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Spiritwolf, Joker score big wins at KOTC: Prowler

Posted in King of the Cage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2008 by jaytan716

King of the Cage wrapped up their 2008 schedule with a match of the year candidate and several upset surprises in the welterweight neighborhood on December 11th at the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in San Bernadino, CA.

The big news was previously-undecorated Mike “Joker” Guymon winning the first world title of his career in a by submitting Anthony “The Recipe” Lapsley at 3:37 of the fourth round. This match was a back-and-forth clinic in Jiu-Jitsu control, as Joker came from behind in the scorecards to turn the heat up in the third and fourth rounds, bringing the crowd to a fever pitch. This was Lapsley’s first defense after beating Aaron “Slam” Wetherspoon in August.

Of his victory, Joker reflected “this feels amazing. It’s the most emotional thing I’ve ever dealt with. I’ve scarified so much for this fight. I’ve seen what[Lapsley] can do and I respected him as a fighter. . . People like Mark Munoz [helped] me get ready for it. I keep telling people I’m surrounded by angels and he’s definitely one of them. Everybody in my life, they’ve all sacrificed for me to get to this point. All that emotion coming out is my way of thanking them. “

When asked about a rematch, Joker didn’t hesitate: “I’d give him a rematch. He earned it. I have full respect for him. I wouldn’t want to do it [laughs]. That was one fuckin’ war.“

Lapsley’s cornerman and mentor, Andrew “Cobra” Rhodes, commented “I think harnessing all the energy, all the nerves, with his first title defense, I think it was an outstanding performance by both of the fighters. Anthony came up short tonight, and I think it might be, for all intents and purposes, one of the best things to happen to him. To be in a top tier organization, defending the pinnacle of that organization. . . Now we’re going to see what kind of dish The Recipe comes back with, now that he’s faced adversity.”

The other shakeup in the welterweight ranks came at the hands of Wachiim Spiritwolf, who scored a flash KO over Rick “The IE Bad Boy” Legere at 0:16 in the second round. This match was to determine the #1 contender for the KOTC Welterweight title. Spiritwolf, a top student of Dean Lister’s Jiu-Jitsu school, was making his King of the Cage debut against Legere, who was on a six-fight winning streak ever since making his MMA debut last year at “King of the Cage: Point of No Return.”

These respective victories now pit Spiritwolf against Joker in a future title match for the KOTC welterweight title.

The other scheduled championship fight, a rematch between Chance “King of the Streets” Williams and Mike “Rhino” Bourke, ended up not taking place, when the attending fight doctor determined Bourke unfit to fight after Bourke fell off the walkout ramp in a freak accident at the beginning of the show. Backstage, Bourke complained of difficulty in breathing, and upon further examination, the fight doctor suspected that Bourke had fractured a rib, which left him susceptible to puncturing a lung if allowed to fight. Later, in private, KOTC founder Terry Trebilcock awarded Williams the Super Heavyweight title.

Williams said “I didn’t want to win the belt like this. But things happen. God bless him. Whatever.”

The event itself marked the end of a tireless year in which the KOTC staff organized and promoted over 24 events throughout the U.S. When asked his assessment of the promotion’s move this year to San Manuel, matchmaker Shingo Kashiwagi said “Ever since we moved to San Manuel, the quality of the shows and the production gets better and better. I think we ended the show this year with a phenomenal fight. Probably the best fight of the year. The best grappling I’ve ever seen. I think this is a good sign of a lot of exciting stuff for next year.”

Other KOTC action that night included:

Featherweight (145 lbs.) – Vincent Martinez vs. Fernando Bernstein
Fernando Bernstein caught Vincent Martinez with a triangle choke at 2:46 in the second round.

Lightweight (155 lbs.) – John Ulloa vs. Johnny Gomez
John Ulloa beat Johnny Gomez at the 2:00 mark by TKO with a flurry of punches.

Lightweight (155 lbs.) – Julio Sotomayor vs. Dominic Verdugo
Judges gave the match to Dominic Verdugo by split decision.

