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Cooperider Defeats Longood For Amateur MMA Supremacy

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 4/22/2013

The top two amateur mixed martial artists at 145 lbs in Ohio finally met in the cage Saturday evening in a catch-weight bout for Buckeye state supremacy. Marion's Quinton Cooperider was considered the top amateur in the state at any weight class entering the fight with an unblemished 9-0 career, while Mansfield's Josh Longood was ranked second in the featherweight division at 5-0.

The two have tried to meet in the octagon before, as recently as three weeks ago in Cooperider's home town of Marion for Longood's 145 lb belt in Revelation Fight Organization. The event fell through however, and the amateur super fight was moved to Fredericktown High School within Extreme Adrenaline Championships fight organization.

Because the fighters were forced to keep their weight down for an extra three weeks, the fighters agreed to meet in a non-title fight at a catch-weight of 150 lbs as the co-main event on an exciting 12 fight card.

In the waning hours before their fight, both Coop and the Honey Badger say they try to remain calm and keep their heart rate down before making their entrance into the cage. Longood says he tries to remain calm even after the door locks and the fight is in session, while Cooperider describes the moments leading up to a fight as "beautiful" and something he loves and hates all at the same time.

After the two finally met face to face in the cage on Saturday, the fighters exchanged an impressive showcase of striking before Coop took Longood to the ground with a stifling double leg and controlled the remainder of the first round from top position. The second round was more of the same with the Honey Badger demonstarting his kickboxing skills and Cooperider utilizing leg kicks and jabs to fill out his opponent before taking Longood to the mat and working the ground and pound. Then again in the third and final round Coop took the fight down to the mat and controlled Longood before unleashing a flurry of punches in the closing seconds of the match to secure a unanimous victory.

Cooperider says that he will now move on to the professional ranks to chase his dream of one day becoming a champion in MMA's most revered organization, the UFC. At just 22-years of age, as a veteran of 10 amateur fights on big stages such as the NAAFS, the Arnold MMA festival and Ohio American MMA Championships, Coop is well on his way to becoming a star in MMA. Cooperider says he has been in contact with Bellator, the second largest MMA fight organization in the USA, but will likely take a couple of pro fights on smaller cards before making the jump to the "big time".

As for Longood, trainer J P Pocock says they will simply work harder on take down defense to help ensure Josh doesn't spend another fight predominantly on his back and that he will come back a better fighter. The Honey Badger is still an impressive 5-1 in his amateur MMA career and holds the R.F.O. featherweight title.

   

  

   
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