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.

 

Weekend Recap: Sponsored pros go 5-0 at UVC 23 as Intimidation sponsors events in Georgia, Indiana & Ohio

Unbeaten weekends for Intimidation sponsored fighters are not unprecedented in and of themselves, but having one event where all five pros sponsored by the brand pick up wins is pretty rare. But that’s exactly what happened at UVC 23: Invasion, which went down in front of a sold out crowd at the Aladdin Shrine Center in Columbus, Ohio on Friday night. In addition to the brand’s sponsorship of the UVC event, the fast-growing brand also sponsored Saturday’s American Grappling Challenge as well as Conflict MMA in Savannah, Georgia, and Chris Lytle’s Midwest Fight Series event in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dan Spohn MMAUVC middleweight champion Luke Zachrich (12-2) returned to the UVC cage for the second time, looking to build on his August win over Nick Kraus at UVC 20. Zachrich completely dominated Marcus Finch (7-7) in a one sided fight, proving that he outclassed the Cincinnati native in every aspect of MMA. Zachrich showed in the first round that his grappling was superior, then to prove that he is well-rounded, he spent the entire second round boxing with Finch. The third frame saw Zachrich mix up his attacks, with boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and jiu-jitsu all mixed in one. After the bout, an emotional Zachrich brought his wife and infant baby girl into the cage and expressed how hard it was to be away from them in preparation for training for this fight. He said that he wasn’t retiring for sure, but we may not see him back in the cage for a little while.

In the co-main event, longtime Intimidation sponsored fighter Dan “Dragon” Spohn (8-3) picked up his second win in a row in the UVC cage, as he submitted Aaron Mays with a slick belly down armbar in the first round. Spohn was victim to a takedown early in the bout, but the fighter formerly known as a pure striker showed off his submission game for the second fight in a row to pick up the win, and the submission of the night.

Lightweight Joe Heiland (9-2-1) made his UVC debut, as the Cleveland native picked up his third straight win with a split decision over Augusta Tindall in the fight of the night. Heiland appeared to be in trouble in the second frame after a flurry from Tindall, but he remained tough and took the fight to the ground where he had a clear advantage. After the bout, Heiland said that he had a broken jaw and that his mouth filled with blood in the second round, but he was still happy to pick up the win. He texted Intimidation CEO Luke Jernigan that “a true warrior pushes through” the pain which he proved inside the cage while getting the win.

Joe Heiland MMATop bantamweight prospect Cornelius Godfrey (8-1) was sponsored by Intimidation for the first time, and he picked up a workmanlike victory over Corey Simmons (4-4) in his UVC debut. Now at Ronin Training Center in Columbus, Godfrey figures to be a force to be reckoned with on the Central Ohio MMA scene in the near future; if he isn’t contact by the UFC or Bellator first.

And finally, Matt “Angerfist” Anderson (1-1) picked up his first win as a pro, and in his first bout sponsored by Intimidation. The always entertaining fighter put on an exciting bout against Jeramy Karshner, eventually picking up the win via armbar in the second round. There is no doubt that “Angerfist” will be wearing the Intimidation brand well into the future as the combination of his fighting skills and personality are a fantastic fit for the combat sports industry’s fastest-growing brand.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of lifestyle apparel & combat sports 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 to sponsor fast rising bantamweight Cornelius Godfrey at UVC 23 in Columbus, Ohio

Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce that it will sponsor rising bantamweight prospect Cornelius Godfrey (7-1) in his UVC debut at UVC 23: Invasion on Friday, May 10th. Godfrey is set to take on Corey Simmons in a featured professional bantamweight contest at the event.

