Team Intimidation’s Brian “The Predator” Rogers returns to the Bellator cage on May 9th

After an unfortunate situation leading up to his last scheduled bout in March, Team Intimidation’s Brian “The Predator” Rogers already has his next date inside the Bellator MMA cage scheduled. brog-training05_0913Rogers (10-6, 3-4 Bellator) is set to return at Bellator 119, which takes place on May 9th at Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada. Rogers will face Johan Romming (9-4-1) at the event.

Known for his devastating knockout power, Rogers has compiled a long list of highlight reel knockouts and is one of the most popular middleweights in Bellator. In his 10 pro wins, Rogers has won via 1st round stoppage nine times with 8 KO/TKOs.

A native of Northeast Ohio, Rogers trained with the Strong Style Fight Team for years but has transitioned his fight camp to Colorado for this fight, where he is training at Factory X Muay Thai with the likes of UFC middleweight Chris Camozzi (pictured with Rogers, right), former Bellator world champion and current #1 contender Joe Warren, Team Intimidation’s Brian Camozzi, and more.

A 2-time Bellator MMA Middleweight Tournament semifinalist, Rogers is no stranger to exciting finishes, including a flying knee over Vitor Vianna at Bellator 61 that has been named as the best knockout in organization history multiple times. Known for his devastating knockout power, Rogers has compiled a long list of highlight reel knockouts and is one of the most popular middleweights in Bellator. Chris Camozzi & Brian RogersIn his 10 pro wins, Rogers has won via 1st round stoppage nine times with 8 KO/TKOs.

A longtime sponsored fighter, Rogers also has his own Intimidation Clothing signature t-shirt. The former special education teacher is now a full-time fighter, and he made headlines when he had a fundraising drive to raise money for his former school prior to a fight last year. He also continues to give back to the education community as a public speaker and more.

Fans of Rogers can pick up the latest official Brian Rogers signature tee from Intimidation Clothing, which features him landing a flying knee.

Brian Rogers Bellator MMAIntimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of MMA apparel & training gear with a growing national presence and over 50 authorized dealers across the USA. Known as the biggest supporter of local MMA, the Intimidation brand is also regularly featured on multiple sporting events on SpikeTV, AXS TV, SportsTime Ohio, MTV2, FUEL TV, The Comcast Network, Comcast  SportsNet and EpixHD as well as MMA highlight shows on Spike TV, AXS TV and more. In addition to over 110 styles of high-quality, bold t-shirts and sweatshirts for men, women and children and is also known for their premium-quality EliteFighter MMA board shorts. Anyone interested in becoming a dealer can apply to sell the Intimidation brand as a dealer and they can be found for sale online at IntimidationClothing.com. Fans can also follow the marketing wing of the Intimidation brand, Intimidation Interactive Media, @IntimidationIM, like Intimidation Clothing on Facebook or follow @IntimidationMMA on Twitter.

Roxanne Modafferi Monthly: Looking back on The Ultimate Fighter 18 experience

The Ultimate Fighter changes people’s lives.

The very premise of the show – going away from your normal life for over a month – causes change and disruption.  We TUF contestants have to prepare by taking time off from, or quitting our jobs entirely.  Leaving one’s family, whether it be parents, significant other, or kids, impacts us personally.  Furthermore, being stuck in a microcosm – a confined world where choices are limited – brings out different parts of people not usually seen, and teaches us a lot about ourselves.

TUF 18 CoachesTUF 18 certainly changed my life, from the day a friend on Twitter said, “Aren’t you going to TUF tryouts? They’re having women” and I said, “WHAT?  Really?  Then, yes.”  I immediately got time off from my boss at my English school in Japan, and dropped a thousand dollars on a plane ticket to Las Vegas.  That will be a year ago come April.

In the TUF house, my perspective on MMA training changed completely.  Eight of the ten years of my professional career had been spent in Japan.  Training styles had changed drastically in the US.  The coaching I received was ridiculously amazing.  I thought, “Ah, so this is what a full-time fighter does.  I can get more sleep and focus on getting better!”

After I got out of the TUF house, I knew I was out of the finals due to my loss, but would I get a chance to fight on the Ultimate Fighter Finale?  My TUF coaches were saying, “Of course you will!” But it wasn’t guaranteed.  But what if?  Could I fight to the best of my ability while holding down a day-job?

I thought, “If there was ever a time to quit my job, leave Japan, and focus fully on my MMA career, it would be now.”  I decided to do it.   And it tore me apart.  My friends, my job, my training partners – they felt like family.  Japan held my heart closely and lovingly, but I knew what had to be done – give up one dream to follow another.

Roxanne with UFC fight cornersI wrenched myself away from Japan and landed in Las Vegas.  I visited the gym “Syndicate MMA.”  After taking coach John Wood’s MMA class, and meeting fellow fighter Heather Clark, I decided “here.”  I have never regretted it.  My heart still aches for Japan every day, but I suppress it.

I speak English every day now, instead of Japanese, although I’m trying to keep it up.  I don’t have a day job, except teaching kids jiu-jitsu classes at Syndicate, and writing for a website mmasucka.com.   My savings account will hold out a while longer.  Unfortunately, I lost my TUF Finale Fight, and the UFC decided not to sign me.  I’m honored to be picked up by Invicta FC instead, and can’t wait to fight for them.

