#LocalMMA Monday: Colosseum Combat MMA

June 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Local / Regional MMA, News

Mixed martial arts events have been popping up across the country in cities big and small, with varying levels of success. Typically when you see an event in a smaller city you expect a smaller show, but that’s not the case in Kokomo, Indiana (population: 45,000).

Mark Slater - Colosseum Combat MMAColosseum Combat MMA is arguably the best organization in the state of Indiana, and it became so while operating solely in the state’s 13th largest city. Colosseum Combat has become a go-to for top amateur and professional fighters alike, and the “little organization that could” regularly attracts some of the best regional talent available in the Midwest.

Owner and promoter Mark Slater has helped grow the organization to become one of the best regional events in the country, with highlights regularly shown on AXS TV’s “Inside MMA.”

Slater took over as owner in 2009 after the organization was launched by Jay Martin in 2006.

“Jay had built a good reputation for the organization so it was easy to start where he left off and grow the promotion each show,” Slater said. He’ll run his 20th show as owner – Colosseum Combat’s 30th overall – on October 11th, once again in Kokomo.

Colosseum Combat MMA girlsAlso acting as the promotion’s matchmaker, Slater has attracted some of the best regional talent to the organization throughout the years. UFC and Bellator MMA veteran Ryan Thomas is the organization’s current welterweight champion, and fighters like current UFC star Anthony Lapsley, UFC veteran Shamar Bailey, former WEC champion Chase Beebe, World Series of Fighting star Carson Beebe, and TUF veterans Dustin Neace, Daniel Head, and Casey Dyer have all competed inside the Colosseum Combat cage.

In addition to the big show veterans, regional stars like James Porter, Johnathan Ivey, Nick Kraus, Rob Morrow and Team Intimidation stars Bobby Emmons and Danny Surface have all graced Colosseum Combat MMA’s cage in the past.

With well-balanced matchmaking and ever-increasing fan support, Colosseum Combat stands out as a big-time player on the local MMA scene.

When asked about the reason for his success, Slater had this to say, “[Colosseum Combat] is a local MMA show where fighters can fight in front of a nice crowd in a professional setting.”

 

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 sponsored Rob Morrow looks for second win in two weeks at MCC in Iowa

Intimidation Clothing sponsored light heavyweight fighter Rob “The Destroyer” Morrow will look for his second win in two weeks, as the Chicago native heads to Iowa this weekend to compete once again. Morrow (13-15) will look for his fifth straight win as he faces Strikeforce veteran Joe Cason (8-1) at MCC 52 in Des Moines. Rob Morrow MMAMorrow just competed on Saturday, where he successfully defended his Colosseum Combat light heavyweight title with a first round TKO over Keith Smetana at CC XXVIII in Indiana.

This will be the second time that Intimidation has worked with Morrow, who is one of the hottest light heavyweights in the country as he works to move his record back toward the .500 mark. He has won 4 in a row, 7 of 10, and is 9-3 in his last 12 bouts. Of those 9 wins, just one has made it to the judges. For this bout, however, Morrow will compete as a heavyweight, where he looks to improve to 6-0 in the division. If he makes it past Cason, Morrow will advance to face Josh Christensen (8-3) for the MCC heavyweight title.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of MMA 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.

Weekend Recap: Chapman, Comer, Hawk, Morrow, Rozewski & Zomcik highlight record weekend for Intimidation at Colosseum Combat & Driven MMA events

March 1st marked one of the biggest days in Intimidation Clothing history, with three events sponsored in three different states and multiple fighters also representing the brand in action. Sponsoring two of the most successful and respected Local MMA promotions in the Midwest, Colosseum Combat MMA in Indiana and Driven MMA (powered by the NAAFS) in Ohio, the Intimidation brand was once again the most visible supporter of Local MMA in the region.

