#LocalMMA Monday: NAAFS & Driven MMA

June 2, 2014 by  
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The first installment of IntimidationMMA.com’s #LocalMMA Monday features perhaps the biggest name in all of Local MMA, as the co-branded NAAFS/Driven MMA organization kicks us off. Based out of Canton, Ohio, the North American Allied Fight Series was founded in 2005 as “Gladiator Fighting” with current CEO Greg Kalikas in conjunction with veteran kickboxer Duke Roufus. NAAFS in the FlatsSince then, the organization has promoted more than 125 live events in the Midwest and has become one of the most respected amateur leagues in the country.

Kalikas’ NAAFS developed into a powerhouse on the local scene, holding the majority of their events in Canton, Akron and Cleveland before eventually branching out from events in Northeast Ohio to hold events all over the state. Then the organization was one of the first promoters to hold an event in West Virginia when the state regulated MMA in 2012. Over its nearly decade as an organization, the NAAFS has come to be known as a leader in amateur MMA, women’s MMA, and producing top talent for the UFC, Bellator MMA and other national organizations.

Stipe Miocic UFCThe list of names that have competed inside the NAAFS cage reads like a who’s who of MMA, including current welterweight top contender Matt Brown, current UFC heavyweight contender Stipe Miocic, women’s MMA star Jessica Eye, UFC veterans Jason Dent, Forrest Petz, Ben Rothwell, Dave Herman, Phil Davis, Donny Walker and more along with current TUF 19 star Dan Spohn, former Bellator MMA Featherweight Champion Daniel Straus, Bellator knockout artists Brian Rogers and many more.

In addition to its top names, NAAFS has come to be known for featuring women’s MMA, spearheaded by the first woman of Ohio MMA, Jessica “Evil” Eye. Eye competed in the first women’s bout in NAAFS history, headlined the first all-female card, became the first female amateur NAAFS champion, and became the first female to headline a card featuring men for the organization as well. NAAFS has also featured other top female talent, including Aisling Daly, Carina Damm, Rebecca Heintzman, Jessica Zomcik, Tamikka Brents and more.

Donny Walker NAAFS ChampionOn top of all of this, the NAAFS is one of a limited number of Local MMA promotions to co-promote events with Bellator MMA having worked together  on Bellator 51 in Canton and Bellator 66 in Cleveland, Ohio and Bellator 71 in West Virginia.

While the pro fighters brought fans to NAAFS events, it has been the astounding amateur talent that has kept them there. The NAAFS National Amateur Series is a true proving ground for amateur fighters who want to make it to the next level, and many top names have claimed NAAFS amateur gold before turning pro. Those names include Isaiah Chapman, George Comer, Nick Duell, Jessica Eye, Jerrell Hodge, and many more.

“It is hard to deny the resume that the NAAFS has built in the past decade,” stated Luke Jernigan, President & CEO of Intimidation Clothing, LLC. “Now with Driven MMA they put on the cards that everyone else in the Midwest looks at and wishes they could duplicate. Few organizations have done more to further Local MMA in the USA, especially East of the Mississippi, as the NAAFS.”

The organization promotes many must-see events, including the annual “Fight Nite in the Flats” and “Rock N Rumble” summer events at Jacobs Pavilion in Downtown Cleveland, as well as their annual “Night of Champions” to award amateur titles.

John Hawk & StrongStyle wearing Local MMAIn 2014, the NAAFS became an all amateur series, with the berth of a new wing of the organization, Driven MMA. Driven MMA debuted in March 2014, and Driven MMA One was the biggest MMA card to hit Ohio in years. The event featured an all-pro lineup that showcased top fighters, including Bellator MMA veteran Dan Hornbuckle, UFC veteran Rodney Wallace, former NAAFS champion Frank Caraballo, and rising local stars like Chapman, Comer, Kyle Rozewski and more.

Now, the two wings will team up for the first time, as Driven MMA presents NAAFS: Fight Nite in the Flats 10 this weekend in Cleveland. The card features both professional and amateur talent, and it is headlined by Frank Caraballo taking on UFC veteran Tommy Hayden in a featherweight match-up. Also included on the card are several familiar names for Ohio MMA fans including Chapman, Rozewski, Hodge, RJ Buck, Dave Lastafka and more.

