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.” 

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THUG NASTY:  THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER - SEASON 27 BLOG - EPISODE 10

MICHAEL CHIESA

 

DC wanted us to see his mentality.  He’s a top UFC fighter and also won ‘The Ultimate Fighter” show so he wanted us to talk to someone who has been there and done that.  He was there for about a week.  Like Luke and Max, he didn’t train with us, he just hung out and watched the fights and was there for the final thoughts.  He told us not to let fame get to our heads.  He asked me what kind of car I drove and I told him an old Honda Civic and that is a piece of crap.  He said don’t ever sell my Honda because it will keep me humbled.  So I absolutely found it beneficial that he was there. 

 

Another cool thing about Chiesa being there was he fought Al Iaquinta in the finale when he was on the show.  I stay with Al whenever I go to train in New York and he told me his side of what the house is like and his experience.  They were on the same team and Al told me that he made Chiesa cry and then Chiesa agreed that he got whooped in practice but still won the fight.  It was crazy to hear how your partner whipped your ass in practice and then you win the fight if you put your mind to it.  It also showed how anything can happen on any given day.  So it was good to hear his side of things as well as Al’s.                

 

You saw I was eating an avocado when Chiesa was talking to us.  I was cutting weight for my fight and we had a nutrition coach there and he told me I could eat a half of one in three hours and it was three hours when he talked to us so I wasn’t going to miss that chance of eating. Haha It was also funny seeing them sitting on Pena’s scooter and DC telling him that it commanded respect.  I love that damn scooter.  Everyone took turns playing with it even when Pena needed it.  Haha   

 

OTHER PARTS OF THE EPISODE

 

*They showed Team Stipe coming to our house to watch the fights.  They were really   cool with us and always brought food.  I couldn’t always eat it, but it was still pretty cool.  We got to watch the fights on television once a week and they always showed up, not just the one time.  Sometimes there were even multiple days where they aired fights and we got to watch every time.  They kept the tv covered all the time except when they let us watch the fights and told us that if we ever turned it on that they would fine us and take it out of our pay check.  But we were always hyped to watch the fights.  It was always the best part of the day whenever we got to watch them and it was cool hanging out with Stipe and his coaches.    

 

*They also aired Suman helping me get ready for my fight.  He coaches a lot at his gym and he holds pads really well.  I would have asked him anyways to do it, but he actually volunteered to do it.  He helped me out about three or four nights in a row.  The time they showed him holding for me was around midnight or one in the morning.  But I was really thankful for Suman doing that.  He’s a really cool dude. 

 

 

 

*Next they featured me some in the show.  The bathrooms were so dirty from so many nasty dudes using it, that I thought that outside was a lot cleaner so I just pissed outside all the time.  Morning, noon and night, it didn’t matter.  It was my spot and everyone knew that the first set of bushes when you walk out the back door was where I always went to the bathroom. 

 

The necklace that I made for DC actually happened after the coaches’ challenge.  I will talk about it more on the next blog because it airs on this week’s episode.  But DC really liked it and I’ll talk more about this later.    

 

*I didn’t even know they were filming me talking to Allan.  I really don’t even remember it.  I have no idea what brought up that conversation but he really didn’t understand what I was saying.  I did teach him a few things though like what a squirrel and catfish are. 

 

*At the TUF house, the garage was the media room and it’s sealed off.  Whenever something happened that they wanted you to talk about, they would bring you in there and interview you.  They interviewed me about going home and I was ready.  I wanted to sleep in my own bed, talk to my family and friends and girlfriend, train at my own gym and I also needed to be home to work on stuff at the house.  I really am grateful for this whole experience, but at the time we were all ready to get out of there.        

 

THUG NASTY vs BRAD KATONA

 

With about two weeks left, DC told me and Brad to stop being training partners.  He told us not to spar or roll with each other anymore.  It was kind of tough because Pena, Richie and Ricky were all injured.  Plus, Thailand took about a week off after his fight so there were only really four guys in the practice room so me and Brad would rotate with Jo Jo and Diamond.  My weight cut was fine and I only had to cut five to ten pounds.  Eating all of the best food and having a nutrition coach there made things easier.      

 

Brad mentioned that he felt as though the coaches were picking me to win and favoring me.  I didn’t know Brad felt that way.  We were still really cool with each other in the house and I think that was all in his head.  I don’t believe that they were favoring me. 

 

When they showed my fight prep, if you noticed I had a piece of tape around my head.  I got seven stitches from my first fight so it was on there to protect the stitches.  The producers told me that every single season someone gets stitches and in the history of the show the stitches never came open and they were right.  Neither DC nor Cain coached us for this fight.  Two assistants went with me and two went with Brad.  I got Bob and Deron.  They totally helped me out for this and were telling me to f--- him up and stuff and game planned with me.     

