GILMORE LOOKS TO BECOME THE NEW BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPION

Pick-up basketball games in the park created one of the baddest MMA fighters in all of Arkansas! 

Nathan Gimore (9-3, Rock City MMA) was in high school and playing basketball in Lepanto, AR and he was always the aggressive one. 

“I always played defense and it was a bad idea to try and score on me.  I was so aggressive, nothing could hurt me,” states Gilmore. 

That aggressiveness helped him transition into mixed martial arts and the rest is history. 

On Saturday night, he finds himself fighting for the V3Fights’ bantamweight title against champion, Jacob Sandlin.  Both fighters are very aggressive and fight at a high-level.  When asked about this fight and his opponent, here is what he had to say:

“My opponent is very game but it’s just another fight for me.  He has an all-around game that I need to respect, but so do I.  I feel that I have the advantage everywhere no matter where it goes.  Training is going awesome and I’m pushing myself like always to leave everything in the cage.  With all due respect to the champion, you’ve never faced a human quite like myself.” 

Will Gilmore be bringing the bantamweight title back to Little Rock with him? Get your tickets now and witness this high profile fight! 

Tickets can be purchased at www.v3fights.com.  You can also watch online at www.flocombat.com

WHAT:  V3Fights 72

WHEN:  Saturday, January 19, 2019 | 6 pm doors open | 7 pm fights start

WHERE:  Minglewood Hall | 1555 Madison Ave | Memphis, TN 38104

ADMISSION:  $70 P1 | $50 P2 | $30 general admission

About V3Fights

V3FIGHTS is a professional mixed martial arts promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry.  V3FIGHTS presents live events on a monthly basis around the United States; including Memphis, Nashville, Tunica and Biloxi.  V3FIGHTS can be seen live all over the world on FloCombat’s website.  Based in Memphis, Tennessee, V3FIGHTS is one of the most active and respected MMA organizations in the fastest growing sport in the world. 

 

 

 

 

KEVIN PEASE LOOKS TO BECOME V3FIGHTS NEXT DOUBLE CHAMPION

KEVIN PEASE LOOKS TO BECOME V3FIGHTS NEXT DOUBLE CHAMPION

Back in high school, amateur welterweight champion, Kevin Pease, was a standout wrestler at Saint Benedict at Auburndale High School where he placed in the TSSAA state tournament.  A couple of year later, pro welterweight champion, Jaleel Willis, brought in Pease as a training partner to work on his wrestling and then brought him to a V3Fights’ event and Pease was immediately hooked.

NOVEMBER 17 RESULTS

 

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT – Don’Tale Mayes vs Kem Oti

SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT – Jacob Sandlin

PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT – Ricco Ralson

AMATEUR FIGHTS

125 – John Cruz defeated Jake Black via arm bar in round #1 (1:25)

170 – Quadarrius McGinnis defeated Drew Chiles via technical submission (medical default) in round #1 (2:49)

145 – Tyler Stevens defeated Trinity Swint via unanimous decision

160 – Johnathan Williams defeated Shun Mitchell via arm bar in round #2 (2:40)

135 title fight – Jacob Sandlin defeated Darrius Foster via RNC in round #1 (2:37)

145 title fight – Cameron Hall defeated Malik Anbar via unanimous decision

 

PROFESSIONAL FIGHTS

155 – Yemi Oduwole defeated Mark Martin via split decision

185 – Ricco Ralston defeated James Horne via unanimous decision

265 – Don’Tale Mayes defeated Kem Oti via verbal tapout in round #3 (2:15)

 

V3FIGHTS WILL BE BACK IN ACTION ON JANUARY 19, 2019 AT MINGLEWOOD HALL IN MEMPHIS, TN

About V3Fights

V3FIGHTS is a professional mixed martial arts promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry.  V3FIGHTS presents live events on a monthly basis around the United States; including Memphis, Nashville, Tunica and Biloxi.  V3FIGHTS can be seen live all over the world on FloCombat’s website.  Based in Memphis, Tennessee, V3FIGHTS is one of the most active and respected MMA organizations in the fastest growing sport in the world. 

