Hard Knocks 23 Play-by-Play – The Milkman Delivers

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Cody Bargholz is in Calgary for Hard Knocks 23rd show. Another great card from the School of Hard Knocks. This evening’s event raised $3100 for the Olympic Wresting team and $900 for Kidsport.

Top MMA News’ Awards

  • Fight of the Night – Randy Mahon vs. Elvis Vukaj
  • Submission of the Night – Keegan Oliver
  • KO of the Night – Cory Knipe

Here is his play-by-play for the event:

Pro MMA
Jarod Milko vs. Paapa Inkumsah
Round 1: Jarod lands an outside leg kick and Paapa responds with a combination. Jerod shoots for a takedown and secures it. Paapa works his way back to his feet but then Jarod takes him down again and passes to half guard. Jarod lands a few elbows to Paapa’s body before Paapa stands up and takes Jarod down. Jarod is controlling Paapas head while Paapa passes to mount Jarod turns and stands up but Paapa stays on him taking his back and forcing Jarod to carry his weight. Paapa is working for the rear naked choke and manages to secure a body lock. Paapa is close with the choke and Jarod falls to the ground. Paapa keeps working for the choke until the round ends.
Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Paapa Inkumsah

Round 2: Jarod charges right in with some big looping punches that miss their mark but winds up pinning Paapa against the cage. Paapa turns Jarod and the fighters struggle for position. Jarod starts to work for a guillotine but Paapa isn’t in danger. Jarod takes Paapa down and gets Paapa’s back. Now Jarod is trying for the rear naked choke. Jarod is landing a few shots but the fighters are mostly hand fighting. Paapa tries to roll but Jarod stays on him eventually sinking in the choke and securing the submission.
Jarod Milko defeats Paapa Inkumsah by Rear Naked Choke in Round 2, 4:48

Dia Grant vs. Julius Huhs
Round 1: Dia drives forward and lands a slick three punch combination. Dia backs off and slips on the map allowing Julius to clinch up. Dia turns Julius and lands a couple of knees to Julius’ body. Julius turns him again and pins him against the cage. The referee breaks them and Dia lands a nice left hook that lands. Dia lands another two punch combination and a kick to the body then takes Julius down. Dia really has the upper hand in the striking game. Dia passes to half guard and starts landing elbows. Julius recovers guard. Dia lands three crushing right hands in a row from on top but Julius recovers quickly .
Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Dia Grant

Round 2: Dia lands a nice jab before Julius clinches up with him and presses Dia against the cage. Dia reverses him and starts pressing Julius against the cage. Dian lands a couple of powerful hooks that land flush. Julius is bleeding a lot now from his face. Julius clinches up again and starts working for the takedown. Dia is stuffing it though and eventually the referee breaks them up. Dia lands a hard kick to the body followed by three or four knees from the clinch. Julius eventual gets him up against the cage and tries to take him down but Julius reverses him. Julius struggles to get up before Dia pounces on Julius’ back securing a rear naked choke
Dia Grant submits Julius Huhs by Rear Naked Choke in Round 2, 3:22

Jesse Arnett vs. Mike O’Neill
Round 1: Mike starts off the fight with a crushing inside leg kick that sweeps Jesse’s leg. Mike immediately lands a head kick just as Jesse gets to his feet. Mike swings and misses then pounces on Jesse not allowing him to get up. Jesse’s nose looks broken. As Jesse tries to stand up Mike starts working a front choke. He transitions to a sort of standing guillotine and Jesse taps.

There was a lot of commotion after the finish about the legality of the head kick but the replay clearly showed that Jesse’s hands and knees were off the ground when the blow was landed.  It was a great call to keep the fight going by referee Brian Beauchamp.
Mike O’Neill defeats Jesse Arnett by Submission due toTap Out (Guillotine) in Round 1, 0:22

Wolfgang Janssen vs. Jesse Veltri
Round 1: Jesse charges forwards starts working for a single leg. While circling for the single Wolfgang takes his back and quickly sinks in a rear naked choke.
Wolfgang Janssen submits Jesse Veltri by Rear Naked Choke in Round 1, 0:23

