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From MCC to the UFC; the trend continues
Johnny "Hollywood" Case

Johnny “Hollywood” Case

From MCC to the UFC; the trend continues

Just last week, UFC announced that the ‘super bowl of mixed martial arts’ has signed MCC lightweight champion, Johnny “Hollywood” Case to a multi-fight deal. Later this month, he will face another Midwest debutante, Joe Ellenberger, who coincidentally has fought inside the MCC cage as well.

And just like that, another MCC fighter reaches the next step towards his ultimate dream.

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Van Meer drops off MCC 54, replaced by Sean Huffman to face Rakim Cleveland
Rakim Cleveland

Rakim Cleveland

Van Meer drops off MCC 54, replaced by Sean Huffman to face Rakim Cleveland

It looks like the grudge will continue between Mike “Mini Van” Van Meer and Rakim Cleveland as an injury has taken the former middleweight champion out of their scheduled bout at MCC 54.

“It happens,” MCC matchmaker, John Halverson said. “Fighters get injured in training and have to pull out. I’ve known Mike for a long time, and I think that for any other fight he may have tried to tough it out. But, Mike respects Cleveland’s skills as a mixed martial artist, and let’s face it; this has been a long-standing grudge. Van Meer wants to be 100%, or as close as possible, when he steps in there for this.”

Although Van Meer had asked for the bout to be scheduled for a later date, Cleveland said that he has been training too hard not to fight on the June 27 card and said he would fight anyone that stepped up.

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Benly Xamonty to Jordan Neer: “His biggest mistake would be underestimating me”
Benly Xamonty

Benly Xamonty

Benly Xamonty to Jordan Neer: “His biggest mistake would be underestimating me”

By Aaron Young

Featherweight fighter Benly Xamonty heads into every fight with the same mentality: Going to war and having fun doing it.

“ [I’ll be] looking for the finish when that knockout moment presents itself,” Xamonty said.

With a 7-0 amateur record and 2-2 as a professional, Xamonty will go toe-to-toe with Jordan Neer at MCC 54: Grigsby vs. Morrow. His two professional wins have come by way of knockouts – the most recent at MCC 39 “Domination” – where he knocked out Nick Walker early in the first round at 2:09.

So far, Xamonty has been focusing a lot on his ground game and polishing his stand up tremendously, because there is where he wants to keep the fight.

“My camp is going good,” he said. “I’m the strongest and fastest I’ve ever been. It’s going to be one hell of a fight.”

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Jessy Ebrecht set to make a strong showing at first MCC event
MCC 54 - 06/27/14

MCC 54 – 06/27/14

Jessy Ebrecht set to make a strong showing at first MCC event

By Aaron Young

An 0-2 amateur fighter competing at 175-pounds, Jessy Ebrecht will be in pursuit of his first mixed martial arts win as he takes on Jake Sherman at MCC 54: Grigsby vs. Morrow.

His first two matches, Ebrecht said he went in without any training. Exiting the cage in both of those losses, however, the young brawler took his performances to heart and knew he needed to spend more time preparing.

He’s been doing just that for this upcoming bout – his first appearance at Midwest Cage Championship.

“I have a good amount of training in already and plenty more in me before fight night,” Ebrecht said. “Wrestling defense is a big thing I’ve been working on, but I’ve also been working on my striking combinations and technique, not so much with power because I know I have the strength advantage.”

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Q+A with MCC 54’s Rakim Cleveland
Rakim Cleveland

Rakim Cleveland

Q+A with MCC 54’s Rakim Cleveland

By Aaron Young

In just a little under a month, Rakim Cleveland will be locked in the MCC cage with Mike “Mini Van” VanMeer in fight No. 11 of 14 in what is already considered to be one of Midwest Cage Championship’s most talked about fight cards of the year.

Read what Cleveland had to say about his June 27 fight and his preparations for it!

Name: Rakim Cleveland, middleweight fighter fighting a catch weight fight at 200-pounds

Record: professional record of 9-5.

Opponent: Mike VanMeer (professional record of 38-30)

What do you know about your opponent: Mike is a tough guy with a good chin, heavy hands and a big mouth. I look forward to fighting him.