V3FIGHTS 71 SET FOR NOVEMBER 17 IN TUNICA, MS

V3FIGHTS 71 SET FOR NOVEMBER 17 IN TUNICA, MS

V3Fights 71 will take place at the Fitz Casino in Tunica, MS on November 17, 2018 and they have another stacked card in store for the Legion! The main event will feature a heavyweight bout between V3 vet, Kem Oti, going up against the number one heavyweight prospect in the country, Don’Tale Mayes.

V3FIGHTS 70 (OCTOBER 20) RESULTS

WOW!!! What an incredible night was had by everyone in attendance and watching at home on FloCombat last night at V3Fights 70! Every fight went past the first round and the Legion was on the edge of their seats for every fight! “Fight of the Night” honors goes to Thomas Gifford and Chris Brown in what might be the best fight ever inside of the V3 cage. “Knockout of the Night” goes to Arshion Wade. He came from behind after being down on the judges scorecards and in the second round waited patiently for the perfect time to pick apart his opponent and finish him in only forty six seconds of that round. “Performance of the Night” goes to Edwin Cooper, who showed the region what upper level wrestling was all about in a dominant performance in his professional debut. Also, for the first time in three years, V3 has a female bantamweight champion in Cam Pollard who won via unanimous decision. V3 will be back in action on November 17 at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN.

FULL RESULTS BELOW:

AMATEUR FIGHTS

160 – Micah Downs defeated Richard Johnson via TKO in round #2 (1:49)

155 – Arshion Wade defeated Peyton Sellers via TKO in round #2 (:46)

135 – Keion Lucas defeated Will Gipson via unanimous decision

135 female title fight – Cam Pollard defeated Toni Tallman via unanimous decision

PROFESSIONAL FIGHTS

145 – Edwin Cooper defeated Kellen VanCamp via TKO in round #3 (2:20)

170 – Terry Johnson defeated Law Purifoy via unanimous decision

155 – Thomas Gifford defeated Chris Brown via split decision

VANCAMP WELCOMES IOWA WRESTLING STANDOUT TO PROFESSIONAL MMA

On October 20, Kellen VanCamp will face his toughest test to date in his young professional career as he takes on University of Iowa wrestling standout, Edwin Cooper. 

After a perfect amateur career (10-0), VanCamp sports a professional record of 1-1 and fights out of Team Hyten MMA in Crawfordsville, IN. 

He got started in combat sports at an early age where he and his brothers had been wrestling for as long as they could remember.  In fact, he was a state runner up in 2015.  Both of his brothers made the transition to MMA after high school and he did the same. 

On October 20, he will welcome Edwin Cooper to the professional ranks and when asked about his upcoming bout and opponent, here is what he had to say:

“Edwin Cooper has a good wrestling background and comes from a respectable gym, but I’ve competed against guys like him my whole life.  There are two types of wrestlers in the fight game; one who is willing to stand and only uses his wrestling as he has to, and the other one just wants to use his wrestling skills and go to the ground.  After we stand up, he’ll be desperately trying to get the fight to the ground and you’ll see which type he is.  I’m comfortable everywhere and look forward to displaying my skills against him whether it be a stand up fight or wrestling dominated fight, either is fine with me.” 

Not many people want to fight someone with the wrestling pedigree of Edwin Cooper.  It would take someone who is used to the grind with mental toughness to take on this task.  Someone like Kellen VanCamp!  Get your tickets now!    

Tickets can be purchased at www.v3fights.com or www.cagetix.com.  You can also watch online at www.flocombat.com

WHAT:  V3Fights 70

WHEN:  Saturday, October 20, 2018 | 6 pm doors open | 7 pm fights start

WHERE:  Fitz Casino and Hotel | 711 Lucky Ln | Tunica, MS 38664

ADMISSION:  $75 cageside | $50 premium seating | $35 general admission

 

About V3Fights

V3FIGHTS is a professional mixed martial arts promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry.  V3FIGHTS presents live events on a monthly basis around the United States; including Memphis, Nashville, Tunica and Biloxi.  V3FIGHTS can be seen live all over the world on FloCombat’s website at www.flowcombat.com.  Based in Memphis, Tennessee, V3FIGHTS is one of the most active and respected MMA organizations in the fastest growing sport in the world. 