 

By David McKinney
Intimidation Interactive Media Staff Writer

Team Intimidation knocks out the competition

May 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Local / Regional MMA, News

Throughout its history, Team Intimidation has come to be known for providing a wealth of highlight reel knockouts, from the Local MMA scene to televised bouts on AXS TV and on Spike TV & MTV2 with Bellator MMA. From being a longtime sponsor for notables like Brian “The Predator” Rogers, Dan “Dragon” Spohn, and more, the Intimidation name has become synonymous with the knockout in mixed martial arts.

Brian Rogers KO Bellator 119And recently, this streak has continued on a national stage and around the world.

At Bellator 119, longtime Team Intimidation member Brian “The Predator” Rogers produced yet another highlight reel flying knee knockout, when he put Adrian Miles to sleep in the second round of their middleweight bout. Rogers has produced some of the best knockouts in Bellator and MMA history, including his immortal flying knee over Vitor Vianna at Bellator 61 that has been named as the best in Bellator history multiple times. Rogers, who has produced 9 knockouts in 11 career victories, continues to be a fan favorite inside the Bellator cage.

Dan Spohn @ Bellator 51Dan Spohn made headlines with his 10-second knockout over Tyler King to kick off the season on The Ultimate Fighter 19, immediately making him a household name and favorite to win the season. Spohn (pictured, left) is no one-trick pony, however, as he also posted the fastest knockout in Bellator MMA history with  9-second flying knee over Dane Bonnigson at Bellator 51, and a TKO over UFC veteran Josh Hendricks at NAAFS: Caged Fury 15 that was the result of nasty elbows off of his back. In conjunction with his recent meteoric rise to the top of the mixed martial arts world, Intimidation has recently announced plans to release a signature tee for Spohn.

Jordan Parsons may be known as “Pretty Boy,” but the longtime member of Team Intimidation is also one of the best lightweight prospects in all of MMA. The Minnesota native recently made his Bellator MMA debut at Bellator 117, where he moved his record to 10-1 with a knockout just 4 seconds into the second round over Tim Bazer. He needed just two punches in the second frame, landing a perfectly time 1-2 combo to put Bazer out.

Brazilian Luis “Sapo” Santos has produced 34 knockouts in 60 career victories, and he has recently been laying waste to some of the best international fighters on XFC’s international shows in his native Brazil. After producing  four first-round knockouts under the XFC banner in the U.S. – including an incredible three via head kick – Santos put Alfredo Morales to sleep with a front kick at XFCi 3 in March.

Bellator 51 was a banner night for Intimidation, as along with Spohn’s knockout, Intimidation also sponsored lightweight Joey Holt in his flying knee victory over Clint Musser, and Alexis Vila as he produced his “shot heard round the world” knockout over former Bellator champion Joe Warren.

Nick Duell MMAAnd with another notable, Nick Duell stopped Jason Buck with a highlight reel upkick at NAAFS: Caged Vengeance 12 in 2012. Duell (pictured, right) is also a knockout artist, with 7 knockout victories in 11 career victories. He also holds notable KO/TKO victories over “The Ultimate Fighter” veterans Julian Lane, Kevin Knabjian, and Daniel Head.

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.

 

 

Intimidation sponsored Dan “Dragon” Spohn in action on TUF 19 tonight on FOX Sports 1

April 30, 2014 by  
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Season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter began with a bang two weeks ago with a heavy Intimidation flavor, as five Intimidation alumni took to one of the biggest stages in Mixed Martial Arts, led by Team Intimidation’s own Dan “Dragon” Spohn. dan-spohn02_500Tonight, Spohn’s journey on TUF 19 will take another step before our eyes at 10 pm ET on FOX Sports 1.

