Intimidation sponsors West Virginia Grappling Open & ADCC North American Trials

December 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Event Sponsorships, News, Sponsorships

Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce that its continued sponsorship for West Virginia Grappling Open events, continuing with the upcoming official ADCC North American Trials on December 13 & 14 in Charleston, West Virginia. The partnership between the two brands started with the successful ADCC Gi & NoGi US Nationals on December 7, 2013 in Charleston, West Virginia. Coordinated by West Virginia grappling and mixed martial arts pioneer Butch Hiles, the events have immediately become some of the most prestigious in the United States.

WVGO logoAbu Dhabi Combat Club has been in existence since 1998 and is considered the Olympics of Submission Grappling. Competitors representing 48 countries and covering five continents compete all over the world in hopes of making it to the ADCC World Championship, which takes place biannually. The World Championships have been held in Abu Dhabi, Brazil, Spain, England, China, and more.

The December 13 & 14 event features gi & no gi tournaments, and there are cash & prizes up for grabs to the winners. The event also includes men’s, women’s, kids, teens, and masters divisions.

Intimidation has become a major player in the grappling community, sponsoring Hiles’ West Virginia Games in the past as well as multiple American Grappling Challenge events along with WVGO events for the foreseeable future. In addition, the Intimidation brand had a very strong presence in West Virginia’s first year of legalized MMA in the state (2012).

For more information on this WVGO event, visit the event page on the WVGO website.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of fight lifestyle clothing & MMA 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 Clothing to release new signature shirt for UFC vet Branden Hinkle

Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce the release of their new “Iron Lion” Branden Hinkle signature shirt. Branden Lee Hinkle signature teeA 3-time UFC veteran,”The Iron Lion” Branden Hinkle (16-11-1 MMA, 4-0 boxing) boasts notable wins over Jorge Rivera, Kevin Jordan and Sean Gannon at UFC 55. Hinkle was first sponsored by the Intimidation brand in his most recent MMA fight, in May 2012 in the main event of Reality Cage Combat which was the first MMA event ever held in Charleston, West Virginia. The “Iron Lion” has also signed autographs at the company’s booth for local fans and been sponsored at multiple boxing and MMA events while fighting, cornering and coaching.

BUY NOW – “Iron Lion” Branden Hinkle signature t-shirt

A pro since 1998, Hinkle has fought in Mexico, Japan, Korea, Brazil and France with just over half of his pro MMA fights on record coming in the USA. The former WEF Heavyweight Champion was a NCAA Division II National Wrestling Champion in college at West Liberty University, where he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.

Most recently, Hinkle improved to 4-0 as a professional boxer picking up his 4th KO/TKO win in as many bouts on July 3rd in Weirton, West Virginia. He continues to work as a coach for the wrestling team at West Liberty which is a NCAA Division II wrestling powerhouse.

The “Iron Lion” Branden Hinkle signature shirt is a 100% cotton, 4.5 oz black tee featuring a custom medieval Iron Lion design on the front in silver ink with Branden’s name and signature on the back. Branden Hinkle MMAAll shirts are currently available on a pre-order basis with shipments expected to be made in September 2014.

BUY NOW – “Iron Lion” Branden Hinkle signature t-shirt

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of MMA & boxing inspired lifestyle clothing & gear with a growing national presence and over 50 authorized dealers across the USA. Known as the biggest supporter of local MMA, the Intimidation brand is also regularly featured on multiple sporting events on SpikeTV, AXS TV, SportsTime Ohio, MTV2, FUEL TV, The Comcast Network, Comcast  SportsNet and EpixHD as well as MMA highlight shows on Spike TV, AXS TV and more. In addition to over 110 styles of high-quality, bold t-shirts and sweatshirts for men, women and children and is also known for their premium-quality EliteFighter MMA board shorts. Anyone interested in becoming a dealer can apply to sell the Intimidation brand as a dealer and they can be found for sale online at IntimidationClothing.com. Fans can also follow the marketing wing of the Intimidation brand, Intimidation Interactive Media, @IntimidationIM, like Intimidation Clothing on Facebook or follow @IntimidationMMA on Twitter.

Intimidation to sponsor West Virginia Grappling Open State Championships on August 16th in Charleston

July 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Event Sponsorships, News, Sponsorships

Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the upcoming West Virginia Grappling Open State Championships, which is set to take place on August 16 in Charleston, West Virginia. Coordinated by West Virginia grappling and mixed martial arts pioneer Butch Hiles, the WVGO events have immediately become some of the most prestigious in the United States.

The West Virginia GamesThe August event features the addition of new weight classes with cash prizes on the line, including Women’s No Gi Absolute and more. The event is part of the West Virginia Games, which the Intimidation brand has also sponsored in the past and offers cash prizes for each BJJ division.

