The Road to One Continues with RUF44 – Oct 23rd 5pm

The Road to One Continues with RUF44 – Oct 23rd 5pm

Phoenix fight fans It’s that time again RUF MMA is bringing you another awesome fight card with RUF 44 Saturday oct 23rd at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.  RUF 44 will bring you more of the usual hard hitting, bone crushing competition in another exciting card on THE ROAD TO ONE.  The main card will start off with the newcomer Anthony Pike as he will face off against Austin Wourms, then we will see Michael Quintero take on Eddie Perez.  We will have the pleasure of watching Tra’von Butler as he plans to avenge his first meeting against Vernon Lewis. The Main event we will get to see two seasoned Heavyweights with nearly 200 combined fights Aaron Brink & Shannon Ritch take center stage at RUF 44 on the Road to One.

Aaron Brink Vs Shannon Ritch

Shannon Ritch AKA. “The Cannon ” at the age of 51 comes into the bout as one of the oldest active MMA fighters in the world competing in a whopping 151 mixed martial arts matches over his career dating all the way back to his debut match World Shoot Wrestling in June of 1998. Ritch won his debut match, since he has piled up 58 wins over his extensive career fighting in many different promotions along the way such as PRIDE, M-1 Global, he is the former King of the Cage Middleweight Champion and the current Bareknuckle Fighting Championship International Heavyweight Champion.  Ritch is coming off a lost via submission (calf slicer) so I’m sure the reigning BKFC International Heavyweight champion is going to bring the fight to Brink in front of his home crowd.

Aaron Brink comes into this bout at the age of 46 although brink made his debut in December of 1998, he has taken a completely different route to get to this Fight against Shannon Ritch at RUF 44.  Brink has competed for fighting promotions such as King of the Cage, Rage in the cage, World extreme cage fighting, and even made an appearance in the UFC. Brinks time in the UFC was short lived as he made his debut against ” The Pitbull ” Andrei Arlovski in which he lost via submission (armbar), although this was his only fight in the UFC brink has formed a nice list of World Class opponents over his nearly 21 year career consisting of Joe riggs, former PRIDE stand out Alistair Overeem, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei ” The Pitbull ” Arlovski, and Former UFC Middleweight Champion & current Vice President of ONE Championship Rich Franklin.  Brink has a combined total of 57 fights over his career with 25 total wins, despite his last fight coming back in June of 2019 he is coming in sporting a 3-fight win streak.

PREDICTION:  Brink has only 1 fight in his 57 career bouts that has gone to a decision and i do not believe this fight will be number 2.  I am taking Brink via knockout in the 2nd round.

Tra’von “ Wildman ” Butler Vs Vernon ” Big E ” Lewis

Tra’von ” Wildman ” Butler the 6’2 261.5-pound heavyweight is coming off a win after defeating Corey Mullis via KO just 3:55 into round 1 at RUF 39.  Wildman is sporting a 3 -1 record coming into the bout he has 2 knockouts and 1 win by decision after defeating Brad Schott via unanimous decision in his debut match. Butler’s only loss was a majority decision against the man he is facing off against at RUF 44 Vernon Lewis.  The #1 ranked wrestler in the state of Missouri in 2020 with a total of 8 career Knockouts is coming to avenge the only loss of his young career, this time around I doubt the Wildman lets the Judges decide the winner.

Vernon aka ” Big E ” Lewis the Waco native is coming off a KO loss in round 1 to undefeated Thomas Peterson which was featured on UFC fight pass.  Big E walks into this bout sitting at 8 – 5 in his mixed martial arts career returning to see a familiar face in Wildman Butler I’m sure he wants to show out in front the Phoenix fans at RUF 44.  The heavy-handed Lewis wants to make a statement and put the chatter to rest regarding his previous bout with Butler. Prediction:  I know Wildman can’t get that decision out of his head, and Lewis is just as upset after his recent TKO loss.  I expect both fighters to come out swinging early and often, but in the end, I believe Wildman will come away with the Victory via TKO round 2.  CAN WE SAY TRILOGY? Michael ” The Brown Tiger ” Quintero Vs Eduardo ” Bogeyman ” Perez

Michael Quintero is sitting at 7-2 coming off his knockout performance at RUF 41 over Cody east. This former teacher turned fighter is ready to come into RUF 44 and take care of business verse Perez as all but 1 of his wins have come by stoppage.

Eddie Perez 4 -1 professional record also competed at RUF 41 picking up a win versus Darion Abbey.  Both Perez and Quintero are early on in their prospective careers however there is a major age difference here Perez is just 27 years of age and has competed in a total of 5 professional bouts, and his opponent Quintero is 45 years of age and has a total of 9 professional bouts under his belt.  The Bogeyman is carrying a 2-fight win streak into the cage with him, and I know he plans on keeping that going. Prediction:  I’m calling this bout the Cali Showdown, Perez vs Quintero should be an exciting hard hitting fight that will not go the distance.  I think Perez will ultimately walk out of RUF 44 with his 3rd straight victory.

Anthony Pike Vs Austin ” The Assassin ” Wourms

Anthony Pike the local will be trying to pick up the win.  He is 1 – 1 overall in 2 exhibition bouts, and I’m sure he is to start his professional career with a win.

Austin Wourms is a little more familiar to the RUF crowd, as he competed in RUF 36 and RUF 40.  The Assassin is looking for a much better outing this time as both of his previous RUF appearances ended in loss by KO. Prediction:  Anthony stepping in for his first time and Wourms looking to finally cash his ticket in, I see a 1st round stoppage going in favor of Austin “ The Assassin ” Wourms.

