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Rakim Thorpe, headlines CFN 12, will try to go to 3-0 this Friday

Rakim Thorpe is a 24-year-old retail manager who comes to Atlanta

Rakim Thorpe
Rakim Thorpe

from Freehold, New Jersey. Thorpe is currently 2-0 in his amateur MMA career with previous wins coming out of National Fighting Championship (NFC), an Atlanta-area MMA promotion.

Thorpe, an up-and-coming MMA fighter in the Atlanta area, shares the main-event slot at Corporate Fight Night 12 with his 48-year-old opponent, Vee Johnson.  Check back later this week for more on Johnson.

CFN 12 takes place on October 21st at the Georgia Aquarium.

AtlantaFights.com had the honor of asking Thorpe a few questions before his headline bout later this week.

AtlantaFights.com: What do you do for a living?
Thorpe:  I’m currently a Manager in the retail industry, but I have a degree in Sports/Entertainment/Event Management. I hope to someday get the opportunity to utilize my skills in the Sports Industry.
AtlantaFights.com: Why did you decide to jump into the ring?
Thorpe:  After school it was hard for me to find work so to stay busy I worked part time, and decided to try my luck at MMA at a local gym in Gwinnett. I was hesitant to go back after the first class because I was so out of shape, but I kept going. And here I am right now. Headlining as the Main Event for Atlanta Corporate Fight Night 12.
AtlantaFights.com: What sort of experience in the ring do you have?  Have you had other fights?
Thorpe:  I’ve only been in this sport for about a year and a half now, but I have two fights under my belt. I’m currently 2-0 in the NFC (National Fighting Championship).
AtlantaFights.com: What do your fellow co-workers think of what you’re doing?
Thorpe: They love it, and they are very supportive. Whenever it’s time for me cut out bad eating habits, my employees are always bringing me healthy snacks. And trust me, cutting weight on the job is not easy as one can get irritable when your on a extremely strict diet.
AtlantaFights.com: What does your family think about you jumping into the ring?
Thorpe:  My mother loves it.  My grandmother despises it. [chuckles]  She thinks that it’s too dangerous, and she doesn’t want me to get hurt. Everyone else in my family is pretty stoked about it too. They are proud of me, and it feels good.
AtlantaFights.com:  What do you consider your fighting style?
Thorpe: Everyone I’ve come in contact with in the sport has labeled me a wrestler, but my boxing and Muay Thai is coming a long very nicely. Like I said, I’ve only been training for a year and a half. I’m neither a counter puncher nor the aggressor, I feel that I just have “the eye.” There is a time and a place for everything in this sport, and it only takes a split second for a fighter to slip up and lose a fight. I trust my instincts and training to get me through my bouts.
AtlantaFights.com:  Do you have multiple trainers or do you have just one person that’s helping you out?
Thorpe:  I train with X3 Sports in Atlanta, we have multiple trainers at each of the locations. Our team training sessions are held by Tony Tucci & Gabriel Kitober.
AtlantaFights.com: What do you make of your Vee Johnson?
Thorpe:  I know he’s a brown belt in Jiu Jitsu, but I’m not worried because I’m confident in my wrestling as well as my take down defense. My stand up is just another element that he will have to deal with. Much respect to him, but this is a fight at the end of the day. I am here to take it to him.
AtlantaFights.com:  Are you going to have a strategy for Johnson?
Thorpe:  Of course I do, but strategies change. The great ones have to be able to adjust on the fly. I don’t want to give anything away but I will have to execute come fight night if I want to move to 3-0.
AtlantaFights.com:  What should fans expect out of you on October 21st?
Thorpe:  Well, I go into every fight expecting a war so fans should too. I’ll be in attendance in warrior spirit, I’ll see you at the fights!

Get your tickets here.

Check out the latest CFN 12 fight card here.

NFC 86: Another impressive show by National Fighting Championship

National Fighting Championship (NFC), based out of the Atlanta area, is a premier MMA promotion in the Southeast of the United States.  Formed in 2002, the organization has been putting butts in seats at their events for quite some time now.

