#LocalMMA Monday: NAAFS & Driven MMA

June 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Local / Regional MMA, News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

By David McKinney
Intimidation Interactive Media Staff Writer

Weekend MMA Recap: Brian Rogers adds another highlight reel knockout to resume at Bellator 119

Intimidation Clothing had a “knockout” of a weekend, with Team Intimidation producing one of the more memorable weekends in recent memory. Brian Rogers Bellator 119 flying knee KOFrom highlight reel finishes on a national stage to successes sponsoring local and regional MMA events, Mother’s Day weekend was another shining achievement for Team Intimidation.

Team Intimidation cornerstone fighter Brian “The Predator” Rogers produced yet another highlight reel knockout win, as he put Adrian Miles to sleep with a flying knee in the second round of their middleweight bout at Bellator 119. Rogers has now produced 9 knockouts in 11 career wins, and he produced the latest victory while walking out wearing his latest signature shirt, which features him landing one of his patented flying knees. The win was also the Attack Poker “Attack of the Night” on the Spike TV broadcast earning Rogers even more recognition with the fans of Bellator MMA who already know Brian from the flying knee KO of Vitor Vianna at Bellator 61.

Brian Rogers MMAIn other news, Team Intimidation fighter Rob “The Destroyer” Morrow (14-16) produced yet another win, as he earned a second round TKO victory over Rashad Brooks at Extreme Challenge 231 in Iowa after taking the fight on just two days’ notice. Morrow (pictured, lower right) has now produced 5 wins in his last 6 bouts, and is 7-3 in his last 10. He is also the Intimidation sponsored Colosseum Combat light heavyweight champion.

Intimidation’s Kentucky/Indiana crew was on hand at the inaugural Indestructible Fight Club event in Owensboro, Kentucky, which was promoted by the same group that runs the Indiana Fighting Championship. The group had another banner night, selling Intimidation’s popular brand of t-shirts, hats, hoodies, and more and saw the selection of Intimidate Cancer tees as the popular style of the night.

To cap off the weekend, UFC Fight Night 40 saw two Intimidation alums in action with Daron Cruickshank and Anthony Lapsley both in action. While Lapsley did not have the result he wanted, Cruichshank scored another highlight-reel KO of his own only to be overshadowed by Matt Brown’s performance in the night’s main event. Brown, who held a MMA seminar at GriffonRawl MMA Academy in August 2010 which was sponsored by Intimidation Clothing, scored a thrilling TKO win over Erick Silva in the 3rd round in Cincinnati.

Rob Morrow MMALooking ahead, Intimidation has yet another busy weekend set coming up, with four events sponsored in four different states. On top of that, all four events are in different aspects. Intimidation’s IN/KY crew will headline the weekend as they travel to Kokomo, Indiana for the long-time sponsored Colosseum Combat MMA promotion. In Ohio, an Intimidate Cancer event will take place as Intimidation will be on hand for the Hubbard Leukemia Society Fundraising Family Day in Hubbard, Ohio. Intimidation will also be on hand at the New York State Grappling Championships in Fredonia, New York, as well as Prison City Fight League’s “25 to Life” MMA event  in Jackson, Michigan.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of MMA clothing & training gear with a growing national presence and over 50 authorized dealers across the USA. Known as the biggest supporter of local MMA, the Intimidation brand is also regularly featured on multiple sporting events on SpikeTV, AXS TV, SportsTime Ohio, MTV2, FUEL TV, The Comcast Network, Comcast  SportsNet and EpixHD as well as MMA highlight shows on Spike TV, AXS TV and more. In addition to over 110 styles of high-quality, bold t-shirts and sweatshirts for men, women and children and is also known for their premium-quality EliteFighter MMA board shorts. Anyone interested in becoming a dealer can apply to sell the Intimidation brand as a dealer and they can be found for sale online at IntimidationClothing.com. Fans can also follow the marketing wing of the Intimidation brand, Intimidation Interactive Media, @IntimidationIM, like Intimidation Clothing on Facebook or follow @IntimidationMMA on Twitter.

Intimidation Clothing signs on as sponsor of Uncensored MMA Online Radio

January 28, 2013 by  
Filed under News, Sponsorships

Intimidation Clothing is proud to announce its sponsorship of Uncensored MMA Online Radio, a web-based radio show known for its large listener base and ability to get some of the biggest guests in MMA. Hosted by Jeremy White (“Big Perm”) and David Clifford (“The Butcher”), the show airs live every Monday night at 9pm EST and runs for two hours.

Uncensored MMA Online RadioAlong with host UMORLIVE, Clifford is one of the best-known MMA ring announcers in the state of Michigan.

A recent listing of guests reads like a who’s who of the MMA world, including UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, Michelle “Karate Hottie” Watterson, Tim Sylvia, Dan Severn, UFC event site coordinator Burt Watson, Matt Brown  and more.

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 to sponsor Pastor David Bever in MMA debut this weekend at NAAFS Caged Fury 20

November 8, 2012 by  
Filed under Fighter Sponsorships, News, Sponsorships

Intimidation Clothing is proud to announce its sponsorship of Pastor David Bever Jr. for his upcoming amateur MMA debut this weekend at NAAFS Caged Fury 20 in Downtown Columbus. As the campus pastor at Cyprus Wesleyan Church in Dublin, Ohio, Bever brings an entire congregation backing him in his MMA debut. Dave Bever MMA - Columbus PastorMore importantly, Bever brings a mission known as “My Fight for Their Fight” into the cage, where he will donate all proceeds from ticket sales & t-shirt sales that he receives from the event to the Angels of East Africa, a charity that helps orphanages in the Sudan. The t-shirt, available in both a men’s and a women’s style, can be found online at IntimidationClothing.com.

Bever has prepared for his MMA debut at two of the best gyms in Ohio, Medina’s Evolve MMA and Old School Gym in Pataskala, Ohio. The 34-year-old, who will compete in the 170-pound welterweight division, has also trained with the likes of former NAAFS champion Travis Clark and current UFC welterweight Matt Brown for his upcoming debut.

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

Pictures from Matt Brown MMA Seminar added to Facebook

August 30, 2010 by  
Filed under News

Matt Brown & George ComerIt was a busy weekend for Intimidation Clothing in Northeast Ohio as Intimidation sponsored Friday night’s Matt Brown MMA Seminar and followed it up with the NAAFS: Rock ‘N Rumble event on Saturday night. Pictures from the Matt Brown MMA Seminar have been posted on the Intimidation Clothing Facebook page including Brown working on technique, sharing his favorite MMA tips, sparring with the fighters in attendance and even posing for a few pictures before the seminar started.