Dan “Dragon” Spohn impresses on debut of TUF 19 with vicious knockout (video)

April 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Fighter Sponsorships, News, Sponsorships

Season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter began with a bang last night as well as a heavy Intimidation flavor. In a season featuring five Intimidation alumni, it was an action-packed premier featuring knockouts, injuries, a come from behind submission and a 3-round battle that will go down as one of the best TUF fights in history.

Dan Spohn MMA - BellatorKicking off the show was long-time Team Intimidation member Dan “Dragon” Spohn as he started things with a bang – literally. Just seconds into the fight Spohn landed a hard right on the ear of a charging Tyler King to score one of the fastest knockouts in the history of The Ultimate Fighter. “One of the nastiest knockouts I’ve ever seen in my life,” said former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar.

Spohn (8-3) has been a member of Team Intimidation, dating back to his fourth professional fight. Intimidation sponsored Spohn en route to his winning the NAAFS Light Leavyweight Championship, in his 9-second knockout win at Bellator 51, and his two most recent fights for the UVC in Columbus, Ohio. The Cambridge native is a black belt in traditional kachido akijitsu. Spohn now makes his home in Columbus and holds victories over UFC veteran Josh Hendricks, John Hawk and current NAAFS Light Heavyweight Champion & now TUF 19 vet Josh Stansbury.

In a season featuring middleweight and light heavyweight fighters, Intimidation alumni and NAAFS vets Hector Urbina, Doug Sparks, Mike King and Josh Stansbury all had the chance to fight to get into the TUF 19 house. Urbina and King joined the cast as middleweights with Urbina (16-8-1), the former NAAFS Middleweight Champion and reigning NAAFS Welterweight Champion scoring a submission victory. Meanwhile, Mike King (5-0) a former NAAFS Amateur Light Heavyweight Champion won a 3-round decision in one of the best fights in TUF history. Meanwhile Doug Sparks and Josh Stansbury did not make it into the house for highly differing reasons. The always colorful and entertaining Sparks, who was sponsored by Intimidation at Local MMA fights in Ohio and Kentucky in the past, claimed to be half man and half polar bear in his typical off-the-wall way. However after removing his polar bear ears Sparks (7-2) was unable to get the wins falling via submission.

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Dan Spohn, Brian Rogers & Travis Clark pose with Intimidation CEO Luke Jernigan at the 2012 Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio.

Meanwhile Stansbury (5-2), who was sponsored in his Bellator 71 win over Spohn in West Virginia, was impressive in battering his opponent before injuring his knee on a takedown.

The 16 winners were divided into two teams of 8 to be coached by former UFC champions B.J. Penn and Frankie Edgar. The finalists in the middleweight and light heavyweight division will then compete for a UFC contract at the live finale in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 6th.

The Intimidation brand is no stranger to the TUF house as the brand has worked with current UFC lightweight Daron Cruickshank (TUF 15) as well as TUF alumni Jason Dent (TUF 9), Luke Zachrich (TUF 7) and more. Intimidation was a sponsor of Jessamyn Duke (pictured, right) during her time on TUF 18 and recently signed TUF 18 and UFC alum Roxanne Modafferi.

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.

 

 

Photo Credit (left): Hexlinc Photography

 

 

Intimidation Clothing Athlete of the Month – Dan “Dragon” Spohn

August 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Athlete of the Month, News, Sponsorships

Life as a fighter is full of highs and lows, and one mixed martial artist who has experienced both in his career is light heavyweight Dan “Dragon” Spohn. A dedicated father and family man, the Columbus native has competed as a martial artist for nearly his entire life; Spohn is a black belt in Kachido Akijitsu and is known for his creative striking style and well-rounded mixed martial arts game. A longtime member of Team Intimidation, Spohn is the Intimidation Clothing Athlete of the Month for August 2013.

Dan Spohn MMASpohn was on top of the world in September 2011, as he had just earned the second fastest knockout in Bellator history with 9-second KO of Dane Bonnigson in his debut at Bellator 51, moving his record to 6-0. Then the NAAFS champion after a victory over John Hawk earlier in the year, Spohn signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator with the intent to eventually earn a place in one of the organization’s tournaments for a chance to fight his way to #1 contender status.