Cornelius Godfrey MMAA native of West Virginia now training in Columbus, OH (7-1 pro, 12-2 amateur) completed his amateur MMA career in December 2010 making his pro debut at the Intimidation sponsored Spartan FC event in May 2011. As an a amateur Godfrey won two titles before adding to his resume as a pro winning the Spartan FC bantamweight title in 2012 and defending the belt by defeating TUF alum BJ Ferguson in January 2013. Now 7-1 as a pro, Godfrey was recently named the #1 bantamweight in the state by the May 2013 Ohio MMA Rankings at OHMMA.com.

Along with serving as a title sponsor for the UVC event, Intimidation will once again sponsor at least one pro in the evening’s top three professional bouts. Godfrey joins main event competitor Luke Zachrich and co-headliner Dan Spohn as well as pros Joe Heiland and Matt Anderson as well as multiple amateurs who will also be sponsored by the popular clothing brand, and Intimidation will also be live on scene selling its popular brand of t-shirts, hats, hoodies, and more.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of lifestyle apparel & combat sports 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 to sponsor Matt “Angerfist” Anderson at Friday’s UVC 23 event in Columbus, Ohio

Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce that it will sponsor welterweight/middleweight Matt “Angerfist” Anderson (@AngerFistMMA) in his UVC debut at UVC 23: Invasion on May 10th. Anderson is set to take on fellow Ohioan Jeremy Karshner in a featured professional middleweight contest at the event.

Matt Anderson MMAA native of Central Ohio who has spent time training in Logan, OH, Matt “Angerfist” Anderson (0-1 pro, 6-3 amateur) completed his amateur MMA career in October 2012 before dropping his pro debut in February 2013. As an a amateur Anderson was the International Cage Fighting Alliance Welterweight Champion, former National Fighting Circuit Welterweight Champion and the 2007 Bando National Champion. Four of his last five fights as an amateur were title fights for the NFC, OFC and ICFA. His opponent for this fight, Karshner, will be making his pro debut completing a 6-4 amateur career in December 2012.

Along with serving as a title sponsor for the UVC event, Intimidation will once again sponsor at least one pro in the evening’s top three professional bouts. Anderson joins main event competitor Luke Zachrich and co-headliner Dan Spohn as well as pros Joe Heiland and Cornelius Godfrey as well as multiple amateurs who will also be sponsored by the popular clothing brand, and Intimidation will also be live on scene selling its popular brand of t-shirts, hats, hoodies, and more.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of lifestyle apparel & combat sports 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 to sponsor lightweight Joe Heiland in featured bout at UVC 23 on May 10th in Columbus, Ohio

May 2, 2013 by  
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Intimidation Clothing is excited to announce that it will once against sponsor lightweight “Smokin” Joe Heiland, as he travels to Columbus for the first time to make his UVC debut at UVC 23: Invasion on May 10th. Heiland (8-2-1) is set to take on Michigan native Augusta “Ice Ice Baby” Tindall (3-2) in a featured professional lightweight contest at the event.

Joe Heiland vs Julian Lane at Bellator 66After spending a year and a half away from MMA, Heiland returned to action in 2012 and has won 2 of 3 bouts since returning to the cage. He is also now a Bellator veteran, as the Strong Style Fight Team member continues to train with notable fighters Stipe Miocic, Brian Rogers, Forrest Petz, Jessica Eye, and more in Cleveland. He also serves as a special education teacher by day and is one of the fastest rising lightweight prospects in MMA.

Along with serving as a title sponsor for the UVC event, Intimidation will once again sponsor at least one pro in the evening’s top three professional bouts. Main event competitor Luke Zachrich and co-headliner Dan Spohn will also be sponsored by the popular clothing brand, and Intimidation will also be live on scene selling its popular brand of t-shirts, hats, hoodies, and more.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of lifestyle apparel & combat sports 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 Dealer Spotlight: Strong Style MMA & Fitness Center

Strong Style MMA & Fitness Center, located outside of Cleveland in Independence, Ohio, is widely regarded as one of the top gyms in the Midwest. In addition to sponsoring many of the gym’s fighters, both pro and amateur, Intimidation Clothing is proud to have Strong Style as one of its official dealers.

