Steven Gruber: On A Hunt for Championship Treasure at Conquer 4

June 24, 2017—Just off the shore of the San Francisco Bay, Steven ‘The Gremlin’ Gruber (7-4) met Brian ‘The Dread Pirate’ Wilkinson (3-2) on the canvased land of the Craneway Pavilion, home to Conquer Fighting Championships.

In the promotion’s fourth visit to their glass house in the Port of Richmond, the thought-process of the executives: build champions. By the close of Conquer 4, a new bantamweight and featherweight champion would be wrapped in glory, and the contest between Gruber and Wilkinson presented a match-up of promising contenders to build Conquer FC’s flyweight division around.

Experience was vital in Gruber’s first-round burial of ‘The Dread Pirate,’ and Conquer FC’s brass provided him a map to discover twelve-pounds of precious metal in the future. While backstage with Gruber, Inside the Ropes (IRT) Boxing (link here) spotlighted the direction this 125-pounder’s compass points in the sport: due north.

Sadly, Gruber lost his grandmother leading into the most important fifteen-minutes of his life; therefore, he, understandably, entered Conquer 4 with a heavy heart. An emotional situation, added with the intensity of being placed in a petri dish of violence, may have perpetuated an initial struggle to connect a sound mind to a primed and fashionably-inked sound body. He explained to IRT Boxing, “At first, I kept my heart rate up a little too much. I threw a few wild shots. I tried to throw a body kick, and I should have thrown a knee. He ended up catching it and taking me down.”

Of course, his well-versed coaching staff at MMAGOLD walked him down the yellow brick road to success by coaching him through the progression of positions. Gruber detailed the adjustment, “Once he took me down, I stood back up, slowed my heart rate down, and I was just able to pick my shots and land that clean one.”

The Bay Area’s fan base, as well as those logged-in to FloCombat.com, all hopped aboard Gruber’s hype train after such a stunning display of composure, precision, and power. According to Gruber, they’ll soon become more familiar with his handiwork because the powers-that-be in the front office at Conquer FC already passed the memo down the grapevine: there’s a championship vacancy in their flyweight division that they’re looking to fill. ‘The Gremlin’ eagerly chirped his interest in filling such a void, “They [Conquer FC] just offered me a title shot, so hopefully I get it. I’m always interested in a title shot—come on now.”

Only four shows in the books, and Conquer FC has designed, and continues their construction of, a product in hot demand within Northern California’s borders and available worldwide, champions for people to rally behind, and a plot line that thickens after each round. Be sure to follow Gruber (link here) to see what is revealed on his horizon.

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Conquer 4: Results

Before a sold-out audience inside the cavity of the Craneway Pavilion on June 24, 2017, Conquer Fighting Championships delivered a historic event at Conquer 4.

Results Include:

Professionals

Jeremiah Labiano defeated Stephen Cervantes by way of unanimous decision for the Conquer FC Featherweight Championship.

Shawn Bunch defeated Rodrigo Lima by way of unanimous decision for the Conquer FC Bantamweight Championship.

Fard Muhammad defeated Windson Ramos by way of unanimous decision.

Cristian Giovannie defeated Roger Severson by way of unanimous decision.

Lamar Reed defeated Daniel McWilliams by way of TKO (punches) in round 1 (3:40).

Matt Wagy defeated JT Donaldson by way of technical decision.

Mark Climaco defeated Gene Cancino by way of unanimous decision.

Steven Gruber defeated Brian Wilkinson by way TKO (punches) in round 1 (2:46).

Nohelin Hernandez defeated Mike Olson by way of TKO (punches) in round 1 (2:59).

Matt Aragoni defeated Fernando Costa by way of neck crank submission in round 2 (1:33)

Joaquin Lopez defeated Garrett Marks via TKO (punches) in round 1 (3:20).

Amateurs

Matt Zonfrello defeated Dwight Maters via TKO (punches) in round 2 (1:51) for the C.A.M.O State Heavyweight Championship.

Joseph Kropschot defeated Joseph Cardoso via rear naked choke in round 1 (1:40) for the Amateur Conquer FC Middleweight Championship.

Gavin Hallinan defeated Michael Bueno via TKO (punches) in round 3 (2:04).

Bobby Seronio III defeated Jonathan Merritt via TKO (punches) in round 3 (1:53).

The next chapter in Conquer FC’s storied success is scheduled for November 11, 2017Conquer 5.

