February 22nd, 2009  |  Published in FIGHTER NEWS  |  19 Comments

The crowd was into this fight from the start as it featured two local heroes in Kyle “The Alley Cat” Baker against Levon “The Maynman” Maynard. Hats off to both these guys for putting on one of the best fights of the night. This was a pretty even match from start as both fighters were landing shots from the clinch with Maynard edging out the first round by landing the heavier and cleaner shots to the head and body of Baker.


Round two started pretty much the same way with the two fighters going to the clinch. Both fighters were landing knees and punches when at about two and half minutes into the second round Baker slipped a clean shot through that staggered Maynard. Baker sensed his opportunity and started firing shots while Maynard tried to recover. The fight was stopped by the ref at 2:57 of the second round.


Maynard told us after the fight that he knew Baker had a strong clinch game but was surprised at his stamina in the clinch. “I got sucked into the wrong game plan and wasn’t expecting him to be as strong as he was”, Maynard told an interviewer after the fight. “My arms started to feel a bit heavy from all the clinching and Kyle was able to slip a shot through… he was stronger than I anticipated.” Maynard went on to say, “I would love a rematch on this one as fast as possible, I know I am a more technical and rounded fighter than Kyle but I got caught up in trying to brawl with him and that’s his game.”

We would be interested in setting this fight up again as well… this fight is a great fight between 2 local names that bring fans from all over the area.

SuckerPunch would like to congratulate Kyle Baker on his performance and hopefully we can put on another show for the crowd soon.

We would like to recognize Jesus Didn’t Tap and Gamma-O, Knockout Brand Clothing, Critical, Freedom Bail Bondingand BFN for taking the chance and supporting the rising stars in the SuckerPunch stable. Through supporting tomorrow’s stars sponsors like them truly help evolve this sport.


  1. Mike C. says:

    February 22nd, 2009at 7:40 pm(#)

    Saw the fight on sherdog. Good fight Levon, keep your head up. Would pay to see a rematch!

  2. John says:

    February 23rd, 2009at 12:32 am(#)

    Agree with Mike C. was a good fight but you’ll be on the win side again real soon.

  3. DaNzo says:

    February 23rd, 2009at 1:36 am(#)


  4. tyburn says:

    February 23rd, 2009at 6:32 am(#)

    I’m sorry that you lost your match Levon. I name an Allocasia after you to cheer you up 🙂 you can see pictures of him in the blog above LOL

  5. Buff Daddy says:

    February 23rd, 2009at 8:12 am(#)

    It was Rick Mccoy. the guy has a bad reputation and it didn’t surprise me to see that.

  6. mike H says:

    February 23rd, 2009at 9:29 am(#)

    levon keep your head up. i was at the fight and you were a much better rounded fighter then kyle. with his hands down i was waiting for the punch or kick that put him out…. after the fight it was disappointing to see how mma institute reacted not only by rick but by his students in the crowd just for me cheering on levon i was getting yelled at and threats thrown at me.

  7. DaNzo says:

    February 23rd, 2009at 9:44 am(#)



  8. Embarrassed MMAI student says:

    February 23rd, 2009at 9:56 am(#)

    I watched online as well and I thought both fighters did great. I was very disappointed to see how Rick acted and it has caused me to rethink being associated with MMAI. Keep moving forward Levon and I apologize to the management at Sucker Punch, Levon and everyone who saw that display of unprofessionalism.

  9. dave says:

    February 23rd, 2009at 10:06 am(#)

    Rick McCoy is an ass and he showed it.

    Why any fighters would sign with him is beyond me. You guys should push for a rematch! i’ve seen Levon fight and know he is a better fighter than Kyle. Rick has now made this personal and I would love to see you get this one back no matter what show its in!

  10. Brian says:

    February 23rd, 2009at 10:51 am(#)

    No comment on Rick’s actions…

    We would love a rematch!

  11. Big D says:

    February 23rd, 2009at 11:24 am(#)

    Was at the UWC and have to say it was a great show!

    Were my eyes deceiving me or did this McCoy fellow flip Levon and his corner the middle finger after the fight!? I was there with my girlfriend and her brother and we all thought it was pretty disgraceful to see that.

