GAMMA opens in Las Vegas
Posted 26 October 2010 - 05:18 AM
a lot of work and negotiations are also in place at the moment to bring in some big names to bolster our already highly talented roster, stay tuned for more news in the near future......
Posted 27 October 2010 - 04:56 PM
#1 You spent your early days fighting out of LA, then moved to Las Vegas, why did you make the change?
I love LA. My family is there and I was happy fighting in LA orgs. But my manager is greedy and didnt want to pay extra gym fees when he had ok gym in Vegas. So he forced me to move here and train in his gym. I had low morale for some time but I guess things are looking better now. I still do eat Prozac..
#2 You only recently moved to GAMMA, why did you make the decision to join?
My manager wanted me to get in smaller org where I could be champ however he got a great offer from GAMMA and got greedy..
#3 You are up against Jack Burton in your first fight, he has been in GAMMA for some time and is considered a seasoned veteran, however many have you as the favorite, what do you think?
I have fought really though guys before. Lost some, won some. Burton seems to be one of those guys that are good in all areas. And he really is though. But I have really been training my stand up skills and I have solid ground game as well. I just think that this is going to be great fight. I just hope that my manager allows me to fight with my strenghts.
#4 Your next fight is considered to be the top contenders fight, assuming you win, do you think you can take on the winner of the Khalifman vs David fight?
I think i can win anyone in my weight division, I would love to fight Khalifman for the title.
Posted 28 October 2010 - 02:10 PM
Today we have the Most fight of the night awards, these were based upon which fighter had the highest rated fight (100% being the top) and was ranked higher on the fight card. In other words if you had a 100% rated fight and were the title fight\main event, then you will automatically win the FoN award. Here is how we have it so far.
Most Fight of the night awards:
Erkki Junttila x10
Mikhail Yudovich x8
Raz Matazz x7
Hendo Han x7
Arne De Rick x6
Lennon Lewis x5
Frank Da La Rosa x5
Jack Burton x5
Dwayne Hicks x5
Jeremy Tonal x5
Thyre Wilkins x5
Trygve Graudheim x5
Cam Stroud x4
Cheez Itz x4
Lemar Johnson x4
Alexander Khalifman x4
Alfred Brown x3
Battery Maximus x3
Bubba Joe x3
Cockpunch Jones x3
Cory Steel x3
Gerard Foster x3
Hunter Rose x3
Robin Convents x3
Thijs Meyer x3
Note: Fighters with 3+ awards only included
Posted 30 October 2010 - 07:13 AM
In total, GAMMA has 6 out of the top 10 Fight of the night, 4 out of the top 10 sub of the night, 7 out of the total KO of the night and 8 out of the top total awards! Here is their exact listing:
Fight of the night
#1 Erkki Junttila (10) - GAMMA
#2 Mikhail Yudovich (7) - GAMMA
#3 Raz Matazz (7) - GAMMA
#4 Hendo Han (7) - GAMMA
#9 Trygve Graudheim (5) - GAMMA
#10 Thyre Wilkins (5) - GAMMA
Sub of the night
#2 John Heartman (6) - GAMMA
#3 Nikon Holm (5) - GAMMA
#4 Erico Plaza (5) - GAMMA
#10 Erkki Junttila (4) - GAMMA
KO of the night
#1 Lennon Lewis (8) - Ex-GAMMA
#2 Raz Matazz (8) - GAMMA
#3 Rick Stanley (6) - GAMMA
#4 Kruk Ma Kali (6) - GAMMA
#6 Jack Burton (5) - GAMMA
#7 Hendo Han (5) - GAMMA
#10 Bubba Joe (4) - GAMMA
#1 Erkki Junttila (17) - GAMMA
#2 Raz Matazz (15) - GAMMA
#3 Jack Burton (14) - GAMMA
#4 Lennon Lewis (12) - Ex-GAMMA
#5 Mikhail Yudovich (12) - GAMMA
#6 Hendo Han (12) - GAMMA
#8 Dwayne Hicks (10) - GAMMA
#10 Cheez Itz (10) - GAMMA
Posted 02 November 2010 - 08:11 AM
#1 Back in GAMMA after a short stint in EUFC, how does it feel to be back?
