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#21 TheMould

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 08:06 AM

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ONI Search for competition for Ben Stone
On the 30th of May, Osaka Niten Ichi will be holding ONI 163 in front of a potentially packed audience at Shinjuku Indoor Arena, Tokyo. Fighter Ben "Balls of " Stone, is looking for an opponent at the highly anticipated event and has even gone as far as too issue an open challenge to anybody brave enough to meet him inside the cage at ONI 163 for the ONI Welterweight (170lbs) title, as he attempts to regain what he feels he never truly lost!
 
The title is currently vacant and Stone has earned his shot at gold but owner Jamie Coton, who had been looking for an opponent to step forward, has yet been able to find a challenger for the man who when ONI seemingly finished was champion. This was when Ben showed he had real “Balls of” Stone and began to take things into his own hands, encouraging Cotton to allow him to face whoever may want to challenge him. While it is understood ONI would prefer Stone to face another competitor from inside of the organisation, they are open to allowing him to face a new talent coming in or a fighter from elsewhere who wants to face the Welterweight force.
 
Stone is a well-rounded fighter, who was made to leave his ONI welterweight title vacant when the company took its 8 month hiatus. Following this after a mildly successful run in the world’s number 2 promotion, Synchronicity, as his contract came up he made the jump back to the organization he sees as home – ONI upon its re-opening. After facing and beating Boy Bubby convincingly in his return to ONI on the second night of their resurrection, it was announced Stone would get a shot to re-claim the Welterweight title but now the challenge is finding him an opponent who can push him to the limits and maybe beyond. Who will step-up? We hope to find out shortly. All potential challengers are urged to PM Jamie Coton or post a challenge in the ONI Smack Talk thread.
 
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Posted 11 May 2014 - 08:08 AM

Nice looks even better to me posted up good job
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Posted 11 May 2014 - 07:53 PM

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FV #19 Watch Your Back

Venue: Sparta’s Palace (7,000) on Saturday 10th May.

Forbidden Violence brings you another card featuring promising talent who are looking to make a name for themselves and the organisation along the way. The 19th Weekly show from Forbidden Violence saw some surprises, some events we expect and the release of news that left fans hungry for more.

 

Super Heavyweight Title Fight

Mirko “The Angel of Death” McCracken (16-7-0)(1-1) vs “Fatt” Jordan Johnson (27-20-1)(Debut)

This fight was being hyped to the moon and back, the new face of Forbidden Violence’s 265+ Super Heavyweight divisions was going to be made tonight when they were crowned champion of the currently vacant Super Heavyweight Title. A title left vacant by former champion Calloway who departed undefeated in FV. These two men stepped up in his wake, with Johnson making his debut tonight.

 

What we got in the main event Saturday night was nothing but shock, a stunned capacity audience of 7,000 at Sparta’s Palace watch on as this fight finished in a mere 31 seconds. As the fight began both me advanced but Johnson hands were slow to react as McCraken threw a lightning quick combo to knock down the debutant straight of the bat and open up a cut upon his head. “The Angel of Death” hovered around the fallen Johnson as he would not be drawn into a ground war and waved “Fatt” to his feet. Johnson warily obliged but he may as well stayed down as McCraken kept out of his reach before landing another rapid combo which saw Johnson go down for good, not only giving McCraken the KO victory but also handing him the title. McCraken has not one a MMA title in nearing two years and the delight was clear (after turning his career to Kick-Boxing), we give you the new FV Super Heavyweight champion, “The Angel of Death” McCracken!

 

Co-Main Event

Daniel Dylan (25-17)(1-0) vs Helio “The Hitman” dos Passos (15-7-1)(0-0)

Daniel Dylan has been a champion everywhere he has been, so it is little wonder he likes to call himself “TheChamp” but on Saturday night he faced stiff opposition against the 7 time submission of the night winner in Brazilian dos Passos. A true battle of a striker vs a grappler in this featherweight match up that saw these great combatants take the fight the distance to a decision.

 

It certainly won’t go down as one of the all-time classics as both men seemed to play overly defensive looking to not get finished rather than to finish their opponent. Dos Passos controlled the fight in the early goings getting a take down and controlling the ground game, until very late in the first round after a stand-up where Dylan returned the favour with a takedown of his own to end a round “The Hitman” had otherwise dominated. The rest of the night was a different story as dos Passos took several shots from Dylan and had a few takedowns thwarted, leading a big set up for the third. Which did not pick up any pace and seemed as if both men were looking for a decision rather, than to finish before the final bell, despite a few somewhat threatening submission attempts. As It went to the score cards all three gave scores of 29:28 in favour to Dylan, who remained undefeated since his arrival in FV, he went onto thank the fans and promising a more exciting fight next time out, which he hoped would be soon.

 

Main Card

Hildebrand Gardiner Wright Blackwood (14-11)(1-0) vs "Quick Popper" Orville Redenbacher (35-12-1)(3-1)

The evenly matched ability and outstanding cardio of these two fighters meant, in my opinion, this fight could’ve gone on for 5 rounds and I don’t think we would’ve seen a finish or even a clear and decisive winner as Blackwood took on Redenbacher. The two men took the fight the whole three rounds to a decision, which Blackwood scraped 29:28 but it was a fight that really could’ve had a different story.

 

The fight opened with strong stand-up from both men landing several strikes each, with Blackwood even being cut after a mean 45 seconds, before it transitioned to and fro the ground for the remainder of the fight. While neither fighter was particularly convincing in any of the “close” finishes and submission attempts, this may be down to the heart both men showed when on the defensive end than the finishing ability of the aggressor as Blackwood survived multiple big shots and “Quick Popper” escaped from a total of 10 submissions to make it to the end. It won’t go down as HOF career making fight, but it’s certainly one the fans appreciated live in Sparta’s Palace and left many hungry of the main event and title fight that followed shortly after.

 

"Hammer" Mark Woleman (34-15-1)(Debut) vs "Kid Southern Lights" Rebel Johnson (16-18)(1-0)

On what should’ve been an impressive debut in a tough fight for Mark Woleman against Rebel Johnson, it was announced to the Las Vegas audience that Woleman failed to make weight coming in at 185.1lbs for his fight at 170lbs resulting in a No Contest. A noise of disgust came from the fans in the arena and it remains to be seen whether Woleman will remain under contract with FV or not following this incident where it is clear the fighter made no attempt to make weight in what can only be seen as a cowardly attempt to duck the fight with Johnson.

 

"The Natural" Avon Barksdale (18-13-1)(1-1) vs Mark "Mean Streak" Tanner (15-13)(1-1)

Former champion and brother of current 205lbs champion Jermaine, Avon Barksdale faced off against Mark Tanner in what looked like one of the hottest matches outside of the main events. The fight itself was a great back and forth contest with both competitors putting on a strong showing. Barksdale started the first round strongly by cutting Tanner early but Tanner showed a lot of heart and determination to claw back and actually take the round as he controlled both his emotions and his opponent phenomenally to take the first round. Unfortunately for Tanner, Barksdale came out strongly and controlled the fight making sure Tanner couldn’t take the game to the ground and keeping his strikes soft and from range. Every time the fighters came into the clinch Barksdale gave out the majority of shots and came off better in the exchanges and this showed when the fight when to the judges’ score cards. Barksdale took this great fight 29:28 by unanimous decision and just proved overly too much for his opposition despite Tanners strong outing.

 

The Steel Penn Alliance (5-8)(0-1) vs Damien "RDX" Garcia (18-9)(0-2)

Normally most would’ve seen this fight as a walk-over for Garcia coming in but with a huge slip in form and a resulting lack of confidence, many saw this as a more even fight and it would be a case of which fighter could last the longest not finish off the other first. Those thoughts could not be further from the truth.

 

Garcia came straight out at the start holding nothing back and showing no concern for his own wellbeing throwing everything he had at Steel and it paid off, Any longer and he may of gassed himself out early with the overwhelming aggression he displayed but with a huge head kick that left Alliance dazed against the fence Garcia moved in for the killed throwing strike after strike against his opponent, leaving the official no choice but to call a stop to the contest awarding Garcia the win by TKO. Garcia was clearly delighted with the victory and that must do wonders for his confidence but one does have to wonder, against a more skilled opposition would that extreme level of aggression backfire against “RDX”.

 

Undercard

John "Crazy Train" Wensink (5-3)(1-0) vs Samak "Zen" Tiyapairat (22-12)(0-2)

Rising star John “Crazy” train” Wensink matched up against the seasoned Vet “Zen” who had been on a bit of a slump as late, losing his last 2 fights in FV. The fight was In and out the clinch for the most part as the fighters were happy to get up close and personal with each other, looking for a finish at any opportunity. “Crazy train” Wensink in his typical aggressive style was looking strong but got cut which slowed his momentum, giving Tiyapairat the opportunity to pile on the pressure and rock Wensink. “Zen” followed up with a series of sharp strikes for the TKO victory to the delite of the fans, Tiyapairat post match decided to big himself up when talking to the announcers.

 

Ambrogio Ballestrazzi (12-9)(0-1) vs Kingsley Ciprut (15-11-1)(0-1)

Another fight that went deep into the third round on this stacked FV #19, in very contrasting fashion to how the previous card had been, was the match up that saw two evenly matched fighters push each other to the limit. It was one of the more entertaining fights of the card two as the back and forth action was fought on feet but both men were happy to fight in the clinch up close and personal – scoring a lot of points! Ciprut had the majority of strong strikes land as he cut open Ballestrazzi each round and by the third you could only feel it would be a matter of time before Ciprut took the win. The fight was finally stopped and victory awarded to Ciprut after the official called in the cage side doctor to check out the cut and the doctor then called a halt to the bout. While the fans wanted to see the finish occur through the fighters ability they must, and seemingly did, respect the official’s decision to protect the fighter’s future and health.

 

Karl Pilkington (4-0)(Debut) vs Oil Slick (35-15-2)(Debut)

Battle between two debutants as Pilkington, who has been on a 6 month hiatus, returns to face 40-year-old veteran Oil Slick. These two men come to Forbidden Violence for two very different reasons, but both to achieve the same goal. Pilkington will be wishing to prove he’s gained a step since he was last seen, while Slick was looking to show he’s still got it. He did just that as this fight which some thought would go the full 15 minutes in which both men saw their share on control but eventually half way through the third round it was Pilkington who had the break through with a clean takedown which Slick couldn’t defend. Once on the bottom it went all wrong for the undefeated man though as one slight slip cost him the fight when Slick slapped on a guillotine the returning stand-out could not get out of and near stealing the submission victory. It was something only a veteran could pull off as the gap was minimal but that’s what experience counts for and Slick showed the fans, he really has still got it.

 

Andy Carroll (6-1-0)(1-0) vs Lenny Lopez (1-3-0)(1-2)

It may not have been fight of the night but Carroll vs Lopez opened the show in Sparta’s Palace and was a solid bout that saw what most had predicted, Carroll wanted to keep to a striking war while Lopez wanted to keep the fight up close and personal before taking it to the ground. The early exchanges were even with Carroll scoring some big shots but Lopez getting a very quick takedown, although was unable to capitalize once the fight was on the ground. Carroll desire to not see his last fight for FV come to an end with the opponents hand raised showed in his performance and he gave it is all before finally finishing the fight with a defensive countering knee that put Lopez out cold. That really could’ve been KO of the night had it not been for the main event but it was a great way for Carroll to say farewell to the fans and they responded with a respectful applause as he left the cage undefeated in Forbidden Violence.

 

OF THE NIGHT awards, Sponsored by HGH Nutrients!

Fight of the night:       Hildebrand Gardiner Wright Blackwood vs Orville Redenbacher

KO of the night:          Mirko McCracken

Sub of the night:        Oil Slick

 

After a very solid card again from FV it appears that last week was not just a one off. Along with news being made official over the last few days that top 200 Pound-for-Pound fighter Paul Smith signing with FV, it shows the company is definitely on the up attracting more high profile names such as the top-10 Super Heavyweight fighter and cards such as this and FV #18 are sure only to solidify the improving reputation of Forbidden Violence. The pressure is on for those who follow after these two great cards!

 

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 10:42 AM

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Syn ' 299 Singular Duality – Review

On Sunday 11th May @ LA Memorial Colossuseum (Capacity of 93,607)

Synchronicity hosted it’s 299th weekly event this Sunday just past and it was a packed card as Syn gave us two title matches and three top 100 ranked P4P fighters in the world on one card. Read on to find out who the real winners and losers were as well as who went on to retain/become the Welterweight and Featherweight champions at the end of the night and who was able to make a name for themselves at the expense of their opponent.

 

The Welterweight Title Fight

Daniel "Ravishing" Roth (24-10-2) vs champion Sergiy Skylar (31-8-1)

As champion and challenger made their way to the cage, the contrasting look of focus, determination and mind-set was clear as the challenge – close friends with pro wrestler Shawn Michaels – came out to Sexy Boy dancing but the Champion Skylar came out as stern faced and controlled as ever.

 

The two men also had clear contrasting game plans as Roth came in looking to stand and bang but Skylar was having none of it taking Roth to the ground and then trying on the ground and pound. This was the theme of most of the fight with Skylar successful in all three of his takedown attempts. Skylar’s style may not have been the most aphetically pleasing but it certainly was effective, really testing the will and cardio of Roth. This lead to the finish when straight off the second round start he got his third take-down and proceeded with the same strategy as in the first – blowing off a submission attempt from Roth in the meantime – he eventually broke the guard of Roth, rocking him before proceeding to land some undefended shots that signalled it was all over for the official who stopped the bout.

 

After the announcement was made that Sergiy Skylar had won by TKO stoppage and retained his belt, a clearly emotional Skylar spoke directly to the Syn crowd thanking them for their on-going support, even going as far to credit them and the support they give to the success he has in the cage.  A really genuine moment the fans appreciated post fight.

 

Co-Main Event

Evgeniy Malkin (17-6-1) vs Apollo Jackson (17-3-0)

If you are looking for a fight that pretty much had it all, this was the one, the co-main event of the night, Malkin vs Jackson. It was a match-up that really did live up to the billing as these two men took the fight the whole distance to a descision. The fight was back and forth and neither man allowed the other to take control in the slightest. It was a true classic and if you haven’t seen it, you should watch it on playback. As it went to the score cards with both men equal in every aspect the fight was ruled a draw, with the judge’s ruling it 29:29, 28:29, 29:28. The announcement of this led to a “One more round” chant from the sold out audience inside of the Collossusuem.

 

Featherweight Title Match-up

Champion Matt Miller (33-10-1) vs "The Justice" Mitch Heisenberg (35-21-1)

One of the most anticipated matches of the night was the fight between Champion Matt Miller and the man they call “The Justice” for the featherweight title. These men have both been on incredible hot streak with only 3 losses between them in 18 fights before Sunday night and it truly showed in their performance. The fight start with somewhat of a feeling out process on the feet with strikes from range occurring most, until Miller moved the fight up close in the clinch. Heisenberg may have been the aggressor in the fight but Miller was definitely happier when the fight was closer as he looked for a few takedowns. He got a crucial one in the second round as he took “The Justice” down and looked to press with ground and pound. The fight stayed their till the finish which occurred when Miller made it to the mount and began to rain down strikes rocking and then putting Heisenberg to sleep when the official had to step in to halt the contest giving Miller the TKO victory and retaining his title belt.

 

Main Card

Jan Zelenka (19-3-1) vs Derek "The Artist" Riggs (28-17-0)

The winner between Jan Zelenka and “The Artist” would seemingly be next in line to possibly have a shot at facing Michael Patton for the title but it would have to be a convincing victory to be seen as a real threat to Patton’s championship. Riggs came in and did just that putting on afantastic performance taking the victory by TKO when he dominated Zalenka from start to finish landing strikes to just about every part of the Czech’s body and within 2 and a half minutes he had Zalenka defenceless up against the cage. If you are going to make a stake for a title fight against one of the top champions here in Syn that’ has got to be the way to do it in such dominating fashion. With 4 victories straight now for “The Artist”, I wouldn’t want to be the man in the way of number 5.