My mom quit her job in Massachusetts to come live with me and support me by splitting the rent (and giving me advice on everything in life, regardless of whether I THINK I know or not). :}  She’s great!  Now if only I can get my dad to call me more….:] I get recognized by fans when I go out to public places.  I got mobbed when I went to UFC 170 and fans asked me to take pictures.  I love it.  I’m honored and thrilled that somebody actually is wants to talk to me, and is in some way moved by my story and actions.

Women's MMA All-Stars at Syndicate MMA in Las VegasIn reality, this is what my heart desires deep inside– to make people smile and happy, and to make friends.

Although, I miss living with other like-minded people in The Ultimate Fighter house, who only want to focus on what they love – MMA.  I miss my morning hugs from my tall buddy (Jessamyn Duke), and I miss being shot by Shayna Baszler’s nerf gun. (Although not at 5 AM when coming back from the bathroom).  I made a lot of friends and connections.  I hang out with Shayna and Jessamyn when they come into Vegas for fights and training.

Out of the men of the house, I mostly keep in touch with Cody Bollinger and his wonderful family.  His wife introduced me to red radishes, which I eat for breakfast every morning now.

Roxanne Modafferi w/ Cody BollingerI asked Cody how TUF changed his life, and what lessons he took away from the experience.  “Even though TUF didn’t go the way I planned it really gave me a positive attitude about my MMA career and where I can take it if I keep working hard,” he said.  “The lesson I learned is, ‘Don’t get too comfortable.’”

TUF also changed the lives of Jessamyn and Shayna.  Shayna had been living in Sioux Falls, working a day job to support herself.  After the show, she quit that and moved in with Ronda Rousey.  Jessamyn had been living in Kentucky, training and working at her fight gym, also teaching Brazilian Jiu-jitsu at a pre-school.  She also moved to California to live with Ronda, and now Shayna, plus TUF coach and fighter Marina Shafir.

“In TUF, for the first time in my life I got to focus completely on the thing that I love, and that’s fighting,” Jessamyn told me.  At home, she trained as a pro would, but had responsibilities to the gym to make call backs, get enrollments, and work at the front desk if a customer came in.

“The experience was so worth it because I got to know what it was like to be what I wanted to be.  That’s why it made it so easy after I got out of the house to change my life. I never really believed in myself enough to do it.”

That’s exactly it.  The Ultimate Fighter showed me what I could become if I dared to make a major change and go after something with all my heart.

 

By Roxanne Modafferi

Intimidation Clothing & Cleveland motocross privateer Jesse Moore sign sponsorship agreement

March 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Athlete Sponsorships, News, Sponsorships

Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce the sponsorship of rising privateer motocross racer Jesse Moore. A product of Elyria, Ohio near Cleveland, Moore is a veteran of the sport having competed in a variety of classes as an amateur and earned his pro card in 2013 as he embarks on his first season as a professional in 2014. Jesse Moore MXThe sponsorship is expected to include the introduction of Intimidation Clothing to the Cleveland motocross community including logos on Jesse and his bike as well as at Ram Jam Sportsplex.

Jesse Moore (@moore697 on InstaGram & Twitter) began racing at the age 6 in 1997. His dad bought him his first KTM 50 and over the years Jesse’s hard work and determination have kept him active and kept his fire for motocross burning. Now in his early twenties, Moore’s history in the sport is seen in his experience as he has raced at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the AMA Arenacross series in the 65cc & 85cc classes as well as the AMA Thor Winter Olympics on 50cc, 65cc, 85cc & 125cc classes.

In 2010 Moore raced at multiple local events, in the CRA, MRA and AMA amatuer events as well as the Ponca City National and the Winter Am Series events. While an injury slowed his 2011 season, Moore raced the AMA Pro/Am events in March. In 2012 Moore came back to compete in the AMA Amsoil Arenacross Series in the Expert Class (Amateur) where he advanced to the final round, but he was injured and was unable to compete in the final. He returned to the AMA Amsoil Arenacross Series (Amatuer) competing again in the Expert Class. Sean Mosher MX mechanicHe earned a Top 3 overall ranking and advanced to the final round on May 3, 2013 at Southpoint Hotel & Casino and finished 8th in the Nation to earn his Pro SX & MX License. During his 2013 run in the AMA Amsoil Arenacross Series Moore made the televised night show on February 3rd and also made two other night programs in the Pro/Am events.

Ram Jam stands for Richard Alan Moore (RAM) & Jesse Alan Moore (JAM).  A part of the Ram Jam Race Team, this started long before the family bought & opened their indoor track in Sheffield Village, Ohio, and is the background behind the name Ram Jam Sportsplex. Jesse builds and maintains the Ram Jam Sportsplex track it when he is home and knows how to run the heavy equipment at the building. In addition he teaches and builds tracks for others.

In December 2013 Ram Jam’s team managers added Sean Mosher (pictured, left) to the team as Jesse’s mechanic. Also a native Ohioan, Mosher is a PSI graduate, he races, loves the sport and takes pride in working on bikes.

