Year In Review: 2013 proves to be highly successful for the growth of the Intimidation brand

At this time of year we hear much about resolutions to get better and looking back at what has been accomplished over the past 12 months. Here at Intimidation Clothing, things are not much different, although the moniker of “getting better” is not something we take for granted – it’s a daily goal. After a 2012 that saw Intimidation Clothing continue to sponsor Bellator events and a host of top-tier regional MMA promotions as well as fighters on major TV networks, 2013 had a lot to live up to. And indeed it did as 2013 proved to be a banner year for our company breaking every known record the company had established in past years. Since starting this company in late 2009, the Intimidation brand has steadily grown into one of the most recognizable names in the MMA and combat sports industry, and we take a look back at the year that was in our 2013 Year in Review.

Charlie Brenneman MMAThe year began strong with the sponsorship of one of the more high-profile MMA fighters Intimidation has worked with as Charlie Brenneman (pictured, right) fought in Altoona, Pennsylvania on January 8th, defeating a fighter we would later come to sponsor and become a big fan of in Eric Irvin. Brenneman, a 8-fight UFC vet who made the move from 170lbs to lightweight in 2013, has since gone 4-0 at 155lbs as he looks to once again make a name for himself in the UFC.

Also early in January, the impact of Jessica Eye’s win over Zoila Gurgel in December 2011 was seen as she rocketed to the top of the Women’s MMA rankings. Eye, who bounced between Bellator MMA and the highly-respected and Intimidation sponsored NAAFS, was ranked as the #1 female fighter in the world at 125lbs before announcing the move to 135lbs late in 2013.

As the month of January wore on the Intimidation brand continued to get high-profile exposure as Brian Rogers presented at the World MMA Awards in Las Vegas and AXS TV’s Best of 2012 featured a variety of Intimidation-sponsored fighters. As Bellator MMA geared up for their debut on Spike TV, and flew both Rogers and Eye out for the premier at Bellator 85, Intimidation continued its strong push on the Local MMA scene into Indiana. With a fully-stocked crew traveling to events put on by Colosseum Combat MMA, Mad Wolf Promotions/Art of War, Rocktagon MMA, Chris Lytle’s Midwest Fight Series, HookNShoot and more, Intimidation Clothing was able to replicate our strong presence as the biggest supporter of Local MMA in Ohio and do the same in Indiana. Chris Lytle at Intimidation boothMeanwhile, the aforementioned Rocktagon MMA promotion and Intimidation began their partnership in January 2013 ti increase Intimidation’s TV exposure and add more regional events to the company’s slate as Rocktagon has held events in Ohio, Indiana, Texas, California and more.

In February, longtime Team Intimidation member Dan “Dragon” Spohn made his debut for the UVC in Columbus, Ohio and started a memorable year on a high note. Spohn scored submission wins at both UVC 22 in January and UVC 23 in May to bounce back from a rough 2012 and open doors for greater things in his MMA career. As Spohn headlined the UVC events, Intimidation continued their support of the Ultimate Victory Challenge promotion in Columbus, Ohio throughout the year as the two organizations expect to work together for years to come.

Brian Rogers, Isaiah Chapman & Jessica EyeIntimidation’s annual trip to the Arnold Sports Festival took place in March where the brand featured Eye, Rogers, Spohn, TUF 7 vet Luke Zachrich, UFC & TUF 10 vet Wes Sims and fast-rising prospect Isaiah Chapman signing autographs at the company’s booth. The Arnold once again provided a plethora of picture opportunities and fantastic exposure for the brand and featured the public release of Intimidation’s popular Irish “Shamrocked” tee design.

March continued strong with the brand sponsoring explosive knockout artist Chidi Njokuani live on AXS TV at RFA 7 near Denver, Colorado and continued with the sponsorship of NAAFS: Caged Vengeance 13 in Canton, Ohio – one of the best fight cards in Ohio MMA history. Featuring Intimidation sponsored Isaiah Chapman, Frank Caraballo, George Comer, John Hawk, Nick Duell, Antonio Castillo, Jr. and Julian Lane along with Intimidation alum Travis Clark and later-signed Jessica Zomcik, the event not only had a truly stacked fight card but was also a sell-out that thrilled the fans in attendance.

