Cyrus "Black Dynamite" Washington vs. Alex Berrios

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 Joe “Formiga” Cortez vs. Eric Peebles – Art of Striking

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This evening’s event is full of energy and excitement!  The first bout of the evening is Eric Peebles vs Joe “Formiga” Cortez. Both strikers come into the ring with intensity and power, ready to dominate their opponent. The first round started with Eric Peebles having the initiative and cornering Cortez, Cortez responded with intense combos that lead to two knock downs. Round two brings more action from Cortez who is trying to make up for round one. While Cortez tried he couldn’t push himself passed Peebles reach and spent most of round two in the corner. Round three brings Peebles coming out strong trying to win the judges over in the last round, his plan worked and he wins by TKO in the last round.

Winner: Eric Peebles

 Johnny “Speed” Garcia vs. Richard Grindle – Art of Striking

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The second match of the night is Johnny “Speed” Garcia vs Richard Grindle, both fighters are wishing to go home with the win for their pro debut. Garcia comes out of his corner strong trying to make his presence known in the ring. Grindle his opponent returns every blow with the same power both hoping for a knockout or a win by decision. Garcia and Grindle are two very evenly matched fighters who stayed close to one another trying to gain the upper hand. Round two was all about who had more stamina and would be able to last and come out stronger in the final round.

Is Garcia going to be able to keep this speed and corner Grindle? Both fighters are giving all they got to knockdown the opposition. The crowds excitement was heard when Grindle cornered Garcia and had him on the ropes. The match ended by unanimous decision giving Grindle the win.

Winner: Richard Grindle

 Avery Mcphatter vs. Warren Thompson

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The third match of the night after the previous bout is between Avery McPhatter and Warren Thompson. Warren enters the ring with the street fighter theme song making a statement about how this fight was going to go. Avery proceeded to pump up the crowd with his Techno entrance. This match and the following matches are all full Thai rules with elbows. The match started with a different pace with Avery and Warren taking a calculative defensive approach.

Warren had control in round one. Using his experience to feel Avery out and keep him at bay. Avery being an aggressive fighter tried to push Warren around. Round two started with Avery becoming even more aggressive trying to match Warren’s spike in energy. With the fight going on to too round three both fighters gave it their all and tried to win the judges or possible knockout their opponent. The winner was decided by split decision in favor of Warren “Fire Dragon” Thompson. Another great display of the art of striking.

Winner: Warren Thompson

 Chris Burgett vs. Michael Stripling

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The fourth match of this interesting and powerful evening consist of Chris Burgett vs Michael Stripling. Both fighters enter the ring with classic rock music.

First round displayed great movement and technique from both fighters. Round two started with Strippling rushing into the fight and getting countered which knocked him down. Burgett is in control in Round two, with both fighters trading strikes that leads to the first match of the night with blood in the ring.  By the peak of round three, you can see the stamina dropping from both fighters. With round three ending with no knockouts and tired fighters we took to the score cards to determine the winner. The judges declared Chris Burgett the winner of bout four.

With a ten minute intermission Bob Alexander welcomed the Chairman of MKM Knockout Promotions onto the stage to say a few words to the crowd.

Winner: Chris Brugett

 Johncy “The Kickboxer” Lindor vs. Johnny Baldridge

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After the intermission and the great display of passion from the previous fight, will Johncy Lindor and Johnny Baldrige be able to top the previous few fights? Johncy who has fought for Shin Do Kumate before is a tough opponent and Johnny Baldrige is hoping to break his winning streak. Johncy got the first major hit on Johnny throwing him of his track. Johnny recovers quickly though and continues to exchange with Johncy.

The crowd’s excitement went through the roof when Johncy landed his spinning back fist. Round two shows Johncy really targeting Johnny’s leg pounding the same area he hurt in round one. Johncy landed a low blow when his inside leg kick came too high; however, Johnny used this to fuel him and come back harder. Johnny answers with a shin kick knocking down Johncy.

Both fighters are relentless trying to show the judges they deserve the win.  Last round sees Johncy tearing down Johnny’s leg with continuous strikes forming a nice bruise. While Johnny showed lots of heart and tried to fight off the pain forming in his leg the winner was decided by TKO. Such a good display of the art of striking.