Intimidation has become a major player in the grappling community, sponsoring Hiles’ West Virginia Games in the past as well as multiple American Grappling Challenge events along with WVGO events for the foreseeable future. In addition, the Intimidation brand had a very strong presence in West Virginia’s first year of legalized MMA in the state (2012).

WVGO logoFor more information on this WVGO event, visit the event page on the WVGO website.

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

#LocalMMA Monday: NAAFS & Driven MMA

June 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Local / Regional MMA, News

The first installment of IntimidationMMA.com’s #LocalMMA Monday features perhaps the biggest name in all of Local MMA, as the co-branded NAAFS/Driven MMA organization kicks us off. Based out of Canton, Ohio, the North American Allied Fight Series was founded in 2005 as “Gladiator Fighting” with current CEO Greg Kalikas in conjunction with veteran kickboxer Duke Roufus. NAAFS in the FlatsSince then, the organization has promoted more than 125 live events in the Midwest and has become one of the most respected amateur leagues in the country.

Kalikas’ NAAFS developed into a powerhouse on the local scene, holding the majority of their events in Canton, Akron and Cleveland before eventually branching out from events in Northeast Ohio to hold events all over the state. Then the organization was one of the first promoters to hold an event in West Virginia when the state regulated MMA in 2012. Over its nearly decade as an organization, the NAAFS has come to be known as a leader in amateur MMA, women’s MMA, and producing top talent for the UFC, Bellator MMA and other national organizations.

Stipe Miocic UFCThe list of names that have competed inside the NAAFS cage reads like a who’s who of MMA, including current welterweight top contender Matt Brown, current UFC heavyweight contender Stipe Miocic, women’s MMA star Jessica Eye, UFC veterans Jason Dent, Forrest Petz, Ben Rothwell, Dave Herman, Phil Davis, Donny Walker and more along with current TUF 19 star Dan Spohn, former Bellator MMA Featherweight Champion Daniel Straus, Bellator knockout artists Brian Rogers and many more.

In addition to its top names, NAAFS has come to be known for featuring women’s MMA, spearheaded by the first woman of Ohio MMA, Jessica “Evil” Eye. Eye competed in the first women’s bout in NAAFS history, headlined the first all-female card, became the first female amateur NAAFS champion, and became the first female to headline a card featuring men for the organization as well. NAAFS has also featured other top female talent, including Aisling Daly, Carina Damm, Rebecca Heintzman, Jessica Zomcik, Tamikka Brents and more.

Donny Walker NAAFS ChampionOn top of all of this, the NAAFS is one of a limited number of Local MMA promotions to co-promote events with Bellator MMA having worked together  on Bellator 51 in Canton and Bellator 66 in Cleveland, Ohio and Bellator 71 in West Virginia.

While the pro fighters brought fans to NAAFS events, it has been the astounding amateur talent that has kept them there. The NAAFS National Amateur Series is a true proving ground for amateur fighters who want to make it to the next level, and many top names have claimed NAAFS amateur gold before turning pro. Those names include Isaiah Chapman, George Comer, Nick Duell, Jessica Eye, Jerrell Hodge, and many more.

“It is hard to deny the resume that the NAAFS has built in the past decade,” stated Luke Jernigan, President & CEO of Intimidation Clothing, LLC. “Now with Driven MMA they put on the cards that everyone else in the Midwest looks at and wishes they could duplicate. Few organizations have done more to further Local MMA in the USA, especially East of the Mississippi, as the NAAFS.”

The organization promotes many must-see events, including the annual “Fight Nite in the Flats” and “Rock N Rumble” summer events at Jacobs Pavilion in Downtown Cleveland, as well as their annual “Night of Champions” to award amateur titles.

John Hawk & StrongStyle wearing Local MMAIn 2014, the NAAFS became an all amateur series, with the berth of a new wing of the organization, Driven MMA. Driven MMA debuted in March 2014, and Driven MMA One was the biggest MMA card to hit Ohio in years. The event featured an all-pro lineup that showcased top fighters, including Bellator MMA veteran Dan Hornbuckle, UFC veteran Rodney Wallace, former NAAFS champion Frank Caraballo, and rising local stars like Chapman, Comer, Kyle Rozewski and more.

Now, the two wings will team up for the first time, as Driven MMA presents NAAFS: Fight Nite in the Flats 10 this weekend in Cleveland. The card features both professional and amateur talent, and it is headlined by Frank Caraballo taking on UFC veteran Tommy Hayden in a featherweight match-up. Also included on the card are several familiar names for Ohio MMA fans including Chapman, Rozewski, Hodge, RJ Buck, Dave Lastafka and more.

