Fusion Fight League to Hold First Sanctioned WMMA Matches in Montana

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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.

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 .