Recent Team Academy Fight News

MMA Results:

  • John Castaneda has gone 1 – 1 since April 2018 with Combate Americas, winning his last fight at Combate 35: Combate Estrellas 3 defeating his opponent by an Arm Triangle Choke.
  •  Kazim Kahn Turned pro back in April 2018 and has gone 1 – 2, with his one win coming by unanimous decision with HFC 37 in Hammond, IN
  • Kaitlin Young Is 3 – 0 in her return to MMA winning her first fight by unanimous decision at Rizin 12 and her most recent win coming at Invicta FC 35 by referee stoppage in the 3rd round
  • Anthony Kromvig is 1 – 1 since March 2018, losing a tough decision at A-Town Throwdown 13. But he bounced back for a win at 3 River Throwdown 15
  • Grant Bolduan Lost his first fight at LFA 61 by decision but bounced back in his second fight to win at LFA 68 by referee stoppage in the 2nd round
  • Josh Fleck is 4 – 0 in his amateur career with his most recent win coming at 3 River Throwdown 15 by unanimous decision
  • Ryan Ferguson Has won his last 2 fights; at No Mercy 9 by unanimous decision and at A-Town Throwdown 14 by neck crank

Muay Thai Results:

  • Troy Jones: Is 3 – 0 since signing on with Glory. His 3 wins coming by 2 unanimous decisions and a KO 1:00 min into the first round
  • Tom Jenkins Is 3 – 2 since turning pro and lost a tough first fight with Glory at Glory 58: Chicago Superfight series by KO in the 3rd round
  • TBA’s 2019: Josh Fleck, Josie Lidberg and Bryan Beck all fought hard but lost their first fights of the tournament. While Sean Nonhof won 4 fights in decisive fashion to win the title in the Novice Light Heavyweight division

Team Academy Fight and Competition Results

MMA Results:

  • Nov. 10th King of the Cage – Black Bear Casino. Michael Jokondo lost by decision to Chris Collins
  • Nov. 11th Copa Combate 100k tournament – Cancun, Mexico. John Castaneda won his first 2 fights before losing in the finals
  • Nov. 12th – 18th IMMAF World Championships Tournament – Bahrain. Sean Stebbins won 3 fights to take home the bronze medal for the US
  • Nov. 22nd Victory FC – Waterloo, Iowa. Kazim Khan defeated Caleb Gall by split decision
  • Dec. 15th Legacy Fighting Championships – Mystic Lake Casino. Mike Richman lost to Jeffery Peterson by unanimous decision
  • Dec. 16th Victory Fighting Championships – Omaha, NE. Dan Moret defeated Alonzo Martinez by submission in the first round with a rear naked choke. Kazim Khan won his fight also. Defeating Jesse Rutherford by unanimous decision

BJJ Results:

  • Nov. 4th Grappling Industries – Blaine, MN Juanita, Jerry, Aneisha, Dylan, Noah, Jim, Tim, BJ, and Matt all represented The Academy well!
  • Dec. 3rd MNBJJF Winter Open – Irondale High School, New Brighton, MN. Team Academy took home several medals with Josh, Lad, Juanita, Alex, Zac, Lorenzo, Ryan, Jim, Aneisha, and Matt all performing well!


Contender Series: John Castaneda Sees Experience as Key to Success

Team Academy Winter Fight & Competition Results

MMA Results

Legacy Fighting Championships (1/20/2017)

  • Mike “The Marine” Richman lost to L. Stojadinovic by unanimous decision
  • Linsey Williams suffered a loss in her pro debut to Gabby Romero by submission choke in the first round
  • Kazim Kahn lost to Sean Strube by submission

Mecca IX MMA at Canterbury Park (3/4/2017)

  • Willie Budhram defeated Alphonse Weah by unanimous decisions for his second victory as an amature for a record of 2-0

Combate 14: Cinco De Mayo (5/5/2017)

  • John “Sexy Mexi” Castaneda defeated Chris Beal by TKO at 0:42 of the second round

LFA 12 Mystic Lake Casino (5/19/2017)

  • Linsey “Wonder Woman” Williams defeated Carmela James by unanimous decision for a pro record of 1-1

UMMAF National Tournament (5/30/2017)

