Sean Santella Returns to Defend his CFFC Title at the Mennen Arena on April 19th, 2014!

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Atlantic City, NJ –Almost a year after defending his CFFC flyweight crown, Sean Santella returns to the CFFC cage on April 19, 2014 when he looks to defend his title for the fifth consecutive time when he takes on veteran Nick Honstein at the Mennen Arena in Morristown, New Jersey on April 19, 2014.  This will mark the organization’s debut at the Mennen Arena.  “We’re excited to have the number one flyweight prospect in the world defend his title in our North Jersey debut,” said CFFC CEO Robert Haydak Jr.  “We plan on making a home up here and this is a great way to kick things off!”

While preparing for another title defense, Santella tore his LCL which required surgery that sidelined him for nearly a year.  “My road to recovery was good,” said Santella.  “The injury made me concentrate on weaker areas of my game and I had a lot of time to break things down. I think it made me a better fighter.” 

“Shorty getting hurt has been a setback but he rehabbed better than I have seen any other fighter do before and he will be back stronger and better than ever,” said CFFC President Mike Constantino

“It’s always an honor defending my belt,” stated that current CFFC flyweight champion.  “I know CFFC always brings in the top guys and I’m excited to have my skills tested.  My opponent is a tall scrappy striker that has a good jits game. Should be a tough test but I’m predicting a TKO.”

For the Colorado based fighter, Honstein, traveling to New Jersey will not faze him one bit.  After capturing a title in Australia, Honstein wants to add another to his resume.  “First of all, I’m very honored and this opportunity could not have come at a better time,” said Honstein. I have been training consistently for over two years with my team at Factory X and am fully prepared to take on the flyweight division with guns blazing. I am also about to be a father and the thought of focusing on my fight career and defending my title this summer instead of dealing full-time with my construction business is exciting.”

Santella will be a huge test for Honstein but with consecutive wins coming from submission, Honstein isn’t backing down.  “He is obviously a decorated Jiu-Jitsu player and in 16 fights he has yet to be finished,” continued Honstein.  “I’m up for that challenge.  My game plan is the same for this fight as it has always been; push his ass into the cage, take him down, damage, damage, damage, then submit.  There’s usually a detour to adjust to but either way this match ends with the CFFC Flyweight title around my waist.” 

“Honstein is a very dangerous fighter who likes to come out very fast,” said Haydak.  “He has to know that Sean’s time away from the cage could play in his favor.”

The co-main event will feature a featherweight bout that will have title implications when TUF alumni, Andy Main takes on Brian “Boom” Kelleher.  For Main, this fight is close to home considering his last two fights were in Japan.  “I’m excited to be fighting in my backyard,” said Main.  “Being the co-main event and fighting alongside my training partners, Sean Santella and Claudio Ledesma, is awesome. It’s great having everybody gearing up at the same time. CFFC is a great show I had a great experience the first time and hope I can put on another show for the fans.”

“Andy Main is truly one of the most talented 145-pound fighters in the world and we are lucky to have him on our CFFC roster,” said Constantino

In regard to his opponent, Main knows the issues his opponent can bring.  “Brian Kelleher is a tough dude,” said Main.  “He’s a grinder, no doubt. I have to fight smart and play my game and not fall into his.  It’s as simple as that.  I know Brian is going to bring it, so I just have to be on point with every part of my game on the 19th.” 

 Kelleher is no stranger to the CFFC cage and has fought for the organization six times with only one of those fights going to a decision.  His last fight was a submission victory over Lester Caslow in February of this year.  “I’m very happy to fight in the co-main event for CFFC,” said Kelleher.  “In fact, I’m always happy to fight for CFFC.  It’s a great promotion that treats fighters well. 

“Kelleher is a tough, gritty fighter,” continued Haydak.  “We love him here at CFFC because he always shows up and puts on a show.  He has never been out of fight and has come so close in his losses.  2014 is a new year and a win against Main gets him right back in the hunt.”

“My opponent, Andy main, is a tough opponent,” continued Kelleher.  “I respect all of my opponents.  Without an opponent there is no fight or reason to continuously improve.  He’s got great jiu-jitsu but I’m not one to sit and worry about my opponent.  Instead, I focus on myself and my skills and mindset going into the fight.  I predict that I show up and fight to win and go for the finish. I won’t stop going forward.  I want the CFFC belt at 145 or 135 or both!”