Winner: Johncy Lindor

Maros Pacan vs. John Morehouse

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John Morehouse enters to the tune of country music. Maros Pacan follows suit keeping his cool and staying focused on his fight. Morehouse from Wisconsin, is a fighter with experience and various knockouts on his belt.  His opponent Maros Pacan is making his pro debut from Slovakia. Morehouse is very precise on his spacing, while Pacan is trying on getting on Morehouse range.

The first round is very passive while both fighters start to feel each other out. Round two started with similar pace, but it picked up half way through. Pacan who is the shorter of the two fighters is slipping under Morehouse’s reach and taking advantage. With Morehouse not being able to keep Pacan away he has a hard time with his technique. The winner of this bout was decided by split decision in favor of Maros Pacan. Perfect display of the art of striking.

Winner: Maros Pacan

Co-main Event Alex Berrios vs. Cyrus Washington

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The co-main event of the night is between local fighter Alex Berrios and Cyrus “Black Dynamite” Washington. The crowd has been waiting for this moment where two World Class fighters meet and leave it all in the ring.  After the more passive action fight from the previous bout the crowd is ready for some heavy hitters. Alex Berrios will be fighting to take down one of the best Muay Thai fighters in the world Cyrus “Black Dynamite” Washington. Alex enters with Salsa and continues to dance into the ring showing he is confident and ready to fight, which perfectly portrays his style and personality. Cyrus comes out strong, but calm which just like Alex portrays the man he is out of the ring.

The fight starts with the fighters trading blows and Cyrus losing his balance. Alex keeps striking Cyrus with various kicks keeping him on the outside. The fighters are evenly match keeping the fight moving at exciting pace. Cyrus won’t budge and reciprocates with power. Round two starts with Alex Berrios attacking Cyrus’s leg, and Cyrus going for heavy blows trying to knock Alex back.

This grudge match has the crowd out of their seat. Both fighters are still evenly match and have a lot of stamina which only shows the training and caliber of each fighter. Round three begins with various trades of strikes each fighter trying to either knock each other out or win the judges in the last round. They proceed to keep trading blows and landing heavy strikes knocking each other down at one point and both quickly getting up.  Such a good show of sportsmanship, tradition, and passion. The winner was decided by unanimous decision with Alex Berrios winning.

Winner: Alex Berrios

Main Event Tony Leone vs. Pedro Cassoma

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The main event has a lot to top, which should be easy to do with dynamic fighters like Tony Leone and Pedro Cassoma entering the ring. Tony and Pedro introduction has the crowd screaming.  The main event started with relentless action and strikes Pedro who is new to Shin Do Kumate comes out strong dominating the first round. Both fighters are hungry for the last win of the night. Tony counters one of Pedro kicks and proceed to land three consecutive counter punches knocking Pedro back. Round two starts with an explosion of punches from Leone, while Cassoma goes with Kicks.

We start to see Leone slowly fade as Pedro makes his desire to win much known. This is the third bloody match of the night. Leone shin is a bloody mess from the kicks and blocks coming his way and the ones he is exchanging. Cassoma is getting the upper hand pressuring Tony more and more back into the ropes. Round three begins after they examine Tony’s shin. With him cleared to go Tony enters the ring with his trainer’s advice of just using his hands. Cassoma keeps pressuring Tony to the corner and his pressure is nonstop not giving Tony enough to breathe or execute his techniques. Winner was decided by unanimous decision with Pedro Cassoma obtaining his first win with Shin Do Kumate.

Winner: Pedro Cassoma

The night ended with wonderful displays of passion, heart, and skill. Showcasing again the best of the best Muay Thai fighters in the sport. We look forward to the next event and the next batch of devastating fighters.

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Shin Do Kumate XVII Fights Gallery – Art of Striking

Michael Stripling vs Chris Burgett - Shin Do Kuamte XVII

Strykerz presents Top World-Class fighters at Shin Do Kumate XVII this Saturday at 7pm at the Bradenton Area Convention Center – The Quest for the Greatest Martial Arts Warrior features high caliber professional Muay Thai fighters such as Cyrus Washington, Alex Berrios, Tony Leone, Pedro Cassoma and more.