Jessica Zomcik WMMA The Intimidation crew was on hand at the inaugural Driven MMA event in Canton, Ohio, where fans flocked to the official booth all night while sponsored fighters went 5-2 inside the cage. The all professional event featured 12 bouts, including victories by the likes of Team Intimidaton’s “Big” John Hawk, Jessica “The Zombie” Zomcik, Isaiah “The Beast” Chapman, George “Bonesaw” Comer and Kyle “Kyote” Rozewski. In addition, five Intimidation alums fought on the card with Tony Castillo, Jr., Maxim Grishin, Reggie Parks and Wes Hanson all picking up wins.

Hawk picked up a victory in his first appearance at heavyweight since 2011, as the 3-time Bellator MMA veteran moved to 9-5 overall with a unanimous decision win over fellow Intimidation sponsored heavyweight William “King” Penn (7-4). One of two fighters with his Intimidation signature tee on sale at the event, Hawk is a mainstay with Team Intimidation as a product of Strong Style in MMA.

Zomcik – who sported the “I ♥ #WMMA” tee on her way to the cage – was successful in her pro debut, as the Evolve MMA product picked up where she left off in her amateur career with a 5th straight win overall since switching camps to Evolve MMA. Isaiah Chapman MMAZomcik (pictured, right) completed her 9-3 amateur MMA career by winning the Tuff-N-Uff Women’s 145lb Tournament in November and is starting to be seen nationally as one of the top prospects in Women’s MMA.

Chapman (pictured, left) made his return to the cage in nearly a year after an injury, and picked up a unanimous decision over Charles Stanford (4-2) to move to 5-1 overall. With his Intimidation signature tee on display and for sale throughout the night, Chapman, a long-time member of Team Intimidation, got back on track after ending his amateur career at 12-1 and starting his pro career at 4-0.

Comer continued his run as the most consistent lightweight in Ohio, as he moved to 4-1 overall with a dominant 3-round submission victory over Anthony Morgan (3-1). After a 9-0 amateur career saw Comer struggle to finish his opponents, it is apparent that his training at GriffonRawl MMA is paying off as he scored his third finish in four pro wins.

Kyle Rozewski MMAAnd finally, Rozewski (pictured, right) picked up a win with a first round triangle submission over fellow Team Intimidation member Dustin Kempf. Rozewski, who signed an expanded sponsorship deal with Intimidation earlier this year, earned his fourth win in five fights with each of the four wins coming via stoppage.

Meanwhile, at the sponsored Colosseum Combat XXVIII event in Kokomo, Indiana, sponsored fighter Robert “The Destroyer” Morrow (13-15) successfully defended his light heavyweight title, as he moved to 7-3 in his last 10 fights with a first round TKO victory over Keith Smetana. The win earned him the “Performance of the Night” honors from BluegrassMMA, who were there covering the event. While Intimidation planned to have multiple others fighters sponsored at the event, between injuries and no-show opponents, Morrow was the lone fighter sponsored on the night.

Finally, Intimidation sponsored the Cashfeddy Fight League, a newly-formed Michigan MMA promotion in Grand Rapids.

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

 

Photos courtesy of ShootItMMA.com

Intimidation to sponsor champ Rob Morrow in title defense at Colosseum Combat XXVIII in Kokomo, Indiana

Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce its sponsorship of Rob “The Destroyer” Morrow in his upcoming bout at Colosseum Combat XXVIII on March 1 in Kokomo, Indiana. Morrow (12-15) is set to defend his light heavyweight title against Keith Smetana (6-3) in the night’s main event bout.

Rob Morrow MMAAlthough his record is still below .500, Morrow was a very active fighter in 2013, putting together a successful 6-3 campaign including all six victories via stoppage. His 3 losses came to fighters with a combined record of 23-9-1, including Team Intimidation’s Dan “Dragon” Spohn in the main event at the Intimidation-sponsored UVC 22 event. Currently, Morrow is riding a 3-fight winning streak, including a first round knockout victory over Danny Surface at Colosseum Combat XXVII that earned him the organization’s 205-pound title and revenge for a split decision loss to Michael Marrello earlier in the calendar year.

