Take a step back in time with MCC’s Superman
There are people who can fight. And there are people who love to fight. We love those fighters.
Let me set the stage. The year is 2003. The crowd was far less educated in mixed martial arts as they are today. Actually, back then you could give an opponent a foot to the face while they were lying face down on the mat and it was still considered okay. It was pretty much the wild west in Iowa’s early days of the sport. The place was Toad Holler Fight Club; a weekly show combined with grappling, boxing and no-holds barred fighting. Anyone looking for an adrenaline rush and an outlet to let out some rage was encouraged to sign a waiver and step inside the ring. No training? No problem! It was pretty much anything goes as long as you weren’t wearing shoes and your belt buckle was turned around. Jean shorts were perfectly acceptable. Oh, how the times have changed…. (more…)
As Delanoit steps in for Lopes, Cleveland embraces “Boogeyman” nickname
What started out with a pair of Brazilian fighters, scheduled to compete on MCC 60, had become one when MCC was notified in July that Romario “Junior Killer” Silva would be unable to fight due to scheduling conflicts. Yesterday, Lucas Lopes dropped off the card citing a disagreement with his management knocking him out of his anticipated fight against Rakim Cleveland.
MCC’s matchmaker John Halverson explained, “Lopes had agreed to all of the terms of the bout. We sent his contract over and he notified us he would execute and return it. When we didn’t receive it we followed up, and after several unanswered messages he finally replied that he would sign and return. Then, he contacted (Josh) Neer yesterday and said he couldn’t fight because he was not on good terms with his management and they were not allowing him to fight. Excuses. At the end of the day it’s excuses.”
Finding replacement fighters for Cleveland is something that MCC has become accustomed to. In fact, Halverson started calling him “Boogeyman” a year ago. After yesterday’s chain of events, Cleveland is ready to own the moniker.
Chance Cretsinger: cool, confident and ready to crack chins at MCC 60
Des Moines’ up and coming lightweight, Chance “The Milkman” Cretsinger may look like the boy next door, but make no mistakes about it, when the cage door shuts he’d rather spill your blood than your milk!
Cretsinger (9-3-1) has been tapped to face off against the reigning 155lb. kingpin Johnny “Banana’s” Wentland (11-7) to challenge him for his amateur lightweight championship; a title that Wentland earned by submitting two opponents in the same night at MCC 58 back in March.
MCC 60’s Mason Roberts; young, hungry, and focused
Just days after turning 18 years old and graduating high school, Porcelli-trained fighter Mason “The Monster” Roberts competed in his first mixed martial arts bout. Two minutes and two seconds later, he was officially an undefeated MMA competitor when he submitted fellow newcomer JJ Redmond at MCC 59.
With his first scrap out of the way he’s ready for a repeat performance.
MCC 60’s Stoney Stuart and Ago Huskic; there’s long awaited rematch brewing
Who doesn’t love a good rematch?
Essentially, a rematch is only good for a couple different reasons. First, fighter A was beating the crap out of fighter B and then fighter B came back and pulled out the win, or if the fight was closely contested and the extra rounds that come with a second (or even third) fight are warranted.
According to one half of the duo; Stoney Stuart, the first scenario absolutely applies.
MCC 60’s Rakim Cleveland is ready to make a statement
On September 4 Houston native and Des Moines transplant Rakim Cleveland will step back into the MCC cage for a fight that he hopes will set up his run towards the Super Bowl of mixed martial arts; the UFC.
After losing a five round decision to The Ultimate Fighter veteran John Poppie, Cleveland got back into the winning column in impressive fashion with a shutout performance over Mark Scudder this past month in Omaha’s Victory Fighting Championship; a fight card he shared with main event fighter and teammate Victor “Superman” Moreno.
Cleveland hopes to parlay that momentum as he prepares for his next assignment.
MCC 60’s Brad Davis has ‘stuff in the works’ along with plans for the future
On September 4th welterweight mixed martial artists Brad “Popeye” Davis and Spencer “The Arm Thief” Drish will step back in the cage together in a rematch from October 2013 bout that gave Dish his fourth win by way of arm bar submission and a polarizing nickname in the fight business.
Now, “Popeye” wants revenge.
A crowd favorite, Davis parlayed his boxing skills into an MMA startup, and if things go his way at MCC 60, he wants to close out his amateur career with a win and step into the professional ranks.
Roy Moore drops to welterweight, challenges for belt at MCC 60
MCC’s amateur middleweight champion Roy Moore wants to add another belt to his collection. To accomplish this he will drop one weight class and put his striking skills up against the grappling accolades of newly minted 170lb title holder Chris Breshears.
Moore, who has held the title for nearly two years has become one of the most successful prospects to come from MCC’s sister show, DMX. Known for his sheer athleticism and raw knock out power, Moore has been able to defeat tough as nails competitors like Justin “Fight of the Night” Fuson and Justen “The Cannon” Shannon in impressive form.
MCC’s matchmaker John Halverson explained, “When Roy said he wanted to drop to 170lb’s I immediately offered him a title shot. He’s as exciting as they come, and I think the weight drop will be great for Roy. Since he didn’t usually cut weight to make the middleweight limit, I doubt he will lose any power cutting to 170. He will, however, need to brush up on his grappling and submission defense skills. Breshears is no joke on the mat.”
Chris Breshears recently defeated Moore’s teammate Bob Gilmore with little trouble. Gilmore, another power puncher was not given the opportunity to display any of his striking prowess as he was immediately taken to the ground and submitted in the opening frame. Breshears, who upped his record to 8-2 will look to notch another mark in his belt with a win over Roy Moore; a win that would be the most notable of his
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Former champ Mark Stoddard replaces Silva, meets Moreno in title bout
Scheduling conflicts have knocked Romario da Silva out of his anticipated bout with MCC’s welterweight champion Victor Moreno, but a worthy adversary was quick to answer the call.
With Mark Stoddard (11-7) stepping up to the plate, the headlining bout is essentially a champion versus champion fight, and will be hotly contested after the Midwest’s most exciting promotion had tried to schedule this bout in vein, on a few occasions, before Stoddard opted to turn in his champion status and attempt to reclaim it at a later date. MCC’s John Halverson explained, “The timing of this opening is very favorable for MCC. Mark Stoddard has been on a tear lately. He’s beat a couple tough UFC vets, made an appearance in Bellator, and worked through some injuries. This is a fight we’ve been trying to put together since the beginning of 2014. Five out of six of Stoddard’s last fights have been title bouts which he has won. The work Moreno’s done in the cage lately speaks for itself. The crowd is in for a treat on September 4.”
As for Moreno, who is on a nice winning streak of his own, including a first round knockout of UFC vet, Bryan Houston, he has kept his sights focused on his game- not his opponent. With a “you line ‘em up, I’ll knock ‘em down” attitude, Moreno wants to add Mark Stoddard to his highlight reel of finishes as he takes one more step to getting his own shot in the Super Bowl of Mixed Martial Arts.
The championship title bout is scheduled for five- five minute rounds.
As for the remainder of the card, it’s stacking up to be another great night. Middleweight contender Rakim Cleveland faces off against Brazilian native Lucas Lopes, MCC newcomer Bryce McKeever makes his professional debut against the hard punching former title challenger Tony “Lil Crusher” Crowder, and up and coming Ago “Super Saiyan” Huskic and Stoney Stuart will settle a long standing score when the two go toe to toe inside the cage.
The 13-bout card will be held at Hy Vee Hall on September 4, and tickets for MCC 60 will go on sale July 20.
Fight fans can stay up to date with all of the latest news by visiting the MCC website,