*Live Updates* Conquer 4

Conquer Fighting Championships, once again, has scheduled an event on June 24, 2017, Conquer 4, that fight fans won’t want to miss. By collaborating with FloCombat.com, a regional event, with the swipe of a finger, becomes a global phenomena.

Conquer 4’s fight card, which will feature two championship affairs, packs explosive levels of potential energy, and the fireworks expected to be on display inside the glass walls of the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California will mirror the magical ability of capturing lightning in a bottle.

Keep up with the play-by-play and other live updates of Conquer 4 by following along on Twitter: @norcalfightmma.

Main Event: Jeremiah ‘The Kid’ Labiano (10-5) vs. Stephen ‘Scrappy’ Cervantes (7-2) for the Conquer Fighting Championships Featherweight Title

The only air more refreshing for fight fans at Conquer 4 than the breeze rolling in from the coast will be in the belly of the Craneway Pavilion when one of these featherweights finds fortune with the belt wrapped around their waist.

Co-Main Event: Shawn ‘The Great’ Bunch (6-3) vs. Rodrigo ‘Ratinho’ Lima (12-3) for the Conquer Fighting Championships Bantamweight Title

One of the cherries atop Conquer 4 cages Shawn Bunch and Rodrigo Lima together in the co-main event for an opportunity to be crowned as Conquer Fighting Championships’ Bantamweight Champion.

Featured Match: Fard ‘The Messenger’ Muhammad (3-6) vs. Windson Ramos (0-0)

An unsettled score between Fard Muhammad and Windson Ramos seeks resolution in a rematch at Conquer 4.

Conquer 4 Includes:

Professionals

Jeremiah Labiano vs. Stephen Cervantes for the Conquer Fighting Championships Featherweight Title

  • Results: Labiano def. Cervantes via unanimous decision

Shawn Bunch vs. Rodrigo Lima for the Conquer Fighting Championships Bantamweight Title

  • Results: Bunch def. Lima via unanimous decision

Fard Muhammad vs. Windson Ramos at a catchweight of 130-pounds

  • Results: Muhammad def. Ramos via unanimous decision

Roger Severson vs. Cristian Giovannie at a catchweight of 140-pounds

  • Results: Giovannie def. Severson via unanimous decision

Lamar Reed vs. Daniel McWilliams at a catchweight of 165-pounds

  • Results: Reed def. McWilliams via TKO (punches) in round 1 (3:40)

JT Donaldson vs. Matt Wagy in the featherweight division

  • Results: Wagy def. Donaldson via technical decision

Mark Climaco vs. Gene Cancino in the flyweight division

  • Results: Climaco def. Cancino via unanimous decision

Brian Wilkinson vs. Steven Gruber in the flyweight division

  • Results: Gruber def. Wilkinson via TKO (punches) in round 1 (2:46)

Mike Olson vs. Nohelin Hernandez in the bantamweight division

  • Results: Hernandez def. Olson via TKO (punches) in round 1 (2:59)

Fernando Costa vs. Matt Aragoni in the featherweight division

  • Results: Aragoni def. Costa via neck crank submission in round 2 (1:33)

Garrett Marks vs. Joaquin Lopez in the welterweight division

  • Results: Lopez def. Marks via TKO (punches) in round 1 (3:20)

Amateurs

Dwight Maters vs. Matt Zonfrello for the C.A.M.O State Heavyweight Championship

  • Results: Zonfrello def. Maters via TKO (punches) in Round 2 (1:51)

Joseph Cardoso vs. Joseph Kropschot for the Amateur Conquer FC Middleweight Championship

  • Results: Kropschot def. Cardoso via rear naked choke in Round 1 (1:40)

Gavin Hallinan vs. Michael Bueno in the welterweight division

  • Results: Hallinan def. Bueno via TKO (punches) in Round 3 (2:04)

Bobby Seronio III vs. Jonathan Merritt in the bantamweight division

  • Results: Seronio III def. Merritt via TKO in round 3 (1:53)

Conquer 4 Weigh-In Results & Recap

The calories were already cut and the thought of another visit to the gym was the last thing on the minds of the mixed martial artists slated to appear on Conquer Fighting Championships’ fourth event, Conquer 4, yet each of the thirty combatants staggered into Performance Fitness & Mixed Martial Arts for the promotional weigh-ins.

