Intimidation Alumni Update: Rogers & Spohn face big fights this weekend

Multiple Intimidation Clothing alumni have been making waves around the sport of mixed martial arts, from the UFC to top regional promotions and beyond.

Dan Spohn UFCA cast member of “The Ultimate Fighter 19,” Dan “Dragon” Spohn (@dragonspohn) has gone on a hot streak since his lone UFC appearance following the show, winning three straight bouts in regional action. Now, the longtime light heavyweight and former NAAFS 205b champion is about to get heavy, as the Ohio native is set to bulk up to the heavyweight division, where he will challenge Zu Anyanwu for the CFFC heavyweight title at CFFC 53 on Dec. 4 in Philadelphia. Fans interested in watching the bout can order the fight on GFL.tv.

Spohn’s signature Dragon t-shirt is one of the most unique designs in Intimidation Clothing history, and fans can pick up the shirt right today, Cyber Monday, for just $10.

Another longtime sponsored fighter, Brian “The Predator” Rogers (@BRogthePredator) is set to make his 11th appearance inside the Bellator cage at Bellator MMA 147 on Dec. 4. The Ohio native – who now lives and trains in Denver, Colorado – is set to bulk up to the light heavweight division, where he will take on Strikeforce veteran Virgil Zwicker in a 205-pound bout. The fight will air on the main card live on Spike TV. brog-training05_0913Rogers is known for some of the most vicious knockouts in Bellator history, as his flying knee has become a signature and made him a fan favorite.

Fans can pick up his iconic “flying knee” signature tee in the Intimidation store on Cyber Monday for just $10.

Despite a 9-1 record, popular fighter Mark “The Pride of Bloomfield” Cherico (@MarkChericoMMA) has announced his retirement from the sport of MMA. The Pinnacle FC and Gladiators of the Cage featherweight champ has instead decided to focus on running his new gym, as Mark Cherico’s Martial Arts & Fitness will open soon in the Pittsburgh area. Fans still hope to see “The Pride” in the cage sometime in the future.

Two fighters who were long sponsored by Intimidation Clothing recently put on a memorable performance in their matchup at Pinnacle FC 12 over Thanksgiving week. Khama “The Death Star” Worthy (@thedeathstar_1) and Antonio “Mexican Muscle” Castillo Jr. (@CastilloJR_MMA) showed why they have been fan favorites with a fight of the year performance in their co-main event. After Castillo dominated for much of the fight, the two spent time throwing flurries in rounds 2 and 3. Castillo dropped Worthy twice in the second round, but Worthy came out charging hard in the third round, landing a right hand and then finishing shots on the ground to earn the knockout. Check out this memorable fight here.

Jordan Parsons MMAPart of Intimidation’s massive growth in the Minnesota area, Jordan “Pretty Boy” Parsons (@PrettyBoyMMA_JP) has made a name for himself under the Bellator MMA banner. After a KO win in his first outing, Parsons submitted then 30-0 fighter Julio Cesar Neves. He recently lost his first fight for Bellator, but he figures to be a name to watch in the featherweight division in 2016.

Another fighter who has been sponsored by Intimidation and has long been a friend of the brand, Daniel Straus (@DanielStraus), is once again the Bellator MMA featherweight champion. The Cincinnati native defeated Patricio “Pitbull” Freire on his third attempt to claim the 145-pound title for a second time at Bellator 145 on Nov. 6.

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

 

Dan Spohn photo courtesy of Hexlinc Photography

UFC on FOX sees four Intimidation alumni with big opportunities in front of them

July 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Athlete Sponsorships, News, Sponsorships

UFC on FOX 16 goes down Saturday night in Chicago, and four alumni of the Intimidation brand are all in action on the MMA world’s biggest stage. Jessamyn Duke, Daron Cruickshank, Ben Saunders and Jessica Eye each have big fights, each in their own way. In likely the most high-profile fight of each fighter’s career, Saturday night could determine the fate of each fighter as they move forward in the UFC rankings. Jessamyn Duke with UFC Champ Ronda RouseyFor Eye, a title shot against Ronda Rousey may be next, for others their jobs may be on the line.