Well known for his monkeys, Jesse has always loved animals from the time he was a child.  He has owned and handled many animals including Sugar Gliders, Flying Squirrels, Chinchillas, Ferrets, Bats, Cats, Dogs, Goats, and he has worked with Bears, Tigers, Wolves, as well as his personal favorites – Monkeys. Moore is quite the attraction as he regularly takes his monkeys on the road with him and frequently posts pictures of his monkeys on his InstaGram account (@moore697).
Jesse Moore MXAlong with Intimidation Clothing, Jesse Moore is proudly sponsored by the Ram Jam Sportsplex, RJ Parts, Kennedy’s Cycles, Fox & Shift,  K100 Fuel Treatment, Mika Metals, Turner Diesel, TopStarz Energy, Deft Family Gloves, Ripped Vinyl, SRS, FMF, Lionheart Express, Rhinehart Auto & RC, Polen Implement, RAM Drywall, Hitchcock Excavating, and Grandma & Grandpa Esser.
Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of MX lifestyle clothing with a growing national presence and over 50 authorized dealers across the USA. Known as a big supporter of the MMA industry, and specifically in local MMA, the Intimidation brand is also regularly featured on multiple sporting events on SpikeTV, AXS TV, SportsTime Ohio, MTV2, FUEL TV, The Comcast Network, Comcast  SportsNet and EpixHD as well as MMA highlight shows on Spike TV, AXS TV and more. In addition to over 110 styles of high-quality, bold t-shirts and sweatshirts for men, women and children and is also known for their premium-quality EliteFighter board shorts. Anyone interested in becoming a dealer can apply to sell the Intimidation brand as a dealer and they can be found for sale online at IntimidationClothing.com. Fans can also follow the marketing wing of the Intimidation brand, Intimidation Interactive Media, @IntimidationIM, like Intimidation Clothing on Facebook or follow @IntimidationMMA on Twitter.
Photo Credit: B Davis Images

Pre-orders underway for Intimidation Clothing’s new Bobby “White Trash BJJ” Emmons signature tee

Intimidation Clothing and professional MMA featherweight Bobby Emmons are proud to announce the release of the latest addition to Intimidation’s signature t-shirt line. Bobby Emmons signature tee - IntimidationThe Bobby “White Trash BJJ” Emmons signature tee is now available for pre-orders at IntimidationClothing.

> ORDER NOW – Bobby “White Trash BJJ” Emmons signature t-shirt

A purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Emmons preference is no-Gi. His grappling style is so unorthodox, when people would ask Bobby about the different things he does he would jokingly them it was “White Trash BJJ,” and years later the phrase has just stuck. A professional Mixed Martial Artist competing primarily in the featherweight (145lb) division, Bobby Emmons holds a 3-3 record and was one of Intimidation’s first sponsored fighters in the state of Indiana. A product of Loogootee, IN, Emmons is coming off of a loss to UFC veteran Dustin Neace in the main event at Colosseum Combat XXIV last March. A highly entertaining figure whose brash sense of humor is apparent on Twitter & Facebook, Emmons went on a 3-fight winning streak after dropping his pro debut, and was scheduled to compete on the March 1, 2014 Colosseum Combat MMA card before suffering an injury.

Bobby Emmons MMAA veteran of many of the top local MMA promotions in the Midwest, Emmons has fought for the Indiana-based Hoosier Fight Club and the Intimidation-sponsored Colosseum Combat and NAAFS promotions as a professional. As an amateur, Emmons also competed for the nearby HookNShoot promotion as well as the Las Vegas-based Tuff-N-Uff and is a regular at HookNShoot MMA events in and around Evansville, Indiana.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of MMA lifestyle clothing & training gear with a growing national presence and over 50 authorized dealers across the USA. Known as the biggest supporter of local MMA, the Intimidation brand is also regularly featured on multiple sporting events on SpikeTV, AXS TV, SportsTime Ohio, MTV2, FUEL TV, The Comcast Network, Comcast  SportsNet and EpixHD as well as MMA highlight shows on Spike TV, AXS TV and more. In addition to over 110 styles of high-quality, bold t-shirts and sweatshirts for men, women and children and is also known for their premium-quality EliteFighter MMA board shorts. Anyone interested in becoming a dealer can apply to sell the Intimidation brand as a dealer and they can be found for sale online at IntimidationClothing.com. Fans can also follow the marketing wing of the Intimidation brand, Intimidation Interactive Media, @IntimidationIM, like Intimidation Clothing on Facebook or follow @IntimidationMMA on Twitter.

Intimidation sponsored BMX athlete Chris Peterie finds success at USA BMX Sooner Nationals

February 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Athlete Sponsorships, News, Sponsorships

Despite crashing prior to the final main races at the USA BMX Sooner Nationals during the last weekend in January, Intimidation Clothing sponsored BMX athlete Chris Peterie still put on a valiant performance in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Chris Peterie BMXThe 16-year-old has been on the rise since signing on with Intimidation last year.

A recent update from Chris:

Over the weekend of January 24-26th I raced at the USA BMX Sooner Nationals in my home town in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Friday night I raced 16 expert and 16 cruiser as I made the mains in both classes. In the main for my cruiser bike I was a little late on the reaction out of the gate and got second by less than a bike length. On my class race I got 4th out of 8 riders after I got pushed up high in the first turn back to 6th.

On Saturday I raced 3 classes 16 cruiser, 16 expert and 15-16 open. I made it to the main in open and cruiser the first round and qualified for the semi main for class in the second round. In the semi main I had to race 5 nag 10 riders (national age group) and two national riders (out of all the riders out of all the nation) I came in 7th after I made a move in the second turn. In my mains I came in 5th in open and in cruiser I came in 5th also.

