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Philadelphia, PA -- Locked in the Cage ( have announced their full card for Locked in the Cage XI on Oct. 6, 2012 in New Kensington at the brand new 'Locked in the Cage Arena' (3824 Jasper St).


Current Battle Cage Xtreme Flyweight Champion Nick Cottone (7-2) will go one on one with the always exciting and tough Brandon Inskeep in a bout that will crown the inaugural Locked in the Cage Flyweight Champion. The co-main event will feature Daddis Fight Camps Jeff Cressman (4-3) as he takes on the Muay Thai expert and Revolution Academy's Justin Dalton (6-5) in a Number 1 Contender's bout for the vacant Locked in the Cage Bantamweight Championship.


I'm breaking down barriers in MMA for the local scene in the public eye. History is going down October 6th at the Locked in the Cage Arena.” ,said Locked in the Cage CEO Fran Evans Jr. “I'm getting butterflies like I did when I used to fight myself. All these fights from top to bottom should be fight of year candidates. Nobody that comes to Locked in the Cage 11 on October 6th will be disappointed.”


Nick Cottone is 7-2 and has a pretty impressive list of victims on his record. Cottone has beaten the likes of UFC Bantamweight and Flyweight Louis "Goodnight" Gaudinot (6-2) and "Kid Thunder" Tuan Pham (4-5). A title win over a very game Inskeep could shoot him into a spotlight shined by the UFC.


“Cottone is no joke at Flyweight. He's fought against a couple bigger guys at Bantamweight and lost, but at Flyweight this kid is a force to be reckoned with.” began Evans. “We’re definitely excited to have Cottone back on a Locked in the Cage card. Cottone is a very talented fighter and certainly has the skills to make it into the UFC. Then again, Brandon Inskeep is no pushover as well. He's had some very impressive wins himself, and pretty much all of his losses were against some very tough opponents. I could definitely see this fight going either way.”


The co-main event, will feature two extremely exciting fighters in Jeff Cressman and Justin Dalton. Cressman, a Locked in the Cage veteran, is currently on a two fight winstreak. "My prediction for this fight, is to come in there and fight hard. I plan to win. I never go into a fight thinking I'm going to lose." Cressman continues, "A dedicated and driven Jeff Cressman is someone nobody wants to get in the way of. I can tell Justin, this is going to be a tough fight. This isn't going to be an easy fight for you. Be prepared for a battle."


Dalton has trained all over the country, most recently at the Revolution Academy. Dalton has trained Muay Thai since he was a young child, and it shows in his fights winning 5 of his 6 via Knockout or Technical Knockout, but he has been working on his ground game as of late. Dalton says, "I'm both mentally and physically prepared for whatever the fight brings. My opponent [Cressman] is a well established grappler and is a great fighter, but I'm ready for anything and everything he decides to do. My prediction is I will win wherever the fight goes. Whether I Knock him out, submit him, or win a decision I'm coming out on top."


 Other pro fights include rising prospect, Brazen Boxing & MMA's Tom Backman (1-0) vs. James Carrow (2-0); and a New York vs. New Jersey battle, as well as their professional debuts between Kenny Rivera and Daniel Carbonel.


Additionally, Locked in the Cage XI on Oct. 6 will feature a stacked amateur undercard headlined by an Amateur Locked in the Cage Welterweight Title fight between Stephfond Ewins (4-0) and Randy "Rude Boy" Brown (2-0).


Information regarding tickets are at . For additional information on the event, please visit or "like" the Locked in the Cage Facebook fan page at .


