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Two ISKA World Titles in Tampa

Courtesy of Stephanie Melendez

Photo & Article Credit: Stephanie Melendez

Edited by: Steve Repsold

 

Two Tampa Bay fighters became ISKA World Champions in St. Pete on Saturday night Feb. 23, 2013 at the Amateur MMA & Muay Thai Kickboxing Event 17. The fighters Bryce Lawrence and Mark Lipscomb are well known in the Tampa Bay area for their fighting skills.

Bryce Lawrence 21, at 5'11" with a record of 8-2-0 and training under Crafton Wallace (Inferno MMA) fought Florian Ruprecht 26, at 5'6" with a record of 18-6-1 and training under Jan Schneider out of Samurais in Nuremberg, Germany for the ISKA Super Light Weight Muay Thai World Championship Title. Lawrence won the bout by a split decision at the end of the fifth round.

Lawrence had and obvious height advantage over Ruprecht at first glance. During the course of the fight Ruprecht proved that a judgment like this would lead to a serious underestimation of his skill. Ruprecht's exceptional balance and his ability land punches made it look easy for him despite the height difference. Bryce Lawrence utilized his always impressive kicks to maintain the distance between them as he consistently pushed toward his German competitor.

Mark Lipscomb 29, at 6' with a record of 12-2-0 and Olando Rivera (Warrior Camp) fought Matthew Leitner 21, at 6' with a record of 22-6-1 and training under Midal Pasticha out of Germany for the ISKA Light Middle Weight Kickboxing World Championship Title. The fight ended with Lipsomb as the winner when Leitner's corner literally threw in the white towel at 1:45 seconds into the fourth round. Lipscomb was declared the winner by T.K.O.

Although Lipscomb was declared the winner, he was taken to the hospital by ambulance and leaving with EMT's (on a stretcher) with what was likely to be confirmed as a broken foot. No word yet on his current condition or how long the fighter may be out. Leitner appeared to be free of injury despite the early stoppage of the fight by his corner.

During these fights the crowd showed its support and encouragement for the fighters and especially during the fight of Mark Lipscomb and Matthew Leitner the crowd had begun to chant "USA". It is always a nice to see a display of patriotism but a fighter remarked after the fight was over how they don't see it as country against country but instead as fighter against fighter.

Photographs and video highlights from the World Championship fight are courtesy of the Tampa Bay MMA Examiner Stephanie Melendez who was ringside at the event.

Five Tampa Bay Fighters Earn ISKA Championship Titles at MMA and Muay Thai Event

Crafton Wallace, Super Light Weight ISKA Muay Thai World Championship Title winner Bryce Lawrence and ISKA President Cory Schafer at the Amateur MMA & Muay Thai Kickboxing Event # 17 was held by Pahlavan Promotions on Feb. 23, 2013 Credit: Tampa Bay Martial Arts Journalist Stephanie Melendez

Photo Credit & Article Credit: MMA Journalist Stephanie Melendez

Edited by: Steve Repsold 

The Amateur MMA & Muay Thai Kickboxing Event # 17 was held by Pahlavan Promotions on Feb. 23, 2013. The amateur fight event was sanctioned by the International Sport Karate & Kickboxing Association. The ISKA awarded five title belts to the dedicated competitors during the event including two "World Champion" titles. Amateur fighters attended and participated in the event from all over Florida, Texas and Germany. The Tampa Bay MMA Examiner attended the event taking ringside photographs and providing exclusive coverage and the fight results.

Bryce Lawrence 21, at 5'11" & 135lbs (8-2-0) training under Crafton Wallace (Inferno MMA) fought against Florian Ruprecht 26, at 5'6" & 136lbs (18-6-1) training under Jan Schneider (Samurai's out of Nuremberg, Germany). Ruprecht entered the ring as the two time world champion defending his title. Lawrence won the five round battle by split decision. 

