*T124* - Hear Me Roar!
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Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome the preview for T124 - Hear Me Roar! We have an absolute blockbuster card lined up with not one, not two, but three huge title fights taking place! This card literally has it all. A former champion returns to the org in an undercard fight, as well as a Hall of Famer in another undercard bout, but the main card is where things start to heat up. 3 debuts for the org’s main roster kick things off, before we get to see who the winner of the Middleweight tournament to decide the champion is. It’s been 2 months since former champion Ilya Mstislav Volkov was stripped, and now Ricky Icky and Kalervo Kaunismieli battle to become the new champ. Our Co-Main event is an intense one, as long time champ Rocky McColgan takes on the young challenge of Derfel Cadarn, who has proved to be wise and skilled beyond his years and has said he will put Rocky down. But without a doubt, everyone’s eyes will be gazing upon the Main Event which sees a lot of recent bad blood come to the boil as the last ever Troid EP champ Shinyo Jintao, managed by Dean Sutherland, takes on the last ever Insanity champ Ozzy McKane, managed by Chris Karter. People have been wondering when these two managerial legends would first square off following Sutherland leaving Convicted, and we have it live right here. Without further ado ladies and gents, let’s get right into it!
FIGHT #1 - Lightweight Division!
Charlie Alaniz (21-17-0) vs Elias Al Haddad (17-16-2)
Our first bout of the evening is a Lightweight clash as Charlie Alaniz takes on Elias Al Haddad.
Charlie Alaniz makes his second appearance in the org, suffering a loss in his debut to John Murray as he was knocked out in the third round. Despite not having an impressive win-loss ratio, he has a BJJ Black Belt which has seen him rack up 15 submission wins in his career, showing he is no slouch when it comes to the ground. He will look to use his grappling to good effect in this bout in order to get the win.
Elias Al Haddad is also making his second appearance in the org, and like Alaniz, he also suffered defeat in his debut, losing via second round Kimura to Volya Nikolaev. He possessed little power in his fists, but he is known as a decision fighter, picking up 14 of his 17 wins as a result, with 3 KO wins to supplement it. He will need to be on top of his game in order to walk out with the win, as he will need to avoid being locked in a submission.
With Al Hadded possessing little power, I feel Alaniz should be comfortable in be able to secure a takedown at some point and then just swarming him. Al Haddad has shown a vulnerability in his career of submissions, and I feel another one will be coming his way here.
Prediction: Charlie Alaniz to win via Submission in Round 2
FIGHT #2 - Light Heavyweight Division!
Zoey Malone Jr (10-5-0) vs Ben Breeze (12-9-0)
Our second fight of the evening is a Light Heavyweight bout from two former EP staples as Zoey Malone Jr takes on Ben Breeze.
Zoey Malone Jr has found consistent form hard to come by lately, with his last 8 fights seeing him exchange wins and losses. In his last bout, he suffered a loss to Aleksander Kamenov via TKO in the second round. We know however that he can fight, and he just needs to get back to the form he showed in his earlier EP career where he racked up a 6 fight win streak.
Ben Breeze is a former EP champion, but has suffered losses in his last 2 fights as he has been knocked out both times. He fought Flagon Sackett as part of the Troid - EP merger bout to unify the titles, going out in the second round to a TKO, while his last bout saw him looking up at the lights from his back as he was laid out in the first round against Moses Sithole. Like Malone Jr, he is looking to get back to the form he showed at EP, and this is the perfect fight to do so.
Both fighters are gonna be desperate to get the win in this bout, with both looking like they are on their last legs, so expect both to go for the KO win, but I think Ben Breeze has more about him in this bout.
Prediction: Ben Breeze to win via (T)KO in Round 2
FIGHT #3 - Welterweight Division!
Jack Daniels (13-8-1) vs Charles Grace (12-7-0)
Our next bout is a Welterweight bout that sees former champion Jack Daniels make his return to the org to compete against debutant Charles Grace.
Jack Daniels is a former Troid champion, capturing the belt from Terrence Thornton nearly a year ago now, before losing the belt to Gustav Ragnarson, who he would defeat in his next fight to gain a measure of revenge. He would move to Insanity afterwards, failing to capture the title from Johnny Shamrock in his debut, but he would go 2-1 in his next 3 fights to give himself some confidence again. A trip to Evolution would then happen, as Jack went 2-3 in the org. He is in Trinity for the first time but will be in familiar surroundings, and it just remains to be seen if he will make a run for the title.
Charles Grace is a Mad Cash tournament semi finalist, and in his last fight saw a 4 fight winning streak broken in a title shot against Ozzy McKane for the Welterweight championship of Insanity. Despite the loss, 9 (T)KO’s from 12 wins is an impressive record, especially when you take into account he has only ever been knocked out once in his career, and also has only ever been submitted once. He has a chance to make an impact here by taking out a former champion.
