Wisconsin State MMA Rankings 2012
(#1 Wisconsin 145, Rankings as of November 15th, 2012)
Morgan Sickinger Meets Matt Veal at SEG Lockout in Minnesota
One of Wisconsin’s most active competitors looks to continue a positive stretch this weekend in Minnesota. Morgan Sickinger, formerly ranked atop the state’s featherweight division, aims for his third win in four attempts when he meets Matt Veal at Sterling Entertainment Group’s “Lockout” card.
Known as “Captain”, Sickinger has been a staple of Wisconsin’s fight scene since 2007. Once holding the now defunct Konquer the Kage title and narrowly dropping a decision to Javier Vega in the Combat USA inaugural 145-pound tournament, the Unified Martial Arts fighter has constantly worked towards his goal of hitting the big time.
While a tough winless stretch of five fights has postponed the dream, Sickinger has recently regained some momentum winning two of his last three. Most recently, the wrestling-based fighter edged out Josh Kasee at Madtown Throwdown 28.
Tomorrow, Sickinger shoots for a win outside of his home state, something that has avoided him his previous two attempts. Standing across the cage will be experienced Canadian adversary Matt Veal. The Thunder Bay native is listed as having a record of 9-8 and some serious experience.
Having fought within Bellator Fighting Championships and Maximum Fighting Championship, Veal is no stranger to tough competition. He holds wins over Courtney Buck, Brian Learn, Derek Abram and more throughout his five-year professional career.
Expect to see to hungry fighters desperate for a win on when Sickinger and Veal scrap on Saturday night in Gopherville. Most likely, the fight will be determined on the ground, the aspect of the game where both fighters seem most comfortable.
(November 9th, 2012)
Madtown Throwdown 29
Postponed Until January 5th of 2013
Longtime Wisconsin promotion Madtown Throwdown had planned on returning to Madison next month for its 29th installment. Unfortunately, Pat O’Malley & company has been forced to postpone the card until January of 2013.
Confirmed to US Combat Sports early Thursday morning by Madtown promoter and figurehead O’Malley, a series of unrelated events & circumstances ultimately played into the decision to delay Madtown Throwdown 29.
While the majority of the roster had not yet been announced to the media prior to the cancellation, rumored participants included Mike Rhodes, Morgan Sickinger, Jake Frias, Jordan Winski, & more.
It is been no secret to fans of Wisconsin MMA that the scene has been trudging along over recent months. Most recently, the Madtown organization hosted a stellar card in August that unfortunately suffered a low turnout.
The Madtown Throwdown 28 event was in no way mentioned or discussed by O’Malley during the phone call with USCS, however, one would have to believe that the disappointing attendance numbers didn’t play favorably into the decision to delay.
Stay tuned to US Combat Sports for any breaking news regarding Madtown Throwdown 29 & possible matchups that may line the January card.
Sickinger vs. Kasee Set for Madtown Throwdwn 28
Two completely differing styles are set to clash next month at Madtown Throwdown 28 when familiar featherweights Morgan Sickinger & Josh Kasee throw down.
Having both tasted a great deal of success over a three-year span between 2007 & 2010, “Captain” & the “Manic Maker” have struggled since the inaugural Combat USA tournament championship that took place nearly two years ago.
Combining for only two wins in their past nine bouts, the formerly number one ranked Wisconsin competitors both look to enter the matchup on August 11 with much to prove as Sickinger & Kasee hope to right their proverbial ships at the other’s expense.
Outside of a kickboxing matchup against Gustavo Rodriguez at Fight Me MMA back in May, all has been quiet for Kasee as of late. Following a Combat USA bantamweight championship over Rocky DeLorme & a brutal head kick knockout over Chris Befera in the organization’s second go around, Kasee hit a roadblock after suffering a disqualification loss to Josh Sterry in April of 2011.
Since the defeat Kasee has been largely absent from the fight scene. Once a major player in Wisconsin’s featherweight division, it will be interesting to see if the Oneida native can rebound & once again stake his claim as the state’s elite 145-pound competitor.
Likewise, “Captain” Morgan Sickinger knows what it feels like to be at the top of Wisconsin’s featherweight bracket. Following an impressive 8-1 mark to begin his career Sickinger has faltered as of late going just 1-5 (with one No Contest) since June of 2010.