 

Everything went fine before the fight.  Weigh-ins sucked.  I only had to lose five or ten pounds, which was fine, but all eight semi-finalists weighed in on the same day.  So what the producers had us do is walk in and out four different times.  We had to do it one time for every fight.  Other than that, everything was fine leading up to the fight.  If you remember what I told you in my last fight, everything was terrible before the fight took place.  This time it wasn’t like that.  Everything was much better as far as pre-fight medicals and hand wrapping and stuff like that go.  I was mentally prepared for this fight. 

 

If I could go back I would have just survived those last 40 seconds and not tried to get back to my feet.  My goal was to get up and that is what messed me up.  I’ve never been in a fight that close and I handled it wrong.  But now I know that if it’s that close to not do that anymore.

 

After the fight my legs were in a lot of pain from me kicking his forearm.  His face was swollen.  It was an absolute war!     

 

Trust me, this isn’t the last you’ve seen of Bryce Mitchell!!! 

 

 

 

 

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EXOTICS RACING

At this point in the show there was about a week and a half left and they surprised us.  They told us to get ready because we were going to go do something and that there will be food there.  Basically, anything we did I was going to be happy doing because I just wanted to get out of that house, that was my mentality.  I just wanted to do something.  Someone said we were going to go golfing and I was fine with that.  We were driving towards the outskirts of Vegas and I was getting excited because I had no clue what we were doing.  When we pulled up I got excited and this was the coolest and most fun thing I ever did in my life.  They gave us a car, but a lot of us ended up swapping them.  I got the Acura because it was the fastest accelerating car there.  Cain (Velasquez) knows a lot about cars and preferred the Porsche.  He really knows his stuff about cars.  They let us go five laps and I was going 130 miles per hour and drifting the corners.  They gave out awards for the fastest drivers.  Cain was the fastest, second was Jay and third was Dulani.  We were there for about four or five hours and then ate there afterwards.  They showed Gunther talking about how he would rather be training.  He didn’t seem too impressed.  He lives in his van and really isn’t into exotic cars and didn’t really care for them.                 

TALENT SHOW

This actually took place days before we went to drive the exotic cars.  Gunther brought it up that we should have one and then I encouraged it and rallied up contestants.  The only ones I could get to participate was Matrix (Kyler) and of course Gunther.  Kyler came in drunk and started doing flips and Matrix type stuff and it was hilarious.  It was my turn next and I started off doing nunchucks but they didn’t show that.  I’m pretty good with them. 

I brought about fifteen pounds of flint with me and if you remember from my first night in the house, I made a sharp arrow out of it and they told me I couldn’t use it.  I asked Pena if he would let me put an apple on his head to shoot it off for the talent show.  If he would have said no I would have been screwed because he was the only one with a fro.  Word got out that I was going to shoot an apple off of Pena’s head and the producers told me they heard a rumor that I was going to do that and wouldn’t let me.  I promised them that I wouldn’t.  So what I did was wait for the talent show to start because once it started I knew the producer wouldn’t have the balls to stop it, so I put the couch in front of Pena and shot the arrow made of flint.  Gunther was the last to go and he actually started out with dark arts, like black magic stuff.  They didn’t show this either but he had these cards and left the room and had Kyler pick a card and he came back in and picked the right card and it was crazy.  He then ended with the puppet show and it was f-----g wild.                

LUKE ROCKHOLD AND MAX HOLLOWAY

DC brought in these guys and they were there for about a week.  They didn’t train with us or anything like that.  They just walked around and hung out and watched the fights and talked to us.  They showed us talking at practice to Luke and Max about me finally using soap.  The whole team told me that I needed to start using soap because I had ringworm.  I thought that I had it because of them being nasty and they said it was me and that I needed to start using soap.  Before that, I just never used it and used shampoo or whatever.  So I started using this soap that they had there and I been using it ever since.  In fact, Luis jacked a bucket of it from the show and handed it to me and said ‘Wash yo stank ass!”  I’ve been using that stuff from the show ever since I got back.   

Whenever there was a fight night on television they let us watch them.  One night Luke and Max came over to watch the fights on television.  Luke is really bad ass.  He said to me that he heard I have a cool ass bow and he really wanted to shoot it and he wanted to see me shoot something with my sharp arrow.  He said ‘Screw that dull arrow, I want you to shoot this sharp s--- through something.”  So I covered up my microphone and ran outside.  On the way out all I could do is grab this woven basket and I hurried up and shot it and it went right through it.  They came outside and said something to me and I said, “It’s too late, I shot it.”  They started talking crap to me and yelling and Luke was just laughing.  I was talking back and told them that I was just doing what my coach told me to do.  If Luke wasn’t there I would have been in a lot of trouble but Luke protected my bow and arrow rights.  Luke wasn’t worried about me getting in any trouble.  He just said F it and thought it was awesome that the arrow went right through it.              

