Rise of a Warrior 9 returned on GFL.tv with a 13 bout card that featured a title fight in the featherweight division in addition to the hotly anticipated bantamweight tournament. This amateur card showcased some of the rising talent in South Florida as Rise of a Warrior was voted Best Amateur Promoter for 2012 in all of Florida.
In the main event, Matt Wagy (8-2) defeated Donny Bush (4-1) via unanimous decision to win the IFG Featherweight Championship. This now makes 4 in a row for Wagy, all via decision, as the American Top Team (Boynton Beach) fighter used superior ground control and landed some solid strikes to mix up his attach enough to keep Bush on the defensive for most of the fight. Bush was a game fighter as he was able to land some punishing strikes of his own, including several head kicks that hurt Wagy. But Wagy proved his all around MMA game was superior as he went back to his ATT training and grounded Bush to the mat and grinded away with scoring shots on the mat and racking up points do to his control. Both fighters showed a lot of heart and deserved to be the main event of such a stacked card.
The IFG Bantamweight Tournament was just as exciting as the main event as four fighters advanced to the semi-finals to be held at Rise of a Warrior 10 on May 11. Rico DiSciullo from Team Sityodtong defeated Travis Taylor via armbar submission in round one earning DiSciullo Submission of the Night. Marcelo Castaneda from American Top Team (Coconut Creek) defeated Josh Goodyear via unanimous decision, Rock Myrthil from Bulldog Boxing defeated Ramey Ayala also by unanimous decision and finally Joe Penafiel representing The Jungle defeated Hector Hernandez also by decision to round out the tournament advancers.
Rise of a Warrior is a force to be reckoned with as they continue to present great fights show after show and have definitely thrown down the gauntlet for MMA in the Miami-area. Don't miss this electrifying event featuring South Florida's finest amateur MMA athletes competing in front of a packed house. Watch The Rise of a Warrior 9 only at GFL.tv!