This is going to be a very evenly matched fight, as both have the same skill set up. Like a lot of fights, I wouldn’t be surprised to see either fighter win, but I see Odoacer getting a decision win here.


Prediction: Flavius Odoacer to win via Unanimous Decision

 

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A highly anticipated fighter here now as Ruslan Mstislav Volkov takes on Wilder Wein.

 

Ruslan Mstislav Volkov is a highly diverse fighter, having submission and KO wins in his career, he has shown a natural instinct for getting the wins. Starting off his career with a fight against his own family, he defeated Ilya Mstislav Volkov via Unanimous Decision. Continuing to fight in Umbrella, he would defeat Jhon Wuzz via TKO and then follow that up with a win over Ronin Mori via Triangle Armbar submission. He would suffer the first loss of his career in his next bout with a loss to Luka Jelavic with a TKO in the 4th round. He would compete in his last fight in Umbrella then, defeating Tormy Skillz with a Rear Naked Choke in the first round. Following his release from Umbrella, he signed with UNFC in Tokyo, and he would suffer the second loss of his career in his org debut against Orange Joe. That loss would only spur Ruslan onto a stunning run in his career. He would have three more fights in UNFC, winning all of them with Unanimous Decision wins over Dominik Kokoszka and Ragnhildur Haraldsson and a Submission of the Night victory with an Armbar over Alexander Fors. Following his departure from UNFC, he would spend the next 6 months training before signing to Epicity Productions, and he would claim a KO victory over Brogan Kearney on his debut. He would make it 5 wins in a row with a Unanimous Decision win over William Henry Bonney, and go 6 unbeaten with a draw against Chico Dicko. That would stretch to 6 wins, and 7 unbeaten, when he defeated Dicko with a Kimura in Round 1 in their rematch in what was his last bout before the tournament. He is exceptionally well rounded, showing no major weaknesses in his game while have a diverse range of attacking options.

 

His opponent is the larger Wilder Wein. Wein has had a relatively short career so far, training for a long time before testing the waters with some competitive MMA action. He would mark his debut in style, scoring a Superman Punch KO win over Robert Maudsley on his debut His next fight would come 3 months later, and he would gain another win by defeating Ground Guru via KO, and then signed with Epicity Productions. He would make his debut within a month, scoring another KO with his defeat of Paul Crown. He would earn both Fight of the Night and KO of the Night honours as he defeated Dick Stern to earn a shot at the championship. He would win the title following a first round TKO win over Dominick De Struicao, and won via Unanimous Decision in his first defense against Jerry Seinfeld. His last bout saw him lose to Ruslan’s family when he lost his title to Ilya Mstislav Volkov via Unanimous Decision. Elite levels of striking are what he is best known for, and now he will be fighting a man who will challenge him in every way.

 

Ruslan will have the psychological edge going into this, as his manager Igor is the only manager to have beaten Wein in his career. With a slight variation in styles, I feel Ruslan will be the favourite going into this fight, and most likely will see the judges read out a decision win for him.


Prediction: Ruslan Mstislav Volkov to win via Unanimous Decision

 

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The penultimate fight of the round features two of the biggest prospects of the season as Dorian “The Terrier” Yates takes on Fabian Hoi.

 

Dorian Yates is coming into the season on a 6 fight winning streak, and currently undefeated under manager Mike Jursllla. Originally competing under manager Jack Al, he made his debut in mid 2014 in a winning effort as he defeated Jurgen Kohler via TKO in the second round. In his next fight, he defeated Jimi Smokeleaf via Unanimous Decision before signing to Worldwide Fighting Championship. He suffered a Unanimous Decision loss to Haywood Badger for the title in his debut, and recovered from that by defeating Rafal Arsic via Unanimous Decision. In his last fight in WFC, and under manager Jack Al, he would lose via KO to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He would soon be released by his manager and signed by Mike Jursllla. Under his new manager, he would win his first two fights via (T)KO in QFC’s before signing for NYFN. In his debut, he would win via Unanimous Decision against Matt Hughes, before going on to achieve the same result in his next two fights against Jonqw Fray and Shin Dong-Hyuk which brought an end to his NYFN stay. He would sign with EP and manage one fight there before joining the ITFL, as he showed a new side of his game with an Arm Triangle submission win over Jeffrey Miller. He is an Elite level boxer who, while primarily a fighter who wins via Decision, has a high level of striking output and looks to inflict damage on his opponents. With his recent submission win, it is clear he has been adding to his skill range, and that will benefit him in this tournament.

 

Fabian Hoi is an extremely well skilled fighter who has had a variety of managers in his career. Starting with Ispa Murhapuro, he go 4-0 under him while competing in both a QFC and in three fights in MMA Helsinki, scoring (T)KO wins over John Shortkins, Errol Field, Jonjo Banjo and Janusz Lanus before parting ways with Murhapuro. He would then sign up with Dean Sutherland, and enjoy a winning start as he signed to HERITAGE and defeat Zhan Jiang via KO in the first round. He would suffer the first loss of his career to John Bzdunek via Armbar. Following this, he would be released from HERITAGE and released by Dean Sutherland, and he would find himself signed to his third manager in Jorma Oltsu. He would sign with Dark Soul Combat, and enjoy another unbeaten run there as he secured 5 wins, defeating John Mclovin, Harald Hillgrund and Derek Legion via Unanimous Decision and also defeating Enrique Rold and Kanchai Suya via KO. He would be sacked after his however, and would be signed by current manager Bjorn O’Donnel using an FA dibs. He would sign with his bigest org to date, Syn, and go undefeated in the org before signing up to the ITFL, as he defeated Billy Axe and Don Juan Matus via Unanimous Decision. It’s hard to get a good reading on his consistent game plans, as a result of the number of managers he has had, but his main plan seems to usually be mixing up his leg kicks with head punches which has seen him go on a great run in his career.

 

Don’t expect this fight to go to ground much, as both fighters will be looking to end the other’s night early. I think it will go into the later rounds, and while Yates could easily pull off a win, I am going with Hoi to get the win here.


Prediction: Fabian Hoi to win via (T)KO in Round 3

 

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The final fight of the excruciatingly long preview sees highly touted former KT champion Giacomo Benvenuti take on Mikaiah Rynn.

 

Giacomo Benvenuti began his career in fighting in KT, and it is clear what his style is. Originally competing in KT under former manager Furious Styles, he made his debut in Xtreme K1 Kombat and would capture the title within 3 months, defeating Curtis Mayhem, Erv Plower and Mick Mayhem via (T)KO before earning a shot for the belt. He defeated Codin Viperescu via TKO to win the belt. He would move to Extreme Fist Fighting Association for one fight, defeating Tommy Asikainen before returning to his previous org. He would remain undefeated in his tenure in KT, winning all his fights via (T)KO with wins over Reynir Arn x2, Klaas Van Delft, Steel Penn x2 and Shezzo Wicked. Furious Styles would leave the MMA scene, and Benvenuti didn’t have to wait long to find a new manager as he was signed up by Dean Sutherland. Sutherland convinced him to make the change to MMA, winning his first two fights in the QFC via (T)KO over Farrokh Bulsara and Mike Tyson. A brief spell in NYFN saw him defeat Eddie Killer before he moved on and signed with Death Squad MMA. He defeated Ameri CanChopper and Frank Garfunkel via (T)KO, before he would suffer the first loss of his career in a title shot against Seaville Bri, in what was his last fight before the tournament. A heavy hitter who has gained all 16 of his wins via (T)KO, he has been developing the defensive side of his ground game in order to compete, and he has the ability to get to anybody.

 

Mikaiah Rynn has spent his entire career under manager Uncle Lar, and is one of the dark horses to have a great individual run in the season. He kicked his career off with 2 (T)KO wins in QFC bouts, defeating Mason Scott and NaKai Mariner before joining Montreal Fight Nights for one bout which saw him suffer a loss to Dagoth Ur. His career would really be made with his next move however, joining RFN and going on a 3 fight winning streak as a defeated Silberio ZasZas and Ty Daves via (T)KO before gaining a Unanimous Decision win over Yan Yang. A two fight losing streak would follow, as he lost to ITFL competitor Lance Legstrong and Jace Beleren. He would then go on the best run of his career, winning three fights in a row to earn a shot at the title by beating Kazunori Kouya, Ricardo Delivire and Dave Sherk all via KO. In the title shot, he would defeat Kimo Ovaska to win the championship via TKO. The org would change ownership and be rebranded NYFN, and he would retain the title in his first fight by defeating Louis Delmas via TKO. Further wins against Hector Barbosa and Ben Jonathan would see his stock rise further, before his 7 fight win streak would come to a halt after he was defeated by Billy Beast for the title. He would win his next two fights, defeating Ben Jonathon once more while also beating Mestre Bimba. He would represent NYFN in the Tycoon MMA Championships, but would lose in the first round to Fritz Haarmann. Upon his return to NYFN, he would lose his next bout against Claude LeBlanc via Unanimous Decision, before defeating Arzlan Bathory via TKO in his last fight in NYFN. Following this, NYFN would merge with MFN, and in his last fight before this tournament, Rynn would lose to Noah Puckerman via TKO. Rynn is an Elite boxer, and has a proven record of KO’s, and this will be a good test for him to go up against another Elite striker.

 

Overall, I think Benvenuti will just have too much for Rynn. He outskills him in the striking game, and that is what Rynn really relies on to get the wins. Barring some hail mary punch, I expect Benvenuti to get the (T)KO win.