Here is a look at the rest of Saturday night’s card:

 

Main Event CFFC Flyweight Title:

Nick Honstein vs Sean Santella

 

Co-Main Event:

Brian Kelleher vs Andy Main

 

Main Card

Emmanuel Walo vs Cheljean Erwin-Davis   

Lewis Rumsey vs Mike Stewart   

Marcio Bittencourt vs Claudio Ledsma  

Mike Wade vs Shedrick Goodridge  

 

Preliminary Card:

J.A. Dudley vs Plinio Cruz

Joshua Key vs Bradley Desir

Jorge Martinez vs Robbie Flores  

Shane Manley vs Noel Arcibal  

 

For CFFC updates log on to www.CFFC.tv and find us on Facebook!

 

About Cage Fury Fighting Championships

Cage Fury Fighting Championships (www.cffc.tv) is a pioneer in bringing prominent and elite MMA talent to the east coast. Since CFFC’s debut, past and current champions have competed at the highest level.  Before they were in the UFC, Jim and Dan Miller were both CFFC champions.  That legacy remains the same today.  Three current CFFC champions, George Sullivan, Aljamain Sterling, and Charlie Brenneman are currently on the UFC roster.  Current UFC fighters Zach Makovsky, Nick Catone, Nah-Shon Burrell, and John Howard have also competed in CFFC prior to their entry to the UFC.  Also, CFFC helped jump start the career of internet fighting sensation Kimbo Slice, whose first foray into MMA came in the CFFC cage when he fought former boxing champion Ray “Merciless” Mercer.  CFFC continues to thrive as one of the best regional promotions in the world while focusing on treating fighters with respect and giving the fans the ultimate MMA experience.

Contact:

Rob Haydak Jr., CFFC CEO: Rob@cffc.tv   

Mike Constantino CFFC President: Mike@cffc.tv

Joe Stant, CFFC Vice President: Joe@cffc.tv  

Arias Garcia, General Manager: Arias@cffc.tv

Sparta Combat League – Army VS Marines Preview

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Sparta Combat League returns on GFL with “Army VS Marines”, a stacked MMA card on April 26 from the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland, Colorado.  This event promises to be full speed from bell to bell as these pros and amateurs will do battle in the cage.

The SCL Bantamweight Title will be on the line when Josh “Hellboy” Huber (11-7) fights Ricky “Furioso” Johnson (10-4).  This will be a rematch as Huber defeated Johnson via split decision in 2013.  Huber is a scrappy fighter who has won 3 of his last 4.  Huber looks to add to his championship collection with a win here.  Huber is an aggressive fighter who always comes right at his opponent.  Look for Huber to waste no time and bring the fight to Johnson.  Johnson won his last fight and is anxious to get back in the cage with Huber and bring home the gold.  Johnson believes he won the first fight and aims to not leave it in the hands of the judges this time.  Expect Johnson to try and get the fight to the mat where he can work for a submission.

In a 185lb Pro Thai fight, Sgt US Army Charlie Brown takes on Brian Scraper.  Brown likes to close the distance in his fights and let his hands go.  Expect Brown to walk forward and try and avoid strikes by throwing hooks and uppercuts of his own.  Brown’s best weapons are his fists and he has a granite chin to go along with dynamite in his hands.  Look for Scraper to stay on the outside where he can let his high kicks and straight right hands go.  If Brown does get inside, expect Scraper to be waiting with knees in the clinch.

Shannon Sinn (0-0) battles Courtney Himes (0-1).  This will be Sinn’s pro debut after she captured the SCL Flyweight title in her last fight. Sinn is unyielding with her pressure as she will look to mix up her attacks and get Himes off balance.  Expect Sinn to throw everything but the kitchen sink at Himes as Sinn is known for her wrestling, grappling and standup game.  Himes is looking for her first pro win and plans to match Sinn’s activity inside the cage as Himes is known for a motor that never quits.  Himes is a skilled striker and her grappling is underrated.  Look for Himes to make this a brawl in the opening seconds.

On the prelims, the always tough Jorge Rangel fights the durable Paul Valdez in a lightweight scrap.  This fight could steal the show.

Sparta Combat League is sure to bring down the house once again as they have quickly grabbed a chokehold on Mountain West MMA and this show will continue in that tradition.  Order “Army VS Marines”, and watch live and anytime afterwards on video on demand only on GFL.