Strong Style MMAWith many Intimidation-sponsored fighters on the roster, first and foremost at Strong Style is head coach Marcus Marinelli and jiu-jitsu coach Pablo Castro. Also on the roster are UFC heavyweight Stipe Miocic, Bellator fighters Brian Rogers and Jessica Eye, UFC veteran Forrest Petz, and regional stars Nick Duell, John Hawk, Joe Heiland, and more. The gym’s success on the regional MMA level has caused many young fighters to gravitate to the gym, and the gym’s connections outside of the state of Ohio, and even outside of the USA, are evident in some of the names that have traveled to Independence, Ohio to train. UFC middleweight Chris Camozzi, UFC women’s bantamweight Sara McMann and popular Russian fighters Ruslan Khaskhanov (11-5) and Maxim Grishin (14-6).

Strong Style features programs for the entire family and any type of athlete, from Little Leaders Karate for 3-5 year-olds, to Youth MMA for kids 6 and up (including boxing, judo, grappling, and wrestling). Strong Style MMAThe gym also has adult programs, as well as a state of the art Fitness Center that takes up one side of the gym. Inside the Fitness Center section of the gym the retail section features the exclusive Intimidation/Strong Style board shorts, signature shirts featuring Jessica Eye, John Hawk, Forrest Petz and Brian Rogers and co-branded t-shirts and beanies.

For more information on Strong Style, visit www.StrongStyle.com.

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Intimidation to sponsor TUF 16 vet Julian Lane in CFFC title fight in Atlantic City, New Jersey

January 29, 2013 by  
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Intimidation Clothing is proud to announce its sponsorship of Julian “Night Train” Lane, who is set to compete in the main event of Cage Fury Fighting Championships 19 this weekend in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Lane (4-0) will take on CFFC welterweight champion George Sullivan (11-3) in the final bout of the evening.

Julian Lane MMAFresh off of a stint on The Ultimate Fighter 16, Lane will compete for the first time since his time on the reality show. A regular face on the Ohio MMA scene, Lane has been competing since 2008 and will look to extend his unbeaten professional record when he faces Sullivan. Sullivan is looking for his fourth straight win, while Lane will look to stop that streak. Lane possesses victories over notables Joe Heiland and Victer Crenshaw and he defeated Diego Bautista to get into “the house” on The Ultimate Fighter. Also a Bellator vet, Lane defeated Heiland at Bellator 66 in Cleveland last May.

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.

Intimidation sponsored Pablo Castro wins Black Belt Division at IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship

November 6, 2012 by  
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Long Beach, California: Strong Style Fight Team’s MMA and Grappling Coach and Cleveland Brasa’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Professor, Pablo Angel Castro, III, competed in the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation’s (IBJJF) 6th Annual World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship this past weekend at California State University, Long Beach. Castro’s Senior 1, Black Belt Division, Tournament Bracket consisted of some of the most accomplished Black Belts in the World, which included Jackson McVicker, Alexandre L. Martins Meadows, Cleber Luciano Costa, Guilherme Augusto Pontes Arashiro, Stephen A. Cardenas, John Rickel and Gustavo Gasperin.

Pablo Castro IBJJFIn his first fight, Castro defeated Stephan Cardenas. Cardenas is a former actor and martial artist, perhaps most noted for playing Rocky DeSantos (Red Power Ranger) in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series. Cardenas, a 5th degree black belt in American Tae Kwon Do & black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), has many outstanding honors in BJJ including multiple medals at the Copa Pacifica, and 2011 American Nationals Gold Medalist in Gi & No-Gi. Cardenas is also a former 2011 IBJJF No-Gi World Champion.