Experience an exciting night filled with technical skills and knockouts. Strykerz Shin Do Kumate XVII brings  a new element to the combat sports world that MMA cannot bring to the arena. The co-main event is an anticipated grudge match between Cyrus “Black Dynamite” Washington, a fighter with over 100 fights, and Alex Berrios, another high caliber Muay Thai fighter from Tampa, Florida. The main event features Tony Leone vs. Pedro Cassoma, two highly talented strikers, whose hunger for the win will generate a climatic finale to the show.

Some of the most popular combat sports today are Muay Thai, Brazilian Jujitsu, Boxing, Kickboxing, wrestling, Judo, and mixed martial arts. Shin Do Kumate XVII offers an all pro bout card with a tremendous line up, this will be a great opportunity for fight fans who have yet to experience the true art and culture of Muay Thai and to watch it full force at a professional level. Muay Thai as a combat sport is the art of 8 limbs (8 points of contact). In addition to the jab and cross, there is also the left and right knees, elbow strikes, and leg kicks. In Muay Thai there is no ground fighting or grappling, just striking and clinches.

You can watch this exciting combat sport live if you live in the Tampa Bay or Manatee County area in Florida. This event is also available live Pay Per View via FITE TV internationally. Purchase Strykerz Pay-Per-View for $14.95. Click Here To Watch Shin Do Kumate XVII.

“We Don’t Tap Out, We Knock-Out”.

 

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Alex Berrios using a Muay Thai Technqiue

Alex Berrios will be fighting on Shin Do Kumate XVII. He will be facing no other than an experience and well known Muay Thai fighter Cyrus “Black Dynamite” Washington. The event will be taking place at Bradenton Area Convention Center. The date of the event is August 20th at 7pm. This fight will show the determination, passion, and skill that these two Top World-Class fighter have attain. Tickets are on Sale Now!

What attracted Alex Berrios to Muay Thai?

As a child I always looked up to boxers. When my family moved to East Asia, my father would tell me stories about Thai boxing on his travels to Thailand. It seemed like something out of reach and too hard for most people. I love the fact that I can compete in an art that I hold to such high esteem.

Tell us about yourself (single/married, kids, career, hobbies).

No children yet, and unmarried. Which leaves me with more time to tinker with my motorcycle, spend hours in the gym and hobbies including flying airplanes, learning computer programming, trail biking, and cooking. I really enjoy my day job as a mechanical engineer. I love that I design products thousands and thousands of people use everyday and overseeing the manufacture of my designs with a great company.

What surprises people about Alex Berrios?

I am very optimistic and fun loving. People would probably be surprised to learn that I am a full-time mechanical engineer and an instrument rated private pilot.

How long have you been training in Muay Thai?

I have been training Muay Thai since 2005.

What drives and motivates you as you train for your fight and what is it about Muay Thai that inspires you?

I am driven by the fact that I have one life to live and training muay Thai is the closest I can imagine coming to reaching my fullest potential as an athlete. There is a satisfaction and zen-like therapy associated with devoting myself to maximizing my abilities as a Thai boxer in the training for a fight. The benefits are manifest in every aspect of my life.

What are Alex Berrios goals?

Glory is seductive. It takes an ambitious person to devote themselves to fighting muay Thai in America for a tiny fraction paid to other professional sports that don’t work as hard or don’t have as much of their health on the line. I want to be a household name for my fighting achievements in this pioneer environment.

How has Muay Thai changed your life for the better?

