UCW Heatwave Coverage

July 4, 2008

We were fortunate enough to have awesome MMA reporter Christina Sears of Jaguar Media there covering the show, as well as the guys from Cage Play. Check out the posts.

Full in-depth coverage at www.ChristinaSears.com

Play-by-play at www.CagePlay.com


Ultimate Cage Wars XI

April 15, 2008

By: Christina Sears

The crowd filled the Winnipeg Convention Centre ready to watch a night packed with high caliber fights, and that’s exactly what they got.

The 185-pound weight division would kick off the night, coming down the ramp was Sam Pascuzzi his opponent Isaias Alvarado following soon behind him. But it was only seconds before Alvarado who fights out of Team Quest finished this bout in 15 seconds of the first round winning by knock out.

The U.C.W originally had scheduled ten fights for the night, but due to fighters fighting on unsanctioned events they were suspended and denied their fighting license for six months. The commission says that this is going to be a warning across Canada to those fighters who make the decision to fight on those types of cards.

Simon Marini was one of the fighters who had a last minute opponent change due to his original opponent Lindsey Hawks had to pull out due to his six month suspension. “My opponent changed a couple times. First from a muay thai guy to a slugger, then possibly to an all-round guy, then to someone I had knew nothing about,” says Marini But an opponent change was the last thing on Marini’s mind, it didn’t matter who he fought just as long as he had a fight. “It sucks training so hard and sticking to a hard diet only to end up not fighting,” he says. Matthew Veley stepped in, to take on Marini in the 155-pound division. As soon as the bell rang it was go time, neither of the fighters interested in touching gloves. Both fighters exchanging some punches Marini landing some hard right hands. On two occasions Veley and Marini were clinched up against the cage, forcing the referee to break it up. At one point Veley looked to almost have a guillotine choke locked but Marini slipped out managing to get into a good position to slap on a triangle choke winning the bout in three minutes of the first round.

Curtis DeMarce a fighter who isn’t new to the MMA game started his MMA career at the young age of 17. Mike Seeger gave DeMarce a warm welcome to the cage winning by TKO in two minutes of the first round in his first professional fight. “I made poor decisions in the past because I used to have a manager that just set up fights for me to lose,” says DeMarce. DeMarce was set to fight Matt Dayboll who fights out of Dayboll BJJ in Port Colborne Ontario. “I knew he was young it was his first fight and I knew his ground was his only game and my ground matches his so did not need to worry,” says DeMarce.

Dayboll started off strong in the first round managing to take down DeMarce not once but twice within in the first few minutes of the round. While on the ground Dayboll did a good job feeding DeMarce a punishment with his knees. But it wasn’t long before DeMarce broke the arm bar submission attempt by Dayboll throwing down some hard punches that bloodied up the face of Matt Dayboll taking them into the second round. The second round went to DeMarce he managed to get a good strong position pinning Dayboll against the cage and unleashing a number of hard punches ending the fight in the second round in 43 seconds by TKO, welcoming Matt Dayboll to the world of MMA.

Ryan Bawn and Cory Grant both making their professional MMA debut fighting in the 150-pound weight division. Bawn and Grant came out firing some good exchanges but with Grants wrestling background it was only minutes before he took Bawn to the mat. “Well I knew after the first takedown I was going have problems keeping the fight standing so I was hoping to work submissions,” says Bawn. While on the ground Grant sets up for an arm bar trying to soften his opponent up by throwing some punches and hammer fists down on Bawn’s face. Bawn manages to get back to his feet but Grant went for yet another takedown, the impact of Bawn hitting the mat rumbled throughout the convention centre. On the ground Grant begins to pound Bawn towards the end of the second round.

As the bell rang for both fighters to go into their corners to get cleaned up before what looked to be another round all of a sudden the match was over with Cory Grant winning by TKO in the second round. Little did everyone know, Ryan Bawn threw in the towel at the end of the second round. “I called the fight because of a problem with my sight. I had some sort of allergy to the sauna and by the third round I couldn’t see the other side of the ring. I don’t normally fight at 150 so I think the amount of time in the sauna must have dried out my eyes or something,” says Bawn “Its not worth for me to continue a fight without being able to defend myself properly. Saying this I want to take nothing away from Cory because he would have taken the judges victory if the fight wasn’t stopped before the end of the third,” he added.

