MMA pro fighter Brandon 'QuickDraw' Lowe hits big time with Shamrock FC 303 – Alton Telegraph

BETHALTO — Brandon Lowe’s first love is wrestling, but mixed martial arts (MMA) could make “QuickDraw” a household name.

Lowe’s first professional main event fight — Shamrock FC 303 — happens Friday; with professional MMA fighters weighing-in Thursday. Lowe made his pro debut in 2015 fighting for Bellator.

Shamrock FC 303 takes place at the River City Casino against Trevon Crawford in the weight class of featherweight (145 pounds). Thursday’s weigh-ins are free, but Friday’s main event tickets cost from $50 to $200. The event is for all ages. Weigh-ins also will be giving away free prizes.

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<p><strong>If you go:</strong></p><p><strong>What:</strong> Shamrock FC 303, featuring MMA pro fighter Bethalto&#8217;s Brandon &#8220;QuickDraw&#8221; Lowe in the main event</p><p><strong>When:</strong> 7:30 p.m., Friday</p><p><strong>Where:</strong> River City Casino, 777 River City Casino Blvd., St. Louis</p><p><strong>Info:</strong> Thursday&#8217;s weigh-ins are free; doors at 5:30 p.m. Friday&#8217;s main event tickets cost from $50 to $200. Both Thursday and Friday&#8217;s events are for all ages. Weigh-ins also will be giving away free prizes.</p>

“Fighting as a pro definitely gets you more recognition,” Lowe said of his transition from an amateur. “People see the main event on a big professional organization, and it will definitely help out my name recognition even more. If all goes well, I’ll be hoping to be fighting for a title at the end of the year.”

He loves MMA fighting due to its competitive aspect, but also because of its similarity to wrestling.

“It’s a one-on-one sport and it’s the closest thing to wrestling,” Lowe noted.

Lowe, 27, originally from Wood River, now of Bethalto, started practicing mixed martial arts 10 years ago.

The East Alton-Wood River High School graduate is back in the game since his last fight in September, when he took a beating in the first round due to several leg kicks, but won.

The Bethalto resident took one month off to train after that fight, coming out ahead, to take on his first main event as a professional. He’s fought in main events before, but as an amateur.

“The wear and tear is not easy,” Lowe said Tuesday to The Telegraph. “I wrestled four years before MMA, so after 14 years, you get used to it. I’m sore a lot. It’s something you have to deal with. Luckily, now, there’s more science behind training.”

For relief, he relies on self motivation, as well as traditional salt bath soaks, which help with inflammation; saunas; and, hot tubs; in addition to newer remedies, such as cryotherapy, which is local or general use of low temperatures in medical therapy, and NormaTec Pulse Recovery System, which helps faster recovery between workouts by reducing muscle soreness and improving circulation.

“I feel really good, confident,” Lowe said about Friday’s main event, from which his original opponent backed out.

“It’s an appreciative feeling to be noticed,” he said. “The last fight was ‘Fight of the Year’ and put me on a steamroller, continuing the momentum.“

Lowe’s professional MMA record is 3 and 1.

Last Sept. 22, Lowe beat Malcolm Smith for Shamrock FC 295. This fight was awarded “Fight of the Year,” by Lowe won in the second round by TKO, or technical knockout, earning him his third straight win.

Lowe recently signed a three-fight contract extension with St. Louis-based Shamrock FC. The professional company’s vice president is Rob Donaker and its owned by Jesse Finney, chief executive officer. Shamrock FC 303 will be Lowe’s first fight of the said contract extension.

Lowe began MMA fighting when he was a high school senior when he took his first amateur fight.

In 2013, he fought for Bellator.

“I would like to really get back with them,” he said. “Shamrock has a deal with Bellator, so I have a good chance.”

Lowe also loves his full-time job at World Wide Technology as a lab technician.

He works straight days Monday through Friday and trains at night at the War Room in Wood River, Head Nod Squad in Pontoon Beach and, sometimes, at the Hit Squad in Granite City.

“I tried full-time fighting for a while, but it doesn’t pay enough,” he said.

Lowe’s brother, Ty Bechel, is his manager.

“Brandon has loved this sport for years,” he recalled. “I have watched him mold himself into a superb, professional athlete in the sport of MMA. We have plans of working toward getting him to Bellator MMA (second largest MMA promoter) or the UFC (largest MMA promoter).”

Lowe’s amateur MMA record is 11 and 5; and, he won four different title belts (Former PCL Lightweight Champion, NFA Featherweight Champion, Spires Featherweight Regional Champion, Unified Midwest Title Featherweight Champion).