  • Sean Stubbins Defeated Lachlan Kritsonis by unanimous decision in his first fight and defeated Shamar Perez by armbar in the championship fight to become UMMAF National Champion! He will be representing the USA in Bahrain in Nov. 2017

Muay Thai Results

Mecca IX Kickboxing Live at Canterbury Park (3/4/2017)

  • Kaitlin “The Striking Viking” Young Defeated Claire Baxter to win the TBA-SA Women’s Pro Super Lightweight World Title
  • Jessie Poolaw won by  first round TKO
  • Sarah Bishop lost
  • Shelby Pickard lost
  • Nora Schull lost
  • Will Thornton won by unanimous decision
  • Kuchlong Kuchlong won by first round TKO
  • Dustin Rupe won by unanimous decision

WMO World Championships – Bankok, Thailand (3/18/2017)

  • Nick Robinson lost to Brazil
  • Troy “Trouble” Jones won 2 fights against Brazil and Greece to bring home the championship

Mahasarakham, Thailand (3/25/2017)

  • Kaitlin “The Striking Viking” Young lost on points to Faaseethong Sit Sawung

Sinbi Fight Night – Bangla Stadium, Phuket, Thailand (4/16/2017)

  • Kaitlin “The Striking Viking” Young defeated Dao-Udon Sor Suchart by points

BJJ Results

IBJJF Pan Ams (3/15/2017-3/19/2017)

  • Kelly Johnson brought home the silver medal in his Black Belt division
  • Dan Moret brought home 2 bronze medals in weight and open weight Purple Belt divisions

MWBJJF Submission Hunt (5/13/2017)

  • Team Academy took first place in the adult team!

Fighter Spotlight: Troy “Trouble” Jones Jr. 2015 IMFA Royal World Cup Champion

Team Academy fighter left for Bangkok Thailand to compete in the IMFA Royal World Cup as part of Team US on August 12th – & he returned a CHAMPION!  After winning the TBA Sanctioning 2015 Class-A title & still being undefeated, he was selected to represent the US in Thailand. To get to the gold medal match Troy defeated 3 fighters from Ivory Coast, Finland, France. In the finals match Troy defeated a very tough fighter from Turkey. Minnesota now has it’s very own Muay Thai kickboxing champion!

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Team Academy Winter Fight/Competition Results

Another great season of competition brought with it both adversity and triumph. We’re so proud of all our Team Academy competitors that continue to push themselves and grow as martial artists in victory and in defeat! Here is a quick summary of this winter’s results:

Ben Smith RFA

Ben Smith taking the title!

MMA Results

RFA 24 (3/6/15)

  • Ben “Silver” Smith captured the RFA welterweight title with a TKO from punches
  • Dan Moret suffered a defeat by unanimous decision
  • Andre Tieva got caught on the receiving end of punches and lost his fight via TKO
  • CT Bailey took a loss in a unanimous decision

King of the Cage 17 (2/21/15)

  • Nick Compton defeated Brandon Jenkins via unanimous decision

A-Town Throwdown (2/13/15)


Sean Richman, victorious at WWFC

  • Jon Ebert submitted his opponent with a triangle choke in the 1st round, winning his amateur debut!
  • Anthony Rose lost his bout, tapping to a guillotine choke in the 2nd round

Dakota FC 20 – Winter Brawl (1/24/15)

  • Clarence Jordan lost his fight by unanimous decision
  • Jason Huntley suffered a close, split decision loss

World War Fighting Championship 17 (1/17/15)

  • Sean Richman finished his opponent in the 1st round by TKO
  • Nick Compton put up the second “W” of the night for Team Academy, securing a rear naked choke to win his fight in the 1st round

Chaos At Cantebury VI (12/20/14)


Nick Compton with the “W”

  • Nate Howe earned a victory from an arm bar submission in the 1st round
  • CT Bailey also edged out his opponent with a 1st round arm bar
  • Melvin Cruz secured the win by TKO/referee stoppage in the 4th round
  • Jason Huntley won out in a unanimous decision

KOTC Industrial Strength (11/22/14)

  • Clarence Jordan found himself on the winning side of a unanimous decision

A-Town Throwdown IV (11/15/14)

  • Hayden Buckner tapped out his opponent with a guillotine choke early in the 2nd round
  • Anthony Rose executed a beautiful knock out after just 14 seconds of the 2nd round


    A beautiful TKO by “The Marine”

Bellator 131 (11/15/14)

  • Mike Richman earned a swift TKO victory over Nam Phan, prompting a stoppage to the fight after just 46 seconds!

