Recent News in Ohio

Recap – Gladiators of the Cage

Recap - Gladiators of the Cage

Recap – GOTC

We’ve talked about it for some time now, but last night history was officially made. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based Gladiators of the Cage made their Ohio debut. In addition to hosting their event in the Buckeye state, they were the first organization to hold an event at one of the newly constructed casinos.

The Hard Rock Rocksino played host in what turned out to be a great venue- it was a great backdrop to the action that took place inside the cage. One of the more exciting fights that occurred was the professional welterweight title fight between challenger Rocky Edwards and champion Zac Gobel.


Results – Gladiators of the Cage

Results - Gladiators of the Cage

Results – GOTC

History is set to take place tonight in Ohio, as Gladiators of the Cage invades Hard Rock Rocksino. For the first time an MMA event will be held at one of the newly constructed casinos in the Buckeye state. Tonight’s event will be headlined by Dom “Non-Stop Action Packed” Steele (11-4) and Jose Figueroa (11-6).

In the co-main event fight, Zac Gobel (4-1) will be defending his welterweight title against Rocky Edwards (6-3-1). This will be the first time that Gobel has defended his belt since winning it last May. Both of these up-and-coming welterweights are coming off impressive wins, only one will walk out victorious.

Tonight’s event is sanctioned by the Ohio Athletic Commission (OAC) under the supervisor of Bernie Profato. We will be bringing you all of the results from Gladiators of the Cage: The Road to Glory VII as it happens. Be sure to follow along with us on Twitter (@BluegrassMMA) and Instagram (@BluegrassMMA) or join in the conversation using the hashtag #GOTC.


Gladiators of the Cage set for tonight’s inaugural event in Ohio

Gladiators of the Cage

Gladiators of the Cage

The stage is set for tonight’s Gladiators of the Cage: The Road to Glory VII event at the new Hard Rock Rocksino near Cleveland. The company has found success in Pennsylvania and are making history by being the first promotion to hold an event inside a casino. The folks behind GOTC have been hard at work and tonight the fruits of their labor should shine.

The main event holds significance for both Vision MMA’s Dom Steele and his opponent Jose Figeuroa. Steele has put together an impressive winning streak and will need that momentum to help defeat the former M-1 Global lightweight champion. Figueroa was sidelined with injury and suspension but bounced back with a big win earlier this year. He will now have a chance to get back on track against the surging Steele. 


BluegrassMMA Live with Emily Bartee, Josh Clark and more tonight at 9 p.m. ET

Episode 171

Episode 182

All new BluegrassMMA Live tonight! Emily Bartee excels as a student as well as a mixed martial artist. She plans to fight on August 2nd and tonight the ProWMMA Now! co-host joins us to talk about herself and her fighting aspirations.

Josh Clark was always one of the most talented men in the Commonwealth and got his shot at a UFC contract on this past season of The Ultimate Fighter. Now that filming has stopped we catch up with Josh to see what is next in his MMA career.

Jose Figueroa looks to play spoiler in Cleveland this Saturday night at the Gladiators of the Cage event. The former M-1 champ will join us to talk about the fight and more.


Eric Moell to meet Cortez Phelia at Turf Wars 20

Results - Turf Wars 19

Turf Wars 20

A professional flyweight bout has been set for Turf Wars 20. Alliance MMA’s Eric Moell (5-2) will meet Reed Academy’s Cortez Phelia (1-1) on August 16th. This pits two of the best 125 pounders int the region against each other in a fight that should be exciting for the fans to take in.

The Reed Academy prosepect Phelia started the year off by making his professional debut in Northern Kentucky. He was able to put away Eugene Barrett in the first round. Phelia was scheduled to fight earlier this year for Turf Wars but had difficulty in his weight cut that led to medical issues. He was able to make weight and take a fight just outside of Memphis at Bellator 120 but came up short against a much more experienced professional in Brian Hall. Cortez has a strong background and solid set of teammates that will be helping him prepare for this as he looks to erase the memory of  a loss and get on the right side of a .500 record.