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MMAI Competes in Mayhem Fights

Six fighters competed under MMA Institute at the Mayhem Fights in Kentucky

  • Austin Blakey - win by rear naked choke
  • Mike King - win by triangle
  • Daniel Dove - win by KO
  • Wister Michelson - win by TKO
  • Westwood Donnally - win by rear naked choke
  • Tripp Seed (Main training academy is Hybrid) - win by TKO

Congratulations guys!

MMA Institute Battles at the Beach

Fighting in their first MMA fights, Josh Matheney and Mark Mehrhof broke into the MMA scene strong at the June 23 Battle at the Beach.  Although Mark did not have a reach advantage, he landed continuous blows to the face of his opponent.  The first round began with Mark landing a nice leg kick, but to prove his ability to transition, he included a Matt Hughes-like slam in each round.  After three rounds of Mark dominating with ground and pound, he won by unanimous decision.


Josh dominated his fights with strong stand-up combined with slick Jiu Jitsu   He finished his first fight quickly with an arm bar.  Since this Battle at the Beach was tournament style, Josh had to step in the ring a second time.  Again, the fight went to the ground and Josh landed in full mount delivering serious strikes to the head.  Although he got swept, he transitioned into a super tight triangle choke.  His only mistake was switching from this locked-in triangle to an arm bar attempt.  His opponent escaped and then later took Josh’s back, ending the fight with referee stoppage.

Both fighters made the staff and trainers at MMAI proud and have proven themselves to be among the rising stars of the MMAI fight team.

Rick McCoy wins Gold at the Pan Am games!

In case there was any doubt, Rick proved that he doesn't have to punch you in order to beat you.  Traveling to Los Angeles, California, Rick McCoy competed in the second largest international Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament and came back with the Gold and not a single point scored against him.  This is his second Pan Am victory; his first was in 1999 after eliminating every opponent by leg lock.

Jeremy Whitmore wins King of the Ring!


Jeremy Whitmore wins King of the Ring

Of course, everyone at MMA Institute, seeing his dedication and focus in training, knew he would.  Jeremy ‘all day’ Whitmore pushes the limit, whether in class, on the bag, or sparring with team-mates.  Therefore, the MMA Institute Team was completely confident in Jeremy’s win.  The only debate seemed to be how he was going to finish his opponent.


Here is a quick re-cap of how the fight actually went down at the King of the Ring Competition in Hampton on Saturday, April 14, 2007:


He opened the fight with a few strikes while standing, but when the opportunity for a take-down presented itself, Jeremy had to take full advantage.   Once they hit the floor, Jeremy, in full guard, began pounding his opponent until they both were tangled in the ropes.  Getting back to their feet, they entered the clinch just before another take down!  When Jeremy took him down this time, he landed in full mount and immediately began delivering relentless strikes to the head.  It was not long before his opponent could take no more and therefore gave his back to Jeremy.


And so, at 1 minute 40 seconds, Jeremy finished his opponent with a rear-naked choke.


Congratulations Jeremy!


What did he have to say about the fight?

"I am honored to get the first win for MMA Institute and I hope its sets a precedent for our future fights."