Pro MMA Now 2010 Arnold Sports Festival Amateur MMA Festival results

Last night, Pro MMA Now reporter Brian Furby and co-host of The Cageside Beat, Mike Menninger, were on hand to cover the first amateur MMA event ever hosted by the Arnold Sports Festival. The card featured sixteen fights, three of which were title fights. Some MMA celebrities were on hand to witness the action including … Read more Amateur Fighter of 2009: Thomas Campbell

Even though MMA may not have the most developed amateur system, there are still many fighters out there plying their trade in the ranks. In 2009 a handful of amateur fighters received some mainstream attention through the Las Vegas based Tuff-N-Uff promotion. However, on the other side of the country Thomas Campbell put together a solid run, and earned himself the title of the Amateur Fighter of 2009.

Campbell, a 23-year-old featherweight, began fighting two years ago. After a few fights, the native of Clarksville, Tenn. began training with Ron Daley at SSF Submission Academy. In 2009 Campbell went 10-1 to run his overall amateur record to 16-2.

The highlight of his year was winning an eight-man HookNShoot tournament. On that night, Campbell defeated three opponents to take the crown.

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Gameness Bantamweight Champ Dustin Ortiz defends title in GFC 5 main event on Nov. 6

Photo by Jack Bratcher - Gamenesse Fighting Championship Bantamweight Champion Dustin Ortiz
Photo by Jack Bratcher - Gamenesse Fighting Championship Bantamweight Champion Dustin Ortiz defends his title on Nov. 6.

This Friday night, Nov. 6, 2009, Gameness Fighting Championship returns to the Sports Arena at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville, Tenn. Headlining the event will be Nashville MMA fighter and GFC Bantamweight Champion Dustin Ortiz taking on Peak Submission / Shootbox Academy’s Sean Barnett, fighting out of St. Mary’s, Ohio.

We have been following Dustin’s training camp for this fight through video blogs we have been posting here at courtesy of his coach Ed Clay. Dustin joined heavyweight teammate Dave “Pee Wee” Herman and traveled with their coach to Brandon Vera’s Alliance Training Center in San Diego, Calif.

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HOOKnSHOOT looking for real amateur fighters

How about a $2,900 belt you get to keep as an amateur champion.
How about a $2,900 belt you get to keep as an amateur champion.

HOOKnSHOOT established in 1994, running MMA since 1995 (second only to the UFC) – It seems the MMA scene has been overtaken with a plague of more shows than fighters.

It’s seemingly impossible to put together even 10 fights anymore.   No one wants to fight out of their own show or comfort zone.  And new promoters (some of whom have never set foot on a mat or trained a day) don’t seem to be doing anything to compensate amateurs for their hard work or even care about anything other than making money.

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Anthony Goodwin crowned Mayhem Promotions lightweight champ at “Disorderly Conduct IV” in St. Charles, Illinois on Sept. 19

The Du Page Expo Center in St. Charles, Ill. played home to Mayhem Promotions’ “Disorderly Conduct IV” event this past Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. The show, sanctioned by Combat Consulting LLC., featured a main event between Anthony Goodwin and Jordin Hinman for Mayhem’s lightweight title. Hinman hung in there but the referee was forced to save him from further damage three minutes into round two, as Goodwin rained down punches and took home the title to become the new Mayhem Promotions Lightweight Champion.

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Froggy’s Fight Night hosts “SSF Invitational 13: Courage” in Ft. Campbell, Ky on Sept. 11 – results

On Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, Froggy’s in Ft. Campbell, Ky hosted “SSF Invitational 13: Courage.” There were a total of thirteen MMA bouts headlined by a SSF bantamweight title fight between Jarrett Weston and Titus McDowell. Weston took home the victory and the belt with a rear-naked choke submission.

Local favorites Steve Durr and Yannick Jones both won with submissions of their own. Fighters representing such teams as SSF Submission Academy, Armbar MMA, Music City MMA, and Modern Army Combatives Program all took part in the event.

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Mayhem Promotions returns to St. Charles, Illinois with “Disorderly Conduct IV” on Sept. 19

Mayhem Promotions returns to the DuPage Expo Center in St. Charles, Ill. with “Disorderly Conduct IV” on Sept. 19, 2009. The main event will feature Team Conflict’s Jordin Hinman defending his Mayhem Promotions 155 lbs. title against Anthony Goodwin fighting out of No Joke MMA.

Other academies represented with fighters on the card include Victory Martial Arts, Xtreme Couture, Team F.I.T., Hackney’s Combat, Sho-Nuff Academy, and No Comment MMA. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the fights begin at 7 p.m. For ticket information or directions visit

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Absolute Cage Fights brings professional mixed martial arts action to Knoxville Expo Center on Sept. 18

Knoxville based MMA promotion Absolute Cage Fights is preparing to hold its first card featuring professional bouts. On Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, Absolute Cage Fights will hold a PRO / AM mixed martial arts event at the Knoxville Expo Center in Knoxville, Tenn.

In addition to an enormous 16-fight amateur card featuring seven title fights, there are four professional bouts scheduled to take place. The doors open at 6 p.m. and fights start at 8 p.m. For ticket information, directions, or more information about Absolute Cage Fights check out their website at

Professional Fights:

  • 205 Jason Vance vs John Constantatos
  • 155 Aundre Boyd vs Jay Wagle
  • 170 Shane Machetti vs Erik Cipriani
  • 205 Jeramiah Huskins vs Marcus Kaiser

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TUFF-N-UFF: USA vs. CANADA results

Las Vegas, Nevada (Saturday, August 29, 2009) – Tuff N Uff Productions’ USA vs. Canada event at the Orleans Hotel and Casino delivered 15 action packed fights, highlighted by 5 USA vs. Canada bouts.

The fights were highly contested and all of the various martial arts skills were on display, with Forrest Cable from Team Canada showing great resiliency and heart in securing a fight ending triangle choke from the bottom, to Bobbi-Jo Dalziel (Canada) putting on a Muay Thai display that ended with her opponent Moa Palma (USA) suffering two broken arms.

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Tuff-N-Uff Future Stars of MMA: USA vs. Canada

Las Vegas, Nevada (August 26, 2009) – One week after a sold out show featuring Ryan Couture, the son of legendary fighter Randy Couture, Tuff N Uff Productions is proud to present USA vs Canada at the Orleans Hotel and Casino at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 28th, the day before UFC 102.

The evening’s matches will feature seven rising fighters from north of the border matched up against fighters from the best gyms in the U.S.

Representing team Canada will be Jesse Gross, George Abdallah, Derek Freeman, Bryan Fedynyszyn , Forrest Cable and female fighter Bobbi-Jo Dalziel.

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