Fusion Fight League Results: Cano, LaRosa, Batara Take Home Wins

Cheri Muraski def. Andrea Kate

Cheri Muraski def. Andrea Kate

In what was an unpredictable night of fights, the women stole the show with a some quality skill.

New Mexico by way of New Jersey’s Tara LaRosa breaks her three fight losing streak by getting a unanimous decision over Oregon’s Katie Howard.

In an atomweight attraction, Kyra Batara and Celine Haga battles in a technical grappling match with Batara evening her pro record to 2-2.

The only male pro fight was Wyoming’s Daniel Augare defeating 221 Industries vet Skye Folsom in his pro debut.

The undercard saw some crazy finishes with the Kobe Jeffers getting a 48 second TKO and 16 year old Mikey Zindler getting an armbar over Austin Carson.

Fight of the Night in our opinion was Ireland Moran and Jade Buckskin, with Moran should patience and a growing set of striking skills.

Three amateur champions were crowned as Chari Murdaski (flyweight), Theron Martin (featherweight), and Daniel Augare (welterweight) took home wins.

Here are the complete results:

Main event

  • Tara LaRosa def. Katie Howard by unanimous decsion – 120 pro catchweight fight

Co-main event

  • Kyra Batara def. Celine Haga by unanimous decision – 110 pro catchweight fight

Pro Feature

  • Matt Cano def. Skye Folsome by unanimous decision – featherweight fight

Amateur undercard

  • Daniel Augare def. Shane Kelly by TKO round 2 – to win the ammy welterweight title
  • Cheri Muraski def. Andrea Kate by TKO round 3 – to win the ammy flyweight title
  • Theron Martin def. Isaiah Santiago by submission (armbar) round 2 to win the ammy featherweight title
  • Ireland Moran def. Jade Buckskin by unanimous decision – strawweight
  • Brad Klepperich def. Hunter WalkingEagle by submission (traingle) round 4 to win the ammy middleweight title
  • Mikey Zindler def. Austin Carson by technical sub (armbar) round 1 – bantamweight
  • Koby Jeffers def. Austin Blackman by 0:48 TKO round 1 – 215 catchweight

FFL Fighters Weigh-in for Sanctioned MMA card

LaRosa and Howard

LaRosa and Howard

11 bouts are on the docket for Fusion Fight League Friday night in Billings, MT, which will stream live and free on FusionFightLeague.com.

The main event will feature MMA veteran Tara Larosa dropping down to her lowest weight of her career against Kate Howard. LaRosa tipped the scales at 121, just a pound over the 120 catchweight. Howard came in at 119.6.

In a 110 catchweight affair, Celine Haga looks to continue her run against wrestler Kyra Batara. Haga (109.4) and Batara (109.6) both made it under the limit.

In the only male pro fight on the card features Skye Folsomeis taking on Matt Cano.

Three female amateur bouts are also set as Cheri Muraski and Andrea Kate will battle for the flyweight title; Tasha Fourstar  faces Sonya Wilson in a match a year in the making, and  Jade Buckskin takes on Ireland Moran in a strawweight affair.

Five male fights will compliment the stacked card with fighters from Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming.

Action starts at 7:30 p.m. mountain time Friday night. For those outside of Billings, you can watch the stream at FusionFightLeague.com.

Complete fight card:

Main event

  • Tara LaRosa vs. Katie Howard – 120 pro catchweight fight

Co-main event

  • Celine Haga vs. Kyra Batara – 110 pro catchweight fight

Feature match 

  • Skye Folsome vs. Matt Cano – pro featherweight fight

Amateur title matches

  • Daniel Augare vs. Shane Kelly – welterweight title
  • Cheri Muraski vs. Andrea Kate – flyweight title
  • Hunter WalkingEagle vs. Brad Klepperich – middleweight title

Amateur undercard

  • Sonya Wilson vs. Tasha Fourstar – 140 catchweight
  • Ireland Moran vs. Jade Buckskin – strawweight
  • Isaiah Santiago vs. Theron Martin – welterweight
  • Mikey Zindler vs. Austin Carson – bantamweight
  • Austin Blackman vs. Koby Jeffers – 215 catchweight

Fusion Fight League to Hold First Sanctioned WMMA Matches in Montana

Originally posted on Wombat Sports:

11133756_10152891143713284_1542222862049369707_nMontana is one of the rare states where there isn’t an athletic commission, but MMA is legal. Fusion Fight League decided to do something about it.

The promotion announced last week they are bringing in an independent commission to sanction all its fights Friday in Billings, Montana. This will make the card the first ever sanctioned MMA event in the state’s history.

The sanctioning comes as the FFL has what will be two of the biggest pro female MMA bouts Montana has seen.

In the main event, MMA Legend and pioneer Tara LaRosa will take on Katie Howard in a catchweight fight.

LaRosa (21-5) has only been stopped once in her 13 plus year career. She went on a 15 fight win streak in five years, having beaten stars such as Shayna Baszler, Roxanne Modafferi , and Julie Kedzie.

Portland’s Howard (3-4-1) is looking for the upset and get what…

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Unique Finishes Capped ICF 18

akjf6Intense Championship Fight held its 18th card Saturday in Great Falls, MT and it was one of the more exciting and eventful ones to date.

None of the nine bouts went to the judges, with some quick and unique finishes never seen before in the history of the promotion.

The main event saw Brazilian Thiago Alves Rodriguez gain his 9th MMA victory with a rear naked choke over Chris Sowell at 3:42 of round 1. Alves and Sowell had fought in an ankle lock battle for a bit before Aleves was able to take the back and get the tap.

