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Were Baaaack!!!

October 27th, 2013

After a lil vacation…well more like a hiatus, the collective brain here at YoungstownMMA.com, have decided to take another stab at making this one of the premier websites to follow and check for your hopefully daily MMA news, products, clothing, equip….well you get the picture! We are in the process of lining up some interviews, gyms, and just all around bad asses to talk to, and catch on video. Yes we are YoungstownMMA.com, but don’t let that fool ya! We’ll be going to Pittsburgh, Cleveland, obviously Youngstown and everywhere we feel is somewhere we need to be! Hell we might even dabble into a podcast! I know, I know, this is one gigantic run-on sentence, but this is a site for fighters, developed by a boxer, and narrated by a guy who deals with fighters! All bets are off, no holds are barred, you want real, you got it!

If you have an opinion about a fighter, we want to hear it.

If you have an opinion about a gym, we want to voice to for you.

If you know a poser, and feel he needs outed, lets get it done!

If your looking for a gym, and you’re a “free agent” or an “independent fighter, we’ll help you find a home.

Stay tuned, bookmark this bad boy. We’re coming!

Campbell Martial Arts

March 13th, 2013

In an old brick building, up on a hill. Located just outside the Soup City, Campbell Ohio sits what I personally consider a hidden gem in the mixed martial arts world. Campbell Martial Arts, is like that one girlfriend/boyfriend you dated years ago, decided to end it, then you see her/him years later and shes/hes developed into an amazing piece of work. Newly appointed Shihan, Andrew Boehlke started Campbell Martial Arts 9 years in the basement of St. Lucy’s Church.

With just a hand full of guys, and now has parlayed that into a gym that has 2 current mixed martial arts champions, 1 former champion, and 4 black belts in charge or daily teachings. Aside from day to day training and operations, Andy is prepping for his last hoorah in his original love affair, of Karate. In July Andy will give it one last go, in hopes of capturing a world title in Orlando at the US Open World Karate Championships. A 16 year karate career, over 80 full contact fights, 6 years of wrestling, and dabbles in some jui-jitsu, Andy is a well qualified teacher/trainer/mentor to the kids and adults that he encounters on a daily basis. And I almost forgot about him being a licensed USA Boxing Coach as well.

Talking to Andy, I`ve asked the question, Whats the current state and future have in store for CMA? His response, “in the future, were gonna train more champions, and continue to grow”……hes obviously short with media, hes notoriously humble for his accomplishments. Now were gonna talk about Team CMA MMA, 7 years ago, the love for mixed martial arts blossomed. Starting the MMA program, Andy found that applying his strongest suit, Shotokan Karate, was like a match made in heaven. In 7 years, Team CMA has successfully stayed as one of the Elite gyms in the tri-county area, possibly in Northeast Ohio. (I`ll have my people check on that) With people driving from, Greenville PA, Salem OH, Sharon/Hermitage PA, hes obviously doing something right! With daily attendance hovering anywhere from 10-25 guys nightly, classes are big, rooms are small. Sounds congested and chaotic right? But its not, with 3 to 4 instructors aside from Andy, there is alot of 1 on 1 learning. With kids classes in karate and wrestling and adult classes in Karate, Jui-Jitsu, Wrestling, Striking, there is always something going on! He`s (Andy) has never settled for par for his guys, bringing in the areas best in Boxing, Jitsu, Judo, Karate. With a resident pro boxer Darnell Boone, and a world class Boxing coach in Sammy Calderon. Jiu-Jitsu is held down by Tom Scala, Shotokan Karate is taught by Shihan Andy, and black belts John Moran, Michael “Taco” Cardona, and Davis Oracio Jr. With seminars by Jason Dent, Donny Walker, Mark Coleman, Wes Sims, Andrew Law and some others, you can see that’s these guys are top notch in their respective crafts.