 

Roderick "The Hammer" Jenkins (13-5-0) vs Royston "The Titan" De Noteboom (36-16-1)

In what was one of the most lack lustre bouts not only on the card but seen in recent Syn history, “The Hammer” took a unanimous decision victory over Roston De Noteboom. Neither men showed what they were capable off today and on top of that both will be disappointed that they couldn’t provide a better fight. Part of it could be down to “The Titan”’s low morale and confidence from his baron spell but Jenkins will be the happier of the two providing us with an entertaining 30 second spell in which he cut De Noteboom open and threw some solid hands. It will be a fight for not only the fans to forget but also the fighters as they move on and hope to provide a better showing come the next time they are inside the cage.

 

When "The Russian" Nikolai Radev (13-5-0) vs Michael "The Cyborg Slayer" Shanks (25-11-0)

Another closely matched contest between the Russian and the Cyborg Slayer in what was billed as the “Cold War in the Cage” took place on Sunday. These two men came into the fight evenly matched on paper and as expect, in the cage, they were just as equal. Radev was arguably the better man on the night as he took the Majority Decision victory but the match-up could’ve easily gone the other way but Radev’s takedowns and cleaner strikes impressed the judges more than the heavy hitting of “The Cyborg Slayer”. Another full 15 minuet fight for the fans to enjoy here at the LA Memorial Colossuseum, they really did get more than their money’s worth tonight at Syn’299!

 

Prelims

Leandro "Beastly" Alves (27-18-0) vs "Captain" Tsubasa J Champ (19-7-0)

Alves vs J Champ saw the only undercard fight that we got to see a finish in and many saw it coming from the offset. Both men looked extremely focused coming in but the “Captain” had no answer for Leandro Alves’ take down ability or ground game as Alves pilled on the pressure over the two rounds of the fights duration and eventually Tsubasa J Champ could hold out no more as Alves put on a “Beastly” submission hold to take the victory. It wasn’t a pretty or entertaining fight but Alves seemed unfazed by this and was joyous in victory.

 

Jason "The Claw" Griffin (28-17-3) vs Charles "The Hammer" Martel (45-15-0)

All three of the opening three fights went to a decision with “The Claw” and “The Hammer” also running the full distance in another fast paced exciting bout. The first two rounds were extremely even and both men had a chance going into the third with Griffin possibly having the edge – but neither man seemingly wanted to leave it to chance as both came out looking to finish the other. Martel made the most of the third round cutting Griffin open with a great head kick that would’ve put some other opposition away for good but Griffin kept it close following that. As the fighters waited for the announcement of the judges scores there was a huge buzz around the arena as nobody knew which way it was going to go. The suspense was ended when it was announced that Griffin had won by unanimous decision (29:28, 29:28. 29:29). The solid performance from both men left some controversy in the eyes of the fans but this was dismissed by a very humble Martel who said post fight that “Griffin was the better man on the night” and deserved the victory.

 

"The Divine Weapon" Nino Blaze (33-13-0) vs Enrique "The Judge" Rizzo Jr (20-8-0)

This fight began like a ball of fire, with both me coming out swinging like madmen, busting each other open early on with some wild shots and at that point you’d be forgiven for think this’ll be over quick but both men settled more into the fight and it even ended up going the full distance to a decision. The two fighters had they been higher up on the card would most likely been looking at an “Of The Night” award as the fast paced stand-up action not only got the crowd interested but had them on their feet countless times. Blaze took the victory by unanimous decision but neither of these fighters will be viewed as a loser with the fans as they both left it all out there and the appreciation the fans had was clear – with a standing ovation for the two warriors as they left the arena.

 

Alphons "The Cardinal" Draclau (27-7-1) vs Steinar Sting (37-23-1)

“The Cardinal” was looking to make it three wins in a row when he took on Sting who was looking to bounce back to some stability. The fight itself was a good way to start the evening with the two combatants both looking to finish but unable to do so before the fight when to a majority decision victory for Draclau. While it wasn’t fight of the year quality it certainly was a solid fight in its own right and got the fans right into the card from the offset with both men near equal for the duration.

 

OF THE NIGHT Awards, Sponsored by Reaper Combatwear

*To Be Announced*

 

It was an overly impressive card from Synchronicity on Sunday evening and particular highlights were the title matches although one of the top fights of tonight which could put both competitors more into the public eye was the prelim match-up of Nino Blaze and Enrique Rizzo Jr. Neither man should go home disappointed from that fight as it was true fight of the night quality. A couple of disappointing fights tonight but they will be overshadowed by the class and the fact that this Friday coming is the 30tth Weekly Synchronicity event, Syn’300! We’ll see you their live in person or on Pay-Per-View!

 

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 05:49 PM

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Syn’300 – 4th Times a Charm

On Friday 16th May @ LA Memorial Colossuseum (capacity: 93,607)

Synchronicity comes to you for their “Official” 300th regular event, although it is not their 300th card it is still a special occasion and all on the card will look to impress and show promise for the future of the organization. With Syn’299 being a solid card, the fighters who will be participating in the Colossuseum come Friday night will be looking to push it that extra mile.

 

Middleweight (185lbs) Title Fight

Kostas Charalabous (29-6-0) v Dante Evangelisti (39-8-0) Champion

Dante Evangelisti Is one of the legends of Synchronicity and is a guarantee’d Hall of Famer upon retirement with the organization having been with the organisation since late 2010 and he has only got better with age. He is 6 fights unbeaten, wing and holding the title for the last 5 of those, does Charalabous have something in him that can bring a result we havn’t seen in a Evangelisti fight since the match up with Dee? That remains to be seen but on paper he may well do.

 

Charalabous is considered a phenomenal striker coming from a boxing background and has picked up the art of Muay-Thai to compliment his stand-up game nicely. He can also hold his own on the ground so it what has Fight of the Night written all over it and I for one, along with the millions of Syn fans across the world, cannot wait for this bout to begin. Synchronicity presents Charalabous vs Evangelisti for the title of Middleweight champion of the world!

 

Main Card   

“Double A” Andres Aguinaldo (43-19-1) v “The Thing” Ben Grimm (29-7-1)

At the end of last year, “The Thing” Ben Grimm had been the number three Pound-for-Pound fighter in the world, he’s still a house hold name but after losing his heavyweight title he’s been on a relative slump of two straight losses. “Double A” (the former Super Heavyweight Champion) will be looking to make that three as he makes his second appearance at 265lbs after dropping down from 265lbs+ when he lost his title against current champion James Proudstar.

 

The two fighters are both looking to really kick boost the next stages of their career and I personally could see this being a title match for the Heavyweight title by the end of this year. These men are very evenly matched on their feet with the slight edge possibly going to “The Thing” Ben Grimm but Aguinaldo is one of the world’s best when it comes to the ground game. “Double A’s” BJJ is second to very few people on the planet, let alone in the sport and he’ll want to utilize this to get the win. It won’t be easy though as Grimm is world renowned for his take-down defence and ability to keep the fight standing and get the T/KO victory. It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out and on any other card in the world; I think this fight would be closing the show, which shows the depth of talent on display here this coming Friday.

 

Hamid Zaferani (27-16-1) v “Gambler” Bad Idea (26-12-1)

In his debut for Syn “Gambler” Bad Idea had a great start to his time in the organisation when he beat Buzz Cloltran by Unanimous Decision and he’ll be looking to add to that with a victory over Zaferani. Hamid Zaferani is a man optimizes the phrase stand-up cardio machine, as he has got 18 wins by (T)KO and in his last 14 fights, only once has one of his fights not made it to the 3rd round. Zaferani will also be stacked with confidence coming into this one with his only loss in 6 fights being against the current Featherweight Champion Sergiy Skylar in what was a number one contenders match. If Zaferani can put Bad Idea away he could be in contention to be next in line for a shot at the title and revenge against Skylar.

 

For Bad Idea to take victory in this fight one would suspect he’d have to go to the ground as his BJJ is the only place he holds any kind of advantage over Zaferani, especially the deeper the fight goes as Idea has great cardio but it’s yet to be proven whether it’s on the same level as Zaferani’s or not just yet. It’s not an official contender elimination fight but it might as well be because the looser of this is going to fall drastically behind the pack that is chasing the current champ Skylar, both men need to bring their “A” game and go for a finish if they want to make a lot of noise.

 

Bantamweight Title Match

Champion “Raging Pitbull” Jake Lamotta (42-17-1) v Frank “Razor” Rizzo Jr (26-15-2)

This bantamweight title match will as always take part over 5 rounds of 5 minutes and looking at the champion’s record, I think we shall need every single minute of it with each second of this 25 minute fight being as crucial as the next in who will leave tonight crowned Syn Bantamweight Champion. This has the makings of a great all round fight, with Rizzo definitely favouring the stand and bang style while Lamotta is more happy to go where the fight takes him with 14 wins by (T)KO, 14 by Submission and the other 14 by decision I think it’s clear to see why he’s confident that confident.

 

“Razor” enters the fight in great form, only losing one of the last 7 bouts he’s been involved with, finishing three on them by KO – most recently knocking off the brash Kid Torres at Syn’298 for the second time this year. Formally the number 1 in his weight class in this world, Lamotta will be going into this fight knowing he’ll be in for a challenge, particularly as it’s his first defence since recapturing the belt at Supernova V. This fight alone is reason to order this PPV if you can’t get a ticket for this sold out event but to consider it’s alongside the Middleweight Title Fight and 8 other top class match-up, this card is a must have.

 

Undercard

“The Longsnapper” Patrick Mannelly (20-6-1) v Shawn Kronburger (37-19-0)

This fight has the feel of an “anything you can do, I can do better” one up-manship contest between the debutant and the former champion. Kronburger, 37 years of age, is the former champion and has slipped slightly after losing his belt at the first defence to Skylar, then again to Yang Tao, after going on a 5 fight winning streak which saw him become champion. He’ll be hoping to get a strong result against new comer Mannelly to even stand a chance of ever regaining the title he once briefly held. “The Longsnapper” Patrick Mannelly comes in after spells at, current Syn owners previous organisation, BFE and UVT, in which he gained a reputation for being able to go a fair distance only ever having one fight stopped in the first round (a win over Chew Bacca).

 

How the fight will go will depend on the will and determination of the fighters more than the skills of the respective men, on paper Mannelly edges it but Kronburger’s experience doesn’t count for nothing and it more than makes up for the VERY slight edge in skill. This fight will be won by the fighter that goes out and looks for a finish, if both men hold back and let it go to a decision – well – I don’t think it’s something the fans want to see, or either man should want to risk.

 

"mēpisukaryā" Itagaki Fukuzawa (16-4-0) v Chauncey “Nightcrow” Silvestre (31-16-1)

Chauncey Silvestre must be coming into this one thinking, “What do I have to do to beat Matt Miller” because other than a controversial split decision, Miller is the only person to have beaten “Nightcrow” and he’s now done it three times. The former champion has been impressive in every other outing and will know he most likely won’t see another title shot come his way for as long as Miller holds the belt but a win here would be a good way to kick start the regain campaign that is chasing the Syn Featherweight title. Fukuzawa comes into this fight as the youngster with a lot to prove, having won his Syn Debut he got off to a good start but will be looking to show it wasn’t a one-time thing.

 

These two men have very contrasting styles as Fukuzawa always wants the finish, claiming 13 (T)KO’s in his 16 career wins, while Silvestre is happy to control the fight and if he gets an opportunity take it but playing safe for the decision seems to be his style. Will Fukuwaza be less aggressive now he is in a bigger organisation or does he stick to the same plan that got him this far. And if he does, will it be a live by the sword, die by the sword mentality or is he open to change. This bout has a lot of questions surrounding it and it’ll be interesting to see them answered.

 

"The Freight Train" Cain Colbert (34-22-0) v Jobe Nkemakolam (34-14-0)

The two fighters are incredibly evenly matched, with both – on paper – appearing a carbon copy of the other, they will have to work hard to find their opponents weakness and break them down.  “The Freight Train” has been training with Philly Dawgz MMA and will have been working hard 1-on-1 with his coaching staff and corner men to be full prepared for the cardio fanatic that is Nikemakolam. Jobe Nikemakolam – out of the Philippines – has seen 12 of his wins come from unanimous decision and only 2 of his last 13 fights have finished in the first but on both occasions he was KO’d. He’ll be looking to prove he has a chin of stone and not of glass in this one. This fight could well and truly go either way and these two men will have to be ready to go the distance if needed, as neither will want to go early. Will they approach it with the same styles, will they want to stand and trade blows or take it too the floor? The only thing I am confident is we won’t see a submission finish with that happening only 4 times (win or lose) in the entire history of these two fighters careers.

 

Prelims

Rico “El Chupacabra” Dominguez (24-11-3) v James Mayer De Rothschild (32-16-2)

De Rothschild his a renowned BJJ practitioner and is seen as one of the world’s top take down specialists – attempting an average of 2 takedowns per fight during his career – but once he’s there, unlike many, he is not one dimensional. De Rothschild has a fantastic technical ability, improving position and locking the submission in if the opportunity presents itself but  if it doesn’t that doesn’t faze him, as he’s great at the ground and pound too. The opposition Dominguez may have a slight advantage in the stand-up and he will/should want to keep the fight standing for the duration as I don’t think he has the ability to stop the BJJ Black Belt from having his way if it goes to the ground. Both man has won their last three fights for Syn, so it’ll be interesting to see which man can make it four straight and bring a buzz around themselves! Dominguez vs De Rothschild, who’s got it in them!

 

Indica Jatlier (21-6-0) v Keke “Hammer” Pummel (21-13-0)

When the Sweed Indica Jatier joined Syn he impressed many people inside the company along with the fans of it when he took two unanimous decision victories againse Sed El Bunt and Jase Newson in his first two fight. He is coming off the back of a loss against former ONI champion, Ben Stone, but Jatier will be looking to glaze over that with strong showing against Keke Pummel. “The Hammer” as he is affectionately known by all his fans, will be looking to impress with a debut victory but he will have to be wary of the ground game of Jatier. His 13 (T)KO victories are nothing to sniff at though as Pummel will look to do what his name says and stand and bang with the tough Sweed. Unlike a lot of fights on the card I don’t think this one will go the distance as – whether win or lose – the “Hammer” has only been to one decision in the last 7 fights, so keep sharp and ready to see one of these men go down early.

 

“The True King” Viserys Targaryen (20-11-1) v Holden “Aerial” James (27-20-1)

The true kind will be looking to utilize his strong ground game and gain another submission as he looks to stop his recent slide of4 losses in 6 fights and pick up a victory against stand up, Armenian powerhouse Holden James, who has been on his own slide as of late, losing his last 3 fights straight. Confidence will be low with both of these fighters but if James can come out the gates strong I could see this being over before the third round is needed, if the fight goes long then Targaryen has the edge, with being able to pull out several decision victories. It should be an exciting one for the fans who will be hoping to see the finish, the main question is can James land a few big hits to rock Targaryen or can the “True King” take it the distance or even counter with a submission to take the victory.

 

 

This card has shapped up to be something really special, and it’s just what the Syn fans deserve. A top class card on one of the biggest nights in the history of the company, where it celebrates its 300th weekly card, that truly reperesents the quality of not just the organisation but also the roster and the fan base. As always the “Of The Night” awards will be brought to you by Reaper Combatwear and it is always a tough job for the panel that decides those awards but this Friday, they will have an exceptionally difficult job. We can wait to see you live on PPV or in person on Friday 16th May and what this great pool of talent will have to offer.

 

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FV #20 - The Beat Up In The Bay - Preview

Saturday 17th May @ Wandalay Bay (capacity: 12,000)

Each week I see the Forbidden Violence card come out and think, how does an organisation that is barely 6 months old provide such strong cards and great quality match-ups time and time again. With 3 championship title matches on display come this Friday, the landscape of the company will change drastically and new challengers will be given room to prove themselves, along with old ones, such as Jase Robertson, raring to prove they deserve another shot.

 

Main Event

“Bad Bad” Leroy Brown (34-15-2)(1-0) v Billy “The Really Good” Roberts (15-2-0)(1-0)

With both men being undefeated in Forbidden Violence and both men also taking commanding victories in their respective FV wins it is not hard to see why this fight is the main event of the evening despite their being three championship title matches when FV comes to the Bay. These two men are coming in off hot streaks and are both incredibly over with the fans, which cannot wait to see who will walk victorious from the arena. Roberts is undefeated in 6 fights and won by (T)KO in every fight one of those 6 victories. In fact the only way it appears that any opposition is able to stop Roberts is by taking him the distance as ALL 2 of his loses have come by decision; Something Brown is not familiar with either, seeing all bar 4 of his 51 fights have a finish before the final bell.

