Dan “Dragon” Spohn impresses on debut of TUF 19 with vicious knockout (video)

April 17, 2014 by  
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Season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter began with a bang last night as well as a heavy Intimidation flavor. In a season featuring five Intimidation alumni, it was an action-packed premier featuring knockouts, injuries, a come from behind submission and a 3-round battle that will go down as one of the best TUF fights in history.

Dan Spohn MMA - BellatorKicking off the show was long-time Team Intimidation member Dan “Dragon” Spohn as he started things with a bang – literally. Just seconds into the fight Spohn landed a hard right on the ear of a charging Tyler King to score one of the fastest knockouts in the history of The Ultimate Fighter. “One of the nastiest knockouts I’ve ever seen in my life,” said former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar.

Spohn (8-3) has been a member of Team Intimidation, dating back to his fourth professional fight. Intimidation sponsored Spohn en route to his winning the NAAFS Light Leavyweight Championship, in his 9-second knockout win at Bellator 51, and his two most recent fights for the UVC in Columbus, Ohio. The Cambridge native is a black belt in traditional kachido akijitsu. Spohn now makes his home in Columbus and holds victories over UFC veteran Josh Hendricks, John Hawk and current NAAFS Light Heavyweight Champion & now TUF 19 vet Josh Stansbury.

In a season featuring middleweight and light heavyweight fighters, Intimidation alumni and NAAFS vets Hector Urbina, Doug Sparks, Mike King and Josh Stansbury all had the chance to fight to get into the TUF 19 house. Urbina and King joined the cast as middleweights with Urbina (16-8-1), the former NAAFS Middleweight Champion and reigning NAAFS Welterweight Champion scoring a submission victory. Meanwhile, Mike King (5-0) a former NAAFS Amateur Light Heavyweight Champion won a 3-round decision in one of the best fights in TUF history. Meanwhile Doug Sparks and Josh Stansbury did not make it into the house for highly differing reasons. The always colorful and entertaining Sparks, who was sponsored by Intimidation at Local MMA fights in Ohio and Kentucky in the past, claimed to be half man and half polar bear in his typical off-the-wall way. However after removing his polar bear ears Sparks (7-2) was unable to get the wins falling via submission.

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Dan Spohn, Brian Rogers & Travis Clark pose with Intimidation CEO Luke Jernigan at the 2012 Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio.

Meanwhile Stansbury (5-2), who was sponsored in his Bellator 71 win over Spohn in West Virginia, was impressive in battering his opponent before injuring his knee on a takedown.

The 16 winners were divided into two teams of 8 to be coached by former UFC champions B.J. Penn and Frankie Edgar. The finalists in the middleweight and light heavyweight division will then compete for a UFC contract at the live finale in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 6th.

The Intimidation brand is no stranger to the TUF house as the brand has worked with current UFC lightweight Daron Cruickshank (TUF 15) as well as TUF alumni Jason Dent (TUF 9), Luke Zachrich (TUF 7) and more. Intimidation was a sponsor of Jessamyn Duke (pictured, right) during her time on TUF 18 and recently signed TUF 18 and UFC alum Roxanne Modafferi.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of MMA style 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.



Photo Credit (left): Hexlinc Photography



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One Comment on "Dan “Dragon” Spohn impresses on debut of TUF 19 with vicious knockout (video)"

  1. Team Intimidation knocks out the competition - Intimidation Clothing : Intimidation Clothing on Tue, 20th May 2014 8:43 am 

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