One FC: Total Domination Cody Stevens vs Shinya Aoki
Cody Stevens (11-5) is set to take on Shinya Aoki (33-6) in a few days (October 18th) and Tiger muay thai has released a pretty slick promo video of some of Cody's training and mindset leading up to the biggest bout of his career.
OneFC is Asia's top promotion and allows kicks and knees to the head of a grounded opponent, which may make the difference for Stevens as Aoki is arguably the best submission fighter walking around the planet right now.
If you are interested in watching the event, it is available on PPV at www.ONEFC.livesport.tv
Morgan Fitch Fights This Weekend In Louisiana
Morgan "Big Chief" Fitch (10-0) will be heading back home to fight this weekend at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center in Houma, Louisiana. Fitch moved to Pittsburgh after hurricane Katrina and has since teamed up with Tom Yankello going 10-0 as a professional.
Fitch is one of the area's hottest prospects and most feared sparring companions (I can't tell if that is as funny as it sounds) with elite hand speed and some pretty explosive power.
Fitch will be taking on Texas native Tyrone Selders (8-6) in the main event. Check back for more details as they are released.
Maddog's Fadi Shuman And Cheyne Jenkins Fight This Weekend
Jenkins is lined up with Evolve killer Jarrell Hodge (8-1), who has shown continuous improvement over the years and is arguably one of the best featherweight amateurs in the region. Jenkins has also improved since making the switch to Maddog a little over a year ago and we all know what type of product you’re getting when you buy from Maddog’s shop; They show up in shape, ready to fight, and fearless. Both guys are talented and both are rolling into this weekend off of previous wins, which means it should be a great match up.
The Fresh Prince of Pittsburgh Fadi Shuman (4-0) will be squaring off against Nick Foxhuber (6-1) in his first fight in almost a year. Fadi has posted some of the grittiest performances I’ve seen in a long, long time and it will be interesting to see what improvements he has made with the layoff. I’ve seen Foxhuber fight before (Rocktagon versus Coffman) and he has a nice, balanced skill set that will take him very far, as evident by his 6-1 record. I shamelessly pull for Fadi in every contest (what can I say I like the kid's style) and this is a good match up for him in my professional opinion.
Also in “relevant-proximity-to-Pittsburgh” type news, Uniontown’s Nick Browne (8-1) will be taking on Evolve’s Izzy Williams (5-1) at lightweight. Browne is the current PinnacleFC lightweight amateur champion and is easily one of the most underrated amateur fighters in the region. Browne’s lone loss is a razor thin split decision to Maddog’s Fadi Shuman last year, which is obviously nothing to write off. Williams is a very rugged, explosive guy with barrels of power and a fearless approach, Browne will need to use his footwork and boxing skills to navigate the early rounds and use his wrestling to keep things honest if they start getting out of hand.
All in all not a bad line up.
If you have any interest in the rest of the card check it out here.
Props to Hank Hanasik and FraXurd gear for the flier
This Saturday Brawlroom MMA AKA Yankee Lake MMA (What is this actually called? After all these years I still don't know) is back in action with the "Youngstown Fall Brawl 2" at St. Mary's Assumption center in sunny Youngstown, Ohio.
If you notice the photo copied flier above you should see some names that pop out at you including Penn Hills MMA's John Antanitis, Fight Club's Matt Conohan, Jake Schilling, Julian Ramos and Chris Humes.
Not a bad amateur line up.
I'm planning on making the trek so if you're in the building stop over and say hello.
After coming off what is, in my opinion his most impressive performance to date, Anthony Durnell (10-2) has announced via facebook that he will no longer be competing inside a cage as a mixed martial artist. He was reportedly scheduled to take on Marcus Galvao in the Bellator tournament series this coming November but those plans seem to be null and void at this stage after Durnell announced his retirement a few hours ago.
Check out Durnell's last recorded fight with Amran Aliyez (3-3) above. This was one of the 6 featured bouts on the FOX production and was our consensus fight of the night.
Durnell is obviously a very talented guy who has alot to offer in terms of coaching and mentoring up and coming fighters. He wasn't afraid of the risky fights, a trait we rarely see as promoters and welcomed the toughest challenges.
Do I feel his retirement is a touch early?
Yea, I do. He was just starting to fight at a level we hadn't seen from him and most choose to retire on the downside of their career. But then again, it may be better to go out on a high note instead of coaxed, and pressured after one too many losses. Either way, it was fun watching Durnell apply his trade inside the PinnacleFC fences.
Cody Stevens Vs. Shinya Aoki Set For October 18th: ONE FC
Ohio's Cody "The Wolverine" Stevens (11-5-1) has just received the opportunity of a lifetime as ONE FC's lightweight champion Shinya Aoki (33-6) will drop the additional 10 pounds to meet Stevens in a non-title bout at ONE FC 11: Total Domination.
The event takes place on October 18th and is easily the biggest of Stevens' career. "The Wolverine" just recently posted a unanimous decision win over Dustin Neace at RFO Big Guns 12 but Aoki is a different type of animal. Aoki has only dropped one fight in his last 11 and it was to arguably one of the best light weights in the world, Eddie Alvarez.
For the most successful strategy, Stevens can follow the blueprints laid out be Eddie Alvarez or Gilbert Melendez which is essentially battering the smaller Aoki on the feet or ground while avoiding his ultra tricky submission game. Aoki has less than average striking (relative to the level he is fighting on) and is heavily submission minded in his approach. A few were able to exploit that, most were not.
This is a huge fight for Stevens and win here puts him along side some of the world's best.
Check back for more later as it is released.