GUNTHER vs TRIZANO

For starters, this fight happened on the last day of filming.  All four semi-final fights happened on the same day.  If you noticed, when John and Mike were fighting, there were only half of each team sitting in the bleachers and that is because the rest of us were in the back warming up. 

 

While I was in the back, I heard everyone out in the gym yelling ‘OOOOH’ and one of the coaches came back and said that Gunther caught a knee and kept going.  I figured that Gunther was getting hit a lot.  When this episode aired, it was the first time that I saw that fight.  Most people thought that Gunther was going to get destroyed in this fight.  Our team was talking a lot of s--- about Team Stipe’s guys losing and being in the semi finals.  I like Gunther a lot and he’s hilarious and a character but I knew he was getting hit and when he came in the back after his fight I saw his face and it was swollen.  So Gunther lost and Trizano advances and in five minutes I’m up next to fight.         

It will be aired this Wednesday.  Stay tuned and I’ll update everyone on what happens in that episode.  Once again, thank you everyone for your support and following my TUF 27 blog. 

- Thug Nasty

 

 

 

V3FIGHTS 69: JUNE 16 RESULTS

The crowd was excited, the social media was trending and Dana White was loving what was going on inside of the cage on Saturday night at Minglewood Hall.  Future stars were born and several fighters advanced their career and are closer to making their dreams become a reality. Kevin Pease is the new V3Fights amateur welterweight champion and Joseph Lowry is the new lightweight champion in the professional division.  "Fight of the Night" goes to Joseph Lowry and Zach Fears, "Knockout of the Night" goes to Puna Soriano, "Submission of the Night' goes to Pauline Macias and "Performance of the Night" goes to Joseph Lowry.  To end the evening, Joseph Lowry and Bobby Moffett walked away with an offer to fight on 'Dana White's Contender Series.'  There are a lot of exciting things going on with V3Fights so stay tuned. 

Full results below: 

PERFORMANCE AWARDS

Fight of the Night - Joseph Lowry/Zach Fears

Performance of the Night - Joseph Lowry

Submission of the Night - Pauline Macias

Knockout of the Night - Puna Soriano

AMATEUR RESULTS

180 - Raheam Forest defeated Ben Clark via arm bar in round #1 (1:16)

125 - Cody Waddle defeated David Whitaker via standing guillotine in round #1 (1:00)

185 - Logan Reid defeated Dayonne Holland via TKO in round #3 (1:33)

135 - Jahmar Whitehead defeated Keion Lucas via unanimous decision

170 title fight - Kevin Pease defeated Paul Kimble via split decision

PROFESSIONAL FIGHTS

115 - Pauline Macias defeated Brianna Smith via arm bar in round #1 (1:40)

185 - Jordan Fowler defeated Danny Shell via TKO (strikes) in round #1 (3:26)

125 - Jamie Milanowski defeated Jennifer Clausius via arm bar in round #2 (1:04)

185 - Puna Soriano defeated James Horne via TKO in round #1 (:45)

125 - Tracy Cortez defeated Monica Medina via RNC in round #1 (4:27)

145 - Bobby Moffett defeated Jonathan Jackson in round #1 via D'Arce choke (2:02)

155 title fight - Joseph Lowry defeated Zach Fears via unanimous decision

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.  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 8

RICHIE’S RETURN FROM THE HOSPITAL

We were disappointed when he told us the news that he was out of the competition, but there is nothing you could do about it.  It just sucks.  He and Ricky both came home from the hospital that same night and they were both messed up physically and emotionally. 

If you watch the episode closely, you can see a mark on Richie’s face.  It looks like a pimple but it was really a herpes lesion outbreak.  It’s on his chin and it flared up.    That was a clear sign that his body was stressed.  It wasn’t an injury that put him out of the fight, it was a medical condition.  The lesion was swollen bad like a boil on his face.  The fact that he had a flare up on the same day he had rhabdo shows how messed up he was.  The whole event stressed him.  He sounded confident and I believe mentally he was ready to fight.  But the overtraining and rhabdo made the lesion come up and his kidneys shut down and there was nothing he could do about it.  When he came home from the hospital he just chilled.  

TYLER DIAMOND

This fight happened four days after the Ricky/Suman fight and the Richie incident. 

I like Diamond.  We got along just fine.  We swapped hunting stories in the house and he’s a great training partner.  I trained a lot with him when I was getting ready for my semi-final fight.  He wanted the fight with Dulani bad and was very confident that he would win.  Heck, everyone knew that he was going to beat Dulani. 