 

Prediction: Giacomo Benvenuti to win via (T)KO in Round 1


 

Andddddddd finally, that is it for the Preview of the first round of fights in the ITFL Season 4! Be sure to get involved in the Smack Talk if you have a fighter competing, and if you are just a manager looking for some easy cash, why not take part in our Pick Em League where there is a minimum prize pool of 500k up for grabs!

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INTERNATIONAL TEAM FIGHTING LEAGUE

 

SEASON 4

 

ROUND 2

 

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to our preview for the ITFL Season 4 - Round 2! The tournament exploded into life last round, with the excitement from fans of the tournament on full display and there was no disappointment. Victories for Team Conquer, The Stray Dogs and FinnFighters put them ahead of the other teams, with Team Conquer holding a slender lead over the other two.

 

The fights have been selected for week two, and now we are really getting down to the business side of things where you will see the excitement from the entrants die down, and their competitive sides really start to come to the fore.

We have a long preview to get through, with 21 fights on display, so without further ado, let’s get right down to it!

 

TEAM MATCH #1

 

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Coming up first we have Vendino, who will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss to The Stray Dogs last week, taking on Team Conquer, who are currently leading the tournament following a big win over The Corporation last week.

 

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Our first fight being previewed of the week sees two fighters looking to redeem themselves as Ruslan Mstislav Volkov takes on Durlag Trollkiller.

 

Ruslan Mstislav Volkov didn’t get off to the best start in the ITFL tournament, as he took on one of the most touted fighters in the tournament in Wilder Wein. Despite losing, Volkov actually looked like he was comfortable in the cage until being caught with the combo which spelled the beginning of the end. Volkov has a great grappling background, but his main weapon is his vastly improved striking, as he strikes with diversity in order to keep his opponent guessing, and not be a one trick pony.

 

Durlag Trollkiller also lost in his first fight in the ITFL last week, losing to Paul Landen of The Corporation via 2nd round KO. Trollkiller actually had the first round won on the scorecards, but found himself rocked by a left from Landen before being knocked out with a big combination. Trollkiller will be relying on his striking in this bout, with his opponent being a proven grappler, but even then, the fight is not a completely one sided affair.

 

Overall, I feel that both fighters are evenly matched with their striking, with Trollkiller’s offensive hiddens likely giving him an advantage. Despite this however, I feel Volkov will claim a decision win through a mixture of his striking and grappling.

 

Prediction: Ruslan Mstislav Volkov to win via Unanimous Decision

 

 

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Our next fight is a sort of Grappler vs Striker matchup now as Vendino’s Bosco Brown takes on Team Conquer’s Jay Gatsby.

 

Bosco Brown struggled in his initial fight, as Adelhard controlled the position and didn’t give him an inch of breathing space. He lost a decision, but will be feeling this is a better overall matchup for him. While his opponent is an accomplished striker, Brown has never been knocked out, and holds an advantage with his grappling. He will need to get the fight down, but if he can do that, he will be able to dominate the position. While he may not gain the submission, he will score favourably on the judges cards and he may look to gain a decision win in this bout.

 

Jay Gatsby got off to a winning start in his first round matchup, gaining a KO win in the second round against Bjorn Lodbrok. His striking is his most feared weapon, and he is no slouch on the defense. The big thing for Gatsby in this bout is keeping it standing so his immense striking can come through for him. If the fight gets to the ground, he will be in real trouble, and he will be hoping his KO power can win the bout for him before too long.

 

Overall, this is a fight both fighters can win, but I feel Gatsby will take it in the second round, but if Brown can get it down, it could be good night also.


Prediction: Jay Gatsby to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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The last 170lbs fight between Vendino and Team Conquer now as Dorian Yates takes on Pernell Whitaker Jr.

 

Dorian Yates had a hard task last time out, suffering a Submission loss to Fabian Hoi. Despite this, there are still high opinions on Yates, and he will have the chance to right the wrong from last time. Blessed with a Granite Chin, he is a diverse fighter who can strike and grapple, and has the ability to last into the later rounds.

 

Pernell Whitaker Jr got off to a winning start in his last bout, taking a Decision win against Brett Hartlock. While he had a striking advantage in that bout to battle his grappling disadvantage, he doesn’t have that same striking edge going into this one. He will be hoping his ability to strike with more damage comes through, but he can easily be caught himself.

 

I think Yates will be getting onto the winning path in this bout. He has a good enough grappling advantage, and is not at a major loss in the striking area, so I expect him to mix in the takedowns to get the points for a decision win.


Prediction: Dorian Yates to win via Unanimous Decision

 

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It’s the Heavyweight’s turn now, and it kicks off with Vendino’s Lance Legstrong taking on Team Conquer’s Itse Perkele.

 

Lance Legstrong has been described by many as the best grappler competing in the Heavyweight section of this season’s ITFL, and he lived up to that billing with a second round RNC victory over Joe Louis. Worth mentioning is that Legstrong has been putting weight back on since finishing the Mad Cash tournament, and that may work against him as he will lose the speed advantage and that could impact on his ability to gain takedowns.

 

Itse Perkele is one of the tallest competition, and he will be looking to use that range to work his opponents over with strikes. However, that height could work against him as he faces a grappler who will be looking to take him down. His Solid Chin won’t be tested much in this bout, but he will need to keep the pressure on Legstrong and avoid being taken down, especially on the counter.

 

Overall, I think Legstrong will take this. His Granite Chin should keep him safe for long enough to gain the takedown, and with a Black Belt, it should be simply matters for him to gain a submission win over a Purple belt.


Prediction: Lance Legstrong to win via Submission in Round 2

 

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The next bout of the tournament sees Vendino’s Flavius Odoacer take on Team Conquer’s Bruce Wayne.

 

Flavius Odoacer suffered the first (T)KO loss of his career last round, as he lost to Antoni Kristofer Hong. However, he was impressive in his showing, displaying a good wrestling game with takedowns and clinchwork before taking the loss in the last round. He will need to use that wrestling base again in this bout, as he takes on one of the more respected strikers in the season.

 

Bruce Wayne gained a first round KO win in this last fight, defeating Ivar Lodbrok of The Corporation. He has excellent KO Power, and his chin is good as well as his losses have all come in either the 4th or 5th round. He will need to avoid the fight getting close, as he will dominate from range.

 

Overall, I just think Wayne’s KO Power will be too much for Odoacer. He will survive until the third round I feel until succumbing to the power of Wayne.


Prediction: Bruce Wayne to win via (T)KO in Round 3

 

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The penultimate bout of Vendino and Team Conquer now as Giacomo Benvenuti takes on Anakoni Kai.

 

Giacomo Benvenuti bounced back from the first defeat of his career in typical fashion, gaining the first round TKO win over Mikaiah Rynn. He has made noticeable improvements to his grappling game, which makes him all the more scary when you consider his striking game is probably the best in the tournament. With 17 (T)KO’s from 17 wins, he looking for the finish against all opponents, and he will be a real test of Kai here.

 

Anakoni Kai meanwhile has a Granite Chin and has never been defeated via (T)KO. In his first round fight, he defeated Frank Damozzi via Unanimous Decision, and will now be switching his focus from fighting a grappler to fighting a striker. While this fight doesn’t looking great for Kai, he can win if he can land strikes with damage.

 

This fight just doesn’t looking good for Kai. He is fighting a taller opponent, who has better striking, and scary power. His Granite Chin could help him last a while, but it will give out eventually.


Prediction: Giacomo Benvenuti to win via (T)KO in Round 1

 

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The final fight between Vendino and Team Conquer now, with John Paul Wani taking on Jamal Jackson.

 

John Paul Wani got off to a flyer in the ITFL, defeating Artie DeVanzo with a third round KO which saw him win the KO of the Week award. Another dangerous striker, he will need to use his height and weight advantage to dominate here, and with his power, he could be spelling an early night for Jackson.

 

Jamal Jackson suffered a defeat in his opening bout, losing to Pablo Escobar. His striking is his main weapon, and he will be free to use it in this bout as Wani won’t be looking to take it to the ground. With this fight being a striking battle, Jackson just needs to hit fast and early to gas Wani and he can win.

 

Overall, I think Wani will take this one. He has superior striking, and that is what this fight will boil down to - A striking battle.


Prediction: John Paul Wani to win via (T)KO in Round 2


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TEAM MATCH #2

 

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A battle between two well known alliances now as The Corporation take on the FinnFighters.

 

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Our first bout is a heavyweight contest as Diego Bustamante takes on Algot Van Panzerhosen.

 

Diego Bustamante suffered a loss in his first week match, losing to Itse Perkele via KO in the second round. He will be delighted at his matchup this week, competing against the man known as “The Chinless Bastard”. Bustamante’s main weapon is his striking, with his kicks being a big part of that. With his opponent’s weak chin, Bustamante will have a target to lock onto and he should be in confident mood going into this.

 

Algot Van Panzerhosen lost to Dante Cross Furia in his first round matchup, with a TKO coming in the second round on that occasion. It has been nearly a year since Van Panzerhosen has gained a (T)KO win, and he will need to up his game coming into this bout, or risk losing again here.

 

I believe Bustamante has the power to put Van Panzerhosen out, and another factor that plays into Bustamante’s hands is that Van Panzerhosen has some cut issues that may not be cleared up in time for the fight.


