Tyler Diamond vs. Emilio Chavez for the GKO Featherweight Title

Global Knockout (GKO), a Northern California based MMA promotion with nationwide appeal, announced its headliners for their eleventh show, GKO 11, on November 4, 2017: Tyler Diamond (8-0) versus Emilio ‘The Furious Aztec’ Chavez (13-9) for the vacant GKO Featherweight Title.

GKO’s Matchmaker removed any gamble from the equation for fight fans filling the Grand Oak Ballroom inside Jackson Rancheria Casino & Resort, pairing mixed martial artists who leave nothing to chance. Pitting the upper half of ‘The Golden State’ against its arch-nemesis from the south, Diamond and Chavez are two prospects on the verge of popping the regional seal. A shiny belt from GKO may attract the attention necessary, as it has in the past, to receive the invite to the next level of the sport—the UFC.

Diamond, a young buck from Team Alpha Male, has kept his dream of reaching the UFC in  his crosshairs since trading his singlet at North Dakota State University for a pair of four-ounce gloves. Whether Diamond is marring unblemished records, as he did in his last outing at TPF 31, or smashing gobs of experience, which many of his opponents owned over him, into a non-factor, the decibels of his Oroville collective, and swelling fanbase, are an ever-present constant.

Chavez, otherwise known as ‘The Furious Aztec,’ was more than happy to sign on the dotted line to challenge for GKO’s 145-pound strap. Trained out of Team Bodyshop MMA, Chavez’s featherweight frame is in tip-top condition to push for all three rounds, if necessary. Following a first-round submission several months ago at Combate Americas 14, the pro since 2007 eagerly awaits his opportunity to string two wins together, something he hasn’t done since 2015, and advance to the upper-tier of the sport.

In addition to a high-caliber at the top of GKO 11’s bill, the remainder of the card, as of now, includes:

Sam Toomer vs. Julian Erosa in the featherweight division

Melissa Wang vs. Amanda Borg in the atomweight division

Jeremy Murphy vs. Jack Duffy in the flyweight division

Alexandra Toncheva vs. Fee Chrystall in the atomweight division

Justin Cornell vs. Anthony Tsakopoulos in the featherweight division

Jamie Thorton vs. Mercedez Campos in the strawweight division

To purchase tickets to GKO 11, go to: globalknockout.com.

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Isaiah Gonzalez: KO of the Night at GKO 10

In his sophomore showing as a professional mixed martial artist, Isaiah ‘The Mexipino’ Gonzalez, shattered the realm of possibility as an undefeated fighter, along with his left hand, at Global Knockout (GKO) 10.

Standing at 5’10”, the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) alum has become accustomed to barreling down on his bantamweight opposition from a bird’s eye view. When Gonzalez was locked in GKO’s outdoor arena with Chris Inocencio for GKO 10, any advantage in the height department escaped through the holes in the cage.

Several ticks from the clock disappeared before Gonzalez could unlock the lengthy mystery before him. Approximately one-minute into the opening round, Gonzalez cracked the code with a bone-crushing dose of reality, which chopped Inocencio down to size.

As Inocencio’s body fell flat to the canvas and the crowd rose in a deafening roar, there was little debate amongst GKO’s executives that Gonzalez deserved the accreditation: KO of the Night.

Check out Gonzalez’s award-winning performance on August 5, 2017 and the aftermath of packing such explosive power:

GKO 10: Recap & Results

August 5, 2017—Though many of the bouts on Global Knockout’s recent fight card, GKO 10, pixelated at the last possible moment, nearly every contest concluded in the blink of an eye.

Eight out of nine matches finished without the judges’ say-so, and seven of those stoppages were within the opening round, which meant: the visitors filling Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort’s outdoor venue could count on a difficult decision in regards to who should receive a performance bonus at the end of the evening.

Performance of the Night Awards

Knockout of the Night: Isaiah Gonzalez

 

 

 

 

Submission of the Night: Fierce Taylor Jr.

 

 

 

 

Fight of the Night: Angelo Trevino & Tyler Milner

 

 

 

 

GKO 10’s Results:

Brandon Hester defeated Justin Baesman by way of rear naked choke in round 1

Buddy Wallace defeated Mike Morales by way of TKO in round 1

Josh Paiva defeated Martin Sandoval by way of key lock in round 2

Angelo Trevino defeated Tyler Milner by way of unanimous decision

Fierce Taylor Jr. defeated Nohelin Hernandez by way of rear naked choke in round 1

Sinjen Smith defeated Jessie Thorton by way of TKO in round 1

Chad Hanekom defeated Eric Smith by way of arm bar in round 1

Isaiah Gonzalez defeated Chris Inocencio by way of KO in round 1

Jared Vanderaa defeated Idrees Wasi by way of standing ankle lock in round 1

The next event scheduled by GKO, GKO 11, will take place on November 4, 2017.

GKO 10 *Live Results*

The mixed martial artists featured on Global Knockout’s upcoming card, GKO 10, may not possess universally acclaimed notoriety—at least not yet, but the attitudes of these gladiators are unrivaled—at least within this plane of reality.

Weeks, even days, prior to GKO 10 on August 5, 2017, match-ups were still being shuffled and solidified. In the end, GKO 10, even after many turbulent transitions, shaped into a stacked deck of talent. Staged in Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort’s outdoor venue, the only twinkling more bright than the night sky will be the eyes of future stars in the sport with their hands raised in victory.