Co-Main event/ ISKA Light Middle Weight Kickboxing World Championship Title Bout:

Mark Lipscomb 29, at 6'0" & 155lbs (12-2-0) training under Olando Rivera (Warrior Camp) fought against Matthew Leitner 21, at 6'0" & 155lbs training under Midal Pasticha (Germany). Lipscomb won by T.K.O. at 1:45 seconds into the fourth round when Leitner's corner "threw in the towel." Lipscomb challenged the world champion Leitner in what ended up a being a very tough fight. The fight went back and forth with Leitner winning in the early rounds with painful blows landing on Lipscomb but in later rounds Lipscomb finished the fight by K.O. for the title.

ISKA Southeast Regional Championship Title Bout (Title Defense Match):

Dalton Jenkins 18, 6'1" 149lbs (8-3-1) training under Mike Hollobaugh (House of Pain) fought against Tommy Galdenzi 24, at 5'9" & 151lbs (4-1-*) training under Bob Galdnezi (Champions MMA, TX) to defend the title. Jenkins retains title after a Knockout 1:38 seconds into the first round. Jenkins won the fight by knockout despite the tough Galdenzi being a heavier and more experienced fighter.

ISKA Light Middle Weight Florida State Title Bout:

Tony Leon 22, at 5'8 (4-1 KB & 4-1 MMA) training under Stefan Butin Bik (USA Muay Thai) fought against George Capozolli 22, at 5'8" & 158 lbs (7-1-0) training under his father at home (trainer Anthony Crothers out of Ft. Lauderdale). Leon won the title by split decision.

ISKA Super Weight Florida State Title Championship Title Bout:

Dmitry Evseev 23, at 5'8" & 150lbs (3-1-0) training under Ali Tareh (Fight Fitness Center) fought against Efrain Reliford 21, at 5'8" & 150lbs (11-7-0) training under Mark Kirn (Madd Dogg Fight Club out of Orlando, Florida). Evseev won the fight by split decision.

Under card fight results:

Matt Frevola 21, at 5'7" & 165lbs (4-0-0 MMA & 1-0 KB) training under Eric Parker (Gracie Tampa South) fought against Ja'Far Fortt 22, at 5'10" & 168lbs (2-2 MMA & 1-0 KB) training under Shane Dunn (St. Pete MMA). Frevola won 1:06 seconds into the first round by submission (arm-bar).

Rick Skoyec 55, at 5'8" & 155lbs (0-0-0) training under Mike Hollobaugh (House of Pain) fought against Chris Numan 46, at 5'9" & 155lbs (2-0-0) training under Gary Hellman (Tiger Shoulman's – Tampa). Numan won by T.K.O. after the fight was stopped by referee Bill Slinker as he quickly stepped in when Skoyec appeared dazed and disoriented.

Juan Santiago 25, at 5'5" & 143lbs (3-0-0) training under Ali Tareh (Fight Fitness Center) fought against Robert Schwartz 32, at 5'6" & 145lbs (3-3-0) training under Paul Malfort (Florida Muay Thai – Orlando). Santiago won by unanimous decision.

Skyler Hastings 19, at 5'10" & 160lbs (1-0 MMA & 2-0 KB) training under Stefan Butin Bik (USA Muay Thai) fought against Danny Matos 21, at 5'8" & 145lbs (2-1 MMA & 3-1-0 KB) training under Eric Parker (Gracie Tampa South). Matos won at 1:32 second of the first round by submission (arm bar).

Kolten Duncan 18, at 6'0" & 180lbs (1-0-0 KB) training under Ali Tareh (Fight Fitness Center) fought against Tony Murphy 22, at 6'0" & 185lbs (2-4-0 MMA) training under Shane Dunn (Elite Muay Thai – St. Pete). Duncan won the fight by unanimous decision.

Chip Stallo 26, at 6'0" & 240lbs (4-4 KB) training under David Bybee (American MMA – Pinellas Park) fought against John Darling 30, at 5'10 & 244lbs (2-0 KB & 2-1 MMA) training under Erik Marshall (Valhalla Fight Team – Sarasota). Darling won the fight by unanimous decision.

