In the Books: Cagezilla 41

In the Books: Cagezilla 41

by Felix Falcon

Cagezilla FC returned to action last Saturday, July 23rd. On a day where the weather was in the mid-90’s and the humidity was, oh, let’s say 300%, the Silver Eagle Group in Ashburn not only promised to be the home for some exciting fights, it was also supposed to be a respite from the sweltering elements outside...

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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: Strike Off 6

In the Books: Strike Off 6

by Felix Falcon

Strike Off FC has come a long way in just a year and four months of promoting MMA in Virginia. In their sixth event, they took a big leap from their previous homes at The Palace in Woodbridge and the Ernst Cultural Center in Annandale, to one of the biggest stages in Northern Virginia, George Mason University's EagleBank Arena on Saturday, October 3rd...

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On Tap: Strike Off 6

On Tap: Strike Off 6

by Felix Falcon

When the UFC came to Fairfax this past April, it did not showcase any local fighters on the card. The Promoters at Strike Off Fighting Championships have taken it upon themselves to make sure not only that local fighters have an avenue to break into the UFC ranks the next time they come around, but also to convince the big show to come to Virginia more than once every two and a half years, as it has since 2010.

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Strike Off 4 Weigh-in Results

Strike Off 4 Weigh-in Results

by Ryan MacDonald

Kaizen MMA, in Fairfax, VA, was packed to the gills with fighters, coaches, fans and family, for last night’s Strike Off 4 fighter weigh-ins.  The Northern Virginia promotion’s inaugural event of 2015 will be held today, February 28th at Ernst Cultural Center on the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA)...

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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: Strike Off 2

In the Books: Strike Off 2

by Felix Falcon

Saturday, September 27th, 16 weeks after their inaugural event, the Strike Off franchise was back in Woodbridge with a Pro/Am card once again under the big disco ball of The Palace. 

I arrived early at the venue while the cage was being set up and preparations were under way for the show. These hours leading up to an event are some of my favorites to observe. There's an interesting dichotomy between the frantic pace of the promotion getting the cage built, going over last minute changes, organizing staff, and checking in with the commission, while the fighters come trickling in calm and focused (their hard work of cutting weight behind them), ready to get cleared by the doctor and wait around, warm up and get ready until their names are called to fight. I was perched up in a high balcony for most of this set up time, going over my own last minute preparations. From there, I had an interesting bird's eye view to see all those moving pieces unfold...

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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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