 

These fighters are very evenly matched but Brown may have a very slight advantage on his feet, with a strong amateur Muay-Thai background it’ll be interesting to see if Roberts can match the kicks of “Bad Bad” Leroy Brown or if that’ll keep Roberts on the outside. The key to victory for Roberts must be getting in close, pilling on the pressure and trying not to let those kicks, particularly to the legs, stop him from getting in his comfortable range. If these men get up close I see Roberts winning any exchanges but Brown has the advantage from range. It’ll be great to see which competitor takes the initiative and takes control early on.

 

Co-Main Event

Gegard Mousasi (25-9-1)(1-0) v “The Saviour” Philip Negan (11-8-0)(0-1)

If you’re looking for a fighter who gives it his all, has true love for his fans and is a genuine blue chip hard worker, then you don’t have to look much further than Gegard Mousasi. Despite his hard work, persistence and natural ability he is the first to credit his success to his fans and his humility is what makes them love him in return. On the other side of the cage from the fan favourite on Friday is a Philip Negan, a man branded as “The Saviour”, who after his current display looks in a little need of saving himself after taking a hard loss to Ramirezovic.

 

While it may appear Mousasi’s experience and skill makes this fight a bit of a miss-match, you need to take into account Negan’s confidence generally makes up for this, as this has been a case in a lot of his bouts across various companies. Negan looked to save various promotions from what he says are the scum of MMA and this outrageous confidence is what has got him this far, scoring surprise victories over various opponents such as Kasim Akande. The only concern I’d have if I was a corner man for Negan is he normally likes to look for the take-down and then follow with a submission, getting the take-down may not be impossible on Mousasi but the following submission will prove difficult as their aren’t many better on the matt than the 33-year-old Dutchman.

 

Main Card

Memento Mori (15-6)(2-0) v Jase Robertson (22-9)(2-1)

Memento Mori has finally moved on from the feud with fellow FV #20 card member, Cletus White, who he beat twice in succession to go 2-0 and in Forbidden Violence and now turns his attention to a very formidable competitor. That would be the last challenger to Abel Speed’s 185lbs title, the man who took part in what a lot of fans see as the most exciting fight in the history of the company and really put this man on the map. Robertson may feel had he won the fight he may well have been main eventing the card but after the loss, despite the impress fight with Speed, Robertson is back to square one and will be looking to impress to get himself right back into the title picture!

 

These guys are both relatively young fighters and both fighters share one more thing in common, they HATE decisions. They both fight by, “Knock Out or be Knocked Out” and that’s what the Forbidden Violence fans will love to see. It’ll be exciting to see which way this fight falls and what the fallout from the fight may be; If Mori could beat Robertson would he stake a rightful claim to be in with a title shot at Abel Speed? We will see at FV #20.

 

Eliod “Scooter” Bunkley Iii (17-4-1)(3-1-1) v “The lion of Matema” Baraka Simengwa (12-9-0)(1-0-0)

A battle of the submission artists will take place at Forbidden Violence #20 and the Bay will witness maybe not one of the more explosive bouts of the evening but it can certainly expect one of the more technical as Bunkley – 4 time submission of the night winner in his career – faces off against relative FV new boy Simengwa – BJJ Red Belt – in what may be one of the most complex bouts the organisation has ever seen. Both fighters normally just have to get their opponent to the ground before getting a beating and work their magic from their but Bunkley Lii and Baraka Simengwa will be in for a real test of their abilities as seeking control of the ground in this fight will certainly be a lot easier done than said. Two more potential challengers could be taken down to one for Abel Speed’s title but it’ll be interesting to see who takes the upper hand and if either tries to run their luck in the stand-up. This fight has a real air of uncertainty around it as it could end at any time or go to the decision (at least in the eyes of everybody I’ve spoken too) and it should be a bout to really keep your eye on even amongst the 3 title fights this evening.

 

Welterweight Title Bout

Champion Adam Duritz (3-0)(3-0) v Mikio “Flame666” Okita (37-22)(4-1)

On paper this bout looks like the ultimate ground vs grappler fight with Duritz having the advantage on his feet in this fight but challenger Okita being considered truly as one of the best in the world in terms of ground game ability. Only through hard work and dedication was Okita recently able to claim his Red Belt in BJJ and along with it become a serious contender and threat in Forbidden Violence for Duritz title. The champion will be on top of the world making his second defence since beating Avon Barksdale to win the title in only his second ever professional MMA bout. This young man is a phenomenal talent, especially considering how late he joined the sport but it should be interesting to see just what he is capable of against somebody with the 59 fight experience Mikio Okita has.

 

While it is clear Okita sacrificed some of his stand-up so he could perfect his technique on the mat, he should not be underestimated as he has only every been KO’d 3 times in his career and he’ll want to make sure that number doesn’t become 4 in his 60th professional career fight. It will be interesting to see how the champion approaches this fight, in both title fights he finished with some amazingly executed strikes and one must be wondering how such a high level of confidence will affect him; Will the champion suffer from being over-confident and leaving him exposed or to make simple errors – something he CANNOT afford against an opponent of the experience of Okita.

 

Featherweight Title Fight

Champion Jimmy “BabyFace” Brooks (7-2)(3-0) v “Jesse” James Jameson (18-9)(2-0)

23 year old Jimmy “BabyFace” Brooks has been on something of a run of recent, picking up the title and becoming the youngest champion in Forbidden Violence, overachieving in the eyes of everybody excluding himself. Jameson has also looked fantastic since joining FV, going unbeaten and winning both his fights in the first round so he was clear choice to be the first challenger for Brooks’ title. Brooks has been a true rising star as he has shot up not only the P4P rankings but also in popularity with the fans, the only question mark over Brooks is can he go the distance, both these men like to finish so we may not find out on Friday night but it will be a question asked of him in the future whether he’s champion or not.

 

Once again on paper it does appear as if the “BabyFace” will be completely out matched by his opposition but as eluded to earlier, this is something of a regular occurrence now, as he won the title in shock fashion beating Volk Kruth in the first round of the fight. The questions will begin to be asked as the fight goes deeper, with Brooks losing 2 of his 3 decisions – all unanimously. Normally Jesse Jameson loves to go for the finish and knock his opponents out but one could pose the question, should he play more defensive and look to take Brooks the distance.

 

Undercard

Hannibal “The Cannibal” Die Rücksichtslos (33-19)(2-0) v Oleg Karev (29-14)(Debut)

Oleg Karev may have lost his last two fights in MMA, but they were in top promotion Ascension and one was for the title, once his contract came up he decided it was time for a change of pace and he came to FV to dominate another division. His first challenge will be the so-far-undefeated Die Rücksichtslos, “The Cannibal” has been loving his time in FV and will be looking to take another victory to make it three straight but both these men know the other won’t be a walk over.

 

These men are both happy to see a fight out to the finish and are in superb condition, although they are equally happy to throw haymakers and try take their opponents block off. Both men also have a phenomenal head kick which could come from anywhere to finish an opposition and end the fight. The real question will be which fighter takes the initiative, comes out the aggressor and looks to put their opponent away with exposing themselves to a quick counter that will put them on the back foot for the rest of the fight or finish it there.

 

Diego “The genetic jackhammer" Diaz (13-10-1)(Debut) v DeAngelo Suggs (8-3-0)(Debut)

Two more debutants go head to head in the third match-up of the night and both will want to put in a strong showing as “The genetic jackhammer” faces a young man that doesn’t need or want a nickname as he wants “the fans to remember my name not a gimmick”. Suggs is fortunate as manager Matt Mac is considered one of the top 100 managers in the Tycoon world and will have made sure not only the time but also the money into preparing Suggs for a debut against a former GAMMA competitor goes according to plan and launches his client to new heights. Diaz will really be looking to glaze over unsuccessful stints in GAMMA and TTFC with a victory on his debut fight for FV.  Vegas odds have Suggs down as favourite to continue his win streak to 5 in a row but Diaz is a whole another level to the 4 previous victims of Suggs and he’ll have to find some extra gears to finish this fight in the way he did those, with victory.

 

New Lightweight Title Match

Nycky Downtime (28-24-2)(Debut) v Ring Vinayagamoorthy (4-5-0)(Debut)

Two debutants will face off this Friday for a vacant lightweight title; the title itself will be on the line for the first time in the history of Forbidden Violence as they have begun to develop their 155lbs lightweight division. The two new boys facing off for the title are Downtime and Vinayagamoorthy, who both look set to kick start the titles history with a bang. Some argue that the Dutchman doesn’t deserve the title shot and it should be given to a more successful fighter in the division but owner Frank King is very much about “what have you done for me lately” and Vinayagamoorthy did a great job going the distance and dominating Porter until the last round where his performance began to tail off. The fans will be hoping this one doesn’t need a last round though as these warriors go full out to grab the belt, it’ll be interesting to see whether the underdog can rise up or if experienced submission artist Downtime can break his opposition before the end of the fight.

 

Opener

Cletus “The All-American” White (15-15)(0-2) v Macadam Baird (10-5)(3-2)

“The All-American” White will be wanting to forget about his last two Forbidden Violence bouts as he looks to gain a victory over a so far impressive Macadam Baird, who was unlucky in his last outing to lose to Simengwa with such little time remaining in the round before he tapped. Ironically the man with the collegiate wrestling background may be out-wrestled in this one as Baird is a fantastic wrestler in his own right and more than able to hold his own when exchanging holds. This bout will not have the fans captivated in the way any of the other fights will on the night but it is more than good enough to open the card and get the fans pumped for the events later in the evening.

 

As said through-out this report, us here at Championship Press Association could not be more excited about Forbidden Violence’s 20th weekly event as it truly does have some real talent and class on the card, 3 amazing title matches will happen on the night and the rest of the card is so strong one of them is in the undercard and the other two didn’t make the main or co-main events. This bodes well for the future of the company as their will be a lot of talents emerge from the bouts tonight as potential challengers for titles. You have to imagine that, in particular, Abel “Amazin” Speed will be live and have his eyes on several fights tonight with 4 key contenders for his title facing off to make themselves stand-out in the eyes of owner and matchmaker Frank King. Join us live in person or watch this space for the review following the event for all of the action and fall-out coming from this stacked card.

 

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AFL 27: Omeruo vs Liften Jr

“The Nigerian Nightmare” (7-1) meets “Redo” (5-1) on his debut for AFL!

The story of Kenneth Omeruo is one that has been heavily followed across the Tycoon world before any controversy followed, but following a fall-out with CHAOS and their management, this man has been in the spot-light non-stop. With the announcement being made that Omeruo has left CHOAS and signed with Attack Fight League being made within a few days of each other, fans of

Omeruo and the Island season two were left wondering who would be his first challenge upon arriving at AFL.

 

That first challenge is the definition of the adjective used, as a challenge is what Omeruo’s opponent, Ben Liften Jr, will provide come this Saturday. Liften Jr’s career thus far itself has been heavily followed due to his fantastic form, winning 5 of his 6 fights on the Island (2-0 in AFL) with part of that being down to the great training of his coach’s and manager Ryan Berry – who hooked him up with the talented guys at Island Premium CT. “Redo” loves to spurt his catchphrase of “I ben liften, I ben runnin, I ben plotten. I’ll kill you” and when I spoke to the man himself, he said just that – adding “I Ben beating so called big timers like Omeruo since day one” - big talk from a man who weighs a mere 145lbs.

 

As stated above, Omeruo has won an impressive 7 fights out of 8, with his only loss being his failed title defence against Billy Hill. Omeruo also has a reputation for putting on one hell of a show with 3 Fight of the Night awards to his name and he’ll be looking to take another with him along with the victory on Saturday night. At Championship Press Association we cover a lot of news and fights and this is one right up there, I’ve spoken to our Island reporter Monica Francis and she has told me confidence is running high in both camps, with both managers sending loud statements but one thing to note is the silence from Kenneth Omeruo himself, who’s focus is being described by trainers as “Unbreakable”.

 

This fight really could go either way and both fighters will be looking to play to their strengths, I think it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing a lot of action on the ground, but if it does go there a lot feel Omeruo will have a strong advantage. The stand-up game is very evenly matched and it’ll be interesting to see which fighter comes out the more aggressive, the caged Omeruo who, I’m sure, will be looking to release all his aggression on his opponent or the under-hyped Afgan, who will have a point to prove. One thing is for sure, the winner of this fight will be able to make a strong claim at taking a shot at the Lightweight title of The Can. It may not be an official number on contenders fight but by how hyped this fight has become by fans and media alike, it certainly has the feel of one and we’ll see you live at Hayashi's Lounge this Saturday (17th May) for this huge match-up!

 

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Fantastic thread, great read and looks good! Great stuff.


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Posted 16 May 2014 - 06:12 AM

Fantastic thread, great read and looks good! Great stuff.

Thanks for the support!

 

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Posted 16 May 2014 - 08:01 PM

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Nutrition in the world of Tycoon

Championship Press Association brings the first part of a two part story covering one of the more quietly spoken controversies around the world of MMA Tycoon, along with a guide for new players to follow.

 

MMA Tycoon has featured Nutrition Companies since its initial opening to the public with supplements being supplied by a range of companies covering a range of needs for the fighters. The supplements they supply cover everything you’d expect, such as weight loss/gain, stamina increase, energy recovery and muscle bulk, and is key to all of the top fighter’s success as they look to climb to the top of the mountain. One thing that is sure is that the world of Tycoon would be incredibly different without these companies and their products, although there has always been once great talking point around them.

 

How legitimate and successful are the use of supplements, not just in general, but company to company, we here at Championship Press Association have asked all kinds of players, ranging from near complete newbies to experienced members with 600+ fights under their belt on what the thought on various companies across the game and which ones they’ve seen the best results from. We’ve also spoken to a few of the nutrition company owners who were given the offer the opportunity to offer statements on their opposition, as well as their own products. What we’ve found is quiet revealing.

 

Out of all of the nutrition companies three have really stood our when speaking to managers across the Tycoon world, these are; HGH NutrientsMilwaukee’s Best and – realtviely surprisingly due to its lack of hype in comparison with the others – FinnFighter. Others were mentioned, such as Green!KAISER and Hell’s Balls but those three lead the way with recommendations on all their products. What may have set these top class companies apart in the eyes of the public is how forward they are in proving their products are legitimate and will make the difference with proof being readily available to those who asked.

 

Another thing I noticed, that particularly HGH and Milwaukee’s, shared was how candid and honest the founders of these companies were about their own product and their opposition, with Groove Monkey being quoted in saying when interviewed by CPA; “I suspect that supplements round up and that all of the 160's are the same” when referring to the quality of products reaching a limit and boosting by .01 for advertising purposes. This was a feeling shared with HGH owner Thor HGH who, alongside giving me his opinion on the world of nutrition, gave me some insight on just how much money HGH have put into making sure that the fighters of Tycoon have a product they can believe in. $6.5 Million went into the research and testing of their top product, known as Smokeleaf Special Energy (their reduced energy loss supplement) which shows the dedication that each of these companies have to giving a product.

 

While there are many supplements out there that give our fighters the extra help they need, the managers of Tycoon can rest safe, that while there are some that boost and pose products they don’t really have, there are a substantial amount of trust worthy suppliers who are more than happy to prove the product they have is the real deal.

 

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*CPA’s noobs guide to nutrition will be published in the coming weeks, if you have anything to add to this article before that is published or want to expose a company who isn’t as honest as they should be, or on a more positive note, promote a company who doesn’t get the credit it deserves, feel free to sound off below or send myself a PM.


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Syn’300 – 4th Times a Charm

On Friday 16th May @ LA Memorial Colossuseum (capacity: 93,607)

Synchronicity brought to the MMA fans of the world Syn’300 this past weekend, with a stacked card in celebration of Syn’s 300th numbered event was a card stacked with talent and even included two title matches as Evangelisti faced Charalabous and the “Raging Pitbull” defended his title against Rizzo Jr. With much more packed on the card, read the review below if you didn’t have chance to catch the PPV last Friday (16th May).

 

Middleweight (185lbs) Title Fight

Kostas Charalabous (29-6-0) v Dante Evangelisti (39-8-0) Champion

Dante Evangelisti came into this bout as one of the most popular names and already a guaranteed Synchronicity Hal of Famer but that would not be on his mind tonight, as he knew he’d have to prove his worth against an incredibly promising opposition in Kostas Charalabous. With both of these fighters’ reputations the fans had hoped for 5 rounds of full blown war, and on Friday night, that’s exactly what they got.

