Global Knockout (GKO) hasn’t wasted any time in overhauling Northern California’s MMA market as a leading promotion. Highlighting GKO’s ambition to create another ‘Super’ card for their springtime show—GKO 9 on March 18, 2016, Joe Cortez, the matchmaker, decided to, partner ‘Super’ Sam Toomer (10-1) and Anthony ‘The Shark’ Avila (13-4).
At GKO 7, Toomer’s last call to action in over a year, he squared off with Team Alpha Male’s Adrian Diaz (9-4-1). A three fight win-streak, before Toomer snapped it, and possession of the featherweight belt at Tachi Palace Fights evidenced Diaz’s dominance in the region at 145-pounds. Aside from Diaz’s accolades, Toomer demonstrated, for the duration of their fight, a superhuman resiliency, endurance, and an unquestionable desire to succeed. The judges awarded Toomer the unanimous decision, and GKO’s brass incentivized the performance of these athletes with: Fight of the Night.
Constantly evolving between the walls of MMAGOLD’s headquarters: Urban Sprawl Fitness, Toomer embraces the opportunity to derail Avila, another member of Team Alpha Male, while on his trek toward MMA’s supernova of possibility. Avila’s initial steps into the fight game left a trail of cold bodies in his wake, though a chunk of recent recent losses checkered a nearly spotless record. When Avila returned to competition at RFA (Resurrection Fighting Alliance) 42, after a layoff similar to Toomer’s, he defeated Cody Bollinger (19-7) before you could say: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
He’ll change in the designated locker room, not a phone booth, and the tattoo on his chest isn’t a gigantic letter S; but when Toomer reappears at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort for GKO 9, spectators filling the Grand Oaks Ballroom will be enticed by his supernatural skill set.