Speaking of hunting stories, one of the first conversations I had with him once the show started airing he was telling me that he was getting a lot of criticism on social media because he hunts.  I just thought it was a few people hitting him up and that he was over exaggerating but he wasn’t.   Now I am getting that same kind of criticism and know what he was talking about. Ha ha

DULANI PERRY

Let me start out by saying that as much crap as Dulani talked to people in the house, he was always cool with me and never started anything with me like he did with some of the others.  We were all good.  He would always dress up no matter what and whenever Team Stipe went out and did anything, he would go all out and dress up ever more.  I’m not sure if he was playing it up for the cameras or not but one night we were playing pool and Dulani said that all he was doing was what Conor McGregor is doing and they are basically the same and Richie, who is Conor’s teammate, says in his Irish accent “Conor is witty and funny and you’re f-----g stupid!”  We thought that was hilarious.          

One thing about Dulani is he by far ordered the most food in the house.  He would write a ton of stuff down on the request list.  He always had so much left over that his meat was starting to go bad.  We had no room in the refrigerator for our stuff so everyone was encouraged to eat all of his stuff because he had that much.  So everyday the first thing I did was go to the fridge and ate something that said “Dulani” on it.  One time we took all of his crab legs, like five pounds, and our team had a cookout.  He never said anything about it. 

As far as Dulani and fighting, he had to know that he was going to lose to Tyler.  He had to know that after tryouts that he wasn’t good on the ground. 

FIGHT DAY

Pretty much everything happened that I thought.  It was so one sided.  Dulani landed a few good sidekicks.  I’ll give him that, he has good ones, but after that it was all Tyler.  

Tyler has a teammate from Team Alpha Male who is a 125 pounder and that was Dulani’s last fight and that 125 guy dropped him.  So Diamond knew he was going to f--- him up.  A good 125 would whoop Dulani.  My training partner Jeremiah Cullum (V3Fights’ flyweight champion) would beat Dulani bad.  I would put good money on Jeremiah and he would choke out Dulani

After the fight he was saying ‘ I got my ass whooped ‘ and stopped talking crap. 

SEMI-FINAL MATCHUPS

Right after the fight, they announced all four semi-final matchups.  I already knew that they were going to have me fight Brad.  I heard someone talking about it so I was expecting it.  Even before they announced it, DC had me and Brad stop training together, and I knew what he meant. 

I had no clue when they brought in Jay and Gunther and told them that they were back in the tournament.  I found out when they announced it.  I didn’t care that Jay was brought back after I already beat him and I feel he is outmatched when they announced him fighting Tyler.  I thought Jose was going to be the one replacing Luis because skill wise he is better than Gunther, but Jose was heavy, had multiple stitches and Gunter is a teammate of Stipe.  As far as Ricky’s replacement, Kyler was getting drunk a lot and Jay asked Dana so they picked Jay.  A few days after Suman’s fight, they told him that he was out and tore his ACL and he was pissed about it.  Kyler and Jose were pissed about not being brought back too.   

So round one is over and the semi-final fights are set.  There are some awesome fights still to come so tune in next week when I break down the next episode.  Thanks to everyone for their support!  

- Thug Nasty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THUG NASTY: THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER SEASON 27 BLOG - EPISODE 7

Here we go with another episode and what a crazy one it was… 

RICKY

The show starts out with Ricky coming home from the hospital after his fight.  I remember he didn’t get back until really late.  When he got back from the hospital, I thought he was going to be fine and so did he.  But he was in a lot of pain that night. He was in so much pain that he started drinking to help his foot feel better.  I think he was drinking whiskey.  He had certain stuff that he wanted because he was putting it on the request list.  But that night he drank a lot. 

After he had been on crutches for a few days and still had the black eye, we knew it wasn’t looking good for him because his next fight was only a week away.  He was wearing sunglasses because the light was hurting his eyes.  They showed me bringing him food and stuff and that happened a night or two after his fight.  All he did was eat ice cream and drink whiskey so I brought him some real food.  I didn’t know what to make him at first, but I knew he needed something for energy.  I remember one day I saw what he had for breakfast so I just made that for him. 

When he came home from the doctor the second time, he told us that he was out of the competition.  We were pretty depressed about it.  At this point we were hoping that because we lost guys to injuries, that maybe they would bring Thailand back.  Ricky was on crutches the rest of the time that we were in the house.  Once Ricky found out that he was done with the competition, he started drinking every damn night, and a lot of times during the day as well.   

He was still on crutches at the airport when filming was over.  

ALLAN AND RICHIE

These two fighters were featured this week because they were next up to fight.  I got along with both guys really well. 