Where do you see this fight going: I look to keep the fight standing, but I’m prepared for the fight wherever it goes.

How has training been: My training camp is going very well, and I’m not really working on one thing in particular. I just work to make all my skills better.

Final comments: I just want to thank MCC and its staff for having me on the card and for the fans to be ready for a great showcase. As for Mike, all I have to say to him is bring it!

Performance Nutrition Plus and Kamodo Klub present, MCC 54: Grigsby vs. Morrow, Friday, June 27, at Hy-Vee Hall located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Tickets are available starting at $25 and can be purchased online at www.MidwestCageChampionship.com, at the Wells Fargo Arena Box Office and at any Dahl’s Food Store ticket outlet.

Fight fans can stay up-to-date with all the action by visiting www.MidwestCageChampioship.com, and be sure to follow MCC on Twitter at @MCC_Fights and “like” MCC on Facebook.

Demi “The Human Destroyer” Deeds: “I’m on a mission for that lightweight title and he is not going to stand in my way!”
Demi Deeds

Demi Deeds

Demi “The Human Destroyer” Deeds: “I’m on a mission for that lightweight title and he is not going to stand in my way!”

By Aaron Young

Typically battling in the lightweight division at 155-pounds the last few years, Demi “The Human Destroyer” Deeds has made the move back into the welterweight division (170-pounds) for his fight at MCC 54: Grigsby vs. Morrow.

“I moved to lightweight a couple years ago as I consider myself a smaller welterweight and walk around weighing 182-pounds. Other welterweights walk around sometimes near 200-pounds,” Deeds said.

Deeds’ last fight ended in his liking, defeating Josh Lee Marker due to knockout strikes in the first round at January’s show, MCC 51: Howser vs. Henry. Now, the 17-12, 12 year professional fighter will square off with David Severe in just a little under a month at MCC 54.

“What I know about my opponent is that he seems to be a good wrestler and is someone that will be able to put on an entertaining back-and-forth fight, which I like,” Deeds said.

Severe comes into the match with a 7-11 record and is in the midst of suffering back-to-back losses in his past two fights. Even though every fighter needs some sort of a game plan or idea heading into a fight, Deeds said he has been fighting long enough to know that after one or two minutes after the cage has been locked and the gloves have been tapped, the game plan usually goes out the window.

For Deeds, it’s more of a fighting off a “killer instinct.”

I usually try to keep certain things I’ve worked on in the back of mind as the fight goes on,” Deeds said. “I see Dave going for a takedown once he feels my power standing up, and if we do go down, I’m perfectly fine breaking his arm.”

Training has been going well Deeds said for this fight, especially considering he didn’t have to lose any weight for this fight.

“I don’t have to worry about dieting and watching my weight daily,” Deeds said.

“The Human Destroyer” would like to thank MCC co-owners John Halverson and Ryan Hass for having him on the card and treating all of the fighters so well.

“Those two are great business people and that’s why MCC is as successful as it is today,” Deeds said. “I would also like to thank 5150 Tattoo Studio, GetSomeGuns Gun Shop and any fans I do have an appreciate.”

As for Severe, Deeds wants his opponent to know that this will be no easy fight.

“I want him to understand I never overlook any of my past opponents nor will I with him, but once that cage door closes, I’m not interesting in winning the fight by point or by judges’ score cards. I’m in that cage to hurt him,” Deeds said. “If he thinks by taking me to the ground is safe, he is wrong because if I get a hold of an arm I am breaking it! If I get his neck, he will go to sleep! I’m on a mission for that lightweight title and he is not going to stand in my way!”

Performance Nutrition Plus and Kamodo Klub present, MCC 54: Grigsby vs. Morrow, Friday, June 27, at Hy-Vee Hall located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Tickets are available starting at $25 and can be purchased online at www.MidwestCageChampionship.com, at the Wells Fargo Arena Box Office and at any Dahl’s Food Store ticket outlet.

Fight fans can stay up-to-date with all the action by visiting www.MidwestCageChampioship.com, and be sure to follow MCC on Twitter at @MCC_Fights and “like” MCC on Facebook.

