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WELCOME COMBAT MARTIAL ARTS FANS! Welcome to today’s double header in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The fist event (2:30 p.m.) spotlight’s the WCL’s four Eastern Conference teams: the Miami Force, New York Clash, New Jersey Tigers and St. Louis Enforcers (including Kevin “The Hitman” Engel, pictured here). The second event at 7:30 p.m. (a second ticket is required) features first round Western Conference playoff matchups: the L.A. Stars take on the Denver Fury and the Texas Dragons go toe-to-toe against the hometown Oklahoma Destroyers. So, Tulsa — let the Turf Wars begin! COVER PHOTO AND THIS PAGE: LAYNE MURDOCH ALL OTHER PHOTOS: PETER ROBBINS

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As league founder Chuck Norris likes to say, the WCL is about knockouts. Reigning league MVP Tim Connors of the Enforcers believes in that motto, connecting here with a vicious left.

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huck Norris’ vision of creating the World Combat League is now a reality. Norris, six times undefeated Martial Arts World Champion, is the dynamic force behind this exciting new sport of team martial arts. Norris has accomplished many goals in his life as a Martial Arts competitor and Film and Television star. Through these successes, he was able to start a foundation called KickStart, which is building strong moral character in our youth through the martial arts. Norris’ mission is to teach the martial arts in the inner city schools with the purpose of raising our youth’s selfesteem and instilling discipline and respect that so many kids are lacking today. Through this unique program, KickStart also instills the values and skills necessary to resolve conflict, choose drug-free lifestyles, avoid participation in gang-related activities, set and achieve goals, strive for continued self-improvement and give back to their communities. The WCL is the future of full contact martial arts team fighting and will be the vehicle to finance the KickStart foundation, both nationally and internationally. Norris’ next goal is to expand the teams of the World Combat League to 24 cities in North America, then internationally to 16 teams in Europe and 16 teams in Asia.

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The Oklahoma Destroyers aren’t just Tulsa’s newest professional sports franchise—they’re legitimate title contenders in the wide open wcl By Tony Fay ale “Apollo” Cook knows something about kickboxing. A five-time World Champions in kickboxing and a seventh-degree blackbelt, Cook has been one of the nation’s leading martial arts advocate’s since taking up tae kwon do at the age of 15 in the early 1970s. So when Cook, who calls Tulsa home, says his Destroyers squad has what it takes to win the WCL this season, it shouldn’t be taken lightly.

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“If we make it to the Western Conference championship, and mathematically we have an excellent shot, I think we match up very well with the L.A. Stars,” says Cook, who runs four thriving martial arts academies in Tulsa. “We lost to L.A. the first time, but when you take out our one disqualification, they only beat us by five points. Since then, the league has adopted some new rules changes to ensure the fighters are really getting after it. Our fighters are sluggers. We like to fight. I think the new


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DID YOU KNOW? Destroyers’ Head Coach Dale Cook (born November 24, 1958, Tulsa, Oklahoma), nicknamed Apollo, is an accomplished martial artist and sometimes actor… in the early 1990s, Cook starred in several action-oriented movies, including “Blood Ring” and “American Kickboxer 2”… as a professional fighter, he claimed various titles including WKA Middleweight World Champion.

rules changes work to our advantage.” In tonight’s round of playoffs, the Destroyers face off against a Texas Dragons team that they beat easily earlier in the season. However, Cook is careful not to look past his Red River Rivals. “(Texas) will be well-prepared and fight hard—you know that going in. Plus, they have several new fighters from the last time we fought, so that’s an unknown. I have confidence in my team, though. I don’t think they’ll be looking ahead.”

