Top 10 ranked Tamikka Brents wants to fight Fallon Fox saying the recent publicity around Fox is “setting Women’s MMA back”
Tamikka Brents has heard enough about Fallon Fox and she’s ready to prove to the world that she will back up her words. The Top 10 ranked Brents said “I want the fight bad” in reference to Fox, a transgender fighter who has gained significant notoriety and attention while fighting for the CFA. Fox, who scored a 3rd round win on Friday night at CFA 11 over Allanna Jones on AXS TV, improved to 3-0 in her pro MMA career. Born a male who fathered a child before having gender reassignment surgery in 2006, Fox was highly publicized by the CFA and several news outlets before her CFA 11 fight.
Tamikka Brents (2-0 pro) is one of several top-rated female fighters on Intimidation’s sponsorship roster. In addition to #1 ranked pro 125lb star Jessica Eye, Intimidation is also a top sponsor for Invicta bantamweight Jessamyn Duke, top ranked female featherweight Jessica Zomcik and more. Brents, like Eye and Zomcik, is a veteran of the Intimidation sponsored and highly respected NAAFS promotion where Brents fought three times as an amateur. She was the 2010 NAAFS amateur lightweight champion and compiled an 8-0-1 record including six finishes in her amateur career.
Competing in MMA since 2009, the 24-year-old Illinois native is a product of Team Warrior Concepts, and her brother Bobby is an accomplished heavyweight MMA fighter. The featherweight made her much anticipated pro MMA debut in November 2012 after several fights fell through and followed with a unanimous decision win at Invicta FC 4. Her most recent fight fell through in April as she continues to have trouble finding willing opponents.
Statement from Tamikka Brents:
“I am tired of Fox getting all this publicity just for being a transgender fighter rather than having great skills. I think it’s unfair anyway but as long as the opponent knows and accepts the fight then go ahead… I mean Allana took her to the third and she’s not even a 145er; she’s a more of a 135er who can probably go even lower to 125 pounds. She’s using all that attention as a good publicity tactic – go ahead and ride that free publicity train as long as you can. I’ll gladly derail that s#*t quickly so the world can go back to giving the publicity and notice to the female fighters who earn it. It just pisses me off that Women’s MMA has fought to get away from being seen as a side show. She’s using that to further her career while setting Women’s MMA back in the process.”
Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of lifestyle apparel & MMA training gear based in Ohio with a strong presence throughout the Midwest USA and a growing national presence. The Intimidation brand is regularly featured on multiple sporting events on SpikeTV, AXS TV, SportsTime Ohio, MTV2, FUEL TV, The Comcast Network, Comcast SportsNet and EpixHD as well as MMA highlight shows on Spike TV, AXS TV and more. In addition to over 110 styles of high-quality, bold t-shirts and sweatshirts for men, women and children and is also known for their premium-quality EliteFighter MMA board shorts. Intimidation products can be found for sale online at IntimidationClothing.com and fans can follow the marketing wing of the Intimidation brand, Intimidation Interactive Media, @IntimidationIM. Follow Intimidation Clothing on Facebook and @IntimidationMMA on Twitter.
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Since her arrival on the MMA scene back in 2008, all eyes have been on Jessica “Evil” Eye. In her 14 career fights, Eye has amassed an overall record of 13-1, and Intimidation Clothing is proud to stand as one of Eye’s chief sponsors.
Starting her athletic career as a standout soccer player in high school, Eye (9-1 pro, 5-0 amateur, @JessicaEvilEye) desired to compete. Once her high school days were over, she turned to the then-untapped world of mixed martial arts by wandering into Strong Style MMA in Independence, Ohio. After becoming a mainstay on one of the Midwest’s premiere MMA teams, Eye quickly helped to advance the world of women’s MMA with her fast-paced fight style and charisma on the microphone.
Eye participated in the first-ever women’s MMA bout in the history of the North American Allied Fight Series (NAAFS, based in northeast Ohio) and was instrumental in the inception of the NAAFS putting on the state of Ohio’s first ever all-female MMA card, entitled Eve of Destruction. Along with those other firsts, Eye was also the first female to headline a combined male/female card for the NAAFS, when she took on Aisling Daly for the first-ever women’s pro title last year at “Fight Nite in the Flats VII.” With a near-perfect record, Eye is already one of the most popular fighters in the state of Ohio and a staple of the NAAFS, as evidenced by the large number of her Intimidation Clothing signature t-shirts in the crowd every time she fights.
