2009 News


September 15, 2009

GUR2ISKA European Vice President Davut Sidal has successfully negotiated a world championship kickboxing series to be seen live on Fox TV and distributed throughout the Middle East and much of Europe. The events will be held in Istanbul, Turkey and the first installment went off splendidly with the new Turkish hero Muhammed Gur defeateing Holland's Balgobin Alaj via unanimous decision to earn the Thaiboxing world title at 75 kg.GUR

Also featured on the show was Bahadir Sari who defeated Erhan Deniz to earn a Turkish Oriental Rule Kickboxing Title.

Congratulations to everyone involved in this remarkable project

Ukraine vs. Egypt – title belt goes to Cairo

September 15, 2009

CAIROWiener Neudorf, Austria; Promoter Richard BAUMANN invited Ukrainian female Top fighter Olena KAZUNINA from Union Gym in Lviv for ISKA Intercontinental title fight – 54,50 Kg vs. the strong Egyptian Zeinab MAAMOUN from Sobih academy Cairo and African Champion.
Unfortunately Kazunina broke her right Hand few days before the fight and so Olga DENISENKO was the best replacement for her.
The fight starts after playing booth anthems and after 5 rounds of a closed female title fight the judges scored with 2:1 for Zeinab MAAMOUN.
Coach and ISKA EGYPT president Mr. Mohamed SOBIH was very happy about first Intercontinental title Champion for Egypt and ISKA AFRICA federation.

Next event on September 18th in Lviv / Ukraine the Moroccan Iman CHAIRI CHABALOU challenge the MMA European Champion Olena OVCHINIKOVA for the World title in OR - 56,40 Kg. Predrag LAZAREVIC fron Octagon pro Gym in Vienna / Austria challenge Ukrainian Yuriy RAK for the World title -84,60 in OR


September 15, 2009

fullthrottle1September 11th, 2009

Promoter: Jonny McLeod (Comox Valley Boxing Club)
Chief Official: Ian Johnston (ISKA B.C. Representative)

Photographer: Dave Prothero (daveprotherophotography.com)

Full Throttle lived up to its title. This was an action packed night of a dozen fights and over 1400 happy fight fans. 10 action-packed ISKA-sanctioned kickboxing and MMA fights and 2 exciting exhibition matches were held under the stars at the Saratoga Speedway.

With a post-weigh-in buffet, after-parties, sponsorship prizes for all the fighters (win or lose) and a send-off breakfast buffet, “Jonny Mac” knows how to treat his event competitors and participants. This was a well planned and professionally run event, which fans and fighters alike will be excited to return to.

#1 Kickboxing (Junior) – 130lbs - Philip Romanov VS Alex Zieske
These young men came to fight, and the first round was a close action packed round. In round two Philip really found the target, and although Alex continually answered with scoring blows, Philip was just hitting harder and more are target for the rest of the fight. It was a 30-point, 3-round fight for Philip Romanov.

#2 Kickboxing 165lbs - Robbie Espenberg vs Chris Jones
This fight was explosive from the very start. These two very tough men came out battling and it was Espenberg who came out on top with a TKO in the third and final round.

#3 MMA - 155 lbs - Kris Stewart vs Matt Dwyer
Early in the first round Matt Dwyer took a blow to the side of the head that drew blood and needed to be looked. Dwyer was not only good still good to go; he took no chances and stopped Stewart before the round was over. 1st round TKO to Matt Dwyer.

#4 MMA 145lbs - Oren Hanscom vs Chris Day
This was some serious ground combat with damage constantly going back and forth, but it was Chris Day that pulled off a very clever arm bar near the end of the first round.

#5 Kickboxing 135 lbs - Rebecca Mullock vs Sarah Marshal
This was one of the most exciting fights of the night. From the first bell to the end of the fight these ladies exchanged combination after combination, and the leg kicks could be felt three rows back. In the end, it was Sarah Marshal by a very close split decision.

#6 Kickboxing 145 lbs - Myles Lohman vs Kevin Penner
A consistent storm of lead kicks and punches followed by multi-point combinations by Myles Lohman kept Penner reeling for most of the fight. Penner showed great courage, but this fight was Lohman all the way.

#7 MMA 185lbs - Nathan Swayze vs Landon Rose
It started out as a slug fest, but when the fight went to the ground it was verv quickly all Swayze, and then Rose got painfully tied up and had to submit before the end of the first round.

#8 MMA 180 lbs - Ray Wilconson vs Spence Shaw
This was a very close and aggressive 2 round MMA match. It went all 10 minutes, but in the end Ray Wilconson was awarded a unanimous decision.

#9 Kickboxing 185 lbs - Scott Judson vs Stephen Lemercier
For good reason this bout was voted “Fight of the Night”. It was an all-out war! The consistent counter combinations, combined with the fact that no man was backing down, ensured the action never stopped. Winner in the red corner … Scott Judson!