Keep up with the play-by-play and other live updates of GKO 10 by following along on Twitter or Facebook: @norcalfightmma.

GKO 10’s results include:

Justin Baesman vs. Brandon Hester in the middleweight division

  • Results: Hester def. Baesman via rear naked choke in round 1

Mike Morales vs. Buddy Wallace in the middleweight division

  • Results: Wallace def. Morales via TKO in round 1

Martin Sandoval vs. Josh Paiva in the flyweight division

  • Results: Paiva def. Sandoval via key lock in round 2

Tyler Milner vs. Angelo Trevino at a catchweight (181-pounds)

  • Results: Trevino def. Milner via unanimous decision

Fierce Taylor Jr. vs. Nohelin Hernandez in the bantamweight division

  • Results: Taylor Jr. def. Hernandez via rear naked choke in round 1

Jessie Thorton vs. Sinjen Smith in the welterweight division

  • Results: Smith def. Thorton via TKO in round 1

Eric Smith vs. Chad Hanekom in the middleweight division

  • Results: Hanekom def. Smith via arm bar in round 1

Chris Inocencio vs. Isaiah Gonzalez in the bantamweight division

  • Results: Gonzalez def. Inocencio via KO in round 1

Idrees Wasi vs. Jared Vanderra in the heavyweight division

  • Results: Vanderra def. Wasi via standing ankle lock in round 1

GKO 10: Weigh-In Results

Twenty-four hours before the ferocious roar from each mixed martial artist at Global Knockout 10 carries into the night sky on August 5, 2017, hunger pains pierced the ears of those filling Jackson Racheria Casino Resort’s Grand Oak Ballroom for the promotion’s ceremonial weigh-ins.

GKO 10’s Weigh-In Results:

Idrees Wasi (215) vs. Jared Vanderra (265.4) in the heavyweight division

Chris Inocencio (136.2) vs. Isaiah Gonzalez (135.6) in the bantamweight division

Eric Smith (185.2) vs. Chad Hanekom (184.2) in the middleweight division

Jessie Thorton (159.8) vs. Sinjen Smith (170.4) in the weltwerweight division

Fierce Taylor Jr. (134.6) vs. Nohelin Hernandez (135.4) in the bantamweight division

Tyler Milner (181.2) vs. Angelo Trevino (179.8) at a catchweight

Martin Sandoval (125.8) vs. Josh Paiva (126) in the flyweight division

Mike Morales (not present) vs. Buddy Wallace (185.2) in the middleweight division

Justin Baesman (185.6) vs. Brandon Hester (184.8) in the middleweight division

Many of the fighters featured at GKO 10 decided to accept their match-up long after the sound of the ten-second clapper. Fortunately, Northern California’s passionate followers, also with little time to spare, can still find their way into the event by visiting: globalknockout.com.

To watch the stream from GKO 10’s weigh-ins, go to the @norcalfightmma Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fnorcalfightmma%2Fvideos%2F506483463026246%2F&show_text=0&width=560“>link here).

Jamie Thorton: The Wait for Strawweight Ends at GKO 10

After experiencing the ugliest possible side of the game in her last visit to the cage, Jamie ‘The Pretty Assassin’ Thorton is eager to return to competition on August 5, 2017 at her natural weight class.

Sandwiched between her previous encounter at GKO 9 and upcoming bout against Team Alpha Male’s Diana Atkin at GKO 10, Thorton found herself on the wrong side of a head kick heard, and seen via social media, around the world.

On Episode 62 of the @norcalfightmma Podcast (link here), the desert dweller from Fort Irwin, California appeared as a special guest and highlighted her readiness to erase such a gut-wrenching loss from her memory.

First, she flashed back to the night when the curtain was closed on her consciousness, “I felt good in the fight,” Thorton recalled. “I felt like I was doing good and everything until: one little mistake of not going all the way and not keeping my hands up, so I got caught with a head kick that knocked me out.”

It took several trips to the vanity and a reciting of ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall’ for Thorton to, again, flood her veins with the confidence. She continued, “Eventually, I started getting back into it, realizing: it does happen; it’s a fight, and you never know what’s going to happen.” Empty of any desire to peel back the scabbed memory of LFA 9, Thorton assured listeners that history won’t repeat itself during her scrap with Atkin, “What I’d like to do is: not get caught like that again, so my main thing is learning to keep my hands up.”

In Thorton’s previous four outings, she met a 125-pound Goliath at every turn. As a natural strawweight (115-pounds), her excitement about facing someone of equivalent size was palpable. Mixed martial artists on the regional stage struggle to contract fights on regular basis—let alone doing so at their preferred division, especially women. Flashing back to the offers MMA promotions have slid across the table throughout her career, Thorton said, “They [MMA promotions] always say they have a lot 115 fights, and I can never get them. And that’s the weight class I want to be at. That’s my home weight. They’ve even offered me a 145 [fight], and I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh.’”

Without having to battle the bulge of an additional ten pounds, ‘The Pretty Assassin’ awaits a ceremonial glamour shot with her hand raised at GKO 10, regardless of any cuts or bruises that may be accessorizing her face.