Prediction: Diego Bustamante to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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Our next matchup sees Brett Hartlock take on Sambo Rambo.

 

Brett Hartlock suffered a loss in his opening matchup, losing to Pernell Whitaker Jr via Unanimous Decision. Hartlock is a dangerous grappler, who has a blossoming striking game, and while he may not hit the hardest, it helps to set him up for the takedowns, and that is where he truly shines. A Black Belt in BJJ, 4 of his 5 wins have come via Submission, and Rambo should be wary about giving up his back, as Hartlock has made 3 opponents tap already from this position.

 

Sambo Rambo is another grappler who lost in his first week matchup, losing via Unanimous Decision to Shintaro Nomo. He has a high level boxing game, but his real skill is in his grappling, as he has put away 4 opponents via Submission. With his opponent also being a ground specialist, it will be interesting to see how Rambo plans for this.

 

This is an interesting matchup, as both fighters have skill striking, but both specialise on the ground. It will be a tough fight for both guys, but I am going to go with Sambo Rambo for the decision.


Prediction: Sambo Rambo to win via Unanimous Decision

 

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A big fight now for both teams as Pablo Escobar takes on Antonio Jose De Sucre.

 

Pablo Escobar is an elite striker who won his opening bout against Jamal Jackson via KO in the second round. He has Elite Muay Thai, and with Sensational Wrestling and Boxing, his striking game is one to be feared. A solid chin with the ability to knock people out, Escobar will be one of the main threats The Corporation offer this season.

 

Antonio Jose De Sucre suffered defeat in his first round matchup, losing to William King via TKO in the second round. A Granite Chin, he has a high level striking game, and despite his loss, is a fighter who can go on a great run this season with the right matchups. Of course, he faces an elite striker in this round, so his chin will truly be tested.

 

Overall, I think Escobar is the favourite coming into this. His overall better skillset should allow him to cause the damage to De Sucre, and he will be hitting with more power due to his higher weight, but De Sucre can turn the odds if he can gas Escobar early.


Prediction: Pablo Escobar to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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Midway through the fight now as Bjorn Lodbrok takes on Taisto Perala.

 

Bjorn Lodbrok is a Muay Thai specialist who likes to strike from range. Mixing up his strikes, he hits with punches and kicks to all areas and hasn’t seen a fight go past the second round. He faces issues against opponents with durability, but has the power to really put the effort in to winning.

 

Taisto Perala put on a fantastic showing in the first round, defeating Johnny Luca via TKO in the third round in a bout that won Fight of the Week honours. He is a great striker, and has a BJJ Black Belt that shows he is comfortable in all areas of the fight.

 

Bjorn Lodbrok is a heavy hitter, but he is coming up against a fighter who has a great chin. If Lodbrok will win, he needs to try to do it early as the longer the fight goes on, the more I give it to Perala.


Prediction: Taisto Perala to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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A highly anticipated clash now as Paul Landen takes on Helix Cabrera.

 

Paul Landen got off to a winning start in the ITFL, defeating Durlag Trollkiller via KO in the second round. Primarily a striker it seems, Landen also has no problem with going to ground and controlling the position to score points. He will need to be wary in this bout as he comes up against a fighter who is also very comfortable in all areas.

 

Helix Cabrera has a huge win in the first round of the ITFL, defeating Yaniv Schulmann and ending his undefeated streak. A highly skilled striker, he also has a penchant for taking the fight down and laying some ground and pound on his opponents, as we saw against Schulmann.

 

I feel this is a fight that Cabrera should be winning, as his superior skills and hiddens should make this straight forward for him.


Prediction: Helix Cabrera to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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A fight between two big men now as the 6”9 Ivar Lodbrok takes on the 6”5 Urho Berserk.

 

Ivar Lodbrok is one of the tallest competitors in the ITFL, standing at a staggering 6”9 tall, but that height couldn’t prevent him from losing in his first round fight against Bruce Wayne. An elite Muay Thai fighter, he has a good record of 8 (T)KO’s from 10 wins, however, all 5 of his losses have come via (T)KO. This shows he has an issue dealing with heavy hitters, and is usually a 50/50 fighter who can win and lose fights with ease.

 

Urho Berserk is a high level striker who won his first round matchup by defeating Chris Severn via Unanimous Decision. While not blessed with amazing KO Power, he has still gained 6 (T)KO’s from 11 wins. His two losses have both come via (T)KO to bring some questions into play, but he has developed as a fighter well enough to cover the cracks enough that he can deal with many threats.

 

Overall, I think Urho Berserk will gain the win in this bout. While Lodbrok has the height advantage, Berserk has more reliability when it comes to his defenses, and I am banking on him showing that confidence again and coming away in the second round.


Prediction: Urho Berserk to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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The final matchup between The Corporation and FinnFighters sees Frank Damozzi take on Joey Kocur.

 

Frank Damozzi suffered a loss in his first round matchup, losing to Anakoni Kai, but despite this, showed good resilience to take it to a decision. Primarily a Wrestler, Damozzi has developed his striking well and can now strike long enough to land his takedowns where he really thrives. His main output comes in his Ground and Pound, and if he gets you down, he can usually damage you enough that you become a punching bag for the rest of the fight.

 

Joey Kocur had one of the biggest wins of the tournament last week, defeating Timur Rubin via Split Decision in a bout that many had called off his chances in. A devastating striker, he has gained 12 (T)KO’s from 14 wins, and his fight against Rubin last week was a good showing of how he does against wrestlers. He also has one submission win, so if people think he is easy when it hits the ground, they are sorely mistaken.

 

Overall, I think Kocur’s showing when dealing with a wrestler last weeks makes it hard to doubt him in this bout. While Damozzi will come at him in a different style, I expect the end result will be the same.


Prediction: Joey Kocur to win via Unanimous Decision.


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TEAM MATCH #3

 

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Our final team contest sees The Stray Dogs take on The Misfits.

 

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Our first contest sees Mikaiah Rynn take on Dante Cross Furia.

 

Mikaiah Rynn suffered a loss in his opening ITFL fight by losing to Giacomo Benvenuti via TKO in the first round. Rynn is a boxer who has the ability to knock out opponents if he is given enough space. With 12 (T)KO’s from 15 wins, all but one of his (T)KO wins have come in the first round, and he will be looking for more of the same in this bout.

 

Dante Cross Furia picked up the win in his first round matchup, defeating Algot Van Panzerhosen in the second round via (T)KO. At 6”10, he is the tallest competitor in the ITFL this season and will need to use this range to efficiently pick his opponents off. He has the ability to knock his opponents out as his 100% KO record shows, but he can also crumble from heavy hits.

 

Overall, I think Mikaiah Rynn should be looking to close the range and not allow Cross Furia to work him over. If he does that, I expect a first round finish won’t be out of the question.


Prediction: Mikaiah Rynn to win via (T)KO in Round 1

 

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Our next match up sees Antoni Kristofer Hong take on Chris Severn.

 

Antoni Kristofer Hong picked up a win in his first round fight as he defeated Flavius Odoacer via TKO in the third round. He is a highly skilled striker, and shows that with 8 (T)KO’s from 10 wins. Possessing a Granite Chin also, he is a fighter who causes issues for almost any opponent, and he will be looking to come through and make it 2 for 2 in the tournament.

 

Chris Severn suffered a loss in his opening matchup, losing to Urho Berserk via Unanimous Decision. He is a Muay Thai striker, who lands a lot of leg kicks to take his opponent’s base away before going for a mixture of punches, kicks and takedowns. He has gained 7 (T)KO’s himself, as well as picking up a solitary Submission win.

 

A major factor for this bout is that Chris Severn will actually be entering it with an injury, and when you factor in Hong’s striking and Granite Chin, you have to call Hong winning this.


Prediction: Antoni Kristofer Hong to win via (T)KO in Round 1

 

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Our next contest sees Bernhard Adelhard taking on Yaniv Schulmann.

 

Bernhard Adelhard got off to a winning start, defeating Bosco Brown in his opening bout via Unanimous Decision. He is primarily a grappler, as he uses his Black Belt to dominate once the fight hits the ground, and with his striking also developing well, he is aiding himself to compete against more styles. He will be facing a similar style this round as last round, and that may help him when it comes to planning.

 

Yaniv Schulmann suffered a defeat in his first round matchup, and indeed the first of his career, with a TKO defeat in the second round against Helix Cabrera. Primarily a decision fighter, he has high levels of boxing and grappling, and uses these to dominate the position and score on the judges’ cards. He will feel more confident about this bout as he faces an opponent he isn’t as outmatched by.

 

Overall, I think Schulmann will bounce back from his loss with a win here. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Adelhard pick up a win either, but I think Schulmann matches up well in this bout.


Prediction: Yaniv Schulmann to win via Unanimous Decision.

 

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Midway through this team fight now and we see Artie DeVanzo take on William King.

 

Artie DeVanzo suffered a loss in his first round matchup, losing to John Paul Wani via KO in the third round after being seemingly in control up til then. He will take confidence from that performance however, and will learn to not slip up his concentration like that again.

 

William King picked up a win in his first round matchup, defeating Antonio Jose De Sucre via TKO in the second round. His gameplan is pretty simple, as he strikes to damage while also shooting for takedowns every so often. With 8 (T)KO wins, he has the ability to finish things with his striking, but he also had 2 Submission wins to show he can do the business on the ground too.

