One of MMA’s greatest success stories: Fighter and Promoter Johnathan Ivey

When you talk about long shots, when you talk about what could have been had you gone down a different path, made a different choice, you might think of John Ivey, the old school heavyweight who’s fought more men inside a cage than probably should be legal. But society needs an arena for fighters, men … Read more

Caleb ‘The Storm’ Ragsdale: ‘I’m gonna put this ‘beast’ to the test’

Clarksville, Tennessee’s Caleb “The Storm” Ragsdale will look to keep his unbeaten record in tact when he takes on Chaz Jourdan at Johnathan Ivey’s Cage Fighting Championships 2 on Aug. 19 at the Mid-TN Expo in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Pro MMA Now caught up with the Harris Holt MMA product to get his thoughts on his … Read more

Tyler ‘Nyquil’ Edwards: ‘I see him going to sleep’

Seasoned fighter Tyler “Nyquil” Edwards will make his bantamweight debut on Aug. 19 when he faces rising talent Nick Phillips at Johnathan Ivey’s Cage Fighting Championships 2 at the Mid TN Expo in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Pro MMA Now caught up with “Nyquil” to get his thoughts on the matchup and learn more about the Guardian MMA … Read more

Why pro MMA heavyweight ‘Big John’ Ivey fought 26 times in one year!

If you’re a UFC fanboy or MMA newcomer, the name “Big John” Ivey might not ring any bells. But if you’ve been around the sport for any length of time, chances are you’ve at one point or other seen the Tennessee “Leglock Monster” slap on a few kneebars or heel hooks and keep the crowd entertained with his … Read more

Legend Status: Watch this new highlight reel of Johnathan Ivey

MMA is about characters, those are the guys you remember. The Sakurabas, the Shamrocks, the Don Fryes, the Tito Ortizes. And the Johnathan Iveys. If you’ve ever seen The Leglock Monster fight then you know what I’m talking about. If you’ve ever seen him walk to the cage in a Jason Voorhees Friday-the-13th-style hockey mask and carrying … Read more

We asked leglock master Johnathan Ivey his thoughts on Rousimar Palhares

Johnathan Ivey. If you’re an MMA fan and you don’t know that name, you’re really a football fan who likes MMA sometimes. He’s been around the sport longer than you, fought more people than you (or probably anyone you know) and has definitely won more fights by leglock than you — 28 to be exact. … Read more

Photo gallery: ‘XFC 18: Music City Mayhem’

From Justin Pennington’s first round knockout of Dave Hurst in the opening preliminary bout, to Joe Ray’s violent stoppage of Dustin West to kick off the televised main card on HDNet, to Reggie Pena’s amazing come-from-behind submission of John Salter in the main event, ProMMAnow.com photographer Josh Cross captured it all at XFC 18 in Nashville.

Devan Plaisance XFC 18 post-fight interview

Knoxville’s Devan Plaisance scored a unanimous decision victory over longtime heavyweight veteran Johnathan Ivey Friday night at “XFC 18: Music City Mayhem” in Nashville, Tenn. ProMMAnow.com’s Gary Thomas caught up with Devan after the fight to talk about the win and where he goes from here.