Cory Knipe vs. William Hatch
Round 1: Cory immediately launches into action with a spinning back kick that completely misses Will. Cory mentally recovers though and lands a combination that hurts Will and puts him on the mat. Cory jumps into Will’s guard and stacks him before dropping bombs to Will’s face from the top. Will closes up his guard and starts better controlling Cory’s posture but Cory is still landing punches to his face. Cory escapes Will’s guard and lands another hard shot that opens up a cut under Will’s eye. Will hooks Cory’s leg and attempts a sweep but Cory stays on top. Cory stands up and kicks Will’s leg a few times before falling back into Cory’s guard. Will is looking really beat up but the action slows and the referee stands the fighters up. Will is really going after Cory on his feet and both fighters start swinging but neither is landing.
Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Cory Knipe

Round 2: Cory starts pumping the jab and lands a hard leg kick. Will answeres back with a hard leg kick of his own. He tries it again but Cory counters with a crushing right straight that knocks Will down. Cory swarms him and the referee stops the fight.
Cory Knipe defeats William Hatch by TKO in Round 2, 0:36

Amateur MMA
Zach Manywounds vs. Kevin Legasse
Round 1: Both fighters start off tentatively. Kevin makes the first move by charging in for a double leg takedown and he scores it. Zach is trying to sand up but Kevin uses his movement against him and passes to mount. Kevin is landing really hard shots from mount. Kevin transitions smoothly to side control and lands a crushing knee to Zach’s body. Kevin transitions back to mount and starts dropping bombs to Zach’s solar plexus.
Topmmanews scores the round 10-8 Kevin Lagasse

Round 2: The fighters exchanges leg kicks a couple of times before Kevin scoops up Zach with another double leg and takes Zach down. Kevin quickly passes to mount and starts working for wrist control. Kevin lands a crushing knee and passes into mount. Kevin’s punches to the body from mount look devastating. Zach starts to roll to his stomache but Kevin keeps him on his back.
Topmmanews scores the round 10-8 Kevin Lagasse

Round 3: Kevin opens the action with a leg kick. Zach starts to get aggressive before Kevin drives in for a takedown. Zach starts threatening with a guillotine and the crowd goes wild. Kevin escapes the guillotine choke and completes the takedown. Kevin passes again to mount and starts hammering Zach’s body. Kevin’s punches to Zach’s body thump the whole cage.
Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Kevin Lagasse
Kevin Lagasse defeats Zach Manywounds by Unanimous Decision

Keegan Oliver vs. Blake Sigvaldason
Round 1: Keegan ducks down for a double leg but Blake defends well and recovers position. Blake lands a few shoots before Keegan drives in again for a takedown. This time Keegan gets the takedown. Blake is using the rubber guard from the bottom but isn’t threatening with any submissions. Blake, in frustration, opens up his body and just lets Keegan pound him in the stomach as to say no big deal. Eventually Keegan stands up before the round closes.
Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Keegan Oliver

Round 2: Keegan lands a nice right hand then a couple of stiff jabs. Keegan is really using his jab well to throw Blake off his game. Blake throws a leg kick and Keegan shoots for another double leg and scores the takedown. Keegan is elbowing Blake in the body and Blake lifts his arms up and starts relaxing meanwhile Keegan elbows are dropping harder and harder. Blake starts defending again but Keegan keeps the pressure on and controls position for the rest of the round.
Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Keegan Oliver

Round 3: Blake rushes in and scores a takedown and is holding top position well. Blake passes to half mount but Keegan quickly recovers guard. Keegan isolates and arm and starts working for the triangle choke. Keegan has the choke locked in tight and hooks Blake’s leg. Blake is forced to tap.
Keegan Oliver submits Blake Sigvaldason by Triangle Choke in Round 3, 2:06

Phil Towler vs. Ryan Shanahan
Round 1: Phil opens the action with a couple of quick leg kicks before driving forward for a double leg. Phil get the takedown and passes quickly into mount with an arm triangle forcing Ryan to tap.
Phil Towler submits Ryan Shanahan by Arm Triangle in Round 1, 1:17

Elvis Vakaj vs. Randy Mahon
Round 1: Randy drives in immediately for a takedown but Elvis defends well and unleashes hells fury on Randy with innumerable kicks, knees and punches to the body and head of Randy. Elvis is incredibly fast and ferocious. Elvis lets Randy up and Randy lands a hard right hand that stuns Elvis and knocks him down. Elvis recovers quickly and drives forward with another combination. Randy pins Elvis agains the cage but Elvis is defending the takedown well. Elvis breaks free but Randy lands a hard left hook and again pins up Elvis against the cage as the round ends. That was an incredible round!
Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Elvis Vakaj

