Philadelphia, PA—Away from the spotlight and the glamour and in a move as rare as a 15-round fight, area lightweight favorites Osnel Charles and Victor Vasquez will meet for the fourth time in less than six years when they square off Friday evening Oct. 14 at the 2300 Arena. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON WHERE TO WATCH.
Topping the nine-fight card is an eight-round junior middleweight showdown between Tyrone Brunson, of North Philadelphia, and Ismael “Tito” Garcia, of Vineland, NJ.
Two additional eight-round matches feature world-rated junior lightweight Tevin Farmer, of North Philadelphia, vs. Orlando Rizo, of Managua, Nicaragua, and unbeaten junior welterweight prospect Mike Reed, of Baltimore, MD, vs. Jose Aaron Herrera, of Valladolid, Mexico.
In an era when fighters rarely fight each other more than once, especially in prelim fights, Charles and Vasquez eagerly await their fourth encounter.
Old-timers in Philadelphia may recall another local four-fight rivalry, also between lightweights. That was the series between Roger Evans, of South Philadelphia, and Eddie “Flash” Tomlin, of North Philadelphia. They boxed each other four times between 1967 and 1969 and, incredibly, all four fights (two 6-round fights, two 8-round fights) ended in draws. You could look it up!
“I can’t really say anything negative about Victor,” said the 32-year-old Charles (right), who has won two of their previous three fights. “He’s a barber and I’m a barber and he’s a family man and I’m a family man, but when we get together in the ring I’m a better fighter.
“Victor never should have beaten me the last time we fought (June 30, 2015). We both love to fight so why not fight each other a fourth time just like back in the old days. Some people don’t understand this kind of thinking but we both fight with our heart and we put everything on the line so let’s do it one more time.”
A pro since 2009, Charles is 10-15-1, 1 K0. He currently works as a cook at the Cedar Food Market in Atlantic City.
Vasquez, 33, of North Philadelphia, had been doing well on his recent comeback before losing his last two bouts. He cuts hair at Consider It Done in North Philadelphia. A pro since 2006, Vasquez is 19-11-1, 9 K0s.
“It’s always a great fight when Charles and me get it on,” Vasquez said. “We know each other’s moves so sometimes it’s like playing chess and we try to out-smart each other. We both come to fight and the fans like that and if the fans like it then why shouldn’t we fight again? I’m getting older now and I want to finish my career on a good note and fighting Charles a fourth time is a good way to start.”
Also on the Oct. 14 card is a pair of six-round lightweight contests featuring Anthony Burgin against Gerald Smith in an all-Philly showdown plus Steven Ortiz, of Philadelphia, against Daniel Tran, of Oklahoma City, OK.
In four-round bouts: junior middleweight Isaiah Wise, of Philadelphia, vs. James Robinson, of York, PA; middleweight Fred Jenkins, Jr., of Philadelphia, vs. Ibrihim Shabazz, of Newark, NJ; welterweight Hasan Young, of Philadelphia, vs. Kevin Womack, of Baltimore, MD.
Cage Combat 26 is a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Event Scheduled for October 1, 2016 in Humble, Texas USA and will be streamed on GFL! In the main event, Jose Solis will test his skills against an up-and-coming MMA talent in Casey Jones who looks to spoil his night and put the spotlight on himself in the road to the UFC!
Tru Bloodline has two fighters on the October 1st Cage Combat card. This card is stacked with Texas talent, and the Tru Bloodline team is ready to represent as well!
Jonathan Taylor will be making his debut as an amateur at a catch weight of 160 lbs. With Jonathan’s last fight falling thru at Legacy 58, he was afforded a double fight camp and is ready to let it all hang out. Next up is Mr. Casey Malik, Coming in with a few fights under his belt, Malik is looking to showcase his skill and display his confidence in a dominating fashion, since joining Tru Bloodline Fight team.