On Sunday I raced all three classes again, I came in one spot from qualifying in in cruiser class and open in the first round. In the second round I qualified for my open. In cruiser I crashed in the first turn when a rider slid out on the inside of me and clipped my back tire causing me to hit the turn hard, I managed to still qualify for the main.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of MMA, MX & BMX inspired lifestyle clothing with a growing national presence and over 50 authorized dealers across the USA. Known as the biggest supporter of local MMA, the Intimidation brand is also regularly featured on multiple sporting events on SpikeTV, AXS TV, SportsTime Ohio, MTV2, FUEL TV, The Comcast Network, Comcast  SportsNet and EpixHD as well as MMA highlight shows on Spike TV, AXS TV and more. In addition to over 110 styles of high-quality, bold t-shirts and sweatshirts for men, women and children and is also known for their premium-quality EliteFighter MMA board shorts. Anyone interested in becoming a dealer can apply to sell the Intimidation brand as a dealer and they can be found for sale online at IntimidationClothing.com. Fans can also follow the marketing wing of the Intimidation brand, Intimidation Interactive Media, @IntimidationIM, like Intimidation Clothing on Facebook or follow @IntimidationMMA on Twitter.

March 1st shaping up to be huge date for Intimidation & for Local MMA in the Midwest

March 1, 2014. Mark your calendars MMA fans, especially if you live in the Midwest. Intimidation Clothing is pleased to be working with three promotions on that date to sponsor events in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan as the brand continues to be the industry’s biggest supporter of Local MMA. Ryan Thomas MMAIntimidation will feature crews at all three events and will be stocked full of the latest styles of t-shirts, hoodies, women’s apparel, hats, beanies and more while also sponsoring a variety of fighters across the region.

The premier of Driven MMA in Canton, Ohio is where we start our look ahead as the state of Ohio is in for a treat on the same weekend as the Arnold Sports Festival taking place in Columbus. With the first all-pro card in the state of Ohio since Bellator 66 in April 2012, Driven MMA’s inaugural event has the makings of an instant classic with the areas top pros from top to bottom. Working in conjunction with the NAAFS, a slew of former NAAFS pro and amateur champions will appear on this card including Nick Duell, John Hawk, Isaiah Chapman, George Comer and more. In addition, 2013 Tuff-N-Uff Woemn’s 145lb Champion Jessica Zomcik returns home to make her pro debut while two Intimidation staples – Kyle Rozewski & Dustin Kempf – are scheduled for a bout that has with “Fight of the Night” written all over it. Isaiah Chapman MMAIn addition to sponsoring each of the previously mentioned fighters on the Driven MMA card, Intimidation will have a fully-stocked booth at the event with each fighter sporting a specific different walkout tee.

In Kokomo, Indiana, Mark Slater (pictured below) is a bit of a celebrity. The promoter for Colosseum Combat MMA might be one of the best sponsorship-hustling promoters in the industry – and that is saying a lot. Having now worked with Intimidation to sponsor each of his shows for two years straight, the Colosseum Combat promotion is seeing more and more Intimidation in and around their cage. On March 1st that is no different as reigning CC Professional Welterweight Champion Ryan “The Tank Engine” Thomas is set to defend his title. A UFC, Bellator and XFC vet, Thomas (17-8) has been sponsored by Intimidation in 3 of his past 4 fights including this one and is 2-0 fighting inside the the Colosseum Combat cage. Meanwhile former #1 featherweight contender Bobby Emmons will also rock Intimidation once again in Kokomo. The decorated grappler is expected to unveil his new “White Trash BJJ” signature tee at the event with the shirt on display and on sale at the Intimidation booth.

Finally, the Cashfeddy Fight League makes their first move into Michigan’s wide-open Local MMA market holding their inaugural event in Grand Rapids. Mark Slater - Colosseum Combat MMAThe all-amateur event is one of several MMA promotions that Intimidation has worked with over the past two years thanks to Shad Thomsen’s hard work and resiliency in the local Michigan MMA market.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of MMA inspired lifestyle clothing & gear with a growing national presence and over 50 authorized dealers across the USA. Known as the biggest supporter of local MMA, the Intimidation brand is also regularly featured on multiple sporting events on SpikeTV, AXS TV, SportsTime Ohio, MTV2, FUEL TV, The Comcast Network, Comcast  SportsNet and EpixHD as well as MMA highlight shows on Spike TV, AXS TV and more. In addition to over 110 styles of high-quality, bold t-shirts and sweatshirts for men, women and children and is also known for their premium-quality EliteFighter MMA board shorts. Anyone interested in becoming a dealer can apply to sell the Intimidation brand as a dealer and they can be found for sale online at IntimidationClothing.com. Fans can also follow the marketing wing of the Intimidation brand, Intimidation Interactive Media, @IntimidationIM, like Intimidation Clothing on Facebook or follow @IntimidationMMA on Twitter.

Intimidation Weekend Recap: Awesome lives up to the name winning his 11th National Championship while Intimidation alums impress at UFC on FOX

Wrapping up the last weekend of the first month of 2014, Intimidation Clothing has set itself up for yet another banner year. Cam F Awesome - BoxingIntimidation sponsored boxer Cam F. Awesome won yet another national title, while Intimidation alums impressed inside the Octagon at UFC on FOX 10 in Chicago.

After a career year in 2013, U.S. amateur boxer Cam F. Awesome kickstarted his 2014 campaign and a run toward the 2016 Olympics with his 11th national title in Spokane, Washington. The plant-based, vegan boxer continued his run as the most decorated amateur boxer in U.S. history.

