WHAT: Oklahoma’s Rage in the Cage Mixed Martial Arts Promotions (R.I.T.C.) brings to you a special cage fight event Friday, January 10, 2014.
The main event will feature Bill Smallwood from Las Vegas, NV taking on Lamont “Ko-Kid” Stafford from Hobart, Okla.
In the semi-main event Sgt. Brad Harkins from Edmond, Okla. will square off against Art “The Shark” Parker from Weatherford, Okla. The full fight card as well as some fighter profiles and stories are below.
WHEN: Friday, January 10, 2014 @ 8 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM)
WHERE: OKC’s Farmers Public Market, 311 S. Klein Ave, OKC
COST: General Admission: $25.00, Premium: $35.00, VIP Table: $50.00 Tickets may be purchased at www.Ticketstorm.com
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Rage in the Cage (R.I.T.C.) Fight card
OKC Farmers Public Market, 311 S. Klein in OKC
Friday, January 10, 2014
Doors open @ 6:30 pm, Fights start at 8pm
Tickets @ www.ticketstorm.com
Amateur Matches 3×3’s:
1. Joel Midget (Tecumseh, OK) VS. Joseph Riddle (Ft Smith, AR)– 185
2. Kendrick Sloboh (OKC, OK) VS. Seth Martin (Wewoka, OK) – 205 lb
3. Jeremy Morton (Edmond, OK) VS. Derick Adkins (Edmond, OK) – 170 lb
4. Justin Sizemore (Moore, OK) VS. Kevin Gutierez (Shawnee, OK) — 145 lb
5. Jose Martinez (Ponca City, OK) VS. Ken Cook (Lawton, OK) — 155 lb
6. Josh Rawlinson (OKC, OK) VS. Zach Bradshaw (Choctaw, OK) — 225 lb
7. Jermain Neugent (Hobart,OK ) VS. Jay Barchue (OKC, OK) – 155 lb
8. Cody Young (Tecumseh, OK) VS. TBA — 125 lb
9. Carlos Garcia (Edmond, OK) VS. Eric Torres (Edmond, OK) – 145 lb
10. Julian Learned (Edmond, OK) VS. Kevin Goodin (Edmond, OK) – 170 lb
11. Melvin Francis (Midwest City, OK) VS. TBA — 185 lb
12. Jeremy Taylor (Ft. Smith, AR) Vs Carlos Watson(OKC, OK) – 145 lb
13. Alvin Law (Choctaw, OK) VS Levi Drake (Norman, OK) – 170 lb
14. Christopher Shifflet (Woodward, OK) VS. Ken Coulter (OKC, OK)– 155 lb
15. Austin Gunter (McCloud, OK) VS. Donald Maddox (Lawton, OK) –155 lb
16. Landon Moore (Bartlesville, OK) Vs Jermaine Hooks (OKC, OK) – 145 lb
17. Wiliam Weaver (Ponca City, OK) VS. TBA – 145 lb
Intermission with Pro Grappling Match:
- Jeremy Spoon (Chickisha, OK) Vs Omar French (Tulsa, OK)
SEMI-MAIN EVENT: Pro 3×5:
- Art Parker (Weatherford, OK) VS. Brad Harkins (Edmond, OK) – 185 lb
MAIN EVENT: Pro 3×5:
- Lamont Stafford (Hobart, OK) VS. Bill Smallwood (Kingston OK/Madill, OK/Las Vegas, NV) – 190 lb
**Card Subject To Change
Oklahoma Man Kicks Alcohol Addiction to Become Pro Mixed Martial Artist
The Story of Bill Smallwood
By: Kimber Shafer, RITC News Director/Reporter
His life lay in ruins, saddened and depressed from the loss of his father, professional mixed martial artist Bill Smallwood finally had hit rock bottom. A loss in the cage to UFC middleweight title contender C.B. Dollaway finally pushed Smallwood over the edge. “In 2010 a family history of alcoholism had caught up with me, I was homeless and had nowhere to really turn to,” said Smallwood. “I went into rehab in Las Vegas and I finally sought help with a twelve-step program.” Thanks to the rehab program, Smallwood was able to pull free from that downward spiral and turn his life around. It was through his own struggles he realized he wanted to help others. “I am now able to show others like me a different way of life, to be a pro fighter, to be successful in life and I am now a spokesperson,” said Smallwood.
Smallwood grew up in Kingston, Okla. and realized success in wrestling at a very young age. “By the time I was in first grade I won a national title and then won a second national title in third grade and a third national title in fifth Grade,” said Smallwood.
He credits his mom for teaching him how to be a champion. “She’d wake up 4:00 a.m. and drive to Oklahoma City and spend all day at a wrestling tournament to get me good competition and then she would drive home get 4 hours of sleep, then wake up and go to her job 40 miles away in Sherman, Texas,” said Smallwood. “The sacrifices that woman has given me are endless and I’m grateful.”
After graduating from Madill High School, Smallwood was awarded a wrestling scholarship to Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla. His junior year he transferred to the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond where he graduated in 2005 with a Finance Degree with a Minor in Marketing. Shortly after graduation, he moved to Florida to pursue a career in marketing. “In 2007 I started to learn boxing, muay thai and jiu jitsu,” said Smallwood. “I don’t ever think that I am a full cup of water meaning I would hate to think I am un-coachable. Twenty-seven years later, I often realize how much I can learn.”
