Intimidation Clothing is honored to have worked with many of the top athletes in the world of combat and action sports. Included on that list are former UFC Champions, Bellator Champions & tournament winners, numerous UFC veterans and more. Below we list man of the top names from the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and other sports who have worked with the Intimidation brand over the years.
UFC Heavyweight Stipe Miocic began his pro MMA career at 9-0 winning his first six fights and the NAAFS Heavyweight Championship before being signed by the UFC. He proceeded to win his first three fights for the UFC. After suffering his lone loss in MMA as an amateur or professional, Miocic (12-1, 6-1 UFC) bounced back with a dominant win over perennial heavyweight contender Roy Nelson at UFC 161 and another decision win over former top-contender Gabriel Gonzaga before knocking out Fabio Maldonado in just 37 seconds at the TUF Brazil Finale.
A former Golden Gloves champion and NCAA Division I wrestler, Miocic was sponsored by the Intimidation brand multiple times as a professional while fighting for the NAAFS Heavyweight belt as well as outside of the UFC’s Octagon during his career. Intimidation was also contracted to make Miocic’s fight shorts for his UFC debut at UFC 136 as he wore vale tudo shorts with the Croatian flag pattern that resembled those of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and has worked with Miocic for social media promotions during his time in the UFC.
Fans can follow Stipe Miocic on Twitter @smiocic
Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman
After a 4-4 run in 8 UFC fights Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman got released by the UFC despite being known to step up on short notice to help the world’s biggest MMA promotion. After his release Brenneman began to reinvent himself as a lightweight, a 15-pound drop from his UFC run as a welterweight, going 4-0 in 2013 while sponsored twice by the Intimidation brand at events in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He returned to the UFC in early 2014 and now holds a 4-6 record over 10 fights inside the UFC’s Octagon.
Brenneman holds notable wins over Jason High, Daniel Roberts and Rick Story, the latter of which came on less than a days’ notice at UFC Live 4 in Pittsburgh, PA.
Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke
Invicta FC bantamweight Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke, one of the most popular fighters from the state of Kentucky, is a former amateur Champion for Tuff-N-Uff and the Northern Kentucky based Absolute Action MMA. After a 5-2 amateur career which saw her finish four of her opponents via submission, Duke began her pro career with a win at Invicta 2 in July 2012. The win, a 3rd round TKO of Suzie Montero, earned her another fight for Invicta where she scored a 1st round armbar victory over Marciea Allen at Invicta 3 on October 6, 2012 in Kansas City. After a No Contest ruling at Invicta FC 5 opposite Miriam Nakamoto, Duke was one of the most visible female fighters on Season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter. On TUF, Jessamyn Duke fell to Raquel Pennington in what many have labeled one of the best fights in the history of the UFC’s reality series and the fight of the season for TUF 18.
Duke won her UFC debut defeating Peggy Morgan by decision at the TUF 18 Finale then dropped a decision to Bethe Correia at UFC 172.
Fans can follow Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke on Twitter @JessamynDuke.
Jessica “Evil” Eye
The former top ranked female fighter in the world at 125lbs, Jessica Eye (11-1, 1-0 UFC, 3-0 Bellator) completed a perfect 5-0 amateur career and debuted professionally in June 2010 with a TKO win. Eye was the first to win a women’s amateur bout for the Northeast Ohio based NAAFS promotion as well as the first woman to win a professional MMA bout for the NAAFS and has brought a tremendous amount of attention and respect to women’s Mixed Martial Arts in the Cleveland and Akron/Canton region while developing into one of the region’s most popular fighters long before signing with the UFC in the Fall of 2013.
Eye was sponsored by Intimidation Clothing when she headlined Ohio’s first-ever all female MMA event on September 18, 2010 in the NAAFS: Eve of Destruction in Akron, Ohio and in each of her fights since that time including all three of her wins inside the Bellator MMA cage. Intimidation also sponsored Jessica Eye when she won the Ring of Combat Women’s 130 Pound Championship in February 2011 and trains with the popular Strong Style Fight Team in Independence, Ohio, alongside notables Stipe Miocic, Brian Rogers, Forrest Petz and more.
Fresh off a dominating win over highly-ranked Angela Magana in August 2012, Eye faced off with Bellator’s former 115 pound women’s champion Zoila (Frausto) Gurgel at Bellator 83 in December 2012. Eye earned the #1 ranking in the women’s pro 125 lb division with a 58 second submission of Gurgel via a standing arm-triangle choke. She returned to action at NAAFS: Fight Night in the Flats IX on June 1st, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio and added another win defeating Carina Damm by unanimous decision.