 

By David McKinney
Intimidation Interactive Media Staff Writer

Intimidation to sponsor Butch Hiles’ West Virginia Grappling Open event on June 7

May 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Event Sponsorships, News, Sponsorships

Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce that it will continue to sponsor West Virginia Grappling Open events, including the upcoming Double Elimination Gi & No Gi Tournament on June 7 near Charleston, West Virginia. Coordinated by West Virginia grappling and mixed martial arts pioneer Butch Hiles, the events have immediately become some of the most prestigious in the United States.

WVGO logoKnown as “A Grappling Tournament for Everyone,” the latest WVGO event takes place at Hoover High School in Clendenin, West Virginia. Packed with top level competition, the tournament features competitors from West Virginia and surrounding states.

Intimidation has become a major player in the grappling community, sponsoring Hiles’ West Virginia Games in the past as well as multiple American Grappling Challenge events along with WVGO events for the foreseeable future. Intimidation also recently signed on as a multi-event sponsor for the New York State Grappling Championships in Western New York. In addition, the Intimidation brand had a very strong presence in West Virginia’s first year of legalized MMA in the state (2012).

For more information on this WVGO event, visit the event page on the WVGO website.

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 the brand is well known for their popular Vintage Series, Local MMA t-shirts and Intimidate Cancer lines of merchandise. Anyone interested can become a dealer by applying to sell the Intimidation brand which is also available for sale online at IntimidationClothing.com. Fans can also follow the marketing wing of the Intimidation brand, Intimidation Interactive Media, @IntimidationIM, like Intimidation Clothing on Facebook or follow @IntimidationMMA on Twitter.

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

 

 

Intimidation Clothing to sponosor WVGO grappling event on March 22nd in West Virginia

March 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Event Sponsorships, News, Sponsorships

Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce that its continued sponsorship for West Virginia Grappling Open events, continuing with the upcoming Gi & No Gi Grappling Open on March 22 in Clendenin, WV. The partnership between the two brands started with the successful ADCC Gi & NoGi US Nationals on December 7 in Charleston, West Virginia. Coordinated by West Virginia grappling and mixed martial arts pioneer Butch Hiles, the events have immediately become some of the most prestigious in the United States.

WVGO logoThe March 22 event features double elimination gi & no gi tournaments, and there is also $700 in cash up for grabs to the winners. The cash divisions will be single elimination format and will feature two Weight classes, 170 and under and 171 and above. The event also includes men’s, women’s, kids, teens, and masters divisions.

Intimidation has become a major player in the grappling community, sponsoring Hiles’ West Virginia Games in the past as well as multiple American Grappling Challenge events along with WVGO events for the foreseeable future. In addition, the Intimidation brand had a very strong presence in West Virginia’s first year of legalized MMA in the state (2012).

For more information on this WVGO event, visit the event page on the WVGO website.

Intimidation Clothing is a fast-growing brand of fight lifestyle clothing & MMA 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 signs on as sponsor for Butch Hiles’ West Virginia Grappling Open, ADCC Gi & NoGi US Nationals in Charleston, West Virginia

October 22, 2013 by  
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Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce that it has signed on as a sponsor for West Virginia Grappling Open events, starting with the ADCC Gi & NoGi US Nationals on December 7 in Charleston, West Virginia. Coordinated by West Virginia grappling and mixed martial arts pioneer Butch Hiles, the events are immediately set to become one of the most prestigious in the United States.

WV Grappling OpenThe December 7 event is especially notable, as it will featured the US Nationals for the “Olympics of Grappling” Abu Dhabi Combat Club. The main event features an ADCC professional superfight, with former UFC heavyweight title challenger and decorated grappler Jeff Monson taking on Strikeforce veteran Antwain Britt.

Intimidation has become a major player in the grappling community, sponsoring Hiles’ West Virginia Games in the past as well as multiple American Grappling Challenge events along with WVGO events for the foreseeable future. In addition, the Intimidation brand had a very strong presence in West Virginia’s first year of legalized MMA in the state (2012).

For more information on this WVGO event, visit the event page on the WVGO website.

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 the brand is well known for their popular Vintage Series, Local MMA t-shirts and Intimidate Cancer lines of merchandise. Anyone interested can become a dealer by applying to sell the Intimidation brand which is also available for sale online at IntimidationClothing.com. Fans can also follow the marketing wing of the Intimidation brand, Intimidation Interactive Media, @IntimidationIM, like Intimidation Clothing on Facebook or follow @IntimidationMMA on Twitter.

 

EVENT DETAILS:

ADCC 12/7/13 – Charleston, WV

Weigh-Ins

Friday 6-8pm

***Special arrangements can be made for those driving far distances,
etc. If you have any questions, please contact Butch Hiles
Friday Weigh-ins at:
Butch Hiles Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA, LLC
410 Summers Street
Charleston, WV 25301

Saturday from 8am – Kids MUST be there by 9. Pro division should
expect to hit the mat by 1030-11am

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Starting Time and Rules Meeting

Tournament Schedule:

Saturday:Kids Tournament 10am, Kids Rules Meeting 9:30am, Adult
Tournament 11am, Referee Meeting at 9:30am, Adult Competitor Rules
meeting at 10:30am. Doors will open at 8am.