Later that year, Smallwood went pro as an MMA fighter and had a lot of early success. “My most successful fight was against Rico Cato, we were on a C3 fight card & Rico was undefeated,” said Smallwood. “I won on a unanimous decision and it also was a fight of the night with lots of ground and pound, transitions and stand up. I had a lot of fun doing it and it gave me more momentum after a loss to Ultimate Fighter winner Kelvin Gastelum.”
His next goal is a win against Lamont “Ko-kid” Stafford at Oklahoma City’s Rage in the Cage Friday, January 10, 2014. “I am ready for Lamont,” said Smallwood. “Boxers don’t do to well in MMA. I have trained with K.J. Noons; he is probably one of the best boxers in MMA. Lamont has very long reach he is 6’6”. I am sparring guys like former World Extreme Cagefighting champion Mike Pyle and tall strikers to close the distance. I have been working on cardio because sooner or later it will be ending up on the ground. I am also being more and more patient and picking solid shots.”
Smallwood has high hopes for 2014. “By the end of the year, I would like to be on television with Bellator as well as have two more new casinos booked with an MMA fight organization so we can provide new opportunities to up and coming fighters.”
You can cheer Smallwood on for his first fight of 2014 at the Oklahoma City Public Farmers Market at 311 S. Klein. Get your ticket athttp://www.ticketstorm.com.
Fighter Profile: Bill Smallwood
Pro Record: 3-4-0 (W-L-D)
Weight: 185 lbs
Out of: Las Vegas, NV/Madill, OK/Kingston, OK
Four Reasons to Fight: The Story of Lamont “Ko-kid” Stafford
By: Kimber Shafer, Rage in the Cage OKC News Director/Reporter
A father of 4, Oklahoma Mixed Martial Artist Lamont “Ko kid” Stafford fights for a better life for his kids.
“I grew up in a broken home where my mother struggled to make ends meet,” said Stafford. “I will do what it takes to make sure my kids don’t grow up like that.”
With that motivation, Stafford began his MMA career about 8 years ago and dominated as an amateur.
“I hardly ever lost a fight, but that actually hurt me when I went pro because no one wanted to fight me,” said Stafford. “I had to take the tough fights against fighters that had crazy solid records because no one with a similar record would ever fight me. I’ve fought about 20 fights in all, 12 amateur fights and 8 pro and have only lost 6 and one disqualification.”
Stafford has taken on some tough competitors such as Bellator’s Jason Butcher, King of the Cage star Isaque Martinez and the UFC’s Zak Cummings.
Now, he turns his sights onto former Oklahoman Bill Smallwood, now currently living in Las Vegas, NV.
“I know the only way he would have a chance to beat me is if he takes me to the ground,” said Stafford. “If he stands up and fights me I will knock him out in under a minute and a half and you can quote me on that.”
Stafford says he’s been practicing on the ground and practicing maneuvers to get back on his feet.
“I’ll need to make him fight my fight instead of me fighting his,” said Stafford. “I’ve been training with Ryan McCurdy and some other solid wrestlers are in my corner getting me ready for the fight.”
Stafford says Smallwood needs to bring his hard hat because he is ready to win this fight. You can see it live at Oklahoma City’s Public Farmers Market, 311 S. Klein on Friday, January 10th, 2014. Doors open at 6:30 pm, fights begin at 8pm.
Fighter Profile: Lamont “Ko-Kid” Stafford
Pro Record: 4-4-0 (W-L-D)
Weight: 185 lbs
Out of: Hobart, OK
Sgt. Brad Harkins, Bio
The tragedy that unfolded on 9-11, spurred him to join the U.S. Army and fight for our country, now Sgt. Brad Harkins, Edmond, Okla., is using his military training as a professional mixed martial artist. Harkins will showcase his skills Fri. Jan. 10, 2014, at Oklahoma City’s Rage in the Cage XXV to be held at Oklahoma City’s Farmers Public Market.
Harkins graduated from Edmond Memorial High School in 1998 and attended Western State College in Gunnison, CO. Shortly after the events of 9-11 he joined the United States Army, where he became a tanker. He served his country from 2002-2006 including a tour in Iraq from 2003-2005. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medial with Valor, Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award, and Expert Marksman Award. He loves his country and served with honor.
Harkins married his high school sweetheart, Lacey Redfearn-Harkins, in 2004 while home on leave from Iraq. The couple has two children, 6 year-old Gunner Madox and two year-old Glee Matilda.
Soon after returning from Iraq, Harkins began training in Mixed Martial Arts. He now trains at Oklahoma Wrestling Academy and specializes in a combination of kickboxing, wrestling, and jiu jitsu.
Fighter Profile: Brad Harkins
Pro Record: 1-2-0 (W-L-D)
Height: 6′ 0″
Out of: Edmond, OK
Fighter Profile: Art “The Shark” Parker
Fighter Name: Art “The Shark” Parker
MMA Record: pro 2-2-0 ammy 11-2-0 (W-L-D)
Out of: Weatherford, Okla.
Train from :SWOL
Reason you are an MMA fighter:I fight because I cant sing or dance and God gave me bricks for hands.
Fighting Style and Background: I started with boxing and then I found karate and received my blackbelts in several disciplines of japanese karate-do and have fought everywhere from huge arenas in Louisiana to bar room cages in Kansas and Nebraska.
Personal info: I like long walks on the beach, a cold beer after a long day and heavy metal music.
MMA Background & Accomplishments: I’ve held three championships and I was the youngest welterweaight champion in Oklahoma at age sixteen.
MMA Short & Long Term Goals: Short term, Im going to win my fight on Jan 10 at OKC RITC and long term is I’m going to support my family with my fighting.