Spohn, Hawk & McCroskey give Intimidation a clean sweep in NAAFS pro fights
NAAFS Caged Fury 14 took place on Saturday, February 26th at Gray’s Armory in downtown Cleveland, Ohio with seven amateur fights and three pro fights. Before a packed house of MMA fans the fighters did not disappoint with three KO/TKO stoppages in the three pro fights. Intimidation Clothing was highly visible in the three pro fights sponsoring a fighter a fighter in each bout including Team GriffonRawl’s Bryon McCroskey, Strong Style’s “Big” John Hawk and Dan “The Dragon” Spohn of Cambridge MMA.
The pro fights got underway with Bryon McCroskey making his pro debut against John “Mongoose” Myers in a lightweight bout. McCroskey, one of six pro fighters from the highly-successful Team GriffonRawl in Mentor, Ohio, McCroskey completed his amateur career at 8-4 and had coach Jason Dent and teammate Paul Compton in his corner. The 2009 NAAFS Amateur Co-Welterweight Champion, McCroskey was sponsored by Intimidation Clothing for the 4th straight fight and walked out wearing Intimidation’s hot-selling new Mr. Tuff t-shirt (pictured). McCroskey proved that the bright lights of pro fighting did not bother him as he won the first round over Myers before the more experienced Myers could not answer the bell for round 2 due to a knee injury. McCroskey joins the pro ranks at 1-0 as Team GriffonRawl goes 2-0 on the night after teammate Miguel DeFina’s win in a amateur welterweight bout earlier in the night.
In the second pro fight of the night “Big” John Hawk came out looking to make a statement. Sporting the newly-released John Hawk signature shirt from Intimidation Clothing, Hawk walked to the cage holding the Korean flag above his head. They say that the true measure of a man is how he handle adversity, and the Strong Style Fight Team member knew that all too well having dropped two straight fights coming into this match-up. Hawk was 4-2 as a pro after a stellar 5-0-1 amateur career and was facing Josh Watson (6-2) of Team Throwdown. The two traded jabs and Watson landed a couple of kicks before a Watson left hook is answered by a Hawk right hook and the beginning of the end for Watson. Obviously rocked by the shot that Hawk delivered, Watson was in for a fury that was not really defended against for about 20-30 seconds. In what seemed like an eternity and left all around gasping for a referee stoppage, the KO victory was made official. An overly-exuberant Hawk celebrated about every way one can inside the cage, barring a back flip, as he showed that he is indeed “back” as he proclaimed that he wanted the NAAFS Light Heavyweight belt.
In the final pro fight of the night and the main event, Dan “The Dragon” Spohn walked out wearing an Intimidation sponsor shirt and Intimidation’s highly-regarded MMA board shorts. The undefeated (3-0) pro had his hands full facing the biggest test of his young career in Josh “Heavy” Hendricks in a 210 pound catchweight fight and is coming off his defeat of John Hawk in August 2010. Hendricks comes in 18-6 having fought at UFC 91 against Gabriel Gonzaga and a resume that includes fights with other UFC veterans Sam Hoger and Chris Tuchscherer and represents Nutter MMA & Fight Farm. Spohn was looking to stay on his fight feeling he had a striking advantage while Hendricks wanted to out-wrestle Spohn. Hendricks was able to take Spohn down, but from his back Spohn was able to land a vicious elbow to the eye of Hendricks resulting in the fight being stopped. Hendricks is unable to see or continue giving Dan Spohn his 4th win in as many fights and further building his impressive resume.