Intimidation Clothing to sponsor & sell at NAAFS: Rock N Rumble 8 event in Canton, Ohio

October 2, 2014 by  
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Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the upcoming NAAFS: Rock N Rumble 8 event, which takes place on October 4th in Canton, Ohio. Intimidation has long been a sponsor of NAAFS, which continues to be one of the best organizations in the state of Ohio. The event takes place at the Canton Civic Center and is one of the organization’s biggest annual events.

LocalMMA01_400x300The NAAFS has produced many top fighters through its annual amateur tournaments, and many of them will be competing as professionals on this card. In the main event, Cody Stevens (11-7-1) will return to the NAAFS for the first time in more than six years, as he challenges Frank Caraballo (13-7) for the organization’s featherweight title. Stevens never lost the NAAFS title after defeating Donny Walker to win it in 2008, but he has fought all around the world since then. Both fighters have been sponsored by Intimidation in the past.

Another pro title will be on the line in the co-main event, as Team Intimidation alum Antonio Castillo Jr. (8-4) challenges Bellator MMA veteran Bryan Goldsby (18-14) for the NAAFS bantamweight title. And another Intimidation alum will also be in action, as Cody Garbrandt (4-0) takes on Charlie Stanford (5-2) in a highly anticipated 135-pound matchup. Intimidation sponsored StrongStyle heavyweight “Big” John Hawk (9-5, pictured left) is also back in action, as he’ll face Bobby Brents (14-4).

John Hawk & StrongStyle wearing Local MMAMultiple other Intimidation alums are also on the card, including undefeated pro Wes Hanson (3-0), pro debutante Jeff Hughes (0-0), and more.

Intimidation will also be on hand with an official booth selling its popular brand of t-shirts, hats, hoodies, fight shorts, and more.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing Ohio based MMA clothing brand 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.

Featherweights flock to Intimidation

Intimidation Clothing prides itself on identifying the top upcoming talent in mixed martial arts, and many of the sport’s top featherweight prospects have been sponsored by the brand.

Currently one of the sport’s hottest prospects, Pittsburgh’s Khama Worthy (6-2) recently improved to 4-0 with three impressive knockouts since dropping to the featherweight division last year. Frank Caraballo MMAA member of Team Intimidation since his amateur career, “The Death Star” scored another big finish at PinnacleFC 7 on Memorial Day weekend, where he knocked out Anthony Morgan (5-3) in the co-main event in Pittsburgh. The flashy, athletic striker is one of a plethora of talented fighters at or near 145lbs at Fight Club Pittsburgh where the Intimidation name has been a mainstay for years.

Intimidation has also been a longtime sponsor of NAAFS featherweight champion Frank Caraballo (12-7), who has long been lauded as one of the top prospects in mixed martial arts. Now training and coaching at Cal Crowell Fitness, Athletic & MMA Training Center, “The Tank” (pictured, right) is set to headline the Driven MMA/NAAFS Fight Nite in the Flats X card in Cleveland on June 7th. As one of the most popular fighters in Northeast Ohio, Caraballo has won 7 of his last 10 fights and looks to pickup another win in front of the home crowd in Cleveland.

Cody Stevens MMACody “The Wolverine” Stevens (11-7-1) has been sponsored by Intimidation many times in the past and is known as one of Ohio’s most popular and durable fighters. Known for his willingness to fight anybody at any time, Stevens (pictured, left) has stepped in with the likes of Shinya Aoki, Jimmie Rivera, Dustin Neace, Wilson Reis, Donny Walker and more in his storied career. Having recently fought as a bantamweight as well, Stevens recently became a member of the Strong Style Fight Team, which is an official Intimidation dealer in Northeast Ohio. Stevens has also lived and trained in Thailand, where he is a member of Tiger Muay Thai and was set to face in-state rival Caraballo before an injury postponed that battle.

Outside of the Ohio Valley, Intimidation is a longtime sponsor of former CFA featherweight champion Jordan Parsons (10-1), who has posted three straight victories after a yearlong layoff. Most recently, he made his Bellator debut at Bellator 117 in Iowa, where he earned his third career knockout victory with a 1-2 combination to put his opponent to sleep just 4 seconds into the second round. With a very good record and a win inside Bellator’s cage under his belt, Parsons is vying for a tournament spot in Bellator MMA’s deep 145lb division.

One of the newest members of Team Intimidation, Terry House (6-8) is one of the Chicagoland area’s most popular fighters. A 4-time veteran of the Intimidation-sponsored Colosseum Combat MMA promotion in Kokomo, Indiana, House (pictured, right) also promotes anti-bullying in the area. Terry House MMAHe will be back in action on May 31st in Hammond, Indiana for the Intimidation sponsored United Combat League event outside of Chicago, just across the Indiana/Illinois border.