And that’s when the tough times started. Spohn lost his next bout in Bellator just over a month later, as he fell to Kelvin Tiller via split decision at Bellator 56. Then Spohn got an opportunity to fight for Bellator once again in Ohio, as he welcomed Attila Vegh to the U.S. for the first time. The bout was back-and-forth through three rounds between the two counter punchers, but once again Spohn was on the wrong side of a split decision.

After the loss, Spohn received one more opportunity in Bellator, as he signed on to defend his NAAFS light heavyweight title against Josh Stansbury at Bellator 71 in West Virginia. And for the first time in his career, Spohn was finished as he lost via submission to Stansbury in the very first round. While Spohn was left to ponder his fighting future, Vegh began his run in the Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament at that same event and proceeded to win Bellator’s 205lb belt.

Dan Spohn MMABut despite the three-fight losing streak, Spohn remained upbeat and never got down on himself as a fighter. He made changes in his training and went back to controlling his own fight camps, and earlier this year he made his debut for the Columbus-based UVC organization with a submission victory over Robert Morrow in the main event at UVC 22. Suddenly Spohn was on his way back up the mountain, and his fighting career was given a new light with an organization that was willing to feature him as a main event star.

Spohn returned to the UVC in May, and once again earned a submission victory, this time stopping Aaron Mays with an arm bar in the first round. Now with two straight wins and a 8-3 pro record against some very tough competition, Dan Spohn is now ready for his next big opportunity. With an eye on the August 24th NAAFS Light Heavyweight title fight between John Hawk and Josh Stansbury, and the recent fights from the UVC closer to home, he should have several nice opportunities to extend his winning streak and gain national prominence.

“Dan is truly one of the good guys in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts,” stated Luke Jernigan, President & CEO of Intimidation Clothing, LLC. “Few carry themselves with so much class and it is an honor for our brand to work with Dan and his wonderful family. I am truly pleased to have Dan Spohn as our August Athlete of the Month.”

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 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 Bellator vet Dan Spohn in UVC 23 co-main event in Columbus, Ohio

April 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Fighter Sponsorships, News, Sponsorships

Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce its continued sponsorship of light heavyweight standout Dan “Dragon” Spohn as he returns to action co-headliner at UVC 23. Spohn (7-3) is set to take on Missouri product Aaron Mays (3-2) in the co-feature on May 10th in Columbus, Ohio.

Dan Spohn MMA - BellatorSpohn will make his second appearance for UVC, as he headlined UVC 22 in February where he earned a second round submission over Rob Morrow to snap a 3-fight losing streak. The former NAAFS champion competed 4 times in Bellator, including the second fastest KO in Bellator history with a 9-second knockout of Dane Bonnigson in his organizational debut at Bellator 51 in September 2010. A black belt in traditional karate, Spohn now makes his home in Columbus and holds victories over notable fighter Josh Hendricks, John Hawk and current NAAFS champion Josh Stansbury.

In addition to sponsoring Spohn, Intimidation is also set to sponsor Bellator and TUF 7 veteran Luke Zachrich in his main event bout against Marcus Finch as well as other select pro and amateur fighters. Intimidation will also serve as a title sponsor for UVC 23, and will be in attendance selling its popular brand of t-shirts, hats, hoodies, fight shorts, and more.

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.

Intimidation Clothing to sponsor five fighters and sell at Bellator 71 in Chester, West Virginia

Intimidation ClothingTM is pleased to announce that the company will be selling at Friday’s Bellator 71 event in Chester, West Virginia. Along with having a fully stocked booth of premium quality Intimidation products, the Intimidation brand will be sponsoring five fighters on the fight card as the company continues to strengthen its presence in West Virginia, Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. The Bellator 71 event will be held at the Mountaineer Casino & Resort in Chester, WV, on Friday night, June 22nd with the MTV2 broadcast beginning at 8 pm ET.
Dan Spohn & John Hawk - Bellator MMA

Dan Spohn (right) and John Hawk (left) are two of the top 205 lb fighters in the USA. The two have fought twice before and Bellator 71 will be the 3rd Bellator event with both on the same fight card.