Last Saturday night was no different for the NFC who hosted their 86th event at a packed Center Stage venue.  The event showcased a 10-fight card that include MMA, Muay Thai, and grappling.  The main event was a welterweight title fight between Champion Dave Vitkay and Jared Gooden.

If you haven’t experienced an NFC show and you are into MMA or any sort of combat sports, I would highly recommend getting to an upcoming event, especially if they keep the show at Center Stage.  To me, it’s the perfect-sized venue for a regional fight show.  There’s not a bad seat in the house.  You’re right on top of the action regardless of your vantage point.  And, the acoustics/crowd noise makes for an intense fan experience.  If you spend a little bit extra you can even buy VIP table seats that put you on the actual stage for some of the best views of the cage.

As for the production value of the show; I was quite impressed with that as well.  The first fight started at 8:30pm and the last fight ended around 11:30pm.  The event had a very steady pace and didn’t seem rushed nor where there dull moments.  The announcing was solid and fighter intros were quick and to the point.   Overall, it’s clear that this was not this promotion’s first rodeo.  It was a well put together event that is well worth the money to any MMA fan.

When it comes to the matchmaking / fight card itself, I was again impressed by the NFC’s choices.  I really can’t think of a fight that I was overly disappointed with.  Each bout was exciting and maintained the action throughout.   Each of these fighters were hungry and were, no doubt, looking for finishes.  In my opinion, the co-main event had my vote for Fight of the Night honors.

Again, if you are a die-hard MMA fan in the ATL, get to an NFC show ASAP.  Their next event, NFC 87, will take place on September 30th, at Center Stage Atlanta.  Go to www.nfcfighting.com for more information.  Tickets can be purchased here.

NFC 86 Fight Card Results: 

  • Mason Sheats (148) vs Rakim Thorpe (149): Thorpe wins 29-27 by all judges

  • Laguna Davis (171) vs John Lutz (174): Davis wins via TKO

  • Sean Kilgus vs Quentin Rosenzweig (Grappling Only): Rosenzweig gets the heel hook submission in 38 seconds. On to the Eddie Bravo Invitational for Rosenzweig on September 11th.

  • JB Hopkins (163) vs AJ Weatherby (164): Hopkins via unanimous decision.

  • Zach Wolf (136) vs Austin Childers (137): Wolf wins via unanimous decision.

  • Brandon Longano (156) vs Robert Patakfalvi (154): Longano via RNC submission in round two.

  • Luke Neyland (147) vs Jaral Bowman (145): Bowman wins via unanimous decision.

  • Aaron Conway (193) vs Jeremy Wallace (196): Wallace wins via TKO in the second round.

  • Wesley Barnes (156) vs Joe Elmore (159) Co-main Event: Barnes wins via unanimous decision.

  • Jared Gooden (170) vs Champ Dave Vitkay (171) Main Event – Welterweight Championship: Vitkay wins via unanimous decision and remains NFC welterweight champion

AtlantaFights.com live updates from NFC 86 are here.



NFC 86 Live Updates


Atlanta Fights will be providing live updates throughout the night.

Fights start at 8pm

7:15pm – Doors are open.



Mason Sheets (148) vs Rakim Thorpe (149):


R1: Good kicks early by Sheets, but Thorpe controlling from the ground and clinch. Round ends with Thorpe dropping Sheets with overhand right.

R2:  Thorpe outstriking with good GNP and the clinch, but less action in round.

R3: Sheets gets his first TD in the fight and ends up in mount.  After a barrage of body shots, Sheets goes for the armbar and loses position.  Thorpe ends up on top at the end of the round.

Decision: Thorpe wins 29-27 by all judges

Laguna Davis (171) vs John Lutz (174):


R1: Good jabs by Davis. Definitely the quicker fighter. Excellent combinations.

R2:  Good exchanges early. Vicious knees by Davis puts Lutz to the floor. Lutz gets back up and Davis returns to the onslaught. Davis just too much for the 45-year old Lutz.

R3:  Davis continues pushing forward with knees and punches. A couple knees to the body drops Lutz once again.  This time Lutz stays down.

