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KCFA 15 – Fight for your Bike II

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Kansas City Fighting Alliance brings you – KCFA 15 – Fight for your Bike II with live commentary from Turner Davis and Laura Sanko

Last years event was a success and this year we expect to be no different with Four featherweight fighters entering the ring and one of them heading home with a Brand New 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

 

Fight Card

Raymond Powell vs Travis Polsgrove
Wayne Jordan vs Domonic Garcia
 Chris Wooderson vs Chris Jester
Alan Olivas vs Chance Camacho
Ronnie Mayweather vs James Craig
Mike Breeden vs Josh Reed
Nick Stegmaier vs Jason Gorrell
Antonio Martinez vs Cesar Gutierrez
Yazan Hajeh vs Robert Mitchell
Zach Long vs Kenny Licea
Daron McCant vs Alex Macias
Jarred Merrick vs Kyleb Collins
Robbie Lopez vs Dillon Plunket
Hannah Zeciri vs Brenda Rodriquez
Steven Graham vs Joe Estrada
And the Fight for your Bike Tournament
Andrew Carrillo, Rodney Borden, Danny Tims, and Grant Dawson

Burt Watson talks about his departure from the UFC

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11760191_885310504869750_8728273373230239531_nAfter 14 years working for the UFC, the legendary Burt Watson announces plans to work with CFFC (Cage Fury Fighting Championship)

Burt Watson handled just about everything you can imagine in the days leading up to a fight and while he is not one to boast …he is what I would call a fixer in every sense of the word and a god send to many of the fighters he has worked with over the years.

In case you don’t know MMA fans, here is a short laundry list of some things the living legend handled during fight week and we’ll ask Burt for the rest of the list later in this interview.

In an average day Burt makes sure the fighters have their tickets, they have their mouthpiece and their cups… their  meal money, transportation to the weigh-ins, a workout room at the hotel and so much more
His goal – to make sure the fighters have nothing to worry about but the fight and there are a long list of fighters he has helped in his stellar career who are very grateful for this.

Plus Watson is the comsumate unofficial cheerleader offering advice and encouragement backstage. He has the experience and  credentials to back it up as Watson a proud philly native was once the manager of legendary boxer Joe Frazier.

King of the Cage – Rumble on the River

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King of the Cage Presents “RUMBLE ON THE RIVER”

On Saturday August 1st, King of the Cage heads to Sloan, Iowa to the WinnaVegas Casino Resort for “Rumble on the River” featuring two GreyHats and three title fights. This event is set to air live on MAVTv at 7:00 pm.


 

Johnson vs Carney

GreyHat Duane “Monstor” Johnson (14-3) of Omaha, Nebraska faces JayDee Carney (7-5) of Iowa for the vacant KOTC Amateur Middleweight title.  Johnson hasn’t suffered a loss since November 2012 when he came up short on a unanimous decision against Calen Born at Titan Tournament of Champions 2. Since then, Johnson has been on an eight fight win streak, including winning several titles in different promotions. Carney, who has lost his past three fights, is looking to redeem himself with a win and the title this Saturday night.


 

MacDonald vs Serrano

North Platte’s very own GreyHat Ryan “Main Event” MacDonald (1-0) steps into the cage to face Jorge “The Saiyan” Serrano (0-0) of Sioux City, Iowa. MacDonald had an impressive pro debut back in March of 2015 at Midwest Championship Fighting 10, where he defeated Baron Muller via TKO. MacDonald, who has finished all of his opponents but two out of his eight wins as an amateur, is looking to even up his pro record. Serrano, who will be making his pro debut, has finished all nine of his opponents in his amateur career and is also on a three fight win streak. This fight will most likely not go the distance and is definitely one of the bouts to watch on Saturday.


Hernandez vs Gabel

Submission specialist Daniel “El Leon” Hernandez (17-5) of El Monte, California takes on Iowa’s own Matt Gabel (10-3-1) for the KOTC Middleweight title. Hernandez, who has has finished all but one of his opponents, is looking to defend the title which he acquired at KOTC “Battle for the Belt” back in October of 2014. Gabel, who was eliminated in the TUF 19 try outs by Eddie “Truck” Gordon, is coming off of a draw against Eric Perry at KOTC “Rough Justice” back in January 2015. This fight will most likely end up being a grappling match, with Gabel having a background in wrestling and Hernandez having a background in wrestling, judo and jiujitsu.


