GFL REAL FIGHTS Presents Joe Hand Promotions: Webster VS Sai Beginning December 22

GFL PRESENTS “REAL FIGHTS” ON THE COMCAST NETWORK (TCN) & COMCAST SPORTSNET (CSN)
GFL PRESENTS “JOE HAND PROMOTIONS: WEBSTER VS SAI” BEGINNING DECEMBER 22

December 19, 2014

GFL, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with world class boxing as Joe Hand Promotions presents another show stopper with Webster VS Sai, featuring a full lineup of up and coming boxers from around the East Coast.

Undefeated super middleweight contender Derrick “Take It to the Bank” Webster will headline the third installment of Parx Casino Tuesday Night Fights.

The 6-foot- 4 Glassboro, N.J., resident, who owns an impressive 17-0 record with eight knockouts, will take on Obodai Sai (23-1, 17 KOs) of Ghana. Webster, who will compete in his fourth fight in 2014, is coming off a six-round, unanimous-decision win over Michael Gbenga on May 30. Sai currently resides in Washington, D.C., and is a former Commonwealth British Empire light middleweight champion with a seven-fight win streak.

In the co-main event, Philadelphia super bantamweight Antonio Dubose (6-0, 2 KOs) takes on Arturo Santiago (7-9-1, 4 KOs) of Puerto Rico.

Presented by Joe Hand Promotions and D and D Management Team, Parx Casino Tuesday Night Fights showcases both amateur and professional fighters representing various boxing gyms throughout the Philadelphia area.
The November 25 card will feature five professional fights, including the return of fan favorite Avery Sparrow (2-0, 1 KO), who delivered a devastating knockout in his last performance at 2300 Arena. Sparrow takes on Jesus Lule (6-9, 1 KO) of Fort Myers, Fla., in a four-round featherweight bout.

Also, two four-round welterweight pro bouts will feature Jerome Conquest (1-0) and Blair Cobbs (3-0, 3 KOs), both from Philadelphia. Conquest will face Piotr Apostle (1-0) of Atlantic City, N.J., while Cobbs squares off against Julio Sanchez (1-0) of Houston, Tx.
Seven national champions from across the country, including National Golden Gloves champ Christian Carto of Deptford, NJ, will be featured on the amateur card. Carto, who has his sights set on the 2016 Olympics, faces a very tough 114-pound challenger in Jordan White, an eight-time national champion from Landover, Md.

Air times are listed below:
The Comcast Network: (Philly): Monday, December 22 at 9:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (all zones): Wednesday, December 24 at 9:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Philly): Friday, December 26 at 11:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Philly): Saturday, December 27 at 3:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Saturday, December 27 at 11:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (all zones): Sunday, December 28 at 5:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Thursday, December 25 at 7:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Saturday, December 27 at 1:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Sunday, December 28 at 8:00pm ET

CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Northwest and CSN Bay Area will also be airing Joe Hand Promotions: Webster VS Sai in the weeks and months to follow. In addition, close to 25 cable and satellite systems carry CSN and because of that wide distribution across numerous regions and even nationally via satellite, GFL REAL FIGHTS is available on additional platforms.

To stay connected with GFL and this unique fight series, visit these TCN & CSN online locations for up-to-the-date programming info.
The Comcast Network http://www.csnphilly.com/page/tcn
CSN Philadelphia http://www.csnphilly.com/ontv/listings
CSN Washington http://www.csnwashington.com/ontv
CSN Baltimore http://www.csnbaltimore.com/ontv
CSN New England http://www.csnne.com/pages/oncsn
CSN Northwest http://www.csnnw.com/ontv
CSN Bay Area http://www.csnbayarea.com/ontv

Upcoming Events on Comcast
12/22: Joe Hand Promotions: Webster v Sai (boxing)
12/29: CFFC 44: Bezerra v Makashvilli (MMA)
1/5: Global Wrestling Championship: Howe v Dake (Olympic style wrestling)
1/12: GPG: USA v Russia (MMA)
1/19: Broadway Boxing Hardy VS Anderson

About GFL:
GFL (www.gfl.tv) is a fast-growing media and sports entertainment company that utilizes a proprietary technology to deliver the most exciting LIVE combat sports events worldwide and an incredible viewing experience to a global audience. With a diverse mix of combat sports properties, GFL is the premier online destination for live boxing, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai, kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu and more. Since its inception in 2007, GFL has streamed more than 2,500 live events with over 10,000 hours of combat sports content. In addition to its web platform, GFL is available on Roku, IPhone, IPad, as well as other internet ready devices, and broadcasts a weekly, two-hour, syndicated fight TV show on CSN, TCN and SNY, as well as live pay-per-view events directly to iN DEMAND.