 

It seemed early as if Charalabous was going to stop the bout before it had really started when he cut Dante with a great counter jab but the cut didn’t faze the 3-time world champion and he fought through it for the remaining 4 rounds following. This fight was contested right the way through, fought till the end, which each round being as close to the last. Action so quick and intense than it is a wonder how the athletes continued to go and give it their all, leaving the fans on their feet for large durations of the bout.

 

When the call to finish the final round came, the two men were met with a rapturous applause, like an explosion from the Syn faithful, who had crammed 92,000 of them into the Colossueseum and this bout alone had been well worth the fee of entry. To the fans it didn’t matter which man took the victory as they would’ve met an announcement either way with the same reaction they had to the finish of the fight, but to the two fighters it did and as it was announced that Charalabous had taken the fight by split decision (49:47, 49:47, 47:48), the emotion of both men was clear as they embraced after a fantastic fight. Post-match we at CPA caught up with a clearly disappointed Dante Evangelisti who for the first time seemed struggled for words could only say “Damn”. What a way to close the event and end the evening, as well as lead Syn into the future with a new Middleweight Champion, Kostas Charalabous!

 

Main Card   

“Double A” Andres Aguinaldo (43-19-1) v “The Thing” Ben Grimm (29-7-1)

Near the top of the card is the bout featuring two incredibly popular fighters in the Tycoon world and with both boasting positive records since arriving in Syn (5-2 and 3-2 respectively) it’s clear to see why it has a position so high up the card above our Bantamweight Title Match. “Double A” and “The Thing” both came into this one like houses on fire with Aguinaldo want to regain his rep so he can have another shot at the Syn title and Grimm wanting to gloss over his second loss in the company.

 

The fight itself was one of nine bouts that reached the third round or further as they took the two men took it to a decision. Not too dissimilar to the main event of the evening the bout started off hot capturing the fans attention early as Grimm landed a solid hand to cut Aguinaldo open but much like the Main Event of the evening the cut played no real part after that first round. Both men were evenly match throughout and it is a showing that both will be impressed with. As they went into the third round at a round a piece on the scorecards, “Double A” will be disappointed that he couldn’t score any takedowns as this may have cost him the fight, with Grimm able to take the third and final round to be announced victor by Unanimous Decision. Grimm as always took time to thank his army of fans, going on to say the fans make the fight and he’ll deliver the impressive performances as long as they deliver the support.

 

Hamid Zaferani (27-16-1) v “Gambler” Bad Idea (26-12-1)

Undefeated since his debut, Bad Idea has been on a tear in Synchronicity and has been causing a bit of a stir in the Bantamweight division, with his match following the result of the Bantamweight title match both men went in motivated knowing they could well be in a good position when it comes to who may well a shot at the title. The former number three Bantam fighter on the planet would have to be wary though as Zaferani has the tank to take a fight to the finish.

 

Unsurprisingly that’s just where this fight ended up, as Zaferani and Bad Idea fought for the entire 15minutes set for their bout and both men looked like they won’t to go to the finish showing great promise for their chances in a title match-up or main event. Ultimately it was “Gambler” Bad Idea who took a dominant unanimous decision victory and gave his opposition little chance, controlling from start to finish, taking Hamid Zaferani down to the mat when he pleased and not letting him more than arms-length away. Idea now goes three fights undefeated and must sure be calling for a shot at the winner off……

 

Bantamweight Title Match

Champion “Raging Pitbull” Jake Lamotta (42-17-1) v Frank “Razor” Rizzo Jr (26-15-2)

This bantamweight title match was being slightly over shadowed by the fact “Gambler” Bad Idea was following afterwards but that made both fighters even more determined to come out and perform, with champion Lamaotta displaying his disgust saying he’d send the fans home with his fight being the one to remember. Lamotta may not have deliver in the way of retaining but him and Rizzo Jr were strong contenders for fight of the night in a match-up that saw “Razor” take the title by TKO victory.

 

The fight was easily one of the most entertaining of the night and like the main event later on had the fans going wild for the onslaught of action that was on-display from these two top class athletes. After an incredibly close first round, which neither fighter really edged out, Rizzo Jr began to take control of the fight in the second with Lamotta only beginning to hold his own in the final of the minute with a well-timed counter-take-down. As the fight entered the third, the fans were on edge, wanting to see a finish to the fight after the close calls of the previous two rounds and “Razor” delivered a huge right hook leaving the “Raging Pitbull” wobbly legged. Lamotta could do nothing as Frank “Razor” Rizzo Jr followed up with several more hooks and as Lamotta fell helplessly to the canvas, the official dived in to protect Lamotta from taking any further beating awarding “Razor” with not only the TKO win but also his first title for near on 2-years.

 

Undercard

“The Longsnapper” Patrick Mannelly (20-6-1) v Shawn Kronburger (37-19-0)

The quickest fight of the night usually lacks the value of a 3 round all-out war but the battle between “The Longsnapper” Patrick Mannelly and Shawn Kronburger didn’t lack anything in the slightest, as it may have been the shortest but it certainly was one of the most intense and entertaining behind the main event.

 

In its lone solitary round, the fight was fast paced and kept their fans on the edge of their seats (or for a large amount of people, even out of them) with the two men throwing everything but the kitchen sink at each other. After two minutes the fans could see the finish coming, with Kronburger smelling blood off a right jab counter, which he followed up with a incredible upper cut, that left the Syn faithful wondering how Mannelly wasn’t lights out. With Mannelly on the floor, Kronburger was having no risk of any ground game and waved a rocked Mannelly back to his feet. Seconds late it happened again, “The Longsnapped” knocked off his feet to the ground after Kronburger gave a big right hand and again allowed the fight to continue not diving down upon the clearly dazed opponent.

 

The finish finally came in amazing style when Shawn threw another big right hand that sent Mannelly to the mat, but this time Mannelly rolled right through in an acrobatic style, landing on his feet against the cage. This was the moment Kronburger had wanted as he went in throwing several big punches, leaving Mannelly defenceless and needing the official’s protection that came instantly. It appeared during the fight Kronburger could’ve taken the fight at any point from 2 minutes in the fight onward as he ragdolled “The Longsnapper” in incredible fashion, before taking the TKO victory. That was fight the fans really needed to bring them to live for the main card, what a bout!

 

"mēpisukaryā" Itagaki Fukuzawa (16-4-0) v Chauncey “Nightcrow” Silvestre (31-16-1)

The most notable difference between these two competitors is the difference in age between Chauncey Silvestre and Itagaki Fukuzawa, with Silvestre being 8 years the Japanese’ senior at the age of 34. Silvestre continued to struggle in this fight, after his stuttering career following the disappointment of losing to Matt Miller three times in title fights. He was hoping to bounce back against a hot young rookie in Fukuzawa.

 

The fight went the distance with both fighters playing their equal part in the fight, although in most people’s eyes Fukuzawa was leading going into the third. The corner of the “Nightcrow” could be heard encouraging him to press and be more aggressive as they may need the finish and with only 3 minutes to go after another round being edged by Itagaki, it was clear this was the case. Silvestre was pressing, with a solid take down when Fukuzawa managed to sweep into the guard and this was bad news for Silvestre as he eventually broke the guard to get into mount and land some ground and pound. With 20 seconds left in the round a big hand from the Japanese rocked Silvestre and it was all over as the official dived between the two competitors to stop any permanent damage being done as Fukuzawa reigned shots down on a lifeless Silvestre.

 

"The Freight Train" Cain Colbert (34-22-0) v Jobe Nkemakolam (34-14-0)

This was the fight that set about giving us the four finishes of the card in a row, when Jobe Nkemakolam came back from an early battering, after being knocked-down and cut by a huge head kick from “The Freight Train”. Colbert couldn’t capitalize of this opportunity to finish his Filipino opposition and he’ll regret this as within minutes Nkemakolam was returning the favour. The victory came by TKO in favour of the Filipino grappler when he knocked Colbert down to the mat and followed immediately with a series of punches before the official could dive in to end the bout. Not as exciting as the Mannelly vs Kronburger later in the night but this fight was definitely appreiciated none the less by the LA audience.

 

Prelims

Rico “El Chupacabra” Dominguez (24-11-3) v James Mayer De Rothschild (32-16-2)

Evenly spread between time on the ground and standing up, squaring off, these two fighters took the fight the whole distance. It was an evenly fought fight while both competitors were on their feet but as soon as De Rothschild landed a take down and the fight went to the mat he was always in control and unless Dominguez could get a finish, De Rothschild was never going to lose. Winner by Unanimous Decision (27:30) – James Mayer De Rothschild.

 

Indica Jatlier (21-6-0) v Keke “Hammer” Pummel (21-13-0)

When Jatlier and Pummel met the fans knew they were in for one hell of a fight and the fighters really gave it their all. Although there were no tears, their definitely was a lot of sweat and blood in this one, with both men being busted open. In the end their could only be one winner and Pummel edged the decision 28:29 to take the win. Both men will have earned not only a lot of respect from their peers for this fight but also the fans, keep an eye on these two men.

 

“The True King” Viserys Targaryen (20-11-1) v Holden “Aerial” James (27-20-1)

This was a really solid fight to open the card with and “The True King” and “Aerial” both fought hard to take the fight the distance – a re-occurring theme on this card – as well as provide the fans with a sense that this would be a solid show.  “The True King” Viserys Targaryen won the bout by Unanimous Decision (29:28) after winning the first and second rounds, with James pushing in the third knowing he needed a finish but not quiet being able to grab one. A lot of heart was shown by both men and they’ll be looking to take from this fight into the future, particularly the victor, Targaryen.

 

A fantastic show again from Synchronicity and a great response from the fans, with a near full attendance live and over 320,000 watching live on PPV from home. They were all treated to their money’s worth with 8 fights reaching the 3rd round or further and 6 of which going to decision. Fight on the Night will be an incredibly difficult choice but not as difficult as Submission of the Night (shockingly in 10 fights there was not a single submission finish)! It’ll be interesting to see just where the now former Middleweight Dante Evangelisti goes from here, but one thing is for sure, he’ll always have the fans backing. The 300th weekly event from Synchronicity lived up to the bill and we’ll be looking forward to more in the future, we’ll see you next Saturday (24th May) for Syn’301!

 

Reaper Combatwear “Of the Night Awards”;

Fight of the Night: TBA

Sub of the Night: N/A

K/O of the Night: TBA

 

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FV #20 – The Beat-up in the Bay – Review

Saturday 17th May @ Wandalay Bay (Attendance: 12,000)

This past Saturday, the Beat up in the Bay took place at Wandalay Bay in front of a capacity crowd of 12,000, as Forbidden Violence brought to you their 20th weekly show. The weeks card featured a main event that had attracted so much attention it kept three title matches out of the top slot, with Leroy Brown facing off against Bill Roberts – both undefeated in FV.

 

Main Event

“Bad Bad” Leroy Brown (34-15-2)(1-0) v Billy “The Really Good” Roberts (15-2-0)(1-0)

These two relative new boys had the honour of main eventing the 20th weekly card in Forbidden Violence history and with both being former champions in other organisations, most fans predicted it’d be likely that these two will be gunning for the heavyweight belt sooner rather than later. “The Really Good” Roberts was coming into this one off the back of 6 straight professional MMA victories and was living up to, if not exceeding, his moniker in “Really Good” fashion, with every one of those victories being by KO or TKO.

 

The fight displayed all the great qualities these two men have, determination, heart and great jaws! Despite that this will not go down as an all-time classic, or even as fight of the night as Roberts controlled the fight through-out and both men seemed gassed by the end of the second round - Something the FV fans were not expecting to see in the main event of such a big card!

 

Roberts took the fight by unanimous decision (27:30) and the fans gave them a respectable round of applause, although it was clear from the look and comments made by “Bad Bad” Leroy Brown post match he was not happy with the fight and didn’t feel the fans got true value from their fight. He also went onto question the future of his career, saying; 'Well I think it is time to go back to our camp and take hard look not only my career but more importantly my future, perhaps the time has come to call it a day'. Is this Brown calling quits or irrational post fight disappointment? We’ll stay on top of this one as it breaks from Forbidden Violence.

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Syn’301 – Preview

Live on PPV on Saturday 24th May @ LA Memorial Colossuseum (93,607)

Synchronicity brings you Syn’301 live from the LA Memorial Colossuseum infront of a potential 90,000+ MMA fans and they’ll be in for a real treat, with two title matches and an overly stacked card which will surely get the fans on their feet screaming.

 

Light-Heavyweight Title Fight

Emitting” Light Diode (18-0) v Devin “Furious” Styles (23-7) *Champion*

Undefeated in his career thus far Diode has been on a tear through the MMA world and has been a champion in every promotion he’s had at least 3 fights at so far. He could continue that theme when he faces a man who had the chance to become the only double champion in Syn, Devin “Furious” Style.

 

Styles had the chance at the end of last month to become a double champion, holding both the WelterWeight and Light Heavyweight titles, had he have beaten Syn legend, Dante Evangelisti. He couldn’t manage this and although his disappointment was clear, the challenge of defending two belts would have been astronomical even for a competitor of Styles level. Styles will look to bounce back off the unfortunate loss and do something nobody has yet to do, beat this unbeaten upstart Diode to retain his title.

 

While Style’s style will be fairly predictable as he looks to finish his opponent by knockout – as he has done a whopping 19 times out of 23 victories – his opponents will be a little more unpredictable. Light Diode has a wider range of ability and would most likely struggle to get a great wrestler like Style to the floor, but if he did, would style manage to prevent this BJJ Black Belts holds and submission attempts? It’s going to be a struggle and Styles will want to keep the fight on his feet, although let’s not be mistake, Diode can more than hold his own their too. This should be a great bout and we’ll be looking to see a finish as these men have only been to 10 combined decisions between them.

 

Heavyweight Title Fight

*Champion* “The Emperor” Genghis Khan (18-3-0) v Brick “No Air” Tires (18-6-1)

The other title fight of the night, is the co-main event and for the Heavyweight Title when Genghis Khan defends his title against Tires. Khan has been on a real roll winning 4 in succession before this bout and will be looking to make his first successful defence after beating Ben Grimm for the title on his second fight night in Syn. Tires on the other hand will be making his 11th appearance for Syn and this will be his first title fight, after impressing in his last two victories against former champion DeAngelo Kenner and Kyle Carlton.

 

If one thing is for sure about the bout on Saturday, is that going in these two men could not be more evenly matched in terms of skill and popularity, the only major difference between the two is Khan is slightly taller and weighs approximately 19lbs less at natural weight. If you’re looking for a fight with a finish, this is the fight to watch also, with both men loving to trade blows and look to knock their opponents block off – sharing 32 (T)KO victories between them. This fight will have the attention of many coming in and on any other card in the world these two men would easily be considered the main event, which is a testament to the depth of the Syn roster.

 

The Main Card

“Kamelot” Gunmetal Grey Ii (16-1) v Musashi "Kamikaze" Kato (19-7)

This bout really should be labelled battle of the future as these two young fighters (both aged 29) really do appear to be the future of Synchronicity, with both men arriving with impressive records. Before his debut, a loss @ Supernova to now champion Kostas Charalabous, Musashi Kato was undefeated in 12 professional fights on his way to the Syn main roster. His opponent on Saturday night will be making his debut to a very similar story having only lost one professional fight in his career and on a current 10-fight unbeaten streak, Gunmetal Grey Li will be looking to impress the Syn fans the way he did of organisations of his past.

 

The two men are almost as evenly matched as our title match in the heavyweight division tonight but some say Grey Li has the edge going into this one but some argue that he does not have the experience of going the distance and has yet to prove he has stellar “Cage Cardio”, unlike his opposition Kato who has gone the three (or even five rounds) and come out victorious 10 times by decision – all of which unanimous! The way I see it is Grey will need to put Kato away early or it could come back to bite him, with Kato having more experience deep in the end of rounds.