2-0 Zach Oviatt privileged to be on same card with many big name fighters
Zach Oviatt & Timmy Gorman

Zach Oviatt & Timmy Gorman

2-0 Zach Oviatt privileged to be on same card with many big name fighters

By Aaron Young

Amassing an amateur record of 2-0 to begin his mixed martial arts career, Zach Oviatt is scheduled to square off with Jake Etter on June 27 at MCC 54: Grigsby vs. Morrow.

The only thing Oviatt knows about the man across from him in the cage is the location of the gym he trains at. That’s more than enough Oviatt needs to know.

“I don’t really care. I’m stepping in there with the intentions of hurting whoever is in front of me,” Oviatt said.

His fight plan is to be determined by whichever way the fight goes.

“I will stand and bang with him, been really focusing on my stand up. But I have been wrestling since I’ve been about 5-years-old, so I’m not really worried where it ends up. I’m ready for anything,” Oviatt said.

Training camp has been going great, according to Oviatt. He has been training at THEE Elite in Des Moines, and top fighters such as Timmy Gorman has helped him prepare for his MCC 54 matchup.

“He (Gorman) has been really helping me with my stand up along with Brian Green, Paul Bird and a lot of other really good professionals around Des Moines. I am ready for anything thrown at me,” Oviatt said.

Scheduled at fight No. 3 on the 14-bout card, Oviatt said he is honored to be on the same card with many big name fighters and has been thinking about it every day since his fight was added to the lineup.

“I’m extremely excited to get locked in that cage. I’m going to put on a good show and I would like to thank all of the MCC staff for this opportunity!”

Performance Nutrition Plus and Kamodo Klub present, MCC 54: Grigsby vs. Morrow, Friday, June 27, at Hy-Vee Hall located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Tickets are available starting at $25 and can be purchased online at www.MidwestCageChampionship.com, at the Wells Fargo Arena Box Office and at any Dahl’s Food Store ticket outlet.

Fight fans can stay up-to-date with all the action by visiting www.MidwestCageChampioship.com, and be sure to follow MCC on Twitter at @MCC_Fights and “like” MCC on Facebook.

Johnny “Bananas” Wentland focused on getting back to winning ways
Johnny Wentland

Johnny Wentland

Johnny “Bananas” Wentland focused on getting back to winning ways
By Aaron Young

Coming into his matchup at MCC 54: Grigsby vs. Morrow with an amateur record set at 21-12, Johnny “Bananas” Wentland is ready to live up to his nickname once again.

He’ll be taking on Andrew Miller – a fighter Wentland said he knows nothing about other than his 2-1 record.

“My game plan for this fight is to feel him out and wait for my opportunity to strike,” Wentland said. “I feel like I am a well-rounded fighter and have no problem keeping the fight standing or taking it to the ground. I’ll wait until he shows a weakness and exploit it.”

Once riding a five-match win streak that lasted from April of last year through October, Wentland heads into Fight Night after tapping out to Adil Benjilany early in the first round at MCC 51, the show’s first event to open 2014. Fast-forwarding to today, almost five months have passed and he’s determined to get back to his winning ways after a grueling training camp.

“Training is going well. I have just been fine tuning my skills and working on becoming a stronger and faster athlete,” Wentland said.

And come June 27, “Bananas” is sure to come out loose and wild against the competition.

“I’d like to thank everyone at Des Moines MMA for pushing me for this fight and thank the MCC for having me back for such a stacked fight card,” Wentland said.

Performance Nutrition Plus and Kamodo Klub present, MCC 54: Grigsby vs. Morrow, Friday, June 27, at Hy-Vee Hall located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Tickets are available starting at $25 and can be purchased online at www.MidwestCageChampionship.com, at the Wells Fargo Arena Box Office and at any Dahl’s Food Store ticket outlet.

Fight fans can stay up-to-date with all the action by visiting www.MidwestCageChampioship.com, and be sure to follow MCC on Twitter at @MCC_Fights and “like” MCC on Facebook (Facebook.com/MCC.Fights).

MCC 54 official weigh in event to be held at Beer Can Alley, after party at Kamodo Klub
MCC 54 - 6/27/14

MCC 54 – 6/27/14

MCC 54 official weigh in event to be held at Beer Can Alley, after party at Kamodo Klub

By MCC

May 30, 2014

Des Moines, IA- Midwest Cage Championship announced today that on Thursday, June 25 the fighters will weigh in and face off at Beer Can Alley in the Court Ave. district, downtown Des Moines.