Another fight that had the audience glued to the cage was in the 170-pound division. Dino Camire fighting out of Bison Wrestling and Justin Knox from DayBoll BJJ got a standing ovation after their bout. From start to finish they were all over each other both landing some hard punches. Once on the ground Camire tries to avoid Knox’s heavy hands by rolling to his back but Knox capitalizes by getting his hooks in and starts applying a rear naked choke. With things not looking good for Camire, he manages to roll into an arm bar winning the bout in the first round. The energy from this fight and the performance in the cage with these two fighters could easily made them possible candidates for fight of the night.

Ultimate Cage Wars XI

March 24, 2008

I will be stepping into the cage next against Lindsey Hawkes of the Winnipeg Martial Arts Academy.

The fight will be going down on April 11th at Ultimate Cage Wars XI at the Winnipeg Convention center.

Tickets can be purchased on Ticket Master.


Once again making the great 9 hour drive to the windy city!

Accompanied by my good training partner Steve, the drive wasn’t too bad at all though. We made it there in pretty decent time actually.

Once there, it was right off to the sauna…

One week earlier the scale read 171 lbs. Now, the night before weigh-ins, it only reached 153. After a slow night had passed, it was time to sweat off the last of the weight. Taking my time, I slowly dropped the weight. Stepping onto the scale at weigh-ins at 145 lbs on the nose, “Let the Gatorade chugging commence!”

Making sure to replenish my body properly, by fight time I was back up to a healthy 168, and after working out a little sweat with my cornerman and teammate Rory, I was ready to make someone hurt.

Back in the locker room my opponent came up to me and as a sign of good sportsmanship we agreed upon touching gloves at the begining of the fight.

The bell rang, we touched gloves, and we circled. We quickly exchanged a couple kicks. I caught one and drove him towards the cage. After some jossling for position we drop to the ground and I immediatly begin to work for the submission. Without much hesitation I secure a triangle choke. Trying to break free he hoists me into the air and looks for the slam. It certainly sounded pretty damn sweet haha, but I wasn’t worried, I wasn’t letting go of this choke.

Letting go of his head and arm briefly to drop a hammer fist, I get nailed with a big hammer fist from him. Popped up a nice little mouse under my eye and enlightened me as to why nobody ever hits much when they have a triangle choke locked in. I quickly went back working towards finishing the choke. Driving my fist into his neck to cut off that blood supply just a bit quicker, I got the tap. Finishing the fight at 2:22 of the first round.

This time I kept the post-fight celebrations to an absolute minimum haha. No need to almost die of alcohol poisioning twice in one year I say lol.

Thanks so much to Steve and Rory coming down to the fight and helping me out. I’d also like to thank Bryan and all the guys at Cutting Edge (www.cuttingedgemartialart sandfitness.com) for getting me ready for the fight, as well as all my new friends at Kombat Arts Training Academy (www.kombatarts.com) for all the wicked help you supplied me also.

Next fight’s coming on November 30th on some Canadian soil! The Ultimate Cage Wars (www.ultimatecagewars.com) at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

This past weekend I partook in my first Professional fight. Taking place in the 3rd annual Outdoor War at Sideouts Bar and Grill (island Lake, IL). The 9+ hour drive was draining to say the least, but we made it in one piece (we even had to do without the XBOX 360 because of a lack of outlets on the power supply… how we managed I’ll never know).

Making weight was as fun as always. The weigh-ins this time were at noon. So when we arrived Thursday night, it was straight to the sauna. Dropping down to the low 150’s by the end of the evening.

Next morning, we were off to the sauna again, sprinting past the free buffet breakfast at our hotel (quickly snatching some shit for later). Knowing that my scale has been heavy the last few weigh-ins, I got down to 147.

Stepping on the scale at the venue I made a perfect 145.8lbs. Felt great to taste that Gatorade hit my tongue, oh damn. Next morning I was back up to a decent 162lbs.

Fight time came, got the privilege of cornering my teammate Matt Ferraro earlier in the day to victory. Matt won his fight via Rear Naked Choke in the first, shortly after the first minute mark.

A little bit of a wait, just long enough for me to watch a documentary on Sharks back at the hotel, and I was ready to fight. 10th fight of the night card. Fighting against Darius Turcinskas, a fighter out of “the Giant Killer” Keith Hackney’s club.