One of the longest-running sponsorships for the Intimidation brand in the 145lb division is with Bobby Emmons. One of the first fighters from Indiana ever sponsored by Intimidation, Emmons fights at both 145 and 155lbs and has his own signature tee from the popular brand which is the largest supporter of Local MMA in the Midwest, if not the USA. Emmons is a former top contender for the highly-respected Colosseum Combat MMA promotion in Kokomo, Indiana and has the clever nickname “White Trash BJJ.” Most recently, Emmons took a fight in Pittsburgh on a week’s notice and scored a 1st round submission win to improve his pro record to 4-3.

While Donny “Eagle Eye” Walker has fought just once since April of 2012, the 2-time UFC veteran has a resume few can argue with. A member of the GriffonRawl MMA Academy, Walker was one of the first fighters ever sponsored by the Intimidation brand and his signature tee was released just before winning the NAAFS featherweight title in August 2011. A police officer by day, Walker has faced many top names at 135 and 145 pounds in the Midwest.

Kyle Kyote Rozewski MMAFinally, Kyle “Kyote” Rozewski is one of the hottest featherweight prospects in the Midwest. After starting his pro MMA career at 0-2 Rozewski made the move and transition from near his hometown in Buffalo, New York to Evolve MMA in Medina, Ohio. Since that change “Kyote” (pictured, left) has gone 4-1 with his lone loss coming to retired top MMA prospect Anthony Durnell (14-4). Over a three year pro career Rozewski’s three losses have come to three fighters with a combined pro record of 21-5, and his most recent win came at the expense of one of Ohio MMA’s long-standing warriors in Dustin “The Reaper” Kempf in March 2014. Rozewski will look to continue his hot streak opposite Wes Hanson (2-0) at Driven MMA’s NAAFS: Fight Nite in the Flats X in Cleveland on June 7th.

The aforementioned Kempf and Durnell, both Team Intimidation members for years, know tough battles just like those mentioned above. While Kempf, also a police officer by day, has fought a ringer over the years including Walker, Caraballo, Rozewski and top bantamweight prospect Isaiah Chapman, “The Reaper” continues to remain active with a 6-7 pro record. Meanwhile Durnell, a member of Fight Club Pittsburgh, announced his retirement from the sport in late 2013 after a 5-1 record in his final 6 pro fights.

Looking to Intimidation’s rich crop of alumni, the brand has also worked with a plethora of top 145lb fighters. Mark Cherico MMAAmong that list is Pittsburgh MMA stars Mark “The Pride of Bloomfield” Cherico (6-0) and Justin Steave (6-4), former MTV Caged star Tony Kelley (2-0) and rising Ohio MMA star Antonio Castillo, Jr.. While Cherico (pictured, right) was sponsored by Intimidation in his final amateur fights and several professional fights, he remains one of the top prospects in the featherweight division and is rumored to be near the top of the UFC’s watch list. His teammate Justin “The Hawk” Steave was sponsored by Intimidation as an amateur and early in his pro MMA career as he won 4 straight fights in 2012-2013.

Tony “Primetime” Kelley was sponsored by Intimidation in both of his first two professional bouts, where he has earned victories in both with 1st round stoppages. Finally Castillo, a winner of 6 of his last 7 fights and the past 4 straight, was a staple of the Intimidation brand at MMA events in Cleveland for years as he built his name into one of the most avoided featherweights in the Midwest.

On the national stage, Intimidation has sponsored multiple notable fighters in Bellator’s featherweight tournaments, which has become a cornerstone division for the organization throughout its history. shah-shamhalaev01_400In the past, Intimidation has sponsored former Bellator Featherweight Champion and tournament winner Daniel Straus, tournament winner and Shah Shamhalaev (pictured, left), as well as Mike Richman, Marlon Sandro, Fabricio Guerreiro, Mike Corey, and Genair da Silva.

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 Clothing to sponsor Cody Stevens at CFFC 35 in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce its sponsorship of featherweight star Cody “The Wolverine” Stevens in his upcoming bout at CFFC 35 this weekend in Atlantic City. Stevens (11-6-1) is set to face Bellator and TUF 14 veteran Jimmie Rivera (12-1) in a featherweight bout that will serve as the evening’s co-main event.

Cody Stevens MMAStevens became a member of Team Intimidation last year, and he has been a staple on the Ohio MMA scene since making his amateur debut in 2006. A native of Mansfield, Ohio, Stevens won amateur and professional titles for the NAAFS, and he has faced some of the toughest fighters in the Midwest and the world. “The Wolverine” has faced Saul Almeida, TUF veteran Jeff Smith, and current UFC fighter Wilson Reis, and he holds victories over Anthony Durnell, UFC veteran Donny Walker and he earned a victory over UFC veteran Dustin Neace at RFO: Big Guns 12 in August 2013. Most recently, he competed against Asian MMA legend Shinya Aoki at ONE FC 11 in Singapore last October.