Decision: Lutz wins via TKO

Sean Kilgus (TBD) vs Quentin Rosenzweig (TBD): Grappling only


R1: Both fighters scrambling and end up dueling for leg submissions, but Rosenzweig gets the tap.

Decision:  Rosenzweig gets the heel hook submission in 38 seconds. On to the Eddie Bravo Invitational for Rosenzweig on September 11th.

JB Hopkins (163) vs AJ Weatherby (164):


R1:  Weatherby having success early. Hopkins picks up the pace late. Pretty even round with lots of action.

R2: Hopkins is the aggressor in this round.  Winning the clinch exchanges.  Much better round for Hopkins.

R3:  Could be the deciding round. Hopkins is man-handling the longer fighter, Weatherby. Both fighters slowing.

Decision:  Hopkins via unanimous decision.

Zach Wolf (136) vs Austin Childers (137):


R1:  Wolf having success with kicks early. Wolf is maintaining a dominant position against the fence for about a minute before getting the TD.

R2:  Wolf continues pressure against the cage. No answer from Childers so far. Very little striking / damage done by wolf but winning the grappling/clinch battle. Childers locks in an armbar late, but Wolf is saved by the bell.

R3:  Childers tries to exchange but Wolf is winning the grappling exchanges. Wolf gets another TD.  Late kimura attempt by Childers, but Wolf defends.  Wolf ends round ontop issuing some ground and pound.

Decision: Wolf wins via unanimous decision.

Brandon Longano (156) vs Robert Patakfalvi (154):


R1:  Quick early exchange on the feet. Patakfalvi gets the TD. Doctor comes in to assess a cut over Longano’s left eye.  Good to go.  Patakfalvi maintains top position, but Longano stays aggressive with submission attempts. Patakfalvi defends.

R2:  Patakfalvi wins striking exchange early. Longano locks in a guillotine.  Patakfalvi escapes and maintains top position. Longano getting the better of Patakfalvi in striking exchanges midway through.  Leads to  Longano TD.  Longano secures an RNC and taps Patakfalvi.

Decision:  Longano via RNC submission in round two.


Luke Neyland (147) vs Jaral Bowman (145):


R1:  Nut shot to start things off. Even in early exchanges. Bowman has the better combos. Neyland showing the better kicks. Very little clinching in the round.  Tough one to score.

R2: Neyland comes out much more aggressive; staggers Bowman. Bowman recovers and wins several exchanges midway through. Bowman staggers Neyland. Another tough one to score.

R3: Bowman comes out the aggressor. Bowman winning the round midway through with more damage. Neyland on his heels as the round nears the end.

Decision: Bowman wins vis unanimous decision.

Aaron Conway (193) vs Jeremy Wallace (196):


R1:  Conway immediately gets the TD into side guard, then to the back. Conway attemps an RNC, but Wallace scrambles out. Conway gets Wallace back to the ground. A kimura attempt allows Conway to get into mount. Another scramble. Wallace winning the striking exchanges late.

R2:  Wallace gets the TD to start. Conway attempts a kimura, but Wallace defends. Wallace stays in ground n pound mode the whole round. A barrage of strikes by Wallace stops the fight.

Decision:  Wallace wins via TKO in the second round.


Wesley Barnes (156) vs Joe Elmore (159) Co-main Event:

R1: Elmore starts off with a flying knee. Barnes clinches. Elmore brawling with power whereas Barnes looks like a Muay Thai technician. Elmore drags him to the ground and gets his back and attempts an RNC. They scramble and then Barnes gets Elmore’s back. Good fight. Barnes winning late with clinchwork. One final takedown to end the round for Barnes.

R2: Barnes gets it to the fence quickly. Muay Thai clinic so far. Elmore looks tired. Elmore turtles up and Barnes gets the back. They scramble. Elmore is fighting back but can’t break from the fence.

R3: Back to the fence for more Muay Thai for Barnes. Elmore connecting with powerful overhands late.  Both are winging punches. Back and forth to end the round.  Could be fight of the night.

