Fight Fans –
The February pro show is exactly what the name says:
The action always continues here @ Warrior Xtreme, providing you the most talented and entertaining mixed martial arts in MIchigan…
Next up we have Josh “Shortstack” Robinson bringing his A game against classic cage veteran Derrick “Givem Hell” Mandell in this 135LB. championship contest set to go the DISTANCE.
Do not miss out on what will be an unbelievable night of PROFESSIONAL MMA Crystal Gardens in Southgate!
This is a SUPERFIGHT coming up between (KOTC Champ, Bellator’s Fight Master) Dom “I hate you so Much” O’grady vs WXC veteran Dequan “The Tarantula” Townsand on Feb 7th expect war! Both fighters are in the TOP 5 of their Welterweight class in Michigan Professional MMA
WXC 55 FULLY LOADED PRO MMA Troy Lamson Vs Luke Hnevsa Feb 7th!
WXC 55 FULLY LOADED PRO MMA Deven Levi Brown vs Jerome Otler Featherweight Superfight!! Battle of the Champions! The Best of #MichiganMMA going to WAR on Feb 7th #Southgate Crystal Gardens Al Low #wxc#mma
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WXC 55 Fully Loaded PRO MMA
Thomas Fudoli vs Darryol Humphery at 125 is going down WXC style! Making their professional debut on Feb 7th Both former WXC amateur champions. Now the boys are ready to compete on the big stage! Support#MichiganMMA #wxc #mma
Another top level fight added to WXC 55 FULLY LOADED PRO MMA Two former WXC Amateur champions Keith Bullock vs Jordan McGuire stepping back in the cage on Feb 7th
Don’t blink on this one! See yoiu Cageside #wxc #mma Warrior Xtreme wxcmma.com
This Heavyweight match up is going to be a WAR on Feb 7th! Both Ray Rocheleau and Derrick Weaver like to go for the finish and these are some big boys!
There is a lot injuries in our sport. WXC is now bringing in the hard hitting Tenyea Dixon who has over 20 Pro fights to face Bobby Nash who has become one of Michigan’s best Pro fighters very quickly.
WXC is bringing Joseph Richardson in town to face Michigan’s very own Drew Morais on Feb 7th. We believe this match up is going to be a WAR!
Here is another great match up for WXC 55! Murjan Flowers and Travis Rhodes have both held multiple amateur belts In Michigan and are now ready to make their Pro debut on Feb 7th.
Fully Loaded fireworks go off at Crystal Gardens
The sport of Mixed Martial Arts has been around for a little over 21 years. Some say longer if you consider what it was known before as No Holds Barred or Pankration, which dates back to the Greek Olympic Games of 648 BC showcasing a hybrid style of fighting blended with boxing and wrestling. Over the last ten years MMA has since become very popular worldwide and most recognized by the sports league leading the way known as the Ultimate Fighting Championship who have held over 300 events to date. In the State of Michigan, Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting has held over 50 amateur MMA events and has recently moved into promoting professional events within the last year.
On Saturday February 7th, Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting held their second professional Mixed Martial Arts event at Crystal Gardens in Southgate. The lights were bright and the crowd energy was high while watching a Fully Loaded card stacked to the gills with some of the best talent in the entire nation. The main event showcased two talented fighters who spent time training together at Michigan Top Team and had to make a choice to fight one another for the WXC Bantamweight title on two weeks’ notice.
Derrick Mandell and Josh Robinson fought tooth and nail in an absolute thriller over the course of five rounds to decide who was going to take the title home. Mandell, of Dearborn Heights, controlled the action in the first two rounds by using a takedown heavy game plan. Both fighters had great exchanges but Derrick’s cage control and aggression likely won him the first two rounds. The third round was a highly technical affair in that there was a lot of boxing and clinch work by both. Every time Mandell would get a takedown, Robinson fought to get back up and work his striking game. It was definitely the deciding round of the contest in hindsight.
Josh Robinson showed why he traveled all the way from Wilmington, North Carolina during the championship rounds. His crisp striking, hard kicks and takedown defense really shined through during the final two rounds. Robinson closed out the fight trying to submit Mandell with a guillotine choke which most likely won him the round on all 3 judge’s scorecards. The final results showed Judge John Bond scoring the fight 48/47 for Robinson, Dan Holoday scored it 46/49 for Derrick Mandell and Nicholas Frania handed in a score of 49/46 in favor of Josh Robinson giving him the split decision victory. The old saying of “never let a fight go to the judges” was never more evident than this bout.