In 2012, Stevens won a scholarship to train at the legendary Tiger Muay Thai gym in Phuket, Thailand. Since moving to Thailand to train, Stevens has drastically improved as a fighter, and it has shown during his last 3 fights. This will mark the third straight fight where Stevens will wear the Intimidation logo in his fight.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing Ohio based MMA & MX clothing brand 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 courtesy of Mike Wrobel, ShootItMMA.com

Intimidation sponsored Cody “The Wolverine” Stevens discusses Anderson Silva’s broken leg

January 6, 2014 by  
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Intimidation Clothing sponsored fighter Cody “The Wolverine” Stevens has been where Anderson Silva is. The professional featherweight fighter suffered the same fate as Silva in 2009, when he broke the tibia and fibula in his leg during a bout against Jason McLean.

Cody Stevens MMAStevens recently posted a video discussing the potential fate of Silva, stating that he is living proof that a nasty broken leg isn’t necessarily a career-ending injury.

After breaking his leg in November 2011, Stevens had surgery and competed in another bout just over 8 months later, where he defeated Nate Jolly via unanimous decision at RFO: Big Guns 6.

Stevens was one of the biggest additions to Team Intimidation in 2013, as he was sponsored by the brand in his last two bouts. First, he picked up a victory over TUF/UFC/Bellator veteran Dustin Neace at RFO: Big Guns 12 Resurrection in August, and then he was seen on an international stage at ONE FC 11 in October, where he lost a unanimous decision to top-ranked fighter Shinya Aoki.

The video below features Stevens discussing Silva’s break, as well as telling his own story in front of his walkout banner from the bout against Aoki, which shows the Intimidation logo in a prominent position.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of lifestyle apparel 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: Mike Wrobel, ShootItMMA.com

Year In Review: 2013 proves to be highly successful for the growth of the Intimidation brand

At this time of year we hear much about resolutions to get better and looking back at what has been accomplished over the past 12 months. Here at Intimidation Clothing, things are not much different, although the moniker of “getting better” is not something we take for granted – it’s a daily goal. After a 2012 that saw Intimidation Clothing continue to sponsor Bellator events and a host of top-tier regional MMA promotions as well as fighters on major TV networks, 2013 had a lot to live up to. And indeed it did as 2013 proved to be a banner year for our company breaking every known record the company had established in past years. Since starting this company in late 2009, the Intimidation brand has steadily grown into one of the most recognizable names in the MMA and combat sports industry, and we take a look back at the year that was in our 2013 Year in Review.

Charlie Brenneman MMAThe year began strong with the sponsorship of one of the more high-profile MMA fighters Intimidation has worked with as Charlie Brenneman (pictured, right) fought in Altoona, Pennsylvania on January 8th, defeating a fighter we would later come to sponsor and become a big fan of in Eric Irvin. Brenneman, a 8-fight UFC vet who made the move from 170lbs to lightweight in 2013, has since gone 4-0 at 155lbs as he looks to once again make a name for himself in the UFC.

Also early in January, the impact of Jessica Eye’s win over Zoila Gurgel in December 2011 was seen as she rocketed to the top of the Women’s MMA rankings. Eye, who bounced between Bellator MMA and the highly-respected and Intimidation sponsored NAAFS, was ranked as the #1 female fighter in the world at 125lbs before announcing the move to 135lbs late in 2013.

As the month of January wore on the Intimidation brand continued to get high-profile exposure as Brian Rogers presented at the World MMA Awards in Las Vegas and AXS TV’s Best of 2012 featured a variety of Intimidation-sponsored fighters. As Bellator MMA geared up for their debut on Spike TV, and flew both Rogers and Eye out for the premier at Bellator 85, Intimidation continued its strong push on the Local MMA scene into Indiana. With a fully-stocked crew traveling to events put on by Colosseum Combat MMA, Mad Wolf Promotions/Art of War, Rocktagon MMA, Chris Lytle’s Midwest Fight Series, HookNShoot and more, Intimidation Clothing was able to replicate our strong presence as the biggest supporter of Local MMA in Ohio and do the same in Indiana. Chris Lytle at Intimidation boothMeanwhile, the aforementioned Rocktagon MMA promotion and Intimidation began their partnership in January 2013 ti increase Intimidation’s TV exposure and add more regional events to the company’s slate as Rocktagon has held events in Ohio, Indiana, Texas, California and more.

In February, longtime Team Intimidation member Dan “Dragon” Spohn made his debut for the UVC in Columbus, Ohio and started a memorable year on a high note. Spohn scored submission wins at both UVC 22 in January and UVC 23 in May to bounce back from a rough 2012 and open doors for greater things in his MMA career. As Spohn headlined the UVC events, Intimidation continued their support of the Ultimate Victory Challenge promotion in Columbus, Ohio throughout the year as the two organizations expect to work together for years to come.