Tom Barry 20, at 5'11" & 160lbs (0-2) training under Gary Hellman (Tiger Shoulman's – Tampa) fought against Amir Haddabah 18, at 6'1" & 155lbs (0-0-0) training under Ali Tareh (Fight Fitness Center). Haddabah won by unanimous decision.

Jay Burnell 32, at 5'4" & 135lbs (0-2-0) training under Ben Marss (Siam #1 Orlando) fought against Casey Rivera 23, at 5'6" & 130lbs (0-2-0) training under Josh Rafferty (Josh Rafferty Fight Camp – Tampa). The bout between Burnell and Rivera ended in a "Draw".

Aaron Homol 21, at 5'10" & 225lbs (0-0-0) training under Ali Tareh (Fight Fitness Center) fought against Bobby Juliano 29, at 6'0" & 230lbs (0-2-0) training under Mark Kirn (Madd Dogg Fight Club out of Orlando, Florida). Homol won the fight by unanioumous decision.

Kyle Moss 15, at 5'4" & 106lbs (0-0-0) training under David Bybee (American MMA – Pinellas Park) fought against Lorenz Menina 13, at 5'3" & 103lbs (0-0-0) Jeff Santella (Martial Arts University – N. Ft. Myers). Menina won by decision.

Juan Garnicia 13, at 5'5" & 115lbs (0-0-0) training under Crafton Wallace (Inferno MMA) fought against Logan Simpson 12, at 5'5" & 115lbs (1-0-0) training under Dave Hurley (Premier Martial Arts - Lakeland). Garnicia won by T.K.O.

Exhibition fight:

Alex Martin 10, at 4'6" & 76lbs (1-1) training under David Bybee (American MMA – Pinellas Park) fought against Noah Zellner 10, at 4'9" & 80lbs (1-0) training under under Gary Hellman (Tiger Shoulman's – Tampa).

For more information about the promotion or Amateur MMA & Muay Thai Events: Pahlavan Promotions 

Interviews, ringside photographs and video highlights: Tampa Bay MMA Examiner Stephanie Melendez

Undefeated Mike Lemaire Captures Road To Glory Usa Middleweight Tournament Championship In Los Angeles

Road to Glory Los Angeles

SPLENDID RUN EARNS 26-YEAR-OLD RISING STAR A $20,000 GRAND PRIZE AND ONE-YEAR GLORY CONTRACT

 Highlights Video:

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2013) – Before a roaring crowd at Hollywood Park Casino, a superbly fit and undefeated Mike Lemaire (9-0, 3 KOs) of San Diego, Calif. ran to three consecutive victories, including a third round (2:26) KO of Eddie "Showtime" Walker (11-2-1, 9 KOs) of Atlanta, G! a. in the championship round of the ROAD TO GLORY USA eight-man middleweight (187 pounds/85 kilograms) tournament on Saturday, Feb. 9.

For his efforts, Lemaire was awarded a tournament grand prize of $20,000 and a one-year development contract with GLORY, the world's new premiere kickboxing league.

"For me, this tournament was all about the contract with GLORY; Money is just money, but the contract is a tremendous opportunity," said the 26-year-old, 6-foot-1 Lemaire, a protégé of former world Muay Thai champion Melchor Menor. "I'll fight anyone (GLORY) puts in front of me now – anyone, anywhere, anytime. I've got a lot to work on and a lot to learn, but I'm here to stay."

Lemaire overcame tremendous odds against Walker after being pushed to new limits by fellow prospect Andrew Kapel (12-4, 10 KOs) of Minneapolis, Minn. in the tournament's semifinal stage. Walker, by contrast, was relatively fresh and well-rested after scoring a second round (1:26) KO on Edgar Del Fierro (18-5, 14 KOs) of Fresno, Calif. in the quarterfinal stage and a second round (2:13) TKO on Van "The General" Wyk Povey! (33-4-1, 22 KOs) in the semifinal stage of the tournament.