Jessica Eye MMA - Bellator2013 also saw Intimidation Clothing continue its strong support of women’s MMA. As long-time Team Intimidation member Jessica “Evil” Eye continued her winning streak and made the jump in weight to join the UFC, the company also continued their work with another awesome member of the current UFC bantamweight division in Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke. After Duke was the company’s Athlete of the Month in March 2013, she proceeded to fight at Invicta FC 5 in Kansas City, sign autographs at the company’s booth at XFC 23 in Louisville, Kentucky in April, and later appear on TUF 18 on Fox Sports 1 before earning her roster spot with a win on the TUF Finale in November. Intimidation also sponsored Tanikka Brents, Rebecca Heintzman, Amber Stautzenberger, Kelly Warren and Kaitlin Young during the year and inked the top-ranked amateur at 145lbs in the world, Jessica Zomcik, to a sponsorship contract. A product of Evolve MMA in Medina, Ohio, Zomcik went on to win the 2013 Tuff-N-Uff Featherweight Championship in Las Vegas to cap off her amateur career.

The company continued its strong support of the Local MMA scene by signing on to sponsor all Hardrock MMA events in 2013 and beyond in late March and continued the strong push into the Kentucky MMA scene in sponsoring the XFC’s return to the Bluegrass State at XFC 23 in Louisville on April 19th. Meanwhile, the company continued their growth outside of MMA in signing then 8-time Amateur National Champion boxer Cam F. Awesome (pictured, right) in early April. Awesome, who has had a banner year in 2013 as he pushes forward towards the 2016 Olympics, is a plant-based athlete and has won more titles in his weight class than anyone in the history of USA boxing. Cam F Awesome - BoxingHe is also a well-known local role model in Kansas City and is a proud Big of the Big Brother Big Sister program. and a strong advocate of cancer prevention and awareness via plant-based nutrition.

As April continued, Intimidation sponsorship of many of the best prospects in MMA continued seeing Mark Cherico and Brian Camozzi both continue to fight while sponsored by the Intimidation brand. Cherico (5-0), one of Pittsburgh’s most popular fighters and Camozzi (2-1), the Colorado-based lightweight and younger brother of UFC middleweight Chris Camozzi, continued to show the growth of the Intimidation brand across the nation.

May was a slow month for MMA but saw the Intimidation brand sponsor UVC 23 in Columbus as well as main event winner Dan Spohn (pictured, left). Dan Spohn MMAIn addition to Spohn, Intimidation sponsored Ronin Training Center owner Luke Zachrich, StrongStyle MMA’s Joe Heiland and more at another event rich with ties to the Intimidation brand. Later in the month, Intimidation-sponsored Brian Rogers and Jessica Eye made a second public appearance in Andover, Ohio’s Pymatuning Valley Middle School where the two athletes spoke on the importance of making good life choices, the effects of bullying and more.

Early in June each year Intimidation Clothing prepares for one major event – the NAAFS’ Fight Nite in the Flats event in Cleveland, Ohio. The biggest annual MMA event in the state of Ohio, the 2013 version, Fight Nite in the Flats IX, featured scheduled fights for Intimidation sponsored UFC vets Jason Dent and Forrest Petz, top-ranked female fighter Jessica Eye and Terry Blackwell, Brian Camozzi, George Comer, Maxim Grishin, Torrance Taylor and a variety of top amateurs.

The summer months saw Intimidation make two of the biggest moves in company history adding official distributors in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. Working together with newly appointed Director of Sales Wes Jones, Intimidation President & CEO Luke Jernigan stated that “the International growth of the sport of MMA cannot be ignored and Intimidation Clothing intends to continue to be a part of this global economic impact.” Kyle Rozewski w/Luke JerniganThe company continues to push forward sponsoring fighters in International events including Cody Stevens at OneFC and Lee Morrison for M-1 Global, with more announcements expected in early 2014.

2013 saw Intimidation continue to build on their regional MMA growth sponsoring events and fighters in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Minnesota, North Dakota, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, Nevada, California and more as well as big cities like Cleveland, Chicago, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Buffalo, Kansas City, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Akron, Boise, Canton, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Toledo and Las Vegas. It also saw Brian “The Predator” Rogers continue to make appearances on behalf of Bellator MMA including the BET Awards in Los Angeles, California. In addition, Rogers’ Bellator 61 flying knee KO of Vitor Vianna was once again named the #1 Knockout in Bellator’s history in July.