Brian Rogers, Isaiah Chapman & Jessica EyeIntimidation’s annual trip to the Arnold Sports Festival took place in March where the brand featured Eye, Rogers, Spohn, TUF 7 vet Luke Zachrich, UFC & TUF 10 vet Wes Sims and fast-rising prospect Isaiah Chapman signing autographs at the company’s booth. The Arnold once again provided a plethora of picture opportunities and fantastic exposure for the brand and featured the public release of Intimidation’s popular Irish “Shamrocked” tee design.

March continued strong with the brand sponsoring explosive knockout artist Chidi Njokuani live on AXS TV at RFA 7 near Denver, Colorado and continued with the sponsorship of NAAFS: Caged Vengeance 13 in Canton, Ohio – one of the best fight cards in Ohio MMA history. Featuring Intimidation sponsored Isaiah Chapman, Frank Caraballo, George Comer, John Hawk, Nick Duell, Antonio Castillo, Jr. and Julian Lane along with Intimidation alum Travis Clark and later-signed Jessica Zomcik, the event not only had a truly stacked fight card but was also a sell-out that thrilled the fans in attendance.

Jessica Eye MMA - Bellator2013 also saw Intimidation Clothing continue its strong support of women’s MMA. As long-time Team Intimidation member Jessica “Evil” Eye continued her winning streak and made the jump in weight to join the UFC, the company also continued their work with another awesome member of the current UFC bantamweight division in Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke. After Duke was the company’s Athlete of the Month in March 2013, she proceeded to fight at Invicta FC 5 in Kansas City, sign autographs at the company’s booth at XFC 23 in Louisville, Kentucky in April, and later appear on TUF 18 on Fox Sports 1 before earning her roster spot with a win on the TUF Finale in November. Intimidation also sponsored Tanikka Brents, Rebecca Heintzman, Amber Stautzenberger, Kelly Warren and Kaitlin Young during the year and inked the top-ranked amateur at 145lbs in the world, Jessica Zomcik, to a sponsorship contract. A product of Evolve MMA in Medina, Ohio, Zomcik went on to win the 2013 Tuff-N-Uff Featherweight Championship in Las Vegas to cap off her amateur career.

The company continued its strong support of the Local MMA scene by signing on to sponsor all Hardrock MMA events in 2013 and beyond in late March and continued the strong push into the Kentucky MMA scene in sponsoring the XFC’s return to the Bluegrass State at XFC 23 in Louisville on April 19th. Meanwhile, the company continued their growth outside of MMA in signing then 8-time Amateur National Champion boxer Cam F. Awesome (pictured, right) in early April. Awesome, who has had a banner year in 2013 as he pushes forward towards the 2016 Olympics, is a plant-based athlete and has won more titles in his weight class than anyone in the history of USA boxing. Cam F Awesome - BoxingHe is also a well-known local role model in Kansas City and is a proud Big of the Big Brother Big Sister program. and a strong advocate of cancer prevention and awareness via plant-based nutrition.

As April continued, Intimidation sponsorship of many of the best prospects in MMA continued seeing Mark Cherico and Brian Camozzi both continue to fight while sponsored by the Intimidation brand. Cherico (5-0), one of Pittsburgh’s most popular fighters and Camozzi (2-1), the Colorado-based lightweight and younger brother of UFC middleweight Chris Camozzi, continued to show the growth of the Intimidation brand across the nation.

May was a slow month for MMA but saw the Intimidation brand sponsor UVC 23 in Columbus as well as main event winner Dan Spohn (pictured, left). Dan Spohn MMAIn addition to Spohn, Intimidation sponsored Ronin Training Center owner Luke Zachrich, StrongStyle MMA’s Joe Heiland and more at another event rich with ties to the Intimidation brand. Later in the month, Intimidation-sponsored Brian Rogers and Jessica Eye made a second public appearance in Andover, Ohio’s Pymatuning Valley Middle School where the two athletes spoke on the importance of making good life choices, the effects of bullying and more.

Early in June each year Intimidation Clothing prepares for one major event – the NAAFS’ Fight Nite in the Flats event in Cleveland, Ohio. The biggest annual MMA event in the state of Ohio, the 2013 version, Fight Nite in the Flats IX, featured scheduled fights for Intimidation sponsored UFC vets Jason Dent and Forrest Petz, top-ranked female fighter Jessica Eye and Terry Blackwell, Brian Camozzi, George Comer, Maxim Grishin, Torrance Taylor and a variety of top amateurs.