Decision: Barnes wins via unanimous decision.

Jared Gooden (170) vs Dave Vitkay (171) Main Event – Welterweight Championship:

R1:  A scramble to start. Gooden get the back and goes for RNC. Vitkay sweeps and gets top position.  Ground n pound ensues. Vitkay picks up and slams Gooden. A kimura and guillotine attempt by Vitkay. Vitkay loses a point for kick to grounded opponent.

R2: Gooden pressures Vitkay against cage and gets the TD.  Vitkay gets TD in a scramble. Power slam by Vitkay.  Ground n pound by Vitkay to end the round.

R3:  Gooden gets top position in a scramble to open round. Vitkay reverses position.  Fighters stood up.  They exchange. Back and forth battle. Vitkay gets the TD late. Vitkay powerslams Gooden as round and fight ends.

Decision: Vitkay wins via unanimous decision and remains NFC welterweight champion



It’s Fight Week in Atlanta – NFC 86 on August 27 @ Center Stage

It’s been a sad few weeks in the Greater Atlanta area if you’re an MMA fan.  The last major show in the market was UFC 201 on July 31.

The good news is that over the next several months, die-hard fight fans will get a consistent opportunity to see some live shows in the area.

Although it’s hard to compare the UFC (the mother-of-all MMA promotions) to some of the regional shows, but if you haven’t been to a local fight, you really should give it a try.

To me, there’s nothing more fun than seeing some of the regional shows up close and personal.  It’s an opportunity to see fighters before they potentially make their way up through the ranks and possibly to the Big Show.  And normally there’s not a bad seat in the house in the smaller venues that are typically used.  It’s a great way to support local MMA while at the same time, seeing a live event at a pretty reasonable price.

Here’s a list of Atlanta-area MMA shows that are happening in the near future.

The first event on the list will be hosted by National Fighting Championship.  Here’s a little more info about that upcoming show.

Show Date: 8/27/16

Event Name: NFC 86

Venue:  Center Stage Atlanta

Ticket Info: Here  (Note:  This show is close to being sold out)

Promotion Website:  www.nfcfighting.com

Time: Doors open at 7pm, First fight starts at 8pm

Featured Bouts: Welterweight Champ Dave Vitkay (#1 Georgia Ranked at 170) takes on number-one contender Jared Gooden (#3 Georgia Ranked at 170).  Followed by a co-main event between Joe Elmore (#3 Georgia Ranked at 155) and Wesly Barnes (#10 Georgia Ranked at 170).  Video preview of the main event is here.

Fight Card:






Check out NFC’s preview video for NFC 86 on Aug 27

National Fighting Championship is back in action on August 27 at Centre Stage Atlanta.    Get your tickets  here!  Doors open at 7pm / Fights start at 8pm.  Fight Card below

Welterweight Champ Dave Vitkay (#1 Georgia Ranked at 170) takes on number-one contender Jared Gooden (#3 Georgia Ranked at 170).  Followed by a co-main event between Joe Elmore (#3 Georgia Ranked at 155) and Wesly Barnes (#10 Georgia Ranked at 170)

NFC 86 Fight Card:

*** Main Event – NFC Welterweight Championship – Dave Vitkay vs Jared Gooden
*** Co-Main Event – Joe Elmore vs Wesley Barnes
*** Jeremy Wallace vs Aaron Conway
*** Devorius Tubbs vs Baraq Hunter

*** Pro K1 Rules – Luke Neyland vs Jaral Bowman

*** NFC GA Middleweight Championship – Emmanuel Osho vs D.j. Wilson
*** NFC GA Lightweight Championship – Robert Patakfalvi vs Brandon Longano
*** NFC GA Bantamweight Championship – Austin Childers vs Zachary Wolf

*** Rakim Thorpe vs Mason Sheats

*** Jb Hopkins vs Adrian Weathersby

*** John Lutz vs Laquan Davis
*** Jahmar Whitehead vs Nick Ferguson
*** Riley Johnson vs Dhanraj Gajjar

Quentin Pablo Rosenzweig vs Sean Kilgus