Eye signed with the UFC and debuted with a split decision win over Sarah Kaufman at UFC 166 before losing a decision to Alexis Davis at UFC 170 in February 2014.
Intimidation Clothing is pleased to be working with Daron Cruickshank, a member of the MASH Fight Team in Michigan who fights at lightweight (155 lbs) and welterweight (170 lbs). Cruickshank sports a 11-2 professional MMA record growing up with a father who holds black belts in multiple martial arts and a mother who was a professional kickboxer. Cruickshank wrestled in college at Olivet College in Michigan and currently teaches kickboxing. A former intern at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Nevada, Cruickshank will be appearing on MTV’s Bully Beatdown in early 2011. Previously a top contender for King of the Cage, Cruickshank holds an incredibly impressive spinning backfist knockout video from a King of the Cage event that has around 40,000 views on YouTube.
Intimidation is pleased to have sponsored Cruickshank in five of his last seven fights before he signed with the UFC including his TKO win at the King of the Cage event in Detroit in September 2010 with Cruickshank sporting a 5-0 record while sponsored by Intimidation. He debuted on The Ultimate Fighter Season 15 (TUF Live 1) in March 2012 and won a unanimous decision over Chris Tickle in his UFC debut in June 2012 then scored a highlight reel KO of Henry Martinez at UFC on FOX 5 in December 2012.
Fans can follow Daron Cruickshank on Twitter @Cruickshank155.
The silver medal winner in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, is also a 3-time medalist at the FILA World Championships, taking home silver in 2003 and bronze in both 2005 and 2007. After a career in wrestling at 138 pounds, McMann made the transition to Mixed Martial Arts at 135 lbs and is a combined 9-0 after a 2-0 amateur run and a 7-0 start to her pro career.
After defeating Hitomi Akano at ProElite 3 in January 2012 while sponsored by Intimidation, McMann made her Invicta FC debut by defeating Shayna Baszler at Invicta FC 2 in July 2012 and won the Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship in the process. Her UFC debut did not come until April 2013 where McMann defeated Shiela Gaff at UFC 159 via 1st round TKO. Next up is a UFC title shot opposite another undefeated fighter – Ronda Rousey.
MMA – Dan “Dragon” Spohn
Dan “Dragon” Spohn is the former NAAFS Light Heavyweight Champion and one of the top Light Heavyweight prospects in the world holding a 8-3 pro record. One of the most underrated fighters in the Midwest, Spohn knows one thing well – winning. An underdog in nearly all of his early pro fights, The Dragon has started his pro MMA career 6-0 having wins at Bellator 51 as well as over UFC veteran Josh Hendricks and two wins over notable Light Heavyweight John Hawk.
Spohn’s first five professional fights and each of his final three amateur fights all came for the Northeast Ohio-based NAAFS promotion where he won their pro series Light Heavyweight title in May 2011 before making his Bellator debut at Bellator 51 in Canton, Ohio in September 2011. In that Bellator 51 fight Spohn scored one of the fastest knockouts in MMA history with a 9 second KO of Dane Bonnigson to further cement himself as a top prospect at 205 lbs. The KO was also featured on HDNet as a 2011 finalist for the Bazzie Award for KO Kick of the Year. After a rough patch saw his record drop to 6-3, Spohn returned to the cage in February 2013 to break a 3-fight losing streak with a 2nd round submission win at UVC 22 in Columbus, Ohio. He returned to the cage at UVC 23 in May 2013 scoring a 1st round submission victory.
Spohn’s background is a traditional-style Kachido Aikijitsu which is a mixture of styles that comes from Japan and has previously trained with Caimbridge MMA and other gyms across the state of Ohio. Today, Spohn formerly trained at JG MMA, where he regularly trained with coach Jorge Gurgel and former UFC Middleweight Champion Rick Franklin in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has since returned to Columbus where he trains with TUF 7 vet and current UFC Middleweight Luke Zachrich and UFC Welterweight Matt Brown.
Announced as a contestant on Season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter, Spohn’s calm, business-like demeanor, focus and dedication to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts is expected to make him a favorite on the show. He kicked off the TUF 19 premier with a crushing knockout win to get into the house and followed it with a decision to advance.
