#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

Team Intimidation knocks out the competition

May 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Local / Regional MMA, News

Throughout its history, Team Intimidation has come to be known for providing a wealth of highlight reel knockouts, from the Local MMA scene to televised bouts on AXS TV and on Spike TV & MTV2 with Bellator MMA. From being a longtime sponsor for notables like Brian “The Predator” Rogers, Dan “Dragon” Spohn, and more, the Intimidation name has become synonymous with the knockout in mixed martial arts.

Brian Rogers KO Bellator 119And recently, this streak has continued on a national stage and around the world.

At Bellator 119, longtime Team Intimidation member Brian “The Predator” Rogers produced yet another highlight reel flying knee knockout, when he put Adrian Miles to sleep in the second round of their middleweight bout. Rogers has produced some of the best knockouts in Bellator and MMA history, including his immortal flying knee over Vitor Vianna at Bellator 61 that has been named as the best in Bellator history multiple times. Rogers, who has produced 9 knockouts in 11 career victories, continues to be a fan favorite inside the Bellator cage.

Dan Spohn @ Bellator 51Dan Spohn made headlines with his 10-second knockout over Tyler King to kick off the season on The Ultimate Fighter 19, immediately making him a household name and favorite to win the season. Spohn (pictured, left) is no one-trick pony, however, as he also posted the fastest knockout in Bellator MMA history with  9-second flying knee over Dane Bonnigson at Bellator 51, and a TKO over UFC veteran Josh Hendricks at NAAFS: Caged Fury 15 that was the result of nasty elbows off of his back. In conjunction with his recent meteoric rise to the top of the mixed martial arts world, Intimidation has recently announced plans to release a signature tee for Spohn.

Jordan Parsons may be known as “Pretty Boy,” but the longtime member of Team Intimidation is also one of the best lightweight prospects in all of MMA. The Minnesota native recently made his Bellator MMA debut at Bellator 117, where he moved his record to 10-1 with a knockout just 4 seconds into the second round over Tim Bazer. He needed just two punches in the second frame, landing a perfectly time 1-2 combo to put Bazer out.

Brazilian Luis “Sapo” Santos has produced 34 knockouts in 60 career victories, and he has recently been laying waste to some of the best international fighters on XFC’s international shows in his native Brazil. After producing  four first-round knockouts under the XFC banner in the U.S. – including an incredible three via head kick – Santos put Alfredo Morales to sleep with a front kick at XFCi 3 in March.

Bellator 51 was a banner night for Intimidation, as along with Spohn’s knockout, Intimidation also sponsored lightweight Joey Holt in his flying knee victory over Clint Musser, and Alexis Vila as he produced his “shot heard round the world” knockout over former Bellator champion Joe Warren.

Nick Duell MMAAnd with another notable, Nick Duell stopped Jason Buck with a highlight reel upkick at NAAFS: Caged Vengeance 12 in 2012. Duell (pictured, right) is also a knockout artist, with 7 knockout victories in 11 career victories. He also holds notable KO/TKO victories over “The Ultimate Fighter” veterans Julian Lane, Kevin Knabjian, and Daniel Head.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of MMA style 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.

 

 

March 1st shaping up to be huge date for Intimidation & for Local MMA in the Midwest

March 1, 2014. Mark your calendars MMA fans, especially if you live in the Midwest. Intimidation Clothing is pleased to be working with three promotions on that date to sponsor events in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan as the brand continues to be the industry’s biggest supporter of Local MMA. Ryan Thomas MMAIntimidation will feature crews at all three events and will be stocked full of the latest styles of t-shirts, hoodies, women’s apparel, hats, beanies and more while also sponsoring a variety of fighters across the region.

