POSTED ON OCTOBER 3, 2012:
The Main Events
Review and preview for three local bruisers
"What's next?" It is the ugly cousin of "what have you done for me lately?" Satisfaction of previous accomplishment is limited to five minutes because society wants to know what is around the corner and not behind the bin.
But we would absolutely be remiss if we did not take a peek back at Sept. 21 before superman punching our way to Rage at the Osage. Rapid fire results up next.
Josh Bryant captured the King of the Cage interim middleweight championship by dissecting then demolishing the 40-year-old late replacement fighter Shonie Carter. We can only hope a uniting of the belts is on the horizon for Bryant or maybe a slot on the STRIKEFORCE card in Oklahoma City later this year.
Xtreme Fight Night 9 streamed worldwide. The sold-out venue witnessed one of the most technical kickboxing bouts you will ever see. Marcio Navarro earned an extremely hard fought decision over the always game Thomas Longacre. It was akin to watching Picasso and Miro trade brush strokes.
Tulsa favorite Jake Rosholt saw his march to the UFC knocked off track by a barrage of punches and a well-placed head kick. On the flip side, Anthony "Rumble" Johnson's dominating win may land him back in the Octagon.
Newly crowned XFL welterweight champion Dylan Smith avenged a loss earlier this year to Levi Avera. Smith used a surprisingly dominating ground attack to submit Avera in the second round.
Have you ever wanted to punch someone at your job? Chances are you did not follow through with the urge. But what if someone asked you to not only punch someone, but fight in a cage?
So this may not be 100 percent accurate, but a similar request was made of Bryan "Huggy Bear" Porritt (0-0). You see, Porritt is a security supervisor at the Osage Casino in Tulsa. He is one of the main event fighters at Rage in the Cage as well.
Also on the card are local fighters Josh Pulsifer, Pablo Veloquio and James Warren. For tickets visit the Osage Box Office of visit osagecasino.com.
Porritt will make his pro debut at Rage in the Cage on Saturday, Oct. 6. He takes on former training partner David Fuller in a heavyweight slugfest.
"I didn't know if there was a conflict of interest so I emailed my boss and shot it up the chain," said the heavy-handed Porritt. The gaming commission, his human resource department and his management gave him clearance. Just make sure you are off the clock, of course.
He is coming off a brutal knockout victory over Chris Alcorn at XFN 8 in July. It went into the record books as a 27-second KO, but those on hand counted closer to 11 seconds.
"I'm a stand and banger," said Porritt of his style and influence. "My first love is boxing."
His foray into the fight game came via a Toughman contest in Muskogee. A few sparring sessions with Tyrel Brown and his crew at Hooligans adequately prepared him for the tournament win.
"I am very competitive," said the 26-year-old Porritt. "I miss playing sports." He played baseball and football throughout his high school days at Sperry.
His amateur mixed martial arts record is average. A few wins mixed with a few loses. None of the fights have seen the second round.
After his wife graduated from Northeastern State University in 2010, they moved to Turley. The commute to train was too much so he transitioned over to The Factory, 4335 S. Mingo Rd., back in February.
The Factory is loaded with amateur and professional fighters. Many consider it the top training spot in the state if not the entire region.
"The great thing I love about The Factory is it is not about one person," said Porritt. "Josh (Bryant) may own the gym but he supports everybody in there equally the same. He is always wishing us good luck and supporting us in our fights. Win or lose it doesn't matter as long as we are in there training and doing our job."
Rolling and sparring with the likes of Clay Marrs, David Heath, Marvin Rowell and Micah Stockton can only elevate Porritt's game. He is able to train more than when he commuted to Fort Gibson, but still not as much as he would like.
"I try to visualize," he said. "When I visualized the fight with Chris (Alcorn) it was a knock out, but it was with a left hook and not a straight right. It is hard to say I want to knock out a friend, but I hope it ends by knockout."
Last week Porritt was contacted by Randy Blake. Blake reached out to the heavyweight for some sparring.
"There is no way I would turn that down," said Porritt. "I'll be up there at 9:30 to spar with him and get my butt beat. It is worth it. He is on another level when it comes to striking."
Just ask Dewey Cooper.
Randy Blake won his first fight under the K-1 banner last month in Los Angeles. He out struck the more experienced fighter to advance to round two of the K-1 Grand Prix in Tokyo on Oct. 14.
Many questioned Blake's ability to stand toe-to-toe with a high-level fighter like Cooper. They also questioned his size. He weighs around 210 and could face opponents in the 250 range. Would Blake wilt under the pressure of headlining an event outside of Tulsa?
If this were third grade he would have earned a litany of A's, E's and S's on his progress report. Bring on the legend.
When Blake moonwalks to the ring in Tokyo he will square off with the Croatian Sensation Mirko Cro Cop. The former Pride FC and UFC superstar began his legendary fighting career in kickboxing. His highlight reel includes a list of formidable opponents all tasting defeat via his signature left high kick. Don't believe me, YouTube is your friend.
Blake is taking only his corner men on the journey. When we featured him on the cover back in July, we had no idea his star was about to shine. The writing was on the wall, but his rise has been what many would call meteoric.
Can a local hero take down a worldwide legend of the sport? Spike.com will carry the live feed online or you could join up for another jam-packed watch party at Hooters, 8108 E. 61st St.
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