The welterweight match up between Chris “The assassin” Lozano versus Edward O’Daniel is scheduled for Saturday’s Caged Vengeance 9 in Canton,Ohio. This is a fight pitting explosive professionals against one another inside the NAAFS cage. Chris is coming into the bout looking to get back on track after his tough loss to former Bellator champion Lyman Good last month. Chris put on a helluva show throwing till the final bell and earning the respect of everyone in attendance. O’Daniel hasn’t competed since 09’ in a losing effort to the worldly Charlie Brenneman and looks to get the ball rolling by taking out one of Cleveland’s top prospects.
Lozano is well known for his explosive power and knockout ratio,which he has found the mark in 6 out of 7 professional bouts. O’Daniel will be better served to take the fight to the floor and quickly as he has finished off 4 out of 5 fights by submission as a professional and 2-3 as an amateur. Can O’Daniel shake the rust off and hand Chris back to back losses for the first time in his career? My thoughts are probably not.
When examining this fight, one does not have to be a scientist to see that O’Daniel is severely outgunned and over matched. Couple these advantages with a two year layoff and it should prove to be a short night for the Cleveland killer. I am going to safely say that I see Chris Lozano returning to his ballistic ways by shutting O’Daniels lights off hard and early. The Cleveland Assassin by KO Rd.1.
The Ultimate Fighting Championships is coming to the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa on June 26th. Traditionally, when the UFC comes into a new market they strategically place local fighters on the card to draw fans in from around the area. The lack in local firepower maybe due to the Versus platform or to prior scheduling conflicts like Danzig vs. Cowboy a few weeks earlier, or Koscheck's recovery from his bout with St. Pierre. Matt Brown is the only semi local (Cincinnati area) fighter scheduled. The card is as follows:
- Pat Barry vs Cheick Kongo
- Rich Attonito vs Matt Brown
- Joe Stevenson vs Javier Vazquez
- Manny Gamburyan vs Tyson Griffin
- Edward Faaloloto vs Michael Johnson
- Joe Lauzon vs Curt Warburton
Tickets go on sale April 23rd. Check back for more information as it is released.
I love the boxing verse MMA striker match ups and here is another classic. Nelson Best is a killer in the cage taking on Johnny Doyle from Boyce Park at the Royal Place on 88.
205 lbs – Tony Smith 2-0 (Demolition Fight Team) vs Mike Herhold 0-1 (Independent) – Smith by rear naked choke 1:52 rd2
135 lbs – Andrew Angstadt 0-1 (Independent) vs Levert Hare 1-1 (Instigator) – Hare by TKO 1:02 rd1
190 lbs – Shane Holbert 2-0 (Premier MMA) vs Jeremy Chupp 0-0 (Independent) – Holbert by armbar 0:43 rd1
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The April 16th card has a fantastic professional line up and a amateur undercard that hosts some of the areas fastest rising stars. One key bout held in the featherweight division features Tyler “The Daywalker” Saltsman verses Bhrandon “Bad Intentions” Poindexter. Poindexter is a veteran of many NAAFS battles including historic wars with Justin Steave and Nate Mango. He is a striker hailing from Cleveland Ohio and representing Team Evolve. Bhrandon is a heavy handed southpaw fighter looking to get back on track after his stoppage loss to Maddog gym fighter Francis Healy. He has a tough task against the Penn State wrestler who has been improving with every fight. Tyler is looking to rebound from his previous loss against bantamweight Kingpin Isaiah “Beast” Chapman. This fight will be at featherweight (145) which is ten pounds higher than Tyler’s normal class (bantamweight). The talk between the two has already started on every one's favorite social platform Facebook.
Tyler Saltsman is a Penn State student and wrestler who represents Team Titan in Central PA. Tyler has been working on all aspects of his game but has shown marked improvements in his striking abilities. Tyler has notable wins over Victor Guarreillo and Raymond Yanez in the NAAFS and is coming off a hard fought decision loss to Isaiah Chapman. All was not lost however, as Tyler threatened victory throughout the fight and won the third round convincingly. I am excited to see the newly improved Daywalker with a chip on his shoulder and his back against the wall.
Bhrandon Poindexter fights out of Cleveland, Ohio representing Team Evolve. Bhrandon is a NAAFS favorite, facing off against all of the top contenders at one point or another. Bhrandon is a kickboxer, using his power, speed and southpaw stance to overwhelm and confuse opponents. He has all but one wins coming by stoppage and can turn fight into a war very quickly. Bad Intentions is what we in the business call a “Gunslinger” and is looking to stop the confident Saltsman early.
As always we will break this fight down component by component to determine a prediction and a winner.
James Kirkland was one of my picks for the best up and coming prospects in the game today. His fist first, shoot at anything that moves style should be great for dragging up poor boxing ratings, but he lost big last night. Kirkland made a career of covering poor defensive habits with all out aggression and as it turns out that style doesn't always work. It will be
hard impossible to get out from underneath this loss considering the time off due to incarceration and other personal issues. I am curious as to where they go from here.