RFA 20 (11/7/14)

  • Ben Smith defeated his opponent via a unanimous decision after 3 rounds

BJJ Results

Submission Hunt (11/22/14)

Bergeron Subhunt

Team Academy grabbing gold at the SubHunt

  • The Academy competitors came out on top, winning several divisions and taking home the championship trophy for team points!

NAGA Chicago (11/1/14)

  • Another exciting and successful grappling tournament for Team Academy!

FIVE Grappling Tournament (10/18/14 – 10/19/14)

  • Brandon Bergeron took home gold in his gi division
  • Kelly Johnson was victorious, also taking the top spot in his division

    Troy Jones ESP

    Troy Jones celebrating the win with a proud team!

Muay Thai Results

ESP (2/21/15)

  • Troy “Trouble” Jones captured the ESP kickboxing title!

Team Academy Summer Fight/Competition Results

Dan Moret wins via Submission

Dan Moret wins via Submission

It was a jam packed summer for the competitors of Team Academy! The endless hours of training shone through, and in both victory and defeat, they displayed true respect and sportsmanship toward their fellow fighters. We’re incredibly proud of the members of Team Academy and can’t wait for more of the battles that this winter will bring! Here is a quick recap of the results:

MMA Results

  • RFA 19 (10/10)
    • Dan Moret won by rear-naked choke in the first round
    • Mike Zimmer lost his bout by unanimous decision
    • Nate Howe got caught in an arm triangle choke early in the second round
  • KOTC Magnum Force (9/28)
    • Andre “The Diva” Tieva won his fight by split decision
    • Clarence Jordan was victorious after a unanimous decision
  • Bellator 126 (9/26)
      • Mike “The Marine” Richman triumphed over Ed West, knocking his opponent out in the first round, a finish that has now been labeled as one of the best MMA knockouts of the year for 2014

    KO by "The Marine"

    KO by “The Marine”

  • Driller at 7 Clans (7/26)
    • Carl Deaton III won by TKO in the first round
    • Dustin Murphy secured a rear-naked choke in the first round, winning his fight
    • Michael Jokondo was defeated via rear-naked choke in the third round
  • Last Man Standing (7/12)
    • Jason Huntley won by TKO (knee injury) at the end of the second round
  • Shine V (6/30)
    • Jesse Midas lost his bout, suffering a TKO in the second round
  • A-Town Throwdown III (6/27)
    • Melvin Cruz edged out his opponent in a split decision victory
  • Mecca V (5/31)
    • Carl Deaton III won by guillotine choke in the first round
    • Sean Richman earned a submission victory due to strikes at the end of the first round
    • Linsey Williams won her fight by rear-naked choke early in the second round
    • Dustin Murphy was forced to tap out of a rear-naked choke in the first round

BJJ Results

  • IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championship (9/27)
    • Mike Wayman won the gold medal, becoming the IBJJF Pan No-Gi Champion
    • Greg McDermitt took gold in his weight class, following up with 3rd in the open weight division

Muay Thai Results

Troy Jones, the new Champ!

Troy Jones, the new Champ!

  • TBA SA (6/27 – 6/29)
    • Troy Jones became the Men’s Novice Light Cruiser Champion
    • Adam Hill, Art Harris, Hayden Buckner, Nora Schull, Sarah Bishop, and Tommy Matlon all fought hard and ended up with 2nd place in their categories. Andrew Yeh, Caleb Kolodge, Jeff Thao, Katie Vogel, Nate Kosberg, and Shane Chanslor also represented The Academy at the TBA
  • Live Kickboxing & Boxing (6/13)
    • Tom Jenkins was victorious in his fight
    • Tremayne Williams was defeated

Academy has a “Gold” weekend

Minneapolis, MN April 30th 2014

This past Saturday was an eventful one for the Academy’s BJJ competitors and MMA team alike.

Ben Smith

Ben Smith Driller SEG Welterweight Champ!

