Intimidation alums find success in the cage during holiday season

December 9, 2014 by  
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Intimidation Clothing has long been a supporter of up-and-coming mixed martial artists, and many of the fighters who have donned the popular brand in the past have found major successes on varying levels, including in the UFC, Bellator, and World Series of Fighting. Dan Spohn UFCIntimidation has sponsored hundreds of fighters in the company’s five year history, and has produced signature shirts for more than a dozen different athletes.

Most recently, here are the Intimidation alums who have seen success in the sport:

Dan “Dragon” Spohn (9-4) – After starring as a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter 19 and making his official UFC debut earlier this year, Spohn returned to his hometown of Columbus in November, where he moved his record to 3-0 fighting in Ohio’s capital with a first round submission over Michael Cockerham in less than a minute. Spohn, who hopes to make it back to the UFC in 2015 with another win or two, 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 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.

Josh “Sandman” Stansbury (6-2) – Stansbury is the reigning NAAFS light heavyweight champion and was also the amateur heavyweight champion for NAAFS in 2007. Most recently, he traveled to Colorado in November, where he won the light heavyweight title for Prize Fighting Championships with a first round submission win over Jeremy Osheim. Jessica Eye MMAStansbury was also a cast member on TUF 19, but he suffered an injury in his prelimary fight, which he happened to be dominating.

Jessica “Evil” Eye (11-2) – Eye is a current member of the fast-growing UFC women’s bantamweight division, but before she entered the Octagon she was Ohio’s most popular fighter. A longtime member of Team Intimidation during her early professional career, Eye became a fan favorite and is a pioneer for women’s MMA in the Buckeye State. Most recently, she picked up her first official UFC win with a TKO victory over Leslie Smith at UFC 180 in November. Intimidation released a signature shirt for Eye in 2012, and Eye is also the creator of the Eye Believe signature line of apparel, of which some stock remains through IntimidationClothing.com.

Hector “El Toro” Urbina (17-8-1) – Urbina is an Ohio native who now makes his home in Florida training with American Top Team. Urbina has been sponsored multiple times by Intimidation, and he is the former middleweight and reigning welterweight champion for the Intimidation sponsored NAAFS organization. He was also a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter 19, and he made his official UFC debut with a win over Edgar Garcia last month at UFC 180 in Mexico.

Mike “The Marine” Richman (18-5) – A former Bellator tournament finalist, Richman has now become the No. 1 contender in the organization’s bantamweight division with back-to-back knockout wins in bouts on Spike TV. Most recently, he stopped UFC veteran Nam Phan in just 46 seconds at Bellator 131 in November. Stipe Miocic UFCIntimidation sponsored Richman both in bouts for Bellator and in bouts that took place in his home state prior to his signing with Bellator. His next bout will be in March, when he faces former Bellator champion Eduardo Dantas for a likely title shot.

 

Stipe Miocic (12-1) – Miocic (pictured, right) is one of the sport’s top heavyweights, and he’ll be fighting for a title shot when he takes on former champion Junior Dos Santos in the main event at UFC on FOX 13 on December 13. Intimidation sponsored Miocic through his early pro career, when he was dominant on the regional scene winning the NAAFS heavyweight title.

Dustin “Bam Bam” Parrish (2-0) – Parrish, who hails from Indiana, boasted an impressive 9-1 record as an amatuer and is one of the fastest-rising stars on the Midwest MMA scene. Now training at American Top Team in Indianapolis, Parrish got his start in MMA after going to a local martial arts school just to take a break from wrestling. He is now 2-0 as a pro following a first round submission win over veteran Ryan McIntosh at LFC 55 in Indianapolis in November.