The summer months saw Intimidation make two of the biggest moves in company history adding official distributors in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. Working together with newly appointed Director of Sales Wes Jones, Intimidation President & CEO Luke Jernigan stated that “the International growth of the sport of MMA cannot be ignored and Intimidation Clothing intends to continue to be a part of this global economic impact.” Kyle Rozewski w/Luke JerniganThe company continues to push forward sponsoring fighters in International events including Cody Stevens at OneFC and Lee Morrison for M-1 Global, with more announcements expected in early 2014.

2013 saw Intimidation continue to build on their regional MMA growth sponsoring events and fighters in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Minnesota, North Dakota, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, Nevada, California and more as well as big cities like Cleveland, Chicago, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Buffalo, Kansas City, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Akron, Boise, Canton, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Toledo and Las Vegas. It also saw Brian “The Predator” Rogers continue to make appearances on behalf of Bellator MMA including the BET Awards in Los Angeles, California. In addition, Rogers’ Bellator 61 flying knee KO of Vitor Vianna was once again named the #1 Knockout in Bellator’s history in July.

Two big pro/am MMA events from the NAAFS took place in Northeast Ohio in August as Intimidation sponsored both Caged Vengeance 14 in Carrollton and Rock ‘N Rumble 7 later in the month in Cleveland. At the Carrollton event Intimidation Clothing and Kyle “Kyote” Rozewski (pictured with Jernigan, above on right) began working together and doors opened almost immediately. Local MMA Series from IntimidationA native of the Buffalo, New York area, Rozewski has proven to be a great asset for the brand. In addition to getting Intimidation on board with gyms, fighters, promoters and media outlets from Western New York, Rozewski himself continues to build a name for himself inside the cage as a featherweight and outside of the cage as a commentator for the TNT Fight Series in Buffalo and for Pinnacle FC in Pittsburgh.

August also saw the release of Intimidation’s popular “Support Local MMA” t-shirts (pictured, left). After years of supporting the local MMA scene alongside MMAmadhouse, Bluegrass MMA, Cage Craze, OHMMA.com and a plethora of promoters and gyms, the Intimidation brand decided to put that support on, of all things, a t-shirt.

Brian Rogers MMANew signature shirts for multiple fighters were released in 2013 including the Isaiah “The Beast” Chapman tee in March, the Mark “The Pride of Bloomfield” Chercio signature tee in July and Brian Rogers’ second Intimidation signature tee featuring his flying knee KO (pictured, right). In addition, TUF 18 star Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke joined the Intimidation signature tee line, reserved for “championship level professionals” during the Fall of 2013 during her run on The Ultimate Fighter. The complete line of Intimidation MMA fighter signature shirts can be found online at IntimidationClothing.com.

Intimidate Cancer made its debut in late August and has continued to grow since then. With a popular Facebook page and the addition of 10 different ribbon colors for added cancer awareness, fans can rest assured knowing a portion of the proceeds from each shirt sold go back to cancer research and awareness. In addition, Intimidation Clothing’s Intimidate Cancer line is available for private fundraisers to help families in need.

Intimidate CancerIn September Intimidation Clothing signed on to sponsor their first two MMA events outside of the USA with MMA Battle Arena in the UK and Extreme Cage Combat in Canada. Sticking with the plan to find solid, strategic partnerships outside of the USA, Intimidation’s role as the biggest supporter of Local MMA soon became a moniker that applied to more than just the USA. Meanwhile, closer to home, Intimidation sponsored its first event in the Buffalo area in late September as the Buffalo and Western NY market became a bigger focus of the company’s regional growth plan.

As October began, Intimidation’s own Brian Rogers joined StrongStyle teammate Stipe Miocic teaching a MMA seminar in Toronto. Mojo Horne MMAThe company also sponsored consecutive MMA events in Akron as the NAAFS and EFP both scored successful events while the Indianapolis market saw two events in the same weekend with the MFS and Art of War promotions both staying busy the second weekend of October. Cincinnati’s own Mojo Horne (pictured, right) added another win at a Absolute Action MMA event in Northern Kentucky and the brand sponsored Mansfield, Ohio’s own Cody Stevens as he fought MMA legend Shinya Aoki in Singapore. As Jessica Eye made her UFC debut in successful fashion, another Intimidation alum signed with the UFC in Indiana’s own Anthony Lapsley.

2013 also featured the definition of Team Intimidation to include more than just MMA fighters. In addition to high level grapplers Pablo Castro and Robby Malof, youth grappler Pito Castro and decorated amateur boxer Cam F. Awesome, Intimidation’s sponsorships of the 614 Mud Militia in multiple Tough Mudder competitions began to open doors for the brand. It was followed by the sponsorship of 15-year old BMX standout Chris Peterie, rodeo cowboy Gearen Hale, figure competitor Tonya Rae Hickey and more. That trend is expected in 2014 with details expected to be announced soon.

