Jason Alexander (4-0) came into the fight with Cortland Woodard (4-6) literally out of nowhere and just a few minutes later everyone was wondering where the hell this kid came from. To his credit, Woodard hung tough a lot longer than most people would have but an early right hand disrupted everything and Alexander was all over him. Check that out above, but before you do that look down here for a sec.
On an interesting note, Alexander was slated to fight this weekend at the IT fight series against Dalton Brady and all things were a go until apparently some paperwork surfaced that canceled the bout at the last minute. That is par for the course unfortunately however what makes it interesting is that Alexander was also slated to fight Dalton Brady -yinz will note that it's the exact same match up- one month later at the GOTC event in June. When I dug a little deeper the paper work was actually from an old NAAFS event one year ago where Alexander mistakenly checked off that he had had Lasik surgery on the form- you can’t fight in the state of Ohio if you have had Lasik Eye surgery- even though he was still able to compete on that particular day. Oddly enough Alexander has never actually had Lasik and it was just a typo made during weight cutting duress, even though he was still able to fight the day the paperwork was submitted. Alexander has never had Lasik surgery but the Ohio State Athletic Commission suspended him indefinitely anyway until he could provide physical proof. What strikes me as odd is that if this is true the commission was seemingly just walking around with old NAAFS paperwork in hand and waited to halt the bout just hours prior to its scheduled launch instead of notifying him in advance so he could take the appropriate steps to be approved.
I guess if yinz super naïve you may actually believe that.
Here’s another angle; someone who had access to old NAAFS contracts and wanted to jam this fight up, waited until the last minute to turn in the paperwork to effectively get it canceled - but basically postponed- just long enough to have it re-appear on a different event a few weeks later. There is obviously enough time for Alexander to head to the doctor between now and say June 6th to get the approval that he did not in fact have any surgery done, write that down on paper and send it to the abiding commission. The devil is in the details here and timing is everything because if they would have turned it in a week or two prior to the bout, Alexander would have had plenty of time to go to the ophthalmologist to provide proof that there was no Lasik and the fight this weekend would still be a go. So it just so happens that someone with the means to disrupt the bout, did so last minute and probably because the same fight was scheduled for a different show in a different state a few weeks later.
I talked to mostly everyone involved and there is something scandalous going on here. The most unusual part is up until now GOTC has always been known for their “aw shucks” fair play model.
Has something changed?
The hard to explain pieces of evidence here are that GOTC had the same fight listed on their bout order along with the critical timing of the delivery of NAAFS’ paperwork. Speak of the devil herself; this fight is now hidden from public view on mma.tv, well that’s weird bros. I guess it’s a good thing I am not the only person who noticed this. From everyone I talked to the fight was pulled just a few hours prior which means that either the commission had a Ryan Hardy style detective flash back moment and drove home to review old case files, or someone dropped them off in his inbox in the nick of time.
Scandalous bros, I know. I guess it could all be one big series of coincidences but at the end of the day you have a guy in Alexander who is trying to carve out a name for himself in this super tough game and the last thing he needs is people playing around with his career to benefit their own.
What do yinz think?
In one of our most entertaining scraps on the under card, Fight Club's Ian Jackson (2-1) took on OTC's Brock McClelland (0-1) in a MMA bout turned gutsy shoot out. If you have 16 free minutes to spare today I would suggest you spend them watching this scrap between two tough up and comers.
Photo credit to the great Chris Nolan.
"Philly" Chris Mitchell (3-2) put together the performance of his career against a very game and skilled opponent in Treg Wells (7-4) last weekend at Pinnacle FC 10. Here is the video of the scrap in all it's Technicolor glory courtesy of Pinnacle Fighting Championships along with photography via Metcon Photos.
May 22nd Wheeling
STU OG Ed Latimore (7-0) steps back into the squared circle this Friday in an attempt at keeping the streak alive by taking on experienced pugilist Robert "Big Philly" Hawkins. Hawkins is a 46 fight veteran and has been in there with some of the world's best. At 7-0, Latimore is in tough spot in his career and I'll tell you why.
For all intents and purposes he's widely (and wisely) avoided by most sensible heavyweight journeymen who quickly decide that maintaining brain cells trumps 1,500 cash and 2 nights at the Ramada Inn. Which means that he is now running out of options and that usually leads to stepping up the level of competition faster than what other prospects at this level are currently facing. It's one thing to beat everyone on points and out box guys in a lopsided decision, it's another thing entirely to hand out brain damage by the fist full round after round until eventually you're waking up the next day and your ears are bleeding. Latimore is a nice guy in person but a real motherfucker in the ring and he's going to hit you with handfuls of Parkinson's until you go down or the round ends and guys are starting to wising up. I like it think of it as if he was metaphorically Oprah handing out shit to all the dummies that come to her live show "and you have brain damage, and you have brain damage, and you will notice speech issues and you may have the early onset of an aneurysm".
So instead of traveling along the normal, early boxing prospect trajectory of fighting nothing but total cans until around fight 17 or so, Eddie is already facing off against 40+ fight vets because the rest obviously have internet access and after a quick Google search collectively said "fuck that". It is going to be a tricky road moving forward, but equally rewarding should he continue to stone his respective opponents every time out.
Also it's worth mentioning that Matt Conway is making his professional debut and at 21 with over 100+ amateur fights he's got a real shot at a prosperous career. I've watched Conway since his early amateur days and expect him to transition nicely from punching people for free to punching people for money.
Come check both of these guys out plus more this Friday at Wheeling Island, the fighting starts at 7:00 Pm.
It may not come as a complete shock to you bros that every once in awhile when guys get into a cage and fight one another, some crazy shit happens.
This fight is one of those times.
I can't do it anymore justice so I will leave it at that, check it out for yourself.