Gala de boxe Le defi Preview

December 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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CLICK HERE TO ORDER – http://www.gfl.tv/event/Fight/Boxing/Gala-de-boxe-Le-defi/2725]

Courtesy of rds.ca

While his boxing career inexorably draws to a close, Renan St-Juste launches into athlete management and promotion of combat sports related events. He announced Thursday the creation of Boxing Promotions Mania which will hold its first event on 19 December in Repentigny.

“It’s a dream I was thinking for a long time”, says St-Juste in a telephone interview to RDS.ca. It was a matter of finding the right people and especially the right time.

Coach Boxing Club 35 de Repentigny in recent years, St-Juste realized over time that there was little room for amateurs who aspired to turn professional he added, while the popularity of Sport is reaching new heights.

“I organized many amateur galas, but I wondered why not try to organize professional galas to allow some boxers who do not have the chance to box on big stages show what they are capable of and use it as a springboard to move to another level”, says St-Juste.

“If you are not under contract to Eye of The Tiger Management, Groupe Yvon Michel or InterBox, it is very difficult to make progress. I know many boxers who are – or who want to fight as pros, and unless you have a clean sweep among fans, they cannot approach these other managers. These boxers just need a chance.”

The ambitions of the new promoter are modest – only two galas in December and June are scheduled for now – he hopes that his expertise will allow athletes left behind to build their career in this industry extremely ruthless.

“I have a boxer with me, Roody Pierre-Paul, who beat two guys from Eye of The Tiger, but unfortunately his career is not progressing”, says St-Juste. I’ll try to get him to fight for belts and move up in the rankings. These are small projects, but I really want to go step by step.”

Despite his new responsibilities, St-Juste has not finished his boxing career. He will also be headlining the December 19 event, at 42 years old.

“Things have not been easy for my whole career and I’ve never had the chance to fight in a championship fight. It must be said that being a southpaw does not help”, said St-Juste. “Still, I have no big promoter behind me, so I’m going to do it myself.”

“I always keep myself in shape, but I’m also taking being a promoter very serious. I know I’m going to be increasingly busy with my work, so if I do not have time to train, I will not go up in the ring. In the end, it’s me who decides.”

In addition to St-Juste, Roody Pierre-Paul, Francesco Cotroni, Mitch Louis-Charles, Steve and Michael Van Latangne Denyse will also be on the card.

IZW Chaotic Christmas 2014 Preview

December 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Join the world’s fastest rising Independent professional wrestling company as IZW returns to GFL.tv on December 20 with “Chaotic Christmas”, the final 3+hour iPPV of the year!

2014 has been a year full of turmoil in IZW and “Chaotic Christmas” will be the exclamation point to finish out the tumultuous past 12 months with 3 championships on the line! Be there for every punch, kick, body slam, clothesline and more. You can bet the men and women of IZW will deliver once again in the squared circle with something you’ve never seen before.

IZW Championship: Cage Match
Johnny Z VS Jermaine Johnson VS Double D

Casket Match:
Jeff Wolfenbarger VS Aaron Neil

IZW Tag Team Championship: Ladder Match
Old School Studs VS KC Wolves

Erica VS Misty Lynn

Impact Division Championship: 4-Way Impact Rules Match
Bobby Starr VS Damien Morte VS Guy Atticus VS Drake Gallows

Irish Bare Knuckle Brawl:
Jake O’Brien VS O’Malley

Ring of Combat 50 Preview

December 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Courtesy of mixedmartialarts.com

Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat returns with its 50th event Friday, January 23rd at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in New Jersey. The card is stacked from top to bottom, with 13 bouts and seven Ring of Combat titles on the line.

Many MMA promotional companies make a dash to be the biggest promotion in the world, and die of a heart attack. Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat has found a niche in developing great but unknown talent to compete on a world class level, most notably in the UFC.

Lou as sent over 90 ROC alumni to the UFC where not only are they competing but are having successful careers in the world’s biggest MMA promotion.

“Just like in any business, its important for business owners to have faith in their brand and let their product speak for its self,” said Lou. “The Ring of Combat fighters are speaking for themselves by having great careers in the UFC and that directly reflects what we do at the Ring of Combat.”

On January 23rd, the next generation of ROC fighters are set to take center stage and show the MMA world that they are here to stay!