In twenty-four hours—June 24, 2017, those hungry to refuel their systems are starving to dot the center of Conquer’s canvas before the eyes of everyone inside the Craneway Pavilion, home of Conquer FC, as well as the MMA enthusiasts logged into FloCombat.com.

Prior to shifting the needle on the scale, fighters filed into various lines, completing the paperwork and physicals required to receive the green light for tomorrow night. In addition to the typical check-up from doctors and inking the final lines of their contract, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), under their new set of guidelines to govern fighter safety, necessitated neurological testing, which, according to many of the fighters, left their heads spinning more than a concussive right hand. Examples of this testing included: connecting strings of letters and numbers on an iPad, reciting a series of given numbers—forward and backward, and demonstrating balance on a square, styrofoam surface.

Once all the amateur and professional fighters checked the necessary boxes, it was time to move one step closer to their feeding and step on the scale.

Conquer 4’s Weigh-In Results:

Amateurs

Dwight Maters (253) vs. Matt Zonfrello (261.8) for the C.A.M.O State Heavyweight Championship

Joseph Cardoso (191.7) vs. Joseph Kropschot (184.5) for the Amateur Conquer FC Middleweight Championship

Gavin Hallinan (171.3) vs. Michael Bueno (169.7) in the welterweight division

Bobby Seronio III (135.7) vs. Jonathan Merritt (not present) in the bantamweight division

Professionals

Jeremiah Labiano (144.6) vs. Stephen Cervantes (144.8) for the Conquer FC Featherweight Championship

Shawn Bunch (134.6) vs. Rodrigo Lima (138.3) for the Conquer FC Bantamweight Championship

Fard Muhammad (130.8) vs. Windson Ramos (129.7) at a catchweight of 130-pounds

Roger Severson (140.4) vs. Cristian Giovannie (139.4) at a catchweight of 140-pounds

Lamar Reed (165.5) vs. Daniel McWilliams (165.5) at a catchweight of 165-pounds

JT Donaldson (145.4) vs. Matt Wagy (145.7) in the featherweight division

Mark Climaco (124.8) vs. Gene Cancino (123.3) in the flyweight division

Brian Wilkinson (125.3) vs. Steven Gruber (125.3) in the flyweight division

Mike Olson (135.3) vs. Nohelin Hernandez (135.5) in the bantamweight division

Fernando Costa (146) vs. Matt Aragoni (145.2) in the featherweight division

Garrett Marks (179.1) vs. Joaquin Lopez (179.7) in the welterweight division

Typically, an exit off the scale meant an entrance into a buffet line for these sunk in individuals. Unfortunately, Conquer 4’s roster, also in conjunction with CSAC’s 2017 mandates, must return on fight day without being more than eight-percent of their weight at registered on the scale.

Olin Pettit Jr.: Sharpening His Stockton Edge Before Conquer 4

Following a flawless performance in his MMA debut, ‘Rollin’ Olin Pettit Jr. allowed his hardened Stockton stare to soften as his hand was lifted in victory, yet any semblance of a smile quickly vanished thereafter.

Fresh from a destructive showcase of strengths in his own backyard, the warm and fuzzy feelings flittering around Pettit Jr. at 209 Beatdown 2 earlier this year froze like the ice in his veins the moment an offer from Conquer Fighting Championships emerged, inviting him to be featured in their upcoming eventConquer 4. Violence enthusiasts can witness the transformation firsthand when the prospect out of the Nick Diaz Academy appeared on Let’s Talk MMA (link here) to discuss his featherweight affair against Ian Masioff for the fight promotion housed in the Port of Richmond.

Currently, Pettit Jr. competes as an amateur under the bylaws of C.A.M.O (California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization), but his outlook on the hurt business already mirrors the Skrap Pack’s street fighting bravado. At first, the eighteen year-old purred with delight when reminiscing about his match-up against Andrew Charles Tack within the walls of the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium, 209 Beatdown’s venue.

“It was really fun,” he initially hummed. The insights of his coaches and training were affirmed the second the bell sounded, “Leading into the fight, we were working a lot of straights and all that, just working clinching and stuff, so it was fun when I went in there and did all my skill set. It came all-natural.”

