NAAFS Night of Champions Fight Card 2012
Annual Year End Event Nearing Sell Out
As has become an annual tradition, the NAAFS is once again poised to close out 2012 with one of its most spectacular cards of the year and quite possibly, one of the league’s best cards in its eight years of existence.
Night of Champions, an event which was originally intended to feature the NAAFS year-end amateur finals, has morphed over the years to not only host the sport’s most prestigious amateur title fights, but to also include some of the biggest names in the league’s professional series. This year will be no exception as two lightweight titans will collide on December 15th in Medina, Ohio for the currently vacant NAAFS pro series lightweight title. Top contender Terry Blackwell will face former lightweight champion Torrance Taylor in what already has fans calling a possible fight of the year candidate. Both fighters have looked dominant of late as each comes in to December 15th’s showdown on three fight win streaks. If you’re a fan of fast paced, never back down and lay it all on the line style of fighting, then this is a fight you can’t afford to miss.
A fighter who is very familiar with Night of Champions is two time national amateur champion, Isaiah Chapman, who looks to continue his impressive start to his professional career when he takes on former title contender Dustin Kempf in a bantamweight showdown. Kempf, who is dropping to 135 for the first time in his career, will return to the NAAFS cage for the first time since facing current Featherweight king Frank Caraballo. Chapman is coming off a dominating performance against fellow national champion Mike Nesto. The winner in this clash of rising stars will take over the top contender’s spot for the currently vacant NAAFS Bantamweight Pro Series title.
Former NAAFS Heavyweight Champion, Big John Hawk, makes his return to the NAAFS after an impressive three fight stint with Bellator in which Hawk posted a 2-1 record including a win against Marcus Vanttinen at Bellator 66 last April. Hawk will face NAAFS veteran Lewis Rumsey who has won two of his last three fights including a win over former NAAFS amateur champion Chase Owens.
The amateur portion of the card will showcase no less than seven national title fights including the undercard headliner of the much anticipated featherweight championship between Dominic Mazzotta and Wild Wes Hanson. Both have taken the NAAFS by storm in 2012, while steamrolling opponents in route to their collision on December 15th.
The national bantamweight title will be decided when Shane Valko and Jerrell Hodge climb into the cage at Night of Champions. Valko sports a 6-0 record and has finished four of six opponents but has yet to face an opponent the caliber of Hodge who burst on to the scene with his KO back in February against then top ranked Cody Garbrandt. The well rounded Hodge has finishes in all six career wins thus far with four coming by way of submission and two by KO. A win for Valko will catapult him into national relevance as he would no doubt be considered as one of the sport’s elite prospects. While a win for Hodge would solidify his stake as the division’s premier fighter.
The NAAFS female amateur title will be decided at 115 lbs. this December when Rachel Sazoff and Rebecca Heintzman square off. Sazoff has won three straight fights while earning her shot at a national title while Heintzman comes in with an undefeated record of 4-0.
Two of the league’s up and coming young stars will meet for the NAAFS national lightweight crown as Fadi Shuman faces Nick Browne in a battle of two unbeaten prospects. Shuman will enter the cage off the heels of his biggest win to date after defeating Izzy Williams in the semifinals just last month. In what will be a fight of the year candidate, Shuman came from behind to submit Williams with a triangle choke in the second round. His opponent Nick “Nyquill” Browne however is no stranger to facing quality competition. The heavy-handed 22 year old has finished all four of his opponents including two KO’s thus earning him his nickname, Nyquill.
Middleweights Stephen Schlater and Nick “The Greek” Halkides will square off for the 2012 middleweight title in a matchup of contrasting styles. The undefeated Schlater has finished all five of his opponents with four finishes coming via TKO. Halkides has submitted his previous two opponents both by armbar to earn his shot at the belt. Considered two of the most exciting fighters in the NAAFS, this fight could be one fans will be talking about for years to come.
Another pair of unbeaten juggernauts will put their records and a national title on the line when 5-0 Dan Stevenson takes on 8-0 Wayne Lanum. The winner will be crowned as the 2012 NAAFS national amateur light heavyweight king and claim his rightful place on top of the NAAFS LHW amateur division.
And finally, the big boys will take center cage when Jordan Beverly takes on James Rankin for the NAAFS heavyweight national title. Rankin has won his last two fights including a semi-final upset win over 2011 co-champion Jay Olson. Beverly will enter the cage having won five of his last six bouts and knows a win over Rankin will put him on the national map.
The preliminary bouts will feature some very familiar names to Midwest fight fans including the likes of Dave Graf, Dustin Passalacqua, JT Miller and RJ Buck among others. From top to bottom, Night of Champions promises to be one of the most competitive fight cards in Midwest MMA history.
NAAFS Night of Champions 2012 is set to take place on Saturday December 15th, 2012 at the Medina Fair Grounds in Medina, Ohio. First bell is scheduled for 6PM EST with doors opening at 4:30 PM. Tickets start at just $32 and range up to $102. Tickets can be purchased on line at www.NAAFS.tv , by calling 330-280-8442or at all Northeast Ohio Discount Drug Mart Locations. All bouts are subject to change.
Night of Champions 2012 is proudly sponsored by Intimidation Clothing, Discount Drug Mart, Tim Lally Chevrolet, Suavecito Tequila, Bud Light, Alpha Dog Gloves and Mr. John P Lennon.
Complete Night of Champions Fight Card:
Preliminary Amateur Bouts
155 lbs – Dave Graf 4-4 (Brickhouse MMA) vs TBA
155 lbs – Corey Dulaney 2-0 (Scrap House) vs Dustin Passalacqua 1-0 (Strong Style Fight Team)
185 lbs – JT Miller 2-0 (Strong Style Fight Team) vs TBA
145 lbs – Ronnie Shoemaker 7-2 (Buckeye MMA) vs RJ Buck 8-4 (Strong Style Fight Team)
National Amateur Championship Bouts
265 TITLE – Jordan Beverly 5-1 (Vision Dayton) vs James Rankin 6-3 (KomArts)
205 TITLE – Dan Stevenson 5-0 (Dojo Fight Club) vs TBA Wayne Lanum 8-0 (Buckeye Training Academy)
185 TITLE – Stephen Schlater 5-0 (Walker MuayThai/Prodigy MMA) vs Nick Halkides 3-1 (Evolve MMA)
155 TITLE – Fadi Shuman 3-0 (Mad Dog Fight Team) vs Nick Browne 4-0 (Uniontown Fight Club)
115 TITLE – Rachel Sazoff 4-2 (Team Almeida) vs Rebecca Heintzman 4-0 (Power of One MMA)
135 TITLE – Shane Valko 6-0 (The Mat Factory) vs Jerrell Hodge 5-1 (Brickhouse MMA)
145 TITLE – Dominic Mazzotta 6-1 (Ed Vincent MMA/Cho’s Taekwondo) vs Wes Hanson 7-0 (DawgHouse Gym)
Featured Professional Bouts
135 lbs – Isaiah Chapman 15-1 (Rock Hard MMA) vs Dustin Kempf 15-7 (Instigator Fight Team)
205 lbs – John Hawk 13-4-1 (Strong Style Fight Team) vs Lewis Rumsey 16-13 (Team Vicious)
155 TITLE – Torrance Taylor 11-7-1 (Rising Dragon) vs Terry Blackwell 8-1 (Instigator Fight Team)