Pride And Glory 7 Review

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Pride And Glory debuted on GFL with top notch Muay Thai featuring a world title fight along with several exciting contender matches at “Pride and Glory 7″.

In the main event, Toby Smith defeated Elliot Compton via KO in the third round.  Both fighters exchanged punches, kicks, elbows and knees that had the crowd gasping at the punishment both fighters were giving and receiving.  Both Smith and Compton showed true grit in this fight and there were plenty of hard shots that would have ended the night of lesser competition much earlier.  In the end, it was a brutal knee to the solar plexus that ended the night of Compton.  Smith was scoring with punches to the face and had Compton back up, and similar to an uppercut, Smith shot the knee up from below and it connected square with the chest of Compton.  Compton went down immediately and rolled around on the ground in pain as it was obvious the fight was over.   It was a picture perfect knee and showed the precision with which these pro Muay Thai fighters can deliver strikes and end fights in devastating fashion.
In the co-main event, Nic Reiter defeated Kosta Masmanidis via unanimous decision after a blistering pace set by both men that had action from bell to bell.  Reiter was able to use his size and length and attack Masmanidis from a safe distance for some of the fight, but both exchanged brutal knees in the clinch for a good portion too.  Both fighters are as tough as they come and will be feeling the effects of the clinch fighting for days.  Reiter is a tough matchup for anyone as his size allows him to land strikes far away, and  his clinch work is also strong.

Petchtanong Banchamek defeated Jake Moulden via decision.  Banchamek was the more technical fighter but Moulden was there to fight and fight he did.  Moulden fired back with combos as Banchamek used pinpoint accuracy to land strikes while trying to stay away from Moulden’s attacks.  It was a contrast in styles as Banchamek wanted to hit and not be hit while Moulden was more than happy to stand in the pocket and trade shots.  It was a fun fight with both fighters going for broke, especially late in the fight.  Both fighters earned the respect of the fans for their willingness to keep up a fast pace and never let the action stop.

Paul Abdul Rahman defeated Chris Anderson via TKO (leg kicks) in the third round.  Rahman threw tons of leg kicks that buckled Anderson early.  Rahman also connected with hooks and straight hands throughout the fight.  In the second round, Rahman was able to knock down Anderson with leg kick and from there it was only a matter of time as Rahman found his target and would tee off on the lead leg of Anderson from that point on.  Anderson never gave up but was close to hopping around on one leg at the end and the ref mad the call to stop the fight which was the smart decision.  Rahman looked terrific in the outing as every strike he threw had bad intentions written all over it and he connected with a high volume of strikes throughout.

If you love nonstop, full-throttle striking, then “Pride and Glory 7″ is must-see TV. Watch as the brave warriors display the science of the eight limbs and use punches, kicks, knees and elbows and do it the for a the first time to a worldwide audience on GFL. Order this event exclusively at GFL.tv and own it for life.

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Conflict MMA – Havoc Preview

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Conflict MMA Promotions returns to GFL on April 26 with “Havoc”, a mega card, emanating from the Savannah Civic Center in Savannah, Georgia.  “Havoc” promises to tear the house down with 14 bouts and multiple title fights as all the top fighters from the Dirty South will be squaring off in the cage in front of a rabid audience.

In the main event, for the Conflict MMA Heavyweight Title, Champion Nick Smiley (6-2) fights Adrian Henderson (4-0).  Smiley won the title last May after a TKO victory in less than a minute.  Smiley has a well-rounded game including some solid submissions for a heavyweight.  His ground and pound is where he is most dangerous as he drops hammers with both fists.  Henderson comes into the bout undefeated and is well-versed in all aspects of MMA.  He can match Smiley’s power in the striking department and Henderson is also a solid grappler with under rated submission skills.  Smiley has never been out of the first round and Henderson has only gone to a decision once.  Expect dynamite to explode when these two hook up.

In the co-main event, Muhsin Corbbrey (12-8) battles Terry House, Jr. (6-8) in a lightweight scrap.  Corbbrey won his last 2 fights and looks to put on a show and raise eyebrows with his performance.  Corbbrey is a WEC, and Elite XC vet and is ready to put his skills to the test with the UFC.  Look for Corbbrey to go all out and try and get an early submission in spectacular fashion.  House is a gritty fighter who brings heavy hands into the fight.  House has defeated 4 of his opponents via strikes and will look to put his hands on Corbbrey early in the fight.  Don’t blink when these two lightweights start throwing bombs in the cage.

