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22 Jan 18 - GAMMA: Awards
In the upcoming awards the following GAMMA fighters/employees gained the most overall votes in this years poll's:
Org Of The Year - GAMMA - Mentor Corleone
Manager Of The Year - David Brent
Welterweight Fighter Of The Year - Lao Shin - Laz Staz
Middleweight Fightert of the Year - Saul Goodman - David Brent
Super Heavyweight Fighter Of The Year - Gerbert Bryant - Gerbert Bryant
Breakthrough Fighter of the Year - Saul Goodman - David Brent
KO Of The Year - Menace Defoe vs Hector Verama (Whymer Van Mastodon)
Fight Of The Year - Menace Defoe vs Divock Origi - Whymer Van Mastodon vs Bjorn O'Donnel
Writer Of The Year - Alika Webb
Upset Of The Year - Underestimated Dillashaw Junior vs Kantaro Hoshino (Blake Phoenix)
CEO Of The Year - Mentor Corleone
Note: Due to the various rules and regulations the awards committee has, not everyone will be eligible for the little trophy they give out.
19 Jan 18 - GAMMA: Bobby Heyman New Contenders Owner
I am very proud to announce that Bobby Heyman (99756) is now the new owner of the GAMMA: Contenders! He has been working in the organization for the past few months and has gained valuable experience working together with former owner James Logan (113040) who admirably ran the organization from May last year till January 2018. Bobby will be following the steps of former owners of the GAMMA: Contenders:
Rogelio Cottonfloss (88129) (Founder) 2013-06-01 till 2014-07-19
Gerbert Bryant (84742) (2nd owner) 2014-07-19 till 2017-05-29
James Logan (113040) (3rd owner) 2017-05-29 till January 2018
For all of you who are unaware of what the GAMMA: Contenders are, they are the second tier GAMMA organization, basically this is the place where up and coming contenders or former GAMMA fighters fight it out to gain enough status and rank to be promoted back to the main organization. Most fighters in this organization are peaked or close to being peaked but simply lack the rank to fight in the main org. Any fighter that surpassed 1000 rank can ask for a promotion to GAMMA or by default we promote everyone who hit top 500.
If you are interested in a contract there, please contact Bobby Heyman directly!
17 Jan 18 - GAMMA: New Logo
I would like to announce that we have a new shinny logo to launch 2018! I felt we were in need of something new so here we are.
The creator behind the new logo is current designer of the year and probably the best designer this game has ever seen John Hetfield (66130).
Thanks for the good work John.
15 Jan 18 - GAMMA: Rufus McTearson HOF Induction
Managed by GAMMA HOF manager Dom Jaehnke, was involved in 13 title fights, with 12 FON awards. High highest all time rank was 16th. In 2016 he was ranked #2 among all fighters in GAMMA. His biggest wins include Lao Shin,Stanly Williams,Renan St Juste,Arthur Pinto. He accumulated a total of 201 points ranking him 4th in the all time list.
Rufus was one of the most durable fighters this game has ever seen, in 76 pro fights he had just one KO loss (that coming very late in his career), he fought in GAMMA for 3 1/2 years, something that is unheard of in this game at the top level. His 54 total fights in GAMMA is 6th highest of all time and he often relied on that chin to get him through fights (4th in the all time list of decision wins). His 3 wins in a row over Renan basically were the fights that retired the legend. End of the day, Rufus is up there with the very best ever mostly due to his longivity, he was in his 40s when he eventually gave it all up and having just one KO loss in 76 fights has to go down as a record.
14 Jan 18 - GAMMA: Dumping 135/265lbs
Essentially we do not have a 135 or a 265lbs division, we only have a title for each. Talent competing for these belts come from 265+ and 145lbs respectively. I added the 135lbs belt for a bit of fun and 265lbs has been replaced by the 265+ division for some time. I think that by having a 135 and 265 belt it undervalues belts in general because it is like having a top contender and an interim belt, where as all other divisions do not have that advantage. It also makes it more difficult ranking fighters performance over the year because as you may already know, we give additional points for people who competed for the titles.