 

Overall, I think DeVanzo will get the win here. He is overall more skilled than King, and I feel he will get the (T)KO.


Prediction: Artie DeVanzo to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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Our next fight sees Wilder Wein taking on Johnny Luca.

 

Wilder Wein gained a win in his last bout, defeating Ruslan Mstislav Volkov via TKO in the second round. With Elite boxing, he has gained 6 of his 7 wins via (T)KO, and he holds a height advantage in this bout which he will exploit to gain the edge.

 

Johnny Luca suffered a loss in his first bout, losing to Taisto Perala via TKO in the third round in a bout that won Fight of the Week honours. A Muay Thai fighter with decent KO Power, he has gained 7 of his 9 wins via (T)KO and does this by landing a mixture of punches and kicks from range, while landing a high volume of head punches inside the clinch. It will be a dangerous fight for Luca, and he will need a good plan coming in.

 

Overall, I just think Wein will take this fight. He has superior skills, and with no real weakness in his game, he should have no major issues in this bout.


Prediction: Wilder Wein to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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The penultimate fight of the round sees Joe Louis take on Timur Rubin.

 

Joe Louis suffered a loss in his first round matchup, losing to Lance Legstrong via RNC in the second round. His main strength is his striking which he uses to soften his opponents up while shooting for takedowns in order to get the fight down where he can land some ground and pound to his opponent. He will need to be wary in this fight however as his opponent is a Ground and Pound master, and will be looking to dump him on his back whenever he can.

 

Timur Rubin suffered a split decision loss to Joey Kocur in his first round matchup in what was probably the most anticipated fight of the first round. He is a wrestler whose main aim is the get the opponent down before raining bombs on him in order to finish the fight. While it may not have worked against Kocur last time, it may work better against a fighter who struggled against a grappler last time out.

 

I think Rubin’s elite wrestling should be enough to get the fight down, and although Louis has skill in grappling, I feel Rubin will simply overwhelm him, and barring a hail mary submission, Rubin should be able to get the job done.


Prediction: Timur Rubin to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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Our final fight of the round sees Fabian Hoi take on Shintaro Nomo.

 

Fabian Hoi defeated Dorian Yates in his first round matchup, in a bout that won Submission of the Week for Hoi. He has shown diversity in his striking and grappling, and has the ability to fight in any area.

 

Shintaro Nomo defeated Sambo Rambo via Unanimous Decision in his first round matchup. While a highly skilled fighter, his lack of Muay Thai will cripple him in fights, an exploit he tries to prevent by landing a takedown as soon as he can. If he can land a takedown, he has a good chance of winning, but striking will be an issue for him.

 

Overall, I think Hoi’s better overall setup will get him the win. With the training he has had throughout his career, he is set up in order to win against any fighter in front of him, and that should carry over to here.

 

Prediction: Fabian Hoi to win via (T)KO in Round 3



That’s it from me this week. Best of luck to all fighters competing, and be sure to look out for the results that come in at 5pm and 6pm GMT!


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ROUND 4


Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the preview for Round 4 of the ITFL tournament! With 2 weeks since the last preview, we have a lot of action to recap on as we have seen Team Conquer take a commanding 4.5 point lead over their nearest competition thanks to some dominating performances. The rest of the teams are relatively close, with a few points difference separating second from last. We have so much action to get through that without further ado, let’s get right into this!

 

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FIGHT #1

 

Jamal Jackson vs Joe Louis

 

Jamal Jackson has been inconsistent so far, with his solitary win in Round 2 wedges between two losses. He defeated John Paul Wani via (T)KO in Round 2, but suffered a loss to Dante Cross Furia in the last round to really put him in a position he could slide down without a win in either this week or next week.

 

Joe Louis meanwhile is coming into this bout on a high, having ended his 2 fight losing streak in the last round. In Round 2, he lost to Timur Rubin via TKO (Strikes) in the first round, but he bounced back last week by taking home a win via Submission (Guillotine) against Algot Van Panzerhosen.

 

If this hits the ground, I expect Joe Louis to be able to grind out the win if he can keep it there, but I feel Jackson will bounce back well here and take home the win.

 

Prediction: Jamal Jackson to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

FIGHT #2

 

Drug Killjoy vs Fabian Hoi

 

Drug Killjoy lost in Round 2 against Ruslan Mstislav Volkov via Unanimous Decision, and having suffered 2 losses already in the tournament, he was going into the third week really needing the win or else he would be seen as easy prey by the other teams. He responded by gaining a Unanimous Decision win over Johnny Luca, and could now be set to get to a positive record but he faces a tough challenge.

 

Fabian Hoi has hit a rough patch of form following his first week Submission win over Yates. Many had Hoi as potentially going on a great run, but he hit a brick wall when he fought Shintaro Nomo in Round 2 as he suffered a 31 second KO (Punch) loss. He would have another loss in Round 3 as he suffered a 3rd round TKO (Strikes) loss to Taisto Perala. Some of the hype has died down, but if he can string 2 or 3 wins together, he can start turning heads again.

 

Overall, I think Hoi will take this. Killjoy can potentially get a win if he can hit hard and early, but I think Hoi will get this at some point.

 

Prediction: Fabian Hoi to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

FIGHT #3

 

Pernell Whitaker Jr vs Bernhard Adelhard

 

Pernell Whitaker Jr has been one of the standouts of the tournament so far, going undefeated so far. He followed up his first round win over Brett Hartlock by defeating both Dorian Yates and Yaniv Schulmann via Unanimous Decision. He may not be knocking his opponents out but he has been taking home the wins for his team as he spearheads their charge to the top.

 

Bernhard Adelhard has had a tough run of late, as he has fallen to back-to-back defeats. Following his initial win over Bosco Brown, he lost to Yaniv Schulmann via Unanimous Decision before then losing to Helix Cabrera via TKO (Cut). He will need to overcome a big challenge here, but it will be a big win if he can manage it.

 

If Adelhard can get it to the ground, he has a shot at winning here, but as the fight goes on, Whitaker Jr’s strikes will take their toll on him and I can see this going to either a late finish or another decision for Whitaker Jr.

 

Prediction: Pernell Whitaker Jr to win via Unanimous Decision

 

FIGHT #4

 

Itse Perkele vs Artie DeVanzo

 

Itse Perkele has also been leading the charge for his team along with Whitaker Jr, as he has gone undefeated not only in his 3 ITFL fights thus far, but in his last 5 in all competition. Winning all three ITFL fights via KO (Punch), he defeated Diego Bustamante, Lance Legstrong and Timur Rubin so far to show he is a dominating fighter, and he will provide a challenge for anyone in this tournament.

 

Artie DeVanzo broke his two fight losing streak in the last round, and he will be looking to slay one of the big beasts of the tournament here. He lost to William King in the second round via Unanimous Decision, but he managed to pick up a win last time around by defeating Urho Berserk via TKO (Strikes) in the second round.

 

All signs point to Perkele getting another win in this bout, but DeVanzo could pull off an upset. Despite the potential for that, I am banking on Perkele gaining another win.

 

Prediction: Itse Perkele to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

FIGHT #5

 

Anakoni Kai vs Mikaiah Rynn

 

Anakoni Kai is another fighter who has gone undefeated in the tournament so far, and with Team Conquer having three of those, you can see why they are leading. Kai defeated Giacomo Benvenuti via TKO (Strikes) in the first round of the tournament’s second round. He followed that up with a Unanimous Decision win over Chris Severn two weeks ago as he continued his great form.

 

Mikaiah Rynn on the other hand has lost all of his ITFL fights so far. Following his first week loss to Benvenuti, he has since lost to Dante Cross Furia and Antonio Jose De Sucre via (T)KO in the first round of both bouts. He will be facing an extremely difficult challenge in this round again, but a win isn’t completely out of reach as Kai is coming into this bout with an injury which Rynn could capitalise on.

 

Overall, I do think Kai will stretch his run to 4 wins from 4. Rynn just seems to be struggling in the tournament, and his only hope will be to take advantage of Kai’s injury.

 

Prediction: Anakoni Kai to win via (T)KO in Round 1

 

FIGHT #6

 

Jay Gatsby vs Wilder Wein

 

Jay Gatsby was another fighter who could have gone undefeated so far, but he couldn’t win his last bout to make it 2 wins from 3. He defeated Bosco Brown via TKO (Strikes) in the second round, but followed it up with a Unanimous Decision loss to Shintaro Nomo. Despite this, he is a good competitor who will be looking to bounce back with a win.

 

Wilder Wein is still undefeated in the tournament, although perhaps not in the fashion he wanted. After defeating Ruslan Mstislav Volkov, he has gone on to draw both his second and third round fights against Johnny Luca and Sambo Rambo respectively. He is a highly regarded competitor, and he will be looking to make sure people know he isn’t someone to take lightly.

 

Wilder Wein is the guy I will be looking at to win this one. Gatsby is a good fighter, but Wein has more about him and the more potential for gaining the win.

 

Prediction: Wilder Wein to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

FIGHT #7

 

Bruce Wayne vs Antoni Kristofer Hong

 

Did we mention that Team Conquer was winning the tournament so far? Yeah? Well here is another reason why they are. Bruce Wayne is ANOTHER of their fighters who has gone undefeated in the tournament. He defeated Flavius Odoacer in his second round fight via KO (Punch) in the first round, and drew in his last fight against William King. He is so confident in himself, he personally called out Antoni Kristofer Hong, so this is a real battle for who the dominant Heavyweight is.