In other action, Lindsay Rowse (4-3) takes on Arnold Adams (2-6) at heavyweight.  Rowse is a fast starter and is always in attack mode as he is constantly looking for a KO or submission if the fight hits the mat.  Rowse is usually a light heavyweight so this fight he will be significantly smaller but quicker.  Adams is a heavy puncher and can turn the tide of a fight or even end a fight with a single punch.  Adams will have the strength advantage and look to use that in striking and trying to get top position if the fight hits the mat.

Conflict MMA Promotions is back with another epic card in front of a worldwide audience courtesy of the GFL Combat Sports Network.  Watch “Havoc” on April 26.  If you can’t be there live, stream the show online at GFL.tv.

USFFC 18 Preview

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USFFC returns to GFL.tv on April 26 with “US Freedom Fighter Championship 18”.  USFFC has made a mark for itself in the Southeast and “USFFC 18” will surely tear down the house from the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  These pro/am fighters are looking to make a name for themselves on a global basis and that’s just what they will do as they go to battle inside the cage.

In the main event, Adam Townsend (6-3) battles Keith “The Rockstar” Richardson (10-6).  Townsend is a phenomenal athlete who has excelled in other sports including playing a year of football in college.  Townsend is looking for a spectacular win in this fight as he believes he is ready for a title shot.  Look for Townsend to use his wrestling and athleticism to try and push Richardson into making a mistake that Townsend can capitalize on.  Richardson is a submission specialist with 6 wins via tapout.  Look for Richardson to use his striking to get inside on Townsend and work a takedown so he can be at his best on the mat grappling.  This fight promises to be a chess match in the cage as both fighters are veteran combatants and have tons of talent.

In the co-main event, Bobby Gurley (2-3) takes on William Baptiste (2-1).  Gurley looks to improve his record to .500 and will be looking for a stoppage.  Gurley is one of the most exciting fighters on the circuit as he has never been to a decision and has only been out of the first round once.  Gurley goes for broke from the opening bell and his high risk-high reward fighting style is sure to be on display on April 26.  Baptiste fights with the same relentless style and has KO power in both hands.  Baptiste will be there in the center of the cage ready to bang, so expect fireworks from these two.

In other action, Stephanie Skinner takes on Angela Hill while Kris Kennedy battles Sam Burns and Gary Wingfield fights Craig Hill and much, much more.

Get ready for some All-American beat downs as “USFFC 18” is sure to seek and destroy all the other competition. Watch exclusively on GFL.tv and own it for life.  Order now.

CFFC 35 Preview

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Cage Fury Fighting Championships brings championship MMA to Atlantic City, New Jersey on April 26 with “CFFC 35″.  Pro MMA fighters from around the East Coast will compete on this stacked card featuring a title fight in the main event.  CFFC has expanded their stranglehold on Northeast MMA as they continue to pump out one blockbuster show after another.

In the main event, CFFC Featherweight Champion Scott Heckman (17-4) defends his title against the undefeated Levan Makashvili (7-0).  Heckman is an expert grappler with a strong wrestling base, but also likes to throw hands and is dangerous from anywhere in the cage.  He is one of the top 145 lb fighters in the world and will continue to come forward no matter what.  Heckman is as exciting as they come, and that is why he continues to be a fan favorite wherever he fights.  Makashvili is a knockout specialist with an astounding 4 KO’s in 7 fights.  Makashvili loves to bang and he can end a fight with one punch from either hand.  Look for these two to collide in the center of the cage with explosive consequences.  Hands will be flying and these two are bound to blow the roof off with their style of fighting.

In the co-main event, Mike Winters (7-3) takes on Jonavin Webb (5-0) in a welterweight tussle.  Winters has dominated former opponents with his well-rounded striking mixed with impressive takedowns that keep his opponents on the defensive.  Once on the ground, Winters is very active, advancing his position, landing strikes and pushing the pace.  Webb is a blue chip prospect from New Jersey and has never tasted defeat in either his pro or amateur career as a mixed martial artist.  Webb is a submission specialist and if the fight hits the mat he will be comfortable in any position the fight goes.  Look for Webb to try and outwrestle Winters in the early going and get the fight to the ground where he can work his grappling game.