Now here`s what i love about the place, EVERYONE HAS NO EGO! Champions train with 1st day guys. If there is something someone doesn’t understand or cant quite nail down, I personally have seen no less the 6 guys stop to help. That in itself is an amazing quality, taught and instilled in everyone who walks thru the famed double doors under the huge Campbell Martial Arts sign. As you read this article, you might say “wait Mr. Frohman, your sounding super biased” i`d honestly tell you, you’re right. Its a blue collar gym, with blue collar people. A tireless work ethic, combined with a heart the big as the state of Ohio, how can you not root for these guys, this gym? You have seen these guys, you know, that fight show you went to, you see the sea of Black and Red, the “tunnel”, the chants… Many guys who fight there tell me its such a rush to know that when the announcer calls your name, you hear the chants, your walked to the cage with 30 of your closest brothers, the last thing you see before the cage is closed, the first thing you see when you walk out, is your team, your family! Now with all that being said, if your thinking about whats the prices? The schedule? I got ya covered!

***Coaches/Instructors***
Shihan Andrew Boehlke
John Moran
Mike Cardona
Davis Oracio Jr.
Tom Scala- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Levi Hively- Wrestling Coach
Sam Calderon- Boxing Coach/ Founder of United City Boxing Club

Monday 7pm to 9pm
Tuesday 5pm to 9pm
Wednesday 7pm to 9m
Thursday 5pm to 9pm
Friday 6pm to 9pm
Saturday 11am to 1pm
Sunday 12pm to 2pm

**Pricing**
Unlimited Classes: $65 a Month
3 to 6 Days a Week: $55 a Month
1 to 3 Days a Week: $50 a Month

*Daily Mat Fee: $15 a Session*
**Private Instructions are available at the rate of $30 and Hour**
***Kids Karate Classes: $45 a Month***

www.facebook.com/fightCMA

Guest Posts and Such

August 5th, 2012

We here at YoungstownMMA feel that a way to further our relationship with fighters, gym owners, promoters, and coaches is to let you write and submit to us. So this is my call to you, if you have anything to share i.e. Your personal journey, why you fight, why you coach or anything that you would deem appropriate, please write it out, and send it to us via the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/youngstownmma or to [email protected] Even if you have suggestions on how to improve what we`re doing! Aside from providing more content, it will let others know whats on your mind about the sport we love! AS always you will receive 100% credit and recognition.

Thanks For the Loyalty,
Jif

St. Lucy`s Summer Brawl 1

August 2nd, 2012

This past saturday, Chuck Haskell held his second event ever in the confines of the Palermo Centre at St. Lucys Church in Campbell, Ohio. With major help from Campbell Martial Arts head honcho, Andy Boehlke providing 7 fighters, The card was slated to have 14 fights, but due to various reasons only 11 went off. None the less, they were 12 crazy action packed fights, with 7 ending in the FIRST round! Card results are listed below:

1st Fight: Ray Payne vs Kahle McCauley- Ray Payne gets the W with a 17 second tko in the 1st Round

2nd Fight: Corey Breckner vs Jamie Fleck: Corey Breckner picks up the W with a Ref stoppage at 2:12 in the 2nd Round

3rd Fight: Colin McClafferty vs Nate Johnson: Went to the cards, and Colin gets the Unanimous Decision

4th Fight: Nicholas Branko Busick vs Jon Stafford: Busick picks up the win by TKO, 12 seconds into the 1st Round

5th Fight: Robert Conklin vs Cheney Matarrese: Conklin gets the win at 51 seconds in the first round via Armbar

6th Fight: Kenney Rossey vs Yvegen “Geno” Slipko: Slipko gets the W via Unanimous Decision

7th Fight: Frank Sackela vs Jake Schilling: Schilling wins via Trangle Choke in the 1st Round

8th Fight: Matt Pesa vs Desmond Carroll: Carroll wins via TKO at 45 seconds in the 1st round

9th Fight: Matt Hester vs Mike Marshall: Hester picks up the W with a Split Decision win

10th Fight: Jimmy Cerra vs Charlie Gathers: Gathers wins 19 seconds in the first round via KO

Interium Title Fight: Anthony Policastro vs Mark Wiant: Wiant gets the W by Ref Stoppage in the 1st Round

**Pictures of the fights can be found here: http://chelseahenrie.zenfolio.com/summerbrawl** Also if your interested in purchasing prints message Chelsea on facebook here: www.facebook.com/ckhenrie

Shout Out to- Mark Cherico, Adam Milstead, Brendan Lee Hinkle, Mike “Golden Greek” Mihas, Matt Presnar, Devin Williams

Aisha is expected to make a full recovery.