At UFC on FOX 10 in Chicago, a pair of Intimidation alums put on impressive showings with the most important victories of their respective careers. First, Michigan native Daron “The Detroit Superstar” Cruickshank picked up his fourth UFC win in six outings, as he finished Mike Rio with a spinning wheel kick that was followed by some punches before the referee jumped in. Stipe Miocic UFCNow 4-2 in the UFC and 14-4 overall, Cruickshank was sponsored by the Intimidation brand in 5 fights prior to his appearance on TUF 15. Meanwhile, in the night’s co-main event, Ohio native Stipe Miocic continued his climb up the UFC’s heavyweight ladder, as he battered former title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga for three rounds to earn a unanimous decision victory. A product of StrongStyle MMA in Independence, Ohio, Miocic is one of many fighters from the gym to have been sponsored by Intimidation Clothing over the years as he sported the brand in his final two fights prior to signing with the UFC.

Looking ahead, Intimidation will kick off a busy month of February next weekend in Indianapolis, as the MFS and Art of War promotions are both back in action and will be sponsored by the brand. Daron Cruickshank UFCAs with many of the company’s events in the past, Team Intimidation will be on hand with an official booth selling its popular brand of t-shirts, hats, hoodies, fight shorts, and more.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of MMA & boxing lifestyle clothing & gear with a growing national presence and over 50 authorized dealers across the USA. Known as the biggest supporter of local MMA, the Intimidation brand is also regularly featured on multiple sporting events on SpikeTV, AXS TV, SportsTime Ohio, MTV2, FUEL TV, The Comcast Network, Comcast  SportsNet and EpixHD as well as MMA highlight shows on Spike TV, AXS TV and more. In addition to over 110 styles of high-quality, bold t-shirts and sweatshirts for men, women and children and is also known for their premium-quality EliteFighter MMA board shorts. Anyone interested in becoming a dealer can apply to sell the Intimidation brand as a dealer and they can be found for sale online at IntimidationClothing.com. Fans can also follow the marketing wing of the Intimidation brand, Intimidation Interactive Media, @IntimidationIM, like Intimidation Clothing on Facebook or follow @IntimidationMMA on Twitter.

Year In Review: 2013 proves to be highly successful for the growth of the Intimidation brand

At this time of year we hear much about resolutions to get better and looking back at what has been accomplished over the past 12 months. Here at Intimidation Clothing, things are not much different, although the moniker of “getting better” is not something we take for granted – it’s a daily goal. After a 2012 that saw Intimidation Clothing continue to sponsor Bellator events and a host of top-tier regional MMA promotions as well as fighters on major TV networks, 2013 had a lot to live up to. And indeed it did as 2013 proved to be a banner year for our company breaking every known record the company had established in past years. Since starting this company in late 2009, the Intimidation brand has steadily grown into one of the most recognizable names in the MMA and combat sports industry, and we take a look back at the year that was in our 2013 Year in Review.

Charlie Brenneman MMAThe year began strong with the sponsorship of one of the more high-profile MMA fighters Intimidation has worked with as Charlie Brenneman (pictured, right) fought in Altoona, Pennsylvania on January 8th, defeating a fighter we would later come to sponsor and become a big fan of in Eric Irvin. Brenneman, a 8-fight UFC vet who made the move from 170lbs to lightweight in 2013, has since gone 4-0 at 155lbs as he looks to once again make a name for himself in the UFC.

Also early in January, the impact of Jessica Eye’s win over Zoila Gurgel in December 2011 was seen as she rocketed to the top of the Women’s MMA rankings. Eye, who bounced between Bellator MMA and the highly-respected and Intimidation sponsored NAAFS, was ranked as the #1 female fighter in the world at 125lbs before announcing the move to 135lbs late in 2013.

As the month of January wore on the Intimidation brand continued to get high-profile exposure as Brian Rogers presented at the World MMA Awards in Las Vegas and AXS TV’s Best of 2012 featured a variety of Intimidation-sponsored fighters. As Bellator MMA geared up for their debut on Spike TV, and flew both Rogers and Eye out for the premier at Bellator 85, Intimidation continued its strong push on the Local MMA scene into Indiana. With a fully-stocked crew traveling to events put on by Colosseum Combat MMA, Mad Wolf Promotions/Art of War, Rocktagon MMA, Chris Lytle’s Midwest Fight Series, HookNShoot and more, Intimidation Clothing was able to replicate our strong presence as the biggest supporter of Local MMA in Ohio and do the same in Indiana. Chris Lytle at Intimidation boothMeanwhile, the aforementioned Rocktagon MMA promotion and Intimidation began their partnership in January 2013 ti increase Intimidation’s TV exposure and add more regional events to the company’s slate as Rocktagon has held events in Ohio, Indiana, Texas, California and more.

In February, longtime Team Intimidation member Dan “Dragon” Spohn made his debut for the UVC in Columbus, Ohio and started a memorable year on a high note. Spohn scored submission wins at both UVC 22 in January and UVC 23 in May to bounce back from a rough 2012 and open doors for greater things in his MMA career. As Spohn headlined the UVC events, Intimidation continued their support of the Ultimate Victory Challenge promotion in Columbus, Ohio throughout the year as the two organizations expect to work together for years to come.

Brian Rogers, Isaiah Chapman & Jessica EyeIntimidation’s annual trip to the Arnold Sports Festival took place in March where the brand featured Eye, Rogers, Spohn, TUF 7 vet Luke Zachrich, UFC & TUF 10 vet Wes Sims and fast-rising prospect Isaiah Chapman signing autographs at the company’s booth. The Arnold once again provided a plethora of picture opportunities and fantastic exposure for the brand and featured the public release of Intimidation’s popular Irish “Shamrocked” tee design.