The premier of Driven MMA in Canton, Ohio is where we start our look ahead as the state of Ohio is in for a treat on the same weekend as the Arnold Sports Festival taking place in Columbus. With the first all-pro card in the state of Ohio since Bellator 66 in April 2012, Driven MMA’s inaugural event has the makings of an instant classic with the areas top pros from top to bottom. Working in conjunction with the NAAFS, a slew of former NAAFS pro and amateur champions will appear on this card including Nick Duell, John Hawk, Isaiah Chapman, George Comer and more. In addition, 2013 Tuff-N-Uff Woemn’s 145lb Champion Jessica Zomcik returns home to make her pro debut while two Intimidation staples – Kyle Rozewski & Dustin Kempf – are scheduled for a bout that has with “Fight of the Night” written all over it. Isaiah Chapman MMAIn addition to sponsoring each of the previously mentioned fighters on the Driven MMA card, Intimidation will have a fully-stocked booth at the event with each fighter sporting a specific different walkout tee.

In Kokomo, Indiana, Mark Slater (pictured below) is a bit of a celebrity. The promoter for Colosseum Combat MMA might be one of the best sponsorship-hustling promoters in the industry – and that is saying a lot. Having now worked with Intimidation to sponsor each of his shows for two years straight, the Colosseum Combat promotion is seeing more and more Intimidation in and around their cage. On March 1st that is no different as reigning CC Professional Welterweight Champion Ryan “The Tank Engine” Thomas is set to defend his title. A UFC, Bellator and XFC vet, Thomas (17-8) has been sponsored by Intimidation in 3 of his past 4 fights including this one and is 2-0 fighting inside the the Colosseum Combat cage. Meanwhile former #1 featherweight contender Bobby Emmons will also rock Intimidation once again in Kokomo. The decorated grappler is expected to unveil his new “White Trash BJJ” signature tee at the event with the shirt on display and on sale at the Intimidation booth.

Finally, the Cashfeddy Fight League makes their first move into Michigan’s wide-open Local MMA market holding their inaugural event in Grand Rapids. Mark Slater - Colosseum Combat MMAThe all-amateur event is one of several MMA promotions that Intimidation has worked with over the past two years thanks to Shad Thomsen’s hard work and resiliency in the local Michigan MMA market.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of MMA inspired lifestyle clothing & 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 to sponsor Julian Lane at Cage Fury Fighting Championships 28 in Atlantic City, New Jersey

October 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Fighter Sponsorships, News, Sponsorships

Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce its sponsorship of Julian “Nitrane” Lane in his upcoming bout on October 26th. Lane (5-2-1) is set to travel to Atlantic City, where he will take on Paul Felder (5-0) in a featured professional bout at Cage Fury Fighting Championships 28.

Julian Lane MMAA veteran of The Ultimate Fighter 16, Lane also competed once for Bellator, where he stopped Joe Heiland with a guillotine in the first round at Bellator 66 in April 2012. He started a busy 2013 with a loss to Nick Duell in March fighting for the NAAFS then scored a first round submission over James Reese at Fight Time 15 in Florida in June. A fan favorite in Mansfield, he recently returned to his hometown for the first time since 2011, when he fought to a draw with fellow Bellator veteran Rocky Edwards at RFO: Big Guns 12 Resurrection. Known for his aggressive striking and power, Lane looks to add to the win column against the undefeated Felder as he fights for the CFFC promotion for the second time this calendar year.

Along with sponsoring Lane, Intimidation is also set to sponsor veteran amateur fighter Rebecca Heintzman in her professional debut at the event against Allison Haynes (0-0).

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 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.

Weekend Recap: Record weekend sees Intimidation sponsored pro fighters score big wins in Ohio, Indiana & Michigan

Intimidation Clothing has long been a staple on the Midwest MMA scene, and Saturday night that was evident once again. While the brand served as a main sponsor of both the NAAFS and Colosseum Combat MMA pro/am events in Ohio and Indiana, as well as an event in South Carolina, the brand sponsored fighters at each event as well as in Michigan. Jessica Eye & Eye Believe MerchandiseIntimidation continues to prove to be the biggest supporter of local MMA in the region as a benchmark was set at Saturday’s NAAFS: Fight Nite in the Flats IX event in Cleveland. At the event held at the Jacobs Pavilion in The Flats, all six winners in professional bouts were sponsored by the Intimidation brand. Those winners included #1 ranked female flyweight Jessica Eye (pictured, left), new NAAFS interim lightweight champion Torrance Taylor, UFC veteran Forrest Petz, rising lightweight star George Comer and more. Intimidation also had a record breaking night at its official booth which featured over 50 different styles of Intimidation products as well as gear from Jessica Eye’s popular EYE Believe brand along with Soulless Clothing, Headlock Gear and Victory Fight Gear.

