THUG NASTY - THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER SEASON 27 BLOG

Former V3Fights' featherweight champion, Bryce 'Thug Nasty' Mitchell is featured on this season of 'The Ultimate Fighter.'  For the next couple of months, he will be sharing with everyone some of the stuff that went on behind the scenes in each episode as well as his thoughts on some of the things that we watch each week.  V3Fights' is very proud of Bryce and look forward to sharing his story with you!  We would also like to thank Thug Nasty for doing this and are honored to see him grow from an 18 year old amateur fighter to a contestant on season 27 of TUF! 

THUG NASTY - TUF SEASON 27 BLOG

Filming was for 6 weeks, but I was only in the TUF house for 4 weeks.  When we got there, they still didn’t know who the coaches were going to be.  The rumor was that TJ Dillashaw and Demetrious Johnson were going to be the coaches.  So the competition didn’t start yet and for the first two weeks we were isolated in a hotel room.  We were not allowed to leave at all or even talk to each other at the hotel.  We could order room service and eat anything we wanted and as much as we wanted.  We had a television in there that had about 15 channels but only three of them were worth watching.  I was going crazy.  The first day I was there, I didn’t know we couldn’t leave the room and I went downstairs and asked for a room key because I needed one to get into the workout room at the hotel.  I asked a guy and he was someone that worked for the UFC and he got mad at me and told me that I am not supposed leave the room.  I wanted to work out so bad and get out of that room that I just made something up and looked at him with a serious face and said that I was going crazy in the room and hearing voices and I needed to work out and he believed me and let me in the fitness center. 

The only time we were allowed to leave the hotel was to go train.  I went twice a day just to get out because I hated being isolated like that. 

EVALUTAIONS AND TEAM PICKS

During evaluations, my back was hurting because we didn’t really get to warm up.  We went so hard and so quick and only got to warm up for like five minutes.  During evaluations, we mainly just wrestled. 

The team picks were 10-15 minutes after the evaluations.  I thought I should have been the first pick, but everything thought that they should as well.  I was glad that I got picked to be on DC’s team.  He had a wrestling centered camp and I was hoping for that.  It helped me out a lot.  I also got lucky because my friend Luis Pena was also picked to be on DC’s team.  Pena and I are old training buddies from back in the day when he used to live in Arkansas so it was good to have a familiar face not only on the show, but also on the same team. 

GOING TO THE TUF HOUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME

Someone told the other team that all of the big rooms were on a certain side of the house, and they got to the house first and got the big rooms.  We got the smaller ones, but I was ok with that.  They got their own bathrooms and stuff like that, but I didn’t really care. 

We got to eat anything we wanted.  We would write down a list of things and they would be there in a day or two.  I ate sushi and steak pretty much every day.  It was a nice ass house and people were always outside maintaining it.  Sprinklers everywhere, awesome pool.  It was like 25 or 30 minutes from the gym too. 

FIRST TRAINING SESSION WITH TEAM DC

To be honest, I don’t really remember that first training session.  Most of the practices were hard as hell and it took some getting used to.  But I cross train so much and travel a lot to train that it didn’t really bother me being away from BARATA MMA.  They showed me a lot of new stuff, but there was so much of it that it was hard to absorb it all.  So I wrote a lot of it down so I could work on it later.  But I liked the practices.  We went twice a day, every day accept on Sunday. 

JOHN GUNTHER

They spent a lot of time featuring him last night so I’ll comment on him.  That dude is a freaking nut.  He’s not acting for the camera.  He’s really a nut and does crazy stuff.  You never knew what he was going to do.  He was one of the cool dudes on the other team and everyone in the house liked him.  I can’t wait to share more of the crazy stuff that he did later in the season.  Once I got out of the house and filming was done I looked up some of this fight videos and he’s an extremely tough dude. 

WEIGH-INS AND FIGHT DAY

The first weigh-in was nothing special, but fight day was badass.  You get to fight at noon and don’t have to wait all day like you usually do.  You wake up, eat something and then go fight.  I love that. 