 

 

 

V3FIGHTS BRINGS BACK THE WOMEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE (TALLMAN VS POLLARD)

V3FIGHTS BRINGS BACK THE WOMEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE (TALLMAN VS POLLARD)

After a three layoff, V3Fights will be bringing back the women’s bantamweight title where Toni Tallman will be taking on Cam Pollard on October 20 at the very same place where the title went vacant, The Fitz Casino in Tunica, MS.

FROM BULLIED TO BADASS, GIFFORD WANTS TO PROVE THAT HE BELONGS IN THE BIG SHOW

Ever since making the move down to the lightweight division, Arkansas native Thomas Gifford has been on a tear and hasn’t looked back. Gifford fights with Team Relentless and trains at Spa City Martial Arts with a current record of 16-7-2. However, at lightweight, he is 15-3 and on a four-fight win streak with all four wins being finishes.

He got started in combat sports at the age of thirteen when he was getting bullied and started boxing to learn to defend himself. After three years of boxing, he needed more, so he and his friends started watching YouTube videos. He then made the decision to become an MMA fighter and not just a boxer and the rest is history.

On October 20, Gifford finds himself in the main event at V3Fights 70 in Tunica, MS. Standing across the cage from him is the top up and coming prospect in the nation, Chris Brown from the legendary gym JacksonWink MMA. Brown trains with some of the top fighters in the world, however Gifford trains with his fair share of top fighters as well including UFC fighters Bryce Mitchell, Luis Pena and former UFC fighter Roli Delgado. Gifford weighed in on this opportunity and gave us his thoughts on this fight and opponent:

“I’m more than ready for this fight. I haven’t taken any time off or slacked any after winning my titles and finishing all of these fights with minimal damage and jumped right back into training. As for my opponent, it’s a perfect situation. I’m trying to prove to everyone that I’m ready for the UFC, and fighting a guy from JacksonWink MMA, a place that I’ve been wanting to train at since I first watched Donald Cerrone fight, is a great opportunity to do this. Chris is fast, wild, disciplined and well trained. He doesn’t have many fights, but he’s training with guys and girls with bigger records than me that have been to the big show. I feel that I have the advantage anywhere in the cage. Standing, ground, it doesn’t matter to me. I’m fast, flexible and very unorthodox. I see him trying to stand with me and then going back to his background and taking me down. It happens every fight unless they get caught first. I cannot wait to be inside of a closed cage with him!”

The winner of this fight has a VERY good chance of being in the UFC soon and Gifford has been waiting for this opportunity every since making the transition from boxer to MMA fighter. Get your tickets now and witness two of the best prospects in the nation battle it out in the V3 cage!

Tickets can be purchased at www.v3fights.com or www.cagetix.com. You can also watch online at www.flocombat.com.

WHAT: V3Fights 70

WHEN: Saturday, October 20, 2018 | 6 pm doors open | 7 pm fights start

WHERE: Fitz Casino and Hotel | 711 Lucky Ln | Tunica, MS 38664

ADMISSION: $75 cageside | $50 premium seating | $35 general admission

About V3Fights

V3FIGHTS is a professional mixed martial arts promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry. V3FIGHTS presents live events on a monthly basis around the United States; including Memphis, Nashville, Tunica and Biloxi. V3FIGHTS can be seen live all over the world on FloCombat’s website at www.flowcombat.com. Based in Memphis, Tennessee, V3FIGHTS is one of the most active and respected MMA organizations in the fastest growing sport in the world.

CHRIS BROWN: THE FUTURE OF MMA

Chris Brown is a fighter that has the potential to be a household name in the near future and on October 20 he makes his V3Fights’ debut. He is currently 2-0 and fights out of the legendary gym, JacksonWink MMA where he trains with some of the top fighters in the world on a daily basis. Both Mike Winkeljohn and Greg Jackson (coaches) predict that Brown will be a UFC champion. Teammate Diego Sanchez says, “He’s the real deal. I’ve seen him dominate guys in the gym. This guy is the truth. We’re talking Anderson Silva but he can wrestle too!”