In his semifinal contest, Castro faced a very experienced and tough Jackson McVicker of McVicker’s BJJ Association. Jack McVicker is regarded as one of the top jiu-jitsu fighters in the country, and has instructed many accomplished fighters, including Dan HornBuckle (Bellator MMA and BJJ Star), Kyle Watson (Ultimate Fighter Semi-Finalist, and UFC star), Jeff Serafin, Christopher Howe, and Joshua Webb (BJJ-Stars). McVicker is a 2nd Degree Black Belt, and has a vast arsenal of accomplishments, including:  4x Black Belt Pan Am Jiu Jitsu Champion, 2x black belt International Master and Senior Champion, 4x Black Belt European Champion and 1x Asian Open, and 4x Black Belt IBJJF World No Gi Championship Gold Medals.

In this hard fought match Castro had McVicker in several significant but unsuccessful guillotine submissions, but found himself behind on points with less than 30 seconds left in the fight. Down 2-0 and with McVicker’s defense revved up to 100%, Castro was able to secure a takedown within seconds of the end of the match to win it with two advantages to his favor.

In the Finals, with the Gold on the line, Castro faced a legend in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Cleber Luciano Costa. Luciano, a 4th Degree Royler & Rickson Gracie BJJ Black Belt is also a Black Belt in Judo, and has a plethora of accomplishments in Jiu Jitsu, Vale Tudo and MMA. Luciano has trained numerous BJJ and MMA stars including, Chewy Ibarra, Tito Ortiz, and was named as one of the coaches of Team Ortiz for The Ultimate Fighter 11. A 6 time Brazilian Champion, 5 time Brazilian State Champion, 7 time Pan American Games Champion, multiple US Open Champion, 2006 IBJJF Black Belt World Champion, and 2008 & 2009 IBJJF World No Gi Champion, just to name a few, meant Castro had his work cut out for him.

In the first minute, Castro secured a takedown and Luciano instantly transitioned to a deep knee bar. Patiently, Castro was able to escape the submission attempt. As Castro and Luciano scramble for position and control Castro attempts a guillotine submission. Luciano in Castro’s guard, attempts to pass as they both scramble to their feet. Near the end of time, Castro turns on the defense to hold on to the lead and wins the coveted 2012 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship Gold Medal.

Along with Castro, one of his top BJJ students, Victor V. Ventresca won Gold at the 2012 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship Gold Medal, in his Blue Belt division and the Absolute division.

When asked about the IBJJF World Jiu Jitsu No Gi Championships, Castro answers, “This was definitely a big accomplishment, and it was an honor to compete against the level of talent in our tournament bracket. I am humbled by all the congratulations and kind words, but I think this is more a reflection of the degree of talent we have here in Ohio and the Midwest regardless of affiliation. We have a tradition of BJJ that goes back a long time… I would first like to thank Luke and Intimidation for their unbelievable support, as well as John P. Lennon, Strong Style, Brasa, and everyone who helped me prepare on and off the mat. Exceptional thanks goes to Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros, I could not have a better coach and mentor, and everyone in our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community that has made the Midwest BJJ exceptional.”

Some of Castro’s notable fighters and students include Stipe Miocic, Brian Rogers, Jessica Eye, John Hawk, Joe Heiland, Forrest Petz, Nick Duell and Kevin Rothacker.

Quotes from Dustin Ware, (CEO of Ohio Grappling Challenge, which will soon be expanding nationally to the “American Grappling Challenge,” {Details to come soon!}) states,

  • “[I] just wanted to send you a personal congrats on obtaining something NO ONE else from Ohio has ever done…. Black Belt World Champ! Happy for you brother!!! Just don’t “big time” me in March when I bring my event to Elyria….”
  • “Your story is EXACTLY why I founded the OGC in the first place. I knew then that there was the talent here in our region [who] could win on the international level… just need a platform to develop the experience needed to win at that level. Proud & honored to know it helped you to obtain your goal!”

Another from a parent of a BJJ youth student and BJJ fan:

  • “First… Congrats… Second…I’m proud to say my son works with you when he does… You could be like 95 percent of the instructors in the state and just put your black belt in your trophy case. Instead, you chose to fight with it… That says a lot about you. THAT IS WHAT A BLACK BELT IS!!!”