November was Jessica Zomcik’s time to shine as the top-ranked ammy proved to be worthy of her ranking in taking the women’s 145lb Tuff-N-Uff title in Las Vegas. Jessica Zomcik WMMA - Tuff-N-UffAs Intimidation continued their growth in Indianapolis adding the MMA Fit Club as an official dealer, the brand continued to build upon their strong Indiana presence sponsoring Colosseum Combat MMA once again as well as main event title challenger Danny Surface.

December saw Intimidation lock in deals with two companies expected to be a major piece of the company’s growth in 2014. The Florida-based XFC, which aired all 2012 and 2013 events on AXS TV, featured the Intimidation brand inside their cage at XFC 27 in Muskegon, Michigan and will continue to bring added exposure to the Intimidation name in 2014. Meanwhile the Vegas Fight Tour, which takes fans to the top gyms in Las Vegas, Nevada and features Intimidation prizes and giveaways, was also inked to a deal to help both companies get added exposure. Meanwhile, Intimidation stayed busy on December 7th sponsoring events in the Buffalo, NY area as well as Akron, OH as the TNT Fight Series and NAAFS were both in action. As the year came to a close, former CFA featherweight champ Jordan Parsons continued his winning streak to improve to 9-1 with a win close to home in Minnesota. Vegas Fight Tour - Las VegasOn the final weekend of 2013, Intimidation was able to sponsor Evolve MMA’s Justin “Harry” Lester wrestling seminar as the 4-time state champion in Ohio and 2012 Olympian instructed fans at the gym in Medina, Ohio.

“Looking back, I could not be much happier about the way things have gone in 2013 for our brand,” stated Luke Jernigan, President & CEO of Intimidation Clothing, LLC. “I expect fans will see the continued, unmatched support of the Local MMA scene in 2014 as well as some very strategic expansion into other sports.”

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of lifestyle apparel 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 Weekend #MMA Recap: Mojo Horne, Lee Morrison score impressive wins on busy weekend

It was a busy weekend for Team Intimidation, with fighters competing in different corners of the world and on large shows. Most notably, longtime Team Intimidation member Billy “Mojo” Horne (12-4) made quick work of Kelly Pennington (2-3) in the main event at Absolute Action MMA 35 in Northern Kentucky. Mojo Horne poses with fansThe Cincinnati native submitted Pennington in less than two minutes with a rear naked choke. A Strikeforce and Bellator veteran, Horne (pictured with fans, right) made his first appearance in nearly a year, as he also submitted Trey Houston with a rear naked choke in the first round in his last outing at Bellator 78.

Also, new Team Intimidation member Lee Morrison (13-3) was victorious at M-1 Challenge 42 in St. Petersburg, Russia, as he earned a split decision over Mikhail Malyutin (27-11). The Washington product was also featured in MMAjunkie.com’s ‘Fight Path’ series leading up to his fight and is one of the newest member of Team Intimidation (pictured, left).

Lee Morrison MMAAt ONE FC 11 in Singapore, Ohio native Cody “The Wolverine” Stevens (11-6-1) came up just short in the biggest fight of his life, as he dropped a unanimous decision to veteran Shinya Aoki (34-6) in the night’s co-main event.

In Intimidation Alumni news, Jessica “Evil” Eye (11-1) was victorious in her UFC debut, as she took home a split decision win over former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman (16-3) at UFC 166 in Houston. Two other Intimidation Alumni – heavyweight Eric Prindle and welterweight Karl Amoussou – came up short at Bellator 104 on Friday night.

Jessica Eye MMA - BellatorMeanwhile, the Intimidation crew was live in Parma, Ohio near Cleveland at the PRIME Wrestling “Wrestlution” event where a large crowd took in some Independent Circuit pro wrestling on Sunday afternoon.

Upcoming this weekend, Team Intimidation will be busy at the Cage Fury Fighting Championships 28 event in Atlantic City, New Jersey as sponsored fighter and “The Ultimate Fighter 16” veteran Julian “Night Train” Lane (5-2-1) is set to take on undefeated prospect Paul Felder (5-0), and top female prospect Rebecca Heintzman (0-0) will make her pro debut after a perfect 6-0 amateur career. Also, Team Intimidation alum and UFC veteran Charlie Brenneman (18-5) will take on Kyle Baker (11-4) for the CFFC lightweight title in the main event.

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 the brand is well known for their popular Vintage Series, Local MMA t-shirts and Intimidate Cancer lines of merchandise. Anyone interested can become a dealer by applying to sell the Intimidation brand which is also available 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 Clothing to sponsor Cody Stevens against Shinya Aoki at ONE FC 11 in Kallang, Singapore

October 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Fighter Sponsorships, News, Sponsorships

Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce its sponsorship of rising featherweight star Cody “The Wolverine” Stevens in his upcoming bout at ONE FC against Asian MMA legend Shinya Aoki, the organization’s lightweight champion. Cody Stevens vs Shinya Aoki One FCThe bout will serve as the co-main event at ONE FC 11 on October 18th, as Stevens (11-5-1) will face Aoki (33-6) in the co-main event in Kallang, Singapore, and comes just a few short months after the addition of Intimidation products to Malaysian MMA retailer MMAOutfit.com.

Stevens became a member of Team Intimidation earlier this year, and he has been a staple on the Ohio MMA scene since making his amateur debut in 2006. A native of Mansfield, Ohio, Stevens won amateur and professional titles for the NAAFS, and he has faced some of the toughest fighters in the Midwest. “The Wolverine” has faced Saul Almeida, TUF veteran Jeff Smith, and current UFC fighter Wilson Reis, and he holds victories over UFC veteran Donny Walker, Anthony Durnell, and most recently, he earned a victory over UFC veteran Dustin Neace at RFO: Big Guns 12 in August.

Aoki is one of the most recognizable names in MMA, as he is a former Shooto and DREAM champion and is also the current ONE FC lightweight champion. He is also a black belt in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and judo. Cody Stevens MMAAlong with his current spot as the No. 15 ranked lightweight by MMAjunkie.com, Aoki is also a highly decorated grappler, with multiple championships from around the world.

Just over a year ago, Stevens won a scholarship to train at the legendary Tiger Muay Thai gym in Phuket, Thailand. Since moving to Thailand to train, Stevens has drastically improved as a fighter, and it has shown during his current 2-fight winning streak.

Stevens will wear Intimidation Clothing shorts in the fight. Intimidation is no stranger to high-profile fights at ONE FC after sponsoring former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia opposite Andrei Arlovski a year ago for the promotion.

See a video preview of Cody’s training at Tiger Muay Thai leading up to the biggest fight of his career, including signing the contract to face Aoki.

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 the brand is well known for their popular Vintage Series, Local MMA t-shirts and Intimidate Cancer lines of merchandise. Anyone interested can become a dealer by applying to sell the Intimidation brand which is also available 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 Clothing October Athlete of the Month – Anthony Durnell

It’s not often that fighters in combat sports get to go out on their own terms, as the definition of a warrior includes a competitive fighting spirit. But one such fighter who was able to go out on his own terms was Anthony Durnell, a member of Team Intimidation. He recently announced his retirement from mixed martial arts competition.

Anthony Durnell MMADurnell had a successful 18-fight career, including fights all over the world during his time in the United States Air Force. In 2012, he returned stateside, where he had his first fight at RFO Big Guns 9. He defeated Rustin Jones, and soon thereafter he became an official member of Team Intimidation.

“Intimidation has been absolutely phenomenal from the second [President] Luke [Jernigan] and I met,” Durnell said. “Always extremely professional, and they always went above and beyond. I’m going to continue to wear their gear. Not only because they make sick shirts, but because we need more people like those at that company.”

Durnell was extremely successful as a professional, going 14-4 including winning 5 of his last 6 bouts. He held a perfect 3-0 record for Pittsburgh’s Pinnacle FC, and he was reportedly slated to compete at a Bellator MMA event in November. But with a desire to spend more time with his family and coaching rather than fighting, he decided that now was the time for him to hang it up.

“Retiring from MMA was an extremely difficult and emotional decision,” Durnell said. “I have invested years, and years, into the sport. So much went into becoming a better Martial artist. But it was time for a number of reasons. The last year or so, I have realized that I get more satisfaction seeing my teammates and friends succeed. Guys like [Mark] Cherico, [Justin] Wilcox, [Kyle] Rozewski, [Khama] Worthy, [Cody] Garbrandt and all my Thai students, than I would when I would win my own fight. I’ll still be around the fight game. It will never be too far from my mind. Plus, my wife and I are extremely excited to welcome our third child into our home around March. So who knows we may have another martial artist storming through the Fight Club Pittsburgh cages soon.”

Tony Durnell MMADurnell started his pro career in 2008 with a fight in Germany, and he started his career 8-0. Since returning to the U.S., Durnell lost just one bout, to top featherweight prospect Cody Stevens.

“My career was blessed beyond compare,” Durnell said. “Just to have the opportunities to fight in some of the world’s oldest and most beautiful cities was incredible. Cities like Helsinki, Lucern, and Kaiserslautern, insane! Some of my favorite memories were people who couldn’t speak any English at all trying to tell you how awesome your fight was. Another was beating the eventual BAMMA (Brittish Association of Mixed Martial Arts) Featherweight Champion, Alan Omer, in front of his home crowd. Then to top it off by getting the opportunity to train at Pittsburgh’s premier MMA gym, and end on a three fight win streak was a beautiful ending.”

