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THURSDAY, January 31st, 2008, AT 4:30 PM, PT

Don't Sanction Me???

Last November on the web site called a writer named John Philapavage wrote an article entitled "Don't Sanction Me". Philapavage asked the question, "What's a WAMMA? World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts? Well, what is it that it does? Sanction fights? Sanction?"

Philapavage was referring to the new proclaimed MMA sanctioning body named WAMMA, World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts. However, all WAMMA is so far is a fancy web site, which is not a stab at them, it looks good.

On their Champions page it says, "It is the goal of WAMMA to recognize the very best of the best in Mixed Martial Arts. A fighter recognized as a WAMMA Champion epitomizes the very essence of a champion in all respects." However, unlike the ISCF Rankings (That not only have many champions but also how, when and where they won their ISCF titles) there are no WAMMA Champions listed... Yet...

WAMMA has a rankings page, but again unlike the ISCF that lists not only the fighters names, but also loads of other info and a fight bio link to FCFighter, WAMMA placed 10 names for each rank on their page and called them "Their" rankings... But wait, they say, "The WAMMA Ranking Committee is comprised of the most knowledgeable MMA sports/media experts ever assembled. WAMMA has assembled a "Who's Who" of MMA sports/media experts from around the globe." OK.... We scrolled through the names of these important people, each with impressive bio's, but lets get real here. How many people do you need to determine the ranking of 10 fighters...? Many to them are just a name, since their rankings tell you nothing about them.

Godwin Asifo, WAMMA's International Relations Chair actually said "Without this organization, this sport will sputter just as bad as boxing has done. What it does is bring uniformity in a lot of areas that I teach in sport. Rankings for example, judging, referring, and above all it brings value to the customer, the fan and also the fighter. Really...? Makes you wonder where this sport has been and how it has survived this long without Asifo... and WAMMA.

When Philapavage used the title "Don't Sanction Me" for his article as his attention getter, what caught our attention was not that he proceeded to slam and bash WAMMA, but how LITTLE Philapavage really knows about "Sanctioning Bodies." More so, how little if anything he has ever known about the only REAL MMA Sanctioning Body in the world, as well as the Largest, the ISCF.

So this was Philapavage's opinion as to how worthless a Sanctioning Body for MMA is. Sadly to say, Philapavage must have been referring to those so called MMA sanctioning bodies such as Paul Smith's IFC, Frank Babcock's KICK, and other "Kickboxing" sanctioning bodies that now offer MMA Sanctioning for the mighty dollar since their kickboxing sanctioning has dried up. The truth is, pretty much all of these other "So Called" MMA Sanctioning bodies are "Rubber Stamp" organizations. "Send us some money and you can use our letters."

Heck, KICK even has their own insurance company owned by Babcock's PARTNER, Ted Welch. Those who have promoted with KICK will see that Ted's "SON" Gary Welch, (Gary Welch Insurance in House Springs Missouri) will sign off on whatever insurance work they offer their promoters. Many of their promoters have even claimed they have never received an insurance policy when they sanction with KICK... Why? Because they don't want their promoters to see that THEY are the ones selling the insurance.

Ever visit the KICK International Headquarters at 483 South Kirkwood Road, Suite number 9 in St. Louis, Missouri? It's what KICK claims as their Headquarters... Well, don't hope to find anyone there because all it is is a MAILBOX in a UPS store...

Some fighters have said they hate paying the $25 ISCF Registration fee, which is a one time LIFETIME fee. However, if a promoter sanctions with KICK, KICK asks for $30 from each fighter, every 10 months. When Ted Welch is your event Representative, he is more concerned with getting his $30 fighter registration fee than reviewing the event check list with the promoter.

KICK's antics are what will get amateur MMA shut down eventually in every state. Why? It's a documented fact that many states are keeping track of mistakes and screw ups KICK makes. Their "End Around Game plan" is to take these mistakes to their state politicians and use the line, "Look at all these Amateur Sanctioning Bodies screwing up! We need to start overseeing Amateur events or ban them in our state!" They won't tell these politicians that the group screwing up is KICK and NOT ISCF! They will simply group ISCF in with KICK as "Just another sanctioning body."

KICK was once a recognized sanctioning body for kickboxing back in the early 90's. However, they have been nothing more than a laugh since 1998 as they try to piggyback on the success of other groups who have accomplished things for kickboxing. Their website, as well as all these other "So Called Sanctioning Bodies for MMA" don't even have rankings at all. KICK doesn't have kickboxing rankings either (Pro or Amateur), yet they will put two "So called" top contenders together for a KICK title fight.... Hmmmmm... How does that happen...? Simple, MONEY!

Many Amateur MMA Promoters are required to have their events sanctioned by what most Athletic/Boxing Commissions call a "Nationally Recognized Sanctioning Body". This requirement itself is another laughable issue... We have asked what this means and we have yet to EVER get a fully explained answer from any state athletic/boxing commission. Every Pro and Amateur Promoter has choices for sanctioning whether they need to or not. some choose to sanction while others police their own events. Of those who are required to sanction their events with a sanctioning body other than a State Commission, those wanting a legit, fair and regulated show usually sanction with the ISCF. Those who want to use their friends and buddies as event officials, allow pros to fight as amateurs and don't care about giving their fighters exposure outside of their own town will usually pay the known "Rubber Stamp" fee to other organizations like the IFC and KICK and ISKA and they are pretty much allowed to "Do as they please". In most cases, these sanctioning bodies allow the promoter or his best friend to be their event representative. Weigh-ins are no big deal in these cases. "Oh your 10 lbs over the weight spread, no big deal, just fight." Fight and make me some money. Who cares if it's safe or not...

It's a well known fact that fighters on ISCF Sanctioned events KNOW they will be safe and delt with fairly. As noted above though, some promoters feel the ISCF is a pain in the butt to deal with. So many rules, regulations and requirements. Instead of assuring fighter and event safety like the ISCF Promoters, they would rather pay that "Rubber Stamp" fee and be allowed to "Do whatever they want to." When you see an Amateur MMA event and it's not sanctioned with the ISCF, the red flag questions should go up. If you see one of these other so called sanctioning logos on their poster, the same red flags should go up. Worse yet are the shows that have NO Sanctioning at all. Not from a sanctioning body or a State Commission. THIS is where MMA has, and continues to get bad publicity.

These are the Promoters we should worry about when asked to fight on their shows. Are you assured as an Amateur you are not being matched up against a Pro who wants to pad his record? Will you be able to see your opponent weigh-in? Will you be able to see your opponents gloves? Is he getting 4 ounce gloves and you 7? Is the referee qualified and able to assure your safety? What is your opponent wrapping his hands with? What rules are allowed under this promotion or sanctioning body? You would be surprised what some allow... Do the judges know how to judge or are they just the promoters friends? Who is the doctor, or better yet, Is there a doctor? Is he an MD certified in Trauma reaction or maybe a Chiropractor? Is there an ambulance on site in case of emergencies? Is the ring or cage well built and padded correctly for your safety? So many questions... and in the end, the final question is "What are you fighting for?"

We don't mean money. We mean, WHAT are you fighting for?

In the ISCF, fighters are ranked and are RECOGNIZED as Fighters whether Amateur or Pro in three areas. The News pages here, the Event page and the Rankings. Even today, if you fought on an ISCF show 5 years ago, your name and accomplishments are still recognized on our past news pages. Even former ISCF Champions that are retired can be found on our Past Champions page.

EVERY ISCF Title ever won is either listed in the Rankings if still active, or on our Past Champions page. Fight on a show sanctioned by these other so called sanctioning bodies and you are forgotten about once you walk out of the ring... That may be fine with a promoter looking to save a few dollars and get that much desired "Rubber Stamp" of approval to make his state commission happy, but is that OK with YOU as a fighter?

Philapavage went on to say "Sanctioning bodies don't promote fights. Companies like the UFC and Elite XC promote them - and quite well." That's correct John, Sanctioning bodies DON'T Promote events. However, you will see the ISCF Promoting the Annual Amateur "Golden Glove" style Amateur MMA Championships (ISCF Amateur MMA World Classic) every year. An event open to EVERY Amateur fighter as long as they are TRUE Amateurs. This is the same type of Tournament the Amateur Boxing Sanctioning Body, USA Boxing hosts as well.

Philapavage went on to say, "Sanctioning bodies don't create fighter unions or take care of fighters. Theoretically managers and agents, or even fight teams/camps take care of the individual fighters." That's true too. However, we don't know of any Boxing or Kickboxing sanctioning bodies that do these things, so no big deal here. That's not the job of a "Sanctioning Body".