Two big pro/am MMA events from the NAAFS took place in Northeast Ohio in August as Intimidation sponsored both Caged Vengeance 14 in Carrollton and Rock ‘N Rumble 7 later in the month in Cleveland. At the Carrollton event Intimidation Clothing and Kyle “Kyote” Rozewski (pictured with Jernigan, above on right) began working together and doors opened almost immediately. Local MMA Series from IntimidationA native of the Buffalo, New York area, Rozewski has proven to be a great asset for the brand. In addition to getting Intimidation on board with gyms, fighters, promoters and media outlets from Western New York, Rozewski himself continues to build a name for himself inside the cage as a featherweight and outside of the cage as a commentator for the TNT Fight Series in Buffalo and for Pinnacle FC in Pittsburgh.

August also saw the release of Intimidation’s popular “Support Local MMA” t-shirts (pictured, left). After years of supporting the local MMA scene alongside MMAmadhouse, Bluegrass MMA, Cage Craze, OHMMA.com and a plethora of promoters and gyms, the Intimidation brand decided to put that support on, of all things, a t-shirt.

Brian Rogers MMANew signature shirts for multiple fighters were released in 2013 including the Isaiah “The Beast” Chapman tee in March, the Mark “The Pride of Bloomfield” Chercio signature tee in July and Brian Rogers’ second Intimidation signature tee featuring his flying knee KO (pictured, right). In addition, TUF 18 star Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke joined the Intimidation signature tee line, reserved for “championship level professionals” during the Fall of 2013 during her run on The Ultimate Fighter. The complete line of Intimidation MMA fighter signature shirts can be found online at IntimidationClothing.com.

Intimidate Cancer made its debut in late August and has continued to grow since then. With a popular Facebook page and the addition of 10 different ribbon colors for added cancer awareness, fans can rest assured knowing a portion of the proceeds from each shirt sold go back to cancer research and awareness. In addition, Intimidation Clothing’s Intimidate Cancer line is available for private fundraisers to help families in need.

Intimidate CancerIn September Intimidation Clothing signed on to sponsor their first two MMA events outside of the USA with MMA Battle Arena in the UK and Extreme Cage Combat in Canada. Sticking with the plan to find solid, strategic partnerships outside of the USA, Intimidation’s role as the biggest supporter of Local MMA soon became a moniker that applied to more than just the USA. Meanwhile, closer to home, Intimidation sponsored its first event in the Buffalo area in late September as the Buffalo and Western NY market became a bigger focus of the company’s regional growth plan.

As October began, Intimidation’s own Brian Rogers joined StrongStyle teammate Stipe Miocic teaching a MMA seminar in Toronto. Mojo Horne MMAThe company also sponsored consecutive MMA events in Akron as the NAAFS and EFP both scored successful events while the Indianapolis market saw two events in the same weekend with the MFS and Art of War promotions both staying busy the second weekend of October. Cincinnati’s own Mojo Horne (pictured, right) added another win at a Absolute Action MMA event in Northern Kentucky and the brand sponsored Mansfield, Ohio’s own Cody Stevens as he fought MMA legend Shinya Aoki in Singapore. As Jessica Eye made her UFC debut in successful fashion, another Intimidation alum signed with the UFC in Indiana’s own Anthony Lapsley.

2013 also featured the definition of Team Intimidation to include more than just MMA fighters. In addition to high level grapplers Pablo Castro and Robby Malof, youth grappler Pito Castro and decorated amateur boxer Cam F. Awesome, Intimidation’s sponsorships of the 614 Mud Militia in multiple Tough Mudder competitions began to open doors for the brand. It was followed by the sponsorship of 15-year old BMX standout Chris Peterie, rodeo cowboy Gearen Hale, figure competitor Tonya Rae Hickey and more. That trend is expected in 2014 with details expected to be announced soon.

November was Jessica Zomcik’s time to shine as the top-ranked ammy proved to be worthy of her ranking in taking the women’s 145lb Tuff-N-Uff title in Las Vegas. Jessica Zomcik WMMA - Tuff-N-UffAs Intimidation continued their growth in Indianapolis adding the MMA Fit Club as an official dealer, the brand continued to build upon their strong Indiana presence sponsoring Colosseum Combat MMA once again as well as main event title challenger Danny Surface.