Kicking off the night’s card for the Intimidation Clothing alumni is Jessamyn Duke, fighting in the night’s 2nd fight. Duke (3-2) faces off with Elizabeth Phillips (4-3) as she fights for her job after losing 2 straight following a win in her UFC debut. Intimidation sponsored Duke in her first three professional MMA fights, all under the Invicta FC banner, and released the Jessamyn Duke signature tees during her time on the popular TUF 18 program.

Daron Cruickshank, a member of the UFC’s roster since the beginning for 2012, will step into the Octagon for the 12th time on Saturday night as he looks to improve his 6-4-1 UFC record. Now 16-6-1 overall, Cruickshank faces James Krause (21-7, 2-3 UFC) as he looks for his first win after a No Contest and loss in his past two fights. Daron Cruickshank MMAIntimidation sponsored Cruickshank in multiple fights in 2010 and 2011 which spurred him onto The Ultimate Fighter’s 15th season.

For Ben Saunders, a second chance with the UFC has proven quite successful thus far. After an impressive 4-3 record in the UFC from 2007 to 2010, Saunders was cut and later signed with Belator MMA. Intimidation sponsored Saunders in Bellator’s Welterweight Tournament in 2011 as he continued to face many of the top 170lb fighters in the world. Now back in the UFC after a 7-3 stint with Belator MMA, Saunders looks for a 3rd straight win inside the Octagon.

Finally, the biggest fight of Jessica “Evil” Eye’s career serves as the night’s main event at UFC on FOX 16. At 1-1-1 her UFC record does not scream title shot, but in a thin division looking for rivals to take on Champion Ronda Rousey, Eye’s match-up with Miesha Tate could be everything she needs to vault her into the national MMA limelight. Jessica Eye MMA - NAAFSAfter a 10-1 run at 125lbs where she climbed to #1 in the world in her weight class, Eye made the move to 135lbs in 2013 and signed on with the UFC to compete against the most high-profile women in the sport. While Intimidation supported her in 9 consecutive pro fights over a span of four years from 2010-2013, the company created the Jessica Eye signature tee in both men’s and women’s styles which the company sold at many of her fights in and around Cleveland.

While none of these great athletes will be donning Intimidation Clothing on Saturday night, each played an important role in helping build the Intimidation brand over the years. We wish each fighter the best of luck as they look to advance on the highest profile stage in Mixed Martial Arts.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of MMA lifestyle clothing 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 MMA Recap: Evans, Horne & Tickle score impressive wins sponsored by Intimidation

In a MMA busy weekend across the Ohio Valley, Intimidation Clothing was represented well, including events in Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky. Multiple fighters picked up big wins while being sponsored by the brand, including a TUF vet, a title fight winner, and a potential future UFC star.

Chris Tickle w/Daron CruickshankIntimidation sponsored the “WXC 52: Evolution” event near Detroit on August 15th, including sponsoring some of the most notable fighters on the card. While veteran pro MMA fighter Eric Moon’s fight was scrapped at the last minute, TUF 15 veteran Chris Tickle (9-7) and new WXC welterweight champ David Evans (3-1) were both able to bring home wins for the brand. Tickle, pictured with TUF 15 teammate & UFC lightweight Daron Cruickshank, earned a dominant unanimous decision victory over Andrew Morais (3-2), receiving scores of 30-27 on all 3 judges’ scorecards. Evans picked up a win in the main event, outlasting the more experienced DeQuan Townsend (7-3) to earn a unanimous decision in the 5-round title fight.

Intimidation also sponsored the successful EFP: Caged Madness 31 event in Akron, Ohio. Multiple notables were in action, including Bellator veteran Robert White (4-1) in the main event. Multiple fighters who have sported the Intimidation brand in the past competed at the event, including Reggie Parks (3-2-1), Bellator veteran Dustin Kempf (6-8), and more.

And finally, longtime Intimidation sponsored fighter Billy “Mojo” Horne (15-4) racked up his fourth straight victory at Turf Wars 20 in Northern Kentucky, as he dominated Donta Wade (3-1) over 3 rounds to earn a unanimous decision in the main event. There have been rumors floating around that Mojo could be on his way to a national organization very soon.

Also in action was Team Intimidation’s own Kyle “Kyote” Rozewski as he made his pro boxing debut in Toledo, Ohio. While a decision did not go his way, Rozewski continues to focus on his upcoming training trip in China.