Zig: Feels great, had a good time when i was here in the past, won all my fights besides one (draw) so glad to be putting on a good show for the fans
#2 You won your last fight against Jonas Hansson, who would you like to fight next?
Zig: I do not really mind, whoever the boss wants i am up to the challenge, was never one of those to hand pick fights
#3 Although you have never been stopped, you did loose 2 fights, why do you think so?
Zig: Mainly it was due to my stand up skills, i could not finish it standing, that has now changed since i joined the Blood Gym, which specialises on stand up
#4 The 265lbs division is very packed at the momment, with the title changing hands a lot, who you think will win the next bout?
Zig: Han is the ex-champ and the guy which made Itz look really bad in their 2 fights, however i think Stone has the stand up advantage in this one and did win their first fight, but it should be pretty close.
Posted 03 November 2010 - 06:50 AM
George Nehi, which was previously the assistant manager has taken over. This will be the 3rd person to take over GAMMA: Contenders after originally being founded by Leroy Kensington back in Spring 2010.
We wish Shawn the best of luck in his future endeavors and prosperity to George in his new role.
Posted 03 November 2010 - 06:57 AM
We are here with GAMMA, a veteran organization that has been around a while and is one of the top orgs in the game.
First off, you are one of the best and oldest organizations in the game today, what is different from the mma world today then when it first started, game wise?
Quite a lot has changed, starting with the salaries. When I started GAMMA back in May 2009 500\1000\500 was considered a great contract, these days people reject 10x that. There is obviously a lot more competition now, starting a new org is a huge amount of work and actually competing is even more difficult.
As far as fighting goes, stand up has now taken over, when it all started it was more about BJJ and early quick submissions, these days with the good wrestling and takedown D, usually it is down to who can win the standup.
You only have 4 weight divisions, but they are very deep, is there any reason for so few divisions?
a lot of orgs struggle to keep a good competitive roster and have just 10-15 fighters max per division, which gives you less rotation, I prefer to keep it very competitive, so by having fewer divisions it means more options. I was considering having a 155lbs division or a 265+ one, however there is nowhere near the talent pool in those 2 weight classes, so I focused on just these 4.
We recently did an interview with one of your champions, Raz Matazz, what are your thoughts on the champions in GAMMA?
Raz is a thug, on a fantastic run and one of the top 10 fighters in his division worldwide, he has been with us for a long time now and the fans love him here in GAMMA. He has overwhelmed everyone which was offered to him so far, hard to see him losing his crown anytime soon, however you never know in MMA.
Mikhail Yudovich and Alexander Khalifman are both managed by Grund McGrunderson, probably the all time top manager in terms of wins and title reigns.
Mikhail is the only person to hold 2 titles in GAMMA (185 and 205) and on another dominating run, he did lose his title to Raz, however without a doubt he is an all time great for us. His win over Tonal to win the title is probably one of the biggest upsets ever in GAMMA.
Alexander is the equivalent of Raz but for the 170lbs division, he has beaten up everyone in his path so far and currently looks untouchable. We do have some top talent coming up the ranks though, but they need 1-2 wins before they can compete.
Sammy Stone is our most recent champion; he beat both Hendo Han and then Chris Webster to win the title and has the rematch with Hendo up next. He is already an experienced fighter at just 22 years old with 17 fights under his belt, but the 265lbs division was always the most competitive, nobody has held the title for more than 3 defenses, I think Stone could break that tradition.
What are some things you look for when you are looking to sign a fighter?
Various things, obviously their hype, record and history are major factors, however I usually stick with reliable VIP managers or people I have done business with in the past. I try to avoid inexperienced managers or young fighters which are on a short winning streak; they would never be able to compete in GAMMA anyway.