“Ring of Combat 50 is an important milestone for us,” said Lou. “When I first started promoting, I didn’t do it to start competing with other companies. I wanted to create a stage for young, up and coming fighters where they can compete against each other to show case their skills and here we are going on our 50th event. This is something to be proud of.”

Ring of Combat 50 spares no punches as many ROC champions are returning and many east coast fan favorites will be on hand!

The main event will see the return of east coast phenom, Frankie Perez (9-1) as he takes on Virginia’s George Sheppard (15-9) for the vacant ROC National lightweight title.

The co-main will be an explosive bantamweight matchup as undefeated Julio Arce (6-0) comes to defend his national title for the second time against his toughest challenge to date, Bellator vet, Thomas Vasquez (7-2).

The remainder of the ROC title fights are as follows (not in bout order):

-New York’s Oluwale Bamgbose (3-0) will battle Brian Booth (3-1) for the vacant ROC National Middleweight title.

-Exciting ROC National Flyweight champion, Matt Rizzo (7-2), looks to defend his title against New Jersey’s Sean Santella (13-4-1).

-Top prospect, Randy “Rude Boy” Brown (2-0) meets New York’s Mike Winters (7-4) for the vacant ROC National Welterweight title.

-Brooklyn’s very own and Bellator vet, Phillipe “The Filipino Assassin” Nover (8-5) will square off against Dan Cion (4-1) for the lightweight ROC East Coast title.

-Another Bellator vet, Kenny Foster (11-8) will battle Mike Santiago (12-9) for the featherweight ROC East Coast title.

The prelim bouts will feature (not in bout order):

-Bellmore Kickboxing’s fast rising Gregor Gillespie (3-0) will meet Justin Stewart (0-0) who is making his professional debut.

-After making a successful pro debut at ROC 49, Tiger Schulmann’s Jenna Serio (1-0) returns to take on Virginia’s Allison Haynes (0-2). -Carlos Brooks (4-3) returns to the Ring of Combat cage and will meet Steve Edwards (2-1).

-Representing Ricardo Almeida BJJ, the ultra popular and undefeated Max Bohanan (2-0) will face off against dangerous Leonard Simpson (3-2).

-Chris Piriz (2-1) of the famed Serra/Longo fight team will meet undefeated Leodegario Muniz (3-0) in a battle of bantamweights.

-Another Serra/Longo fighter will enter the Ring of Combat cage as undefeated Eddie Lenoci (2-0) takes on Lashawn Alcocks (3-2).

Olympic Champions and MMA Superstars to Wrestle in the 3rd annual Grapple at The Garden, presented by MusclePharm

December 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Live on Pay-Per-View from Madison Square Garden on Sunday, December 21

Gray Maynard, Joe Warren, King Mo and Olympic champion Khadjimurad Gatsalov amongst the world-class competitors lined up for battle

New York, NY (December 11, 2014) – A collection of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) icons, including Gray Maynard, Joe

Warren and “King Mo” Lawal will join Olympic Gold Medalist and five-time world champion Khadjimurad Gatsalov of Russia, Olympic hopeful Kyle Dake of the U.S. and world champion Arsen Julfalakyan of Armenia in the much-anticipated Grapple at The Garden, presented by MusclePharm live on pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden on Sunday, December 21.

Grapple at The Garden, presented by MusclePharm is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 a.m. PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view in the USA via iN Demand, DISH, and Vubiquity and Bell TV, Shaw PPV, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS and MTS in Canada for a suggested retail price of only $14.95. Viewer’s world-wide can order on-line at www.GFL.TV.

Dake will collide with Julfalakyan in the Greco-Roman rules main event of the third annual “Grapple at The Garden” event presented by MusclePharm, while Gatsalov will face off with world bronze medalist Tervel Dlagnev. Team Joe Warren, assembled by the reigning Bellator MMA champion and consisting of half of the event’s MMA stars, will take on Team Renzo Gracie, a squad formed by the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend and former MMA champion.

The Team Joe Warren vs. Team Renzo Gracie matchups include Warren, an All-American at Michigan, competing at 150 pounds against Scott Jorgenson, a former collegiate star at Boise State and current UFC fighter.

A 140-pound contest will pit Olympic silver medalist and three-time NCAA champion Stephen Abas on the Renzo Gracie team against Rollie Peterkin, the former Univ. of Penn star and talented freestyler, who left Wall Street to become an MMA fighter.

Two current Olympic hopefuls will battle at 155 pounds, as Oklahoma State NCAA champion Jordan Oliver, currently ranked No. 2 on Team USA, will take on Frank Molinaro, the Penn State NCAA champion who is ranked No. 3 on Team USA.