So, the fighters who win the 135lbs/265lbs titles next will likely be the last, i could introduce a 135lbs division later if 125lbs gets added or if 135lbs divisions in game become a must, but at the current state, 135lbs is almost unused in most top orgs.
11 Jan 18 - GAMMA: January 2018 recap part 1 By Alika Webb
Syn 558 - Hate By Design – 30 December 2017
185 superfight - Kalervo Kaunismieli (Synchronicity) Vs Saul Goodman (GAMMA)
To close off 2017 with a bang, a fight on an epic scale was announced. The number one pound for pound fighter on the planet Kalervo Kaunismieli took on the second-ranked fighter in his weight class Saul Goodman. As if the stakes weren’t high enough, these two middleweights were both nominated for the middleweight fighter of the year award and many speculated that this fight would probably be the nail in the coffin for one of them.
These middleweight gladiators were ready to go to war, Saul "Slip The Jab" Goodman has had quite a phenomenal 2017, losing only three fights in an action-packed year. Saul Goodman is a calculated stone cold professional hit man. He may take the scenic route but he always looks to take control of the fight and gives the judges no room for doubt in crowning him the victor. Kalervo Kaunismieli on the other hand may have stumbled a bit in the beginning of the year but the last time he didn’t get his hand raised after a fight was in May and he has since been ruling Synchronicity’s middleweight division with an iron fist. Finishing people left and right has put him on the map and one couldn’t help but wonder if his finishing ability would be the difference maker in this superfight of epic proportions, with global domination hanging in the balance.
As soon as the fight started, it was clear that these middleweight warriors came in with a game plan in mind. Kalervo came in like a house on fire and closed the distance faster than his own shadow. He knows his own strengths and wanted to give his opponent no time to set his pace. It was a smart plan that worked like a charm in the first round but Kalervo was unable to do any real damage in the clinch as Saul Goodman was more tenacious than Kalervo had anticipated. Quite a handful in the clinch and a sniper from a distance, Saul Goodman took control of the fight. Kalervo Kaunismieli tried his hardest but it was clear the tides had turned and the judges could award victory to one man only.
Winner: Saul Goodman by unanimous decision.
UGD 94:Man Vs Puno – 5 January
Underground’s 265 title - Snow Man (c) Vs Kajun Puno
The goat and the snowman.
An Alika Webb fable
Once upon a time when king winter ruled the land, a head strong goat convinced of his own superiority was making his way across the vast snowy plains looking for any to challenge his claims when he came upon a frosty man made out of snow. The goat was intrigued and asked the man of snow if there were any who could oppose him nearby. With great confidence the man of snow replied that there was none but himself that could answer that challenge. “Man has created me in his image and does not man rule all animal kind, oh dear goat?” the man of snow asked with a great smile upon his face. Unimpressed by this claim the goat replied: “That may be so - man of snow - but soon the snow will melt and thou will vanish while I will still roam free upon this world.”
Kajun "Pinoy Savage" Puno’s legacy is notorious to say the least, the self-proclaimed greatest of all time in MMATycoon’s history has made headlines multiple times and he is not shy to let the world know about his accomplishments. A one man demolition crew no matter where the fight takes place, an iron chin combined with fists of mass destruction, kicks of fury and venomous submissions makes defeating Puno a seemingly impossible task for any who would dare undertake such a quest. Undefeated throughout 2017, he is undeniably one of the most accomplished fighters of the moment. But controversy put his claims for the fighter of the year award in jeopardy. Not having fought since August, Puno has been sitting pretty with his undefeated streak never on the line for the rest of the year. Many therefore claimed he didn’t deserve the award. Now the MMATycoon’s GOAT decided to step back in the cage and prove to the world that he can not only talk the talk but that he can also walk the walk.
