NorCal MMA’s Preview of GKO 11

On November 4, 2017, inside Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort’s Grand Oak Ballroom, one match-up of mixed martial artists after another will pour their heart and soul onto Global Knockout’s crimson canvas at GKO 11.

GKO’s third event this year will feature foes from the northern and southern half of ‘The Golden State’ to challenge for GKO’s trophy at 145-pounds, along with a cast of other intriguing contests.

Main Event: Tyler Diamond vs. Emilio Chavez for the vacant GKO Featherweight Title

Tyler Diamond (8-0) and Emilio ‘The Furious Aztec’ Chavez (13-9) are teetering on an exit from the regional scene, and the featherweight crown at GKO 11 could pave the yellow brick road toward their ventures in MMA’s global market.

GKO 11 will be Diamond’s fourth appearance under the promotion’s banner, and he’s prepared to shine, before, during, and after the belt is wrapped around his waist. With the training of Team Alpha Male and his hometown Oroville faithful in attendance, fanning his competitive fire, Diamond will be determined to cut through Chavez’s granite chin as if it were a sheet of glass. The Tale of the Tape reveals Diamond’s disadvantage in the experience department—nearly three times that of the twenty-six year old up-and-comer—but this wrestler with deadly fists buried Ran Weathers at GKO 9, an opponent with seven times more fights.

As an outsider from Fullerton, the crowd’s disdain for anyone trying to sparkle over Diamond should fuel his angry, warrior spirit. Following a first-round submission at Combate 14, confidence is oozing from the product of The Body Shop’s pores, yet a nagging reminder remains: Chavez hasn’t strung two victories together since 2015.

Co-Main Event: Erick Sanchez vs. Julian Erosa in the featherweight division

Erick Sanchez (8-3) and Julian ‘Juicy’ Erosa (19-5) may not be a championship affair, but a golden-ticket to the next level of the sport could be granted to the individual with their hand held highest at the close of GKO 11.

For the fourth time in 2017, Sanchez will clock-in to the caged job site. Boasting an eighty percent success rate, with three being finishes, in his previous five fights, Team Alpha Male’s Sanchez looks to turn Erosa into pulp before the close of his fifteen-minute shift.

Twice the trials-and-errors, as well as a short stint under the singe of the UFC’s spotlights, are all the ‘Juicy’ details needed to draw the focus of fight fans toward the center of GKO’s cage during the co-main event. A former participant of The Ultimate Fighter Season 22, Erosa, since his exit from MMA’s leading proving ground, has spent the last several encounters rebuilding a supremacy in his Washington backyard.

Other Notable Match-Ups

Chris Avila vs. Jamall Emmers at a catchweight

As a last-minute addition to GKO 11’s already stellar lineup, the executives contracted the efforts of Chris Avila (5-5) and Jamall ‘Pretty Boy’ Emmers (11-3) to join the massive melee.

Avila’s recent record—three straight losses—isn’t attractive, but his primary objective is to ugly the face of Emmers and march toward a prosperous future, not dwell in the past. Instead of reliving his brief stop in the UFC through memory, the Stockton native, representing the Nick Diaz Academy, is eager to rewrite history.

Emmers’ two-fight win-streak has him burning hot as ember. The only thing more gorgeous than unanimous decision victories, which were how his last two outings registered, would be to not have the judges and timekeeper work all three rounds. 

Nohelin Hernadez vs. Cristian Giovannie in the bantamweight division

Nohelin ‘Suave’ Hernandez (5-1) and Cristian Giovannie (3-0), on an individual basis, possess the potential to earn a performance bonus; therefore, locking these two, young bantamweights together can only mean one thing: Fight of the Night!

After turning pro in 2016, Hernandez has run MMA’s gamut: a collection of first-round stoppages, the agony of defeat, and some championship hardware. The prideful affiliate of AKA (American Kickboxing Academy) buffed the difficult loss, GKO 10, from recollection by claiming ownership of the Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) Featherweight Title at URCC 32.

Giovannie injected his scrappy skill set into the region’s circuit to kickstart 2017, and he immediately Stockton slapped everyone with a realization of his uncanny ability. Scoring a trifecta on the stats sheet: a KO, a submission, and a decision, in conjunction with the rounds he’s invested alongside a den full of wolves at the Nick Diaz Academy, there’s nothing Giovannie, even with only half the experience, isn’t fully prepared for.

Jack Duffy vs. Jeremy Murphy in the flyweight division

When flyweights Jack ‘The Fury’ Duffy (3-0) and Jeremy ‘Lil’ Spider’ Murphy (3-4) collide, their attack will resemble the sting of killer bees.

Flaunting the same MMAGOLD color as that of a honeycomb, Duffy’s long-awaited return to action—after a year away—will taste as sweet as nectar. Yet to visit the judge’s scorecards, this undefeated prodigy is a masterful technician, pressuring forward—on the feet or floor—as though he had an extra pair of arms or legs.

At thirty-nine years of age, Murphy isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. ‘Lil’ Spider’ has webbed two victories in his previous outings, and this associate of AKA intends on spitting some hard-hitting venom against Duffy.

GKO 11’s entire card includes:

Tyler Diamond vs. Emilio Chavez for the vacant GKO Featherweight Title

Erick Sanchez vs. Julian Erosa in the featherweight division

Chris Avila vs. Jamall Emmers at a catchweight

Nohelin Hernandez vs. Cristian Giovannie in the bantamweight division

Sinjen Smith vs. Aaron Hamilton in the welterweight division

Kaleigh Burrage vs. Alli Price in the bantamweight division

Michael Malott vs. TBD

Alexandra Toncheva vs. TBD

Justin Cornell vs. Anthony Tsakopoulos in the featherweight division

Jack Duffy vs. Jeremy Murphy in the flyweight division

Mercedez Campos vs. Jamie Thorton in the strawweight division

Tiffany Conama vs. Angie Hoaglin in the strawweight division

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