Dustin West: Honor, Courage, Commitment, a Pro MMA Now exclusive interview

Dustin West (1-1) started his professional Mixed Martial Arts career with a bang, escaping an early triangle attempt and then TKO’ing “The Ultimate Fighter: Season 6” cast member Blake Bowman in the first round back in July of 2009. The first round TKO was just the first step in the evolution of West’s MMA career. … Read more

PRO MMA up-and-comer spotlight: Ryan “Who Dat” Keenan

As the sport of MMA continues to grow we see more and more fighters with backgrounds in other sports make the transition to MMA. Ryan “Who Dat” Keenan played collegiate football at NCAA division 3 Mount Union College in Ohio. In the off season for extra conditioning Ryan took up boxing and over four years amassed a 14-0-1 record in fifteen exhibition bouts.

After graduating with a B.A. degree from Mount Union College he moved to Orlando and began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the tutelage of Royce Gracie Black Belt Jonathan Burke, who also happens to train NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal.

Undefeated in professional MMA competition, Ryan fought his last bout back in February against The Ultimate Fighter season six contestant Blake Bowman. Ryan took Bowman out with a first round TKO. PRO MMA (promma.info) writer Dusty Adams recently spoke with Ryan about the academy where he trains and teaches, trying out for The Ultimate Fighter, his goals within the sport, what Shaq is like in the gym, and more.

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Dustin West vs. Blake Bowman at Music City MMA’s “Rock & Havoc” – fight video

American Top Team Fighter and The Ultimate Fighter 6 veteran Blake Bowman made his way to Nashville, Tenn. on July 18 to face local standout Dustin West in his pro debut at Music City MMA’s “Rock & Havoc” event. Here is their fight. Props – AroundTheOctagon.com

Music City MMA: Rock & Havoc – full results

Music City MMA brought “Rock & Havoc” to Nashville, Tenn.’s Municipal Auditorium Saturday night, July 18, 2009. The event featured three veterans from the UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter reality TV show which airs on Spike TV.

In the first of two professional fights on the card, local favorite Dustin West made his pro debut by winning with a first round TKO over TUF 6’s Blake Bowman. In the other pro match-up and the main event, TUF 8 veteran Shane Primm defeated TUF 7’s Mike Dolce with a barrage of punches that caused the referee to stop the fight near the end of round 1.

Full results after the jump…

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Shane Primm vs. Mike Dolce headlines Music City MMA’s “Rock & Havoc” on July 18

This Saturday July 18, 2009, Music City MMA will be bringing a night of “Rock & Havoc” to the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. The Headliner will feature The Ultimate Fighter season 8 Team Nogueira fighter Shane Primm taking on TUF 7 Team Rampoage fighter Mike Dolce.

Primm spoke about his match up with Dolce, “This is honestly a fight I can’t predict the specifics of. I know we are both game, and we both show up to fight so expect a war. It’s going to be a good one to watch, that I can guarantee.”

Other pro bouts on the card will include TUF 6 fighter and MMA funny man Blake Bowman taking on local prospect Dustin West and former Tennessee Vol football standout Ovince St. Preux taking on Teddy Holder.

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Catching up with MMA’s funny man – PRO MMA exclusive interview with Blake Bowman

Blake Bowman was cast for season six of The Ultimate Fighter and competed as part of Team Hughes without a single professional bout under his belt. Although Blake was eliminated by Richie Hightower on the show, he made it through his fight and the whole season with an injured ACL.

The TUF 6 Finale aired in December 2007. Following the show, Blake had knee surgery and then made his professional debut headlining an event in Indiana in May 2008. It took only eight seconds for Blake’s kick to connect to the head of his opponent, knocking him out, and giving Blake his first pro victory inside the cage.

Now, a little over a year later, Blake is preparing for his fifth pro fight which takes place against Dustin West at Music City MMA in Nashville, Tenn. on July 18. PRO MMA (promma.info) caught up with Blake this week to talk about life after TUF, training with American Top Team, living with the Miller brothers, and his upcoming fight. Meet MMA’s funny man — Blake Bowman…

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Ultimate Fighter veterans headline “Rock & Havoc” at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. on July 18

It is going to be an Ultimate Fighter reunion in Nashville, Tenn. on July 18, 2009, when The Ultimate Fighter season 8 contestant and UFC “TUF 8 Finale” veteran Shane Primm (2-1) takes on TUF 7 contestant and IFL veteran Mike Dolce (4-6) in the main event of Music City MMA’s “Rock & Havoc.”

Primm fights out of Guardian MMA in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He will be looking to get back on track after losing to Krzysztof Soszynski last December. Dolce would like to keep the wins going as he lost six in a row before winning his last bout against Nuri Shakir at “WCF 6” back in March.

In the co-main event, The Ultimate Fighter season 6 contestant (and Cole Miller roommate) Blake Bowman (2-2) will face local product Dustin West. Bowman’s last bout was a loss to Ryan Keenan at “Rumble in Race Town” back in February. West also fought in February with a submission win over Josh Lester at “SSF 6.”

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XCF: RUMBLE IN RACE TOWN results & NASCAR drivers give opinion on MMA

XTREME CAGEFIGHTING FEDERATION’S – XCF: RUMBLE IN RACE TOWN went down last night in Daytona, FL. The highly anticipated event was considered part of the pre-race festivities for the DAYTONA 500 that takes place today. In fact, many NASCAR drivers and owners were expected to be at the fights and some of the fighters for sure will be attending the race today.

In the main event, Frank “Twinkle” Toes Trigg (19-6) defeated local fighter, Danny Babcock (5-2) by unanimous decision. After the fight, Trigg announced he will most likely be moving back to middleweight which he feels is his optimum weight class. Reports have stated he seemed a bit gassed after round one. Also on the card, TUF playboy, Blake Bowman (2-2), gave up a first round TKO loss to Ryan Keenan (3-0).


Frank Trigg def. Danny Babcock by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Zak Cummings def. Terry Martin by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jesse Taylor def. Gert Kocani by submission (rear naked choke) in Rd 2, 4:45
Marcus Jones def. John Juarez by TKO (punches) in Rd 1, 1:39
T.J. Cook def. Scott Harper by KO (punch) in Rd 1, 1:37
Todd Cutler def. Jeremy May by TKO (punches) in Rd 1, 4:07
Gilbert Burgos def. Chris Thorne by TKO (doctor stoppage) in Rd 1, 1:17
Ryan Keenan def. Blake Bowman by TKO (strikes) in Rd 1, 4:29

NASCAR drivers comment on MMA after the jump…

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The Cole Miller Show episode 1

Cole Miller is one of the UFC’s top lightweight contenders.  He had a beautiful win over BJJ phenom and instructor Jorge Gurgel back In July at UFC 86.  Recently, Cole just came off a knee surgery which most likely helped him find the time during recovery to update and revamp his website, www.colemiller.com.

Cole has also started a new video series called “The Cole Miller Show” which can also be viewed regularly on his site.  What makes this concept unique is that he lives with two other well-known fighters: his brother Micah Miller of WEC fame and the house jester Blake Bowman, one of the stars of TUF 6.   With that crew of personalities, there is no telling what kind of antics we may see. Here is episode 1 of “The Cole Miller Show”:

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