 

Antoni Kristofer Hong has also gone undefeated in the tournament, and this has set up a thrilling clash of the two heavy hitters. Hong defeated Chris Severn via TKO (Strikes) in his second round fight, and defeated the highly touted Joey Kocur in his third round fight.

 

This is honestly a hard fight to pick, as both guys have immense power. It’s a tough call, but I am going to plump for Wayne to come out with the win, although both guys can easily take it.


Prediction: Bruce Wayne to win via (T)KO in Round 3


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Posted 24 September 2015 - 01:32 AM

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FIGHT #1

 

Johnny Luca vs Brett Hartlock

 

Johnny Luca hasn’t had a good time of late, suffering two defeats in the tournament so far while gaining a draw also for his efforts. He drew with Wilder Wein in his second round matchup, while his third round matchup saw him lose to Drug Killjoy via Unanimous Decision. He will need to bounce back quick, or else he will struggle for form.

 

Brett Hartlock has the distinction of having only fought two times in the tournament so far. He lost his first round fight against Pernell Whitaker Jr, but bounced back with a Unanimous Decision win over Sambo Rambo, and this is where things took an interesting turn. After having the picks match Hartlock against Dorian Yates, it turned out Yates didn’t want to fight a grappler after previous complaints from his manager and that led to him leaving his team in the lurch to take a forfeit. Hartlock is back now however, and ready to show what he can do.

 

I feel Hartlock has enough about him to take the win home. As soon as he can get the fight to the ground, he will swarm over Luca, and I expect this to be a submission win.

 

Prediction: Brett Hartlock to win via Submission in Round 2

 

FIGHT #2

 

Yaniv Schulmann vs Timothy Robinson

 

Yaniv Schulmann hasn’t had the easiest of times in the ITFL so far, having come into the tournament undefeated at 11-0, he is now 12-2 following three rounds. He picked up his first win of the tournament in the second round with a Unanimous Decision win over Bernhard Adelhard but suffered another loss in the last round as he fell to a decision against Pernell Whitaker Jr. He will need to get back to his old form, although his hiddens are really being exposed in this tournament.

 

Timothy Robinson was The Corporation’s replacement for Bjorn Lodbrok, and as a result, we don’t have any ITFL experience to talk about. What we can say however is that he is a former Troid lightweight champion, and recently competed in the Mad Cash tournament, despite losing in the first round. He will be looking to show he is more than ready to take up the mantle of representing his team, and a good showing here will show it was a wise decision.

 

Timothy Robinson has a knack for upsetting the odds with results, and I actually feel he will be able to get the win here. It could be a great grappling contest, but I feel Robinson just has the edge.


Prediction: Timothy Robinson to win via Submission in Round 2

 

FIGHT #3

 

Shintaro Nomo vs Paul Landen

 

Shintaro Nomo has been a standout in the tournament so far, going undefeated in the tournament while defeating some really tough competition. He defeated Sambo Rambo in his first week matchup, and followed that up with a huge 31 second KO victory over Fabian Hoi. In his last fight, he defeated Jay Gatsby via Unanimous Decision to show he can finish early or close out the fight.

 

Paul Landen has zig zagged in the competition so far, winning his opening fight before exchanging a win and a loss in the last two rounds. He lost to Helix Cabrera in his second round matchup in just 30 seconds, but followed it up with a TKO (Strikes) win over Bosco Brown. With questions over his chin, this will be a difficult fight for him.

 

Nomo should be able to win this with ease. He is skilled in his striking and grappling, with his Muay Thai being pretty much his only weak spot. But with his power, I feel this will end early.


Prediction: Shintaro Nomo to win via (T)KO in Round 1

 

FIGHT #4

 

William King vs Diego Bustamante

 

William King has surprised many with his run in the tournament so far. A win over Antonio Jose De Sucre was to be a precursor to what would come, as he went on to claim a Unanimous Decision win over Artie DeVanzo before claiming a draw against Bruce Wayne, a good result for any fighter. He will be looking to prove himself again here as he takes on a very good striker.

 

Diego Bustamante has had a back and forth tournament so far. Suffering a loss to Itse Perkele in the first round, he bounced back to claim a KO win over Algot Van Panzerhosen in the second round. The third round would be interesting, as Bustamante was targeted by Giacomo Benvenuti due to issues between their managers Mark O’Sullivan and Dean Sutherland. While Benvenuti wanted to get the win, he did more as Bustamante suffered lot only a loss, but a 16 day injury which means he is coming into this bout injured, but luckily for him, so is his opponent.

 

I’m not entirely sure what to make of this fight, as both guys have injuries coming into it. King may feel his chances are better on the ground, but Bustamante will be looking to take his head off early with a kick. Either way, someone is going out.

 

Prediction: Diego Bustamante to win via (T)KO in Round 1

 

FIGHT #5

 

Chris Severn vs Ivar Lodbrok

 

Chris Severn is coming into a fight with an injury once more here, as he effects still haven’t been shaken off. A poor run of 0-3 in the tournament have put all his hopes of a turn around on this bout. He lost to Antoni Kristofer Hong in his second round match up before suffering another loss to Anakoni Kai in the last round. Despite the injury, he will fancy his chances as his opponent will be coming in with a big reduction in energy which he will be keen to take advantage of.

 

Ivar Lodbrok almost didn’t make it to this round, but thanks to Mike Tycoon he is here although under different management. He defeated Urho Berserk in his second round fight, but would go on to lose in the third round against John Paul Wani. He is a KO or be KO’ed fighter, and that doesn’t bode well when he is already at a disadvantage.

 

To be honest, if Severn loses this he will have no hope for the rest of the tournament. Lodbrok will be like a sitting duck for him, and this should be over early.

 

Prediction: Chris Severn to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

FIGHT #6

 

Timur Rubin vs Frank Damozzi

 

Timur Rubin was highly touted coming into this, and for the most part, has failed to live up to expectations. He lost to Joey Kocur in his first round fight, but would defeat Joe Louis in his second round bout. A bad loss to Itse Perkele has put the critics heavily on his back to do well, and he will need a win to relieve some of that pressure from his shoulders.

 

Frank Damozzi has been improving every week of the tournament, as his first round loss is mostly forgotten about. He gained a credible draw against Joey Kocur in the second round, before gaining some personal revenge by defeating Lance Legstrong in the last round. He will be looking to make it another win against a tough opponent.

 

This will be a tough fight for both guys as they have similar styles. However, I have gone with Rubin a lot in the past, and I feel this will be Damozzi’s time to get a win.

 

Prediction: Frank Damozzi to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

FIGHT #7

 

Dante Cross Furia vs Pablo Escobar

 

Dante Cross Furia is undefeated in the tournament so far, gaining all 3 of his wins via (T)KO. He defeated Mikaiah Rynn via KO (Punch) and followed it up with a TKO (Strikes) win over Jamal Jackson in Round 3. He is one of the tallest competitors in this season, and will be looking to use his height advantage again here.

 

Pablo Escobar is the shining light for the Corporation so far, as he has gone undefeated so far. Starting off with a TKO win over Jamal Jackson, he has followed that up with KO wins over Antonio Jose De Sucre and Flavius Odoacer to set himself up to be one of the stars, although with the Heavyweight division having a number of these, he will face some extremely tough competition.

 

This is going to be an extremely tough fight, but I believe by the end of it Pablo Escobar will be the fighter standing tall. Either guy can win, but I feel Escobar has more about him to get the job done.


Prediction: Pablo Esobar to win via (T)KO in Round 2


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Posted 24 September 2015 - 01:33 AM

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FIGHT #1

 

Ruslan Mstislav Volkov vs Sambo Rambo

 

Ruslan Mstislav Volkov has bounced back in the last two weeks of the competition, after losing to Wilder Wein in the opening bout. He defeated Drug Killjoy via Unanimous Decision in Round 2, before defeating Bjorn Lodbrok via KO (Punch) last week. He is showing himself to be one of the leading figures in the Vendino team, and they will be banking on him taking home the points again this week.

 

Sambo Rambo has had a tough time in the tournament so far, and with the issues about his current energy level, that looks set to continue. With a defeat to Brett Hartlock four weeks ago, he then managed to scramble to a draw against Wilder Wein, but the signs are not looking good for him.

 

With Rambo coming into this fight on low energy, Volkov should take this fight in his stride.

 

Prediction: Volkov to win via (T)KO in Round 3

 

FIGHT #2

 

Lance Legstrong vs Urho Berserk

 

Lance Legstrong has found himself slowing down lately, with his opening round win being followed by 2 (T)KO losses. He lost to Itse Perkele four weeks ago, and since then, has lost his last fight to Frank Damozzi two weeks ago. It is a worrying sign for Legstrong, but he will need to be at his best to get a win here and hopefully turn his season around.

 

Urho Berserk has had a similar run of form as Legstrong, as he won in the first week before suffering two (T)KO losses over the next 2 rounds. A KO (Knee) loss to Ivar Lodbrok was followed by a TKO (Strikes) loss to Artie DeVanzo as Berserk fell from form. This is a good opportunity however for Berserk to get back to winning ways, and he will be considered the favourite here.

 

This is almost a make or break fight for both guys as to suffer 3 losses in a row will be a killer for them. Legstrong can win if he gets it to the ground, but I feel Berserk will claim the win.