Downtown Minneapolis was the scene of an epic night of fights for Driller Promotions. Two of which were for the promotions welterweight & featherweight titles. Driller has grown to be the most prominent fight promotion in Minnesota and one of the top destinations for fighters in the entire Midwest.

Kicking off the night was Michael Jokondo (Brooklyn Center) at 130 lbs against Drew Breckling of Wisconsin. after 2 rounds of back and forth battling on the canvas, it was Jokondo taking home the win via triangle choke for the Academy against the wrestler in Breckling. This win moves Michael to 2-0 as an amateur.

Next up was Mikey Zimmer (Minneapolis) at 155 lbs against the veteran Rick Jackson (4-3). This one ended midway through the 1st round by rear naked choke from Zimmer. Who is bouncing back from being 0-1-1 in his last two efforts moving his professional record to (4-2-1).

In the nights Co-Main event The Academy’s timeless Nick Compton (Brooklyn Park) defended his featherweight strap against a tough (5-0) Jordan Neer of Iowa. The end came at 2:51 in round 1 by Arm bar. Nick Compton is now (9-3) professionally and could be headed to another crack at a  bigger promotion soon.

The nights Main Event help up to all the hype it generated. Ben Smith (Minneapolis) vs Nate Howe of Warriors Cove was a 5 round, very bloody,  submission war of attrition that can only be explained by watching the footage on youtube! in the end it was Smith claiming the Unanimous Decision and the welterweight Title. After his post fight speech it was revealed that Ben Smith now 10-1 will move on to Bellator’s 170 lb tournament late in the summer.

Also in action Saturday was everybody’s favorite Jacob Volkmann (Hugo). The chiropractor by trade picked up a win in Fargo, ND over (9-3) Danny white by tko in round 2. This fight was put together quickly due to his time off from WSOF (world series of fighting).


Ben Smith 9-2 (Team Academy) vs. Nate Howe (8-2) (Warrior’s Cove)

News, notes, & upcoming bouts

January Saw lots of action with Academy fighters Carl Deaton, Dustin murphy, Mikey Zimmer, Clarence Jordan, and several others that were in action.

juusolaJanuary 11th, Zach Juusola took teammate nick Compton’s place in a 155lb bout with local standout Codie Kahler. With the 2nd round tko victory “Juice” reminded everybody that he was the top dog at lightweight in Minnesota. With this win he earned himself a shot at a bigger profile fight.

Zach Juusola will join another Academy product Dan Moret on an RFA (resurrection fighting alliance) card march 7th in Lincoln, Nebraska. The main card will be broadcast  on AXS.TV. Dan Moret will take on Luke Sanders (6-0) of Tennessee in a highly touted featherweight battle. Juusola will take on Ultimate Fighter season 15 cast member Cody Pfister (10-3-1). It is unclear if this fight will be on the main card.

February 1st in Austin , The Academy amateur standouts Dustin Murphy & Melvin Cruz went to battle on another great local  Driller promotions fight card. Murphy lost due to submission while Cruz won his fight by tko in the 2nd round moving his amateur record to (4-1)

This Saturday February 8th Ben Smith will travel to Davenport, Iowa to fight for the Xplode fight series 170 championship belt. Xplode, out of California will pit Smith against a very tough Jason Louck.

More fight announcements and news will be coming in the next week.

Academy fighters in Bellator’s 10th season

Bellator begins its 10th season February 28th on spike TV. The main draw for this card will be former UFC champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. former Bellator 205lb champion Christian M’pumbu, but this night also kicks off the promotions featherweight tournament where The Academy’s perennial knock out artist Mike “The Marine” Richman looks to be the last man standing out of the 8 man tournament. In the first round Richman will take on Desmond green (10-2), which will be part of the Spike TV televised main card.

On March 21st Brandon Girtz will enter the lightweight tournament against Derek Campos in Kansas. This is actually a rematch for the two, who fought to a decision last year, Campos got the nod. Now spending some time training in Colorado under Trevor Whitman (Grudge MMA) Girtz will look advance in the tournament and reclaim victory over a former foe.

Academy Bantamweight Andre” The Diva” Tieva will also take part in the upcoming season for Bellator, though it is not certain of an exact fight date yet. Stay tuned as 1 or more academy fighters could also join this promotion.

Bellator season 10 will air on Spike TV Fridays at 9/8c starting February 28th.