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NAAFS "Midwest Combat Challenge 5"

November 8, 2008
Akron, Ohio
Chapparell's Center

On Saturday night, three GriffonRawl members took to the cage for NAAFS "Midwest Combat Challenge 5". What follows is a recap of John Burbol, Matt Hopkins and Landon Khakdoust.

John Burbol (185) was coming off consecutive knockouts as he faced Elijah Garshnick. No doubt his reputation preceeded himself, Elijah took the fight to the ground where John fought well, but was forced to tap out to an arm bar 2/3 of the way through round number one.

Matt "Wildman" Hopkins (170) has shown tremendous dedication since joining Team GriffonRawl and is easily one of the hardest working men in the gym. That dedication paid off as he dominated Chris Bradley each and every round. ...


Supreme Cage Fighting "Caged Combat IV"

October 25, 2008
Cleveland, Ohio
Gray's Armory

Nate White, in conjuction with Tim Payne Promotions held Caged Combat IV at the historic Gray's Armory on Saturday the 25th of October. From Supreme Cage Fighting's website: Despite several setbacks and lack of responsibility by a few select fighters, Saturday Night was a night of rock-solid, heart pounding action! These fights have reminded the fans once again, why they love MMA. Absolute stunning action, and even better sportsmanship. Thanks to everyone who aided in part of making this event wonderful!

Brennan Sanders fought a back and forth battle against Corey Frantz at 145lbs. The action was non-stop and Brennan looked good after a long lay off from the cage. Team Captain, Jason...


NAAFS "Caged Fury 5"

October 4, 2008
Cleveland, Ohio
Gray's Armory

The NAAFS held it's fifth installment of "Caged Fury" on Saturday night. Team GriffonRawl sent three men into action in a national "semi-final" with the winners getting an amateur title shot at "Night of Champions." Chuck Schilling (145), Dan Jones (155) and Bryon McCroskey (170) went to war. What follows is a recap of each fight.

#2 ranked Chuck Schilling was taking on #4 ranked Lyle Sancouice of Team DNA. Chuck scored a quick takedown to start round one and fought off a deep arm bar and a triangle. Chuck controlled the action from the top, while Lyle was busy from the bottom, showing a very active guard. A difficult round...


IFBL "Fight Night 13"

September 20, 2008
Niles, Ohio
Eastwood Expo Center

The IFBL made it's return as it hosted it's 13th "Fight Night" on September 20, 2008. Team GriffonRawl was represented by Kevin Faraci and Landon Khakdoust in the amateur division and AJ Pulling and Jason Dent in the pro series.

Both Landon Khakdoust (185) and Kevin Faraci (155) fought hard and came prepared, but both wound up on the losing end of their bouts. Both gained experience and no doubt will be come back stronger than ever. It's often and rightfully said, you learn more from a loss than a win.

AJ Pulling (170) took on the hard hitting Team Rising Dragon star, Alonzo "Hollywood" Harvey in a pro series matchup. AJ's standup...


Lake County "Lethal Weapon 1"

September 5, 2008
Mentor, Ohio
Mentor Heisley Racquet Club

A new promotion held it's first event of Friday, September 5, 2008 at the Mentor Heisley Racquet Club in Mentor, Ohio. Team GriffonRawl sent five men into action. What follows is a brief recap of those who competed.

Ryan Lose looked to remain unbeated as he took the cage against also-unbeaten Dominick Jones from Team Powerhouse. All three rounds showed Ryan looking to stand and bang, while Dominick looked for the takedown to get the fight on the ground. Ryan ended the first two rounds with near submissions, but both times, the horn sounded to end the round. Round three was a test of both men's endurance in the fast...


RFO "Richland Rumble"

August 16, 2008
Mansfield, Ohio
Fairhaven Hall

Dan Osborne and Dan Jones were set to compete in Mansfield on Saturday, August 16, 2008. Unfortunately after training hard and being ready to fight, Dan's oppononent was a no-show for the contest. What follows is a recap of "Super" Dave Osborne's fight.

"Super" Dave Osborne took on Dave Aubrey at 185lbs. In summary, it was a three round war. Osborne looked real good on his feet landing nice hand combinations and wicked body and leg kicks throughout the contest. Aubrey showed he was no joke and nearly finished in the second round with a deep arm-bar Osborne eventually escaped from. Osborne showed a few nice takedowns and aggressive ground and pound....


Team Training Day at GR Academy

January 27, 2008
Mentor, Ohio
GriffonRawl MMA Academy

A team challenge? Well, not quite…

On Sunday, January 27, 2008 Team Griffon-Rawl hosted an open gym with members of Team DNA, Wreckroom Athletics and Team Playland in attendance.

The day started a little awkward with guys stretching and keeping to their roots until a few started rolling. The purpose of the day quickly took hold as fighters from different teams partnered with each other for free rolling and frequently changed partners. Egos were checked at the door and everyone grappled hard but with control.

Eventually fighters turned their attention to the boxing ring for Muay Thai sparring rounds and finally to the cage for controlled MMA sparring.

It was...


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