Neither will the Tulsa crowd, says Cook. “This is a big deal in Tulsa. We don’t have any major league sports in Oklahoma. St. Louis, New York, Texas, L.A., Miami, Denver—those are markets with a lot of big league competition. The Destroyers are something that the Tulsa community is learning to embrace. We want to be this community’s big league sports team.” “Bringing a championship to Tulsa would be a great start in that direction.” www.worldcombatleague.com


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Thomas “Thunderkick” Longacre Jeri “Fists of Fury” Sitzes

HEIGHT: 5-9 AGE: 30 FIGHTING STYLE: Kickboxing RECORD: 5-2-1

HEIGHT: 5-5 AGE: Not saying FIGHTING STYLE: Muay Thai RECORD: 8-1-1

Jesse “Bodyrocka” Lawrence HEIGHT: 6-3 AGE: 28 FIGHTING STYLE: Muay Thai RECORD: 5-2

Ryan “The Lion” Madigan HEIGHT: 6-0 AGE: 30 FIGHTING STYLE: Muay Thai RECORD: 4-3

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Anthony “The Assassin” Njokuani HEIGHT: 6-1 AGE: 27 FIGHTING STYLE: Muay Thai RECORD: 4-1

Keri Taylor Douglas “The Whirlwind” Edwards

HEIGHT: 5-5 AGE: 23 FIGHTING STYLE: Muay Thai RECORD: 2-0

HEIGHT: 5-11 AGE: 26 FIGHTING STYLE: Muay Thai RECORD: 1-2

Alex Beck HEIGHT: 6-2 AGE: 30 FIGHTING STYLE: Muay Thai RECORD: 4-2

David “The KO Artist” Taylor HEIGHT: 5-9 AGE: 28 FIGHTING STYLE: Muay Thai RECORD: 3-1

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WESTERN CONFERENCE ROSTERS 10/19 (Denver) Loss

12/14 (Tulsa) Loss

1/18 (San Antonio) Loss

TEXAS: 150 DENVER: 102

OKLAHOMA: 136 DENVER: 110

LOS ANGELES: 155 DENVER: 129

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HEAD COACH: Steve Alley

FIGHTERS

NICKNAME

WT. CLASS

Katie Meehan

The Killer

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Tampa, FL

HOMETOWN

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Jack Johnson

The Knife

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Denver, CO

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Tarek Rached

The Tiger

164

Ronkonkona, NY

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Blake Lirette

The Blade

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Vancouver, BC

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Matt Callahan

The Spanish Master

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Atlanta, GA

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Eddie Burris

Black Rage

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Phoenix, AZ

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FIGHTERS

NICKNAME

WT. CLASS

HOMETOWN

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Kornelija Numic

The Lioness

128

Dallas, TX

-11

Colby Snyder

The Cobra

147

Aurora, CO

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Sepy Bazzazi

none

164

Vancouver, BC

N/A

Chris Decaro

none

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Denver, CO

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London Pray

Bada-Bing

195

Aurora, CO

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Mike Dean

Steamroller

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Denver, CO

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NUMIC

10/19 (Denver) Loss

12/14 (Tulsa) Win

1/18 (San Antonio) Win

LOS ANGELES: 161 OKLAHOMA: 141

OKLAHOMA: 136 DENVER: 110

OKLAHOMA: 167 TEXAS: 99

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HEAD COACH: Steve Alley

FIGHTERS

NICKNAME

WT. CLASS

HOMETOWN

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Jeri Sitzes

Fists of Fury

128

Springfield, MS

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Thomas Longacre

Thunderkick

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Sapulpa, OK

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Anthony Njokuani

The Assassin

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Garland, TX

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Ryan Madigan

The Lion

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Cuyahoga Falls, OH -8

Jesse Lawrence

Bodyrocka

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Little Rock, AK

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Alex Beck

none

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Pittsburgh, PA

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HOMETOWN

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ALTERNATES FIGHTERS

NICKNAME

Keri Taylor

none

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Santa Monica, CA +12

Douglas Edwards

The Whirlwind

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Wichita, KS

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David Taylor

The KO Artist

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Bartlesville, OK

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Randy Blake

none

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Tulsa, OK

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John McKibben

N/A

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Tulsa, OK

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TBD

WT. CLASS

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SITZES

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10/19 (Denver) Win

12/14 (Tulsa) Loss

1/18 (San Antonio) Win

LOS ANGELES: 161 OKLAHOMA: 141

LOS ANGELES: 158 TEXAS: 88

LOS ANGELES: 155 DENVER: 129

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HEAD COACH: Colin Van Deusen