 

“I am” The Sparring Bot (22-10-1) v “The Cardinal” Alphons Draclau (26-7-1)

The bantamweights are up on the main card at Syn’301 as Bot faces Draclau only three weeks after Dralau last thought (a win over Stiener Sting). Both men come into this one hot off the back of big wins, but especially Draclau who will be looking for his fourth in succession. The fight itself is expected to be a back and forth contest taken to the last round as both these men have a reputation for being cardio monsters that can really go the distance. I couldn’t disagree as I see this one going to a decision and hopefully the fans will be in for a real treat as these guys look to go three top class rounds.

 

“The Creep” Fink McIllhenny (20-5-1) v Rick “Fury” Ross (25-14-0)

Two more fighters making their debuts tonight are Texan raised Frink McIllhenny and British great Rick Ross. McIllhenny left BEEF, undefeated and champion of their lightweight division, to join Synchronicity and prove his true talent and it’ll be tested heavily against Ross who will bring the “Fury” to the fight as he looks to prove it was the right decision by Syn owner Dark Soul to sign him from TTFC after a up and down time there.

 

The fight itself will receive quite a bit of hype and build up but neither man has been drawn into it refusing to make any comments of their opposition heading into this one. The way a lot of people see it as these two men will want to fight on their feet moving in and out of the clinch but if it does go to the ground McIllhenny will hold the advantage, although with a lack of submission victories to show, his opponent Ross won’t be too threatened and they may well both me looking for KO of the Night award come the end of this one.

 

Undercard

Leif "Half Sack" Nygard (27-12) v Hektor Troy (24-11)

A very evenly matched fight between two men who are both coming off the back of losses and both could have to consider themselves lucky as they have missed a fight each recently, due to travel complications causing no contests. Both seem legitimately grateful to Synchronicity own Dark Soul for the opportunity to prove their worth and earn back the respect of the fans after their respective incidents but it’ll be interesting to see which fighter excels and grabs the moment. This fight has the potential to go the distance as both competitors have solid tanks and steady jaws, although some fans are putting their money where their mouth is and calling a TKO victory. Odds of a submission win are astronomical as both men have never won by submission.

 

Alexander Lansing (18-11-1) v Andres “Bolo” Machete (20-10-1)

A fight between two Syn cage veterans is what will occur between Lansing and Machete on Saturday, with Lansing going in the favourite for this one. Lasing has amassed a record of 4-4-1 in Syn and has been trying to get a run on, while “Bolo” currently holds a split even record of 5-5. Machete has had two title shots which he failed to capitalize on and since then has been struggling to maintain any run also, losing his last 3 fights straight, Lansing will look to make that four on the night.. Alexander Lansing has the potential to be one of the more versatile fighters in Synchronicity as a BJJ red belt and an excellent striker the man can do it both on the ground and on his feet, so it’ll be interesting to see where he tries to get the beating on Andres Machete in this one. I see Lansing controlling the fight, but he’ll need to Be On the Look Out for an explosion from Machete that could result in a (T)KO victory for the Philippine.

 

Prelims

Gabriel Gzrel (28-12) v El "Chesperito" Chavo (19-12)

Neither of these two men are big fans of letting fights go to a decision and normally they both love to stand and bang with their opponent, trading blows till neither competitor in the cage can stand or stay in consciousness. This fight you wouldn’t, and quite frankly shouldn’t, expect anything else as these two are expected to go to war and fight for a finish. The only question you could ask, and every time Gzrel is in a fight we ask this, is should Chavo attempt to take down the former GAMMA man, and look to make him tap for both Chavo’s first submission victory. It’s obviously something easier said than done though, as Gzrel, despite a notably poor ground game, has never been made to tap out and you’d have to say with this young mans confidence, I don’t see this fight being any different

 

Tony Tauno (23-18-0) v Roberto “GARC” Garcia (26-15-2)

On paper this bout seems about finishing before being finished for Tony Tauno, the 36-year-old veteran will be concerned that over his last 5 bouts, he has been TKO’d 4 times and in every fight he has been rocked or cut in the first round, if not both but he did take a victory in the dying seconds of the 2nd round in his last fight against Rick Reunt in his Syn debut. Garcia will be looking to expose what he calls “Tauno’s glass chin” and put him to sleep as he has done with his opponents in his last two victories. Fans are all thinking – or at least hoping – one thing, whoever gets the victory, may also be receiving a KO of the night bonus too.

 

"Double Double" Tim Horton (16-12) v Elvis "Young Freak" Ronan (18-10)

Calgary’s Tim Horton is the ultimate submission guy, with 13 victories via submission out of 16 it’s clear to see where he’ll be looking to take this fight. His opponent on Saturday the 24th will very much want to avoid it turning into a grapple fest, as Polands, Poznan boom squad, Elvis Ronan, will be looking to stand and strike against his opponent. Ronan has amassed 18 victories and 13 of them have come via (T)KO, so fans can rest assure, they will be in for a true classic to open proceedings at the weekends event as a thoroughbred striker will face off against a ground game specialist.

 

Synchronicity treats its fans to two more title fights on this card and not only that, it packs the rest of the card with top fights.One that’s particularly caught our eye here at Championship Press Association is the match up of “The Creep” Fink McIllhenny v Rick “Fury” Ross, as the Yank and the Brit will be looking to impress the crowds and we’re used to seeing them go all out to do so in their debuts for Syn. This should be another great night for Synchronicity and it’s fans and we hope to see you their live in person or watching on PPV come Saturday night!

 

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FV #21 – GAME TIME! (Preview)

Live @ MMA Grand (17,157) on Saturday 24th May

Out of MMA Grand for the first time in its existence Forbidden Violence brings to you their 21st weekly show as they present, GAME TIME! A card headlined by the arrival of the former no.1 265lbs fighter on the Tycoon world. We also have a title match in the superheavyweight division with Mirko McCraken defending his title against Nick Foles.

Fight Card at a glance;

 

25-year-old young gun gets a shot at the former #1

As Ole Solseng (13-6-0) face the man formally known as Paul Smith (26-7-1) in a super heavyweight showdown!

Until a few weeks ago, MMA fans across the world knew the name of Paul Smith, a man some say is clinically insane due his habbit of living in Camel manure. Smith recently changed his name also; to match his new found Islamic believes, to Mohammed Sheik Allah Ali Baba Mohammed. Across the cage from his on Saturday night will be a top competitor in “Big Iron”, who had an outstanding start to his career until his recent struggles in Evil Empire but Soleseng is ready to bounce back against that former #1 265+lbs fighter of the world.

 

This fight will be a tough contest, as Mohammed will be battling the forces of expectancy and Soleseng will look to overcome the odds by putting a beating on Saudi Arabian. This fight will be evenly contested on the feet and this is where Solseng will look to keep it, as if the fight goes to the ground, Mohammed’s BJJ and experience may come into play and he’ll look to seize control of the fight and Ole. “Big Irons” biggest issue will be predictability, as he loves to throw hands and will look for that big punch to put his opposition on dream-street, Mohammed on the other hand is less predictable and will be looking to pick up the win the way he finds most suitable.

 

Heavyweight Hard Hitters Fight Away From Home

Battle of the Russians as Rubezhnoe faces Moscow with a bout between Fedor "The Last Emperor" Emelianenko (36-24) and Oleg Karev (30-14)

Two veteran Russians face off on Saturday night when “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko matches up with Oleg Karev in a battle that the fans won’t want to miss. Fedor Emelianenko makes his debut in Forbidden Violence and will be looking to impress after a large period in top organisation Ascension. Karev made his debut only last week at FV #20 and wanted compete a mere one week later due to the profile of his opposition. He began his FV career with an incredibly dominant first round KO victory over Die Rücksichtslos.

 

Of the two fighters Emelianenko is more versatile, able to pick up victories by either submission or KO but Karev has an intimidating and powerful stand-up game, with strikes to put some fear into the most powerful of opposition. The pace of the fight will most likely be guided by Emelianenko, as if he wants to take Karev down, he may struggle but if he gets it, the fight will be at his pace. Karev will want to keep the distance and use his reach to strike from distance but if it’ll be successful remains to be seen. While Emelianenko will prefer the take down and ground game, his stand-up should not be underestimated. One thing is really for sure, you do not want to have a bathroom break during this fight!

 

Super-Heavyweight Title Fight

No more needs to be said, it’s champion Mirko "The Angel Of Death" McCracken (17-7) making his first defence against Nick Foles (5-0)

The only title match of the card has the feeling of being an absolute slug fest between two of Forbidden Violence’s hottest fighters at the moment. “The Angel of Death” enters the fight champion and will be looking to seal the fate of hot, young, undefeated upstart Nick Foles. Foles may be a youngster but he is very old school in his no gimmicks and simply hard work attitude, which has caught the eye of many since his time in FV – even more so due to the fact he’s 3-0 in the company.

 

A fight like this only has one appropriate ending, a big bang finish, with a huge knockout after several rounds of heavy shots breaking down the defence of the other man, cutting and knocking down one another till the other man is completely unable to stand. That is in an idea world but if any fight on the card was going to give you that. I’d be this one with Mirko winning 16 times by (T)KO and every Foles fight ending with one man out cold on the canvas, we hope to see the same. While the champion should go in favourite, it’s hard to look past the fact that Foles has finished every opponent in the first round, this is one to really keep your eye on folks and we here at Championship Press Association certainly are.

 

Atlantic War in the Cage

Yank Damien "RDX" Garcia (19-9) faces the Limey Ford "The Alien" Prefect (18-13)

“RDX” is a man of many things inside the Forbidden Violence cage, but one of them is not decision finished. He has only ever had 7 in his 28 fight career and 5 of which he has lost; this is something he shares with “The Alien”. Prefect is also the ultimate submission man in not only FV but also the world of MMA, he looks to take advantage of a worn down opponent and force him to tap the second he leaves any limbs exposed.

 

The only thing Prefect may struggle with in this fight is managing to get the take-down on a very resilient wrestler like Damien Garcia as this cross Atlantic Ocean battle takes place. The American will most likely want to keep the fight on his feet and look to clinch box to utilize his strength, although he will have to be careful for the Muay Thai elbows and knees of “The Alien” as he isn’t afraid to show. If they do go to the ground, Prefect won’t have an easy time of getting the submission set, but if he gets a hold, he sure as hell won’t let go!

 

Undefeated Streaks in FV on the Line

Bang Bang (31-17) takes a shot at stopping Hildebrand Gardiner Wright Blackwood (15-11) from getting his third FV victory in a row

Both fighters are undefeated in Forbidden Violence and both will be looking to keep it that way with the more experienced Bang Bang looking to knock off the younger Hildebrand Gardiner Wright Blackwood. Despite only being 6 years Blackwood’s senior, Bang Bang has significantly more experience in the cage than his younger opponent, having fought near double the fights Blackwood has – will this play a factor in Saturdays fight?

 

Most feel the veteran may be taking a challenge to far as Blackwood appears to be both the stronger grappler on the ground with a Black Belt in BJJ and the superior striker but how will the cage experience of Bang factors into the fight remains to be seen and makes this bout hard to predict. From comments made by the Bang camp, it seems he may try to make the fight scrappy, less about technique and more about heart but he’ll have to bring Blackwood down to that level for that to work and the 29-year-old has been very impressive showing no signs that tactic will work if tried on.

 

Cage of Explosions

When the Human Handgrenade, Charles "The Hand Grenade" Handly (25-18) looks to blow Marlon "The Predator" Worthy’s (25-16) plan of beating him to pieces

If you asked me to name two fighters who are so similar yet also worlds apart it would be these two, in terms of skill and record they are very similar but their paths there are very different. Worthy has put together several solid runs and lost a couple fights here and there in the way most fighter’s careers turn out once they reach a certain level of competition. “The Hand Grenade” Handly really has had an explosive career and in his last organisation he went on a massive run of 8 consecutive wins, with 5 of those being title fights but in his 5th defence of the Bushido 155lbs title Handly began a 5 straight losing streak. This is something Worthy will be looking to capitalize on as Handly looks for a fresh start.

 

This is a fight that could finish at any point but really does have the potential to go the distance, both fighters know what it takes to get a knock-out but will they want to go all out or will they be content to trade and try counter each other. Either is a reasonable possibility as their records consist of a near 50/50 split of (T)KO and Decision victories. If you can count on one thing, it is that these two veterans of the cage will be putting on a show for the fans and it isn’t a fight you want to miss.

 

And Finally…. The Undercard!

"Quick Popper" Orville Redenbacher (35-13-1) vs Kingsley Ciprut (16-11-1)

After having fought in GAMMA and Syndicate, some would’ve been forgiving in saying Ciprut was taking a step down but credit is to be given to the Forbidden Violence roster as he currently stands 1-1 in FV giving more fuel to the fire to the debate of just how strong the FV roster is! “Quick Popper” will want to make that 1-2 as he looks to return to the kind of form he had before losing his title fight against Barksdale which appeared to shake his confidence after the tough decision loss. This fight will even go to a decision or finish in the first round in the eyes of most, so look for an explosive (T)KO finish early or settle in for the long haul as these two warriors fight it out to see who can come out on top.

 

Mark "Mean Streak" Tanner (15-14) vs The Steel Penn Alliance (5-9)

3 fights and 3 losses for The Steel Penn Alliance, he just can’t catch a break at the moment having really been outclassed in every single one of his bouts and some are questioning if this will be his last fight as his contract comes up at the end. Tanner on the other has faced some very stiff opposition and put out some solid performances unlucky really only to have the one win since joining the org. An impressive win on Saturday for Tanner could really secure him a new contract with Forbidden Violence. As you look at it this fight will most likely come down to a battle of confidence and heart, from which they’ll have to draw from deep down to take the win but you have to feel that Penn Alliance won’t take “Mean Streak” Tanner the distance as “RDX” or Barksdale did, so we are most likely looking at a first or second round finish in this one.

 

Brian Redban (15-10) vs "Tap U Out" Teddy Bass (8-2)

A cardio machine in the shape of Brian Redban looks to give his fans the full money’s worth having gone the distance 13 times out of the 25 he has fought. His opposition Teddy Bass prefers to finish the fights early using any number of different holds. While Bass does have some knock-out power, he prefers a technical battle and will want the fight on the ground so he can try gain the submission. Radban’s versatile style may be a risk in this fight as he faces Bass and his ground game may not quiet be enough to hold up to that of Bass’ but that remains to be seen. An interesting fight indeed, between two guys most definitely on the rise despite struggles in recent months that they’ll look to glaze over with the help of an impressive win on Saturday.

 

Karl Pilkington (4-1) vs Jeremy Henderson (12-11)

Jeremy Henderson makes his debut for FV off the back of two losses, although performances prior to that were impressive – although since leaving CFFC he’s never quiet looked the same but we’ll see what he has to offer the Nevada crowd. While Pilkington looks to get back on track with a win after losing his debut in Forbidden Violence against Oil Slick but maybe that was just cage rust as he had come back off a 9 month hiatus. It’ll be interesting to see how Henderson approaches this one, as he has the advantage on the stand-up but has been more prolific when going to the ground. While Pilkington favours the ground, he knows how strong his opposition is there and may have to adapt.

 

Forbidden Violence has done a great job thus far of delivering cards that have kept the fans on their feet and excited for the next. Obviously some huge hype around the arrival of Mohammed Sheik Allah Ali Baba Mohammed (formally Paul Smith) but Ole Solseng is one of the most popular fighters on the card tonight despite being huge underdog and will have the fans in his corner. FV continues to grow well, from being infront of 5,000 people 3 weeks ago, to a potential 17,000+ is huge and we can’t wait to see you their at MMA Grand!

 

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Championship Clothing

“Clothing of the Champions”

Championship Clothing has joined the Championship empire which hasbeen being steadily built by RISSA member, Dan “TheMould” Milner, as it joins Championship Press Association to the list of companies under his guidance. Formally known as Team 7th Circle, it begins life not only under new ownership and a new name but also, with a 5 day all old stock must go sale!*

 

Championship Clothing is a high-quality, low cost clothing company that looks to please its customers. Not only will Championship Clothing (simply CC for short) will provide clothing needs but it will also provide a range of other services, including and not limited at; designing clothing ranges for organisation, custom clothes for fighters and laundry (if agreed on prior, generally @ 90%).