Philapavage went on to say, "Sanctioning bodies don't make rules and regulations for MMA fighters or promoters. State Athletic commissions do that." Actually John, this is where you are wrong. Yes, today a lot of States make their own "ADJUSTMENTS" to the rules of MMA. However, it was sanctioning bodies such as the ISCF that first started creating MMA rules and with the help of others, the first official "Unified Rules" came to be. In the beginning days of MMA nearly all the State Commissions knew anything about MMA, and many still don't. The ISCF has been and still continues to be asked to review rules and regulations for MMA in many states, and will always do so to help improve the State's knowledge of the sport.

Philapavage went on to say, "All it seems sanctioning bodies do is create and promote their own independent belts. While that might be attractive if everyone was going after those individual world titles, they aren't. Fighters are going after UFC belts because they're the championships of the leading fight organization. And since the UFC isn't recognizing anyone else's belts, and even Elite XC and Strikeforce aren't, then why should I. The outside sanctioning doesn't even seem to fit into lowly IFL's team plans."

Actually John, the ISCF is not and does not "Promote" the ISCF titles. Promoters who sanction with the ISCF can request ISCF Titles on their events. However they are still allowed to have their own title belts for their own promotions. What the ISCF HAS done is create a Legitimate and Justified Amateur Rankings so that when there is an "ISCF" title bout, everyone can be assured that it is between two "LEGIT" top contenders. These ISCF Amateur titles come from the TRUE Foundation of MMA and those looking to be a part of the Future of MMA as top contending Pro Fighters.

These larger organizations and their promoters may tell you they could care less about ISCF Titles and the ISCF Rankings, but we know for a fact that nearly EVERY MMA Promoter not only knows about the ISCF Rankings, but have admitted to the ISCF that the ISCF Rankings have been where they found fighters for their events. This was and still continues to be the same reality with the ISCF sister organization for Kickboxing, the IKF (International Kickboxing Federation)

The IKF, like the ISCF is the only Kickboxing Sanctioning Body with up to date rankings in the various styles of kickboxing for both Pro and Amateurs that also include fighter and trainer contact information. No where else can you find a fighter, see where he/she stands among his/her peers and there is a trainer and contact number to call to book him or her on your event. So don't be fooled when a non ISCF Promoter or matchmakers of these larger pro shows doesn't want to admit they use the ISCF Rankings to find fighters. Not only have they told us they do, but modern web technology can tell us who visits the ISCF web pages, and you may be surprised how often those visits from TOP MMA Promoters are.

As for the comment "The outside sanctioning doesn't even seem to fit into lowly IFL's team plans." The truth here has nothing to do with the ISCF, who sanctioned all of the IFL (International Fight League) events last year whether needing an outside sanctioning body or not. The ISCF is continuing this relationship with the IFL for 2008. In States last year where Athletic or Boxing Commissions did not over see MMA, the ISCF oversaw the entire event and where there was a State Commission involved, the ISCF did just like a Pro Boxing Sanctioning Body would which is allow the State officials to oversee the event in front of them. The IFL has made a lot of changes for their 2008 season that have restructured their entire company from the leadership down. One of those changes was having their events in venues that offered them the best deal or promotional package to come there. Those deals came from places like Mohegan Sun and Las Vegas, who both have Commissioned Venues and not locations such as Chicago, Illinois... So the IFL's plans had nothing to do with "outside sanctioning".

This brings us to Philapavage's last issue or opinion as he wrote, "The only thing I do know that sanctioning bodies will bring to MMA is rankings." Well, we don't need to go back into that again as we already did. NONE of these other "So Called' Sanctioning bodies even have rankings. They sell titles to any promoter willing to give them their money and they could care less what the fight records are of these title contenders. Even if they did, they have no rankings so how do they determine a Top Contender like the ISCF does? They don't. It's all about the "Rubber Stamp" everyone.

Philapavage went on to say, "Alphabet soup sanctioning bodies rely on top ten rankings to supply their organization with opponents. I think rankings are random and subjective opinions that are often laughable and best left to opinion columnists like me for content fodder 4-6 times a year. They aren't something for anyone to take to seriously." Again, we already discussed the reality of this above.

Philapavage ended his article with, "There's a reason UFC doesn't get locked into their own ranking system. You need to be flexible when booking fighting. Rankings invite disappointment and eventual indifference of fans and analyst alike. So why should I want or encourage outside sanctioning as a fan when it doesn't seem to add anything as a fan or supporter of the sport Anyone?"

Most fans will never know a good sanctioning body is involved in an event. unless, thy follow the news and rankings on a web site like the ISCF has. The ISCF allows opportunities for the fans to get more involved in the sport. As for what Philapavage had to say, a reply here may be better with a question... "Do you honestly think the UFC Champion is the BEST in the World?" Of course not, at least not always anyway.

First off, we are not slamming the UFC. The UFC deserves praise from EVERYONE in the world of MMA no matter how many things they do or have done that may have upset any of us. If not for UFC's TV deal with Spike TV, MMA would still be a sport needing to get recognition. That Spike TV deal brought the sport to the front lines and made it the fastest growing sport in the world!

So give UFC credit for trying to make better match-ups, but even UFC is loosing top fighters to other promotions just like a top football team will lose top players. The fighters fighting for a UFC title are surly the most recognized due to UFC's excellent TV exposure. Some of those UFC fighters may very well be the Best in the World. However, not all of them. More often than not, the two contenders for those titles were two fighters that the "Promotional Company" such as UFC came to terms with and signed a deal with. This is the reason "Promotional Companies" do not have rankings. If they did, they would be obligated to assure the top two contenders fight for their title. But what if they can't come to terms with one of those fighters and can't sign one of them? No big deal, just move on to someone else... Now someone else is marketed as the other "Top Contender".

This is no slam again to UFC. It's clear to many that they make the best effort possible to match up the top fighters. The purchasing of Pride and matching up UFC Poster Boy Chuck Liddell with a wild card like Quinton Jackson (Right) is proof enough of that. However very few thought Jackson was going to beat Liddell, who was marketed by loads of media as indestructible.

People will debate rankings forever, just like in Kickboxing, Boxing or any other "Individual" sport that requires a ranking. However, at least in the ISCF the rankings are firm and in print. They are made up of fighters who you, as a fighter, trainer, promoter or fight fan can actually see what they have accomplished. You can see that they have "Earned" their position in the Rankings. Before going to or after seeing an event, anyone can go to the ISCF Rankings 24/7 and look up a fighter to see who he or she really is and where they stand in a Legit Neutral Ranking System, not the web page of the promoters event. The ISCF has no reason to rank a certain fighter higher than another. There is no potential profit or gain from a PPV or Promoted event. Just "FIGHTERS" who have honestly EARNED their spot.

So next time you plan to fight on an unsanctioned event, or one of those "Rubber Stamp" sanctioned events, ask yourself "Why?" As a fight fan, next time you go to an event with a title fight, ask "How did this guy become a contender for a title shot?" And you may also want to ask "What kind of a Title is it?" Is it a Legit Title or a "Joe's Promotion Title" with two guys the Promoter came to terms with...

From Philapavage's article, he must think that WAMMA, (World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts) was attempting to be on the cutting edge by offering "Sanctioning' to the world of MMA. The leaders of WAMMA claim they hope to break "new ground" by creating stability in the sport of MMA. New Ground??? Really? WAMMA claims they will administer a rankings board for all MMA fighters, regardless of organization, will sponsor championship bouts, with the winners getting a WAMMA championship belt recognized globally and that many they have spoke to have expressed positive reactions towards the formation of a sanctioning body. Hmmmmm... They are talking as if there have never been any MMA Sanctioning bodies before them...

While others continue to make claims of what they "Want to do" the quiet ISCF has been doing this with integrity and honesty since 1999 sanctioning more pro and amateur events than ANY other MMA Sanctioning Body in the world with a proven excellent track record of fighter safety as well as overall integrity. Some of these other "So Called" sanctioning bodies should either take a lesson from the ISCF and run a legit sanctioning body or just close their doors, because it's clear as day they are not doing anything to better the great sport of MMA!

As for what WAMMA offers the sport, their expectations are high and intentions seem good so time will tell what they can offer and for how long. it doesn't appear they have any interest in sanctioning Amateur MMA, only the top pro events... That don't want or need sanctioning. To expect that any large organization such as the UFC or IFL need them or want to align with them to succeed, they need to step back and take a better look. Like in any sport, those with the TV Deal will always be the leaders, no matter what they do, right or wrong, ethical or not and the truth is, UFC doesn't need anyone...