Round 2: Elvis opens the round with a hard push kick and Randy returns with a spinning heel kick to Elvis’ body. Elvis lands a hard side kick and Randy charges forward with a combination but Elvis defends well. Elvis lands three crushing leg kicks in a row followed by a stiff jab. Elvis is stating to control the round with his rangy leg kicks. Randy lands a leg kick of his own then a nice right hand and pins Elvis up against the cage.
Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Elvis Vakaj

Round 3: Elvis lands a hard inside leg kick then cracks Randy with a low blow. The referee stops the fight to give Randy time to recover. The fighters get right back into it though. Elvis lands a hard right hand to Randy’s chin but Randy responds by pushing Elvis up agains the cage again but this time he is landing a lot of great knees to Elvis’ body. Elvis breaks free and starts finding his groove again with leg licks and stiff jabs but Randy comes back with a hard right hand of his own. Elvis lands a couple of Shots and Randy drives him into the cage again and both fighters start swinging as the round finishes. This round was incredibly close.
Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Elvis Vakaj
Elvis Vakaj defeats Randy Mahon by Unanimous Decision

Cody Clark vs. Matthew Norman
Round 1: Cody looks a lot bigger than Matt. Cody lands a nice outside leg kick. Cody moves in for a another leg kick but Matt counters with a hard right hand. Cody lands another hard outside leg kick. Matt drives in hard for a double leg and secures a nice takedown passing quickly into side control. Cody recovers guard. Cody sweeps Matt while he is trying to pass and lands a flurry of punches and elbows to Matt’s body as the round comes to a close.
Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Cody Clark

Round 2: Cody fakes a leg kick and moves in with a super man punch that misses the target. Codyd lands another hard leg kick. Cody is landing a lot of leg kicks in this round too. Matt is goading Cody in now but Cody is just racking up the leg kicks and avoiding a brawl. Matt moves in with a combination but Cody defends the shots and returns with another leg kick. Matt is switching stances to save his leg but Cody lands four hard leg kicks in a row to his good leg now. Matt drives forward and Cody catches him with standing arm triangle as the round closes. Matt’s legs looks bad.
Topmmanews scores the round 10-8 Cody Clark

Round 3: Matt opens the round with a double leg but the attempt isn’t even close. Matt drives forward again but Cody catches him with a standing guillotine. The guillotine attempt didn’t look too tight though. Matt tries again for the takedown but Cody reverses him and lands in side control. Cody is landing a ton of elbows to Matt’s body and a huge knee before Matt recovers half guard. Cody is still landing a lot of shots as Matt recovers guard. Matt throws up his legs for an arm bar attempt but Cody easily shucks it off, rolls Matt and starts landing a flurry of unanswered heavy knees to Matt’s body before the referee stops the fight.
Cody Clark defeats Matthew Norman by Referee Stoppage due to Unanswered Blows in Round 3, 2:50

Kris Pomerleau vs. Robin Combs
Round 1: Kris opens the action with a powerful one two combination. Kris looks like she is having fun. Kris moves in with a combination but Robin keeps her hands up and defends well. Kris’s reach is advantage looks like it will be trouble for Robin. Nearly all of Robins punches are falling short. Kris lands a hard jab that stuns Robin. Kris pins Robin against the cage but eventually backs off. Kris finishes the round strong with a four punch combination that lands.
Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Kris Pomerleau

Round 2: Kris lands a couple of hard left jabs that penetrate Robin’s defence. Kris is stalking Robin around the cage setting up hard right hands with her jab. Kris slips a couple of Robin’s punches and lands a hard knee to Robin’s body followed by a flurry of shots against the cage. She is looking to stop the fight but Robin breaks free. Robin is bleeding out of her nose now. Kris finishes the fight strong with a couple of hard right hands again. That was a dominant round for Kris.
Topmmanews scores the round 10-8 Kris Pomerleau

Round 3: Robin opens aggressively but most of her punches are missing completely again. Robin lands a kick to Kris’s body but Kris is stalking her again. Robin lands a left jab. Kris is the one missing her shots this round. Kris pins Robin up against the cage but doesn’t do much damage. Robin ducks under Kris’s jab and lands a hard shot to her body. Robin ducks another punch and lands a beautiful three punch combination to Kris body and head.
Topmmanews scores the round 10-9 Robin Combs
Kris Pomerleau defeats Robin Combs by Unanimous Decision

Dan Westbrook vs. Jason Reid
Round 1: The fighters exchange hard kicks to the body followed by hard shots to the head. Dan pulls guard with a guillotine attempt but Jason escapes easily and stands up. Both fighters are throwing down on their feet landing hard strikes to the body and the head but Jason is getting the better of the exchanges. Jason manages to land three or four hard crosses to the Dan’s head. Dan looks rocked. Dan falls to the mat and Jason lands a shot to the body before standing up. Dan lands a hard kick to Jason’s body but Jason counters with another combination of punches eventually landing a hard left hand that knocks Dan down. The referee stops the fight.
Jason Reid defeats Dan Westbrook by Referee Stoppage due to Unanswered Blows in Round 1, 2:42

33 Responses to “ Hard Knocks 23 Play-by-Play – The Milkman Delivers ”

  1. George Carlos says:

    Caveman Bully with the huge head kick..very nice!!!