Fans can follow Dan “The Dragon” Spohn on Twitter @dragonspohn.
“Relentless” Roger Bowling
Former Strikeforce Welterweight and now UFC Lightweight Roger Bowling burst onto the national MMA scene in May 2010 with a decisive win in Strikeforce’s Challengers series defeating MMA veteran Bobby Voelker and sports a professional record of 11-3 (4-3 Strikeforce, 0-2-1 UFC). Bowling is a native of the Cincinnati area and trains with Vision MMA, one of the most well-respected gyms in Ohio and the entire Midwest.
Prior to signing with Strikeforce, Bowling went 7-0 with 7 stoppages finishing 6 opponents in the 1st round. That included a 9-second KO of TUF 11’s Seth Baczynski and a 1st round TKO of Strikeforce veteran and TUF 13 participant Shamar Bailey.
Intimidation has worked with Roger Bowling extensively during his pro MMA career including providing his walkout shirt at his fight in February 2010 and his May 2010 Strikeforce Challengers 8 fight as well as a logo on his shorts at both events and his most recent Strikeforce fight. In his March 5, 2011 fight at Strikeforce’s event in Columbus, Ohio, Intimidation provided Bowling’s walkout tee, the top-selling Cross t-shirt, as he also wore Intimidation’s popular MMA board shorts in his unanimous decision victory over Josh Thornburg. In addition, Intimidation released the Roger Bowling signature shirt in December 2011.
Fans can follow “Relentless” Roger Bowling on Twitter @rogerbowling
Ryan “The Lion” Madigan
A well decorated kickboxer and UFC veteran, Ryan “The Lion” Madigan is one of the main instructors at the fast-growing Evolve MMA & Training Center in Medina, Ohio. A 2-time amateur kickboxing champion with an 18-2 record, Madigan was ranked as high as 4th in the world through ISKA and was a starter for the Oklahoma Destroyers in the World Combat League. Madigan is a former OKC Light Heavyweight Champion, former PKC Light Middleweight Champion and former IKF East Coast Middleweight Champion and has a 17-1 record fighting in toughman/badass competitions.
After a 5-0 start to his professional MMA career, Madigan got the call to fight at UFC 96 in 2009. While he no longer competes in MMA, Madigan remains active in the kickboxing world he boasts a 28-7 Kickboxing Muay Thai record. Most recently he fought at the Take On Productions Muay Thai at the Mecca event at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY.
Fans can follow Ryan Madigan on Twitter @RyanTheLionKick.
Luke Zachrich (12-2), a Bellator and TUF 7 veteran, is the reigning UVC Middleweight Champion having won that title in defeating Nick Kraus at UVC 20: Clash at the Coliseum on August 4th, 2012 at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, Ohio. Zachrich had last been seen inside the cage at Bellator 16 when he lost to Eric Schambari via submission in the quarterfinals of the Bellator Season 2 Middleweight Tournament. Since that time he has remained busy healing up injuries and opening the Ronin Training Center in Columbus, Ohio, in late 2011 with athletes from the Ronin gym excelling in MMA events, grappling tournaments and more. In addition to Zachrich, UFC Welterweight Matt Brown regularly trains at the Ronin Training Center along with Strength Coach Andy Katzenmoyer, former NFL linebacker and Ohio State football star.
Luke Zachrich began his pro MMA career at 7-1 and won the XFO Middleweight Championship before competing on The Ultimate Fighter Season 7. After going 1-1 on TUF 7 he came back to the regional MMA scene winning three straight fights before the loss to Schambari.
Zachrich returned to the cage in May 2013 to headline UVC 23 in Columbus, Ohio, where he scored a unanimous decision win over Marcus Finch in the night’s main event.
Fans can follow Luke Zachrich on Twitter @Luke Zachrich.
Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko
The reigning Bellator Middleweight Champion, Alexander Shlemenko (50-8, 11-2 Bellator MMA) won the Bellator MMA 185lb belt in February 2013 at Bellator 88. Sponsored by Intimidation Clothing at Bellator 50 on September 17, 2011 in Hollywood, Florida, Shlemenko scored a standing guillotine choke win over Zelg Galesic.
