Matt Trukovitch and his company Revelation Fight Organization was recently followed and highlighted by a local news outlet in this short documentary on what it is like to run a promotion on the day of the event. RFO has established themselves as the organization for regional MMA in Ohio and has done that by putting together a consistent product and treating people correctly. You maybe asking yourself "All promotions are the same, what's the difference?".
Being a promoter myself I can tell you straight up that there are two ways to pull these events off: A. You can cut corners, find ways to take from fighters, over charge sponsors and rip off "employees" or B. You can slow but surely build up a solid product with a home grown base of fighters and fans where everyone benefits.. eventually. Sounds honorable but the downside is you may take a few losses in the process.
Usually the allure of quick money combined by the dog eat dog mentality of fighting means a lot of promoters go with option A while pretending to be option B over the phone. We can all think of former or even current promoters *cough Rocktagon* who just can't help but try to steal a little extra for themselves. Matt Trukovitch is one of the good guys and there aren't many of those left. I like this segment because it gives you a pretty good idea of the amount of sacrifice a promoter at this level has to make to help these fighters achieve their goals in fighting.
Dana White's not setting up his own shit trust me. I'm not sure when the next RFO show is scheduled for but if you are in the area or thinking about fighting on the show let me make it easier for you, you should.
The Pride Of Bloomfield Mark Cherico (7-1) returns to the Pinnacle FC cage to take on Darby Halferty (3-0) in his first bout back after his loss last year to veteran Brian Kelleher. After his loss, which not-surprisingly had double the views of any of his wins, Cherico needed time to realign himself and feels as though he is better than ever. You never really know how a fighter will respond to their first loss and especially someone like Cherico who went undefeated even through his amateur career. It could be the blessing or the curse depending on how you look at it and I guess we will find out soon enough.
Darby is 3-0 as a professional and his last win came via stoppage back in June 2014. Oddly enough Darby actually asked for this fight which is rare in the new days of protecting the record at all costs. This match up is just one of many that we are bringing to the table in what is our biggest collaboration of talent to date.
This card will feature Dom Mazzotta, Khama Worthy, Nick Browne, Bill Hutchinson and Mark Cherico plus a high and tight amateur line up that could stand alone as its own event. Tickets will be on sale this week and will probably be going very fast so don’t hesitate and be left out.
RFO Big Guns 15: Full Results
RFO put together another jammed packed show and from the looks of it, everything went off better than ever which is becoming RFO's new standard.
I borrowed these results from Bluegrassmma.com because I was too busy living like 3 hours away at the time of the event. They did a nice recap of the event so if you're interested in that head over there and give it a look.
Check out the full unadulterated results below:
Fight 1 – Jason Bevly (3-4) vs. Brandon Odom (8-11) – Amateur Lightweights
Result: Brandon Odom (9-11) def. Jason Bevly (3-5) via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Fight 2 – Joshua Peterson (0-0) vs. Nick Spinks (1-1) – Amateur Featherweights
Result: Nick Spinks (2-1) def. Joshua Peterson (0-1) via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 0:09
Fight 3 – Shayne Britton (0-0) vs. Zachary Todi (0-0) – Amateur Featherweights
Result: Shayne Britton (1-0) def. Zachary Todi (0-1) via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2, 1:41
Fight 4 – Quentin Shumard (0-1) vs. Kyle Pongratz (0-0) – Amateur Light Heavyweights
Result: Quentin Shumard (1-1) def. Kyle Pongratz (0-1) via submission (arm bar) – Round 1, 2:20
Fight 5 – Justin Smith (2-0) vs. Dominic Bolasky (1-0) – Amateur Heavyweights
Result: Justin Smith (3-0) def. Dominic Bolasky (1-1) via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:32
Fight 6 – Josh Hampton (2-0) vs. Nate Jones (1-1) – Amateur Heavyweights
Result: Nate Jones (2-1) def. Josh Hampton (2-1) via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:42
Fight 7 – Desmond Ford (2-2) vs. Kyle Booth (3-5) – Amateur Welterweights
Result: Kyle Booth (4-5) def. Desmond Ford (2-3) via submission (arm bar) – Round 2, 0:31
Fight 8 – Spencer Tuttle (3-2) vs. Ryan Arce (5-3) – Amateur Bantamweights
Results: Ryan Arce (6-3) def. Spencer Tuttle (3-3) via submission (arm bar) – Round 2, 042
Fight 9 – Billy Windrum (5-0) vs. Alex Poinar (4-0) – Amateur Flyweight Title
Result: Billy Windrum (6-0) def. Alex Poinar (4-1) via TKO (eye injury) – Round 1, 3:00
Fight 10 – Rich Cantolina (11-7) vs. Aaron Neighbors (10-6) – Amateur Featherweight Title
Result: Rich Cantolina (12-7) def. Aaron Neighbors (10-7) via submission (guillotine) – Round 1, 2:44
Fight 11 – Leviticus Roberson (1-1) vs. Jeff Hughes (1-0) – Pro Heavyweights