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  2. cavemanbully says:

    Thanks to Hard Knocks for the opportunity to fight for you guys it was a pleasure. A well organised show as well with great entertaining fights

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  3. The G man says:

    Phil Towler is a beast!

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  4. cavemanbully says:

    when will the photos be up?

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  5. kevin says:

    veltri is so tough.

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  6. Hard Knocks says:

    @cavemanbully you can see photos from the night on our photographers website at http://www.phantomshots.com/Hard_Knocks_Fighting_23.php

    We’ll have all the photos on our FB page shortly too.

    It was a great night of fights – thanks Cody and Top MMA News for your play-by-play coverage!

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  7. cavemanbully says:

    sweet thanks Hard Knocks!

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  8. Mitch says:

    Was not expecting O’neil to beat Arnette. Especially so quick. Fluke?

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  9. @Mitch… the O’Neill win was all timing. O’Neill’s head kick was a millisecond from being an illegal blow to a downed opponent. However, the kick landed immediately after Arnett raised a hand to try to avoid the illegal kick, which then made the kick legal.

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  10. bully fan says:

    Mike o is the real deal and I suggest if you think it was a fluke then you step up and fight him mitch if that’s your real name

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  11. Mitch says:

    It is my real name, bullyfan. Whats yours? That would be a bad fight for him, flukes don’t usually happen two fights in a row.

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  12. cavemanbully says:

    whats your record Mitch? do u fight at 145? have a last name? but as for the fluke comment dont find any flukes in mma as in any given fight anything can happen every move you do can set up a finish or a loss for you, the thing that won that fight for me was the inside leg kick and when i saw jesse decide to jump back to his feet i reacted with the head kick. i was fully expecting him to stay down and play guard game but jesse made a bad decision and one thing i do great is kick hard. Another thing that a educated fan would notice is i’m more well rounded in mma then jesse and have fought more and fought tougher guys.

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  13. bully fan says:

    If this mitch is so sure it was a fluke why doesnt he make weight and take a fight with mike? Ill tell you why because he knows mike would make a high light reel out of him, The bully is the real deal and 45ers watch out.

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  14. bully fan says:

    Mikes wrestling is top notch and stand up is at the highest level of the game, his last loss was because of severe dehydration as he was KILLING his opponent in the first, this mitch is likely a key board warrior. fighters fight i know for a fact mike would never decline a fight offered to him as he is a real fighter, fighter fight!

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  15. greg says:

    keith grienke his hand was off the mat before Caveman bully threw the kick… It pains me to say it cause i was rooting for Arnett :( but I’m man enough to call it how i saw it and i was there front row and bought the show the next day and watched it a ton of times. I’ll give O’neill his due he fought a great fight as i was expecting him to get GNP’d but he obviously has killer kicks, dropped him with a leg kick that was scary but that head surprised me and impressed me that kick alone didnt stop the fight Arnett the heart of a lion kept fighting!

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  16. bully fan says:

    Agreed greg his kicks are nasty, this kid is ufc bound!

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  17. Ryan F says:

    @ mitch…bitch shut the hell up!

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  18. cavemanbully says:

    @ bully fan & Ryan F add me to facebook! nice to see i have fans! you to Greg even tho you wanted me to lose lol

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  19. Matt says:

    well i had you picked to win mike you looked meaner and tougher and bigger.plus you do have more fights and are much more well rounded i have been to all your fights in winnipeg and seen you put on great fights even after the dehydrated you fought Fisette ( i was the nurse you hooked the IV up to you lol)and put on a great fight! so forget what the keyboard haters think!

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  20. bully fan says:

    That slam in winnipeg reminded me of rampage jackson! google that fight Mitch and watch what would happen, then add the last head kick to the mix and we have a well rounded fighter. Mitch I realize your feelings were hurt when your boy got crushed last weekend but thats what happens when my boy shows up hydrated and in shape. what would you even know about fighting or making weight? caveman get back in there asap cant wait to see it

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  21. Caveman Wilma says:

    I have seen O’Neill twice in Winnipeg and was very unimpressed. 0 for 2 against WAMMA. He should join Leading Edge if you want to improve, but they probably train too hard for Mike.