Both guys have plenty of people talking about their potential in the division, but I am gonna plump for a Charles Grace win.
Prediction: Charles Grace to win via (T)KO in Round 3
FIGHT #4 - Featherweight Division!
Underestimated Dillashaw Junior (15-12-0) vs Daniel Larusso (16-8-0)
Back down the weight classes now as a Featherweight bout is up next with Underestimated Dillashaw Junior taking on Daniel Larusso.
UDJ is a former DSC champion who is making his first fight here under the management of Blake Phoenix. He is fresh off competing in the ITFL Season 4, going a respectable 5-5 as his team, Team Conquer, ended up as the winners of the season. He is now looking to kick on from that and earn himself another shot at the title, having lost his sole attempt last year.
Daniel Larusso suffered a loss in his last bout, a title fight against Boreste Bardanos for the title. Prior to that fight however, he has scored wins over Joaquim Antunes and Jack Olin. He has never been knocked out in his career, but on the flip side has scored 7 (T)KO wins in his own career. He needs to win these kind of fights if he wants to get back into the title picture, so it’s a do or die kind of situation for him.
Both of these guys are former title challengers, and from my own view, I feel like Daniel Larusso is going to pick up the win. He has never been knocked out in his career, while UDJ has been knocked out numerous times before.
Prediction: Daniel Larusso to win via (T)KO in Round 2
FIGHT #5 - Lightweight Division!
Sinbad Sailor (16-6-0) vs Sam Urai (14-7-2)
Our final undercard fight is a Lightweight bout that sees Sinbad Sailor take on newly inducted Hall of Famer, Sam Urai.
Sinbad Sailor has had a rough time of it lately, losing his last three bouts, but he is still a highly talented fighter who has scored a finish in all but one of his wins. Daniel O’Sullivan, Brynden Epicity and Boris Gregorovitsj are all top level fighters, and to lose to them is nothing to be ashamed of at all, but he will need to start winning against the name fighters in order to remain relevant, and a win over a Hall of Famer is the perfect way to do so.
Sam Urai is fresh off being inducted into the Hall of Fame, and while he may not be a star in terms of being at the top, but he is a fan’s favourite in the org for his never say die attitude and his willingness to represent the org at every opportunity. With (T)KO, Submission and Decision wins to his name, he knows how to win any fight, but it comes down to his execution in the bout.
A tough fight for both competitors, and either fighter can win with both having striking and grappling skills, but in my opinion, I think Sam Urai is gonna get the win.
Prediction: Sam Urai to win via Unanimous Decision
Our first main card fight of the evening is a Lightweight bout that sees William Henry Bonney take on John Murray.
William Henry Bonney is making his debut in Trinity here, signing over as part of the Insanity roster, and he is a name that the fans are excited to see, and with good reason. He is currently 4-1 in his last 5 fights, with his sole loss coming against the Insanity champion Norman Parke. A highly talented striker, he has 9 (T)KO wins in his career, and can catch his opponents with just one punch to end the fight. Whether the champion is Daniel O’Sullivan or Norman Parke, Bonney is going to be gunning for the title.
John Murray meanwhile is currently on a 2 fight win streak of his own, defeating Jacob Koch and Charlie Alaniz to put himself in a good position in the roster. He is also a talented striker like Bonney, as he has picked up 8 (T)KO victories in his career. On the flipside however, 4 of his 6 losses have come via (T)KO, showing that perhaps he is not as comfortable taking a punch as Bonney is.
Both guys pack a punch, but I think Bonney has more about his striking game and is more durable, so I am gonna be picking him to win.
Prediction: William Henry Bonney to win via (T)KO in Round 2
Our last fight before we hit title territory now as Pablo Escobar makes his debut for the official roster against another debutant in The Chin.
Pablo Escobar was a star performer in the ITFL Season 4, going 8-2 in the regular season to carry his team to 3rd position in the standings. Since then, he has lost a fight against Calm Like A Bomb and lost in the ITFL Individual Tournament against Joey Kocur, but he is here now in Trinity and is looking to earn a shot at the title. Carrying devastating KO Power, despite suffering 6 (T)KO losses, his chin is durable, and he will look to land the heavy strikes before it can be cracked.
The Chin is also making his debut in this bout, with the fight being reorganised due to an injury. His original opponent, Derfel Cadarn, now finds himself in the title fight, while The Chin will be looking to make his name next on the list of challengers for the title. Much like Escobar, he has 6 (T)KO losses to his name, but he backs it up with a flawless KO record of 15 in 15 wins. He will be hoping that he can use his power before Escobar can, and make it an early night.
Both fighters have sickening KO Power, and while both have suffered KO losses regularly, I think Escobar has more about him in this bout to take home the win.
Prediction: Pablo Escobar to win via (T)KO in Round 1
Our first title fight of the evening is for the vacant Middleweight championship and it sees Ricky “Sticky Chronic” Icky take on Kalervo Kaunismieli.