Shawn Bunch, an All-American at Edinboro who competed on the 2009 U.S. World Team in freestyle, will take on Damacio Page at 150 pounds. Bunch competes for Bellator MMA, while Page wrestled at Cerritos College, and has competed in the UFC and other mixed martial arts promotions..

Maynard, a three-time All-American at Michigan State and a current UFC star, will battle World Series of Fighting standout Ozzy Dugulubgov at 170 pounds.

Three members of the world-famous Gracie family will also take the mat. At 185 pounds, Gregor Gracie will square off with Darryl Christian, a former Greco-Roman Team USA member, University of Oregon star and MMA coach. At 190 pounds, Igor Gracie will battle Brennan Ward, a current Bellator MMA star who wrestled for Johnson and Wales. At heavyweight, Lawal, the 2005 Freestyle World Team member, Oklahoma State All-American and current Bellator star, will go up against Rolles Gracie.

All three of the Gracies competing have extensive professional MMA backgrounds coupled with tremendous success in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Coaching Team Joe Warren are Chad Ravannack (Oklahoma State) and Damion Logan (Michigan). Renzo Gracie will coach his team, along with Mario Mercado (Syracuse) and Hamid Kemanshah (New York AC).

The exciting feature and co-feature matchups will be championship matches with the new Global Wrestling Championships promotion, with prize money awarded to the participants. The Dake vs. Julfalakyan match will be for the Greco-Roman Welterweight Belt, while the Dlagnev vs. Gatsalov will be for the Freestyle International Heavyweight Belt.

Gatsalov won the Olympic gold medal in 2004 and added World titles in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2013. His other World medals include a silver medal in 2010 and a bronze medal in 2014. He moved up to the heavyweight class in 2013, where he has won a World gold medal and World silver medal in back-to-back seasons. He was a 2001 Junior World champion before moving up to Senior-level success.

Dlagnev won World bronze medals in 2009 and 2014, and was fifth in the 2012 Olympic Games. He also placed fifth at the 2011 and 2013 World Championships. A two-time NCAA Div. II national champion for Nebraska-Kearney, Dlagnev won a University World gold medal before moving to the Senior level and becoming one of the best heavyweights in the world.

There will be 25 college teams competing, representing NCAA Div. I, NCAA Div. II, NCAA Div. III, NJCAA junior colleges, and NCWA club programs. The currently ranked teams competing are #3 Cornell, which will face #13 Edinboro and national power Northern Iowa, #12 Lehigh (facing Edinboro and Princeton), and #23 Rutgers. All of the college dual meets will be available on www.flowrestling.org.

In addition, this event will feature the Grapple at The Garden high school tournament and the NYC Mayor’s Cup will, once again, feature the best New York City high school wrestlers from the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL), Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) and independent school wrestlers in each weight class as they compete for the title of “Best in the City”. Additional information about the NYC Mayor’s Cup can be found at www.facebook.com/nycmayorscup. On Saturday, December 20, the 2014-15 NYC Mayor’s Cup Wrestling Championships will take place at Riverbank State Park, after which the winners and runners-up from each weight class will take on the best high school wrestlers from the Metropolitan Division.

The Metropolitan Division portion of the Grapple at The Garden high school invitational will take place on Saturday, December 20 at Clarkstown South High School and will include: Long Beach (NY), Long Branch (NJ), Clarkstown South (NY), Hasbrouck Heights (NJ), Columbia (NY), West Milford (NJ), John Glenn (NY), Colonie (NY), Eastport South Manor (NY) and Nutley (NJ).

For information and to register individuals and/or clubs for the Grapple at The Garden Elementary School and Middle School Championships please visit www.wrestlereg.com.

The event will also feature a special musical performance by rapper Kosha Dillz. Dillz, aka Rami Even-Esh, is a former Edison High School New Jersey Region 5 finalist and Rutgers Division I wrestler, who was recently announced as perform on all 40 dates of the 2015 Vans Warped Tour. He has appeared in everything from the BET Hip Hop Awards w/ RZA of the Wu Tang Clan to world tours with fellow Jewish reggae artist Matisyahu. The former stand out wrestler prides himself in training at Team Hammer of Lakewood NJ in the late 90′s. Currently, he trains at Rhino Wrestling Club and Underground Strength Gym of Edison with his brother Zach Even-Esh. Besides rapping, he is a world wide inspirational speaker who frequently speaks to students and at risk youth about addiction, jails and recovery, with over 10 years substance // alcohol free.