The Intimidation brand, already one of the most recognizable brand in the MMA and combat sports industry across the Midwest, will be sponsoring five fighters on the Bellator 71 card. This list includes both fighters in the NAAFS Light Heavyweight title fight, Champion Dan Spohn and challenger Josh Stansbury, as well as light heavyweight John Hawk, featherweight Brylan Van Artsdalen and middleweight Chris Goldbaugh. Both Van Artsdalen and Goldbaugh will also be sponsored by Foundation Fight Company which is based out of Wheeling, WV, just a few miles down the road from Chester.

The event will mark the second local event with the Intimidation brand selling at a Bellator event after Intimidation Clothing was live at Bellator 66 in Cleveland. At that event the brand sponsored seven fighters including Brian “The Predator” Rogers in the Season 6 Middleweight Tournament semifinals, Top 10 ranked 125 lb female fighter Jessica “Evil” Eye, Donny “Eagle Eye” Walker, Julian Lane, Joe Heiland and the aforementioned Dan Spohn and John Hawk.

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.

 

Photo courtesy of Hexlinc Photography.

Intimidation Clothing to sponsor NAAFS: Spohn vs. Hawk 2 event in Streetsboro, Ohio

May 16, 2011 by  
Filed under Event Sponsorships, News

Intimidation Clothing is proud to announce their continued sponsorship of NAAFS events including the upcoming Spohn vs. Hawk 2 event on May 21st. Held at The Arena in Streetsboro, Ohio, the night’s main event features a rematch of an August 2010 fight between Dan “The Dragon” Spohn (4-0) and “Big” John Hawk (5-2) with the vacant 205 pound title on the line.

NAAFS: Spohn vs Hawk 2Spohn looks to cement his place in the national 205 pound world as he faces Hawk in a rematch of their fight at NAAFS: Rock ‘N Rumble on August 28, 2010 which saw Spohn win by unanimous decision. A fan favorite fighting near his hometown, the energized Hawk is coming off his most impressive win of his career when both fighters won their most recent fights in February 2011 to setup the title fight. Both Spohn and Hawk will be sponsored by Intimidation Clothing in the title fight. In addition to Spohn and Hawk, Intimidation is also sponsoring Light Heavyweight Adam Milstead on the same card in his pro debut.

The event keeps Intimidation’s string in tact as they are sponsoring every NAAFS (North American Allied Fight Series) event in 2011. Widely regarded as one of the top regional promotions in all of MMA, the NAAFS is scheduled for approximately 30 events in 2011 alone. Intimidation Clothing will once again be highly visible at this event with logos in the cage, banners displayed inside the arena, a full-page ad in the event program and of course a booth at the event to sell Intimidation’s large selection of shirts, hats and more.

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 40 styles of high-quality, bold t-shirts, the company is also becoming known for their premium-quality MMA board shorts, rashguards and more. Fans can like Intimidation on Facebook and follow Intimidation Clothing on Twitter @IntimidationMMA.

Intimidation to sponsor Adam Milstead in pro debut at NAAFS: Spohn vs. Hawk 2

Intimidation Clothing is pleased to sponsor Adam Milstead at NAAFS: Spohn vs. Hawk 2 on May 21, 2011. Milstead will be making his pro MMA debut at the event to be held in Streetsboro, Ohio, and features a NAAFS light heavyweight title fight between Dan “The Dragon” Spohn and “Big” John Hawk.

Milstead (10-2), who completed a highly successful amateur MMA career winning his 9th straight fight in November 2010, will make his pro debut opposite Dane Bonnigson, a 2-time NAAFS amateur champion. Milstead captured titles for three separate local promotions as an amateur including for American Hardcore Cage Fighting and the Yankee Lake Brawlroom promotions. He has a background in wrestling and played college football at Geneva College in Pennsylvania. Milstead currently trains at the new state-of-the-art Ultimate Fight Club facility in Pittsburgh.

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 40 styles of high-quality, bold t-shirts, the company is also becoming known for their premium-quality MMA board shorts, rashguards and more. Fans can like Intimidation on Facebook and follow Intimidation Clothing on Twitter @IntimidationMMA.