Defending his title is Snow Man, long considered the second ranked fighter in his weight class. He knew that Puno was the one standing in his way of becoming the number one fighter among the heavyweights and with Puno taking a ride on the backseat for the second half of 2017, he had no way of proving himself the better man. A knockout machine to say the least as only one of his victories has come by the way of a decision, anticipation for this fight was off the charts! Would the champion retain and dethrone the self-proclaimed greatest fighter of all time or would Puno make his claims a reality by separating the sheep from the goat?
There was something in the air that night, fans across the globe were restless of anticipation and the crowd went absolutely bananas when the man of the hour - Kajun Puno himself - walked out to the cage. “Tell everybody I’m on my way” Puno yelled with extreme confidence. That same crowd also gave a standing ovation to the champion who looked flustered on his way to the merciless steel cage. It was a clash of two worlds but one big family as MMA fans around the world came together for this fight of epic proportions despite their preferences for either man.
Kajun Puno came to play and didn’t waste any time as he sent the champion packing to the land of confusion with a quick double leg takedown attempt. Against all odds, Snow Man was able to stop the fight from going to the ground but the fight had just started and with the cold steel of the cage digging into his back after the failed takedown attempt, he was already feeling trapped in a cage with a ferocious wild animal. Despite not having thrown a single strike, Puno’s invisible touch had worked its magic. Another day in paradise it was for Puno as he simply picking his shots with seemingly effortless effectiveness.
One minute into the fight and the difference was clear as day, Snow Man was still trying to regain his composure while Kajun Puno had already blasted him with an armada of soul-sucking kicks and unforgiving iron fists. Gasping for air, Snow Man kept fighting the stranger like him that stood before him but it was just one more night for the self-proclaimed greatest of all time, that’s all. You can’t hurry victory without taking some risks but Kajun Puno showed his true colors when he kept battering the wounded champion and Puno didn’t even give him a second to catch his breath.
The second round started and Puno just continued where he left off, he turned it on again as he started raining down pummeling blows upon Snow Man who saw his dreams of becoming the number one in his weight class melting like snow under the burning desert son. Kajun Puno felt the end was near and uncorked a rocket of a right hand and sent the champion sprawling to the ground. There must be some misunderstanding Snow Man thought as he stood right back up. With a crimson stream upon his face it would have been easy to say that there was no way out but with the underground heavyweight title and his own pride in his heart he kept fighting with a groovy kind of love and determination. A couple of strikes from Puno later and the champion threw away all thoughts and hopes of making it out of this round as his world was rocked by a stinging jab. Snow Man tried to run but ran into a stop sign named Kajun Puno as another straight right hand found its target and the champion’s legs fell out from under him. Kajun Puno swarmed the fallen champion with a merciless storm of hellfire and brimstone as he buried the champion’s remains deep into the canvas.
Winner: Kajun Puno by KO (punches) after 1 minute and 38 seconds of round 2.
GAMMA#683 Hoyce v Gunnar 2 – 6 January
135 superfight - Karol Mirowski (GAMMA) Vs Euphegen Doubdtfire (Claymore Elite Combat)
CEC’s bantamweight and featherweight champion "Mister" Euphegen Doubdtfire has been on a tear in 2017 and he looked to keep the good times rolling in 2018 but not if Gamma’s bantamweight champion had something to say about that. Karol "Bearded Midget Man" Mirowski has been undefeated since joining Gamma’s ranks and he intended to keep it that way.
These two cowboys went in guns blazing and the crowd was fired up from the get-go. This was not a chess match ladies and gentlemen, this was a good old fashioned street fight. They weren’t trying to please the judges with some pitter patter strikes, they were trying to take the other man out of the equation by sending him to another plane of existence.
The biggest difference maker in this fight turned out to be the clinch game. Both men are known for their expert striking skills both in close quarters and from afar but only one man took hold of the reigns in the clinch in this fight and that was Euphegen Doubdtfire. The damage done in the clinch accumulated over the course of the fight was an incredible sight to behold in the fifth and final round as Karol Mirowski – now a bloody mess – got rocked with a tight uppercut. He was on spaghetti legs and his consciousness was fading but Gamma’s bantamweight champion showed his home promotion’s crowd the true heart of a champion as he refused to bow down for Euphegen Doubdtfire.
