Shane "InYaFace" Chojnacki (7-5) is a Cage of Chaos mainstay who has decided to take the leap into the NAAFS world. Shane is a striker, who uses aggression mixed with strong techniques and a high paced attack to overwhelm opponents. He is coming into this bout off his loss to Todd Bevan and has his sights set on Travis Soto. Shane took some time to talk to me a little bit about the fight and what it means to his career.
STU: You are matched up with Travis Soto this weekend, how do you feel going into the fight?
SC: I feel great, I couldn't have asked for a better matchup! Psychically i feel and look amazing. It's my 3rd fight in a row at 170lbs and i really had time to build up my frame since the last fight.
STU: What do you know about Soto?
SC: Well I know that he is a quick finisher, and his fights that went the distance didn't play out well for him. I know he likes to stand and trade, TRUST ME... thats fine with me. I'm pretty sure he was a champion of an organization or 2. But so was I, in 2 different weight classes.
STU: Have you changed your training/camp at all for this fight?
SC: I didnt really switch up my training too much. But I have done some traveling to get some work with other fighters and different looks. Recently i was up in NY training at Marc Steven's gym, Jiu Jitsu Nation. They had some really good guys up there, I got alot of training in with there pros and their BJJ black belt Jordan Damon. I learned alot! But I'm still fighting out of Independent Crew MMA here in Pittsburgh. I could never leave those guys, we got such a good groups of guys!
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Fan Post By Blacksheep214 promoted to the front page:
Local product David Sachs fought on a Combat USA card in Racine Wisconsin last night after an extended layoff. He was victorious with a second round stoppage and improved his pro record to 7-3. David won the Illinois state MMA title fighting out of Keith Hackney’s Combat Academy in Chicago.
Sachs Cruises Through Gavia
Experience reigned supreme in the featherweight division as David Sachs cruised through Stanton Gavia. The Hackney's fighter kept Gavia glued to his back for nearly the entire bout before earning a referee stoppage due to strikes in the second frame.
Now at 7-3, Sachs will square off against Wisconsin's biggest surprise Josh Sterry. After a late promotion due to injury, Sterry was awarded the State Finals opportunity after Josh Kasee was disqualified for landing an illegal strike.
To find out more information about where Sachs has been training, visit the forum here or select Dave Sachs in the active forum columns. Thanks to member Blacksheep214 for the contribution.
135 lbs – Jordan Baldwin 1-0 (Evolve MMA) over Sensei Robertson 0-3 (Team Chaos) – RNC 1:59 rd1
155 lbs – Jessica Eve Richer 1-0 (Gracie Barra) over Nikita Njeties 0-2 (American Muscle MMA) – RNC 1:50 rd1
155 lbs – John Rodriguez 1-2 (Fight Fit) over Derek Cook 0-1 (Team Blackout/Team Impact) – Unan Dec
SHW – Nick Brashear 3-0 (Kims Martial Arts) over Jeremie Elkins 2-3 (Hamilton MMA) – Kimura 1:06 rd1
205 lbs – Ryan Walls 5-3 (Central Block MMA) over Jon Pimpkins 4-9 (Independent) – RNC 1:30 rd2
170 lbs – Allanna Jones 1-1 (American Muscle MMA) over Faith Townsend 0-2 (Campbell Martial Arts) – TKO 1:30 rd1
135 lbs – Levert Hare 2-1 (Team Instigator) over Frankie Kidd 1-3 (Butch Hiles MMA) – TKO 2:59 rd 1
185 lbs – Brian Jeffries 4-2 (Pain Headquarters) over Davis Oracio 4-5 (Campbell Martial Arts) – TKO 1:43 rd2
145 lbs – Sean Serfass 4-1 (Pain Headquarters) over Kyle Dunn 3-2 (Team Impact) – Unan Dec.
Hector Lombard wins in the Bellator 44 super fight with another vicious right hand knock out.
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Justin "The Hawk" Steave fought Bobby Osterrieder in a three round amateur boxing match last night in Osterrieder's hometown of Butler. In front of a partial crowd, Osterrieder decided that he didn't want to touch gloves and made a little show for his fans in attendance.
The first round started out as a feeling out process for both fighters, but Steave later Ko'd Osterrieder early in the second round with a straight right hand off of a jab. That punch not only erased Bobby's undefeated record, but emptied the building about 45 minutes before the event was scheduled to end. Justin will continue to represent Tommy Yankello's World Class Boxing and is looking to pursue professional boxing this summer as well as mixed martial arts.
Steave moves onto his professional MMA debut this coming June and Bobby moves to 6-1 with 7 KO's.
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Andre "S.O.G" Ward took out Arthur Abraham last night in a impressive and gritty performance that we have all come to except from the Oakland Ca. fighter. The fight started unusually with Abraham moving forward taking the fight to Ward. Abraham found the mark and even had Ward buzzed a few times, but in the fourth round it looked as though the German slowed down and Ward took over. It was a great fight that featured a little bit of everything (except a knockdown) and highlighted the overwhelming skills of the prevailing Ward.
- The other day I said that Ward maybe the best boxer in the United States:
Ward maybe the best fighter in the United States at the present moment.
And I stand by that statement. He can do it all, from standing and trading fight ending punches, savvy upper body wrestling, slick outside fighting, punishing body work and pretty much anything else needed to get the job done. Not to mention, he is not afraid to get down and dirty if need be.
- Hate to quote myself twice but I also said:
Ward should go to the body early and often to slow Abraham down and chip away at his power.
Ward used straight, stiff jabs early on to stop Abraham's forward charge and banged the body with big hooks when in on the inside.
- Antonio Tarver mentioned that even though Ward was easily ahead on all cards, he did not take even a minute of one round off. I believe that this is one under looked attribute that Ward brings to the table, simply put; he wins all three minutes of every single round.
- Ward also has the ability to switch stances and use either lead to his advantage. He switched to a southpaw lead in the 10th and Abraham had ZERO answers. By the 10th round the German was just waiting for Ward to
slip slow down.
-Finally, Ward always comes in tip top shape and was banging home big punches even in the 12th round. To Abraham's credit, he took everything Ward through and wade forward trying to make something happen.