The ISCF Mission For Mixed Martial Arts...
"Safety, Credibility, Fairness, Recognition, Support & Unification of Mixed Martial Arts Around The World"

"The goal of the International Sport Combat Federation is to regulate safe and fair rules and regulations and help provide exposure and opportunities for local, regional, national and international competition among amateur and professional mixed martial arts fighters, trainers, promoters and officials. We will, through adherence to and enforcement of these rules and regulations, strive to make competitive mixed martial arts fighting a safe and fair sport as we continue to help bring exposure to and enhance the present as well as the future of the sport we serve, Mixed Martial Arts."

Steve Fossum, President International Sport Combat Federation

WEDNESDAY, January 30th, 2008, AT 2:45 PM, PT

January 26th, 2008 - Lake Ozark, Missouri, USA

When you visit the Website of Capital Entertainment you quickly see the lofty goal they've set for their warriors - to step into the cage with an opponent of equal caliber to test their martial arts skills! And, they promise to bring the fans nonstop, thrilling, power-packed action! Tonight, these promoters proved to be true to their word - what an event! Held in rustic Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, this Battle on the Beach was Brutal! Nobody will dare kick sand in any of these warriors face - or they'll find themselves face down in the sand! The fans experienced everything from 42 second TKO's to full blown fights to the finish. Ozarks fans - keep your eyes open for the next fight card - it will probably only keep getting better and better - Don't miss it!

    Lee Ogg VS Brandon Swords
    The card begins as the fighters meet in the center of the ring attempting to exchange quick, hard rights. Ogg lands a leg kick, punch combination as the fighters grapple in the center of the ring. Swords goes for a double leg takedown; Ogg moves into an attempted guillotine but Swords resists. The crowd is already behind the action as they loudly cheer and coach their favorite fighter. The fighters both held their own as the round ends.
    Round two starts with an exchange of rights and low leg kicks as the fighters continue standup blows. Ogg misses with a right, Sword counters with a couple of rights, followed by a leg kick, right hand combo. Swords throws a right, left combination that connects. Ogg attempts a low kick, as the fighters continue to exchange stand up during the entire round. The fighters retreat to their corners as their coaches furiously give them direction.
    The final round begins with Swords slamming a couple of low kicks, and a flush right hand! Ogg attempts a kick, countered by a kick by Sword that connects, followed by some solid punches. Ogg attempts a takedown, but Swords has good defense, throwing leg kicks, punch combinations. Ogg lands a solid body shot, but Swords has drawn first blood! Swords continues to hammer the legs with solid kicks, attempting to throw another right, but Ogg defends well. The crowd is loud as Swords lands some punches, Ogg attempts a guillotine, but is answered by Swords uppercut! The fighters grapple and Ogg gets a knee to the face ending this war and forcing the fight to the Referee Cards!
    WINNER: SWORDS by MAJORITY DECISION, 29-29, 29-28, 29-28.

    Jason Coleman VS Chris Welch
    With the cage hot from the first war, these fighters come out fast and furious. Welch lands a left hand, Coleman answers with double kicks to Welch's body followed by a left, right hand. Welch answers with a powerful blow to Coleman, forcing Coleman to take a knee on the mat. Welch steps in and takes advantage of the situation by swiftly following with three left hooks, right knee combination dropping Coleman, forcing the Referee to step in and stop this war! Quick, powerful action!

    Brice Bowen VS Timothy Wall
    Wall These fans are into the action tonight as they ready for this third bout. Bowen comes out landing rights and lefts. The fighters trade strikes and Bowen lands some low kicks. Bowen gets a swift takedown, mounts and lands some lefts and rights as Wall gives Bowen his back. Bowen takes advantage of his position and cinches in a Rear Naked Choke forcing Wall to submit!
    WINNER: BOWEN by TAP OUT (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:19 of Round One.

    Raymond Gray VS Zane Hake
    Hake lands a right, Gray answers with a right, left combo. Again, Gray throws another right, left, but Hake immediately counters with bomb of his own! These fighters strike hard as they continue the exchange. The fighters grapple as the fighters exchange knees and hands. Gray ducks under a right hand and goes for a slam against the cage. Hake misses with some fierce blows as Gray pulls away. The crowd is wild as Gray slips a right by Hake, as the fighters grapple again against the cage, ending round one.
    Round two has Hake landing some left jabs, right hands, connecting with Gray's body. Gray throws a left over the top of Hake's guard, connecting, but Hake immediately answers with some left jabs, countered by Grays blows. Hake lands a solid low kick, right hand combination as the crowd cheers them on. Hake is busy being the aggressor this round. The fighters grapple as Hake lands some knees to Gray's face, the fighters exchange solid rights and break apart. Hake lands another low kick, chopping his opponent consistently. Gray answers with a solid left to the body, but doesn't follow ending this round.
    The final round starts with a bang as Gray lands a low kick. Both fighters exchange hard rights, Hake shoots in as Gray attempts a guillotine, but Hake has him up against the fence, defending his position. The crowd cheers on their favorite warrior as Hake does some effective ground and pound after Gray released the guillotine. Gray attempts a reversal, but Hake still has position to land rights and lefts relentlessly. Gray does get the reversal as Hake tries to move to Gray's back, Gray moves in to attempt a kamori, but quickly gives up, moving into Hakes guard as this round ends, forcing the fight to the Judge's scorecards.
    WINNER: HAKE by UNANIMOUS DECISION, 29-28, 30-27, 29-28.

    Brandon Moore VS Benjamin Brown
    Moore starts this war connecting with a left/right, but Brown answers immediately with some solid blows of his own right over the top, moving into a swift takedown by Brown. Brown moves to the top position, Moore pulls a tight guard, giving Brown no room for ground and pound. Brown moves into a full mount, but Moore gives him his back. Brown gets his hooks in, softening Moore for a potential rear naked, but Moore won't let him as this round ends with Brown on top!
    Round two starts with Moore's leg kick, right hand combo, as Brown works and gets the takedown as Moore attempts a guillotine, but he can't secure. Brown moves swiftly to a side mount, Moore pulls in tight, but Brown gets around the legs of Moore ending this round, again with Brown getting the riding time.
    The final round starts as Brown gets a double leg takedown, as Moore moves to guard. Moore slips out and stands up as Brown quickly moves him to the cage, slamming Moore to the mat. Brown gets the top position, Moore's guard is a little loose, but effective as Brown searches for room for ground and pound. As Moore attempts to escape, he gives Brown his back and Brown takes advantage, getting his hooks in. Moore escapes and stands back up, but Brown goes for a single leg takedown, but Moore sprawls and works to get to rear position on Brown, attempting a rear naked. Moore softens Brown with a couple of right hands to the face, but Brown foils the rear naked attempt, quickly reversing Moore, as Brown moves to a side mount to close this fight, Brown moves to a full mount ending this war and taking it to the cards!
    WINNER: BROWN by UNANIMOUS DECISION, 29-28, 30-27, 30-/27.

    Tretch Lawlence VS *Cody Carpenter The crowd is primed as this fight starts fast and furious as Carpenter gets the slamming takedown, working for a guillotine. The fighters stand and Lawlence gets the slamming takedown, quickly gets reversed by Carpenter. These flyweights are lightening fast as they work the cage. Lawlence reverses and takes the top position, then Carpenter gets the reversal and gets a full mount stretching Lawlence out. Carpenter finds a little room for ground and pound, landing some rights and lefts, then Lawlence pulls him in tight. Carpenter gets a full mount, but Lawlence gets a reversal as the crowd cheers. Lawlence moves Carpenter against the fence but can't find room for ground and pound. Carpenter attempts a guillotine from the bottom but Lawlence slips, the fighters separate, as Carpenter reverses and takes the top position ending this action packed quick round.
    Carpenter starts round two with a body kick, moving for a guillotine, as Lawlence attempts to pin him to the fence. Lawlence is relentless as he realizes the guillotine isn't in tight. Lawlence is on top, as Carpenter looks for a triangle and attempted armbar, but Lawlence escapes. Carpenter gives him his back, Lawlence takes quick advantage, moving into a tight rear naked choke, forcing Carpenter to submit.
    WINNER: LAWLENCE by TAP OUT (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:36 of Round Two.

    Calvin White VS Zach Lenon
    Both fighters come out aggressively as Leno gets a takedown attempting a rear naked, but White counters well. Leno has the body triangle set, but the rear naked is defended well by White. Leno is relentless as White slams Leno to his back, Leno seizes the opportunity to cinch in the Rear Naked, forcing White to submit!
    WINNER: LENO by TAP OUT (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:25 of Round One.

