Thursday, January 17, 2008

Evolution Fighting Championships: Schaumberg, Shaner, and Downes on the card

This Saturday will be a homecoming weekend for West Bend’s Gary Shaumberg. Fresh off his win at Gladiators 48, newly crowned GFS 145lb Featherweight Champion Gary Schaumberg looks to return to action this Saturday in his hometown of West Bend. Schaumberg is (2-0) as a pro and recently defeated Derek Griffin of Team Vaghi/Fox Valley Grappling Club in Appleton, Wisconsin for the vacant belt by rear naked choke in the first round.

With an amateur MMA record of (3-1-1) Schaumberg made his professional debut at Gladiators 47 in October. He faced Jordan “Hard Knocks” and won the fight via a unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the bout (29-28).

Schaumberg is not defending his Gladiators title and will be fighting on the card of a non-local promotion called Evolution Fighting Championships. Schaumberg will be fighting Pete “The Piranha” Vandervort. Vandervort is listed as a Denver, Colorado resident and sport a (4-3) MMA record. Vandervort fights out of 3D martial arts and all four of his wins have come in the form of armbars. Schaumberg fights on the Roufusport team in Milwaukee.

Reese Shaner

Reese “Old Man” Shaner of Waukesha MMA will also be fighting on the card. Reese Shaner most recently defeated Andre Buffenbarger of Fort Wayne, Indiana in the first round via TKO (referee stoppage) at Gladiators 48 last month. The “Old Man” is riding a five-fight winning streak, winning all of his fights in 2007.

Shaner (9-4) faces off against Eric Adams of Minnesota. According to, Adams has an MMA record of (1-2). If Shaner is in top form again like last month and brings his super-human strength it will be a long drive and a short fight for his opponent Eric Adams.

Danny Boy Downes

Roufusport fighter, Danny Boy Downes was nominated several times in Wisconsin Combat Sports – Best of 2007 Awards including Best KO, Best Striker, and Striking Match Of The Year. This Saturday he will fight in an amateur Muaythai kickboxing bout against Nick Marti. Most recently Danny Boy defeated Mike Biddle of Unified Martial Arts at the Combat USA show last month. Downes threw a high left head kick into a spinning back kick to the throat of Biddle ending the fight early in the second round.

Here is a card of bouts for the evening:

EFC: Evolution Fighting Championships
Ke-West Sports
West Bend, WI

Gary Shaumberg vs. Pete “The Piranha” Vanderwort

Sherron “Rob Roy” Leggett vs. John Sergeant

Tim “The Archangel” Nixon vs. Cruz “The Saint” Chacone

Reese "Old Man" Shaner vs. Eric Adams

Amateur Muaythai Bout

"Danny Boy" Downes vs. Nick Marti

I attempted to contact the promoter to get an updated and complete card. He never returned my e-mail so I apologize for any inaccuracies that may present.

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