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NICKNAME

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Alicia Ashley

Slick

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Bellmore, NY

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Jack Felton

Flash

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Hunt. Beach, CA

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Jason Bourelly

Tankson

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Bensalem, PA

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Raymond Daniels

The Real Deal

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Long Beach, CA

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Shundell Golden

The Golden Boy

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Santa Maria, CA

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Chris Hawk

none

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Memphis, TN

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HOMETOWN

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Jessican Covarrubias none

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WT. CLASS 128

Salinas, CA

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Angel Huerta

The Chosen One

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Houston, TX

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Brandon Hastings

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Victorville, CA

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Ryan Davis

The Dog Soldier

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Littleton, CA

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Donald Vickers

The Grinch

195

Los Angeles, CA

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Chris Baten

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Los Angeles, CA

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12/14 (Tulsa) Loss

1/18 (San Antonio) Loss

TEXAS: 150 DENVER: 102

LOS ANGELES: 158 TEXAS: 88

OKLAHOMA: 167 TEXAS: 99

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HEAD COACH: Tra Telligman

FIGHTERS

NICKNAME

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HOMETOWN

The Bomb

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Fountain, CO

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Shannon Hudson

none

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Duncan, SC

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Freddie Poole

none

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Dallas, TX

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Will Whitlow

The Thrill

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Dallas, TX

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Mike Shepherd

Lightning

195

Dallas, TX

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Lawson Baker

Meet York Maker

235

San Diego, CA

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WT. CLASS

HOMETOWN

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ALTERNATES FIGHTERS

NICKNAME

TBD

128

TBD

147

Chase Green

none

164

Dallas, TX

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Sherif Ghaly

none

178

Austin, TX

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Freddie Espiricuetta none

195

Dallas, TX

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Matt Thompson

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Dallas, TX

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EASTERN CONFERENCE ROSTERS 12/1 (Atlantic City) Win

