Friday 5ive: 2016 Fantasy International Fight League Draft

Friday 5ive: 2016 Fantasy International Fight League Draft

IFL LogoBy: Albert Miller – I miss the International Fight League (IFL), and I miss it a lot. For all of its flaws, the IFL had so much potential. Maybe it’s because it reminded me of wrestling (for that one year in junior high), but the idea of combat sports on a team sport platform seemed both revolutionary and traditional. Had the IFL not focused on celebrity coaches and put funds and focus towards attracting fighters to actually fighting on teams, I think that we’d still be watching the IFL today and even rooting on our favorite teams. Continue reading “Friday 5ive: 2016 Fantasy International Fight League Draft”

Friday 5ive: The 5 Fastest Finishes of Mark Cherico

ChericoBy: Albert Cameron – Last week, we talked about five of the coolest things that King of the Cage (KOTC) had done during the mid-2000’s; compounding that information is the announcement that “The Pride of Bloomfield” Mark Cherico is not only coming out of retirement, but is making that comeback for King of the Cage. It’s a Mark Cherico weekend here at Cage Nation TV, and to celebrate, we’re counting down the five fastest finishes of Mark Cherico. Continue reading “Friday 5ive: The 5 Fastest Finishes of Mark Cherico”

Fight Club Pittsburgh to Close Its Doors; Mark Cherico’s Martial Arts Academy to Take Its Place

markchericosmartialartsacademyBy Albert Cameron – It’s a done deal: Fight Club Pittsburgh (FCP) will cease to exist at the end of November. FCP’s leader and backbone, Gregg Rudolph announced via social media outlets that a business opportunity that he cannot pass up has presented itself to him and he could no longer dedicate the time the Fight Club deserves. Rudolph was very gracious in naming former PinnacleFC and Gladiators of the Cage (GOTC) featherweight champion, “the Pride of Bloomfield” Mark Cherico, as his successor. Continue reading “Fight Club Pittsburgh to Close Its Doors; Mark Cherico’s Martial Arts Academy to Take Its Place”

Are Guys Like Mike Wilkins the Next Generation of Main Eventer?

mikewilkinsThe June 14th main event between Mike Wilkins and Eric Calderon was the first Gladiators of the Cage (GOTC) main event that didn’t feature Chris Dempsey in a long time. When you find yourself in the main event, for a promotion that is dog-fighting for market share in a major metropolitan area, the pressure is immense. There is high-caliber training to be concerned with, proper diet, day jobs and selling tickets to offset training costs; now let’s add that to the pressure that your fight is for the promotion that brought such Pittsburgh classic fights like Jaime Chesney vs. Jessica Richman (the first female fight in the metropolitan area), the grudge fight between Dominick “The Honey Badger” Mazzotta vs. Cody “No Love” Garbrandt and Chris Dempsey’s come-one-come-all title defenses. Continue reading “Are Guys Like Mike Wilkins the Next Generation of Main Eventer?”