Lowe’s sponsors are DCS Cleaning and Handyman Services; Whole Street Productions; Damsel In Defense; Rep. Jenn Hausman; Totally Trips Travel Agency; HW Armory; Head Nod Squad; Grand Piasa Body Art, with Tattoos by Kirby; Sherer Chiropractic Center (Godfrey); and, Celsius Cryotherapy.

Follow Lowe at, Twitter @quickdrawmma1 and Instagram @quickdrawmma.

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MMAWeekly MMA Top 10 Rankings Update: February 6, 2018 – MMAWeekly (blog)

Following a lengthy stay in a coma, the World MMA Top 10 Rankings have been resurrected!

The rankings list the Top 10 MMA fighters from around the world in each of the most widely accepted weight classes, as well as a Top 10 mixed pound-for-pound list ranking the best male and female fighters. Fighters from any mixed martial arts promotion are eligible.

Taken into consideration is a fighter?s performance in addition to win-loss record, head-to-head and common opponents, difficulty of opponents, and numerous other factors in what is the most comprehensive rankings system in the sport. The divisional rankings put a particular emphasis on recent results, while a fighter?s career, particularly if he or she has fought in multiple weight classes, adds considerable weight to the pound-for-pound ranking.

Fighters who are currently serving a drug-related suspension are not eligible for MMA Top 10 Rankings consideration until they have fought one time after the completion of said suspension.

Though we don?t have a strict timeline for fighters to compete, an athlete?s inactivity can also have an effect upon his or her rankings consideration.

Combined Pound-for-Pound MMA Top 10 Rankings

  1. Georges St-Pierre
  2. Demetrious Johnson
  3. Daniel Cormier

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Men?s Heavyweight MMA Top 10 Rankings

  1. Stipe Miocic
  2. Francis Ngannou
  3. Alistair Overeem

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Men?s Light Heavyweight MMA Top 10 Rankings

  1. Daniel Cormier
  2. Alexander Gustafsson
  3. Volkan Oezdemir

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Men?s Middleweight MMA Top 10 Rankings

  1. Robert Whittaker
  2. Yoel Romero
  3. Luke Rockhold

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Men?s Welterweight MMA Top 10 Rankings

  1. Tyron Woodley
  2. Stephen Thompson
  3. Rafael Dos Anjos

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Men?s Lightweight MMA Top 10 Rankings

  1. Tony Ferguson
  2. Khabib Nurmagomedov
  3. Conor McGregor

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Men?s Featherweight MMA Top 10 Rankings

  1. Max Holloway
  2. Jose Aldo
  3. Frankie Edgar

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Men?s Bantamweight MMA Top 10 Rankings

  1. TJ Dillashaw
  2. Cody Garbrandt
  3. Dominick Cruz

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Men?s Flyweight MMA Top 10 Rankings

  1. Demetrious Johnson
  2. Joseph Benavides
  3. Henry Cejudo

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Women?s Bantamweight MMA Top 10 Rankings

  1. Amanda Nunes
  2. Germaine de Randamie
  3. Holly Holm

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Women?s Flyweight MMA Top 10 Rankings

  1. Nicco Montano
  2. Valentina Shevchenko
  3. Sijara Eubanks

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Women?s Strawweight MMA Top 10 Rankings

  1. Rose Namajunas
  2. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
  3. Jessica Andrade

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Pound-for-Pound MMA Top 10 Rankings

Men?s and Women?s Combined Pound-for-Pound Rankings

Men?s MMA Top 10 Rankings

Flyweight??| ?Bantamweight? | ?Featherweight? | ?Lightweight? | ?Welterweight? | ?Middleweight? | ?Light Heavyweight? | ?Heavyweight

Women?s MMA Top 10 Rankings

Strawweight? | ?Flyweight??| ?Bantamweight

UFC star Ross Pearson will not quit fighting until MMA promotion visits Tyneside for chance to cheer up Sunderland fans – The Sun

I will never stop

Geordie ace has moved to made a dream move to Australia but admits to still missing the UK

UFC veteran Ross Pearson will not stop fighting until he stars on a show in his Tyneside home where even Sunderland fans could finally enjoy a Saturday.

The proud North East MMA star has swapped the UK for Australia for a new life with his Aussie octagon-girl wife but he admits to missing the comforts of home and longing for a big fight on his doorstep.

