Ferreira was later discovered by the legendary fighter Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort, who took him in as his own. Ferreira began training with Belfort, ultimately becoming his protege. He would later fight under Belfort on the inaugural season of “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil,” and was also the "TUF" overall winner in the middleweight division.
A professional fighter since 2007, Ferreira is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, in addition to being a Capoeira master. He currently trains out of MMA Masters located in Miami Florida.
We are proud and honored to have Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira as the first athlete sponsored by Rogue Republik Combat Apparel!
A carpenter by trade, John Cooley was born in 1986, in Derry, a rough area in Northern Ireland. Cooley’s father and grandfather were his idols. They all shared the love of boxing, and the lessons learned inside and outside the ring. Once he saw a good friend box at the St. Joseph’s Boxing gym, he knew it was a fighter’s life for him. He stayed there, eventually becoming a seasoned amateur with over 90 bouts under his belt.
Once he made it over to America from Ireland he wound up training for a time at the Legendary Gleason’s gym in New York. It was here at Gleason’s where an unnamed boxing aficionado was shocked by the heavy hands, and the huge “Bam Bam” sound coming from a relatively smaller fighter. From there on the nickname “Bam Bam” Stuck.
Irish John "Bam Bam" Cooley won his pro debut, beating Roberto Martinez by unanimous decision, outscoring Martinez in all 4 rounds. He currently trains out of the Main Event Boxing Gym in Tampa Florida, under head coach Jim McLoughlin.
We are proud and honored to sponsor John “Bam Bam” Cooley as a member of the Rogue Warrior Tribe.