 

The Championship brand owner, Dan “The Mould” Milner had this to say on it’s opening;

“It’s great to be able to welcome another company to the Championship brand, it was a great deal to get the guys at, what was formerly Team 7th Circle, to come across in the move and join us in creating our new brand of clothing. Anybody who wishes to design for us, have custom gear created or is after sponsorship for their fighters merely needs to get in touch with us and any arrangement is possible. This company has no limits! We are Championship Clothing and I want us to live up to our name. We are not only the “Clothing of the Champions” but I want to be the clothing FOR the champions!”

 

Only time will tell if Milner’s ambitions are realistic but it is clear he has his sights set on achieving great things and if his relative work and dedication put into –as well as the already relative success from - Championship Press Association is anything to go by, Championship Clothing should be in safe hands with a bright future.

 

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FV #21 – Game Time

Live @ MMA Grand (17,157) on Saturday 24th May

On its debut at the MMA Grand arena, Forbidden Violence delivered its best ever event this past Saturday (24th May) as a stacked card, featuring a title match between two Super-havyweights in McCraken and Foles faced off. The main event is where our review begins with the man formerly known as Paul Smith faced Ole Solseng.

 

Main Event

Mohammed Sheik Allah Ali Baba Mohammed (26-7-1) v Ole “Big Rig” Solseng (13-6-0)

The man formerly known as PaulSmith but now as devoted Muslim, Mohammed Sheik Allah Ali Baba Mohammed, faced off against Ole “Big Rig” Solseng on Saturday night, with Mohammed being strong favourite in this one on his highly anticipated debut for Forbidden Violence. Manager Texas Goon before the fight was looking for Solseng to turn his “Big Rig” around after a disappointing last fight which resulted in a TKO loss against Holy Jenova. This fight was possibly the most anticipated non-title fight in the history of the company and boy, did it live up to the expectation!

 

The fight went the full 15 minute distance as the two top-class competitors fought back and forth trying to gain an advantage. One question asked coming in was would Solseng be able to stand up to the intense wrestling and ground game of Mohammed and that question was answered very simply early on in the fight. No. Mohammed scored a take down before a strike was thrown and proceeded to pour on pressure on Solseng before a stand-up forced by the ref but as the fight went on as “Mo” scored a further 4 takedowns in the fight and battered his opponent when forced to trade blows with “Big Rig”, cutting him open before the end of the first.

 

When it came for the judges to make their decision the result was never in doubt and showed no real signs of a result away from a Mohammed Sheik Allah Ali Baba Mohammed win, which he was awarded by unanimous decision (30:27). In this fight Solseng may have shown some great determination and strength not to be finished before the final bell but it does raise questions about whether he can compete with competitors at the top level. A question with Texas Goon (now former manager of Solseng) wouldn’t give a clear answer on. Later in an interview “Big Rig” said he and his manager split because he felt he wasn’t allowed or given the opportunity to train in the best facilities. It’ll be interesting to see if Ole Solseng can make a comeback with a new manager and if it’ll be working alongside Forbidden Violence.

 

Co-Main Event

Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko (36-24) v Oleg Karev (30-14)

Everybody had been calling it, everybody had be predicting how this would play out. Karev is a stand and bang guy and while Emelianenko can box with the best, he would have to get to the ground to find any success against a phenomenal Muay Thai boxer like Karev. It would be difficult enough getting him down but if “The Last Emperor” didn’t at least try he would’ve survive long, just like the 23 who Karev has already knocked out during his career.

 

As the fight began there was a huge buzz around the arena, these two former champions, titans of the Heavyweight division and here they were, meeting in Forbidden Violence on “The Last Emperor’s” debut. The buzz turned to shock, as Emilianenko failed to get close to taking down Karev, as the Russian pummelled the other Russian. After only a couple minutes Emelianenko defence caved in and Karev landed a huge blow to send his opposition to the mat. With the fans going ballistic for the finish Karev let Emelianenko up to his feet, only to finish him with a couple of huge punches busting him open and leaving him out on the mat, to take the KO victory.

                                                                                                                      

Super Heavyweight Title Fight

Mirko “The Angel of Death” McCracken(17-7) v Nick Foles (5-0)

Not many fights get built up to the extent this one does and neither do many fighters get as much hype and press as “The Angel of Death”. Saturday night he faced Nick Foles in a 5 rounds of 5 minutes title match to decide who the best Super Heavyweight in Forbidden Violence really is. McCraken was looking for his 3rd straight win and his first defence of his title while Foles wanted to take the belt and become the undefeated champion of the weight class, something very few achieve in their professional MMA careers.

 

They may have had 25 minutes but all these two men needed where one and a half as, in one of the biggest shocks of the night, Nick Foles defeated “The Angel of Death” by TKO after a mere 1minute24seconds. The finish came when Foles decided to end the feeling out process with a huge uppercut out of nowhere that flawed McCraken and Foles didn’t dive in under the assumption McCraken was out but with no stoppage Foles waved Mirko to his feet and they fought on, for 10 more seconds. Foles landed the final blow when he countered with a nice right to the jaw and then pounded McCraken with strikes against the cage until the official stopped the bout. The new champion was received greatly by the Forbidden Faithful as they gave him a standing ovation as he was awarded the belt. The target is on your back now Foles, can you handle it?

 

Main Card

Damien “RDX” Garcia(19-9) v Ford Prefect (18-13)

These two great competitors came into this fight with contrasting fortunes as “RDX” had won his last FV fight despite losing his first and Perfect coming off the back of a hard loss in his last Hilo Fight appearance. It was Garcia who took the win and gave himself back to back victories with a 2-1 record in FV. In another ground dominated submission and holds based fight that Garcia sneaked the win by Unanimous Decision (29:28). Garcia’s successful striking and ground’n’pound while on the mat impressed the judges more than Perfects defensive submissions. Some though with Ford coming into a new organisation he’d feel a fresh start but his hard luck continues giving “The Alien” back to back loses.

 

“Bang” Bang Bang (32-17) v Hildebrand Gardiner Wright Blackwood (15-11)

These two fighters coming in seemed really evenly matched on their feet and the ground, so the question really was which man would take the initiative and take control. Outside of a really quick, clinical combination from bang the one round fight was fairly uneventful until the finish, with both men mainly feeling out and neither man landing a particularly large amount of shots. The finish came when Bang landed a solid overhand right knocking Blackwood to the canvas face first, which Bang followed up with a series of shots raining down on a motionless Blackwood before the official could intervene to award a TKO victory to Bang. Controversy surrounding the speed in which an official holts a MMA bout being called into question once against here at FV #21 because surely that was a slow stoppage as Blackwood appeared to be out cold as he hit the mat.

 

Charles “The Hand Grenade” Handly v Marlon “The Predator” Worthy

The human “Hand Grenade” lived up to his name with an aggressive and explosive performance when he met the man they call “The Predator”. Handly had joined FV looking to end a recent run of 5 straight losses and was looking to prove to both the world and himself that he could still get the job done. He definitely proved that as he controlled the fight, managing 3 takedowns and nearly forcing Worthy into submitting on his way to claiming a unanimous decision victory (30:27, 30:27, 29:28 in Handly’s favour). The fight was one of the more mediocre on the card, with the explosive takedowns and slams from Handly being the highlights of the fight. It won’t win any awards or gather much attention but it was the much needed win “The Hand Grenade” was after as he searched for a win to boost his confidence. A fresh start and proving grounds for both men with very conflicting starts to being their respective FV careers.

 

Undercard

Orville Redenbacher (35-13-1) v Kingsley Ciprut (16-11-1)

The only fight of the undercard not to make it to the third round saw Orville Redenbacher get battered for the entire first round by Ciprut who cut him open on a couple of occasions early one but at the end of the round Kingsley Cipruts moment was stumped as he looked for the kill. The 30second break was all Redenbacher needed to come back into the second a (almost) new man and his performance reflected that. Redenbacher controlled the second round before knocking down Ciprut with a big uppercut before following in for the kill. Ciprut held his own, despite being on dream-street, and the kid has a solid chin but it wasn’t enough as Redenbacher took the W by TKO. The heart Redenbacher showed in this one will have really impressed his coaches and fans alike to come back from such a beating in the first round!

 

Mark “Mean Streak” Tanner (15-14) v The Steel Penn Alliance (5-9)

As you watch many men grow, there are always a couple that fall away. Alliance is one of those men who has not been able to get it done and has steadily fallen away from being a hot prospect to another guy who threw away his chance but King had thrown him one more match to impress. Unfortunately it was another story of how Alliance got rag dolled then put out for the count as his opponent – in this case Mark Tanner – takes the victory. Alliance managed to get to the third round before an incredible uppercut spelled the signs of the end as Tanner fired of undefended shots to a broken Penn Alliance to finish the fight.

 

Brian Redban (15-10) v Teddy Bass (8-2)

This fight was easily one of the most technical contests on the card with a combined 21 submission attempts between the two grapplers. Teddy Bass took his win total up to 9 and made himself a more notable contender when he took the unanimous decision 30:27. A result while well deserved, he was not content with expressing his disappointment not to finish his opponent and make him a stand out contender for James Jameson’s title. Even without finishing Redban it does generate interest though and it’ll be interesting to see just how FV owner Frank King sees it.

 

Karl Pilkington (4-1) v Jeremy Henderson (12-11)

Most opening fights are viewed as a way to get the crowd engaged as two fairly unknown fighters go and give a solid performance, Pilkington and Henderson did this and more! The two men engaged in a three round war that did not only grab the audience’s attention but also their respect and admiration as this was one of the best fights of the night. The fight had it all, stand-up, solid ground game, takedowns, counters, the lot and it got really interesting in the final round.

 

With just over a minute gone Pilkington countered Henderson’s leg kick with a huge right that would knock down any man on the roster but Henderson stayed composed as Pilkington dived down and landed another huge shot rocking him, but Henderson wasn’t out. He tried to get hold of a counter submission with the next thrown punch and then transitioned into the guillotine which Pilkington scraped out of. The finish finally came when Pilkington got out into side control and landed a massive shot, opening Henderson up to shots he could no longer defend forcing the official to step in with 2 minutes to go. Pilkington walks off with the win by TKO. Both men can consider themselves unlucky as had their fight been on the main card, a lot of fans feel they would’ve been awarded Fight of the Night.

 

Of The Night Awards

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Fight of the Night: Mohammed Sheik Allah Ali Baba Mohammed vs Ole Solseng

KO of the Night: Oleg Karev

Sub of the Night: N/A

 

Forbidden Violence truly delivered an amazing event this past Saturday, continuing to outdo themselves every week. The event was so impressive it received a rating of 332.75 from governing body MMA Tycoon! Real standout performances of the night have to be form the main events, with Mohammed and Solseng wining fight of the night and Karev winning KO of the night but also from the opening bout between Pilkington and Henderson which could’ve been fight of the night on any other card. The audience were pumped and great as normal with a large number of fans (along with more emerging fighters) wearing Forbidden Violence shirts, produced by Championship Clothing. If you haven’t already, you really need to get yourself to the next FV show, keep an eye on this company because it’s really coming on fast.

 

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Syn’302 – Preview

Coming to you live on PPV from the LA Memorial Colossuseum (capacity 93,607) on Saturday 31st May

As we look forward to when Synchronicity will bring you their three-hundred and second weekly show live on PPV, we take a closer look at the fighters and match-ups that fill the card as 20 fighters in 10 top, world class fights give it their all to become the best. Another stacked card with 2 title fights is unlikely to disappoint so we’ll start there.

 

Lightweight Title Fight

*Champion* Michael "Nuts of Wonder" Patton (46-15-1) vs Derek "The Artist" Riggs (29-17-0)

The champion Michael Patton comes into this fight one of the hottest properties in the world of MMA today, he is currently (as of 26/5/14) the number 2 Lightweight fighter on the planet and the number 14 P4P fighter out their according to the World MMA Tycoon – the worlds governing body – rankings. His opponent, British journeyman, Derek “The Artist” Riggs, has been across the globe competing and earned forced way into the Synchronicity lightweight title pitcher with 4 straight wins against tough competition. This will be a big fight for both men as Patton will be looking to prove he is a deserving champion after losing against Solovyev in a non-title fight after winning the belt by defending it for the third time.

 

The fight should be an even contest with both men looking to finish, although I feel the champion goes into the fight with a slight advantage of being able to be more versatile. Both men can wrestle well but Patton’s BJJ may be a class above Riggs so that will be a large factor to play in, particularly with the impressive RNC win in Patton’s last fight. The stand-up will be the decider and which man can be more clinical as this is where they are evenly matched. If Patton starts to control the cage when they are on their feet I see no way for Riggs to take it, while If “The Artist” starts landing some big shots Patton may be able to take the fight to the ground for a change of pace. It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out and it is deservedly our main event of the evening. The number 2 and the number 14, in the world, going toe-to-toe in this one ladies and gentlemen, it should be a classic!

 

Welterweight Fight for the Belt

Yang Tao (30-10) vs Sergiy Sklyar (32-8-1) *Champion*

The other match-up on the card with title implications is that between Chinese challenger Yang Tao and the Ukrainian Champion Sergiy Skylar. Tao has been on a in recent weeks after settling into Syn, picking up three wins on the bounce to earn his title shot and Tao will be looking to make it four against Skylar despite going in as underdog. Skylar has already had an illustrious career before he reached Syn but one he was here, he turned that into a potential Hall of Fame worthy one. In his 8 fights in Synchronicity, Skylar has won all bar one of them, after winning the title on his first night in the organisation his only loss has been to former champion Clotran. Skylar came back in phenomenal fashion winning his last 4 fights straight and he’ll be looking for his second title defence in a row on Saturday to be successful.

 

Skylar should take control of this one and it will take a big effort from Tao to beat the current number 5 in his weight class (a ranking that many feel should be much high) but if anybody can do it, it’ll be Yang Tao. Expect this one to finish from a standing position or to go the distance as these men combined have picked up 29 (T)KO’s and 32 Decision finished – with the only submission victory being from Skylar over half a year ago.This bout has fight of the night written all over it and we here at Championship Press Association just hope it lives up to that!

 

Syn’299 Rematch

Apollo Jackson (17-3-1) vs Evgeniy Malkin (17-6-2)

We here at Championship Press Association have previously covered this fight, when the two men faced off at Syn’299. On that occasion the fight was so closely contested that it resulted in a draw after the 15 minutes were up and there’s no reason to believe we should expect anything else from these two great, evenly matched warriors. The most bemusing thing about the draw these two men had last time around was that it was Malkin’s 2nd draw in three fights – with his debut in Syn being a rematch between him and Lance Templeton after their draw in another organisation. In most circumstances when a draw is awarded it is hugely controversial but in the last bout between the two it was received largely by agreement from the fans as there was nothing between the men – with chants of “1 more round” even breaking from the audience wanting to see a decider then and there.

 

The Man from Down Under comes Up Top Stateside

Dragon Slayer (20-7-1) vs Damon "Pretzel" Pierce (32-18)

Damon Pierce comes into this bout on an incredible 7 fight winning streak and will be looking to make that 8, as his opponent from New Zeland will be looking to “slay” the “Pretzel” and take the victory to take his Synchronicity record to 6-3. Last time out Dragon Slayer beat Hektor Troy to stop a sliding streak of losses which had amounted to two and he’ll want to make sure he utilizes his advantage in the striking department to KO Pierce, take the win and keep his momentum rolling. Pierce on the other side of the cage will be staring on unfazed and confidence in his abilities to deliver when he needs to, taking the fight to the ground where he holds a strong advantage over every man on the Syn roster and grab another submission victory to take his tally to 16. He truly is a BJJ king and is by far one of the most impressive fighters on the ground at this level.

 

The Heart of the Bahama’s takes on the Serbian (MMA) King

A J Hearts (28-9) vs Zoran Miloshevich (27-14)

Another closely matched fight on paper between two all-rounders in Hearts and Miloshevich, with the only majory difference being in Hearts wrestling ability, the former collegiate grappler will look to control the fight and if Miloshevich’s striking gets too much (as it has done for 19 opponents he’s KO’d) then he’ll look to take the fight to the ground and slow the pace. Miloshevich will not have this luxury of a “B-plan” but the 34-year-old veteran will feel he won’t need it, as the confidence he has in hands is massive and alongside that. Even if the fight does get to the ground Hearts will have to be careful as Zoran has strong reputation for being able to counter into submissions and lock them in tight.