The co-main event featured a contest for the WXC Interim Welterweight title. Tenyeh Dixon of Baltimore, Maryland outshined Robert Nash of East Lansing over the course of three rounds in a fight that left both competitors exhausted. Nash employed a wrestling heavy game plan while Dixon fought to stay on the outside and chose his shots wisely. Dixon was awarded the win by unanimous decision with a score of 29/28 across the board. Following the bout, WXC President Norbert Pasztor thanked Dixon for taking the fight on short notice and then the crowd was treated to a stare down between WXC Welterweight Champion David Evans and his future opponent.
The first title bout of the evening ended in exciting fashion as Robert Moffett of Homewood, Illinois bested Bo Harris of Mount Clemens after losing the first round of their Featherweight contest. Harris had good striking and cage control in the begining and also scored a knockdown of Moffett during the first stanza. That only seemed to awaken Moffett as he grabbed a single leg takedown on Harris to start the second and swiftly transitioned to mount and sewed up an arm-triangle choke in just over a minute into the second round winning the WXC Featherweight title.
Lansing’s Murcielago MMA gym which has produced the likes of former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans had three star’s put on spectacular shows in each of their respective bouts. Welterweight Dequan “Tarantula” Townsend finished Dominic O’Grady of Harper Woods in a much anticipated fight between two highly ranked fighters in the state. The fight ended being a wild stand up affair that ended with two seconds left in the first round as Townsend dropped O’Grady with a hard punch and followed up with more strikes prompting the referee to call off the bout.
Earlier in the evening, John “The Silent Assassin” White took an extra round to get his hand raised but did so in grand style. White employed a variety of attacks with punches, knees, takedown defense and a brutal ground game in the first five minutes against a game fighter named Gregory Sizemore of Ypsilanti. Sizemore tried to get things going his way to start the second round but White would have none of it by dropping his opponent twice and finishing it up with a heavy barrage of punches on the ground to end the Middleweight bout.
Lastly, “Pretty Boy” Troy Lamson dominated his fight against Luke Hnevesa in the Lightweight division. Hnevesa worked for the takedown to start things off but quickly got reversed by Lamson. Lamson then swiftly moved to mount and as Hnevesa rolled over, Lamson wrapped up the fight ending rear-naked choke at the 2:52 mark.
Carleton’s Deven Brown put on a great show against Flint’s Jerome Otler in a highly entertaining Featherweight contest that went the distance. Brown took the first two rounds with great aggression and cage control. The third was an awesome back and forth display by both competitors. Brown almost got submitted by rear-naked choke but persevered with his toughness and high caliber wrestling ability to scramble out of the submission attempt by Otler. The final decision was a split decision victory in Brown’s favor by a score of 29/28, 28/29 and 29/28.
Two local fighters that had a lot of fans in attendance were Wyandotte’s Drew “All Day” Morias and Brownstown’s Ray “War Machine” Rocheleau. Morias was defeated by Joseph Richardson of Pontiac, Illinois in a grueling three round war. Rocheleau lost his professional debut against Derrick Weaver of Grand Rapids after submitting to a guillotine choke in the first round. Flint’s Murjan Flowers kicked the night off win a dominating performance against Rick Ogden of Kalamazoo winning the contest via submission due to strikes. A very rare occurrence!
The next WXC event is expected to be held on Saturday March 21st in Ypsilanti, Michigan at the Eastern Michigan Convocation Center.
Written by: David Doig – MMA Journalist
WXC 55: Fully Loaded – Quick Results
Date: February 7, 2015
Location: Southgate, Michigan
Venue: Crystal Gardens
Bantamweight Title: Josh Robinson def. Derrick Mandell via spilt decision (48/47, 46/49, 49/46)
Interim Welterweight Title: Tenyeh Dixon def. Rob Nash via unanimous decision (29/28, 29/28, 29/28)
Featherweight Title: Robert Moffett def. Bo Harris via submission (arm-triangle choke) Round 2, 1:19
Dequan Towensend def. Dominic O’Grady via TKO (strikes) Round 1, 4:58
Derrick Weaver def. Ray Rocheleau via submission (guillotine choke) Round 1, 1:46
Joseph Richardson def. Drew Morias via majority decision (29/27, 29/27, 28/28)
Deven Brown def. Jerome Otler via split decision (29/28, 28/29, 29/28)
Thomas Fudoli def. Darryol Humphrey via unanimous decision (29/28, 30/27, 29/28)
Ryan Pokryfky def. Justin Woods via TKO (strikes) Round 2, 1:36
John White def. Gregory Sizemore via TKO (strikes) Round 1, 3:38
Troy Lamson def. Luke Hnvesa via submission (rear naked choke) Round 1, 2:52
Murjan Flowers def. Rick Ogden via submission (due to strikes) Round 1, 3:04