On Friday, March 21, Unified Martial Arts fighter Heather Bassett (1-0) is scheduled to battle Midwest Training Center’s Fallen Fox (3-1) at XFO 50 in Chicago. The XFO event is the organizations historic 50th professional event. It contains all pro MMA bouts. XFO 50 is taking place in the windy city at the UIC Pavilion. Doors swing open at 5 P.M. CST and fists begin to fly an hour later.
Bassett has been training nearly four years at Unified Martial Arts. UMA is located in remote Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. When Bassett arrived she was full of raw and zero experience in MMA. Under the guidance of Owner/Head trainer Mike Biddle, Heather “Hand Guns” Bassett has transformed into a talent fighter.
Former world champion boxer Antonio Cermeno was kidnapped and killed in his native Venezuela, police said Tuesday.
Cermeno, a World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight (max weight 122 pounds) and featherweight (max weight 126 pounds) champion in the 1990s, was found shot to death Tuesday on a road in the central state of Miranda, local police chief Eliseo Guzman said.
An exciting amateur bout is will be taking place under the lights in Madison, Wisconsin this Saturday night. Featherweights Andrew Attebury (5-3) of Roufusport will stand tall against Alex Gilpin (2-0) of Fight Prime. Chosen Few Fighting Championships invades Madison’s Monona Terrace Convention Center. The fights kick off at 6 P.M. CST for the anticipated fight card in front of a sold out crowd.
Saturday night “Smile’N” Sam Alvey will be entering a ring for a kickboxing match against Sergio Pique. The match will be taking place at the Pechanga Casino in Temecula, California, Alvey’s adopted home town. Alvey has been given a unique leisure that most MMA fighters can never afford, an opportunity to fight in-between his Maximum Fighting Championship bouts (MFC).
The Waterford, Wisconsin native is fighting a heavyweight kickboxing match, giving up nearly 20-30 pounds. Alvey fights at middleweight in his MMA career for MFC, and is coming off an impressive victory over Jason Smith that earned him the MFC middleweight belt.
Many times in life a passion for an individual can begin to fizzle out over time and methodical repetition. For Marissa Biese, her passion of photography started to lose its luster until being introduced to Mixed Martial Arts. MMA photography grasped Biese’s attention and ran.
While finishing up her Cross-Studio degree in graphic design and photography, with a minor in art history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Biese was assigned a class project that introduced her to a world she was just becoming familiar with. Signing up at Roufusport Academy in August taking a kickboxing and Jiu Jitsu class as a way to stay in shape, the senior in college saw an opportunity to use a hobby as a benefit for class.
On Saturday Feb. 15, live MMA action returns to Madison, Wis., with a new promotion, Chosen Few Fighting Championships, and looks to bring fight fans the best in local talent as well as rising young stars of the MMA community.
Since 2004, Madtown Throwdown ran by Pat O’Malley and assisted by Josh Sterry, has been one of the Midwest’s premier MMA promotions showcasing talents that have gone on to fight for major organizations like the UFC, Strikeforce, Bellator, Resurrection Fighting Alliance, and World Series of Fights.
Milwaukee will be treated to a Top up-and-coming welterweight Friday night at the North American Fighting Championships (NAFC) in the historic Eagles Club Grand Ballroom at the Rave. Zak Ottow will take on Josh Thorpe of Drive MMA-Cincinnati, Ohio for his eighth professional bout.
Entering this fight Ottow is on a six fight win streak with all finishes. Thorpe jumps into the cage hungry looking to turn his two fight skid around. Ottow (6-1) suffered his only loss in his professional debut against UFC welterweight Mike “Biggie” Rhodes. Thorpe (12-12) is a wrestler with a great deal of experience that may be hidden behind his .500 record. The Drive MMA fighter has fought in M-1 Global and several UFC veterans.
The main event scheduled for Friday night at the North American Fighting Championships (NAFC) will be a Super Brawl between two female athletes. Raquel Magdaleno of Roufusport takes on Amanda Lovato of Judgement MMA- Albuquerque, NM. The Strawweight (115-pounds) bout is the first women’s fight to head a NAFC card.
Magdaleno is a Southern California native raised in the Upper Peninsula (U.P.) of Michigan. The strawweight currently resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
One-half of Team Vazquez will jump into the cage Friday night for his professional debut. Christian Vazquez will be fighting fellow professional first timer Damien Childress. The two fighters are scheduled to battle on the North American Fighting Championships (NAFC) main card in Milwaukee.
Vazquez fights out of Roufusport Academy in Milwaukee. His younger brother Kevin Vazquez will be fighting on the card as well in his second professional bout. Vazquez is excited about finally getting his career under way after his opponent bailed last minute on the last NAFC card.
Can a loss be turned into a win? Roufusport bantamweight fighter Sergio Pettis suffered his first career loss Saturday night in Chicago on the prelim card of UFC on Fox 10. Pettis nearly went three rounds with Alex “Bruce Lee Roy” Caceres before getting caught in a Rear Naked Choke with under thirty seconds remaining in the fight.
Both fighters received “fight of the night” bonus for their display of courage put forth inside the octagon. Each fighter was awarded $50,000. Caceres was also awarded another $50,000 for “submission of the night”.
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