It’s really quiet in the gym compared to fighting at a venue.  There are only a couple of people there instead of a couple of hundred or thousand.  But other than that, it’s pretty much the same.  That first fight we didn’t know what to expect.  We knew that Gunther was goofy, but other than that we didn’t know what to expect that first fight.  I was hyped though and my adrenaline was running and I was jacked up on coffee that day.  I had like five cups of coffee that day.  It only lasted 17 seconds and we were really pumped, but at the same time we were all respectful towards Gunther because everybody liked him.   

FIGHT PICK FOR THE SECOND FIGHT OF THE SEASON

I thought and was hoping that I was going to be picked next to fight.  I wanted to be first so I would have more recovery time.  I was telling the coaches I wanted to go first.  I was more nervous that they were not going to pick me to fight than anything else.  I didn’t care who I fought, I just wanted to go first.  I knew everyone was really good and it didn’t matter, I just wanted to go first.  So when I didn’t get picked to go next I was pretty pissed off. 

I look forward to sharing my experience with everyone throughout this season.  See you all next week! 

- Thug Nasty

 

 

AUSTIN LYONS, A MEMPHIS MMA PIONEER, RETURNS TO THE CAGE AFTER A 3 YEAR LAYOFF

18 years ago, whenever anyone associated MMA and Memphis, the name ‘Rampage Jackson’ probably came to mind.  Today, names like ‘Jaleel Willis and ‘Reggie Adams’ is who people think of when it comes to fighting in the Bluff City.  However, in between these two time periods, it was Austin Lyons that dominated the mixed martial arts scene in the mid-south. 

Lyons (12-5) has fought or been a part of just about every major organization in the world including the UFC, Bellator MMA, RFC and LFC (now LFA).  He is also a veteran of the V3 cage and after a three-year layoff, Lyons returns to V3Fights on March 24! 

Lyons now spends his time training at both the MPD boxing gym and the UFC Gym Cordova.  He has been itching to get back in the cage and showing the fans that he is still a force to be reckoned with in this sport. 

Standing in his way is the fighter everyone loves to hate, Kevin Henry.  These two have started quite a rivalry on social media as of late and when asked about this fight, here is what Lyons had to say:

“I’m just happy to be back.  The opponent doesn’t matter, but with that being said, I’m glad it’s Kevin.’ 

Whether you’re a fan of old school MMA in this area or a fan of the newer generation, get your tickets now and witness Austin Lyon’s return to the V3 cage! 

Go to www.v3fights.com to purchase your tickets.

WHAT:            V3Fights:  Adams vs Anderson

WHEN:            Saturday March 24, 2018

TIME:              Doors open at 6:00 pm and the fights start at 7:00 pm

WHERE:          Minglewood Hall - 1555 Madison Ave – Memphis, TN 38104

JANUARY 20 RESULTS

AMATEUR FIGHTS

130 - Jeremy Rogers defeated Brad Cremeans via triangle choke in round #1 (2:18)

135 - William Gipson defeated Nehemias Cruz via TKO in round #3 (2:46)

185 - Caleb Jenson defeated Dinh Bates via TKO in round #2 (2:24)

265 - Tee Cummins defeated Thomas Clingan via front choke in round #2 (1:17)

135 - Mohammad Ihmoud defeated Trevor Harvey via RNC in round #2 (1:45)

170 - Kevin Pease defeated Ben Clark via TKO in round #1 (:59)

205 - Logan Reid defeated Raheam Forest via unanimous decision

115 female - Kendal Hollowell defeated Deshimar Rodriguez via split decision

115 female - Jennifer Clausius defeated Cyndi Tarango via RNC in round #2 (1:41)

125 title - Darrius Foster defeated Keion Lucas via unanimous decision

FOSTER REMAINS THE V3FIGHTS' FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION

135  title - Hunter Joffre defeated Jacob Sandlin via unanimous decision

JOFFRE IS THE NEW V3FIGHTS' BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPION

PROFESSIONAL FIGHTS

185 - Jesse James defeated Dameon Melton via RNC in round #1 (:49)

170 - Kevin Henry defeated Terry Johnson via RNC in round #1 (3:21)

145 - Reggie Adams defeated Seth Anderson via RNC in round #1 (1:20)

155 - Taylor Callens defeated Dawond Pickney via guillotine choke in round #1 (3:07)

 

NOVEMBER 18 RESULTS

NOVEMBER 18 RESULTS

V3Fights put on another great night of fights on Saturday night in Memphis, TN.  Two new champions were crowned and a lot of new faces were introduced to the Legion.  "Fight of the Night" goes to Devante Smith and Nick Gehrts who displayed what a main event is supposed to be.  They traded punches for four straight rounds until Smith was able to drop his opponent and get the TKO. 