The co-main event saw Great Falls’s Delane Lamare with a shocking 20 second KO over Spokane’s Eric Bothwell. Lamare got a takedown and as Bothwell turtled up, Lamare landed clean on the temple knocking Bothwell unconscious. It took a second of the ref to see Bothwell was out, and took a good 20 seconds for Bothwell to regain consciousness. He was able to leave the cage under his own power.

Rounding out the pro fights, Brazil’s Jai Santos got a rare heel hook submission over Spokane’s Brett Boksa at 1:04 round 1.

A new amateur ICF welterweight champ was crowned as Browning’s Daniel Augure defeated Great Fall’s Ryan Hall by KO at 1:47 of round 2. Hall was fighting to his feet against the fence when Augure hit a clear shot to the temple that KO’ed Hall.

In the other amateur title match Washington’s Johnson Nassona defeated Great Fall’s Gage Sanders by TKO 0:42 round 2.

In what was the Fight of the Night, newcomer Shawn Hertel held his own against Cody Vukasin in a light heavyweight bout. Hertel was fighgting on behalf of the “Dandelion Foundation” which raises awareness of child abuse. Vukasin would ultimately take the win by rear naked choke, but Hertel took some heavy shots and came with some flurries throughout.

Here are the complete results:

Main Event

  • Thiago Alves Rodriguez def. Chris Sowell by rear naked choke 3:42 round 1 (155)

Co-main event

  • Delane Lamare def. Eric Bothwell by KO 0:20 round 1 (155)

Pro Feature

  • Jai Santos def. Brett Boksa by submission (heel hook) 1:04 round 1 (140)

Amateur titles

  • Daniel Augure def. Ryan Hall by KO 1:47 round 2 to win the 170 ammy title
  • Johnson Nassona def. Gage Sanders by TKO 0:42 round 2  to retain the 155 title

Amateur Undercard

  • Hunter Azure def. Mike Ruiz by TKO (corner stoppage) 1:41 round 3  (150)
  • Cody Vuukasin def. Shawn Hertel by rear naked choke 0:43 round 3 (205)
  • Tayler Macklin def. Tim Hosley by TKO 0:18 round 1 (160)
  • Jake Zuidema def. Lee Damm by TKO 1:25 round 1 (145)

ICF Brazil vs. USA Happens Saturday

11081046_895716023819847_3450605632194084248_nIntense Championship Fight is back this Saturday April 11 with a stacked 10 fight card at the Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls.

The main event will feature Chris Sowell returning to the ICF cage as he takes on Brazil’s Thiago Alves Rodriguez in a lightweight encounter.  Sowell (3-2) is undefeated in ICF with two submissions to his credit. It will be a step up in competition against Rodriguez (7-2) who has won three of his last four fights.

The co-main will see top Montana star Delane Lamere (5-1) facing pro debuter Eric Bothwell.

In the amateur portion of the card, two title fights as  Ryan Hill battles Daniel Argure at 170 and Johnson Nasona fights Gage Saunders for the 155 belt.

In what has been the story of the week, Shawn Hertel will make his MMA debut as he faces Cody Vukasin. Hertel is fighting for an organization he help runs,  Dandelion Foundation, a Great Falls non-profit working to raise awareness and prevention of child abuse and domestic violence. This month is April National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The foundation will also be seeing shirts and hats to raise money at the event.

ICF 18 fights take place this Saturday night in the Four Seasons Arena at the Montana ExpoPark.  It starts at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets are still available at Alisa Smith and Jones Pawn, Big Sky Harley Davidson, and the Four Seasons box office.

Complete card (subject to change):

Main Event (Pro)

  • Chris Sowell vs. Thiago Alves Rodriguez (155)

Co-Main (Pro)

  • Delane Lamere vs. Eric Bothwell (145)

Featured Fight (Pro)

  • Josh Wright vs. Jai Santos (135)

Bantamweight contender fight (Pro)

  • Andy Davis vs. Van Rouser (135)

Amateur Titles Bouts

  • Ryan Hill VS Daniel Argure -170 title
  • Johnson Nasona VS Gage Saunders-155 title

Amateur undercard

  • Ryan McCracken vs. Brandon Dustybowl (160)
  • Hunter Azure vs. Mike Ruiz (150)
  • Cody Vukasin vs. Shawn Hertel (205)
  • Gary Jimmez vs. Carl Gaul (HWT)


Helena Havoc February 13th Quick Results

10959812_10153582706224745_4274136559561312317_nFightforce was in full effect at the Helena Civic Center in Helena, Montana for their “Helena Havoc” all amateur card Friday night. Eleven fights with two title matches were on the docket as the main event featuring two local heavyweights battling for the belt.

All fights Amateur MMA unless noted


Main Event

  • Jesse Cummins def. Lincoln Dziekonski by TKO 2:38 round 1 to win the heavyweight title

C0-Main Event

  • Shootboxing – Adam Imhoff def Keith Kelly by rear naked choke 1:02 round 2 (125)

Featured Fight

  • Danny Mecca def Cody Williams by TKO 1:14 round 2 to win the 195 title

Preliminary card

  • Zach Markwick def Anthony Sturts by triangle 0:50 round 3 (135)
  • Kickboxing – Zach Anderson def Stuart Langdon by unanimous decision (160)
  • Theron Martin def Cole Shanks by unanimous decision (145)
  • Brandon Briabo def Gordon Morning Bird by armbar 2:05 round 3 (165)
  • Kickboxing – Cody Jerome def Ryan Hollingsworth by unanimous decision (150)
  • Kenneth Smith def Bill Seal by rnc 1:25 round 1 (155)
  • Quinton Tate def Monte Kilskoff by unanimous decision (180)
  • Brady Hanzeker def Micheal Hormbuckle by guillotine 1:50 round 1 (180)

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.