This will be Intimidation’s second time sponsoring Morrow, a Chicago native who is active in the region, as he looks to move to 4-0 while fighting for Colosseum Combat. In addition to Surface, Morrow has defeated Jordan Mitchell and Jonathan Ivey for the Kokomo, Indiana-based promotion.

Along with sponsoring Morrow, Intimidation is also set to sponsor Michael Eikenberry. Also set to be sponsored on the card were Ryan Thomas and Bobby Emmons before both were forced off with injuries. Intimidation will also serve as a title sponsor for the Colosseum Combat XXVIII event, with products available at the official booth run by Intimidation Indiana/Kentucky crew and Shane Conner.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of MMA 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 Clothing to sponsor & sell at Colosseum Combat XXVIII in Kokomo, Indiana

February 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Event Sponsorships, Local / Regional MMA, News, Sponsorships

Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce its continued partnership with one of Indiana’s top promotions, as the company will sponsor Colosseum Combat XXVIII on March 1 in Kokomo, Indiana. Colosseum Combat MMAAlong with sponsoring the event, Team Intimidation’s highly-visible Indiana crew will also be on hand selling its popular brand of t-shirts, hats, hoodies, fight shorts, and more.

The event is easily one of the organization’s biggest in recent memory, as a pair of professional titles will be on the line in the evening’s two headlining bouts. In the main event, UFC and Bellator veteran Ryan “The Tank Engine” Thomas (19-8) will defend his Colosseum Combat welterweight title against Ohio native Chris Curtis (8-3). A member of Team Intimidation, Thomas (pictured, below) will look for his sixth win in seven outings when he faces the ultra-tough Curtis. In the co-headliner, Robert Morrow (12-15) will defend his Colosseum Combat light heavyweight title against Keith Smetana (6-3).

Also sponsored on the Colosseum Combat MMA card are pro middleweight Mike Eikenberry (2-4 pro, 6-2 amateur), a 8-time Colosseum Combat vet and amateur bantamweight Justen Dowsett (11-6 amateur). Ryan Thomas MMAPreviously scheduled to be on the card is Team Intimidation featherweight Bobby Emmons (3-3 pro) who was pulled from the card with a injury.

Colosseum Combat is one of the most consistent regional organizations in the Midwest, as highlights are regularly shown on AXS TV and events are routinely sold out. That’s a testament to the commitment of promoter Mark Slater, who proudly represents the Intimidation and his promotion’s other sponsors. Intimidation and Colosseum Combat MMA have worked together for nearly two years as the Intimidation brand sponsors their events and multiple fighters at most every event.

The Colosseum Combat MMA event will be part of a banner night for the Intimidation brand on March 1, with events to be sponsored in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio, along with several pro and amateur fighters sponsored at each event.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of MMA & boxing 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 Clothing to sponsor Colosseum Combat XXVII on November 23rd in Kokomo, Indiana

Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce its continued partnership with one of Indiana’s top promotions, as the company will sponsor Colosseum Combat XXVII on November 23 in Kokomo, Indiana. Along with sponsoring the event, Team Intimidation’s highly-visible Indiana crew will also be on hand selling its popular brand of t-shirts, hats, hoodies, fight shorts, and more.

Colosseum Combat MMAThe event features a 5-round main event for the organization’s professional light heavyweight title, as Team Intimidation’s Danny Surface (6-5-1) is set to take on veteran Robert Morrow (10-15). Five other pro bouts are also scheduled for the event, including a co-main event featuring TUF 9 veteran Daniel Head (9-3) vs. unbeaten Andrew Holbrook (4-0).

Colosseum Combat is one of the most consistent regional organizations in the Midwest, as highlights are regularly shown on AXS TV and events are routinely sold out. That’s a testament to the commitment of promoter Mark Slater, who proudly represents the Intimidation and his promotion’s other sponsor. Intimidation and Colosseum Combat MMA have worked together for nearly two years as the Intimidation brand sponsors their events and multiple fighters at most every event.

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 FOX, 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 the brand is well known for their popular Vintage Series, Local MMA t-shirts and Intimidate Cancer lines of merchandise. 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.