Brown is so dominant, that it’s hard for him to get fights because no one wants a piece of him. That all changes on October 20 because standing in his way is Thomas Gifford who has been dominating the lightweight division in the mid-south area and is on a four fight win streak (all finishes). We caught up with Brown and got his thoughts on this fight and his opponent.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN MMA?

I decided to be a fighter after I got jumped at a party. I fought around ten guys at once and they couldn’t drop me and I beat most of them up before gunshots ended the fight. The next day I decided I should fight. I felt that if I can fight a party then one man cannot stop me. I did some research and saw that wrestlers had a lot of success in MMA. After that I took boxing and kickboxing to clean up my stand-up game and then got into jiu-jitsu.

SO YOU’RE A WRESTLER? WHAT ARE YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS?

I was a state champion wrestler in high school back in Texas. My sophomore year my school only had a club team so I took rookie and novice state and second place in the open division in my first year of wrestling. I moved to Dallas my junior year and in my senior year I took second at 152 in 5A.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS FIGHT ON OCTOBER 20?

I feel great about the fight. I’ve been trying to get a fight since June but no one would accept so I’m happy to finally have an opponent. I’m so excited and thankful for the opportunity!

YOU’RE 2-0 AND HE HAS A LOT MORE FIGHTS THAN YOU. DOES HIS EXPERIENCE WORRY YOU?

His experience doesn’t matter to me. I might not have a lot of fights but I have been training with the top fighters in the world for three years. Coach Wink is the one who started calling me “The Future.”

WHERE DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU HAVE THE ADVANTAGE IN THIS FIGHT?

I feel I have the advantage everywhere the fight goes. I’ve watched all his videos and I feel my stand up and ground game are better.

Brown seems to have all the tools to fight in the big show one day, so get your tickets now and catch “The Future” of MMA on October 20 in Tunica, MS while he is still in the beginning stages of his pro career.

Tickets can be purchased at www.v3fights.com or www.cagetix.com. You can also watch online at www.flocombat.com.

WHAT: V3Fights 70

WHEN: Saturday, October 20, 2018 | 6 pm doors open | 7 pm fights start

WHERE: Fitz Casino and Hotel | 711 Lucky Ln | Tunica, MS 38664

ADMISSION: $75 cageside | $50 premium seating | $35 general admission

About V3Fights

V3FIGHTS is a professional mixed martial arts promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry. V3FIGHTS presents live events on a monthly basis around the United States; including Memphis, Nashville, Tunica and Biloxi. V3FIGHTS can be seen live all over the world on FloCombat’s website at www.flowcombat.com. Based in Memphis, Tennessee, V3FIGHTS is one of the most active and respected MMA organizations in the fastest growing sport in the world.

V3FIGHTS 70: GIFFORD vs BROWN SET FOR OCTOBER 20 IN TUNICA, MS

V3Fights has had a historical year thus far, and after a four-month layoff, will be back in action on October 20, 2018 at the Fitz Casino in Tunica, MS for their 70th event.  Headlining the card will be Thomas Gifford and Chris Brown.  This fight pits two top fighters against one another who have UFC potential.  Gifford is on a four-fight win streak and has been dominating people in the lightweight division.  Brown trains with some the top fighters and coaches in the world and many have said that he will be a UFC champion in the near future. 

Also on the card will be University of Iowa wrestling standout Edwin Cooper making his professional debut against Kellen VanCamp.  Both of these Midwest fighters were undefeated as amateurs and VanCamp is 1-1 as a pro. 

If styles make fights, then you don’t want to miss local boxing standout, Terry Johnson square off against Kung-Fu specialist, Law Purifoy.  Expect an awesome display of striking in this battle. 

This card has everything that a fight fan could want.  Get your tickets now and come see what the hype is all about! 