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

Team Intimidation’s Dan “Dragon” Spohn set to compete at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale

After making it to the semifinals in the prospect-driven tournament, Team Intimidation‘s Dan “Dragon” Spohn is set to compete at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale. Spohn (8-3) is set to face fellow TUF 19 castmate Patrick Walsh (4-1) in a preliminary bout this weekend in Las Vegas.

Dan Spohn UFCSpohn’s TUF 19 experience has been quite memorable after leading off the season premiere with a devastating 11-second knockout for the fastest knockout in the history of The Ultimate Fighter leading Frankie Edgar to say it was “one of the nastiest knockouts I’ve ever seen in my life.” He followed that with his first fight after getting into the house by defeating Todd Monaghan by unanimous decision to advance in the tournament. Spohn is clearly a favorite to win this season’s “Knockout of the Season” bonus, which fans can vote on by Tweeting UFC president Dana White.

A long-time member of Team Intimidation, Spohn has been a staple of the brand since his early days as a professional Mixed Martial Artist. He recently join an all-star lineup of athletes who have their own signature tee from the Intimidation brand – including UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock, Bellator MMA knockout artist Brian “The Predator” Rogers, UFC female bantamweights Jessamyn Duke and Jessica Eye, UFC lightweight “Relentless” Roger Bowling, UFC vets Jason “Dynamite” Dent, Forrest “The Meat Cleaver” Petz, Wes Sims and Donny “Eagle Eye” Walker and more.

Dan Spohn & Brian Rogers with David McKinneySpohn (8-3) is a native of the Cambridge area and is a 3rd degree 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. Intimidation has sponsored Spohn dating back to his 4th pro fight and throughout his NAAFS title run, his days with Bellator MMA, during his 9-second KO at Bellator 51, and his two most recent professional fights in Columbus, Ohio for the UVC.

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

#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

Sneak Peek: Intimidation Clothing’s new Daniel “Dragon” Spohn signature tee

May 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Fighter Sponsorships, News, Sponsorships

As Season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter hits the midway point, Intimidation sponsored Daniel “Dragon” Spohn continues to be one of the show’s brightest stars. Spohn’s TUF 19 experience has been quite memorable after leading off the season premier with a devastating 30-second knockout for one of the fastest knockouts in the history of The Ultimate Fighter leading Frankie Edgar to say it was “one of the nastiest knockouts I’ve ever seen in my life.” Daniel Spohn tee teaserHe followed that with his first fight after getting into the house by defeating Todd Monaghan by unanimous decision to advance in the tournament.

The new Intimidation Dragon Spohn signature tee, which is already available for pre-order at a special price, is previewed to the right. The final design, front and back, will be released in the coming weeks and pre-orders are currently underway for the Dan Spohn signature tee at IntimidationClothing.com. Those who pre-order online will get have priority from the first batch of tees which should be in stock in mid-June.

A long-time member of Team Intimidation, Dan “Dragon” Spohn, has been a staple of the brand since his early days as a professional Mixed Martial Artist. He will join a all-star lineup of athletes who have their own signature tee from the Intimidation brand already – including UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock, Bellator MMA knockout artist Brian “The Predator” Rogers, UFC female bantamweights Jessamyn Duke and Jessica Eye, UFC lightweight “Relentless” Roger Bowling, UFC vets Jason “Dynamite” Dent, Forrest “The Meat Cleaver” Petz, Wes Sims and Donny “Eagle Eye” Walker and more.

Spohn (8-3) is a native of the Cambridge area and 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. Intimidation has sponsored Spohn dating back to his 4th pro fight and throughout his NAAFS title run, his days with Bellator MMA, during his 9-second KO at Bellator 51, and his two most recent professional fights in Columbus, Ohio for the UVC. Spohn is a native of the Cambridge area and is a 3rd degree black belt in traditional Kachido Aikijitsu, and now makes his home in Columbus. He holds victories over UFC veteran Josh Hendricks, John Hawk and current NAAFS Light Heavyweight Champion & now TUF 19 vet Josh Stansbury.

300x250-spohnThe 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 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 inspired apparel & 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.

 

 

 

 

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.

Intimidation sponsored MMA fighters

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

 

 

Roxanne Modafferi Monthly: Looking back on The Ultimate Fighter 18 experience

The Ultimate Fighter changes people’s lives.