 

Prediction: Urho Berserk to win via (T)KO in Round 3

 

FIGHT #3

 

John Paul Wani vs Algot Van Panzerhosen

 

John Paul Wani has had a good tournament so far, but still has one black mark on it. Defeating Artie DeVanzo in his first round matchup, he would lose the next round to Jamal Jackson. However, he bounced back well in his last fight Ivar Lodbrok and is now looking to gain another win against Van Panzerhosen.

 

Algot Van Panzerhosen has struggled in this tournament, as his weak chin has been exposed constantly. Losses to Dante Cross Furia, Diego Bustamante and Joe Louis have put him at rock bottom, and that looks like it will continue here once more.

 

This is one of the easier matchups to call in the round, as Wani’s power should have no problem crumbling the chin of Van Panzerhosen.

 

Prediction: John Paul Wani to win via (T)KO in Round 1

 

FIGHT #4

 

Bosco Brown vs Helix Cabrera

 

Another sorry case of the tournament, Bosco Brown has lost all three fights of the tournament so far. In the last two rounds, he has lost via (T)KO to both Jay Gatsby and Paul Landen, and in this bout, it looks like that run may continue.

 

Helix Cabrera meanwhile has been a one man wrecking crew in the Welterweight division, winning all three of his fights via (T)KO. After ending Schulmann’s undefeated streak in Round 1, he would then defeat Paul Landen and Bernhard Adelhard via the same way to show he is ready to beat anyone.

 

This should be a one sided affair as Brown simply doesn’t seem to have anything about him to trouble Cabrera.

 

Prediction: Helix Cabrera to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

FIGHT #5

 

Flavius Odoacer vs Joey Kocur

 

Flavius Odoacer had had a torrid ITFL season so far, losing all three bouts and having to change managers due to inactivity. He has faced some of the toughest opposition out there, so there is a chance he could turn it around if he fought lower competition, but he is fighting another top guy here. He has lost to Antoni Kristofer Hong, Bruce Wayne and Pablo Escobar so far, all via (T)KO.

 

Joey Kocur has had an iffy tournament so far, claiming a win, a loss and a draw all to his time. Since his first round win over Timur Rubin, he drew with Frank Damozzi before then suffering a loss to Antoni Kristofer Hong. He will be looking to bounce back with a win here again and hopefully climb back up the ladder.

 

Kocur should be taking the win in this bout, and although there is a very small chance of Odoacer gaining the win, he will still prefer to get it done early to avoid the risk of injury.

 

Prediction: Joey Kocur to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

FIGHT #6

 

Giacomo Benvenuti vs Antonio Jose De Sucre

 

Giacomo Benvenuti was one of the most touted fighters coming into the tournament, with many expecting him to dominate. While he has won two of his three fights, he suffered a loss in the second round which he will be looking to put behind him by dominating for the rest of the tournament. He lost to Anakoni Kai via TKO (Strikes) before bouncing back with a demolition job of Diego Bustamante.

 

Antonio Jose De Sucre recently ended a poor run of form by picking up his first win of the tournament, and he will be looking to slay a giant when he faces Benvenuti. Losses to William King and Pablo Escobar started the tournament for him, but he bounced back in the last round by defeating Mikaiah Rynn via TKO (Strikes) and he will be hoping he can do the damage to gain a win here.

 

Both of these guys are good fighters, but I think Benvenuti’s raw power should be enough to crumble De Sucre and put Benvenuti at the fore front of the division again.

 

Prediction: Giacomo Benvenuti to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

FIGHT #7

 

Shinyo Jintao vs Taisto Perala

 

Shinyo Jintao comes in as a replacement for Dorian Yates who refused to fight against grapplers so Vendino have recided to replace him. Under his new management, Jintao has gone 2-0 in Troid, and decided to simply move his attentions from a title hunt to ITFL glory and will be looking to make a mark immediately.

 

Taisto Perala is on a great run of form in the ITFL, as he moved to 3-0 over the last 4 weeks. Following his first round win over Johnny Luca, he defeated Bjorn Lodbrok via KO (Superman Punch) and then defeated Fabian Hoi via TKO (Strikes). He is facing some tough competition here, but he will be confident about getting the win.

 

Both of these fighters have top managers behind them, so it is a case of the engine roll who will win, but I will go with a gut instinct and say Jintao for the win.


Prediction: Shinyo Jintao to win via (T)KO in Round 3


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Posted 24 September 2015 - 01:33 AM

ITFL Round 5.2 - Amsterdam

 

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FIGHT #1

 

Sambo Rambo vs Jay Gatsby

 

Sambo Rambo lost his fight last week against Vendino, falling to a Head Kick KO early in the first round against Ruslan Mstislav Volkov. A grappler with a glass chin, he struggles to survive standing, but his grappling shouldn’t be underestimated.

 

Jay Gatsby has gone 0-2 recently in the ITFL, which followed a good 2-0 start for him. Last time out he lost via Unanimous Decision to Wilder Wein, and he will be looking to use his powerful striking to crumble Rambo.

 

This should be one of the more straight forward fights, as Gatsby should end it early.

 

Prediction: Jay Gatsby to win via (T)KO in Round 1

 

FIGHT #2

 

Algot Von Panzerhosen vs Bruce Wayne

 

Algot Von Panzerhosen is similar to Sambo Rambo in one way - They both have glass chins. He has an opposite style however, focussing on his striking which leaves him open to being defeated, like in his last fight against John Paul Wani.

 

Bruce Wayne has balls, you gotta give him that after he called out Antoni Kristofer Hong last round, despite losing. This is a style matchup that suits Wayne immensely, with his power enough to decimate Von Panzerhosen.

 

Another straight forward bout here and Wayne should steamroll through the “Chinless Bastard”.

 

Prediction: Bruce Wayne to win via (T)KO in Round 1

 

FIGHT #3

 

Urho Berserk vs Itse Perkele

 

Urho Berserk is currently on a poor 3 fight losing streak which saw him lose his last fight to Lance Legstrong. Another fighter with a poor chin, he has some KO Power, but not enough to mask his own problems.

 

Itse Perkele saw his 3 fight win streak snapped last time against Artie DeVanzo, but he will favour his chances of bouncing back here. Having never been finished, he has shown considerable power, and it could be a quick win here.

 

Berserk will just be hoping to survive here, but considering his chin and Perkele’s power, it seems to be a ticking timebomb.

 

Prediction: Itse Perkele to win via (T)KO in Round 1

 

FIGHT #4

 

Antonio Jose De Sucre vs Anakoni Kai

 

Antonio Jose De Sucre isn’t enjoying the best of ITFL campaigns so far, having seen his solitary win followed by a devastating 36 second KO loss to Giacomo Benvenuti. He has power, but he has a KO or be KO’ed attitude that hasn’t worked out for him so far, and he may need to rethink his strategy against the heavy hitters.

 

Anakoni Kai is one of the last remaining fighters to have a perfect record in the tournament so far, improving to 4-0 with a win over Mikaiah Rynn last week. He can take the fight early, or he can last the distance, but either way, Kai is a fighter who looks to win every time.

 

This is a fight that looks simple on paper, but I wouldn’t count out De Sucre from a fight. Kai is a heavy favourite going into this, but all the pressure is on him to maintain his run.

 

Prediction: Anakoni Kai to win via (T)KO in Round 1

 

FIGHT #5

 

Taisto Perala vs Drug Killjoy

 

Taisto Perala is another of those fighters to be undefeated, and he is the leading light for the FinnFighters this season, having defeated Shinyo Jintao last time out. A very well versed fighter, he can fight against any style, and he has to be the favourite against almost any opponent this season.

 

Drug Killjoy saw his win against Johnny Luca followed by a KO loss to Fabian Hoi, and he is looking to get back on the horse. He faces an extremely tough challenge this week, and it will require a lot of strategy to come home with the win.

 

Taisto Perala is plain and simple the favourite here. His record shows his manager knows what he is doing, and I just think Killjoy lacks the hiddens to really compete against him.

 

Prediction: Taisto Perala to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

FIGHT #6

 

Joey Kocur vs Jamal Jackson

 

Joey Kocur bounced back last week from his loss to Antoni Kristofer Hong by defeating Flavius Odoacer with a second round KO. A fantastic striker with great grappling, he is a fighter who can compete with anyone.

 

Jamal Jackson has been inconsistent so far, exchanging wins and losses so far which saw him defeat Joe Louis last week. He is similar to Kocur in his style, which makes for an interesting matchup.

 

Both guys have similar styles, but just from the looks of it, I fancy Joey Kocur to get the win in the second round.

 

Prediction: Joey Kocur to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

FIGHT #7

 

Helix Cabrera vs Pernell Whitaker Jr

 

Helix Cabrera is undefeated so far in the tournament, gaining a Unanimous Decision win over a surprisingly spirited Bosco Brown. Cabrera is currently the fighter to look out for in the lower division, and with good reason.

 

Pernell Whitaker Jr saw his 3 fight win streak snapped in the last round, losing via RNC to Bernhard Adelhard. He is a highly skilled striker, but lacks the killer instinct to really threaten which would affect him here.

 

I just feel Cabrera has more momentum and looks the more likely to get the win here. I don’t think we will see a finish, with a decision looking likely in this bout.