Allan didn’t speak English so Jose would translate for us if we needed him to since he spoke Spanish.  Allan is a wild dude.  We would exchange stories and I would use hand signals and body language to help communicate and if I got stuck I would get Jose to translate for me.  The first thing I taught him was the word ‘catfish.’  I knew ‘gato’ means cat and ‘pescado’ means fish so I taught him catfish.  When he didn’t understand me at first, I had to draw a picture.  I definitely learned some Spanish on the show and the Spanish I already knew got better because of Allan.  When I first started talking to him he was telling me all of the animals that he had.  I didn’t think he knew what the word 'pet' meant, and he was telling he had all of these pets.  And then when I saw his home video when the show aired, sure enough he had that many reptiles for pets.  He’s a wild man.  Out of all the places where everyone on the show was from, his was the coolest.  I loved how his backyard is a river where he can fish whenever he wanted and on the other side of the mountain is a beach. 

Richie was cool as s---.  I got along with him really well.  He’s a savage and an awesome training partner.  Richie can leg lock people from anywhere.  Even when you are on top of him in mount, his leg locks are scary and he can still get to them.  He trains with Conor McGregor in Ireland.  He talked about Conor a lot.  He really doesn’t know him outside of the gym, but in the gym he said Conor is awesome and has amazing boxing.  He says that Conor stays right outside of the punching distance from his opponent and is as close as can be without getting hit.  So that was cool that he could share stories and talk about the biggest name in the sport.  Richie trained three times a day.  He would go running in the morning before our two a day practices.  He would run 5 to 10 miles on the treadmill before we even had our first practice.  He thought this was helping him out, but really it was his downfall as you saw later in the show. 

WEIGH IN

The stare down was intense.  That whole exchange escalated slowly and I blame the producers for this.  They had them face off for over a minute with no one there to separate them and the two just got closer and closer and eventually the coaches had to get in there because the producers never told them that the face off was done.  That was the most anticipated fight so far just because of that weigh in.  I was super pumped when it happened, we all were, but the difference with me was I had 5 cups of coffee in me.  Ha ha  

FIGHT DAY

If you recall, Dana White at one point said, “This has been a crazy day,” and this is what he meant…

So last episode Ricky fought Suman and you just read everything that happened with Ricky.  However, Ricky and Richie were supposed to fight on the same day, so when this was actually happening, everything that went down with Richie was happening the same day that Ricky fought Suman.  Richie and Allan were actually supposed to fight first and Ricky and Suman were supposed to fight five minutes after that, but when Richie started cramping up, they had Ricky and Suman fight first to give Richie more time to heal up.  

The morning of the fight, Richie said that he started feeling funny and that he felt bloated.  He noticed that he put on more weight than usual and felt bigger.  And again, he and Allan were supposed to fight first and then Suman comes out and tells us that Richie’s stomach is messed up and he may not fight.  We really didn’t know how severe this was with Richie and that it would go away and the fight would still be on.  After a lot time went by, we heard one of the female commissioners say that she saw this happen before and that the fight isn’t going to happen and that Richie is done. 

Richie had what is called Rhabdo.  Rhabdo is when muscles break down and they release their contents, including muscle enzymes into the bloodstream.  The toxins block up your kidneys and can harm the kidneys and cause kidney failure.  So Richie caught cramps in his calves from overtraining and was in a lot of pain.  I helped carry him out so I knew this was serious.  The female commissioner said that this takes weeks to recover and that sucks.      

 So in the same day, Ricky and Richie both went to the hospital and Pena is already out.  

I knew that Allan was upset and crying after the fight.  I thought it was funny because I know Allan is a wild man and wanted to fight.  I didn’t know that he got the finish bonus but it was badass that he did. 

FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENT

Dulani and DC go at it during the announcement and Dulani started crying.  I saw a teardrop drop off of Dulani’s face onto the mat.  Nobody let him live it down, even at the house.  I trained with Dulani some, so I felt good about Tyler winning this fight.  But at this point we knew we had almost half of our team down with injuries, so we were all wondering what the heck is going to happen.   

Things just keep getting more interesting so tune in this week for my breakdown of the last fight of the first round.  And as always, I want to thank everyone for all the support that you are showing me!

-Thug Nasty

 

 

            

 

 

MOFFETT CONFIDENT ABOUT OPPORTUNITY ON JUNE 16

Bobby Moffett, one of the top featherweight fighters in the nation, will be making his V3Fights’ debut on June 16 where he will have the chance to impress the most influential person in all of MMA, Dana White who will be in attendance! 

Moffett is currently 11-3 and trains at The MMA Lab in Phoenix, AZ.  He got started in combat sports as a wrestler in Illinois where he wrestled for Homewood-Flossmore High School, which is one of the top programs in the south suburbs of Chicago. 

He always wanted to be a fighter but didn’t really know about the UFC until the first “Ultimate Fighter’ came out on television during his freshman year of high school.  A year after he graduated he took up jiu-jitsu and is now one of the top fighters in the country. 