I entered the ring, and listened to the Ref’s warning about hw the night moisture has made the mats slippery.

He starts out by flicking some punches at me, we move closer to the cage and he backs off for a second. While there being a noticeable distance between us, I wipe out on the wet mats and take a knee on the ground. While down I apparently got kicked/kneed in the head. I didn’t realize it until the Ref’s warning of kicks to the head of a downed opponent.

We start again. No idea how I got in, but I got a single leg. As I switched off to a double he pulled for a guillotine. We landed in a kind of half-butterfly half-guard. I immediately stuffed his inside leg, and worked my way into side control. Once there I dropped some shots to the head, and some knees to the body.

He slipped him back into his guard, so I used it to my advantage by putting him against the cage in front of my corner. At some point he went for an ankle lock, not too worried I sat up and took his back, flattened him out and sunk in the rear naked.

I was so focused on the back of his head I hadn’t even noticed that he went to sleep. I was squeezing so hard and felt no reaction, so I just assumed I didn’t have it. I let go and rifled off a couple punches to the head. The punches woke his ass back up, causes him to raise his head. When that head came up I shot my arm under his chin and sunk the choke back in, making him tapo out at 3:40-ish of the first round.

Later I got my picture with his coach… That’s how I roll. lol

Big props to all the other fighters there that night. Especially Matty and the boys from Tompkins. Basso, well done with keeping to the Rear Naked Canada theme. Andy, you did great, one hell of a tough guy you fought; now let’s make up for it at the next show.

Thanks a ton to Rory and Steve for coming and cornering, and also for forcing me to drink so fucken much I nearly died hahaha. Good fucken times, can’t wait to do it again!!! 😀

Also want to give 100% credit for everything I am as a fighter to my coache Bryan Edge of Cutting Edge Martial Arts. Best training around!

Lastly I want to thank Ricky and Fight Planet (www.FIGHTPLANET.ca). Thanks for giving me some slick shorts to look stylin for my fight.

P.S. Check it out on sherdog!

http://www.sherdog.com/new s/articles.asp?n_id=8601

I’ll start off by saying that leading into this fight I had several injuries… lol just kidding, I can’t make excuses haha. I lost fair and square.

Here’s the details!

First off, the making of the weight went superb! I weighed in at 144.8lbs, easy as shit cutting this time. However I learned a very valuable lesson on the importance of post-wiegh-in nutrition. I pounded back everything I could get my hands on (pedialyte, meal replacements, milk, pop), and then ended up at a country buffet shortly after…

After sitting on the can for well over an hour, I knew that I’d never be doing that one ever again. It wasn’t until after the fight that I realized I had only ended up rehydrating a total of 3 gatorades. Lessoned learned.

Now for the fight. I felt so very confident going in, and rightfully so. My skill level is leaps and bounds above each of the other fighters in the tournament.

My fight was against Ryan Farhart. A 9-2 record fighting out of the famous Miletich fighting systems camp. The bell rang, we came at each other. I launched a head kick that threw him to the side. He charged in for a takedown.

I felt like I was wrestling a child. I lifted him and placed him against the cage as easily as if I were fluffing a pillow. After smashing his midsection with some vicious knees and punches, and landing a nice foot stomp or two; I got stupid.

Instead of doing what I do best; slamming him and ground and pounding his ass into submission; I got it in my head that I wanted to stand and bang. That wouldn’t have been all that bad, however! I had double underhooks, thus when making space I broke the #1 rule, and left my chin unprotected.

He pulled a hook out of his ass, and it connected with my jaw. Next came a flash knockout. I stepped back, slipped and fell. The Ref came in and stopped it. Upon viewing the footage, he jumped into mount, missed a right hand and I had the body-lock on tight right away. A slightly premature stoppage I think, however being an amateur fight, I can see the reason for earlier than normal stoppages, and think the Ref did the right thing.

For those that don’t know. A flash knockout is when you see the guy drop but be perfectly awake and ready to fight the instant he hits the ground. Unfortunatly that doesn’t matter, he knocked me out fair and square, and the Ref was justified in his call.

The Ref, Doctor, and Promoter all talked to me after saying how I was in total control, absolutely dominating him, and he just got lucky. But it wasn’t all luck, that shot wasn’t just thrown outa his ass haha, he placed that fucker perfectly.

He ended up winning the tournament with a dominating decision victory in the next fight. If it wasn’t for my own mistake I would have won the tournament for sure.