    Jesse Sheilds VS Dale Heiser
    It feels as if the crowd trained for this night as they are as enthusiastic as when the show began. These fighters jump right in and Heiser slams Sheilds to the mat, but Sheilds rolls out, completes a reversal and Sheilds throws some effective ground and pound. The fighters stand as Sheilds slams a knee in, but Heiser slams Sheilds against the cage, but Sheilds cinches in a tight guillotine forcing Heiser to submit! Quick, tight action in the cage!
    WINNER: SHIELDS by TAP OUT (Guillotine Choke) at :49 of Round One.

    Greg Fritchey VS Chris Barns
    More fast action is promised as the Lightweights take the cage. The fighters exchange solid rights, and grapple in the center of the cage. As the fighters break apart, the fighters exchange rights, and Barns slams him to the mat taking the top position. Fritchey gives Barns his back and Barns stretches him out. Barns finds some room for ground and pound to Fritchey's face. Fritchey successfully moves Barns out of the full mount, pulling guard, trying to tie up Barns taking his room for ground and pound. Fritchey attempts a triangle as Barns lifts him and slams him to the mat. Fritchey goes right back after the triangle, working to cinch it in tight, pulling down on Barns head as Referee Johnson steps in for a close look, while Fritchey is forcing Barns to ultimately submit.
    WINNER: FRITCHEY by TAP OUT (Triangle Choke) at 2:52 of Round One.

    Kyle Swadley VS Edwin Cabuz
    Cabuz starts with a low kick, but Swadley answers with a body slam to the mat. Swadley quickly moves to the side mount, then to the full mount. Cabuz pulls in tight, trying to minimize room for ground and pound. Swadley throws some effective rights, Cabuz tries to roll out, but Swadley siezes the opportunity to cinch in an armbar, Cabuz resists but Swadley cranks and forces Referee Bud Johnson to stop this bout.
    WINNER: SWADLEY by REFEREE STOPPAGE DUE TO (Arm Bar) at 2:01 of Round One.

    Nick Fannin VS Eliazar Antonio
    These warriors are ready to rumble as this bout begins. Antonio lands a kick, answered by Fannin's blow, as Fannin gets the takedown, moving into a full mount, looking for room to secure some ground and pound, then Antonio pulls him in tight. Fannin works an attempted armbar, as Antonio attempts to break his hold. Antonio pulls Fannin off, but Fannin goes in for an attempted triangle, but Antonio escapes, lands some rights and is quicklly slammed back to the mat by Fannin. Antonio pulls guard, but Fannin moves from side to full mount. Antonio attempts to reverse, Antonio takes the top position looking for room for ground and pound but Fannin reverses again. Antonio attempts a guillotine, but releases to land some hard rights to Fannin's face as the fighters stand ending round one.
    Round two continues this exciting Flyweight bout as the fighters exchange roundhouse kicks. Antonio lands an uppercut, but Fannin gets a quick takedown, moving to a full mount as Antonio pulls him in close and reverses Fannin. In the side mount Antonio looks for room for ground and pound. Antonio throws a spiking elbow, forcing Referee Johnson to take away a point for this illegal technique. As the action continues Fannin fakes a right and gets a double leg takedown on Antonio, moving to the rear mount. Fannin is working for a rear naked choke, but Antonio escapes this attempt and reverses Fannin. Again Fannin attempts an armbar while Antonio works for a possible guillotine but cannot lock in his arms effectively. Both fighters get to their feet as Antonio lands a knee, with Fannin ending the round with a takedown.
    The final round starts with a wild right by Fannin, followed by a quick double leg takedown, moving to the full mount and throwing some ground and pound on Antonio. Referee Johnson keeps a close eye on the action as Fannin continues with his ground and pound working this round to his advantage. Antonio escapes but Fannin takes advantage moving into an armbar position, but as Fannin is grounded, Antonio throws an illegal knee to Fannin's head, forcing Referee Johnson to step in and disqualify Antonio, unfortunately ending this war.

    Bob Conway VS Brandon Barger
    Conway lands a right as Barger gets the takedown, throwing shots to Conway's body. Both fighters stand up as Barger lands some knees and goes for another takedown. Barger moves to the top position, but Conway pulls guard. Conway attempts to grapple as Barger moves into a full mount, bringing this round to an end.
    Round two starts with a takedown by Barger. Barger has Conway against the cage, as Conway attempts to stand, Barger goes for the single leg successfully. Conway looks to escape and takes the top position. The fighters grapple tight as Conway manages to throw some ground and pound, but as they change position, Barger pulls Conway back to the mat and Barger takes the full mount, taking Conway's back and raining down some heavy ground and pound, forcing the Referee Mark Prosser to stop this war!

    Aaron Duncan VS Nick Heiser
    The crowd doesn't want this night to end as they cheer the final fighters as they enter the cage. The Light Heavyweights take the cage ready to rumble. Duncan lands a solid right, followed by a blocked round kick. Duncan lands a left jab, right hand over the top. Duncan throws some more blows, followed by a low kick. Heiser fakes a left round kick, looking to land a solid blow as he takes a right hand, Heiser moves in for the single leg. Duncan lands a knee strike off the break, but as Heiser carries his hands low, he moves in for another attempted takedown and succeeds. Heiser breaks out of Duncan's attempted guillotine and swiftly moves to a full mount. Duncan gives him his back and Heiser gets his hooks in, softening Duncan. Heiser seizes the opportunity to cinch in a rear naked forcing Duncan to submit at the final second of this round!
    WINNER: HEISER by TAP OUT (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:59 of Round One


Kim Couture
To Make Fight Debut February 23rd


After five years of training, Kim Couture, the wife of UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture, will make her MMA debut next month. Couture will take part in a "smoker" event at the Xtreme Couture MMA gym in Las Vegas on February 23rd. She says she'll take on a female fighter who's coming into town from Vancouver, Wash. Couture spoke about next month's fight during Friday's edition of "Inside MMA," a weekly MMA news show that airs Fridays on Mark Cuban's HDNet high-definition channel. HDNet's Ron Kruk had the story.

Couture is the the vice president of the Xtreme Couture MMA. After spending time with notable EliteXC fighter (and current "American Gladiator") Gina Carano, Couture said the spirit of competition led to the fight booking. "Once Gina Carano started at the gym, I had another female to grapple with and someone more of my weight class to roll around with, so I had started having thoughts of taking it to the next level," Couture said. "When you're practicing anything, you kind of always want to see how you'd compete against somebody else that maybe you don't know or don't train with all the time." Is Couture looking to becoming the next big thing in women's MMA? Does she have aspirations of becoming the family's second world champion? Not really.

"It's not a priority for me to get attention or put myself out there to be the next Gina Carano," she said. "It's a good stress reliever for me… When I work all day, it's nice to get out there and punch something."

TUESDAY, January 29th, 2008, AT 5:40 PM, PT

"Midwest Fight Fest"
January 26th, 2008 - St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 63126

    Vladimir "Wally" Frankovic (St. Louis, MO) defeated Cody Harris (Kansas City, MO) by TKO at 2:57 of the first round.

    TJ Thomas (Arnold, MO) defeated Earl Lamkie (St. Louis, MO) by armbar at 1:30 of the first round.

    Tony Patton (St. Louis, MO) defeated Brandon Garrison (St. Louis, MO) by KO at :06 of the first round.

    Mike Cedric - Sedrick (Desoto, MO) defeated Tanner Watts - Waits (Collinsville, IL) by KO at 1:05 of the first round.

    Josh Temple (St. Louis, MO) defeated Adam Cella (St. Louis, MO) by decision.

    Nick Reeder (Columbia, IL) defeated Dustin Beasly (St. Charles, MO) by decision.

    Matt Korman (St. Louis, MO) defeated Jimmy Donahue (St. Louis, MO) by decision.

    Greg Bewig (St. Louis, MO)defeated James Wilcox (St. Louis, MO) by deision.

    Pat Recer (St. Louis, MO) defeated Chris Marath (St. Louis, MO) by decision.

    Kevin June (St. Louis, MO) defeated Vern King (St. Louis, MO) by TKO.