In other action, Jimmie Rivera (12-1) fights Cody “The Wolverine” Stevens (11-6-1).  Rivera, a Bellator and TUF vet has faced a who’s who of the East Coast’s best, is on a 4 fight win steak.  Rivera will look to utilize his strong wrestling base to nullify Stevens’ attacks.  Stevens’ last fight was in Japan for the top organization in Asia, ONE Fighting.  Stevens returns to the United States ready to raise his stock on his home soil.  A victory over Rivera would do just that.  Stevens is relentless in the cage, and mirrors Rivera’s fighting style in that both fighters are strong wrestlers who never get tired and like to push the pace.  Look for Stevens to try and score with some ground and pound if the fight hits the mat and he is on top.  This fight could main event most cards on the regional level so fans are in for a treat.

Be sure to catch all of the action LIVE on April 26 as “CFFC 35″ throws down the gauntlet on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv. See the established and rising stars on the East Coast compete in front of some of the most avid fans. Be a part of the excitement and order this iPPV from the GFL Combat Sports Network.

HEAVYWEIGHTS DAWEJKO, RIDEOUT COLLIDE ON MAY 16 FIGHT CARD AS 2300 ARENA IN SOUTH PHILLY

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HEAVYWEIGHTS DAWEJKO, RIDEOUT
COLLIDE ON MAY 16 FIGHT CARD
AS 2300 ARENA IN SOUTH PHILLY  
     Philadelphia, PA—Heavyweights Joey Dawejko and Mark Rideout meet over eight rounds—or less—in an all-Philadelphia match on Friday evening, May 16, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.
   Topping the seven-bout card is an eight-round between undefeated junior welterweight prospects Naim Nelson, of Philadelphia, and Jerome Rodriguez, of Trenton, NJ.
     The seven-bout card program marks the first pro fight card at the 2300 Arena since Jan. 21, 2012, when then-unknown heavyweight prospect Bryant Jennings upset Maurice Byarm in a battle of undefeated Philadelphians to open the NBC Sports Network Fight Night series.
     Formerly known as the ECW Arena, the New Alhambra and later the Asylum Arena, the 2300 Arena, located at Swanson & Ritner Streets in South Philadelphia, has undergone renovations and eventually will seat close to 1,700 spectators. 
     First fight May 16 is set for 7.30p.m.  The card is being promoted by Peltz Boxing and BAM Boxing in association with SugarHouse Casino.
     Dawejko (right), 23, comes into this fight off the biggest win of his career, an eight-round decision over former contender Derric Rossy, of New York, on Jan. 25 in Atlantic City, NJ. 
   

 

Dawejko is 9-3-2, 3 K0s, but this will be only his fifth fight in Philadelphia since turning pro in 2009. 
    He has boxed in Canada, California, Illinois and Connecticut, taking fights on short notice for short money.  It all seemed pointless until Dawejko’s recent win over Rossy.
   “I know Mark from the amateurs and I was able to beat him when we fought,” Dawejko said, “but I know the pros are a different story.  I’m looking forward to fighting in my hometown again in front of my fans. It should be a good fight.”
   Part of Dawejko’s preparation for the May 16 fight is in Austria, where he was summoned last week to serve as a sparring partner for Waldimir Klitschko, who is defending his world heavyweight championship belts against Alex Leapai, of Samoa, on April 26 in Germany.  Lepai is 6-foot tall, short for a heavyweight; Dawejko is 5-foot-10. 
    Rideout (left), 24, is 4-0-2, 1 K0, since turning pro midway through 2012.
    In his last fight Jan. 24 in Atlantic City, Rideout boxed a four-round draw with unbeaten Fred Latham, of Pittsburgh, PA.  Ironically, it was 24 hours before Dawejko’s big win over Rossy across town.
    “I am excited about the opportunity to get back in action and be in my first eight-rounder,” Rideout said.  “My last couple of fights have ended in draws, but not this fight.
     “Me and Joey fought in the amateurs and he beat me, but this is the pros and I’m getting this win.  I respect all of Joey’s accomplishments as an amateur, but this is my time and it will be a long night for Joey.”
    Five additional fights complete the May 16 lineup.
   