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Written by James Nesbitt @asap_sportsnetwork

RUF43 Results

RUF43 Results

PHOENIX, AZ. (August 29, 2021) The Celebrity Theater was on fire Sunday evening as the RUF43 card started.  This was the net installment in the Road to One Championship.  Rich Franklin, the Vice President and the CEO of ONE, was in attendance as he watched top talent battle it out.

Fight 1 Winner – Duy Pham

The first fight of the night started with Patrick Williams vs Duy Pham.  This fight went into the 3 round with Duy Pham winning by Submission Via Rear Naked Choke

Fight 2 Winner – Alexander Carrillo

The second fight of the night was Alexander Carrillo vs Mark Courson.  This fight was over quickly lasting only 43 seconds as Carrillo landed vicious strikes which led to a referee stoppage.

Fight 3 Winner – Adrian Galindo

This was a back and forth battle going into round three end with a tap out from Musgrove

Fight 4 Winner – Stephan Martinez

Another quick one as Aponte came out swinging, landing a shot on Martinez but Martinez takes it on the chin and quickly takes control on the feet pushing the pace and eventually bringing the action to the ground. initially landing strikes from full mount before passing to the back of Aponte where he is able to secure a RNC forcing the tap out.

Fight 5 Winner – Alessandro Rodriguez

This 2 round fight ended with Rodriguez swarming in and rains down a barrage of strikes forcing the referee to step in and stop the bout.

Fight 6 Winner – Chris Mangiapili

This fight went the full three rounds.  A back and forth battle the whole time with Mangiapili being declared winner by scorecard

Fight 7 Winner – David Bollea

Both fighters come out trading, exchanging jabs, body and leg kicks. Action heads to the ground with Rodriguez initially in control but Bollea is able to take the dominant position securing the back of Rodriguez where he is able to lock in a RNC and force the tap out.

Fight 8 Winner – Cameron Chism

One of the oddest and most tragic ways to see a fight end.  Tarazon was able to land a few knees before his knee seems to give out causing an abrupt end to the bout.

Fight 9 Winner – Waldo Cortes-Acosta

The main event was a three round BATTLE.  These warriors left nothing in the tank. Both fighters giving each other respect as each fighter patiently waits for opportunities to land instead of recklessly throwing. Big strike by Cortes brings Powell to his knees. Cortes immediately jumps on top successfully landing some big shots from full guard. Powell is able to weather the storm and continues to scramble from the bottom evading more big shots and is able to turn the tide in his favor by securing a single leg takedown right before the horn to end the round.


Huge shoutout to MMA Stalker for the amazing coverage of this event an all events in the MMA world

LIVE MMA Returns to Phoenix, AZ

LIVE MMA Returns to Phoenix, AZ


Road To One | Summer Showdown
Venue Doors Open: 2 PM, Fight Time: 3 PM
Tickets now on sale now!

Summer Showdown a Live MMA Event with now a full audience capacity, and a Father’s Day tribute event for the entire family, RUF NATION brings you another installment of the “Road to One” Heavyweight Tournament at RUF 41, and One Championship VP “Rich Franklin” and company is schedule to be in attendance.

The “Road To One” Heavyweight Tournament co-created by UFC Hall Of Famer and now One Championship’s VP, Rich Franklin is hosted by RUF 41, will not only feature Global level fights but also National and local caliber bouts on June 20th. “We have something for everyone”, RUF NATION CEO Dr. Joel Lopez said.

The main and co main events will feature 2 Pro Heavyweights bouts vying for a chance at a 100K contract to fight for One Championship in Singapore. Cody East (11-6) vs Michael Quintero (6-2), both towering in at 6’-3”, 230 lbs. each are ready to share the cage on June 20th. In the co main fight Ed Perez fighting out California (3-1) will be taking on Darian Abby from the Midwest (2-2) on the bottom half of the bracket.

Local bouts featuring fan favorite Roman “El Gallito” Salazar from Fight Ready from Scottsdale, AZ will take on Baker’s MMA own “Cody Huard” from Surprise. Salazar had 3 previous fights either cancelled, postponed or no showed. “We hope this 4th time is a charm and we get to finally see him fight” said Dr. Joel Lopez. Cody Huard’s notable win was over UFC veteran Frankie Saenz, who happens to be one of Salazar’s MMA coaches. This will be an interesting fight with lots of emotional static from both sides of the cage.

Another thrilling Pro matchup between RUF MMA veteran Austin Wourms from Baker’s MMA in Surprise will take on MMA Lab’s own Ivey Nixon. Nixon is coming off an impressive win over Hawaii’s Kekoa Corpuz. Wourms is coming off a loss at RUF 40 but has bounced back and is ready to get his arm raised with much more focus and experience. This will be a barn burner!

In other featured pro fights: 145 Pro Cristobal Renteria will make his Pro debut against another Pro debut, MMA fighter, rapper, social media sensation “Andre Hafer” out of Las Vegas, NV and the high-flying acrobatic fighter “Aaron Loya” from the Temple of Arts will take on another MMA Lab fighter “Talon Glaser” at 135, who’s also making his pro debut. RUF 41 will feature 15 plus PRO/AM fights on June 20th.

This evening will be full night of jaw dropping fights, with MMA stars in attendance, thousands of screaming fans, live streamed around the world, local, National and Global press in attendance, MMA Stalkers, Father’s Day Tribute, cage girls, drink specials, plus much more. Please join us on June 20th at the Celebrity Theatre or on Livestream at

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