January 26th, 2008 - Manassas, Virginia, USA

    Bryan Lewis Vs Peyton Kilcarr
    Chris Eby Vs Andy Drum
    Ryan Harder Vs Dustin Honeycutt
    Brian Bell Vs Steve Smiddy
    Zach McBreen Vs Jeff Smith
    Robert Henry Tuck Vs Ricky Burnett
    Angel Ortiz Vs Johnny Taff
    Mike Custodio Vs Justin Hickey
    John Reedy Vs Kenny Gaudreau
    Brenda Juarez Vs Lauren Feldman
    Brian Vanhoven Vs *Patrick Sweet
    Steve Turel Vs Anthony Moenich
    Rick Tavares Vs Travis Ferrell
    Gary Hess Vs Ray Ray Elliott
    Robert Smith Vs Nick Briggs
    Joey Miller Vs Timothy Wade
    Robert Conner Vs Kris McCray
    Dwight Grason Vs Jody Ray Carter
    Corey Bates Vs Elder Ramos

MONDAY, January 28th, 2008, AT 10:30 PM, PT

January 26th, 2008 - Springfield, Illinois, USA

    Anthony Mullins Vs Ryan Mays
    WINNER: Anthony Mullins by Split decision.

    Dave Hope Vs Ryan Stahler
    WINNER: Ryan Stahler Round two 2 min 38 sec referee stop
    Alex James,
    Springfield, Illinois, 155 lbs Vs Shawn Beavins, Granite City, Illinois, 155
    WINNER: Alex James at 30 seconds of round one armbar.

    Justin Robbins,
    Springfield, Illinois, 145 lbs Vs Jeff Hodges, Granite City, Illinois, 145 lbs.
    WINNER: Justin Robbins, at 47 seconds of round one by arm triangle.

    Joe Geromiller,
    Caseyville, Illinois, 170 Vs Zamie Woods, Decatur, Illinois, 170
    WINNER: Zamie Woods in Round one at 31 seconds due to referee stop.

    Adam Therriault Vs Tony Ledbetter

    WINNER: Adam Therriault in Round one at :43 seconds due to referee stop.

    Greg Lofink Vs Dustin Gent

    WINNER: Greg Lofink in Round one at 2:12 due to referee stop.

    Brian Carter Vs Shannon Walsh

    WINNER: Brian Carter in round one at 45 seconds due to keylock armbar.

    Dave Boosinger Vs Martin Brilley

    WINNER: Dave Boosinger in Round one at 19 seconds by guillotine choke.

    Sal Woods Vs Steve Ward

    WINNER: Steve Ward by Split Decision.

    Duran Rademaker vs James Bunch

    WINNER: James Bunch by Unanimous decision.

    Jared Rusk Vs Patrick Riley

    WINNER: Patrick Riley in Round one at 2:15 seconds due to refree stop.

    Alex Rozman Vs Bobby Brents

    WINNER: Bobby Brents in Round one 1:08 seconds by armbar.

    Curt Bee Vs Shaun Antrim

    WINNER: Shaun Antrim in Round 2 at 1:20 seconds by rear choke.


January 26th, 2008 - Salina, Kansas, USA

    Jon Hollis Vs Dustin Blake
    Caleb Conway Vs Marcus Washington
    Jon Scott Vs Wes Weisner
    Micheal Ingwerson Vs Chirs Bo Davis
    Mike Ward Vs Billy Amsbaugh
    Aaron Herzberg Vs Brandon Shippy
    Thao Huynh Vs Caleb Sharpless
    Quinton Werber Vs Michael Bentley
    Dustin Phillips Vs Matt Page
    Jeremy Feist Vs John Paul Horsch

FRIDAY, January 25th, 2008, AT 2:00 PM, PT


Naked Choke Promotions / Sylmar Diversified LLC Presents
Manassas, Virginia, USA


Capital Entertainment LLC Presents
Lake Ozark, Missouri, USA


Team Warrior Concepts Presents
Springfield, Illinois, USA


Shamrock Promotions Present
"Midwest Fight Fest"
St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 63126


Ultimate Fighting Federation Presents
Salina, Kansas, USA


"MMA In The Valley VI"
January 19th, 2008 - Leesburg, Virginia, USA

  1. James Johnson Vs Luke Hoover
    Winner: Johnson, 2:21 of the 1st round, Rear Naked Choke.
  2. Chris Stanton Vs Anthony Horn
    Winner: Stanton, 0:42 of the 1st round, TKO.

  3. Umaer Haq Vs Tom Desmond
    Winner: Haq, 1:23 of the 1st round, Front Standing Guillotine.

  4. Robert Conner Vs Earl Ammons
    Winner: Conner, Unanimous Decision, all 3 judges score bout 29-28.

  5. Cory Popanz Vs Daniel Ready
    Winner: Popanz, 0:39 of the 2nd round, TKO (referee stops bout due to excessive ground punching)

  6. Brent Hess Vs Nick Vecchione
    Winner: Hess, 1:45 of the 1st round, Rear Naked Choke.

  7. Mathew Maumoynier Vs Cole Presley
    Winner: Maumounier, 0:43 of the 2nd round, Rear Naked Choke.

  8. Matt Caudle Vs Jason Ledford
    Winner: Caudle, 1:05 of the 2nd round, Triangle Choke.

  9. Chris Conner Vs Mike Allen
    Winner: Conner, 2:46 of the 1st Round, Tap Out (possible injury).

  10. Thomas Kropinski Vs Chris Morris
    Winner: Kropinski, 0:40 of the 2nd Round, Arm Bar.
  11. Josh Guyer Vs Perrin Carter
    Winner: Carter, Unanimous Decision, judge scores: 27-30, 28-29, 28-29.

  12. Nicholas Hoover Vs Glenn Williams
    Winner: Nick Hoover, 0:48 of the 1st Round, TKO, Referee stops bout due to excessive striking.

WEDNESDAY, January 23rd, 2008, AT 8:40 PM, PT

New IBL Website Launched!

Tomorrow the IBL will make an announcement in regards to Team Ownership requirements. Some of this info will be sent by e-mail only to those who have either committed or those who have shown interest in the IBL.

Since the IBL became public knowledge last Friday night, the response has been "Overwhelming!" It looks to be exactly what we thought it would be...

MONDAY, January 21st, 2008, AT 11:20 AM, PT

IFL Unveils New Logo
Branding for 2008 Season

Change Reflects Shift To Focus On Camps, Commitment To Best Matchups

NEW YORK, January 21, 2008: The International Fight League™ (OTC.BB: IFLI), a leader in the growing sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), today unveiled the new visual identity of its corporate brand.

The new logo is a reflection of the IFL's exciting style of MMA action as the league enters its second full season of competition. The design incorporates the traditional gloved fist coming towards the viewer from between forward-slanted "IFL" initials in front of a silver oval plate, utilizing the league's new color scheme of deep red, silver and black.

The IFL has always showcased the top up-and-coming athletes, coached by the legends of MMA," said Jay Larkin, IFL (L) CEO and President. "Our new identity is part of the league's renewed commitment to putting together the best matchups to a wide, burgeoning audience of fans worldwide."

The revised IFL logo will appear in marketing materials and branding opportunities as well as on an array of merchandise available to fans attending events as well as through


the league's official Website, which will be relaunched to reflect the new branding.

Larkin also announced that the IFL has also eliminated the league-created team logos and will instead use branding of the camps led by its coaches, such as Miletich Fighting Systems, Xtreme Couture, Team Quest and Renzo Gracie Academy.

Randy Couture


Pat Miletich


Ken Shamrock


Matt Lindland


The International Fight League pounds its way into 2008 with a hard hitting night of Mixed Martial Arts action featuring three title defenses on Friday, February 29th at 8:PM at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Middleweight belt holder Matt "Suave" Horwich goes to war against ferocious Tim Kennedy. Lightweight belt holder Ryan "The Lion" Schultz does battle with the relentless John Gunderson, and Heavyweight belt holder Roy "Big Country" Nelson will square off against dangerous top contender Fabiano Scherner.

Also featured will be elite MMA fighters from Las Vegas' own Xtreme Couture, Ken Shamrock's Nevada based Lion's Den, Matt Lindland's Team Quest and Mario Sperry's World Class Fight Center.

Friday, February 29, 2008, Doors: 6:30 PM, Fights: 7:30 PM
Reserved Seating: $20.00, $52.50, $77.50, $127.50, $200.00.

FRIDAY, January 18th, 2008, AT 10:45 PM, PT

We Present To You, The

After a successful year in working with the Professional MMA League, the IFL ( International Fight League) the ISCF has been swamped with requests from literally hundreds of Amateur Fighters and Trainers have been asking the ISCF to create something like the IFL "Team/league" concept, but for Amateurs. Well Fighters.... Your prayers and wishes have been answered. We would like to introduce to you the "Next Big Thing" for MMA, The

International Battle League

The First Real Amateur MMA Team Fight League!

Already there is a lot of excitement about the new IBL. "I was so excited to hear that the ISCF was working to implement an amateur fight league." said Joe Taylor, (R) President of Combat Sports International - "This is long overdue as it is a must that the amateur athletes are given a first class platform to display their talents. I am 100% confident that Steve Fossum and the ISCF will provide such a stage for these disciplined athletes. Combat Sports International is proud to be given the opportunity to support such a noble venture."