UFC star Ross Pearson married octagon-girl Kirstie Pearson and moved to Australia


UFC star Ross Pearson married octagon-girl Kirstie Pearson and moved to Australia

The Stadium of Light was a grim place last season, with the Mackems tumbling out of the Premier League and the owners desperate to flog the failing club.

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But the British MMA star wants to cheer up the city and he will not give up until he gets the chance to shine ? but he might struggle to get enough tickets for all his family.

Pearson said: ?If 40,000 fans can turn up and watch Sunderland every week then I am sure they can turn up and watch me on a Saturday night.

?I have been trying to tell this to the UFC for 10 years the fighting scene in the North East is massive, it is what we are bred on, it is who we are.

Ross Pearson is fighting in New Zealand at the weekend

Ross Pearson is fighting in New Zealand at the weekend

Ross Pearson moved to Australia for his wife and they have a daughter


Ross Pearson moved to Australia for his wife and they have a daughter
SunSport’s full-length telephone interview with UFC star Ross Pearson

?We are blue-collar workers who enjoy a weekend and a good fight. That?s the type of people we are. The UFC would sell out over here in two minutes.

?Trying to get all my family into the event would be the only problem, I?d have 500 long-lost cousins and aunties and uncles who I have never seen in my life come out of the woodwork for tickets.

“I would love my last fight to be in Newcastle ? if I ever have a last fight ? it could take another 20 fights but I will never stop. I need to do it for my career.?

Pearson appears to live the dream life Down Under with stunning wife Kirstie. But he admits he is glued to his phone for the British humour he just can?t find in Oz.

The 32-year-old has made the short trip to New Zealand to fight in the early hours of Sunday morning where friends and family from back home will be able to watch him.

And he admits he?s glued to his phone much more than he should be as he keeps in touch with his gang back on Tyneside.

Pearson still misses the North East and wants a UFC show their before he retires

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Pearson still misses the North East and wants a UFC show their before he retires

Pearson reckons the UFC would sell out in minutes if they visited Tyneside

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Pearson reckons the UFC would sell out in minutes if they visited Tyneside

Ross Pearson was a trailblazer for British MMA

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Ross Pearson was a trailblazer for British MMA

Pearson reckons Sunderland fans would enjoy a night at his fight after a horror season

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Pearson reckons Sunderland fans would enjoy a night at his fight after a horror season
Fighting Facts: Ross ‘The Real Deal’ Pearson

Pearson said: ?I miss my family and the banter with my friends, I find myself texting and calling people a lot more ? I am on my phone much more than I should be.

?Although I have friends and family over here it is still not the same as the people that I have grown up with or gone into battle with.

?I haven?t built that friendship with anyone yet because I have only been over here for a year. I will never stop coming home, I will always class England as home but I am an Australian resident now.

?My family and my child are here, I want to be a good dad and set examples.?

Rodolfo Vieira Wins MMA Debut With First Round Submission – FloGrappling

Rodolfo Vieira Wins MMA Debut With First Round Submission


World class jiu-jitsu black belt, ADCC and IBJJF World champion Rodolfo Vieira made quick work of his MMA debut on Saturday February 12, with a first round submission win over Zarylbek Daniyar of Kyrgyzstan.?

Fighting on an MMA event called Arzalat in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Vieira appeared in the main event versus the 1-1 Kyrgyz fighter.?

Working behind a jab, Vieira felt out the opening minutes of the round before hitting a lightning-quick takedown near the fence. A few slick transitions from knee-ride to mount gave him positional dominance. Some soft strikes forced Daniyar to turn, exposing the fighting-ending rear naked choke at 2.27.?

Cornered by his original jiu-jitsu coach Julio Cesar Pereira of GF Team and his head MMA coach Ricardo Liborio of American Top Team, Vieira looked comfortable and confident in his first outing in the ring.

MMA fighters battle for cause – Great Falls Tribune

Neil Tredray, For the Tribune

Published 10:03 p.m. MT Feb. 10, 2017 | Updated 2 hours ago

Mixed-martial arts began its 2017 run with Fightforce?s Great Falls Rumble at the Heritage Inn in front of about 750 people Friday night.

The event was also an opportunity for fighters and fans to give to a good cause. Fightforce donated proceeds from merchandise sales to the ?Do it for Love? charity, supporting 4-year-old Raegan Love who was diagnosed with leukemia in October of 2016.

Fighter Tommy McMillen?s girlfriend is Raegan?s aunt.