   
ABOUT MAY 16
     The Nelson-Rodriguez and Dawejko-Rideout fights top a seven-bout card at the 2300 Arena.  First fight is 7.30 pm.  Tickets are priced at $50 and $75 and they are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922) and they also can be purchased on line at www.peltzboxing.com.  The card will be streamed live on the internet by www.gofightlive.tv.    The card is being promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., and BAM Boxing in association with SugarHouse Casino.  The 2300 Arena, formerly known as the New Alhambra, hosted consistent professional boxing from 2004 thru 2012 when it was later known as the Asylum Arena.  Boxing cards there have been televised by ESPN 2, CN8, Univision and the NBC Sports Network.  Fighters who have boxed there include Danny Garcia, Bronco McKart, Omar Sheika, Demetrius Hopkins, Mike Jones, Teon Kennedy, Bryant Jennings, Gabriel Rosado, Jesus Soto-Karass, Ronald Cruz, Israel “Pito” Cardona and Derek Ennis.

ABOUT SUGARHOUSE CASINO

     SugarHouse, which opened in September 2010 as Philly’s casino, features 1,602 slots, up to 58 table games, fun and unique dining options, riverfront views and free on-site parking. The casino employs approximately 1,100 people, and for three consecutive years has been voted a “Best Place to Work” in the Philadelphia Business Journal and a “Top Workplace” from Philly.com. For more information, visit www.sugarhousecasino.com.
MEDIA CONTACTS:
Press Credentials: Maureen Sacks, peltzboxing@comcast.net, 215-765-0922 
Peltz Boxing: J Russell Peltz, peltzboxing@comcast.net 215-704-6055
BAM Boxing: Brittany Rogers, BamRogers57@aol.com, 215-280-6709

Tuff-N-Uff April 11 Review

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Tuff-N-Uff returned to GFL with another stellar show this time from the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tuff N-Uff is one of the premier proving grounds for amateur MMA and always has stacked cards featuring the rising stars from the most famous gyms around.  The 10-bout card featured 6 stoppages and was also the first round of the four-woman 115 lb strawweight tournament where the winner gets a chance to fight in the premier women’s organization, Invicta.

In the main event, Jaime Moyle (4-2) defeated Jianna Denizard (5-3) via TKO in the second round to advance to the finals of the 115 lb tournament.  Moyle was strong from the get-go as she took control of the fight with her wrestling and striking.  Moyle got a takedown and worked from the top scoring with punches from half guard and side control as Denizard tried her best to get back to her feet.  In the second, Moyle got a double leg takedown and began her attacks again.  Moyle went for an arm triangle but Denizard escaped the submission.  Moyle went back to ground and pound and got the mount where her punches were very effective as Denizard covered up.  After several punches and no attempt made from Denizard to improve her position the ref stopped the fight as Moyle moves on in the tournament.

In the co-main event, Molly Wren-Holmes (5-0) defeated Laura Uyeda (5-1) via unanimous decision to become another finalist in the 115 lb tournament that will lead to a shot with Invicta for the winner.  This was a great fight as both Wren-Holmes and Uyeda went toe to toe for three rounds.  The fight turned into a kickboxing fight with both women connecting with some big shots.  Wren-Holmes seemed the stronger in the clinch and landed more combos which might have swayed the judges’ decision but Uyeda was right there connecting in volume too.

In other action Shane Shapiro (2-0) defeated Darnell Bumpus via rear naked choke in the second round.  Shapiro scored with a nice body lock takedown then attacked the back of Bumpus and secured the choke a minute into the round.

The night also had its share of quick knockouts as Ian Lujan (3-1) broke an all-time Tuff-N-Uff record by knocking out Tyler Denniston (2-3) in 4 seconds while Javier Guzman (4-4) KO’d Chris Flores (3-5) in 46 seconds.

Don’t miss this stellar card featuring The Future Stars of MMA fighting today and representing themselves and some of the top gyms around.  Watch all of these fights on pay-per-view only at GFL.tv!

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Peltz Boxing at Bally’s Sosa VS Brooks Review

April 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Courtesy Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing

Camden, NJ, Super featherweight Jason Sosa, 12-1-3 (8), unbeaten in his last 9 (7-0-2) fights knocked out Michael “Lefty” Brooks 10-2-1 (2), of Long Island, NY, in the 9th round at 2:27 of a 10 round main event Saturday at Bally’s Event Center In Atlantic City, NJ.

This was a Peltz Boxing Promotion with J Russell Peltz and Brittany Rogers matchmaking.

It was a really good card and the fans enjoyed it. Larry Tornambe did the ring announcing.

The opening round was a good one with Sosa landing a solid left uppercut to the body while Brooks seemed busier until Sosa landed a lead right to the chin. In the second a combination by Sosa had Brooks clinching. The second round was almost as close as the first with Sosa looking a bit better with more pin point punching. In the 3rd a solid right from Sosa to the chin dropped Brooks. By the end of the round Brooks head cleared and he was fighting back.