Winner: Euphegen Doubdtfire by unanimous decision.
265 title - Hennan Hoyce (c) Vs Gunnar Steigelmann
Knockout machine Hennan Hoyce has been blasting his way to the top but no one expected him to do the same to Gamma legend "President" Gerbert Bryant. Now he faced another Gamma legend Gunnar Steigelmann in his first title defense. Forty year old Gunnar Steigelmann had seemingly gotten his groove back until he was demolished by superheavyweight champion Charles DaCoca. Would newly crowned champion Hennan Hoyce have the same experience when faced with Gamma’s fighter of the year 2016 or would Gunnar Steigelmann at forty years of age write Gamma history one more time?
Round one was under way and Gunnar Steigelmann immediately let the champion know he meant business as a wild combination of strikes hits nothing but air. A jab from the challenger barely missed its mark and the champion tried to retaliate with a dangerous combination of his own but the challenger was quick on his feet and it looked like he got away just in time. But unfortunately for the challenger he didn’t, one of those strikes had sliced him open and Hennan Hoyce thought that it was the beginning of the end for the challenger. Hennan Hoyce with the speed of a lion rushed the challenger and blasted him with a burning inside leg kick and tried to follow it up with a quick jab but the champion saw danger lurking out of the corner of his eye and got away just in time as a huge counter right hand from the challenger missed him by a hair’s breadth. Hennan Hoyce thought he was now safe once again but he couldn’t have been further from the truth as the living legend Gunnar Steigelmann still had a few more surprises lying in wait. A thundering left hand cracked the champion’s skull with a mighty thud and a cannonball of right hand sent the champion flying which in turn sent the crowd into a frenzy.
As soon as the champion hit the canvas, Gunnar Steigelmann was right on top of him. Hennan Hoyce looked like he just got run over by a bullet train, a bloody mess the champion was as he trying to figure out where he was and possibly even what his own name was as Hennan Hoyce was clearly dazed and confused. Gunnar Steigelmann had the champion where he wanted him, a bloody mess ready for slaughter. All the challenger needed to do was finish him off with a few well-timed strikes and the referee would have ended it. But that was not what happened. Gunnar Steigelmann moved with the speed of a tortoise as time slowed down considerably. The rush of Gunnar Steigelmann’s attack faded into oblivion when the fight went to the ground and the champion was able to shake off the cobwebs and when the referee stood them back up again, Hennan Hoyce clearly had a bone to pick with the living legend.
A dangerous right hand flew right past the challenger and Gunnar Steigelmann connected with a nice leg kick. Hennan Hoyce didn’t even consider backing down now as he fired right back with a blasting body kick that nearly folded the challenger in half and followed it up with a cross that landed right on the button. Hennan Hoyce tagged the challenger with a sloppy punch to the gut as if to taunt the living legend, telling him he had nothing left in the tank and Gunnar Steigelmann was now definitely gasping for air. Gunnar Steigelmann tried to suck it up and tried to sneak in a little jab but was countered immediately as Hennan Hoyce smashed him with a pistol of a right hand. Gunnar Steigelmann was quick on his feet as he slipped a stunning straight right hand but he was unable to evade the follow-up body punch. The champion now a maddened fury grit his teeth and threw a big right hand that clipped the challenger and followed it up with a brick of a left hand. Gunnar Steigelmann was seeing nothing but stars and the champion’s corner men were yelling ‘timber!’ as the challenger was just cut down by the champion. Time flies but not when you’re having fun Hennan Hoyce must have thought as he cracked the challenger in mid-flight with another merciless deathblow and the crowd was going absolutely ballistic from the unbelievable display of fighting spirit they had just witnessed.
Winner: Hennan Hoyce by KO (punches) after 3 minutes and 48 seconds in the first round.