Result: Jeff Hughes (2-0) def. Leviticus Roberson (1-2) via TKO (didn’t answer bell) – Round 2, 5:00
Fight 12 – Cody Gabelman (2-1) vs. Dennis Brown (3-1) – Pro 129 lbs Catchweight
Result: Cody Gabelman (3-1) def. Dennis Brown (3-2) via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1, 1:05
Fight 13 – Eric Bledsoe (2-1) vs. Mike Williams (2-2) – Pro 150 lbs Catchweight
Result: Eric Bledsoe (3-1) def. Mike Wiliams (2-3) via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:21
Fight 14 – Josh Longood (1-0) vs. Jeff Mack (0-0) – Pro Bantamweights
Result: Josh Longood (2-0) def. Jeff Mack (0-1) via submission (arm bar) – Round 2, 2:28
Charlie Gathers Vs. Dustin Pague
Charlie Gathers (8-6), one of the few people left in the game who will literally fight anyone, is slated to take on former UFC hopeful and one of PA’s upper tier feather weights Dustin Pague (11-10). At one time Pague was considered to be one of the best 135/145 pounders in the area and officially earned a contract with the UFC back in 2011. Unfortunately his career hit a pretty major skid when he dropped 7 of his last 8 fights, which obviously did some serious damage to his record.
Most of Pague’s losses were to higher end UFC talent including current champ T.j Dillashaw so factor that in before passing judgment too harshly. There are more than a few guys who have bottomed out when they reach the bigger platforms of fighting even though they were previously tearing up the regional circuits. Sometimes these things happen bros.
Gathers’ last win was over Bill Hutchinson at Pinnacle FC 9 in a gutsy war that proved to me if nothing else Gathers will hang in there in spite of everything to get the win. This is a tough fight for Charlie because of Pague’s experience more so than anything else. Gathers needs to start fast and throw some heat Pague’s way and prepare to stop the takedown, cause it’s coming. Pague’s offense has looked very average as of late which should help Gathers out if he can turn this thing into a shoot-out. It also doesn’t hurt that Charlie has taken some time off since his last fight and will be coming in with that great intangible, momentum.
For Charlie to pull off this fairly sizeable upset he needs to do go out and preform much like he has his last three fights and not get lost in the perception of how much better his opponent’s resume is. We’ve all learned that Gathers has a strong will to win and is durable as shit so he needs to push Pague into that soul searching type fight where both men are hurt and tired and ready to quit. The best way to do this is to bomb away on the feet and fight off takedowns like he’ll be electrocuted if his back touches the fence or mat and force Pague to dump a bunch of energy getting him to the floor.
This fight is in Lancaster so if you wanna go you’d actually have to leave like right now and I haven’t heard anything about streaming online yet. So odds are you’re not going to see this one for a while unless you have an Amish cousin with a time machine and that’s just ridiculous (because Amish people don’t use electricity duh). I’ll watch out for the video and post when I find it, but until then just keep an eye on everyone’s favorite waste of time, Facebook for results.
It started off as a back and forth affair with both guys working mainly kicks on the feet and trading takedown attempts along the fence. After a few exchanges and a handful of scrambles cageside, Dom put together a beautiful and seemingly endless string of submission attempts that forced Seyler to abandon any offense and focus purely on not getting snagged. I felt like things were about even until this point where it kinda seemed like even Seyler was like “damn this kid’s in trouble”. And we’re all like “uh bro we’re talking about you” and he was all like “yeah, I know”.
Heading into round 2, I had Dom up one round based on effectiveness but started to get the feeling this one was going to be over soon. A takedown, a scramble and a few ooohs and ahhhs later, I was right. Dom took his back for the second (or third) time in the fight and was able to choke the shit out of Seyler until he was forced to quit. - Just calling it what it is. This kid is so good that not only did he choke a Bellator veteran with relative ease, he ended up exchanging a wedding ring and making a life decision in almost the same amount of time, just a few moments later. For my friends who don't understand the subtleties of my humor - Dom asked his girlfriend to marry him last night after the fight, in the cage, while wearing a championship belt. That is about as gangster as you can get while in a Shriner hall in Cheswick.
I'm neither shocked nor surprised because frankly bros, I told you the other day this was going to happen and even during this round. An unbiased perspective of this roughly 8 minutes of professional fighting left me with this; the day Dom's confidence in his striking matches his confidence in his ground work is going to be the day you realize just how good this guy really is.
You can check out Dom’s next performance which will be his Pinnacle FC debut May 9th at the Iceoplex arena aka Thunderdome.