Top ranked flyweight Jessica Eye returned to action for the first time since upsetting former Bellator women’s champion Zoila Gurgel in December, and the Cleveland native picked up her seventh straight win with a clear cut unanimous decision over veteran and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Carina Damm. Also sponsored by Intimidation partner Cast Iron Supplements, Eye is one of the most popular fighters in Ohio and continues to be one of the faces of Intimidation Clothing. Meanwhile, Eye’s longtime teammate at StrongStyle Martial Arts, Forrest “The Meat Cleaver” Petz, announced his retirement from MMA after nearly 40 professional fights and two stints in the UFC. Forrest Petz vs Chris CurtisFans were treated to the last fight from Ohio legend as the veteran and fan favorite took home a gritty decision win over top prospect Chris Curtis in a 170-pound affair that was clearly the fight of the night.  Petz showed off his impressive boxing skills to take home a unanimous decision in his final appearance in the cage.

Torrance Taylor picked up his fifth straight victory and third TKO in less than a year, as he claimed the organization’s interim lightweight title with a fourth round TKO victory over Terry Blackwell. Taylor continues to be one of the rising stars on the Ohio MMA scene and mentioned after the fight his desire to make it to a larger organization in the near future. Now training extensively with the Strong Style Fight Team in Cleveland, Taylor seems poised to indeed take that step as he seemingly has really turned a corner in his career.

Lightweight George Comer continues to inch toward a potential NAAFS title shot, as the GriffonRawl product earned his third straight victory with a unanimous decision over Brian Camozzi in one of the evening’s featured pro bouts. NAAFS in the FlatsBoth fighters came into the fight with lots of hype, with Camozzi being the younger brother of the UFC’s Chris Camozzi and Comer training at GriffonRawl with UFC veteran Jason Dent and Donny Walker. But it was Comer’s wrestling that won the fight, as he imposed his will and stayed in control for the entire 15 minutes to take home a sweep decision win.

Other pro fighters sponsored by Intimidation on the card were Hector Urbina and Maxim Grishin as well as Terry Blackwell, Nick Duell and Brian Camozzi. Amateurs RJ Buck, Jerrell Hodge and Sammy Callari were also sponsored by the brand.

Along with sponsoring the NAAFS event, Intimidation also served as a sponsor for Colosseum Combat XXV in Kokomo, Indiana. One of the best-run organizations in the Midwest, Intimidation had another successful night as UFC and Bellator veteran Ryan Thomas picked up a win in the main event to earn the organization’s welterweight title while sponsored by Intimidation. Brett Sbardella MMAThomas, sponsored by Intimidation for the first time, picked up his 4th straight win to improve to 16-7 in his 7-year pro MMA career. Meanwhile, at Big John’s MMA in Northern Michigan Brett Sbardella (pictured, right) picked up a victory via arm bar just 37 seconds into his bout to improve his pro record to 5-2.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of lifestyle apparel & MMA training gear with a growing national presence and over 45 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 selling the Intimidation brand can apply to become an Intimidation Clothing dealer and Intimidation products 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.

 

Sbardella photo copyright Lou Sirianni

Intimidation Clothing to serve as presenting sponsor of NAAFS Fight Nite in the Flats IX in Cleveland, Ohio

Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce the sponsorship of NAAFS: Fight Nite in the Flats IX in Cleveland, Ohio. The 2013 version of Fight Nite in the Flats, the largest annual MMA event in the state of Ohio, will be held on June 1st, 2013 at the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in Cleveland, Ohio.

NAAFS Fight Nite in the FlatsIntimidation Clothing, a sponsor of every North American Allied Fight Series (NAAFS) event for the past three years, will be in attendance at the Fight Nite in the Flats event for the 4th consecutive year selling at the event with the Intimidation brand to been seen and heard all over the venue.

