Horne, Cruickshank, Vaughan, Washington & Gainey give Intimidation a clean pro sweep over the weekend

It was a slow weekend for Intimidation Clothing. Ok, well if in slow we mean having 8 fighters sponsored is slow. Five pros and three amateurs were slated to compete on June 17th and 18th with sponsored fighters from Ohio, Michigan & West Virginia competing at MMA events in Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and in Canada. After the dust settled Team Intimidation ended the weekend 7-1 in the eight fights that took place including 5-0 in pro fights. Here is a look at each fighter in action for Intimidation this past weekend.

Billy Vaughan MMACarson Gainey – Gainey stepped into the cage opposite an 8-2 fighter in Darnell Davis at Legends Of Fighting Championship 47 in Indianapolis, Indiana on Friday night. Fighting at 135 pounds yet again, the natural Flyweight (125 lbs) scored his 4th straight win.

Mojo Horne – The M-1 veteran stepped into the cage for the second time in 2011, this time opposite Bellator vet Amaechi Oselukwue. In a call with Intimidation CEO Luke Jernigan shortly after his win, Horne stated that Oselukwue “was stronger than I expected,” but he was able to sink in the rear naked choke and score the submission victory in the AAMMA XV main event in Florence, Kentucky.

Billy Vaughan – In a battle between two fighters who have fought a lineup of MMA All-Stars, Billy Vaughan (pictured) scored the Knockout of the Night at FightRight MMA: Brawl in the Hall in defeating Binky Jones with a 2nd round KO.

Jon Washington – Washington put his undefeated record on the line versus Eric Moore in a lightweight battle and improved his pro record to 4-0 with the FightRight MMA: Brawl in the Hall submission of the night.

Daron Cruickshank – Cruickshank improved to 8-2 with a win over Brian Cardinal (13-7) at SITH: Slammer in the Hammer in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on Friday night. The MASH Fight Team member from the Detroit, Michigan area scored a 1st round TKO for his second straight win.

In addition, Intimidation also had three sponsored fighters in amateur fights at AAMMA XV. Popular grappling ace Robby Malof scored a 1st round submission victory and Aaron “Timbo Slice” Webb lost after an injury did not allow him to continue after two rounds in the heavyweight title fight. Meanwhile, in the AAMMA Amateur Bantamweight Championship fight, Eric Moell defeated Matthew Lester via 1st round submission.

Intimidation Clothing to sponsor Billy Vaughan at Friday’s Gruesome MMA event

April 5, 2011 by  
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Billy Vaughan MMAJust over a month after his Strikeforce debut, Billy Vaughan will return to action on Friday night in the main event for Gruesome MMA in Pikeville, Kentucky. Vaughan, a native of Columbus, Ohio, most recently fought at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson on March 5th in Columbus where he fought UFC & Strikeforce veteran Jorge Gurgel on 3 days notice and lost via submission. The energetic 26-year old fighter will once again be sponsored by Intimidation Clothing as he faces Joe Jordan, a veteran of over 50 MMA fights who fought in the UFC at UFC 61. Jordan, the local favorite, has won eight straight fights but has only fought twice in the past two years.

Vaughan (9-7) will be sponsored by Intimidation Clothing for the 3rd straight fight. Intimidation, one of the fastest-growing MMA apparel brands in the world, will once again have a strong presence in Eastern Kentucky, a region that has seen the brand multiple times in the past and will get a heavy dose of Intimidation Clothing in the coming months.

Bowling, Rogers, Freeman & Whitesel all victorious at Strikeforce

March 6, 2011 by  
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Intimidation Clothing-sponsored fighters capped off a 4-1 performance on Saturday night at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson in Columbus Ohio. In an event that was pivotal in the growth of the young Intimidation brand, the fighters did not disappoint not only by having a successful night but also by repping the brand in the stands for fans throughout the arena to see. All five fighters sponsored are Ohio natives coming from all over the buckeye state; Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Mansfield & Dover.

Starting off the night for Intimidation was Mitch Whitesel of Wreckroom Athletics. In his 3rd fight of 2011 and 8th fight in 10 months, Whitesel bounced back from a losing streak to score a 1st round submission victory over Marc Cofer (3-4). Whitesel (16-20) wore Intimidation’s popular blue & white board shorts and promptly jumped up to the top rail of the cage in celebration after pulling off the submission.