Fighters will arrive and start the weigh in process at 6pm and take the stage at 7pm to face off. Fight fans can stop out and cheer on their favorite fighter as they get face to face in preparation for their bout which will take place at Hy Vee Hall just 24 hours later.

Beer Can Alley, a country-themed bar located at 216 Court Ave. in the Court Center is a great place to go for a rockin’ good time with your friends. You don’t have to be fresh off the farm to enjoy this place!

The party continues at Kamodo Klub immediately following the main event!

Kamodo Klub, just a few short blocks away from Hy Vee Hall will host the official after fight party. Kamodo Klub features three floors to party and dance on while listening to the hottest music by some of the most talented DJ’s in the area.

And don’t forget, bottle service will be available! After an action packed night of fights at MCC fans can meet up and recap the event at Kamodo Klub. Bring your party pants with you!

Performance Nutrition Plus and Kamodo Klub present, MCC 54: “Grigsby vs. Morrow”, Friday, June 27 at Hy Vee Hall, downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Tickets are available, starting at just $25.00 at www.MidwestCageChampionship.com, at the Wells Fargo Box office and all Dahl’s Food Store ticket outlets.

Fight fans can stay up to date with all the action by visiting www.MidwestCageChampionship.com. Make sure to like MCC on Facebook and follow them on Twitter (@MCC_Fights)

XYIENCE Joins Team for MCC 54: Grigsby vs. Morrow
MCC 54 - 6/27/14

MCC 54 – 6/27/14

XYIENCE Joins Team for MCC 54: Grigsby vs. Morrow

This week, the marketing team with MCC announced that XYIENCE, one of the leading brands of energy drinks and supplements will be on site at Hy Vee Hall on June 27 for MCC 54: Grigsby vs. Morrow.

Established in 2004 and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, the company spent nearly two years preparing for their biggest product launch to date; Xenergy- a performance energy drink that is regarded as the official energy drink of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

An MCC rep stated, “When you think about Xyience and their presence at UFC events and worldwide broadcasts it’s a great thing to see the company supporting MMA at a regional level. We are excited to have them at one of our biggest events.”

Xyience will have a promotional booth set up so that fight fans can get a preview of their products and taste Xenergy; the same energy drink that fuels champions.

Performance Nutrition Plus and Kamodo Klub present, MCC 54: “Grigsby vs. Morrow”, Friday, June 27 at Hy Vee Hall, downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Tickets are available, starting at just $25.00 at www.MidwestCageChampionship.com, at the Wells Fargo Box office and all Dahl’s Food Store ticket outlets.

Fight fans can stay up to date with all the action by visiting www.MidwestCageChampionship.com.
Make sure to like MCC on Facebook and follow them on Twitter (@MCC_Fights)

MCC 54 Set for June 27 With 14 Fights
MCC 54 - 06/27/14

MCC 54 – 06/27/14

MCC 54 Set for June 27 With 14 Fights

The Midwest’s most popular promotion is set for their June 27 return to Hy Vee Hall, however, this show will feature fourteen fights instead of the usual twelve.

MCC’s matchmaker, John Halverson explained, “We started the card with a couple key match ups and fighters were messaging us to get on the card. This card basically put itself together.”

Headlining the event will be former light heavyweight champion, Chuck “The Reverend” Grigsby and Rob Morrow. They will fight in a scheduled five-round bout for the vacant 205 lb. championship.

Performance Nutrition Plus

Performance Nutrition Plus

“Chuck never lost his title,” Halverson continued. “He was called up to the WEC; the big stage, so he was never beaten. He gave up the belt and pursued his dream in the WEC and then in M1 Global. Chuck’s had some high profile fights in the US and out of the country. He has a lot of experience. Now he wants the chance to come back and fight Rob Morrow to try and reclaim the belt.”

In addition to Grigsby, another old school fighter returns to the cage: Josh “The Dentist” Neer, a fourteen-time UFC veteran who holds wins over Joe Stevenson, Melvin Guillard, Mac Danzig, Duane Ludwig and Keith Wiesnewski amongst others. Neer will face off against Ron Jackson, a Kansas City-based fighter with plenty of experience against big show vets.