#10 MMA 155 lbs - Cody Heatherington vs Dia Grantfullthrottle2
This has to be one of the most exciting amateur MMA matches ever! Not only were these two great athlete competing at full tilt, but to watch Cody Heatherington leverage off his hand and knees (not once but twice) to slam Grant (who was wrapped around Cody’s back and head) was a spectacular sight. These were to excellent warriors, but in the end it was Dia Grant by a very closely-scored unanimous decision.


September 13, 2009

EVANGELISTA1NEW YORK (September 11, 2009)—Undefeated lightweight (155-pound. limit) sensation Billy Evangelista (9-0) will square off with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Jorge Gurgel (13-5) in the main event when the STRIKEFORCE: Challengers mixed martial arts (MMA) series returns to Save Mart Center in Fresno, California on Friday, November 6.

Former Fresno State University wrestling star and Fresno native Casey “The Underdog” Olson (11-3) will return to action in the cage in a lightweight (155 pounds) matchup against an opponent that has yet to be determined.

A special pre-sale ticket purchase opportunity will take place for “Strikeforce Insider” e-newsletter subscribers (www.strikeforce.com/signup.asp) beginning at 10 a.m. PT on Wednesday, September 16 and ending at midnight on Sunday, September 20. The special pre-sale passcode will be sent out to all subscribers on Monday, September 14. .

In addition, all fans who purchase tickets during the pre-sale period and the first week of the public on-sale (9/16 – 9/27) will receive a 17” x 23” limited edition STRIKEFORCE collector’s poster that holds a $20 value.

Tickets for the Strikeforce Challengers event officially go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. PT on Monday, September 21 at the Save Mart Center box office and select Save Mart Supermarkets as well as at all Ticketmaster locations (800-745-3000), Ticketmaster online (www.ticketmaster.com) and Strikeforce’s official website (www.strikeforce.com).

The live SHOWTIME telecast, which will include as many as five bouts, will begin at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).

Evangelista, a seasoned 28 year old Muay Thai striking machine who fights out of Fresno, will make his first appearance in the cage since he faced off with road warrior “Iron” Mike Aina in the main event of the inaugural STRIKEFORCE: Challengers event at SaveMart Center on May 15, 2009.

The anticipated meeting between the two lightweights came to an anti-climactic end after Evangelista struck his opponent with a knee to the head while Aina was on one knee (striking a downed opponent to the head is illegal.) The bout was originally declared a disqualification in favor of Aina but, after an appeal was made by the Evangelista camp, the ruling was changed to a “no decision.”

Since making his STRIKEFORCE debut during the first-ever MMA event at the world famous Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California where he earned a split judges’ decision over Clint Coronel on September 29, 2007, Evangelista has enjoyed continued success with the promotion over the course of three additional bouts.


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Evangelista vs. Gurgel Headlines STRIKEFORCE: Challengers November 6, 2009 from Fresno, Calif.

On October 3, 2008, Evangelista made his greatest stand to date against Luke “Lil’ Hulk” Caudillo at STRIKEFORCE: Payback held at Broomfield, Colorado’s Broomfield Event Center. After being dropped twice with punches in the first round, a determined Evangelista dug deep and battled back in the following two rounds to earn a unanimous decision.

While Evangelista’s last effort may have ended prematurely, Gurgel’s last start, a matchup with rising star Conor “Hurricane” Heun on the STRIKEFORCE: Challengers card at Kent, Washington’s ShoWare Center on June 19, 2009, was a classic barnburner. After three rounds of non-stop, toe-to-toe exchanges, Gurgel emerged the winner by way of unanimous decision.

His victory over Heun marked the 32-year-old Gurgel’s debut under the STRIKEFORCE banner. A member of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter” season two cast whose relentless fighting style helped him earn two “Fight Of The Night” honors with UFC, Gurgel parted ways with the promotion late last year.

Gurgel, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Marcus Aurelio and a six-time Brazilian state champion in the grappling sport, has claimed 9 of his 13 victories by way of submission. Still, he has shown his penchant for striking, bringing fans to their feet repeatedly with his explosive Muay Thai combinations.

A native of Fortaleza, Brazil, Gurgel entered The United States as an exchange student during high school and later became a citizen here. He withdrew from his college studies just one semester shy of graduation to pursue a career as an MMA fighter and trainer. Recently, he opened a gym in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Olson, whose Fresno State University wrestling achievements include qualifying for the NCAA Division I national tournament and capturing the Northern California Regional Championship, is looking to rebound from a first round submission (guillotine choke) he suffered in his last start at the hands of Eddie Yagin on May 8, 2009.

His start on the card will be the second of Olson’s career in STRIKEFORCE. During the promotion’s first event at SaveMart Center on October 7, 2006, Olson submitted Bobby Sanchez in the first round (1:58) of their matchup.

SaveMart Center doors will open for the STRIKEFORCE: Challengers event at 5:15 p.m. PT. The first live, non-televised, preliminary bout will begin at 6 p.m.

Strikeforce Challengers is a proving ground for up-and-coming MMA fighters. The series is designed to provide today’s top prospects with the opportunity to step-up their level of competition and demonstrate their ability in a nationally televised event.

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