Jessica’s warrior spirit has been evident in each and every fight, but most recently she showed that she has a never say die attitude when she fought Angela Magana with a partially broken foot in the main event at “NAAFS: Rock N Rumble 6″ in August. Eye still completely dominated the bout, using her pinpoint boxing skills to keep the veteran grappler at bay. After the bout, Eye once again received the praise of Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.
The level of competition that Eye has faced has also been staggering, as her opponents had a combined 46-14 record at the time of facing her. She has also never faced an opponent with a losing record, and the current Ring of Combat champion has still tasted defeat just once in her career.
Eye is likely to be a building piece in the Bellator women’s 125-pound tournament, which is expected to begin early next year. Already ranked in the top five at 125 pounds, “Evil” could potentially get a shot at redemption against Aisling Daly, the only woman to defeat her at this point. Prior to the tournament, however, Eye was back in action at Bellator 83 on December 7 in Atlantic City, where she blitzed fellow Ohioan and Bellator’s 115-pound champion Zoila “Warrior Princess” Gurgel (12-2). After knocking down Gurgel early in the bout, the underdog Eye then locked in a standing arm triangle choke and put the champion to sleep. The win vaults her up the rankings, and makes her the undisputed Queen of Ohio MMA.
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.
Friday, April 20th, 2012 may go down in as the best fight card in Ohio MMA history. An event that already has two marquee names in the main event with Eddie Alvarez vs. Shinya Aoki, the card appears to be building with many top local and national names. Bellator 66, the second event in Northeast Ohio by the Bellator promotion to be co-promoted with the NAAFS, will take place on Friday, April 20th, 2012 at Cleveland’s IX Center and will feature several fighters sponsored by Intimidation Clothing. Tickets for Bellator 66 are on sale and range from $30-$125 and the Intimidation brand is expected to be on hand selling at the event.
While Alvarez vs. Aoki is the headliner for the event, the local fans in the Cleveland area will have plenty of local stars to cheer for. In a fight with implications for both the Bellator and NAAFS promotions, local favorite Jessica “Evil” Eye (6-1, 1-0 Bellator) will face Aisling Daly (13-2, 0-1 Bellator) in the highly anticipated rematch of their June 2011 fight which saw Daly submit Eye. Not only does the fight have the NAAFS Women’s Championship belt on the line, but it could also factor into Bellator’s future women’s tournament plans with both Eye and Daly being Bellator veterans and ranked in the Top 10 in the world at 125 lbs.
Along with the Eye vs. Daly fight, the event will feature yet another fight with an NAAFS belt on the line as 2-time UFC veteran Donny “Eagle Eye” Walker (18-9) fights for the first time since his release from the UFC and faces Frank “The Tank” Caraballo (8-4). Walker, the NAAFS Featherweight Champion will face the Interim Champ in Caraballo, a 2-time Bellator veteran.
Also on the card will be NAAFS Light Heavyweight Champion and 2-time Bellator veteran Dan “The Dragon” Spohn (6-1), owner of the 2nd fastest KO in Bellator history, a 9-second KO at Bellator 51. Spohn will face the toughest test of his MMA career in facing Attila Vegh (24-4), a recent signee to Bellator’s 205 pound division. Another fighter taking on possibly the toughest test of his career is “Big” John Hawk (6-4), a fighter who is very familiar with Spohn. Hawk, who fought Spohn to decision twice only to drop both fights, is expected to face Marcus Vanttinen (21-3), a fighter who Vegh defeated by decision in May 2011.
The final piece that puts this card over the top is the announced addition of Bellator’s Season 6 Middleweight Tournament semifinals taking place at this event. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney announced that the 185 lb tourney semifinals will take place in Cleveland with Cleveland’s own Brian “The Predator” Rogers (9-3, 2-1 Bellator) facing Bruno Santos (13-0, 1-0 Bellator) and Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (16-1, 1-0 Bellator) faces Maiquel Falcao (29-4, 1-0). The winners will advance to the Season 6 Middleweight Tournament final with the winner of the tournament earning a $100,000 payday.
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. The brand has sponsored a long list of fighters in nationally televised fights including Brian Rogers, Ben Saunders, Alexander Shlemenko, Ed West, Chris Lozano, Pete Spratt, Eric Schambari, Rene Nazare, Alexis Vila, Daniel Straus, Mike Corey and more. 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.
Photos courtesy of Hexlinc Photography.
