Weekend #MMA Recap: Intimidation continues success in Cleveland at Driven MMA’s Fight Nite in the Flats

As always, the Intimidation Clothing brand was a major presence at the annual Fight Nite in the Flats event in Cleveland, once again having a banner night at the 10th edition of the event. This year both Driven MMA and NAAFS teamed up to offer fans at Jacobs Pavilion a great night of fights, just as Intimidation and UR Fight teamed up to offer fans a one-stop shop for their MMA apparel needs.

Isaiah Chapman MMAIntimidation Clothing sponsored four professional fighters on the night, including the winners in the night’s main event and co-main event bouts. In the co-main event, Isaiah “The Beast” Chapman (6-1) put on yet another impressive performance, as his signature shirts sold like hotcakes at the official Intimidation booth all night. Chapman (pictured, left) picked up his second victory in a row, earning a unanimous decision over fellow top prospect Andrew Whitney (9-3) in a featured bout.

In the night’s main event, Team Intimidation fighter Frank “The Tank” Caraballo (13-7) earned perhaps the most impressive victory of his career, as he finished 2-time UFC veteran Tommy Hayden (6-3) via verbal submission in the second round. Other Intimidation pros in action included Evolve MMA fighters Kyle “Kyote” Rozewski (4-4) and Jerrell Hodge (0-1). In amateur action, a pair of Intimidation athletes from sponsored gyms squared off, as Rising Dragon’s Tobiaus Taylor (5-1) earned a split decision over GriffonRawl’s Ahmad Douglas (3-1).

Longtime Team Intimidation fighter Brian “The Predator” Rogers was also in attendance, as he provided color commentary for the live Internet Pay-Per-View broadcast of the event alongside longtime announcer John Strmac. Frank Caraballo MMAAnd current TUF 19 star Dan “Dragon” Spohn signed autographs for fans at the official Intimidation booth during intermission at the event with UFC stars Stipe Miocic and Jessica Eye signing beside him. Full results from Fight Nite in the Flats 10 can be found at BluegrassMMA.com.

Looking ahead, Intimidation will be on hand selling at three events in three states next weekend, and two other Local MMA events will be sponsored by the brand. Intimidation will be on hand at IT Fight Series 26 in Columbus, OH, TNT Fight Series in Buffalo, NY, and Art of War 10 in Indianapolis, IN. Intimidation will also serve as a sponsor for Hardrock MMA 65 in Louisville, KY, as well as Caged Madness 29 in Ohio.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of MMA apparel & fight 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.

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 to sponsor NAAFS Night of Champions 2012 in Medina, Ohio on December 15th

November 27, 2012 by  
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Intimidation Clothing is proud to announce its sponsorship of “Night of Champions 2012,” one of the best offerings of the year from Northeast Ohio-based NAAFS promotion. Torrance Taylor MMAThe sponsorship continues a partnership where Intimidation serves as a title sponsor for each event from the organization throughout the year and the company will be on hand selling their premium quality apparel at the NAAFS event. NAAFS Night of Champions 2012 takes place on Saturday, December 15th at the Medina Fairgrounds in Medina, Ohio.

This year’s event figures to be one of the biggest in company history, as a professional title will be decided in the lightweight division along with the culmination of the 2012 NAAFS National Amateur Series, where seven more champions will be crowned. In addition, select fights from the event will be aired on the weekly NAAFS Cage Fighting program on SportsTime Ohio which airs on Friday nights at 9 pm ET.

The lightweight title will  be up for grabs between two Intimidation sponsored fighters, as Torrance “Tyrant” Taylor (11-7-1 – pictured, right) will battle Terry Blackwell (3-1) for the interim 155-pound strap. Isaiah Chapman MMATaylor, a product of Rising Dragon in Cleveland, and Blackwell of Team Instigator in Canton, represent two of the successful historic fight teams in the region. Also, Intimidation sponsored fighter Isaiah “The Beast” Chapman (3-0 – pictured, left) of Rock Hard MMA in Akron will look to continue his meteoric rise up the professional ranks as he battles fellow Team Intimidation member Dustin Kempf in a key bantamweight battle. The winner of the Chapman vs. Kempf fight is expected to fight for the NAAFS pro series 135lb title in 2013. Along with popular light heavyweight “Big” John Hawk, the former NAAFS pro series heavyweight champion, multiple amateurs will also be sponsored by Intimidation at the Night of Champions event.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of athletic apparel & MMA 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.