"Even before this official press release was made there has already been a load of interest." said Steve Crawford, (R) VP of Operations with the new IBL. "In just speaking with several fighters, trainers and promoters, the IBL has had requests for teams from Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota, Virginia, Florida, Arkansas, Indiana and North Carolina. We have also had several top names voice their support such as Pat Miletich, Bas Rutten and Keith Hackney."

Even the IFL is supportive of the IBL knowing it will be a great place to scout potential pro talent for the Pro IFL League. All rules and regulations of the IBL will be sanctioned by the ISCF.

"Our goal in creating the IBL is not to compete with the IFL." Said ISCF President Steve Fossum (R). "We still have a very good relationship with them and of course competing on a pro level would be burning a loyal bridge. If anything, the new IBL Amateur League will be a feeder organization to Professional Promotions such as the IFL."

Of course, the main thing that sets the IBL apart from the IFL is the fact that the IBL is an AMATEUR Team League and although there are other things that are the same, there are also a lot of differences.

The weight classes are the same;

  • Lightweight, 145 lbs. to 155 lbs.
  • Welterweight, 155 lbs. to 170 lbs.
  • Middleweight, 170 lbs. to 185 lbs.
  • Light Heavyweight, 185 lbs. to 205 lbs.
  • Heavyweight, 205 lbs. to 265 lbs.

The Team concept and competition will be the same, as each League Event will feature 4 Teams, where 2 Teams square off against each other for ranking points, wins and loses. However, the differences of the IBL Amateur League may work to its overall advantage and future success.

In the IBL, all the Teams will be "Teamed Owned" instead of owned by the League (IBL). Team Owners do not have to be directly involved in the sport of MMA. In some cases the Team Owner will be the same as the Team Coach. However, some Teams will have a separate Owner and Coach. There is no limit to the number of Coaches and or Trainers each Team can have. Each Team will be responsible for their own expenses which means they will be allowed to seek and attain their own sponsorship for expense funding and or needed equipment. Team members could be fighters all from 1 gym/school or a combined group from the city or region the team is based out of. It will be best if all the Team members live close to each other to assure unity of the Team, especially in Team practices and decision making. This concept clearly separates the IBL/ISCF Leadership from the TEAMS just as in other successful Team Leagues such as the NFL or NBA. The only difference here is that this is an AMATEUR League.

Teams will field 5 starters and 5 alternates. Each Team will be responsible for hosting 1 home event a season. Scheduled events will be held every 30 days or every 4-5 weeks, depending on venue bookings. The plan is to have a 4 month season that will provide 1 home event for each Team.

The regions of the IBL are pretty basic. The League will be divided into 3 Conferences (Western, Central and Eastern) and 3 Divisions in each Conference (Northern, Central and Southern). At the end of the 4 month season, each region of each conference will each have a Champion. There will also be 1 Wild Card Team which is the next best team of all 3 Divisions who will round out the needed 4 Teams for the Conference playoffs. The conference playoffs will take place on two events, 30 days apart (To provide plenty of rest and recovery time in case a fighter from one team is stopped by strikes for example)

Once a Champion is determined from the 3 Conferences, the League will select the best performing Team from the Playoffs to be added in as the Wild Card Team to make up the IBL Final 4 Championships.

The IBL will be responsible for hosting the IBL Final 4 Championship event. At the Tournament, after weigh-ins, a hat draw will determine the parings of the first 2 match ups and the first 10 fights along with which Teams will compete first. After the first 10 fights, on the SAME NIGHT, the final two winning Teams will meet for the IBL Championship. Here is where it ads a little twist. The winning "Fighters" will each receive an IBL Championship Belts. The Winning TEAM will receive a Championship Trophy and other Championship Awards such as individual Championship Rings, Plaques, Jackets and other things.

After the IBL Final 4 Championships, the IBL will host the IBL Grand Prix which will be a match-up of the top 10 fighters (2 from each weight class) to compete for an even more prestigious belt, the IBL Grand Prix Belt.

There is a lot more we will be announcing about the IBL so keep watch here on the ISCF News pages. To see the basic outline of the IBL go to The IBL will soon be launching an independent IBL web site but that's the least of the focus right now.

Right now one of the next goals of the IBL is to confirm the first 4 Teams that will kick off the start of the IBL at this years ISCF World Classic in Cedar Rapids Iowa at the US Cellular Center Arena! These 4 Teams will compete in a special Saturday Night Feature Event during the Tournament weekend.

So if you are interested in seeing it LIVE, we hope to see you in Cedar Rapids the weekend of May 2nd, 3rd and 4th where you will not only see the BEST Amateur MMA Fighters competing in an open Tournament format to be the BEST Amateur MMA Fighter in the World, but also, the start of the "Next Big Thing for MMA!" The




International BATTLE League!




Squared Circle Promotions Presents
"MMA In The Valley VI"
Leesburg, Virginia, USA

WEDNESDAY, January 16th, 2008, AT 6:40 PM, PT

"AXE - River City Rumble"
January 12th, 2008 - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA

Say "Hello" Idaho to the BEST MMA Show in the State! Despite the "She said - He said" from another rival promoter up there, the facts speak for themselves! Once again John Sanders and Eric Judd of Axe Xtreme Cage Fighting put on another class act event! With 12 explosive bouts on the fight card and over 1800 spectators in attendance, what else can you say other than... "Other Promoters Step Aside and let the REAL SHOW Step Up!" Idaho and North West Fighters and Fans are lucky to have such a Great Show available to them. Their next show is scheduled for March 15th. Don't Miss it Fight Fans!

    Emanuel - Isaac Tijerina, 1-1, Vs TJ ( Tyler ) Solomon, 4-0.
    WINNER: Soloman wins by arm triangle at :57 seconds in the third round.

    Hugo Chacon, 2-2, Vs Nicholas Carson, 1-0.
    WINNER: Carson win with a KO at 1:29 in the first round.

    Mitch Evans, 0-1, Vs Ceasar Garcia, 2-0.
    WINNER: Garcia wins by TKO at 2:23 in the first round.

    Eddy Card, 1-1, Vs Jared Fawcett, 0-3.
    WINNER: Card wins by verbal tap out at 1:30 in the first round.

    Charles 'Chuck' Jordan, 3-4, Vs Rob Radford, 2-3.
    WINNER: Jordan wins by arm bar at :50 seconds in the first round.

    Travis Hofland, 0-1, Vs David Robinson, 2-1.
    WINNER: Robinson wins unanimous decision, all three judges ( Casper, Gilbert, Howell ) score the bout 30-27.

    Alfredo Lopez, 1-1, Vs Chris Rowberry, 0-1.
    WINNER: Lopez wins by arm bar at :40 seconds of the second round.

    Eli Short, 0-1, Vs Ryan Wagner, 4-0.
    WINNER: Wagner wins by TKO at 2:12 in the first round.

    Kameron Kimball, 1-0, Vs Tyler Porter 1-1.
    WINNER: Kimball win by referee stoppage at 2:14 in the second round.

    Matt Grossman, 2-0, Vs Sam Navarez, 2-1.
    WINNER: Grossman wins by unanimous decision, judges scores Casper 29-28, Gilbert 30-27, Howell 30-27.

    Josh Ramstead, 0-1, Vs Virgil Schmitt, 1-0.
    WINNER: Schmitt win by rear naked choke at :56 seconds in the second round.

    Brandon Hempleman, 1-1, Vs Robert 'Bobby' Earley, 3-0.
    WINNER: Early wins by referee stoppage at 2:59 of the first round.

FRIDAY, January 11th, 2008, AT 6:30 PM, PT


Apex Extreme Xtreme LLC Presents
"AXE - River City Rumble"
Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA

TUESDAY, January 8th, 2008, AT 4:40 PM, PT

"Cage Championships IV"
January 5th, 2008 - Sullivan, Missouri, USA

    John Atchley Vs John Serrano
    These fight fans are loud and ready as this battle starts fast as Serrano jumps in with the takedown, taking the top position quickly. Atchley pulls a fast guard! Serrano tries to get past Atchley's guard, but Atchley takes advantage and quickly reverses as Serrano gives Atchley his back. Both fighters spring back to a stand-up position. Atchley attempts a right hand, pulling Serrano into an attempted guillotine, while landing some fierce knees to Serrano's face. Serrano breaks free and attempts a double leg, finally getting the single leg takedown. Serrano looks for room for some effective ground and pound, landing a right hand, but Atchley is keeping a tight guard, keeping Serrano close to minimize the leverage on his strikes. Serrano pins Atchley against the cage, looking for an advantage, as Atchley pushes him off, but gives Serrano his back, as Serrano looks for a rear naked choke coming up on the end of the round. Atchley survives the attempt as the round ends.
    Round two starts with a bang as the fighters trade solid rights, and Atchley lands a hard right, Serrano falls to the ground, looking shaken. Atchley swiftly gets arround Serrano's attempted guard, landing some quick rights to the side of Serrano's head. Serrano gives Atchley his back, and Atchley is looking to get his hooks in, while landing some effective ground and pound both to the body and head. Serrano rolls and Atchley gets the dominant position, pulling the referee's close attention. The crowd is electric as Atchley's effective strikes forces the referee to stop this bout.