With such deep divisions, who are some of the up and coming guys that the mma world should look out for?
It is REALLY tough to mention just one fighter or in fact 5-6 of them, as you said our divisions are very deep and virtually anyone can be the new superstar. Besides that our fighters are young, everyone is under 28 years old, most under 25, so they are still developing.
GAMMA is one of a few companies with a feeder organization, yours being GAMMA Contenders, how important is it to have a feeder organization?
There have been a few good fighters which have joined us from GAMMA Contenders, it still needs time though, but I am confident in getting more out of our feeder league in the future.
Will GAMMA ever have its own personal Hall of Fame? If yes, who are some possible fighters that we could see in GAMMA's HoF?
Sure we will, we did not make one so far because none of our top fighters have retired. I know some orgs have made a HOF very early to attract attention and congratulate their stars; however inducting a 22 year old with 10 wins into your HOF makes no sense to me. Give it another year; we should have the first inductees by then.
Thank you again for answering our questions. Is there anything else you would like to tell the GAMMA and mma fans?
I would like to thank everyone who has taken part in our success so far, the list is huge and to be honest I do not know from whom to start with, most of the fighters managed in GAMMA are top class, thanks to you guys and keep it up.
To the rest, if you have a top talent and want an unbiased, non-alliance orientated place to compete, then welcome to GAMMA!
Here is the direct link to the site (Check under interviews)
Posted 11 November 2010 - 05:13 AM
Question #1: You've had a pretty decent career for GAMMA so far, with the exception of a couple of looses early on in your career to the same guy and one against Carter Pewterschmidt more recently, your record is close to perfect, are you happy with your achievements so far?
I am very happy with my career so far, I try to fight entertaining and finish my fights. I have lost to decision 3 times and all of those loses haunts me. Especially the two loses to Phillip Merki. these three losses have shown me what I lack in my groundgame, and I have been working hard on takedown defensenes and defensive grappling lately.
Question #2: Your last 6 wins have all come in the form of TKO\KO, would you say your stand up skills are far more superior than your ground game?
I love a good brawl, and prefer to keep my matches standing, I even enjoy taking a couple of punches to my nose. But I need to focus more on my groundgame. And I am improving a lot with the help of the trainers on €LIT€ CΘMßAT SYST€MS.
Question #3: Next you have Joe Thompson, a fighter which has a lot more experience than yourself and is also an ex-IGR champion, making his debut in GAMMA, do you think his chances of winning are better?
I think this is going to be an open battle, and I am really looking forward to standing toe to toe with Thompson. But my right hand is no joke and I will turn his lights of in the first round. No disrespect to Thompson.
Question #4: A win in the next fight could even put you in contention for the title, would you be ready to take on Raz Matazz?
I am ready to take on whoever Gamma wants me to fight. And it would be great fun to fight Raz.
Posted 16 November 2010 - 07:49 AM
Question #1 You have had 18 fights in GAMMA, one of the longest standing members, however at still 24y do you think the best is still to come?
Oh definitely. I didn't have the opportunity to get top training and be eased into fighting, I was thrown into the cage as soon as I set foot in Vegas. I've got to rely on what I have learned in those 18 fights to take down these other fighters who on paper may look like they are the better fighter.
Question #2 Which would you say was the most difficult fighter you have fought so far?
Hard to point at one fighter and single them out. Both of my last two opponents were very difficult to prepare for but for different reasons. Doug Davis is a very technical striker, he will try to pick you apart every second you are trading blows with him. Mikhail Yudovich just flat out has raw power. When he hits you, your momma feels it.
Question #3 With 11 100% rated fights, you are the most exciting fighter in GAMMA's history, would you say you are a crowd pleaser?
You could say my fighting style is a crowd favorite but some of those fights ended with me face down on the mat. I would love to say it is my raw animal magnetism that drives the ladies in attendance wild but let's face it, I am in that cage facing off against someone else who wants to rip my head off. It takes two fighters to get the crowd pumped up, they don't cheer for me alone.
