Welcome to my official homepage. This site was designed to keep me connected with all my family, friends, and everyone else who supports me as I pursue my dream of becoming the best MMA Fighter in the world. This site will be constantly updated with news of upcoming fights, pictures, videos, and even opportunities for you to train with me.
I am excited to announce that my next fight is signed. On April 4, I will be fighting in Myrtle Beach, SC. This fight will be for Warfare MMA and the event will be held at the House of Blues. My opponent is Jason Carapelluci, a tough veteran out of American Top Team. This fight is for the vacant WarfareMMA World Bantamweight(135lbs) Title. I have been training hard in my time off from the cage and I look forward to bringing that belt back to Columbia after this fight. I will have ticket info soon, so stay tuned.
On Saturday, August 10 I stepped back into the cage for Caged Chaos 7. I battled a durable, well-rounded opponent in Anthony Morgan. In the end, I was awarded a Unanimous Decision win. This win was my 3rd in my last 4 fights and brings my Pro MMA record to 8-4.
I would like to thank my sponsors, coaches, training partners, and all the fans that came out and showed support at the event. My goal is to pick up one more win before the end of the year and I will be back in the gym ASAP working toward that.
February 14, I stepped into the Bellator cage for the first time in the biggest fight of my career. My fight kicked off the Spike.com online broadcast. I faced a very tough opponent in Mike Maldonado. Maldonado is a fighter with a pro boxing background, numerous submission wins in MMA, and a strong wrestling pedigree. At the end of the 3 rounds we went to the judges and I lost a Unanimous Decision. It was an excellent learning experience and I'm thankful for the opportunity to compete on one of the largest stages in MMA. I'm hoping to find a fight somewhere in May then get back to Bellator over the summer.
Thanks to all of my coaches, training partners, sponsors, and fans. You guys keep me going and I appreciate everyone who has stood by me through the ups and downs.
In the main event of Conflict MMA's Carolina Cage Fights 1, I battled a very tough Matt Tran. We exchanged punches and kicks in the opening minutes and after a brief scramble on the ground we returned to our feet. I was able to set up and land a right high kick with follow up punches for the KO victory mid-way through the first round. Until now, Matt Tran had never been stopped. This win brought me my third 1st round knockout and improves my professional record to 7-3.
Here are some highlights of the fight and my post fight interview:
Many of my Murder Squad teammates were also in action. In the co-main event, Mike Robinson picked up his 3rd pro win by way of knockout by a knee around 30 seconds into the fight. Adrian "A-Train" Henderson made a huge statement in his rematch with rival Joe Ray. No judges were needed as A-Train scored the submission victory with a Keylock at the 45 second mark of round 1. Ben Willard remained undefeated as he submitted his opponent with a mounted guillotine in the 2nd round. Even more impressive is the fact that Ben called his shot, predicting earlier in the day that he would win with that exact move. One the Murder Squad's newer members, Jordan Weeks, brought his record to 3-1 as he picked up a dominant unanimous decision. Overall, Columbia's Murder Squad went 5-0 on the night.
Recently, WIS News dropped by Columbia Martial Arts.
Check out the story: http://www.wistv.com/story/19268934/mma-fighters-death-brings-new-questions-to-sport
I was featured on local CBS affiliate WLTX recently. They did a great segment on my May 5 championship win. Here is the link: http://www.wltx.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=1628719733001
This past Saturday, May 5, I made my long awaited return to the cage in front of my hometown. I fought Chris "The Constrictor" Cain in the main event of Caged Chaos 5 for the Caged Chaos Bantamweight Championship. Chris brought a 5-2 record into the fight and was riding a 3 fight win streak over very tough opponents. In the end, the fight was scored 50-45, 49-46, and 50-45 in my favor. This win improved my pro record to 6-3 as I became the first Caged Chaos Bantamweight (135lbs) Champion.
Thanks to all my family, friends, training partners, and sponsors that supported me and helped me prepare for this fight. Also a thank you to Miguel Torres and the Blackzilians team down in South Florida for allowing me to train with them back in February. That was an amazing experience and a great way to kick off the training camp for this fight.
Columbia area fighters went 5-0 at Fight Lab 22 this past Friday night (3/30). This event was held at Shaw Air Force Base. Fred Acerra defended his Fight Lab 205 lb belt with a 2nd round guillotine choke. Solon Staley became the Undisputed Fight Lab 145 lb Champion by knocking his opponent out 18 seconds into the first round with a flurry of strikes. Also, Adrian "A-Train" Henderson picked up a unanimous decision win, Joey Bennett won by TKO in the 2nd round, and Joel Porter won his 3rd straight fight with a 1st round armbar. Congratulations also go out to Jake Faglier of Augusta, GA, who improved his record to 6-0 and won the Fight Lab 135 lb title with a 1st round guillotine choke.
Many of these fighters will be fighting again May 5 in Columbia, SC at Caged Chaos 5: Vendetta. Make sure and get your tickets now because this event will sell out and you won't want to miss these fights.
Check out this highlight of the Fight Lab 22 event.
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You can sign up at the Tri-City Leisure Center. Each month's Boot Camp typically starts the first week of the month, but contact me for more details.
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