A long-time member of Team Intimidation, Dan “Dragon” Spohn has been a staple of the brand since his early days as a professional Mixed Martial Artist and throughout his NAAFS title run, his days with Bellator MMA, during his 9-second KO at Bellator 51, and his two most recent professional fights in Columbus, Ohio for the UVC. His time on The Ultimate Fighter started 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) is a native of the Cambridge area and 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, while Doug Sparks and Josh Stansbury did not make it into the house as Sparks was submitted and Stansbury injured his knee and was forced to withdraw despite a dominating performance before the injury.

Dan Spohn MMAThe 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 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 (right): Hexlinc Photography

 

 

Intimidation Clothing Athlete of the Month – Dan “Dragon” Spohn

August 5, 2013 by  
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Life as a fighter is full of highs and lows, and one mixed martial artist who has experienced both in his career is light heavyweight Dan “Dragon” Spohn. A dedicated father and family man, the Columbus native has competed as a martial artist for nearly his entire life; Spohn is a black belt in Kachido Akijitsu and is known for his creative striking style and well-rounded mixed martial arts game. A longtime member of Team Intimidation, Spohn is the Intimidation Clothing Athlete of the Month for August 2013.

Dan Spohn MMASpohn was on top of the world in September 2011, as he had just earned the second fastest knockout in Bellator history with 9-second KO of Dane Bonnigson in his debut at Bellator 51, moving his record to 6-0. Then the NAAFS champion after a victory over John Hawk earlier in the year, Spohn signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator with the intent to eventually earn a place in one of the organization’s tournaments for a chance to fight his way to #1 contender status.

And that’s when the tough times started. Spohn lost his next bout in Bellator just over a month later, as he fell to Kelvin Tiller via split decision at Bellator 56. Then Spohn got an opportunity to fight for Bellator once again in Ohio, as he welcomed Attila Vegh to the U.S. for the first time. The bout was back-and-forth through three rounds between the two counter punchers, but once again Spohn was on the wrong side of a split decision.

After the loss, Spohn received one more opportunity in Bellator, as he signed on to defend his NAAFS light heavyweight title against Josh Stansbury at Bellator 71 in West Virginia. And for the first time in his career, Spohn was finished as he lost via submission to Stansbury in the very first round. While Spohn was left to ponder his fighting future, Vegh began his run in the Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament at that same event and proceeded to win Bellator’s 205lb belt.

Dan Spohn MMABut despite the three-fight losing streak, Spohn remained upbeat and never got down on himself as a fighter. He made changes in his training and went back to controlling his own fight camps, and earlier this year he made his debut for the Columbus-based UVC organization with a submission victory over Robert Morrow in the main event at UVC 22. Suddenly Spohn was on his way back up the mountain, and his fighting career was given a new light with an organization that was willing to feature him as a main event star.

Spohn returned to the UVC in May, and once again earned a submission victory, this time stopping Aaron Mays with an arm bar in the first round. Now with two straight wins and a 8-3 pro record against some very tough competition, Dan Spohn is now ready for his next big opportunity. With an eye on the August 24th NAAFS Light Heavyweight title fight between John Hawk and Josh Stansbury, and the recent fights from the UVC closer to home, he should have several nice opportunities to extend his winning streak and gain national prominence.

“Dan is truly one of the good guys in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts,” stated Luke Jernigan, President & CEO of Intimidation Clothing, LLC. “Few carry themselves with so much class and it is an honor for our brand to work with Dan and his wonderful family. I am truly pleased to have Dan Spohn as our August Athlete of the Month.”

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of lifestyle apparel & MMA 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 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 to sponsor Bellator vet Dan Spohn in UVC 23 co-main event in Columbus, Ohio

April 28, 2013 by  
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Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce its continued sponsorship of light heavyweight standout Dan “Dragon” Spohn as he returns to action co-headliner at UVC 23. Spohn (7-3) is set to take on Missouri product Aaron Mays (3-2) in the co-feature on May 10th in Columbus, Ohio.