Bantamweight (135 lbs.) – Yosuke Koreeda vs. Anthony Guerra
Guerra, fighting out of Millennia Gym, charges Koreeda for the takedown. After breaking apart, Guerra hit Koreeda hard on the jaw, but Koreeda responded instinctively with an overhand right that dropped Guerra at 0:21 in the first round.

Light Heavyweight (205 lbs.) – Dave Cryer vs. Anthony Jones
Cryer and Jones came out swinging for the fences. Cryer, who is one of the more committed walking tattoo canvases in MMA, took Jones down and dominated with elbows and body shots. Jones walked the cage and was able to get to his feet, but the damage was done and he was bleeding badly. He secured a tight guillotine on Cryer, and kept it as Cryer took him to the ground just before the round ended. This crowd loved this match.

Unfortunately, the crowd didn’t love the fight doctor’s decision to stop the match due to a large cut over Jones’ right eye. Dave Cryer took the victory via TKO / doctor’s stoppage.

Featherweight (145 lbs.) – Aaron Miller vs. Brian Abram
Miller and Abram started with another fan-friendly flurry of strikes right off the bat. The first round saw Miller work hard for a takedown, going for double-legs, Hi-C’s, and judo trips. Abram, who took the match on a 10-day notice, was cautious but explosive. Round two saw the two combatants engaging more cautiously, looking for the knockout shot. Miller especially seemed to employ more kicks, although he also made several unsuccessful takedown attempts. In the third round, Miller unleashed a flurry of strikes from the get-go. Abram landed a hard right that had more than a few fans audibly comment “ooowww, shit!” Both men swung heavy shots that missed, but neither threw from inside the pocket. In the end, judges gave the match to Aaron Miller via unanimous decision.

Welterweight (170 lbs.) – Wachiim Spiritwolf vs. Rick Legere
The crowd was nuts for this one, as both Legere and Spiritwolf have strong San Bernadino / Inland Empire followings. In round one, Spiritwolf stunned Legere with a right straight, but the IE Bad Boy would come back with three takedowns throughout the round, a guillotine choke attempt, and some damaging ground-and-pound. Spiritwolf got a guillotine of his own before the end of the round. However, in round two, Spiritwolf landed a “hooky left jab” at 0:15 that nobody would question. This now lines Spiritwolf up with a title shot at the reigning KOTC welterweight champion.

Welterweight (170 lbs.) – Brian Warren vs. Joe Boxer / Victor Valenzuela
Valenzuela, who now seems to be going solely by the “Joe Boxer” moniker, moved up from junior welterweight (160 lbs.) to take on Brian Warren at welterweight. The first round saw a lot of jockeying for position, either from the clinch on the feet or with Warrant on top. Warren worked a lot of foot stomps from the clinch, much to the chagrin of local fans. Early in round two, Boxer dropped Warren with a right cross, but The Unbreakable One was able to recover. At one point, Warren ended up in bottom position and worked for a triangle, but to no avail. Standing, Boxer continued to pressure Warren throughout the round, which often saw Warren shoot for the double-leg. Warren kept Boxer at bay with front kicks. The third round consisted primarily of clinches against the cage, foot stomps, and trip takedown attempts. Judges awarded the match to Brian Warren via unanimous decision.

King of the Cage Welteweight Championship – Mike Guymon vs. Anthony Lapsley
I don’t think you could have a more apt demonstration of sportsmanship between two fighters than between Lapsley and Guymon. The two were always mutually friendly at prior events, and both spoke highly of each other in pre-fight interviews.

Round One: Lapsley got a takedown using the momentum of bouncing off the cage. Joker was composed and nonplussed on the bottom, even when Lapsley took his back. Joker worked for an armbar, then a triangle choke once Lapsley got in his guard. This was already a tremendous Jiu-Jitsu fight. Lapsley didn’t getting many shots in, but he used his wrestling to keep Joker down. Joker climbed the cage wall to get up, spinning Lapsley against the cage and scoring a trip takedown. He proceeded to rain down damaging elbows. Lapsley used the same escape door and walked the cage to get out from bottom. They got in whizzer position, but Joker followed Lapsley to the ground and continued the ground-and-pound assault. Lapsley regained top position with a trip and worked for a combination reverse triangle-and-armlock. He eventually gots folkstyle side control, but Joker reversed position again just before the bell rangs. This was all in the first round.