The second fight with Intimidation influence and the third fight of the night featured fast-rising knockout artists Brian “The Predator” Rogers. Rogers, a product of the Strong Style Fight Team in Independence, was facing Ian Rammel, a 4-2 pro from Cincinnati. Coming off five straight 1st round KO/TKO wins Rogers made sure to keep his streak alive in scoring a TKO victory to improve to 7-2 in his pro MMA career. Rogers wore Intimidation’s blue & white MMA board shorts as well as the new Mr. Tuff MMA t-shirt and an Intimidation beanie.

Next up was Jason “Freebird” Freeman, a fighter who typically fights at Light Heavyweight (205 lbs) but fighting as a Heavyweight in his Strikeforce debut. Freeman was a bit of an underdog coming into the fight with opponent Jason Riley having a Strikeforce fight already under his belt and being a natural Heavyweight, outweighing Freeman by 37 pounds. While Riley was able to rock Freeman in the 1st round, he made the mistake of letting Freeman to his feet as the lighter fighters proved heavy-handed in scoring a win via Submission due to punches. Freeman improved to 6-4 (1 NC) wearing Intimidation’s white & black shorts and Authority t-shirt then later donning an Intimidation Cross shirt while watching the main card fights later in the night.

Billy Vaughan walked to the cage to face one of the most well-known fighters in all of Ohio in Jorge Gurgel in a lightweight battle. Gurgel, who owns several gyms in the Midwest, sold over 400 tickets (far fewer than the half of the crowd of 20,000 that he stated earlier in the week) to the event and did not disappoint his fans. Vaughan was wearing Intimidation’s white & black shorts and a sponsor tee and took the fight on three days notice. Vaughan came out aggressively and paid getting caught in a guillotine choke where he was forced to tap within the first minute. Now 9-7, Vaughan will surely be fighting at 145 pounds or less as he has considered event cutting to 135 for future fights.

In the sixth fight of the night and the fifth straight fight with Intimidation representation, “Relentless” Roger Bowling, a 2-fight veteran of Strikeforce already, walked to the cage to face Josh Thornburg. Bowling, a native of Cincinnati who trains at Vision MMA, found Thornburg’s chin to be better than expected as Bowling won a one-sided unanimous decision. However Thornburg did pull off multiple submission attempts that made Bowling’s fans hold their breath, but in speaking with Roger after the fight none were tight enough to cause concern. Bowling (9-1) walked out with Intimidation’s Cross t-shirt which he wore in the crowd after the fight as well. In addition Bowling wore Intimidation’s blue & white board shorts with Intimidation logos on the front and back of the shorts.

In all, Intimidation fighters completed the night winning 4 of 5 fights giving Intimidation-sponsored pros a 7-1 record in the past two weeks of Ohio-based events. A week prior to the Strikeforce event Intimidation’s three fighters had a clean sweep at NAAFS: Caged Fury 14 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Bowling, Freeman, Rogers, Vaughan & Whitesel on weight for Strikeforce fights

March 4, 2011 by  
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One night before Intimidation Clothing invades the MMA world with five fighter sponsorships on the Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson card in Columbus, Ohio, the festivities were made official. Hosting fighter weigh-ins at the Arnold Sports Classic in downtown Columbus, Ohio, just around the corner from Nationwide Arena, the home of the Strikeforce fights, all 20 fighters made weight without issue. Included in that group of 20 fighters are the five sponsored by Intimidation Clothing: Roger Bowling, Brian Rogers, Billy Vaughan, Jason Freeman and Mitch Whitesel.

Roger Bowling Strikeforce“Relentless” Roger Bowling (pictured) will walk out wearing the top-selling shirt of all-time for Intimidation, the Cross t-shirt that served as Bowling’s walkout tee at Strikeforce: Challengers 8 in May 2010. A welterweight, Bowling will also be wearing Intimidation’s popular blue & white MMA board shorts with logos on the front and back and is 8-1 as a pro and 1-1 under the Strikeforce banner.

Middleweight Brian “The Predator” Rogers (5-2) will be wearing an Intimidation sponsor shirt as the ultra-popular fighters from Northeast Ohio also sports Intimidation’s blue & white shorts and an Intimidation hat. Rogers has a streak of five straight wins coming into this fight, all of which coming by 1st round KO/TKO.

Billy Vaughan started his week without a fight before fate would hand him an opportunity of a lifetime. Vaughan (9-6) will face UFC & Strikeforce veteran Jorge Gurgel in a lightweight battle that will see Vaughan in black Intimidation fight shorts.