On June 16, Moffett will take on undefeated fighter, Jonathan Jackson, out of Jackson, MS.  Jackson is a very exciting fighter, which means this fight could very well steal the show and win ‘Fight of the Night’ honors!  When asked about this fight and opportunity, here is what Moffett had to say:

“Jackson is a tough opponent.  He’s a little flashy, but I feel that I can win the fight in any area.  I see me finishing the fight standing in the first round.  I’m very excited to show off my skills in front of Dana White and prove to him that I deserve to be in the UFC.” 

Will Moffett be victorious on June 16 and get offered a contract to fight in the biggest organization in the world?  Get your tickets now and witness this first hand! 

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

WHAT:  V3Fights 69

WHEN:  Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 6 pm doors open | 7 pm fights start

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

ADMISSION:  $83 rows 1 & 2 | $63 reserved seating | $38 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 through its pay-per-view deal with GFL.  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 6

At this point in the show, we have been in the house for about two weeks.  It was better than being in that hotel, but it still sucked.  This far into it, things are pretty much routine now.  

The show started out with Dulani getting into an argument with Team DC.  I was not there for this.  This happened right after my fight and I was getting stitched up at the time.  When I came back, Pena said to me ‘Yo Bryce, I wish you were here!  We would have Diaz brother those m-----f------’ and he informed me of his view of everything. 

Dulani started it and escalated it.  Pena pushed Suman with one hand while he had a broken foot haha.  I was pissed that I missed it, but at the same time I was really glad I wasn’t there.  I think it was meant to be because I would have really jumped on that m-----f----- if he said something to me.  I’m not the kind to sit there and argue, if he would have said something to me then I would have hit him in the face.  There is a lot of crap that he is saying that they don’t air and it’s been happening for a while in the house, but at the same time they are making him out worse than what he is and only showing the bad things.  Dulani isn’t that bad, he talks to get attention.  I got along with him.  I knew he really didn’t want to go outside and fight anyone.  Before we got in the house the producers had a briefing with us and told us to never take our microphones off, don’t fight and don’t vandalize anything or we would be kicked off immediately.  So I knew that Dulani was only talking and didn’t want to fight at all ever. 

RICKY/SUMAN

These two fighters were up next so the show focused on these two most of the episode so I’ll tell you how I got along with them.

Me and Ricky got along great.  If I could have a survival group out in the woods I would pick Diamond, Ricky and Jojo or Richie.  Pena could cook for us haha.  His role would be to cook and help whoop ass.  But I really got along with Ricky.  I knew Pena the most and am the most familiar and comfortable with him, but Ricky was cool too and we have a lot in common.  He likes guns and hunting just like me.  He’s a government conspiracy theorist and we talked a lot about that in the house.  If Ricky were my neighbor, he would probably be my best friend.        

His kicks are really good.  They are very hard and quick and come out of nowhere.  We went back and forth when we sparred.  He has good boxing too. We had some really good sessions.  If you fight him, you can’t just mess around with him, you definitely have to do your homework.  You can never drop your hands against him.  If you do, that is when he will get you.  If I fought him I would definitely want to take him down.  But we were really cool with each other and he was a really good friend of mine in the house. 

I got along with Suman too.  He’s a talker and has a lot of stories.  You will probably see us talking a lot more later on in the season. 

SUMAN VS RICKY

Last week I talked about the UFC Performance Institute and in this episode you got to see some of it during Ricky’s fight prep.  I knew Suman’s knee was slightly torn and that is not good when you go against someone like Ricky with those dangerous kicks.  In the fight, I thought Suman may get him down once, but he didn’t come close.  I knew it would go like that on the feet.  Everyone on Team DC was talking about his knee injury, so legs kicks were smart.  Ricky was landing shots on Suman and Suman was just looking at him.  I don’t think they affected him or that he felt it because of his adrenaline, but Ricky was still scoring points.  Suman did say that the kicks to the head hurt though.  Ricky had a good game plan and we are now up 5-1. 

POST FIGHT

We didn’t see Ricky after the fight.  They took him out right away and we knew he was hurt.  I knew Suman’s knee was slightly torn before the fight and I could tell that it got worse after it. 

I had no clue that Jay and Gunther went and talked to Dana about replacing Luis but I thought it was really cool that they did.  Team Stipe was always talking in the house about who would be the one replacing Pena. 

It was funny while we were in the hallway waiting for the fight announcement.  DC told Stipe that he was going to take his belt and then give it to Cain and he will have to take it from him, so good luck.  Stipe didn’t say too much back.  DC liked to joke around a lot, but Cain was always so serious and not too many people messed around with him.    

When they announced Richie and Allan my immediate thought was that Richie was going to kill him.  Richie is a savage. 

There are a lot of cool things happening coming up and round 1 is almost done.  Tune in next week when I break down episode 7.  And as always, thank you for your support! 