Round Two: Both these guys had big smiles on their faces. So did most of the fans. Lapsley charged in, but slipped, giving Joker just enough to shoot for a takedown from afar. Lapsley reversed position with a sweep and stood up, but Joker took him down again. He kept Lapsley against the cage with side control. But Lapsley threw knees from bottom and reversed, taking Joker’s back. Despite Joker’s best efforts, Lapsley maintained top control. Joker reversed and got side mount, only for Lapsley to buck and regain control again. Lapsley is great at reversing and getting top control, but Joker proved quite adept at muting his offense from above. Both fighters traded strikes from the ground for the rest of the round.

Round Three: Lapsley charged again, ending up on top. Joker continued to work on his left arm from below. The position changes were too fast to keep track. Lapsley spun outwards to avoid getting caught. Lapsley outwrestled Joker, but he wasn’t able to build up enough offense to gain any real ground. Joker almost caught Lapsley in a triangle, but he pulled out, spun around, and almost secured a rear naked choke. Seriously, they were that fast. They ended up on their feet again, only for Joker to score the takedown. And only for Lapsley to work for the armbar. But Joker dropped some heavy shots, including one that opened Lapsley up on the right side of his eyebrow. By the end of the round, both of them were fighting on empty.

Round Four: Joker ducked a left straight and scored a textbook takedown. That’s not easy to do on a state wrestling champion from the Midwest. Joker dropped hard elbows, but Lapsley scrapped out and got what can best be described as a spin takedown. But Joker followed up with the same thing, working into a front headlock. Lapsley fought for a single-leg, but couldn’t get it. Finally, he escaped, but Joker pushed him down again and proceeded to drop bombs. The crowd was at a fever pitch. Joker got the back and stretched him out, but Lapsley survived to the end of the round.

Round 5: They started out in the middle of the ring with a hug. These men knew they’d created a match for the ages. Joker charged in for a takedown, but moments later, referee Herb Dean called a time-out. As if we hadn’t seen just about everything in this match, Joker’s cup had fallen out of his shorts. There’s a first for everything, I suppose. Restart. Joker threw a hard low kick, followed by a takedown. Lapsley blocked it, but being against the cage, Joker was able to get top position. He went for a guillotine, but Lapsley pushed him back with a flurry of punches. Joker retaliated with a hard right, but that only triggered the champ with further attack. Joker came out on the better end of a fight for position, taking side control. Lapsley slipped out the back door and slapped on a side choke. Joker escaped and they reengaged on their feet. Joker with a combo and Lapsley with a guillotine. But Joker got top position again, sunk in his own side choke, and at 3:37 of the fifth and final round, became the new King of the Cage welterweight champion.

As fans filtered out of the arena, KOTC VP of Operations Mike Low summarized “Without a doubt, that was match of the year. I just sat there and I couldn’t believe the match I was watching.”

King of the Cage returns to the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino on February 26th, 2009. No less than four KOTC champions are scheduled to fight, including Mike “Joker” Guymon (welterweight), Joe Boxer (super welterweight), Lazar Strojadinoic (bantamweight), and KOTC double-champion Tony “Kryptonite” Lopez, who defends his light heavyweight title.

Verbal Sparring: Anthony Lapsley (King of the Cage Welterweight Champion)

Posted in Interviews, King of the Cage with tags , , , , , on November 19, 2008 by jaytan716

The presence of strong male role models is a big ingredient in what makes Anthony “The Recipe” Lapsley.

Lapsley is an Indiana state wrestling champion. He’s a dutiful son that takes joy in sharing his victories with his father, while also being a proud poppa to “a gang of kids” with whom he bonds over sessions of Xbox 360. He recently started coaching the wrestling team at Trine University. He’s also the current King of the Cage Welterweight champion, a title that he takes very seriously.