December saw Intimidation lock in deals with two companies expected to be a major piece of the company’s growth in 2014. The Florida-based XFC, which aired all 2012 and 2013 events on AXS TV, featured the Intimidation brand inside their cage at XFC 27 in Muskegon, Michigan and will continue to bring added exposure to the Intimidation name in 2014. Meanwhile the Vegas Fight Tour, which takes fans to the top gyms in Las Vegas, Nevada and features Intimidation prizes and giveaways, was also inked to a deal to help both companies get added exposure. Meanwhile, Intimidation stayed busy on December 7th sponsoring events in the Buffalo, NY area as well as Akron, OH as the TNT Fight Series and NAAFS were both in action. As the year came to a close, former CFA featherweight champ Jordan Parsons continued his winning streak to improve to 9-1 with a win close to home in Minnesota. Vegas Fight Tour - Las VegasOn the final weekend of 2013, Intimidation was able to sponsor Evolve MMA’s Justin “Harry” Lester wrestling seminar as the 4-time state champion in Ohio and 2012 Olympian instructed fans at the gym in Medina, Ohio.

“Looking back, I could not be much happier about the way things have gone in 2013 for our brand,” stated Luke Jernigan, President & CEO of Intimidation Clothing, LLC. “I expect fans will see the continued, unmatched support of the Local MMA scene in 2014 as well as some very strategic expansion into other sports.”

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of lifestyle apparel 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 Torrance Taylor in NAAFS title fight at Fight Nite in the Flats IX in Cleveland, Ohio

May 28, 2013 by  
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Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce the sponsorship of Torrance Taylor in his NAAFS lightweight title fight on June 1 in Cleveland, Ohio. NAAFS: Fight Nite in the Flats IX takes place at the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in The Flats in Cleveland, Ohio with select fights to be broadcast during on SportsTime Ohio and the entire event broadcast live on www.gfl.tv. Torrance Taylor MMA Taylor is set to take on Intimidation-sponsored Terry Blackwell (3-1) in a match-up of two of the hottest 155-pound fighters in the state with the vacant NAAFS lightweight title on the line. The bout will serve as the co-main event, with the entire event being sponsored by Intimidation as well.

Bellator and Strikeforce veteran Torrance “The Tyrant” Taylor (11-7-1) returns to the cage to put his 4-fight winning streak on the line. He last fought in December 2012, scoring a TKO win over Gino DiGiulio in a bout where he was originally slated to face Blackwell. Before that, he made his return to the cage after more than a year off to earn a TKO victory over Tom Waters at NAAFS: Rock N Rumble 6 in August 2012. His bout prior to that was in April 2011, where he scored a win over former NAAFS Welterweight Champion Kyle Baker at a UCB event in Parma, Ohio and before that defeated UFC veteran Shonie Carter 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 ten times for the Canton-based MMA promotion.

Torrance Taylor MMAThe Intimidation brand will also sponsor pros Jessica Eye, Nick Duell, Jason Dent, Forrest Petz, Maxim Grishin, George Comer, and Brian Camozzi in pro fights at the same event. Intimidation will also be in attendance at Jacobs Pavilion selling its popular brand of t-shirts, hats, hoodies, fight shorts at more at its official booth.

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 to sponsor Terry Blackwell in NAAFS lightweight title fight at Fight Nite in the Flats IX in Cleveland, Ohio

May 24, 2013 by  
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Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce its sponsorship of rising lightweight contender Terry Blackwell in his upcoming bout at NAAFS: Fight Night in the Flats IX on June 1. Blackwell (3-1) is set to take on Torrance “The Tyrant” Taylor (11-7-1) for the vacant NAAFS lightweight title at the Jacobs Pavilion in Cleveland, Ohio. terry-blackwell_450The bout is set to co-headline the event, as the whole show will air via iPPV on gfl.tv.

Blackwell is the leader of Instigator Fight Team at Victory Martial Arts – an official Intimidation dealer – and is riding a three-fight winning streak, including a decision victory over Brandon Suber at NAAFS: Caged Vengeance 11 in August. With both fighters known for their striking, Blackwell is sure to provide tough opposition for the surging Taylor. This bout was originally slated to happen at NAAFS: Night of Champions 2012, but Blackwell was injured and it was rescheduled to take place at the annual showcase event for NAAFS.

The Intimidation brand will also sponsor pros Jessica Eye, Nick Duell, Jason Dent, Forrest Petz, Maxim Grishin, George Comer and Brian Camozzi and more  at the same event. Intimidation will also be in attendance as a presenting sponsor at Jacobs Pavilion selling its popular brand of t-shirts, hats, hoodies, fight shorts at more at its official booth.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of lifestyle apparel & MMA training gear based in Ohio with a strong presence throughout the Midwest USA and a growing national presence. The Intimidation brand is regularly featured on multiple sporting events on SpikeTV, AXS TV, SportsTime Ohio, MTV2, FUEL TV, The Comcast Network, Comcast  SportsNet and EpixHD as well as MMA highlight shows on Spike TV, AXS TV and more. In addition to over 110 styles of high-quality, bold t-shirts and sweatshirts for men, women and children and is also known for their premium-quality EliteFighter MMA board shorts. Intimidation products can be found for sale online at IntimidationClothing.com and fans can follow the marketing wing of the Intimidation brand, Intimidation Interactive Media, @IntimidationIM. Follow Intimidation Clothing on Facebook and @IntimidationMMA on Twitter.