 

Will Gods Work Help us see a Finish Tonight

"God's Worker" Jonah Sumrall (18-6) vs Alfonso Lopez (16-5)

Sumrall with be praying to his god that he can get back to winning ways after 2 losses and 1 NC (due to missing location after poor weather prevented him arriving at the arena) in his last 4 bout , while his opponent, Alfonso Lopez, will be hoping that he can continue to see himself on the rise, taking back-to-back wins after a three fight period without a win prior to beating Doug Graves at Supernova V.

 

Neither man is keen on a decision finish – with a combined 4 wins by decisions – so fans should be looking forward to seeing an exciting and explosive finish to this fight with no need to the judge’s to get involved. Both competitors will be keen to trade blows and fans are hoping they will do so not needing to go to ground as these two phenomenal strikers face off. While both Sumrall and Lopez haven’t verbally promised anything, their mannerisms and reports of training practice say we are in for a slug fest, it should be a good one, so tune in on PPV to watch.

 

Undercard

Sergei "El Fenómeno” Kharitonov (19-8-0) v J “Face” Breaker (48-29-1)

The final fight before the main card is between two fighters who are both at crossroads in their careers as they both come in off the back off losses and as time goes by, neither man is getting any younger – particularly Breaker who is now 40. Both men will be looking to impress in this fight and show they are deserving of higher ranked opposition and a potential title shot in the future. We could be seeing the beginning of the end of J’s career, as if he loses tonight it’ll be his third straight and he’ll remain un-victorious in Syn. Kharitonov will look to show his debut victory was not a fluke and he can get the job done following his hard loss against Freyr in the first round. If one thing is for sure, it’s that these men need a win. And they need it in impressive finishing fashion.

 

Thor Berserk (20-10) v Charles “The Hammer” Martel (46-15-0)

Unfortunately the previous, and only, time I’ve written on a fight involving Charles “The Hammer” Martel was in his previous bout where he did not live up to his billing as former champion and the fans will be hoping he does this time around. Thor Berserk has never not been to the final round of a fight since joining Synchronicityafter a spell in the Canadian Fight Championship and has looked impressively durable if nothing else despite only taking 2 wins. These two fighters may want to finish but this has a decision all over it!

 

Mr Bronze (25-15-0) v Kaoklai Khanomtom (30-11-3)

Evenly matched are the two men that face on in this one and a lot are expecting this to go to the wire, with Khamomtom having gone the distance 9 times in his last 11 fights and Bronze 6 in his last 8. Bronze is seen to have the advantage in this one as the two men are evenly matched up on the feet but if it goes to the ground Bronze is the better BJJ player and will look to capitalize (to earn only his third submission win ever!).

 

Makao Matsumoto (23-16-1) v “Captain” Tsubasa J Champ (19-8)

The opener to the card and first up will be the match-up of two of the new boys to Synchronicity, as Matsumoto makes his debut and the “Captain” looks to deliver a better performance than he did in his first fight in Syn (a loss at the hands of Leanrdo Alves by Submission). Both men have come across from BFE - Brazilian Fight Entertainment – before the closure of the company and are looking to make Syn their home. Even though they were in BFE together at the same time, the two have never met before and it’ll be interesting to see who has the edge. It is thought that Matsumoto will be looking to utilize his ground game and take another submission victory against J Champ who prefers to stand and bang although does have great takedown defence and can escape even the best submission artists. We look forward to seeing how quickly these men can get the audience engaged to the fight.

 

As always Synchronicity will bring a world class card to you live on PPV, featuring two title fights but also some real potential Fight on the Night matches such as Jackson vs Malkin 2. If you haven’t got the Pay-Per-View ordered yet or want to attend the event live, you really should as any fan of MMA – casual or hardcore – will not be left disappointed. As always at the end of the night the “Of The Night” awards will be awarded by Reaper Combatwear and we have a lot of contenders for that converted Fight of the Night award this Saturday coming.

 

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Championship Press Association

 

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Forbidden Violence vs Honor FC 1

Live at the MMA Grand Arena (capacity: 17,157) in Las Vegas, NV

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Forbidden Violence brings to you their first competitive monthly event against fellow rising organisation – Honor Fighting Championship. We here at Championship Press Association couldn’t be more excited about covering this event as Parks takes on Pitbull, Speed faces off with Rin and Johnson tried to kick us off to a great start against Martell. It’ll be an action packed event so watch out for it.

 

FV vs HFC – Main Event

*TEAM VIOLENCE* Lyoto Parks (16-5-0) v Roy "The Wardog" Pitbull (25-12-1) *TEAM HONOR*

This is the one most, including myself, feel it’ll come down to; it’s the last of the three Team Violence vs Team Honor fights on Saturday night in the first FV vs HFC events. Representing Forbidden Violence is Lyoto Parks who won his debut fight for FV at FV#18 in the first round. He’ll face the man they call “The Wardog” over in Honor FC, who has been on a tear through their featherweight division, already having won all 5 of his fights for them since his arrival from – now defunct – HEROIC.

 

The most worrying thing Parks will have to worry about is the versatility of Roy Pitbull, who since being in Honor FC has shown just what he is capable of and that he can truly beat anybody from any position. “The Wardog” boast two submissions (a kneebar and a triangle choke hold), two TKO’s and one decision victory. On the other side of the cage you have the Forbidden Violence new boy, who holds the weight of the company on his shoulders tonight, who will be focused on trading blows and knockout his opponent. While Parks has got solid BJJ skills and is a decent wrestler, he will want to use his wrestling to keep the fight standing if Pitbull bring it in the clinch or go for a takedown. This will be it fans, the fight to watch, it could all go down to the wire and the pressure will be madly on the home fans favourite if it’s 1-1 coming into this fight after the two earlier in the evening.

 

Co-Main Event

Doug Graves (23-13) v "The Saviour" Philip Negan (11-9)

This may not be a Forbidden Violence vs Honor Fight Championship bout but this bout between Graves and Negan is drawing almost as much attention as the bragging rights fights and that’s why it rightfully has been named the co-main event of the evening. Neither man is coming in on great form in recent bouts with Graves having only won 2 of his last 5 bouts and Negan on a two fight losing streat but that hasn’t seemed to knock the confidence of either man, if anything it has just boosted their training focus and intensity.

 

The fight is somewhat predictable in terms of the game-plans each competitor will be coming into the bout with, as Graves has the huge advantage on the striking front and Negan will need to avoid getting into a scrappy brawl or trading off blows as he’ll most likely come off worst. With that being said, Negan appears to hold the advantage on the ground. “The Saviour” has picked up 7 of his 11 wins by submission and Graves has never picked pa submission win so if they begin to roll, Negan could lock in a hold tight and finish from there. It may not have a major impact on the organisations credibility in the same way Rin vs Speed, Parks vs Pitbull does but it has a massive impact on the fighter’s futures and their credibility as serious threats to their respective future opponents.

 

FV vs HFC – 2nd Fight

*TEAM HONOR* Kaito "Tsunami" Rin (20-7-0) v Abel “Amazin” Speed (24-8-1) *TEAM VIOLENCE*

In the eyes of most, Abel “Amazin” Speed is more than what his nickname suggests, he is seen as the near perfect stand-up fighter, with lighting quick strikes and superb wrestling to keep him on his feet to get the KO. Coming across from Honor FC is Kaito Rin, the man known as the “Tsunami” and that’s because of the energy this man can produce. Rin isn’t just energy though, he has something that a lot claim to have, but very few can prove it, a near unlimited gas tank. This man is the definition of Cardio Machine and his 14 decision victories show that he can go the distance and still be impressive round after round. If anybody can threaten the FV fan favourite it is this man!

 

If Rin gets a finish it will likely be from submission, he has picked up 5 of those in his career but he definitely prefers to control his opponent and go the distance but out of the two he is the only one to have lost any of his last five bouts. Abel Speed has been phenominal – as you’d expect for the Middleweight Champion – having won his last 7 fights in a row and shows no sign of slowing down now! This has real potential to be fight of the night and if Team Violence is going to pick up a win tonight, my money would be on Abel Speed to do so. Can he make it 8 in a row and beat an incredibly impressive Kaito Rin, we’ll find out Saturday when these two square off.

 

Main Event

Jase Robertson (22-10) v "The Lion Of Matema” Baraka Simengwa (12-10)

Both men are off the back of losses but this shouldn’t be a distraction from the quality of the fight when you look at the quality of opponent they were defeated by (Abel Speed, Memento Mori and Bunkley Lii respectively). This fight attracts a lot of intrigue in my opinion, as Robertson – the ultimate stand and bang guy, with superb takedown defence and near faultless striking – faces the submission beast, “The Lion of Matema” Baraka Simengwa. Neither fighter is particularly hyped right now by Forbidden Violence (given recent records) but they are both still firm fan favourites and this is why this fight is so high on the card with so little hype. The Forbidden Faithful with go nuts for these guy win, lose or draw – the only question is what the result will emerge as. A 12 submission win for Simengwa or Robertson taking his 21st (T)KO – because nobody sees this fight going 10minutes, let alone 15!

 

Grigory "Iron Man" Gukepshev (10-2) v "The Mountain" Arnie McDougle (21-12)

The “Iron Man” is 10 and 2 but one of those 2 losses came in a fight here at Forbidden Violence when he made the step up, while “The Mountain” made a similar transition - although he did it by beating Paul Brown to take the W. These two will be expect to finish each other – or that’s at least ours and the fans hopes with 40 fights these men have competed in finishing before the final bell (out of a combined total of 45). Not much to say on these two except you’ve got to hope they go out and deliver, what a win would do for either man’s career here in FV can only be good and with reputations and records like theirs the sky is the limit – do they have the mentality and skillset to reach it though.

 

Samak “Zen” Tiyapairat (23-12) v Ange “Touchy” Fili (11-4)

This fight appears a bit of a miss-match on paper but when you look at how impressive Tiyapairat was in his fight against John Wensink – taking a win by TKO in the second round – it is obvious why he has taken on this fight against a seemingly superiors opponent. That opponent is Ange “Touch” Fili, the man who’s career since coming to FV shows a 2 -1 record with Mika Okita being the man to get the better of him. Fili has yet to go past the first round – win or lose – in his time with the promotion and fans will want more of the same with exciting fights and frantic early finishes, the only contrast to this is how deep “Zen” likes to take a round, taking the majority of his wins by decision after going the distance. It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out but it’s got the potential to finish anywhere with both men liking to stand and strike if pushed into doing so.

 

FV vs HFC – Fight 1

*TEAM VIOLENCE* "Kid Southern Lights" Rebel Johnson (16-17) v Oberyn Martell (13-7) *TEAM HONOR*

Submission vs Stand-up, Violence vs Honor, it’s Johnson vs Martell in the third Forbidden Violence vs Honor Fighting Championship fight of the first cross-promotion event and this will get the ball rolling. If you believe in momentum then this will be the fight which could set the tone for the night and begin either a great night in the history of FV or set a very long, nerve racking night for owner Frank King on course. Johnson’s record is very deceiving, after a poor start to his career it has really picked up and he has gone 6-1 in his last 7 fights, showing he can go the distance by taking 4 wins by decision and finishing his opponents with submissions in the other two, which he’ll look to do to his opponent tonight. That man is a member of Team Honor – Oberyn Martell – who has had an up and down start to life in Honor FC, picking up only 2 wins out of 4 and one of which under very controversial circumstances with a majority decision. He prefers to stick to his feet and will be looking to not allow Johnson to take the fight to the mat, where Johnson is clearly the better BJJ player. Frank King is confident and you’ve got to hope “Kid Southern Lights” (Johnson) is too after his run of great form!

 

Undercard

"The Champagne of Beers" Miller HighLife (21-13-1) v Ashley Harrington (2-0-0)

If you’re going to put your money on anything when HighLife meets Harrington it should be that Saturday night we’ll whiteness a (T)KO finish of some kind, as these two men love to stand and bang. The fans will be hoping they lay it all on the line, leave it all in the cage and go on a full out war against one and other. I’m not brave enough to call a winner for this one but you’d have to suspect HighLife will play it smart with his experience edge, but Harrington comes in hot, young and fresh so this has all the makings of a unpredictable winner – even if the type of finish seems obvious to most.

 

Diego "The genetic jackhammer" Diaz (13-11-1) v "The All American" Jimmy Powers (8-7-0)

Neither of these two men got off to the great start that they were both expecting with losses respectively against DeAngelo Suggs and Jon Monroe. These two lightweight fighters will be looking to take a win that will serve as the beginning to change their careers around and start a successful stint at FV. These two are evenly matched and this fight has a potential to go the distance to a decision but “The Genetic Jackhammer” and “The All American” will be looking to dominate and control and this fight could end up anywhere!

 

"Sticky" Herb Green (7-5) v “Wizards” Gordon Matthews (7-6)

This is Green’s first weekly event for FV, as previously he’d only done the midweek shows, while Matthews has been with the organisation for a while, boating a 3-2 record since his arrival. This fight will be a tough one to call, as Matthews is a “Wizard” with his hands and will be looking to knock out the opposition early. Green will have a longer game plan and will be focused on getting the fight down to the mat and looking for the submission (where five of his seven wins have come from) and Matthews will be wise to use his superb wrestling ability to stop the fight from reaching the ground. It’s an entertaining fight to open the night, featuring two very contrasting fighters and it’ll be great to see who emerges victor.

 

We at CPA don’t normally like doing predications as part of a report as we normally prefer to stick to facts and avoid bias but under circumstances of cross promotion fights we’ll make an exception. I see it being a very close run thing between the organisations with it going into the last fight tied 1-1. Forbidden Violences best chance at victory must be considered as Abel Speed – the current 185lbs champions – but Parks and Jackson will look to impress, who knows what a win tonight could do for their respective careers here in Forbidden Violence! HGH Nutrients (Q160 - best in Tycoon!) will be sponsoring fight of the night awards as normal despite this being a cross promotional contest!

 

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Forbidden Violence vs Honor FC 1

Event Link

Live at the MMA Grand Arena (capacity: 17,157) in Las Vegas, NV

Forbidden Violence faced Honor FC for the first time in a series of events in which the two organisations will compete to show whose boss. With three great fights for bragging rights taking place, there are still seven other fights feature your regular Forbidden Violence stars as they go head to head to progress their careers!

 

FV vs HFC – Main Event

*TEAM VIOLENCE* Lyoto Parks (16-5-0) v Roy "The Wardog" Pitbull (25-12-1) *TEAM HONOR*

This was it, the main event, the final fight of the evening between Team Violence and Team Honor. It didn’t matter what the score was or the results earlier on in the night, all that mattered to these two men was this fight and which one would walk home the winner, with true bragging rights. It really was one of the fights of the night, as these two warriors took the fight the distance through to the third round and final bell.

 

The first round was a signal for things to come, close thought contests with neither man establishing clear control after a good takedown from Parks. The secnd round was similar but fighters kept to standing and showed how well rounded they are, sharing punches and kicks on the feet during striking exchanges. The third was what it came down to and it was even closer contested then the first two with the same action which the first and second round had shared. Both men fully deserving of the victory but as neither could finish the other it came down to the three judges around the cage. The scoring was unanimous and indelicate between each judge, first round: Pitbull, second round: Pitbull, third round: Draw, by unanimous decision, the winner is…. Roy Pitbull of Team Honor. The disappointment was etched across the face of Parks who had been phenomenal and the respect between the two men was clear (along with the exhaustion) as “The Wardog” showed his soft side and thanks FV for their hospitality and said he hoped he could be a part of the next event.

Winner: Team Honor

 

Co-Main Event

Doug Graves (23-13) v "The Saviour" Philip Negan (11-9)

The highest bout on the card to feature two competitors both as Forbidden Violence fighters when Graves and Negan faced off in the co-main event. Graves came in from Synchronicity and was looking for his second win in FV, while Negan wanted to get his first win in FV after his first two fights went to the opposition. The first round was the close affair that everybody expected, with Graves getting a takedown and controlling the cage well but Negan landed a big blow that cut Graves open late on in the round.

 

The second round was a different story as Graves dominated the round until finally after cutting, rocking, knocking down and near decapitating – just like old yeller – Graves finally put Negan down for good with a huge right. It really was a well-deserved win for the former Syn man, who will be glad he took control of the fight while the men were on their feet after his lacklustre stand up in the first round. Graves is one to look out for and new champion Jamalski Ramirezovic will have been watching him closely as a potential title contender.