Kapel sent Lemaire to the canvas in the first round with a round kick to the head, but Lemaire beat the referee's count and continued to move forward and press the action, scoring repeatedly with his right hand over the course of the bout. After the third and final scheduled round of the matchup came to a close, the bout was declared a draw, sending the fight into a fourth, "sudden victory round" to determine a winner.

Lemaire took charge in the added round, cracking Kapel with his right hand and repeated round kicks, including one to the head towards the end of the round before Lemaire was declared the winner of the hard-fought contest by split decision.

In the tournament championship bout, Walker began stalking Lemaire in the outset as he had done to his first two opponents.

After turning the tides with his r! ight hand and rallying in the middle of the first round, Lemaire continued his momentum in the second, finding his rhythm and putting pressure on Walker with quick hand combinations. Then, a sudden hard right leg kick from Lemaire found its mark on the left thigh of Walker, who crumbled to the canvas in pain.

Walker made it to his feet and through the round, but his leg was noticeably battered. In the third round, Lemaire went after Walker's bad leg, putting Walker down three more times with leg kicks before the referee stepped in and stopped the fight.

In the quarterfinal round of the tournament, Lemaire overwhelmed Russian import Evgeny "The Beast From The East" Zotov (5-3, 3 KOs) of Sevierville, Tenn., putting Zotov down and out for the count with a thunderous head kick in the second round (:48) of the fight.

COMPLETE ROAD TO GLORY USA MIDDLEWEIGHT TOURNAMENT RESULTS:

Road to Glory LA

Tournament Reserve Fight:

Afam Egbochuku def. Jacob Poss via KO – Round 2 (1:08)

Quarterfinal Round:

Eddie Walker def. Edgar Del Fierro via KO – Round 2 (1:26)
Van Wyk Povey def. Jonarh Junio via TKO (two knockdown rule) - Round 1 (1:23)
Andrew Kapel def. Casey Greene via split decision - 29-28, 28-29, 29-28
Mike Lemaire def. Evgeny Zotov via KO – Round 2 (:48)

Semifinal Round:

Eddie Walker def. Van Wyk Povey via TKO (two knockdown rule) – Round 2 (2:13)
Mike Lemaire def. Andrew Kapel via split decision (after sudden victory round) - sudden victory round scores: 10-9, 9-10, 10-9

Championship Round:

Mike Lemaire def. Eddie Walker via KO – Round 3 (2:26)

Road to Glory LA

About GLORY:

GLORY World Series (www.gloryworldseries.com) is the world's new premier kickboxing league, producing live events across the globe and offering up to $2 million in prize money to the winners of one-night, 16-man 'Grand Slam' tournaments, which are open to only the best fighters in each of six different weight classes. The fight series also includes 8-man 'Slam' tournaments and events with traditional, single bouts.

With television deals spanning every continent, online live video streaming of all shows and the world's largest online martial arts library, GLORY is one of the world's most widely distributed sporting organizations.

Owned and operated by Glory Sports International (GSI), the organization has offices in the UK, Holland, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and so! on in the USA. Its personnel include an unprecedented mix of accomplished entrepreneurs and senior level executives from the diverse worlds of finance, sports marketing, television and martial arts fighting.

In 2013, GLORY launched the ROAD TO GLORY tournament fight series to identify and develop new kickboxing talent in The United States, Japan and elsewhere around the globe into future champions and superstars of the sport.

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Dustin Jacoby Pulls Off Miracle Tournament Win, After Accepting Entry On 48 Hours Notice, In First-Ever Road To GLORY USA Event (PLUS Video Highlights)

Dustin Jacoby With His $20k Winnings

EARNS $20,000 GRAND PRIZE AND
ONE-YEAR GLORY WORLD SERIES CONTRACT

(see video higlights below)

 

TULSA, Okla. (Feb. 2, 2013) – After accepting the opportunity to fight just one day before the event, 24-year-old Dustin Jacoby (9-3) of Arenzville, Illin. rose to the occasion, defeating three consecutive opponents, all by way of (T)KO, in one night to capture the inaugural ROAD TO GLORY USA light heavyweight (209 pounds/95 kilograms) tournament championship at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on Friday, Feb. 1.