Dan Spohn MMA - BellatorSpohn will make his second appearance for UVC, as he headlined UVC 22 in February where he earned a second round submission over Rob Morrow to snap a 3-fight losing streak. The former NAAFS champion competed 4 times in Bellator, including the second fastest KO in Bellator history with a 9-second knockout of Dane Bonnigson in his organizational debut at Bellator 51 in September 2010. A black belt in traditional karate, Spohn now makes his home in Columbus and holds victories over notable fighter Josh Hendricks, John Hawk and current NAAFS champion Josh Stansbury.

In addition to sponsoring Spohn, Intimidation is also set to sponsor Bellator and TUF 7 veteran Luke Zachrich in his main event bout against Marcus Finch as well as other select pro and amateur fighters. Intimidation will also serve as a title sponsor for UVC 23, and will be in attendance selling its popular brand of t-shirts, hats, hoodies, fight shorts, and more.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of lifestyle apparel & MMA training gear based in Ohio with a strong presence throughout the Midwest USA and a growing national presence. The Intimidation brand is 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. Intimidation products can be found for sale online at IntimidationClothing.com and fans can follow the marketing wing of the Intimidation brand, Intimidation Interactive Media, @IntimidationIM. Follow Intimidation Clothing on Facebook and @IntimidationMMA on Twitter.

Intimidation Clothing to sponsor Bellator vet Dan Spohn in UVC 22 main event in Columbus, Ohio

January 28, 2013 by  
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Intimidation Clothing is proud to announce its sponsorship of light heavyweight Dan “Dragon” Spohn in the main event at UVC 22: Mayhem, which takes place on February 16th at the Aladdin Shrine Center in Columbus, Ohio. Spohn (6-3) will make his UVC debut against Chicago product Rob Morrow (6-12) in a 205-pound bout.

Dan Spohn MMASpohn enters the bout looking for redemption, as he attempts to rebuild his career after three straight losses inside the Bellator cage. Two of the losses were split decisions – including one to current No. 1 contender Attila Vegh – and the third was a submission loss to Josh Stansbury that also cost him his NAAFS light heavyweight title. Ready for his road to redemption, Spohn has changed his training camp to the way it was earlier in his career, when he started off 6-0 including a 9-second knockout via knee strike in his Bellator debut.

Spohn also receives the opportunity to fight in his adopted hometown of Columbus for the first time, and he anticipates a very welcoming crowd made up of fans from Columbus and his hometown of Cambridge.

Intimidation Clothing will also serve as a title sponsor of the UVC 22: Mayhem event, and will also sponsor pro fighters Tim Dunn, James Dishong and Isaac Steele along with Spohn.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of MMA apparel & training gear based in Ohio with a strong presence throughout the Midwest USA and a growing national presence. The Intimidation brand is regularly featured on multiple sporting events on SpikeTV, AXS TV, SportsTime Ohio, MTV2, FUEL TV and EpixHD as well as MMA highlight shows on Spike TV and HDNet/AXS TV. In addition to over 70 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. Intimidation Clothing products can be found for sale online at IntimidationClothing.com and fans can follow the marketing wing of the company on Twitter, Intimidation Interactive Media, @IntimidationIM. Follow Intimidation Clothing on Facebook and @IntimidationMMA on Twitter.

 

Photo courtesy of Intimidation Interactive Media.

Intimidation to sponsor Frank Caraballo in featherweight title bout at Ring of Combat in Atlantic City, New Jersey

January 5, 2013 by  
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Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce the sponsorship of rising featherweight prospect Frank “The Tank” Caraballo (11-4) in his upcoming Ring of Combat featherweight title bout. Caraballo will face WEC veteran Deividas Taurosevicius (15-5) with the 145lb belt on the line in Atlantic City, New Jersey on January 26th. Frank Caraballo MMAThe bout will serve as the main event for Ring of Combat 43 and will air via iPPV on gfl.tv and will be one of two title fights at Ring of Combat 43 with an Intimidation sponsored fighter with Andrew Osborne fighting for the ROC welterweight title at the same event.

