The HEAT Promotion in Nagoya, Japan on September 25, 2011 was graced with the appearance of four local Hawaii combatants sent to do war with some of Japans top fighters, to include a father son duo, a UFC/Ultimate Fighter Veteran and one HEAT Middleweight Tournament Athlete. Miles and Lowen Tynannes, UFC veteran Scott "The Punk Haole" Junk and Derek Thornton flew over to the land of the rising sun as ambassadors of the highly touted Hawaii MMA Promotion X-1 World Events.
All of the fighters emerged victorious except Mr. Thornton, who lost via Guillotine Submission at 2:43 in the 1st Rd. Mr. Thornton had not fought in the last 3yrs, and admitted his training was very limited, but was willing to challenge his body and mind and doesn't use this as an excuse for defeat, he still accepted on 3 and 1/2 weeks notice to fight in this title contention HEAT Middleweight Tournament. Mr. Thornton has previously struggled in high profile fights, but puts on an exciting show and is always in fantastic shape, we expect a speedy return for the X-1 Grand Prix Semi-Finalist and TAPOUT show veteran.
Following the sour taste of defeat for Mr. Thornton, is a page of positivity for three winners, where two out of their three fights ended in a KO and TKO. The younger Tynannes (Lowen) came out in his Amateur International debut utilizing techniques that favored a 20yr old GSP. In all three rounds the young lion dominated the BJJ Black Belt as if he were toying with an amateur white belt, continuously controlling the fight from bell to bell stuffing take downs and flooring the Brazilian several times with solid impact strikes during their bout. Lowen won the fight by unanimous decision.
The elder Tynannes (Miles) who came determined to win, upset the Pride FC, MMA/Sumo Wrestling Legend Sentoryo by vicious KO in the 1st Rd. Both men started out with precise striking, as each man landed shots Miles ended the mighty warriors night early with a punishing uppercut left hook combination. At the end of the fight, there was quite an emotional reunion with the father and son for they had just made MMA history being the 1st father and son fighters to compete on the same card, and internationally beating two fighters from two different countries, (I would guess the wins made it that much more historic)...
UFC vet Scott Junk fought a much taller former K-1 Kickboxing Champion who had just recently fought the current Heavyweight HEAT Champion to defeat earlier that year. Scott's game plan was revealed after the fight in interviews with American and Japanese reporters but was quite apparent during this heavyweight clash. Scott went after his Kickboxing counterpart and slammed him to the ground with conviction and commenced to pound his opponent into oblivion with over 200 GNP strikes before the referee saved his helpless combatant. Scott and the other winners have been invited to compete again, with Miles vieing for title contention and a title shot for Scott.
The X-1 World Events Promotion has sent fighters to Japan, Europe, South America and all over the Mainland with big plans to continue in the future. Although all of our countrymen were not victorious, these four fighters represented the USA, Hawaii and MMA with dignity, valor and respect! And we here at Xclusive MMA are proud of each and every one of their efforts, Thank you, and keep reading! We appreciate the fighter's and the fans!
written By "The Maverick"
UFC Gym announces it will begin selling memberships to its newest, and first, location in Honolulu, Hawaii with an enrollment center set to open Tuesday, October 18. Partnering with Hawaii native and two-division UFC champion BJ Penn, this is the first signature gym for the brand. The location, which will open for workouts in early 2012, looks to bring the unique “Train Different” approach of the UFC GYM brand to the Island, offering residents the opportunity to train like Penn and world-class UFC fighters.
“It is such an honor to bring UFC GYM to my homeland of Hawaii and show our community how to not only train like an elite UFC athlete, but introduce them to an entirely new way to approach fitness,” said Penn, a native of Hilo. “This gym truly is for everyone; athletes, dads, moms, and kids will all be able to train and learn in a different way, a way that gets results!”
“BJ Penn has been a UFC champion at 155 and 170, a future Hall of Famer, and an icon in his home state of Hawaii,” UFC President Dana White said. “We’re excited to open the UFC GYM enrollment center in Honolulu. We know UFC GYM BJ PENN will become the ultimate fitness destination in Honolulu.”
The massive 37,000 square foot facility will be located in the Kaka’ako community in the space formerly occupied by Pipeline Café. The club will offer a unique “Train Different” approach created by fitness industry icons, Mark Mastrov and Jim Rowley, along with Frank Fertitta, Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White, owners of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®. And now with additional input from partner, BJ Penn, the UFC Gym will help members “Train Different” from any other fitness facility.
Members will benefit from an array of amenities to “Train Different” – “Sweat Different” in the bag room, grappling room, or on state-of-the-art cardio equipment and weight machines. Members can also “Move Different” in the expansive group fitness studio featuring traditional classes with an edge, as well as signature ultimate programming. “Burn Different” with UFC GYM’s expert trainers for the ultimate workout or mixed martial arts specialists in disciplines such as Muay Thai or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
UFC GYM and Penn look to bring the Kaka’ako community together by creating a space for the whole family. The new facility will house UFC GYM Kids, a private kids’ training area, offering Youth Fitness Classes, Active Fitness Gaming, Youth Mixed Martial Arts Training and Ultimate Birthday Parties. Members can also “Recover Different” in the Arm Bar Café™, offering protein shakes and healthy snacks, selected by Penn himself.
“BJ Penn is an icon in his home state and we’re thrilled to open a signature UFC GYM with his name on it,” said Mark Mastrov, NeV chairman and co-founder. “From the young adult to the working professional, and everyone in between, UFC GYM provides unique training regimes for all ages and fitness levels, creating a one-of-a-kind fitness experience for the whole family.”
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LAS VEGAS -- Dustin Poirier dealt with Max Holloway's standing onslaught for close to two minutes. That's when he had enough. Time for Plan B.
Poirier took the fight to the ground and taught the 20-year-old a lesson. He mounted him, tried an armbar, switched it to a triangle and then wound up getting the submission finish with a nifty armbar from a topside triangle at 3:23 of the first round at UFC 143.
Give Holloway some credit. He took the fight on less than a month's notice against a guy who's one of the brightest prospects in the division. Poirier's finish is currently the lead candidate for Submission of the Night. That could be good for $65,000.
UPDATE: Poirier got the nod for Sub of the Night and the $65,000.
"I never underestimated Max. I was in his shoes before. He's a tough fighter and good kickboxer. He was quicker than I expected though and hit me with a few shots," Poirier said. "I came here to get a win, and I got the finish. I'm one step closer to being a champion."
Holloway's standup attack was pretty slick.
Working behind both hands, some flying knees and plenty of kicks, he had Poirier on his heels. Poirier went for his first takedown with 3:06 left. He got it easily and lifted the slim Holloway into the air before slamming him to the floor. He moved to mount immediately. Poirier simply overpowered Holloway on the ground pinning his arms down on several occasions.