The Intimidation brand, a company known for taking care of their fighters, savvy marketing and sponsoring many of the biggest names in MMA in the Midwest, will sponsor a variety of great fighters at the Fight Nite in the Flats VIII event. In addition to the #1 ranked amateur female fighter at 145 lbs in the world, Jessica Zomcik from Evolve MMA, Intimidation will sponsor fellow amateur fighters Dave Lastafka and RJ Buck from Strong Style Martial Arts and Sammy Callari from GriffonRawl MMA.

Jessica Eye MMA - BellatorAlong with the four amateurs, and likely more to come, Intimidation will also be sponsoring pro fighters George Comer and Jason Dent of GriffonRawl MMA in Mentor, Brian Camozzi of Factory X Muay Thai near Denver, Colorado, Forrest Petz and Maxim Grishin from StrongStyle Martial Arts in Independence along with #1 ranked 125lb pro female fighter Jessica Eye from Strong Style in non-title bouts. Eye, currently under contract with Bellator MMA, will make her first return to the cage since her December upset victory over Zoila Gurgel at Bellator 83, which propelled her to the top ranking in the women’s 125-pound division. Intimidation will also sponsor Nick Duell in the NAAFS Welterweight title fight as well as both fighters in the NAAFS Lightweight Championship fight – Torrance Taylor and Terry Blackwell.

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 Clothing Athlete of the Month: Nick “The Savage” Duell

It’s what all fans clamor for: an exciting knockout to get them out of their seats and make them go “Wow.”

That’s what Nick “The Savage” Duell has become known for, the ability to finish a fight with a punch or kick at any moment. Nick Duell MMAThat’s why Intimidation Clothing is proud to announce that Duell is the Athlete of the Month for April 2013.

Most recently, Duell stood out on the extremely deep NAAFS: Caged Vengeance 13 card, as he stopped The Ultimate Fighter 16 veteran Julian Lane with strikes in the second round of their bout in Duell’s native Canton, Ohio over the weekend. The finishing sequence started with a left kick to the body, after which Duell finished off an injured Lane to take home the TKO victory. It was the seventh knockout victory of his career, moving his overall record to 11-3 as a pro.

The TKO over Lane was Duell’s second straight knockout victory, following up on an upkick knockout over Jason Buck at Caged Vengeance 12 last October. As the former NAAFS welterweight champion, Duell is looking to earn his way back to a title shot in Ohio’s largest organization – if a larger organization doesn’t snatch him up first, that is.

A member of the Strong Style Fight Team, Duell trains with some of the best fighters in Ohio, including UFC heavyweight Stipe Miocic, Bellator middleweight Brian Rogers, UFC veteran Forrest Petz, top-ranked female flyweight Jessica Eye, and more. Ranked as the No. 3 professional welterweight in Ohio by OHMMA.com, Duell owns notable victories over Lane, Bellator and TUF 9 veteran Kevin Knabjian, and TUF 12 veteran Daniel Head. Nick Duell MMAHe has also been supported by TruAssassin Fight Gear throughout most of his career and is one of several fighters who works with both Intimidation and the good people at the Northeast Ohio based TruAssassin brand.

As a result of his sustained success throughout his MMA career, Nick Duell is officially the Intimidation Clothing Sponsored Athlete of the Month for April 2013. “Nick Duell is a perfect fit for our Athlete of the Month award,” stated Luke Jernigan, President & CEO of Intimidation Clothing, LLC. “Not only is Nick an incredibly humble and and smart fighter, but he is a fantastic person as well. It is an honor to work with someone so skilled and so grounded about his talents.”

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.

 

Photo (right) Intimidation Interactive Media, (left) Mike Wrobel, ShootItMMA.com

Intimidation sponsored pro fighters go 9-2-1 during weekend of record brand expansion

Intimidation Clothing has completed another record breaking weekend as the company sponsored six MMA events across the USA with crews selling at four of those events. Frank Caraballo & Nick Duell w/Intimidation CEO Luke Jernigan From South Dakota to Kentucky, the Intimidation brand continued its rapid brand expansion inside and outside of the world of Mixed Martial Arts while sponsored professional fighters went  9-2-1 overall. From thrilling finishes and dominating decisions to record sales at events, it is clear to see why Intimidation is one of the fastest growing brands of lifestyle apparel in the USA.

