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Event Preview: Total Warrior Combat

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If there has ever been a mixed martial arts event that you’ve wanted to be in attendance for, this is the one.

Total Warrior Combat, a mixed marital arts promotion company based out of Lansing, Michigan, made it’s triumphant return to the Michigan MMA scene a couple months ago. As is always the case, they’re not pulling any punches when it comes to their next event.

Tomorrow, March 9th, the Causeway Bay Hotel in Lansing will showcase yet another tremendous card for TWC, in their pro-am event. Some of the biggest mixed martial artists from the state of Michigan are scheduled to participate on the card, such as Dequan Townsend, Khaos Williams, and Devin Smith. Although the names on the card are impressive, it isn’t always easy finding matches for high profile fighters, especially in the state of Michigan.

“We’re definitely lucky to have Sheena (Starr) as our matchmaker,” said Pete Keung, owner of TWC. “She deserves all the credit for these cards. Michigan mixed martial arts has always produced great fighters, and will continue to do so.”

Detroit Sports Nation will be represented by our very own Shae Brophy, who is doing play by play commentary for the event.

The doors will open at 5pm on Saturday, with the first amateur fight scheduled to start at 6pm. Tickets will be available at the door. General admission tickets are $30, VIP tickets are $75, and tables are $600 (six people can sit at a table).

Due to an unexpected circumstance, the main event for the evening has been changed. UFC  veteran Jarred Brooks and Josh Robinson were scheduled to face off for the 125 pound championship, but the fight has been cancelled.

Now the main event of the evening, Lansing’s own Dequan Townsend puts his 20-8 professional record on the line against Kansas’s Wayman Carter for the 195 pound TWC championship. Dequan is the top light heavyweight in the entire mid-west according to Tapology, and will face a stiff challenge in Carter.

Here a look at the entire fight card:

AMATEUR FIGHTS:

  1. Xavier Smith vs Algenard Cowart 155 pounds
  2. Hannah Scroggins vs Kristi Garr 115 pounds
  3. Brain Sztykiel vs Mando Gutierrez 145 pounds (championship fight)

PROFESSIONAL FIGHTS:

  1. Kathleen Albany vs Carolyn Biskup 150 pounds
  2. Michael Beach vs Dylan Carpenter 145 pounds
  3. Tom Vereecken vs Leroy Ortega 150 pounds
  4. Anthony Coleman vs Justin Hartig (heavyweight)
  5. Cody Baker vs Terry VanAvery 165 pounds
  6. Kevin Walker vs Moe Williams 160 pounds
  7. Anthony Mychal vs Usama Rahman 135 pounds
  8. Josh Zimmer vs Josh Shaw 165 pounds
  9. Rocky Edwards vs Devin Smyth 175 pounds (championship fight)
  10. Erick Lozano vs Victor Jones 195 pounds
  11. Antonio Hervey vs Khaos Williams 165 pounds (championship fight)
  12. Wayman Carter vs Dequan Townsend 195 pounds (championship fight)

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BREAKING: Ohio State quarterback to enter transfer portal

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According to reports, Ohio State quarterback Matt Baldwin will enter the transfer portal.

With Baldwin transferring, the starting QB gig at Ohio State almost certainly belongs to Justin Fields, though he was a heavy favorite to win the job regardless.

 

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SHOCKER! Steve Yzerman’s Lightning swept in Round 1 by Columbus

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Wow!

In perhaps the most shocking playoff result in recent memory, the 62-win Tampa Bay Lightning were swept in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Of course, headlines were made before this season began when Lightning GM Steve Yzerman announced he’d be stepping down from that role in the final year of his contract and serve as an advisor. Speculation immediately ran rampant that it was a hint that he’d be returning home to the Detroit Red Wings.

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Which wrestlers moved to Raw in WWE’s Superstar Shakeup?

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WWE’s annual Superstar Shakeup is among us, and some significant changes have already been made to the wrestling landscape. After three hours of Raw, several SmackDown members moved over to the red brand. But they weren’t the only ones affected. Some NXT call-ups were made, and 205 Live was in the mix too. We’ll break down all the big moves and what it could mean for the future of WWE.