Tickets can be purchased at www.v3fights.com or www.cagetix.com.  You can also watch online at www.flocombat.com

WHAT:  V3Fights 70

WHEN:  Saturday, October 20, 2018 | 6 pm doors open | 7 pm fights start

WHERE:  Fitz Casino and Hotel | 711 Lucky Ln | Tunica, MS 38664

ADMISSION:  $75 cageside | $50 premium seating | $35 general admission

 

About V3Fights

 

V3FIGHTS is a professional mixed martial arts promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry.  V3FIGHTS presents live events on a monthly basis around the United States; including Memphis, Nashville, Tunica and Biloxi.  V3FIGHTS can be seen live all over the world on FloCombat’s website at www.flowcombat.com.  Based in Memphis, Tennessee, V3FIGHTS is one of the most active and respected MMA organizations in the fastest growing sport in the world. 

 

TWO V3 CHAMPIONS SQUARE OFF IN FRONT OF DANA WHITE ON TUESDAY NIGHT

On Tuesday (August 7), two V3Fights’ champions will square off with one another in front of Dana White in Las Vegas, NV at the TUF Gym for a chance to receive a UFC contract. 

In November, Devonte Smith (7-1/Factory X) out of Ohio, won the V3 lightweight title in brutal fashion with a fourth round knockout over Nick Gehrts.  Not long after, he was offered a shot to fight on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series and had to vacate his V3 belt. 

This past June, Dana White and friends visited Memphis, TN to shoot his reality show ‘Looking For A Fight.’  In that evening’s main event, Joseph Lowry (8-0/Beacon MMA) out of New Jersey, won the vacant lightweight title by defeating top-ranked fighter, Zach Fears, via unanimous decision.  Afterwards, Dana White approached Lowry and gave him the opportunity to fight on the season finale of DWTNCS.

Ironically, both Smith and Lowry are pitted against one another and both fighters had a lot to say about this fight and their V3 counterpart:   

Devonte Smith:  “I’ve been dreaming of this moment since I was fourteen and going through the struggles of life and kept pushing forward.  I won’t let Lowry take this away from me.  I won’t let any man take this from me.  I’m doing everything that I’m supposed to so that I have every advantage and I see him as another obstacle in my way.  I’m not underestimating him in any way shape or form, but I really have no thought on him.  It is kind of cool though, champion vs former champion, but I still see myself as the champion because nobody has taken it from me.”

Joseph Lowry:  “Dana White enjoyed my fight and said it was awesome!  Zach Fears is tough and has a chin on him and will be in the UFC shortly after me.  My advantage against Devonte Smith is that I will not break and will be in his face the whole time.  It doesn’t matter that he was the V3 champ before me, I’ve fought champions before and I’ll be prepared like always to go to battle.  It’s just another fight and another door to open.”

This fight will be aired on UFC Fight Pass at 8:00 pm ET.  V3Fights is considered the top regional promotion in the mid-south area as well as the southeast region and draws top talent from across the nation.  V3Fights’ vet, Bobby Moffett was also featured on the reality show and offered a shot to fight on this card.    

Tune in this Tuesday and see which of these V3 vets will be offered a UFC contract! 

About V3Fights

V3FIGHTS is a professional mixed martial arts promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry.  V3FIGHTS presents live events on a monthly basis around the United States; including Memphis, Nashville, Tunica and Biloxi.  V3FIGHTS can be seen live all over the world on FloCombat’s website.  Based in Memphis, Tennessee, V3FIGHTS is one of the most active and respected MMA organizations in the fastest growing sport in the world. 

 

 

 

 

 

THUG NASTY: 'THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER' - SEASON 27 BLOG - EPISODE 11

THUG NASTY:  'THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER' - SEASON 27 BLOG - EPISODE 11

Former V3Fights’ featherweight champion, Bryce Mitchell, it featured on “The Ultimate Fighter” season 27.  Everyone fighter on the show is undefeated and Thug Nasty breaks down every episode each week and lets everyone know what went on behind the scenes and gives us his thoughts on what was aired. 

MOFFETT SET TO FIGHT IN FRONT OF UFC PRESIDENT ON AUGUST 7

MOFFETT SET TO FIGHT IN FRONT OF UFC PRESIDENT ON AUGUST 7

On June 16, Bobby Moffett (12-3/The MMA Lab) was successful in his V3Fights’ debut over a game opponent in Jonathan Jackson with a first round D’Arce Choke submission victory.  In attendance that evening was UFC president, Dana White, filming his reality show “Looking For A Fight.”