The action began on Thursday night as Intimidation was seen twice on SpikeTV and four sponsored fighters combined to go 3-0-1 inside the Bellator cage. Rodrigo Lima and James Edson Berto both saw their fights air on SpikeTV while Julien Williams was also able to come away with a win at Bellator 94 in Tampa, Florida.

The weekend portion started on Friday night in Chicago, Illinois where XFO 47 took place. In addition to sponsoring the event, the Intimidation brand was a first time sponsor of prospect Andre Feliciano as he improved to 3-0 as a pro with a unanimous decision win. George Comer MMAThe sponsorship of Feliciano and the XFO event continue the brand’s strong growth in the Chicago region with many pieces in place to rapidly expand in the coming months.

Saturday night the brand’s expansion continued as Intimidation sponsored a Fury Ultimate Cage Fighting event for the first time. As the FUCF promotion held another MMA event in Brookings, South Dakota, fans were treated to contests and giveaways throughout the night. Meanwhile, in Kokomo, Indiana, Colosseum Combat was in action with a solid pro/am card that continued the tradition of MMA excellence in Northeast Indiana. While Intimidation sponsored Bobby Emmons came up short of his goal in the Colosseum Combat pro featherweight title fight, there’s no doubt that the great MMA fans in Indiana will continue to get a heavy dose of Intimidation in the weeks and months to come.

In Canton, Ohio, the NAAFS put on their Caged Vengeance 13 event – one of their biggest events in recent memory. Featuring 7 amateur fights and 7 pro fights, the pro card alone featured two former champions in action, one current champ in a catchweight bout and the promotion’s inaugural bantamweight title fight. To add to that, two of the pros, George Comer and Isaiah Chapman, were both 2-time NAAFS amateur series champions. Widely regarded as one of the top MMA promotions in the Midwest, their Caged Vengeance 13 event did not disappoint as just two of seven amateur fights went the distance and both Tyler Walsh and RJ Buck scored impressive wins in finishing their opponents while sporting the Intimidation brand.

During the pro portion of the stacked card Team GriffonRawl’s George Comer (2-1) started things on a positive note with a 2nd round submission win over a submission specialist in Stephen Singleton (1-1 pro, 8-1 amateur). After a perfect 9-0 amateur career Comer, seen on the left in the Intimidation/GriffonRawl MMA Academy co-branded tee, dropped his pro debut but has bounced back with consecutive pro wins over Singleton and Khama Worthy.

Frank Caraballo MMAThe second pro bout of the night at Caged Vengeance 13 pitted one of the toughest light heavyweights on the planet in Cleveland’s John Hawk against Michigan product Ray Lopez (7-4). Hawk (8-4) was able to control the action throughout winning the battle on his feet and on the ground in a one-sided affair that saw “Big John” on the winning side of three 30-27 scorecards. NAAFS Featherweight Champion Frank “The Tank” Caraballo (pictured, right)was next to enter the cage and the bad blood created at weigh ins spilled over into his bout with Tony Hervey. Caraballo took little time to dispatch Hervey scoring a guillotine choke submission midway through the 1st round and then making sure his opponent knew who won. With the win Caraballo improved to 12-5 as a pro with 7 wins in his last 8 fights and he is now unbeaten in his past 8 NAAFS fights.

In a late addition to the card, TUF 16 veteran Julian Lane took a fight with former NAAFS Welterweight Champion Nick “The Savage” Duell on just 10 days’ notice. Antonio Castillo Jr. MMALane, fighting in his home state of Ohio for the first time since The Ultimate Fighter, traded with Duell for nearly two full rounds before Duell was able to score a TKO victory.