Superstars headed to Raw

The Miz

Once again, the Miz has switched brands during the shakeup coming to Raw from SmackDown Live! He’s now changed brands during all three Superstar Shakeups. Over the years, the Miz has strived for success regardless of the role he’s given. Expect the Miz to be a featured weekly on Raw and for MizTV to move to the red brand too. Miz will be the continuing his first major babyface run in the company, so the constant brand switching isn’t overdone. Everyone he was unable to feud with as a heel is fair game now that he’s a face. Don’t be surprised if the Miz wins the Universal Championship over the next year.

Viking Experience

The Viking Experience was known as the NXT champion War Raiders. Despite leaping the main roster, it appears the Viking Experience still have their belts. Along with the new tag team name, they received new character names. Instead of being Hanson and Rowe, they are now known as Ivar and Erik. The internet almost exploded with this news, and not in a good way. Even with a goofy name, the Viking Experience has a high upside in a relatively weak tag team division. Hopefully, they don’t wallow and become the next Authors of Pain on the main roster.

Cedric Alexander

Cedric Alexander is the first wrestler to move from 205 Live via the superstar shakeup. Based on the number of four-star matches we’ve rated involving him, Alexander has a high upside. It will be nice to see him have the opportunity to face Raw superstars, like Seth Rollins and Sami Zayn. 205 Live has been jokingly referred to as wrestling purgatory. If Alexander does well, it’s possible Vince McMahon will be more open to smaller guys joining the main roster.

Andrade and Zelina Vega

Andrade is one of the best wrestlers in all of WWE. His move from SmackDown to Raw creates so many new matchups, including Finn Balor who he faced tonight. The WWE was smart to keep the dynamic duo of Andrade and Zelina Vega together. His English isn’t the best, but Vega is a fiery mouthpiece that can supplement and translate his passionate promos. If he’s allowed to move to the upper tiers of Raw, Andrade can be the biggest Hispanic superstars in all of professional wrestling.

Rey Mysterio

Speaking of Hispanic superstars, Rey Mysterio also moved to Raw from SmackDown during the shakeup. Many fans feel like Mysterio’s real home is SmackDown live. Unfortunately for them, he will have to make do with Raw for the next year. At least fans will likely get to see more great matches between Mysterio and Andrade. At this point in Mysterio’s career, he’s here to get younger talent over with the fans. Fans should appreciate everything Mysterio still does in the ring. It’s unbelievable that he can still keep up after decades of work.

The Usos

The Usos joining Raw was perhaps the most obvious move made during the shakeup. After losing the SmackDown tag titles last week, many assumed the brand switch was imminent. Raw has lacked tag team depth for over a year, and the Usos are in the discussion for the best tag team in the world. So, the Usos should really help that depth issue Raw has been having. Hopefully, the Revival stay on Raw, and an Usos-Revival feud can play out.

Naomi

Naomi will be joining her husband, Jimmy Uso. This seems like a nice move on the WWE’s part. Naomi has been on SmackDown live for the past two years. So this should be a good change-up for Naomi, who has faced everyone SmackDown Live has to offer.

The interesting thing about Naomi was her placement on the show. Amid reports that Sasha Banks is unhappy with WWE and threatening to leave the company, Naomi filled in as Bayley’s tag partner. The replacement isn’t final by any means, but it’s still unclear if and when Banks will be back.

Lacey Evans

After months of going back and forth on Raw and SmackDown Live, Lacey Evans is officially on Raw. Her gimmick of walking down the ramp at random moments and then walking backstage was paid off after WrestleMania when she attacked Becky Lynch. WWE sees a high upside in Evans, but many fans are already sour on her. If she can keep improving in the ring, maybe she can live up to their expectations. But then again, isn’t that what NXT is for?

Eric Young

Eric Young was the leader of Sanity. The group got called up last year and got minimal time on SmackDown Live. With them doing nothing, it was probably time to remove one member from the group. Young is the most likely to succeed on his own at this point. So, the WWE likely made the right choice to move Young from the group, instead of splitting up Killian Dain and Alexander Wolfe.

“The house that AJ Styles built” is going to have a new owner because Styles is now on Monday Night Raw. Over the past couple years, Styles has done everything imaginable on SmackDown, including a year-long championship reign. Raw will hold a lot of new challenges for Styles, especially when it comes to fresh opponents. Some possible new dream programs are with Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, and Braun Strowman. Fans have been wanting a feud between Styles and Rollins for a long time. A potential WrestleMania 36 match between the two in-ring generals would get fans excited.

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