For Terry Johnson, V3Fights 65 is a family affair

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          Terry Johnson’s wife Ariele holds the bags when he breaks his first sweat before each fight.

          His twin sons Terrell and Daniel are following in their dad’s footsteps and getting ready to compete in their first jiu jitsu tournament.

          And for Rheagen, Daddy’s welterweight bout with Latral Perdue at V3Fights 65 on Nov. 18 will be the first fight she will see in person.

          So, when Johnson tells you that his MMA career is a family affair, he isn’t kidding. Why even four-year-old Cayden has been known to write notes of encouragement and stick them in his gym bag.

“They look up to the LeBron Jameses and the Steph Currys of those sports and whatnot, but when it comes down to combat, Dad is pretty good,” Johnson said. “Dad is probably their favorite fighter. Then you go with the Conor McGregors and the Georges St-Pierres and guys like that. At least in our house, I’m the biggest MMA star in the world.”

The 32-year-old is hoping to win over more fans when he makes his pro debut against Perdue.

Johnson was 5-4 as an amateur, and prior to that, he spent 12 years kickboxing. He says he has been training hard at UFC Gym in Germantown, Tenn.

He has been working on all facets of his fighting with many teachers, including Conrad Polz (former All-American wrestler at the University of Illinois), Torian Whitlow (noted muay thai practitioner), Austin Lyons (bantamweight MMA fighter) and Brian “The Law” Hall (flyweight MMA fighter).

It seems like a lot of work, but it’s nothing compared to the long journey Johnson has taken to be here. Once upon a time, he weighed 315 pounds. He was just out of school, working nights and eating fast food late at night. As he put it, his life had no direction.

When Ariele got pregnant with the twins, Johnson knew he had to make some big changes. He had visions of his kids running around on the playground and not being able to keep up with them.

Coincidentally, a friend invited him to his gym. That’s where he watched some kickboxers spar. It was love at first sight. He started working out, sculpting his body and losing weight. A coach, however, told him he had potential. So, Johnson redoubled his training with the goal of becoming a pro kickboxer.

There were some ups and downs on the way down to 170 pounds. The battle of the bulge was a tough fight to win.

“I went out and started running, started training at the gym twice a day and lost about 80 pounds because my first fight,” Johnson said. “We had to get to at least 210 before we were looking at any type of a fight and I decided to whatever I needed to. I ate grilled chicken and spinach for a year straight to make sure I could lose the weight. I was running twice a day, training twice a day, completely changed my life from the guy who was working at the animal hospital and was up at 3 a.m. eating (at International House of Pancakes).”

He eventually landed at 170 pounds, and he works hard to stay there. He hopes all his determination and sacrifice will serve as a powerful example for his children.

“I want them to see that every cheeseburger that I skipped out on for a piece of chicken breast or every dessert I could have had or every snack cake or cookie I could have had I drank water or ate almonds,” Johnson said. “When I could have been sitting at home, doing nothing playing video games or just laying around just watching TV, I was out with my Nikes or my ASICS or whatever shoe I’m wearing and I was out running to get the sweat off because I knew I had to be a certain weight and I had a job to do at a certain date.”
Johnson said: “I want them to be able to see that the hard work is the only reason my hand is getting raised. I want them to see that with hard work, you’ll get your hand raised in any race or competition.”
 