In this round of Verbal Sparring, I talked with Lapsley about fate, family, and his “recipe for success.”

JT: You’ve had the title now for about three months. How does it feel to be the king?

AL: It feels good, you know. I’m enjoying it. I’m just itching to get back in there to defend it. I want to prove why I’m the champ. Its one thing getting it, but it’s another thing trying to keep it.

JT: What does winning the King of the Cage belt mean to you? Was it the feeling of accomplishment that you wanted it to be?

AL: It means a lot to me. It’s kinda quickened my career. I guess a lot of guys have been training to fight for 10-11 years, but I’ve been training and fighting all at once for three years. It’s where I want to be, but I can always get better and improve and learn more. I want to get championship belts wherever I fight, and wherever I step in the cage. This one’s put smiles on my kids’ faces; that’s what it’s all about.

JT: Let’s talk about the first and second fights with Aaron Wetherspoon. Did you approach things differently for the second match?

AL: The first fight, I was kinda nervous, because I was fighting for a major world title. But when we touched gloves, it all went away. As far as the fight went, it didn’t go my way; that was kinda crazy how the double knockout thing went down. But I felt comfortable with him. I’m never really worried [during a fight], because if I’m worried, he has the advantage. That’s how I look at it.

But going into the second fight, I knew what I had to do, and that was to finish it. Get in there and not play around. We stood up in the first fight, but this time I planned on taking him down and submitting him. Be clean and get it over with. Stay kinda pretty. I didn’t want to get hit too much. Gotta look real good for the ladies.

JT: You had told me that your dad had a dream about you winning the title last time.

AL: You know, he dreamed that I won the title in like 1:30. It ended up being 1:19. He called me right after I’d won. He was like “I dreamed you won the title in a minute thirty.” I said “well, I won in a minute twenty.”

JT: Did the first match prepare you for what to expect in the second?

AL: In a way, but I really didn’t like to look over that fight as far as preparing for the next one. Because I don’t like to pick over a fight and work around mistakes. Because hey, you go out there and perform and make it happen. I just knew what I had to do. And that first fight . . . it happened. I let it be in the past, and I just worked on different things to win that title. And it worked out for me

JT: Did you switch up your strategy so he couldn’t predict you in the second match?

AL: My strategy going in . . . I never like to work around how they fight. I just want to go out and show that my fighting style is the best that day. I’m hard to predict as a fighter anyway. You never know what I’m gonna do. I’m pretty well versed on the ground, standing up, and my submissions also . . . I put a lot in the pot. Whatever meal I come with, I’m gonna serve it. It’s probably gonna be a can of ass-whippin’.

JT: Tell us a little bit about your background – how you got into MMA, your upbringing, and how it influenced you to get into the sport?

AL: I started wrestling in my freshman year of high school and ended up winning States [championship] in my senior year here in Indiana. After that, I basically sat around for a few years, until like 26 years old. I was wheeling in and out of jobs. Getting into a little trouble every now and then. Nothing major, but not focusing on making a positive life for me and my kids.

I met Andrew “Cobra” Rhodes at a bar, and we got to talking. He’s a 16-time world champion arm wrestler, and a good friend of Gary Goodridge. Andrew and I exchanged numbers, but nobody called each other.

Two weeks later, I’m thinking “I’m tired off where my life is. Lemme find a career, do something. I know I have the ability to do it.” I picked up the phone to call him, and as I was dialing the number, he was calling me. At the same time. So I just looked at it like “that’s gotta be my calling.” It was such a coincidence, and that’s exactly how it went down. He said “hey you wanna fight this weekend?” I said “sure.”

JT: I’m sure you’ve seen a night-and-day change in your training since you first started out. What’s your approach and philosophy behind training?

AL: I try to work hard on my cardio. Because I let my fighting ability and natural talent take its toll . . . I’ve been traveling a bit to train. I used to train at Chris Lytle’s gym in Indianapolis to prepare myself for a couple of fights. Or I go with Team Wolf-Pack and Chas Bowling. That’s a good wrestling and ground and pound gym. I’ve also been known to go down to Albuquerque and train at Team FIT, with Carlos Condit and Thomas Schulte. They’ve got higher altitude training there.