July 13th, 2012

Hey fighters, fans and supporters. This is from Dennis` Facebook Page-

Just so people have a better understanding of what happened with Aisha’s surgery yesterday I will explain it. The machine she has been hooked up to for 2 weeks that was keeping her alive was only a temporary measure and it left her immobile and in a lot of pain. They used this machine to save her life initially when she went into cardiac arrest and had to leave her on it to buy time for a plan. Her best option would have been to get a heart, but since a heart didn’t come in time and the fact that she may have to wait months and months, maybe even years for a heart the doctors had to do something. All of the normal measures they would take in this situation had to be thrown out because of her unique situation. Aisha already has a 10 year old transplanted heart and uniquely small chest cavity which eliminated her as a candidate for any artificial hearts. Dr. Massey and his team here at Rochester had to come up with an unconventional plan and hope they could find a way to bridge her over until she could receive a heart transplant. So, they came up with an idea to use Jarvik 2000 pumps in a way they have never been used before. The Jarvik pump is normally used and was developed for use on patients with heart failure for the left side of the heart. Until yesterday never have they used 2 pumps on one heart, let alone an already transplanted heart. Dr. Massey had to get special permission from Dr. Jarvik, the inventor, and have it approved by the FDA in order to do this first ever surgical procedure in the United States. Because this was the only way they could save Aisha’s life it was approved and Dr. Jarvik himself came to Rochester to assist in the surgery. The surgery took close to 10 hours and was a success. Her life will be a little different now. She has wires that come out of her side that attach to a battery pack that powers the pumps. She will no longer have a pulse as her heart doesn’t pump anymore and her blood pressure is measured by one number unlike normal people who have a top and bottom number. Things like showering and simple activities will be different for her but she is alive and expected to make a full recovery.

Dennis Brown, recently fought at the Big Bully Sports Nutrition “Get In The Cage!” event in Niles.

“Aisha is currently sedated until they have a heart and or a plan of action for her. I am asking that everyone can contribute to raising money to help pay for these outrageous medical bills so she can receive the care she needs to survive. Nobody should be worrying about if they will live to see their next day at 20 years old. ”

She just went through her surgery and we’d like to support our fight community and support Dennis and Aisha. Any amount will be of great help! This community is great, and we’re all part of the MMA family sharing a passion, drive, trials and experiences no one else does. Let’s pull together and help one of our family!


http://www.indiegogo.com/saveaisha?c=home

Yankee Lake Brawlroom 34

June 20th, 2012

This past Saturday, Mr Chuck Haskell held his 34th event in the hallowed grounds that is Yankee Lake, but this time we were outside! With a few no shows, and a bogus excuse, the card ended up having just 7 fights. But as always, the small fight card was explosive! With 4 of the 7 ending in the 1st round, needless to say it was quick, but fun! Also aside from YoungstownMMA.com being in the building (figuratively speaking), there was a variable whos who of Ammy and Pro MMA Fighters in attendance. Mark Cherico, Khama Worthy, Adam Milstead, Mike Wilkins, and Jimmy Cerra just to name a few. Also Mr TAT himself Jeremiah Bozich with a full display of Thick as Thieves clothing, accompanied by Rick “I punch Faces off” Borowski.

In the Main event, Mr. John “Hairs o Plenty” Antanitis (who also serves as the NAAFS #1 Ammy middleweight) put his 185lb strap on the line against an up and coming Jordan Batt, Talking to a few of the spectators, the all had the same prediction, Antanitis by mauling….. Well they were correct, Antanitis picked up the W by Ref Stoppage in the 1st Round!

In the Co-Main Event, Mr. Jared Zarlingo attempted to defend for a 4th time his 170lb title against a very game Donnie Cameron. The 1st round was a lil lopsided as it seemed to me that Zarlingo was off. That led to Cameron controlling the 1st round with relative ease (minus the 2 take-downs from Zarlingo). They broke for round 2, pawing jabs at each other and a shot by Zarlingo landed him in a bad position, Cameron capitalized and picked up the win by Guillotine Choke. Your winner and NEW Welterweight title holder… Mr. Donnie Cameron.


*Now to the 5 “under-card” fights*

Ralph Graham (0-1) vs John Ingram (0-0)
Graham moves to 1-1 with his TKO win coming in the second round.