 

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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 adds new authorized dealers in Canton, Paulding & Portsmouth, Ohio

March 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Dealer Spotlight, Local / Regional MMA, News

Intimidation Clothing is proud to announce the addition of three new locations in Ohio for its popular clothing brand. New dealers have been added in Northeast, Northwest and Southern Ohio to continue the brand’s rapid expansion. Those interested in joining Intimidation’s list of authorized dealers should email info (at) intimidation-clothing.com or reach out to the brand on Twitter @IntimidationMMA.

1050-webMalice MMA, located at 109 E. Perry St. in Paulding, Ohio, opens Intimidation to a new market in Northwest Ohio and Northeast Indiana. Along with selling Intimidation gear in his gym, owner Rob Majors will also act as an Intimidation rep, selling the popular apparel at the upcoming Purgatory Fight Series 12 event in Toledo on March 23 as well as IT Fight Series 19 in Findlay on April 13. More events are also expected to be added to this list. Along with a full-scale MMA program, Malice MMA offers women’s total body conditioning, youth MMA, weight and cardio fitness, and personal training. For more information, visit their website at MaliceFighters.com.

“Having someone like Rob not only sell our brand in his gym but also be willing to profit off the Intimidation name at regional MMA events is very important to the growth of our brand,” stated Luke Jernigan, President & CEO of Intimidation Clothing.

Victory Martial Arts, located at 1000 30th St. NW in Canton, Ohio, is home to the Instigator Fight Team and is also a new Intimidation dealer. Home to top NAAFS fighters Terry Blackwell, Antonio Castillo Jr., and more, the gym has been a mainstay on the scene in Northeast Ohio and adds another one of the top gyms in Ohio to the Intimidation dealer list. It also serves as Intimidation’s first dealer in Canton.

Finally, upon the opening of Portsmouth Fight Club in Portsmouth, Ohio, the gym will serve as a dealer for Intimidation products. The new home of undefeated and Intimidation-sponsored professional heavyweight Tim Dunn, the gym is expected to attract fighters from the Kentucky, West Virginia, and Portsmouth areas and will open soon.

1072-web“The addition of these three new dealers is a perfect example of how our company does business,” said Jernigan. “Whether you have a store or gym in a small, rural town or a big city, companies looking to make money from one of the hottest brands on the market today are welcome to join our fast-growing list of authorized dealers.”

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 Blackwell, Chapman, Hawk, Kempf & Taylor at NAAFS Night of Champions in Medina, Ohio

November 30, 2012 by  
Filed under Fighter Sponsorships, News, Sponsorships

Intimidation Clothing is unparalleled in its sponsorship of Northeast Ohio fighters, and that trend will continue at NAAFS Night of Champions 2012 on Dec. 15 in Medina, where the popular clothing brand will be represented by at least five professional fighters on one of the year’s biggest cards.

John Hawk MMA“Big” John Hawk (7-4) will make his return to the NAAFS cage after a 2-1 stint in Bellator, where he may not be done making waves on a national level. Originally slated to take on reigning 205lb champ Josh Stansbury, the former NAAFS heavyweight champion will now take on an opponent to be named as he looks for his third win in four outings. Of course Hawk is one of a select few fighters with their own signature tee from Intimidation (pictured) and fans can buy the John Hawk signature shirt online at IntimidationClothing.com.

Intimidation will also sponsor both fighters in what is sure to be an electrifying lightweight title bout. Torrance “Tyrant” Taylor (10-9-1) will take on Terry Blackwell (3-1) in a match-up of two of the hottest 155-pound fighters in the state. Taylor made his return to the cage in August after an extended layoff, but there was no rust, as he put a beatdown on Tom Waters to earn a third round TKO. Known for his flashy striking, Taylor has also rounded out the grappling part of his game and figures to be a tough out as he is now able to focus more on training after earning his economics degree from Cleveland State University. Blackwell is the leader of Instigator Fight Team, and is riding a three-fight winning streak, including a decision victory over Brandon Suber in August. Also known for his striking, Blackwell is sure to provide tough opposition for the surging Taylor.