?I got to hang out with Raegan a little bit this summer,? McMillen said after his fight. ?It broke my heart when I heard the news so I wanted to do a little something; as much as I could to help.?

McMillen defeated Butte?s Brandon Brisbo to win the Fightforce 155-lb. title belt. McMillen grappled with Brisbo for most of the fight before locking in a rear naked choke in the second round.

?I?m pretty excited to win,? McMillen said. ?This was a step on my path, a test that I just passed.?

The main event was a professional fight between Great Falls favorite Gage Saunders and Kyle Campbell who fights out of Missoula.

The midcard started with an MMA matchup between Koda Greenwood from Eureka and Great Falls? Erik Sturchio.

Sturchio used his extra three inches to his advantage with a front kick that kept Greenwood away.

?I guess I have strong legs from being an infantry doorkicker,? Sturchio said.

Greenwood did manage to get in close enough to tag Sturchio for a knockdown, but Sturchio rallied for a knockout win.

?I mean, I knew if I didn?t get back up he?d just beat the (tar) out of me,? Sturchio said after his victory.

The midcard also featured a title fight for the Fightforce lightweight Muy Thai belt. Canadian Cody Jerome squared off against Ryan Ibsen of Great Falls.

Jerome combined a flurry of gloved fists and furious feet for an assault that Ibsen couldn?t weather. Jerome won via TKO in the first round and became the new Fightforce champion.

The undercard featured a handful of MMA bouts and two kickboxing matches.

The highlight of the undercard was the MMA matchup between Shane McClure and John Robertson, both from Great Falls.

Robertson sprawled into a takedown defense, quickly gained side control into full mount, and proceeded to ground and pound to earn a win just 38 seconds into the fight.

Punekwa Vielle of Blackfeet Nation defeated Great Falls? Cody Bautista via TKO in the third round.

Great Falls? Ryan Scottfree and James Dyson squared off in an MMA match. Scottfree scored a huge takedown in the first which led to him raining blows down upon Dyson for the win.

The final undercard match was a heavyweight kickboxing clash between Eduardo Fernandez of Great Falls and Lethbridge?s Adam Urabnczyk.

Both big men went the distance, trading heavy hands through three rounds. Fernandez prevailed, winning a split decision victory.

The night began with a kickboxing match between Butte?s Andrew Huckeby and Marshall Sutherland of Great Falls. Huckeby won a split decision after three rounds.

Cheick Kongo ready to pass torch to Francis Ngannou as face of … –

Cheick Kongo has nothing but praise for rising UFC heavyweight star Francis Ngannou.

Kongo (25-10-2 MMA, 7-2 BMMA), who is approaching his 10th Bellator fight after spending seven years in the UFC, has long been France?s most notable and successful fighter. Ngannou (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) has assumed that role of late, though, especially after a?first-round knockout of former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski at UFC on FOX 23 in January.

Ngannou, who lives and trains in?Paris, has been pegged by UFC President Dana White as a future champion capable of holding the gold for a long time. Kongo agrees, and said ?The Predator? is the next generation of MMA fighter in his country.

Cheick Kongo

Cheick Kongo

?He?s very good,? Kongo told MMAjunkie. ?It?s very great for the sport in France. He?s going to bring the notoriety. He?s the future. Every athlete has to pass the torch. I?m not worried or anything like that. My time was my time, and now it?s his time.?

Although Kongo has long been one of the most successful representatives of French MMA, the country is still going through growing pains when it comes to its acceptance of the sport. MMA is essentially banned in France. Rules passed as recently as October outlaw key aspects of MMA fighting such as striking on the ground and hosting bouts inside the confines of a cage.

Lobbying groups are working to force change, but it?s a slow process. Kongo thinks the continued success of a fighter like Ngannou can be the spark that begins to turn the tide for the better, and he?s optimistic that one day soon organizations such as Bellator and the UFC will be able to host events in his home country.

?For sure, when someone is doing great it always increases the potential of something happening,? Kong said. ?Everybody has to recognize his talent and the good things he did. It?s been on the table, but there are big issues that need to be changed. It will happen.

?The sport used to be super crazy for people to look at, but they accept kickboxing and wrestling and judo and karate. It needs to be recognized like those. We have a big MMA group out there lobbying. It will be great.?

Ngannou has yet to have his next fight booked since beating Arlovski for his fifth consecutive octagon victory, all by stoppage. Kongo fights Oli Thompson at Bellator 172 on Feb. 18 in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

For more on Bellator and the UFC?s upcoming schedule, including Bellator 172, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.