Interview: Knoxville Martial Arts Academy Head Instructor Eric Turner talks with KMAA head coach Eric Turner about the rise and recent loss of Ovince Saint Preux, UFC lightweight Rafaello Oliveira’s recent injury and much more.

ProMMAnow Pro spotlight: Chris Wright is bringing the pain

Since turning pro, Wright has built an impressive record of 4-0-1, with all of his wins coming by either KO or submission, and all coming in the first round. What makes Wright such a threat, whether the fight stays on the feet, or hits the ground, is his dynamic blend of athleticism and technique. As … Read more

Absolute Cage Fights – live play by play and quick results

KNOXVILLE – PROMMA.INFO was on the scene for Absolute Cage Fights live from the Knoxville Expo Center in Knoxville, Tn. on Friday night, Sept. 18.

The evening’s card featured fourteen amateur fights, seven of which were title bouts, and also featured three professional fights, marking the first ever PRO/AM card for the Knoxville based Absolute Cage Fights.

The house was packed and the action was non stop as 15 of the 17 bouts ended by either knockout or submission. Featherweight contender Chad Perriene, had the highlight knockout of the night with a devastating head kick that dropped and finished the very game Chris Wolfe in Round 2 of their Featherweight top contender bout.

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Gameness Fighting Championship 4- Quick results and play-by-play

Gameness Fighting Championships was back in action again on Saturday August 8th with “GFC 4” at the Tennessee Sports Arena in Nashville, Tenn. PRO MMA ( was cage side for a full night of MMA including 13 fights, one of which determined the GFC Bantamweight Title, featuring a main event between NMMA fighter Dustin Ortiz and Chris Wright.

Also on hand as a guest referee was professional fighter Jon Murphy (4-3) who was recently featured on Bully Beatdown with Jason “Mayhem” Miller.

Quick Results:
Jeremy Boczulac defeats Robert Thornton by TKO at 1:51 of Round 1.
DJ Loveless defeats Gregory Taylor by TKO at 3:12 of Round 1.
Marciel Rosa defeats James Adcock via submission (RNC) at 2:06 of Round 1.
Justin Bardo defeats Jamal Turner via submission (RNC) at 3:25 of Round 1.
Corey Smith defeats Forrest Beard by TKO at 2:15 of Round 1.
Andrew Henry defeats Robert Coulter by submission (kimura) at 3:30 of Round 1.
Sean Pulizzano defeats Chris Ramos via submission (triangle) in Round 1.
Spencer Scrivner defeats Jasoni Turner via submission (arm triangle) at 1:16 of Round 1.
Pedro Escalante defeats Sam Brown by unanimous decision (29-29, 18-20, 18-20)
Mike Hackney defeats Pedro Diaz by submission (guillotine) at 0:47 of Round 1.
Adolfo Vega-Martinez defeats James “Chico” Davis via submission (armbar) at 0:56 of Round 1.
Dhiego Lima defeats Dante Lawson via TKO at 0:16 of Round 1.
Dustin Ortiz defeats Chris Wright by split decision (19-18, 19-18, 18-19), for the 135 pound title

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Dustin Ortiz prepared for “GFC 4” main event fight Saturday night in Nashville

Saturday night, at the Tennessee Sports Arena in Nashville, Tenn., Nashville MMA’s Dustin Ortiz will take on Knoxville’s Chris Wright for the Gameness Fighting Championship Bantamweight Title at “GFC 4.”

It makes sense for Ortiz to headline a show in Nashville. Although the 20-year-old Ortiz is originally from Goshen, Ind., he has lived in Music City for nine years and has been a crowd favorite at previous GFC events. He fights at 135 lbs. but looks bigger. He is stocky and athletic, and his style reminds one of the pit bull on the Nashville MMA logo where he trains.

Dustin Ortiz has only been training MMA for one year, and about eight months under the tutelage of Nashville MMA godfather Ed Clay. In that brief time he has amassed a 5-1 amateur record and is already headlining a fairly large event. That should give you an idea of what type of athlete we are dealing with in Ortiz.

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