    Justin Hall Vs John Peterson
    The crowd is warmed up as we move into Bout #2.
    Peterson lands a jab, right hand combination then slams Hall to the cage and then moves into a swift mount position. Moving into the full mount, Peterson postures to do some ground and pound, landing blows to the body and head. Hall manages to escape and stand as the fighters clinch up, exchanging knees, but Peterson lands a successive knee to Hall's face. Peterson then takes him back to the mat. Peterson in a side mount, moves to a full mount, lands a strong left hand to Hall's face; Hall moves into a fetal position, but Peterson just rolls him over and lands some effective ground and pound forcing Referee Cook to stop this bout due to strikes!

    Jerry Hall Vs Levi Young
    The fast bantamweights take the cage for the next bout. Young lands a round kick, moving Hall against the cage, but the fighters quickly go to the mat and Hall takes fast advantage cinching in a tight guillotine choke, forcing Referee Cook to step in and stop this bout. Did I say fast?

    Zack Elledge Vs Robert Garn
    Garn lands a leg kick, countered by Elledge's leg kick. Garn moves past to attempt a solid right, but Elledge tosses him to the ground, and Elledge moves to a half mount, moving to the top. Elledge lifts Garn into a standing position, moving Garn against the cage, looking for room to land some knees. Garn attempts a guillotine. As they break apart Garn lands a couple of hard rights and Elledge answers with some blows of his own. Garn throws a right hand bomb, landing flush, forcing Referee Cook to step in and end this bout.

    Caleb Gaston Vs Rick Hufford
    Hufford starts this bout with a quick right hand, and gets a takedown on Gaston, but Gaston is immediately back on his feet. Hufford attempts a guillotine, but Gaston slips right out. Hufford gets the takedown, Gaston gives him his back, then stands right back up. Gaston refuses to stay on the mat. Gaston attempts a guillotine, but Hufford steps out and lands three fast rights, followed by a right knee, but this just seems to bring Gaston's stand-up into the fight as he answers with some solid rights of his own! Gaston then attempts another guillotine and Hufford gets the double leg takedown, taking the top position. The crowd is behind these fighters as they grapple on the ground. Gaston again gets right to his feet, moving Hufford against the cage. Hufford reverses and attempts another guillotine, but Gaston steps out as the fighters exchange solid rights, followed by Gaston's powerful, multiple left hooks. The fighters grapple up, ending round one. After a heated round one, Hufford verbally submits from his corner, not answering the opening bell of Round 2.
    WINNER: GASTON by VERBAL SUBMISSION at break of round 1 & 2.

    Chris Maurath Vs Joe Freeman
    The fighters grapple up in the center of the ring, Maurath goes low as Freeman sprawls. Freeman attempts to lock up a guillotine, but Maurath gets free. Freeman goes right back after that guillotine, Maurath gets free, but gives Freeman his back. Freeman on top, riding on Maurath, getting his hooks in to soften Maurath up for that rear naked. Freeman's on all fours, and cinches in tight, forcing Maurath to submit!
    WINNER: FREEMAN by TAPOUT (REAR NAKED CHOKE) at 1:15 of Round One.

    Harlan Feutral (FUCHS) Vs Nathan Whited
    The fans are primed and so are these fighters as they take the cage! The energy is high at the bell. Fuchs lands the first right as the fighters grapple in the center of the ring. Whited lands a right hand, round kick combination and Fuchs answers with a right hand over the top. Whited retaliates with a solid right. The fighters exchange rights, and Fuchs lands another right to Whiteds body. Whited answers with a barrage of knees and blows, forcing Referee Cook to pull Whited off Fuchs to stop this battle.


    Martin Giger Vs Cory Ace
    Giger misses with a high round kick, Ace responds with a left hook, followed by a takedown. Giger attempts a guillotine, but Ace quickly slips, and moves into a side mount. The fighters stand and Ace tries a choke, but Giger slips as the fighters go back to the ground. Ace moves into a side mount. The crowd roars as Giger gets a body triangle, but Ace just picks him up and slams him. Ace moves into a mount and attacks with some fierce ground and pound, forcing Giger to submit!
    WINNER: ACE by TAPOUT due to STRIKES at 1:10 of Round One.


    Jesse Geringer Vs Chad Caron
    These fighters appear to be crowd favorites based on the noise level in the arena. And, they look ready to rumble as they enter the cage. Caron gets the first takedown, picking him up and body slams. Gerringer gets the side mount, Caron gives him his back, then slips a rear naked. Gerringer gets the mount, postures up, looking for some ground and pound, landing some blows, taking Caron's back and slipping into a rear naked attempt. Somehow Caron pries out, but Gerringer gets back into full mount, landing blows, and again moving into a kneeling rear naked, but Caron again escapes. A third attempt at a rear naked by Gerringer, and a third escape by Caron! But, Gerringer is dogged and relentless, moving back into the fullmount, Caron again slips and the fighters stand. Gerringer quickly tosses Caron to the ground, moving to the side mount, landing knees to Caron's body. Gerringer works for a Kamori from the half mount. The fighters stand and Gerringer ends this round connecting with a knee and right hand to Caron's face.
    Gerringer picks right back up where he left off, starting round two by landing a right hand, left knee combo, slamming Caron against the fence. Caron bounces off the fence and takes the top position, attempting a rear naked, but Gerringer slips, moving to a side mount on Caron. Gerringer works for some ground and pound, looking for an opening for a possible Kamori. The fans are totally into this fight, yelling armchair strategies to both fighters. Gerringer lands some knees from the side mount, moving into a full mount. Caron gives his back, and Gerringer moves into a rear naked, slipping around to a frontal choke, but Caron slips. Gerringer moves into a full mount, landing some solid rights, as Gerringer ends round two with an attempted arm bar.
    The action has been fast and furious so far in this war, as the fighters answer the bell for round three. Caron starts this round as he lands a back kick, upper cuts, answered by Gerringers round kick to Caron's body. Caron's stand up his working, but then Gerringer's front kick connects with Caron's face. Caron answers with a spin backfist as Gerringer responds by slamming him to the ground, stopping his stand up momentarily. The fighters stand as Gerringer lands a solid right, spin back kick. Caron answers with a round kick, right hand, knocking Gerringer to the ground, as Gerringer jumps right back up, throwing a leg kick. The fighters block each other's blows, but the fighters are throwing some awesome standup. Gerringer gets a takedown, landing rights from the top position. This fight ends, going to the judges scorecards.


    Jay White Vs William Joplin
    Joplin comes out fast not letting White land any blows. As Joplin gets the take down and moves to a top position. Controlling most of the round with some effective ground and pound combined with better grappling skills. The second round was almost blue print of the first as Joplin again gets a solid take down. After a stand up White lands some solid leg kicks but Joplin gets the take down again and controls the round from there. More of the same as Joplin uses his solid grappling skills to control the round as well as Whites normal aggression.


    Wes Osburn Vs Rey Espinoza
    Osburn dominates this one from the start. Landing a hard righthand that breaks Espinoza's nose. Osburn then gets a takedown and moves into fullmount only to land somemore blows. Forcing the Referee to put a stop to this one.
    WNNER: OSBURN by TKO due to STRIKES at 1:06 of ROUND 1.

FRIDAY, January 4th, 2008, AT 7:55 PM, PT


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THURSDAY, JANUARY 3rd, 2008, AT 8:45 PM, PT

Korean Boxer Choi Dies

WBO Intercontinental Champion Yo-Sam Choi (L: Photo from 2002 - R: Colleagues help unconscious Choi Yo-sam) was officially declared dead following his removal from a life-support machine around midnight last night according to a report on the The Korea Times web site. He was 35.

Choi's death came after eight days in an injury-induced coma. He was reportedly certified brain dead Wednesday afternoon. Choi had been hospitalized after collapsing following a successful defense of his title against Indonesia's Heri Amol on December 25.