Fists of Fury 7 RESULTS: Jeremy “Spooner” Spoon defeated Johnnie Roades by Tap Out in 1st Round – Watch Fights on GFL.Tv
Fists of Fury 7 from Lawton, OK RESULTS: CLICK HERE TO WATCH FIGHTS AND HIGHLIGHTS!
Pure FC 5 RESULTS: Ode “The Oddity” Osbourne defeated Cory Galloway – Watch Fights and Highlights on GFL.Tv
Great night of fights from the Milwaukee Harley-Davidson Outdoor Pavilion in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at Pure FC 5 – Challenger Series 1.
Antonio Aguilar defeate Philip Rowland 205 lbs – Via Tap Out due to Strikes at 1:56 of Round 2.
Jamie Simmons defeated TJ Stone via Submission (rear naked choke) at 1:08 of Round 3.
Gabriel Sayeg defeated CJ Chapman 265 lbs via Submission (rear naked choke) at 1:47 of Round 3.
Steven Rodriguez vs. Mike Lock 185 lbs via Submission (Guillotine) at 2:20 of Round 2.
Josh Ruiz defeated Zach Stander 155 lbs via Submission (triangle choke) at 1:23 of Round 1.
Jason Rae defeated Jeremy Lucas 155 lbs via Submission (rear naked choke) at :23 of Round 1.
Full Contact Contender (FCC) 17 RESULTS: Leary defeats Sinclair, McDermott KOs Konecke – Watch Fights and Highlights on GFL.Tv
Full Contact Contender 17 Results: Watch the Fights and highlights on GFL – CLICK HERE.
Ring of Combat 56 Results: Sheldon Graves KOs Brendan Barrett in 3rd Round – Watch all the Action on GFL.Tv
Ring of Combat 56 Results – WATCH FIGHTS ON GFL.Tv
Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat 56 took place last night at the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It was another action packed night with knockouts, submissions and titles changing hands.
WCKC 8 RESULTS – CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FIGHTS
World Class Kickboxing Championships:
154 lbs.: Paige “Danger” Triola defeated Megan Mazza via Unanimous Decision in three rounds 30-26, 30-26 and 30-27 Colon.
X-1 World Events – X1 #44 Results : CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FIGHTS
Hawaii’s mixed martial arts community comes together to support a new generation of fighters
(Honolulu, HI) X-1 World Events returned its unique brand of mixed martial arts events to the Blaisdell Arena with a bang on Saturday night. The last three fights of the evening lasted a combined total of three minutes and four seconds, with all three bouts ending in a knockout. Veteran mixed martial artist and UFC Hall of Famer, Frank Trigg, served as referee in the final brief and action packed fights that concluded a night of MMA excitement and energy long missing in Honolulu.
Saturday night’s X1 #44 marked the first time the promotion had been back to the Blaisdell since 2011 when Max Holloway won the X-1 lightweight championship. The UFC’s Max Holloway is currently riding a nine fight win streak in the Octagon and was at the Blaidell to take in fights, as were the UFC’s Yancy Medeiros and Louis Smolka. Smolka is scheduled for next week’s UFC Fight Night 96 event in Portland, Oregon.
Hawaii MMA fans were treated to hard hitting MMA action alongside an indoor sports festival with food booths, vendors and beer garden all on the arena floor – a first of its kind for MMA in Hawaii.