V3FIGHTS 64 RESULTS

AMATEUR RESULTS:

170 - Shawn Giligian defeated Eric Ortiz via Unanimous Decision

170 - Dilano Taylor defeated Tyger Bracewell via RNC in round #1 (2:48)

155 - Kyle Koziel defeated Demetrius Fountain via TKO in round #1 (2:18)

205 - Morgan Caaspen defeated Jonathan Rivera via TKO in round #1 (1:37)

155 - Emmit Rigby defeated Christian Santiago via TKO in round #1 (2:41)

PRO RESULTS

170 - Danny Durnavich defeated Jerrod James via RNC in round #1 (3:22)

185 - John Garcia defeated Frank Cisneros via TKO in round #1 (4:53)

135 - Thiago Belo defeated Abdiel Velazquez by Unanimous Decision

170 - Philip Rowe defeated Josh Zuckerman via RNC in round #1 (2:59)

145 - Jeremy Davis defeated Joseph Billingsly via guillotine choke in round #1 (3:14)

V3FIGHTS 65 SET FOR NOVEMBER 18 AT MINGLEWOOD HALL

V3FIGHTS 65 SET FOR NOVEMBER 18 AT MINGLEWOOD HALL

On November 18, V3Fights will be back at Minglewood Hall with another action-packed night of fights. 

Headlining the card will be a pair of lightweight fighters battling it out for the vacant 155 title.  Nick Gehrts (8-2), the #4 ranked fighter in Tennessee will face Devante Smith (5-1) who is ranked #2 in Ohio. 

KYLE HUGHES LOOKS TO IMPROVE TO 3-0 TONIGHT

KYLE HUGHES LOOKS TO IMPROVE TO 3-0 TONIGHT

 

Kyle Hughes (2-0) is one of the fastest rising stars in MMA in the mid-south area!  He got started in the sport when he was fifteen years old and has his first fight at sixteen.  Fast forward three and a half years and he made his professional debut with V3Fights and won in dominant fashion via submission against Alex Casteneda! 

TWO FORMER CHAMPIONS COLLIDE

TWO FORMER CHAMPIONS COLLIDE

In September of 2016 Greggory Hussey won the V3 amateur featherweight title in the main event in Memphis, TN.  In his post fight interview he announced that he was turning pro. 

Two months later Reggie Adams won the vacant title and held it until his professional debut a few weeks ago.  These two will now battle it out as pro’s on October 14 in Tunica, MS. 

V3FIGHTS 63 SET FOR OCTOBER 14

V3Fights will once again make their way back to Tunica, MS on October 14 for their 63rd show.  Headlining the card will be Kyle Hughes and Seth Anderson.  Both fighters own a win over their opponent’s teammate (Anderson over Alvin Williams and Hughes over Alex Casteneda) and want nothing more than to avenge their teammate’s loss. 

SEPTEMBER 2 RESULTS

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AMATEUR RESULTS

155 - Donovan Casteel defeated Ken Taylor via KO in round #1 (:22)

155 - Kobra Friarson defeated Corre Bentley via guillotine choke in round #1 (1:05)

105 - Linda Mihalic defeated Jenni Lee via TKO in round #2 (1:00)

135 - Mohammed Ihmoud defeated Marc Johnson via TKO in round #2 (1:18)

115 female title - Hannah Guy defeated Angie Hoaglin via unanimous decision

135 title - Brian Mitchell defeated Wes Bostic via TKO in round #1 (1:55)

135 title - Jacob Sandlin defeated Blake Snow via unanimous decision

AMATEUR AWARDS

Fight on the Night - Angie Hoaglin/Hannah Guy

Knockout of the Night - Brian Mitchell

Submission of the Night - Kobra Friarson

Performance of the Night - Jacob Sandlin

PRO RESULTS

150 - Reggie Adams defeated Daniel Byram via guillotine choke in round #1 (:48)

135 - Adrian Thomas defeated Cayle Bain via RNC in round #1 (3:01)

185 - Travis Robertson defeated Matt Holmes via KO in round #1 (:28)

135 title - Dennis Dombrow defeated Anthony Jones via split decision

PRO AWARDS

Fight of the Night - Adrian Thomas/Cayle Bain

Knockout of the Night - Travis Robertson

Submission of the Night - Reggie Adams

Performance of the Night - Dennis Dombrow