 

FV vs HFC – 2nd Fight

*TEAM HONOR* Kaito "Tsunami" Rin (20-7-0) v Abel “Amazin” Speed (24-8-1) *TEAM VIOLENCE*

In the eyes of most Abel “Amazin” Speed was the most likely source of a win coming into the the event but even he couldn’t deliver on Saturday night, as the “Tsunami” washed him away and Rin walked away victor after 3 rounds by unanimous decision. Speed put up a valiant effort taking the second round by utilizing his Muay-Thai skills while in the clinch but was unable to pull out the same level of performance and overall control in either the first of the third round. Rin won the fight 29:28 but the real overall winners were the fans, with the only downside to this fight being their champion has lost. Drug testing has been called upon though after the image of Forbidden Violence was damaged more tonight by Abel Speed’s post match comments than their losses to Honor FC when Speed was quoted in saying post-fight; “Shouldn't have got too stoned ….. Oh well maybe a rematch is in order?”. This really has called into question the credibility of Speed as champion and no doubt owner Frank King will be looking for answers from his champion to what occurred in the lead-up to this fight.

Winner: Team Honor

 

Main Card

Jase Robertson (22-10) v "The Lion Of Matema” Baraka Simengwa (12-10)

Robertson was on of Forbidden Violence’s hottest attractions leading into his title fight with Abel Speed but since then he has added another loss and was hoping not to make this his third straight. On the other side of the cage he’d be staring across at Baraka Simengwa, a man who’s only FV loss comes against Bunkley Lii (one of FV’s hottest properties at the moment). The fight was what you’d expect from these two warriors – a back and forth contest that inevitably went the full distance. It emerged that due to his ground domination Simengwa was the winner by unanimous decision (28:29, 28:30, 28:29). Although Robertson was the stronger of the two stood-up, the fight was on the floor for him too long to really make a statement and Simengwa controlled most the way through the 15 minutes of solid action.

 

Grigory "Iron Man" Gukepshev (10-2) v "The Mountain" Arnie McDougle (21-12)

Domination was quite simply the name of the game when “The Mountain” met the “Iron Man”, as Arnie McDougle knocked-out Gukepshev within on minute of the fight beginning. It’s hard to say whether if the fight had gone longer and Gukepshev had survived the initial onslaught if the fight would’ve evened out but based upon this display the answer is no. McDougle dominated from start to finish landing flurries of strikes against what appeared an equal opposition. I great KO finish came off a strong combination with 4 right hand punches in a row with the last leaving Guepshev on the mat staring at the lights. McDougle looked fantastic tonight and gave very little chance to his opposition, very deserving of the nickname “The Mountain” with this performance!

 

Samak “Zen” Tiyapairat (23-12) v Ange “Touchy” Fili (11-4)

The theme of the night seemed to be shocks and quick finishes and this fight followed on. “Touchy” Fili took his third Forbidden Violence – and again by TKO – when he finished Tiapairat in less than 30 seconds.  As the fighters entered there was no indication to say that “Zen” was not in a “Zen” headspace but the early cut and the big blow to the head certainly wouldn’t have helped that. Post-fight Ange Fili seemed very emotional but also very thankful for the fan support and help from his new training team.

 

FV vs HFC – Fight 1

*TEAM VIOLENCE* "Kid Southern Lights" Rebel Johnson (16-17) v Oberyn Martell (13-7) *TEAM HONOR*

It’s was the first of three in a night Forbidden Violence owner Frank King will want to forget, it started the sweep as Martell beat Johnson by TKO. It was the battle of Submission vs Stand-up and stand-up definitely won after a very impressive round from Johnson who looked to finish early with several submission attempts but it was to no avail. The second round was completely different story as Martell dominated the submission artist and eventually a big knee signalled the beginning of the end by knocking down Johnson. Martell dived down on top and landed several strikes before the official had seen enough. You could see from the silence from the crowd it was going to be a tough night for the rest of the TEAM VIOLENCE members from here on out, Honor FC were not here to mess about.

Winner: Team Honor

 

Undercard

"The Champagne of Beers" Miller HighLife (21-13-1) v Ashley Harrington (2-0-0)

The veteran – 34 year old – Miller HighLife took on young upstart Ashley Harrington, as the 26-year-old looked to take his third straight win in FV and remain unbeaten in his career. Harrington did just that with 1 minute to spare of the third round as he took the victory by TKO when he landed with a left from the clinch followed by a shoulder strike to daze HighLife. The finish came in very similar fashion to that that the fans saw in the Green/Matthews fight that opened the show, as Harrington pummelled Highlife against the cage till the official stepped in to award the victory to Harrington. The most impressive thing about this win is that Harrington could’ve held on till the end and no risked anything as he had clearly won the first two rounds but he went out there with the intent to finish and he did just that!

 

Diego "The genetic jackhammer" Diaz (13-11-1) v "The All American" Jimmy Powers (8-7-0)

There isn’t much to write about Diaz vs Powers, not due to a lack of ability or entertainment, but due to the fact the fight lasted an incredible 13 seconds. In which, with the second punch of the night, Diaz sent Power to the mat busting him open in the process and waving him back to his feet. When back on the feet the fans didn’t think they would see a second round but they thought Powers may be able to hold Diaz off for a further 5 seconds in which a superb strong right to the jaw of Powers sent the “All American” to the mat for a second time. Needless to say he didn’t get up and “The Genetic Jackhammer” was awarded a KO win in one of the most dominating but short performances the FV cage has seen.

 

"Sticky" Herb Green (7-5) v “Wizards” Gordon Matthews (7-6)

The fight that opened the show did its job perfectly on Saturday night as Green vs Matthews as it was one of the most frantic and intense bouts of the night, with the only disappointment being the length it lasted. Matthews was clearly superior as he took the victory by TKO (strikes), after dominating Diaz from start to finish. “Wizards” pulled the fight into the clinch early and landed a few strong short strikes to cut open Green before rocking him and then knocking him down after he pushed out of the clinch with a huge right hook that put Green on dream-street. The official jumped in as Matthews moved in for the kill on a clear out-cold Herb Green who had no clue where he was despite getting back to one foot. Fantastic officiating by the Forbidden Violence referee!

 

FINAL SCORE:  Team Violence 0 – 3 Team Honor (winners: Martell, Rin, Pitbull)

Of the Night Awards – Sponsored by: HGH Nutrients Q160

KO of the night:      Doug Graves

Sub of the night:     -

Fight of the night:   Roy Pitbull vs Lyoto Parks

 

While the event was Forbidden Violence’s first Pay-Per-View and the company didn’t get off to the best of starts in terms of losing to Honor FC, but there were a lot of other positives. Firstly a few stand-out individual performances really caught the eye and gave the fans something to go home happy about, most impressively Lyoto Parks and Doug Graces but also the MMA Tycoon Governing Body awarded the event a rating of 325.97! With FV #22 coming up, Forbidden Violence will look to a couple of their top fighters and champions to step up even further and build the credibility of this great growing organisation.

 

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Forbidden Violence vs Honor FC 1

Event Link

Live at the MMA Grand Arena (capacity: 17,157) in Las Vegas, NV

Forbidden Violence faced Honor FC for the first time in a series of events in which the two organisations will compete to show whose boss. With three great fights for bragging rights taking place, there are still seven other fights feature your regular Forbidden Violence stars as they go head to head to progress their careers!

 

FV vs HFC – Main Event

*TEAM VIOLENCE* Lyoto Parks (16-5-0) v Roy "The Wardog" Pitbull (25-12-1) *TEAM HONOR*

This was it, the main event, the final fight of the evening between Team Violence and Team Honor. It didn’t matter what the score was or the results earlier on in the night, all that mattered to these two men was this fight and which one would walk home the winner, with true bragging rights. It really was one of the fights of the night, as these two warriors took the fight the distance through to the third round and final bell.

 

The first round was a signal for things to come, close thought contests with neither man establishing clear control after a good takedown from Parks. The secnd round was similar but fighters kept to standing and showed how well rounded they are, sharing punches and kicks on the feet during striking exchanges. The third was what it came down to and it was even closer contested then the first two with the same action which the first and second round had shared. Both men fully deserving of the victory but as neither could finish the other it came down to the three judges around the cage. The scoring was unanimous and indelicate between each judge, first round: Pitbull, second round: Pitbull, third round: Draw, by unanimous decision, the winner is…. Roy Pitbull of Team Honor. The disappointment was etched across the face of Parks who had been phenomenal and the respect between the two men was clear (along with the exhaustion) as “The Wardog” showed his soft side and thanks FV for their hospitality and said he hoped he could be a part of the next event.

Winner: Team Honor

 

Co-Main Event

Doug Graves (23-13) v "The Saviour" Philip Negan (11-9)

The highest bout on the card to feature two competitors both as Forbidden Violence fighters when Graves and Negan faced off in the co-main event. Graves came in from Synchronicity and was looking for his second win in FV, while Negan wanted to get his first win in FV after his first two fights went to the opposition. The first round was the close affair that everybody expected, with Graves getting a takedown and controlling the cage well but Negan landed a big blow that cut Graves open late on in the round.

 

The second round was a different story as Graves dominated the round until finally after cutting, rocking, knocking down and near decapitating – just like old yeller – Graves finally put Negan down for good with a huge right. It really was a well-deserved win for the former Syn man, who will be glad he took control of the fight while the men were on their feet after his lacklustre stand up in the first round. Graves is one to look out for and new champion Jamalski Ramirezovic will have been watching him closely as a potential title contender.

 

FV vs HFC – 2nd Fight

*TEAM HONOR* Kaito "Tsunami" Rin (20-7-0) v Abel “Amazin” Speed (24-8-1) *TEAM VIOLENCE*

In the eyes of most Abel “Amazin” Speed was the most likely source of a win coming into the the event but even he couldn’t deliver on Saturday night, as the “Tsunami” washed him away and Rin walked away victor after 3 rounds by unanimous decision. Speed put up a valiant effort taking the second round by utilizing his Muay-Thai skills while in the clinch but was unable to pull out the same level of performance and overall control in either the first of the third round. Rin won the fight 29:28 but the real overall winners were the fans, with the only downside to this fight being their champion has lost. Drug testing has been called upon though after the image of Forbidden Violence was damaged more tonight by Abel Speed’s post match comments than their losses to Honor FC when Speed was quoted in saying post-fight; “Shouldn't have got too stoned ….. Oh well maybe a rematch is in order?”. This really has called into question the credibility of Speed as champion and no doubt owner Frank King will be looking for answers from his champion to what occurred in the lead-up to this fight.

Winner: Team Honor

 

Main Card

Jase Robertson (22-10) v "The Lion Of Matema” Baraka Simengwa (12-10)

Robertson was on of Forbidden Violence’s hottest attractions leading into his title fight with Abel Speed but since then he has added another loss and was hoping not to make this his third straight. On the other side of the cage he’d be staring across at Baraka Simengwa, a man who’s only FV loss comes against Bunkley Lii (one of FV’s hottest properties at the moment). The fight was what you’d expect from these two warriors – a back and forth contest that inevitably went the full distance. It emerged that due to his ground domination Simengwa was the winner by unanimous decision (28:29, 28:30, 28:29). Although Robertson was the stronger of the two stood-up, the fight was on the floor for him too long to really make a statement and Simengwa controlled most the way through the 15 minutes of solid action.

 

Grigory "Iron Man" Gukepshev (10-2) v "The Mountain" Arnie McDougle (21-12)

Domination was quite simply the name of the game when “The Mountain” met the “Iron Man”, as Arnie McDougle knocked-out Gukepshev within on minute of the fight beginning. It’s hard to say whether if the fight had gone longer and Gukepshev had survived the initial onslaught if the fight would’ve evened out but based upon this display the answer is no. McDougle dominated from start to finish landing flurries of strikes against what appeared an equal opposition. I great KO finish came off a strong combination with 4 right hand punches in a row with the last leaving Guepshev on the mat staring at the lights. McDougle looked fantastic tonight and gave very little chance to his opposition, very deserving of the nickname “The Mountain” with this performance!

 

Samak “Zen” Tiyapairat (23-12) v Ange “Touchy” Fili (11-4)

The theme of the night seemed to be shocks and quick finishes and this fight followed on. “Touchy” Fili took his third Forbidden Violence – and again by TKO – when he finished Tiapairat in less than 30 seconds.  As the fighters entered there was no indication to say that “Zen” was not in a “Zen” headspace but the early cut and the big blow to the head certainly wouldn’t have helped that. Post-fight Ange Fili seemed very emotional but also very thankful for the fan support and help from his new training team.

 

FV vs HFC – Fight 1

*TEAM VIOLENCE* "Kid Southern Lights" Rebel Johnson (16-17) v Oberyn Martell (13-7) *TEAM HONOR*

It’s was the first of three in a night Forbidden Violence owner Frank King will want to forget, it started the sweep as Martell beat Johnson by TKO. It was the battle of Submission vs Stand-up and stand-up definitely won after a very impressive round from Johnson who looked to finish early with several submission attempts but it was to no avail. The second round was completely different story as Martell dominated the submission artist and eventually a big knee signalled the beginning of the end by knocking down Johnson. Martell dived down on top and landed several strikes before the official had seen enough. You could see from the silence from the crowd it was going to be a tough night for the rest of the TEAM VIOLENCE members from here on out, Honor FC were not here to mess about.

Winner: Team Honor

 

Undercard

"The Champagne of Beers" Miller HighLife (21-13-1) v Ashley Harrington (2-0-0)

The veteran – 34 year old – Miller HighLife took on young upstart Ashley Harrington, as the 26-year-old looked to take his third straight win in FV and remain unbeaten in his career. Harrington did just that with 1 minute to spare of the third round as he took the victory by TKO when he landed with a left from the clinch followed by a shoulder strike to daze HighLife. The finish came in very similar fashion to that that the fans saw in the Green/Matthews fight that opened the show, as Harrington pummelled Highlife against the cage till the official stepped in to award the victory to Harrington. The most impressive thing about this win is that Harrington could’ve held on till the end and no risked anything as he had clearly won the first two rounds but he went out there with the intent to finish and he did just that!

 

Diego "The genetic jackhammer" Diaz (13-11-1) v "The All American" Jimmy Powers (8-7-0)

There isn’t much to write about Diaz vs Powers, not due to a lack of ability or entertainment, but due to the fact the fight lasted an incredible 13 seconds. In which, with the second punch of the night, Diaz sent Power to the mat busting him open in the process and waving him back to his feet. When back on the feet the fans didn’t think they would see a second round but they thought Powers may be able to hold Diaz off for a further 5 seconds in which a superb strong right to the jaw of Powers sent the “All American” to the mat for a second time. Needless to say he didn’t get up and “The Genetic Jackhammer” was awarded a KO win in one of the most dominating but short performances the FV cage has seen.

 

"Sticky" Herb Green (7-5) v “Wizards” Gordon Matthews (7-6)

The fight that opened the show did its job perfectly on Saturday night as Green vs Matthews as it was one of the most frantic and intense bouts of the night, with the only disappointment being the length it lasted. Matthews was clearly superior as he took the victory by TKO (strikes), after dominating Diaz from start to finish. “Wizards” pulled the fight into the clinch early and landed a few strong short strikes to cut open Green before rocking him and then knocking him down after he pushed out of the clinch with a huge right hook that put Green on dream-street. The official jumped in as Matthews moved in for the kill on a clear out-cold Herb Green who had no clue where he was despite getting back to one foot. Fantastic officiating by the Forbidden Violence referee!

 

FINAL SCORE:  Team Violence 0 – 3 Team Honor (winners: Martell, Rin, Pitbull)

Of the Night Awards – Sponsored by: HGH Nutrients Q160

KO of the night:      Doug Graves

Sub of the night:     -

Fight of the night:   Roy Pitbull vs Lyoto Parks

 

While the event was Forbidden Violence’s first Pay-Per-View and the company didn’t get off to the best of starts in terms of losing to Honor FC, but there were a lot of other positives. Firstly a few stand-out individual performances really caught the eye and gave the fans something to go home happy about, most impressively Lyoto Parks and Doug Graces but also the MMA Tycoon Governing Body awarded the event a rating of 325.97! With FV #22 coming up, Forbidden Violence will look to a couple of their top fighters and champions to step up even further and build the credibility of this great growing organisation.

 

Report by,

Dan “TheMould” Milner

Championship Press Association

 

Great write up man!


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