Karl “Psycho” Amoussou
A veteran of the Bellator, Strikeforce & M-1 promotions, Karl “Psycho” Amoussou is a French professional mixed martial artist holding a record of 16-5-2 (4-2 Bellator). Now living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Amoussou trains at the Daddis Fight Camp where he is taking his training to the next level while now fighting at 170 lbs. A pro since 2006, Amoussou has faced many notable MMA fighters throughout his career including Arman Gambaryan, Lucio Linhares, Trevor Prangley, Kazuhiro Nakamura and Sam Alvey, all fighters who consistently fight at 185 lbs or higher.
Intimidation Clothing is pleased to have sponsored Amoussou’s relocation to Philadelphia and his Bellator Season 6 Welterweight Tournament Championship run which included wins over Chris Lozano, David Rickels and Bryan Baker throughout the Spring and Summer of 2012. As a result of his tournament run Amoussou faced Bellator Welterweight Champion Ben Askren with the promotion’s 170 pound title on the line but lost via TKO after the doctor stopped the fight.
Fans can follow Karl “Psycho” Amoussou on Twitter @KarlAmoussou.
Travis “The Terror” Clark
Former NAAFS Middleweight Champion Travis “The Terror” Clark is one of the most popular fighters in the Midwest with a large fan base in Western Pennsylvania, Northern West Virginia and both Eastern and Northeastern Ohio. Clark (7-2 pro) completed a perfect 6-0 amateur career and has held professional titles for both the VFL and NAAFS promotions. Clark has trained at the highly respected Evolve MMA in Medina, Ohio, as well as the the Wolfslair MMA Academy in California and made the move to the StrongStyle Fight Team in 2013 to train alongside Stipe Miocic, John Hawk, Brian Rogers, Nick Duell and more.
Intimidation Clothing sponsored Travis Clark in his NAAFS title fight when he defeated AJ Aeschilmann by TKO and again in Morgantown, West Virginia at NAAFS: Caged Fury 17. One of several championship level pros with a signature shirt from Intimidation, the Travis “The Terror” Clark signature tee is one of the most popular styles designed by the Intimidation brand.
Fans can follow Travis “The Terror” Clark on Twitter @tc_TheTerror.
Marcus “The Prospect” LeVesseur
Marcus “The Prospect” LeVesseur sports a 22-7 pro MMA (1-2 UFC) record facing a variety of top fighters at 155 pounds. The owner of one of the most amazing wrestling resumes in America LeVesseur won four Minnesota state wrestling championship titles in high school and four Division III national championships while wrestling for Augsburg College in Minneapolis.
Since starting his pro MMA career in 2006, LeVesseur has wins over multiple UFC, TUF, Bellator MMA & Strikeforce veterans and went 1-2 in three fights for the UFC in 2012.
LeVesseur was sponsored head to toe by the Intimidation brand for his last two fights in 2011 before being signed by the UFC.
Fans can follow Marcus LeVesseur on Twitter @Prospect155.
Bellator MMA bantamweight Marcos Galvao is an accomplished BJJ practitioner and MMA fighter from Brazil who lives and trains in New York, New York. After climbing to #2 in the world in the MMA bantamweight rankings in 2007, Galvao signed with the WEC and struggled before joining the roster of Bellator MMA in 2011. Galvao won the Bellator Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament in 2012 and faced Eduardo Dantas for the promotion’s title where he lost via knockout.
Galvao has competed professionally in MMA since 2003 and was sponsored by the Intimidation brand in multiple Bellator fights.
Mike “The Marine” Richman
Bellator MMA featherweight Mike “The Marine” Richman (16-5, 5-4 Bellator MMA) began his career with 13 wins in his first 14 fights including knockout wins over Chris Horodecki and Jeremy Spoon in his first two Bellator fights. In his win over Spoon at Bellator 76 and his KO loss to Shah Shamhalaev at Bellator 79, Richman was sponsored by the Intimidation brand wearing the company’s EliteFighter board shorts.
Bellator MMA featherweight Marlon Sandro (25-5-1, 8-3 Bellator MMA) has long been one of the top-ranked featherweight MMA fighters in the sport before signing with Bellator MMA in 2011. Sandro was sponsored by Intimidation at Bellator 64 when he defeated Alexandre Bezerra via split decision.
Mark “The Pride of Bloomfield” Cherico
One of the most colorful and boisterous personalities in the MMA world in the Midwest USA, Mark Cherico (6-0 pro, 9-0 amateur) is also one of the top prospects at 145 pounds in the sport. After completing a perfect 9-0 amateur career, Cherico made his pro debut in April 2012 scoring a 1st round win at an NAAFS event in Morgantown, WV then followed it with another 1st round submission in PA in November. Fighting close to home at the first three Pinnacle FC events ever held, Cherico continued the trend with two more 1st round submission wins. Most recently he scored a 2nd round TKO of UFC vet Donny Walker to score his most impressive win to date. In 14 total fights Cherico has now finished all 14 of his opponents with 12 submissions and two TKOs.