Halverson added, “Neer joined MCC earlier this year as a partner, but given his desire to fight this Summer we gave him a break from his promotional duties so he would be able to train and compete. Josh will oversee talent and fighter relations for MCC. He has an incredible bond with local fighters as well as nationwide talent. He is well respected and has all the experience you could ask for; from the smallest to the biggest show.”

In a battle to settle a long standing grudge, MCC newcomer Rakim Cleveland will go toe to toe with another former champ in Mike “Mini Van” Van Meer. Jordan Neer, the cousin of Josh Neer will fight kickboxing standout Benly Xamonty, and Demi Deeds, Donovan Carboney, and Stoney Stuart will return to the cage. Plus, up and comers like Ago Huskic, Nate Endres, Chris Avery, Levi Thompson, Johnny Wentland and Jake & Grant Sherman will look to showcase their talent on June 27.

“The card is stacked from top to bottom,” Halverson said. “Tickets have been flying out the door and we expect a packed house on June 27. From the feedback we’ve already received I think the fight fans are excited too.”

Performance Nutrition Plus and Kamodo Klub present, MCC 54: “Grigsby vs. Morrow”, Friday, June 27 at Hy Vee Hall, downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Tickets are available, starting at just $25.00 at www.MidwestCageChampionship.com, at the Wells Fargo Box office and all Dahl’s Food Store ticket outlets.

Fight fans can stay up to date with all the action by visiting www.MidwestCageChampionship.com.
Make sure to like MCC on Facebook and follow them on Twitter (@MCC_Fights)

TICKETS ON SALE- MCC 54: GRIGSBY vs MORROW
Friday - June 27

Friday – June 27

On Friday, June 27 Midwest Cage Championship returns to Hy Vee Hall for the blockbuster mixed martial event of the year. MCC 54: “Grigsby vs. Morrow” features a main event title bout scheduled for five rounds between WEC & M1 veteran, Chuck “The Reverend” Grigsby against Bellator alum and current light heavyweight contender, Rob Morrow. Grigsby held the first every MCC light heavyweight belt before he left for the big show and is intent on getting back the gold. Morrow, who defeated crowd favorite Jesse Lund plans on taking the belt back to Chicago with him.

Plus, fourteen time UFC fighter, Josh “The Denist” Neer will make his long awaited return to the MCC cage. “The Dentist” holds wins over TUF Winner’s like Joe Stevenson and Mac Danzig as well as submission wins knock out artists Melvin Guillard and Duane “Bang” Ludwig. Known for his raw talent and heart, Neer has been one of the most popular fighters in the game for over ten years. He’ll be fighting alongside his cousin, Jordan “The Country Boy” Neer who looks to keep his perfect professional record intact when he faces kickboxing standout Benly Xamonty.

In one of the evening’s feature events, a long-time grudge match will be settled when Rakim Cleveland and former title holder Mike “Mini Van” Van Meer go head to head, while powerhouse Demi “The Human Destroyer” Deeds returns to the cage to take one step closer to a title shot and former bantamweight kingpin, Will “The Thrill” Shutt will throw down in hopes to keep his winning momentum going.

MCC’s matchmaker, John Halverson said, “From top to bottom the card is stacked. It’s an exciting time for MCC with the influx of talent we’ve acquired, and I can assure you that every one of these fighters are looking to make an impact. This is the one show that you don’t want to miss.”

With 14 exciting fights scheduled for MCC 54 fight fans can expect an action packed night of MMA that only Midwest Cage Championship can deliver.

Performance Nutrition Plus and Kamodo Klub present, MCC 54: “Grigsby vs. Morrow”, Friday, June 27 at Hy Vee Hall, downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Tickets are available, starting at just $25.00 at www.MidwestCageChampionship.com, at the Wells Fargo Box office and all Dahl’s Food Store ticket outlets.

Fight fans can stay up to date with all the action by visiting www.MidwestCageChampionship.com.
Make sure to like MCC on Facebook and follow them on Twitter (@MCC_Fights)


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