Night of Champions. It’s the single biggest MMA even in the Midwest each Winter and the NAAFS is prepared to bring the 2011 version of this pro/am to Canton, Ohio on Wednesday night November 23rd. While the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving has been a popular date for MMA events for years, the NAAFS is doing something different this year; they have moved the championship fights for the amateur series as well as their women’s 125 pound title fight to one of Northeast Ohio’s biggest venues at the Canton Civic Center to this popular date. Intimidation Clothing, a sponsor of all NAAFS (on Twitter @NAAFS) events for the 2011 calendar year, is pleased to once again be a presenting sponsor of NAAFS: Night of Champions 2011.
A year ago, Night of Champions produced two wins that helped vault fighters into the UFC. NAAFS Featherweight Champion Donny “Eagle Eye” Walker scored a 1st round submission win over Billy Vaughan which led to Walker’s debut at UFC 132 this summer and highly-touted Heavyweight Stipe Miocic added to his undefeated record with a 2nd round TKO win. Miocic is now 6-0 professionally and 1-0 for the UFC after winning his UFC debut at UFC 136.
This season, in addition to crowning the champions of six amateur weight classes for 2011, the event will feature five professional bouts including the return of UFC vet Josh Hendricks to the Heavyweight ranks and NAAFS Women’s 125 pound Champion Aisling Daly in her first title defense. In addition, local favorites Nick “The Savage Duell” and Jessica “Evil” Eye will be in action looking to further build their careers as Eye stays sharp for her next Bellator fight and Duell looks to earn a shot at the NAAFS Welterweight belt.
The event, which will have highlight shows airing on SportsTime Ohio in December and January, will take place at the historic Canton Civic Center which also hosted Bellator 51 in September 2011. Intimidation Clothing is expected to have as many as 11 fighters sponsored on the stacked fight card which also includes Russ Brletrick vs Mark Cherico for the amateur 145 belt, Tyler Saltsman vs Isaiah Chapman for the amateur 135 belt and more.
Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of MMA apparel & fight gear based in Ohio with a strong presence throughout the Midwest USA. In addition to over 50 styles of high-quality, bold t-shirts, the company is also becoming known for their premium-quality EliteFighter MMA shorts, rashguards and more available online at IntimidationClothing.com. Fans can like Intimidation on Facebook and follow Intimidation Clothing on Twitter @IntimidationMMA.
Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce the sponsorship of Jessica Eye in her Bellator 51 fight in Canton, Ohio. Eye, who made her pro debut in June 2010, has started her pro MMA career 3-1 and is the reigning Ring of Combat women’s champion at 130 lbs suffering her only career defeat at the hands of Aisling Daly in June 2011. Eye will face Casey Noland at Bellator 51 which will be held at the Canton Memorial Civic Center in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday, September 24, 2011. Preliminary card fights have been booked in conjunction with the NAAFS with the online broadcast beginning on Spike.com at 7 pm ET and the MTV2 broadcast beginning at 9 pm ET.
Eye, who completed her amateur career at 5-0 and is a combined 8-1, won the Ring of Combat women’s title in February with a 1st round TKO of Ashley Nee and also holds pro wins over Marissa Caldwell and Amanda LaVoy. Her 3-1 pro record, along with an impressive amateur win over Barb Honchak (4-1 pro, 4-1 amateur) in 2008, has Eye ranked by multiple MMA sites in the Top 15 fighters worldwide at 125 pounds. Her opponent Noland also started her pro MMA career in 2010 and is also 3-1 while also making her Bellator debut.
For the fight with Noland, Eye will be sponsored by the Intimidation brand for the 4th time in her five pro fights. Eye will sport the Intimidation logo on her fight shorts and fans can pickup the men’s and women’s Jessica Eye signature shirts online at IntimidationClothing.com.
Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of MMA apparel & gear based in Ohio with a strong presence throughout the Midwest USA. In addition to over 50 styles of high-quality, bold t-shirts, the company is also becoming known for their premium-quality MMA fight shorts, rashguards and more available online at IntimidationClothing.com. Fans can like Intimidation on Facebook and follow Intimidation Clothing on Twitter @IntimidationMMA.
It is amazing the difference a year makes. One year ago Intimidation Clothing made a strong public debut at NAAFS: Fight Nite in the Flats VI debuting their Jason Dent signature shirt before a hostile crowd which featured Dent against Chris Lozano. Dent, along with two GriffonRawl amateur fighters were the lone fighters sponsored by Intimidation on what was, looking back, one of the best fight cards in the history of Ohio MMA. A year later Intimidation not only is a title sponsor of all NAAFS events, but also sponsored eight fighters including six pros on the Fight Nite in the Flats VII card.