The Korean took a number of hard blows to the head during the action-packed fight and was dropped after taking a hard right to the jaw from Amol with five seconds remaining, but beat the count and went on to win the fight but collapsed after returning to his corner.

He was rushed to the Soonchunhyang University Hospital immediately after the fight and underwent emergency brain surgery for a cerebral hemorrhage but never regained consciousness. Choi died on January 2, 2007, when he was removed from a ventilator after being pronounced brain-dead.

Choi's brightest moment as a boxer came in October of 1999 when he beat Thailand's Saman Sorjaturong to take the WBC light flyweight title. He lost the championship belt to Mexico's Jorge Arce in a knockout loss in July of 2002 and also lost his bid for the WBA flyweight title against Venezuela's Lorenzo Parra in September of 2004.

  • According to the Journal of Combative Sport, for the period January 1890 to November 2007, the Collection describes:
    • 14 deaths that occurred during Toughman-style Competition.
    • 126 deaths (55 pro, 71 amateur) that occurred during Training.
    • 293 deaths that occurred during Amateur Boxing contests (most of them sanctioned)
    • 923 deaths that occurred during Professional Boxing Matches, plus the one above... 924.

The Death Toll In MMA...

Despite what critics like Senator John McCain want the public to believe, MMA has been and still IS, far safer than boxing. According to the Journal of Combative Sport, since MMA Started, there have been 4 documented deaths. Some would argue that there has only been 2. Still others yet, only claim 1 of the 4 below. For those of us voting for President later this year, lets remember that the Boxing loving McCain still wants MMA banned around the world, and if voted in as President, no one needs a crystal ball to foresee his desire for the sport on a National level.

  1. April 14th, 1981: 15 year old Alfred Castro Herrera died by a KO due to blows from 16 year old Angel Luis Rodriguez at the Municipal Auditorium in Tijuana, Mexico.
    • This death is hard to be credited to the sport of MMA or Ultimate Fighting. It has never been confirmed that this was actually an MMA bout, just a wild, no rules fight. However, the MMA critics all wish to "Count" it as an MMA death, despite the fact that it happened more than 10 years before MMA was even a sport...

  2. March 16th, 1998: Although 31 year old Douglas Dedge was unable to be medically cleared in the US due to a pre-existing heart condition, it didn't stop him from leaving the US for Ukraine for a fight. Dedge died due to brain injury by a KO in Kiev, Ukraine in an Unregulated & Unsanctioned Pro bout.
    • Dedge, who was from Chipley, Florida, had founded an MMA school in Enterprise, Alabama. He competed in one-off MMA and Toughman competitions around the southern United States until he developed a severe concussion and possibly cracked skull that led to numerous doctors telling him to take upwards of a year off from combat sports. Since Dedge fought as a career, he did not listen to medical advice. Friends later said he did not believe his head injury to be as serious as it was
    • Dedge's fatal bout occurred at the International Super Challenge in Kiev, Ukraine on March 16, 1998. The limited rules event was billed as a "Ukraine Against the World" contest and drew about 4,000 spectators. To field the opposition, labeled the "World Team," Minamoto circulated invitations on the Internet that guaranteed potential competitors travel and stay expenses, as well as $2,000 for fighting and an additional $3,000 to win. Dedge was one of three American fighters.
    • Facing Yehven Zolotaryov - Yevgeni Zolotarev, (a wrestler of local renown) shortly after the start of the fight, Zolotaryov had Dedge on the floor, face down. While he was lying there, half unconscious, Zolotaryov began trampling on him. Then he punched him repeatedly in the nape of the neck. He bashed him at the base of the neck about 14 times. The referee chose not to intervene. He seemed intimidated by the 4,000 crowd, who were screaming, "Kill the Yankee! Finish him off!" When Zolotaryov stood up, his chest was covered in blood and Dedge was unconscious. They carried him out on a stretcher and he was taken to hospital. What neither account disputed was that Dedge died in Kiev's Institute of Neurosurgery at 6:AM on March 18th, 1998. The chief emergency ward doctor, Petro Spasichenko, confirmed the obvious: Dedge cause of death was subdural hematoma and he died of severe brain damage. 'We consider his death a tragic accident that disturbs us greatly,' the event's organizer, Yuri Smetanin, said. Dedge reportedly had prior brain injuries, but did not stop fighting because of them. He had passed out in a training session leading up to the fight, but went through with the match anyway.
    • Soon after the fight, the US Consulate in Kiev asked the Ukrainian government to launch an investigation. The authorities initially chose not to, arguing that the main organizers, the Minamoto Club, would have disbanded rather than pay compensation. That would have left the government legally and financially vulnerable. However, they banned Absolute Fighting a year later. The Minamoto and similar clubs in Kharkov, East Ukraine, went underground - then took their competitions to Russia and Belarus.
    • What happened to Douglas Dedge was not an accident, whatever the protestations of the promoter. Yet nobody was charged, nobody was brought to account. After Dedge's death, the gloves went on and the action softened.
    • What would turn out to be regrettable hindsight, Dedge's death affected the acceptance of sanctioned mixed martial arts shows in America and also was one of the cited reasons that UFC co-founder and matchmaker Art Davie left the UFC, claiming the death would lead to the death of the UFC. He signed on to promote K-1 kickboxing events in the U.S. Man.... if he only knew the future...
    • Although the account above describes Dedge's death as brutal and barbaric, there was another account we found about the incident. It can be read by clicking HERE.
    • Another account of the incident can be found on by clicking HERE.

  3. May 12th, 2005: 35 year old Lee ?, died by a KO in Samsong-dong, South Korea.
    • The bout took place at a live sports bar near Seoul. No physical exams were done, and Lee had not participated in matches in a year. Cause of death was listed as myocardial infarction (Cardiac). This was an Unregulated & Unsanctioned Pro bout. Adding to this, there has been some questions as to the reality of this "Counted" MMA Death. No full name has ever been publicized for this fighter, and there was never any extensive press on the issue leading many to question, "Was this an actual MMA bout?"

  4. Event date - October 20th, 2007: 35 year old Featherweight (145-lb) Sam Vasquez died by a KO in Houston, Texas, USA.
    • Vasquez had not competed in about 13 months. He was hit repeatedly in the head and the bout was stopped. He stood up, then collapsed without losing consciousness. He was taken to the hospital. On November 4, 2007, surgery was done to remove blood clots on the brain. On November 9, 2007, he had a stroke, and he died on November 30, 2007.
    • By Dave Meltzer, Yahoo! Sports - December 2, 2007: Sam Vasquez of Houston may have become the first fighter to die from injuries sustained in mixed martial arts competition in North America. A report by The Fight Network cited the Harris County (Texas) medical examiner's office confirming Vasquez's death at 8:15 PM, Friday. The cause of death was not released. Vasquez had been battling for his life since taking a hard right to the chin from 21-year old Vince Libardi on Oct. 20 during a Renegades Extreme Fighting show at the Toyota Center in Houston. The blow knocked Vasquez out and he was rushed to St. Joseph Medical Center, where he stayed until moving to hospice care on Monday. The 35-year-old Vasquez was competing in the featherweight division (145 pound weight class) in the third match of a 12-match card promoted by Saul Soliz, the longtime boxing coach of Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar Tito Ortiz. The show was overseen by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Calls to the department on Sunday were not immediately returned. After taking a flurry of punches from Libardi, Vasquez collapsed in the ring and the fight was waved off at 2:50 of the third round. Emergency medical technicians worked on him in the ring for several minutes until he suffered what appeared to be a seizure and was rushed to the hospital. Vasquez's condition worsened from there. On Nov. 4, two weeks after being admitted, he underwent the first of two surgeries to relieve the pressure of a large clot in his brain, then had a massive stroke on Nov. 9 and was placed in a medically induced coma.
    • Vasquez, who had a seven-year-old son, came into the match with a 1-1 record, and had not fought in 13 months. Libardi, 14 years Vasquez's junior, entered the match with seven pro fights and 10 rounds of action over three fights in the time since Vasquez had last fought in Sept. 2006.
    • "There was nothing out of the ordinary," Paul Erickson, who was at ringside taking photos, said in an interview with The Fight Network. "They scrambled and hit the cage. Sammy stood up and looked a little wobbly. Then he went down and the referee called the doctor in. It didn't seem like anything was out of the ordinary. Sammy was winded and looked exhausted, but he wasn't unconscious when they carried him out. Everyone was puzzled at the time because no one could tell when or where he was injured."

Yo-Sam Choi

Yo-Sam Choi

Douglas Dedge

Sam Vasquez