Jason “Freebird” Freeman enters the Strikeforce cage at 6-5 as a pro fighting a much larger Jason Riley in a heavyweight bout. Freeman will feature the white & black Intimidation shorts with logos on the front and back of the shorts as he looks to overcome a 37 pound weight disadvantage.

Mitch Whitesel has experienced about all a fighter can experience in the cage at 15-20 as a pro. That experience should do him well in facing a fighter who is much younger to the pro fight game in Marc Cofer at 3-3. Whitesel is expected to wear an Intimidation walkout tee with Intimidation’s blue & white board shorts.

Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson will take place beginning at 7:30 pm ET at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio with the Showtime-televised main card beginning at 10 pm ET.

Intimidation to sponsor Billy Vaughan in Strikeforce fight with Jorge Gurgel

March 1, 2011 by  
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The latest change to the Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson preliminary card is now complete with Billy Vaughan replacing Tyler Combs in facing Jorge Gurgel (13-7) on Saturday night in Columbus. After news broke on Tuesday that Tyler Combs was hurt and had to pull out of his fight with Jorge Gurgel, a replacement was needed and needed quickly. Vaughan was one of a handful of names mentioned as possible replacements before ProFighting-fans.com confirmed the match-up just after 4 pm ET. The fight at 155 pounds will definitely not be ideal for Vaughan, a featherweight (145 lbs) who has talked about dropping to bantamweight (135 lbs) if it meant it would help further his MMA career.

Billy Vaughan MMAAs a result of the announced injury to Combs, Intimidation Clothing will now be sponsoring Billy Vaughan (9-6) at the Strikeforce event. “We are very happy to once again be working with Billy Vaughan,” said Intimidation Clothing President & CEO Luke Jernigan. “I have personally seen Vaughan’s last three fights and he brings and exciting, go for broke style to the cage each time.”

Vaughan is expected to wear an Intimidation walkout t-shirt and Intimidation‘s highly-popular MMA board shorts. The sponsorship of Vaughan rounds out a list of five fighters sponsored by Intimidation Clothing on the Strikeforce fight card. Along with Vaughan Intimidation will sponsor Roger Bowling, Brian Rogers, Jason Freeman and Mitch Whitsel.

Vaughan is a product of Buckeye MMA in Columbus with four of his last five fights coming inside the Northeast Ohio-based NAAFS cage. After consecutive submission wins in August and September 2010 over Ryan Lang and Brandon Hance, Vaughan’s last fight came in a NAAFS Featherweight title fight with Donny Walker in December 2010 where he was sponsored by Intimidation Clothing. In that fight Vaughan started off fast with a barrage of punches before Walker locked in a guillotine choke in round one to upset the challengers quest for his belt.

Donny Walker wins 7th straight, defends NAAFS featherweight belt

December 12, 2010 by  
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Donny Walker isDonny Walker NAAFS Champion no stranger to the pressure of a championship fight and that showed once again on December 4th in Cleveland. In his first title defense since winning the NAAFS Featherweight belt back in late August, Walker (16-7 MMA) faced an up-and-coming Billy Vaughan (9-6 MMA) at NAAFS: Night of Champions 2010. Walker survived a flurry of punches as he covered up against the cage early in the fight then rolled out of a heel hook submission attempt from Vaughan in the first minutes of the fight. Little did anyone outside of Walker’s corner know it was all part of the strategy to catch Vaughan off guard. Vaughan entered the fight having won three straight fights via 1st round stoppages with a KO and two submission victories on his resume, but Walker was ready. After another flurry of punches Walker took Vaughan’s back, locked in a rear naked choke, and had his hand raised once again.

For Donny “Eagle Eye” Walker it was his 7th straight win and made him the first fighter to ever defend the NAAFS Featherweight belt. For Vaughan it was his first loss in his last four fights. While both have received attention from the WEC turned UFC it seems much more feasible that Walker could get an opportunity in the near future with the win. Rumors are swirling that Walker’s manager, UFC veteran Jason Dent, has been trading emails with the UFC, and with the expanded number of events involving the 135 and 145 pound weight classes the odds seem much better for Walker.

Walker won the NAAFS Featherweight belt in August when he defeated submission specialist Mike Nesto in a unanimous decision victory at the NAAFS: Rock ‘N Rumble event. That same event marked the launch of the Donny Walker signature t-shirt which served as Walker’s walkout shirt for both of his NAAFS title fights. Intimidation has now sponsored Donny Walker for each of the past 4 fights.

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