Tickets, priced at $20, $35 and $55, are currently on sale and can be purchased online at www.thegarden.com, all Ticketmaster locations and the Madison Square Garden box office.

GRAPPLE AT THE GARDEN PRESENTED BY MUSCLEPHARM

Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y., Sunday, December 21

7:15AM: Mats 1-8 – YOUTH TOURNAMENT FINALS

8:00AM: Mat 1– HIGHSCHOOL: MAYOR’S CUP VS. METRO

Mat 2 – LIU POST VS. MINN. ST. – MOORHEAD

Mat 3 – STONY BROOK VS. MONTCLAIR STATE

Mat 4 – SO. MAINE VS. STEVENS

Mat 5 – SUNY SULLIVAN VS. MIDDLESEX CC

Mat 6 – NORTHERN IOWA VS. DUKE

Mat 7 – MT. ST. VINCENT VS. WHEELING JESUIT

Mat 8 – HIGH SCHOOL: MAYOR’S CUP VS. METRO

10:00AM: Mat 1 – DAVIDSON VS. BUCKNELL

Mat 2 – LEHIGH VS. PRINCETON

Mat 3 – RUTGERS VS. ARMY

Mat 4 – MARYLAND VS. HOFSTRA

Mat 5 – DUKE VS. GEORGE MASON

Mat 6 – NORTHERN IOWA VS. DREXEL

Mat 7 – EDINBORO VS. CORNELL

Mat 8 – SO. MAINE VS. MUHLENBERG

12:00PM: Mat 1 – ARMY VS. PRINCETON

Mat 2 – LEHIGH VS. EDINBORO

Mat 3 – DAVIDSON VS. RUTGERS

Mat 4 – HOFSTRA VS. BUCKNELL

Mat 5 – MARYLAND VS. DUKE

Mat 6 – DREXEL VS. GEORGE MASON

Mat 7 – NORTHERN IOWA VS. CORNELL

Mat 8 – TEAM JOE WARREN VS. TEAM RENZO GRACIE

2:10PM: Mat 9 – (center) Co-Main Event: Tervel Dlagnev vs. Khadzhijurat Gatsalov (Freestyle)

Main Event: – Kyle Dake vs. Arsen Julfalakyan (Greco-Roman 75 kg/165 lbs.)

Contacts:

Dan Schoenberg, MSG (212) 465-6367 dan.schoenberg@msg.com

Larry Torres, MSG (212) 631-5178 larry.torres@msg.com

Alison Nudo, MSG (212) 465-6281 alison.nudo@msg.com

Mike Aframowitz, Witz End Communications (917) 566-8754 mikea@yourwitzend.com

About The Madison Square Garden Company

The Madison Square Garden Company is comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment and is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that the company creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports owns and operates the following sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), the Westchester Knicks (NBADL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). MSG Sports also features the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, bull riding and tennis. MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from the Company’s venues. MSG Media’s television networks consist of regional sports networks, MSG Network and MSG+, collectively referred to as MSG Networks. MSG Entertainment is one of the country’s leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the New York Spring Spectacular, both featuring the Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in the Company’s diverse collection of venues.

These venues consist of Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, the Forum in Inglewood, CA, The Chicago Theatre, and the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.

FIRST FEMALE CHAMPIONSHIP HEADLINES STRIKEZONE’S 12TH FIGHT NIGHT ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12TH

December 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Voorhees, NJ (December 11, 2014) – The Strikers’ Cup 12’s full lineup is now complete, and will take place this Friday, December 12, 2014, at 8PM at The Flyers Skate Zone located at 601 Laurel Oak Rd, Voorhees, NJ 08043. With an amateur card in place that features its first female main event championship contest, this will Fight Night will be one NOT to miss. Kate Allen from Rami Elite, trained by WBC World Champion Rami Ibrahim, will touch gloves with Diana Zhivanaj of Tiger Schumann’s MMA, a fight complex with no shortage of its own world champions. Both fighters have trained hard and this will no doubt be a strategic and explosive battle from bell to finish.

“One of the great things about being based in New Jersey is the proximity to so many of the country’s finest fight camps,” says Derek Riddick, New Jersey fight promoter and owner of Strikezone MMA. The 8 intriguing contests will feature athletes from ten of the tri-state’s top Muay Thai and MMA gyms. Riddick adds, “We’ve got many fighters making their amateur debuts, and for them and their fans, the excitement and anticipation rivals any world championship battle. Plus, there’s really no “feeling out” round in the amateurs, so the intensity and non-stop action goes from start to finish.”

