Angel ‘The Dream’ De Anda: Set to Cause A Nightmare on Episode 2 of DWTNCS

Since 2008, Angel ‘The Dream’ De Anda (18-5) has proven to be a hot commodity in Northern California’s middleweight and light heavyweight MMA market. On July 18, 2017, he will have an opportunity to demonstrate to the UFC’s President, Dana White, and those logged in to UFC Fight Pass that he is a nightmare for anyone standing across from him when meeting Dan Spohn (15-5) in Episode 2 of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series (DWTNCS).

Reeling off six victories in a row, claiming the Global Knockout Middleweight Title, and bouncing between 185 and 205-pounds, De Anda probably wondered whether or not he was truly awake, and needed a firm pinch, after receiving the call to appear on DWTNCS. By snatching the GKO strap from Justin Baseman, an experienced vet, at GKO 9 and punctuating, in exclamatory fashion, his last contest in the light heavyweight division at Tachi Palace Fights, TPF 31, over an aggressive, no-nonsense version of Mike Morales, the member of Oakdale’s Last Stand Fight Team became a darker blip on the UFC’s radar.

GKO 9: Angel De Anda vs. Justin Baesman for the GKO Middleweight Championship

TPF 31: Angel De Anda vs. Mike Morales in the light heavyweight division

De Anda’s opponent on DWTNCS is Dan ‘The Dragon’ Spohn (15-5). Spohn has collected numerous belts at 205-pounds in pockets of the United States and Canada, and standing as a skyscraper at 6’4”, he’ll own considerable size over the 5’8” De Anda. Aside from the ‘David versus Goliath’ theme the disparity in stature produces, fight fans can expect De Anda, in hopes of earning a contract to join the UFC’s roster, to swing heavy leather from the first bell inside the intimate atmosphere of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada, testing the theory: the bigger they are, the harder they fall.

Even though the athletes featured on DWTNCS aren’t promised entrance into the sport’s elite promotion, De Anda’s work ethic and patience to reach where he’s at highlights: dreams can become a reality.


Justin Baesman: A Career Defining Proposition

By @DaveMMAdden

Every round a mixed martial artist invests inside a locked cage, they gamble their set of skills opposite another. In the case of Justin ‘The Raw Deal’ Baesman (19-12-1), he’s pushed all the chips of his career—and then some—into the center of the table for an opportunity to stand across from Angel ‘The Dream’ DeAnda (17-5) for a third time and reconnect with the Global Knockout (GKO) Middleweight Championship. Continue reading

Northern California Fight Fans: Where Will You Be On March 18th?

If you listen closely to the hearts of those who closely follow the mixed martial arts scene in the upper half of ‘The Golden State,’ you’ll hear their heart tear into thirds on March 18, 2017.

Days before spring, three promotions plan to sprout their cages and blossom future stars from Northern California. The organizations competing for the attention of patrons include: King of the Cage (KOTC) at Gold Country Casino and Hotel in Oroville; Global Knockout (GKO) at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort in Jackson; and Conquer Fighting Championships (CFC) at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond. With a trio of promotions offering a unique blend of violence and personality, anywhere you decide to go will leave doubt about whether or not it was, indeed, the correct choice. Continue reading

GKO 9: Don’t Anticipate Three Rounds for Tyler Diamond’s Third Visit to GKO

Following two walk-off home runs at the previous events held by Global Knockout (GKO), Tyler Diamond (6-0) may suggest he has two strikes against him. As Diamond prepares for his springtime return at GKO 9 against Ran Weathers (18-25), fight fans can ensure: every slam and haymaking hook seeks to end the contest before all fifteen minutes of regulation expire. Continue reading

Anthony Hernandez: A ‘Big’ Challenge at GKO 9 — @MMAGOLDFighters

At 4-0, Anthony ‘Fluffy’ Hernandez has yet to face an opponent he can’t chop down to size. Global Knockout (GKO) 9 reconstructs their cage at Jackson Rancheria Casino & Resort on March 18, 2017, and Hernandez has been contracted to conquer his largest test to date: Mike ‘Big’ Persons (8-3-1).

via Anthony Hernandez: A ‘Big’ Challenge at GKO 9 — @MMAGOLDFighters