Frank “The Tank” Caraballo is a familiar face to fans in Northeast Ohio, as he is the current featherweight champion and former lightweight champion for the Intimidation-sponsored NAAFS organization. Currently riding a six-fight winning streak including five stoppage wins in a row since dropping to 145 pounds, Caraballo holds notable wins over UFC veteran Donny Walker as well as established veterans Antonio Castillo Jr., Jeremy Czarnecki and Dustin Kempf in his past four fights. Intimidation also sponsored Caraballo, the leader of the Fearless Fight Team in Cleveland, at Bellator 51 in September 2011, where he became the interim NAAFS featherweight champion with his victory over Kempf. Taurosevicius is the current ROC featherweight champion and has competed in the IFL, WEC, and Bellator in a career that dates back to 2002. Riding a 3-fight win streak of his own, neither fighter has lost a fight in the past two years over a span of 9 straight fights.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of MMA apparel & gear based in Ohio with a strong presence throughout the Midwest USA and a growing national presence having been featured on multiple events on MTV2 and HDNet in recent months. In addition to over 70 styles of high-quality, bold t-shirts, the company is also becoming known for their premium-quality EliteFighter MMA board shorts, as well as vale tudo shorts, rashguards and more available online at IntimidationClothing.com. Fans can like Intimidation Clothing on Facebook and follow the Intimidation brand on Twitter.

 

Photo courtesy of Hexlinc Photography

Frank Caraballo continues his rise to the top of the MMA world

December 18, 2012 by  
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Intimidation Clothing prides itself on discovering up-and-coming talent in the mixed martial arts world, and one such fighter who is certainly on his way up is Northeast Ohio-based featherweight Frank “The Tank” Caraballo (11-4). Frank Caraballo MMAOne of the newest additions to Team Intimidation, Caraballo was first sponsored by the popular clothing brand at Bellator 51 in 2011, where he stopped Dustin Kempf in just 79 seconds to become, at the time, the interim NAAFS featherweight champion.

That victory kicked off a huge streak for Caraballo, who immediately became one of the hottest fighters in Ohio. In his next outing, he became the first fighter to stop ultra-tough UFC veteran Donny Walker via knockout, defeating the 12-year pro and 28-fight veteran with a flying knee KO live on Spike.com at Bellator 66 in Cleveland. The win over Walker earned him the undisputed NAAFS title and caused his stock to soar immediately. He followed the KO with stoppages over Antonio Castillo Jr. and Jeremy Czarnecki, furthering his status as a hot prospect on the Midwest scene. “The Tank” will next travel to Atlantic City in January, where he will take on IFL, Bellator, and WEC veteran Deividas Taurosevicius for the Ring of Combat featherweight title.

As the leader of Fearless Fight Team, the full-time fighter is certainly on his way to a premiere spot with one of the sport’s top two organizations, either the UFC or Bellator. He has already racked up a 2-1 record inside the Bellator organization, with two stoppage wins. Overall, he is riding a six-fight winning streak, with five straight stoppage victories since dropping to 145 pounds last year. Also a former NAAFS lightweight champion, the popular fighter is on the cusp of MMA superstardom. You can expect that there will be even more fans chanting “Frank The Tank” at future fights, and it’s just a matter of time before one of the big dogs wise up to the skills of Caraballo.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of MMA apparel & training gear based in Ohio with a strong presence throughout the Midwest USA and a growing national presence regularly being featured on multiple sporting events on MTV2, FUEL TV, EpixHD, AXS TV and SportsTime Ohio as well as MMA highlight shows on Spike TV and HDNet/AXS TV. In addition to over 70 styles of high-quality, bold t-shirts and sweatshirts for men, women and children. The company is also becoming known for their premium-quality EliteFighter MMA board shorts, as well as vale tudo shorts, rashguards and more available online at IntimidationClothing.com. Fans can like the Intimidation brand on Facebook and follow Intimidation on Twitter.