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Locked in the Cage XI (11) early preview

Article by the Philadelphia MMA Examiner Kyle Holdsworth from
I previously wrote an article about how the longest running MMA promotion based out of the Philadelphia are, Locked in the Cage, was returning to Philadelphia (article here). Locked in the Cage took some time away from Philadelphia, and put on a couple shows in Feasterville, PA. With a whole new arena now, Locked in the Cage is ready to come back to the City of Brotherly Love, and with a bang. Locked in the Cage XI (11) is taking place on October 6th at the new 'Locked in the Cage Arena' at 3824 Jasper St. The main event of the stacked fight card will crown a new Locked in the Cage Flyweight (125 lbs) Champion.
Nick Cottone (7-2) has been a very impressive Bantamweight (135 lbs) fighter. He's fought even higher than that weight as well, but recently he has fought at Bantamweight. Cottone is a local area fighter and has beaten the likes of Tuan "Kid Thunder" Pham (4-5) and the TUF 14 number 1 Bantamweight pick for Team Bisping and current UFC Flyweight fighter, Louis Gaudinot. Back on October 21st of last year, Cottone was in the main event of Locked in the Cage 9, against former Strikeforce fighter Billy Vaughan (11-12) for the Locked in the Cage Bantamweight Title. Cottone was controlling the fight until he got caught with a big punch that rocked him. Vaughan took advantage of the opportunity and submitted Cottone soon after, winning in upset fashion. Cottone with another shot at a Locked in the Cage Championship, this time Flyweight against Brandon Inskeep, will certainly be looking to get the job done this time around.
Brandon Inskeep (5-7) has also fought at Bantamweight in the past. He went undefeated as an amateur going 5-0, finishing all his fights in the first round. Four of those fights he finished by submission. Since turning pro, he has been a little bit inconsistent with his victories. In his last fight, Inskeep looked extremely impressive though, taking out Kenneth Crowder via Guillotine Choke in under 2 minutes. A win for Inskeep over someone like Nick Cottone will definitely make a statement in the Flyweight world. Out of a combined 21 fights for both men, only 3 of them have gone to a decision. Make sure you don't blink during this fight, you just might miss the ending.
Also happening at the big return of LITC in Philadelphia, is the return of Philly's own Gemiyale "Baby Hercules" Adkins (7-3). Adkins spent some time down in Albuquerque, NM training with the likes of current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon "Bones" Jones, "Cowboy" Donald Cerrone, and some of the other fighters down at Greg Jackson/Mike Winklejohn's gym. Adkins has fought at many weight classes, but this upcoming fight he's trying his hand at Lightweight (155 lbs). "Baby Hercules" is always in exciting fights, so this will be another one you won't want to miss.
The following are the rest of the card that will take place on October 6th. Some match-ups are finalized yet, and as always the card is subject to change:
Paul Felder vs. Kenny Gaudreau
Rami Ibrahim vs. Lonnie Price III
Jeff Cressman vs. Terrance Kinney
Darryl Madison vs. Kasheem Peterson
James Carrow vs. Andre Maracaba
Sylvain Bynum vs. Daniel Francisco Tavares
Brian DeMuro vs. TBD
Amateur bouts
Edward Shupe vs. TBD
Franny Kubach vs. TBD
Robert Fitzgerald vs. TBD
and many more...
This event is going to be a huge event for Locked in the Cage and Philadelphia MMA. The event will take place at the new Locked in the Cage Arena, and with the top local MMA talent in the area this fight card is going to be stacked. Tickets start at $35 and go up to just $85, a price well worth these fights. For more information contact Locked in the Cage CEO Fran Evans at (267) 216-7438 or go to their website at .

October 6th
Locked in the Cage is FINALLY returning to Philly on October 6th

Article by the Philadelphia MMA Examiner Kyle Holdsworth from
Locked in the Cage, the longest running Philadelphia based MMA promotion, is finally returning to the City of Brotherly Love. The past few events Locked in the Cage has been putting on some stellar shows just outside of Philadelphia, in Feasterville, PA. Hybrid Fights One and Locked in the Cage X (10) were both stacked cards that took place at the Sportsplex in Feasterville. Finally, Locked in the Cage is coming back to the city where it all started, and coming back in a big way. Locked in the Cage is bringing three out of their next four events to their new venue, The Locked in the Cage Arena, from October – December, starting with Locked in the Cage XI (11) on October 6th.
Locked in the Cage hasn’t had an event in Philly since Locked in the Cage 9 on October 21st, 2011. It’ll be almost a whole year when they grace the new Locked in the Cage Arena with some of the best local MMA fighters on the scene today. The fight card for this October 6th event isn’t fully done yet and there are still fights to be worked out, but the likes of Gemiyale “Baby Hercules” Adkins, Jeff Cressman, Rami Ibrahim, Kasheem Peterson, and Nick “Killa B” Cottone are all scheduled to be on the card as of right now. Of course as always, the card is subject to change.
As previously stated, Locked in the Cage is coming back to Philly in a big way. Not only will Locked in the Cage be back with Locked in the Cage 11 on October 6th, but they will have 2 more shows taking place on November 17th (Locked in the Cage 12) and December 15th (Locked in the Cage 14) at the Locked in the Cage Arena. Locked in the Cage XIII (13) will take place on November 30th but in Chambersburg, PA. More details on the Chambersburg, PA show will be released at a later date.
October 6th is going to be an absolutely epic night for Philadelphia MMA. Locked in the Cage is going to bring the roof down that night, with one of the most stacked fight cards in local MMA recent memory. They Locked in the Cage Arena is located at 3824 Jasper St, Philadelphia, PA, 19124. If you’re a fight fan from or from around the Philadelphia area, the Locked in the Cage Arena is where you will want to be on October 6th, November 17th, and December 15th. For ticket information, head over to .

Locked in the Cage X (10) early preview - by Kyle Holdsworth

Locked in the Cage is back once again ladies and gentlemen, with Locked in the Cage X (10). Once again, just like the last event, this one will take place at the Sportsplex in Feasterville, PA. The last Locked in the Cage event was a little bit of an experiment. Hybrid Fights One had a mix of Muay Thai Fights along with MMA bouts. The fights were amazing as usual (HYBRID FIGHTS ONE RESULTS ARTICLE HERE), but this time around Locked in the Cage is going back to their roots. There will be strictly MMA bouts for this event, and some exciting bouts at that. Of course the card is subject to change, but if all goes well this fight card will be stacked.
The scheduled main event is a Heavyweight bout between “Brutal” Brendan Barrett and Joe Stripling. Barrett has a 5-5-1 professional record, most recently defeating J.A. Dudley via Verbal Submission in just under 2 minutes. It was an important victory for him because, his last fight before that he lost a close Majority Decision to Dudley. Barrett has fought and unfortunately lost to 3 fighters who have made it to the big show, the UFC. He lost to elite UFC Middleweight Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch by submission, another elite UFC Middleweight Costas Philippou, and TUF 1 alum Alex Schoenauer (his fight with Shoenauer was in the IFL, so it does not count on his professional record). His opponent, Joe Stripling, is a Locked in the Cage veteran with a 6-3 record, and is currently on a 4 fight win streak. By the time he steps into the cage against Barrett, he will not have fought in over a year and a half. It will be interesting to see if ring rust will play a factor in this match-up.
The headliner fight has a familiar face to TUF 9 fans. Frank “The Tank” Lester (5-5) was on the 9th season of The Ultimate Fighter (UK vs. USA). Lester won his fight to get into the house, but lost his next one to James Wilks via armbar in the 2nd round. Fortunately for him, a fighter had to pull out of his next fight which gave Lester another chance, which he took full advantage of beating David Faulkner after the 2nd round, when Faulkner wouldn’t answer the bell (Lester lost a couple front teeth in his mouthpiece in that fight). This set up a rematch between Lester and Wilks to be able to go to the finals of the season for their respective weightclass. Wilks went on to defeat Lester in the 3rd round, and went on to defeat DaMarques Johnson in the finals to win that season for his weightclass. Unfortunately since the show Lester has gone 2-4, but is looking to get back to his winning ways. His opponent, Kasheem Peterson, is 3-1-1 fighting out of the Philadelphia Fight Factory, but is originally from Brooklyn, New York. He is on a 3 fight win streak all, of them finishes. Peterson has also been out of action for almost a year and a half though. Once again, it’ll be interesting to see if ring rust plays a factor in how this, sure to be exciting, fight goes down.