VA Destroyers to Debut at AFL 2

VA Destroyers to Debut at AFL 2

by Ryan MacDonald

The National spotlight will be shone on Virginia Beach on August 25th, 2018 as many of Virginia’s best amateur fighters will team up, under the moniker Virginia Destroyers, to defend their home turf against the Florida Force, comprised of some of the top amateurs currently training out of American Top Team. 

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In the Books: Cagezilla FC: OO39

In the Books: Cagezilla FC: OO39

by Felix Falcon

It was a relatively short night in Ashburn, as Cagezilla FC was back in action for the 39th time (Cagezilla/OO Fights Combined). The night showcased eight total amateur MMA fights, four of which were for the Cagezilla Featherweight, Welterweight, Middleweight, and Heavyweight titles...

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The Longest 24: Gaudreau, Chung, and Lillard Provide Insight to Time Between Scale and Cage

The Longest 24: Gaudreau, Chung, and Lillard Provide Insight to Time Between Scale and Cage

by Felix Falcon

MMA fighters have two fights. The first with the scale and the second with their opponent. For as long as I have been covering MMA events, I’ve been obsessed with the time in between these two fights. The 24 to 30 hours from when a fighter steps off the scale to the time they get to step into the cage...

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In the Books: EWC9: Takeover

In the Books: EWC9: Takeover

by Felix Falcon

On Saturday, February 6th, the folks at the Elite Warrior Challenge had the whole floor of the Salem Civic Center covered with both a full size boxing ring and their 30-foot circular cage side by side. It was reminiscent of the recent Bellator "Dynamite" show they co-promoted with Glory Kickboxing. The arena itself is pretty fascinating, while it's an older building, the layout is super conducive for viewing combat sports. The seats on both sides of the arena are deceptively intimate regardless of how far from the cage you actually are. Just in case, the promotion also put up two big projection screens to ensure there's not a bad seat in the house...

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In the Books: Odyssey Fights - Round 2

In the Books: Odyssey Fights - Round 2

by Felix Falcon

Odyssey Fights returned to the State’s capital, last Saturday, November 7th, with their second all-pro card at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. The 10 fight card largely featured young up and coming Pros, a handful of vets, and a main event fight that was equally interesting on paper, as it played out in real life...

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Injury and the Mindset of a Comeback

Injury and the Mindset of a Comeback

by Monica Hunsaker

Blood, sweat, and even tears mark the extraordinary life of an MMA fighter. When faced with serious injury, even these elite athletes must display a special level of determination to make a strong comeback...

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In the Books: Cagezilla 3

In the Books: Cagezilla 3

by Felix Falcon

Last Saturday’s Cagezilla FC 3 event had everything you could possibly want from an amateur MMA fight card. There were some close, competitive fights, some dominating performances, four (one interim) title fights, two game female athletes going at it, and several quick, first round finishes sprinkled in for good measure. The term “great night of fights” gets thrown around a lot. But as a spectator at the packed SEG, I’m not sure how you could complain about the action that took place that night...

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In the Books: Fight Night Challenge 4/25/15

In the Books: Fight Night Challenge 4/25/15

by Ryan MacDonald

Charlottesville-based Fight Night Challenge returned to the Main Street

Arena, in Charlottesville, VA, on Saturday, April 25th.  Due to inclement weather that 

caused the cancellation of their February show, this was the amateur promotion’s 

inaugural event of 2015...

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In the Books: Strike Off 3

In the Books: Strike Off 3

by Ryan MacDonald

Strike Off returned to The Palace, in Woodbridge, on Saturday night, December 13th, for their third endeavor.  The upstart promotion accomplished what it had done in it’s prior two events, by packing a large amount of fight fans into a very small venue.  However, fight fans were in for an all amateur event, this go around, instead of the Pro-AM events that were put on during their first two shows.  This gave the loyal Northern Virginia fight fans...

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In the Books: Fight Night Challenge 11/22/14

In the Books: Fight Night Challenge 11/22/14

by Ryan MacDonald

Fight Night Challenge returned last Saturday, November 22nd, to the Main Street Arena, in Charlottesville, for their final show of 2014.  As of the day before the event, Central VA fight fans were going to be treated to a stacked card, featuring three title fights.  As is the case in amateur MMA, however, you sometimes have to embrace quick and sudden change and that was the case for this event...

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In the Books: OO Fights 32

In the Books: OO Fights 32

by Felix Falcon

Convention centers, more often than not, convey the atmosphere of, at worst, boring business meetings and at best a massive platform for like-minded people to go buy the stuff they nerd out on, like gun shows or comic conventions. Last Saturday, August 23rd, the good people from OO Fights brought something way better to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC, a slew of very entertaining amateur MMA fights... 

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In the Books: Fight Night Challenge 7/19/14

In the Books: Fight Night Challenge 7/19/14

by Ryan MacDonald

Fight Night Challenge returned to the Main Street Arena, in Charlottesville, VA, on Saturday night, July 19th.  Central Virginia fight fans were treated to a 14-fight card, combining amateur Muay Thai and amateur MMA.  There were no belts on the line, but a fresh crop of new faces emerged victorious, coupled with some familiar veterans...

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