I’ve never been more challenged physically and mentally than training and fighting in Muay Thai. It has enriched my understanding of myself. I used to think that things were inaccessible to me before I started fighting and now I have a supreme confidence in myself, probably to a fault. But I feel it has made me a respectful and happy human.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

Fun fact: I lived in Puerto Rico right before moving to Japan where I learn to fly airplanes on a military base. I can speak English and Spanish and conversational Japanese. Okay so maybe more than one fact in there 🙂

Cyrus Washington with the Fight Academy

Cyrus “Black Dynamite” Washington Ranked #8 in the World is Making a Statement at Shin Do Kumate XVII Fighting Against Alex Berrios

Top World Class Fighter – Cyrus Washington is ready to win his bout at Shin Do Kumate XVII versus non other than another Top World Class fighter. Alex Berrios a multiple title holder and well rounded  Muay Thai fighter representing Tampa Muay Thai. This match will take place at the Bradenton Area Convention Center on August 20th, 2016. Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster and Strykerz.com. For military, student, and city employee discounts, contact our corporate office at (727)573-8533. This match will determine who is ready for the Quest for the Greatest Martial Arts Warrior.

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Top World Class Fighter – Cyrus Washington aka Black Dynamite

Top World Class Fighter - Cyrus Washington - Muay Thai Ranked #8 in the world Black Dynamite – Cyrus Washington who is currently ranked # 2 in the US and # 8 in the world. ‘Black Dynamite’ has won various titles which include the WKA world championship, WMF Intercontinental Championship, Bare knuckle Championship in Myanmar and is a Former US WBC Super Middleweight Champ.

“My background in traditional martial arts has made me who I am today. As far as my wins by knock outs, which I do have a lot of knock outs from a back kick, which is not really a part of Muay Thai, but all the hard work and dedication to the sport. All the hundreds of kicks I throw a day, the Knees & Teeps, that is what I feel has moulded me in to the fighter I am today.”

Cyrus Washington’s accomplishments:

  • Black belt in WTF Taekwondo
  • Myanmar/Burma Bare knuckle Champion
  • 2 time PK-1 international champion
  • 1 time WPMF champion
  • Fought in Kings Birthday/cup 2008,2009
  • Queens birthday 2009
  • Toyota tournament 2010
  • Enfusion Kickboxing Reality muay thai Series
  • The challanger Reality muay thai series
  • The list of countries Cyrus has competed in includes; Suriname, America,
  • Australia, Russia, China, Thailand, Uzbekastan, Hongkong, Malaysia,
  • Myanmar/Burma

Additionally Washington ‘Black Dynamite’ has competed against some of the biggest names in the sport, including Jomhod Kiatadisak, Cosmo Alexander, Kaoklai kaennorsing, Nieky holzken and more.

About Top World Class Fighter – Cyrus Washington

I started Kenpo karate at around 5 years old with a friend of my moms who was into it and had been doing it a while. I was hooked even before that because I loved martial arts flicks; yes the wing chun kung fu ones. At 10 years old I was signed up as a birthday gift into WTF taekwondo and did that for 3 years – obtained my first degree black belt. After that my focus was split somewhat on girls, the streets and school sports (which I was always an above average athlete so regular sports were easy). In 7th grade i remember we did that thing where they say: “what do you wanna be when you grow up?” my answer was clear – “kickboxer”.

During this time my uncles (all 3) were boxers and one was a former pro boxer, he taught me to box – just the basics and then in 12th grade I started boxing at a local community center for about a couple months. I did more boxing about 5 years later and an amature boxing match which I won.

I did alot of training with a guy who “suggested” I could be ready for K-1 max in a year but he was full of shit – and was making money off me. This was my first lesson in the fight game and doing things for yourself.

While in school and then after school was finished i was getting into trouble like my peers and that was just normal for us, in our lives.
I got in to lots of trouble got sent to the Handlon Michigan Training unit for a while ,it was a place for troubled young men, got there and at first I was on the same path until after a while I started to change and realized there was a whole different world out there that I didn’t know about and wanted to check out. I decide K-1 was what I wanted to do, to be with the big boys. At this time I was 202 lbs from eating good meals and going to college and lifting like an animal. I could squat 505 lbs for 2 reps,real squats not half way or sissy squats.

I got home in 2005 turned pro in 2006 and have been in Thailand Fighting for the past 3 years. Ive had over 50 pro fights now and still have a lot to achieve and more fights to have. I am 43 wins 13 loses in Pro Muay Thai career – Including Fights at the Kings Cup, Bangkok and even Bare Knuckle fights in Burma (won a bare knuckle Burmese fight championship title),2-time wpmf pk-1 international champion.