Williams vs DeVall

In the co-main event, Nate “Teddy Bear” Williams (22-14) of De Moines faces John “Bogus” DeVall (10-7) of Sioux City for the KOTC Jr. Flyweight title. Williams is coming off of two title fight losses, with the most recent loss against Josh “Shortstack” Robinson via unanimous decision at TXC Legends 4 back in June of 2014. Regardless of not having fought in over a year, Williams will have the advantage of experience on his side. DeVall, who was also on a five fight win streak before falling short on a unanimous decision against Manny Vazquez at KOTC “Power Play” back in May 2015, has been more active than Williams in the past year and will not be as rusty.


poster-rumble-on-the-river-1This event will be broadcast LIVE to a nationally televised audience on MAVTV, owned by Lucas Oil. MAVTV is a 24/7 high-definition television network that specializes in sports and action programming. It is available on the Dish Network (Channel 248), DirecTV (Channel 214) and numerous cable providers. For channel listings, check with your local provider or visit www.mavtv.com.

 

Doors open at 6:00 pm. and fights start at 7:00 pm.
King of the Cage Middleweight Championship
Daniel Hernandez (17-10) vs. Matt Gabel (10-3-1)

King of the Cage Jr. Flyweight Championship
Nate Williams (22-14) vs. John DeVall (10-7)

King of the Cage Amateur Middleweight Championship
JayDee Carney (7-5) vs. Duane Johnson (6-1)

Sidah Parker (12-6) vs. Brandon Hunt (9-6)
Ryan MacDonald (1-0) vs. Jorge Serrano (0-0)
Charon Spain (11-20) vs. Danny Black (6-9)
Michael Smith (2-5) vs. Coty Devall (0-0)
JJ Klutts (0-0) vs. Chris Galinsky (1-1)
Solveigh Skarhus (1-0) vs. Christina Toth (0-0)
Mark Hooper (4-5) vs. Carlos Trinidad (6-2)
Mercedes Timmerman (1-6) vs. Camille Doenges (0-0)
Taylor Thompson (0-0) vs. Josh Porcher (0-0)
Riley Jensen (0-0) vs. Martin Sellers (3-1)
Drako Rodriguez (0-0) vs. Jeremiah Loft (1-2)
Dominic Martin (1-3) vs. David Stieneke (2-4)

Welcome Fighters – Caged Aggression at Sturgis 2015

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When Caged Aggression announced last year that they’d be having an MMA Event at the 75th Sturgis Bike rally this year I was super excited and wanted to be apart of it.  This could be huge for the sport and introduce it to a huge amount of people.  Caged Aggression at Sturgis could and should be one hell of a draw at the bike show, but I’m not sure how good this show is for the sport and the fighters participating in the event.

Updated-FINAL-Sturgis-smallCaged Aggression is a show based out of the Quad Cities area in Iowa, home of Miletich Fighting Systems, and the birthplace of todays MMA, and Caged Aggression is the premier local show in that area.  This is a great show for local fighters in the area and they are known for how good of events they put on, and they put a ton of time and effort into the production of the their shows, making it a great experience for the fighters and fans alike.  The put on regular 2 night events, and this last year also put on a free show for their fans. Because the have such a great reputation in the Quad Quad cities I was super excited to see what they might be able to do by taking their show on the road to the 75th Sturgis bike rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.

Sturgis is a great place for MMA to be, this is an event that transforms the town of Sturgis, SD, population est. 6,683, to a town over well over a half million for the 1st week of August.  Those half million people are a perfect demographic for MMA events, the biggest issue at an event like this around a crowd like that is the possibility for fights outside the cage to break out, which is never good for an MMA Event, but after this event the sport could gain a ton of new fans of the sport.

Here is where I see the issue lying, Caged Aggression is literally taking their show on the road.  Most local events focus on local guys to sell tickets and drive the show.  They will be putting on 20 fights with 40 fighters over 2 days, of those 40 fighters only 25% of the people are from South Dakota and Wyoming, and zero from Nebraska or Montana.  The other 30 fighters are from the promotions local territory, of Iowa and Illinois.  Because this is an event 11.5 hrs away very few of the fighters fans will be making a day trip to watch the event, and unless you knew a year ago you were fighting on the card your fans will be forced to stay in a hotel 2 maybe 3 hours away.  There are several fighters from the area that would be a good fan draw, especially to an event like this, sometimes you just need an excuse to go.

