Wes Hanson Kickboxing Debut: Full Fight
Charleston West Virginia's "Wild Wild" Wes Hanson (7-1) made his kickboxing debut a few days ago and walked away with a first round TKO. Wes has been off the radar since suffering his first loss at the hands of Pittsburgh product Dom Mazzotta (1-0) last year. I am expecting big things from Hanson in the professional circuit and hopefully we can get him to make the trek to Pittsburgh this fall.
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UVC 23: Quick Results
I went 3 out of 4 in my UVC 23 predictions and the only one that I missed was a wild card pick against Spohn, which I wasn't all that surprised to find out that I was wrong. So all in all I'll take my 75% prediction accuracy and move on with my life.
The UVC has established itself as Ohio's premier combat organization and is doing big things in Columbus and surrounding areas.
Jordan Schembri def Austin Durbin via TKO (North/South Choke) 02:10 of Rd 1
Ronnie Shoemaker def Jeff Dotson via Submission (RNC) 01:38 of Rd 2
Corey Dulaney def Robert McPherson via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Donny Korbel def Aaron Hughes via Split Decision (29-28 Korbel, 29-28 Hughes, 29-28 Korbel)
Matt Anderson def Jeramy Karshner via Submission (Armbar) 04:50 of Rd 2
Cornelius Godfrey def Corey Simmons via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Marc Cofer def Tyson Triplett via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Joe Heiland def Augusta Tindall via Split Decision (29-28 Heiland, 29-28 Tindall, 29-28 Heiland)
Dan Spohn def Aaron Mays via Submission (Armbar) 02:41 of Rd 1
Luke Zachrich def Marcus Finch via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
UVC 23 is going down in Columbus, Ohio tonight at the Aladdin Shrine Center and has a great line up of local professionals throwing down for your entertainment. The UVC is definitely one of Ohio's best organizations and after watching the way their company works, I can see why.
Let's take a look at the featured pro bouts:
Luke Zachrich vs. Marcus Finch
Marcus Finch is a game opponent but it’s going to be an uphill battle from the jump; simply put he’s outgunned on the feet and on the floor. Zachrich’s striking is effective and deliberate; he hits hard, uses clever entries and is able to anticipate his opponent's pretty effectively. Finch is going to need to employ the old “smother the swag” technique if he wants to stay in the fight (Read: awake) standing. On the floor Zachrich is a technician, setting traps, using subtle set ups and attacking from all positions. What this means is that the floor isn’t safe and neither is trying his luck standing.
Easy call, Zachrich via submission round 2.
Dan Spohn vs. Aaron Mays
Odds are you might not recognize the name Aaron Mays, but he is a serious threat to Spohn in this one. He’s an athletic, hard punching striker who pushes from bell to bell and has a ton of stoppages on his resume. A typical Mays fight goes something like this: He explodes into a handful of combinations until one scores and then wings power shots until his opponent is out or forced to be saved. Spohn is going to have to approach this one with caution. I think he is a bit more technical on the feet but then again I’ve seen Mays pull off some surprising stuff against lower tier opposition. On the floor Spohn should have the submission edge but if Hays lands on top anything is possible.
I think Spohn is going to be the obvious choice based on experience, abilities and mostly because he’s the more recognizable name in this one, but I’m going against the grain and taking Mays via TKO Rd. 1
Check out the rest after the jump:
Floyd Mayweather Sr. Says Paul Spadafora Will Get a Shot In 2-3 Fights: Video
An apparently exhausted Floyd Mayweather Sr. (44-0) mentions "The Pittsburgh Kid" Paul Spadafora (48-0-1) as an upcoming opponent for Floyd in the next 2-3 fights which equals roughly a year and a half or so. Floyd says that he likes that fight because both guys are up in years and both are undefeated.
I'll take whatever rationale they use to make this fight, because if it happens you are looking at possibly the biggest comeback story in years, maybe ever.
Both Floyd and Paul have similar styles and this fight would be one of the more interesting challenges Mayweather has faced in a while. The time for a high profile win for Spadafora is now. He needs to beat someone in or just outside of their prime and do it in front of as many people as possible. Either way it's a huge a kudos to be mentioned by the great Mayweather Sr. as a legit option down the line.
Mike Diggs Vs. Justin Steave Set For PinnacleFC June 29th
Justin "The Hawk" Steave (4-2) will be making his return to the Pinnacle cage after his opponent Anthony Morgan was forced to withdraw from their April bout due to an injury sustained in training.
This time around Steave takes a step up in competition as he squares off against Harrisburg's Mike Diggs (7-4). Diggs has fought some of eastern PA's better competitors including Scott Heckman (15-3) and UFC Vet Wayon Lowe.
This fight is scheduled to go down June 29th at the PinnacleFC Pittsburgh Challenge series 3 live from the Iceoplex arena.
Tickets are available here or through your local fighter. Check back for more as it is released.
Chris Lozano Casted In Fight Masters Reality Series
I have always been a big fan of Chris "The Assassin" Lozano (10-3) fighting style and it looks like we're going to be seeing alot more of him soon. Or at least he'll have a chance to show us alot more anyway as he is a contestant on Spike's newest reality show; Fight Masters.
The video above gives a detailed breakdown of how the show will play out but basically 32 guys will fight to enter the house and then they will have chance to pick their coaches and their fights.
Obviously this is in the same vein the UFC promotional vehicle, "The Ultimate Fighter" and Viacom is hoping to have similar success. Increased exposure never hurts in this business and judging from the cast, Lozano should be an early front runner.
check out the full cast after the jump: