Sean O’Malley and ICF Inks Three Fight Deal

Courtesy Ryan Hall

Courtesy Ryan Hall

As we reported on Saturday, ICF amateur bantamweight champion Sean O’Malley has inked a three fight professional contract with Intense Championship Fighting.

O’Malley won the title and never lost it during his reign. A tipping point came this past week when after an exhausted search,  O’Malley faced a really last minute opponent in Brandon Caldwell. O’Malley would take the win by triangle choke.

“Honestly, there just isn’t any competition for him in the amateur ranks anymore, ” ICF President Cory Smith told us. “His training at the MMA lab in Arizona has made him one of the most dangerous 135lb fighters in the country, and after discussion with his Coach John Crouch, Sean said its time. I was hesitant at first because he is so young, but he has proven both in the cage and out that he is ready for the pro ranks.”

Arizona’s MMA Lab, home of former UFC champion Benson Henderson and former InvictaFC champion Lauren Murphy, has been a training home for not only O’Malley,  but for fellow Montana fighters Tim Welch and Leo Bercier.

Lead coach John Crouch agreed it was time to go pro, and after the past year with the fight team, O’Malley is prepared for what comes next.

“Being down at the lab Under John Crouch has literally changed me from being just a fighter to a mixed martial artist.  I’m 100% a different fighter. If I never went down there , I wouldn’t be were I am now.”

O’Malley looks to fight 5-6 times next year and will make his pro debut at ICF 17 in February.

O’Malley’s amateur bantamweight title is now vacant, and ICF will crown a new champion hopefully in 2015.

ICF 16 Results – Jorgeson Retains Middleweight Title; O’Malley Ends Amateur Career with Win

O'Malley Courtesy Ryan Hall

O’Malley Courtesy Ryan Hall

Intense Championship Fighting ended a busy 2014 with a solid eight fight card at the Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls, MT.

The main event saw Jared Torgeson successfully defend his middleweight title against Leo Bercier. Both were tentative throughout the fight, not wanting to over commit to a barrage of punches. Torgeson’s harder shots is what made the difference in what was a closely tested bout that saw the Washington fighter get a unanimous decision over Bercier.

It only took Tim Welch 47 seconds to defeat Idaho’s Kerry Lattimer in the co-main event of the card. After Lattimer got a takedown on Welch, the Montana native sunk a deep armbar to finish the fight. He improves to 12-5.

The other pro bout say Blake Green hip toss then armbar J.C. Gardipee in 29 seconds.

The amateur feature bout saw Sean O’Malley take on last minute replacement Brandon Caldwell in a non-title match. O’Malley looked to have fun in the cage with his striking, trying several times to leap off the cage for flying strikes.  Caldwell seemed game, however, with the ability to get the take. Ultimately, O’Malley would work off his back in round 2 to secure a triangle choke to get the submission win.

ICF president Cory Smith announced O’Malley has been signed to a three fight pro contract with the promotion, and his first pro fight will be in February.

In what was the only female bout on the card, Hannah Kampf out grappled DJ Morrison to get a unanimous decision win (you can watch the video of the fight here).

Here is a complete list of results from ICF 16.

Main Event

  • Jared Torgeson def. Leo Bercier by unanimous decision to retain the middleweight title

Co-main Event

  • Tim Welch def. Kerry Lattimer by submission (armbar) 0:47 round 1 (155)

Pro Feature

  • Blake Green def. J.C. Gardipee by submission (armbar) 0:29 round 1 (155)

Amateur Feature

  • Sean O’Malley def. Brandon Caldwell by submission (triangle) 2:58 round 2 (135)

Amateur Female Bout

  • Hannah Kampf def. DJ Morrison by unanimous decision (125)

Amateur MMA Bouts

  • Daniel Augure def. Cody Vukasin by submission (rear naked choke) 1:32 round 3 (205)
  • Jesse Cummins def. John Spottedeagle by TKO 2:57 round 1 (HWT)
  • Dylin Dreivdhal def. Alex Ackerson by submission (rear naked choke) 1:02 round 1

Amateur Boxing

  • Cody Nadire def. Judd Daniels by unanimous decision


Hannah Kampf Talks Return to ICF; Improving Skills

Courtesy Ryan Hall

Courtesy Ryan Hall

Hannah Kampf is ready to impress the Intense Championship Fighting crowd again.

The kickboxer turned MMA fighter got a win over Tagina Devereaux at ICF’s all female card this past summer. The fight was a barn-burner and hope is the fireworks continue with Friday’s fight against DJ Morrsion in Great Falls, MT.

We talked to Kampf about her last win, moving camps, and returning to ICF.

MTCage: How did it feel to get your first win?

Hannah Kampf: You know, I’d won in Muay Thai before but MMA is a different game and it felt amazing getting the win in the cage. My first two matches I was flown to Hawaii to compete. I tried my hardest but I didn’t yet have the set of skills I needed to win against those opponents. But dang I wanted to go to Hawaii! The last fight I was finally starting to round out my game and that gave me confidence. I had worked through a lot in that camp including a really painful back injury.. I had so many emotions when they raised my hand and it all paid off. It’s hard to describe really.

MTCage: Did you learn a lot from the fight?

Kampf:  I learned how to calm my mind and feel out my opponent a bit. A bigger lesson probably came from the fight before, a pretty tough brawl in Hawaii that landed me with a concussion and broken nose. After that fight I realized I wasn’t going to quit until I was successful in this sport. If that fight didn’t change my mind nothing would.

MTC: You have moved camps from Washington to L.A. How has it been training there?

H.K.:  I miss the White Buffalo crew in Seattle, but I have to say the training here has been amazing.. I train Jiu Jitsu at Paragon with Ricardo Franjinha Miller, who is world class and actually just won at Worlds.. I go to Knuckleheadz Boxing & MMA for standup where the owner Hoss has created such an awesome friendly environment.. I’ve been lucky enough to learn from world champ boxer Maureen “The Real Million Dollar Baby” Shea… Also my friend Raul “BigTank” Salinas has been holding mitts for me 3+ times a week this camp, so grateful for his help. I really feel like I’ve made a leap from where I was before. I hope I can show that.

MTC: You have obviously made an impact as ICF asked you back. What will it be like to be back in their cage?

H.K.: Really looking forward to it! Aweome for Corey from ICF to fly me back to my home state to fight again. My mom will be driving up from Bozeman so I’m pretty excited I get to see her while I’m there.

MTC: What do you know about your opponent?

H.K.: I know she’s a boxing veteran with 30+ fights in her name. I think this will be an exciting fight. I’ve been working on my boxing and ground a lot. I’m ready to put it to the test.

MTC: Anything you like to add/thank?

H.K.:  I want to thank all the training partners and coaches I may or may not have listed above. ICF for flying me back for this awesome event. My dad, who came to visit me and is always so supportive and inspiring. My mom, who hates it but still shows up when she can and screams her lungs out. My roommate who has gone above and beyond to make everything easy at home, thanks Sera. My boyfriend who loves me even though I occasionally try to choke him in my sleep. My work “Howard’s Rug Company of Ventura” who let me have the time off and have been awesome supports. Oh yeah and Airloop Glove Drying Ring because they help me keep my gloves fresh .

ICF Stacks Card on Last Event of 2014

10698674_802452973146153_4398216494213390158_nTwo stars in Montana MMA will return to action Friday at the Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls as Intense Chamnpionship Fight will hold it’s last card of the year.

ICF will crown a light heavyweight champion as Montana’s Leo Bercier (13-7) takes on Washington’s Jared Torgeson (12-13 ) in a rematch of their 2012 match. Torgenson won their first outing by TKO.

Tim Welch (11-5), coming off a big win at ICF 15, will look to get another notch on his belt taking on Idaho’s Kerry Lattimer (4-6; 1NC), who is riding a three fight win streak.

In another pro bout on the card, Blake Green will take on Brandon Bailey.

In an amateur title match, Sean O’Malley will defend his bantamweight title against Oregon’s Jake Marshall. O’Malley has two been on a roll with back to back title defences.  Marhsall only has one loss and looks to upset the hometown favorite.

Six more matches have been announced include a female bout between Washington’s Hannah Kampf and Denver’s DJ Morrison.

Tickets are available at Van’s IGA, The Sting Sports Bar, and the Four Seasons Arena box office.

Fight Card (subject to change):

Main Event

  • Leo Bercier vs Jared Torgenson – inital light heavyweight title

C0-Main Event

  • Tim Welch vs Kerry Lattimer (155)

Pro Feature Bout

  • Blake Green vs Brandon Bailey (170)

Amateur 135 Title Fight 

  • Sean O’Malley (c) vs Jake Marshall

Female Bout

  • Hannah Kempf vs DJ Morrison

Amateur Preliminary Bouts

  • Cody Vukasin vs Daniel Augure
  • Andrew Woodruff vs tba
  • John Spottleagle vs Jesse Cummins
  • Judd Daniels vs Cody Nadlre

10679670_10153176387184745_3378533819625302945_oFightforce is back with their Bozeman Impact card at the Holiday Inn. Two pro bouts and

  • 185 pro – Kevin Kline def. Blake Green by TKO 1:35 round 1
  • 165 pro – Joey Murray def. Brandon Little Coyote by TKO 2:56 round 1
  • 135 ammy title – Mirlan Marathekov def. Zach Spritzer by submission (rear naked choke) round 1
  • 160 ammy – Mark Johnson def. John Waggoner by submission (rear naked choke) round 1
  • 150 ammy – Joe Walsh def. Alex Sexton by KO round 3
  • 205 ammy – Wesley McCracken def. Zach Cross by KO round 1
  • 185 ammy – David Schafer def. Jason Mustain by TKO round 1
  • 195 ammy- Cody Williams def. Joe Boerschig by unanimous decision
  • 140 ammy – Zach Marwick def. Zack Spenelli by submission (strikes) round 1
  • 170 ammy – Chester Smith def.Marcus Lelle by submission (triangle) 1:10 round 1
  • 175 ammy – Talon Herbert def. Brandon Brisbo by split decision

ICF 15 Results – Welch & Mulivill Get Submission Wins


Welch vs. Weathers

Tim Welch rebounded from his loss at Bellator in dramatic fashion Friday night as the “Fight Master” vet got a submission over seasoned vet Ran Weathers at Intense Championship Fighting at the Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls.

The first round saw Weathers try for a takedown, but Welch would try for a guillotine and rolled to side control. Welch would get a crucifix to land some ground and pound. Weather fought out of it and took half guard. Welch would look for some ground and pound and submissions as the round ended.

Round two saw Welch open up with is striking, and Weathers dropping to a turtle position. Weathers would  fight his way back up, but Welch went for another guillotine and sunk it in deep to cause Weathers to pass out to end the fight at 2:18.

Welch improves to 11-5 with his 7th submission win.

The card’s co-main event see Spokane’s Ryan Mulivill hand University of Great Falls wrestler Myles Mazurkiewiz his first pro loss.  Mazurkiewiz tried for a guillotine as Mulivill shot in for a takedown. Mulivill used it to take the back and was able to pin Mazurkiewiz’s arm with a leg to sink and the rear naked choke. Mazurkiewiz passed out and the ref stopped the fight at 1:05 of round 1.

Sean O’Malley successfully defended his amateur bantamweight title by once again getting a TKO win over Ryan Ibsen.  The fight started fast as Ibsen trying leg kicks, but O’Malley hit a right to the jaw that stunned Ibsen. From there, O’Malley started to land a barrage of punches and attempted a “showtime kick”. After another flurry, Ibsen crumbled and the ref stopped it at 30 seconds for round 1. Video can be found at the ICF facebook page.

Some controversy happened as Brandon Killum refused to come out to the cage because he didn’t think his opponent Andrew Woodruff made weight for their fight. ICF President Cory Smith quickly posted proof on his facebook that Woodruff did make weight. Woodruff wins by forfeit.

Here are the complete results:

Main Event

  • 160 pro – Tim Welch def. Ran Weathers by technical submission (guillotine) 2:18 round 2

Co-Main Event

  • 145 pro – Ryan Mulivill def. Myles Mazurkiewiz by technical submission (rear naked choke) 1:05 round 1


  • 155 Pro – Chris Sowell def. Adam Saad by unanimous decision
  •  185 Ammy – Ty Vison def. Kenny Michaels by TKO 0:42 round 1
  • 135 Ammy – Sean O’Malley def. Ryan Ibsen by TKO 0:30 round 1 to retain the bantamweight title
  • 185 ammy – Andrew Woodruff def. Brandon Killum by forfeit
  • 155 Shootboxing – Blake Green def. Glen Cislo by unanimous decision

ICF 15 Changes Venue, Smith Talks About Talent Packed Card

Welch Courtesy Ryan Hall

Welch Courtesy Ryan Hall

Due to expectations of rain and wind, Intense Championship Fighting had to move their Friday event from Centene Stadium to the Four Seasons Arena.

ICF President Cory Smith made the announcement Tuesday on Facebook. Even though the weather changes the location, it isn’t dampening what will be an action packed card.

Smith talked to us about the change in venue, and the talent he has lined up for his 15th go-round.

MTCage: You have been doing Centene for years, but this is an obvious hassle to change things up….

Cory Smith: Centene is a fan favorite for sure, just stressful from a promoters stand point because we have to watch the weather like our lives depend on it. We had the Four Seasons Arena on hold in case the weather just didn’t look safe or doable. I personally am an Arena Atmoshphere kinda guy, but the Centene layout its just crazy amazing, under the lights with the Montana Sky above ya, its pretty epic whenever we do it there.

MTCage: After what was a crazy State Fair card a few weeks ago, how was it to have this card fall into place?

Smith: We have been planning this card since May, and after the Fair Show, I just really wanted to make sure everyone knew that the ICF isn’t going anywhere, so really stepped it up and made it the best fight card in our history.  It was a true privilege to be the first ever MMA promotion at the Montana State Fair, as hectic as it was, I really did enjoy working with the Cascade County staff, we had a lot of fun that week and we look forward to our positive relationship with them.

MTC: Tim Welch has trained a lot at the MMA Lab in Arizona, home of UFC’s Benson Henderson. Describe how he has changed as a fighter in your eyes.

C.S.: Every time I see Tim he has grown as a person and a fighter. He continues to blow me away on how he carries himself these days, just humble, and living, eating, sleeping, breathing the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. It doesnt hurt to have one of the pound for pound toughest fighters in the whole world at practice with you everyday, I think Benson has been an awesome influence on Tim, and all the other guys that have gone down to train.

MTC: We are seeing a trend of wrestlers making their way into the ICF cage, mainly from the University of Great Falls. How is it for you to have such a talented group of guys like Myles Mazurkiewicz available to sharpen their teeth in MMA?

C.S.: Caleb Shaffer, the head wrestling coach and I are buddies, we talk a lot about the talent that he is bringing in, it literally top notch from across the country. With our shows growing and the brand “Intense Championship Fighting” becoming more and more of a national brand, its cool to see our local college standouts get into the cage and compete at a high level, I credit the hard working coaches at UGF for making these wrestlers as tough as they are, everyone of them that has fought for us is just tough as sh*t with a work ethic like nothing I’ve ever seen.

MTC: Sean O’Malley and Ryan Ibsen are back in a rematch. What are you expecting the second time around?

C.S.: It was a quick fight last time, Ryan made a mistake and Sean capitalized. I get to watch Ryan train here in Great Falls since his home gym “Great Falls Kickboxing Academy”, home of Team Evolution trains here. Ryan is the nicest kid I’ve ever met, just polite and professional, and trains so hard, he has talent that hasn’t even been touched yet, so I think he is coming into this fight with a whole new mindset, and is going to impress the fans for sure, I expect him to bring a good war to Sean, this fight has fight of the night written all over it, I’m expecting them to stand and trade for sure. With Sean, he has been at the MMA Lab with Tim, living there the last few months, this kid a phenom, I have never in my life seen such just natural talent, and his performance in Seattle July 19th just solidified he is going to the top, and fast! I have become very very close with both the Ibsen and O’Malley families, just all around great people that believe in the sport of MMA and support their kids in everything they do,and support 221 Industries, ICF, and Myself. Outta all this I have gained a tough tough tough 135lb class, but on top of that I have met some awesome people, its Win Win for me, I hope they both win haha.

MTC: Anything you would like to add?

C.S.: Excited for this summer run to end, we did back to back to back to back shows/events/fundraisers, so it’ll be nice to shut it down for a minute. We will have 2 shows in the next few months, locations and main events to be announced soon!

Tickets are available at Alias Smith and Jones Pawn, Big Sky Harley Davidson, and the Four Seasons box office in Great Falls.