The contest at Conquer 4 will take place in the featherweight division, Pettit Jr.’s preferred weight class, but a hint of the swagger popularized by the Diaz Brothers reared its head when he described why he was forced to tip the scales as a lightweight:

“Well…Originally, I was supposed to fight at 145 at my first one, but my original opponent pulled out—I don’t even know why. They didn’t tell me why he pulled out. He could have been scared or whatever. But they got me this other opponent, and he (Tack) said he didn’t want to cut the weight to 145. He wanted to do 155.” Willing to challenge a giant to defend his territory, the executives of 209 Beatdown could have rolled a heavyweight into the cage, and ‘Rollin’ would have accepted, “I had a bunch of friends and family coming to this, so I didn’t want to be like, ‘Nah, I don’t want to fight dude.’ I didn’t really mind it.”

While most amateur fighters dock at the developmental ranks for a lengthy stay, compiling a large sum of experience before eventually proceeding to deadlier waters, the prizefighting thought-process indoctrinated into Pettit Jr. since the age of twelve, for one, entails: fill your bank account with as much cash as possible; therefore, according to the young prodigy, Conquer 4 will be his last outing before bounding into the pros:

“I’m hoping this will be my last (amateur) one on June 24th. We get this ‘dub’ (W); I’m going to go pro after, making some moves and getting paid a lot more.”

Of course, Pettit Jr. can’t, and isn’t, looking past Masioff, but he assured listeners, in the same dismissive tone as his mentors: anything his opponent can do, he can do better:

“I watched his (Masioff’s) fight last time. I guess he’s supposed to be some Jiu-Jitsu dude, but I’m a Jiu-Jitsu dude, too; and I feel like I have years ahead of him. I train with some of the best people in Jiu-Jitsu: Nate Diaz, Nick Diaz; I’ve got Randy Spence, who is my head coach in Jiu-Jitsu. They’re all really good black belts. I’m not really too worried about it. If it goes to the ground, it goes to the ground. That’s where I’m more comfortable at.”

Before Pettit Jr. finds himself in MMA’s big leagues, those who keep tabs on the regional circuit should embrace his progression in Northern California’s present-tense marketplace by following him on Twitter (link here), Facebook (link here), and Instagram (link here); otherwise, they’ll end up slapping themselves, with the only open-palm strike attached to an area code, for not doing so sooner.

Conquering the Perception of Amateur MMA at Conquer 4

Trever Johnson, President and Matchmaker at Conquer Fighting Championships, executed equal parts of professionalism while building the amateur portion of their fourth show on June 24, 2017, Conquer 4,  as he did with the pros.

The weight of C.A.M.O regulated shinguards, if the athlete has less than three fights on their record, or six-ounce gloves instead of four doesn’t lighten the intensity between these developing mixed martial artists. In fact, each of the ten amateurs scheduled to warm-up Conquer 4’s dance floor, whether at the top vying for a title or at the evening’s onset, could find themselves, in the near future, tagged with a professional status.

According to camomma.org (link here), the amateur side of Conquer 4 includes:

Dwight Maters vs. Matt Zonfrello for the C.A.M.O Heavyweight Title

Joseph Cardoso vs. Joseph Kropschot in the middleweight division

Gavin Hallinan vs. Michael Bueno in the welterweight division

Ian Masioff vs. Olin Pettit Jr. in the featherweight division

Bobby Seronio III vs. Jonathan Merritt in the bantamweight division

After final decisions are rendered and the energy levels have seemingly spiked, thanks to the efforts of those filling their wallets with experience, the only direction to go, based on the depth of Conquer 4’s contracted killers, is up.

The professional side of Conquer 4 includes:

Jeremiah Labiano vs. Stephen Cervantes for the Conquer Fighting Championships Featherweight Title

Shawn Bunch vs. Rodrigo Lima for the Conquer Fighting Championships Bantamweight Title

Fard Muhammad vs. Windson Ramos in the bantamweight division

Roger Severson vs. Cristian Giovannie in the featherweight division

Lamar Reed vs. Daniel McWilliams at a catchweight (160-pounds)

JT Donaldson vs. Matt Wagy in the featherweight division

Mark Climaco vs. Gene Cancino in the flyweight division

Juan Cardenas vs. Dillon Moore in the featherweight division

Brian Wilkinson vs. Steven Gruber in the flyweight division

Mike Olson vs. Nohelin Hernandez in the bantamweight division

Fernando Costa vs. Matt Aragoni in the featherweight division

Garrett Marks vs. Joaquin Lopez in the welterweight division

For more information about Conquer 4 and tickets, visit: conquerfighting.com.