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Edward Walz

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 WSOF2Mike Corey (12-3-1) will be making his debut for World Series of Fighting on March 29th. Corey is no stranger to bigger shows, Corey participated in the Bellator Season 6 Featherweight Tournament. Corey was victorious in his opening bout with Ronnie Mann, but later lost an unanimous decision to current Bellator champion Daniel Straus. Corey will be in Las Vegas to take on Shane Krutchten. Krutchten (11-2) fights out of Team Oyama, and is from San Diego, Ca. Krutchten is currently on an 11 fight win streak, however he hasn't faced an opponent like Mike Corey. Corey has definitely faced tougher competition and will be looking to make a statement in his WSOF debut.

 

What inspired you to try MMA?
When I saw Sakuraba fight Royce Gracie when I was in High school I fell in love w MMA. I had seen the ufc before but Sakurabas style and attitude while fighting inspired me and it became something I had to try.

How long have you been training?
I’ve been training MMA for 10 years

Where are you currently training?
Training MMA at Team Curran and Strength and Conditioning w Steve McCarthy


What is it like training at Team Curran?
Training at Team Curran is great. Theres a lot of tough guys and we work hard. We work all elements of MMA and have a good time doing it. Everyones really cool.


What are your thoughts on fighting for WSOF?
I’m super excited and motivated. There a great organization.

What do you know about your opponent Shane Krutchten?
He's tall, tough and has good jitz.

How do you see the fight going?
See me pushing the pace and finding a weakness. Either getting on the inside and striking it out or getting take downs and ground and pounding to a tko or a sub.

You haven't fought since April of 2012, any reason for the lay off?
I had knee surgery

What goes through your mind as you enter the cage?
I don't put a lot of pressure on myself. I think it's time to go out and have some fun.

 

What can your fans expect to see on March 29th?
A good fun scrap.

 

Any advice to people just starting out in the sport?
Find a good team to train under. Stay humble. Don't become a typical MMA douche bag. Don't wear skin tight Tapout shirts.

 

Anyone you would like to thank?
Big thanks to Team Curran for the great training. Steve McCarthy for getting me in the best shape of my life and MMAstop fighters for all the help.

 

Any final thoughts?
I want to dedicate this fight to my Uncle Johny who passed away from Cancer a few weeks ago.

Supreme Promotions 15 with Mike Reid

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Supreme 15Supreme Promotions 15 will be held on March 14th, at Georgios Banquet Hall, in Orland Park. The new venue will provide additional space that is greatly needed, and will ensure a more fan friendly experience. Mike Reid will once again have the main event honors, as he will be facing California's Robert Farabaugh, in a Muay Thai bout. Cheez had an opportunity to catch up with Mike Reid and asked him about his fight and More! Get your tickets today here!

 

   

 

 

 

Jeremy Horn Seminar

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Jeremy 2UFC Veteran Jeremy Horn makes his return to MMA Team Genesis to teach another outstanding seminar. Jeremy has compiled an astounding record of 89 wins and 21 losses in his pro career having fought fighters such as Chuck Liddell(2x), Randy Couture, Chael Sonnen, and Anderson Silva, just to name a few. His February 2012 seminar here was extremely well received so you won't want to miss this one. The cost will be $75 for 4 hours of instruction if paid by March 28th. After March 28th, the cost is $95. Early registration payments can be brought to the gym by March 28th or paid via paypal here.

Belal Muhammad talks Bellator 112 and More!

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Belal 2 finalOn March 14th, 2014, Belal Muhammad will be headed to Hammond Indiana to fight at Bellator 112. Muhammad will be seeking to gain his fifth straight victory since turning pro and will be facing AJ Matthews. Matthews (6-2) is an experienced fighter who trains at Alliance Training Center/Blackline MMA in California, and will be entering into his fourth Bellator fight. The Strikeforce and Bellator veteran Matthews is 2-1 in Bellator career and is coming off of a split deicison loss to  Dom O'Grady. Muhammad is a talented local fighter and is poised to make his impact on the National mixed martial arts scene. Visit here for ticket information!

What attracted you to MMA?

The competition attracted me to mma, I’ve been a competitor my whole life with everything I do. I hate losing more than I love winning. Just the fact that it’s one on one, and you and only you can decide the outcome of the fight is what makes me love the sport. There’s no one to blame but yourself if you lose.

How long have you been training?

I’ve been training in mma for about 6 years but I’ve had boxing experience and wrestling experience since high school

Where are you currently training and why?

I like cross train a lot I like to train with the best guys in the area so I go to Elite mma in Chicago, team colon in Indiana, Duneland Vale Tudo in Hobart, and Chicago Fight Team.4. I train in these places because in my opinion the guys from these gyms are the best in the Midwest. More than half the guys I train with are gonna be on the big show and could compete with anyone from any gym in the world. They say iron sharpens iron and I’m definitely training with the best. These gyms always have their doors open and treat u like family everyone leaves their egos at the door and we just go hard.

How many amateur fights did you have prior to turning Pro?

I had 5 amateur fights in Chicago and one which was supposed to be pro but ended up not being sanctioned is Guadalajara Mexico.

This will be your second fight for Bellator, how do you feel fighting for Bellator again?

Yea this is my second fight for Bellator. I’m more excited just to be fighting again I love being under the lights no matter where those lights are. I’ve only fought for two companies since turning pro, HFC and Bellator, and both have treated me well so it’s not like I’m going from bar room brawls to the big show HFC is one of the top shows in the area.

What can you tell me about your opponent AJ Matthews?

About my opponent, he looks like a striker he’s 6-2 with 5 knockouts so I’m assuming he may have some decent standup skills.

How do you see the fight going?

I’m not big on game plans, everyone has a plan until they get hit. I train with the best guys and they’re all well rounded so I’m comfortable with wherever the fight goes I’ve been in every situation during practice so it’s gonna be like second nature come fight time

Anyone you would like to thank or final thoughts?

Yeaj I would like to thank the fellas from Team Elite, Team Colon, Duneland Vale Tudo and Chicago Fight Team. These are the best gyms in the area and their doors are always open so don’t be afraid to get new some new looks in training. I also want to thank my strength and conditioning coaches Moody Sulieman and Asef Askar, my nutritionists Alex and Oscar and to everyone that continues to follow and support me on my road to the top.

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