Out of this experience has come much good. No fighter is truly undefeated, all the greats have been knocked out. With this knockout comes less fear, there’s no more fear about getting hit; if it’s going to happen, it will happen. The motivation that has be born from that outcome is something I have never had before. I have always wanted to be a fighter, but not like I do now. I have never had the passion for it that I have now.

These are the times that either make us, or break us… This most definately has made me.

I’ll be back bigger, stronger, faster, tougher, and 10 times the fighter I was that night. I feel sorry for the next person I face in that cage.

XFO 17 was the setting for my second amateur Mixed Martial Arts fight.

Going into the event, I was schedualed to fight another amateur with a 1-0 record. After sweating my balls off in a sauna suit while chilling in a sauna, I made weight at 145.9lbs on Friday night. Only one week earlier I was weighing 164lbs.

Upon weighing in, the promoter told me of a last minute opponent switch. I would now be fighting a guy that has had a few pro fights, but both the promoter and matchmaker felt I wouldn’t have any problems with him. Later, after some internet research, I found this guy has a pro record of 1-8 and an amateur record of 2-9… Once the laughter subsided, I got back to my eating. By fight time the next day I was back up to a mean 160.

The ring announcer calls out my name, and “Party Like A Rockstar” by the Shop Boyz starts playing. I get to the cage, have a little trouble getting my sweaty rashguard and long sleeve T-shirt off and require the assistance of my brother lol, but after that I’m good haha.

The bell rings, he sticks out his hand to touch gloves. After bouncing around for a sec, I throw a high kick, just barely missing his head. The crowd “ooooooooooos” for the kick, to which if had landed most certainly would have killed him. I flick out a little inside kick, then he comes in for a takedown. A pretty shitty takedown if I say so. I put him on his back and land in his half guard.

After ripping a few bodyshots I slip into the full mount. He’s being a nuisance and holding me tight. So I lift him off the canvas, and bonzi smash his head down hard. The crowd loves it. So I give them another, this one even better. I get my forearm in his face and make some space, sit up and start drop’n bombs. After just a few he turns to his stomach and covers his head. I smash the sides of his head with some big hooks, toss in a couple upper cuts under his armpits and crack his chin. His hand starts tapping the mat, I land a few more big shots before the Ref steps in to stop it.

The end comes at about 1 min and 30 sec of the first round. As I have my hand raised, he lay on his hands and knees, still holding his head. The promoter and matchmaker come up to me later and tell me I cost them $2500 for the deductible from sending him to the hospital… Then the 3 of us have a good laugh together haha.

This past Saturday I finally had my first mixed martial arts fight. Fuck what a rush! Just being in the cage alone was awesome enough, let alone smashing some guys skull while in it. My adrenaline was through the roof.

So the bell rings, we touch gloves. I was expecting a little bit of a feeling out process, but this guy wasn’t apparently haha. From what I heard his background is mainly Karate, makes sense cause he came out with some super fast punches, no real power behind them, but enough to make my head bobble around in such a way that I couldn’t see shit lol. So instead of being a punching bag I shot in, hoisted his ass up and got a nice slam. Then dragged in over to the cage for some ground and pound. He keep a tight rubber guard so it was hard to make space. After I lifted him up and slammed him again I got the space I wanted, however wasn’t doing all that much damage.

Postured up as per the shouts from my cornerman Jeff Joslin, avoided some up kicks and landed a few nice bombs. Came back into his guard as he attempted a triangle. I looked for a nice “Rampage” slam but he got a hold of my leg so I only got a little drop. Slipped out of the triangle attempt and passed to side mount. Shortly after I took a nice crucifix pin, much like Hughes over Newton, and proceeded to land 25 unanswered shots to his face till the ref decided he had enough.

If only elbows were allowed on the ground, that woulda been insane! But ah well, I can’t complain with my TKO victory at 2:10 of the first round.

Much thanks to Jeff Joslin and Matt Ferraro for being in my corner. Also congrats Matt on your fight, you lost a tough decision but man was it a fucken war! Thanks to everybody at Joslin’s Mixed Martial Arts and Cutting Edge Martial Arts. With special thanks to Bryan Edge, your training is insane and I love it!

Awesome stuff, I highly recommend cage fighting to everyone, it’s quite the time. Looking forward to fighting again.