March continued strong with the brand sponsoring explosive knockout artist Chidi Njokuani live on AXS TV at RFA 7 near Denver, Colorado and continued with the sponsorship of NAAFS: Caged Vengeance 13 in Canton, Ohio – one of the best fight cards in Ohio MMA history. Featuring Intimidation sponsored Isaiah Chapman, Frank Caraballo, George Comer, John Hawk, Nick Duell, Antonio Castillo, Jr. and Julian Lane along with Intimidation alum Travis Clark and later-signed Jessica Zomcik, the event not only had a truly stacked fight card but was also a sell-out that thrilled the fans in attendance.

Jessica Eye MMA - Bellator2013 also saw Intimidation Clothing continue its strong support of women’s MMA. As long-time Team Intimidation member Jessica “Evil” Eye continued her winning streak and made the jump in weight to join the UFC, the company also continued their work with another awesome member of the current UFC bantamweight division in Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke. After Duke was the company’s Athlete of the Month in March 2013, she proceeded to fight at Invicta FC 5 in Kansas City, sign autographs at the company’s booth at XFC 23 in Louisville, Kentucky in April, and later appear on TUF 18 on Fox Sports 1 before earning her roster spot with a win on the TUF Finale in November. Intimidation also sponsored Tanikka Brents, Rebecca Heintzman, Amber Stautzenberger, Kelly Warren and Kaitlin Young during the year and inked the top-ranked amateur at 145lbs in the world, Jessica Zomcik, to a sponsorship contract. A product of Evolve MMA in Medina, Ohio, Zomcik went on to win the 2013 Tuff-N-Uff Featherweight Championship in Las Vegas to cap off her amateur career.

The company continued its strong support of the Local MMA scene by signing on to sponsor all Hardrock MMA events in 2013 and beyond in late March and continued the strong push into the Kentucky MMA scene in sponsoring the XFC’s return to the Bluegrass State at XFC 23 in Louisville on April 19th. Meanwhile, the company continued their growth outside of MMA in signing then 8-time Amateur National Champion boxer Cam F. Awesome (pictured, right) in early April. Awesome, who has had a banner year in 2013 as he pushes forward towards the 2016 Olympics, is a plant-based athlete and has won more titles in his weight class than anyone in the history of USA boxing. Cam F Awesome - BoxingHe is also a well-known local role model in Kansas City and is a proud Big of the Big Brother Big Sister program. and a strong advocate of cancer prevention and awareness via plant-based nutrition.

As April continued, Intimidation sponsorship of many of the best prospects in MMA continued seeing Mark Cherico and Brian Camozzi both continue to fight while sponsored by the Intimidation brand. Cherico (5-0), one of Pittsburgh’s most popular fighters and Camozzi (2-1), the Colorado-based lightweight and younger brother of UFC middleweight Chris Camozzi, continued to show the growth of the Intimidation brand across the nation.

May was a slow month for MMA but saw the Intimidation brand sponsor UVC 23 in Columbus as well as main event winner Dan Spohn (pictured, left). Dan Spohn MMAIn addition to Spohn, Intimidation sponsored Ronin Training Center owner Luke Zachrich, StrongStyle MMA’s Joe Heiland and more at another event rich with ties to the Intimidation brand. Later in the month, Intimidation-sponsored Brian Rogers and Jessica Eye made a second public appearance in Andover, Ohio’s Pymatuning Valley Middle School where the two athletes spoke on the importance of making good life choices, the effects of bullying and more.

Early in June each year Intimidation Clothing prepares for one major event – the NAAFS’ Fight Nite in the Flats event in Cleveland, Ohio. The biggest annual MMA event in the state of Ohio, the 2013 version, Fight Nite in the Flats IX, featured scheduled fights for Intimidation sponsored UFC vets Jason Dent and Forrest Petz, top-ranked female fighter Jessica Eye and Terry Blackwell, Brian Camozzi, George Comer, Maxim Grishin, Torrance Taylor and a variety of top amateurs.

The summer months saw Intimidation make two of the biggest moves in company history adding official distributors in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. Working together with newly appointed Director of Sales Wes Jones, Intimidation President & CEO Luke Jernigan stated that “the International growth of the sport of MMA cannot be ignored and Intimidation Clothing intends to continue to be a part of this global economic impact.” Kyle Rozewski w/Luke JerniganThe company continues to push forward sponsoring fighters in International events including Cody Stevens at OneFC and Lee Morrison for M-1 Global, with more announcements expected in early 2014.

2013 saw Intimidation continue to build on their regional MMA growth sponsoring events and fighters in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Minnesota, North Dakota, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, Nevada, California and more as well as big cities like Cleveland, Chicago, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Buffalo, Kansas City, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Akron, Boise, Canton, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Toledo and Las Vegas. It also saw Brian “The Predator” Rogers continue to make appearances on behalf of Bellator MMA including the BET Awards in Los Angeles, California. In addition, Rogers’ Bellator 61 flying knee KO of Vitor Vianna was once again named the #1 Knockout in Bellator’s history in July.