Jacoby was called on to compete just 48 hours in advance of the event and drove to Tulsa from Arenzville, after Manuel Quezada, one of the original eight entrants, suddenly withdrew from the tournament for unknown reasons.

In the tournament's quarterfinal stage, reigning ISKA world champion Randy "Boom Boom" Blake (25-2, 17 KOs) of Tulsa, a local superstar and favorite to win the tournament, battered the left leg of Jacoby and hammered Jacoby with punching combinations for over two rounds. In the third stanza, though, Jacoby suddenly countered with a flurry that put Blake down and forced the referee to intervene and stop the bout at the 1:43 mark of the final scheduled round.

In the semifinal stage, Jacoby faced off with Roy "Wreckin' Ball" Boughton (9-4, 8 KOs), who had defeated Daniel "Sandman" Brison (9-3, 6 KOs) by way of unanimous decisio n to advance past the quarterfinal stage. After eating a right  hand, Jacoby responded with a series of stiff jabs that snapped Boughton's head back.

Jacoby vs Boughton

Jacoby exploded with a knee strike to the head that sent Boughton to the canvas. Boughton beat the referee's 10 count, but was put down for the second time with a Jacoby left hook to the body. The tournament's "two knockdown rule" took effect, giving Jacoby the TKO victory at the 2:47 mark of the second round.

With a considerable amount of momentum behind him, Jacoby came out the aggressor in the tournament's championship round, against previously undefeated Brian Collette (19-1, 16 KOs), who had scored a second round (:14) KO on Jeremy Freitag in the quarterfinal round of the event and a first round (1:29) TKO on Kyle Martin in the semifinal stage of the tournament.

Jacoby vs Collette

Jacoby began connecting with a series of stiff jabs and a left hook to Collette's body. With ! less than 10 seconds remaining in the opening round of action, Jacoby unloaded a barrage that put Collette on the mat face first, unable to recover. Jacoby was declared the victor of the bout by way of first round (3:00) KO.

The tournament was supervised by ISKA President Cory Schafer, who was on hand to help present the $20,000 check along with GLORY International Ambassador Cor Hemmers and Frank "The Legend" Shamrock.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS:

 

COMPLETE ROAD TO GLORY USA LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT RESULTS:

Tournament Reserve Fight:

John King def. Jason Bloom via unanimous decision – 29-28, 29-28, 30-27

Quarterfinal Round:

Roy Boughton def. Daniel Brison via unanimous decision – 30-26, 29-27, 29-27
Dustin Jacoby def. Randy Blake via TKO – Round 3 (1:43)
Kyle Martin def. Myron Dennis via unanimous decision – 28-29, 29-28, 29-28
Brian Collette def. Jeremy Freitag via KO – Round 2 (:14)

Semifinal Round:

Dustin Jacoby def. Roy Boughton via TKO – Round 1 (2:47)
Brian Collette def. Kyle Martin via TKO – Round 1 (1:29)

Championship Round:

Dustin Jacoby def. Brian Collette via KO – Round 1 (3:00)

About GLORY:

GLORY World Series (www.gloryworldseries.com) is the world's new premier kickboxing league, producing live events across the globe and offering up to $2 million in prize money to the winners of one-night, 16-man 'Grand Slam' tournaments, which are open to only the best fighters in each of six different weight classes. The fight series also includes 8-man 'Slam' tournaments and events with traditional, single bouts.

With television deals spanning every continent, online live video streaming of all shows and the world's largest online martial arts library, GLORY is one of the world's most widely distributed sporting organizations.

Owned and operated by Glory Sports International (GSI), the organization has offices in the UK, Holland, Tokyo, Malaysia, Singapore and! soon in the USA. Its personnel include an unprecedented mix of accomplished entrepreneurs and senior level executives from the diverse worlds of finance, sports marketing, television and martial arts fighting.

In 2013, GLORY launched the ROAD TO GLORY tournament fight series to identify and develop new kickboxing talent in The United States, Japan and elsewhere around the globe into future champions and superstars of the sport.