JT: Do you prefer to train on your own or is there a team you’re looking to build and join?

AL: As far as different skills and different bodies, I’ll travel for that and do the freelance thing, but my team is The Garage and Team Wolf-Pack. I’m a loyal person; I’m not gonna jump camps. Where I started is where I’m gonna finish.

JT: Tell us about your team / trainers / partners? Are there any guys in your camp / stable / team that fans should be on the watch for?

AL: It has the name Ft. Wayne Jiu-Jitsu, but we just call it “The Garage” on a personal level. We have a little two-car garage that we work out of. It’s me, Brandon Lee, his brothers Chris and Mike Lee, who are twins. They’re all jiu-jitsu experts. They all wrestle in NAGA tournaments. I would love to get [Brandon] back into fighting. He took off to focus on training people from the gym. We got a real strong guy named Logan. His jiu-jitsu is real sick. We got a guy called The Uncle. . . . We got Bobby Petras, who’s an ’85-pounder. He’s an ex-football player. And we’ve got a good named Jason Whitson. He’s a state wrestling champ from Indiana. He’s fought a couple of times and we gave him the name “Lil’ Kimbo.” He’s just a beast like that.

JT: How are you approaching your first title defense?

AL: I got the belt on my shoulder, and I’m trying to keep it, so I’m going to give it all I got, which I always do. But I’m working real hard to make sure I keep it. Like, say, if I get caught in something there’s no way I’m gonna tap, but I’ll make sure I give it the extra oomph to get out of it or survive. But I don’t see myself getting caught. I see myself controlling the fight, dominating, and walking out of the cage with that same belt on my shoulders.

JT: What are your thoughts about Joker as an opponent? Do you know much about him?

AL: No, I don’t know too much about him. I know he’s strong, and he’s a pretty good wrestler. I’ve seen a couple of his fights, but I’m not the one to study fights. He cuts a lot of weight because he’s bigger in size. He’s a good dude. We spoke at the last fight, he’s a nice guy. But we’re putting that all to the side when we’re in the cage. I’m sure we’ll hang out and chill afterward. You know how fighters are. We’re not mad at each other.

JT: Whatever happens in the ring happens, huh?

AL: That’s how it’s going to go down. It’s already written, so I just gotta make sure I got my bookmark where it’s supposed to be.

JT: For you, what’s the toughest part about fighting?

AL: The last couple pounds you gotta cut. Those last few pounds are the toughest part. I’m a pussy when it comes to being in the sauna. I hate being hot. I love all the training, I love to spar. I don’t cut that much weight, but you know. You got a day before the fight and you’re 4-5 pounds over. I hate that.

JT: What is your downtime like? What do you do for fun / away from training?

AL: I’m a video game fanatic. And that’s issuing a challenge to anyone that wants to play Madden or NBA Live. I love video games and spending time with my kids. I do the father thing. I got a gang of kids, so I gotta take care of ‘em. We’re deep. we got 2 girls and 4 boys.

JT: What are you playing now?

AL: Call of Duty: World at War just came out, so I’m playing that. I like Madden of course, and NBA live. I like Guitar Hero too. Kinda different for a brother, but I fuck with it.

JT: You’re coaching at Trine University. What’s it like going from being the student to being the master?

It’s my first year ever coaching, but it’s been good. We’re 3-1. We lost one match, but we beat our team rivals. We won two more big matches, and we’ve got one big one coming up.

I’m one of those hands-on coaches. A lot of coaches – they coach from the sidelines. I get down and dirty with ‘em. I keep my gear on every day. I give blood sweat and tears with them.

I think it helps them learn more. That’s how I was. You show me something, I would pick it up like a sponge. I think there’s no better way than to show them how to put it on me so they know how to do it and also how to defend it.

How’s you get hooked up with that?

Coach Ester, my high school wrestling coach who took me to my state championship – we’ve been in touch ever since high school. He asked if I wanted to help out with his kids. We’re division three, but he and Coach Callaham are really good coaches, and we’ve got a bunch of good wrestlers.