Mark “The Pride of Bloomfield” Cherico was a highly decorated amateur winning titles for the Cage of Chaos, Yankee Lake Brawlroom and Rocktagon MMA featherweight titles before making the move to the highly respect NAAFS, owner of one of the top amateur MMA series in the USA. Cherico proceeded to win both of his amateur fights for the NAAFS to win the promotion’s Amateur Featherweight Championship before making his pro debut with the same organization.
Intimidation Clothing is a proud sponsor of Mark Cherico and several of his teammates at Fight Club Pittsburgh, a state of the art facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which is also an authorized Intimidation Clothing retailer. The brand also released the Mark Cherico women’s tank top during the Summer of 2012 and the men’s style Mark Cherico signature tee is now available for pre-order.
Cody “No Love” Garbrandt
One of the most highly-rated prospects in the 135lb weight class, Cody “No Love” Garbrandt (4-0 pro) has traveled a lot in his young MMA career. After training near his hometown in New Philadelphia, Ohio, Garbrandt has also had stays at Intimidation-sponsored Ohio MMA gyms Evolve MMA in Medina and StrongStyle Martial Arts in Independence. Now living and training in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and cross-training with Team AlphaMale in Sacramento, California, Garbrandt has been sponsored by Intimidation in multiple amateur fights.
Tony “Primetime” Kelley
Tony “Primetime” Kelley burst onto the national MMA scene thanks to his stint on the MMA-themed MTV reality show “Caged.” Kelley, along with the rest of the cast members of “Caged” were based in rural Louisiana and trained together for a team called Karate Mafia. At the conclusion of the show’s first and only season to date, Kelley and another castmember were scouted by a high level gym in California.
Tony Kelley (2-0 pro, 15-4 amateur) completed a highly successful amateur MMA career in 2011 before he made his pro debut for the Coalition of Combat organization in Arizona in September 2012. After a 1st round TKO win over Sean Marsicane he followed with another 1st round TKO win over Kody Thrasher at the inaugural Hilia Fights event in April 2013.
Fans can follow Tony “Primetime” Kelley on Twitter @TonyKelleyMMA.
Chidi “Bang Bang” Njokuani
Chidi “Bang Bang” Njokuani (9-4) is a King of the Cage, Tachi Palace Fights and Legacy Fighting Championships veteran currently fighting for the RFA which airs fights live on AXS TV. A pro since 2007, Chidi is the brother of UFC lightweight Anthony Njokuani and began his pro career at 2-2. Since the slow start Njokuani is 7-2 since with five wins via stoppage. A noted striker, Njokuani uses his 6’3″ frame to get range on his opponents where he picks them apart and puts them to sleep; 7 of his 9 victories have come via knockout or TKO and is seen as one of the most exciting strikers outside of the UFC’s roster.
Intimidation Clothing has sponsored Njokuani in his two most recent fights for the RFA at RFA 4 and RFA 7 as he wore Intimidation’s premium quality EliteFighter board shorts in both fights live on AXS TV.
Fans can follow Chidi Njokuani on Twitter @iBang_214.
Luis Alberto “Betao” Nogueira
Brazilian bantamweight Luis Alberto “Betao” Nogueira is a 2-time Bellator Tournament participant having fought in Bellator’s Season 5 and Season 6 Bantamweight Tournaments. Holding a professional record of 15-3 (5-2 Bellator) Nogueira, made his debut at Bellator 42, scoring a unanimous decision over Jerod Spoon before falling to Ed West at Bellator 51. The native of Brazil then bounced back with a win two weeks later at Bellator 53 and opened the Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament with a decision win over Alexis Vila at Bellator 65. At Bellator 70 Nogueira scored a 3rd round TKO win over Hiroshi Nakamura to advance to the Tournament finals held at Bellator 73 in August 2012.
A winner of 10 of his past 12 fights, Nogueira is a member of Brazil’s Renovacao Fight Team. He and his teammates also train in the USA at Thunder MMA & Muay Thai in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and official Intimidation dealer.
Fans can follow Luis Nogueira on Twitter @NogueiraRFT.