Cody “No Love” Garbrandt (5-0) – An Ohio native who regularly brings some of the biggest crowds to fights in his home state, Garbrandt recently signed with the UFC after posting 5 knockouts through his first 5 pro fights. He’ll make his Octagon debut at UFC 182 on January 3, where he will face veteran Marcus Brimage. Intimidation sponsored Garbrandt throughout much of his amateur and early pro career, and the Pinnacle FC bantamweight champion has become one of the sport’s biggest prospects since moving to California to train at Team Alpha Male with the likes of former WEC champion Urijah Faber and current UFC champion T.J. Dillashaw.

 

Dan Spohn & Jessica Eye photos courtesy of Hexlinc Photography.

Intimidation sponsored Isaiah “The Beast” Champan makes national debut at WSOF 13 on NBC Sports Network

Long-time Team Intimidation member Isaiah “The Beast” Chapman is set to make his World Series of Fighting debut at WSOF 13 in Philadelphia. Isaiah Chapman MMAChapman (6-1) is set to face Timur Valiev (7-1) in a main card bout on Saturday, September 13, and the fight will air live on the NBC Sports Network.

Sporting board shorts again from Intimidation Clothing, Chapman returned to the cage in March after a layoff of 11 months, stemming from a shoulder injury that he suffered in his only pro loss against Bryan Goldsby. Chapman put on an impressive performance at “Driven MMA One,” earning a clear-cut unanimous decision over the tough Charles Stanford. He then returned to action at the annual “Fight Nite in the Flats X” event in Cleveland in June, earning a dominant unanimous decision victory over American Top Team product Andrew Whitney to improve his record to 6-1.

There were rumors that the win over Whitney would earn Chapman a spot on the national stage, and those rumors rang true as he signed a deal with WSOF last month to make his debut. The organization has quickly become one of the most respected in the country, running regular events on NBC and the NBC Sports Network.

Chapman dominated the Ohio MMA amateur division for two years in a row, winning the NAAFS Amateur National Title in both 2010 and 2011 before turning pro in 2012. Isaiah Chapman MMA“The Beast” hit the ground running in 2012, winning four fights that year and being named as the 2012 Ohio Fighter of the Year by OHMMA.com. A product of Unique Fitness & Rock Hard MMA in Akron, Ohio, an official Intimidation dealer, Chapman has been sponsored by the popular brand since midway through his successful 12-1 amateur career. Intimidation also released an official Isaiah Chapman signature t-shirt in 2013 (pictured on Isaiah, right), which is on sale for fans of “The Beast.”

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.

Intimidation Weekend Recap: Carson Beebe & Luis Santos earn wins at XFC, WSOF events

Intimidation Clothing continues to support the sport’s fastest rising fighters, as more and more of them continue to compete on some of the largest stages in the world. Luis Santos vs Shamar Bailey - XFC 23Team Intimidation fighters were in action over the weekend as Luis Santos and Carson Beebe were both victorious in two different parts of the country.

First, welterweight fighter Luis Santos (57-9) earned his 32nd career knockout, as he flattened Dave Couchaine with a head kick in just 10 seconds at XFC 24 in Tampa on Friday night. The 60+ fight veteran has now earned three quick stoppages in a row, including a 22-second TKO in Brazil in May and a 62-second TKO over Shamar Bailey at the Intimidation sponsored XFC 23 event in April (pictured, right).

In other action, fast-rising bantamweight prospect Carson Beebe (14-2) bounced back from just the second loss of his career, as he earned a unanimous decision over Joe Murphy at World Series of Fighting 3 in Las Vegas on Friday. Beebe’s bout aired on the preliminaries, which aired on various different websites across the Internet. Carson Beebe MMAThe 24-year-old Beebe (pictured, left) is now 8-1 in his last 9 bouts and remains one of the top bantamweight prospects in the sport.

Intimidation also sponsored the successful Rocktagon MMA XXVII event in Cleveland on Saturday night, which featured veteran Tiawan Howard picking up a win in the main event. Intimidation was on hand selling its popular brand of t-shirts, hats, hoodies, fight shorts, and more. The fast-growing brand looks will stay busy this weekend with sponsored events in Ohio, Kentucky and Missouri.

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