It’s probably a little early to be talking about recruiting guys to cross over into MMA, huh?

No, not really. We’ve got one guy who’s actually fought a couple of times. His name is Nick Kraus.

Obviously, they know you’re a champion.

Yep, they love to talk shit and beat me down to help me get ready for my next fight. I work with them all, but [for training], I focus on the 200-pounds and up guys.

JT: What is your best / worst memory in your MMA career?

AL: Best memory is winning that title. That’s the biggest step I’ve taken thus far in MMA. My worst memory was probably how I looked after winning the title. I hate to see myself on TV. I don’t know why. I’ve always been a shy person. Mild-mannered, kinda bashful in a way, but I guess I’ll get over it.

JT: As a fan, who are your favorite fighters?

AL: I like Genki Sudo. I like his performance, when he comes out to the cage and performs. He sells himself. He fights that way too. He’s a funny dude. I like Rampage, of course . . . Kimbo, until he got beat up [Laughs]. Nah, I like Kimbo; I think it was a lucky punch [that knocked him out]. But a fight’s a fight. Like Cobra Rhodes always tells me – it takes one drop of water on the mat; you can slip and fall and he can jump on top of you and he can finish it.

JT: Do you think Kimbo is gonna come back stronger when he gets in the cage or ring again

AL: Yep. As far as his mentality, after the fight, he didn’t make any excuses, he gave props to Seth, and he said he’ll be back. And I’m sure he’ll come back and not put on a terrible showing again. Once you lose, it gives you something to prove. Especially to have so much hype behind him and he went out there and lost. I feel bad for the next person that‘s going to fight him.

JT: Tell us about your sponsors and how they come through for you.

AL: I got sponsored by TapouT for my last fight, for ShoXC. Locally, I have Sports Massage One. They’re an orthopedic place in town. Dr. Berghoff – he’s one of the top orthopedic surgeons in America. They’ve advanced me some sponsorship money which helped me out a lot. And Roland Trudell out of Lexani RBP, they do rims. They put me down in Vegas at the SEMA car show. Dr. Burns made my mouthpieces in Ft. Wayne IN. Foss Development – they helped me out on my last fight too. All with the money they give, it helps me with my bills and it helps me get where I need to fly to do some high-end training. Biomet, they manufacture prosthetic knees and hips that Dr. Berghoff invented and patented– they’re like a worldwide, multi-million dollar company.

I appreciate all of them, and anybody that wants to come and step on board, I got plenty of room on my shorts, t-shirt, and banner.

JT: Tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind the mask. Where did you come up with that idea?

AL: I got the mask from my homeboy. He’s a local rapper named Vigilante. When he showed it to me, I thought “I’ll go to the cage with that.” It’s kinda branching off of Genki Sudo. I use it for all my professional fights and it’s just something that stuck with me. I like seeing myself walk out with the mask on, on TV. I transform into that killer instinct. If you see a guy pop out your bushes, you know what time it is. So when I’m coming out to the cage, you know what time it is.

And I’d like to say rest in peace to my boy “Killa” Mike C. He’s a fighter who passed. He was on my team and we were like best friends. He died in April and I just gotta give some props out to him and his family. I should add that to my name: ”The Killer Recipe.” Yeah.

JT: What should fans know about “The Recipe?”

AL: No matter what you heard, just believe what you see. I’m a good dude. I train hard, I work hard. Everything that I’ve got, I think I deserve because I’ve worked for it. I’m not one of those asshole fighters that think they’re above everybody. I like to have fun. I sit around and play video games and chill. Don’t ever be afraid to approach me. I like to smile and put smiles on people’s faces.

Also, I’m dedicating this fight to my dad. It’s my dad’s birthday on December 11th. He didn’t have a chance to come out for my last fight, but I’m definitely gonna make sure he’s out there for this one. I’m gonna give him the biggest birthday present, and that’s defending m y title for the first time.

Anthony “The Recipe” Lapsley defends his King of the Cage Welterweight championship against Mike “Joker” Guymon on December 11th at the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in Highland, CA.