-Thug Nasty

ONE ON ONE WITH JON JACKSON

Jon Jackson is one of the top up and coming professional fighters in the southeast region.  He is currently 3-0 (1 NC) and fights out of Team Black Sails MMA in Jackson, MS.  He will be making his V3Fights’ debut on June 16 in Memphis, TN.  Standing across the cage from him will be Bobby Moffett (11-3).  A win over Moffett may very well be Jackson’s ticket to the top MMA promotion in the world. 

Jackson weighed in on this fight, his opponent and this incredible opportunity.    

How did you get started in MMA?

I got started in martial arts because I needed something to be good at to force focus in my life while learning a practical skill.  At the time I knew that I needed to find a better outlook on what makes a man. 

On June 16, you will have a tough task ahead of you when you take on a very dangerous fighter in Bobby Moffett.  However, you asked for this fight.  Why is that?

I wanted this fight with Bobby because his experience will complement my ability and show that I belong here in the world of fighting. 

How do you see this fight going and where do you feel you have the advantage?

I respect every man that gets in the ring as my opponent, but only so much.  I’m never sure how tough each opponent is, but I believe that once I feel him out, and steadied my offense, he won’t last long after that.  How long it takes may be up to him.  I feel that my biggest advantage in this fight is my intensity and pressure.  With that being said, I’ll look to keep distance and the fight standing. 

And you don’t think him having fourteen professional fights to your four will play a factor?

I honestly believe that it’ll make it a better fight.  Some less experienced guys would have a less showy, more cautious fight.  I’d like Bobby to bring the best out of me. 

A win over Moffett can lead to bigger and better things because in the crowd will be none other than UFC president, Dana White.  Do you care to comment on him coming to the fight and scouting the up and coming talent?

Fighting in front of Dana White was a silly daydream when I first picked up this game. But years ago the possibility was made more realistic when Brandon Davis went to the big show. Now I can say fighting in front of Dana White could be the single most important opportunity in my entire life. I will be ready! 

Jackson saw an opportunity and was in the right place at the right time and on June 16 he will make his V3 debut.  Does he have what it takes to top one of the best featherweights out there?  Get your tickets now!  

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

WHAT:  V3Fights 69

WHEN:  Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 6 pm doors open | 7 pm fights start

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

ADMISSION:  $83 rows 1 & 2 | $63 reserved seating | $38 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 through its pay-per-view deal with GFL.  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 5

Sorry this is late.  I went on a road trip with one of my coaches/training partners, Roli Delgado to Mount Vernon, IL to train at Pedigo Submission Fighting Gym and stayed on Roli’s farm.  You may remember Roli from season 8 of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ where he was on Team Mir.  This gym was awesome, nothing but savages there!  These guys were the real deal!  I’ve never seen anything like it.  They sleep on the mat, shower by using their water bottles, it was just crazy and I loved it.  I’m going back there again soon to train and hunt.  But I had no reception so I couldn’t post my blog for episode 5, so here it goes. 

After my fight I went and got seven stitches above my eye.  I couldn’t train for a week or so.  I could hit pads and drill, but couldn’t do anything live or spar. 

The show started off with Tyler drawing to pass time because he was bored.  I did the same thing.  I don’t even draw, but I was drawing a bunch, and drawing weird stuff.  We had no television, radio, phone, or any kind of contact or connection to the outside world, so I would shoot my bow or draw to pass time.    

TYLER/SUMAN

Tyler and Suman wanted to fight because Suman was talking s---.  At first he wanted to fight Dulani, everyone did.  But when Suman said he wanted Tyler, Tyler then clearly wanted to fight Suman.  In the house, Tyler would talk s--- to Suman everyday.  Tyler would say stuff to him, but Suman started it.  Tyler only started firing shots at him because Suman did it first.    I was shocked at the fight announcement at the end of the show.  I thought he was going to fight Tyler and not Ricky. 

SUMAN’S KNEE INJURY

Let me start off talking about the UFC Performance Institute first.  Every Wednesday, we would go there and it was hell.  We did nothing but cardio.  We did get to spar once there, but I had stitches and couldn’t.  The first Wednesday that we went there, we met Forrest Griffin.  He gave us a tour and then gave us all some really cool hand wraps.  I am not sure if he was supposed to do that or not, but he did and I appreciated that. 

Upstairs they have a boxing ring and an MMA cage and a bunch of monkey bars for pull-ups and rings for gymnasts.  There were also speed bags, heavy bags and a little mat area.  Down the hallway there is a big jiu-jitsu and sparring area with padded walls. 