    Good win in Calgary. I never saw it. Result surprised me. 0% chance of making UFC.

    I bet Greg, Ryan F, Matt the nurse, and bullyfan are all the same guy. 0% chance that O’Neill has 4 fans.

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  22. cavemanbully says:

    thanks Matt lol i forgot bout you lol that was a rough night but having the flu and cutting weight is what made that night so horrible and was a big learning experience for me.That experience taught me lots in why i cant fight at 135 as dieting my self as much as i did was not healthy and cutting weight when u feel sick is a bad idea as it makes the cut that much worse and dangerous. Lesson learnt!!!
    thanks to everyone who does supports me And i will continue to train and improve!

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  23. cavemanbully says:

    @caveman wilma yah i lost to 2 guys from WAMMA if u are unaware WAMMA is one of the top teams in the Country, no shame for me in losing to them, Lastly i do train at Leading Edge time to time, and they are all great fighters there, and no doubt i probably would improve a bit more with them in addition to my current training.

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  24. Ryan F says:

    Cavebitch Wilma – Shut the FUCK up and get your 2 dollar ass off the net and go make your pimp some Coffee money

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  25. bully fan says:

    I tend to agree the guys a wamma are good but why bring up those loses in that way? That was a long time ago and mike improved leaps and bounds. Wouldn’t surprise is the last statement was made by a cocky wamma guy. Or by another hater like mitch or wamma guy or maybe there both 1 in the same.

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  26. lauzon says:

    first of all who ever isnt a fighter with bad attitudes shut your mouths and second of all a win is a win and ya i fought 2 weeks ago for prestige and lost also tim hague who also fought 2 weeks ago lost and he also fought in the ufc people were bad talking him which is bull shit the guy accomplished more than what most fighters would he lost plain and simple he accepted it and i am sure he will learn from it but people that just make shit up and chirp you are all loosers in my book and congrats to mike he is a champ in my books

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  27. DeRAppe says:

    LOL at Chris Lauzon defending Mike O’Neill.

    There are pro fighters on local shows like Tyler Davis and Sean Quinn tonight. Chris Lauzon may have got paid to fight, but I wish he was not allowed to call himself a pro fighter.

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  28. lauzon says:

    dude i am so not worried about money man i make a 100 g a year i fight cause i like to and enjoyt i may have been on the wrong end of fights but i am ok with that and will get into a gym and train and as for you dude just you being a mouthy little cock ill challenge you

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  29. bully fan says:

    Mikes a stud, he would own any of these haters. I don’t know chris but I’ve seen him fight once and he’s got heart. Unlike some of the people in here who post and critique mikes fights but its highly doubtfull any of these guys fight. Not many guys are going to be lining up to fight him

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  30. Switzerland says:

    Who the fuck cares who won what and and who lost when.A Fighter is not defined by wins. A fighter is defined by training like a champ and having the balls to get in a cage and potentially losing in front of an arena full of fans. If you are an MMA fan/spectator just stick to that. Don’t get caught up in the political shot talk. If you really knew what every fighter went through to even get a fight, you would be speechless. Just keep your downgrading comments yourself and be happy that there are some men out there who train hard and get into a cage and fight regardless of the outcome.

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  31. lauzon says:

    if any one wants to see my fights please email me at lauzy_69@hotmail.com ill be more than happy to show them i also foght at 205 2 times and they were both short noticed and i came in 14 pounds lighter at one of the fights and 14 at the other one but not once did i use it as an excuse

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  32. George Carlos says:

    Switzerland.. is that you Nico?? lol.. Just to comment on this thread as it has been taken over by wildfire. I am biased as Mike is a good friend and we are training partners but the fact is Mike took on a highly rated wrestler like Arnett when he was also offered Bunn who was 0-3 who had lost to Arnett..Mike has never backed down from a fight and is a true warrior. As far as his win goes, it was legal kick and that’s all that matters..his kick didn’t finish Jesse, his choke did. Haters are gonna hate and sometimes this could be a good thing.. I think a few more guys know who the Caveman Bully is after this. It’s about time he kick someone in the face..lol and earn his nickname!!

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  33. Co-Worker says:

    I work with Mike and let me tell you he lives and breathes MMA. Congrats on your win Mike!

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