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United Combat League Recap

Sunday, 30 March 2014 14:54

 

 

 

 

 

 

1623722 649765801748175 1064359868 n - CopyMike Davis's United Combat League returned to invade Bourbon Street in Merionette Park, Illinois Friday night with ten bouts on the card in which seven were mma bouts including the main event for the 155 pound belt between Dan Bravo and Neko Durant. Durant would dominate the fight from start to finish out wrestling Bravo followed by scoring strikes to win by unanimous decision. There was also one women's bantamweight bout that took place as well that featured Debra Bartecki making quick work of Shantara Profit defeating her at just 17 seconds of opening round Heavyweight Phil Garreau was originally set to headline the card to face Quinn Corbett, but just two days before the bout, Corbett pulled out due to injury. Garreau still fought on the card in a kickboxing bout defeating Dave Hammonds by technical knockout in the opening round. Other bouts took place during the night with a Muay Thai bout as UFC Gym's Cole Vujosevic put on a dominant performance defeating Mike Trtan by technical knockout in the second round. Two other Kickboxing bouts took place as well. Jon Zlowinski faced Brian Titus in the show opener winning by technical Knockout at 1:55 of the opening round and Jon Legania defeated Chris wooldridge at 1:19 of the second round by technical knockout. Gilbert Grappling's Moe Maali closed out the first half of the card facing Team Top Notch's Marchand Hughes. Maali's wrestling skills paid off as he dominated the fight with scoring takedowns passing through any submission attempts Marchand would try from the bottom. Maali's big performance earned him a unanimous decision win. Another Gilbert Grappling fighter also entered the cage as Mark Marinovich faced Aaron Davis in a lightweight battle. Marinovich proved to be the better wrestler of the two for all three rounds also winning a unanimous decision. In the first mma bout of the evening two heavyweights collided as Dean Neely took on Logan Fisher. It was only a matter of who connected with the big punch in which Neely would do. Neely would connect with a big right dropping fisher finishing him to get the TKO victory at the 1:19 mark of the opening round.

Kickboxing bouts
Jon Zlowinski defeated Brian Titus by tko due to strikes 1:55 round 1
Jon Legain defeated Chris Wooldridge by tko due to strikes 1:19 round 2
Phil Garreau defeated David Hammons by ko 1:09

Muay Thai Bout
Cole Vajosevic defeated Mike Trtan by tko due to strikes at :35 round 2

                      MMA Bouts
155 pound championship bout
Neko Durant defeated Dan Bravo by unanimous decision
Dean Neely defeated Logan Fisher by tko due to strikes 1:43 round 1
Mark Marionovich defeated Aaron Davis by unanimous decision
Moe Maali defeated Marshawn Hughes by unanimous decision
Lucas Hyre defeated Glenn Evans by tko due to strikes at 2:29 of round 2


  Womens Bout
Debra Bartecki defeated Shantara Profit by tko due to strikes at :17 of round 1

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Band of Brothers

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 19:21

 

 

 



DiGiulioIn the world of mma there isn't just one particular fighter that we see training and getting into the cage but we also see that this sport has brothers that share the same passion of blood, sweat, tears and the drive to take it as far as they can go in their careers. You hear about the Miller's, Pettis's, Guidas, to name a few but in the Midwest and Chicagoland mma scene there's Gilbert Grappling's Gino and Larry Digiulio. Larry, the older brother of the two is a professional fighter that holds a record of 16-7-1 and is the current Iowa Challenge bantamweight champion. Larry also made his debut in Finland recently cutting to 125 pounds for the first and winning a unanimous decision. Larry has not announced anything new as of yet but looks to be back in the cage real soon. Gino, the younger brother of Larry is also a professional with a 5-5 record coming off a submission win March 1st of this year at Midwest Fight Series. Gino will be returning to Midwest Fight Series on April 4th in Indianapolis, Indiana facing Andrew Holbrook in a lightweight bout. MoreMMA.com had a chance to sit down with the two brothers from Chicago Heights for a short interview to get more of an in depth story behind these two warriors.

Moremma: How did you two get involved in the sport of mma?
LD: I started wrestling at the age 16 sophomore year in high school when I went to a camp held by the Gilberts and just been involved with it ever since.

GD: I started coming in a year after Larry and did the wrestling camps as well then had my first fight at the age of 18.

Moremma: What is it that you both do to push each other to get better in the cage?

LD: I was the more the athletic of the two. When Gino was younger, I was the big brother kind of bully to just help get him better with him being younger.

GD: It's definitely the older brother/younger brother kind of thing. We go pretty hard in training and we are not afraid to hurt each other.

Moremma: What are your goals you both want to achieve in your fighting careers?

LD: I want to just take it as far as I can go, and of course get to the UFC. Just to keep fighting professional as long as I can.

GD: I also want to take it as far as I can go as well. I teach English at Lake Central High school in St John, Indiana so I'm trying to balance both careers.

What has been your best moments so far in your careers?

LD:  Winning my first belt as a professional in Iowa and my debut at 125 winning over in Finland.

GD: My first fight in general was big for me because I waited five years for it. My first professional fight was also a big moment for me too but I still have a lot more to achieve though.

Moremma: Is there anybody out there you both want to thank that’s been a big part of your careers as fighters?

LD: Joey and Danny Gilbert definitely because they have been there for me from the day we started.

GD: Joe and Danny Gilbert and also Larry. My wrestling coach in Grade school Joe Benoit. Just Gilbert Grappling in general because that’s where it all began.

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