Saturday Match Schedule

Kids will start at 10am. Professional grappling divisions will start
between 1030-11.

http://www.wvgrapplingopen.com/adcc-gi-no-gi-us-nationals-12713-charleston-wv/

Intimidation to sponsor & sell at EFP’s Caged Madness 26 on October 12th in Akron, Ohio

Intimidation Clothing is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the upcoming Caged Madness 26 event, which is set to take place on October 12 in Akron, Ohio. The event, promoted by Explosive Fight Promotions, will feature the latest installment of the EFP pro and amateur series.

The event will be headlined by a 4-man professional heavyweight tournament, featuring some of the best up and coming fighters in Ohio and West Virginia. In one semifinal, Intimidation-sponsored Tim “Fatboy” Dunn (1-0) will put his overall 12-2 record on the line when he faces Mountaineer State product Jeremy Linville (1-1). Tim Dunn MMAPrior to a 2-fight boxing stint earlier this year, Dunn (pictured) made his professional MMA debut at UVC 22 in February, when he knocked out James Dishong in the first round with a left hook (video embedded below). Dunn had a decorated amateur MMA career that concluded at the end of 2012, where he went 11-2 and claimed titles in the UVC, OFC, and RAMA organizations

The other semifinal will pit debuting fighters Curt Lemmon (0-0) and Devon Wilson (0-0). All 4 fighters had extensive and successful amateur careers, and the winner of the tournament will be propelled onto the next level of prospects in the state and the country.

Along with sponsoring the event, Intimidation will also be on hand 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 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 the brand is well known for their popular Vintage Series, Local MMA t-shirts and Intimidate Cancer lines of merchandise. Anyone interested can become a dealer by applying to sell the Intimidation brand which is also available for sale online at IntimidationClothing.com. Fans can also follow the marketing wing of the Intimidation brand, Intimidation Interactive Media, @IntimidationIM, like Intimidation Clothing on Facebook or follow @IntimidationMMA on Twitter.

Intimidation sponsored Mark Cherico to fight at Pinnacle FC event near Pittsburgh on April 20th

“The Pride of Bloomfield” will return to the cage for a fourth time as a pro, and once again he’ll be fighting in his own backyard. Mark Cherico MMAAfter being named as the “best fighter in Pittsburgh” in 2012 by one fan site, Chercio will take on Billy Vaughan in the main event at “Pittsburgh Challenge Series 2,” which takes place on April 20th in Cannonsburg, just outside of Pittsburgh. Cherico will be one of several fighters sponsored on the card as the Intimidation brand will also be in attendance selling their top quality t-shirts, hoodies, hats and merchandise.

Cherico, who signed an exclusive sponsorship deal with the Intimidation brand in 2012, may only have just three pro fights, but the 2011 NAAFS Amateur Featherweight Champion has racked up an impressive string of 12 finishes in 12 total combined fights. A MMA Instructor at Fight Club Pittsburgh who also represents Renzo Gracie Pittsburgh, Cherico had been sponsored by Intimidation ClothingTM dating back to his amateur career. After his fight at the Intimidation sponsored NAAFS: Caged Vengeance 12 event on October 20th in Streetsboro, Ohio fell through Cherico was quickly scheduled again for the fight closer to home in Pennsylvania, where he earned a first round stoppage over Mark Wilson. He followed that with a 1st round submission of Chris Dunn for his 3rd first round submission win in as many fights to start his pro career. He will face experienced pro Billy Vaughan (11-14) who will fight for the first time in 2013 after 10 fights in 2011 and 2012 combined.

Mark “The Pride of Bloomfield” Cherico (3-0 pro, 9-0 amateur) made his NAAFS debut in August 2011 after a 7-0 record fighting for the American Hardcore, Rocktagon and Cage of Chaos promotions. Mark Cherico MMAHe then won both of his NAAFS amateur fights scoring a submission of Mike Putnam in August and a TKO win over Russ Brletrick in November. After winning the NAAFS Amateur Featherweight title in November 2011 at the annual Night of Champions event in defeating Brletrick, Cherico enjoyed a successful pro debut with a 1st round rear naked choke win at NAAFS: Caged Fury 17 in Morgantown, WV. In his 12 combined fights, Cherico has finished each opponent with 11 submissions and one TKO. A fan favorite who is known for his entertaining introductions and celebrations, Cherico is one of several up and coming prospects from Fight Club Pittsburgh, an official Intimidation dealer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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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