Most recently, Sickinger suffered a second round submission defeat at the hands of Jon Washington at Big Bully MMA back in May. The loss was only the second time Sickinger has ever been submitted, the first coming against Nick Agallar back in March of 2011.
With much to prove Sickinger’s wrestling-heavy skill set will be on full display against the Muay Thai prowess of Kasee come August 11. Styles make fights, & both fighters should be desperate to put on a show & get back into the win column at Madtown Throwdown 28.
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After Pennyslvania Commission Nixes Bout Against Lowe, Sickinger Agrees to Face Washington in Ohio
Next month was supposed to be an opportunity for Wisconsin featherweight Morgan Sickinger to take on UFC-veteran Waylon Lowe at Pure MMA in Pennsylvania.
However, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission decided that Sickinger’s record of 9-5-1 was too big a drop for Lowe’s mark of 12-4. A controversial and strange call to say the least, but the “Captain” has wasted no time in finding another opponent.
Confirmed by Sickinger’s Unified Martial Arts coach and manager Mike Biddle, the Wisconsin featherweight will instead square off against Jon “The Beast” Washington at Big Bully MMA’s “Get In The Cage” in Niles, Ohio on May 5.
Hoping to build upon his recent victory over former teammate Derek Griffin at Sheboygan Showdown 4 just a few months ago, Sickinger will likely rely on his strong wrestling background when he enters the cage against in Ohio.
Washington, a 27-year-old out of Buckeye MMA, began his career with four straight stoppage victories before dropping his last two bouts via decision. His most recent defeat came at the hands of Darrell Horcher at Pennsylvania Fighting Championships 6.
Although Washington does not hold the same recognition of a former Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor like Lowe, the bout looks to be another exciting opportunity for the always-game Sickinger. Stay tuned to US Combat Sports for results and any news regarding the Bully MMA matchup on May 5.
The Captain’s Crew
New T-shirt Design for Summer 2012
(April 18th, 2012)
Wisconsin State MMA Rankings 2012
(#1 Wisconsin 145, Rankings as of April 3rd, 2012)
Morgan Sickinger vs. Derek Griffin Sheboygan Showdown 4: Video
(January 14th, 2012)
Sheboygan Showdown IV Headlined by Sickinger vs. Griffin
Mixed martial arts has come back to Sheboygan for a good cause & with a fun fight card. Headlined by a featherweight showdown between former training partners Morgan Sickinger & Derek Griffin, Saturday’s Sheboygan Showdown “Fight For A Cause” features a heavily amateur card that includes some bright prospects.
Taking place at The Final Approach in Sheboygan, Jason Mills & Highland Fight Systems have put together a quality card sure to attract fight fans from the area. Two veteran fighters from the Fox Valley area, Griffin & Sickinger, will meet in the main event.
For Sickinger, the reports have been the same for his past few fights. After beginning the early part of his career in dominant fashion, the Unified Martial Arts fighter has staggered as of late. Outside of a kickboxing victory over Justin Echols in August, “Captain” has remained winless over the past 16-months.
Sickinger’s downfall started after a tough majority decision loss to Javier Vega in Combat USA’s tournament debut, a defeat that the wrestler has not been able to shake. Most recently, the former Konquer The Kage champion dropped a decision to Mike Richman in Minnesota.
Likewise, Griffin has faced his own form of adversity as of late. The HIT Center competitor has dropped four of his last five fights, with his most recent coming at the hands of Joao Bosco at Sheboygan Showdown 3 in August. Safe to say, both fighters will be in desperate search of a win.
“Both these guys trained together for years & are very good friends & this will answer to both guys who will actually win when we fight each other,” said Sheboygan Showdown’s Mills. “These are the two biggest names & biggest fighters from the Manitowoc-Appleton area & they will finally throw down.”
(January 13th, 2012)
“Captain Morgan” Sickinger Walk Out Banner
(January 5th, 2012)
Who’s Next Combat Championship 10 (WNCC) Hits Saturday, Headline:
Sickinger vs. Echols
A night of kickboxing action returns Saturday in the form of Who’s Next Combat Championship 10.
Located at Perl’s Country Inn just outside of Fond du Lac, the card consists of 12 fights & features a main event between Morgan Sickinger & Justin Echols. Other notable competitors include Bill Finn, Jim Klimczyk, & Lucas Staehler.
The night’s feature bout showcases two fighters coming off of losses to the same opponent. Sickinger dropped a split decision MMA bout to Jimmy Zidek at KOTC “Compression Test” last month while Echols lost to “The Daywalker” at WNCC 9 in June.