1/18 (San Antonio) Win

MIAMI: 145 ST. LOUIS: 121

MIAMI: 140 NEW YORK: 128

OXLEY

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The Mingo Warrior

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Man, WV

HOMETOWN

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Craig Oxley

The Hammer

147

Nitro, WV

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Kwame Stephens

Mr. Wicked

164

Salt Lake City, UT +2

Crafton Wallace

The Blaze

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Naples, FL

+6

Armin Mrkanovic

The Bosnian Prince

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Queens, NY

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Bob Stines

none

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Alpharetta, GA

-16

WT. CLASS

HOMETOWN

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ALTERNATES FIGHTERS

NICKNAME

TBD

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Agostino Denatale

none

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Winnepeg, Canada N/A

Jimmy Donahue

none

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St. Louis, MO

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Jose Sulsona

Ultimate Dragon

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Linden, NJ

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Kyle Weickhardt

none

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West Allis, WI

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TBD

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1/18 (San Antonio) Loss

NEW JERSEY: 140 NEW YORK: 135

ST. LOUIS 133 NEW JERSEY: 124

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STARTERS

HEAD COACH: Danny Schulmann

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NICKNAME

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HOMETOWN

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Munah Holland

none

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Belleville, NJ

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Shennen Maceo

none

147

Hicksville, NY

+15

Cory Miller

none

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Brooklyn, NY

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Thad Campbell

none

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Greenfield, MA

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Carlos Brooks

none

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New York, NY

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John James

Panther

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Newark, NJ

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HOMETOWN

+/-

ALTERNATES FIGHTERS

NICKNAME

Melissa Bopp

none

WT. CLASS 128

David Gonzalez

Speedy

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Hollis, NY

Rich Boine

Pitbull

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North Bayshore, NY -7

S. Hackensack, NJ N/A -12

Derek Riddick

none

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Newark, NJ

-15

Uriah Hall

none

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Jamaica, NY

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Achilles King

none

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Newark, NJ

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1/18 (San Antonio) Loss

NEW JERSEY: 140 NEW YORK: 135

MIAMI: 140 NEW YORK: 128

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WT. CLASS

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HOMETOWN

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Hanover, MA

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Tommy Bach

Lil’ Dragon

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Wauconda, IL

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Dustin Chovanic

Villian

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Franklin, NC

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Jason Quick

Troubleman

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Brooklyn, NY

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Mark Gee

The Red Scorpion

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Springfield, MA

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Dan Erickson

Son of a Preacher

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Spooner, WI

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NICKNAME

HOMETOWN

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none

WT. CLASS 128

Chicago, IL

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Rino Belcastro

none

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Windsor, Ontario

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Charles Wilson

The One

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Plainfield, IL

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Leo Valdiva

The Beast

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Miami, FL

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Caius Baluta

The Professor

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Windsor, Ontario

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Walter Sommerville

The Hammer

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Franklin, NC

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BAKER

12/1 (Atlantic City) Loss

1/18 (San Antonio) Win

MIAMI: 145 ST. LOUIS: 121

ST. LOUIS: 133 NEW JERSEY: 124

CALLEROS

STARTERS

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NICKNAME

WT. CLASS

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Lil’ Bulldog

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Buffalo Grove, IL

HOMETOWN

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Tim Connors

Irish Pride

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St. Louis, MO

even

Fernando Calleros

Cool

164

El Paso, TX

+25

Kevin Engel

The Hitman

178

St. Louis, MO

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Dusty Miller

The Dream Killer

195

Hennessey, OK

-26

Isaac Diomande

Showtime

235

Houston, TX

+11

HOMETOWN

+/-

ALTERNATES FIGHTERS

NICKNAME

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N/A

WT. CLASS 128

El Paso, TX

-8

John Gruebel

Lightning

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Augusta, GA

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Steve Dement

Stevie

164

St. Louis, MO

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Adam Cella

The Natural

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St. Louis, MO

NA

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Chico

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Bonneville, IL

-15

Mark Graden

none

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Largo, FL

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WHAT ARE THE RULES?

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WCL Contests feature fast paced striking action with a premium placed on athletic kicking skills. There is no holding, throwing, grappling or wrestling. If a fighter tries to slow the pace of the fight down by holding, avoiding, or not fighting in an aggressive manner, the referee will call passivity against that fighter and award his opponent a point. Ideally, each round will feature two “standup” fighting, martial arts specialists in “full throttle” action trying to score as many points for their team as possible. Three judges score each fight with the priority placed on knockdowns, damage inflicted and volume of scoring strikes. Each judge will award five points to the fighter they see as superior and four or less points to the opponent. The judges’ points are combined at the end of each fight (5-4, 5-3, 5-4, becomes 15-11) those points are then added to the team’s total from the previous fights. When a penalty is given, a point is awarded to the opposing team. The team with the most points at the end of the second half wins.

SCORING CURVE 5-12 indicates a very close round 15-9 reflects a clear victory 15-6 or less, indicates a victory with one or more knockdowns 15-0 means a knockout or disqualification

WHAT FIGHTING TECHNIQUES ARE ALLOWED? All punching skills All Kicking skills including to the leg Knee Strikes to the body and head

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Log on now and become a part of the dynamic World Combat League experience! www.worldcombatleague.com


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PARTING SHOT

A few things to watch for while enjoying tonight’s fights By Chad Range

T

he World Combat League is one of the most exciting sports around. I truly believe that. But if you’re attending your first WCL live event, it can be a little disorienting at first. The action comes so quick, and the fighters attack each other so viciously, it can be difficult to catch your breath. Here are three things to keep an eye out for when cheering on the action tonight:

Knockouts. I’m not talking TKOs where guys just get too beat up to go on. I’m talking about round house kicks to the head where you see someone drop like a ton of bricks. This is why we go to fights… right?

The women of the WCL. The female fighters in our league are more than just window dressing —they are vital cogs to their teams. In fact the Oklahoma Destroyers consider Jeri Sitzes to be the anchor of their team. No other sport can claim that. Normally the ladies fights are some of the best of the night. Don’t make these women mad.

The team concept. Our fighters battle it out street brawl style not themselves, but for their team. For once a fight is for more than individual pride. I’ve seen fighters peel themselves off the deck after being blasted with kicks and/or punches and get up just

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because they didn’t want their team to lose 15-0. They understood that they would not win the fight, but getting a few points for the team is better than none. Think about the fighters pride, drive, determination, and ego, and when you pin that on the hopes of five other fighters that are laying it all on the line, it can be a powerful thing. If you like excitement, drama and seeing athletes pushing themselves to the limit to be the best, then you are in for a treat when you attend a WCL fights. Have fun tonight— and be sure to keep up with the league at www.worldcombatleague.com. Chad Range co-hosts Turf Wars, the WCL magazine show, which airs on the VERSUS network.


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