Question #4 Yudovich is up against Nosla for the next 205lbs title defense, do you think Nosla can upset the current champion?
At this level anyone can beat anyone else on any given night. I haven't had the pleasure of fighting Nolsa myself but as a fellow Muay Thai practitioner I have to say he has some pretty sick head kicks and an impressive list of KO victims. That being said, and nothing against him, my money is on Yudovich.
Posted 21 November 2010 - 09:06 AM
Mikhail Yudovich, the star of the event and only person in GAMMA history to hold a title in 2 different weight classes, broke the record set by Raz Matazz and moved to #24 in the p4p category. Raz previously held the #25 spot.
Note: All the above was achieved while fighting with premium tickets in a small arena of 3k, our real ranking can easily be top 10.
Posted 23 November 2010 - 09:23 PM
Question #1 John, you just made the move down from 185lbs, it seemed you was doing fine at 185lbs, why did you make this decision?
With the suggestion of Gamma I was way under weight by around 20lbs. It only made sense to move down in weight, it also makes for a much more exciting fight being in a class where I fighting fighters my size.
Question #2 You are on a fantastic 8-0 winning streak currently, when you just started at GAMMA you went 1-5, what changed for you to turn around your career?
I stopped training every day and now train every other day. I also started to work on my defense, because defense is the best offense.
Question #3 Dan Hardy is your next opponent, he is new to the GAMMA cage, however he is undefeated in 7 fights and is the CWFL LA champion, do you think you will break his streak?
I WILL win this fight, Dan is a great fighter but I have experience on my side. I am stronger, Faster, and he will gas before I will. I did my research and he is about to get his first loss.
Question #4 Alexander Khalifman is one of the most dominating champions in MMA history, undefeated in 17 fights, who do you think are the main challengers to give him his first defeat?
I am not sure who it will be but he has 5 UD and I think he will lose in the one of his next 4 fights.
Posted 30 November 2010 - 07:45 AM
Question #1: Hendo, you just wrote GAMMA history becoming the first and only person to win the title for the second time, how does it feel
Answer; Whooooooooo! I'm like dude, holy $#@&! My manager said we should start taking people down like that Gracie guy! That's what K1 told me. Don't remember most of the fight. A couple of weeks ago I realized I was walking around with this belt on. Then it hit me. I think I won that fight! (K1 embarrassingly slumps in chair.)
Question #2: Although being just 26y and an all time GAMMA great, there were rumors that you would of retired if you failed to win the title, is this true?
Answer: Yeah. What's up with that? Although K1 may be clever and handsome, he just don't know what it do! He basically said I was fat. That's just mean. Even if it's true you just don't say that. It really hurts. So I traded my donuts for dumbbells. I am happy to announce I have lost 12 lbs and 3 pant sizes. (Hendo spins around and does look pretty fit. K-1 slumps a little further.)
Question #3: You went into the fight against Sammy as the outsider, having previously lost a fight to him a few months back, what do you think changed since your last fight?
Answer: I swear I was like dude holy $#@%! We should take people down like that Gracie guy! Let's be honest. I'm an extremely lazy person. If I can lay on my opponent for five rounds, maybe have a snack in between, I'll do it. Yeah I got whooped by Stone. So what? Must be fun teeing off on a little fat guy.
Question #4: Sammy did have you knocked down several times, eventually you pulled off a shock win by submission, your first in your career so far, would you say that this will become your new secret weapon?
Answer: I don't remember being knocked down. Oh you mean takedown? Yeah I did a pretty good job of taking it to the ground. Thanks. Tyson Belfort was brought in to work specifically on the triangle. I'd say it worked considering I have no submissions whatsoever. I don't have to beat everyone but somewhere along the line I'm getting my belt back.
Posted 01 December 2010 - 07:34 PM
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Posted 13 December 2010 - 05:12 PM
He went in as the 23rd seed out of a total of 32 fighters and after winning his first 2 fights went up against #2 seeded Earl Lee Swagger for the quarter finals. It was a tough decision win for Jeremy which will now face Jerry Millen on New Year! A win there will take him to the finals.