In the 4th Brooks walked into a straight right hand by Sosa to the chin stopping him in his racks. Brooks keeps walking Sosa to the ropes with Sosa landing right uppercuts to the body. In the 5th Sosa landed 4 straight punches having Brooks on the retreat. Brooks landed a solid left counter to the head of Sosa. By the end of the round Sosa was in control. Fans for both fighters are chanting their names. In the 6th Sosa drove Brooks to the ropes landing half a dozen punches. Brooks landed a good left to the chin of Sosa. Then in missing with a right hook Sosa countered him with a hard right to the head. Sosa put his chin out daring Brooks who was taunting him earlier. At the end of the round it was the second time Brooks was heading to the neutral corner instead of his own. In the 7th Brooks landed 3 straight punches until Sosa came back with a combination of his own. Sosa has a slight bloody nose from the head of Brooks coming in. Again Brooks goes to a neutral corner instead of his own.

In the 9th Brooks lands a solid left to the chin making Sosa come back even stronger with body shots of his own. Brooks continues to hold at times with Sosa working his way out of these clinches. Sosa’s body attack is taking its effect on Brooks. A straight right dropped Brooks where upon his head landed on the bottom strand out cold as referee Esteves immediately waved it off without a count. Sosa went to a neutral corner in prayer. No showboating. A real class act on Sosa’s part. The EMT’s came into the ring to administer to Brooks who was up on a stool.

“I want to give all the glory to God. There is nothing impossible with God. I am dangerous at 130,” said Sosa. It was great work on Sosa’s part and his trainer Rivas was quite pleased. “I knew when he went down he was out,” said Sosa. It was a terrific performance by Sosa and Brooks is as tough as they come.

Sosa is co-managed by Adrienne Soto and Chino Rivas with the latter also serving as the trainer of Sosa out of their Gut’s & Glory Gym in W. Berlin, NJ. Sosa is getting better with each fight.

Millville, NJ, Middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” Lamanna 14-0 (7), returns to action now under the Peltz Boxing banner and gave Ahsandi “Mr. Brixx” Gibbs, 10-4 (4), of Tampa, FL, a boxing lesson over 8 rounds.

In the 2nd round a left hook to the chin by Lamanna buckled the knees of Gibbs. In the 3rd Gibbs got inside not allowing the taller Lamanna room to box. In the 4th Lamanna regained control with his jab and left hooks to the head which continued in the 5th countering well.

The 6th and 7th were good exchanges with Gibbs pressing but taking counter combinations from Lamanna. In the 8th and final round Lamanna landed solid jabs and continued to control the fight landing good left hooks to the head. Referee was Brown. Carter had it 77-75, Pasquale 78-74 and Stewart 77-75. DHB had it 79-73.

In an “all Philly” super featherweight match Anthony “Bad Boy” Burgin, 6-0 (1) came off the canvas in the 3rd but defeated Frank “Nitty” Trader 10-2-1 (2) over 6 rounds good rounds. It was a really good one.

Burgin controlled the first 2 rounds. In the 3rd Trader started landing and dropped Burgin as he was pulling back with a long right to the chin. In the 4th Burgin came out with vengeance from the previous round knockdown and had Trader’s outside left eye brow cut but cut man Joey Eye worked on it.

In the 5th Burgin re-opened Trader’s cut but Trader landed a good right to the chin. Burgin applied more pressure and the cut was bothering Trader. Burgin drove combinations into the body of Trader and several rights on the cut. In the 6th and final round a Burgin left uppercut to the mid-section dropped Trader but referee Brown called it a slip. Then Burgin taking rabbit punches threw Trader to the canvas. Trader fought back waving Burgin in who got in battle with Trader who landed a good right to the chin but Burgin’s speed was evident as both exchanged punches at the bell. Referee was Brown. Carter had it 57-56, while Pasquale and Stewart had it 58-55 as did DHB.

In the swing bout after the main event Atlantic City’s super middleweight Antowyan “Ice Man” Aikens, 9-0 (1), scored a 6th and final round knockdown in defeating Sherman Artis, Jr., 2-1 (0), of Severn, MD, over 6 rounds.

Aikens controlled the fight with his jab. Artis was coming off 3 years of inactivity. He refused to sit between rounds and held his own for the most part but Aikens jab was too effective to counter. Esteves was the referee. Carter and Stewart had it 59-54 while Pasquale had it 60-53 as did DHB.