Two big pro/am MMA events from the NAAFS took place in Northeast Ohio in August as Intimidation sponsored both Caged Vengeance 14 in Carrollton and Rock ‘N Rumble 7 later in the month in Cleveland. At the Carrollton event Intimidation Clothing and Kyle “Kyote” Rozewski (pictured with Jernigan, above on right) began working together and doors opened almost immediately. Local MMA Series from IntimidationA native of the Buffalo, New York area, Rozewski has proven to be a great asset for the brand. In addition to getting Intimidation on board with gyms, fighters, promoters and media outlets from Western New York, Rozewski himself continues to build a name for himself inside the cage as a featherweight and outside of the cage as a commentator for the TNT Fight Series in Buffalo and for Pinnacle FC in Pittsburgh.

August also saw the release of Intimidation’s popular “Support Local MMA” t-shirts (pictured, left). After years of supporting the local MMA scene alongside MMAmadhouse, Bluegrass MMA, Cage Craze, OHMMA.com and a plethora of promoters and gyms, the Intimidation brand decided to put that support on, of all things, a t-shirt.

Brian Rogers MMANew signature shirts for multiple fighters were released in 2013 including the Isaiah “The Beast” Chapman tee in March, the Mark “The Pride of Bloomfield” Chercio signature tee in July and Brian Rogers’ second Intimidation signature tee featuring his flying knee KO (pictured, right). In addition, TUF 18 star Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke joined the Intimidation signature tee line, reserved for “championship level professionals” during the Fall of 2013 during her run on The Ultimate Fighter. The complete line of Intimidation MMA fighter signature shirts can be found online at IntimidationClothing.com.

Intimidate Cancer made its debut in late August and has continued to grow since then. With a popular Facebook page and the addition of 10 different ribbon colors for added cancer awareness, fans can rest assured knowing a portion of the proceeds from each shirt sold go back to cancer research and awareness. In addition, Intimidation Clothing’s Intimidate Cancer line is available for private fundraisers to help families in need.

Intimidate CancerIn September Intimidation Clothing signed on to sponsor their first two MMA events outside of the USA with MMA Battle Arena in the UK and Extreme Cage Combat in Canada. Sticking with the plan to find solid, strategic partnerships outside of the USA, Intimidation’s role as the biggest supporter of Local MMA soon became a moniker that applied to more than just the USA. Meanwhile, closer to home, Intimidation sponsored its first event in the Buffalo area in late September as the Buffalo and Western NY market became a bigger focus of the company’s regional growth plan.

As October began, Intimidation’s own Brian Rogers joined StrongStyle teammate Stipe Miocic teaching a MMA seminar in Toronto. Mojo Horne MMAThe company also sponsored consecutive MMA events in Akron as the NAAFS and EFP both scored successful events while the Indianapolis market saw two events in the same weekend with the MFS and Art of War promotions both staying busy the second weekend of October. Cincinnati’s own Mojo Horne (pictured, right) added another win at a Absolute Action MMA event in Northern Kentucky and the brand sponsored Mansfield, Ohio’s own Cody Stevens as he fought MMA legend Shinya Aoki in Singapore. As Jessica Eye made her UFC debut in successful fashion, another Intimidation alum signed with the UFC in Indiana’s own Anthony Lapsley.

2013 also featured the definition of Team Intimidation to include more than just MMA fighters. In addition to high level grapplers Pablo Castro and Robby Malof, youth grappler Pito Castro and decorated amateur boxer Cam F. Awesome, Intimidation’s sponsorships of the 614 Mud Militia in multiple Tough Mudder competitions began to open doors for the brand. It was followed by the sponsorship of 15-year old BMX standout Chris Peterie, rodeo cowboy Gearen Hale, figure competitor Tonya Rae Hickey and more. That trend is expected in 2014 with details expected to be announced soon.

November was Jessica Zomcik’s time to shine as the top-ranked ammy proved to be worthy of her ranking in taking the women’s 145lb Tuff-N-Uff title in Las Vegas. Jessica Zomcik WMMA - Tuff-N-UffAs Intimidation continued their growth in Indianapolis adding the MMA Fit Club as an official dealer, the brand continued to build upon their strong Indiana presence sponsoring Colosseum Combat MMA once again as well as main event title challenger Danny Surface.

December saw Intimidation lock in deals with two companies expected to be a major piece of the company’s growth in 2014. The Florida-based XFC, which aired all 2012 and 2013 events on AXS TV, featured the Intimidation brand inside their cage at XFC 27 in Muskegon, Michigan and will continue to bring added exposure to the Intimidation name in 2014. Meanwhile the Vegas Fight Tour, which takes fans to the top gyms in Las Vegas, Nevada and features Intimidation prizes and giveaways, was also inked to a deal to help both companies get added exposure. Meanwhile, Intimidation stayed busy on December 7th sponsoring events in the Buffalo, NY area as well as Akron, OH as the TNT Fight Series and NAAFS were both in action. As the year came to a close, former CFA featherweight champ Jordan Parsons continued his winning streak to improve to 9-1 with a win close to home in Minnesota. Vegas Fight Tour - Las VegasOn the final weekend of 2013, Intimidation was able to sponsor Evolve MMA’s Justin “Harry” Lester wrestling seminar as the 4-time state champion in Ohio and 2012 Olympian instructed fans at the gym in Medina, Ohio.

“Looking back, I could not be much happier about the way things have gone in 2013 for our brand,” stated Luke Jernigan, President & CEO of Intimidation Clothing, LLC. “I expect fans will see the continued, unmatched support of the Local MMA scene in 2014 as well as some very strategic expansion into other sports.”

