CCFC-11 ‘Rush’ Recap and Results

PRO MMA’s (promma.info) Matt De La Rosa was on hand for this past weekend’s Cage Combat Fighting Championship-11 ‘Rush‘ at Kezar Pavilion to take in some MMA action in a cold and damp summer evening in San Francisco, California. The evening boasted two title fights, one female attraction and teased the headlining Middleweight title bout for CCFC’s next card in October.

The evening started off with Bantamweight action between Matt Sanchez and Scott Weems. Sanchez stuffed an early take down attempt by Weems up against the cage and successfully maneuvered the fight down to the ground in a dominant top position. After peppering Weem’s head with shots from behind, Sanchez positioned himself for an Anaconda attempt. Sanchez than switched from the Anaconda to a beautiful Guillotine and locked in the submission at the 1:12 mark of the first round.

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A True California Fighter: PRO MMA exclusive interview – Casey “The Underdog” Olson

Casey “The Underdog” Olson made his presence felt in the California mixed martial arts community by reeling off four straight decisive victories to wrap up 2008. Olson (11-2), a former Fresno State wrestling product, found his way into mixed martial arts with the help of Chuck Liddell and members of The Pit.

The 28-year old Fresno native returns to action for the first time in 2009 at PFC-13 on May 8th, in Lemoore, California. A win next Friday continue to show why Casey Olson is one of the top prospects in the state of California.

PRO MMA: Casey you will be fighting on the Palace Fighting Championship-13 card on May eighth, but you recently made the cover of California Fighter’s debut edition. What was that experience like?
OLSON: Well I’m really thankful to be on the cover, but as far as the experience, it was nothing really new from what I have been doing with other magazines and local things here in Fresno. I guess being that it’s based out of Fresno, it seemed kind of the norm for me. But the fact that it’s all over the state is pretty awesome.

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The Info episode 13 – PRO MMA podcast featuring Gilbert Melendez

THE INFO hit the airwaves for the first time in March with Matt De La Rosa, ‘Fast Eddie’ Constantine, Denny ‘The Mad One’ Hodge and special guest; Gilbert Melendez. ‘El Nino’ swung by to discuss his rematch with Josh Thomson, his new gym, Strikeforce and Cage Combat. The guys talked about ‘The Mad One’s’ interview … Read more

PRO MMA exclusive interview: CCFC Middleweight Champion David Mitchell

PRO MMA (promma.info) caught up with Cage Combat 185 pound champion, David Mitchell, Wednesday afternoon to discuss his recent victory at the Grace Pavilion. Mitchell defeated Josh Neal twenty-eight seconds in the first round of his middleweight title defense this past Saturday night at CCFC-10: Battle for Nor-Cal.

Mitchell, 29, fights out of the Nor-Cal Fighting Alliance in Santa Rosa, CA under the tutelage of UFC veteran, Dave Terrell. Mitchell remains undefeated in his young MMA career, racking up a record of 7-0 with six wins coming by way of submission. Mitchell continues to make waves as one of Northern California’s prospects in the 185 pound division.

PROMMA: David thanks for joining us today.
Mitchell: Oh, not a problem.

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CCFC-10: Battle for Nor-Cal photo gallery

PRO MMA (promma.info) was in Santa Rosa, CA sitting cage side photographing the most electrifying moments of CCFC-10: Battle for Nor-Cal.

The evening featured 10 exciting bouts, a packed house, ring girls and stars from the MMA world at the Grace Pavilion this past Saturday night. Cain Velasquez, Josh Thomson, Jon Fitch, Nick and Nate Diaz were just a few of the top mixed martial artist who were in attendance for Cage Combat’s tenth event.

There are more than 280 photos featuring Cage Combat’s co-main events, undercard bouts, as well as many other images from this past Saturday night. You can view the entire gallery by clicking, here.

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Post fight interview: Cage Combat Fighting Championship Promoter Todd Middendorp

Todd Middendorp

PRO MMA (promma.info) spoke with one of the Middendorp brothers; Todd Middendorp after CCFC-10 came to a close this past Saturday night.

Todd and Tully are both owners and promoters of the northern California promotion. Todd reflected on the evening’s fight card, spoke about the future of Ky Hollenbeck and talked about Cage Combat’s next event.

PRO MMA: In your opinion how successful was tonight’s event?
Middendorp: I hope it’s pretty successful (laughs). I won’t see the numbers until the next day but I go by the fights. I think the fights were exciting. Even though we only had one fight go to a decision, I think all of the fights were evenly matched and you saw a lot of great technique and skill shown out there tonight.

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Post fight interview: Ky Hollenbeck

Ky Hollenbeck defeated Pat Minihan at CCFC-10 last night at the Grace Pavilion in Santa Rosa, CA. The victory put Hollenbeck in line for a shot at Cage Combat’s 170 pound title, currently held by Team Voodoo welterweight; Jeremiah Metcalfe.

PRO MMA (promma.info) caught up with the undefeated Hollenbeck following his submission victory over the American Kickboxing Academy welterweight to get his thoughts on the night’s event.

PRO MMA: Ky you just defeated Pat Minihan, a veteran who has been through a lot of wars, what are you feeling right now?
Hollenbeck: Pat is a great dude. A bunch of times in (the cage) there was some confusion with the ref and we kind of broke off and then we came back together and went back to the position that we were instead of starting over. That just shows the respect between the both of us. He is a great guy and strong as a bull. He’s got that old man strength, you know what I mean, and he’s a monster. My training helped and the guys that I was training with helped and I was able to pull off the victory.

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CCFC-10 Battle for Nor-Cal Results

PRO MMA (promma.info) was on hand at the Grace Pavilion in Santa Rosa, CA for CCFC-10. Droves of fans packed the house to witness some of the Bay Area and Northern California’s up and coming young talent step inside the cage. The main card boasted eight bouts of 155 pounds or under and two main events featuring a middleweight title fight and a welterweight match up to decide who would become Cage Combat’s number one contender.

The first bout of the night showcased the featherweights as Eric Castile and Tomy Boyles squared off in the cage. Boyles wasted no time shooting in on Castile however, Boyles found himself locked inside a triangle choke after securing the take down. After a few punches to his head, Castile transitioned to an arm bar and scored the tap out victory at the 1:13 mark of the first round.

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PRO MMA Training Camp feature: Ryan Bastianelli

Only two days away from his fight at Fight Quest: Battle Grounds in Bakersfield, CA; “Relentless” Ryan Bastianelli stepped into Combat Fitness in Concord, CA for one last training session.

In one of his last practices leading up to Saturday’s bout, the Oklahoma native worked out with teammate and Strikeforce Middleweight; Eric Lawson.

Bastianelli (3-0), a natural 135 pounder, faces off against Sacramento, CA resident Nelson Ocampo (0-5) at 140 pounds. Training for this bout has not been as routine as one would think. According to Bastianelli, Ocampo was not exactly the first or second opponent that he was originally scheduled to face.

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“Superfly” Matt Major defeats Shonie Carter at Cage Combat

“Superfly” Matt Major defeated MMA veteran Shonie Carter via unanimous decision at Cage Combat: Rumble in the Park on Saturday, August 23, in Fresno, California.  One person described the fight like this, “Matt kept Shonie at bay with a lot of kicks and rocked him a good four times with punches, wound up breaking Shonie’s arm with a blocked kick.  Matt seemed nervous but he looked good, especially his karate.”  Most people will remember Matt Major from his episode on the popular Versus MMA reality show, Tapout.

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