The very premise of the show – going away from your normal life for over a month – causes change and disruption.  We TUF contestants have to prepare by taking time off from, or quitting our jobs entirely.  Leaving one’s family, whether it be parents, significant other, or kids, impacts us personally.  Furthermore, being stuck in a microcosm – a confined world where choices are limited – brings out different parts of people not usually seen, and teaches us a lot about ourselves.

TUF 18 CoachesTUF 18 certainly changed my life, from the day a friend on Twitter said, “Aren’t you going to TUF tryouts? They’re having women” and I said, “WHAT?  Really?  Then, yes.”  I immediately got time off from my boss at my English school in Japan, and dropped a thousand dollars on a plane ticket to Las Vegas.  That will be a year ago come April.

In the TUF house, my perspective on MMA training changed completely.  Eight of the ten years of my professional career had been spent in Japan.  Training styles had changed drastically in the US.  The coaching I received was ridiculously amazing.  I thought, “Ah, so this is what a full-time fighter does.  I can get more sleep and focus on getting better!”

After I got out of the TUF house, I knew I was out of the finals due to my loss, but would I get a chance to fight on the Ultimate Fighter Finale?  My TUF coaches were saying, “Of course you will!” But it wasn’t guaranteed.  But what if?  Could I fight to the best of my ability while holding down a day-job?

I thought, “If there was ever a time to quit my job, leave Japan, and focus fully on my MMA career, it would be now.”  I decided to do it.   And it tore me apart.  My friends, my job, my training partners – they felt like family.  Japan held my heart closely and lovingly, but I knew what had to be done – give up one dream to follow another.

Roxanne with UFC fight cornersI wrenched myself away from Japan and landed in Las Vegas.  I visited the gym “Syndicate MMA.”  After taking coach John Wood’s MMA class, and meeting fellow fighter Heather Clark, I decided “here.”  I have never regretted it.  My heart still aches for Japan every day, but I suppress it.

I speak English every day now, instead of Japanese, although I’m trying to keep it up.  I don’t have a day job, except teaching kids jiu-jitsu classes at Syndicate, and writing for a website mmasucka.com.   My savings account will hold out a while longer.  Unfortunately, I lost my TUF Finale Fight, and the UFC decided not to sign me.  I’m honored to be picked up by Invicta FC instead, and can’t wait to fight for them.

My mom quit her job in Massachusetts to come live with me and support me by splitting the rent (and giving me advice on everything in life, regardless of whether I THINK I know or not). :}  She’s great!  Now if only I can get my dad to call me more….:] I get recognized by fans when I go out to public places.  I got mobbed when I went to UFC 170 and fans asked me to take pictures.  I love it.  I’m honored and thrilled that somebody actually is wants to talk to me, and is in some way moved by my story and actions.

Women's MMA All-Stars at Syndicate MMA in Las VegasIn reality, this is what my heart desires deep inside– to make people smile and happy, and to make friends.

Although, I miss living with other like-minded people in The Ultimate Fighter house, who only want to focus on what they love – MMA.  I miss my morning hugs from my tall buddy (Jessamyn Duke), and I miss being shot by Shayna Baszler’s nerf gun. (Although not at 5 AM when coming back from the bathroom).  I made a lot of friends and connections.  I hang out with Shayna and Jessamyn when they come into Vegas for fights and training.

Out of the men of the house, I mostly keep in touch with Cody Bollinger and his wonderful family.  His wife introduced me to red radishes, which I eat for breakfast every morning now.

Roxanne Modafferi w/ Cody BollingerI asked Cody how TUF changed his life, and what lessons he took away from the experience.  “Even though TUF didn’t go the way I planned it really gave me a positive attitude about my MMA career and where I can take it if I keep working hard,” he said.  “The lesson I learned is, ‘Don’t get too comfortable.’”

TUF also changed the lives of Jessamyn and Shayna.  Shayna had been living in Sioux Falls, working a day job to support herself.  After the show, she quit that and moved in with Ronda Rousey.  Jessamyn had been living in Kentucky, training and working at her fight gym, also teaching Brazilian Jiu-jitsu at a pre-school.  She also moved to California to live with Ronda, and now Shayna, plus TUF coach and fighter Marina Shafir.