Durnell has always been known as not only an exciting fighter inside the cage, but also a respectful and honorable man outside it. He will always be a valued member of Team Intimidation.

Check out the video of his final fight below, a victory over Amran Aliyev at Pinnacle FC’s Pittsburgh Challenge Series 4 in August.

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 the brand is well known for their popular Vintage Series, Local MMA t-shirts and Intimidate Cancer lines of merchandise. Anyone interested can become a dealer by applying to sell the Intimidation brand which is also available 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.

 

Photographs courtesy of Jack Jones Foto & Landry Lynne Photos.

Intimidation Weekend Recap: Stevens & Longood thrill RFO fans with wins, Lane & Edwards fight to a draw

Intimidation Clothing continues to be the biggest supporter of local MMA, as not only did the company release two new versions of the Support Local MMA tee this past week, but several fighters and events were sponsored over the Labor Day weekend.

Josh Longood MMAAmong the sponsored fighters were Mansfield natives Cody “The Wolverine” Stevens and Josh “The Honeybadger” Longood, who were two notable winners at the Intimidation-sponsored RFO: Big Guns 12 Resurrection event over the weekend.

Along with serving as a title sponsor and being on hand for the RFO event in Mansfield, Ohio, Intimidation also sponsored several fighters on the card. Stevens (11-5-1) was victorious in the night’s main event, as he took home a majority decision over UFC and TUF veteran Dustin Neace (25-21-1) in his return to his hometown. Stevens’ teammate Longood (6-1) successfully defended his RFO featherweight title with a second round TKO stoppage victory over Chris McKinney (6-2) in the night’s featured amateur bout. For his win, Longood also earned Submission of the Night honors. Two other Intimidation sponsored fighters were also in action in the night’s co-headliner, as Bellator MMA veteran Rocky “The Number” Edwards (4-2-1) and TUF vet Julian “Night Train” Lane (5-2-1) fought to a split draw. For more information on the RFO event, check out full coverage on OHMMA.com.

This upcoming weekend will also be a banner weekend for the Intimidation brand, as multiple fighters will be sponsored on national TV and internet streams. First up, Intimidation cornerstone fighter Brian “The Professional Predator” Rogers will continue his quest toward Bellator MMA gold, as he takes on Mikkel Parlo (9-1) in the opening round of the Season 9 Middleweight Tournament live on Spike TV this Saturday. Cody Stevens MMAPre-orders for the new Brian Rogers signature tee are also still underway.

Also sponsored will be UFC veteran & Colosseum Combat welterweight champion Ryan “The Tank Engine” Thomas (16-7), as he looks to go 3-0 for XFC when he faces Ian Stephens (2-0) on the XFC 25 main card live on AXS TV on Friday night. And finally, highly touted Muay Thai prospect Marcus Fisher will compete for the WBC super middleweight national title when he faces Cyrus Washington at Warriors Cup XVIII live on gfl.tv this Saturday.

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 FOX, 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 the brand is well known for their popular Vintage Series, Local MMA t-shirts and Intimidate Cancer lines of merchandise. Anyone interested can become a dealer by applying to sell the Intimidation brand which is also available 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 Clothing to sponsor Cody Stevens in main event at RFO: Big Guns 12 in Mansfield, Ohio

August 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Fighter Sponsorships, News, Sponsorships

Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce its sponsorship of featherweight Cody “The Wolverine” Stevens in his upcoming bout on August 31st. Stevens (10-5-1) is set to take on TUF 14 and UFC veteran Dustin Neace (25-20-1) in the main event at RFO: Big Guns 12 Resurrection in his hometown of Mansfield, Ohio. His walkout shirt (pictured, right), Intimidation’s new red, white and blue International tee, will be available throughout the night at the Intimidation booth.

International - Red, White & BlueA longtime veteran of the Ohio MMA scene, Stevens will return home after a year training in Thailand to compete in the bout. Fighting in Mansfield for the first time since March 2012 when he submitted Anthony Durnell in the first round, Stevens is set to face perhaps his toughest test to date when he welcomes Neace to the RFO for the first time. A member of The Fight Farm in Mansfield, Stevens owns notable wins over Durnell, Adam Ward, and UFC veteran Donny Walker. Most recently, he competed in Australia in April, when he won his bout via submission in the second round.

Along with sponsoring Stevens, Intimidation is also set to sponsor TUF 16 veteran Julian Lane in the co-main event, as well as RFO featherweight champion Josh Longood in the amateur main event. Intimidation will also be on hand selling its popular brand of t-shirts, hats, hoodies, fight shorts, and more with an official booth.

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 the brand is well known for their popular Vintage Series, Local MMA t-shirts and Intimidate Cancer lines of merchandise. Anyone interested can become a dealer by applying to sell the Intimidation brand which is also available 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.

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