SHADOE SLOYER NOW
PRO, FINISHES FOTY,
THEN FOTN, NOW, OFF TO
BY CAMERON CHRISP/ IOWA BEAT DOWN/ DES MOINES, IOWA
*This report sponsored by PATTON EUGENE PHOTOGRAPHY, IOWA BEAT DOWN
Shadoe Sloyer, a loyal fighter for Brutaal Genesis MMA, earned Fight of the Year (2017 prior to last bout), then Fight of the Night in his last fight as an AMMY, which now has earned him a spot at DONALD CERRONE’S GYM(UFC), in New Mexico, where he will begin PRO MMA career. As I write, Sloyer is moving, actually, just finished up with his going away party. Going 4-1 in 2017, and 1-0 in 2018, Sloyer has been accepted to live and train at DONALD CERRONE’S GYM/RANCH long term, where Cerrone’s staff will manage his PRO career to a certain degree, as I understood him, which will free Sloyer’s mind, and allow him to focus on improving. Currently his sister has been taking over the management duty, untill he gets to New Mexico. Sloyer was born in Missouri, at 13 moved to Florida, where he began Martial Arts. Sloyer has most recently resided in Cordin, Iowa for the duration of his Ammy MMA career. Sloyers last bout Recently was a Main Event bout vs Blue Belt, Phil Lumley for which Sloyer earned FOTN honors. Not a bad way to close out an Ammy MMA career, and help build stream for the next level. Shadoe is expecting to be fighting all over the world soon, but will wait for his coach, to give him the green light.
Sloyer started Martial Arts, not long after coming home from school with a black eye. As a result, his dad put him in a Okinawan Karate, which over time, lead Sloyer then, to MMA. Now a PRO, Sloyer initially caught my interest when I witnessed his ruggedness in person, at Brutaal Genesis MMA (Mid 2017, in Des Moines, IA). On that night Sloyer was not planning to fight, then, deciding to be a last-minute replacement, found himself suddenly trying to bum trunks from someone, reform a used mouthpiece, and warm up. Fighting the clock his bout was next.
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“I still didn’t know what this guy looked like. As I’m going into the cage I’m like God damn, that dude’s fuckin huge! The dude was ripped, heavy, and had a 6 pack.(unsure opponents actual weight) I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little intimidated, but once I get in the cage, I’m in my own world, and just ready to fuck people up.”
With consideration that Sloyer was in a fight, unexpectedly, an opponent not prepared for, unknown, and much bigger, messed up mouthpiece, and other peoples clothing to fight in, and absolutely no game plan, or time to talk about first, with all those last-minute distractions Sloyer fought a smart fight, instantly making his bigger opponent bleed badly, a good portion of the fight, as Sloyer had cut Roddish early, Sloyer lost a decision, in a great back n forth which was up, and down, eventually won Fight of the YEAR for, then most recently, in his last bout, earned Fight of Night, in the Main Event bout, which lasted only seconds, as Phil Lumley shoot in, and Sloyer instantly grabs a modified guillotine, which ref stepped in, after Lumley was out. When I inquired about Sloyers perspective on this bout, he went on to add..
“I didn’t know what to expect out of this guy (replacement-Lumley) because I was looking forward to fighting Tyler Richardson, who had previously beat up my boy Owen last year, and knocked him the hell out. Since everyone had been sayin Richardson has got those hands, and good stand up, I was hoping we could put on a good show. I don’t know what happened. He couldn’t or wouldn’t do, I’m not sure. So they found me another opponent in Lumley. All I had heard was that he(Lumley) was from the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in Des Moines, a blue belt, I thought this might be a decent fight, until someone told me he was a kickboxing coach also. I thought, even better, he’ll probably wanna keep it standing. So, ya, it didn’t go how I thought it would. I threw an inside leg kick, and noticed he (Lumley) was shooting down, but had his neck way out (exposed) and I just wrapped my arm around it, kept a hold of it, put one shin on his chest/abdomen and the other, behind him and used a modified choke. I looked up at the ref and said I think he’s out. The ref said oh, shit and stepped in.”
When I (FBMMA) asked Sloyer how he come to chose Cerrone’s place he explained
“It was supposed to be like a week vacation, then, since like high school I’ve been a huge Cerrone fan, just a die-hard fan for him, so we were trying to get into contact with his (Cerrones) manager, Martha. We started talking, and found out the prices were actually pretty affordable (training/shelter, we just started making preparations, saving money and planning to move down there. This has been a dream of mine since I was 13. I’m just gonna be eating, sleeping, and training. 100% dedication. I have my family helping me out with this camp, since it’s such a big opportunity, we are all pitchin in together to help this dream happen.”
Sloyer wanted to thank his supporters, friends, and family for their support, and is excited to get started asap. Keep tabs on Shadoe’s progress in the future, u can find him Facebook.com.
*courtesy of IOWA BEAT DOWN, PATTON EUGENE PHOTOGRAPHY
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