A large portion of the gate proceeds will benefit two great charities — Autism Speaks and The American Cancer Society — thereby making this event not only a platform to showcase these fighters, but also a path to aiding those less fortunate.

For ticket information contact Derek Riddick of Strikezone at 856-439-9663.

Super Featherweight (over 126 to 130 lbs.)
Championship Bout – 4-Round Ultimate Striker Women’s Championship
Diana Zhivanaj (Tiger Schumann’s MMA) vs. Kate Allen (Rami Elite)

Cruiserweight (185 lbs.)
Jaime Alvarez, (Rami Elite) vs. Kenny Jones (Stay Fly Muay Thai)

Super Welterweight (over 147 to 154 lbs.)
Matthew Ramge (Tiger Schumann’s MMA) vs. Eddie Torres (Mission MMA)

Light Heavyweight (over 168 to 175 lbs.)
Jordan Grenyion-Smith (Pursuit MMA vs. Jim Howell, Knockout Fitness)

Super Lightweight (over 135 to 140 lbs.)
Alex Ecklin (Team Coban) vs. George Pitsakis (Stay Fly Muay Thai)

Super Middleweight (over 161 to 168 lbs.)
Nik Figueroa (Tiger Schumann MMA) vs. John Mure (Strikezone MMA)

Super Lightweight (136 to 140 lbs.)
Tony Briggs (Stay Fly Muay Thai) vs. Juan Sosa (ACMMA)

Junior Heavyweight (over 197 to 210 lbs.)
Sam Rodriguez (ACMMA) vs. Ian Allston (Semper Fi MMA)

About Strikezone
Strikezone MMA offers Muay Thai kickboxing, boxing, MMA and Jiu-Jitsu classes. Under the direction of owner Derek Riddick, Strikezone Promotions organizes amateur Muay Thai competitions in the state of New Jersey. The facility is located at 120 East Kings Hwy, Suite 402 in Maple Shade, NJ. For more information on classes call 856-439-9663. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @strikezoneMMA.

GFL REAL FIGHTS Presents GCP The Space At Westbury Beginning December 15 on TCN & CSN Comcast

GFL PRESENTS “REAL FIGHTS” ON THE COMCAST NETWORK (TCN) & COMCAST SPORTSNET (CSN)
GFL PRESENTS “GREG COHEN PROMOTIONS: THE SPACE AT WESTBURY: RAINONE VS McNICKLES” BEGINNING DECEMBER 15

December 11, 2014

GFL, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with world class boxing as Greg Cohen Promotions (GCP) presents The Space at Westbury: Tommy Rainone VS Carl McNickles featuring a full lineup of fights, emanating from Westbury, New York. This event will showcase some of the top up and coming boxers along the Eastern seaboard.

In the night’s main event, Plainview, New York’s Tommy “The Razor” Rainone (21-5-1, 4 KOs) will face Chicago’s Carl “The Assassin” McNickles (8-5, 6 KOs) in a 10-round battle for the USBO Welterweight title.

A popular “all heart” warrior who doubles as an actor outside the ring, Rainone is riding a five-fight unbeaten streak, but McNickles will provide him a good test, as he has been in with several world-ranked contenders.

In the main supporting bout, Kildare, Ireland’s “Hurricane” Dennis Hogan (19-0-1, 7 KOs) will face Venezuela’s Jose “Bam Bam” Rodriguez-Berrio (21-6, 13 KOs) in a junior middleweight eight-rounder. The buzz around Hogan is that he is a star in the making and the fight against Rodriguez-Berrio will be his first outside his adopted homeland of Australia.

In a very special six-round, non-title women’s super-fight between reigning champions, Brooklyn’s WBO World Female Lightweight Champion, Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (21-1-1, 16 KOs), will take on Cleveland’s WIBA World Featherweight champion Carla Torres (4-2).

On the undercard, undefeated heavyweight KO artist Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (9-0-1, 9 KOs) will face Rodricka Ray (5-7-1, 2 KOs) in a heavyweight six-rounder; Rich “Brazil” Neves (7-1-1, 3 KOs) of New York will take on Philadelphia’s Maurice Amaro (2-7, 1 KO) in a middleweight four; Westbury’s own Dave Meloni (0-1,) will battle Felip Nazario (0-4) of the Bronx in a super featherweight four; Philadelphia lightweight Samuel Teah (4-1, 2 KOs) will go four against Brooklyn’s Ian James (3-8-1, 1 KO). and junior middleweight Peter Dobson (1-0) will face Anton Williamson (1-1) of New Rochelle, New York in a four-rounder.
Air times are listed below:

The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Monday, December 15 at 7:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Philly): Monday, December 15 at 7:30pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Philly): Wednesday, December 17 at 9:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Philly): Friday, December 19 at 11:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (all zones): Saturday, December 20 at 1:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (all zones): Sunday, December 21 at 5:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Wednesday, December 17 at 7:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Saturday, December 20 at 4:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Sunday, December 21 at 1:00pm ET

CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Northwest and CSN Bay Area will also be airing The Space at Westbury: Tommy Rainone VS Carl McNickles in the weeks and months to follow. In addition, close to 25 cable and satellite systems carry CSN and because of that wide distribution across numerous regions and even nationally via satellite, GFL REAL FIGHTS is available on additional platforms.

To stay connected with GFL and this unique fight series, visit these TCN & CSN online locations for up-to-the-date programming info.
The Comcast Network http://www.csnphilly.com/page/tcn
CSN Philadelphia http://www.csnphilly.com/ontv/listings
CSN Washington http://www.csnwashington.com/ontv
CSN Baltimore http://www.csnbaltimore.com/ontv
CSN New England http://www.csnne.com/pages/oncsn
CSN Northwest http://www.csnnw.com/ontv
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Unified MMA 21 Preview

December 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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CLICK HERE TO ORDER – http://www.gfl.tv/event/Fight/MMA/Unified-MMA-21-/2682

Unified MMA returns to GFL on December 19 with “Unified MMA 21″ from the Sultan Banquet Hall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This loaded card featured several up and coming prospects from the Great White North as well as several seasoned veterans.

In the main event, Matthew Spisak (7-5) fights Aaron Armstrong (5-3) in a #1 Contender bout. Spisak is on a 3 fight winning streak and 2 have come via stoppage. Look for Spisak to try to get the fight to the mat where he can use his grappling. Spisak is an active grappler, always looking for an avenue to lock on a choke or armbar. Armstrong won his last fight via rear naked choke and is also quite competent on the mat with submissions. Both fighters also have solid striking skills and if the ground game is a draw, these two could put on a great show with their fists, elbows, shins and knees. The winner of this bout gets a title shot, so there is a lot on the line. Look for both men to come out with their guns blazing.

In the co-main event, Merrick Duggan (7-2) battles Corey Atkinson (3-3). Duggan is a Unified MMA vet and this will be his ninth fight with the promotion. He has spent his entire career with one organization and has built a great fanbase. Duggan has only been to decision once and brings a high octane fighting style where he has been able to stop 6 of his 7 opponents. Duggan is extremely well-rounded and has a game that presents problems for everyone he faces. Atkinson is a durable fighter who will take on anyone. Look for Atkinson to try and push the pace early in the first round as he throws hands or goes for a takedown. This could be fight of the night.

In other action, Ryan Rother (5-5) scraps with Aaron Shymr (4-4). Rother fought his last fight for a title and is looking to climb the ladder for another title shot. A highlight reel performance will get him that opportunity sooner than later. Rother has 4 wins via KO or TKO and his fifth win via submission. Don’t blink when Rother gets in the cage because his high risk-high reward style makes for exciting matchups. Shymr is the same type of fighter as Rother. Shymer is a heavy handed fighter who can end the fight with one punch. Expect fireworks from these two.

Don’t miss this electrifying event featuring some of the top regional mixed martial arts talents from around Canada. Watch all of the fights anytime on video on demand (VOD) and own it for life as Unified MMA presents “Unified MMA 21″ on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv!

Island Fights 31 Review

December 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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One of the Gulf Coast’s premier cage fighting organizations made its debut on GFL.TV as Island Fights presented “Island Fights 31″ from the Hadji Shriner Temple in Pensacola, Florida. Island Fights always puts on jumbo cards and this event was no different.

In the main event, Dillon Cleckler (8-0) defeated Richard White (16-17) via TKO in the second round in a heavyweight bout. In the beginning, both fighters were throwing punches with bad intentions from the very beginning and Cleckler was also scoring on the ground as he got a takedown and put White against the ropes where Cleckler scored with some solid ground and pound. White retaliated with scoring some punches on the ground in his own right as both fighters were very even at this point. After White got back to his feet he and Cleckler continued throwing heavy hands and doing damage to one another. In the end, cardio played a huge part as both men were exhausted and winged punches from all angles looking for that one haymaker that would finish the fight. In the second, Cleckler landed a huge right hand and White dove in for an ankle pick that Cleckler stuffed. Cleckler followed White down to the mat and finished the fight on the ground with some impressive ground and pound. White remained on the ground for some time, but got to his feet to the applause of the crowd.