Doors are set to open Saturday at 3 pm. while the fights are scheduled to start at 6:30 pm. Check out the entire lineup below:
Morgan Sickinger vs Justin Echols
Lucas Staehler vs Dylan Copesky
Jim Klymczk vs Jeff Behnke
Mike Ottesen vs Mike Niemojuski
Aaron Drowse vs Andy Miller
Bill Finn vs David Ceranowski
Seb Ramirez vs Kane Richardson
Nick Lafave vs Vee Kongon
Jessica Lawrence vs Steph Brennerman
Kyle Kaufmann vs Marshall Williams
Brad Morrisey vs Jesus Melendez
Derrick Schwartz vs Mike Lambrecht
(August 25th, 2011)
(January 9th, 2011)
Wisconsin State MMA Rankings 2010
(#1 Wisconsin 145, Rankings as of August 4th, 2010)
Morgan Sickinger discusses #1 ranking and upcoming Combat USA Tournament
Sickinger: “I have a lot of respect for Bill Krieg (founder of FVGC), it is a great fit for my 20 years of wrestling experience.”
USCS: “What do you say to those that say your Konquer The Kage Featherweight championship win over Brian Learn was controversial?”
Sickinger: “I had escaped 4 or 5 of his armbar attempts. He (Learn) was gassing in the second round and was trying to end the fight as fast as he could. I don’t think it was controversial. I worked my butt off for that fight.”
USCS: “How do you feel about your upcoming fight with Ken Sitsler?”
Sickinger: “I am at 100% for this fight.”
USCS: “What do you know about Sitsler?”
Sickinger: “We started around the same time about 5 years ago. We were going to fight then but it never happened.”
USCS: “Are you worried about Sitsler’s reach advantage?”
Sickinger: “No. I have been training with taller fighters all who outweigh me, so I am ready for him.”
USCS: “What will be your keys to victory?”
Sickinger: “My agility, speed, and strength, I am ready to fight on my feet or on the ground.”
USCS: “What do you think of the rest of the Combat USA Tournament?”
Sickinger: “I am very excited for it. I am hoping for an all FVGC final! I am excited to watch my friend James Peterson’s fights.”
USCS: “How did you get the nickname ‘The Captain’ ?”
Sickinger: “(Laughs) I have been called that since I was a kid, we tried it for some of my early fights and just stuck with it.”
USCS: “What are your interests outside of MMA?”
Sickinger: “I work at the YMCA as a personal fitness trainer, I have a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science. I graduated in the Spring of 2009, so now I am able to dedicate more time to MMA now that school is over.
USCS: “So how do you see this fight ending?”
Sickinger: “I want to finish the fight as soon as possible, but I am ready for it to go the distance. I am dedicating this fight to my friends and family, and to Kevin Geitner, and I would like to thank John Sitt, he is my striking coach who comes up from Chicago every Monday and to FVGC I think we are the #1 or #2 gym in the state, we are like a family.”
The Manitowoc native is ready for his Featherweight battle against Ken Sitsler at The Rave Eagles Club on June 18. Morgan Sickinger is a humble young man with a bright future in MMA. He is also looking forward to a possible fight in November to unify the KTK belt against Joe Blake.
Wisconsin State MMA Rankings 2010
(#1 Wisconsin 145, Rankings as of June 2nd, 2010)
10 Questions With Morgan Sickinger
By: Darrick Patrick
Darrick: What was the journey that led you to professional mixed martial arts competition? “The Captain” Morgan Sickinger is a professional mixed martial artist who has appeared in organizations such as Combat USA, Freestyle Combat Challenge, and Titletown Combat Championship.
Morgan: My journey started out as a child when I was enrolled into a Karate class because my local area grade school did not allow any children below the age of six to wrestle. It was after about two years of Karate that my father decided to enroll me into the Manitowoc-Two Rivers Wisconsin area wrestling programs. I was enrolled into two different area grade school programs at that time. I then continued to wrestle all through high school and am currently completing my last season of college wrestling.
However, it was about four years ago that one of my good friends and old assistant high school coach Bret Duer competed in his first MMA competition for KTK. I was immediately interested and asked him how I could compete as well. He pretty much gave me the heads and said he thought I would be a great candidate for competing in this sport. I then competed in my first MMA competition for KTK and ended up beating Sam Thao, who was number six in the world, via rear naked choke. This match was at 145 pounds and at the time I had no idea or even knowledge as to how or when Sam Thao was going to go on to become as successful as he is today.