X-1 #44 Results – September 24, 2016 – Honolulu, Hawai‘i
Lolohea Made def. Trent Stading via KO at :30 of Round One
Ray Braddah Cooper III def. Zach Conn via KO at :12 of Round One
Chris Cisneros def. Taki Uluilakepa via KO at 2:22 of Round Two
Cheyden Leialoha def. Tyler Kahikolo via Unanimous Decision
Isaac Hopps def. Donald Gonzalez via Tapout due to Strikes at 3:43 of Round Three
Tipo Lafaele def. Rylan Fonoti via KO at 1:44 of Round One
Canaan Kawaihai def. Junior Jimenez via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:30 of Round One
Tiani Valle def. Sam Hughes via Unanimous Decision
Complete results and details at www.x1events.com
About X-1 World Events:
Since 2004, X-1 World Events has provided high-quality, competitive, and entertaining mixed martial arts fights throughout the Pacific Region.X-1 has launched the careers of numerous elite fighters and featured some of the MMA world’s most talented fighters, including UFC, Pride, and Abu-Dhabi veterans such as former UFC champions Dan “The Beast” Severn and Ricco Rodriguez, UFC veterans Jeff Monson, Kimo Leopoldo, Chad “The Grinder” Reiner, “Sugar” Shane Nelson, Brandon Wolff, Wes “The Project” Sims, Ronald “The Machine Gun” Juhn, Wesley “Cabbage” Correira, and Falaniko Vitale, Max Holloway, Luis Smolka, Kailin Curran, Angela Lee, Maki Pitolo, Russel Doane, Christian Lee, as well as Pride veterans Chris Brennan and Ron “H2O-Man” Waterman. For more information, visit www.x1events.com
A hotly anticipated matchup between current lightweight champ, Bradley Desir (8-5) and jiu-jitsu specialist, Max Bohanan (6-2) was one of the highlight bouts for ROC 56. Signed and ready to go, fight fans were going crazy for this bout but it was not meant to be as of yet. Unfortunate news came when Bohanan’s team informed ROC he would not be able to compete September 23 at ROC 56. Just like the fight fans, the ROC team was sad to hear of Bohanan being off the card as he has fought his entire career with Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat and has become a positive face for the promotion.
Once ROC head honcho, Lou Neglia, received the news on Bohanan, he did what any other promoter would do, he picked up the phone and went to work immediately.
Enter fighter “z” or should we say, Julian “Night Train” Lane (11-5-1) as he battles Desir on short notice. Lane comes in on a two-fight win streak and made a name for himself as he was apart of the TUF 16 cast where he gave a quote only fight fans could love, “let me bang bro!” It was a request to his team to let him be next to compete or “bang.”
Julian will get his chance to “bang” when he takes on Desir. ROC fight fans always remember Desir as we last saw him at ROC 54 with a sensational TKO against ultra tough, Eddie Lenoci. Taking a fight of this caliber on such a short notice is a dangerous risk for anyone but a risk that needs to be taken.
The bout card:
The Top Fight to Watch this Weekend on GFL.Tv, is Rob “C4” Sinclair vs. Charlie Leary at Full Contact Contender 17
MMAmania.com has rated this FCC match up as the top regional fight to watch this weekend and its live on GFL.Tv.
Rob ‘C4’ Sinclair (13-3) returns to the ring after a 15 month layoff as he challenges current FCC Lightweight Champion Charlie Leary (12-7) in what is guaranteed to be an explosive contest.
Sinclair has been absent from competition spanning back to June 2015. However, ‘C4’ brings a wealth of experience to the cage. The former BAMMA Lightweight Champion has faced a who’s who of UKMMA talent and was signed to Bellator before a string of horrendous injuries sidelined him. Sinclair thanked Leary for taking the fight, though he let Leary know that it was also a big mistake, stating, “I want to thank Charlie for taking the fight. He could of ducked it and maybe taken an easier fight!! Balls to the kid, he’s kept me out of retirement, he’s given me a fire to look to train, enjoy training.. I know what I’m capable of.. And I’ll be showing it come fight night, 24th September is a bad night for Charlie Leary!!
Reigning and defending FCC Lightweight Champion Charlie Leary is coming off an impressive title defense over Mick Bowman and is looking for his fifth straight win. Leary is understandably excited for this fight: “this is huge in my mind! Rob Sinclair has been the number one guy in Europe since I turned pro; and FCC are right up there as one of the top three promotions in the UK so having their title is a great achievement! But, defending it means everything to me and is a massive step in my career especially given my opponent!”
For UKMMA fans this contest is guaranteed to deliver as neither man will take a backwards step. Couple that with Sinclair’s desire to prove his time isn’t up while Leary wants to show it is his time now!
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