Downstairs there is a locker room, shower, weights, turf and fancy treadmills.  There is a high altitude chamber to train in to simulate being in high altitude and a machine for rehabbing.  There is a medical room for massages or if you need a doctor to get checked out or get therapy.  My favorite room down there was a room with a sauna, ice tub and hot tub.  I used it every Wednesday.  I would go in each like five times. They also had an underwater treadmill.  Luis used that when he hurt his foot.  I was pissed that I didn’t get to use the cryotherapy machine there.  

So Suman was at the performance institute getting his knee checked out.  He told me his knee was injured so I already knew about it.  At this point in the season his knee is already slightly torn.  Coach Deron Winn saw him rehabbing it in the performance institute and spread the word about Suman’s knee and we were all talking about it.  Suman was mad that coach told everyone, but nothing really changed in the game plan though for whoever fought him.  But I know if I fought him, I would kick the s--- out of his leg. 

I don’t remember the argument in the hallway between Suman and Deron.  It was left at the gym though.  He never talked about him in the house. 

THAILAND AND MIKE

Both fighters were featured because they were the two fighting in this episode.  Thailand just has a chip on his shoulder.  We got along fine in the house.  He never did anything to me.  We were cool with each other. 

Me and mike got along really well.  He has some cool hunting stories.  He’s shot bears before and stuff like that.  I talked to Stipe’s team a lot.  I talked to my team a lot more, but I still talked to the other team in the house.  You really couldn’t avoid each other.  But both dudes were cool with me and we got along fine. 

THAILAND’S FIGHT PREP

I was doing my own thing when he was preparing.  I remember DC telling him to wrestle and Thailand’s wrestling is bad, so that surprised me.  He gets tired quick when he wrestles.  But he has dangerous hands.     

THAILAND VS MIKE

If you remember before my fight, everyone wore camo bandanas because I’m country, well in this episode did you notice that we wore orange bandanas for Thailand?  Thailand used to be a gangster so we wore a bandana with our team color for him.  Thailand thought it was cool.

I wanted Thailand to win bad and I thought he could have if he street fought him and used his hands more.  I think he lost because of the coaching.  They told him to wrestle Mike, but Thailand gets really tired whenever he wrestles.  I thought it was out of my place to tell him that, but I thought before, during, after and now that he should have put his hands on Mike.  You saw what happened when he did let his hands go, he dropped Mike right away.  But DC and them told him to wrestle so he did.  After the fight he was pissed that he wrestled but he didn’t point fingers at anyone or the coaches.  I did talk to him after the fight and he expressed his belief that he shouldn’t have wrestled and thought the same thing as me.  But the coaches convinced him that he could outwrestle Mike and he believed them.  I think if they fought again, Thailand would knock him out.  He hits hard as s---, even with 16 oz gloves you can feel his power. 

So it is now 4-1 and they picked Suman to fight Ricky.  Again I was shocked by this because I thought for sure he and Tyler were going to be fighting.  Can’t wait to see the next episode and tell you about it.  They showed previews of it and it looks awesome and like there was some drama in the house.  I missed it because I was getting stitches so I am as excited as all of you are to watch it! 

Thanks again for everyone’s support!

- Thug Nasty

 

 

THUG NASTY - THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: SEASON 27 BLOG - EPISODE 4

THUG NASTY - THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER:  SEASON 27 BLOG - EPISODE 4

I know a lot of you have been waiting for this episode and so have I.  I couldn’t wait to see it and give all of you the inside scoop.  This whole experience has been awesome so far and I’m happy and grateful for everything and everyone.  Tonight was the first time my mom has watched a full fight of mine.

APRIL 28 RESULTS

Fight of the Night - James Horne/Jesse James

Submission of the Night - Justin Prescott

Performance of the Night - Mark Martin

AMATEUR FIGHTS

150 – Adryan Grundy defeated Cameron Phillips via unanimous decision

265 – Bryan Westmoreland defeated Trevor Blakney via TKO in round #1 (1:05)

185 – Jordan Fowler defeated Jaylin Castillo via unanimous decision

150 – Cameron Hall defeated Gannon Hayes via unanimous decision

265 title fight – Dakotah McFerson defeated Alex Hilliard via TKO in round #3 (1:53)

 

PROFESSIONAL FIGHTS

170 – Mark Martin defeated Mark Kolker via RNC in round #1 (1:31)

185 – James Horne defeated Jesse James via armbar in round #2 (2:44)

135 – Brian Hall and Jeremy Rogers fought to a no contest due to an illegal stomp at the end of the first round (5:00)

155 – Justin Prescott defeated Ryan Collins via kimura in round #1 (2:21)

V3FIGHTS WILL BE BACK IN ACTION ON JUNE 16, 2018 AT MINGLEWOOD HALL

 

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 www.FloCombat.com.  Based in Memphis, Tennessee, V3FIGHTS is one of the most active and respected MMA organizations in the fastest growing sport in the world.