“In TUF, for the first time in my life I got to focus completely on the thing that I love, and that’s fighting,” Jessamyn told me.  At home, she trained as a pro would, but had responsibilities to the gym to make call backs, get enrollments, and work at the front desk if a customer came in.

“The experience was so worth it because I got to know what it was like to be what I wanted to be.  That’s why it made it so easy after I got out of the house to change my life. I never really believed in myself enough to do it.”

That’s exactly it.  The Ultimate Fighter showed me what I could become if I dared to make a major change and go after something with all my heart.

 

By Roxanne Modafferi

Multiple Intimidation alumni to be featured on Season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter, including Dan Spohn

Multiple alumni of the Intimidation Clothing brand are set to compete on the upcoming 19th season of The Ultimate Fighter, including long-time Team Intimidation member Dan “Dragon” Spohn (pictured). In a season featuring middleweight and light heavyweight fighters, Intimidation alumni and NAAFS vets Hector Urbina, Doug Sparks, Mike King and Josh Stansbury have also been announced as part of the cast.

Dan Spohn MMA - BellatorSpohn (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 heavyweight title, in his 9-second knockout win at Bellator 51, and his two most recent fights for the UVC in Columbus. 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 champion Josh Stansbury.

Urbina (16-8-1) has been sponsored multiple times by Intimidation, and he is the former middleweight and reigning welterweight champion for the Intimidation sponsored NAAFS organization. Originally from Northwest Ohio, Urbina now lives in Florida where he trains with American Top Team.

Indiana native Doug Sparks (7-2) is another of the brand’s alumni as he has picked up 5 submissions while fighting on the regional scene. IN each of his past two fights he has been sponsored by Intimidation Clothing.

Originally from Central Ohio, Mike King (5-0) picked up the NAAFS light heavyweight title in 2010 before moving to Florida to train for his pro career. Now with American Top Team, King has been impressive on the regional scene, earning 4 of 5 victories via first round stoppage.

And finally, Josh Stansbury (5-2) is the reigning NAAFS light heavyweight champion and was also the amateur heavyweight champion for NAAFS in 2007.

These 5 fighters will join 27 other unsigned talents from across the country to compete for a chance to make “the house” in the debut episode on April 16th. Then, the 16 winners will be 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.

Jessamyn Duke with UFC Champ Ronda RouseyThe 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.

Intimidation Weekend Recap: Awesome lives up to the name winning his 11th National Championship while Intimidation alums impress at UFC on FOX

Wrapping up the last weekend of the first month of 2014, Intimidation Clothing has set itself up for yet another banner year. Cam F Awesome - BoxingIntimidation sponsored boxer Cam F. Awesome won yet another national title, while Intimidation alums impressed inside the Octagon at UFC on FOX 10 in Chicago.

After a career year in 2013, U.S. amateur boxer Cam F. Awesome kickstarted his 2014 campaign and a run toward the 2016 Olympics with his 11th national title in Spokane, Washington. The plant-based, vegan boxer continued his run as the most decorated amateur boxer in U.S. history.

At UFC on FOX 10 in Chicago, a pair of Intimidation alums put on impressive showings with the most important victories of their respective careers. First, Michigan native Daron “The Detroit Superstar” Cruickshank picked up his fourth UFC win in six outings, as he finished Mike Rio with a spinning wheel kick that was followed by some punches before the referee jumped in. Stipe Miocic UFCNow 4-2 in the UFC and 14-4 overall, Cruickshank was sponsored by the Intimidation brand in 5 fights prior to his appearance on TUF 15. Meanwhile, in the night’s co-main event, Ohio native Stipe Miocic continued his climb up the UFC’s heavyweight ladder, as he battered former title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga for three rounds to earn a unanimous decision victory. A product of StrongStyle MMA in Independence, Ohio, Miocic is one of many fighters from the gym to have been sponsored by Intimidation Clothing over the years as he sported the brand in his final two fights prior to signing with the UFC.

Looking ahead, Intimidation will kick off a busy month of February next weekend in Indianapolis, as the MFS and Art of War promotions are both back in action and will be sponsored by the brand. Daron Cruickshank UFCAs with many of the company’s events in the past, Team Intimidation will be on hand with an official booth selling its popular brand of t-shirts, hats, hoodies, fight shorts, and more.

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.

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