GAMMA#684 DaCoca v Bubba – 6 January
185 title - Matt Quin (c) Vs Jutta Hanolla
The resurrection of Gamma has been well-documented and his rise back to fame has been impressive to say the least. Will this fairytale of a comeback story continue when he faces Jutta Hanolla, was the question burning on everyone’s lips. Times have been tough for Jutta Hanolla since making his way to Gamma as he has faced nothing but world-class competition but through hard work and dedication he has finally found back the Jutta Hanolla of old and winning three out of his last four fights has gotten him back into the title picture.
From the second the bell rang these fighters rushed to the battlefield and started swinging for the fences. Both fighters had a game plan in mind, for Matt Quin that was taking the fight to the ground while the challenger wanted nothing more than to bring the fight to the clinch. Jutta Hanolla’s persistence paid off and while the champion tried to squirm his way out of danger, the challenger bombarded him with a tornado of brutal blows until the referee stepped in.
Winner: Jutta Hanolla by TKO (strikes) after 4 minutes and 25 seconds in the first round.
265+ title - Charles DaCoca (c) Vs Bubba Gumption
Gamma’s new superheavyweight force of destruction Charles DaCoca made quite an impact since his promotional debut. Even at the highest level, Charles DaCoca keeps knocking out every opponent he faces. Would Bubba "Shrimpin" Gumption suffer the same fate or would the former superheavyweight champion work his magic and get another magic upset under his belt just as he did against another Gamma poster boy at the time, Gerbert Bryant?
One punch was all the champion was able to muster as the rest of his offence connected with nothing but air. Bubba Gumption on the other hand looked like Anderson Silva taking on Chris Leben, hitting the champion with expert precision, like a sharpshooter he connected with deadly blows. Another major upset for Bubba Gumption as he takes out the champion while making it look as easy as taking candy from a baby.
Winner: Bubba Gumption by KO (punches) after 2 minutes and 20 seconds in the first round.
09 Jan 18 - GAMMA: Updated Wiki page
I did a massive overhaul with all the stats and figures over the past 8-9 months:
All the top ranking fighters, super fights, newest awards and manager HOF additions are now included.
08 Jan 18 - GAMMA: FOY award
We now have the official fighter of the year awards based upon the following scoring system:
1 Per Loss
2 Per draw
3 Per title fight/Super fight
4 Per win
+1 Fight of the night awards
The total accumulated points are as follows (included just those with 40+ points and a title run):
"President" Gerbert Bryant (241590) 109
Menace Defoe (268296) 95
Lao Shin "To Chin" (256055) 88
Gunnar Steigelmann (196145) 86
Saul "Slip The Jab" Goodman (271572) 84
Ilya Mstislav Volkov (228159) 73
"The Great White" Cullen Castrello (224163) 72
Stanly "The Rooster" Williams (174422) 65
Matt Quin (239220) 63
Lukasz "Wally" Wolek (255001) 63
Gareth Keenan "Investigates" (272458) 61
Robert "Sitek" Sito (255000) 58
Sebastiaan "Bas" Rutten (235659) 57
Darren "Landmine" Lamb (243991) 54
Mathew "Deep Waters" Ridgeway (249406) 53
Randy "Fuckn" Springs (258713) 49
Vladimir Emelienko (250054) 46
Underestimated "Snake In The Grass" Dillashaw Junior (230204) 43
Musta Laine (255882) 41
We would like to thank everyone for their participation in 2017 and Gerbert Bryant for leading the rankings for the better part of the year.
04 Jan 18 - GAMMA: December 2017 recap part 2 By Alika Webb
December 2017 recap part 2
By Alika Webb
GAMMA#679 DaCoca vs Steigelman – 16 December
265+ title - Charles DaCoca (c) Vs Gunnar Steigelmann
Newly crowned champion Charles DaCoca simply walked all over Gamma’s 2016 fighter of the year and then some. Gunnar Steigelmann started strong as he sliced open the champion with a sharp left but Charles DaCoca was enraged at the sight of his own blood and like a bull seeing red, he went berserk on the legendary challenger. It didn’t take long for the champion to bust open the challenger and after a blitzkrieg of an offensive swarm of kicks and punches, Gunnar Steigelmann had his light switched off with a destructive overhand right.