 

 

Isaiah Chapman defeats Dustin Kempf in Fight of the Year performance at NAAFS Night of Champions

December 16, 2012 by  
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As soon as Isaiah Chapman (@TheBeastChapman) vs. Dustin Kempf (@DustinKempf) was announced, fans familiar with both fighters knew it would be the toughest test of Chapman’s young career. Isaiah Chapman v Dustin KempfDustin Kempf is no stranger to tough, fan-thrilling fights and facing top-tier fighters, and Kempf at 135lbs, after fighting at 145lbs throughout his career, was certain to be a huge test for Chapman. A product of Rock Hard MMA in Akron, Isaiah Chapman was a 2-time NAAFS Amateur Champion at 135lbs and already 3-0 since turning pro in 2012. The fight proved to be everything the MMA fans of Northeast Ohio could have hoped for and so much more.

Entering the cage Kempf looked huge at 135lbs as the two traded shots. A thrilling 1st round saw the two trade punches and kicks at a frantic, crowd-pleasing pace. The sellout crowd of likely close to 2,000 or more screamed for both popular fighters and did not quiet down throughout.

In the 2nd round the pace did not slow as the two traded early, but Chapman soon trapped Kempf against the cage and unloaded a fury or punches, elbows and knees as Kempf covered up. After 30+ seconds of blocking and eating the shots Kempf escaped and eventually the fight went to the ground where Dustin attempted multiple submission attempts only to see Chapman escape. A triangle choke and armbar attempt appeared to have Chapman in trouble as Kempf then landed several elbow strikes to the head of Chapman causing blood to pour from his hairline. But Chapman was able to escape as the two returned to their feet late in the round before Chapman locked in a guillotine choke to force the tap with just seconds remaining in the 2nd.

Isaiah Chapman MMAWhat this fight showed fans across the region is that these two warriors, who happen to be two of the nicest guys one will ever meet, have the skills and the heart to beat most anyone who steps into the cage with them. What this fight showed the sponsor of both fighters, Intimidation Clothing, is that we are working with two of the best, two fighters who make us proud, win or lose.

Dustin Kempf falls to 6-6 with the loss in his first fight since suffering a major knee injury at Bellator 51 in September 2011. For Chapman, he improves to 4-0 as a pro following his decorated 11-1 amateur career. What is ahead for either fighter is anyone’s guess, although a rumored NAAFS Bantamweight Championship fight is expected for Chapman. One thing in for sure – both fighters have a sponsorship for life with Intimidation.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of MMA apparel & training gear based in Ohio with a strong presence throughout the Midwest USA and a growing national presence regularly being featured on multiple sporting events on MTV2, FUEL TV, EpixHD, AXS TV and SportsTime Ohio as well as MMA highlight shows on Spike TV and HDNet/AXS TV. In addition to over 70 styles of high-quality, bold t-shirts and sweatshirts for men, women and children. The company is also becoming known for their premium-quality EliteFighter MMA board shorts, as well as vale tudo shorts, rashguards and more available online at IntimidationClothing.com. Fans can like the Intimidation brand on Facebook and follow Intimidation on Twitter.

 

Photo courtesy of Hexlinc Photography

Intimidation sponsored Joey Holt wins pro boxing debut in West Virginia

December 3, 2012 by  
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Intimidation-sponsored fighter Joey Holt is now unbeaten in two sports, as “The Hitman” made his professional boxing debut over the weekend at Mountaineer Racetrack & Casino and finished opponent Alan Moore in the first round. Joey Holt MMAThe fight took place on the undercard of an event that featured former world champion Paul Spadafora headlined and was promoted by Roy Jones Jr.

Holt also owns a 3-0 professional record in mixed martial arts, including two straight knockout wins. His most notable win to date was over Clint Musser at Bellator 51, where he leveled the noted wrestler with a knee in the first round of their undercard bout. The future of Holt is uncertain at this point, but it is clear that he could have simultaneously successful careers in both MMA and boxing.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of MMA & boxing style apparel based in Ohio with a strong presence throughout the Midwest USA and a growing national presence having been featured on multiple events on MTV2 and HDNet in recent months. In addition to over 50 styles of high-quality, bold t-shirts, the company is also becoming known for their premium-quality EliteFighter MMA board shorts, as well as vale tudo shorts, rashguards and more available online at IntimidationClothing.com. Fans can like Intimidation on Facebook and follow Intimidation Clothing on Twitter @IntimidationMMA.

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