Dustin Kempf MMAIn another marquee bout, unbeaten bantamweight Isaiah “The Beast” Chapman (3-0) will look to stay unbeaten as he takes on Dustin Kempf (6-5) in what figures to be his toughest test to date. Chapman is riding an 11-fight winning streak dating back to his amateur career, where he was a two-time NAAFS National Amateur Champion. Coming off of a loss to the surging Frank Caraballo for the interim featherweight championship at Bellator 51, Kempf makes his return to the cage after an extended layoff and looks to make waves in a new lighter division.

Intimidation Clothing will also serve as a title sponsor of the NAAFS Night of Champions 2012 event, as it does for all NAAFS events.

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 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.

Intimidation to sponsor “The Mexican Muscle,” Antonio Castillo, Jr. at NAAFS Caged Fury 20 in Columbus, Ohio

October 22, 2012 by  
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Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce the sponsorship of Antonio Castillo, Jr in his NAAFS Featherweight bout on Saturday, November 10 in Columbus, Ohio. Antonio Castillo Jr. MMACastillo, cleverly nicknamed “The Mexican Muscle,” will face fellow Intimidation-sponsored featherweight Bobby Emmons, and Indiana-based fighter who will be making his NAAFS debut. “NAAFS: Caged Fury 20” takes place at the Columbus Convention Center and also features multi-time Intimidation-sponsored fighters Travis Clark and Dan Spohn.

Tony “The Mexican Muscle” Castillo (4-4 pro), completed a 7-1 amateur MMA career in 2009. Castillo fought five times in 2011 with three of his pro MMA fights with the Toledo-based Purgatory Championship Fighting promotion and his past three pro fights coming with the NAAFS. Most recently Castillo defeated Paul Compton in February and Kevin Rothacker in November 2011, both wins coming by unanimous decision while sponsored by the Intimidation brand. After that, he lost to Frank Caraballo in a bout for the NAAFS featherweight title in June. Castillo is looking to get back on track with a win in one of the deepest divisions in the NAAFS.

Tony Castillo MMACastillo is expected to walk out wearing Intimidation’s popular Elite t-shirt which features a half star and skull with Intimidation in block letters written vertically down the chest along with the Elite design on his shorts. In addition to sponsoring Castillo, the Intimidation brand continues to serve as a title sponsor of all NAAFS events throughout the states of Ohio and West Virginia.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of MMA apparel & gear based in Ohio with a strong presence throughout the Midwest USA and a growing national presence having been featured on multiple events on MTV2 and HDNet in recent months. In addition to over 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 on Facebook and follow Intimidation Clothing on Twitter @IntimidationMMA.

 

Photos courtesy of Hexlinc Photography.

Zachrich, Lee, Buck, Blackwell & Hanna score wins on record weekend for the Intimidation brand

Once again, fighters sponsored by Intimidation Clothing had a successful weekend over the weekend of August 4th.

Following a lengthy layoff, Luke Zachrich (pictured) earned a hard-fought victory by unanimous decision over Nick Kraus at UVC 20. The win marked the first for Zachrich since 2009, and should send a notice to middleweights around the world that he is healed up and looking to stake his claim in the division.

Also at UVC 20 in Columbus, Rob Hanna won by submission due to strikes over Nate Clark. Hanna made a successful transition to the professional ranks after a stand-out career as an amateur.

At the NAAFS’ first show in Eastlake, Ohio, fan-favorite Terry Blackwell earned a split decision victory over a very game opponent in Brandon Suber. With the win, Blackwell moves up to 3-1 as a professional and 8-1 overall in his MMA career.

Intimidation Clothing also sponsored Johnny Buck in his XFC 19 fight, which ended in dramatic fashion with a KO victory for Buck. In fact, Buck and Intimidation Clothing got some national publicity when the knockout was featured HERE in a clip on ESPN (Buck’s KO can be seen at 0:20 in the video). The fight aired live on AXS TV and got some recognition on the popular MMA website Middle Easy.

Intimidation Clothing was also proud to sponsor Evolve MMA’s Doug Kulbis, Buckeye MMA’s Jon Washington and Indiana-based middleweight Nick Kraus, who all came up short in their bouts on the UVC 20 card. Also representing Intimidation Clothing but coming up short was Adam (David) Mays, who dropped his bout at XFC 19, live on AXS TV.

Stay tuned to IntimidationMMA.com for more sponsorship updates as we continue to grow our brand in the world of MMA.

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 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.

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