Winner: Charles DaCoca by KO (punch) after 1 minute and 47 seconds in the first round.
AD509 – 16 September
145 superfight - Sergey Panikov (Aggressive Damage) Vs Gareth Keenan (GAMMA)
Gareth Keenan’s last two attempt at securing a superfight win under his belt did not go the way he had anticipated, now many wondered if the third time would be the charm. Meet Sergey Panikov, Aggressive Damage’s featherweight champion. With a recent quick knockout over former Gamma bantamweight champion Underestimated "Snake In The Grass" Dillashaw Junior, Gareth Keenan and fans around the globe were warned that Sergey Panikov still brings the pain.
What a intriguing chess battle this turned out to be. Sergey Panikov definitely took hold of the reins at the start of the fight. Mighty aggressive he was, kicks with brute force were mixed in between an armada of explosive punches. A finish he craved but the cunning wit of Gareth Keenan slowly but surely took control of the fight. A splendid festival of near-magical vanishing punches and flashy kicks found their target more often than not, while Sergey Panikov had a lot of trouble hitting meat and bone.
Winner: Gareth Keenan by unanimous decision.
GAMMA#681 Mason vs Shin – 23 december
185 title - Matt Quin (c) Vs Russian Obama
Their first fight was an amazing sight to behold but unfortunately it ended without a clear victor. A draw does not offer anything to gain for either man. Like Schrödinger's cat they lived in limbo since their last fight as neither man could move forward or even backward until their rivalry finally gets a real conclusion.
The third one was indeed the charm for MMATycoon’s Cinderella man as Matt Quin dominated the first three rounds. With an abundance of razor sharp punches and always dangerous takedowns, the champion had the challenger’s number for the first three rounds. In the fourth round Russian Obama started to get back in the game despite the champion’s tenaciousness but even a close fifth and final round proved it was too little too late as the champion retained in a perfect ending to the trilogy that has captured the hearts of Gamma’s fans for so many months.
Winner: Matt Quin by unanimous decision.
170 superfight - Lao Shin (GAMMA) Vs Zane Mason (Aggressive Damage)
The undeniable favorite for the 170lbs Fighter Of The Year 2017 award is Lao Shin. He has had quite an amazing year but losing his last fight of the year would leave quite a sour taste in his mouth and might even put his spot of top runner in jeopardy. Party pooper Zane Mason looked quite ready to blast Lao Shin from his throne but the killjoy needed to get past a motivated Lao Shin at the top of his game.
Both elite strikers are known for their knockout ability but the difference in their last couple of fights is most certainly worth noting. Lao Shin "To Chin" has not been able to put his dukes to work in the chase for a finish since being finished himself not long after last summer’s end. Zane Mason on the other hand does not like to leave his victory to chance and has not neglected to finish people left and right, three out of his last five fights were quite exhilarating finishes the fans have adored him for. Fans were hopeful to see a knockout and they were not shy about letting it be known to these caged warriors.
Fans around the world were delighted to see that both men came to dance and what a tango of death this fight turned out to be! A true battlefield it was. An terrifyingly brutal mess of suffering, chaos, ugliness and mayhem as these brutes collided in the middle of the unforgiving steel cage. They swung for the fences, pulling no punches as they drew in the crowd in their brawl for bragging rights and for Lao Shin the possibility of losing the icing on the cake as his yearlong achievements could be rendered mute in the end of the year awards.
Zane Mason was quite adamant in taking this fight to the clinch but he soon came to regret it as Gamma’s welterweight champion proved himself quite the expert in close distance combat. The damage was done and Lao Shin could smell the sweet taste of victory. A crisp right hand countered Mason’s destructive left hook and dropped him on his backside. A relentless Lao Shin did not let him get off the hook as Lao Shin absolutely blasted Zane Mason with a nasty barrage of deadly blows until the grim reaper put on a referee’s attire and stepped in to end the fight.