This is the first time a GAMMA fighter has ever participated in a major tournament and he has done fantastic so far, good job Richard Davenport!
Posted 14 December 2010 - 08:28 AM
Grud has been with us now for a very long time, close to 1 1/2 years, his current run in GAMMA is truly impressive with a total of 35 fights, 33 of which he won. He manages Yudovich and Khalifman, 2 of the top 5 all time fighters in GAMMA, both of which are champs in their respective divisions.
Posted 15 December 2010 - 08:36 PM
Question #1 You have already introduced yourself to the GAMMA fans with a tough decision win over Frank Abbot, you do like to go for the KO though, will we see more of those to come in the future?
I love the KO but Frank Abbot is a very tough fighter. His last 8 fights have gone to decision or something like that. Nobody is finishing that guy lately. Maybe i should have taken him to the ground and pounded him out or subbed him but i wasnt sure I would get the win if Bubba couldnt finish him there so I took the safe approach and out pointed him on the feet. Not a very exciting fight sorry.
As for future KO's. I just dont know.
Question #2 Next up you have Ali Newman, a one time GAMMA top contender, which lost his last 2 fights, what is your strategy in this fight?
Ali Newman is no joke. He has losses but to some really good fighters, i can't discuss my strategy though.
Question #3 The Broken Halo Pride is a highly respected MMA alliance, how instrumental so far for your success?
The Broken Halo Pride has been a very important part of my success. With those guys behind me I have been blasting up the rankings. I most certainly would not be where I am today without the support of my BHP brothers. Thanks boys.
Question #4 If you win the next one, you could be in contention for a title fight, who would you prefer to fight for the title, the contender Doug Davis or the current champ Mikhail Yudovich?
If i win that i am in for some real trouble. Yudovich looks to be a very tough opponent for anyone and if Davis beats him then we will know just how tough Davis is.
Who would I rather fight? I have had my eye on Yudovich for a while but nobody has finished Davis or beaten him. To be honest I was hoping to avoid fighting either one of them for a couple more fights.
Posted 21 December 2010 - 07:15 AM
Questions #1 You spent a lot of time on the QFC scene, with one of the best records ever there at 9-0, what pushed you to make the decision to join a top org like GAMMA?
I wanted to make sure I was ready prior to stepping up to the big boys so to speak. I rounded out my game by taking as many QFC fights as I felt was needed so that when I joined a company such as GAMMA I was prepared. I then joined the now closed Supreme Fighting Championship, and took part in their WW tournament to the title, but they went out of business after I secured my spot in the finals. Then it was on to GAMMA : Contenders were I must have done something right, because here I am talking to you fighting for one of the biggest companies in Vegas.
Question #2 At 27y old, do you think you are ready to compete at the highest level?
I feel I can still compete at this level at least for a few more fights. I really want to make a run at the title, and getting a couple wins will be the first step. I can still hang with the young pups, and whenever we roll in the gym I tap most of them out.
Question #3 You have some weaknesses on the stand up game, do you think this will be a factor in your career?
I am most definitely a specialist at what I do, and yeah I suppose my stand up could be looked at as a negative factor in my training. However I choose to see it as I have focused on becoming the best at something I was born to do which is tap fools out! I've never been finished on the feet, and once I get a fight to the mat it's only a matter of time before my opponent is tapping, snapping, or napping.
Question #4 Pound Mcgee is your next opponent, he has considerably less experience, do you think you will use that to your advantage?
Yeah Mcgee is much newer to the fight world then I am, but I don't take any opponent lightly. Especially a guy with the KO power Mcgee possess', which as you pointed out is a weakness in my own skill set. But he is just as weak on the ground as I am on the feet so in a traditional striker vs. grappler bout there will be no secrets to either of our game plans he'll want to sprawl and brawl well I'll be looking to get this to the ground and look for the submission.
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