NAAFS: Fight Nite in the Flats VII, the 2011 version, proved to be another packed house for the North American Allied Fight Series at the now named Jacobs’ Pavilion in downtown Cleveland. The night saw Intimidation go 4-2 in pro fighter sponsorships (with both fighters sponsored in the middleweight title fight) and 1-1 in amateur fights. After defending NAAFS Amateur Bantamweight Champion Isaiah Chapman (11-1) was prepped by Intimidation-sponsored cutman David Maldonado (pictured), Chapman made quick work of his opponent scoring a 1st round submission of Vision MMA’s Hussein Hmood. The only other amateur fight featuring an Intimidation-sponsored fighter saw Tyler Saltsman drop a unanimous decision to Cody Garbrandt in a decision that will alter the NAAFS amateur bantamweight division rankings.
The first pro fight of the night featured Evolve MMA’s Clint Musser (1-0) making his pro debut, a debut that turned out to be a good one with a 1st round TKO win.
As the title fights began, the heavyweight championship fight pitted 6’4″ Stipe Miocic against 5’9″ Bobby Brents. Miocic (6-0), widely-regarded as one of the top heavyweight prospects in all of MMA, scored a 2nd round TKO when a leg kick forced Brents (9-2) to tap out. In the middleweight title fight, defending champion AJ Aeschilmann (3-2) suffered a left knee injury in the first round but was able to score takedowns throughout the three rounds. But challenger Travis “The Terror” Clark (pictured) lived up to his nickname as he terrorized Aeschilman with kicks that cause the defending champ’s participation after round two to come into question. But while Aeschilmann showed the heart of a champion and answered the bell for round three, it was Clark who chalked up an eventual TKO win.
While the night did not end the way that the fans had hoped when Jessica Eye was submitted in round two by Aisling Daly, the night as a whole proved to be a huge success for both the fans of MMA in Northeast Ohio as well as the NAAFS organization. In a world of MMA promotions that have five or six events a year, the NAAFS puts on 25-30 events, more than anyone else in the Midwest and more than most any promotion in the world outside of the UFC.
In other action across the region Intimidation-sponsored Shane Chojnacki won his pro debut by 2nd round TKO on Friday night at the Central Pennsylvania Warrior Challenge event in Lancaster, PA. In total, Intimidation-sponsored pros went 5-2 for the weekend.
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Few times does Intimidation Clothing ever make such a big deal about an event. Few times is an event so entirely big in the world of MMA in the Midwest as tonight’s NAAFS: Fight Nite in the Flats 7 event. Rain or shine, live from the Nautica Pavilion in the Flats in downtown Cleveland, the fans will be treated to the biggest and arguably best annual MMA event in the state of Ohio.
The card featured three title fights and a fourth fight worthy of main event status with six pro fights in all as well as 10 planned amateur bouts. Included in the amateur fights are some of the top up-and-coming amateur fighters in the region including possibly the three most hyped amateur bantamweights in the Midwest. Tyler Saltsman faces Cody Garbrandt with both looking to settle a score while top-ranked Isaiah Chapman has a fight with a relative unknown fighter on the card as well. It is likely that the Saltsman vs. Garbrandt winner will get a shot at Chapman, the defending 2010 NAAFS Amateur Bantamweight Champion, later this summer. Both Chapman and Saltsman will be sponsored by Intimidation Clothing at this event.
In the pro fights, Intimidation is sponsoring 6 of the 12 pro fighters beginning with Clint Musser who will be making his pro debut. In the third pro fight of the night, 2-time Bellator vet Chris Lozano will make his return to Cleveland to face Derek Smith. Intimidation Clothing will be sponsoring Lozano in the fight, his second consecutive local fight, since being a participant in Bellator’s season four welterweight tournament. In the first of three title fights, Intimidation Clothing will sponsor Stipe Miocic as he faces Bobby Brents in the finals of the NAAFS Heavyweight Tournament with the belt on the line. That fight is followed by two Intimidation sponsored fighters, AJ Aeschilmann and Travis Clark, facing off for the NAAFS Middleweight title. Finally, in the main event of the night, Jessica “Evil” Eye will face Ireland’s Aisling Daly in the night’s main event for the NAAFS Women’s Championship. Intimidation will be sponsoring Eye for the 3rd time in 4 pro fights and selling their Jessica Eye signature shirts at the event.