Winner: Lao Shin by TKO (strikes) after 32 seconds in the fourth round.
UGD 93:Kenway Vs Keenan – 29 December
155 superfight - Edward Kenway (Underground) Vs Gareth Keenan (GAMMA)
After finally gaining some modicum of success in the realm of superfights, Gamma’s featherweight champion Gareth Keenan jumped back into the deep end faster than his own shadow. What an opponent he was given as the shark on duty was none other than Underground’s lightweight champion Edward Kenway, an undefeated force of mass destruction since signing with Underground.
They struck with nasty precision and expert timing. Not a gruesome brawl but an enticing chess match this was, between two masters of their craft and the tension could be cut with a knife as even the slightest error could prove the difference maker. The crowd kept holding their breath in anticipation and what a nifty battle for control this proved to be as Gamma’s featherweight champion more than held his own deep in enemy territory.
Winner: Gareth Keenan by unanimous decision.
GAMMA#682 Churchill v Ridgeway – 30 December
155 title - Mathew Ridgeway (c) Vs Winston Churchill
It took him quite a while to get there, but Winston Churchill let it be known that he was here to stay. The newly crowned lightweight champion on the other hand needed a victory to solidify his latest title reign and nothing was going to stop Mathew Ridgeway from walking away victorious.
In a whirlwind of strikes, only one man was the Tasmanian Devil in this fight and that was the champion. The challenger got blasted with an overwhelming amount of thunderous strikes. Like meteors passing through the atmosphere, the champion’s strikes were burning with a red hot desire and when they found their target, it was not a pretty sight. The impact of the champion’s strikes was so brutal that the challenger rushed his way into the clinch, only to find more misfortune there as the champion mercilessly continued his path of destruction.
Winner: Mathew Ridgeway by TKO (strikes) after 4 minutes and 46 seconds in the third round.
30 Dec 17 - GAMMA: Matt Quin – A true MMATycoon comeback story
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“If failure had no penalty success would not be a prize.”
― Terry Pratchett
Comebacks are not just possible, as a matter of fact, they happen quite often. But if we experience a major setback, sometimes a comeback may seem quite an impossible task for us. The reason for that is quite easy to explain. To come come back from a setback, we need one special ingredient: change! Most people are set in their ways, familiarity makes us feel safe. Change can be hard for us creatures of habit simply because it scares us. We are scared of the unknown. To facilitate change we need one thing: a change of heart. We need to be willing to change our ways and have the courage and the will to commit to it. Change your life, change your future. Quite a scary thought indeed but it can undeniably be worth it.
We start our story near the end of 2016, a Belgian warrior with the heart of a lion had fought his way to the top. With ups and downs he worked, harder than he himself had held possible and he not only held the Gamma middleweight title, he was considered one of the best fighters in the world. Once upon a time he had already reached the number one pound for pound position and he craved to regain his former glory … until that day came.
The much-anticipated conclusion to the trilogy with Ed Gennero ended in tragedy for the Belgian champion as Matt Quin was finished standing for the first time in his career. Matt Quin did not want to let lightning strike twice and had quite a spirited performance against Tony Siblas. He knew he needed a victory to get back into the title mix. He had just won the first two rounds, everything was going great until … an overhand right sent his career spiraling down so fast and so brutal that it was simply heartbreaking to watch.
A new opportunity awaited Matt Quin as a new opponent was announced: Taneli Hauki. A solid midcarder with bricks for fists. The power in his hands was not to be underestimated but it was a definite step down in competition for the former champion and it seemed quite possible that Matt Quin would finally be able to snap his losing streak. The hearts of those in attendance were moved by the undeniable passion on display by the Belgian warrior. Two rounds in and Matt Quin didn’t simply win them, he controlled the first two rounds from start to finish. Until that moment came, Taneli Hauki caught the Belgian with a brutal cross punch right on the kisser and never let him recover. Matt Quin was seeing stars and stumbling all over the place but his heart wouldn’t let him take the fall. Many brutal punches he received and he kept fighting until the referee had seen enough. Three standing finishes in a row, the only three losses of that kind in his career.