Duell and Lane were followed into the cage by Northern Ohio fan favorite Tony “The Mexican Muscle” Castillo, Jr. (pictured, left) facing undefeated Anthony Morgan. Castillo opened each round with a fury of punches before taking his opponent to the ground as he was able to grind out a lopsided decision win. The loss drops Morgan to 3-1 as a pro after a perfect 8-0 amateur career as he is slated to fight again in just three weeks opposite Intimidation sponsored Justin Steave at the Intimidation sponsored Pinnacle FC event near Pittsburgh. Castillo, a long time member of Team Intimidation, improved to 6-4 in his pro career with four wins in his last five fights.

In the night’s main event, Intimidation sponsored bantamweight Isaiah “The Beast” Chapman once again showed his warrior spirit on the night where his first signature shirt was released. Isaiah Chapman MMAChapman was unable to come away with the win, but he showed his toughness and grit by fighting through a full three rounds with a dislocated shoulder and without the use of his left hand. He was forced to throw in the towel after the fourth round, but it was clear that it wasn’t a decision that was made lightly.

Intimidation crews were also present at the MXC event in Cedar Springs, Michigan, and the Hardrock MMA 55 event in Louisville, Kentucky.

All in all, it was a record breaking weekend as Intimidation continues to grow across the Midwest and entire U.S.

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 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 lightweight George Comer at NAAFS: Caged Vengeance 13 on March 30 in Canton

Intimidation Clothing is proud to announce its sponsorship of lightweight George Comer in his upcoming lightweight bout at NAAFS: Caged Vengeance 13 on March 30 in Canton, Ohio. Known as “Bonesaw,” Comer (1-1) is set to take on unbeaten foe Stephen Singleton (1-0) in a 155-pound lightweight contest in one of the night’s featured pro bouts.

George Comer MMAA former two-time NAAFS national amateur series champion in the lightweight and welterweight divisions, Comer is the only fighter to accomplish that feat in two different NAAFS divisions and is one of the top prospects in the Buckeye State with a 9-1 overall in his mixed martial arts career. A member of the GriffonRawl MMA Academy  – an official Intimidation Clothing dealer – along with UFC veterans Jason Dent and Donny Walker, Comer comes in looking to move his professional record above .500 with a second straight win. A dominant wrestler who is known for his always-entertaining post-fight interviews, Comer remains a fan favorite in Northeast Ohio.

Along with sponsoring Comer, Intimidation will also serve as a title sponsor of NAAFS: Caged Vengeance 13 and will sponsor pros Isaiah Chapman, Frank Caraballo, Nick Duell, Antonio Castillo Jr. and John Hawk. Intimidation will also be in attendance selling its popular t-shirts, hats, fight shorts, and more and is also expected to sponsor multiple amateur fighters on the night’s preliminary card.

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 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 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 NAAFS featherweight champ Frank Caraballo at Caged Vengeance 13 on March 30th

March 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Fighter Sponsorships, News, Sponsorships

Intimidation Clothing is proud to announce its sponsorship of NAAFS featherweight champion Frank “The Tank” Caraballo in his upcoming non-title bout against Tony “Lionheart” Hervey at NAAFS: Caged Vengeance 13 on March 30 in Canton, Ohio. Caraballo (11-5) will take on the Bellator vet Hervey (16-14) in a 150-pound catchweight bout as one of the night’s featured professional contests.

Frank Caraballo MMAOne of the Buckeye State’s top fighters, Caraballo is currently ranked as the No. 2 professional featherweight in Ohio by OHMMA.com and is the reigning NAAFS featherweight champion. Currently looking to rebound from a loss to Deividas Taurosevicius at a Ring of Combat event in January, Caraballo had been on a six-fight winning streak prior to that loss. As the leader of Cleveland’s Fearless Fight Team, Caraballo continues to be one of the biggest draws in Northeast Ohio.

Along with sponsoring Caraballo, Intimidation Clothing will also serve as a title sponsor for NAAFS Caged Vengeance 13 as well as sponsoring professional fighters Isaiah Chapman, John Hawk, Antonio Castillo Jr., Nick Duell, and George Comer. Intimidation will also be in attendance selling its popular t-shirts, hats, fight shorts, and more and is expected to sponsor multiple amateurs on the night’s preliminary card.

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 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 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.

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