Ricky Icky has emerged lately as a world class fighter under manager Ryan Epicity, going 9-1 under his management, with his sole loss coming against the current #5 ranked fighter Rockmeteller Todd in a fight many felt could easily have gone the other way. He has power and an unwavering chin, making him a tough matchup for any opponent. He is currently ranked as the #20 Middleweight in the world, but a win here could potentially launch him into the top 10 as well as having his first title in his career.
Kalervo Kaunismieli like Ricky has found his finest form under his current manager Billy Arseworth, going 9-2 under his management. In a sort of mirror matchup, he also has power and an unwavering chin, something that has gotten many fans excited at. He gives away a slight height advantage in this bout, but expect him to put on a classy performance as always as he looks to also secure the first title in his career.
Both guys are incredible fighters, as both have power, durable chins and exceptional managers. Icky comes in with a slight height advantage, but also has a primary skill advantage, so I am going with him for the win, but expect Kaunismieli to give him an awesome fight, which I am tipping for Fight of the Night honours.
Prediction: Ricky Icky to win via Unanimous Decision
Our Co-Main event of the evening is a Heavyweight title fight between “Cocky” Rocky McColgan and Derfel “The Mighty” Cadarn.
“Cocky” Rocky McColgan finds himself in unfamiliar territory here, as this marks the first time he has appeared in the org and not been in the Main Event. Despite this however, he is a world class fighter who picked up a Silver Medal in the Heavyweight Olympics, and in his last bout, defeat the Super Heavyweight Gold medalist Lexington Snape. Carrying heavy power in his hands, but giving away a slight size disadvantage, he is looking to knock off possibly the hottest prospect in the Heavyweight division worldwide. He was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame, and he is looking to show the world why he earned that position, as well as retaining his Heavyweight crown.
Derfel Cadarn is one of the ballsiest fighters in the world, and the same can be said for his manager, as he looks to dethrone the Heavyweight champion at just 25 years old. He has never been knocked out in his career, in fact, he has only lost one fight, with that being his first fight in his MMA career. With 11 wins to his name, 10 of those have come via (T)KO and in his last bout against Conway Pulford, he survived being knocked down in the first round to come back ferociously and pick up the win in the second round via TKO (Cut) when it was just looking like he was about to knock him clean out. Cadarn is gonna be a top contender for years to come, and this marks the time when he is looking to make that ascension to the throne.
Honestly, it’s a tough ass fight to call. Cadarn has looked dominating against every opponent he has faced, while Rocky has cleaned house in the division for the past year. Either fighter can come out on top in this close fight, but I am gonna plump for Rocky to win it.
Prediction: Rocky McColgan to win via (T)KO in Round 3
And finally, our Main Event of the evening is a Welterweight championship unification bout with a lot of story behind it as Troid EP champion Shinyo “Gekido” Jintao takes on Insanity champion Ozzy “Insane” McKane!
Shinyo Jintao is currently 9-2 under manager Dean Sutherland, and has never been knocked out in his career. Carrying heavy power in his hands, he has scored 13 (T)KO’s from 17 wins, and he is currently on a 3 fight win streak which saw him defeat Carlos Centurion in his last bout to win the championship and become the last ever Troid EP champion. He broke into the top 100 after that bout, and is looking to launch himself even more into the top 100 with a win in this bout.
Ozzy McKane is one of the best smacktalkers you are going to see in MMA, and with a manager like Chris Karter, that is no surprise. Add into this, he is currently ranked as the #23 P4P fighter in the world and #3 in his weight class and you can see he backs up his words. Currently 18-3 in his career, he has an impressive history of winning, with 9 (T)KO’s and 7 Submissions, while has has never been knocked out. He is a 2 time Insanity champion, with his most recent reign coming after knocking off Andy Carroll within one minute, before subsequent wins against Johnny Shamrock, Charles Grace, Victor Loosa and Norman Parke. He now faces Jintao in a bout that can secure his spot as the next top Welterweight on the planet, especially after calling out Bowser Stormcrow recently for retiring before fighting him.
This is gonna be an intense fight without a doubt. Both fighters are incredibly talented, but that is the last thing on people’s minds, with this fight being the first time Dean Sutherland and Chris Karter will cross paths since Sutherland left the Convicted alliance. Both men have had something to say about the other since then, but now is the time for them to settle it the best way MMA Tycoon knows how - In a fight. Both guys have their ways to win this bout, and regardless of who wins, the Tycoon world will be keeping their eyes peeled for this one.
Prediction: Shinyo Jintao to win via (T)KO in Round 2
That’s it from me as I preview another incredible event which is headlined by a fight with a lot of bad blood involved. 3 titles will be on the line, and 3 men will walk out with gold around their waist. Be sure to tune in at 6pm to find out who!