Yvegen Slipko (0-0) vs Joel Stockavas (0-1)
Slipko (who im calling the Russian Juggernaut) picks up his first win by TKO over Stockavas in the first round!

Travis List (1-0) vs Seth Carrino (1-0)
List moves to 2-0 with his 1st round Triangle submission win over Carrino

Dino Juklo (0-0) vs Marcus Rose (0-0)
Juklo picks up his first win in-between the fences with a 1st round Guillotine submission over Rose.

Bob Bianchini (2-2) vs Ben Mellring (3-3)
Bianchini moved to 3-2 with a HARD 3rd round decision win over Mellring.

*SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE NOTED*
Pittsburgh area fighters went 5-0. They came out of Pittsburgh Fight Club, Roppo`s World Class MMA, Renzo Gracie Pittsburgh and PTT

**Also photos courtesy of C.Henrie Photography and Video courtesy of Mr. Maximus McCullough will be available for purchase soon**

Cheney`s Words of Wisdom

June 8th, 2012

“Fighting isn’t always about winning or loosing, its about how courage you have and how much your willing to take and put on the line. Sometimes the man who looses is gains victory within themselves to fight for more than just glory. Too many people i know have the wrong idea about what being in the cage, or the boxing ring or the wrestling mat is really about. A mans loss is also his gain and having pure heart and faith in something greater than yourself is what its all about. The man who steps ups and shows what kind of man he is on the mat or in the ring or in the cage is stronger than the man who was too scared too. fighting is not about winning or loosing its about how much heart, how much faith and how much courage you have win or loose you always have the title and it imprinted in your heart of being a fighter in one way or another.”

-Cheney Matarrese, CMA
Fighting July 28th, St. Lucy’s, Campbell, Ohio

Brawlroom 33 results

May 4th, 2012

Going into Saturday there was a lot of buzz in the air about this fight card! YoungstownMMA.com arrived to see that all 10 fights on the card were accounted for, and the night was ready to be kicked off! With the new SUPER banner in tow, compliments of NEAS Graphx. We will go over the card now, and what a hell of a card it was, with 6 fights ending in the 1st round, it was safe to say it was an early night!

Bout 1 pitted an 0-2 Jamie Fleck vs. A new fresh fighter, an 0-0 guy John Rearick.
-Jamie Fleck picks up his first win, moving him to a 1-2 record between the fences.

Bout 2 featured an 0-4 William Watson vs. Another 0-0 guy in Sam Barton
-Watson moved to 1-4 with a RNC in the second over Barton.

Bout 3 had two fresh guys in 0-0 Seth Carrino vs 0-0 Joel Stockavas.
– Carrino moved to 1-0 with an impressive ref stoppage due to strikes @1:56 in the first round!

Bout 4 pitts 0-1 Chaz Kocher vs 0-0 Brad Smith (not the football player)
-Kocher moved to 1-1 following his 2nd rd stoppage to strikes over Smith.

Bout 5 was a quickie 0-2 Robert Conklin vs 0-1 Chris Irwin
-Irwin moved to 1-1 with a super quick guillotine submission victory.

Bout 6 Had 0-1 Saeed Gardner vs 0-0 Adam Degroff
-Gardner moved to 1-1 with a moderately impressive KO at 1:01 in the 1st over Degroff.

Bout 7 The big boys came to play on this one, 0-0 Mike “Mad Cow” Sekol vs 1-1 Eddy Faison
-Sekol moved to 1-0 by way of ref stoppage due to strikes @1:57 in the 1st

Bout 8 featured the 2-3 Rick Borowski vs a 3-5 Jason Smith
-If you blinked you missed it! Borowski with a HUGE KO victory coming just 10 seconds inside the first, moving him to .500 at 3-3

Bout 9 pitted 2-1 Jordan Batt vs a 3-5 Sean Hartle
-Batt moved to 3-1 with his Arm Triangle submission over Hartle, also earning him a shot at the 185lb strap

DING DING DING and now for your Main Event.
-8-5 Rich Cantolina vs Current Champ 4-1 CHEYNE Jenkins. It was a 3 round war, with Jenkins moving to 5-1 with a Unanimous Decision win over Cantolina

-Till next time kids! Remember to spay or neuter your animals, help control the pet population!

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Toughest Fighters Period!