 

Contact:

Mike Afromowitz - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tuscaloosa Throws Down with its First Pro/Am MMA Event

Article by: Rick Piel, Alabama MMA

Edited by: Johnny Lovett

The night of January 12th brought Tuscaloosa its first Pro/Am MMA event, courtesy of Strike Hard Productions. The show brought impressive fights and some fresh faces were introduced to the audience. The show featured three professional bouts including the main event between heavyweights Nick Smiley, the hometown favorite, and John Richard coming all the way from North Carolina. Smiley came to the cage with a very impressive record including being the number one heavyweight in Georgia, and the ISKA USA Heavyweight Kickboxing Championship & Title holder. These two warriors battled it out with Smiley coming out victorious, securing a tight triangle choke at 1:11 in the opening round.


The co-main event of the evening was a pro bout of 145 pounders Wesley Dunlap on Jay James. The two exchanged for a bit and eventually the fight came to the ground, where Dunlap postured up while in James' guard position and began to throw heavy strikes. Dunlap won in the first round by TKO when the referee had to stop the fight due to James being unable to defend himself.


The third main card professional fight of the evening was between Jason Gladey and Anthony Retic. Gladey ultimately won in round 2 at 2:50 via submission. Another notable bout was for the 145 pound title between Billy Joe Bradshaw and Kyle Causey. Causey won this bout at 2:17 in the first using the rear naked choke to clinch the Featherweight Title for Strike Hard.
There were also seven other amateur bouts, highlighting some new names and giving fans a first look at some fresh talent in the Alabama MMA scene and also for surrounding areas.
This event was held at Killer Buzz Arena, and there may be other opportunities to host events in the Tuscaloosa area. SHP's David Elder stated they are currently looking at other venues right now in Tuscaloosa and it has been a challenge to find a building that will seat the number of people that normally accustom SHP events. With Strike Hard providing this competition to both fans and competitors, I'm sure there will be no loss of exciting bouts in the SHP.


As far as upcoming events for Strike Hard Productions, the next MMA event for SHP is scheduled for February 2, 2013 at the Zamora Shrine Temple in Birmingham. It will be the second Pro/Am show for SHP in Birmingham.

 

All bouts of the evening:


F1 – 135 lb. Novice Bout - Cory Jones vs. Cory Smith - Smith wins by Split Decision
F2 – 150 lb. Novice Bout - Jason Yearta vs. Tony Williams - Williams wins by Triangle Choke at 1:29 of Round 1
F3 - 145 Advanced Bout - B J England vs. Mark Siapco - England wins by Ref Stoppage due to Strikes at 2:04 of Round 1
F4 - 170 lb. Novice Bout - Matt Elkins vs. Kenyon Clayton - Elkins wins by Unanimous Decision
F5 - 170 lb. Advanced Bout - Omar Johnson vs. Robert Terrell - Johnson wins by Guillotine Choke at 37 Seconds into Round 1
F6 - 155 lb. Novice Bout - Patrick "Bear" Robertson vs. Adam Hall - Hall wins via Arm Triangle at 2:22 of Round 2
F7 - 185 lb. Novice Bout - Bruce Martin vs. Joshua Mickles- Martin wins via Arm Bar at 1:42 of Round 3
F8 - 145 lb. Advanced Bout for the SHP 145 lb. Title - Billy Joe Bradshaw vs. Kyle Causey - Causey wins by Rear Naked Choke
F9 - 135 lb. Pro Bout - Jason "The Gladiator" Gladey vs. Anthony Redic - Gladey wins by Submission at 2:50 of Round 2
F10 – 145 lb. Pro Bout - Wesley "The Tiny Terror" Dunlap vs. Jay James - Dunlap wins by TKO due to Strikes at 2:03 Round 1
F11 - Heavyweight Pro Bout - John "The Roughneck" Richards vs. Nick Smiley - Smiley wins by Triangle Choke at 1:11 of Round 1

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