 

Prediction: Helix Cabrera to win via Unanimous Decision


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Posted 26 September 2015 - 02:19 AM

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the preview for the highly anticipated Pay-Per-View, T105 - Ollmhór De Catha! With numerous fan favourites competing on the card, it was only right that a preview was compiled, so sit back, grab a drink and enjoy our preview of the entire event, including TOTT compilations for all fights! With the return of Rocky McColgan to defend his title, and the debut of Stephen Griffiths, this is one event that nobody wants to miss. So without further ado, let’s get right to it!

 

Undercard

 

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Kicking off the event we have a Heavyweight clash as two former EP fighters clash with Johnny Rico taking on Shezzo Wicked.

 

Johnny Rico is a Muay Thai and BJJ fighter who makes his debut tonight in Troid EP following the merger for Epicity Productions into the org. He has the ability to finish fights, with 3 (T)KO and Submission wins in his career so far, but is coming into this fight low on morale which may affect his ability in this bout.

 

Shezzo Wicked is a Boxer who is also making his debut in Troid EP following the EP merger. Not blessed with amazing KO Power, he has 5 (T)KO’s from 12 wins while 7 of his 9 losses have also come via (T)KO. History is on his side however, with these two fighters competing at EP13 back in February with Wicked getting the win on that occasion.

 

This will be a good opening fight to watch, and there are factors for and against both men winning, but I will go for Shezzo Wicked to take the win.

 

Prediction: Shezzo Wicked to win via (T)KO in Round 3

 

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Another big hitting Heavyweight brawl here as Sisa Yiftos makes his Troid EP debut against Jaska Juntta.

 

Sisa Yiftos comes into this bout with back-to-back wins in both Epicity Productions and Insanity. His well rounded game shows him to be a dangerous striker, but the longer the fight goes on, the less it favours him. His latest win came 5 seconds into the second round, but the fans always come into his fights expecting a KO to occur, regardless of whether it comes for or against him.

 

Jaska Juntta has a similar style, with 22 (T)KO’s from 28 fights, the fans expect a KO in his fights. While his Muay Thai is a bit lacking, he has a great Boxing game which he uses to power through his opponents. Currently on a two fight losing streak, he has the ability to turn his fortunes around but will need to do that soon.

 

A hard hitting fight to help kick off the night, and I feel it will be a first round finish to Sisa Yiftos.

 

Prediction: Sisa Yiftos to win via (T)KO in Round 1

 

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Now we are starting to move into the more familiar names for Troid EP fans as Brynden Epicity takes on Ossilus Chiarmanda.

 

Brynden Epicity, who recently changed his name from Beaver Hardwood, is currently on a 2 fight win streak and his KO Power is there for people to see as all 12 wins have come via (T)KO. He will need to use that power here again as he fights a former KT competitor.

 

Ossilus Chiarmanda was a recent signing as part of the EP merger, but he is familiar with the inside of a Troid cage having competed here previously. Currently on a 2 fight losing streak, he will be looking to make an impact on his return to Troid EP and this is a good fight for him to make a statement.

 

This will be a tough fight for both fighters as both enjoy the striking game. Chiarmanda has more technique, but Epicity has more natural KO power, so I won’t be surprised at either guy winning.

 

Prediction: Brynden Epicity to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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Another Lightweight clash here now as Gimme Money takes on Troid veteran Ken Masters!

 

Gimme Money made a successful Troid EP debut following his move in the merger, defeating Hugo Wolf earlier this month with a first round KO. Although his mainly known as a grappler, he has the striking to worry the unprepared and may look to mix up his plan this time around.

Ken Masters is a Wrestler who has developed his game to allow him to compete in all areas. He defeated Bram Nijhoff in his last bout via KO in the second round, and will be looking to go on a winning streak for the first time since February.

 

A good battle of the sort of old and new in Troid EP, and I have a feeling it will be the old who comes out on top in this bout.

 

Prediction: Ken Masters to win via Unanimous Decision

 

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Our final fight on the undercard sees former title challenger Antonio Camatta take on former EP title contender Jeremy Smith.

 

Antonio Camatta recently saw his hopes of a title shot delayed with a loss to Joaquim Antunes, but another run of wins will see him back up there in the running. One of the most elite grapplers in the world, he holds a famed Red Belt in BJJ as well as being an Elite Wrestler. His striking is up there as well, making him a dangerous foe for anybody.

 

Jeremy Smith is a striker who’s ability to knock opponents out earned him the nickname “Hands of Stone”. While his debut didn’t go to plan with a loss to Twiggy BigBranch, he has the chance here to prove himself against another top fighter, and he needs to take the opportunity with both hands.

 

This will be a great fight to warm the crowd up for the Main Card, with plenty of action from both fighters, but I will say Camatta will take home the win.

 

Prediction: Antonio Camatta to win via Submission in Round 3

 

MAIN CARD

 

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Kicking off the main card we have a Middleweight clash as Niten Doraku takes on Kalervo Kaunismieli.

 

Niten Doraku recently saw his 4 fight winning streak snapped with a loss to Ricky Icky. He will be looking to get back on the horse and beat a tough new challenge. With a dangerous and diverse offense, he will trouble any opponent he comes across.

 

Kalervo Kaunismieli is making his debut in Troid EP here after signing from MFN. He saw his 6 fight winning streak snapped recently by Rockmeteller Todd, but will be looking to use the change in scenery as a motivator for getting back on track.

 

Both of these fighters are highly talented, but I feel Doraku will be coming in this highly motivated and will get the win.

 

Prediction: Niten Doraku to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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The Featherweight division makes their appearance now as highly popular Jack Olin takes on the highly touted Twiggy BigBranch!

 

Jack Olin is a good ole fashioned wrassler who loves nothing more than taking his opponents down and laying down some ground and pound. He is currently on a 2 fight winning streak and will hope that a couple of big wins will put him back in title contention.

 

Twiggy BigBranch is a fighter that Troid EP fans have felt for a long time could challenge at the top, and he is recently getting into the form to really prove that. With 2 wins recently, he will be looking to make it 3 and put his name in for a title challenge. Known more as a decision specialist, he will need to get past this challenge to really live up to the hype.

 

This will be a good fight to watch, and despite Olin having the better history for finishing, I will his one dimensional style could see him suffer in this bout.

 

Prediction: Twiggy BigBranch to win via Unanimous Decision

 

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A hugely anticipated fight here now as newly crowned champion “El Diablo” Boreste Bardanos takes on Joaquim “Jaquinzinho” Antunes.

 

Boreste Bardanos was another fighter to move to Troid EP as part of the merger, and such was his reputation that he immediately challenged and defeated long time champion Tuomari Hurmio. An Elite grappler with high levels of striking, he will be looking to stamp his authority in the division and that begins with taking on his first challenger.

 

Joaquim Antunes completes the presence of former EP fighters on this card as he challenges for the title. He recently defeated Antonio Camatta to earn his shot at the title, and will be looking to gain a small measure of revenge as he has previously lost to Bardanos. He is also an Elite grappler, but he may look to use his striking to take the fight to Bardanos.

 

Both fighters have their advantages in this fight, but I feel Bardanos’ just has too much over Antunes. While he may not get a finish, I feel he will take the decision.

 

Prediction: Boreste Bardanos to win via Unanimous Decision

 

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A highly anticipated matchup now as Stephen Griffiths makes his long awaited Troid EP debut against former champion Gustav Ragnarson.

 

Stephen Griffiths made a highly publicised switch from his long time former org SFC in St Petersburg to Troid EP last month and he is now ready to step into the cage. An Elite grappler, he has 24 Submission wins in his career to show his dangerousness on the ground, and he will be looking to lock in another one to show the fans what he is all about.

 

Gustav Ragnarson is much like his training partner Jack Olin, a wrestler who loves laying on some Ground and Pound to his opponent. He is currently on a two fight losing streak, and this may be a fight too tough for him, but he is a fighter who doesn’t back down from a challenge and he will have the crowd support on his side.

 

I feel like Griffiths should be winning this fight. He is comfortable enough on the ground to deal with Ragnarson’s wrestling, and outclasses him in striking to make this a fight that shouldn’t be too difficult for him.

 

Prediction: Stephen Griffiths to win via Submission in Round 2

 

MAIN EVENT

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Our main event of the evening is a truly mouthwatering clash as defending champion “Cocky” Rocky McColgan defends his title against Artur Levchenko.

 

Rocky McColgan has been kept busy in Evolution since his last title defence saw him overcome the difficult challenge of Lexington Snape. A loss to world class Varg Veide was followed by a big first round KO win over Kylla Ei. An Elite striker, Rocky is one of the best fighters in the world and wants to continue asserting his dominance over the Heavyweight division. He faces a new challenge here, but will be confident of continuing his good form in Troid EP.

 

Artur Levchenko finally receives the title challenge he has been aiming for since he signed with Troid EP at the beginning of the year. He is on a 3 fight winning streak, and has a proven track record of getting the finish over his opponents to show he is a legitimate threat to McColgan in this fight.

 

This will be a huge fight for the fans to witness, and a KO is almost guaranteed. Either fighter has the ability to put the other away, but I will back McColgan to continue his reign as champion.

 

Prediction: Rocky McColgan to win via (T)KO in Round 3

 

So there we have it, a huge PPV event for the fans to enjoy. A number of huge fights taking place, and come fight time, the world will be waiting in anticipation of the results.

 

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Causing Havoc 32

 

Live from the Hard Knocks arena in Amsterdam!