Eye, Chapman & Taylor score impressive wins in front of hometown crowd at NAAFS: Rock ‘N Rumble in Cleveland

August 18, 2012 by  
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Friday night was a night to remember for Intimidation Clothing as the company once again served as a title sponsor to an NAAFS event at Rock ‘N Rumble 6 in The Flats in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. On a night that defied some forecasts and provided a cool but comfortable outdoor MMA atmosphere, the Intimidation brand scored a record night while watching three of their own score decisive wins in front of an energetic crowd of fans.

Torrance Taylor, fighting for just the second time since his dominant win over Shonie Carter at Bellator 25 two years ago, scored a 3rd round TKO of his opponent Tom Waters. Now 11-7-1 and 2-0 while sponsored by the Intimidation brand, Taylor has now won three straight and four of five fights overall fighting for Rising Dragon MMA located on the West side of Cleveland.

Rock Hard MMA & Akron product Isaiah Chapman entered the night 2-0 with two finishes as a pro as he faced a hard-nosed Mike Nesto. While Chapman continued to pepper Nesto with solid stand up, more importantly Chapman was able avoid multiple submission attempts to score a unanimous decision win and improve to 3-0 as a pro. Chapman is a name that will continue to be seen popping up on national pro prospect lists at 135 pounds.

In the night’s main event Jessica “Evil” Eye (8-1, 2-0 Bellator) proved why she belongs in thNAAFS Fight Nite in the Flatse Top 5, if not higher, in the women’s 125 pound rankings. Fighting against a tough, highly-ranked Angela Magana, Eye was able to dominate Magana for three rounds dropping her more than once and stuffing her opponent’s takedown attempts throughout. In the end all three judges saw the fight 30-27 in what was likely Eye’s most impressive performance to date.

The NAAFS returns on Saturday, August 25th as they make their first trip to Charleston, West Virginia for Caged Fury 18 at the Charleston Civic Center with Intimidation Clothing once again in attendance.

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 regularly being featured on multiple sporting events on MTV2, FUEL TV, EpixHD, AXS TV and SportsTime Ohio 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. 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 the Intimidation brand on Facebook and follow Intimidation on Twitter.

Intimidation Clothing to sponsor lightweight Torrance Taylor at NAAFS: Rock ‘N Rumble 6 in Cleveland, Ohio

Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce the sponsorship of Torrance Taylor in his NAAFS lightweight fight on Friday night in Cleveland, Ohio. NAAFS: Rock ‘N Rumble 6 takes place on Friday, August 17th at the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in The Flats in Cleveland, Ohio with select fights to be broadcast during the Fall on SportsTime Ohio and the entire event broadcast live on www.gfl.tv. Torrance Taylor MMAThe Intimidation brand will also sponsor pros Jessica Eye, Isaiah Chapman, Eli Garshnick and Ruslan Khaskhanov in pro fights at the same event.

Bellator and Strikeforce veteran Torrance “The Tyrant” Taylor (10-7-1) returns to the cage for just the second time in two years while riding a two fight win streak. He last fought in April 2011 scoring a win over reigning NAAFS Welterweight Champion Kyle Baker at a UCB event in Parma, Ohio and before that defeated UFC veteran Shonie Carter (pictured) in a dominant unanimous decision at Bellator 25 in Chicago, Illinois. A Cleveland native and member of the Rising Dragon Fight Team, Taylor is no stranger to the NAAFS having fought nine times for the Canton-based MMA promotion.

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 regularly being featured on multiple sporting events on MTV2, FUEL TV, EpixHD, AXS TV and SportsTime Ohio 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. 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 the Intimidation brand on Facebook and follow Intimidation on Twitter.