It is my belief that by me winning my first MMA competition I became addicted. I now train primarily through the summers and spring months as my off season conditioning for the collegiate wrestling season. I am planning after this season to begin training year round and see where my career will take me over the next couple of years.
Darrick: Who are some of the people that greatly influenced you while growing up?
Morgan: I would have to first off say my father Michael Sickinger and grandfather William Behnke, who both have greatly influenced my life simply due to all the hard work they have done over their entire lives. They have encouraged me to be successful in whatever I do – whether it is my college studies, wrestling, or me competing in a mixed martial arts competition. However, my mother is not too fond of it to this day, simply due to the injuries I have been through and still overcome to succeed. My dad still supports me, but has yet to step into a building when I compete due to a family choice. My other two influences are both my cornermen Bret Duer of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and John Sitt of Chicago, Illinois. These two have helped me and been by my side for almost (if not all) of my competitions and would do anything if I asked them to.
Darrick: What does a typical training session for you consist of?
Morgan: My normal training sessions are usually very intense and consist of lots of high intensity sprints, stand-up drills, ground and pound, various wrestling styles, BJJ, MMA conditioning classes, explosive weightlifting (not bodybuilding) and long cardio runs. I substitute various styles of MMA throughout the week during my different training seasons, so I can often accommodate what style of fighter I may be competing against in my upcoming competitions. I have learned that the more well-balanced of a fighter I am, the better I will become in any given situation that I may encounter.
Darrick: Any words of advice for other individuals looking to train in MMA?
Morgan: “Adversity causes some men to break and others to break records!” Which one will you pick? Also…”Obstacles will always come up, but how you choose to learn and overcome them is entirely up to you!” — Morgan M. Sickinger
Darrick: Who are a few of the people in the sport that you highly respect?
Morgan: I respect almost any mixed martial artist, as the common public is often not aware of all the dedication and time we actually put in to be successful at this professional sport. I also really respect Urijah Faber, Matt Hughes, Randy Couture, Rodrigo Vaghi, Michael DeRoehn (college WR coach), William Krieg (FVGC owner), Charles Gruber (FVGC coach), Ken Popelka (FVGC WR coach), Bret Duer, and John Sitt. I also would like to thank Fox Valley Grappling Club (FVGC) out of Appleton, Wisconsin for all their teachings and opportunities they have given me over the last couple of years.
Darrick: What brings you the most fulfillment out of martial arts?
Morgan: I believe I receive fulfillment out of my mixed martial arts career just due to the fact that I have another way to reach out to help others. I enjoy anything that takes lots of dedication, as well as seeing the fruits of all the hard work I put in day in and day out. I also believe it is one of the greatest stress relievers an individual can acquire both physically and mentally.
Darrick: Outside of MMA, what are your other interests?
Morgan: I like to collect a lot of different things such as Marvel comic books, coins, and various wrestling t-shirts. I love to hunt deer, but often do not have a lot of time since it’s during the wrestling season. I enjoy just being able to have a good time with friends – such as going out to dinners, movies, or sporting events. I also get a kick out of doing things that are high risk and often cause adrenaline rushes. I like to be very spontaneous and have excitement surround me at all times.
Darrick: What is your oldest memory?
Morgan: Well, one of my oldest memories is a bit frightening due to it being a near death situation at the age of only a few months old. I guess I decided to venture away from my parent’s house and into our dairy barn. Here I happened to be highly entertained with my parent’s breeding bull. I suppose I decided to crawl on into his pen and began to play as if it were no big deal. My parents ended up finding me and were scared shitless as I was being sniffed up and eyed by the bull. It’s a wonder or miracle as to why this bull didn’t simply decide to trample me over or what not. I was basically the size of an ant to him.
Darrick: If you were stuck in a bomb shelter for the rest of your life, what three items would you take in with you besides food and water?
Morgan: I would bring with me the Holy Bible, a friend (male or female), and also a pen or pencil.
Darrick: Tell us something about you that most people don’t know.
Morgan: I am a very compassionate and caring guy. I will put almost all other’s problems or success before mine. It is my goal in life to improve all other’s physical fitness, as well as mine, and to also use my life experiences and knowledge to benefit anyone that is willing to let me help.
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