 

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to our Preview for Causing Havoc 32! This card has the potential to be the best Havoc event we have seen so far, and considering the calibre of event the org has put on so far, that is a real milestone. Two big title fights headline the card as well as fights featuring a host of the top talent in the org. When the excitement is building around the best young stars in the world, there is a real energy about the place as people clamour to potentially see the next star in MMA being born. So, as I have rambled on, without further ado, let’s get right into this!

 

Undercard

 

Fight #1 - Featherweight Division

 

Bill “The Basher” O Brady vs Selfie Lord

 

Selfie Lord has the slight skill advantage, and also comes in with the better overall manager. In combination with O Brady coming into this with low morale, I feel confident in saying a win for Lord will happen.

 

Prediction: Selfie Lord to win via

 

Fight #2 - Lightweight Division

 

Aecio “President” Neves vs Imanali “Mad” Gadisov

 

This is probably the most one sided fight on the card. With more care, this would be a fight either guy can win, but due to Aecio Neves coming in with low morale and energy, Gadisov should be able to pounce and take full advantage for a win.

 

Prediction: Imanali Gadisov to win via (T)KO in Round 1

 

Fight #3 - Super Heavyweight Division

 

Jordan “The Slammer” Karelin vs The Bong

 

Another fight that seems like it will be decided before it begins as Jordan Karelin is exhausted before the fight even begins. While The Bong has a lack of morale, he should be able to outwork his opponent from the get go and dominate throughout.

 

Prediction: The Bong to win via Submission in Round 1

 

Fight #4 - Welterweight Division

 

Sairanix “Berserker” Lokren vs Joffrey Tyrell

 

After the previous two fights, the crowd will be delighted to see two fighters fresh and ready to give their all in a fight. Both fighters are boxers, with Tyrell also holding a BJJ Purple Belt. Despite this however, he hasn’t shown any submission offense which makes me believe this will be a strike fest, and Lokren is the favourite for me in that area.

 

Prediction: Sairanix Lokren to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

Fight #5 - Super Heavyweight Division

 

Djin “The Apocalypse” Dawn vs Stipe “Wounded Hyena” Mikas

 

Time for the big boys to come to play here as we see Djin Dawn, who is currently on a 5 fight winning streak, take on Stipe Mikas. In normal circumstance, I would consider Djin Dawn to be a heavy favourite in this bout. However, he is coming in at only 70% energy, which at the higher weight divisions can be an absolute killer. He can still get the win if he lands some heavy hits early, but I have to say if Mikas has a half decent manager, he will win this.

 

Prediction: Stipe Mikas to win via (T)KO in Round 1

 

MAIN CARD

 

Fight #6 - Heavyweight Division!

 

Monte Zuma vs Darrell “The Animal” Abbott

 

Monte Zuma is a former Gangs of New York competitor who left his management team following the tournament and was signed up by Rory Daly. After spending the past few months training, he is making his debut in Havoc and has improved his overall game so we may seem him show off his striking rather than just his BJJ.

 

Darrell Abbott moved to Havoc as part of the merger of La Grande Promotions and was successful on his debut, defeating Tien Shinhan with a first round KO. A highly talented Boxer and Wrestler, he will need to avoid being taken down to have a chance in this bout.

 

Prediction: Monte Zuma to win via Submission in Round 2

 

Fight #7 - Welterweight Division!

 

Jorge Vantuiese vs Mike “Ice Age” Jones

 

Jorge Vantuiese is another fighter to move to Havoc from La Grande Promotions, and he won in his debut to stretch his winning streak to 3. With an improving striking game, his go to weapon is his ground and pound which will be a major force in this fight if Vantuiese can get his opponent on his back.

 

I can almost repeat myself for Mike Jones, as like Jorge, he moved from La Grande Promotions and is not on a 3 fight winning streak following his debut win. A boxer with big power, he will need to avoid being taken down in order to have a chance here.

 

Prediction: Jorge Vantuiese to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

Fight #8 - Featherweight Division!

 

Ricky “Manuki” Monroe vs Buck Futter

 

Ricky Monroe has been improving his striking as of late, but his main offense remains his extremely high level of wrestling which just allows him to ragdoll his opponents. He will feel out the striking game, but expect him to shoot in for a takedown swiftly where he loves to dominate.

 

Buck Futter is a highly accomplished grappler himself, with exceptional wrestling and a Black Belt in BJJ. This seems to be a fight that suits Futter, as he is comfortable anywhere on the ground where Monroe loves to take the fight. It may come down to both of these guys trying to prove they are the better grappler.

 

Prediction: Buck Futter to win via Submission in Round 2

 

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The Co-Main Event of the evening is a Featherweight title fight that sees Rocco Falcone defend his title against PePe Hapitchou.

 

Rocco Falcone is currently on an 8 fight winning streak, with the only blotch in his record coming in his debut fight. A dangerous striker who has also incorporated some Ground and Pound into his game, he has looked unstoppable for the most part in his career. With a Granite Chin and a well rounded game, it will take a tough competitor to overcome him.

 

PePe Haptichou is hoping to be that man to do the job. An Exceptional Boxer, his main tool for finishing his opponents is his BJJ Purple Belt as he has secured 6 of his 9 wins via Submission. He has the striking to hang with Falcone, and his grappling is good enough to trouble him on the ground.

 

Prediction: PePe Hapitchou to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

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The Main Event of the evening is a Light Heavyweight title fight that sees Kim Jong Un defend his title against Donald Evans!

 

Kim Jong Un is a heavy hitter in the division, and with all 7 of his wins coming via (T)KO, he has lead the people’s revolution right to the Havoc title. He will need to use his high level boxing efficiently to parry off the threats to his reign, as there are a number of fighters in the division looking to make the step up and challenge.

 

Donald Evans has a Granite Chin and a record similar to Jong Un’s at 7-1. However, Evans has won 2 of those fights via Submission, with 4 more coming via (T)KO to show he has a diverse offense. He is the favourite on paper, and will be looking to prove himself by dethroning “El Supremo”.

 

Prediction: Donald Evans to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

That’s all from me and I hope you enjoy both the preview and the event itself as a number of Havoc’s brightest stars make their appearance!

 

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SEASON 4

 

ROUND 6

 

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the Preview for Round 6 of the ITFL! We are now at the midway point of the season, and it is currently Team Conquer leading the way, although they have looked shaky in recent weeks. It’s still all to play for going into the second half of the season, so without further ado, let’s get right onto the preview!

 

TEAM FIGHT #1

 

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FIGHT #1

 

William King vs Urho Berserk

 

William King saw his undefeated streak snapped last round against Legstrong, and will come into this looking to prove it was a blip and not a sign of things to come. Urho Berserk meanwhile put a stop to his losing streak with a win over Itse Perkele last round. Despite his recent win, I feel King’s power will get to Berserk’s chin here.

 

Prediction: William King to win via (T)KO in Round 1

 

FIGHT #2

 

Johnny Luca vs Sambo Rambo

 

Johnny Luca managed to pick up his first win of the season last round against Bosco Brown, while Sambo Rambo continued his poor form with a loss to Jay Gatsby. Rambo’s got a poor chin, and with Luca having power in his hands, I can only see this going one way.

 

Prediction: Johnny Luca to win via (T)KO in Round 1

 

FIGHT #3

 

Chris Severn vs Joey Kocur

 

Chris Severn took the fall for his team last week, taking the fight against Benvenuti and losing to a Flying Knee KO. Kocur meanwhile has gotten back to form with a second consecutive (T)KO win against Jamal Jackson. It looks like Severn has taken the fall again, as I expect Kocur to take home the win.

 

Prediction: Joey Kocur to win via (T)KO in Round 1

 

FIGHT #4

 

Timur Rubin vs Algot Von Panzerhosen

 

Timur Rubin got his second win of the season last round against John Paul Wani, and he will be fancying his chances in this round. Von Panzerhosen is 0-5 in the tournament as his weak chin has been exposed over and over and his grappling is too weak to hold off Rubin.

 

Prediction: Timur Rubin to win via (T)KO in Round 1

 

FIGHT #5

 

Dante Cross Furia vs Antonio Jose De Sucre

 

Dante Cross Furia suffered his first loss of the season last round against Flavius Odoacer, but this is the perfect chance for him to get back to winning ways. Antonio Jose De Sucre suffered a loss to Anakoni Kai last time, and worst of all, he suffered a big 16 day injury which will see him come into this bout still nursing it. Furia should be able to take advantage and get the win.

 

Prediction: Dante Cross Furia to win via (T)KO in Round 1

 

FIGHT #6

 

Shintaro Nomo vs Helix Cabrera

 

Shintaro Nomo suffered his first loss of the season last round against Shinyo Jintao, and some divine intervention from Mr Mike Tycoon was required to allow this fight to go ahead. Helix Cabrera meanwhile has dominated every opponent he has come across, and in this fight I expect no different.

 

Prediction: Helix Cabrera to win via (T)KO in Round 2

 

FIGHT #7

 

Yaniv Schulmann vs Taisto Perala

 

Yaniv Schulmann picked up his second win of the season last time, defeating Ruslav Mstislav Volkov via Unanimous Decision, and he will need to use his grappling efficiently in this fight. Taisto Perala suffered his first loss of the season against Drug Killjoy, and has been raring to right that wrong. With his grappling being good enough to hold off Schulmann, I expect Perala to take home the win.

Prediction: Taisto Perala to win via (T)KO in Round 2


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