Next on his path was the veteran Katsu Laoka who was having quite the career resurgence. Katsu Laoka was cleaving his way through the competition on his path toward title contention but Matt Quin only had redemption on his mind. Katsu Laoka landed the first blow and taunted the former number one pound for pound legend, who in turn took him down with a sweet takedown. The beginning of the fight was a prelude to what was to come as the fight was a story of action and reaction. Katsu Laoka’s actions were the catalyst for Matt Quin’s reactions. It was Katsu Laoka who took the lead early on and despite Matt Quin’s best efforts, Katsu Laoka was given the split decision win.
The Joe Murphy fight was another close one where Matt Quin was once again unable to be crowned the victor. On an embarrassing five fight losing streak, the Belgian legend’s career had plummeted from the sky so hard that he was but a shell of his former self. He knew it was do or die for another loss would probably mean the end of his career. A familiar face awaited him on the other side of the cage. Scotty Bennet - the last man he beat when he was still the Gamma middleweight champion - found himself in quite a similar situation. The battle of the dying breed lured many fans who were wondering which legend would find redemption and be able to start his career anew. Matt Quin was the obvious favorite against the living legend who was nine years the elder, Scotty Bennet however had more left in the tank than many saw coming and took home a unanimous decision victory.
As you may or may not know, one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Matt Quin was doing just that and he was going insane by losing over and over again. No matter how hard he fought he kept walking the losing path and he was about to be fired. He was standing on the edge of the deepest, darkest abyss he had ever come across, staring the darkness in the eyes with nothing but despair in mind. Luckily Gamma management gave the fallen king one last chance. What an opponent he was given too, Taneli Hauki who had defeated him not that long ago came back for a rematch. As you may remember Matt Quin took control of their first fight until a lucky punch turned the fight around. This time Matt Quin took a long hard look at himself and made a deliberate change in strategy. He didn’t just control the fight, he dominated! Matt Quin made a statement by knocking out Taneli Hauki in such a brutal fashion, he was a changed man and he wasn’t about to let anyone get the better of him again.
Slowly but steadily he scratched and clawed his way back up the ladder. Blood, sweat and tears it cost him but he had finally come full circle when he got another title opportunity. Russian Obama was the only obstacle left in his path to regaining everything he had lost so long ago. It wasn’t meant to be as the Cinderella story ended in a whimper instead of a bang.
Saul Goodman took hold of the coveted Gamma middleweight title and Matt Quin got back on the winning track after he finished rising star Michael "Young Gun" Cole. A title opportunity came knocking on his door once more and this time Matt Quin rose to the occasion. Matt Quin won the Gamma middleweight title. A six fight losing streak and nearly a year since losing it later, he had finally regained his greatness of old.
His first challenger was announced and it was his worst nightmare come true. Former champion Russian Obama who had defeated him once before in decisive fashion now stood before him once more. Their rematch was a brutal brawl that left both men in limbo as the judges were unable to declare a victor.
A definite conclusion was necessary for one man to move on while the other would get a chance to rebuild their career and thus another rematch was announced. The much-anticipated conclusion to a nail-biter of a trilogy gave an answer to all his doubters as Matt Quin was officially declared the victor and still the Gamma middleweight champion of the world.
Matt Quin is now no longer a shell of his former self but a new and improved version of himself. Will he be able to reach the number one pound for pound spot once more and once again find his place under the sun as he faces his next challenger or has he flown too close to the sun and will he soon burn up and come crashing down harder than he has ever done before?
Find out at GAMMA#684 DaCoca v Bubba on January 6th as he takes on Jutta "Hammer" Hanolla.
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