Recent News in Ohio

Ultimate Victory Challenge returns for what could be last event

Ultimat Victory Challenge

Ultimat Victory Challenge

The Ultimate Victory Challenge (UVC) was considered to be one of the top-tiered promotions in the Ohio Valley region. Unfortunately for them a string of bad luck including fighters injuries and back outs nearly crushed the organization.

Finally, after nearly 9 months have elapsed since their last event the Columbus, Ohio-based promotion is making its long-awaited return. The event entitled, UVC: MMA Fights at the Fair, is being held at The Celeste Center- it takes place during the annual Ohio State Fair. A bonus to those coming to the event gets free admission to the fair with the purchase of an event ticket.


Results – Caged Madness 30

Donny Korbel at Caged Madness 30

Results – Caged Madness 30

While we were not in attendance at the Tadmor Shrine in Akron, Ohio for Caged Madness we do have the results. According to our source and good friends over at GatewayMMA, it was “Another great night of fights.” The event, Caged Madness 30, was capped off with a professional heavyweight bout between Jeremy Linville and Curt Lemmon.

Just after a minute in the second round, Lemmon was able to earn the referee stoppage to not only pickup his first professional title but also remain undefeated. We were able to obtain a copy of his fight thanks to Chris Lemmon. You can watch his fight in it’s entirety below.


All 30 fighters make weight for Caged Madness 30

All Caged Madness 30 Fighters Make Weight

Curt Lemmon (Left) – Jeremy Linville Right

Akron, Ohio – Yesterday all six of the professional fighters stepped on the scale and made weight without any issues. This afternoon it was the amateurs who had to make their way to the scales. In Ohio, amateurs are not allowed to weigh-in the day before the event. By commission rules, they are required to make weight the day of the event.

Dannon Svab, owner of Caged Madness, informed us that all of the amateur fighters also made weight. Tonight fans and supporters will make their way to the Tadmor Shrine to cheer on their favorite fighter. Those in attendance will be treated to a great 15-bout event which features 4-title fights. Headlining the event will be a professional heavyweight title fight between Jeremy Linville and Curt Lemmon.


Caged Madness 30 announces 15 bout fight card with 4 title fights

Caged Madness 30

Caged Madness 30 Fight Card

This Saturday night Explosive Fight Promotions returns to the Tadmor Shrine in Akron, Ohio for Caged Madness 30. The fight card was released earlier this week, and it is set to feature 15 bouts. Headlining the event will be a professional heavyweight bout between Jeremy Linville (2-1) and Curt Lemmon (2-0).

Linville and Lemmon will be competing for the promotions currently vacant heavyweight title. That’s not the only title on the line- three more amateur titles will also be up for grabs. First up is a light heavyweight title fight between Ray Hollis and Jachi Lyles.

This match-up will pit seemingly unstoppable and undefeated Lyles against Hollis. Both are up-and-coming fighters who are ready to make a mark. The winner of the fight will surely place them amongst the top of the light heavyweight division.


MMA Big Show seeking crowd funding for ‘Reunion’

MMA Big Show

MMA Big Show

Crowd funding seems to be the hot ticket to raise money these days. Sites like Kickstarter and Go Fund Me are paving the way for projects to get the financial support for completion. We see this with video games, musical acts and even funerals. Fighters have been utilizing this to raise funds as of late to help with training costs and such. Now for the first time we see a MMA promotion try their hand at raising money to put on an event.

MMA Big Show started out as one of the hottest tickets in the Cincinnati area. The company was founded by Jason Appleton back in 2006. They had a strong following and even had their events air on DirecTV. It didn’t take long for others to try to capitalize on the popularity of the sport and in 2011 the company put on their last event. The saturation of shows split up the audience and made Big Show much less popular and profitable.