STURGIS, SOUTH DAKOTA - AUGUST 2010:  Motorcyclists ride near Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota while attending the 70th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.  The attendance estimates were placed between 500, 000 and 700,000 bikers.
STURGIS, SOUTH DAKOTA – AUGUST 2010: Motorcyclists ride near Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota while attending the 70th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The attendance estimates were placed between 500, 000 and 700,000 bikers.

There are options that would make an event at a place like Sturgis a truly spectacular show, the most obvious option to me would be to have a larger promotion with a larger draw and TV deal in place, such as RFA, Legacy, or Titan, put on a show there.  This would allow the promotion to make a ton of money at the gate, but also allow the fans to see the fights and possibly be immersed in the event.

Now don’t get me wrong, there will be fight fans there, and many of these fighters have the ability to walk out of the Caged Aggression cage with a plethora of new fans.  I believe the people at the show will get what they want, and bunch of quick finishes, but for the sport as a whole, and for the fighters I think this is a bad event, but all the fighters that make the trip will likely have the time of their lives.

The Lionheart returns to the Crusades

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In 1191 Richard the Lionheart marched on Jerusalem in the 3rd Crusade.  But Richard, with a depleted army chose to not attack Jerusalem, knowing if he took the city he would never be able to hold it against King Saladin’s army.  He quickly turned to Jaffa and lost a battle there to King Saladin.

Let’s fast forward to 2012, Anthony “Lionheart” Smith is tearing through all competition and although he’s coming off a loss to the tough Roger Gracie, who has only lost to King Mo Lawl, and Tim Kennedy, Anthony gets his chance to fight at the highest level, in the UFC (due to the strikeforce acquisition by the UFC).  Smith gets the opportunity to go to Brazil to face off against local favorite Antonio Braga Neto but ends up getting submitted via knee bar in the first round.  Although he was knocking on the door he was denied, and shortly after cut by the UFC.

Anthony came back home, licked his wounds, and took a fight against UFC vet… “The Dentist” Josh Neer at Victory Fighting Championship 41.  Anthony stepped into the cage against Neer and just covered up for three rounds before getting submitted by a rear naked choke in the third.  After that fight Anthony was beaten down, and was ready to take some time away from MMA and get his mind right and take care of his family.

So back to the late 12th century Richard the Lionheart has regrouped and King Saladin sees the writing on the wall.  Saladin negotiates to give Richard all the coastal cities while Saladin keeps Jerusalem.   Although Richard’s armies occupied Jaffa for the rest of the 3rd crusade they never made a strong attempt to take the holy city, and Richard never even stepped foot in the Jerusalem.

Anthony Smith lands a knee against Brian Green at Bellator 129
Anthony Smith lands a knee against Brian Green at Bellator 129

After a few month’s off Anthony Smith has changed camps and has decided to take another fight, this time with Bellator FC against Victor Moreno.  Anthony comes out and puts it all on the line breaking his hand midway through the fight, but manages to put Moreno away 1 minute into the second round.  After another 4 months training at his new gym, Mick Doyle’s,  Bellator came calling again, this time against the experinced Brian Green, 48 pro fights.  For the first time in his professional career, 27 fights, he lets the fight go to the judges, and gets his hand raised by a unanimous decision.

But Anthony knows he wants to be a world champion, chasing his Jerusalem, and he’s going to do it at whatever it takes.  Since then he is 3-0 capturing and defending the Caged Fury Fighting Championship middleweight belt from top prospect Tim WIlliams, who by the way was ranked #8 on our prospect list before loosing 2 straight to Anthony.

RFA 30
RFA 13 Sept. 18th

Next up Anthony will be Fighting in the main event at RFA right here in his home state of Nebraska.  We all know Anthony “Lionheart” Smith is knocking on the door of the promised land,   Will this be the fight that puts him over the top, and allows him to enter the city and move towards that gold?  With Anthony “Lionheart” Smith be able to accomplish what Richard the Lionheart was not?  Only time will tell, but you’d be a fool to not tune in and watch MMA Futures newest Grey Hat Anthony Smith compete on RFA 30.

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