    Levon I hope to see you fight again soon, that was an exciting fight and you and your group showed real class.

    To Suckerpunch, you guys continue to impress me with the way you operate and the stable of athletes you represent. Still giving credit to Levon’s opponent after the display his camp put on shows you have the moral high ground. I applaud you for that and best of luck you you and your team.

  12. Andrew Correa says:

    February 23rd, 2009at 1:58 pm(#)

    Good fight guys, unfortunately just one of you guys could win, bad days good days…re-match? yes,why not?

    Good luck!

  13. Phillip "The Wicked" Wyman says:

    February 23rd, 2009at 3:25 pm(#)

    Keep your head up brother, that was a great fight and I am still a huge Maynman FAN! I know you will train hard and keep your sites on the next opponent. A rematch would be sweet too. Take care and I will talk to you soon.

  14. Foose says:

    February 23rd, 2009at 5:34 pm(#)

    Rick Mccoy sounds like a genuine Ass. I didn’t have an opportunity to watch the fight online, but when you have students from MMAI coming on here apologizing for his unprofessional behavior, well that speaks volumes.

    I’d love to see a rematch as well

  15. Nate says:

    February 23rd, 2009at 8:00 pm(#)

    Still one of the baddest welterweights out there! looking forward to seeing you back!

    You think they would take a rematch? I think they would avoid it it knowing they took a big risk the first time. IMHO.

  16. Paul says:

    February 24th, 2009at 2:46 pm(#)

    LeVon Maynard is one of the finest gentlemen in sports. He fought well on Saturday, and a rematch with Baker would be epic. I can’t wait for LeVon’s next fight.

    A BIG Thank You to Buffalo Wing University for setting up the whole crew with some fine food after the fights. When in Northern Virginia, visit Buffalo Wing University.


  17. Zach Davis says:

    February 25th, 2009at 10:47 pm(#)

    Great fight Levon, back and forth and the crowd loved it. I was damn impressed by the clinch work, looked exhausting. Levon you are stil the same beast of a welterweight and Im excited to see more out of Kyle Baker.

    I thought my eyes were deceiving me after the fight. Levon has often been accused of being too nice (his bio even said painfully polite i think). One would be hard pressed to think of anything negative he has said or shown in his actions and to see such flagrant disrespect after two professionals athletes just went through a war together disgusted me. To insult someone at their weakest moment is cowardly and completely uncalled for.

  18. LeVon "The Maynman" Maynard says:

    February 26th, 2009at 10:44 am(#)

    Thanks to everyone for showing your support. It was a tough fight. I give a lot of credit to Kyle for putting on such a great fight. I really hope that I get a chance to rematch him in the future.

    Kyle has a very pressure driven clinch that he uses to impose himself on his opponent. I got too caught up in his game and neglected implementing my own game plan. I tried to muscle him around too much and as a result my arms got heavy and I got caught with a punch that dazed me and caused a stoppage.

    It was also unfortunate that Kyle’s cornerman showed so much disrespect to my cornermen and I after the fight. I couldn’t help but think about my family (including my Mom and girlfriend) that were in the audience and had to witness it. I have always tried to carry myself in a respectful and dignafied manner. I don’t have any enemies in this world, that I know of, so it was even more shocking to me to hear about his actions.

    Besides the lost and the upsetting display from Kyle’s cornerman I had a blast out there at GMU and at Buffalo Wing University afterwards ;p I definitely want to give a shout out to everyone that came out to support me at the Patriot Center and watched me online at home. Big thanks goes out to all my sponsors as well…Freedom Bail Bonding, Jesus Didn’t Tap, Fight! Magazine, Gamma-O, Big Frog Nutrition, Knockout Brand Clothing, Legend Cage Fighting, Critical Fight Gear, and SuckerPunch Entertainment. Dang that’s a lot of people lol. Stay tuned for my next fight because I plan on getting even stronger. Cya soon.


  19. Knockout brand says:

    March 10th, 2009at 10:29 pm(#)

    Saw the fight Levon. You win some…you lose some. Either way, We’re proud to be your sponsor!




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