Grishin, Duell, Heiland complete successful night for Intimidation at NAAFS Caged Vengeance 12

October 22, 2012 by  
Filed under Fighter Sponsorships, News, Sponsorships

Intimidation Clothing is well-established in the Northeast Ohio market, and it was evident how deep the ties run over the weekend, as three of four pro winners on the “NAAFS: Caged Vengeance 12” card were sponsored by the popular brand. Along with sponsoring the event and selling its popular apparel, Intimidation was also all over the cage in sponsoring more than a dozen of all of the fighters on the card.

Nick Duell MMALight heavyweight Maxim Grishin (14-6) capped off an exciting night of fights by stopping Bill Hill with a TKO in the first round. Now living in Northeast Ohio and training at the Strong Style Academy in Independence, “Maximus” features to be a huge contender in the NAAFS 205-pound division after picking up his seventh win in eight outings.

Intimidation has been a longtime supporter of former NAAFS welterweight champion Nick “Savage” Duell (10-3), and the popular fighter got a much-needed win in a knockout of the night performance when he crushed Jay Buck with an upkick in the first round. Duell had been on a rough 1-2 stretch over the past year-plus, but it was a return to success as he got back to his winning ways and produced one of his patented highlight reel knockouts.

Lightweight “Smokin” Joe Heiland (8-2-1) rounded out the main card with another win sporting Intimidation gear, as he claiming a hard-fought unanimous decision over fellow Intimidation fighter Jon “The Beast” Washington (5-4). Washington came out strong in the first round, but Heiland turned the bout into a gritty, hard-nosed fight and did enough to take home the decision on the scorecards. Joe Heiland vs Jon WashingtonIt was the second win in a row for Heiland after he picked up a victory at “Fight Nite in the Flats 8” earlier this year.

It was also a successful night for Intimidation-sponsored amateurs, as Evolve MMA product Josh Lasich (5-1) claimed the 2012 NAAFS welterweight title with a victory over Emmanuel Kangah. In the bantamweight division, two Intimidation sponsored fighters will square off for the 135-pound title in December, as both Jerrell Hodge (5-1) and Shane Valko (6-0) both advanced with impressive victories. Middleweight Nick Halkides (3-1) also advanced to December’s “Night of Champions” with a victory over Tony Dipiero.

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 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 Clothing on Facebook and follow Intimidation on Twitter @IntimidationMMA.

 

Photos courtesy of CCR Photography.

Intimidation to sponsor popular lightweight Joe Heiland at NAAFS: Caged Vengeance 12 on October 20th

Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce the sponsorship of lightweight “Smokin” Joe Heiland at NAAFS: Caged Vengeance 12. Heiland, who holds an impressive 7-2-1 pro record, will face Jon “The Beast” Washington (5-3) – also an Intimidation-sponsored fighter – in a 155 pound battle. Joe Heiland vs Julian Lane at Bellator 66The “Caged Vengeance 12” event features the semifinals of the well-respected NAAFS amateur series and takes place at the Z-Plex in Streetsboro, Ohio.

“Smokin” Joe Heiland, a teacher by day, has been a pro since 2007 and started his career with five consecutive wins. A product of the StrongStyle Fight Team from Independence, Ohio, the 30 year old Heiland has competed for Bellator as well as NAAFS and other regional promotions and is one of the most popular fighters in the area.

“Caged Vengeance 12” is expected to be one of the biggest NAAFS events of the year, with a headliner featuring former NAAFS welterweight champion Nick Duell. In addition to at least five pros and a whopping ten amateurs, Intimidation Clothing will also be sponsoring the entire NAAFS event and every NAAFS event throughout the 2012 year.

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 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 Clothing on Facebook and follow the Intimidation brand on Twitter.

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