Middleweight Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis, 2-0 (2) of Wilmington, DE, looked impressive when he stopped Rafael Machado, 0-1 of Philly at 1:16 of the 4th round.

In the opening round Davis rocked Machado several times with a left hook and then with a straight right. It was more of the same from Davis in the 2nd round. In the 3rd round a left hook to the chin dropped Machado. Upon rising Davis rocked Machado with another left hook to the chin but Machado was able to survive.

In the 4th and final round a lead right hand by Davis on the chin dropped Machado. A flurry of punches had Machado defenseless when referee Esteves waved it off. “I was too anxious in the beginning rounds. My corner said to calm down and let it happen and I hurt him with an overhand right. I felt good in there and was glad to get the rounds after my first fight ending so fast,” said Davis. He is trained by Doug Pettiford and Breadman

Heavyweight southpaw Daniel Pasciolla, 3-1 (0), of Brick, NJ, won by majority decision over David Williams 7-8-2 (5), of Philly over 4 rounds.

Pasciolla outboxed Williams in the first 2 rounds. In the 3rd Williams led with a straight right to the mid-section but rand into chopping lefts to the head in a close round.

In the final round Williams buckled the knees of Pasciolla with a left hook to the head. Referee was Earl Brown. Carter and Stewart had it 39-37 as did DHB while Pasquale had it 38-38.

In the opening bout super lightweight David “Two Gun” Gonzales, 4-0 (1), of Philly stopped Dominic Goode, 0-3, of Bridgeton, NJ, at 2:16 of the second round. Gonzales. Gonzales scored knockdowns in the 1st and 2nd round before the corner called it off while referee Benjy Esteves, Jr. was counting. Good threatened to knockout Gonzales at the weigh-in earlier. Gonzales now with Moz Gonzalez and Eddie Woods.

Battle For The Border III – Nations Collide Review

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Battle For The Border III “Nations Collide” made its debut on GFL.tv from the Cranbrook Memorial Arena in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. Battle For the Border knocked down the door on the world stage as they presented their brand of MMA! The 9-bout pro/am card featured 7 finishes showcasing several rising stars along with a UFC veteran in the co-main event.

In the main event, in a light heavyweight scrap, Alfonso Gonzales (5-0) defeated WSOF vet Mike Kent (10-5) via TKO in the first round.   Gonzales and Kent started exchanging punches from the opening seconds and Gonzales landed a straight right hand flush on the jaw of Kent who crumbled to the mat.  Gonzales followed up with a few punches on the ground and it was over.  It was a mild upset as Gonzales doesn’t have the experience or name recognition like Kent.  This performance is sure to change that very quickly as the undefeated Gonzales continues to improve each and every fight.

In the co-main event, UFC veteran Cody McKenzie (15-5) defeated Mark Dobie (5-7) via rear naked choke in the first round.  McKenzie shot in immediately for a takedown while Dobie tried to score with elbows from his back.  McKenzie improved to side control where Dobie was able to scramble off the bottom as McKenzie looked for a guillotine.  McKenzie then switched positions and dragged Dobie down from the back to the ground again where he slapped on the fight ending choke and showed why he is a top ranked fighter.

In a heavyweight battle, Jordan Tracey (4-3) defeated Dan Amyotte (1-1) via rear naked choke in the first round.  Tracey got a takedown then moved to mount where Amyotte turned his back to avoid the punches.  Tracey then attacked the exposed neck of Amyotte and sunk in the choke in less than a minute into the fight.

In the amateur ranks, Ryan Rohovich (5-0) defeated Donovan Hack (4-1) via rear naked choke to win the Welterweight title in the third round.  Both me scrapped from the opening bell and had the marks on their face when it was all over to prove it.  In the third round, Rohovich took an advantage by attacking Hack’s back on the ground.  Hack fought tirelessly to pull down on the choke that Rohovich was trying to apply, but Rohovich also added a body triangle with his legs and it finally wore Hack down enough for Rohovich to sink in the rear naked choke and become the new Battle For the Border Amateur Welterweight champion.

In other action, Adam Wills, Dustin Luke and Clayton Schira all won their fights via stoppage.

Don’t miss Battle For The Border III “Nations Collide”. Tune in to see the blue chip prospects of North America’s upper West Coast. Watch the champions of tomorrow compete today. Order this event and own it for life.

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