In the co-main event, for the Island Fights Lightweight Title, Socrates Sok Pierre (5-2) defeated Brok Weaver (5-1) via submission in the first round and avenged a loss from earlier in the year. Both fighters traded strikes in the beginning with Pierre scoring with knees and kicks while Weaver landed with right hands. Pierre got a takedown and ended up in side control where he scored with solid punches from the top as Weaver looked for a kneebar from the bottom. Pierre went for a guillotine and Weaver got back to his guard. In another scramble, Pierre locked on a D’arce choke in the corner and it was tight, forcing Weaver to tapout. It was a solid win for Pierre who sits atop the lightweight division.

Don’t miss this thrilling mixed martial arts card featuring some of the top fighters from the Gulf Coast. Watch the champions of tomorrow compete today on this stacked card as Island Fights delivers “Island Fights 31″, streaming on video on demand on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.TV!

Pascal-Bolonti PPV PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES & PICTURES

December 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Pascal-Bolonti PPV
PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES & PICTURES
North American PPV live this Sat. from Montreal starting at 8 p.m. ET

Jean Pascal:
(about his decision to not trash-talk Thursday)
“Everything in its time. Everything I do is calculated. People think I’m unpredictable, but my strategies all well-planned with my sports psychologist. Now, for this fight, there isn’t any battle of wills, so there’s no point in trying to intimidate my opponent. We have another plan on the psychological front, but intimidation is not part of it.”

(about Bolonti)
“He’s a boxer with stamina. He has 35 wins, 24 by knock out. He’s never lost by KO, which means he’s coming here to go the distance. He’s had three months to prepare because he was initially set to fight Lucian Bute. He says the fight will be easier from a strategic standpoint because I’m a right-hander, so I know he’ll be ready. He’s here to try and surprise everyone. A win would allow him to be noticed at the international level.”

(On Bolonti lasting 12 rounds vs Braehmer on three weeks notice)
“Going the distance against a world champ, that says he’s a quality boxer. He has experience, he has stamina, so we’re in for a good fight at the Bell Centre on Saturday night.”
(Pascal says not thinking about Kovalev fight just yet)

“All I’m thinking about is this fight. I know Bolonti is the ideal opponent for me to prepare for the next bout, whoever it will be, against any right-hander, and allow me to go to the next level.”

Roberto Bolonti:
“I was preparing to fight Lucian Bute and, suddenly, he got injured. I know many people from Montreal follow him and that when he fights, the arena is full, so, I was quite disappointed. But it’s always easier to fight a right-handed boxer (like Pascal) than it is a left-hander (like Bute). The strategy will change, but it’s nothing to worry about. I’m looking forward to the fight.”

WHAT: Pascal vs. Bolonti PPV

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

WHERE: Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada

WHO: Main Event — Light Heavyweights (10) — PPV
JEAN PASCAL (29-2-1, 17 KOs), Laval, Quebec, Canada
vs.
ROBERTO “The Beast” BOLONTI (35-3, 24 KOs), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Co-Feature – WBC International Super Middleweight Championship (12) – PPV
SCHILLER “Batman” HYPPOLITE (13-1, 9 KOs), Montreal, Quebec, Canada
vs.
NORBERT “Noble” NEMESAPATI (15-1, 14 KOs), Budapest, Hungary

Super Featherweights (8) – PPV
JOEL DIAZ, JR. (17-0, 13 KOs), Palmdale, California, USA
vs.
PEDRO “Cowboy” NAVARRETE (28-19-3, 17 KOs), San Juan Zitaltepec, Mexico

Junior Middleweights (6/8) – PPV
STEVEN “Bang Bang” BUTLER (8-0, 7 KOs), Montreal, Quebec, Canada
vs.
LYES CHAIBI (12-7-2, 2 KOs), Saint-Etienne, Loire, France

Welterweights (8)
YVES ULYSSE, JR. (4-0, 3 KOs), Montreal, Quebec, Canada
vs.
LUKASZ JANIK (12-7-1, 8 KOs), Katowice, Poland

Heavyweights (8)
BOGDAN DINU (11-0, 7 KOs), Montreal, Quebec, Canada
vs.
MIKAEL VIEIRA (14-4-1, 7 KOs), Montlucon, Allier, France

Super Lightweights (6/8) – Swing Bout
DAVID THEROUX (4-0, 3 KOs), Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, Canada
vs.
MAURYCY GOJKO (22-44-3, 8 KOs), Lublin, Poland

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