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of lifestyle apparel with a growing national presence and over 50 authorized dealers across the USA. Known as the biggest supporter of local MMA, the Intimidation brand is also regularly featured on multiple sporting events on SpikeTV, AXS TV, SportsTime Ohio, MTV2, FUEL TV, The Comcast Network, Comcast  SportsNet and EpixHD as well as MMA highlight shows on Spike TV, AXS TV and more. In addition to over 110 styles of high-quality, bold t-shirts and sweatshirts for men, women and children and is also known for their premium-quality EliteFighter MMA board shorts. Anyone interested in becoming a dealer can apply to sell the Intimidation brand as a dealer and they can be found for sale online at IntimidationClothing.com. Fans can also follow the marketing wing of the Intimidation brand, Intimidation Interactive Media, @IntimidationIM, like Intimidation Clothing on Facebook or follow @IntimidationMMA on Twitter.

 

Team Intimidation’s Chris Peterie competes at BMX Race of Champions & Grand Nationals

December 8, 2013 by  
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Earlier this year, Intimidation Clothing signed its first BMX athlete, 15-year-old Chris Peterie from Oklahoma. Chris Petrie BMXPeterie recently competed in two major events over Thanksgiving weekend, putting on impressive performances at both the Race of Champions and the Grand Nationals.

First up, he competed at the Race of Champions in his home state. He qualified for the finals on his cruiser bike (24″ rims), but had to salvage a 5th place finish after crashing in the final turn. On his class bike (20″ rims), he qualified for the semifinals but came up just short of qualifying for the finals.

Then over the weekend, he competed at the Grand Nationals, which he has won before in his first year competing. On the 8th mains he finished 5th; one place out of qualifying for the quarterfinals. For cruiser on the semi-mains, against a field of many of the top riders in the world, he finished 6th out of 8 riders.

Chris Peterie BMXLooking ahead Chris has another big race event in late January as he rounds out his schedule for early 2014.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of lifestyle apparel with a growing national presence and over 50 authorized dealers across the USA. Known as the biggest supporter of local MMA, the Intimidation brand is also regularly featured on multiple sporting events on SpikeTV, AXS TV, SportsTime Ohio, MTV2, FUEL TV, The Comcast Network, Comcast  SportsNet and EpixHD as well as MMA highlight shows on Spike TV, AXS TV and more. In addition to over 110 styles of high-quality, bold t-shirts and sweatshirts for men, women and children and is also known for their premium-quality EliteFighter MMA board shorts. Anyone interested in becoming a dealer can apply to sell the Intimidation brand as a dealer and they can be found for sale online at IntimidationClothing.com. Fans can also follow the marketing wing of the Intimidation brand, Intimidation Interactive Media, @IntimidationIM, like Intimidation Clothing on Facebook or follow @IntimidationMMA on Twitter.

Team Intimidation’s Cam F. Awesome has career year in preparation for potential 2016 Olympics

As fans have followed along on IntimidationMMA.com all year long, Team Intimidation sponsored boxer Cam F. Awesome has clearly had a career year. The captain of the U.S. National Boxing team, Awesome was the most active U.S. boxer with more than 30 bouts in 7 months in 2013.

Cam F Awesome - BoxerThe plant-based, vegan boxer also lead the team with 1900 ranking points. Awesome started off the year by winning the U.S. men’s nationals in Spokane, Washington, and then he followed up by winning the national Golden Gloves tournament. After that, Awesome won two gold medals in Puerto Rico, a gold medal in Ukraine, and a silver medal in Chile. In preparation for the World tournament, Awesome spent a month in Italy training with the Italian national team and then 2 weeks in Kazakhstan. With the extra training, he had his best performance in the world tournament, finishing in 9th place in the super heavyweight division. With the “awesome” finish in the world tournament, Cam will now set his eyes on qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The most decorated amateur boxer in USA Boxing history, Cam F. Awesome is an amazing 10-time U.S. national champion. A  plant-based athlete, Awesome has won more titles in his weight class than anyone in the history of USA boxing having won many international competitions and tournaments as well. Awesome is a well-known local role model in Kansas City and is a proud Big of the Big Brother Big Sister program. He is also a strong advocate of cancer prevention and awareness via plant-based nutrition.

Fans can follow Cam F. Awesome on Twitter @PlantBasedBoxer.

Intimidation Clothing’s most recent additions to the signature tee line include the Mark “The Pride of Bloomfield” Cherico signature tee (pictured, above, right), the Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke shirts in men’s and women’s styles, and the Brian “The Predator” Rogers 2013 tee (pictured, left) – Rogers’ second signature tee with his long-time sponsor.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of lifestyle apparel & combat sports training gear with a growing national presence and over 50 authorized dealers across the USA. The Intimidation brand is regularly featured on multiple sporting events on FOX, SpikeTV, AXS TV, SportsTime Ohio, MTV2, FUEL TV, The Comcast Network, Comcast  SportsNet and EpixHD as well as MMA highlight shows on Spike TV, AXS TV and more. In addition to over 110 styles of high-quality, bold t-shirts and sweatshirts for men, women and children the brand is well known for their popular Vintage Series, Local MMA t-shirts and Intimidate Cancer lines of merchandise. Anyone interested can become a dealer by applying to sell the Intimidation brand which is also available for sale online at IntimidationClothing.com. Fans can also follow the marketing wing of the Intimidation brand, Intimidation Interactive Media, @IntimidationIM, like Intimidation Clothing on Facebook or follow @IntimidationMMA on Twitter.

 

 

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